Located in the town of Vineland, Ontario, we are a small, friendly, inter-generational church in the Anabaptist tradition that worships God and together seeks to follow Jesus’ example. We have a long history—we were the first Mennonite church in Canada. On this site you can learn about the people and the work of our church, find directions to our facility, and learn about our history. You are welcome to join us!
Worship Service at 11:00 Sunday mornings (10:30 a.m. 1st Sunday in July through Labour Day) Sunday School for all ages begins at 10:00, except in summer. Hope to see you there!
Pot-luck lunch usually on the first Sunday of the month (except in July/Aug)
3357 Rittenhouse Rd, Vineland (see directions page for details)
We look forward to meeting you!
I’ve been trying to get rid of the dandelions in my lawn. Emphasis on the word “trying”. I don’t want to use herbicide, so my approach has been to try to cut the dandelions out of the lawn while they are still flowers. It’s a good idea, but every day it seems I go outside and find a big white fluff ball, happily shedding seeds all over my lawn. Or worse yet, an empty stalk, all the seeds successfully delivered to their future home, which will be revealed later this summer, or next spring. Seeds scattered and sown!
“Seeds scattered and sown” was the theme of our Mennonite Church Eastern Canada gathering. It was our 25th anniversary, and so we had a really big cake!
The gathering was a time to reflect on what God has been planting in our communities. We talked about our church, and how surprising things have happened. We have so many congregations in our conference that are started by new Canadians; Mennonites worship in over a dozen languages just in MCEC on any given morning.
What exciting things might God be planting in the next 25 years in our churches? in our congregation? God’s seeds might not look like something we are expecting. Wild and unpredictable as dandelions, God’s crop may surprise us.
This week’s prayer: Open our eyes to what you are planting, God!
Tomorrow I am performing a wedding ceremony for someone in my family. While weddings are joyful occasions, there is always a part of me that is amazed that we embark on such risky ventures. As someone who has been married over 25 years, part of me wants to grab these young people by the shoulders and speak very sharply to them, “Do you know how hard this will be?”
At the same time, I know that we are equipped by God to meet challenges; a lot of marriages do survive, even through very very hard times.
This week we are going to be looking at a text where Paul speaks sharply to us. He wants us to know that this is not going to be a Sunday school picnic. We are heading into battle when we get baptized. And in order to stand firm, we need to be equipped. We need to put on the full armour of God.
Armour! Hey, that’s not a very Mennonite image! Hope to see you Sunday!
This week’s prayer: We want to stand firm this week. Show us the way, open our eyes to the ways you are equipping us for this challenge. Amen,
Do you know who planted these lovely tulips in our front garden? (it was not me…)
Katie Penner, one of our young adults, is spending a year with Mennonite Voluntary Service. The Wall Street Journal recently blogged about Menno House, where she lives. You can read it here: http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2013/04/25/manhattans-crash-pad-for-visiting-mennonites/ There’s a video at the bottom of the article (you can skip the ad that it begins with). Check it out!
You probably know someone that you don’t like very much. But you have to be around them. Maybe it’s a co-worker or someone in your family. You tolerate them, you grit your teeth, you try to be nice.Being with them is an exercise in patience.
But then one day something happens. You see another side of them. You see them being kind to someone in a way you never thought they could. Maybe they reach out and help you when you are down. Or maybe in conversation they reveal something about their past that sheds a whole new light on them for you.
I feel that’s what’s happening with me and the apostle Paul. Paul has been the writer of the New Testament that I’ve least liked to spend time with. I get frustrated with his arrogance, his big statements, his controversial writing about different topics that are dear to me.
But Paul is part of the New Testament family, and these past months while we’ve been studying the book of Ephesians. I’ve started to see a different side of Paul. The Paul who got knocked down by a blinding flash of light; a Paul who, because he was so wrong himself, is super eager to tell other people how they need to change.
Reading the Bible, and studying, and praying about this has changed my point of view! I encourage you to read through Ephesians before our service on Sunday, and get a feel for the letter he is writing. Maybe you want to come to church a few minutes early; there are booklets on your chairs with the whole letter in it.
This week`s prayer: God of grace, thank you for giving us Paul and his letters, help us to take to heart the counsel that he gives us.