Category Archives: Aberdeen EMC

Staying Safe and Getting Creative

by Heidi Dirks

WINNIPEG, Man.—During this time of physical distancing and staying safe at home Aberdeen EMC has been creative in how we worship and connect with each other. For several months we connected with weekly Zoom services on Sunday evenings. Everyone had a chance to share how they were doing and there was a special children’s feature. As is often the case, the children’s feature impacted the adults as much as the children. Continue reading Staying Safe and Getting Creative

Teresa Enns Zehr Invited to be Pastor

by Marilyn Funk

WINNIPEG, Man.—In 2018 the Aberdeen congregation strongly affirmed the work of Teresa Enns Zehr as Aberdeen’s Ministry Coordinator and invited her to a new three-year term with a change in title to pastor, which better reflects Teresa’s ministry to our congregation. Continue reading Teresa Enns Zehr Invited to be Pastor

Aberdeen: Teresa Zehr Appointed Ministry Coordinator

by Marilyn Funk

WINNIPEG, Man.—On Sept. 24, 2017, Teresa Zehr was commissioned as Aberdeen EMC’s Ministry Coordinator. In this half-time role Teresa will minister to and among the congregation and coordinate the overall work of the church. Teresa and her husband, Jeremy Zehr, have been part of the Aberdeen congregation for the past four years. Prior to assuming this role Teresa served with Youth for Christ.

Aberdeen Seeks to Reunite Refugee Family

by Herb Heppner

WINNIPEG, Man.—Last October, with the help of MCC, Aberdeen EMC applied to sponsor an extended family from Iraq. In total, there are eight adults and two babies in the family. Our hope is to reunite a young couple we sponsored several years ago with their family. We want to invite churches and individuals in our EMC conference to help us with this sponsorship.

On June 3, 2017, Humam Shihab and his wife Sabreen celebrated two years in Canada. They are from the city of Bagdad in Iraq and were sponsored by Aberdeen. They were fortunate to find a home in Winnipeg. Both of them have learned English and are working in the public school system in Winnipeg.

But Humam could not forget about his family still in Iraq and requested that Aberdeen try to sponsor his family. His father has been housebound for years and the family feared for the father’s safety. Two of Humam’s uncles have been taken by militias and never heard of again.

Last October Aberdeen applied to sponsor Humam’s family. This includes his parents, three brothers, one sister, a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, as well as two babies.

The Shihabs have been living in Beirut, Lebanon, as refugees. There they waited anxiously for news about their sponsorship application. Finally, in early May, they were advised that they would be accepted to come to Winnipeg. Upon hearing this news, they were overjoyed that they were being given a new opportunity in a new land. They are now waiting for their visas to be processed and for a flight date.

We are presently preparing a home for them. It is big task for a small church to take on a sponsorship of this size. However, Humam and Sabreen have become a part of our community and we feel compelled to help reunite this family.

Note: Many EMC churches are currently sponsoring or co-sponsoring refugee families. This is in line with the compassion of Jesus as shown in Matthew 25. Aberdeen is a small congregation with a big heart. If your congregation is not involved in such a sponsorship, or if you are interested in helping personally, Aberdeen welcomes your help in this project. Donations may be sent to Aberdeen EMC, 265 Flora Ave., Winnipeg, MB R2W 2R2; – Tim Dyck, EMC General Secretary