Pastor’s Blog

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)

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

We look forward to meeting you!

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Melissa Schulze in the Top 10 under 30!

Did you know that our very own Melissa Schulze was recently nominated and named to the Top 10 under 30 in Mennonite Church Canada?  Congrats to Melissa, and you can check out the article below!

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A Mennonite drama series on CBC?

Yes, believe it or not, CBC has actually produced a newly released television series about Ontario Mennonites called Pure.  In this drama series, a newly elected Mennonite pastor desperately tries to protect his family and his community from…wait for it…a Mennonite mob connection that deals in cocaine from within his own church.  Who would have thought Mennonite culture could be so intriguing?

It sounds a lot more risqué than my daily life here at The First Mennonite Church, but I think this show is actually very well written and produced, and it raises a couple of great topics for discussion.  What does it mean to be a culture that is separate and different from the world but still in and amongst it?  How do we authentically live out principles that look very different from those of people around us?  Could we still give up our lives for our principles?  And even though we may be a church, are we truly exempt from sin?  Or can sin still find a way to somehow insidiously work within a community?

It’s also good and fun to remember that it was only about 60 or 70 years ago that we at The First Mennonite Church were still dressing fairly similarly to these Mennonites and still spoke German in our church services.  This is what we used to look like and what many Mennonites still look like today.

Check out the trailer below.  Pure airs on Monday nights on CBC at 9pm.  Oh and by the way, the pastor’s name is Noah Funk.

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Berlin Attack, Crokinole, and the Love of Christ

Jennifer Otto and her husband, Greg, are Witness Workers with Mennonite Church Canada in Mannheim and Ludwigshafen, Germany, and we here at The First Mennonite Church are supporters of their work.

Jennifer recently wrote a very compelling blog post about the experience of expecting Christmas in a country where a recent attack left 12 people dead and over 50 people injured in a crowded Christmas market.

Here you can read her reflections on these events as her own family prepares for the season and works to support refugees in a time of great uncertainty.

Our prayers for peace continue for Germany and for all of our friends at Friedenhaus.


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An Alternative Telling of The Christmas Story

Church Matters is a podcast put together by Dan Dyck of Mennonite Church Canada, and in this latest episode, he invites storyteller Soren Mennohawk to share a creative re-telling of the Christmas Story that is “helpfully unfamiliar by giving it a present-day indigenous twist.”

Check out this creative take on the birth of Christ within an indigenous context.

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Lucie is Light

This past Sunday at The First Mennonite Church, we spent some time reflecting on how the light of Christ shines through our children, friends, family,brothers, and sisters who live with various disabilities.  As a way to help us contemplate this deep spiritual truth, we watched the video for the song “Light” by the group, Gungor, in which Michael and Lisa Gungor sing and share about the gift of their daughter, Lucie.  I highly recommend picking up the song on iTunes or whichever music purchasing system you use. A simple search should bring it up for you.

Here is a blog post that Lisa Gungor wrote in relation to the song, “Light.”  In this post, Lisa shares about the fears, challenges, and absolute joys that she and her husband have experienced through Lucie, and I think you will really appreciate reading this honest and moving sharing of her experience through God bringing Lucie into our world and to her family.  Please enjoy!

Here also is the video that we watched on Sunday.

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The Dardars back in the news again!

Well, the Dardar family was back at it again this week; showing up in the news media once again!

Check out this clip in CHCH news about our beloved newcomer family from Syria.  The news piece appears to be going for more of a focus on how the government has interacted with refugee sponsorships, so there is next to no mention of how we supported the Dardars.  But it is always good to see the Dardars connecting with more people in our community, and building more relationships.

We hope this continues to help them integrate well into their new home!

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Working Together to Support Syrian Refugees!

On the evening of November 23 we joined with the Vineland UM Church to help make hygiene kits for Syrian Refugees.  Over 300 kits were made and will start shipping out right away!


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