Mennonite Church Canada

Bi-weekly Update for Feb. 1, 2023

   

Indigenous Relations

     
   

Jubilee Fund Applications Due 

Annual grant applications to the Jubilee Fund are welcome until Feb. 15, 2023. The Fund aims to benefit Indigenous initiatives in Canada that work to address injustices related to land, such as, but not limited to: reconnecting people to their traditional territory, protection and reclamation of sacred sites, sustainable land use, or environmental justice. Details at https://www.mennonitechurch.ca/jubilee-fund 


 


     Book Study: Begins Feb. 15

You’re invited to join a Zoom-based book study of "Walking Together" as part of the reconciliation journey. Authors Neill and Edith von Gunten bring a wealth of wisdom to the work of reconciliation, having connected and collaborated with Indigenous communities in Manitoba and beyond for almost fifty years. Open to participation across Canada. Hosted by MCEC. Begins on Feb. 15. Details and registration via link at https://mcec.ca/event/21748-2023-02-15-walking-together-book-study-feb-15


   
   

Prayer Request

The Manitoba Mennonite Coalition for Indigenous Solidarity (MCIS) invites prayers for the families of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in mourning the loss of their loved ones and for collective solidarity in their calls for all levels of government to commit to healing and ending the ongoing national crisis.


 

International Witness

 

Event

Church-to-Church Conversation: Meserete Kristos Church and MC Canada
February 15, 2023, 12 p.m. EST
(8pm Ethiopia/11am CST/10am MST/9am PST)

   

You are invited to join an online Zoom conversation with President Desalegn Abebe, Meserete Kristos Church and Doug Klassen, Executive Minister, Mennonite Church Canada. This cross-Canada opportunity will feature updates from Ethiopia on ministry collaboration and the current political climate. You will have an opportunity to ask questions via the chat in this Zoom call.

Register here: https://mcec.ca/event/21814-2023-02-15-church-to-church-conversation-meserete-kristos-and-mc-canada

Background Information:

Meserete Kristos Church is the fastest growing and largest Anabaptist/Mennonite denomination in Mennonite World Conference. For more than 15 years Mennonite Church Canada has partnered in the development of Meserete Kristos College/Seminary, which serves as a significant leadership training centre. 

Recently, Meserete Kristos Church and Mennonite Church Canada have formalized a sister-church relationship with a focus on mutual encouragement, prayer and support in areas of leadership development and church planting. Meserete Kristos Seminary continues to grow and develop as a world-class theological institution. Through the sending of teachers for short-term assignments and supporting ongoing building projects at the Seminary, Mennonite Church Canada seeks to continue to  learn and grow together with Meserete Kristos Church.

     
 

Announcement: 

The Evangelical Mennonite Church Vietnam is experiencing tremendous growth, creating an urgent need for Anabaptist training. Mennonite Church Canada Witness would like to raise $6000 in 6 weeks to help subsidize 90 new Vietnamese pastors’ travel to attend an Anabaptist Training Conference in Ho Chi Minh City (Feb 8-10).


 

Give at www.mennonitechurch.ca/vietnam Also, pray for Garry Janzen, Kevin Barkowsky, Nhien Pham as they prepare to teach at the conference and Jeanette Hanson as she prepares to make connections to the wider Mennonite Church. Pray that the Holy Spirit would move, and churches in Vietnam and Cambodia would be encouraged and strengthened in Christ.


 

 

Prayer Requests


 

Amos Chin of the Bible Missionary Church asks you to pray for the people of Myanmar who face extreme challenges in teaching peace amid food shortages and violent injustice.

   

Pray for the participants of the ongoing Learning Tour in Thailand as they unpack what they are seeing and learning. Pray for tour hosts Tom and Christine Poovong who are integral to Friends of Grace Church Association, a network of nearly 100 worshiping communities.


 

Pray for students Ochan (Peter) Lual and Khan (Isaac) Gatkuoth from south Sudan as they begin their second semester studies at Meserete Kristos Seminary in Ethiopia. Pray also for Witness works Werner and Joanne DeJong who are offering them specialized supports.

     
   

For Congregational Meetings 

 

Annual Meeting season is about to begin for congregations and regional churches. Anyone looking for annual updates from MC Canada can find a one-page and four-page version at https://www.commonword.ca/go/3251

     

 

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Lenten Guided Prayer Experience

Join a guided prayer experience for Lent with help from these weekly prayer sheets (for individual or group experience).  For more information, see https://www.commonword.ca/go/2221

 
 

Lent Resources

Resources for the Lenten season, including Together in Worship resources: www.commonword.ca/go/2213


 

 

CommonRead Author Conversation

Register for the online author conversation on Feb 23.  Buy or borrow the book and download a free study guide – https://www.commonword.ca/go/3117

   

 

Anabaptism at 500

For more information, see https://www.mennomedia.org/anabaptism-at-500/

     
   

February is Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month by remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora.  Many resources available here – https://www.commonword.ca/go/2819   

     

 

Stay in Touch

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Published on January 18, 2023

 

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Thank you

Thank you to each and every one who gave the gift of money, time, and energy to Mennonite Church Canada programs and ministries in 2022. Know that your gifts are welcomed and treasured by all who receive them. May God’s blessing of grace and peace be with you. – Doug Klassen, Executive Minister, MC Canada

     
 

For Congregational Meetings 

Annual Meeting season is about to begin for congregations and regional churches. Anyone looking for annual updates from MC Canada can find a one-page and four-page version at https://www.commonword.ca/go/3251  

 



   

 

International Witness

 

Event

Church-to-Church Conversation: Meserete Kristos Church and MC Canada
February 15, 2023, 12 p.m. EST
(8pm Ethiopia/11am CST/10am MST/9am PST)

   

You are invited to join an online Zoom conversation with President Desalegn Abebe, Meserete Kristos Church and Doug Klassen, Executive Minister, Mennonite Church Canada. This cross-Canada opportunity will feature updates from Ethiopia on ministry collaboration and the current political climate. You will have an opportunity to ask questions via the chat in this Zoom call.

Register here: https://mcec.ca/event/21814-2023-02-15-church-to-church-conversation-meserete-kristos-and-mc-canada

Background Information:

Meserete Kristos Church is the fastest growing and largest Anabaptist/Mennonite denomination in Mennonite World Conference. For more than 15 years Mennonite Church Canada has partnered in the development of Meserete Kristos College/Seminary, which serves as a significant leadership training centre. 

Recently, Meserete Kristos Church and Mennonite Church Canada have formalized a sister-church relationship with a focus on mutual encouragement, prayer and support in areas of leadership development and church planting. Meserete Kristos Seminary continues to grow and develop as a world-class theological institution. Through the sending of teachers for short-term assignments and supporting ongoing building projects at the Seminary, Mennonite Church Canada seeks to continue to  learn and grow together with Meserete Kristos Church.

     
 

Announcement: 

The Evangelical Mennonite Church Vietnam is experiencing tremendous growth, creating an urgent need for Anabaptist training. Mennonite Church Canada Witness would like to raise $6000 in 6 weeks to help subsidize 90 new Vietnamese pastors’ travel to attend an Anabaptist Training Conference in Ho Chi Minh City (Feb 8-10).


 

Give at www.mennonitechurch.ca/vietnam Also, pray for Garry Janzen, Kevin Barkowsky, Nhien Pham as they prepare to teach at the conference and Jeanette Hanson as she prepares to make connections to the wider Mennonite Church. Pray that the Holy Spirit would move, and churches in Vietnam and Cambodia would be encouraged and strengthened in Christ.


 

 

Prayer Requests


 

Pray for the China Mennonite Network as COVID rages through the country. Pray also for healing for one of the Mennonite leaders who is seriously ill at this time.

   

Pray that God will build a global church identity among the MC Canada Philippines & Thailand Learning Tour participants as they experience faith communities different from their own. 


 
   

Indigenous Relations


 

Book Study

You’re invited to join a Zoom-based book study of "Walking Together" as part of the reconciliation journey. Authors Neill and Edith von Gunten bring a wealth of wisdom to the work of reconciliation, having connected and collaborated with Indigenous communities in Manitoba and beyond for almost fifty years. Open to participation across Canada. Hosted by MCEC. Begins on Feb. 15. Details and registration via link at https://mcec.ca/event/21748-2023-02-15-walking-together-book-study-feb-15

     

 

CommonWord logo

 

Lenten Guided Prayer Experience

Join a guided prayer experience for Lent with help from these weekly prayer sheets (for individual or group experience).  For more information, see https://www.commonword.ca/go/2221

 
 

Lent Resources

Resources for the Lenten season, including Together in Worship resources: www.commonword.ca/go/2213


 

  Top Titles in 2022

Your favourites from 2022: See CommonWord’s most popular retail and loan titles from last year https://www.commonword.ca/go/3255

   

 

New Book Launch Video

If it’s not safe in the church, where is it safe? A video book launch featuring interviews with contributors.  Watch the video, buy or borrow the book – https://www.commonword.ca/go/3118

     
    New t-shirt:

Celebrate powerful women leaders from both biblical testaments to inspire a new generation of women and girls to risk, scheme, defy and preach God’s truth and liberation in the footsteps of their spiritual foremothers: www.commonword.ca/go/3245.   

     

 

CommonRead for January:

We encourage Mennonite Church Canada congregations to read Grace Can Lead Us Home:  A Christian Call to End Homelessness.  And, from January-April, we’re offering a bulk discount for small groups who purchase 5 or more copies: www.commonword.ca/go/3117