MCEC PRAYERS for Sunday, September 3, 2023
Please pray for Mississauga Mennonite Fellowship who have made the decision to close their congregation. We thank God for the ministry of this congregation who came together in 1981 to provide a Mennonite Anabaptist presence in Mississauga. Pray for their members in this transition and for the many people who have been impacted by their ministry throughout the years. The congregation officially closes August 31.
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.
Northeast Asia is an area of the world where the potential for armed conflict is growing. Bock Ki Kim and Sook Kyoung Park, Witness workers in South Korea, see signs of this in their country and their community. Join with them in prayers for peace as they work for peaceful resolution of conflict in homes, schools, communities and churches.
Pray for Phim and Joseph Poovong, children of Witness workers, Christine and Tom Poovong. Phim and Joseph have only dim memories of life in Canada. Growing up in Thailand, Thai and Issan language and culture are their home. As they think about traveling to Canada for a visit next spring, they are already anticipating embracing the Canadian part of their identity, including brushing up on street hockey ball. Pray for them as they grow up with the blessings and challenges of multiple cultures and languages.
MCEC ANNOUNCEMENTS for Sunday, September 3, 2023
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 mcec.ca.
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.ca.
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.ca.
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 mcec.ca.
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 mcec.ca.
ONLINE PUBLICATIONS for Sunday, September 3, 2023
- AMBS News current edition and Bulletin Announcements for September 2023
- CMU [Canadian Mennonite University] Through this place current edition
- MCC Bulletin Announcements current
- Woolwich Counselling Fall Update
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Attachments: Climate Emergency Vigils Information Letter for CTWR
CANADIAN MENNONITE SURVEY
Social Impact Investing: Empowering Women in Business. Free event. September 13, 2023. Click to Register
MENNO YOUTH ENSEMBLE
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.
MENNONITE MASS CHOIR
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 www.mennosingers.com
SILVER LAKE MENNONITE CAMP
- Registration now open for a wide variety of fun retreats coming up this fall. Click here for more info about the retreats below… slmc.ca/retreats
- Labour Day Weekend Retreat (Sep 1-3) – A few rooms still available for this long weekend getaway.
- 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!
- Stay Connected – Follow SLMC on Instagram @silverlakemennonite and Facebook to stay up to date and see photos from Summer 2023!
ABNER MARTIN MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP
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. Application deadline is September 15, 2023. For more information and/or an application form contact Lewis Brubacher, email@example.com.
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, detweilermeetinghouse.ca or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Detweiler Meetinghouse will be on Kitchener CTV’s Amazing Architecture series during the newscasts either August 26 or 27. After that it and the other buildings featured can be found by Googling the series.
SHALOM COUNSELLING SERVICES
Shalom Counselling Services’ 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 and start setting your goals. It could be taking 10,000 steps or 1,000 steps, fundraising $10,000 or $100. Set a goal that is right for you and help provide more affordable, accessible counselling services in Waterloo Region. Sign up on our website at: https://shalomcounselling.org/steps
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 innovatebethechange.ca/training.
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.
HOUSE OF FRIENDSHIP ANNUAL COMMUNITY GATHERING
This year’s Friendship Dinner, House of Friendship’s annual community gathering, puts the spotlight on youth!
IF I HAD ONE WISH…
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 www.houseoffriendship.org/friendshipdinner
CANADIAN MENNONITE UNIVERSITY [CMU]
Children’s Storybook Bible – We’re thrilled to announce The Peace Table, MennoMedia’s new storybook Bible for grades 1-5. A large team of Anabaptist authors, illustrators, and church leaders collaborated to create this rich and diverse retelling of key biblical stories that highlight the central theme of peace in the Bible. For a short video introduction, visit commonword.ca/go/3564/ or to purchase or borrow, visit commonword.ca/go/3344/.
CONRAD GREBEL UNIVERSITY COLLEGE — nothing at this point
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