Mennonite Church Canada updates and prayer requests

Published on May 11, 2022

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MC Canada invites nationwide church to Edmonton for Gathering 2022 

https://www.mennonitechurch.ca/article/13414-mc-canada-invites-nationwide-church-to-gathering-2022  

Executive Minister Doug Klassen invites members from across our nationwide community of faith to Gathering 2022, in Edmonton and online. For event info, visit mennonitechurch.ca/gathering2022. 

 

Virtual Gathering 2022 registration now open  


Virtual registration for We Declare: what we have seen and heard, July 29 to Aug. 1, is now open at mennonitechurch.ca/gathering2022. Share in live worship and plenary sessions, participate in online workshops and network with other virtual participants from across our nationwide community of faith. 

 

Gathering 2022 registration now open 


Registration for We Declare: what we have seen and heard, from July 29 to Aug. 1, in Edmonton, Alta. is open. Come and join our nationwide community of faith as we gather together with our Mennonite Church Alberta faith family to examine what it means to share the Good News. Early bird registration deadline is May 20. Register at mennonitechurch.ca/gathering2022. 

 

“Why students are our favourite part of serving at MKC” 


Meet two graduating students from Meserete Kristos Seminary in Ethiopia. Written by Witness worker Joanne De Jong.  

https://www.mennonitechurch.ca/article/13398-why-students-are-our-favourite-part-of-serving-at-mkc 

 

INTERNATIONAL WITNESS 

 

Conflict resolution courses taught in South Korean middle school 

For the third time this year, a middle school in South Korea has invited facilitators from the Chuncheon Community Peace Centre to do training in all 18 classes to help children learn peaceful ways to resolve conflict. Witness worker Bock Ki Kim is working to build teams of facilitators in other cities so that local people can provide this kind of training. Pray for the facilitator-training courses planned for this summer.   

Chinese church leaders discouraged 

Pray for church leaders in China who are discouraged with the many restrictions on their activities due to COVID and political interests. Notes of encouragement can be sent to jhanson@mennonitechurch.ca 

De Jongs teach courses in local churches 

As the semester ends at the Meserete Kristos Seminary in Ethiopia, Witness workers Werner and Joanne De Jong are planning to serve local churches with training courses. Pray for safe travel and good connections as they teach.   

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Gathering 2022 

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Visio Divina resources 

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Past updates

Published on April 27, 2022

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Virtual Gathering 2022 registration now open 


We Declare: what we have seen and heard in Edmonton, Alberta, from July 29 to Aug. 1 will be available to virtual participants across Mennonite Church Canada’s nationwide community of faith. Virtual registration for We Declare is now open at mennonitechurch.ca/gathering2022. 

 

Mennonite Church Canada transitions Indigenous-Settler Relations program

Mennonite Church Canada is transitioning its Indigenous-Settler Relations (ISR) program to the five regional churches. The nationwide ISR staff position has been reduced to 0.5 FTE. Steve Heinrichs, who was ISR director for over ten years, is no longer in this role. Moving forward, the ISR position at Mennonite Church Canada will focus on information sharing and collaboration between regional church ISR working groups. Read the release. 


Gathering 2022 registration now open! Early bird deadline May 15 


Registration for We Declare: what we have seen and heard, from July 29 to Aug. 1, in Edmonton, Alta., opens today (April 13!). Come and join our nationwide community of faith as we gather together with our Mennonite Church Alberta faith family to examine what it means to share the Good News. Early bird registration deadline is May 15. Register at mennonitechurch.ca/gathering2022. 

 

INTERNATIONAL WITNESS 

 

Mennonite Seoul meets again in person 

Mennonite Seoul, a congregation led by Witness workers Bock Ki Kim and Sook Kyoung Park, met in person for the first time in two years on April 24. Pray for this group of believers as they transition to meeting together after online meetings during the pandemic. 

Service of Veiths celebrated in Winnipeg 

Praise God for the celebration of 30 years of ministry by Witness workers George and Tobia Veith at Douglas Mennonite Church in Winnipeg on April 22. They shared stories of God’s faithfulness and a vision for a global church that learns from each other and supports each other. For a link to the recording, and to learn more about China ministry contact International Witness director Jeanette Hanson. 

AIMM helps with community-development training 

Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission co-director John Fumana led training on assets-based community development in Kandal recently. This focuses on the community's own assets and resources as the basis of development, empowering people to use what resources they already have. AIMM is excited its partners will envision and implement economic projects that will strengthen communities and help them to share their Anabaptist church community with others. 

 
 
 

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MennoCast episode 9

  • What does peace look like in situations like the invasion of Russia in Ukraine? How can we live out the love of Jesus in the midst of conflict? What role does the church have in making peace? These questions are discussed on The MennoCast’s latest episode. Listen here - https://www.commonword.ca/go/2944 

 

 

Spring CommonRead

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