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Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner

This Thanksgiving Monday (Oct 9th) at 5pm, all are welcome to join us in the church basement for a Thanksgiving Potluck dinner, hosted by Katelyn Steblin. Feel free to invite in neighbours, newcomers, refugees, or any 'waifs and strays' that might not have a family dinner to go to! Bring a dish to share if you are able, and come ready for some good food and fellowship.

Thanksgiving Prayer in Times Like These

(this prayer was written by Carol Penner, lecturer in Practical Theology at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ontario)

Thank you, Lord, for your care for all creation.
You watch over the sun, whose rays warm us,
you order the moon, whose light silvers the night.
The seasons follow your guidance,
and we give thanks for farmers and their harvests;
for the last combines collecting the crops,
for golden stubble fields stretched out for a long rest.
Even as food is collected and stored,
we are mindful of places where food is hard to find;
the rains didn’t come, and the plants didn’t grow,
or hurricane winds blew the harvest away.
Open our hearts to share nature’s bounty
with all your children who are in need.
Thank you for your care for us,
for the way you bring people into our lives to love us.
Thank you for families, for friends, for our church community,
offering love and support.
You know that we care for each other,
yet we confess that we love imperfectly, sometimes grudgingly,
sometimes with only half a heart.
Give us the courage to apologize when apologies are necessary,
and to try to do our best, modeling ourselves on Jesus Christ,
who gave his whole life in service to others.
Knowing your care for us,
we are confident as we lift up those we love who are grieving,
or who face health challenges of various kinds.
We pray for newcomers to country, seeking a new home.
Where there is sorrow, bring your comfort,
and a renewed belief that the world is a safe place for them.
We all long for safety, especially in times like these.
Where there is violence, we need your peace,
where there is instability, your calming presence,
where there is hatred, your abundant love,
where there is suspicion and fear, your assurance.
God of great gifts, we long for a harvest of righteousness;
equip us as your church to be agents of your kingdom,
ambassadors of hope, even in such a time as this.
In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Mennonite Church Canada Special Assembly (Oct 13-15th)

Please set aside time to pray for the Future Directions: Covenant New special Assembly for our denomination (Mennonite Church of Canada), happening October 13th - 15th in Winnipeg. We invite your prayers for all those providing leadership, including Moderator Calvin Quan, and the many other leaders, staff, and volunteers. This special Assembly is an important juncture in our life together as a denomination which will shape how we engage together in our common mission. Pray for the Assembly participants as they discern the wisdom of the Spirit, as we seek to align our church structures with how God is at work among us and in the wider world.

Please also pray for the FUMC delegates attending this conference: Lydia Cruttwell, John Goossen, and Joan Goossen. Anyone wishing to watch the livestream of the conference can do so at http://home.mennonitechurch.ca/winnipeg2017Video.

MCC Festival for World Relief

The annual MCC Relief Sale will take place on Sept 15th and 16th at the Tradex Convention Centre in Abbotsford!

This sale raises money for the Mennonite Central Committee, which is a global humanitarian organisation seeking to bring relief, peace, and development in the name of Christ. Come on out for some great food, beautiful quilts and other handmade items, and support the work of the MCC.

(If you would like to contribute to the festival, you are invited to contribute to the bake sale. Baked goods are to be wrapped in clear plastic and leabelled with the name of the item and all the ingredients. Labels are available for pickup in the church office.)

Mennonite Church Canada Updates and Prayer Requests

MC Canada Special Assembly (Oct. 13-15): Discernment documents have now been released for this very important assembly, in which we will discuss and vote on a plan for denominational restructuring. See more details at http://home.mennonitechurch.ca/winnipeg2017. Our delegates for this meeting will Lydia Cruttwell and John & Joan Goossen, so please feel free to talk to them if you have any questions or feedback about these documents.

Let's "Walk the Talk" of Reconciliation: Mennonite Church Canada's Director of Indigenous Relations, Steve Heinrichs, is encouraging all MC Canada church members to show their support for Bill C-262, which calls on the Government of Canada to adopt and implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. More information can be found at adoptandimplement.com or at our church building on Sunday, and postcards of support for the bill are available as well.

Praying for the Democratic Republic of Congo: The Kasai region of the DR Congo is experiencing horrific violence which has killed thousands of people and displaced an estimated 1.4 million. Mennonite Church Canada is collaborating with six partners in an Anabaptist response to the armed conflict by sending food, household items, and shelter supplies to the region. To learn more, including how you can support these efforts, see this website. Please pray for those who are affected by the conflict and those who are responding to it. May the light and grace of Jesus soften hearts and sow peace.

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