COMMUNITY NEWS – Sunday, January 28, 2024

Scheduled News


Mennonite Church Eastern Canada has received the ordination credentials of Darrell Winger from the Be In Christ denomination. Darrell is currently pastoring at Grace Mennonite Church. Pray for Darrell and the congregation in their ministry together. To share your words of encouragement and support with Darrell, you can reach him at

The MCEC Executive Council had their first meeting of January 2024 just this week. Pray for these committed leaders from across MCEC as they make decisions and care for our collective ministry within our community of faith. Pray for Ben Cassels (Steinmann Mennonite), James Barber (Hagerman Mennonite), Bruce Burgetz (Toronto United Mennonite), Steph Chandler Burns (Pastors in Exile), Felipe Gonzalia (First Mennonite), Kaye Rempel (Stirling Ave. Mennonite), Rich Steinmann (Steinmann Mennonite) and Hyejung Jessie Yum (Danforth Mennonite).

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 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. Registration is open at


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 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.


Canadian Mennonite   2023 Annual_Report

MC Canada 2023 Annual Report

MCC A Common Place Winter 2024 Issue and MCC Bulletin announcements for Sun Jan 28/24

MCEC 2023 Year in Review

MEDA Congregational Connections –  current issue

Mennonite World Conference [MWC] message from César García


  • 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 for more info.
  • SLMC Summer Camp: Registration for overnight camp and day camp opens February 1 at 7am. Visit for more details. Outtrip registration is already open – sign up before Feb 1 to get $100 off!

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


“Solo Bach” January 26, Saugeen Academy, Hanover // January 27, St. Paul’s United, Dundas // January 28, First United, Waterloo.   Click here for poster  Click here for website.


Saturday, January 27, 2024, 7pm – Join Menno Singers and Menno Youth Ensemble for an evening hymnsing – ‘My God is Here: Hymns for Lonely Hearts.’ Stirling Ave. Mennonite Church (57 Stirling Ave. N., Kitchener), There will be a free will offering.


Upcoming Concert – Songs That Go Like This Saturday January 27, 2024.   Click here for poster


You are invited to Beyond Housing’s Annual General Meeting “Going Beyond” Tuesday, January 30th, 2024, 2pm at Sprucelawn Apartment for Seniors (33 Front St, St.Jacobs).   Register HERE


Join the Women Empowering Women Group of Waterloo on February 1, 2024, at the MEDA Office (595 Parkside Drive, Waterloo, Suite 2) for ‘An Empowering Evening: MEDA’s Impact’ to connect with like-minded women over light refreshments. Don’t miss out on hearing from our special guest speaker, Jenny Shantz, Director of MiCredito Holding, who will share insights from MEDA’s impactful work in Tanzania. This event is FREE and begins at 6:00 pm.  Register online by January 29th, 2024.

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 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 or contact our Program Director Josh Penfold at 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 or call 519-625-8602. Check out for more details.


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 by Friday February 16. Thank you!


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:   Questions? Contact Karl Kessler:  Click here for poster.MY TREE


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    If you have any questions, feel free to send PiE Pastor Steph an email at


  • 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 for more information and to register or email Tamara at  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!


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 for more details and to register.


  • CMU Discover Day – Full- or half-day options available on February 2. Tour the CMU campus, visit a class, meet professors and current students, learn about financial aid, ask questions, and have treats on us! Visit 
  • Xplore – CMU’s Xplore extended education program that investigates dimensions of the Christian faith, our world, and life in it—all without assignments or exams! Join one or more in-person or online courses beginning February 20. Register as an individual or host a church watch party. For more information and to register visit
  • CommonWord virtual book launch of Rudy Wiebe: Essays on His Works – Join us via livestream on Thursday, January 25 at 7:30 PM CST for a panel discussion with editor Bianca Lakoseljac and contributors Margaret Atwood, Paul Doerksen, and others about the literary influence of Rudy Wiebe. Visit for livestream link.
  • CommonWord virtual book launch of Unburdened: A Lenton Journey Towards Forgiveness – Join us on Zoom on Thursday, February 1 at 7:30 PM CST for a conversation with author Carol Penner as she prepares us for Lent and a journey of forgiveness and healing. Visit to register for the Zoom link.
  • Full-Time Employment Opportunity – CMU invites inquiries and applications for a full-time Admissions Counsellor (salaried with benefits). Direct inquiries to Michelle Nguyen at Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and accepted until this position is filled. Visit


  • 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.
  • 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 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:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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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