Church Family Happenings

 December 2, 2022


A musical celebration of the 4th Sunday of Advent is being planned for December 18th. You are invited to join the intergenerational choir in preparation for this event—only 3 rehearsals, beginning Wednesday, November 30 @ 7:30pm—a short term commitment and a great opportunity to present special music of the Advent/Christmas season. We especially encourage families and youth to join us. You don’t want to miss this!

You are invited to a Family Winter Fun Day on Sunday, December 18th from 2-4:30. After enjoying a morning of song, join us for an afternoon of skating, sledding, hot chocolate, and cookies! Location to be confirmed.

In the community

Mennonite Central Committee

Choose gifts that change lives with Christmas Giving. Call us at 403-275-6935 or visit to give the gift of hope around the world.

Have yourself a peaceful Christmas. MCC Thrift has put together a free Christmas resource with ideas and tips to make the holiday season a little calmer with the help of your favourite secondhand shop. Get the resource at

Go deep into a new culture, live out your values and experience growth you never imagined with Serving and Learning Together (SALT). SALT is a year-long program that sends young adults abroad to work with local organizations that MCC partners with. Contact us at 403-275-6935 or visit to learn more.

Canadian Mennonite University

It’s not too late to register for the winter semester at CMU. Are you taking a gap year? Consider taking a course or two to start your undergraduate degree; visit Interested in graduate theological training? Audit or take a course for credit like the online course “Gender, Class, and Ethnicity in the Pauline Letters”; visit 

SAVE THE DATE! ReNew: A Resourcing Conference for Pastors and Church Leaders, January 30—31. Our theme this year is “Living Call Stories: Dynamics of the Pastoral Vocation” with Kathleen Cahalan, Professor of Practical Theology at St. John’s School of Theology and Seminary. More information to follow, visit for further description of the conference.

CMU Hold in Common. Please join us for the first virtual gathering of the CMU Hold in Common project, a candid look at the place CMU and other institutions have in today’s society. What does it mean to “hold things in common,” to create dynamic communities that can face the challenges of the day in ways that are interesting, refreshing, and trustworthy?
This event, on Monday, January 16, 2023 at 7-8:30 pm on Zoom, will be an opportunity to connect with friends of CMU and alumni of your generation. Share your perspectives—your hopes and your misgivings—on what’s at stake with institutions that are shared and held collectively by diverse, grassroots communities. Register here.

Edmonton and District Council of Churches

No Room In the Inn Campaign 2022. This year, the No Room In the Inn campaign will be working with the Canadian Mental Health Association – Edmonton (CMHA-ER). Currently the access control/intercom panels and supporting software/hardware in five of their residences, two in Central MacDougall, two in Inglewood, and one in Queen Mary Park, require replacement or upgrades. This project will provide these properties with better access to the buildings, and increase the security to the properties, and ultimately for the tenants. Their motto: “Safe in My Own Home”. You can learn more and donate directly on the website.

Canadiation: Impacts of the Doctrine of Discovery

You are invited to the official screening of “Canadiation: Impacts of the Doctrine of Discovery” on December 15 at 7:00 pm at the Garneau Theatre, Edmonton. The film was created by a Treaty 6 Indigenous leader and investigates Canadian national ideology and identity. Find out more details here.

Centre for Transnational Mennonite Studies

After selling over 2,000 copies, CTMS has printed a second edition of Paul Toews’s lectures exploring the history of Mennonites in Ukraine. In light of the current war in Ukraine, we have renamed the book The Mennonite Story in Ukraine: The Heritage Cruise Lectures, and I have added a new essay reflecting on the current situation. Renaming the book is an acknowledgement of how the war has caused a seismic shift in our understanding of this history, while simultaneously creating new challenges for its future.

— Aileen Friesen
Co-director of CTMS

Camp Evergreen

Camp Evergreen 3-on-3 Pond Hockey Tournament: Taking place on January 14th, 2023, our 3-on-3 Hockey Tournament is a fun time for all levels of Hockey Player. Funds raised from the tournament are used to support the ministry of Camp Evergreen. Spectators are welcome to come watch and participate in our silent auction. Don’t forget to bring out the kids, we’ve got stuff planned for them to! Lunch and Supper are provided. To register a team contact

Camp Evergreen Winterfest Family Camp: Family Day Long Weekend has never looked more fun! This Family Camp is a whole lot of special with a giant dose of fun. You can expect a weekend full of skating, pond hockey, sledding, Jug ‘n’ Jog in the snow, Crokicurl, Redneck Curling, and all of the activities you have come to love. If you love Camp Evergreen in the summer – you are going to love how magical it is in the winter.