Resources to help us to stay Rooted in Christ and Growing together in Faith
Sunday September 19 – Mennonite World Conference (MWC) Peace Sunday.
Register for Sunday morning in-person worship, anytime during the week, by contacting Lisa at email@example.com Please indicate which Sunday you are registering for and who will be attending with you. If Lisa is unable to take your call, leave a message that includes your name and phone number. Your registration will then be confirmed either by email or phone. Deadline to register each week is Saturday by 10 a.m.
We are grateful for your financial giving to the ongoing work and ministry of the church. This week our offering focus is “Leadership”
Next Sunday September 26, Leah Reesor-Keller, Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (MCEC) Executive Minister, will be sharing with us in our worship and gathering time.
Extending God’s Love
Beginning Saturday September 18th to Tuesday September 28th Parish Nurse Jean will be taking some holiday time. Please pray this can be a refreshing time for her.
EZMC Building Use for Committee Meetings.
A designated meeting space that allows for physical distancing will be located in the basement. The boardroom and other small rooms are closed for now. Please contact Lisa and book the meeting space to ensure that it is available for use. You will be sent the health and safety protocols before your meeting.
Beyond Our Church Community
Love Neighbours Share Vaccines
The Government of Canada will match, dollar for dollar, every donation made by individual Canadians to UNICEF Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination fundraising campaign, up to a maximum of $10 million, from July 12, 2021 to September 30, 2021 (deadline has been extended)
New Thrift Shop Hours for all MCC Ontario Shops
September 13 – December 31
As fall begins, MCC Thrift is gearing up for our busiest time of the year. To provide a consistent shopping experience, all seven MCC Thrift Shops will have the same hours throughout the fall.
Starting the week of September 13, all thrift shops will be open Monday to Wednesday 10am – 5 pm, Thursday and Friday 10am – 8pm and Saturday 10am – 5pm. Donation hours vary by shop. Go to www.thriftdifferent.com to check out your local shop’s hours.
Come work with us!
We’re looking for a new Indigenous Neighbours Program Coordinator to provide leadership and oversight to the Indigneous Neighbours program. The work location is flexible and can be based in Kitchener, St. Catharines or Toronto. To learn more and to apply, go to mcco.ca/serve.
Season 2 of Undercurrents is around the corner! Join us as we dive deeper into remarkable stories coming from MCC’s program participants, staff and others in Ontario. Listen and subscribe on Spotify, Apple, Google and others, or listen to the trailer here at https://anchor.fm/undercurrents.
Thanks to Kindred Credit Union for sponsoring Season 2!
Centennial Tree Planting
In celebration of 100 years of relief, development and peace in the name of Christ, an oak tree, born from an acorn of the legendary Khortitsa Oak in Ukraine, will be planted at MCC Ontario’s Kitchener office. Due to COVID-19 considerations, this event is not open to the public but will be streamed live on Facebook. Join us on Sept 21 at 10 AM.
Part-time Low German Outreach Program Coordinator needed at Poole Mennonite Church
This winter, a weekly outreach program to Low German families and their young children will take place at Poole Mennonite Church. Planners are looking for a Program Coordinator to oversee planning and work with the participants. For more information, please contact Janet Schulz at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lily Hiebert Rempel, MCC Ontario Low German Liason, at email@example.com. The application deadline is September 30. Apply today!
Interfaith Community Counselling – Fall 2021 Support Groups
ICC strengthens the fabric of our community by equipping individuals, couples, and families to realize emotional wellness and triumph over life’s challenges
This group provides education and support for women who have experienced emotional or physical abuse within their intimate relationship. This group is offered In Person starting Wednesday September 29th 6:30pm-8:30pm for 10 weeks.
Mindfulness and Self Compassion
This group offers skills, practices and tools to support you in accepting and loving yourself, building inner strength, resilience and thriving in you own life. This virtual group starts Wednesday October 6, 2021 (3:00pm-4:30) for 8 weeks.
Emotion Regulation using DBT skills
Learning mindfulness and cognitive skills to better understand your thoughts, feelings and behaviours and the techniques to change them. This virtual group starts Wednesday October 6, 2021 (5:00pm-7pm) for 9 weeks.
Register: Please contact Interfaith Counselling Centre at (519) 662-3092 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Toronto Mennonite Festival – Join us at a new location with a mix of familiar and not so familiar activities!
Saturday September 18 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Willowgrove Farm, 11737 McCowan Road, Stouffville
It starts with food! So come hungry and enjoy traditional Mennonite favourites. The fun continues with wagon rides, pick-your-own apples and Indigenous teachings. Shop for beautiful crafts and fresh produce and check out the silent auction. Space is limited. Save-your-spot today at torontomennonitefestival.ca.
Monday September 20th & Tuesday September 21st Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp Fall Seniors Retreat Join us virtually on September 20th to explore the topic: “Journey Toward Justice: Equal Rights for Palestinians and Israelis” with Christian Peacemaker Teams and MCEC Palestine-Israel Network. Then gather outdoors with us at Hidden Acres on September 21st for an informal time of connecting with each other and some of our resource people. For more information visit www.hiddenacres.ca or email email@example.com to register.
Monday September 20th MCC Ontario Annual General Meeting 7 – 8 p.m.
We deeply appreciate your support, and how you are impacting so many lives in Ontario and around the world. Join us on September 20 for our Annual General Meeting (AGM) as we share MCC Ontario’s financial outcomes and a snapshot of our strategic plan progress. Official Congregational Representatives and Delegates who register as such are entitled to vote. Visit mcco.ca/AGM for details.
Thursday September 23rd 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Wilmot Family Resource Centre 27th Annual Fundraising Luncheon – ‘Take-Away’ Meal
Curbside pickup at New Hamburg Community Centre (251 Jacob St.). Tickets are available at the door. $10 per person – cheque or cash (exact amount, no change).
Thursday September 23rd 4 p.m. MennoHomes invites you to their “Virtual” Grand Opening Celebration
Bridgeport at Lancaster is so much more than just a building. RSVP online at mennohomes.com or call 519 742-5849 x100
You are invited to a Sausage on a Bun Drive-Thru Community Lunch & Fundraiser to support Tavistock Assistance Program (TAP). Sunday September 26th at Queen’s Park Pavilion from 11:30 am – 1:30 p.m.
Drive-thru and pick up your Sausage on a bun served with sauerkraut, fried onions and potato salad on the side. Also served with a cookie for dessert. Cost is by donation. No change provided.
Order by calling Paulette Roth at 519-655-2776 or 519-301-0091 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsors – Krug’s Meat Market, Sam’s Valumart, Quehl’s Restaurant and Ana’s Kitchen. Poster is attached to this email.
Thursday September 30th – Saturday October 2nd, 2021
MCC@100 – Mennonites, Service and the Humanitarian Impulse
A Virtual Mennonite Studies Conference at The University of Winnipeg. In 1920, Mennonites in Canada and the U.S. formed Mennonite Central Committee to aid famine-ravaged Mennonite communities in southern Russia (present-day Ukraine). Over the ensuing century, MCC has grown to embrace service in more than 60 countries. This centennial conference presents papers that examine the past, present, and future of MCC. Visit mcco.ca/events to learn more.
Xplore: At the Intersection of Faith and Life, A 55-Plus Enrichment Program. Xplore offers courses that investigate dimensions of the Christian faith, our world, and life in it. All without any assignments or examinations! Xplore happens in a six-week block, with online courses offered Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings, beginning October 5. Join us! cmu.ca/xplore.
“Not Traumatic Enough for a Shock Blanket”: A thought-provoking exhibit by artist Yasmeen Nematt Alla invites us to consider the importance of trauma-informed community spaces and the ability art has to provide gestures of care. Running from Sept. 7 to March 7, 2022 at the Grebel Gallery. In person gallery visits available upon request. Visit uwaterloo.ca/centre-peace-advancement/grebel-gallery
Conrad Grebel University College is marking Mennonite Heritage Week by drawing attention to the Indigenous-Mennonite Encounters conference, to be held at Grebel in May 2022, that will include stories and analyses of encounters and relationships between Indigenous peoples and Mennonite settlers. We also offer a list of resources that provides a variety of starting points to learn more about the intersection of Mennonite and Indigenous histories in Canada. Read more: uwaterloo.ca/grebel/news/mennonite-heritage-week-2021
On the Level Announcement: The September edition of On the Level is now available from Mennonite Disaster Service. In our current issue: Canada farmers work together to battle drought conditions, thanks to MDS volunteers, a family goes home in British Columbia, and a derelict house becomes home for a Syrian refugee family. Click on this link to read more: https://conta.cc/3hA0o73