COMMUNITY NEWS – Sunday, February 4, 2024

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MCEC  PRAYERS FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2024 

Pray for Witness workers, Tom and Christine Poovong, as they host the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary Journey program and work with translation in the program.  Thai and Lao participants study online and in small groups for most of the year but will be gathering Feb. 2-5 in Khon Kaen, Thailand to study together with mentors and teachers. Praise God for this opportunity.

Meserete Kristos Church, Ethiopia, asks us to pray for peace and stability in Ethiopia. As many areas of the country become too dangerous for travel, regional church leaders are restricting visits to congregations. Pray for these leaders and Witness workers Joanne and Werner De Jong as they support and encourage pastors and seminary students in their message of hope and peace in the midst of violence.   

Israel’s massive military campaign in Gaza has brought untold destruction and suffering. At least three-quarters of the population of 2.3 million have been internally displaced, and more than 26,000 have been killed. Let us hold in prayer those who are witnessing to God’s peace through the four regional working groups of Mennonite Church Canada Palestine-Israel Network, and the many local initiatives of Mennonite Action. On February 9, Mennonites will gather publicly in Ottawa and other centres around the country to sing hymns, pray, deliver petitions and call on our political leaders to support a path forward based on justice, nonviolence, international law, and compassion.

Continue to hold our world in prayer as war and rumours of war resound. Pray for those who experience grief and pain; live in fear and danger because of armed conflict and call out to God from such harsh realities. Pray for Israel, Palestine, Ukraine, Russia, Myanmar and more. Lord, hear our prayers.

 

  MCEC ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2024

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 Spiritual Retreat Day for Pastors – Engaging with Scripture in Art – On the Journey to the Cross, March 7, 2024, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This day is designed to deepen participants’ connection with scripture through art and offers a transformative experience during the Lentent season. Led by Cheryl Weber Good, the day will combine moments of silence, scripture exploration and hands-on creativity. Space is limited – a few spots remainRegistration is open at mcec.ca.

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 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 4, 2024

AMBS News current edition and bulletin announcements

BMC (Brethren Mennonite Council for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Interests) BMC NewsNet Winter 2024

CMU Through This Place January 2024 edition

Kairos Canada Update

MCC   General Impact Report – Summer 2023 and Relief Impact Report – Summer 2023

MWC Info January 2024

St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church Kitchener organ concert Feb 11 @ 3pm

 

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

 

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

Hidden Acres Summer Camp Registration 2024 — Summer Camp registration for all summer camp programs opens February 1st at 7 a.m.! Join us for Overnight Camp, Day Camp, Single Moms Camp, S.Y.A.C, Watsa Basketball Camp and L.I.T. Learn more on our website www.hiddenacres.ca or contact our Program Director Josh Penfold at josh@hiddenacres.ca for more information!

Free Family Day Open House at Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp — Feb. 19th from 10:00am-3:30pm — Come for a fun and relaxing day with your family! Pretzel-making, roasting bannock around the fire, sledding, skating, games, puzzles, crafts, ping-pong and more! Choose a hot lunch for $5/person (RSVP required) or bring a bagged lunch (peanut free). RSVP to info@hiddenacres.ca or call 519-625-8602. Check out www.hiddenacres.ca for more details.

 

SILVER LAKE MENNONITE CAMP

SLMC Winter and Spring Retreats:  Come to Silver Lake in 2024 for fun camp experiences!  Coming up soon are… Women’s Retreat (Feb 2-4), Valentine’s Day Getaway (Feb 9-11), Winter Camp for Grown-Ups (Mar 1-3).  Go to slmc.ca/retreats for more info.

Silver Lake Summer Camp – Registration for overnight camp and day camp opens Feb. 1 at 7am. Visit slmc.ca/summer-camp for more details.  Outtrip registration is already open – sign up before Feb. 1 to get $100 off!

 

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!

 

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

 

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.

 

ATTENDING WITHIN: INNER WORK GROUP FOR QUEER ALLIES

Tuesdays, Feb.6, 20, Mar.5, 19 – 7:30-9 pm. Facilitated by Tamara Shantz. Rockway Mennonite Church (free registration).  Allyship is a practice of inner work.  Rainbow allies, you are invited to explore your inner experience and tend to your heart/mind/body as we create a more inclusive and expansive church community together.

Do you have a strong reaction sometimes when someone corrects your pronoun use?  Are you nervous about getting things right in supporting 2SLGBTQ+ folks?  Are you joyful about the ever growing movement for inclusion in the church and want to explore that in community?  We will explore these themes and more together through four sessions of conversation, contemplation, and prayer.

Visit www.tamarashantz.com/attending-within-queer-ally-group for more information and to register or email Tamara at tamarashantz@gmail.com.  The group will be limited to 12-15 people so don’t wait to register.  Thanks to Rockway Mennonite Church for their financial support to make this group accessible to all!

 

THE ENNEAGRAM: AN INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP

Feb.9 (7-9 pm) & 10 (1-5:30 pm).  Rockway Mennonite Church.  Join Tamara Shantz for an intensive introduction to the Enneagram as a tool for spiritual growth.  The Enneagram invites us into exploring the beauty of our deepest selves, illuminating how we get stuck in the limiting, habitual patterns of our egos, and pointing the way into greater freedom.  Visit www.tamarashantz.com/enneagram-workshop for more details and to register.

 

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

Discover Music Day – Prospective music or music therapy students are invited to learn more about studying music at CMU with a campus visit day on Friday, February 9. Visit cmu.ca/discover-days for details.

Xplore – CMU’s Xplore extended education program begins February 20 with new courses on the life and work of Walter Brueggemann, the Bible and the war in Gaza, and more. 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.

 

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

Get ready to imagine and initiate transformative peacebuilding with a focus on civil society and community-led change. Apply to the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies program at Conrad Grebel University College to combine interdisciplinary scholarship with experiential learning. Application deadline is February 1. uwaterloo.ca/master-peace-conflict-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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