COMMUNITY NEWS – Sunday August 6, 2023

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MCEC  PRAYERS for Sunday August 6 2023

As Mennonite Church Canada Witness workers Tom and Christine Poovong begin the AMBS Journey program, they will work hard to translate, mentor and study with 15 participants from Thailand and Laos. Pray for wisdom and perseverance in this two-and-a-half-year course and God will build these participants into the next generation of Friends of Grace leaders.

Pray with Mennonite Church Canada Witness workers Joanne and Werner De Jong as they go through their annual visa/residence permit renewal. Pray for patience, joy and relationship building opportunities in this process. They are spending the next month before seminary courses begin in preparing classes and responding to invitations for short term training and preaching.

Continue to pray for those who are living in areas impacted by war. We pray using the words of Psalm 13: “How long O Lord? Will you forget me forever? But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.”


MCEC ANNOUNCEMENTS for Sunday August 6, 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 6, 2023

AMBS Bulletin Announcement for August 2023



Show love the Mennonite way @ Fraser Lake Camp: FLC (Bancroft, ON) is in urgent need of kitchen volunteers this summer.  If you are available to help cook any of the following weeks, please contact  Aug 1-7, and Aug 13-19.

Practicing Peace Workshop at Willowgrove: On Saturday, August 12 at 1pm, Willowgrove is hosting an Anabaptist Peacebuilding workshop led by Peter Haresnape. Admission is by donation. For more information, please visit



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.



Virtual Worship Service – Worship with CMU: “Bless the Lord, O My Soul” is now available for download, to be used for church worship services or personal devotion. It includes a personal, moving sermon by Dan Epp-Thiessen, who weaves together his personal journey with cancer and deep hardship with the praise of Psalm 103. View the service 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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