Community Wide Events

 

Sept. 10 (Sun) – FREE Family Skate – World Suicide Prevention Day. SKATE from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. (with local heroes) followed by light refreshments and music. WALK of LIGHT at 8:15 P.M. at the Schmidt Woods Trail. Wilmot Recreation Complex, 1291 Nafziger Road, Baden. Made possible by SAWW (Suicide Action Wilmot Wellesley & Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention council.

Week of Sept 11th to October: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Mennonite Disaster Service Response Constance Bay (Ottawa), ON – Repairing from May Flooding: MDS is starting to repair homes that were flooded this spring, assisting vulnerable families who need their basements or crawl spaces insulated and do not have insurance. Volunteers are needed in particular for insulating, some hanging and finishing of drywall, and carpentry. Related skills are desirable but not required. Accommodations will be available. Leadership & Weekly volunteers are needed. The project will start the week of 11 Sept, into Oct. Please consider volunteering by calling or emailing, Nick Hamm at 905-401-3990 or hammnicholas.mds@outlook.com

Sept. 13 (Wed) – 12 noon – Lunch & Listen @ 50 Kent st, Kitchener – Guest speaker James & Joan Alty, area directors for S. Africa. Hear stories of MCC’s relief, development & peace work in S. Africa. See poster for info.

Sept. 17 to 23 – Peace Week – Attend a peace event. See uwaterloo.ca/peace-week.

Sept. 16 (Sat) – Join us in taking steps to improve mental health! Join us for 10,000 Steps for Shalom, a fundraising walk/run for mental health. Help Shalom make counselling affordable and accessible for everyone. Sign up as an individual or a team at shalomcounselling.org or (519) 886-9690.

Sept. 17 (Sun) – Bluegrass Concert (Jim Reimer memorial) – 2:30 pm @ Conrad Grebel University Great Hall featuring Rescue Junction & 5 On The Floor. Free admission with donations to the Reimer scholarship in theological studies.

Sept 20 (Wed) – 7:00 pm – Important Invitation from Rockway Mennonite Collegiate: Rockway Mennonite Collegiate’s Board of Directors invites you to attend an Information and Consultation Meeting regarding Board Member representation on Rockway’s Board of Directors. Held at Rockway. More information can be found on Rockway’s website at https://rockway.ca/about/board-of-directors/ Please continue to keep Rockway in your prayers as they work to discern the best way forward in Board leadership at Rockway.

Sept. 21 (Thurs) – 9 am to 3 pm Day of Quiet Prayer – Call to Prayer -(Mennonite Spiritual Directors of Eastern Canada) @ Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp. Are you longing for a way to move through your day with greater mindfulness? Do you desire to be more in tune with God and the turning of the earth? This retreat will provide an opportunity to reflect on scripture and prayerfully move through the hours of your day. Register up to five days before the event with c Pat Wagler, Retreat Coordinator mennospiritdir@gmail.com

Sept 22 (Fri) – Solitary Refinement – @ 7:00 pm. A Voice of the Martyrs dramatic presentation at Maple View Mennonite Church, 5074 Deborah Glaister Line, Wellesley based on the life of Richard Wurmbrand and contemporary persecuted Christians

Sept. 26 (Tues) – Tri-County Mennonite Homes extends to you a warm invitation to attend their 2017 Annual General Meeting 7:00 pm at Poole Mennonite Church 6475 Perth Road 121. Located 0.8 km north of Poole, 4.8 km south of Millbank on Perth Road 121 All are welcome!

Sept. 29 (Fri) – 9 am to 4:30 pm – Congregational Leadership from the Inside Out Location: Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo Cost: $100.00 + HST (if registered before September 15, 2017)$125.00 + HST (if registered after September 15, 2017)
Facilitators: Betty Pries Description: “The success of an intervention depends on the interior condition of the intervener” (William O’Brien). Betty Pries has reflected on this quote about 100 times, asking the question – Is this true? If it is, it could be read to say, “The success of a church depends on the interior condition of its leadership.” How are we as leaders (whether paid or lay) attending to our interior journeys of faith, of healing and transformation? How do we mindfully support the congregations we are serving? This workshop will consider the gifts of Christian reflection and meditation for healthy church leadership

Sept. 29 (Fri) – Award Winning Austrian pianist Anna Magdalena Kokits Coast to Coast Tour 7:00 pm at Conrad Greabel Univesity College Chapel. Revel in the music of European & North American composers. She will play modern & classical pieces. Free Admission, reception to follow. See poster.

Sept. 30 (Sat) – The Ride for Refuge is a family-friendly cycling and walking fundraiser! Join with MCC Ontario’s team to raise funds that will be distributed among six of MCC Ontario’s programs. See MCC’s website or contact Ken Ogasawara (519)745-8458 x233 kenogasawara@mcco.ca

Sept. 30 (Sat) – 12 noon – Grounded in the church – MCCO Annual general meeting. See poster for info.

MCC’s Blanket Making Program at Grand Valley Institution for Women needs women volunteers! This is a great opportunity to help women who are incarcerated to develop work skills. Sewing skills are helpful, but not a necessity. For more info, visit mcccanada.ca/get-involved, or contact Kay Ojameruaye at 519-745-8458 ext. 214 or kayojameruaye@mcco.ca.

Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) receiving financial donations for forest fires in British Columbia. People in BC have already lost houses to the fires and we are planning for MDS volunteers to help in the recovery phase of this disaster. MDS is accepting financial donations for that recovery. For further updates on the MDS response and financial donations go to https://mds.mennonite.net/ or call the MDS office at 1-866-261-1274.

*Job Posting – Abundance Canada (formerly Mennonite Foundation of Canada) has a job position opening in November. The position is a part time administrative position in our Kitchener office, to cover a maternity leave.

Consider a gap year after high school full of discipleship, adventure, learning, service, travel and friendship with Outtatown. Act now while spaces are available for 2017-2018! Visit outtatown.com to learn more and apply.

A Century of Relief, Development and Peace in the name of Christ – MCC will be turning 100 in 2020 and we want to celebrate! We hope to bring together a small group of our supporters to lead our birthday celebration. Do you have ideas for celebrations? Are interested in joining the centennial team or have suggestions of others to join the team? Contact Sheryl Bruggeling at 519-745-8458 ext 265 or sherylbruggeling@mcco.ca.

Love to sing? The Inter-Mennonite Children’s Choir offers a chance for children ages 6-14 to have an excellent music education experience while singing with their friends. Learn music from varying eras, proper voice techniques, and grow in self-confidence and performance skills. Registration for Fall 2017 has begun!. The registration link is available at www.mennosingers.com/imcc (under Join the Choir) or email imcc.conductor@rogers.com for more info.

Volunteers Needed in Kitchener – MCC’s Material Resources and Building Maintenance departments are looking for up to three volunteers each to assist on a weekly basis at our 50 Kent offices. For more info about volunteering in Material Resources, please contact Carolyn Gray at 519-745-8458 ext 234 or go to mcco.ca/volunteer and for more info about volunteering in our Building Maintenance department, please contact Bob Lebold at 519-745-8458 ext 224 or go to mcco.ca/volunteer.

Welcome Your Neighbour Lawn Signs- Extend the peace of Jesus Christ in your neighbourhood. Available at MCEC, 201-50 Kent Ave., $10 each or a small donation. Contact Joan Schooley (jschooley@mcec.ca / 855-476-2500 x 700).

Gardening Kits: MCC has been approached by 9 isolated First Nations communities in northern Ontario where the cost and availability of food is a serious issue. Help us raise funds and supplies to send site-appropriate seeds and a garden kit to communities working to sustain food production in their homeland. For a list of supplies and more info go to mcco.ca/gardening-kits.

ROCKWAY MENNONITE COLLEGIATE IS GROWING! Due to increased demand, Rockway has added a second section for its Grade 8 program for the 2017-2018 school year.. If you know anyone who is considering switching schools, please pass on this good news and let them know that class sizes in Grade 8 will be between 14 -18. Contact admissions@rockway.ca for more information or to book at tour.

MCC Ontario – Baby Comforters – We will no longer be shipping baby comforters. Any comforters that we receive will be distributed locally or sold at thrift shops. Thank you for your generosity throughout the years.

Yella 2018 Young Adult Learning Trip – May 2018 -Sign up by October 31, 2017

New MCC Canada Executive Director – It is with mixed emotions that, as of September 30th, 2017, we bid farewell to our beloved Executive Director, Rick Cober Bauman. Fortunately for MCC as a whole, Rick’s next role will be as Executive Director of MCC Canada where he will continue to provide the warm, wise, and forward-thinking leadership that we have benefitted from here in Ontario.

Are you between the ages of grade 9 and 20-something? Do you enjoy music? How about snacks? Check out the Menno Youth Singers choir: mennosingers.com/mys. Menno Youth Singers is a great choir experience. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings from 6:45 – 8:45 p.m. at Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church, Kitchener. Conductor Steve Surian is a trained music educator who is also a public high school music teacher. See mennosingers.com/mys for registration and other info.

MDS is accepting financial donations for its Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts, which can be given online or by cheque and made payable to: MDS Region 5 Office, 6A-1325 Markham Rd, Winnipeg, MB Canada R3T 4J6. Designate “Hurricane Harvey” on the memo line.

House of Friendship’s Charles St. Men’s Shelter is recruiting helping hearts (social) and administrative volunteers for the fall. We are seeking volunteers who can commit to a 2-4 hour shift once a week for six months (during the week or weekend). For information please email volunteering@houseoffriendship.org or call 519-742-8327 x 136. See poster on board.