Pastoral Internship Report by Valariia Alipova

This summer I participated in a pastoral internship program at Bethel. The purpose of the assignment was to integrate me into already existing programs and initiatives at Bethel Mennonite Church, giving me the opportunity to practice and develop leadership skills through a full-time experience in the congregation. Some of my involvements were with the worshipping…

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Living the Questions

Reflections on Questions, and How to Live Them By Erwin (Val) Warkentin, July 1, 2018   During the first half of 2018, Val and I were privileged to lead a Monday evening Bible study series at Bethel. Entitled Living the Questions, the course provided a basic overview of what the authors and presenters labelled “Progressive…

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Palm Sunday Installation by Grace Kang

From the beginning of my life, I have always felt like an outcast. As an immigrant and a visible minority, I had a hard time making friends. Children cruelly teased me about my coarse hair, my almond shaped eyes, and they even refused to believe that South Korea is a country. I was never wearing…

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Six Word Memoirs I

  Bethel congregants were asked to compose six word memoirs to try to encapsulate their journey with God. Here are the first ones:   Thanks to all my guardian angels. We are not our own creator. Wandering around faith.  Learning some things. God’s not done with me yet. God’s call is not without bumps. Learning,…

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Reynold – a poem by Waldy Ens

hand cradles Bible billowing words updrafting multi-coloured parachute of love lifts us up into his world of convicted care book held firmly spine traversing life-line and he paces our reality wordsour level wordsour fraying carpet long strides journeying and arm reaching to elusive uneasy truth still cradling close to the heart the word not as…

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Farewell Reynold – a poem by Maureen Penner

Now when it comes to sense of style, Reynold’s in a bit of a rut No bowties, pleated pants or dress shirts make the cut Nope….its khakis or jeans and a small print plaid shirt Long sleeves or short…….either one…it’s doesn’t hurt.   Does he even own a belt??? We’ll never know His shirt’s always…

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Community Ministry – Role Models by Reynold Friesen

Drawing connections between unlike things is something I take pleasure in.  Two random experiences today, although dissimilar, seemed to be tied together with a common thread. In the heat of our Annual Campership Fundraiser I was inside the kitchen near a door, a neighbourhood mom rushed in looking for another plate to serve.  Under her breath,…

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Strangers No More by Elsie Epp

Sunday, January 14, 2018 two Bethel Care Groups got together for a baby shower celebrating the birth of Olivia, our newly ‘adopted’ granddaughter. She and her parents were introduced to some of the usual Canadian traditions that go with a shower – pink decorations and punch, gifts, well wishes and, of course, snacks. A good…

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Community Ministry – Community by Reynold Friesen

“For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them” (Matthew 18:20). A movement started happening while I lived in the Niagara region at the turn of the century.  Small, independent wineries started popping up.  In the face of the large wineries, these smaller, often family run businesses have continued…

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