Church Family Happenings

 April 7, 2023


From the library: Children’s library books on Easter are on display in the library. Also, books on the Polish Mennonites in the Werder, featured on the library bulletin board, are available, in support of the March 26th Sunday School presentation.

You are invited to Easter Breakfast at 9:00 am on Sunday morning. Come enjoy paska and hot cross buns with your church family! Don’t forget that, due to breakfast, the Easter Sunday Worship Service is at 10:30 am.

If you attended Frieda Claassen’s presentation on March 26, and you would like to read Colin Neufeld and Wojciech Marchlewski’s paper “Divided Loyalties,” referenced in that presentation, you can find it here.

Please check your weekly bulletin for prayer requests and other church family news.

In the community

Mennonite Central Committee

MCC Alberta will not be going ahead with a Relief Sale in 2023 due to a variety of circumstances. We are currently working with local volunteer groups to make plans for 2024. We are excited to have itineration guests Vurayayi Pugeni and Thelma Sadzamari visiting a church near you this summer. We will also be holding an online auction during that week. Stay tuned for details!

On the ground in Afghanistan. This Easter, you can help provide literacy classes that will help women learn how to read and write at

Due to renovations, Material Resources will not be able to accept donations between March 31 and April 30. Thank you for all your support! For more information, please contact Linda Dickinson at 403.275.6935 or

April is volunteer appreciation month! Whether it’s sorting, pricing, or working at the cash register, volunteers are a vital part of MCC Thrift Shops. Become a volunteer in Taber, Edmonton, Lethbridge, or Calgary by filling out an interest form at and you’ll be entered to win a $50 MCC Thrift gift card!

Canadian Mennonite University

CMU Virtual Open House takes place on Wednesday, April 26, 6:00–7:00 PM (CDT). Receive a virtual campus tour, ask questions of our admissions team, and hear from faculty and current students—register at Personal campus tours are available upon request by visiting 

Canadian School of Peacebuilding. Registration is now open for courses taught by local, national, and international peacebuilders to serve practitioners, professionals, activists, students, non-governmental organizations, and faith-based groups. June 5-9; 12-16. Visit  

Employment Opportunities. CMU invites applications for the full-time salaried positions of Community Engagement Coordinator and Director of Finance. Visit for details. Applications will be accepted until these positions are filled. 

The King’s University

Everything Series: Addressing Poverty as a Moral Conversation. “Modern society is grounded in two foundational myths: autonomy and scarcity,” argues Derek Cook of the Canadian Poverty Institute, but “failing to challenge the foundational myths of modern society leads us to frame arguments for poverty reduction in rational, rather than moral, discourse. In this way we reproduce the conditions that create poverty, even in our attempts to eradicate it.” In his lecture on April 18, 2023 at King’s University, Derek (who is also on the Board of MCC AB) explores how we can challenge these paradigms and turn towards a community understanding of humanity. Learn more and register here.

“Eternal” Concert. Experience glorious choral music by well-known composers on Sunday, April 16 at 3:00pm. Performed by The King’s University Alumni & Community Chorus with Te Deum Singers, join conductors Dr Joy Berg and Diana Wiens at First Presbyterian Church (10023-105 Street), for an afternoon featuring works from the rich soulful melodies of Fauré to the magnificent choral drama of Haydn’s Te Deum. Our concert, entitled “Eternal”, brings a program of beauty, cheerfulness, and spectacular delight. Tickets can be purchased at the door and online at Ticket Prices:
$20 General
$15 Seniors/Alumni/non-King’s Students
$5 Children under 12
King’s Students FREE with valid ID

Village Goods

AGM for Village Goods April 24, 2023 – Members of your church have been involved in the operation of the Ten Thousand Villages (TTV) store in Edmonton since 1986. When MCC closed TTV Canada in 2020, the store successfully became an independent fair trade store. And we continue to need the support of folks from the Edmonton area churches.
The AGM for Village Goods (Edmonton Ten Thousand Villages Society) will take place on Monday April 24th, 7:00pm, at Lendrum Mennonite Church, 11210 59 Ave NW. All are welcome!
Membership forms can be completed at the meeting. The membership fee remains at $10 per person. A small selection of products from the store will be available for cash, cheque, or e-transfer sale. (No debit/credit.)
For further information, please contact:  Adrienne Wiebe, Chair of the Board,

Edmonton District Council of Churches

You are invited to an interfaith panel on religious freedoms, featuring speakers from the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton, the Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities, and the Edmonton Jewish Federation. There will be speakers and a panel discussion, with refreshments to follow. Join us for discussion on Sunday, April 16 at 2pm at the Edmonton Riverbend Meetinghouse, 14325 53 Ave.

University of Alberta

Rob S. is looking for age 50+ volunteers willing to participate in an MRI study of sodium in the skin of the calf. Recent studies suggest that skin sodium may be linked to hypertension, diabetes and kidney disease (among other disorders). Rob’s lab at the UofA is working to improve MRI techniques for skin sodium measurement. Contact Rob if you are interested in this study.