COMMUNITY NEWS – Sunday, February 18, 2024

Scheduled News

MCEC  PRAYERS FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2024 

Pray for Cheryl Woelk and Scott Kim, Mennonite Church Canada liaison workers, who will be the plenary speakers at the Mennonite Church South Korea annual meeting February 23-25. Cheryl and Scott will be speaking on discipleship.

Continue to pray as war and rumours of war resound. This is our long-standing prayer, O Lord. We don’t understand. Pray for those who experience grief and pain, for those who live in fear and danger. We call to you God – show us how to forge swords into ploughshares, and spears into pruning-knives. Lord, hear our prayers.

 

  MCEC ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 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. Heart 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 at the end of March.

 

ONLINE PUBLICATIONS FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2024

AMBS News current release

MCC Bulletin Announcements current

MWC announcement and video

Woolwich Counselling Centre current programs and also Together for Mental Health Event     

  

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

 

BEYOND HOUSING (MENNOHOMES)

Just in case you missed it!  MennoHomes (operating as Beyond Housing) held our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, January 30th at Sprucelawn Apartments for Seniors in St.Jacobs.  We invite you to view it online here: January 30, 2024 Annual General Meeting  Click here to view our 2023 Annual Report.  Please feel free to share with people you know who might also be interested in learning more about our efforts to go beyond housing to create places that people can call home.

Some highlights from the meeting include:
• The business meeting
• A celebration of the Sprucelawn building project
• Hearing from our guest speaker, Dr.Markus Moos

 

MENNONITE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATES (MEDA)

The Waterloo Network Hub is hosting another breakfast event on February 15th, 2024, at RiverSong Banquet Hall in support of MEDA with special guest speaker, Oluseun Olayinka from Adventure4Change.

 

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 Basketball Tournament fundraiser on March 23 at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate. Register at slmc.ca/basketball-tournament

Winter Camp for Grownups – This “choose your own adventure” weekend at Silver Lake is the perfect winter escape. Co-hosted by PiE (Pastors in Exile). March 1-3. Register at slmc.ca/retreats.

 

SUMMER CAMP DIRECTOR

Breslau Mennonite Church(BMC) is inviting applications for a Summer Camp Director in the summer of 2024. BMC Summer Camp is a week of faith, fun, and friendship, for children entering SK to Grade 6. We gather from 9am to noon for worship, music, crafts, stories, sports, games, and snacks. This is a paid contract position for up to 80-100 hours, a job description and work resources available. For more information and to apply for this position, please contact office@breslaumc.ca by Friday February 16. Thank you!

 

BACH VESPERS

The choir and orchestra of Spiritus Ensemble will perform Bach Cantata 109,  Ich bleibe, Lieber Herr, hilf meinem Unglaube! (Lord, I believe, help my unbelief) on Sunday, February 25, 2024 at 4:00 p.m. at the Church of St. John the Evangelist, 23 Water Street North, Kitchener.  Soloists are Daniel Cabena, alto, and Bud Roach, tenor; Kenneth Hull conducting.  Admission is free; donations are gratefully received.  Click here for poster

 

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.

 

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

Peace & Possibility, Part I: Tune into a live web event with Maoz Inon, an Israeli peace and tourism entrepreneur with strong Mennonite links. Since his parents were killed by Hamas, Inon’s message of peace has drawn the attention of international media. Hosted by Canadian Mennonite, Anabaptist World and the Palestine-Israel Network. Feb. 21, 11 a.m. CT. Click here to learn more.

Peace & Possibility, Part II: Raja Khouri is a Palestinian-Canadian; Jeffrey Wilkinson is an American Jew. Hear them discuss their 2023 book, The Wall Between: What Jews and Palestinians Don’t Want to Know About Each Other. Hosted by Canadian Mennonite, Anabaptist World and the Palestine-Israel Network. Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m. CT. Click here to learn more.

Xplore – CMU’s Xplore extended education program begins February 20 with courses such as “Family Today: Fractured Mess or Fractal Beauty”, “Creating a Spiritual Container for Values and Practices”, and “Disability, Theology, and the Church”. Courses are available both in person and online. Register as an individual or host a church watch party. For more information and to register visit cmu.ca/xplore.

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.

 

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 at Conrad Grebel University College. grebel.ca/sawatsky.

Students in Grade 10 and their families are invited to Conrad Grebel University College and the University of Waterloo on Thursday, February 22 at 5PM to share a meal and tour the residence at Grebel before attending Waterloo’s Grade 10 Info Night. Learn about the supportive environment that this small and vibrant faith-based community can provide for students studying in any faculty or program at UWaterloo. Email grebelstudentservices@uwaterloo.ca by Wednesday, February 7 to register for dinner.

Noon Hour Concerts take place in Conrad Grebel University College’s chapel most Wednesdays from January to March. From 12:30PM to 1:30PM, these free concerts feature accomplished musicians in an intimate concert setting. Full schedule: uwaterloo.ca/music/events.

Study the Bible, Christian theology, church history, and the practice of ministry in an interdisciplinary and ecumenical setting in the Master of Theological Studies program at Conrad Grebel University College. Full tuition scholarships are available for full-time Canadian students. Apply by February 1. uwaterloo.ca/theological-studies

In preparation for Lent, register for the workshop Mediation from the Inside Out taught by Betty Pries, online from February 12–15, offered by Conrad Grebel University College. This workshop includes resources and guides for prayer and spiritual disciplines, as well as the opportunity to practice. uwaterloo.ca/conflict-management

 

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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