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Number 5

Cover Date: March 8, 2010

A crisis of faith and plumbing

Camp Valaqua out-trip leader Jared Bourn prepares for another day of paddling on the North Saskatchewan River.

Focus On | By By Jon Olfert | Mar 08, 2010 | 1 comment

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him (Colossians 3:15-17).

A Mennonite artist in the Canadian landscape

Artbeat | By By Dave Rogalsky | Mar 08, 2010

A cornucopia of events and exhibits in Waterloo Region has celebrated the centenary of artist Woldemar Neufeld’s birth.

MDS: Sixty years of service later

Last spring, Mennonite Disaster Service volunteers did something new after serious flooding along the Yukon River in Alaska destroyed many buildings in the town of Eagle: they built log homes for the victims—13 in less than 11 weeks.

God at work in the World | By By Karin Fehderau | Mar 08, 2010

After 60 years of building homes for other people, Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) is doing a little building of its own.

‘Youth ambassadors’ a new addition to Assembly 2010

Youths work together to pull a farm tractor forward during the 2009 MC Canada youth assembly.

God at work in the Church | By By Deborah Froese | Mar 08, 2010

For the first time ever, the 2010 Mennonite Church Canada assembly will include youth ambassadors as participants in delegate sessions.

“Youth are an integral part of the church,” says MC Canada youth ministries facilitator Anna Rehan. “We need to hear their voices as we shape the future of our denomination. We want to tap into their vision and energy, and we need the help of individual congregations to make this possible.”

Reclaiming Jesus at Assembly 2010

God at work in the Church | By By Deborah Froese | Mar 08, 2010

From June 29 to July 3, delegates from across the country will meet at Ambrose University College in Calgary, Alta., for Mennonite Church Canada’s Assembly 2010, with the theme, “Reclaiming Jesus™: Gladly wear the name.”

In an era where Christianity has been branded in ways that diverge from Anabaptist values, the assembly will explore Colossians 3:15-17, and how Mennonites are shaped and hallowed by the One whose name we bear: the “Jesus” brand. Worship, seminars and discernment sessions are woven around this theme.

Leadership through sacrifice, self-surrender

Boers

God at work in Us | By Tyndale Seminary Release | Mar 08, 2010

Arthur Paul Boers was installed in the R. J. Bernardo Family Chair of Leadership at Tyndale Seminary, Toronto, on Jan. 26. Boers, who formerly taught at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS), Elkhart, Ind., delivered the main address, “The subversive leadership of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”

Abundance in times of need

Viewpoints | By Dori Zerbe Cornelsen | Mar 08, 2010

Sometimes preaching and hearing about God’s abundance is harder than one might expect. Take, for example, Jan. 17, the Sunday after the devastating earthquake in Haiti. On that Sunday, pastors and congregations who use the Revised Common Lectionary will have read John 2:1-11, the story of Jesus turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana.

Handling each other’s pain

Viewpoints | By Melissa Miller | Mar 08, 2010

A month ago, I took an astoundingly fast fall on the ice. Instinctively, I did the wrong thing, putting down my wrist to break the fall, and cracking my right forearm (just below the elbow) as a result.

Gladly wear the name of Jesus

Viewpoints | By Elsie Rempel | Mar 08, 2010

As one who is preparing for the upcoming Mennonite Church Canada assembly in Calgary, I have had the theme, “Reclaiming Jesus™: Gladly wear the name,” on my mind for months.

For discussion

Feature | Mar 08, 2010

1. How are country churches different from city churches? Do you agree with Phil Wagler that country churches are more traditional? What are the advantages of living in the city or living in the country? What might make a large urban church more attractive than a small rural one?

2. Are rural Mennonite churches in your area suffering serious numerical decline? How has urbanization influenced your congregation? How far do people drive to attend your congregation? Where is your congregation on the spectrum of urban to rural?

Pastoring the flock out along the fenceline

Feature | By By Phil Wagler | Mar 08, 2010

There I was, the country-bumpkin pastor amidst all the really important people at the National Prayer Breakfast in Ottawa. Such an event is quite the shindig for someone from the sticks. Being asked where you’re from and having to “get them there from here” is quite humorous. Most people gauge where you’re from based on proximity to a major urban centre. “Is that near Toronto?” “Oh, that’s close to Edmonton!” You get the picture.

Computers, cell phones and camps

Editorial | By Dick Benner | Mar 08, 2010

I am not addicted to food or money, but I might be to my computer. I’m having difficulty remembering what life was like 25 years ago before this new technology ushered in a new era of electronic communication.

Lately, though, I’ve become aware of how much of my work, social and church life revolves around a screen, keyboard and cell phone. And I seriously doubt that the improved efficiency of it all has necessarily increased my quality of life.