Church Family Happenings

 June 7, 2024

At LMC

Adult Christian Education meets after the Sunday Worship Service at 11:15 in Fellowship Hall!
Here is a look at our upcoming sessions:
Sunday, June 9: No Christian Education due to the AGM Part 2
Sunday, June 16: Pastor Kevin and Pastor Sherri will jointly wrap-up their discussions on violence and non-violence.
Sunday, June 23: Virginia D will lead a conversation on summer plans, and we’ll end early (at noon) to join the kids and youth for popsicles on the front lawn!

The Facilities Commission will be hosting a Work Bee on June 8, starting at 9:00 am. Come help out with some cleaning and repairs around the church and enjoy some fellowship with your church family at the same time!


The Facilities Commission is seeking someone to help out with some of the janitorial duties around the church. For more information, email facilities@lendrumchurch.ca or call Abe T.


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


In the community

Mennonite Central Committee

75 years of MCC in Palestine and Israel: This spring – amid unimaginable destruction in Gaza and as Palestinians mark the 76th anniversary of what is known in Arabic as the Nakba, or Catastrophe, we invite you on a photographic journey through the history of MCC’s work in this region. May we hold this history and the 75 years of MCC’s service in our hearts as we continue to live into MCC’s mission of working for peace and justice. We also invite you to pray with us for the people of Israel and Palestine. Here is a link to a prayer developed by MCC.

RSVP for the Relief Sale on June 15: The Relief Sale at Bergthal Mennonite Church is fast approaching! Please RSVP at mcc.org/abreliefsale to help our planning committee provide food for all attendees.

Pow-Wow Prep 101, June 13: Curious about attending a pow-wow? Not sure if you should? Uncertain about what to expect? Join Mennonite Church Alberta’s Pow-wow Prep 101 Zoom call. June 13, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Email bridgebuilding@mcab.ca or communications@mcab.ca for the zoom link.

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: Join us this summer to GO the distance! We welcome you to support MCC’s work of relief, development and peace by engaging your peers in fundraising. If you’re ready to partner with us to enhance lives and livelihoods globally, visit mcc.org/abgo100.

Grow Hope:164 acres (of a total of 344) still need sponsors. Support our AB farmers who donate time and land to feed people around the world through MCC. 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!


Bridge Building Ministries

June 10,  6:00-9:00: A Common World Alberta will be hosting an interfaith event at Al Rashid Mosque to learn together from the co-authors of “The Wall Between.”  The authors say the following about the goal of their book:  Amidst the current grief, trauma, and pain and the intense expressions of distrust, enmity, and hate between the Jewish and Palestinian communities in the Diaspora, what can be done to bring North American Palestinian and Jewish communities together?  A lot according to Raja Khouri and Jeffrey Wilkinson in their new book, The Wall Between: What Jews and Palestinians Don’t Want to Know about Each Other. Join Raja and Jeff in a frank discussion about what we must do.”  Register on Eventbrite here.

June 13, 6:30-8:00: Bridgbuilding with Mennonite Church Alberta is offering a Powwow Prep 101 by zoom.  Summer time is Powwow season, and and opportunity for us to get to know our Indigenous neighbours.  Suzanne Gross, MCA Bridge Building Facilitator, and Ruth Bergen Braun, an Indigenous ally and photographer, will host this evening.  Although not Indigenous, they will be sharing what they have learned from their Indigenous friends. Learn some pow-wow history, what to expect when you attend, get an introduction to the various dance styles and more. Special guest pow-wow dancers have been invited. Join the Zoom Meeting here.

Beneath Ancient Roots, Along Winding Routes: All are invited to join together to remember the plight of the refugees in our world on Wednesday, June 19 in City Hall at 4:30 pm. Come hear stories of refugees as we recognize World Refugee Day and Indigenous Peoples Day together.


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.


Sombrilla

Sombrilla International Development Society, together with Alfie Myher and the musical group “Take 5” invite you to an afternoon of music, food and learning at the Edmonton Ukrainian Center (11018 – 97 St) on Sunday 3:00 pm, June 9, 2024. This is a fundraiser to support CAL (Computer Assisted Learning) in Honduras. The CAL program breaks down barriers to education by annually providing a means for 700+ Hondurans of all ages to continue their education. Many of these would be excluded from education beyond grade six. CAL was developed under Canadian Peacemakers International. Effective January 1, 2024 the program was migrated from CPI to Sombrilla. A critical element in the transition has been to ensure that the integrity and delivery of the CAL program is maintained. 
 
The ticket cost is $15 and these are available by contacting Wendy B.

Canadian Justice and Peace in the Middle East

Readers Theatre of “Souls”,  Saturday June 15, 2024 at 7:30 pm Ukrainian Center 11018 97 St.  

The local CJPME (Canadian Justice and Peace in the Middle East) Edmonton chapter is organizing a readers theatre presentation of the drama “Souls.”   Former North Edmonton Ministries worker, Donna Entz was instrumental in supporting the writing and production of this drama, including as part of the Fringe Festival several years back.
In the current context of the heartwrenching situation in Gaza, the story of “Souls” continues to speak to the issue of both Jewish and Palestinian trauma.  
If you have not yet seen this play, here is your chance.  Or if you have, consider seeing it again from the current perspective of our time.

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