Our usual Annual Meeting time is coming up quickly. While we don’t know yet what this will look like and exact timing, we fully expect it will be virtual, and hope to have it in the first couple months of 2021. In preparation, please submit your annual reports to Lisa by January 10 2021. 2020 has been a year like no other. Despite the fact we had to pause some of our church programs, many areas of ministry continued. Please report as it makes sense for your specific area. If you have questions, reach out to your lay minister for guidance. Please send reports to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Lisa at 519-655-6824 to arrange another way to submit your report. Thank you!
Tuesday, January 26 at 7 pm Serving and Learning Together (SALT) Networking Event
Are you a young adult aged 18-30 interested in other cultures? Learn more about MCC’s year long Christian, international cross-cultural service opportunities. Register today at mcco.ca/salt-virtual-event
Wednesday January 27 at 12:30 p.m.– The Grebel Noon Hour Concert series will feature Voices Together committee member Anneli Loepp Thiessen “Still Singing – Women Composers and the Voices Together Hymnal sharing stories and songs from Women.” This free event can be accessed online at https://uwaterloo.ca/music/events/noon-hour-concert-still-singing-women-composers-and-voices
Wednesday January 27 at 7 pm – Join the Grebel Community for a special virtual chapel service to celebrate the arrival of our new hymnal Voices Together. This special service is open to the public and will feature a homiletic reflection by Distinguished Alumni award winner Sarah Johnson. The service will include music and worship resources from Voices Together. Visit https://uwaterloo.ca/grebel/events/hymnal-celebration-sarah-johnson for details. Registration is required to receive a Zoom meeting link.
Summer Camp is back at Hidden Acres which means we are looking for fantastic young people to join our staff team. If you are at least 17 years old, enjoy working with children and youth, love being outside and want to serve God and others in a safe, fun and welcoming space, then Hidden Acres is the place! For information and to apply, visit www.hiddenacres.ca. Camper registration begins on February 1st. There will be limited spaces this summer so mark your calendars!
Silver Lake Mennonite Camp – Summer 2021 (www.slmc.ca)
· Silver Lake Adventures Day Camps: This summer, Silver Lake is coming closer to you with local day camps so that kids across the province can enjoy Silver Lake experiences! These camps are generally for campers ages 5-15, as well as some canoe camps for campers ages 9-15 and one week of Teen Camp for ages 12-16 in Waterloo! Check out Information About Offsite Day Camps to see a list of locations across Ontario and to register now!
· Overnight Camps: Mark your calendars for February 1 @ 7am for the opening of registration for overnight camps at Silver Lake.VisitInformation About Overnight Camps for summer schedule and registration link.
** Please note that due to the uncertainty with Covid-19 in the months ahead and the possibility of cancellations, no payments for day camps or overnight camps will be due until April at the earliest.
Prioritize UN Declaration Legislation
You’re invited to join MCC in supporting the Government of Canada’s legislation around the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), being tabled in Parliament this December. MCC believes that passing a legislative framework to implement UNDRIP is an excellent step toward ensuring the human rights of Indigenous Peoples are respected and honoured in Canada. If you agree, we invite you to contact Minister of Justice David Lametti and your MP to urge them to fulfill the government’s commitment to reconciliation by making every effort to bring this legislation to Royal Assent. Visit mcccanada.ca/take-action to use MCC’s convenient letter-writing tool to amplify the calls of Indigenous neighbours.
An open call for Parents or Guardian with children ages 6-13
An interactive workbook for families focusing on developing peaceful relationships in the home is being developed. Restorative Justice Intern, Claire Smith, is conducting short 15-20 minute interviews to gain an understanding of the currents needs of young families to help develop healthy family relationships. If you would like to participate, contact Claire at email@example.com.
UNMUTE: The Impact of a Pandemic on Gender Based Violence
UNMUTE is a forum theatre piece that addresses the rise of domestic violence and gender-based assault during COVID-19. Immerse yourself in this important and timely piece that gives audience members the chance to rehearse scenarios for real life. Audiences will learn skills and resources for how they can make a difference. Go to theatreofthebeat.ca/unmute to get your tickets today.
Conrad Grebel University College, a residence and teaching community affiliated with the University of Waterloo, seeks a married couple for the position of Campus Hosts, beginning spring/summer 2021. The role involves living in an apartment in the College’s residence building and supervising the College during non-business hours. Rent and utilities are free in exchange for performance of duties. Applicants should be mature, responsible, and able to relate to a broad range of people, especially students in residence. Application deadline is January 25, 2021. Read more at www.grebel.ca/position
Please remember the importance of the contact tracing sheets. We ask anyone who enters the church building to, record the relevant information on the sheet located just inside the mailbox lobby door and the office entry door. Please note when and where you were in the building and then use the disinfecting wipes provided to wipe all surfaces that were touched before leaving. Thank you for your help with this.