The power of the pencil

‘From Here to There’ includes full-scale reproductions of some of Alvin Pauls’ large mural pieces. (Supplied photo.)

When it comes to making art, Alvin Pauls isn’t concerned with the outcome.

“It’s all in the doing,” the Winnipeg artist says. “The end result is not important.”

Dressed in a black sweater over a brown turtleneck, jeans and blue slip-on shoes, Pauls is walking around “From Here to There,” a retrospective exhibit of his work at MHC Gallery. His energy belies his 81 years.

Resource centre finds temporary home in Winnipeg church

Levi Foy (left), executive director of Sunshine House, stands with Crow Hart, drop-in program assistant, in the basement of First Mennonite Church.

It’s brighter than ever in the basement at First Mennonite Church in Winnipeg.

Sunshine House, a community drop-in and resource centre, is operating there temporarily while its headquarters undergoes renovations. 

The organization, which offers programming focused on harm reduction and social inclusion, moved into the church at the beginning of November.

B.C. churches mark Christmas and New Year’s

A young congregant shares a reading at an evening service at Cedar Valley Church in Mission, B.C. Supplied photo.

Mennonites in British Columbia celebrated the holidays in a variety of ways last month.

With both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve falling on Sundays, churches were presented with the question: How many services should be held, and what kind? Will congregants come to multiple services on a holiday weekend? 

MC Canada announces green grant recipients

Sherbrooke Mennonite Church in Vancouver received a grant to upgrade to more energy efficient lighting. Photo by Walter Toews. Used with permission.

Mennonite Church Canada is pleased to announce Emissions Reduction Grants (ERG) totaling $23,021 to help one rural and eight urban congregations reduce their carbon footprint. Fourteen additional congregations expressed interest in the program.

Highlights from CM’s online event with young pastors

YElshaday Baraki of Meheret Evangelical Church in Kitchener. (Supplied photo)

On November 29, Canadian Mennonite hosted “Answering the Call,” an online event featuring three young pastors: Curtis Wiens of Aberdeen Mennonite Church in Aberdeen, Saskatchewan; Kennedy Froese of Sterling Mennonite Fellowship in Winnipeg; and YElshaday Baraki of Meheret Evangelical Church in Kitchener, Ontario.

More camp questions

Mackenzie Hildebrand (left) and Kirsten Hamm-Epp led worship at the Fall Leadership Assembly. (Photo by Emily Summach)

Mennonite Church Saskatchewan continues to deliberate on the future of its camping ministry. The regional church operates Camp Elim, Youth Farm Bible Camp and Camp Shekinah. On November 25, over 40 people from across the province gathered at the Fall Leadership Assembly to hear an update on the future of the camps.

A cry of the heart

Palestinians at a makeshift tent camp on the grounds of a UN school in Khan Yunis, southern Gaza. October 20, 2023. (Photo by Mohammed Zaanoun/Active Stills)

Overwhelmed, distraught, touched and compelled by the stories and images from Gaza, Canadian Mennonite reporter Madalene Arias has interviewed many people—Palestinians and Jews—she found through various connections and means. Below are interviews with two people Arias has spoken with recently. We share this as a cry of the heart and a prayer for mercy. – Eds.

MC Manitoba partners with B.C. church

‘This tether to the Anabaptist stream is … really helpful,’ says Darren DeMelo, co-pastor of Estuary Church. (Supplied photo)

One of the latest churches to partner with Mennonite Church Manitoba is outside the province—2,047 kilometers outside of Winnipeg, to be exact.

Estuary Church, an emerging congregation in Delta, B.C., is receiving guidance and support from MC Manitoba as it gets established and finds a denomination.

Witness workers visit from Philippines

Ka Boyet Ongkiko, Joji Pantoja, Roger Tiessen (President, Seacliff Energy), Tala Bautista and Lois Konrad at Seacliff Energy, an organics recycling and bioenergy facility in Leamington, Ontario. (Photo by Rob Konrad)

Growing up as a member of the Sumacher Indigenous peoples group in the Philippines, Tala Bautista listened to American music. She longed to see snow and perhaps roast chestnuts on an open fire. She wanted to see the West Virginia country roads of which John Denver sang.

Peace from the podium

Susanne Guenther Loewen. (Supplied photo)

Working for a more peaceful world can take place anywhere. For Susanne Guenther Loewen it takes place at the front of the classroom at Saskatchewan’s largest public university. Guenther Loewen is in her third year of teaching Introduction to Peace Studies at Saint Thomas More College on the University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon.


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