Fond farewell to the blue hymnal

Dec 9, 2019 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — Over the span of a single weekend, Sean Goerzen sang or played every hymn in Hymnal: A Worship Book. All 658 of them. “I feel like I know the hymnal in a very intimate way now,” he said...

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Manitoba’s Passion Play immerses audience in the story

Sep 23, 2019 by and

LA RIVIERE, Man. — Every summer, more than 100 volunteers from across Manitoba gather in the rolling hills of the Pembina Valley to bring to life the most important event of the Christian faith: Jesus’...

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Restructured MC Canada gathers for first time

Aug 12, 2019 by and

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. — “Sing a new church into being,” sang the 300-plus people who gathered for the first nationwide meeting of Mennonite Church Canada since its restructuring in 2017. Behind the blended...

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Research digs into Ukrainian Mennonites missing and murdered during Soviet era

Jan 14, 2019 by and

Among the lists of those disappeared during the dark times of the 1930s and ’40s in what is now Ukraine, research­ers have found roughly 400 pages of Mennonite names, with five or six names per page. That...

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Open communion on the rise in MC Canada congregations

Jul 30, 2018 by and

Many Mennonites have grown up hearing these words for as long as they can remember: “Do this in remembrance of me.” Communion, the Lord’s Supper or Eucharist — whatever the name, it has been an...

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Ethiopian church and college continue growing

Dec 11, 2017 by and

The Meserete Kristos Church in Ethiopia continues to grow, increasing by 4.5 percent over the last year to 310,877 baptized members. It is the largest national Anabaptist body in the world. MKC Link Canada...

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Potentially disputed land in Colombia attracts Low German Mennonites

Sep 18, 2017 by and

Despite warnings from Mennonite Central Committee, Low German Mennonites from drought-prone regions of northern Mexico have bought more than 49,000 acres of land in Colombia. Kennert Giesbrecht, editor of Die...

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Vietnamese Fellowship drops ‘Mennonite’ name

Aug 28, 2017 by and

A name change, effective immediately, heralds a time of direction-setting for the former North American Vietnamese Mennonite Fellowship. The fellowship held its biennial conference June 30-July 1 at Calgary...

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Conflict at meeting: ‘Let him speak’

Feb 13, 2017 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — A Mennonite Church Manitoba meeting at Fort Garry Mennonite Fellowship took a confrontational turn on Jan. 12, opening the floodgates of debate on just what it means for local congregations...

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German services come to an end at Alberta church

Jan 5, 2015 by and

Calgary, Alta. — Fond memories and deep gratitude mixed with feelings of loss as First Mennonite Church held its last German worship service Nov. 9. After 68 years of holding a regular German service, a...

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Learning from those who left

Nov 10, 2014 by and

Phil Kleinsasser urged the faithful to sow their money in the offering plate in order to reap abundance in all areas of their lives. Kleinsasser is a Hutterite surname, but his admonition came not in an...

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