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Venue for Assembly 2007 finalized

   

October 2, 2006

Winnipeg, Man. - Mennonite Church Canada’s 8th annual delegate assembly and biennial youth assembly will be held at Mennonite Educational Institute (MEI) in Abbotsford, BC from July 3-6, 2007.

Assembly planners originally were working to finalize a contract with the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, but moved to the Abbotsford location at the request of the Mennonite Church British Columbia mini-executive. Gerd Bartel, moderator of MCBC, said, “At our August meeting, we noted that this assembly will be coming a month after our [MCBC] covenanting service that we hope will bring closure and celebration to the last years of process and dialogue for us as an area conference. We believe that the most important function of the assembly for MCBC will be to engage as many people as possible from our churches, and we think that an Abbotsford location will best help us to do that.”

Pam Peters-Pries, MC Canada’s executive secretary of Support Services, responded, “We want to encourage good relationships with and within our area conferences and congregations in any way we can. We’re thankful that the MEI facilities are available, and we look forward to having lots of MCBC folks volunteering at and attending the assembly.”

Anna Rehan, MC Canada’s youth ministries facilitator, also supports the Abbotsford venue. “MEI has enough large meeting space that the youth and adults will still be able to meet in the same place. We’ve planned lots of ways for youth and adults to worship and work together at the assembly, and we look forward to making those ideas work at MEI.”

Marijke Olson of Emmanuel Mennonite Church (Abbotsford) has been named as the local hosting coordinator for the adult assembly, and Heidi Epp of Peace Mennonite Church (Richmond) will be the adult worship coordinator. The search for a Kids Assembly coordinator continues. Local members of the youth planning committee are Tim Froese of Emmanuel Mennonite Church (Abbotsford), and Jen Nickel (youth) and Russ Klassen of Sherbrooke Mennonite Church (Vancouver).

Planners expect up to 500 youth and 500 adults to attend Abbotsford 2007. The theme is “Built to Last” based on I Corinthians 3:11, MC Canada’s new scripture motto approved by delegates at Edmonton 2006.