Celebrate the Season!

Posted on: December 1st, 2017 by Breslau Mennonite Church

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. December is a time of much preparation, decorating, baking, shopping, gathering. Keeping Christmas simple is a gift we can share, model to our children, encourage among friends.

Christmas is an amazing time to experience the joy of giving. We don’t need to just receive. We can give of our time by volunteering with a local agency, in our own neighbourhood, in our community of faith. The third Saturday of the month from November to spring, the youth of Breslau Mennonite Church volunteer with Suppers at Stirling. Check it out:   Saturday Night Suppers

Celebrating the season is the beauty of time together with friends, neighbours, as a family playing games, singing carols, sharing in a potluck meal, reading a favourite Christmas story together. Luke 2:1-20 in the Bible is a good choice!

There is the wonder of winter experienced with a walk, a car ride, a bus trip, tobogganing. So many wonderful ways to give and receive hope, peace, joy, and love ~ the gifts of Christmas.

How are you celebrating the season? Where are you called to join God in bringing good news?

Jesus – the reason for the season. It’s simple, even cliché but it’s true and it’s powerful if we do it genuinely. Be intentional to practice celebrating the real joy of Christmas. It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

Joy & peace to you. Pastor Eleanor

Praying For Peace

Posted on: October 31st, 2017 by Breslau Mennonite Church
God of life,
Who cares for all creation and calls us to justice and peace,
May our security not come from arms, but from respect.
May our force not be of violence, but of love.
May our wealth not be in money, but in sharing.
May our path not be of ambition, but of justice.
May our victory not be from vengeance, but in forgiveness.
May our unity not be in the quest of power, but in vulnerable witness to do your will.
Open and confident, may we defend the dignity of all creation, sharing today and forever the bread of solidarity, justice and peace. Amen. 

*Prayer adapted from Mennonite Central Committee Peace Packet 2017

Peace to you.
Pastor Eleanor


Posted on: September 14th, 2017 by Breslau Mennonite Church

                 an adaptation by Joyce Rupp

To be grateful for what is, instead of underscoring what is not.

To find good amid the unwanted aspects of life, without denying the presence of the unwanted.

To focus on beauty in the little things of life, as well as being deliberate about the great beauties of art, literature, music, and nature.

To be present to one’s own space of life, while stretching to the wide world beyond it.

To find something to laugh about every day, even when there seems nothing to laugh about.

To search for and to see the good in others, rather than remembering their faults and weaknesses.

To be thankful for each loving deed done by another, no matter how insignificant it might appear.

To taste life to the fullest, and not take any part of it for granted.

To seek to forgive others for their wrongdoings, and to put the past behind.

To find ways to reach out and help the disenfranchised, while also preserving their dignity and self-worth.

To be as loving and caring as possible, in a culture that consistently challenges these virtues.

To be at peace with what cannot be changed.

Marking 150 Years of Confederation with Gratitude, Lament, and Hope

Posted on: July 5th, 2017 by Breslau Mennonite Church

This year, July 1st, in worship at Breslau Mennonite Church on Sunday July 2nd, we mark the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada. We have much to celebrate, much to lament, and much to dream. Lament for the past and present injustice to the Indigenous Peoples and other Canadian peoples. Celebrating 150 years of Canadian Confederation can only be a true celebration with lament and renewed commitment to continuing to work toward right relations with all people.

What does it mean for you to be a Canadian? What do you hope for Canada in the future?

Join in worship and praise in the presence of God, our Creator. The Creator in whom we, and all of creation, are one. We are filled with gratitude and thanksgiving. We are open to God’s Spirit leading us this day and each day.

In our celebrations of July 1st and in this summer season, may we live justly, love boldly, and be open to the wisdom of God’s Spirit guiding us with humility and courage.

Pastor Eleanor

Mennonite Relief Sale

Posted on: May 25th, 2017 by Breslau Mennonite Church

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Here at Breslau Mennonite Church we have a tradition that started in 1967, that tradition is the Strawberry Pie Project. It takes place the last Saturday of May every year at the New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale.

The story begins during the mid 1960’s, when Eph and Naomi Hoffman traveled to Goshen, Indiana, to attend the Mennonite Relief Sale. Their fellow travelers were the group of people who began the New Hamburg Relief Sale in 1967. They were looking at all of the different projects that various church groups did to make the sale a success. Naomi noticed the fresh strawberry pies and thought that would be something she could organize for Breslau to work on. She collected all of the information on how to make the project a success, the recipes, and where to buy the strawberries out of season.

The first year, 1967, 100 pies were made. The pie shells were hand made at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate. By 1974 the pie number rose to 1500 and the pie dough was still being made by hand with about 30 volunteers. The churches contributing to the cost and supplying volunteers were Breslau, Bloomingdale, Listowel and Wanner Mennonite Churches.

By 1980 the cost of making the pies was $2,121 with only three churches (Breslau, Bloomingdale and Listowel) contributing to the cost and supplying volunteers. In 1984 Naomi’s notes say that they had 126 volunteers. Naomi stepped down from coordinating everything herself in 1988 and a committee was formed and some changes were made one of them being the pies shells were purchased. The committee also put the price of a pie to $6 and the project raised $9,537 for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). The churches contributing to the pie project, both financially and with volunteers has stabilized to Breslau, Bloomingdale, Listowel and Pioneer Park Mennonite Churches.

In 2016, we raised $18,400 for MCC. This year we are making 1008 pies, 1000 tarts and 300 berry bowls. We are the second highest project in money raised, the quilts come in first.

Hope to see you this weekend, May 27 at the New Hamburg Relief Sale in support of the work of Mennonite Central Committee.

Adapted from a Moment in Mission May 14, 2017 by Candy Dettweiler

Breslau Community Gardens

Posted on: May 4th, 2017 by Breslau Mennonite Church

Breslau Gardens is a community garden located on the church property that offers garden plots to both the church and local Breslau community. Beginning in 2014, the garden has become a space to both grow produce, and community. Every year, we look forward to expanding the garden to bring more people together. Our season typically starts mid-May and runs until late-September.

The garden has had many different items planted in the past, including beans, peas, carrots, beets, kale, cucumber, zucchini and spinach. In addition, there have also been some unique plants, like pineapple! The church also grows produce that is shared with the congregation for everyone to enjoy.

In 2017, the garden has 18 plots, all of which have been filled. We look forward to seeing what arrives in this new season and what new plants will be grown by the community!

To learn more about the garden, visit the website

Easter Greetings

Posted on: April 11th, 2017 by Breslau Mennonite Church


Easter joy!

            Easter hope!



 “In the bulb there is a flower, in the seed, an apple tree; in cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free! In the cold and snow of winter there’s a spring that waits to be, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.” The words and music of this hymn from Natalie Sleeth express the promise of faith and the resurrection, the joy and hope of Easter.

There is a greening in this season for nature and for our soul. There is hope, grace, love, and joy; a miraculous unfolding of new life. All around us the glory of God is breaking through creation’s circle of life. Let the greening in us begin . . . Celebrate the wonder of life anew!

Christ is risen. Christ is risen, indeed. Alleluia!

Pastor Eleanor Epp-Stobbe

The Season of Lent – a Holy Fast & a Holy Feast

Posted on: February 28th, 2017 by Breslau Mennonite Church

Lent is a season in the Christian Church year that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends six weeks later before Easter Sunday. It is a time of preparation for Holy Week, marking the death and burial of Jesus, and ultimately the joyful celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday.

During Lent, many Christians commit to fasting or giving up something, and followers of Jesus add a spiritual disciple into their daily or weekly Lent season, all as a way to draw nearer to God.

Here’s an adapted reading for Lent with some suggestions for fasting and/or feasting.

Let us . . . fast from worry and feast on trust in God,

fast from complaining and feast on appreciation,

fast from negatives and feast on affirmatives.

Let us . . . fast from emphasis on differences and feast on the unity of life,

fast from hostility and feast on grace,

fast from apathy and feast on empathy.

Let us . . . fast from judging others and feast on the image of God within each one of us,

fast from words that pollute and feast on phrases that heal,

fast from idle gossip and feast on a deep breath of silence.

Let us . . . fast from emphasis on self-concern and feast on compassion for others,

fast from discontent and feast on gratitude,

fast from bitterness and feast on understanding.

Let us . . . fast from facts that depress and feast on examples that inspire,

fast from discouragement and feast on hope.


Grace for the journey.

Pastor Eleanor


The Joy of Giving

Posted on: February 1st, 2017 by Breslau Mennonite Church

110 chickens!

Together with the children, coins were collected each Sunday during the Christmas season to support Mennonite Central Committee’s Joy of Giving project. The $1,100 raised will be used to purchase chickens for families in other parts of the world.  MCC supports projects that help families make a better living. Sometimes those projects involve animals like chickens, helping families to get loans to buy them or training and new techniques to raise them. The animals are used for food or they may be sold and the money used to help the family.

What a great gift of love we were able to provide!

More information about the Giving Project can be found here at this link 

written by Patti H.

on behalf of the BMC Missions Committee

Happy New Year 2017

Posted on: December 31st, 2016 by Breslau Mennonite Church

This is a day of new beginnings,

time to remember and move one,

time to believe what love is bringing,

laying to rest the pain that’s gone.

Christ is alive, and goes before us

to show and share what love can do.

This is a day of new beginnings

our God is making all things new.

Text by Brian Wren

“This is a day of new beginnings”

Prayer for a new year:

Holy God, this is a day of new beginnings, a day for trusting in your Holy Spirit, a day for considering the wisdom of the ages and the dreams and visions for your world. We confess that few is mixed with our hope. Even as we seek together your new work, we find ourselves clinging to the old and familiar: Embrace us in our hopes and fears, and set our feet on the path of your new creation.



Blessing of joy and peace.

Pastor Eleanor