Weekly News

Welcome! Here you will find all the news and events that your congregation will need for the week - MCEC in Prayer, Event Highlights, Mennonite Church Canada Updates, Announcements. Check out the hot buttons to ministry opportunities and pastoral transitions. Administrative Assistants: make sure to see the Bulletin Cut and Paste below.  Bookmark this page and check back regularly for updates. New items will begin to appear on Monday and the newsletter will come to your inbox on Wednesday.

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MCEC in Prayer

  • Each week we pray for the faith communities within the MCEC community of congregations. Please pray for Famille Assemblée de la Grâce, Anjou QC. Pastor Westerne Joseph provides leadership to this congregation who are currently seeking a place to worship together - made difficult because of the pandemic. Please pray that they may find a place to worship together as they continue to be God's presence to their community.

  • The Colombian Mennonite Church asks us to continue to stand with them in prayer. Churches supporting protesters have received death threats from paramilitary groups. Yalile Caballero, IMCOL president, says that youth feel hopeless because the protests and strikes do not bring change. Along with violence against protesters and illegal detentions, COVID-19 continues to spread, with more than 500 new cases daily and ICU beds at capacity.

  • Please pray for the 28 newly-baptized believers in the Mennonite churches in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, that their faith and witness continue to grow in life-giving ways. In the words of Siaka Traoré, founding church-planter and pastor of the churches in Bobo, "Thanks be to God who makes the church grow."

  • Mennonite Church Canada International Witness workers, Sook Kyoung Park and Bock Ki Kim have moved to a new community in Chuncheon, South Korea, this month to expand their children’s ministry in peace education.  Pray that their community will benefit from Sook Kyoung’s peace presence as she interacts with children and their families.  

MCEC Latest News

Courageous Imagination Podcast

Podcast - New Episode - Journeying Towards Indigenous and Settler Reconciliation
On this episode of Courageous Imagination we invite Mim Harder, Herb Sawatzky and Lyndsay Mollins-Koene for a candid conversation on Indigenous and Settler relations. We are challenged to work together for Indigenous justice, moving forward with listening and being a neighbour. *Disclaimer: Please note this podcast episode was recorded before the discovery of the mass grave in Kamloops, BC.
Listen here

Forum - Join in on the conversation with Mim, Herb and Lyndsay on Thursday, June 17th at 7pm (EDT)!  What can we do as settlers in Canada to journey together towards hope and healing? Share your thoughts and reflections from the latest podcast episode with Mim, Herb and Lyndsay.
Click here to register. 

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  • Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
  • Canadian Mennonite University - NEW
    - CMU Admissions Webinar
    - Church Matching Grants
    - Book launch
  • Conrad Grebel University College
  • MCEC Community of Faith - NEW
    - Growing A Generous Church Webinar
  • MennoHomes
  • Theatre of the Beat - NEW
    - 10th Anniversary Telethon - June 13

Partner Events & Announcements

 

Mennonite Church Canada

  • Nationwide worship services coming this summer 
    Mennonite Church Canada is once again coordinating worship services this summer. We will join Sherbrooke Mennonite Church in Vancouver on June 20. The services will be available at mennonitechurch.ca/worshipservices and on our YouTube channel.  

  • Mennonite Church Canada Annual General Meeting on Saturday, June 19, 2021
    Join our nationwide community of faith for Mennonite Church Canada's AGM on Saturday, June 19, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT. We will hear updates from our program directors, enjoy worship and reflect together as members of Mennonite Church Canada Joint Council share what God has shown them over the past year. All are welcome to register. Register today for this online gathering!

  • book cover with road“What we have seen, what we have heard” six-week study guide for Gathering 2022
    Across the nationwide church, congregations are being invited to witness to what God has been doing among us. What have you seen? What have you heard God doing in your life and the life of your community? This six-weeks study series invite congregations to understand how they are living witnesses to the gospel. Consider using this study guide this fall for adult education, care groups or even as a worship series. Available through CommonWord this August 2021. 

International Witness

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, October 24, 2021, is International Witness Sunday 

Learn more at www.mennonitechurch.ca/IW-Sunday 

Situation in Colombia still dire 

The Colombian Mennonite Church asks us to continue to stand with them in prayer. Churches supporting protesters have received death threats from paramilitary groups. Yalile Caballero, IMCOL president, says that youth feel hopeless because the protests and strikes do not bring change. Along with violence against protesters and illegal detentions, COVID-19 continues to spread, with more than 500 new cases daily and ICU beds at capacity. 

New faith siblings in Burkina Faso 

Please pray for the 28 newly-baptized believers in the Mennonite churches in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, that their faith and witness continue to grow in life-giving ways. In the words of Siaka Traoré, founding church-planter and pastor of the churches in Bobo, "Thanks be to God who makes the church grow."  

Witness workers move to expand peace education 

Mennonite Church Canada Witness workers, Sook Kyoung Park and Bock Ki Kim have moved to a new community in Chuncheon, South Korea, this month to expand their children’s ministry in peace education.  Pray that their community will benefit from Sook Kyoung’s peace presence as she interacts with children and their families.


Indigenous-Settler Relations

Faith Action Tool Kit: 1492 Land Back Lane 

Joint-intern for Mennonite Church Canada Indigenous-Settler Relations and Christian Peacemaker Teams Allegra Friesen Epp has put together a faith action toolkit to help churches engage with 1492 Land Back Lane, a site within the Haldimand Tract in southwestern Ontario where Haudenosaunee (Six Nations) Land Defenders are mobilizing to stop a new subdivision from being built on their lands. Free downloads of the kit available here. / More information.

 

Mennonite Church Canada and ecumenical groups across Canada mobilize around Bill C-15 

Bill C-15, an Act respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, is in its second reading by the Senate. Time is running out for it to reach royal assent and ensure that Canada takes a hard look at its laws to make sure they are in line with UN Declaration. Read our story on how why faith groups are mobilizing around the Bill.

For information on action you can take. 

Mennonite Church Canada and Christian Peacemaker Teams form accompaniment team in Unist’ot’en Camp in Wet’suwet’en territory 

Mennonite Church Canada, together with Christian Peacemaker Teams, has responded to an invitation to accompany Unist’ot’en Camp in Wet’suwet’en Territory. A five-person team comprised of CPTers and members of Mennonite Church Canada arrived at the camp in northern B.C. on May 26. Read their statement here. 

ISR launches Be it Resolved Challenge 

The Be it Resolved Challenge is a nationwide initiative encouraging Mennonite Church Canada members and congregations to create and commit to new resolutions for Indigenous justice. Learn more here

 

 


CommonWord Bookstore and Resource Centre

Summer Reading List 

Our 13th annual list of titles for the lawn chair, hammock or beach blanket – to buy, borrow or special order. 

Spring/Summer CommonRead Title 

  • Our recommended title for Mennonite Church Canada congregations. 
  • Read individually or as a group.  Great title for a parenting group!   
  • Buy or Borrow book.  Bulk discount available when buying 5 or more copies. 
  • Free study guide and author interview available. 

Intercultural Church 

Resources that foster just diversity, different cultural articulations of faith, and an alternative to the politics of assimilation and segregation.

Book Launch, June 17, 7:30 PM (CDT) 

Mennonite Brethren Bible College: A History of Competing Visions, Abe Dueck

Worship Calendar 

Quick Links               Ministry Opportunities     Pastoral Transitions     Guest Speakers


 

Bulletin Cut and Paste

Administrators: Thank you for sharing the MCEC story with your congregations. Please continue offering valuable feedback on how we can tailor announcements to empower you in your ministry.

Prayers:

  • Each week we pray for the faith communities within the MCEC community of congregations. Please pray for Famille Assemblée de la Grâce, Anjou QC. Pastor Westerne Joseph provides leadership to this congregation who are currently seeking a place to worship together - made difficult because of the pandemic. Please pray that they may find a place to worship together as they continue to be God's presence to their community.

  • The Colombian Mennonite Church asks us to continue to stand with them in prayer. Churches supporting protesters have received death threats from paramilitary groups. Yalile Caballero, IMCOL president, says that youth feel hopeless because the protests and strikes do not bring change. Along with violence against protesters and illegal detentions, COVID-19 continues to spread, with more than 500 new cases daily and ICU beds at capacity.

  • Please pray for the 28 newly-baptized believers in the Mennonite churches in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, that their faith and witness continue to grow in life-giving ways. In the words of Siaka Traoré, founding church-planter and pastor of the churches in Bobo, "Thanks be to God who makes the church grow."

  • Mennonite Church Canada International Witness workers, Sook Kyoung Park and Bock Ki Kim have moved to a new community in Chuncheon, South Korea, this month to expand their children’s ministry in peace education.  Pray that their community will benefit from Sook Kyoung’s peace presence as she interacts with children and their families.  

Announcements:

  1. Courageous Imagination Podcast: Journeying Towards Indigenous and Settler Reconciliation - On this episode of Courageous Imagination we invite Mim Harder, Herb Sawatzky and Lyndsay Mollins-Koene for a candid conversation on Indigenous and Settler relations. We are challenged to work together for Indigenous justice, moving forward with listening and being a neighbour. *Disclaimer: Please note this podcast episode was recorded before the discovery of the mass grave in Kamloops, BC.
    Forum - Join in on the conversation with Mim, Herb and Lyndsay on Thursday, June 17th at 7pm (EDT)!  What can we do as settlers in Canada to journey together towards hope and healing? Share your thoughts and reflections from the latest podcast episode with Mim, Herb and Lyndsay.
    Click here to register. (Full link: https://mcec.ca/event/13281-2021-06-17-podcast-discussion-with-mim-lyndsay-and-herb).

  2. Mennonite Church Canada Virtual Annual General Meeting on Saturday, June 19, 2021 - Join our nationwide community of faith for Mennonite Church Canada's AGM on Saturday, June 19, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT. We will hear updates from our program directors, enjoy worship and reflect together as members of Mennonite Church Canada Joint Council share what God has shown them over the past year. All are welcome to register. (Full link: https://www.mennonitechurch.ca/event/11737-2021-06-19-mennonite-church-canada-agm-2021.)

  3. Mennonite Church Canada Nationwide worship services coming this summer! Mennonite Church Canada is once again coordinating worship services this summer. We will join Sherbrooke Mennonite Church in Vancouver on June 20. The services will be available at mennonitechurch.ca/worshipservices and on our YouTube channel.  

Nationwide Web-Hub - All MCEC congregations are welcome to join

If you are considering a change to your website, definitely consider the new nationwide web hub. It is much more than a web building tool. Contact Lisa Williams , Director of Communications, for more info.

Click below for information about the features, pricing, testimonials and links to launched websites.

Hub Information

Ideas and Pandemic Resources
How might we Extend the Peace of Jesus Christ to those around us?

Mennonite Church Canada Pandemic Resources
   
CommonWord Bookstore and Resource Centre


The Regional Churches (MCEC, Mennonite Church Manitoba, Mennonite Church Saskatchewan, Mennonite Church Alberta and Mennonite Church British Columbia) are working with Mennonite Church Canada and CommonWord Bookstore and Resource Center to offer you the best pandemic resources. The Mennonite Church Canada page will highlight resources and direct you to CommonWord. CommonWord continues to provide amazing resources to our nationwide community of faith.

MCEC New Normal

A place for sharing resources and ideas from MCEC pastors and congregations. Most recent editions: Ontario Stay-At-Home Order

MCEC Youth Ministry Pandemic Ideas

Youth Ministers, Workers and Sponsors throughout MCEC have gathered some helpful information for those focused on youth ministry during this time of physical distancing.
 

Contact Lisa Williams with your ideas and resources.

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