MC Canada update - October 17, 2019

Published Oct 17, 2019


Ride for Refuge surpasses fundraising goal!

On October 5, 45 participants across our nationwide family took to the streets to cycle, walk and scooter in this year’s Ride for Refuge for Mennonite Church Canada International Witness. Our goal this year was $15,000 and we blew past it, bringing in $16,652! Thank you to all the participants and supporters. International Witness Interim Director Jeanette Hanson offers these words of thanks: “Please know that what you do has implications around the world as we work together, seeing what God is doing across the street and around the world.” Donations will be accepted until October 31 at


Prayer requests for our Witness workers 

George and Tobia Veith ask for prayer for continued wisdom, energy and creativity as they teach English in China, nurture relationships, develop requested Anabaptist resources and seek to maintain good health. 

Dann and Joji Pantoja praise God for the recognition that Coffee for Peace and the Peacebuilders community has received. Recently they were awarded Best Social Enterprise in the Philippines. For more on this story, click here.  

Bock Ki Kim wants to finish his current translation work, Reconcile by John Paul Lederach in October. He is getting busier as he writes, presents, creates workshops and responds to individual calls related to the Anabaptist movement and peace issues. Pray that he and Sook Kyoung will have the energy that they need to respond to the many requests that come their way.   

Families of Witness workers are often spread in different parts of the world. The Veiths, Park/Kim and Pantoja families all have adult children in North America. Pray that these parents will be able to support their young adult children and maintain good relationships with them despite the miles that separate them.


Indigenous-Settler Relations


Coming together in a good way 

On November 8 and 9, Steve Heinrichs will speak at Mino-Maawanji’itiwag, a gathering bringing together Indigenous and non-Indigenous Christian leaders to help the church explore our next steps in the journey of reconciliation (at Living Hope Alliance Church in Regina, Sask.). Pray for Steve as he preps for his workshop and networks with other leaders. If you’re interested in attending, go to

Christian Peacemaker Teams steering committee

This October Steve Heinrichs will become the vice-chair on the Christian Peacemaker Teams Steering Committee. Pray for Steve as he takes on this new leadership role, that he would grow in wisdom and discernment, and grow in skills and practices like consensus decision-making, which are so important to healthy committee processes. 




Worship Calendar 

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 – 


Dec 1                    First Advent -  

Dec 3          International Day of Persons with Disabilities -  

Dec 10                  Human Rights Day -  

Dec 24/25            Christmas Eve/Day -  


Mennonite Heritage Sunday 

October 27 is Mennonite Heritage Sunday, a day to reflect on and celebrate the legacy of our church. If you are looking for resources to help your church celebrate the day, visit


Cheaper by the dozen 

Cheaper By The Dozen is a bulk loan option for pastors, librarians and church committees to preview new materials, host thematic displays over several weeks or circulate items within the congregation. Order 12 different loan titles and receive an extended borrowing period as well as other benefits. For more information, visit


Featured Resource 

Practicing mindful breathing is a simple, practical, important life skill that calms the nervous system, helping children (and adults) develop self-regulation, focused attention and positive well-being. Through the simple rhythmic poetry and relatable pictures in It Starts with a Breath, Karla Dueck Thiessen and her nursery/Kindergarten students demonstrate the benefits and ease of mindful breathing. Order at