It’s a great blessing to learn from those who are different than you and be together as one, said Derek Parenteau at the 88th convention of the Ontario Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches Feb. 22–23, 2019, at Glencairn Church, Kitchener, Ont. Plenary speaker at the event, he serves among Indigenous people near Parry Sound, Ont.
We’ve all been there – sitting in the pew as the announcements are read. At one point or another, one regular announcement goes past the usual “blurb” to being a full-length sermon. Volunteers needed! Throughout the year, we hear invitations, pleas, and sermons about getting involved. We need to use our gifts, get connected, be the body, and serve others.