Church Family Happenings

 November 10, 2023


Who wants to go to a hockey game? The Edmonton Oil Kings are inviting churches to their Faith and Fun Night on Friday, January 19. Tickets for our group will be discounted to $20, but we need to book soon. This is a great chance for people of all ages to enjoy time together. So, if you like hockey, or if you want to connect with others from the church, please let the church office know by Sunday, November 12.

Mark Your Calendars for the next Loaves & Fishes, Saturday, November 18 from 4:00-7:00 pm at the church. We’ll be making Kub Kars in preparation for a Kub Kar rally at the church Christmas banquet. Come with your creativity and best design ideas to make your own Kub Kar (all supplies will be provided). We’ll also have a potluck, so please bring some food to share. Questions? Connect with Pam O.

Te Deum Singers present “For Unto Us a Child is Born”, a concert of choral music on Saturday, November 25, 7:00 pm and Sunday, November 26 at 2:00 pm. The concert includes Christmas music, including Telemann’s Cantata Uns Ist Ein Kind Geboren, conducted by Diana Wiens, accompanied by Loretta Dueck and chamber orchestra.
Admission is free with donations gratefully accepted to cover costs.

Save the date: Saturday, December 2, 2023 will be the Lendrum Christmas Banquet. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy a wonderful evening of food, music, and stories.

Welcome to the 2023/2024 program of Adult Christian Education at Lendrum Mennonite Church! This ten-month schedule is presented after the Worship Service on most Sundays, getting underway at 11:15 and winding up at noon. Here is a look at our upcoming sessions:

Sunday, Nov. 12—No Sunday School: We will not have classes this week, as it is Peace Sunday and the long weekend. However, all are welcome to join us for a potluck following the service!

Sunday, Nov. 19—This week, we will meet to dig into questions of faith and church as a community, led by Rob S.

Sunday, Nov. 26—What’s New at the Library: Anne F. will show off some new arrivals at the library!

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

In the community

Mennonite Central Committee

Palestine and Israel Conflict Response: In the midst of increased violence and devastation in Gaza, MCC-partner Al-Najd Developmental Forum (Al-Najd), is focusing its energy on how they can best aid their neighbors. Despite the incredible danger around them, Al-Najd has distributed bedding and emergency food rations to more than 230 families. Learn more about MCC’s response in Palestine and Israel and how you can support our local partners working in Gaza.

Click here to join MCC in calling for an end to violence and a just resolution in Palestine.

Relief, Development, and Podcast—An update from Palestine and Israel: MCC’s representatives in Jerusalem join the podcast to provide some important context for the recent escalation in violence in the Middle East and to share how MCC’s partners are responding. Pastor Ashraf Tannous also shares a powerful message to Western Christians, along with a prayer. Listen here.

Donor Appreciation Night, Nov. 16: All are invited to a donor appreciation evening at Edmonton First Mennonite Church at 7pm, hosted by the Executive Directors of MCC Canada and MCC Alberta. Hear stories from MCC representatives from Colombia and Nepal! Refreshments and a chance to engage in discussion with our guests.

Nov. 16, Noon: Edmonton Area Leader’s Lunch! Pastors, admins, church chairpersons….you are invited to an MCC pizza lunch at First Mennonite Church. Come hear MCC workers from Nepal and Colombia talk about development and adapting to changes in climate. MCC Canada Executive Director, Ric Cober Bauman and MCC Alberta Executive Director, Ryan Siemens will be there to engage in discussion. Please RSVP to

Circles of Support and Accountability Program is in need of volunteers to work with people who have left prison and are reintegrating into society. If you’re interested in helping and can commit 1-2 hours per week, please contact CoSA Coordinator Ken Grahlman at

Canadian Mennonite University

CMU Discover Weekend. Do you live outside Winnipeg and want to sample CMU? Come to our Discover Weekend on November 17-18. Tour the CMU campus, visit a class, meet professors and current students, take part in a Winnipeg excursion, experience student life by staying in residence, eating in the cafeteria, and more. Visit 

CommonWord Book Launch. Join authors Sarah Augustine and Sheri Hostetler for the launch of So We and Our Children May Live as they offer hope for a better future alongside concrete actions for joining with Indigenous Peoples to protect life and advocate for sustainable change that follows Jesus. November 10 at 7:00 PM (CST), In person and via livestream. Visit

Face2Face at CMU | This Event is Generated by Artificial Intelligence: Conversations with ChatGPT – You are invited on November 15 at 7:00 PM (CST) at Marpeck Commons or via livestream for an opportunity to learn and gain a deeper understanding of the uses, opportunities, and ethical concerns of generative AI’s role in our rapidly changing world. Visit for more information. 

Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols for Advent & Christmas

Winspear Centre – Monday, December 4, 7:30 p.m.
U of A Mixed Chorus, Adam Robertson, Director; Handbells, Jackie Malcolm Director
Marnie Giesbrecht & Joachim Segger, Organists
All Seats:  $25 (plus $5 service chg.)
Winspear Box Office:  (780) 428-1414
Sponsors:  U of A Interfaith Chaplains & Mixed Chorus, and U of A and The King’s University Departments of Music
Benefit – U of A Campus Food Bank

First Mennonite Church

First Mennonite Church Christmas Craft Fair and Bake Sale
Sat. Nov. 25, 2023, 3650 – 91 Street NW (Wheelchair Accessible)
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Free Admission! Handmade Crafts, Bake Sale, Cookie Walk, Cinnamon Bun and Coffee Café, and hot dogs for lunch.
Bring your own shopping bags and be entered into a Christmas prize draw.
First Mennonite proceeds go to our Refugee Fund.
For more information call 780-436-3431.

River West Church

Flood & Fury Event. How do we understand a God and Scripture that seems to endorse genocide, murder, and pillaging in the Old Testament? On Dec. 2 at 7:00 pm at River West Church, all are invited to hear a lecture from Dr. Matthew Lynch, author of Flood and Fury: Old Testament Violence and the Shalom of God, on one of the difficult questions of our faith. The lecture will be followed by a short Q & A opportunity and light refreshments.

Edmonton Interfaith Housing Society

Let’s Talk Affordable Rent: As religious and spiritual communities in Edmonton, we’ve all experienced the effects of rising rent for our members, our neighbours, and ourselves. But what can we do? On Thursday, November 16 at 9 am at LMC, join Edmonton’s religious and spiritual communities for an informative and engaging discussion about issues affecting rental rates in our city, and how we can respond. Whether you’re a tenant, a landholder, or simply interested in the topic, this event is for you! Find out more and reserve a spot here.

Richard Eaton Singers

Messiah — Continuing the tradition of an RES & ESO co-production. Handel’s Messiah is a winter seasonal favourite. Tracing the life of Jesus Christ in three sweeping sections to bring you comfort and joy. Performances will be at the Winspear Centre, Dec. 8 and 9 at 7:30 PM.

Tickets for RES events can be purchased from the Winspear Centre Box Office.

The King’s University

Quandries Public Lecture Series. On the first Tuesday of every month, Dr. Jeff Dudiak hosts a public lecture series about contemporary moral dilemmas. On Dec. 5 at 7:00 pm, come out for refreshments and to hear from Cheryl Whiskeyjack  on the topic “Allyship in an age of appropriation.” How can we do Reconciliation better? Learn more and register here.

Camp Evergreen

Pond Hockey Tournament. On January 13, join our 14th annual 3 on 3 Pond Hockey Fundraiser! Bring your friends and come lace up the skates to support Camp Evergreen’s campership aid fun and send more kids to camp.

Winterfest Family Camp. February 16-18, join us for Winterfest Family Camp, a 2-night camp designed specifically for families. Camp includes wide games, fireside, chapel times, worship through music, skating, snowshoeing, and all of our amazing activities. Come connect with other families, explore creation, and grow in your faith.

No Room in the Inn Campaign

A Safe Place. This year, the Edmonton & District Council of Churches’ No Room In the Inn Campaign is supporting A Safe Place, a facility in Sherwood Park for those escaping intimate or family violence. Funds from the campaign will go specifically to fixing their roof, which is in need of significant repair. You can donate directly to A Safe Place by sending them a cheque to Box 3282, Sherwood Park, AB T8H 2T2, with “No Room In the Inn” in the memo line.