COMMUNITY NEWS – Sunday, January 21, 2024

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MCEC  PRAYERS FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 21, 2024

  • Pray for MCEC junior youth and their sponsors as they gather this weekend at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate for the MCEC/Rockway junior youth event Lean on Me! Youth will talk about how to lean on God and lean on each other as they walk through life together.
  • Praise God for the opening of a Bible school in Roi Et, Thailand. Pray for the pastors and teachers who are teaching courses as well as developing and refining curriculum to meet the needs of lay leaders and pastors in the more than one hundred Friends of Grace congregations and house churches. Pray for Tom and Christine Poovong, MC Canada Witness workers as they minister in Thailand.
  • January 21, 2024, is the 499th anniversary of Anabaptism. Praise God for the rich diversity of our worldwide family of faith.  Join congregations around the world with prayers and celebrate Anabaptist World Fellowship Sunday. 
  • 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, JANUARY 21, 2024 — none at this time.

ONLINE PUBLICATIONS FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 21, 2024

AMBS News most recent

Beyond Housing (MennoHomes) AGM January 30, 2024

Compass Refugee Centre Special Request and Invitation

Mennonite Disaster Service On the Level January 17, 2024

Mennonite World Conference Anabaptist Fellowship Sunday and January 2024 update

Woolwich Counselling Centre  February Mental Health Programs

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.
  • SLMC Summer Camp: Registration for overnight camp and day camp opens February 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!

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

NOTA BENE PLAYERS AND SINGERS

“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.

MENNO SINGERS

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.

RAINBOW CHORUS OF WATERLOO-WELLINGTON

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

MENNONITE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATES (MEDA)

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 https://www.meda.org/events/ 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

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.

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.

CANADIAN MENNONITE UNIVERSITY

  • 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 cmu.ca/discover-days. 
  • 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 cmu.ca/xplore.
  • MHC Gallery invites you to “From Here to There: A Retrospective in Paint-Clay-Glass,” an exhibit that celebrates the life and work of Winnipeg artist Alvin Pauls and features original pottery and painting artworks, along with full-scale reproductions of some of Pauls’ well-known mural pieces. Exhibiting until February 24.
  • 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 commonword.ca/go/3730 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 commonword.ca/go/3610 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 mnguyen@cmu.ca. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and accepted until this position is filled. Visit cmu.ca/employment.

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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