June Issue 2013

Sunday, June 30, 2013

FEATURES Snapshots of Camp Evergreen  Reaching our neighbours Tribute to a father COLUMNS Editorial: Home: headache, heartbreak or hope?  Conference News Outfront: Jesus: What’s in a name Convention reports  — B.C. convention…

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Building and releasing

Monday, June 24, 2013

On June 21 and 22, B.C.’s Mennonite Central Committee celebrated 40 years of thrift stores in British Columbia – then topped it off with a groundbreaking ceremony for a new centre to allow growth of all of its departments. The event coincided with the MCC B.C. annual general meeting held at Abbotsford’s Central Heights Church.

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Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life around the Table with Recipes

Monday, June 24, 2013

Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life around the Table with Recipes
Shauna Niequist

This book is fantastic. It’s fun and inspiring, with many moments of profound insight. The book revolves around the themes of hospitality, food, friends, family, infertility, love, and shame. It asks us to look into the truth of who we are created to be, to see the Spirit of God in the present moment in either fast and feast

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Choir reunites to sing director’s praises

Sunday, June 23, 2013

One December 2012 night, Duane Arndt dreamed about a reunion honouring choir director Jake Willms and his wife Rita. After a Facebook post about Arndt’s dream received dozens of response in the first 24 hours, he called Jake’s oldest daughter Lori Willms Neufeld, and a reunion committee was formed. Arndt’s somnolent reverie galvanized Reach Out/Celebration Choir alumni across the country to offer tribute to man who changed the course of many lives one song at a time.

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Does the church need Superman?

Friday, June 21, 2013

Superman is not a newcomer to pop culture. This displaced super-powered alien made his first appearance in Action Comics #1 in 1938. (Looks pretty good for his age, doesn’t he?) Over the years, writers have depicted Superman differently depending on current trends: he has taken on Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, even world hunger.

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Story keepers gather

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

At this year’s Historical Commission AGM, June 7–8 in Winnipeg, the four archival centres reported on their projects underway, including include publishing books; digitizing print, sound, and image media; processing recent acquisitions; and holding conferences.

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Secrets uncovered in memoir

Monday, June 10, 2013

It Happened in Moscow
Author: Maureen S. Klassen
In the last century, many Mennonites in Russia survived World War I, revolution, civil war, anarchy, famine, epidemic, Stalin’s slave labour camps, forced relocation, World War II, emigration, and the rigours of establishing new lives in Canada.

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Snapshots of Camp Evergreen

Saturday, June 1, 2013

In 1953, I returned from college to find I’d been elected to the Alberta MB Conference’s (ABMB) youth and music committee. We decided that instead of holding our annual youth rally in a church, why not rent a camp?

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2 perspectives on worship

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Seniors can handle change – but not at breakneck pace
Generation vs. generation: Is it really about the music?

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Making the most of ministry

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Resilient Ministry: What pastors told us about surviving and thriving
Authors: Bob Burns, Tasha Champman, Donald C. Guthrie
Early in my career, someone told me that being in ministry for a certain number of years doesn’t necessarily mean you have that many years’ experience: you might simply have one year repeated a number of times.

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Being on mission together: An old idea finds new life

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Canadian Mennonite Brethren churches have chosen the number one as a thematic symbol. We speak of one Lord, one people, one mission. It’s a catchy sound bite. Mathematically,…

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Anniversary of untying the knot

Saturday, June 1, 2013

How to balance the needs of the world’s poorest people with Canadian security isn’t a new question arising from the recent decision to merge Canadian International Development Agency…

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Message in a bottle: A cry for truth and reconciliation

Saturday, June 1, 2013

I was getting desperate. It was the last of four days at the Montreal Truth and Reconciliation Commission meetings. Sorrow, despair, hope, anger, defeat, defiance, and confusion washed over…

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Stillwood shows off for new campers

Saturday, June 1, 2013

It was a perfect early-May day for the annual open house at Stillwood Camp and Conference Centre, near Chilliwack, B.C. More than 2,500 visitors enjoyed food and scores…

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Free stuff

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Seeing an emotionally distressed young man sitting cross-legged and shirtless on a downtown sidewalk, I asked, “Are you okay?” He said he wasn’t, but he could handle it…

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