In view of current public health concerns, the Kelowna Centennial Celebration scheduled for April 25th has been cancelled. Purchased tickets will be refunded.
Thank you for your support and we value your prayers for our friends and neighbours around the world affected by Covid-19.
Join us Saturday, April 25th, at Willow Park Church in Kelowna as we gather to celebrate MCC's centennial! With special guest Brian Doerksen.
Doors Open at 6:30 pm
Show Begins at 7:00 pm
One hundred years ago, calls for help came from Mennonites in southern Russia where war, disease, and famine had left them in desperation. “Brethren! Help us, we are perishing!” wrote one man to Mennonites in the United States. “The famine is raging more and more, and suffering is increasing daily, yes, hourly.” Mennonites and Mennonite Brethren groups formed a “central committee” in July 1920 to co-ordinate their responses to this crisis. Together, they pledged to help hungry people, including those who were suffering in southern Russia (present-day Ukraine). Over the next several years, the committee, which took on the name Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), provided food for as many as 25,000 people at times, as well as shipped in tractors and seeds to plant for the future. One century later, MCC is celebrating the ministry that grew from that first endeavor.
Today, MCC serves in more than 50 countries, including the U.S. and Canada, providing humanitarian relief, encouraging sustainable development and strengthening peacebuilding initiatives.
“The origins of MCC are rooted in a desire to see God’s justice and peace brought to those being oppressed or harmed,” says Rick Cober Bauman, executive director of MCC Canada. “It is a privilege to celebrate all those who began this work and all those who supported it.”
Featuring Brian Doerksen
Brian Doerksen’s songs (‘Come, now is the time to worship’ ‘Faithful One’) are sung in faith communities around the world. In 2008, Brian received a JUNO award for ‘Holy God’ (Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the year) and in 2014 at the Covenant Awards, he received a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ from the Gospel Music Association of Canada. In 2018, Brian released an album of new original songs called Grateful (winner of the GMA’s 2019 ‘‘Inspirational Album of Year’) which was also nominated for a 2019 JUNO featuring songs like ‘Scars On His Hands’ and ‘If Jesus Is The Face of God.’ Brian is also as part of The SHIYR Poets (pronounced ‘Sheer’) co-writing new inspirational folk-rock settings of the ancient Psalms. Their first 2 recordings won ‘Inspirational Album of Year’ in 2014 & 2016 and Volume 3 was released in May 2019. In the summer of 2019, Brian released ‘Faithful One’ a collection containing 16 of his legacy songs featuring new arrangements of songs like ‘I Lift My Eyes Up’ & ‘Stay.’ His first Christmas album The Heart Of Christmas, filled with new songs and arrangements of classics was also released in 2019. Married to Joyce for 35 years, their 6 children include 2 sons with special needs (Fragile X) and they live in Abbotsford, B.C.