COMMUNITY NEWS – Sunday, March 3, 2024

Scheduled News

MCEC  PRAYERS FOR SUNDAY, March 3, 2024 

  • Pray for Fanosie Legesse, MCEC International Mission Minister, and Mennonite Church Manitoba as they meet together for MC Manitoba’s annual meeting this weekend. Fanosie is the keynote speaker for MC Manitoba’s Leadership Day and for their annual meeting. He will inspire and encourage them toward living into an intercultural church that reflects the vision of Revelation 7 – From Every Nation: Living into an Intercultural Church.
  • Pray for the MCEC Transitioning into Ministry participants as they gather next week for equipping days. Pray for Donna Kerfoot (Zion MF), Kimberly Penner (Stirling Ave. MC), Annika Krause (Mennonite Fellowship of Montreal), Zac Klassen (Bloomingdale MC) and Janet Bauman (St. Jacobs MC) as they graduate!
  • Pray for Myanmar. There have been two days of fighting in the city of Kalay, Myanmar near the Bible Missionary Church (Mennonite) Head Office and two Mennonite congregations. People have been ordered to leave. Mennonite families including the elderly and children have been displaced amid death, grief, and food shortages. The aerial bombardment was unexpected and sudden. It is not known how long the conflict will last.
  • Pray for Ukraine. Church and Christian leaders of Canada call for peace as war in Ukraine enters its third year. Please join the Canadian Council of Churches in united prayer and action for peace in Ukraine. More information.
  • Continue to pray as war and rumours of war resound. Pray for those who are in Gaza and for the people of Israel and of Palestine. Pray for peace. Pray for wisdom. Make us instruments of your peace: where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.
  • Hold in prayer Mennonite Church Manitoba’s Coalition for Indigenous Solidarity, which has launched working groups for collaborative action such as: Land Inheritance/Return, Residential School Advocacy, Congregational Reparations, Search the Landfill/MMIW, and Decolonizing Institutions. May the Spirit of life animate the dozens of people who have come together to form these groups.

 

  MCEC ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR SUNDAY, March 3, 2024

  • 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. It has been growing since it started with more teams each year. Grab your friends and register your congregation; teams will be made on site in order to mix congregations. Register by congregation at mcec.ca.
  • 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.

  • MCEC Annual Church Gathering, April 26 & 27, 2024, Leamington, ON. Inspired by Hope. Be inspired by the hope we find in Jesus. Hear stories of inspiration and experience the wonder and mystery of God. Doug Klassen, MC Canada executive minister, will encourage and challenge us reflecting on 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3. Registration opens soon!

 

ONLINE PUBLICATIONS FOR SUNDAY, March 3, 2024

AMBS  News – most recent  and March bulletin announcements

Mennonite Central Committee  Update  and announcements for week of March 3, 2024

Mennonite Historian  March 2024 issue

Mennonite World Conference (MWC) Info February 2024

 

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

 

HIDDEN ACRES

Grandparent & Grandchild Retreat at Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp — Monday, March 11th @ 9:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Grandparents and grandchildren in grades 1-6 are invited to camp to “Discover God through the Creative Process” with Mike Vlaming, owner of Little Creek Pottery. Join us for a day of creativity, fun and connecting! For more information or to register go to our website www.hiddenacres.ca  Click here for brochure

Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp Hiring for our 2024 Summer Staff Team! — Are you or is someone you know looking for a summer job filled with meaning, friendships and fun? Apply to join our 2024 Summer Staff Team! Check out our website at www.hiddenacres.ca for available positions, information and to apply. Connect our Program Director, Josh Penfold at josh@hiddenacres.ca with any questions.

 

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.

 

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

First United Church, Waterloo has agreed to host this year’s World Day of Prayer on Friday, March 1, 2024 beginning at 10:30 a.m.  We are using the video service provided by the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada.  We invite you to join us in our sanctuary or we will also be streaming it on-line.  Click here for poster

 

MY TREE FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION  

March 1,  7pm / The Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick St., Kitchener.  The 2021 Hot Docs Official Selection and 2022 Canadian Screen Award winner My Tree follows a Canadian, Jason Sherman, on an odyssey to find the tree planted in Israel to mark his bar mitzvah when he was 13.  He discovers that it stands where a Palestinian village was destroyed in 1967. The search for the tree becomes Jason’s personal journey, and a journey into the history of Israel itself.  Join Jason and guests for a discussion and reception after the film.  $20. Tickets available at: https://registrytheatre.com/event/my-tree/   Questions? Contact Karl Kessler: foh@registrytheatre.com  Click here for poster.MY TREE

 

MENNO SINGERS

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 www.mennosingers.com or at the door.  Click here for poster

 

WINTER CAMP FOR GROWNUPS WITH PiE AND SLMC

If you are in your 20s or 30s, you are invited to join Pastors in Exile for a fun and relaxing weekend in partnership with Silver Lake Mennonite Camp (SLMC).  The retreat runs from the evening of Friday, March 1st until the afternoon of Sunday, March 3rd.  This is a “choose your own adventure” weekend where you can participate in lots of outdoor and indoor winter camp activities or spend the weekend reading by the fire.  Registration and more information can be found at https://slmc.ca/retreats/retreats/.    If you have any questions, feel free to send PiE Pastor Steph an email at steph@pastorsinexile.org.

 

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/

 

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.

 

CANADIAN MENNONITE UNIVERSITY

CommonWord virtual launch of the Together in Hope resource collection for facing the climate crisis. On Thursday, February 29, 7:30 PM (CST) join members of the MC Canada Climate Action group as they launch a new collection of resources designed to help us face the climate crisis in hope. Register for the Zoom event at commonword.ca/go/3801.

 

ROCKWAY MENNONITE COLLEGIATE

ROCKWAY ANNOUNCES NEW PRINCIPAL — Betty Pries, Chair of the Rockway Mennonite Collegiate Board of Directors, is pleased to announce and welcome Josh Hill as Rockway’s new principal. You are invited to read her full announcement on our website. Congratulations, Mr. Hill!

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. With many supporting actors in the cast, these plays come to life, with British accents and all. Tickets are $15 per person and go on sale, March 1 at rockway.ca/sherlock.

29th ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC — Sign up to play in Rockway’s Golf Classic and help support our Student Tuition Assistance program while having a fun day on the course! Not a golfer but want to show your support? Become a golf sponsor! Your sponsorship will help ensure the Rockway Experience can be accessible to more families. Contact Chris Ainsworth, Director of Advancement, at advancement@rockway.ca to learn more.

BOARD OF DIRECTOR NOMINATIONS — Rockway Mennonite Collegiate is accepting nominations to be on the Board of Directors. If you are a champion of Rockway and support our school’s mission, vision and values, then please consider applying. For more information about becoming a Board member, visit  www.rockway.ca or simply fill out the google form. If you wish to nominate someone else, with their permission, you may email their name and your rationale to: nominations@rockway.ca

 

CONRAD GREBEL UNIVERSITY COLLEGE

Is Reconciliation Possible? Rev. Dr. Ray Aldred, Director of the Indigenous Studies program at Vancouver School of Theology is Grebel’s 2024 Sawatsky Visiting Scholar. His free public lecture asks the question, “Is Reconciliation Possible?” and he will address sustaining efforts towards reconciliation when justice is so far away. Thursday, February 29, at 7:30 PM, Great Hall, at Conrad Grebel University College. grebel.ca/sawatsky

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 

 

 

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