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Preparing for Assembly 2011


MDS Region V volunteers Adina Doerksen, Jessie Zacharias, Mary Fehr and Martha Harder stuff baggies of Duplo building blocks destined for delegate tote bags for Mennonite Church Canada Assembly 2011 in Waterloo.

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Lois Nickel, MDS Region V Manager, with 500 MDS baggies for Delegate tote bags

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May 27, 2011
-Deborah Froese

Winnipeg, MAN. — Preparations to attend Mennonite Church Canada’s Youth and Adult Assembly 201l in Kitchener/Waterloo July 4-8 are ramping up – including preparations by partner service organizations.

On Thursday, May 26, volunteers with Mennonite Disaster Service stuffed 500 baggies with MDS postcards and Duplo building blocks. The packages are destined for Delegate tote bags at Assembly 2011 and the blocks are for the construction of an MDS “house” at the MDS conference display table.

Service organizations like MDS and others see the importance of the church and opportunities to meet together as fundamental to the need of supplying service-oriented volunteers and disciples of Christ, ready and willing to serve wherever and whenever needed.

Playing on words in an email, Nickel described the event as a “block party…something different than the usual paper stuffing.”

As of Wednesday, May 25, almost 600 attendees have registered for Assembly 2011, including 228 Delegates, 77 non-Delegate Adults, 135 youth, 56 youth sponsors, and 34 children and junior youth.

To learn more about Assembly 2011, It’s Epic, Remembering God’s Future, see or for Youth Assembly information.