Loaves and Fishes is coming up again on Saturday, March 4. Join us for food, fellowship, and fun at the church at 5:00 pm, and bring a potluck dish to share! We will play some games and do Lenten activities.
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 mcccanada.ca/earthquake, by calling 888-622-6337 or by sending a cheque earmarked for “Syria and Türkiye earthquake” to your local MCC office.
Volunteer with MCC Thrift! 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 www.thrift.mcc.org and you’ll be entered to win a $50 MCC Thrift gift card!
Relief, development and podcast. “There [will] always be hope somewhere but now, everything is destroyed. There are still areas that were not affected directly, not destroyed but the people there are destroyed from inside.” An update from MCC staff Petra Antoun in Syria on the aftermath of the earthquakes and how MCC is responding. Link: reliefdevelopmentpodcast.libsyn.com/mcc-responds-to-earthquakes-in-syria-petra-antoun
Canadian Mennonite University
John and Margaret Friesen Lectures – “The Neglected Role of Dutch Mennonite Innovators in the Scientific Revolution and Early Enlightenment” with Dr. Gary K. Waite, PhD, FRSC; Professor Emeritus, Dept. of History, University of New Brunswick. Watch in person or via livestream on Thursday, March 9 at 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM CST. Visit cmu.ca/friesenlectures for more information.
St. George’s Anglican Church
Songs of Hope & Love: 2:30 pm on Sunday, March 5th at St. George’s Anglican Church. Come hear music from Nola Shantz (soprano & piano) and Shawn Grenke (piano & organ), with special guest Alvin Lowrey on the trumpet! Reception to follow.
Chester Ronning Centre
Blog: Don’t Secular-Wash Black People This Black History Month. February has been Black History Month. Check out a blog post from interim director Joseph Wiebe on the religious influences and convictions of well-known Black history-makers in Canada and the US.
Indigenous Speaker Series: Decolonizing Sex and Gender Identities. Tues. March 7, 2023 | 7 p.m. Join us during Augustana’s Pride Week for a panel discussion featuring three Indigenous activists who work to raise awareness about, advocate for, and celebrate Indigenous sexual and gender identities in a cisheteropatriarchal and colonized society. Learn more and register here.
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.
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.