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Saying farewell


Sven Eriksson, Denominational Minister, presents a retirement speech.

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March 14, 2008
-Deborah Froese

Correction to this story:
Der Bote is closing and ceasing publication as of March 30, not June as stated below.

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Approximately 80 people gathered on February 29th to honour the staff of the German language magazine, Der Bote (The Messenger) and retiring Mennonite Church Canada Denominational Minister, Sven Eriksson.  The dinner took place during MC Canada’s Spring Leadership Assembly.

Der Bote will wind down its ministry in June 2008 with further celebrations of its 84 year life to be held during the annual Assembly of Mennonite Church Canada in July 2008.  Editor Ingrid Janzen Lamp, administrative assistant Lois Bergen and typesetter/layout artist Andrea Dick were thanked for their dedication and contributions to the magazine.  Lamp, who lives in Swift Current and spent many hours travelling to Winnipeg by Greyhound bus over the years, expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to work with Der Bote, and noted that she would not miss the bus ride.

Eriksson has been in the position of Denominational Minister since 2003, arriving at a time when Mennonite Church Canada was going through extensive structural changes.  Robert J. Suderman, MC Canada’s General Secretary, noted that during that transitional period, Sven was “a blessing to us all... he asked what others assumed was obvious...with patience and optimism, wisdom and humour.”  In an emotional response to Suderman and other guest speakers, Eriksson said that he “found joy in the privilege of working with a great team of ministers [and] in belonging to the Mennonite Church Canada staff community.”

Andrea Dick
Andrea Dick served as typesetter and layout artist of Der Bote for many years.

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Lois Bergen
Lois Bergen, handled Der Bote subscriptions on a part-time basis. This portion of her time is being re-deployed in other areas of staff service.

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Ingrid Lamp
Ingrid Lamp, Der Bote editor, made a strong contribution in the publication’s final years.

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