Mennonite Church Canada updates and prayer requests

Published on November 23, 2022

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

 

 

Sandy Plett hired as climate action coordinator 


Mennonite Church Canada is pleased to welcome Sandy Plett as climate action coordinator. Plett will coordinate efforts across the regional churches to build understanding and action around and in response to the climate crisis.

https://www.mennonitechurch.ca/article/14531-sandy-plett-hired-as-climate-action-coordinator 

 

Jonathan Neufeld welcomed as Indigenous Relations coordinator 


Mennonite Church Canada is pleased to announce the hiring of Jonathan Neufeld as Indigenous Relations coordinator, a role that will seek to coordinate and resource the regional churches in their relationship-building with Indigenous communities. 

https://www.mennonitechurch.ca/press-release/14529-jonathan-neufeld-welcomed-as-indigenous-relations-coordinator-for-mennonite-church-canada  

 

INTERNATIONAL WITNESS 


Support now accessible to churches in Myanmar 

Pray for Bible Missionary Church and Anabaptist Church Myanmar. Praise God that MC Canada Witness has been able to send support for these ministries after months of delay and that these congregations continue to minister despite economic hardship and risk of violence. Pray for the churches in Chin State as violence increases.  For more info, visit https://www.mennonitechurch.ca/myanmar.  

 

Tokyo churches make plans for Mennonite Centre 

Pray for the Tokyo Area Fellowship of Mennonite Churches as it makes decisions on what to do with the building that housed the Tokyo Mennonite Centre. Pray that they will be of one heart as they move forward with plans. Pray for MC Canada relationship catalysts, Rie and Gerald Neufeld, as they support TAFMC in this process.  For more info, visit https://www.mennonitechurch.ca/japan.  

 

Remember Witness workers during the holidays 

As Christmas season approaches, pray for children, grandchildren and families of Witness workers who will not spend Christmas with their family members. Consider reaching out to our Witness workers and their families to thank them and encourage them in their work.  

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Prepare for Advent/Christmas at CommonWord

Visit commonword.ca for both gift-giving ideas (fair-trade coffee, seasonal books, other books to gift, Indigenous gifts, and more) and church resources (worship, devotionals, group studies, performed dramas, etc.).  See our online flyer for special retail offers during our Christmas Sale Week, Nov 28-Dec 2.  (Order early to allow for shipping.  Some products are only sold in-store.)  Contact us if you need ideas either for your Christmas program or Christmas gift. 

 

New Advent resource from Herald Press 

 

A Christian Seasons calendar

This unique calendar follows the Christian year – Advent through Ordinary Time – and includes scripture, liturgical colour and splendid artwork.  Buy here – https://www.commonword.ca/go/2177. 

 

CommonRead: When We Belong: Reclaiming Christianity on the Margins

We encourage Mennonite Church Canada congregations to read When We Belong: Reclaiming Christianity on the Margins. We offer a bulk discount for small groups who purchase five or more copies – https://www.commonword.ca/go/3107.  Order before Dec 24. 

Past updates

Published on November 10, 2022

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

 

 

We’re hiring!  

MC Canada invites applications for two positions. Check out our full job descriptions here: www.mennonitechurch.ca/get-involved#careers.  

  • Communications Coordinator (adjusted) This .5 FTE position communicates nationwide programs, events and resources to the regional churches and shares MC Canada programs and developments with partner organizations and the public.   
  • Associate Executive Minister This .5 FTE position gives leadership to nationwide priorities by providing support to regional churches in their formation of healthy pastoral leadership and healthy congregations. 

 

INTERNATIONAL WITNESS 


Peace agreement signed in Ethiopia  

Meserete Kristos Church invites us to rejoice in the peace agreement signed this week in Ethiopia. President Desalegn asks for prayer that “the peace agreement be rooted deep to transform the broken relationships, that there will be a provision of resources to address the needy community in the nation due to the conflict and other causes and that God would use MKC as tool of sustainable peace and restoration of the True Kingdom Gospel to Ethiopia and beyond.”   
 

Pray for Palestinian olive harvest  

Pray for Palestinian brothers and sisters experiencing random and unprovoked attacks from extremist Israeli settlers during the current olive harvest. Pray also for international volunteers accompanying them for their safety. May the settlers see their neighbours as full human beings with the right to live, build and work on the land they have lived on for generations. (For more information on the Palestinian olive industry and fair-trade oil visit: https://zatoun.com/.) 

 
 
 

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Prepare for Advent/Christmas at CommonWord 

Visit commonword.ca for gift-giving ideas (fair-trade coffee, seasonal books, other books to gift, Indigenous gifts) and church resources (worship, devotionals, group studies, performed dramas, etc.).  See our online flyer for special retail offers during our Christmas Sale Week, Nov 28-Dec 2. (Order early to allow for shipping. Some products sold only in-store.) Contact us if you need ideas either for your Christmas program or Christmas gift. 

 

New Advent resource from Herald Press 

 

A Christian Seasons calendar

This unique calendar follows the Christian year – Advent through Ordinary Time – and includes scripture, liturgical colour and splendid artwork.  Buy here – https://www.commonword.ca/go/2177. 

 

New from the Institute of Mennonite Studies (AMBS) 

Anabaptist storytellers, academics, poets, administrators, students, activists and pastors offer stories of personal and systemic violence and betrayal when theology is weaponized.  Buy or borrow - https://www.commonword.ca/go/3118  

 


‘A Creative God’ resources explore visual arts in worship in intercultural Anabaptist congregations

https://www.mennonitechurch.ca/news/14472-a-creative-god-resources-explore-visual-arts-in-worship-in-intercultural-anabaptist-congregations 

This 45-minute documentary, with accompanying discussion guide, explores how seven Anabaptist/Mennonite congregations with worshipers from varying cultural backgrounds use visual art and other visual elements in their worship and congregational life. Use these materials to stimulate artful discussions about enriching worship and encouraging artistic expression in your community!