February 2015 Issue

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Contents of the MB Herald February issue 2015

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Ontario convention 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
ONMB 2015

“I didn’t expect to meet God at [an annual general] meeting,” said worship leader Matt Unruh at the 84th annual convention of the Ontario Conference of MB Churches (ONMB). Some 130 people worshipped and listened to inspiring stories at Waterloo Mennonite Brethren (Ont.) Church Feb. 21. Guests and partners joined the 95 delegates from 21 of 27 member churches in the Ontario Conference who returned Saturday to make decisions.

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Summer 2015 archival intern announced

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Liz Wittrig is the recipient of the Mennonite Brethren Historical Commission’s summer archival internship for 2015. The selection committee chose Liz from several strong candidates from Mennonite universities and colleges in the U.S. and Canada.

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L2L’s coaching culture empowers

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Canadian Conference’s L2L ministry has concluded its first national round of training in personal coaching. It’s part of the L2L mandate to develop and resource MB leaders and church members.

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B.C. seniors support Tanzanian orphans

Monday, February 23, 2015

What difference can three weeks make? For Ken Martens, member of Northview Community Church, Abbotsford, B.C., and his brother-in-law Jake Janzen of Willow Park Church, Kelowna, B.C., participating in a DMI (Disciple Making International) door-to-door evangelism campaign in Africa changed their lives – and the lives of almost 60 African orphans.

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A taste of SALT: first step in “remarkable adventure”

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Rebecca Standen wears a headlamp to light the way and checks a pot of chima bubbling over the fire outside her tiny house. The porridge-like mixture will be supper – as she ends another day in the village where she lives most of the week.

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Canada to accept 13,000 refugees from Syria, Iraq

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Canada will accept another 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next 3 years and another 3,000 Iraqis in 2015. Immigration Minister Chris Alexander expects 60 percent will come through…

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Reality goes to The Chapel

Monday, February 9, 2015

A church plant celebrating its sixth anniversary has moved from its school gym meeting place and into a traditional sanctuary. The 200-plus congregation of Reality Vancouver Church is the new tenant in a Lutheran-built church currently owned by the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster.

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God-centred parenting is holy work

Friday, February 6, 2015

Ordinary Miracles: Awakening to the Holy Work of Parenting
Author: Rachel S. Gerber
How can a miracle be ordinary? Miracles are…miracles, not regular, everyday occurrences. However, when we place God at the centre of our lives, everything becomes a miracle. This is what Rachel Gerber demonstrates in Ordinary Miracles: Awakening to the Holy Work of Parenting.

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Northview and Northside: the church that bridged a river

Thursday, February 5, 2015

This is a tale about how two MB churches became one – on opposite sides of the Fraser River. Northview Community Church, Abbotsford, B.C., and Northside Community Church, Mission, B.C., minister in their respective communities. Northview’s current weekly attendance usually runs around 3,000, while Northside’s was as high as 400, but recently dipped to about 200.

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Executive board approves mission statement, reduces budget

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches exists “to multiply Christ-centred churches to see Canada transformed by the good news of Jesus Christ.” The CCMBC executive board officially…

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Board of faith and life report, winter 2015

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Mandated with the broad and ongoing task of upholding ethical and biblical integrity, the board of faith and life meetings never lack a full agenda. At the winter…

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5 Mennonite Brethren gifts for our Muslim friends

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Islam scholar Gordon Nickel, an adjunct professor at the University of Calgary, is not afraid to stand up for the truth claims of the Bible, especially in the arena of interfaith dialogue.

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Jaded or joyful givers?

Sunday, February 1, 2015

The fabled tooth fairy has yet to make an appearance at our house. When my daughter lost her first tooth last fall, she vehemently refused to put it…

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Why Lent, why Now?

Sunday, February 1, 2015

There were certain traditions in my Mennonite Brethren upbringing; Lent wasn’t one of them. So why Lent, and why now? I’ve wrestled with this. Here’s my answer: my…

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