MC Canada update - April 3, 2019

Published April 3, 2019

International Witness 

 

Bock Ki Kim & Sook Kyoung Park give an update regarding the Seoul church plant 

“We just moved to a new meeting place last Sunday. The people are happy to have the new place with a reasonable rent fee. Once our people have a clear identity as an official church, they will be more comfortable to announce it. […]. I am glad the group has been careful in discerning next steps as a Mennonite congregation from the beginning.” 

Witness workers learn about support team model 

During this first week of April, Witness workers are meeting virtually with two Mennonite Mission Network (MMN) staff with more than 15 years of experience with the Witness Support Team model. These MMN staff members will share their history working with support teams, how they addressed challenges, provide their counsel and input into what MC Canada can anticipate as we face this significant transition and opportunity. The first meeting went well with good questions asked and MMN staff providing helpful responses. 

Colombian Mennonite Church provides for Venezuelan refugees  

In his words to the National Assembly of the Colombian Mennonite Church, Erwin Mirabal, president of Iglesia Evangélica Menonita de Columbia, offered words of thanks for the Colombian Mennonite Churches that have provided refuge to Mennonites fleeing Venezuela: “Dear Brothers, we deeply appreciate all your accompaniment and love with which you have treated us, for your efforts in getting the medicines, for your prayers and also for accepting us in your midst. May the Lord continue to bless you greatly.” 

 

Prayer

South Korea Witness worker Bock Ki Kim will lead peace lectures from April 2 to 9. Approximately 25 school teachers have invited him to present about peace theology and restorative justice. Each session is planned for two hours in length. Pray that the Holy Spirit leads both Bock Ki and the audience. 

Pray for the Witness workers as they learn more about the Witness Support Team concept from Mennonite Mission Network staff (MC USA) and invite passionate people to participate in their WSTs.  

 

“We pray that the Lord may have mercy on our brother country and neighbor of Venezuela, so that the Lord may work in a supernatural way and transform the adversity suffered by the Venezuelan people. We know that the Lord is responding.” (Prayers of Mennonite Church Colombian leadership for the country of Venezuela.) 

 

Indigenous-Settler Relations

 

#passbillC262 now!

The Indigenous Rights Act, Bill C-262, is stuck in the Senate. It needs to get into Committee and through to 3rd reading fast, or it will die on the order paper. 262 would harmonize Canada’s laws with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which is “the framework for reconciliation” (Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada). Most, if not all, Independent and Liberal Senators are on board, but more support is needed. Please email Opposition Whip, Senator Don Plett, and ask him to support Bill C-262 and the basic rights of Indigenous peoples—don.plett@sen.parl.gc.ca.  

Discover Indigenous Theology 

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has invited all faith groups to learn and grow in our understanding of Indigenous knowledges. NAIITS is a Christian Indigenous Learning Community that can help us do that. Each year, NAIITS hosts a theological conversation intended for young and older, pastors and activists (see www.naiits.com). Mennonite Church Canada’s Indigenous-Settler Relations program would like to help sponsor six or more friends from across our nationwide church to attend this year’s symposium exploring “Land and Place,” June 6-8, 2019 at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto. If you are interested, please email Steve Heinrichs for details (sheinrichs@mennonitechurch.ca). 

 

CommonWord

 

Worship Calendar: 

Apr 7                   World Health Day - www.commonword.ca/go/1324

Apr 14                 Palm Sunday - www.commonword.ca/go/1463

Apr 18                 Maundy Thursday - www.commonword.ca/go/1462

Apr 19                 Good Friday - www.commonword.ca/go/1461

Apr 21                 Easter - www.commonword.ca/go/1460

Apr 22                 Earth Day – www.commonword.ca/go/1733

May 15                International Day of Families – www.commonword.ca/go/1751

May 30                Ascension Day – www.commonword.ca/go/1752

Jun 9                    Pentecost - www.commonword.ca/go/1759  

Jun 16                  Trinity Sunday – www.commonword.ca/go/1769  

Jun 20                  World Refugee Day – www.commonword.ca/go/1770  

Jun 21                  National Aboriginal Day (Canada) - www.commonword.ca/go/1474

  

Holy Week 

  

Holy Week is only two weeks away! We at CommonWord look forward to helping you engage with this special time of year. If you’re looking for resources for the entire week, visit www.commonword.ca/go/1765. If you are looking for resources for a specific day, you can click on the links at the top of the page.  

  

Share Your Works

Are you working on an original Easter resource? CommonWord would love to help you share it with the wider church. Visit www.commonword.ca/go/1666 to learn about how you can partner with us to help share you work with others.  

  

Featured Resources

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MennoMedia website available for Canadian customers  

MennoMedia’s Canadian website, www.MennoMedia.ca, is brand new and built exclusively for Canadian customers and congregations. Prices and payments are in Canadian dollars. MennoMedia.ca has direct links to CommonWord, where churches or individuals wanting Herald Press books can order them directly. We believe the new MennoMedia website and CommonWord-Herald Press partnership will make ordering these Anabaptist resources much easier for Canadians.