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2024 Worship/Plenary

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You are invited to bring a musical instrument and participate in a “spontaneous worship band” during our worship services. A brief rehearsal will take place prior to worship. If you would like to participate, please indicate the instrument you will bring on the registration form.

Worship: Thursday, June 20 at 7:30p Eastern Time.

  • Theme: Holy Wisdom on the Way
  • Text: Proverbs 4:1-13
  • Speaker: Carol Penner
  • Offering for LaPosada Immigrant Aid

Plenary: Friday, June 21, 1:35p

  • Theme: Wisdom as Serpent and Dove
  • Texts: Psalm 51:1-12; Matthew 10:16
  • Speaker: Carol Penner

Worship: Saturday, June 22, 8:30a Eastern Time

  • Theme: Wisdom in the Christ Dress
  • Texts: Job 29:14; Isaiah 61:10; Romans 13:14; Galatians 3:27
  • Speaker: Sibonokuhle Ncube
  • Offering for Central District Conference
  • Communion

Carol Penner teaches practical theology at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ontario. She was a pastor for many years and a freelance writer. She has a blog of worship resources (, and recently released a Lent devotional through Herald Press, titled Unburdened: A Lenten Journey Toward Forgiveness. Her research focuses on violence and abuse in the church, and how to address it. She co-edited a recent volume of essays on that topic, Resistance: Confronting Violence, Power and Abuse in Peace Churches (Institute of Mennonite Studies, 2022).  She is a member of The First Mennonite Church in Vineland, Ontario, where she lives with her husband in a house surrounded by apricot trees.

Sibonokuhle Ncube thanks God for this 40th year of her faith walk. She comes from Zimbabwe and is married to Bhekisisa. They are blessed with three daughters who study at Goshen College, Hesston College, and Bethany Christian Schools. Sibonokuhle’s career has been in social justice work through multiple development themes in humanitarian relief, recovery, and development of underserved communities. Sibonokuhle is a licensed minister who currently serves as the co-regional director for Africa and Europe at Mennonite Mission Network and fellowships at Eighth Street when she is not roving in North America or sent elsewhere in the world. Sibonokuhle serves on the Mennonite World Conference’s Creation Care Taskforce where she carries the voice of communities who are highly impacted by climate variability and change. She comes to us with the Canticle of the Turning playing in her heart as she invites all of us to the beauty of life in Christ.

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