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.
Keynote speakers for the event are Gareth Brandt, a theology instructor at Columbia Bible College, Abbotsford, B.C.; Lucy Roca, a Quebec church planter and former Colombian refugee; and Doug Klassen, senior pastor of Foothills Mennonite Church, Calgary. MC Canada general secretary Robert J. Suderman will lead Bible studies each morning.
A late-night gathering on opening night is planned to help young adults get acquainted, and a second activity will extend their MC Canada/Canada Day evening celebration.
There is also plenty of room for the young at Assembly 2010. A children’s assembly from June 30 to July 2 will be led by Jon Olfert, director of MC Alberta’s Camp Valaqua, offering childcare and activities for kids from infancy through Grade 6.
Other activities for Assembly 2010 include a peace art exhibit, a Canada Day celebration barbecue and local area tours.
Participants can choose from a variety of pre-planned, post-assembly adventures such as an aboriginal learning tour to Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park in Cluny, Alta., viewing a production of Charles Dickens’ classic Oliver at Rosebud Theatre, and trips to the Calgary Zoo or the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology.
The registration booklet and other details will be posted at mennonitechurch.ca/tiny/1249 as they become available. Those who register before May 3 will receive a discount.