The Stork and the Sparrow
The picture book is about a white stork, Abigail, who rescues an egg. The egg hatches, and Rosy appears. Abigail later discovers that Rosy is a cinnamon sparrow - a type of bird only found in Hong Kong and Southeast Asia. Having been raised among the storks in Africa, Rosy leaves in search of her "real" family only to discover that what makes a real family is the love you show for each other.
Future Directions Task Force Summary Report:
Vision and Structure - December 07, 2015
WHAT IS GOD’S SPIRIT CALLING US TO IN THE 21ST CENTURY?
After considerable consultation, testing, and prayer, the Future Directions Task Force finds most support for a simpler, sounder, and more integrated understanding of church.
Area church leaders and the General Board of the national church have approved this report in principle and commended to Area Churches for consideration before bringing it to Assembly 2016 for final decision. We continue to pray, receive feedback, refine details, and wait for national and area church delegates to respond at their annual meetings. If approved, a Transition Team would be appointed to implement this proposal.
To and From Nowhere:
A Biographical Novel
What terrible storms they have in this place, Greta thought, her skin screaming a silent protest, her eyes blind against the driving snow. "Where are we?" she called into the wind, but her words were swept behind her.
In this gripping and moving novel, Greta and her family, treated as "non-existent" along with thousands of Russian Germans, Mennonites, and other ethnic groups displaced by Stalin, struggle to exist in the Soviet Union from 1941 to 1976.
Based on painstaking historical research and interviews with Greta's family, To and From Nowhere tells a harrowing and beautiful story in the unusual style that author Hedy Martens has fused, combining narrative, biography, poetry, history, and personal reflection.
The Conclusion of Favoured among Women
Being a Faithful Church Bundle (2009-2015):
Documents 1, 2, 3, 4, 4.1, 5, 5.1, 6.1, 7, CM
This paper includes 10 parts:
- Part 1: Testing the spirits in the Midst of Hermeneutical Ferment - March 2009
- Part 2: “Peace Church” as “Pacifist Church” - July 2010
- Part 3: A Plan to Discern Faithfulness on Matters of Sexuality - July 2011
- Part 4: Using the Bible in Helpful and Unhelpful Ways - July 2012
- Part 4.1: Exercising Our Interpretive Muscles: Testing our Interpretive Framework - September 2012
- Part 5: Between Horizons: Biblical Perspectives on Human Sexuality - November 2013
- Part 5.1: Between Horizons: Biblical Perspectives on Human Sexuality Assembly 2014 Discernment Guide - April, 2014
- Part 6: Unity, Christ’s Love, and Faithfulness in Discerning Matters of Sexuality
- Part 6.1: Summary and Analysis of BFC 6
- Part 7: Summary and Recommendation on Sexuality 2009-2015
- related curriculum from Mennonite Church BC
- related individual study from Mennonite Church Alberta
- related dramatization to introduce the BFC 4 document
- related Bible study by Bryan Moyer Suderman
- related summary of BFC 5 by Sargent Ave Mennonite
- related video by Loren Johns.
- related resources from AMBS
- related 'thought experiment' and covenant by Glenn Brubacher and David Augsburger
- related essay by Susanna Guenther Loewen
- related biblical discernment study by Central Plains District Conference
- related essay by Bryan Moyer Suderman
- related conference by Mennonite Church Manitoba.
Year C, Lent 2016 At-Home Materials:
This year, our Lent materials for Sunday worship have the theme, “Living Ink,” because this year’s team was gripped by the story of God, the grand Author, inviting the people of God to join in the writing of the grand narrative of Jesus’ ongoing kingdom. This booklet, and the practices it models, can help your family enter and participate in this story.
Includes separate colouring pages!
2016 Lenten Guided Prayer Experience:
Do you long for a resource that integrates prayer and scripture into daily life?
This seven week prayer process does just that. Using the same scripture readings many Mennonite congregations across Canada use in Sunday worship during the season of Lent, participants practice forms of contemplative prayer and become more aware of the Spirit of God moving in our lives.
Participants in the Lenten Guided Prayer Experience will:
- Pray with the Biblical texts at home 3 to 4 days/week (the same texts as in the Leader worship materials)
- Meet weekly in a small group with a facilitator to share from your life of prayer (either in Sunday School, or another setting)
Upon registration, a set of Weekly Prayer Sheet will be emailed to the contact person. Copies can be made and distributed to each participant. Each sheet introduces the theme of the week and provides different suggestions for deepening one’s experience of the Lenten scriptures.
Small groups of 2 to 4 people
Congregations are encouraged to form small groups of 2 to 4 people who meet with a group facilitator to share their prayer experiences. In some congregations small groups might meet during ‘Sunday School’ time, while others might meet during the week.
The downloadable resource packet includes:
- background material about the Lenten Guided Prayer process for your congregation’s coordinator and small group facilitators
- a sample Prayer Sheet for this year’s Week 1
- bulletin announcements and posters.
Register by January 31, 2016 (or as soon after as possible) by clicking here.
$40 for congregations/organizations
$20 for individual use
Send fees to:
Mennonite Spiritual Directors of Eastern Canada
c/o Waterloo North Mennonite Church
100 Benjamin Rd. Waterloo, ON N2V 2J9
February 2016 CommonWord Curator:
Newsletter of CommonWord, distributed 10 times/year to our subscribers and in Mennonite Church Canada's congregational "Equipping" package.
To subscribe, please sign up here.
Myths and Message
As a Future Directions Task Force working on behalf of the church, we’ve been trying to be patient with this question: "What is God's Spirit calling us to in the 21st century?" As we seek to live into it, here are some of the myths and the message that engage us.
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