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 a faith community within the MCEC community of congregations. This week please pray for Hillcrest Mennonite Church. Jan Steckley and Kevin Peters Unrau provide pastoral leadership for this congregation. Please pray for Hillcrest as they continue to gather as a faith community and find creative ways to be the hands and feet of Jesus to each other and to their neighbours.

  • Pray for Quenton Little, pastor at Agape Fellowship in London, ON, as he and his family grieve the loss of his mother who died last week in Saskatchewan. You can reach Quenton at quenton_little@outlook.com.

MCEC Latest News

Mennonite Church Canada

Recent live-giving stories from our ministry together!

International Witness

Thailand church leaders meet in person 

Praise God for the early November gathering of more than 30 church leaders in northeastern Thailand for a retreat and training organized by Friends of Grace Church Association, including Witness workers Tom and Christine Poovong. This was the first in-person gathering since the beginning of COVID-19. It was an important time of sharing and providing resources for these leaders, most of whom are lay leaders with limited biblical and theological training.    

Nov 29 the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People 

Please pray for all living in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem. In addition to the ill economic and health effects of the pandemic, Palestinians continue to suffer under Israel's military occupation of their lands through home evictions, demolition of homes and orchards, incarceration of children as young as 12 and the killing and injuring of protesters. Consider giving fair-trade Palestinian products this Christmas. More Information.   

Tany Warkentin provides update from latest trip to Africa 

“This is your family,” writes Tany Warkentin, Mennonite Church Canada’s Liaison for Ministry in Africa, as she returns from meetings with Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission in Burkina Faso and D.R. Congo this past October. Meet members of your global faith family through Tany’s photo journal.

 

Stronger bonds with Colombian Mennonite Church 

The Colombian Mennonite Church and Mennonite Church Canada are beginning to partner congregations from each Church together for mutual support and learning. Please prayerfully consider if your congregation is willing to enter a relationship with a Colombian congregation. Contact Jeanette Hanson, director of International Witness, for information.

Indigenous-Settler Relations

Pray for land defenders in Wet'suwet'en nation (northwest B.C.) 

Last week, dozens of heavily militarized RCMP raided Gidimt'en Checkpoint, where land defenders have been peacefully controlling access to the road in order to prevent Coastal GasLink from drilling under their sacred headwaters. Over 30 people have been arrested, including journalists. See video footage here (content warning: police violence). Latest updates. 

Repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery: A Litany for Churches 

In 2016, in response to TRC Call to Action #49 Mennonite Church Canada committed to repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery. The MCEC Truth and Reconciliation Working Group has created a litany to help the church publicly acknowledge a long, untold history and to re-imagine our life together in a new way that respects all peoples, Indigenous and Settler. Free for download through CommonWord.

CommonWord Bookstore and Resource Centre

Upcoming book launches (in-person and livestreamed) 

Christmas gift ideas 

Many Christmas gift ideas, including seasonal books, recommended books to gift, stocking stuffers, Christmas cards and more. Order soon - while quantities last, and to ensure you receive your purchase in time for Christmas!   

Christmas Sale Week: November 29 to December 3 

We’re discounting select book titles and other gifts for one week, while quantities last.  Download our flyer.      

Video interview with author Lorne Brandt 

Watch our recent video conversation with the author of A Sword Shall Pierce Your Soul: The Story of Jesus’ Mother on his “historical biblical fiction” account of Mary. A good Christmas read!

  • Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
    - Journey: A Missional Leadership Development Program
    - !Explore: A Theological Program for High School Youth
  • Canadian Mennonite University
  • Conrad Grebel University College
  • Mennonite World Conference
    - Job Opportunity - Bookkeeper (0.6FTE)
    - Job Opportunity - Interim Development Assistant (0.8FTE)
  • Rockway Mennonite Collegiate

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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 a faith community within the MCEC community of congregations. This week please pray for Hillcrest Mennonite Church. Jan Steckley and Kevin Peters Unrau provide pastoral leadership for this congregation. Please pray for Hillcrest as they continue to gather as a faith community and find creative ways to be the hands and feet of Jesus to each other and to their neighbours.

  • Pray for Quenton Little, pastor at Agape Fellowship in London, ON, as he and his family grieve the loss of his mother who died last week in Saskatchewan. You can reach Quenton at quenton_little@outlook.com.

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.

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