MC Canada update - October 30, 2019

Published October 30, 2019

 

Doug Klassen visits Burkina Faso 

Mennonite Church Canada Executive Minister Doug Klassen is currently spending time with church leaders in Burkina Faso from Oct. 23 to Nov. 5. He will meet with the Congo Partnership Council and Burkina Faso Partnership Council, and visit Grace Community Church and Christ Salvation Mennonite Church. Klassen is also helping prepare for the upcoming leadership transition in the Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission office. Pray God will lead and guide in these meetings in a way that builds up the church and furthers the coming of God's reign. 

 

International Witness

 

Prayer requests

Mennonite Seoul church plant 

Witness workers Bock Ki and Sook Kyoung Park are planting a Mennonite church in Seoul, the capital city of South Korea. Around 10 people gather in a local café every Sunday. This group is called “Mennonite Seoul” and they are searching for a way of becoming an official Mennonite church in Seoul. Pray for the Holy Spirit to lead each person to become a disciple of Jesus Christ and for the church’s formation process within Christ's body.  

Fledgling Anabaptist movement in China 

Pray for Witness workers George and Tobia Veith in China as they, together with local Anabaptist study-group leaders, discern next steps in leadership development in the fledgling Anabaptist movement.  Pray for God’s leading and wisdom in planning.   

Energy and health 

Pray that Witness workers Tom and Christine Poovong will have the health and strength they need for a demanding schedule. Their ministry includes income generation and church planting. Recently they have personally taken on the care of a 15-year-old who needs a home.   

Friedenhaus offers much to German community 

We continue to support Friedenhaus (Peace House) in Ludwigshafen, Germany, which was formed to meet needs in the local community. They report a good fall of German classes, a sewing group, potlucks and discussion groups. Please pray that this ministry to the community of newcomers will be a blessing for both the volunteers and the participants. 

 

Indigenous-Settler Relations

 

Government legislation for Declaration 

In the previous session of Parliament before the federal election, all parties except the Conservatives supported Bill C-262. The Liberals have now promised to put forth a Bill that “establishes Bill C-262 as the floor,” proposing legislation that implements the minimum standards of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Parliament does not sit until January 2020. In the meantime, please pray that God would incline the hearts of all politicians to work together, in non-partisan fashion, to implement the Declaration. 

Evangelicals on the road to reconciliation 

Members of NAIITS: Indigenous Learning Community have asked friends associated with the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) to craft a joint paper exploring the kind of work that needs to happen in evangelical circles to live in right relationship with Indigenous Peoples. Steve Heinrichs has been asked to be a part of this endeavour (Mennonite Church Canada is a member of EFC). Please pray for wisdom, prophetic insight and the ability to create something that can be helpful for both Indigenous Peoples and the wider church. 

 

CommonWord 

Worship Calendar: 

Nov 1                   All Saints Day - www.commonword.ca/go/1598  

Nov 3                   Mission Sunday - www.commonword.ca/go/1441  

Nov 10                 Peace Sunday – www.commonword.ca/go/1825  

Nov 11                 Remembrance Day - www.commonword.ca/go/1599  

Nov 20                 Universal Children’s Day - www.commonword.ca/go/1338  

Nov 24                 Memorial Sunday - www.commonword.ca/go/1387  

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

                                 www.commonword.ca/go/1826  

Dec 1                    First Advent - www.commonword.ca/go/1619  

Dec 3          International Day of Persons with Disabilities - www.commonword.ca/go/1689  

Dec 10                  Human Rights Day - www.commonword.ca/go/1661  

Dec 24/25            Christmas Eve/Day - www.commonword.ca/go/1619  

Jan 1                     New Year’s Day – www.commonword.ca/go/1859  

Jan 6                     Epiphany - www.commonword.ca/go/1662  

Jan 19                   Mennonite World Fellowship Sunday - www.commonword.ca/go/1663  

Jan 19-25             Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - www.commonword.ca/go/1453  

Jan 27                   Holocaust Memorial Day - www.commonword.ca/go/1599  

  

Peace Sunday: 

Peace Sunday is an occasion to preach, teach, reflect upon and witness to the gospel of peace as revealed in Jesus Christ. This year’s Peace Sunday packet, “Come and Eat,” from Mennonite Central Committee Canada, focuses on the theme of peacemaking through food justice. This packet is intended to help you and your congregation plan a Peace Sunday worship service, as well as provide related educational, advocacy and peace-witness activities. Download the packet at www.commonword.ca/go/1852

  

Adult Curriculum Guide: 

Looking for a new study for your small group or church? CommonWord offers curricula on a wide range of topics. Simply visit our website (http://www.commonword.ca/go/1520), pick a topic that interests you and choose from the study material available. 

  

Featured Resource: 

The Jesus Way: Small Books of Radical Faith delve into big questions about God’s work in the world. These concise, practical books are deeply rooted in Anabaptist theology. Pre-order the first two titles of the series today. Copies will be shipped once they arrive at CommonWord by mid-November.