COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Bethel works with a variety of community partners to promote the well-being of all of the people in our neighbourhood (and also beyond!). Rooted in our commitment to loving our neighbours, we recognize that we are able to do more by joining together with these partners—by sharing our space, our knowledge, and our resources with one another—than we could do on our own.

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Williams Lake Trip Report by Lucille Toews – September 2018

As part of my orientation to MDS, I had the privilege to spend a week working as Assistant Cook at the Williams Lake project, helping to keep the 22 volunteers well-fed. I worked under the capable direction of Esther Klassen who was a delight to work for and with. Each day began early (5:30 a.m.),…

A Look Inside Stacey’s World by Stacey Friesen

My name is Stacey Friesen and I’m 26 years old. I love music, singing, dancing, karaoke, colouring, babies, animals, zip lining, downhill skiing in the winter, camping in the summer, and of course, church! I attend a day program called Trailblazers Life Choices. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, you can find me at Tova Café in Transcona…

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…

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 Christianity.”…

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…

Six Word Memoirs II

Rainbows/sundogs: God’s reassurance of his presence. Jesus’ three invitations, come, follow, go

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, while teaching,…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

Community Ministry – Hospitality by Reynold Friesen

Hospitality runs through the veins of the Bible.  Abraham and Sarah offer three strangers conversation and a meal and are blessed for it.  The widow of Zaraphath cares for Elijah despite her poverty.  Zacchaeus welcomes Jesus into his home.  Hospitality is mandated in the laws of the Old Testament:  “ When an alien resides with you…

10 Things We Learned as Bethel’s AIRs by Sarah and Amelia

The people at Bethel are ridiculously kind, open, and generous—so much so that when you serve them lukewarm tea all evening at a writing workshop because you can’t figure out how the hot water machine works, they will drink it without complaint and you won’t even realize the water isn’t hot until you pour yourself…