MC Canada update - July 24, 2019

Published July 24, 2019

MC Canada Gathering 2019 

Videos of guest speaker Elaine Heath and firestarter stories shared at Gathering 2019 are available at http://home.mennonitechurch.ca/IgniteGathering2019. Canadian Mennonite’s current issue also features stories and photos from the event. Stories from that issue are available at www.canadianmennonite.org

MC Sask Communicator Marianne Siemens has written a reflection on her experience at Gathering 2019. Read here.

 

International Witness 

Dann and Joji Pantoja (Witness workers – Philippines) are so thankful to God and to the generous people within Mennonite Church Canada that provided a new coffee roaster. The Pantojas say: “To further build upon the economic sustainability of our farming partners among Indigenous, Bangsamoro, and Settler communities, PeaceBuilders Community Inc. and Coffee for Peace are building shared roasting facilities allowing our coffee farming partners to roast their own beans and sell directly into local markets.” 

George and Tobia Veith are currently in Winnipeg until the end of August for some much-needed rest, time together with family, and to also share with friends and churches about what God is doing in and through them as Witness workers. The Veiths will be speaking at Springfield Heights Mennonite Church on Thursday, July 25 and at First Mennonite Church on Sunday, July 28 (both churches are located in Winnipeg).  

Prayer: 

Bock Ki Kim and Dann Pantoja were grateful to be in Canada in June and July to connect with family, congregational partners, and participate in Gathering 2019 in Abbotsford, BC. Bock Ki is especially grateful for how God continually shows himself steadfast and faithful; for how God's church works hard through the ministries of MC Canada, the Regional Churches and local congregations; and for the many faithful servants of God who support ministry in Korea. Pray that, as Dann and Bock Ki return to busy ministry schedules, they may continue to connect international partners with Canadian congregations. 

Mary Raber has been teaching in theological schools in Ukraine for a decade. She also writes, translates, and serves as a resource person for churches in the region surrounding Odessa. Pray for her and church leaders as she encourages believers through desperate times due to continuing violence. (*This first appeared in Mennonite Mission Network’s July 2019 Prayer Vine.) 

 

Indigenous-Settler Relations 

Treaty Walk Documentary  

This past June, Mennonites, Union workers, and Indigenous Peoples linked arms and walked through Alberta to honour our shared Treaties. Videographer Brad Leitch (CMU grad and producer of Reserve 107) joined us for the journey and is currently making a documentary about the Treaty Walk. It will be used to raise awareness and nurture friendships and alliances. Please pray for Brad as he digs into editing, that he may create a film that will nurture peace in these contested and beautiful lands. 

Bridgefolk Conference Explores Indigenous-Settler Reconciliation 

Between July 25-28, 2019, Mennonites and Roman Catholics will come together at Canadian Mennonite University for the 18th Annual Bridgefolk Gathering. The theme this year is “Indigenous-Settler Reconciliation through Friendship.” Please pray that the Spirit will open hearts to hear the diverse stories—some unsettling, some hopeful, and many challenging—that will be offered up. Pray as well that imaginations will be stoked to envision how Mennonites and Catholics can join hands in seeking justice for Indigenous Peoples. 

Decolonizing the Bible with Quakers 

The Canadian Yearly Meeting of the Quaker community is gathering at Canadian Mennonite University between August 3-10, 2019. Steve Heinrichs will be the Bible instructor for the week, exploring “The Cost of Colonialism and the Joy of Jubilee.” Please pray for Steve and the large circle of friends, that together they would taste and see the prophetic imagination of the Scriptures and be inspired to live lives of Jubilee justice, with great courage and joy.

 

CommonWord 

Worship Calendar: 

Jul 30                   International Day of Friendship - www.commonword.ca/go/1529  

Aug 6                   Hiroshima Day - www.commonword.ca/go/1599

Aug 9                   International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples - www.commonword.ca/go/1474  

Sept 8                  Christian Formation Sunday - www.commonword.ca/go/1438

Sept 22                International Peace Sunday - www.commonword.ca/go/1559

Sept 30                Orange Shirt Day - www.commonword.ca/go/1474  

  

Children’s Curriculum: 

Fall is on the horizon and that means the return of another year of Children’s programming. If you need a program for the children of your church, or to teach to your own children this fall, visit www.commonword.ca/go/1814. You’ll find a list of great children’s curricula that you can use to help grow the faith of the new generation of church. 

 

Adult Curriculum Guide: 

We also have new Adult Curriculum options for the fall. Whether you need something for the entire church or just your small group, CommonWord offers curricula on a wide range of topics. Simply visit our website (http://www.commonword.ca/go/1520), choose a topic that interests you, and then explore the wide range of material that’s available. 

 

Featured Resource 

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 CommonRead today: www.commonword.ca/go/1726