Since 1991 MW Canada and MW USA have worked with MennoMedia
in publishing an annual Women’s Bible Study Guide. This is an
excellent resource for personal study, women’s groups, retreat settings, and
individual study and inspiration.
In the past we have sent out a free copy to churches and
women’s groups across Canada who affiliate with Mennonite Church
Canada. In 2016 this number was 253. It has come to our
attention that many of these guides are not being actively used so the
executive has decided to change how we distribute these free
copies. Each church that would like to receive a free copy will have
to ask for it to be sent. Liz Koop (Past President) will be the BSG
distributor and she will also have copies available for sale (market cost plus
shipping). You can reach her at 905-562-5920 or firstname.lastname@example.org. When the new BSG is
available (usually in July) announcements will be sent out via our contact
email list, our blog and our FaceBook page.
Discover the rhythm of worship. Every day, every week, every
year, there are ways to worship God. Every Day Worship inspires women
to be worshipful people, not just people who worship. Using the elements of a
worship service, author Carol Penner guides and invites women to dive deep into
Scripture and faith through worship experiences.
Carol Penner lives with her husband Eugene in Vineland, Ontario, in
a house surrounded by apricot trees. She worked for fifteen years as a pastor
in Ontario and Alberta. She is currently assistant professor of theological
studies at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ontario, where she
teaches practical theology. She writes worship resources and shares them on her
worship blog www.leadinginworship.com.
In her spare time she likes to hike on the Bruce Trail, read novels, and do
Mennonite Women Canada offers scholarships to women who are studying Anabaptist theology at a Master's level through their Spiritual Growth Assistance Fund.This includes academic and/or practical courses in church related ministries (such as seminary, theology, peace and conflict resolution). Members of a congregation belonging to Mennonite Church Canada are eligible to apply. Funding may be granted for part of the tuition costs (payable to the institution) at the discretion of the executive of MW Canada. First time applicants are given priority, but applications for continuing support are also considered.
The deadline for applications is June 30.
Applications can be downloaded from our website - click here.
Helen Kim (left) and Nyoman Klassen former MC Canada staff
coming to Canada, Hyang Ok (Helen) Kim received a Bachelor of Economics degree in Seoul, South Korea and
worked there as a Sales Manager and in the Export department of Young Bo
Textile Company until 2001. More
recently she managed a souvenir shop at The Forks Market in Winnipeg, MB and for H&R
Block during tax season. She has also been working on her Chartered Professional
Accounting (CPA) degree.
married to James, who also has business training from Korea, and with whom she
managed the souvenir shop until last Spring. They have one son, who attends university.
When Hyang Ok came to Winnipeg and Charleswood Mennonite Church in 2001, she added an
English name and introduced herself as Helen. Since then, I (Elsie Rempel) have appreciated
Helen as a gracious friend and fellow church member at Charleswood Mennonite Church,
where she has served as a deacon and on the food committee. Currently, we are
both part of the Prayer Shawl Knitting Group, where we enjoy relaxed fellowship
and worship as we knit. It was there that she took pity on my trials and challenges as
MWCanada treasurer and offered to help out in that department. Hallelujah! I
am so grateful, and we are so fortunate to have her join us.
have past connections to the Canadian Mennonite organizational world, we will
work in tandem, with each of us offering the gifts we have to manage the
Secretary/Treasurer role of Mennonite Women Canada.
How exciting to have an art exhibit come to town featuring Mennonite women from
Russia who made their way to Canada under impossible circumstances! The exhibit is at the Ambrose University in Calgary and will be there for
another few weeks. There was a reception at the opening of the exhibit in early
March and the artistRay Dirkswas present to give background for his reasons
for creating the paintings. This reception also included a choir and a story
from Hugo Neufeldwho had a direct connection to one of the paintings. (see below)
Two weeks later a group of 21 women came from various Mennonite churches in the
Calgary area to view the exhibit. The event was billed as "Gramma Stories". There
were presentations from four women. Jeanette Thiessen told the story of Grandma
Baerg who endured many hardships. When they arrived in Quebec after an
uncomfortable trip they were surprised by offerings of sandwiches, cake, and
the Gospel of John!
Rose Klassen passed on the story of her Grandma Retzlaff who lost many members
of her immediate family, including two infant daughters, during her escape from
the Red Army. Two Chin ladies Tial Mawi and Hnin Tida, dressed in their
cultural outfits told us about their modern day trek from the jungles of Burma to Calgary.
They repeatedly said how their faith and determination got them to the
beautiful country of Canada. The Chin congregation joined Mennonite Church Alberta in 2013.
There were other spontaneous stories that included a beautiful pill box and a
hand sized manicure set that served the entire Mennonite community in a
Siberian camp. Alice Unrau shared her experiences of her involvement in the
Mennonite Historical Society. She urged us to get involved and attend a
conference being in Edmonton this November.
The afternoon also included an urban “faspa” that lacked zwiebach or kringle
but the tasty lunch was enjoyed by all!
~ Kate Janzen
(Kate is a member of Foothills Mennonite Church, Calgary, and is the Mennonite Women Alberta Rep on the Mennonite Women Canada executive.)