Church Family Happenings

 March 17, 2023


From the library: Children’s library books on Easter are on display in the library. Also, books on the Polish Mennonites in the Werder, featured on the library bulletin board, are available, in support of the March 26th Sunday School presentation.

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.

On Easter Sunday, we will have paska and buns before the worship service. If you are planning to attend this breakfast, please sign up here so that we have enough food.

In the community

Mennonite Central Committee

Support your Alberta MCC Thrift shop and Material Resources on Saturday, March 25! All Thrift Shop proceeds will be going towards Material Resources and the essential work the program does in responding to those affected by war and natural disaster.

On the ground in Afghanistan. This Easter, you can help provide literacy classes that will help women learn how to read and write at

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. 

Mennonite Disaster Service

The March edition of On the Level is now available from Mennonite Disaster Service. In our current issue: Director of Canadian Operations Ross Penner shares about the work of MDS in Cape Breton; Columbia Bible College students get an unexpected surprise in Paradise, California; and a home dedication in Kentucky provides visible reminders that God cares. Click on this link to read more:

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.

Edmonton Interfaith Housing Society

The Edmonton Interfaith Housing Society encourages you to join them and participate in a province-wide Rally for Housing. On March 24 at 2:00 pm, join the rally at the Legislature Building to help push for a long-term plan to address homelessness in Alberta. You can also sign their petition and learn more about the Interfaith Housing Society’s ideas for addressing homelessness 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. Learn more and register here.

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.