Church Family Happenings

 December 22, 2023

At LMC

There will be two services at LMC on Christmas Eve:

  • Dec. 24 @ 10:00 am: Sunday Morning Worship (in-person only)
  • Dec. 24 @ 6:30 pm: Christmas Eve Service (hybrid)

We will continue to take donations for our Peace Tree until January 7. We are collecting 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!


There will be no Christian Education over the holidays. Classes will resume for all ages on January 7!


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


In the community

Mennonite Central Committee

Gaza Crisis Response: MCC will continue to work with partners in both Palestine and Israel toward a just peace for all. We welcome donations to support our response to the current crisis. Visit mcc.org/palestine-israel to learn more and give.
You can continue to participate in MCC’s advocacy campaign here.

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 mcc.org to learn more and give.

Christmas greetings from the staff at MCC Alberta!


Global Immersion 

Munther Isaac, who was going to come to Edmonton in October to speak, will be hosting a service in Bethlehem online on Saturday:

On December 23 at 11am ET / 8am PT (6pm in Bethlehem and 9 am in Edmonton), Global Immersion and kindred organizations around the world are joining forces in solidarity to simulcast a live worship gathering guided by Rev. Dr. Munther Isaac and his team at Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem. Central to this liturgy of lament will be their prophetic message that if Jesus was born today, he would be born “under the rubble.”

We invite you to mark your calendars and participate with loved ones as a part of your Advent experience. You can watch live here, or, if that link isn’t working for you, it will also be simulcast here.


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.


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 Jan. 9, 2024 at 7:00 pm, come out for refreshments and to hear from Christopher Lee on the topic “Perspicacious Perfectionism.” In our culture of hustle and productivity, how do we manage pressure to perform and to be perfect? Learn more and register here.


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.


Canadian Mennonite University

The 2024 John and Margaret Friesen Lecture Series begins Thursday, January 18. Titled “Revisiting the Mennonite Experience in Ukraine,” the two presentations will feature Dr. Nataliya Venger, Professor of History and Chair of the World History Department at the Dnipropetrovsk University of Ukraine. Visit cmu.ca/friesenlectures for more information.


Mennonite Disaster Service 

The December edition of On the Level is now available from Mennonite Disaster Service. In our current issue: Ross Penner shares insights into God’s Great Wisdom; meet two women who enjoy cooking and painting with MDS; and learn why a retired Army General in Kentucky says, “only God could have made that happen.” Read more here.