Church Family Happenings

 November 17, 2023


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. 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.

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. Tickets for the banquet are $30/person, and will be sold in the church foyer after the service on Sunday, Nov. 19 and Sunday, Nov. 26.

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. 19—Trials and Temptations. Adult Christian Education’s community hermeneutics facilitator, Rob S, helps us discern the full impact of the scripture James 1:1-8.

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

Sunday, Dec. 3— We will meet to dig into questions of faith and church, as we continue our practice of community hermeneutics.

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.

MCC’s Christmas Giving Guide is now available! Give the gift of hope on behalf of your loved ones by purchasing rabbits, bicycles, wells, eco-friendly stoves, sewing machines, music lessons, and much more in support of relief, development and peace. Visit or call us at 403-275-6935 to learn more.

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.

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

Christmas at CMU Back on the CMU campus, this concert event marks the start of the Advent season. Enjoy various CMU music ensembles perform Christmas selections on November 25 at 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM at the CMU campus and via livestream. Visit

Christmas at CommonWord – The Christmas Sale is on from November 25 to December 1. Prepare for the season with gift-giving ideas like fair-trade coffee, Advent/Christmas books, other books to gift, and Indigenous gifts. Visit us online at 

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 East Church 

River East Church invites you to attend ‘Our Journey Towards Inclusion’ on Sunday, November 26that 7:00 pm Manitoba time (6:00 pm in Edmonton). Many people have expressed interest in how River East Church came to its inclusive statement, and we’d like to share that path with you and respond to your questions about it.  On January 20th, our Conference will assemble to determine whether we can remain in the Conference and we invite you to engage with our story in preparation for that assembly.

Join in person at 755 McLeod Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, or click here to join on Zoom. More information can be found at and a recording will be posted on our website after the event.

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.

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.

Mennonite Disaster Service

On the Level: The November edition of On the Level is now available from Mennonite Disaster Service. In our current issue: Ross Penner shares the latest project in Cape Breton; learn about a family’s history of service: and registration is now open for the Annual Celebration in Fresno, California in February. Click here to read more.