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MC Canada launches radio program



Mennonite Church Canada Release
February 16, 2007

Winnipeg, Man. — Mennonite Church Canada will launch a radio program called Church Matters on Feb.18.

The program is the combination of an offer from the Elmer Hildebrand, owner of Golden West Broadcasting – the host network – and the ponderings of MC Canada leadership on how to reach more people both in and out of its member congregations.

Using an issues and interview format, Church Matters will “ask questions about the life of the church, at home, across the street, and around the world.” MC Canada staffers Janet Plenert and Dan Dyck will host the program.

Robert J. Suderman, General Secretary of Mennonite Church Canada, said the program fills a niche in the Christian radio market. There are lots of worship style programs that focus on personal faith, but “… Church Matters is grounded in how we understand the life and spirit of the church,” he said.

Planned topics include current affairs items such as the militarization of Canada, the state of the international Mennonite church, socially responsible investing, and creation care – all from the perspective of why the church as a community of believers should be united in its concern for these issues. Each episode will bring out biblical stories and images that apply to faithful living today. Integral to the program is a desire to stay ecclesiastically grounded, added Suderman.

Church Matters will be a trial effort for one year. Continuation or expansion will depend on listener feedback.

The program will air on the third Sunday of each month in Southern Manitoba, starting Feb. 18, at 8:45 am, CST. It will be broadcast on CFAM 950 (Altona), AM 1250, (Steinbach), and CJRB 1220 (Boissevain). For those so equipped, the program can also be heard in audio file form anywhere, anytime by visiting the MC Canada web site (