MC Canada updates and prayer requests

MC Canada biweekly updates

 

Here is collection of updates from MC Canada's International Witness and Indigenous-Settler Relations programs and from CommonWord. The information on this page is updated every two weeks and is shared with the Regional Churches. Please hold these items in prayer and share them with your church community.

Published February 5, 2020

 

Mennonite Church Canada selects young adult reps for GYS 2021 

Five young adults will represent Mennonite Church Canada’s regional churches at Global Youth Summit in Salatiga, Indonesia, from July 2-5, 2021. The successful applicants are: 

  • Andrew Klassen Brown (Mennonite Church Manitoba) 
  • Madison Harms (Mennonite Church Saskatchewan) 
  • Rebecca Janzen (Mennonite Church Alberta) 
  • Christen Kong (Mennonite Church Eastern Canada) 
  • Ashley Rempel (Mennonite Church British Columbia). 

These representatives will attend the summit, which takes place four days before the 18th Mennonite World Conference Assembly. Read the full release

 

International Witness

Witness worker starting peace journal in South Korea 

 Bock Ki Kim engages in peace work in different ways and different places in his community. This year, starting the Peace Journal, a quarterly national-level magazine, is one of his important projects. Pray for the editorial committee to sense the needs of the Korean peninsula.  

Prayer: for wisdom in launching the first edition, adequate funding, networking and creative ideas.  

MCEC congregation builds relationships in Philippines 

Thank God for the amazing learning and connecting opportunities experienced in the Philippines by a group from East Zorra Mennonite Church (MCEC).  Dann and Joji Pantoja, the PeaceBuilders, Inc., community and many of their Indigenous co-workers hosted this group as they grew in knowledge and relationships.  Read more here

Prayer: that God will use these partnerships to help us grow in love and understanding of each other.   

Mennonite Church Canada explores relationship on West Bank 

Mennonite Church Canada International Witness, together with the Palestine Israel Network, is exploring ways to walk more closely with the Bethlehem Bible College.  

Prayer: that this relationship will be transformative for us as a Canadian church as we journey together with West Bank Christians, especially in these days of political uncertainty in the region.     

Coronavirus affecting workers in China 

Pray for George and Tobia Veith who remain in Malaysia after a conference because of travel restrictions and closed universities in China because of the coronavirus. Pray for the sick and all those affected by this unprecedented disruption to their lives. Read the full release

News from our partners 

Mennonite Mission Network Latin America director Linda Shelly writes: A Chilean congregation received an opportunity to build a church in a new neighborhood and in order to raise money works together every Friday night making French fries from 100 pounds of potatoes to sell on the street, and then on Saturday preparing lunches to sell at the market. Pray that congregations like this who commit to following Jesus with their whole lives will reflect God’s light and love in their communities. 

 

Indigenous-Settler Relations 

ISR organizing bus journey to NAIITS 2020  

Mennonite Church Canada’s Indigenous-Settler Relations (ISR) is organizing a bus journey to take 50 Indigenous and settler persons to this year’s NAIITS gathering in Sioux Falls, South Dakota—June 4-6, 2020. Would you like to join us? NAIITS is a Christian Indigenous Learning Community that hosts theological gatherings intended for pastors and activists, young and old. ISR wants to bring a diverse group of friends from across our nationwide church to attend this event that will explore “Conversations on Health and Wholeness.” The bus ride from Winnipeg is free, registration is covered, and we’re looking to crash at a local church (dorm rooms are an option, but at your own expense). If interested, please e-mail Steve Heinrichs for more details (sheinrichs@mennonitechurch.ca). It’s going to be a lot of fun! 

News from our partners 

CPT offers resources for solidarity action with Wet’suwet’en 

Christian Peacemaker Teams has been invited to accompany the land defenders in Wet'suwet'en territory and document the actions of the RCMP while supporting nonviolent resistance to the pipeline. We need you! Our presence in Wet'suwet'en is reliant on your financial support. Join us in partnership through www.cpt.org/donate OR send a cheque to Christian Peacemaker Teams, 103 Bellevue Ave, Toronto, ON, M5T 2N8. A  

Download CPT’s Faith Action Toolkit for ideas on how to support and stand with Wet'suwet'en.

 

CommonWord 

Worship Calendar

Feb 20                  World Day of Social Justice - www.commonword.ca/go/1690  

Feb 23                  Transfiguration Sunday – www.commonword.ca/go/1886  

Feb 26                  Ash Wednesday - www.commonword.ca/go/1691  

Mar 8                    World Women’s Day - www.commonword.ca/go/1692  

Mar 21 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination                                                                                                                - www.commonword.ca/go/1693  

Mar 22                 World Water Day - www.commonword.ca/go/1694  

Apr 5                    Palm Sunday - www.commonword.ca/go/1463  

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

Apr 9                    Maundy Thursday - www.commonword.ca/go/1462  

Apr 10                  Good Friday - www.commonword.ca/go/1461  

Apr 12                  Easter - www.commonword.ca/go/1460  

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

 

Abuse response and prevention 

CommonWord is proud to be partnering with Mennonite Central Committee on their new website www.abuseresponseandprevention.ca. This website provides resources so that churches can become a place of healing for those in need. This Canadian-based website addresses various types of abuse, offering definitions, guidelines and additional resources for individuals and communities of faith. 

  

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. You’ll receive 12 different loan items to keep on hand for an extended period of six weeks. For more information on this great opportunity visit www.commonword.ca/go/1584

  

Featured Resources 

2020 Lenten Guided Prayer Experience 

Participating in this six-week experience will take you on a journey of discovery and challenge. As you pray with scripture texts for Lent, you will be invited to consider how God is present in the gritty or difficult places in life in order to find grace and hope. Visit www.commonword.ca/go/1436  to participate.