Welcome!

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!

We gather in church at 11:00 am Sundays (10:00 in summer).  All are welcome!  There is also an option to attend the live service via Zoom.  The link to join is as follows:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/78785615600?pwd=MlFRMUZCQVI3SjVtWjQwOGY4bnN6Zz09

You may also join by phone if you prefer.  The phone number and meeting ID are as follows:

+1 (647) 374-4685

Meeting ID: 787 8561 5600

Stay safe in the meantime and we will see you soon!

3557 Rittenhouse Rd, Vineland (see directions page for details)
 

We look forward to meeting you!

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What Did You Do Today?

To my dear TFMC family,
Growing up, one of the supper table conversation topics was usually the question, “What did you do today?” There was an implicit value in the accomplishing of tasks and the meeting of milestones. There was a large emphasis on ‘doing’ in the family. Naturally, this suited me well for school, where there were assignment deadlines to meet. This, however, didn’t serve me as well for ministry.
At the beginning of my Spiritual Care Residency, I reflected with my supervisor about all the tasks I had to do. Caringly my supervisor asked to see my to-do list. They looked it over, pulled out their pen, drew a large ‘X’ over the whole list, and then proceeded to write a single phrase, “To Be.” They handed the page back to me and asked me to complete that list instead. I was startled and taken aback, and, at the same time, it was a way of thinking I had never entertained before.
The thought or focus on what, or who did I want or need to be was a very different way of thinking for me. This question, not only challenged who I thought I was, but it also challenged the way that I saw Jesus. For the longest time, I had looked at scriptures and read about the things that Jesus did. Now, I was challenged to look at the character of Jesus. Who he was, how he was, in addition to what he did. And I started to see a more rounded image of Jesus.
You’ll have noticed by now I like to use the phrase “the Jesus way.” I like to use this phrase in particular because it captures both the ‘doing’ and the ‘being’ part of what I think it means to follow Jesus. When we follow Jesus we are committing ourselves to living as Jesus lived, not just in action but in character too. To put it another way, when we live the Jesus way, what we do is just as important as the spirit in which we do things, the character that we embody when we do things in Jesus’ name. This means that when we read scripture we look not just for the practical, the ‘what then shall we do?’ but also, the “what then shall we be like?”
What characteristics of Jesus do we seek to embody when we live the Jesus Way? In scripture, we have many examples of the character of Jesus. Frequently we hear of Jesus having compassion. We have many examples of him loving generously and responding to others, sometimes with a story, sometimes by teaching lessons, and rarely reacting out of anger. We read of a Jesus who was both generous with his time, energy, and spirit, but also set good boundaries and took time to be quiet, reflect, to spend time with God.
As a congregation who follows Jesus, we have, together and individually, chosen to live the Jesus way. This encompasses the wholeness of our lives, in what we say, what we do, how we act, and what we embody. As best as we’re able, we try to be like Jesus in every aspect of our lives. That includes not just what we do, but who we are too. The Jesus way touches every part of our lives, it transforms us, our spirits, hearts, minds, and our actions. I’m glad to be walking the Jesus Way together.
Yours,
Craig Janzen Neufeld, Pastor

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Discipleship

To my dear TFMC family,
Since Thursday’s announcement that Queen Elizabeth died, I’ve been very attached to the news. The last time the news so enraptured me in this particular way was when Pope John Paul II died and the Catholic Church was forced into a conclave to elect the next Pope. I think what’s captured my attention so much with Queen Elizabeth’s death has been the depth of tradition on display.
Like with the election of a pope there’s a certain amount of tradition that is upheld. All of this pomp and circumstance is both fresh and old at the same time. It’s old tradition, and it’s fresh because it’s new to us. With a few exceptions, many of us have never experienced the death of a reigning monarch before.
A phrase that I’ve heard a number of times is that this is an end of an era. As cliched as it is, I think it’s true. It certainly is a defining moment in history. Like other significant events in history, we will remember where we were, who we were with, and what was happening when we heard that news.
Not many of us can remember when Pearl Harbour was attacked, but I would bet that most of you could tell me about the day they found out JFK was assassinated. I remember where I was when the second plane hit the world trade center 21 years ago. And now a generation will have the marker of where were they when the Queen of England died.
As we begin our worship series focusing on discipleship and the actions of disciples, I think about a few of the defining moments of my faith journey, my baptism is one of those. While it’s not a watershed moment, it was when I formally dedicated myself to following the Jesus way, not knowing where that would lead me. I certainly did not expect that it would lead me into public ministry.
As I mentioned in my sermon on Sunday, I think of how naive I was when making that commitment, and at the same time, I also recognize that I needed to be naive. I was in no way prepared, but my baptism marked the beginning, the first step, in trying to live the Jesus way. A way that has led me across the country to respond to Jesus’ call of ‘follow me.”
And how about you? As you reflect on your faith journey, as an individual and as a congregation, what might be some of the faith milestones you would identify? How have they shaped your faith and the congregations?
Discipleship, as we will see, is as much what we believe as how we live. As disciples of Jesus, we’re called to the life-long disciple of living the Jesus way. A way of life that’s life-changing and life-giving.
Yours,
Craig Janzen Neufeld, Pastor

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