Church Family Happenings

 July 21, 2023


The Discipleship Commission invites you to participate in our Mennonite Beach Book Festival this summer! Get familiar with your church library, track your summer reading, and share your favourite summer reads with others. Throughout the summer, the library will have a table of recommendations available in the foyer, but as always, we encourage you to check out the library downstairs for anything that catches your eye.

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

In the community

Mennonite Central Committee

Thank you for your support, Alberta! The MCC Relief Tour and Online Auction was a big success. With so many great conversations, so much learned, $21,025 raised in the auction, and more generous donations counting from the Tour events, we’re deeply grateful for you.

GO!100 with us this summer and make a difference! Raise support among your peers for the work of MCC locally and around the world by setting a goal for your favourite summer activity! Register here

MCC Alberta staff have joined GO!100 to pack 100 hygiene kits. Find their participant page and lend your support here: MCC Alberta’s GO!100 2023 – Team MCC Alberta – Canadahelps

For $45, you can provide one person with long-term access to clean and safe drinking water. Learn more and donate: Donate | MCC Canada

Enter the School Kit Challenge. Help 10,000 kids attend school by donating 10,000 school kits during the month of August. Whether you donate one or 100 school kits, every donation helps! Learn more here.

Camp Evergreen

There’s still room in some camps! There are still spots available in two Base Camps: Sparks and Ignite 2. There are also some spots in the Out-trip Adventure and Roughin’ It camps, as well as in the Pit Crew Camps. Learn more and register for camp here!

Campership Aid. We often get asked why camp prices are so high. Inflation and the cost of doing camp has risen exponentially over the last few years. To keep camp sustainable, we had to make a change. What hasn’t changed is our commitment to see all campers come to camp regardless of being able to afford it. How do we subsidize camp programs for those campers? Amazing donors who support our Campership Aid program. This year we will need nearly $50,000 to cover camp costs for kids who can’t afford it. Would you consider becoming a donor? Learn more and donate here.

Bridge Building Ministries, Mennonite Church AB

Opportunities for “Showing up” with our Indigenous neighbours this summer:

As we live into our commitment to live in Good and Right relationships with our Indigenous neighbours, we have numerous opportunities in July and August to join in Indigenous—led activities. I would invite us to consider joining some of these together as a Mennonite community of fellow travelers in this land. Below are two opportunities for us to add to our local stories/experiences of connection.

Tuesday, July 25: Annual pilgrimage and blessing of the lake at Lac St. Anne, one hour outside of Edmonton. This pilgrimage attracts Indigenous Catholics from far and wide. Leaving at 9:00 AM and returning at 2:00 PM. Food trucks on site.

Saturday August 19: St. Albert Poundmakers Pow-wow. Arrive at 12:30 in time for the 1:00 Grand Entry.

Please call or text or email me if you are interested in joining together: 780 700 4667,  We can organize car pooling, etc.

Mennonite Disaster Service

The July edition of On the Level is now available from Mennonite Disaster Service. In our current issue: Ross Penner tells about some MDS volunteers who went the second mile; learn about an MDS family project bringing a new look to a campground in Wyoming; hear from a long-time project director talk about why he continues to serve with MDS. Read more here.

No Room at the Inn

Each Christmas, the No Room in the Inn (NRII) multi-denomination ministry gives funding for a different project providing or improving Edmonton and area housing for the disadvantaged. In 2022 over $46,000 was raised to support a Canadian Mental Health Association Edmonton Region project. If an organization that you participate in has a housing-related project that qualifies for this ministry, please submit an application! For more information, you can contact Larry Wright at or 780-419-3224. The deadline for applications has been extended to August 1, 2023.