COMMUNITY NEWS – Sunday, September 10, 2023

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MCEC  PRAYERS for Sunday, September 10, 2023

  • Please pray for MCEC as we seek someone to fill the key leadership position of Operations and Finance Director. Pray for those who view and apply to the opportunity, those involved in the interview process and for the individual who will accept the call to this position. We ask for God’s wisdom and leading.


MCEC ANNOUNCEMENTS for Sunday, September 10, 2023

  • Greetings from MCEC! Greetings from Ann L. Schultz, MCEC Executive Team Leader, as your congregation begins the church year this fall. Find out about some great events coming up this fall. We are grateful and happy that you are a part of MCEC. May we all be transformed by the love of God, inspired by the hope we have in Jesus and called to action by the Holy Spirit. Watch the video now!

  • MCEC Seeks an Operations and Finance Director. Are you a strategic and collaborative leader with experience leading Finance and at least one of the other key Operations functions of general Operations, Human Resources, Risk Management, Information Technology and/or Communications? Join the MCEC staff team in Kitchener, ON. This person will be a strategic thinker, experience serving on an executive team, is able to think long-term while also able to shape the appropriate execution through the Operations team. The Operations & Finance Director plays a key role in the day-to-day operations of MCEC, ensuring that MCEC’s practices demonstrate good stewardship, meet industry best standards and adhere to charitable law requirements. This is a full-time, permanent position. More information at

  • Join the MCEC Video Challenge! Join the congregations who have already responded! How are you or your congregation being transformed? Where is your inspiration coming from? What do you feel called into? Make your own short video sharing what you and your congregation are excited about. Videos will be premiered at Annual Church Gathering in Leamington, ON next April. What an amazing story it will be of how God is transforming, inspiring and calling people and congregations across MCEC. More information at

  • MCEC Pastor’s Retreat, September 28, 2023, 9 a.m to 3:30 p.m., Ingersoll, ON. A day for pastors and chaplains to set aside for retreat, encouragement and rejuvenation. Consider gifting this day to your pastor or chaplain. Registration is open at

  • MCEC Urban Anabaptist Church Planters Workshop, September 30, 2023, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ottawa, ON. Tentmaking: Opportunities and Challenges for Developing Congregations with James Watson. A day of worship and prayer for church planters and pastors focused on tentmaking or multi-vocational ministry. Registration is open at
  • Voices Together Resource Day, October 28, 2023, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Shantz Mennonite Church, Baden, ON. A day set aside for worship leaders, worship lovers, musicians, pastors and congregational leaders to explore the music and resources from, Voices Together. An evening hymn sing will close our worship. Registration is open at


ONLINE PUBLICATIONS for Sunday, September 10, 2023



Pastors in Exile (PiE) is excited to gear up for fall programming for young adults in Waterloo Region.  We’re beginning a weekly dinner and Bible Study for young adults next Monday, September 11, 2023 at 6pm (dinner) and 7:15 (Bible Study) at WK United Mennonite Church.  For more information about events see:



On Saturday, September 16, we invite you to join us to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of Fairview Mennonite Homes and the 60th Anniversary of Parkwood Mennonite Home Ltd. at Bingemans in Kitchener at 6 p.m.  The evening will begin with an elegant reception and a delicious meal.  When the plates are cleared, the dance floor will open with swing, big band and 1960s music provided by KW Big Band Theory.  In between dining and dancing, there will be plenty of opportunity to explore the Silent Auction.  This unforgetable event will benefit Parkwood’s affordable housing for seniors in the new Delphine and Lloyd Martin Apartments and the planned expansion of Fairview’s Long-Term Care Home.

    • Tickets: 
      • Individual tickets are $200 per person.
      • A charitable tax receipt of $50 will be issued for each ticket purchased.
    • Silent Auction:
      • We are welcoming new items or donations to support our Silent Auction.
      • Please contact Lena Herold at to donate or propose a large, live auction item.
    • Sponsorships and Reserved Tables:
      • If you are interested in sponsoring a table for your business, reserving a table for your guests
      • please contact Alex Normandeau at

Interested parties can visit either the Fairview or Parkwood websites to purchase tickets/receive more information.  Please see the URLs below:



Compass Refugee Centre invites you to join this year’s Ride for Refuge – a family-friendly ride/walk raising funds to support the work of Compass in serving people seeking hope, safety, and freedom. Join us Saturday, September 23, 2023, or sponsor a rider/walker. Visit or contact Karen Martin Schiedel for more information.




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



Canadian Mennonite is evolving.  You can read about it in Tobi Thiessen’s August 25 editorial.  Help shape the next chapter: take the survey.





With the support of Menno Singers family of choirs, it is our pleasure to introduce the Menno Youth Ensemble to Kitchener-Waterloo and surrounding areas! Under the direction of Mykayla Turner and Joel Woods, this ensemble welcomes musicians between the ages of 14 and 24 to expand their musical and collaborative imaginations. Weekly rehearsals will culminate with regular performing opportunities and one major performance event per semester. The Menno Youth Ensemble is open to all voice-types and instruments, and all participants should be willing to sing.

For more information or to register for the Menno Youth Ensemble, please contact one of the co-directors: Mykayla Turner  and  Joel Woods



This Fall you are invited to join as a singer in the Mennonite Mass Choir in a performance of Handel’s Messiah with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony at Centre in the Square on Sunday, December 10th (afternoon).  Monday evening rehearsals begin on September 25th at First Mennonite Church (800 King St E, Kitchener) from 7:30-9:30pm.  For more information and to register go to



  • Registration now open for a wide variety of fun retreats coming up this fall. Click here for more info about the retreats below…
  • Men’s Retreat (Sep 15-17) – A relaxing weekend away to connect with others and enjoy a variety of fun camp activities. Saturday features a Russian Mennonite dinner with many favourite traditional dishes. Stories and reflections presented by host Mike Schmidt.
  • Bruce Trail Hike (Sep 18-21) – Join us for a series of short-loop hikes near Owen Sound and learn about the cultural and natural history of the Niagara Escarpment. Accommodations and meals at Silver Lake.
  • Fall Hike Retreat (Sep 29-Oct 1) – Stay at camp and enjoy a Bruce Trail hike on the Saturday. Everyone welcome, including families.
  • Fall Work Weekend (Oct 27-29) – Help get camp ready for the winter season!
  • Book Launch (Oct 1 at 3pm) – SLMC is hosting the book launch of “Childhood Unplugged” by Katherine Johnson Martinko. Join us to discuss and hear advice about how to get kids off screens and find balance. Location: Community Room at 50 Kent Ave, Kitchener.



The Abner Martin Music Scholarship ($4,000 value last year) is awarded annually by Menno Singers to a student who:  1) will be enrolled in a full-time music major or minor program at the undergraduate or graduate level in 2023-2024);  2) is affiliated with an MCEC congregation; and  3) has demonstrated involvement and proficiency in musical activities in church and community.  Applications must be received by September 22, 2023.  For more information and/or an application form contact Lewis Brubacher,, or call him at 519-884-3072.



Detweiler Meetinghouse, 3445 Roseville Rd., Ayr, will be one of the 20 sites for Doors Open Waterloo Region, September 16, 10-4.  We welcome visitors to see the restored 1855 stone meetinghouse and learn about its 1990s restoration.  A self-guided tour of the adjoining Roseville Mennonite cemetery will highlight about 10 people buried there.  Information is online at Doors Open Waterloo Region,  or contact



Shalom Counselling Service’s 10,000 Steps for Mental Health will begin at Shalom Counselling Services (9 Avondale Ave. S., Waterloo) on Saturday, September 16, 2023.  Registration begins at 9 am with an official send off at 9:30 am. Participants will travel a route to the Iron Horse Trail, along the trail, and back to Shalom.

Join us to walk and support more affordable, accessible counselling services in Waterloo Region.  Sign up on our website at:

After the walk their will be a community block party celebrating Shalom Counselling Services 40th Anniversary.  Please come out and support local mental health resources.



Have you ever wondered what it might look like to follow Jesus into your neighbourhood? To see your workplace, home, and regular life as a place of discipleship and mission? Join INNOVATE for a one-day workshop on September 23 to discover how to imitate Jesus in building a disciple-making culture, wherever God has placed you!

Listen to stories and teaching from experienced practitioners.  Go deeper into understanding Covenant relationship and Kingdom responsibility, evaluating where you are now, and setting goals for change! Individuals and/or teams are welcome!

This workshop will be held at 50 Kent Ave. in Kitchener.  Cost is $35 per person (an 85% discount). Registration information can be found at



Hidden Acres will be hosting our annual Seniors Fall Retreat on Monday October 2nd.  The theme is Songs that Shape and Reshape Us.   Our resource person is Ingrid Loepp Thiessen.  Doug Cressman will accompany the singing.  Cost is $50 per person, registration is limited.   Click here for brochure   The link for registration can be found here. 



This year’s Friendship Dinner, House of Friendship’s annual community gathering, puts the spotlight on youth!


Every parent has big dreams for their children’s future. And every parent knows that nail-biting fear of how to get there. This is especially true for families living on low income. When parents are struggling to make ends meet, wishes for a bright, happy future for their children can seem out of reach.

But with the right supports, youth can not only dream of a bright future – they can see those dreams and wishes become a reality!

Friendship Dinner is your time to celebrate the inspiring youth who are overcoming the odds, and how you can help them become our future leaders!

Saturday, October 29
5 to 9 p.m.
Bingemans Conference Centre
More info and tickets at



Xplore – Xplore offers life-long learning courses that investigate dimensions of the Christian faith, our world, and life in it—all without assignments or exams!  Join one or more of our offered courses (in-person or online) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays.  Courses will begin on October 3 and 4.  For more information and to register visit






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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