Services & Events
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January 2021 … Blessings for the New Year
Sunday worship services will be online via Zoom starting at 10:00 am until COVID-19 subsides.
You are welcome to join us … please request meeting ID and password from firstname.lastname@example.org
The meeting will be available starting at 9:45 am if you need time to work out how to connect.
Worship & Study
January 3 – David Boshart – AMBS president via video – “Creating Spaces: Exploring Faith Formation”
January 10 – Stephen Reist – “Jonah”
January 17 – Edgardo Romero – Covenant renewal
January 24 – Rebecca Sherbino – from The Raw Carrot
January 31 – Stephen Reist – “Jonah” continued
“Conservative Anabaptist Groups and COVID-19” – A panel conversation moderated by Marlene Epp, Professor of History and Peace and Conflict Studies at Conrad Grebel University College … explores the way in which these group are affected by and are responding to the challenges of the pandemic. Watch it on YouTube … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bey2778deNY
2023 Rußländer Centenary Tour
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the migration of 21,000 Mennonites from Russia to Canada beginning in 1923, a group of heritage enthusiasts is organizing a cross-Canada train tour for summer 2023. The tour celebrates these newcomers’ faith, memorializes resettlement challenges, and deals with race and displacement in Canadian history. It will be organized into three segments, 7-days from Quebec City to Kitchener, Ontario, 8 days from Toronto to Winnipeg and on to Saskatoon and 5 days from Saskatoon to Abbotsford, BC. Travellers can join one or two segments or participate in all three.
The tour will include visits to significant locations, including the Russlaender landing site at Grosse Isle in the St. Lawrence off Quebec City, Erb Street Mennonite Church in Waterloo, Ontario, where Canadian Mennonites welcomed the first group to arrive in Ontario in 1924, and the train platform in Rosthern, Saskatchewan, where many of the Russlaenders arrived. In Abbotsford and other places along the way, travellers will explore truth and reconciliation as they learn about the dislocation of local First Nations people, making way for Mennonite settlement. Each leg of the tour includes informative historical presentations, tours and events, plus banquets, Sängerfests and interaction with local Mennonites.
From Conrad Grebel University College
January 27th – Celebration of “Voices Together” (newHymnal) … in a virtual chapel service featuring a homiletic reflection by Sarah Johnson … start time 7:00 pm … Details and registration for a Zoom link at … https://uwaterloo.ca/grebel/events/hymnal-celebration-sarah-johnson
January 27th – “Still Singing – Women Composers and the Voices Together Hymnal sharing stories and songs from Women.” … a Noon Hour Concert featuring “Voices Together” committee member Anneli Loepp Thiessen … start time 12:30 pm … This free event can be accessed online at https://uwaterloo.ca/music/events/noon-hour-concert-still-singing-women-composers-and-voices