Apr 10, 2018

MCBC Women's Day - May 5, 2018

Mennonite Church BC invites all women to the 2018 Women's Day ~ May 5
at Langley Mennonite Fellowship, Langley, BC
Please see details on the poster below or 

Apr 6, 2018

Spring CONNECTIONS is here!

To read our Spring issue of CONNECTIONS CLICK HERE

To read any of our previous issues CLICK HERE

Apr 5, 2018

MW Manitoba Spring Event

A Day for Women hosted by Mennonite Women Manitoba  
For more information please visit our Event page at 

Apr 3, 2018

2018 Bible Study Guide ~ Every Day Worship

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 koopfarms@becon.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 anything crafty.

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Mar 17, 2018

SGAF ~ Deadline to register ~ June 30

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.

Mar 14, 2018

Meet our new Treasurer - Helen Kim

Helen Kim (left) and Nyoman Klassen
former MC Canada staff
Before 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.

Helen is 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.

Because I 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.

~ Elsie Rempel, Secretary

Gramma Stories ~ Along the Road to Freedom

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 artist Ray Dirks was present to give background for his reasons for creating the paintings. This reception also included a choir and a story from Hugo Neufeld who 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.)