Dec 28, 2014

Merry Christmas from BC - Part two

MCBC Women's Retreat 2014

You can read all about it HERE but first.... get yourself a cup of coffee and some Christmas cookies because you will be in front of your computer screen for a while! :-)

Merry Christmas from all of us to all of you!
The Retreat Planning Committee - 2014
l-r: Rita Siebert, Cheryl Dyck, Waltrude Gortzen,
Kay Moua and Candice Corder.
In the centre is April Yamasaki - our weekend speaker
Missing is committee member Gloria Laurence

Dec 25, 2014

Dec 22, 2014

Merry Christmas from BC - Part One

I know it's been a long time in coming but I purposely waited for the Christmas Season to come around before our 2014 Retreat reporting!

Here is the link for PART ONE ! Enjoy!

A Santa Sack big enough to hide a Committee member in! :-)
Found at the 2014 Annual MCC Festival in Abbotsfford.

Dec 21, 2014

Fourth Advent

The fourth candle – the angel’s candle – is lit, along with the first three, on the fourth Sunday of Advent, reminding the faithful of the heavenly host or large army of angels who proclaimed Jesus’ arrival with “Behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy!” The much-anticipated birth of Jesus on Christmas is just a few days away, the culmination of four Sundays of Advent that are imbued with hope, peace, love, and joy.  (from Manila Bulletin)

Dec 14, 2014

Third Advent

"Advent is a festival of lights.  
We light candles for four weeks to symbolize core elements of our faith.  
The lights shine in the darkness of winter.  
As servants of God we are called to be light to the nations."
(Carolyne Epp-Fransen)

Carolyne and her husband, Gordon, serve as MCC Representatives for Jordan, Iraq, and Iran and live in Amman, Jordan.  To read Carolyne's blog, "A Light to the Nations", posted on December 10, 2014 as guest writer for the MCC Ottawa office, please click here.

Dec 12, 2014

MennoMedia's Christmas sale continues and.....

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Dec 10, 2014

Second Advent

God speaks peace to us, his people.  
In peace we proclaim God's comfort to each other.

(From our Facebook page)

Dec 1, 2014

First Advent

Many churches celebrate Advent with the lighting of a candle on each of the four Sundays leading up to Christmas Day.  The four candles represent hope, peace, joy and love and help us to prepare out hearts to celebrate the coming of our Saviour.  A fifth candle may be lit on Christmas Day and is known as the Christ candle.  Throughout this busy season, Advent wreaths or centrepieces (such as the one pictured here) are a reminder of the real reason we celebrate. 

(From our Facebook page)

Nov 26, 2014

Women walking together in faith - November 2014 - "Writing on the walls of my little room"

Women Walking Together in Faith is the name of Mennonite Women Canada's page in the Canadian Mennonite magazine. Our executive members each take a turn writing or finding someone to write.  The most recent article entitled "Writing on the walls of my little room" appeared on November 10 and was written by Phyllis Ramer, Coordinator of Women of Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (WMCEC). 

She writes:  "My mother sternly warned me against doing such a thing.....Yet, as the years flew by, I had a growing urge to just do it: to write on the walls of the little room.....
Click here to read the article. 

Nov 9, 2014

Remembrance Day, November 11, 2014

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches, sharing God's love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice.

Starting on Nov 1 and in the days leading up to Remembrance Day, MCC is sharing stories of peace on Facebook.  These stories are part of their 30 page resource called "Peace Sunday Packet"

The stories are of people resisting war, making peace in the midst of war, and practicing alternatives to war and violence. Some of them are about the First and Second World Wars, and others are more recent. Some of them are about Mennonites and Brethren in Christ, but many are not. Some stories are about Mennonite Central Committee partners building peace in different parts of the world." 

Nov 7, 2014

Creating Beauty out of Randomness

On September 26-28 a group of creative women from across Saskatchewan participated in Shekinah Retreat Centre's annual Quilting and Scrapbooking Retreat.   Retreat participants use quilting as a metaphor for God's creative work in their lives. To read more about this event click on this link to an article written by Donna Schulz (Canadian Mennonite, October 13, 2014 issue).  Donna is the Saskatchewan Correspondent for the Canadian Mennonite.
Participants at the Shekinah Retreat Centre’s Quilting and Scrapbooking Retreat gather for a group photo on their final day together. Many of the women are holding items they crafted during the three-day event.