Church Family Happenings

 March 10, 2023


The Widows and Widowers’ group will meet this week on Wednesday at 1:30 pm at the church.

You are invited to participate in a MennoMedia project celebrating the 500th anniversary of Anabaptism: the Anabaptist Community Bible Project. If you’re interested in studying scripture together with a small group and creating notes and reflections to go into a study Bible, sign up here or contact the office. Lendrum will register as many groups as we have interest for.  The deadline to sign up is March 26, so we have time to create groups and register by April 1. Learn more about the Anabaptism at 500 projects on their website.

In the community

Mennonite Central Committee

MCC is accepting donations to support people affected by the Feb. 6 earthquake in Türkiye and Syria. MCC is working with long-term partners in Aleppo and surrounding areas to provide emergency food, shelter, hygiene, sanitation supplies and trauma counselling. In a country already vulnerable from years of conflict, this was a devastating blow. You can share God’s love and compassion with our global neighbours by providing a gift online at, by calling 888-622-6337 or by sending a cheque earmarked for “Syria and Türkiye earthquake” to your local MCC office.

MCC responds to earthquakes in Syria. “We are only beginning to see the enormity of this disaster,” says Garry Mayhew, an MCC representative for Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. “The sheer numbers of lives lost, injured and displaced are overwhelming, and numbers will continue to grow in the days ahead.”

‘Women Talking’ and peacemaking. “One of the central tenets of the Christian faith is to love both our neighbour and our enemy. But how? That is the question the characters in Women Talking wrestle with. It is also the question I face. How do we love ourselves, our neighbours and God, even in the face of incredible harm? What does that challenge mean for our lives, here and now?” Read Peace & Justice Office co-director Anna Vogt’s reflection on the Academy Award-nominated film, Women Talking.

Due to renovations, Material Resources will not be able to accept donations between March 31 and April 30. Thank you for all your support! For more information, please contact Linda Dickinson at 403.275.6935 or

April is volunteer appreciation month! Whether it’s sorting, pricing, or working at the cash register, volunteers are a vital part of MCC Thrift Shops. Become a volunteer in Taber, Edmonton, Lethbridge, or Calgary by filling out an interest form at and you’ll be entered to win a $50 MCC Thrift gift card!

Canadian Mennonite University

CMU Open House: At our place or from your place. In person open house takes place on Tuesday, March 28, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM; virtual open house takes place on Wednesday, March 29, 6:00–7:00 PM CDT. Receive a campus tour, ask questions of our Admissions team, and hear from faculty and current students. Visit to register. 

Christian Medical & Dental Association

You are invited to attend a talk by Larry Worthen at LMC on March 16 at 7:00 pm. He will be speaking on MAiD. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by emailing

Canadian Scientific & Christian Affiliation

Science as a Barrier to the Gospel? Navigating the Complexities. At River West Christian Church on March 23 at 7:30 pm, you are invited to come to a lecture by Arnold E Sikkema. Sikkema is a Professor of Physics at Trinity Western, and his talk will address many of the misconceptions about science and faith prevalent in the church and in popular culture. Find out more on the CSCA website.

Chester Ronning Centre

An Evening with G. Willow Wilson. Mon. March 20, 2023 | 7 p.m. Muslim writer and convert, G. Willow Wilson—relauncher of the famous Ms. Marvel series, now a TV series on Disney+—is coming to Camrose.  We will have the unique opportunity to hear from Wilson about the importance of religious representation in popular culture and her experience writing her memoir, fiction, and comic books for Marvel and D.C. Learn more and register here. 

The King’s University

Everything Series: What Makes a People? “How does a random gathering of persons with different interests, representing different class, race, and gender particularities, become a people?” Professor of Theology Stephen W. Martin examines this question and relates it back to the work of the church in his public lecture on March 21, 2023 at 7:00 pm. Dr. Martin’s current research is on contemporary political theologies.

Camp Evergreen

Ladies’ Retreat. Camp Evergreen’s Ladies Retreat is a perfect way to unplug and get away from the busy bustle of everyday life. It’s a perfect weekend to join friends in our rustic setting and find time for renewal. The retreat is full of delicious meals, optional adventures on our many activities and beautiful nature trails to walk on. Women ages 16 and up are invited to Camp from March 31-April 2. Find out more and register on the website.

Richard Eaton Singers

Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Concert on Friday, March 31, 2023 at 7:30 pm at the Winspear Center. Mendelssohn’s Elijah is undoubtedly one of the greatest choral/orchestral masterpieces of all time. Last performed by Richard Eaton Singers in 2012 to great acclaim, this magnificent choral work has remained enduringly popular with audiences since the first public performance on August 26, 1846. Produced by RES in 1977 and 1981, and in the opening season of the Winspear Centre in 1998. Elijah is beloved by RES choristers, who are excited, once again, to showcase this masterpiece.
Featuring Dr Leonard Ratzlaff as conductor in his final concert in the Winspear as the Music Director of Richard Eaton Singers.
Learn more and get tickets on the Winspear website.