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Celebrate 140 years and new beginnings on first Sunday in February


Dec 11, 2001

Winnipeg, Man.- On Sunday, February 3, 2002, Mennonite Church Canada will celebrate 140 years of ministry through bi-national church agencies (General Conference and Mennonite Church).

That same Sunday will also mark new beginnings for Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA.

To guide congregational worship and celebration, Mennonite Church Canada has compiled worship resources it hopes congregations across the country will use to celebrate the legacy of familiar agencies like Mennonite Board of Missions, Commission on Overseas Mission, Commission on Education, Commission on Home Ministries, and the Mennonite Board of Congregational Ministries. These agencies will wind down operations in February of 2002, as Mennonite Church Canada and USA assume their share of these responsibilities.

"We have much to thank God for. We have been partners in mission and ministry for nearly one-and-one-half centuries. Now the General Conference and Mennonite Church have come together in new and exciting ways to participate more fully in God's mission. God has offered us the spirit of unity as we follow Christ Jesus, so that together with one voice we may glorify the God of our Lord Jesus Christ," said Henry Paetkau, denominational minister for Mennonite Church Canada, citing Romans 15:5-6.

The resources include a bulletin insert with a litany, a call to worship, scripture references, and suggestions for prayer and children's stories. The resources were sent to all congregations in December and are also available online here.