Apr 5, 2013

MW Canada embraces social media

A news release from Mennonite Church Canada - April 4, 2013

Winnipeg, MB Mennonite Women Canada’s leadership launched a Facebook augmented communications strategy when they met in Winnipeg for Mennonite Church Canada’s Spring Leadership Assembly, March 7-9.

They are already active bloggers (http://mennowomencanada.blogspot.ca/) and produce a regular e-newsletter. Area Church reps are developing email databases to grow connections with women from across the country.

“A lot of women do not know that a national women’s organization of the church exists,” says Liz Koop, President. “We hope to become more visible.”  The group will also continue communicating through traditional media. They unfurled a collection of new banners, large and small, featuring 1 Peter 4:10, a verse that describes Mennonite Women Canada ministry: As each has received a gift, employ it for one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.

Mennonite Women Canada nurture life in Christ by sharing their gifts, supporting one another and serving in ministry “across the street and around the world.” The group raises funds to support Mennonite Church Canada international ministry work, operates a spiritual growth assistance fund, and helps young adults explore matters of faith through Radical Journey.

Although finding volunteers to represent each of the five Area Churches has been a challenge in recent years, Koop says,” I’m really happy to report that this is the first time since 2008 we have a full complement of representatives.Elsie Wiebe representing Mennonite Church Manitoba recently joined the team. 

From left to right: Waltrude Gortzen (MCBC rep); Liz Koop (President); Myrna Sawatzky (MC Sask rep.); Linda Wiens (MCEC rep.); Kate Janzen (MCA rep); Elsie Wiebe (MCM rep); and Lois Mierau (Secretary-Treasurer). The banner was designed by Mennonite Church Canada staffer, Megan Kamei, as part of a package of new communications tools for MWC. Photo by Deborah Froese.

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