Church Family Happenings

 January 12, 2024


Join us for Loaves and Fishes on Saturday, January 20 @ 4:00 pm at the church. This gathering is open to those of all ages who would like to engage with church in a more relational and creative way. We’ll connect with food, singing and reflective activities. Please bring food to share for a potluck. Questions? Contact Aimee R.

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.

Adult Christian Education meets after the Sunday Worship Service at 11:15 in Fellowship Hall! Here is a look at our upcoming session:
Sunday, Jan. 14—War and Violence IV: Pastor Sherri continues to lead us in a discussion related to her PhD thesis. “War and violence surface time and again throughout the Bible—even in the New Testament depiction of Mary! How did first-century Christians understand this imagery as descriptive of the life of faith?”

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 to learn more and give.
You can continue to participate in MCC’s advocacy campaign here.

Save the Date! MCC Alberta is excited to announce the date for the 2024 Relief Sale. We look forward to sharing pie and conversation with you on June 15, 2024 at Bergthal Mennonite Church. 

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

River East Church 

On January 14 at 7:00 pm in Winnipeg (6:00 pm in Edmonton), River East Church will be hosting “The Story of REC’s Biblical & Theological Foundations for Inclusion.” All are invited to join on Zoom to learn more about how River East became an inclusive church. If you would like to watch and discuss the event with friends, some LMC members are meeting in Room 505 to watch together, and anyone is welcome to join them.

Camp Evergreen

Pond Hockey Tournament.Due to the extreme cold, the 3 on 3 Pond Hockey Fund Raiser, originally set for Jan 13, 2024, is now postponed and is being scheduled for Feb 3, 2024 at Camp Evergreen. So any players looking forward to a little on-ice hockey action, please contact Abe T. You are welcome to of course bring your families for a day of fun and camp food. Donations can be made to Camp Evergreen, for the Campers Aid Fund, helping those kids attend camp that otherwise would not be able to afford coming to camp. Donations of course are not limited to the players but are welcome from all.

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 Feb. 6, 2024 at 7:00 pm, we’ll hear from Morẹ́nikẹ́ Ọláòṣebìkan on the topic of traditional African medicine, decolonizing medical practice, and culturally inclusive care. How might the philosophical foundations underpinning traditional African medicine intersect with the principles of evidence-based medicine? Learn more and register here.

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 for more information.

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


CommonWord is hosting two book launches of interest in the next month! On Jan. 25 at 6:30 (AB time), you can watch an online panel conversation about Rudy Wiebe’s work and influence, launching the essay collection Rudy Wiebe: Essays on His Works. You can find more information on the book and a link to the livestream here.
On Feb. 1 at 6:30 (AB time), join Carol Penner on Zoom as she launches Unburdened: A Lenten Journey toward Forgiveness. Find more information on that book online here.