COMMUNITY NEWS – Sunday, November 12, 2023

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Mennonite siblings in Myanmar call us to pray with them for those who are in danger in Khampat. 65 Mennonite families have fled for the second time as the military bombs their town near the Indian border. This is particularly difficult for the elderly and children. Pray also for Chin Christian Church (Kitchener), Kitchener Emmanuel Church, Grace Christian Church (Ottawa), and Calgary Chin Christian Church who have family and friends in Myanmar. Pray also for Bible Missionary Church (a Mennonite World Conference denomination) as they respond to needs in Khampat.

As we lament the ongoing hostility between Israelis and Palestinians, let us continue to pray for those working for a future that ends the deep and longstanding injustices that lie at the root of the crisis.



MCEC Seeks an Office Administrator and Accountant.  Are you a person with high attention to detail, strong administrative skills and two years accounting experience?  Join the MCEC staff team.  You will have experience in improving processes and finding efficiencies.  The Office Administrator and Accountant provides administrative and accounting support to MCEC.  This is a full-time, permanent, hybrid position.  More information at



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Pastors in Exile (PiE) is excited to gear up for fall programming for young adults in Waterloo Region.  For more information about events see:

**All events are open to people of any gender identity or sexual orientation.

*accessibility notes: wheelchair accessible building, single user all gender washrooms available
*transportation notes: close to the Allen St. Ion stop and the Spur Line Trail.  Free parking is available at the church.



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      Attachments:  Climate Emergency Vigils Information Letter for CTWR



November 12, 2023 at Parkminister United Church.  Proceeds support the Stephen Lewis Foundation in Sub-Saharan Africa  Click here for details



Sunday, November 12, 2023, 7pm – St Jacobs Mennonite Church is hosting members of the KW Symphony in a Fundraising Concert entitled ‘Baroque and Beyond… A Musician’s Fundraiser.’ This concert of Baroque music will be conducted by Andrei Feher and feature Ian Whitman on solo bass and guest soprano Bethany Horst.



The Wilmot Ecumenical Working Group on Indigenous/Settler Relationships is pleased to announce that we are hosting another film series.  This year, the films will showcase Indigenous women filmmakers, with stories that bring forward the unique experiences of women and others in Indigenous communities across Canada.  The first film in the series, Before Tomorrow, will be shown at Zion United Church, 215 Peel St., New Hamburg on Tuesday, November 28th at 7:00 p.m. This award winning film shows life in Nunavik in 1840 and tells the story of a grandmother and her grandson on an important mission for the survival of their Inuit community.

There is no charge for the film screening and registration is not necessary.



Fall Work Weekend (Oct 27-29) – Spend Saturday helping to get camp ready for the winter season! This family-friendly weekend is FREE to attend, and food is provided.

SLMC Staff Alumni Retreat (Nov. 17-19) – Come to camp to reunite with friends and former staff! To register for Work Weekend or Staff Alumni Retreat, visit



Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp’s Annual General Meeting is on Tuesday, November 21 from 6;30-8:30pm at Tavistock Mennonite Church. All are welcome to join us, either in person or virtually, for a short business meeting, hear stories of impact from Mano Watsa and Watsa Basketball Camp coaches and look ahead to 2024. Please RSVP to or 519-625-8602.





Interested in learning more about Rockway Mennonite Collegiate? We invite students in grades 5-11 and their families to attend our Discover Rockway Information Night on Thursday, November 9 from 7 – 9 pm. Students – you can meet your future teachers, test drive our Robot, make a snack in our Family Studies room and check out the other cool things our school has to offer! For more information and to register for this event, visit our Discover Rockway webpage. See you soon! 

Rockway Mennonite Collegiate will host its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, November 22, 2023 at 7:30 pm on Zoom. Visit Rockway’s AGM webpage to confirm your voting and membership eligibility by November 15. If you don’t want to vote but you want to be part of the evening, or you are already approved to vote, you can simply email to RSVP and receive the private Zoom link.



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.



The Mennonite Story has spent the last couple of years working out a feasible plan that would see the vision of sharing our story with the broader community continue.  Thanks to the Schlegel  Group, we are now sharing space with the Wagon Tours in the log house at the Farmer’s Market.  While the museum is smaller than our space in St. Jacobs, we still have the church benches, show the movie, and dialogue with participants. A  good part of our outreach is done by our amazing volunteers who provide guided tours in conjunction with the Wagon Rides. We are still sorting out some details, but wanted you to know we are still here, invite you to come and visit us, and stay tuned for more information in the spring about our operations.



Christmas at CMU – Back on the CMU campus, this concert event marks the start of the Advent season. Enjoy various CMU music ensembles perform Christmas selections on November 25 at 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM at the CMU campus. Visit

CMU Discover Weekend – Do you live outside Winnipeg and want to sample CMU? Come to our Discover Weekend on November 17-18. Tour the CMU campus, visit a class, meet professors and current students, take part in a Winnipeg excursion, experience student life by staying in residence, eating in the cafeteria, and more. Travel subsidies available. Visit

Face2Face at CMU | This Event is Generated by Artificial Intelligence: Conversations with ChatGPT – You are invited on November 15 at 7:00 PM (CST) at Marpeck Commons or via livestream for an opportunity to learn and gain a deeper understanding of the uses, opportunities, and ethical concerns of generative AI’s role in our rapidly changing world. Visit

Christmas at CommonWord – Christmas Sale is on from November 25 to December 1. Prepare for the season with gift-giving ideas like fair-trade coffee, Advent/Christmas books, other books to gift, and Indigenous gifts. Visit us online at



The Grebel Gallery invites the public to meet artist Mary Kavanagh as she presents her exhibition, Trinity, Then and Now. This stirring exhibition examines the long-lasting impacts of the Trinity atomic bomb test, which took place on July 16, 1945 in the desert of New Mexico. Mary has dedicated her work to the investigation of the legacy of nuclear testing.  Come to the Gallery on Wednesday, November 8 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm to join Mary and the community for an evening of conversation, connection, and reflection.  Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Conrad Grebel University College is hiring a new Director of Operations! The Director of Operations is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the College’s physical plant, information technology systems, human resources, food and hospitality services, security and safety, and front office and reception. The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree, along with training and experience in the areas of business or personnel management, human resources, facilities management, and information technology. At least five years of management experience is preferred, ideally in a post-secondary institution. Grebel respects, appreciates, and encourages diversity. Applications will be reviewed beginning November 20, 2023, and will be accepted until the position is filled. Read the full description:

Make A Difference (MAD) Holiday Market | Saturday, December 2. 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Hosted by the Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) Undergrad Society at Conrad Grebel University College, all funds collected from participating vendors, the silent auction, and suggested $2 entry contribution will be donated to A Better Tent City, Waterloo. Fill your car with family and friends to make a difference while shopping for this holiday season!

Three Choir Concert | Saturday, November 25, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM | St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Waterloo | Enjoy an evening of choral music with three choirs coming together to perform, including new music by two Grebel alumni composers: Julia Jacklein, and Candace Bustard, commissioned for Grebel’s 60th anniversary. $10 general admission, $5 for students. More information at

Benjamin Eby Lecture – Thursday, November 9, 7:30 PM, Grebel Chapel | Dr. Maisie Sum, Associate Professor of Music at Conrad Grebel University College, presents her research on the guembri, a symbolic artifact of the Black African diaspora in Morocco. This lecture will explore the lute-like instrument’s connections to spiritual practice, taboo history, and re-emergence as an icon of the nation’s openness, diversity, and rich cultural history. Register at



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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