COMMUNITY NEWS – Sunday, March 10, 2024

Scheduled News


    • Pray for the MCEC Executive Minister search committee as they continue in their work.  Pray that God would call candidates and for good discernment for all on the committee. (See update.)
    • 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 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 five new congregations and more! Registration is now open!
    • MCEC Intercultural Volleyball Tournament, March 16, 2024, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  A fun day of intercultural, intergenerational volleyball.  This event is open to all MCEC congregations.  Join the 80+ already registered, grab your friends and register your congregation. Register by congregation at
    • 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



Mennonite Central Committee [MCC]  In Touch monthly magazine  — current issue

Mennonite World Conference [MWC]  MWC Prayer Network – March 2024  and  Pastoral Letter for Anabaptist-Mennonites in Myanmar

Prayer in the Park  Check out all the information

Woolwich Counselling Centre  April 2024 upcoming programs


COMPASS REFUGEE CENTRE   Open House Thursday April 4, 2024


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



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, and select “Annual Bowlathon” from the list. If you have any questions please contact us at 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



SLMC Summer Camp – Registration is open! Visit 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

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




Saturday, March 9, 7:30pm: Menno Singers with Artistic Director Brandon Leis present ‘At the Foot of the Cross,’ with cellist Ben Bolt-Martin and Menno Youth Ensemble. The concerts includes Bach’s Jesu Meine Freude and works by Morlock, Tavener, Casarrubbios and Carol Ann Weaver. Trillium Lutheran Church (22 Willow St., Waterloo). Tickets $25, Child/Student $5 at or at the door.  Click here for poster



  • 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:



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 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



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: 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.



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

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:  You won’t want to miss this!



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




With last week’s announcement of Josh Hill, Rockway’s current Vice-Principal, becoming Rockway’s new Principal, we are now 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 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 to RSVP today!



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 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 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

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. 




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 

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