Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is supporting the efforts of local organizations in Syria and Jordan that are helping people affected by the ongoing conflict in Syria.
It’s terrifying to be forgotten. Imagine you’re a child walking through a mall and you suddenly realize you’ve become separated from your parents. Or you’re an adult who walks into the house to find doors unlocked, lights on, TV blaring – but not a person anywhere. What if you’ve been left behind, forgotten? The fear is palpable.
The Ontario Conference of MB Churches ushered in a new era of leadership at their 81st annual convention in Virgil, Ont., Feb. 17–18, as they elected a new governance board and handed over provincial church planting activities to C2C Network. Karen West, pastor of missional initiatives at Waterloo MB Church, will serve as chair of the new board of directors, while Kevin Bayne, lead pastor at Cornerstone Community Church, Niagara-on-the-Lake, will fill the seat of vice-chair.
Tucked into the forest, near a lake an hour’s drive from Montreal, lies Camp Peniel, a retreat centre and camp founded by the Mennonite Brethren church in Quebec (AEFMQ) in 1974. In February, Camp Peniel appointed a new board and engaged a young couple, Jason and Esther Levesque as full-time, live-in directors.
On February 9, 2012, fifteen speakers at the second annual TEDxManitoba conference, including two from Mennonite Brethren churches, animated the day with their “ideas worth spreading.” Technology Education Design is a secular, nonprofit project that believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives, and ultimately the world. Their online site www.ted.com/talks attracts a global audience in the millions.
My first encounter with Blaine Lake (Sask.) Gospel Chapel as a first-year college student left a distinct impression of a place with a big heart. Bethany College’s drama team was partnering with the small congregation a 25-minute drive from Hepburn to put on a Valentine’s potluck dinner theatre for the community.