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Monday, May 23, 2016

Inspirational Day 2016

This year's Inspirational Day was hosted by Eben-Ezer Mennonite Church in Abbotsford and we say thank you to everyone who helped in the planning and preparation for this event.

It was a precious time of worship, listening, fellowship and delicious food.
Everyone present went home having been touched by what they heard!

We send out a very special "thank you" to our guest speaker Chaplain Ingrid Schultz from Menno Place in Abbotsford, BC and previously the Lead Pastor at First United Mennonite Church in Vancouver.

Canadian Mennonite BC Correspondent Amy Dueckman has a full report right HERE 

And plenty of photos can be found in our MCBC Women;'s Ministry Facebook Group

It was a memorable event and we were truly blessed!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Inspirational Day 2015

Inspirational Day - Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

Our speaker this year was Trudy Beyak. 
Her home is right here in Abbotsford, BC and she was very happy to come and share her personal journey of discovering God’s comfort. She is also an award-winning journalist and author of 
“The Mother Heart of God”.

This is what it says about the book on

Why don't we talk about God's maternal love? Searching for answers, Trudy Beyak, an award-winning journalist, interviewed 50 global leaders of faith: Ruth GrahamRavi Zacharias,Raymond Damadian, MRI inventor; J.I. Packer, editor, ESV BibleGary ChapmanTony Campolo, Luci SwindollBrennan Manning, Pope Benedict XV1 and many others. 

Ruth Graham says this: "When God created men and women to be like Him, women are half the picture." And, Ravi Zacharias agrees, because, according to the Bible, they reflect the "maternal personality of God's love." When no one cares, and you're all alone, God comes close and comforts your soul, as a mother comforts a child [Isaiah 66:13]. 

What a gift, then, it is to be a mother! The "maternal instinct" to nurture others -corresponds to the Creator, the God of all comfort. Women will no longer need to ask: Dear Lord: Who am I?Discover "50 exclusive interviews" that will transform a woman's life. And there's much more.The Mother Heart of God is a spiritual journey, a personal invitation to every man and woman to experience the love that brings hope and healing to every soul.

Earlier in the year, at our Annual MCBC AGM, Women's Ministry gifted each of our MCBC Congregations with an autographed copy of Trudy's book for their church library. We then asked the church office administrators or their Women's Rep to encourage their ladies to read the book prior to our Inspirational Day. 

The books were also available for the women to buy at our event if they wanted their very own copy.... autographed as well! 

Our information table!
The tables are ready!

Looking forward to
a great day! 

..... with some refreshments
and cookies.

Thank you to our volunteer
cookie bakers Erna Janzen,
Irene Adkin, Ruth Ha and
Amy Dueckman.
Our theme for the day was 
"Our God of All Comfort"
Isaiah 66:13 and 2 Corinthians 1:3

Registration and visiting time.....

Opening words and prayer 
by April Yamasaki.

Senior Pastor at 
Emmanuel M. Church 
in Abbotsford.
Our fabulous
Women's Ministry Worship Team 

Cheryl Heinrichs, Elly Federau
and Dorothy Friesen.
Missing this time is Carla Hordyk.

We also were treated to the premiere presentation of a brand new drama written and choreographed by Alayne Cheny and written specifically for our event.
Alayne is a member at Emmanuel M. Church.

The following are a few pictures taken during the presentation.

"Feet First"

Drama Team members were: 

Alayne Cheny, 

Naomi Cheny, 

Geneva Jeske 


McKenzie Lee. 

Wonderful job, ladies and we thank you!

This was followed by Trudy Beyak's presentation and the consensus was that we all enjoyed her presentation very much! Thank you for the blessing you were to all of us! 

 And then came lunch.... 

Chef Ken adding more food to the trays. 

The selection was amazing and very tasty and I must confess I simply could not try everything! 

And after a lunch like that we were happy to see that the dessert was kept light! 

Our day also included an offering which is divided into 3 portions...
half to Camp Squeah; a quarter to Mennonite Women Canada's International Ministries and a quarter to a local ministry .... this year we chose Youth Unlimited

We also invited the women to come to the Fall women's Retreat and handed out the registration brochure to every women present.

Included in our program booklet were many other things such as our annual report to MCBC as well as Mennonite Women Canada's annual reports to all our women and MC Canada. 

In conclusion ... this most fitting poem also found in our program booklet...

Where There is Love

Where there is love the heart is light,
Where there is love the day is bright,
Where there is love there is a song
To help when things are going wrong,
Where there is love there is a smile
To make all things seem more worthwhile,
Where there is love there’s quiet peace,

A tranquil place where turmoils cease…
Love changes darkness into light
And makes the heart take “wingless flight”
Oh, blessed are they who walk in love
They also walk with God above,
And when we walk with God again
There shall be peace on Earth for All.

Helen Steiner Rice
~ from the book “Loving Promises” pg 13

Last line adapted for our Inspirational Day

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Christine and Darnell Barkman summer speaking schedule

Here is how you can keep up with the Barkman's while they are in Canada!

View their schedule by clinking on this link HERE! 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

In Memoriam

It is with much sadness, love and respect 
that we report the passing of a dear 

Mary Bergen nee Redekop 
Born on June 2, 1926 in Nieder-Chortitza, South Russia
Passed away on April, 26, 2015, in Abbotsford, BC

President of BC Women in Mission from 1980 to 1984
She will be deeply missed! 
PS. More will be added to this post in a few days!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Merry Christmas from BC - Part TWO

"Unwrap Your Gifts"
October 17 - 19, 2014

Warning! This is a long post with lots of pictures and to see the pictures better.... click on them! 

Arriving at Camp Squeah on Friday morning, we were ready to get to work! 

We were hoping to stay dry while 'schlepping' all our Christmas decor into the Main Lodge but first we had to take care of some other details...... details like filling all our colourful socks with chocolates and candy canes, cookies and a cookie cutter and oh yeahhh ... the matching second sock! For some reason this surprised many of the women, go figure! ! ! ! :-)  
After lunch the group that had been enjoying Camp during the week, were finally on their way and it was now our turn to get ready for the ladies that were coming.....soon! 
We were so thankful that a few of our weekend participants had volunteered to come early and help us with the decorating. (Laura Loewen, Mary Goertzen, Lydia Bergen and Elli Koehn (Guenther)) The Staff at Camp also came to help set up the tables, chairs, stage and sound system.

WHAT??? did you think that it was the Christmas Elves? 
Well... I guess these were our Elves this year! 

Our Silent Auction, once again,  had lots of goodies to offer. A special thank you goes to Cynthia Williams for stepping in to help. We could not have done it without you! 
The women are always so generous with their donations for our cause which is to help assist women that may otherwise not be able to attend! 

The Three Kings are on their way! 

Just look at our cute Christmas Stockings!     And look at the pretty baskets?
They raise funds for Mennonite Women Canada's 'Spiritual Growth Assistance Fund'. It helps support women studying to go into the Ministry. 

The women are coming and the fun is starting! 

To begin with we will "Unwrap our Gifts" with a Gift Discernment test and discover the gifts that God gave us!                                                          Cheryl Dyck (Planning Committee Member) prepared the a copy of the test for every women that was present on Friday night. You can download the test HERE  It is a very good and comprehensive test.                                                            
Once the test was done it was time for visiting and getting reacquainted with old friends and making some new friends!  
It was a great start to our Christmas Weekend!
Saturday was going to be a busy day! 
The women had a choice of 3 workshops to enjoy or to go for a walk, read a book, visit or take a nap.

In the Emory Lounge - - -  
Christmas Cup Cake Decorating with Elly Isaak - owner of Elly's Studio of Cake Design

In the Fraser Lounge - - - 
Arm-knitting with Amanda Salmon, who stepped up when our committee member had to be in class and could not be present. Thank you, Amanda.
This turned out to be a very popular workshop and rather challenging even to those that are long time knitters! It messed with their minds just a tad! :-)

But in the end they all mastered it!
Lydia Bergen sporting her new scarf! 
In the Main Lodge - - - 
A writing workshop with our special guest April Yamasaki.
It was a 'creative writing' session where she encouraged everyone to write their Spiritual Story.
You can read her full report of our weekend retreat HERE 
She also told us the wonderful story of the 3 Kings. Learn more about it HERE

The workshops were all well attended and the women really enjoyed them and they learned something to take home with them! Some new GIFTS to share!

This year we also enjoyed hosting 2 young international ladies.
They are here via MCC's International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP) under the leadership of Sophie Thiessen Eigbike.

Sophie with her 2 girls - Kathryn Friesen from Brazil and Nila Amallia from Indonesia!
I've been told that they really enjoyed their time at the Women's Retreat! 

Before dinner, everyone gathered to take our annual group photo. This year we wore Christmas sweaters
Our two Christmas Trees can hardly be seen but you can spot the Stars!
It gets very animated when 120 women settle in to take a group photo!
it comes with lots of laughter and some serious togetherness!!!
Sporting their lovely Christmas sweaters
La Vern Klassen and Kim Tiessen.
3 generations!
l-r: Cynthia Gortzen Williams,  I am in the middle
and my Mom - Gertrude Nickel
Committee Member Candice Corder.
Behind her - our Secret Santa Gifts!  
The photo session continued for quite a while. It is impossible to show all the pictures here.
Once the photo session was over it was time to enjoy our Christmas Dinner! 
 Turkey with ALL the trimmings. 

It was delectable! 

Our much loved Worship Team
L-r: Carla Hordyk, Cheryl Heinrichs,
Dorothy Friesen and Elly Federau
After dinner was done it was time for some Christmas Caroling, a Live Auction and to share some gifts that God has blessed us with.

It sounded beautiful! ! ! 

Showing and sharing more of God's many Gifts to us! ! !
Our Auctioneer - Heidi Epp showing off her
gift of humour. The Santa sitting on her
shoulder was crafted by our Hmong Sisters.
Laurie Johnson - crocheting 
La Vern Klassen - singing

Theresa Batz - painting
Hilda Barg - bag making

Many other gifts were shared, each special in their own way, card making, photography, etc.
Thank you to everyone that shared their gift with the group!

Ohhhhh.... and did you know that we celebrated 50 years of Women's Retreats at Camp this year? 
This is one of many poster boards of memories of years gone by! 
All those present at this year's retreat received a celebration bookmark!
The top is the front and the bottom is the back!
And, yes, it is a horizontal bookmark! :-)
The Christmas cookies that the Kitchen Staff baked for the ladies.
50 packs with 4 different varieties of cookies for a donation!
They were all gone in a flash!  
Ornaments were also collected and gifted to
"The Thunderbird Motel" Project
You can watch a video abut this Ministry
The Planning Committee decided to do this in honour of our 
50th Anniversary of Retreats in Hope, BC.
We had a nice collection of all sorts of ornaments! 
Thank you, to everyone that donated an ornament! 
We also have had one BIG weekend prize for the last number of years.
This year's winner was Gladys Huber.
Mary & Joseph with Baby Jesus and
The Three Kings!  

The Planning Committee with our retreat speaker
April Yamasaki 
Thank you for a wonderful time and we look forward to hosting
April again in 2015 for Part Two!
October 16 - 18, 2015

"As each has received a gift, employ it for one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace." 1 Peter 4:10