Church Family Happenings

 November 24, 2023

At LMC

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.

All are invited to join the Intergenerational Christmas Choir! We’ll be preparing songs for the Advent 4 Choral service on Dec. 17. Rehearsals will be on Wednesdays at 7 pm, starting Nov. 29. Come out and sing with us!

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. 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. 26—What’s New at the Library: Anne F updates us on What’s New in the LMC Library, including a demonstration of the WEBOPAC, an easy-to-use feature to help you search the stacks for your holiday reading material, including our excellent selection of children’s titles. 

Sunday, Dec. 3— Once more, Rob S tickles our curiosity and our collective discernment with another session of community hermeneutics. Come prepared to listen and think and share.

Sunday, Dec. 10—Pastor Sherri GT, in her third installment, takes us on a fascinating tour of Biblical War and Violence.


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 mcc.org/christmas or call us at 403-275-6935 to learn more.

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 kengrahlman@mccab.ca.

Buckets of Thanks Update: A group of churches in La Crete packed 756 relief buckets and they have now arrived in Ontario ready to be shipped to people in need! If collecting items and packing kits sounds like something you and your church, small group or Sunday school would be interested in call Linda at 403-275-6935.


Canadian Mennonite University

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 commonword.ca. 


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

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.

At LMC, a group will be getting together to watch together and discuss the event on Sunday evening. Join the group in Room 505 at 6:00 pm to learn together! If you would rather watch from home, click here to join on Zoom. More information can be found at https://rivereastchurch.ca/ 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

Giving Tuesday. Donate to Camp Evergreen during their Giving Tuesday fundraiser, and your name will be submitted for some fun door prizes! Learn more on their website. 

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.