COMMUNITY NEWS – Sunday, December 10, 2023

Scheduled News

MCEC  PRAYERS FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2023

Pray for the MCEC Executive Minister Search Committee who have begun their work of seeking a permanent Executive Minister for MCEC.  Pray for Ben Cassels and Kay Rempel, co-chairs, and for Hyejung Jessie Yum, Steph Chandler Burns, Kara Carter and Alissa Bender.

Pray for our world as people live in fear and danger because of armed conflict in areas like Ukraine, Russia, Israel, Palestine, Myanmar and more. Make us channels of God’s peace: where there’s despair in life let us bring hope; where there is darkness, only light, and where there’s sadness, ever joy. Lord, hear our prayers.

MCEC ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2023

MCEC Youth Engagement Roundtable Conversations. Online December 13 from 7 – 8 p.m. and December 15 from 10 – 11 a.m. Join a roundtable conversation on the current state and future directions of youth engagement in the church and in the denomination. This event is for Pastors, Pastors with Responsibility for Youth, Youth Sponsors, Youth Workers and Leaders of Youth. Your voice matters. Join the conversation. Registration is open at mcec.ca. 

MCEC and Rockway Mennonite Collegiate Jr. Youth Event: Lean on Me. January 21, 2024 from 1 – 5 p.m. Join Jr. Youth from across MCEC as we hang out at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate and talk about leaning on God and leaning on each other as we walk through life together. Registration will open next week!

ONLINE PUBLICATIONS FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2023

CMU The Blazer Fall 2023 and back issues

House of Friendship your friendship news Winter edition 2023

Mennonite Central Committee In Touch a monthly magazine current edition

Mennonite Historian December 2023 Newsletter and  December 2023 Combined Book List   

Mennonite Spiritual Directors of Eastern Canada [MSDEC] Newsletter Winter 2023-2024

Shalom Counselling Services Seedlings Fall 2023

Steinbach Bible College In Touch Fall/Winter 2023

PiE [Pastors in Exile] UPCOMING EVENTS FOR YOUNG ADULTS

Pastors in Exile (PiE) is hosting an Advent Hymn Sing on Monday, December 11th at 7:30pm at WK United Mennonite Church.  This event will also serve as PiE Pastor Steph Chandler Burns’ licensing towards ordination service.  Join us to sing and celebrate the upcoming Christmas season while also supporting Steph in this next step in ministry- all ages are welcome!

CLIMATE EMERGENCY VIGILS

Faith Climate Justice Waterloo Region and climate justice partners Divest Waterloo, the Working Centre, and 50by30WR have planned a series of 16 vigils to be held every Friday at Waterloo Public Square from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m., beginning September 1 and continuing to December 15.   These vigils are a local response to the global climate emergency: they seek to provide for people space and time to contemplate and reflect on the climate struggles facing our world.  We have also attached an information letter prepared for Christians Together Waterloo Region by the Climate Emergency Vigil organizers Barbara Schumacher, Isaiah Ritzmann, Kai Reimer-Watts, Laura Hamilton, Becky Voll, and Henriëtte Thompson. You can contact the committee at climatevigilswr@gmail.com      Attachments:  Climate Emergency Vigils Information Letter for CTWR

SILVER LAKE MENNONITE CAMP

SLMC Outtrips – Registration opens Dec. 1 for children and teens who would like to participate in an overnight hiking or canoe trip during Summer 2024. Sign up before Feb. 1 to get $100 OFF. Visit slmc.ca/summer-camp.

SLMC 2024 Retreats – Registration for 2024 retreats at Silver Lake opens Dec. 1. See the full list of retreats at slmc.ca/retreats.

MENNO SINGERS

Sunday, December 10, 2023, 3pm.  Menno Singers and Mennonite Mass Choir present Handel’s Messiah  with artistic director Brandon Leis, a 230 voice choir, soloists Bethany Hörst (soprano), Jennifer Enns Modolo (mezzo soprano), Owen McCausland (tenor) and Nathan Keoughan (baritone) along with orchestra members of the former KW Symphony.  Tickets are on sale now at the Centre in the Square Box Office.  www.centreinthesquare.com

ADVENT JAZZ VESPERS

December 11, 7:00 pm at Rockway Mennonite Church (47 Onward Ave., Kitchener).  Come for a time of reflection and jazz-inspired music for the Christmas season.

MENNONITE ACTION’S 2nd MASS MEETING

On Tuesday, December 12th at 8pm EST / 5pm PST, you’re invited to Mennonite Action’s second virtual mass meeting.  At the last virtual meeting, more than 850 Mennonites from Canada, the US, and across the world joined together to grieve the ongoing violence in Palestine, to call for a ceasefire and an end to the occupation of Palestine, and to prepare to take nonviolent action together.  On December 12th, Mennonite Action will share updates about the work that has taken place since the last meeting. Participants will practice singing together in preparation for public actions on December 19th and hear from speakers who will remind us that our faith as Mennonites and Christians compels us to act.  To sign up, visit mennoniteaction.org/call

DICKENS COMES TO ROCKWAY!

Join us at Rockway Mennonite Church on Saturday, December 16th at 2pm for an all-ages story time, carol sing and treats with renowned actor John Huston (Civilized). John will bring his character, Charles Dickens, to Rockway and lead us in an afternoon of Christmas theatre.  Pay-what-you-can donations at the door.  You are invited to bring a plate of goodies to share.  Hot drinks will be provided.  Email amanda@thesingerstheatre.ca with questions.  We hope to see you there!

INTER-MENNONITE CHILDREN’S CHOIR [IMCC]

  • Upcoming Concert — The Inter-Mennonite Children’s Choir is excited to present: Tell the News! on Sunday December 17 at 3:00 pm at St. Jacobs Mennonite Church. Join us as we sing songs that celebrate the wonderous events of Christmas. Tickets are $12 for Adults and $5 for children ages 5-18 and are available from a chorister or at the door. For more information: conductor@imcchoir.org
  • Join Us in Winter 2024! — The Inter-Mennonite Children’s choir is inviting additional choristers to start singing with us in January 2024. Our rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings at W-K United Mennonite Church for children in grades 1 and up and provide an excellent music education experience while singing with friends. Singers ages 9 and up who are new to the choir need to have a Vocal Placement Interview which can be arranged by contacting: conductor@imcchoir.org. Registration information and choir fees can be found at: https://bit.ly/SING24. The deadline is December 15th.

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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