MC Canada update - August 21, 2019

Published August 21, 2019

Spruce River Folk Fest generates strong support 
The Tenth Annual Spruce River Folk Festival (Spruce River, SK) was a success in so many ways. The  country venue was beautiful, and the musical entertainment was engaging, featuring Jeffery Straker, Val Wiebe, BJ and Friends and a new partnership with Prince Albert’s Voices of the North. While overall attendance was down slightly, there was a noticeable number of first timers, and both the silent auction proceeds and overall donations towards MCC Saskatchewan’s Stoney Knoll Fund were strong. Thanks to all who came and contributed! 

Support International Witness through Ride for Refuge 

It’s time to start thinking about cycling for our International Witness workers, through this year’s Ride for Refuge event on October 5. Last year’s ride raised $20,000! If you are interested in forming a cycling team and riding for our nine Witness workers, go to and contact your regional church office to participate. 

Now accepting applications for Global Youth Summit 2021 

MC Canada invites applications for youth representatives to Global Youth Summit, July 2-5, 2021 in Salatiga, Indonesia! If you will be 18-30 as of July 2, 2021, and would like to represent MC Canada along with four reps at GYS and Mennonite World Conference, please consider applying! The deadline is for applications is September 30, 2019. For more information to go:

Submit your poetry, art and prophetic visions for Anabaptist journal 

Anabaptist Witness is a global journal, co-published by MC Canada, that explores key issues facing the church in mission. The next “Omnibus” issue is a chance for folks to share their hopes and dreams for mission, and their struggles and questions, too. Poetry, sermons, art, and academic reflections, even songs and prophetic visions are welcome! Deadline for submissions is November 1, 2019. Check out the call for submissions here. (Anabaptist Witness is a publication of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Mennonite Central Committee, Mennonite Church Canada, and Mennonite Mission Network.) 

Prayer request from MC Canada partner Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT): prayers for Lesvos 

Due to war, poverty, and the impacts of climate change, thousands of migrants have fled in these last years to Lesvos—a Greek island located near Turkey. Some described the Lesvos refugee camps “as the worst on earth.” Migrants face not only overcrowded, unsanitary, and impoverished living conditions, but many are also charged by the Greek government with hefty fines and lengthy prison sentences. Since 2014, CPT’s Lesvos Team has advocated for those suffering and built partnerships to transform violence on Europe’s external borders. Please pray for strength and resilience for the Lesvos Team. You can follow their work on Facebook:


International Witness 

Veiths connecting in Winnipeg area  

George and Tobia Veith, Witness workers in China, have been spending several weeks in the Winnipeg area connecting with friends, family, and supporting congregations. They will return to China on August 25 where Tobia will begin her fall teaching semester and George will be involved with various resource-development projects.  

Walking with Indigenous Peoples in Mindinao 

“Our teams at PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI) and Coffee For Peace (CFP) are being led, spiritually, to work with the leaders of the Indigenous Peoples (IP) who seek The Creator’s heart and who walk with what we mutually understand as The Creator’s just and peaceful statutes as they serve as stewards of their ancestral domains and as they struggle to realize their right to self-determination. This spiritual perspective of partnership governs the inclusive development strategies we practice in the field.” - Dann Pantoja, Witness worker in the Philippines (read more from his blog post here). 



Worship Calendar


Sept 8                  Christian Formation Sunday -

Sept 22                International Peace Sunday -

Sept 30                Orange Shirt Day -  

Oct 4                    World Animal Day –  

Oct 6                    World Communion Sunday -  

Oct 10                  World Mental Health Day -  

Oct 13                  Thanksgiving -  

Oct 16                  World Food Day -  

Oct 27                  Mennonite Heritage -  

Nov 1                   All Saints Day -  

Nov 3                   Mission Sunday -  

Nov 10                 Peace Sunday –  

Nov 11                 Remembrance Day -  

Nov 20                 Universal Children’s Day -  

Nov 24                 Memorial Sunday -  

Nov 25                 International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – 



Join the CommonRead: 

We are partnering with MennoMedia to encourage a nationwide reading of The Bible Unwrapped: Making Sense of Scripture Today, by Meghan Larissa Good. This nationwide book club is called CommonRead. Drawing from the best of contemporary biblical scholarship and the ancient well of Christian tradition, scholar and preacher Meghan Larissa Good helps readers consider why the Bible matters. Known for presenting complex theological ideas in accessible, engaging ways, Good delves into issues like biblical authority, literary genre, and Christ-centered hermeneutics, and calls readers beyond either knee-jerk biblicism, on the one hand, or skeptical disregard on the other. Join the CommonRead today:


Adult Curriculum Guide: 

Fall also brings with it the need for new Adult Curriculum options. Whether you need something for the entire church or just your small group, CommonWord offers curriculum on a wide range of topics. Simply visit our website (, choose a topic that interests you, and then choose from the wide range of study material that’s available. 


Featured Resources

In Invited, writer Leslie Verner says real hospitality is not having a Pinterest-perfect table or well-appointed living room. True hospitality is not clean, comfortable, or controlled. It is an invitation to enter a sacred space together with friends and strangers. Through vivid accounts from her life and travels in Uganda, China, and Tajikistan, and stories of visiting congregations in the United States, Verner shares stories of life around the table and how hospitality is at the heart of Christian community. Order at