Spring starts when the cherry trees blossom, right? As we prepare to celebrate Easter in March this year, everything feels accelerated. The season of Lent gives us a reason to remind ourselves that we can all learn from the example of Jesus as we face temptations and walk the path of Godâ€™s will for our lives.
Ministry opportunities on campus and the prospect of a new and larger â€œMenno Houseâ€ still have the PCDA Boardâ€™s exploration team busy looking at property options and possible milestone dates for our building project. In Vancouverâ€™s frothy real estate market, wise counsel is needed to pick the right time and price at which to buy and sell. As always, your prayers for discernment are welcomed as we consider how best to keep our uniquely supportive Christian community going in temporary accommodations during what is likely to be several years of building approvals & construction. There isnâ€™t a start date yet for this ambitious project, so in the meantime, we will continue our ministry as usual.
The Abendmusik Vesper Choir invites you to join them for their Lenten Vespers service on either Saturday, March 5th (in Abbotsford) or Sunday, March 6th (in Vancouver). Thank you very much for your support of the Choir and our student ministry at the Menno Simons Centre. Your prayers and donations are deeply appreciated.
Kevin Hiebert President, Pacific Centre for Discipleship Association
See maps and links to driving directions on the â€œHear us singâ€ page. NOTE: weâ€™re starting 30 minutes earlier than usual â€“ you wonâ€™t want to miss the beginning of the service!
Thinking about Living at Menno?
Applications for the 2016-2017 academic year are open. For rates and other info visit the apply to live here page. Applications to live at Menno this summer are also open. If you know anybody who is looking for a place to stay for a few months, or even a few weeks, tell them to apply!
This year's winter retreat was held at the Deroche Christian Retreat Centre. Our theme was vision - God vision's for the world and our place in it. Our time was spent eating, singing, praying, and playing together. We also had time for personal prayer, reflection, and solitude.
Since the last Fall newsletter, our community has celebrated three engagements! In Meg Jay's The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter--And How to Make the Most of Them Now, she writes that even more important than the choice of our major or career, is the choice of who we marry. Popular media tends to portrays the twentysomething culture as dominated by singles who are almost obsessed with avoiding relational commitment, but Jay assures us that behind closed doors, she hears a very different story. Many congratulations to Brianne VonNiessen, Patricia Loo, and Charles Dick as they prepare for the commitment of marriage.
In their words:
In my life, Menno has been... "a huge support for my faith", "a space to grow", "awesome", "fun stuff", "one of the best decisions of my life", "a blessing", "a safe place", "a home with friends that are like family", "very positive... I couldn't imagine living in this new city without it", "warm and supportive", "a place with open arms and smiling faces", "a place where I've made life-long friends", "a solid community", "a life-jacket in the ocean of school", "teaching me the value of a close-knit faith community".
To find out more about PCDA activities, make sure to check out the Menno Simons Centre website at pcda.bc.ca, or check us out on social media: