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Site updates for May 2003

   

May 28, 2003

May 26, 2003

May 21, 2003

  • Remaining in "SARS-land" demonstrates mission motivation
    Although new cases of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) continue to break out in Hong Kong, life is slowly returning to a tentative normalcy with schools opening their doors after a month-long interruption of classes.

  • West and South come East for St. Catharines 2003
    Henry Krause, Peter Stucky, and April Yamasaki will bring messages to the delegate assembly worship services at the annual assembly in St. Catharines this year (July 9-13).

  • Youth expected to be challenged, grow, at St. Catharines 2003
    As of May 15, 400 registrations had been processed for the youth assembly at St. Catharines, ON (July 9-13). Challenging questions and spiritual nurture will be the focus at the youth assembly this summer, says organizer Anne Campion, youth ministry director for Mennonite Church Canada. Youth will be challenged with questions like “What if Saddam Hussein and George Bush were friends?”

  • Tenth Man becomes JoinHands
    Mennonite Men, an organization related to both Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada, wants its supporters to join hands in helping build Mennonite churches.

  • Danforth Mennonite proceeds with MVS unit
    In an inspiring step of faith, Danforth Mennonite Church in Toronto is proceeding with its plans to open a Mennonite Voluntary Service (MVS) unit despite the elimination of the program by Mennonite Church Canada.

  • “Listening” meetings provide opportunity
    Mennonite Church Canada is holding a series of “listening” meetings which will give members an opportunity to interact with leadership regarding MC Canada’s financial situation and early March decisions to cut programs.

  • Staff transitions at MC Canada
    Four staff persons at MC Canada are making transitions this summer.

May 15, 2003

  • June 2003 Equipping
  • Assembly Sunday Worship Resources

    Assembly Sunday worship resources are a tradition in Mennonite Church Canada congregations. The resource typically serves as a guide for congregations worshiping together in spirit with delegates and guests of the annual assembly, being held this year in St. Catharines, Ontario.

May 12, 2003

May 7, 2003

  • News Release:
    • General Board works toward secure financial future: Update

      “How have the changes we have made affected our sense of what it means to be Mennonite Church Canada?” While this question will continue to be answered over the coming months, it did help shape General Board meetings here on April 24-26, as members worked through a heavy agenda and considered weighty decisions that will continue to guide the recovery of financial stability and membership trust.

May 5, 2003

  • Daily Rejoice devotion
  • MennoLetter from Jerusalem
  • Uploaded PDF file of St. Catharines 2003 report book
  • added Jane Zheng, Interim Assistant Director of Finance, to Support Services Staff directory
  • News Releases:
    • Mission continues in midst of SARS crisis

      SARS spreads fear. Although other diseases kill more people daily on our planet, the unknowns fling this mystery illness, known as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, into the headlines. Some agencies are repatriating their personnel. Mennonite Church Canada and partner Mennonite Mission Network has 21 workers - 12 adults and nine children - in the two regions hardest hit by SARS, mainland China and Hong Kong. So far these workers are planning to stay...

      • Sidebar: SARS and Worship
        Susan Wade, mission worker supported by MC Canada Witness, recently provided an update on the impact of SARS on worship life in Hong Kong Mennonite Churches. She writes:...
      • Sidebar: Elsewhere in Asia…
        Witness workers Todd and Jeanette Hanson report “rumours” of SARS where they minister in Nanchong. Through their college level English instruction (Todd) and social welfare projects (Jeanette), they provide a Christian presence and contact for students. Jeanette recently wrote:...
    • Faith through the eyes of an artist

      Ray Dirks sees his faith through the eyes of an artist, and God as the ultimate multi-media art director. Dirks has been able to witness first hand God’s art direction as he’s traveled to 16 countries on five continents, gathering art and taking daily life photographs of Mennonite and Brethren in Christ members for an exhibit at the Mennonite World Conference (MWC) global assembly this summer in Zimbabwe.

    • Our Family/Notre Famille/Unsere Familie/ Nuestra Familia
      Each day begins in the predawn darkness for Kenna Dula and his wife Aster Wolde...