Church Family Happenings

 June 28, 2024

At LMC

Christian Education is finished for the summer! Enjoy your summer vacation, and we’ll see you again in September for classes for all ages. Worship services will continue as usual!

On July 21, there will be an Inter-Mennonite service at First Mennonite Church (3650 91 St. NW) at 10:45 am. Like last summer, this service is organized by MCC, and Mennonite churches from across the city are invited. There will be no service at LMC on the 21st, so join us instead at First Mennonite for fellowship and worship, with coffee to follow.

On Sun, July 7, LMC will provide and distribute 100 bag lunches to community members out of Bissell Centre. Inner City Pastoral Ministry provides bag lunches on Sunday mornings because there are fewer food options available for folks in the area. You can be involved through donating items/money for food, packing the lunch bags on July 6, and/or distributing them on July 7. Please contact Linda G for more details.

If you would like to donate non-perishables, please drop off the following items in the box located near the mail slots in the foyer by July 5: bottled water, juice boxes (pure juice preferred), breakfast bars or protein bars (not granola bars), packs of peanut butter/cheese/tuna/chicken and crackers, individual chip bags (28g, not 16g), large tin of coffee, large can of creamer, 4 kg bag of sugar.


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


In the community

Mennonite Central Committee

MCC Alberta Relief Sale:MCC Alberta’s 2024 Relief Sale by the numbers:
-More than 90 volunteers, putting in more than 187 hours
-Over 400 in attendance
-$103k in donations for relief, development and peace.
​​​A special thank you to our food and beverage vendors including C & C Quality Meats, Villages Calgary, Star Produce and Chronicle Coffee. 
Your presence, your hard work and your generosity made our 2024 Relief Sale a  success.  Thank you all!  We look forward to seeing you all again next year!

SALT Update: Three young adults from Alberta will be participating in MCC’s SALT program in the coming year.  SALTers (young adults aged 18-30) spend a year being immersed in a new culture as they serve a community through one of MCC’s international partners.  Please pray for Anjali (Egypt), Micah (Indonesia) and Kate (Nepal) as they prepare to step into their assignments in August.

Buckets of Comfort: MCC Alberta has been blessed with an abundance of comforters and we want to share those gifts. By donating $65, one comforter will be given to the Mustard Seed in Calgary and supplies will be purchased for one Relief kit. Each gift gives twice! Please donate through Cash for Kits online or call the office at (403) 275-6935 before July 15.

MCC Alberta Golf Classic, September 6: The MCC Alberta Golf Classic is back! Gather a team and join us for this 18-hole scramble at Eagle Rock Golf Course near Leduc to raise awareness and support for MCC’s relief, development and peace work. Register before Aug 7 for the best rates. A team discount is available. All registration closes Aug 28.
Not a golfer? Join us for the luncheon and program that follows the tournament to hear about MCC’s work and the ways you can partner with us! Register at mcc.org/abgolf24.
Early bird rates (before Aug 7): $500 team, $150 individual
Regular Rate (Aug 7-Aug 28): $600 team, $175 individual
Meal only (non-golfer): $40

Interested in sponsoring the MCC Alberta Golf Classic? Have questions about the tournament? Contact Rebecca at rebeccaschnell@mccab.ca or call (403) 275-6935.

GO!100, May 24 to August 30: What are you doing for your GO!100 project? We want to see! Please share your photos with us before July 5 and you will be featured in our GO!100 video. Visit mcc.org/abgo100 to register or to support a participant.

Grow Hope: Support our AB farmers who donate time and land to support food and livelihoods around the world. You can sponsor input costs ($350.00/acre suggested but any amount helps) and at harvest, proceeds are donated and matched up to 4-1 through the government and the Canadian Foodgrains bank for MCC’s food projects around the world. Learn more and give on the MCC website!


Mennonite Disaster Services

Join MDS and respond to wildfire in Shuswap, B.C. this September! Sign up to volunteer for a week and help rebuild a home lost to wildfire. Construction experience not required. To learn more and sign up, visit mds.org/canadian-opportunities or call Clara at 1-866-261-1274.


MennoMedia

Celebrate 500 years of Anabaptism with the Anabaptist Community Bible! This study Bible features commentary from 60 Anabaptist scholars, biblical insights from 16th-century Anabaptists, and marginal notes from nearly 600 study groups from Anabaptists around the globe (including a group from LMC). The Anabaptist Community Bible uses the Common English Bible (CEB) translation. You can find out more about the project here, and pre-order a copy from CommonWord.


Edmonton and District Council of Churches

No Room in the Inn Proposals: No Room In the Inn appeals to the people of Edmonton and area churches at Christmas time to think about those living in our community who do not have adequate, appropriate or safe housing in which to live. The churches and their members are invited to contribute to the campaign. If your agency has a project that you would like propose to the NRII Committee, contact the office for information about how to make a proposal to the EDCC.


A Rocha Alberta

A Rocha’s mission is to ‘contribute to a hope-filled world where communities flourish as people and nature thrive together’. If that description fits your mission, please join us for a Garden Gathering at the King’s University Community Garden on July 3, 2024. This event will provide an opportunity for you to connect with like-minded individuals interested in practical creation care work in and around Edmonton. It will also be a time to learn (more) about the land recently gifted to the King’s University and contribute to a conversation about stewarding it well.

A little about the donated land: The King’s University approved the acceptance of a land donation from the Larson family on March 23, 2024. This donation is being brokered through the Edmonton Area Land Trust (EALT) and is still in progress. The University has identified over 30 courses that could have varying degrees of connection/interaction with the land. initial plans are to establish a field station for research on the land.

A Rocha Alberta is excited to learn how they can work alongside The King’s University. Come to our Garden Gathering to learn more!

Garden Gathering : Where-King’s University Community Garden
                                    When -July 3, 2024 6-8pm. 
                                     RSVP by emailing joannevdg62@gmail.com


Chester Ronning Centre

Lunch & Learn: Gender, Race, and Respectability in 1870s Manitoba Newspapers: In this Lunch & Learn, postdoctoral fellow, Shelisa Klassen, talked about her research into these newspapers, from a settler colonial analysis of gender, race and religion. If you missed it, you can watch it here!

The Good of Difficult Conversations. Explore the complexities of navigating tough discussions on Gaza’s crisis in academia and beyond. This article delves into civil discourse, power dynamics, and the quest for a greater good, urging empathy, active listening, and meaningful action. Read it here.

Philosopher’s Café Series: The Liberal Genius: “The central liberal truth is that politics can change a culture and save it from itself.,” so said Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. What has been the gifts of the liberal political perspective since its inception in the 17th century? Has it lost its way? Where are liberals to be found? Join us on Thursday, July 4 at 1:30 pm at Fox & Fable in Camrose. David Goa, Founding Director of the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion & Public Life, will open up our conversation.