COMMUNITY NEWS – Sunday August 13, 2023

Scheduled News

MCEC  PRAYERS for Sunday August 13 2023

Continue to pray for David Dyck, pastor at Leamington United Mennonite Church, and his family as they grieve the loss of his wife, Nancy, who died on August 4, 2023. See Nancy’s tribute here.


MCEC ANNOUNCEMENTS for Sunday August 13, 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

Join the MCEC Video Challenge! 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

Mennonite Church Canada announces an Emissions Reduction Grant available to all MC Canada congregations. MC Canada will provide grants to congregations wishing to upgrade their facilities with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Applications for up to 50% (to a max. of $6000) of the cost of reducing their church building’s carbon footprint are now being accepted. More info and application available at Application Deadline: September 30.


ONLINE PUBLICATIONS for Sunday August 13, 2023

MCC In Touch Magazine current issue and Bulletin Announcements for August 9, 2023

The Working Centre Good Work News June 2023 and past issues



Camper-led chapel service and final concert events, respectively scheduled for August 20 and 25.  The chapel service takes place at Luther Village on the Park, while Conrad Grebel University College is hosting our final concert.  All are welcome, regardless of their level of connection to camp.  See: OMMC Events Poster



The Inter-Mennonite Children’s choir is excited for rehearsals to start again this Fall on Tuesday September 12.  We are still looking for a few more singers to join us.  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.

Please go to our website: under “Join us” for more information or contact: and sign up before August 28.



Social Impact Investing: Empowering Women in Business.  Free event.  September 13, 2023.  Click to Register



Fall Retreats – Registration now open for a wide variety of fun retreats coming up this fall including: Labour Day Weekend Retreat (Sep 1-3), Men’s Retreat (Sep 15-17), Bruce Trail Hike (Sep 18-21), Fall Hike Retreat (Sep 29-Oct 1), Fall Work Weekend (Oct 27-29). Click here for more info…

Day Camps – Still spots available at SLMC’s Kitchener day camps! For campers ages 5-12. Visit for registration and more info!

Overnight Camps – There are still spots available for SLMC overnight camps in August (Teen Camps, Boating and Music Camps) and we welcome last minute registrations! Go to for details.

Stay Connected – Follow SLMC on Instagram (@silverlakemennonite) and Facebook to stay up to date on what’s happening at camp and see recent photos!



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,



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:

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.



A young lady is planning to start studying at the University of Waterloo in the fall and is looking for a place to live with a Christian family or in a basement, ideally close to the university. Please contact Linda Koopman at 519-933-9802 if you can help or know of a place.



Conrad Grebel University College, seeks a Coordinator, Centre for Peace Advancement for 0.5 FTE (17.5 hrs/wk). This is a contract position from September 11, 2023 – December 22, 2023. There is the possibility of renewal for January – April 2024. The role supports the Centre through administration, convening, assisting with funding opportunities, and community engagement projects. Read the full job description at . Submit your application by August 18, 2023.



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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