Church Family Happenings

 February 17, 2023


Staying in town for the Family Day Weekend? Join us for a Family Game Day, February 19 after the worship service! Bring a couple of your favourite games, participate in the crokinole tournament, or come just to visit with friends. Lunch will be provided.

Join the Lendrum Piecemakers on Saturday, February 25 to participate in the Great Winter Warm-Up! Drop in at the church any time between 9:30 and 3:30 to help tie quilts for MCC and contribute to their donation goal of 45000 blankets. No quilting experience is necessary—anyone who can tie knots and use a needle is welcome! Lunch will be provided.

Soup and Dessert Luncheons are coming up! There will be three dates: Feb. 26, March 5, and March 12. Please check the display in the foyer to see which week you are invited to, and, if you are unable to make it that week, move yourself to a different week. Church guests and youth and young adults are welcome every week.

In the community

Mennonite Central Committee

MCC is accepting donations to support people affected by the Feb. 6 earthquake in Türkiye and Syria. MCC is working with long-term partners in Aleppo and surrounding areas to provide emergency food, shelter, hygiene, sanitation supplies and trauma counselling. In a country already vulnerable from years of conflict, this was a devastating blow. You can share God’s love and compassion with our global neighbours by providing a gift online at, by calling 888-622-6337 or by sending a cheque earmarked for “Syria and Türkiye earthquake” to your local MCC office.

Take the sting out of winter’s chill by joining The Great Winter Warm-up. By the end of 2023, our goal is to donate a grand total of 45,000 blankets to our global neighbors who are dealing with conflict and disaster. Learn more at

Canadian Mennonite University

Consider CMU – “Where faith and community matter.” Virtual open house on Wednesday, February 22, 6:00–7:00 PM CST. Receive a virtual tour of CMU’s campus, ask questions of our Admissions team, and hear from faculty and current students. For information and to register, visit 

Face to Face | Polarization: Get over it! Stories that lead the way – Guest panelists will share examples and stories of how they’ve overcome polarization in big and small ways in their various contexts. Join in-person and livestream on Monday, February 27 at 7:00 PM CST. More information and livestream at 

Xplore: At the Intersection of Faith and Life – Xplore offers life-long learning courses investigating dimensions of the Christian faith, our world, and life in it—all without any assignments or exams! Join one or more of our six courses in-person or online Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings, beginning February 21. For information and to register visit 

Richard Eaton Singers

Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Concert on Friday, March 31, 2023 at 7:30 pm at the Winspear Center. Mendelssohn’s Elijah is undoubtedly one of the greatest choral/orchestral masterpieces of all time. Last performed by Richard Eaton Singers in 2012 to great acclaim, this magnificent choral work has remained enduringly popular with audiences since the first public performance on August 26, 1846. Produced by RES in 1977 and 1981, and in the opening season of the Winspear Centre in 1998. Elijah is beloved by RES choristers, who are excited, once again, to showcase this masterpiece.
Featuring Dr Leonard Ratzlaff as conductor in his final concert in the Winspear as the Music Director of Richard Eaton Singers.
Learn more and get tickets on the Winspear website.

Opera Nuova

Romance, Romance. This delightful pairing of one-act musicals, one classic and one modern, takes a comical and moving look at the mysteries of love. Act I is a delightful romp during turn-of-the-century Vienna, as two wealthy but bored socialites masquerade as impoverished bohemians seeking romance. Act II explores modern affection and disaffection as two married couples share a summer house in the Hamptons. Learn more and buy tickets on the Opera Nuova website.

Russlaender 100 Tour

There are still a few seats available for the third leg of the Memories of Migration: Russlaender 100 Tour. Take in the Rocky Mountains along with author Armin Wiebe, song leader Henry Engbrecht, and tour leaders Henry Paetkau, Ingrid Moehlmann, and me. Enjoy a reflection from renowned writer Rudy Wiebe and learn more about the experiences of the Russlaender in the Soviet Union and Canada. The tour will conclude with a lively concert highlighting music of the “old country” and the new lands where the Russlaender Mennonites settled, and a gathering with the Indigenous community from the Fraser Valley to acknowledge the displacement of the Stó:lō Nation caused by the draining of Sumas Lake.