This year's Bible Study Guide -- "Every Time I Feel the Spirit" -- is now available. If you would like a complimentary copy for your church please contact Liz Koop by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 905-562-5920. Written by Shannon Dycus, co-pastor at First Mennonite Church in Indianapolis, "Every Time I Feel the Spirit" draws you into considering how God may be wanting to act through you.
Aug 26, 2019
Aug 10, 2019
Mennonite Women dissolve national ministry
With tears, hugs and 67 years of memories, participants at the Mennonite Women Canada annual luncheon meeting, held on June 30, said goodbye to each other and to their national organization.
With the theme for the afternoon, “To everything a season,” members recognized the season had come for ending the nationwide women’s body. Declining attendance in individual women’s groups, the restructuring of Mennonite Church Canada to shift responsibilities and resources to regional churches, and the dissolution of MC Canada’s five regional women’s groups all contributed to the change.
“As the seasons of our lives have changed, so have the projects of Mennonite Women Canada,” said president Shirley Redekop. “It has been a time of growth—of spring and summer—and now, Mennonite Women Canada has moved into its autumn and winter, a quieter season.”
Participants accepted the proposal to dissolve the nationwide ministry by the fiscal year end, Jan. 31, 2020. Approval was given to lift any restrictions on funds and to distribute the balance to regional women’s ministries. Financial assets will be distributed by Jan. 31. MW Canada hopes the money will support the dreams and visions for present and future women’s ministries.
Executive team members expressed their gratitude to those who had gone before, citing an April 29 “Connections” article: “We are thankful for the vision and commitment of women in the past who served their church locally, provincially and nationally. We are also thankful for the support of women’s groups across the country who continue to nurture and minister to others across the street and around the world, accomplishing much more together than they could alone.”
“The seeds will sprout somewhere else,” said former MW Canada president Liz Koop, reflecting on the future of Mennonite women in Canada. Koop said she had joined the organization as a young woman and that without it, “I wouldn’t be the person I am today.”
Jason Martin, director of MC Canada International Witness, thanked the women’s organizations for the $100,000 they had given to overseas mission workers in the past 18 years.
Jeanette Hanson, a long-time Witness worker in China, told the women’s group she was “a grateful recipient of your generosity” over the years. She held up a pen given to her years ago by MW Canada and said that during challenging times she would often pick it up and hold it as a reminder of the support back in Canada.
Members of the nationwide and regional church executive read a litany describing the history of Mennonite women’s groups decade by decade, starting in the 1930s. In a final act of togetherness fitting the theme, the women present sang “In the Bulb There is a Flower.”
—Written by Amy Rinner Waddell, with files from June Miller, this article appeared in the on-line issue of the Canadian Mennonite on July 17, 2019. Pictured above are Shirley Redekop - President, Elsie Rempel - Secretary, Liz Koop, Past President.
May 24, 2019
Greetings from Mennonite Women Canada!
Our Executive Committee and Transition Team have had a busy spring. Early in April we sent out our Spring issue of Connections. We now have an update to the proposal that was printed in that issue. This document is an edited version and consists of three parts: 1) Proposal to dissolve; 2) Proposal for distribution of assets; 3) Proposal to remove restrictions on the PPLF. These will be voted on at our lunch meeting on June 30, 2019 in Abbotsford BC during the Mennonite Church Canada Gathering. To attend our lunch meeting you will need to register on line at http://ignitegathering2019.ca/registration/ or by contacting Janette Thiessen at 604-850-6658 or email@example.com Monday thru Friday. Early registration ends May 27.
CLICK HERE to view the document.
The theme for our meeting is “To Everything a Season”.
We hope to see you there!
May 2, 2019
Apr 4, 2019
Mar 29, 2019
Kathy Giesbrecht, Mennonite Church Manitoba staff person on Mennonite Women Manitoba wrote an article in the February 18, 2019 Canadian Mennonite. She shares:
"Last fall, ignited by curiosity about what we would hear if we invited women to share their experiences of life within Mennonite Church Manitoba congregations, Mennonite Women Manitoba decided to host two Conversation Circles, one in Winnipeg and the other in southern Manitoba." . . . . . "Overall, these Conversation Circles turned out to be powerful experiences of intergenerational storytelling and cross-congregational connecting, offering many words of encouragement and hope."
Read the whole article HERE.