Mennonite Church Canada updates and prayer requests

Published on September 28, 2022

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INTERNATIONAL WITNESS 

 

International Witness Sunday – October 16, 2022 


Join congregations across our nationwide community of faith as we celebrate International Witness Sunday on October 16, 2022, by asking “What is in your hands?” What has God given you and your congregation to use to bless your community and strengthen the global Body of Christ? Register your congregation to receive free worship resources at www.mennonitechurch.ca/IW-Sunday 

Gerald and Rie Neufeld called to be relationship catalysts in Japan 


https://www.mennonitechurch.ca/article/14302-gerald-and-rie-neufeld-called-to-be-relationship-catalysts-in-japan  

Mennonite Church Canada is pleased to announce Gerald and Rie Neufeld as “relationship catalysts,” fostering connections between the nationwide church and Mennonite churches in Japan. Read the full story. 

 

AIMM training focuses on community assets in DR Congo 

Praise God for the assets-based community development training that Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission facilitates at the Kalonda Bible Institute in DR Congo. As students begin their pastoral ministries, they will assess the local resources of their communities and create opportunities for sustainable progress, in their churches and for their own livelihoods. 

 

Chinese Christians face ongoing pressure and discrimination 

Believers in China will take a training course this weekend about following Jesus in the Anabaptist tradition. Pray for them as Christians face increasing political pressures and discrimination in the country, for wisdom in how to gather and for joy in being together. 

 

MC South Korea holds annual retreat 

Pray for God’s Spirit to be present as Mennonite Church South Korea meets to hold its annual retreat this weekend (Oct. 1-2). 

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In-Person and Live Stream Book Launch, Thursday September 29, 7:00 PM (CDT) 


Walking Together: Intercultural Stories of Love and Acceptance by Edith and Neill von Gunten.  Join us for intercultural stories of love and acceptance that cover over 50 years of peace and reconciliation work – and why the issues they raise remain important for cross-cultural relationship-building today.  Stan McKay, Norman Meade, and Clarence and Barbara Nepinak will be guest panelists.  For further information, see https://www.commonword.ca/go/2987.

October is Pastor Appreciation Month 

Consider gifting your pastor(s) a CommonWord gift card! 

https://www.commonword.ca/go/giftcard  

 

Resources for upcoming events 

  

In-person and livestreamed book launches 

Past updates

Published on September 14, 2022

You can receive these biweekly updates from Mennonite Church Canada through your regional church newsletter. Sign up on your regional church website.

 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL WITNESS 

 

International Witness Sunday – October 16, 2022 


Join congregations across our nationwide community of faith as we celebrate International Witness Sunday on October 16, 2022, by asking “What is in your hands?” What has God given you and your congregation to use to bless your community and strengthen the global Body of Christ? Register your congregation to receive free worship resources at www.mennonitechurch.ca/IW-Sunday 

 

Prayer for meeting in Philippines 

Board members and staff of PeaceBuilders Community Inc. and Coffee for Peace in Mindanao, Philippines, together with Witness workers, Lakan and Lakambini, will meet with Mennonite Church Canada staff over the next ten days to discuss plans for the future. Pray that God will guide and give wisdom as they discern together. 

 
 
 

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In-Person and Live Stream Book Launch, Thursday September 29, 7:00 PM (CDT) 


Walking Together: Intercultural Stories of Love and Acceptance by Edith and Neill von Gunten.  Join us for intercultural stories of love and acceptance that cover over 50 years of peace and reconciliation work – and why the issues they raise remain important for cross-cultural relationship-building today.  Stan McKay, Norman Meade, and Clarence and Barbara Nepinak will be guest panelists.  For further information, see https://www.commonword.ca/go/2987. 

 

Engage CommonWord this fall in-person, by email/phone, or online

  

International Peace Sunday – Sept. 21

Mennonite World Conference encourages its member churches to use the Sunday closest to Sept 21, 2022, to proclaim and pray for peace. Use MWC prepared materials and other resources found here – https://www.commonword.ca/go/2263.   


Orange Shirt Day 

Orange shirts are now in stock. Remember the victims and survivors of residential schools on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – www.commonword.ca/go/orangeshirt. A portion of the proceeds from orange shirt sales will be directed to the Native Northwest Reconciliation Fund and local IRS programming (details are noted for each design). 

 

World Communion Sunday – Oct. 2


Resources for the first Sunday in October – a communion service observed annually by many Christian denominations as a sign of unity in Christ – https://www.commonword.ca/go/1439

 

Thanksgiving 


Resources that celebrate the blessings of God’s bountiful provision, love and mercy on the fall harvest day in October – https://www.commonword.ca/go/2576