Church Family Happenings

 February 9, 2024

At LMC

All are invited to join us on Shrove Tuesday (Feb. 13) for a pancake supper. Come by the church at 5:30 pm to eat and fellowship together!


Hungering for Hope. Lent starts on February 14, and once again we’re planning 6-weeks of small groups for our church. Everyone is invited to sign up, and then those who are interested will be randomly assigned a group. Last year, over 20 people signed up, and we ran 6 groups, so if you participated last year, you’ll remember what this was like. We will be using the resources written by Mennonite Spiritual Directors of Eastern Canada. Click here to sign up, or talk to Pastor Kevin for more information.


Books from the library for Lent and Easter are now on display in the foyer! If you would like to check out a book, don’t forget to fill out the card in the back and leave it in the basket on the table.


On February 28, join the Lendrum Piecemakers for their Great Winter Warm-Up! Drop in and out between 10 and 3 to help tie quilts for MCC. No prior experience is necessary; if you can tie a knot, you can help! There will be a soup lunch at noon, and coffee after cleanup!


Adult Christian Education meets after the Sunday Worship Service at 11:15 in Fellowship Hall! Here is a look at our upcoming sessions:
Sunday, Feb 11: The Church Evaluation Committee will report this week on the results of the second part of the church evaluation survey, and we’ll also have the opportunity to discuss those results with the pastors.
Sunday, Feb 18: Family Day Long Weekend—no Christian Ed.
Sunday, Feb 25: No Christian Ed—coffee with friends and neighbours

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.

MCC Alberta Relief Sale 2024: We look forward to sharing pie and conversation with you on June 15, 2024 at Bergthal Mennonite Church. For more information, including how to rsvp and how to donate an auction item, visit mcc.org/abreliefsale.

SALT Applications: Young Adults, immerse yourself in a new culture, serve a community, gain real-world skills and grow in ways you never imagined, with MCC’s SALT program!  The best part? MCC covers all your assignment-related costs! Deadline to be guaranteed consideration for SALT 2024/25 is February 15.

Great Winter Warm-up: Throughout the month of February, compassionate people like you are giving the gift of warm comforters to those in need around the world through MCC’s Great Winter Warm-up. Click here to get involved https://mcc.org/get-involved/fundraiser/great-winter-warm-up.


MacEwan University 

Jesus Loves 2SLGBTQ+ People and Here’s Why. In this presentation, Reverend Michael Coren will outline Christian arguments and a scripture-based message for love and equality as well as provide a critique of the hypocrisy and inconsistency of conservative Christianity and its homophobia. This presentation is free and open to the public, thanks to the support from St. Stephen’s College. This event is on February 12 at 5:00 pm in the CN Theatre (Building 5—the farthest East building, on the main floor, room 5-142). 


Camp Evergreen

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 March 5, 2024 at 7:00 pm, Dr. Janet Wesselius will speak on “The Duty and the Danger of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion.” Learn more and register here.


Canadian Mennonite University

Xplore – CMU’s Xplore extended ed program that investigates dimensions of the Christian faith, our world, and life in it—all without assignments or exams! Join one or more in-person or online courses beginning February 20. Register as an individual or host a church watch party. For more information and to register visit cmu.ca/xplore.


CommonWord 

Virtual launch of the “Together in Hope” resource collection for facing the climate crisis. On Thursday, February 29, 7:30 PM (CST) join the members of the MCCanada Climate Action group as they launch a new collection of resources designed to help us walk together to face the climate crisis in hope. Register for the Zoom event at commonword.ca/go/3801.   

If you would like to watch either of the recent book launch panels from CommonWord, the recordings are now on YouTube! 
Watch the release of Rudy Wiebe: Essays on His Works with Margaret Atwood, Rudy Wiebe, and others.
Watch the release of Unburdened: A Lenten Journey toward Forgiveness by Carol Penner. 


Faith Spaces | Safe Spaces 

On February 11th, 1:00-4:30pm, in conjunction with United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week, and during Black History Month, Faith Spaces | Safe Spaces will bring together a growing network of passionate people from diverse spiritual and religious backgrounds who are committed to the work of anti-racism in the Edmonton area. This gathering will include multifaith and intercultural expressions of ceremony, prayer, song, and food. We will also hear from a gifted panel of speakers from different spiritual paths, each sharing their thoughts and experiences about the ways that the teachings, stories, scriptures, and practices of their own spiritual tradition serve to encourage and motivate them in advocating and working for racial justice and inclusion within their faith community and beyond.  
 
Do you want to be part of this movement too? Join us at the Boyle Street Plaza (9538-103A Street, Edmonton) on February 11th. To register for free tickets, please visit the EventBrite Link