Church Family Happenings

 December 1, 2023


All are invited to join the Intergenerational Christmas Choir! We’ll be preparing songs for the Advent 4 Choral service on Dec. 17. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays at 7 pm. Come out and sing with us!

The Widows & Widowers will meet for lunch on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 12:30  at Lorraine’s home. For more information, contact Lorraine C. 

Our Peace Tree is ready to receive donations of winter accessories (toques, scarves, mittens, socks) in adult sizes!

We will also be collecting gently used footwear for the Community Outreach Transit Teams (COTT). COTT teams work with vulnerable Edmontonians sheltering within the transit system. They often come across individuals without appropriate winter wear or footwear. They provide individuals with the items that they have available, but routinely run out of footwear, particularly in larger mens sizes. Do you have items in your home that you no longer wear? If so, please drop them off in the box located in the foyer.

Thank you for your help in supporting vulnerable Edmontonians this winter!

Join us this Advent season for Advent Guided Prayer on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 pm. We’ll be following the theme The Hopes and Fears of All the Years. Guides will also be sent to your email on Tuesday mornings if you would like to pray at home.

All are welcome to join us at the church for Loaves and Fishes on Saturday, December 9 @ 4:00 pm. There will be carols, some Christmas activities, and a potluck. Please bring some food to share. Questions? Contact Aimee R.

Welcome to the 2023/2024 program of Adult Christian Education at Lendrum Mennonite Church! This ten-month schedule is presented after the Worship Service on most Sundays, getting underway at 11:15 and winding up at noon. Here is a look at our upcoming sessions:

Sunday, Dec. 3— Once more, Rob S tickles our curiosity and our collective discernment with another session of community hermeneutics. Come prepared to listen and think and share.

Sunday, Dec. 10—Pastor Sherri GT, in her third installment, takes us on a fascinating tour of Biblical War and Violence.

Sunday, Dec. 17—On this last Sunday before the Christmas Holidays begin, it seems the perfect time to simply enjoy a coffee and a pastry with our brothers and sisters in Christ, in Fellowship Hall… no program, no microphones, lots of laughter. 

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

In the community

Mennonite Central Committee

Palestine and Israel Conflict Response: MCC is at work in Palestine and Israel in many ways. In addition to supporting their relief efforts, you can learn more about the conflict on their website. You can also click here to join MCC in calling for an end to violence and a just resolution in Palestine.

MCC’s Christmas Giving Guide is now available! Give the gift of hope on behalf of your loved ones by purchasing rabbits, bicycles, wells, eco-friendly stoves, sewing machines, music lessons, and much more in support of relief, development and peace. Visit or call us at 403-275-6935 to learn more.

Material Resources connects northern Albertans to Zambia: Read Linda Dickinson’s story, “Comforters, Corrections and Compassion,” at

Share the peace of Christ with people spending Christmas in a war zone. This Christmas, countless children and families are caught in conflict around the world. Some of their stories are making the news. Others aren’t. We have a way to respond. Visit to learn more and give.

Circles of Support and Accountability Program is in need of volunteers to work with people who have left prison and are reintegrating into society. If you’re interested in helping and can commit 1-2 hours per week, please contact CoSA Coordinator Ken Grahlman at

Buckets of Thanks Update: A group of churches in La Crete packed 756 relief buckets and they have now arrived in Ontario ready to be shipped to people in need! If collecting items and packing kits sounds like something you and your church, small group or Sunday school would be interested in call Linda at 403-275-6935.

Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols for Advent & Christmas

Winspear Centre – Monday, December 4, 7:30 p.m.
U of A Mixed Chorus, Adam Robertson, Director; Handbells, Jackie Malcolm Director
Marnie Giesbrecht & Joachim Segger, Organists
All Seats:  $25 (plus $5 service chg.)
Winspear Box Office:  (780) 428-1414
Sponsors:  U of A Interfaith Chaplains & Mixed Chorus, and U of A and The King’s University Departments of Music
Benefit – U of A Campus Food Bank

River West Church

Flood & Fury Event. How do we understand a God and Scripture that seems to endorse genocide, murder, and pillaging in the Old Testament? On Dec. 2 at 7:00 pm at River West Church, all are invited to hear a lecture from Dr. Matthew Lynch, author of Flood and Fury: Old Testament Violence and the Shalom of God, on one of the difficult questions of our faith. The lecture will be followed by a short Q & A opportunity and light refreshments.

Richard Eaton Singers

Messiah — Continuing the tradition of an RES & ESO co-production. Handel’s Messiah is a winter seasonal favourite. Tracing the life of Jesus Christ in three sweeping sections to bring you comfort and joy. Performances will be at the Winspear Centre, Dec. 8 and 9 at 7:30 PM.

Tickets for RES events can be purchased from the Winspear Centre Box Office.

The King’s University

Quandries Public Lecture Series. On the first Tuesday of every month, Dr. Jeff Dudiak hosts a public lecture series about contemporary moral dilemmas. On Dec. 5 at 7:00 pm, come out for refreshments and to hear from Cheryl Whiskeyjack  on the topic “Allyship in an age of appropriation.” How can we do Reconciliation better? Learn more and register here.

Chester Ronning Centre 

Philosopher’s Café: “Gaza and Israel: Origins of Conflict and Canadian Policy.” December 7th, David Goa, Founding Director, Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life, will open up our conversation, reflecting on the Gaza–Israel conflict and Canadian policy. Join us at Fox & Fable for this discussion.

Camp Evergreen

Pond Hockey Tournament. On January 13, join our 14th annual 3 on 3 Pond Hockey Fundraiser! Bring your friends and come lace up the skates to support Camp Evergreen’s campership aid fun and send more kids to camp.

Winterfest Family Camp. February 16-18, join us for Winterfest Family Camp, a 2-night camp designed specifically for families. Camp includes wide games, fireside, chapel times, worship through music, skating, snowshoeing, and all of our amazing activities. Come connect with other families, explore creation, and grow in your faith.

No Room in the Inn Campaign

A Safe Place. This year, the Edmonton & District Council of Churches’ No Room In the Inn Campaign is supporting A Safe Place, a facility in Sherwood Park for those escaping intimate or family violence. Funds from the campaign will go specifically to fixing their roof, which is in need of significant repair. You can donate directly to A Safe Place by sending them a cheque to Box 3282, Sherwood Park, AB T8H 2T2, with “No Room In the Inn” in the memo line.

Mennonite Disaster Service

On the Level: The November edition of On the Level is now available from Mennonite Disaster Service. In our current issue: Ross Penner shares the latest project in Cape Breton; learn about a family’s history of service: and registration is now open for the Annual Celebration in Fresno, California in February. Click here to read more.