COMMUNITY NEWS – Sunday, March 17, 2024

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MCEC  PRAYERS FOR SUNDAY, March 17, 2024 

Pray for Mennonite Church Saskatchewan who met together last weekend at their annual meeting around the theme of Rekindling Relationship. Pray for them as they lean into the ministry before them in the coming year. Pray for Len Rempel who begins as Executive Minister in June.

Pray for Mennonite Church Alberta who gather this weekend at their annual meeting under the theme of Breaking Down – Gathering Up. Pray for their speaker, Joon Park who is interim pastor at Holyrood Mennonite Church in Alberta as together the look at the journey to become an intercultural church.

Pray for the 8 MCEC congregations and close to 100 individuals who are playing volleyball together at the MCEC Intercultural Volleyball Tournament this Saturday at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate. May their time be filled with kind, gentle and generous competition, companionship and welcome as new and existing friends meet for a day of volleyball and fellowship.

Pray for the MCEC Executive Council who will gather together in their regular meeting on Tuesday, March 19. Pray for good discernment and clarity as they focus on our collective MCEC ministry to energize congregations, encourage leaders and embody God’s reconciling ministry for all of creation.

Iglesia Cristiana Menonita de Colombia (IMCOL) will be holding its national assembly March 22-25 in Cachipay, Colombia. Please pray for these siblings in faith as they gather, worship, celebrate and discern together. Pray also for Janet Plenert, Liaison Worker for ministry in Latin America, who will be representing Mennonite Church Canada at this gathering.  

Continue to pray for MyanmarUkraine, Gaza and throughout a world that cries for peace. Pray for those who are displaced, those who search for family members, those who make decisions and those who attempt to provide aid. Lord, hear our prayers.

 

  MCEC ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR SUNDAY, March 17, 2024

MCEC Annual Church Gathering, April 26 & 27, 2024, Leamington, ON. Inspired by Hope. Be inspired by the hope we find in Jesus. “We need you this weekend,” says Ben Cassels, MCEC moderator. “We need you voice, engagement, wisdom and prayers as we gather to be the Church.” Hear stories of inspiration and experience the wonder and mystery of God. Doug Klassen, celebration of ten years of ministry impact with Legacy Initiatives Fund; welcome new congregations and more! Registration is now open!

MCEC Open Forum: Engaging Youth in the Church, March 21, 2024 Zoom Conversation, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. How can churches best facilitate youth faith formation within their congregation and in the lives of youth? How could MCEC churches and affiliated camps and schools work together to deepen the faith of youth? The recent project, led by the Centre for Community Based Research, in collaboration with MCEC, explored how MCEC can be a resource to its churches and pastors regarding engaging high school youth in faith to address the current need of congregants and recognize the emerging solutions for engaging youth. This event will report on recent findings. Register at mcec.ca.

 

ONLINE PUBLICATIONS FOR SUNDAY, March 17, 2024

MCC Ontario bulletin announcements for March 17, 2024

 

COMPASS REFUGEE CENTRE   Open House Thursday April 4, 2024

 

PASTORS IN EXILE (PiE) WINTER EVENTS —  Click here for poster

 

HIDDEN ACRES

Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp’s 40th Annual Bowlathon is happening again this year on April 6th! This is one of the camp’s main annual fundraising events with last year’s Bowlathon raising almost $30,000! You can show your support by making a donation at hiddenacres.ca/donate, and select “Annual Bowlathon” from the list. If you have any questions please contact us at info@hiddenacres.ca or 519-625-8602. Thank you!  Click here for poster.

Upcoming Events:  Grandparent & Grandchild Day – March 11, 2024 ; Spring Seniors Retreat – April 29, 2024 ; Alumni Gathering – May 17-19, 2024 ; Chicken BBQ and Pie Auction – June 11, 2024 ; Family Camping Weekend – June 28-30, 2024 ; Summer Camps – July 1-August 31, 2024

 

SILVER LAKE MENNONITE CAMP

SLMC Summer Camp – Registration is open! Visit slmc.ca/summer-camp to view all programs available at Silver Lake Mennonite Camp this summer.

SLMC 3-v-3 Basketball Tournament – Create a team to participate in Silver Lake’s fundraiser on March 23 at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate. Register at slmc.ca/basketball-tournament

Music is Medicine Retreat – Come to Silver Lake for a weekend of singing and instrumental music from April 19-21. All meals provided. Register at slmc.ca/retreats.

 

MENNONITE ACTION UPDATE

  • The next peace action will take place on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on March 21.  In collaboration with the Mennonite Central Committee Ontario Office in Kitchener, Mennonite Action will send a bus from the Waterloo Region to Ottawa for an action demanding that federal representatives work for a political solution that honors the lives of both Palestinians and Israelis.  The bus will leave early in the morning and arrive back in Waterloo around 10 p.m.  Please sign up here if you are interested.
  • There is an ecumenical Gaza Ceasefire Pilgrimage scheduled for March 16 to do a long walk as a group (on the Iron Horse Trail).  The day begins with opening prayer and worship at 8am at Stirling Mennonite Church.  This is a Pilgrimage for Peace that people can attempt in one day (March 16) or start on their own and do part of with others on that one day.  We’ll go back and forth on the Iron Horse Trail, which will add up to 36km.  To sign up and for more information: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61556694638110

 

HANDEL’S MESSIAH

Nota Bene Players & Singers, conducted by Howard Dyck present Handel’s Messiah on Palm Weekend.  The performance will be dedicated to the memory of longtime organist, teacher and conductor Jan Overduin.

    • March 22nd, 7pm, at Saugeen Academy, 381 10th St, HANOVER
    • March 23rd, 7pm at St. Paul’s United Church, 29 Park St. W., DUNDAS
    • March 24, 3pm, at First United Church, 16 William St. W., WATERLOO

 

CONSCIENCE CANADA — Spring 2024 Newsletter and Peace Tax Return

Dear Conscience Canada supporters:  It’s tax time: time to reflect on the doors that are opened when we close the door on war, to invite others, including our government, to imagine what we could do with the resources our societies invest in militarism and war.  Conscience Canada hopes you’ll find our Peace Tax Return and Spring 2024 newsletter useful for this time.  And we hope you’ll be able to join us for our April 20 AGM (announced in the newsletter).  As I write, it’s Valentine’s Day, so here’s some peace related history former board member Anna shared  https://www.consciencecanada.ca/?p=1747. May we all know and learn to use the power of nonviolence that enables us to protect what we love.  love & best wishes, Jan Slakov, on behalf of the board of Conscience Canada

 

INTER-MENNONITE CHILDREN’S CHOIR

The Inter-Mennonite Children’s Choir is looking to run an Adult/Parent Choir for the IMCC Spring Concert on Sunday May 5, 2024. This is an exciting chance to build community among our families and to provide interested parents and friends of IMCC an opportunity to sing on a short-term basis.  Please sign up using the following google form: https://forms.gle/qcMWTws19SD6j6Do7 by March 5th. Our first rehearsal will be on Tuesday March 19 from 6:15 – 7:15 in the sanctuary at W-K United Mennonite Church.

 

MEDA

In support of MEDA, join the Waterloo Network Hub for breakfast on Thursday, March 28th, 2024, at the RiverSong Banquet Hall located at 632 Hawkesville Rd, St. Jacobs, ON N0B 2N0. This event will feature Guest Key Speaker, Chloe Hamilton, Founder of  Warm Embrace Elder Care Ltd, who will share her compelling journey. Time: 7:30 am. Cost: $25 Regular, $15 Student. RSVP: by March 22nd, 2024 at https://www.meda.org/events/

Join the Waterloo Network Hub their Annual Spring Banquet on Saturday, April 20th, 2024, at Shantz Mennonite Church located at 2473 Erbs Rd, Baden, ON, N3A 3M3.  Hosted by Gary & Brenda Leis, this event will feature live music, dinner by Grace Frey Catering, welcoming remarks by Dorothy Nyambi, President and CEO of MEDA, presentation by Katelynn Folkerts with MEDA on Cassava Seed Systems.  Doors open at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6:00 pm.  Cost:  $55.00 per person.  Register online by April 12th at:  https://www.meda.org/events/.  You won’t want to miss this!

 

100th ANNIVERSARY OF RUSSIAN MENNONITES IN ONTARIO

Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario Annual Meeting & Niagara Russlaender Centenary Tour, Saturday, June 15, 2024.  Join the Society for a day tour of sites in the Niagara region to commemorate the centenary of the arrival of Russlaender Mennonite immigrants in Ontario.  Fill out this form to be notified when registration opens.  Details at www.mhso.org.

 

ROCKWAY MENNONITE COLLEGIATE

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: VICE-PRINCIPAL — Rockway Mennonite Collegiate is accepting applications for the position of Vice-Principal. This is a full-time position effective July 2024. If you, or someone you know would be a good fit for our school, please view and share the full job posting at: rockway.ca/employment

GRADE 7-12 INFORMATION NIGHT — Is your child looking for a change in September? Rockway teachers are passionate about creating engaging lessons, challenging their students to think critically and caring for their wellbeing. We encourage students to explore their faith while developing respect and appreciation for all faith traditions. Join us on April 16 at 7 pm to discover the Rockway Experience for your child. Visit rockway.ca to RSVP today!

GRADE 9-12 DRAMA PRODUCTION — Prepare to be enthralled by Rockway students in grades 9-12, as they take on the world of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson April 11-13. With many supporting actors in the cast, these plays come to life, with British accents and all. Tickets are $15 per person. For more information and to get your tickets, visit: rockway.ca/sherlock.

 

CONRAD GREBEL UNIVERSITY COLLEGE

Bechtel Lecture | Thursday, March 21, 7:30 PM| A lot-Driven People: Mennonite Narratives in Age of Nationalism (1870-1945). John P. Eicher will give a free public lecture focusing on two groups of German-speaking Mennonites from Russia—one composed of voluntary migrants and the other composed of refugees—who settled in Paraguay’s Gran Chaco during the interwar years of the twentieth century. Conrad Grebel University College, Great Hall. grebel.ca/bechtel.

Grebel and University of Waterloo March Break Open House | Saturday, March 23, 10 AM – 5 PM. Planning to study at the University of Waterloo? Tour the university and see what it would be like to live on campus in a small, Christian residence at Conrad Grebel University College while studying at Waterloo. Meet current students, learn about academic programs, and explore the residence. Free parking. All are welcome. Visit grebel.ca/events for more information.

Planting the Seeds of Community | March 23, 2024, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM, Conrad Grebel University College, Great Hall. All are welcome to attend this panel discussion about food production, sustainability and prioritizing wholesome food as consumers. Featuring distinguished alumni award recipient Angie Koch, founder of Fertile Ground Farm. Please RSVP at uwaterloo.ca/grebel/events/planting-seeds-community

Ontario Mennonite Music Camp is a place where youth in grade 6-12 develop and enrich relationships, faith, musicality, and leadership in a fun and supportive summer camp environment. Hosted at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, August 11 to 23, 2024. Register by April 12 for early-bird camp fees. uwaterloo.ca/grebel/ommc 

 

YOU CAN PROVIDE EMERGENCY RELIEF TODAY

MCC and local partners provide emergency assistance to affected families.  Your donations and prayers help bring critical support to these global neighbours.  To donate go to mcco.ca/volcano-relief 

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