September issue 2009

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Contents of the September 2009 issue, including coverage of Mennonite World Conference Assembly 15 in Paraguay

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A trailblazing book about pioneering missionaries

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

As a missionary in Colombia during the 1990s, Dorothy Siebert saw the dearth of materials available to Spanish-speaking pastors and church leaders. A dream was born to provide a resource for MB leaders and church members throughout Latin America, starting with Albert Enns’ biography.

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Spirituality for the disillusioned

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Longing for God: Seven Paths of Christian Devotion
Authors: Gayle D. Beebe and Richard J. Foster
Longing for God is the latest book from the network of spiritual writers in association with Richard J. Foster and renovaré, Foster’s spiritual renewal movement. Despite being mainly written by Beebe, the book fits well on the longer shelf of books coming from Foster such as Streams of Living Water, Celebration of Discipline, and Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home. In each of these books, Foster provides practical insight into spiritual formation, offering multiple portals through which readers can take further steps in their journey with God.

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Transitions

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Introducing Dan Nighswander, Annie and Jean Victor Brosseau, Erica Ray, Nick Boschman, Paul Heidebrecht

Changes for Martin Blumrich, Scott Koop, Bert (Robert) Bell

Farewell to Bill Janzen, Peter Laurie

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“We make smiles”

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

“We make smiles,” commented one tractor-driver in the second annual Eden Foundation Tractor Trek, July 25.

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A means to an end

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The students of Instituto Biblico Asuncion (IBA) were on their mid-term break, but July offered little respite to the school’s director, Martin Hartwig Eitzen.

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Bringing the Word to the parish

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

A large Abbotsford church has teamed with an established parachurch organization to evangelize in the church’s neighbourhood. The partnership project between Bakerview MB Church and the Gideons is believed to be the first of its kind in Canada (although a pilot project was run in Victoria in 2006).

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Columbia graduation marks 73rd year

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Columbia Bible College graduated 118 students April 18, 2009, at Northview Community Church, Abbotsford, B.C. Graduates represent the fulfillment of the college mission in “preparing people for a life of discipleship, service, and ministry leadership.”

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Meet your executive board

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Executive Board Members profiled are Herb Suderman, Jascha Boge, Len Penner, Frank Wiens and Vidya Narimalla.

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MCC calls for understanding and prayer

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Mennonite Central Committee is urging people not to judge the Old Order Mennonite colony that grabbed international headlines in July with shocking stories of mass rape.

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MCC volunteers set meat canning record

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Volunteers from churches and schools in Leamington and surrounding area produced a record 17, 215 tins of canned turkey, April 20-23, in Leamington, Ont., with the Mennonite Central Committee mobile meat canner.

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Budget cuts shrink outreach

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches is cutting its budget by $200,000 as leaders grapple with lower church contributions and fundraising expectations.

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In the vestibule of heaven

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Before becoming a pastor at Portage Avenue Church, I was employed as a maintenance assistant at a personal care home. My work, for the most part, was quite menial. I took out the garbage, unplugged toilets and sinks, replaced light bulbs, and painted rooms.

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Reaching IN & OUT

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Prayers for passersby; Outside church walls

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What I took home from Assembly 15

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

To be honest, my motivation for going to Paraguay had more to do with visiting the land of my husband’s birth than attending the Mennonite World Conference. I hasten to add, however, that participating in Assembly 15 gave me some wonderful memories to treasure.

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