Mennonite Church Manitoba Update

Mennonite Church Manitoba Update
Mennonite Church Canada weekly online worship service for Sunday, July 26, 2020  
First Mennonite Church in Edmonton, Alta., will share their service with our nationwide community of faith this coming Sunday, July 26. Watch at https://www.mennonitechurch.ca/worshipservices.
SAVE THE DATE: Table Talk: Does the Church have Legs? Mennonite Church Canada Study Conference, October 24, 2020
Join our nationwide community of faith as we gather virtually for “Table Talk: Does the Church Still have Legs?”, a virtual study conference on the nature and identity of the church and the role of worship. Plenary speakers from Mennonite Church Canada-affiliated universities and colleges will present on themes of ecclesiology and worship. For more information, visit https://www.mennonitechurch.ca/tabletalk2020.
Help match Mennonite Church Canada’s donation to Mennonite World Conference’s COVID-19 relief fund!   
This spring Mennonite Church Canada donated $50,000 to MWC’s Global Church Sharing Fund to help our sister churches around the world who are struggling to meet basic needs due to pandemic-response measures in their countries. Now Mennonite Church Canada is asking its congregations to match this donation so that we collectively raise $100,000. Donations will go through regional churches. Click here for more info.

INDIGENOUS-SETTLER RELATIONS 
For the Love of Creation – Churches and faith organizations across Canada have recently come together to pursue climate justice by forming an initiative called, “For the Love of Creation.” The goal is to facilitate climate conversation through theological reflection, congregational engagement and political advocacy. The most recent opportunity for action is a parliamentary petition calling on the Government of Canada to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 60 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, and to honour Indigenous rights, particularly around energy and infrastructure development. Learn more and sign the petition.

Webinar: Stories of Decolonization – What are Indigenous activists and settlers doing to understand and challenge settler colonialism in Canada? Join a screening and discussion of the documentary film, Stories of Decolonization: Land Dispossession and Settlement on July 29 at 7 p.m. Steve Heinrichs, director of Mennonite Church Canada’s Indigenous-Settler Relations program, will be one of four panelists. Register here.

INTERNATIONAL WITNESS  
SAVE THE DATE: International Witness Sunday, October 18, 2020 Resources for International Witness Sunday on October 18, 2020, are coming soon! Online resources including: recorded sermons, videos, worship ideas, children’s stories, pictures and information about International Witness to inform and inspire will be made available to your congregation through our website. Ways to give. Ways to learn. Ways to get involved! Questions? E-mail jhanson@mennonitechurch.ca or kdsawatzky@mennonitechurch.ca.

Terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso – Evangelical Mennonite Church of Burkina Faso asks us to pray for them as they continue to suffer terrorist attacks. Pray for protection, for the resolution to this conflict and for political stability. Mennonite Church Canada partner Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission supports the church in Burkina Faso through community outreach and leadership development.

COVID-19 awareness project reaches many churches in Congo – Evangelical Mennonite Church of Congo asks us to thank the Lord for the success of COVID-19 education workshops, which reached many of the local churches. Mennonite World Conference and Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission provided funds for the project. Thank you for your support for these projects.

Witness workers in China finish school year from home – Praise God for another year of teaching in China for Tobia Veith.  She finished her classes and exams online from home. Pray for George and Tobia as they travel in China to visit Anabaptist study groups to encourage and collaborate on resource development.