Tickets for the LMC Christmas banquet, scheduled for Dec 3, are on sale this Sunday, Nov 27. If you are planning to attend, please see Wendy B after the service. She will be set up in the foyer. If you forget your money, please indicate as soon as possible your intention to attend, and/or contact the office during the week. There is some urgency, as the caterers need a final head count by November 30. We would also encourage attendees to purchase an extra ticket or make a small donation to cover the cost for someone who can not afford the meal. The Caring Commission is establishing a list of those for whom the cost is a little too steep.
Also, if you have photos of festive events or winter scenes please contact George Loewen who is assembling a pictorial display for the banquet.
A musical celebration of the 4th Sunday of Advent is being planned for December 18th. You are invited to join the intergenerational choir in preparation for this event—only 3 rehearsals, beginning Wednesday, November 30 @ 7:30pm—a short term commitment and a great opportunity to present special music of the Advent/Christmas season. We especially encourage families and youth to join us. You don’t want to miss this!
In the community
Mennonite Central Committee
Join the MCC Edmonton Thrift Shop team! Apply for the Warehouse Worker position by visiting mcccanada.ca/get-involved/serve/openings/warehouse-worker-mcc-edmonton-thrift-shop.
Choose gifts that change lives with Christmas Giving. Call us at 403-275-6935 or visit mcccanada.ca/christmas to give the gift of hope around the world.
Have yourself a peaceful Christmas. MCC Thrift has put together a free Christmas resource with ideas and tips to make the holiday season a little calmer with the help of your favourite secondhand shop. Get the resource at thrift.mcc.org/peaceful-christmas.
Go deep into a new culture, live out your values and experience growth you never imagined with Serving and Learning Together (SALT). SALT is a year-long program that sends young adults abroad to work with local organizations that MCC partners with. Contact us at 403-275-6935 or visit mcccanada.ca/get-involved/serve/volunteer/salt to learn more.
Preventing and responding to abuse in the church. Listen to the latest episode of Relief, Development, and Podcast at mcccanada.ca/relief-development-podcast or wherever you get your podcasts.
Canadian Mennonite University
Visit CMU Virtually. The next CMU Virtual Open House takes place on November 30 from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM (CST). Expect a virtual tour, live questions and answers with our Admissions team, and a chance to hear from faculty and current students. Visit cmu.ca/virtualopenhouse.
Christmas at CommonWord. Prepare for Advent and Christmas with gift-giving ideas (fair-trade coffee, seasonal books, other books to gift, Indigenous gifts) and church resources. Visit in person (2299 Grant Ave., Winnipeg) or online at commonword.ca. See the online flyer for Christmas sale specials available from November 28 to December 2.
Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols for Advent & Christmas
You are invited to the annual Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols, with performances by the U of A Mixed Chorus and the Faculty of Education Handbell Ringers. The program will be at the Winspear Centre on November 28 at 7:30 pm, and tickets can be purchased for $25 ay the Winspear Box Office. The Festival is a benefit concert for U of A Student Support.
The King’s University
Who is my neighbour? The problem of polarization, and the need for political wisdom. You are invited to the next installment of King’s University’s “Everything Series” public lectures, November 28, 2022 at 7:00 pm. Dr. Jeffrey Dudiak, a professor of Philosophy, will speak on wisdom and the ability to listen to others and take them seriously. For more information and to register, see the website.
Giving Tuesday with King’s. This Giving Tuesday (Nov. 29, 2022), King’s invites you to donate to the Pakitinâsowin Reciprocity Fund, which will provide grants to grassroots Indigenous organizations and initiatives each year. Let’s take action towards reconciliation! To learn more and donate, see the website.
Edmonton and District Council of Churches
No Room In the Inn Campaign 2022. Every year, the EDCC co-ordinates a campaign for a local housing initiative. This year, No Room In the Inn is supporting the Canadian Mental Health Association – Edmonton Region to help them upgrade their old security systems and provide more secure housing for people with mental illness. As we enter the season of giving, consider No Room In the Inn.
Chester Ronning Centre
Augustana Indigenous Speaker Series with Teneil Whiskeyjack. Tuesday, Nov. 29 | 7:30 p.m. Join award-winning actor, playwright, dancer, wellness advocate and mother, Teneil Whiskeyjack, for a discussion centering around the creative process of the making of Ayita, a modern-day creation story meeting Indigenous realities told through text and movement. Learn more and register here.
Canadiation: Impacts of the Doctrine of Discovery
You are invited to the official screening of “Canadiation: Impacts of the Doctrine of Discovery” on December 15 at 7:00 pm at the Garneau Theatre, Edmonton. The film was created by a Treaty 6 Indigenous leader and investigates Canadian national ideology and identity. Find out more details here.
Centre for Transnational Mennonite Studies
After selling over 2,000 copies, CTMS has printed a second edition of Paul Toews’s lectures exploring the history of Mennonites in Ukraine. In light of the current war in Ukraine, we have renamed the book The Mennonite Story in Ukraine: The Heritage Cruise Lectures, and I have added a new essay reflecting on the current situation. Renaming the book is an acknowledgement of how the war has caused a seismic shift in our understanding of this history, while simultaneously creating new challenges for its future.
— Aileen Friesen
Co-director of CTMS
Camp Evergreen 3-on-3 Pond Hockey Tournament: Taking place on January 14th, 2023, our 3-on-3 Hockey Tournament is a fun time for all levels of Hockey Player. Funds raised from the tournament are used to support the ministry of Camp Evergreen. Spectators are welcome to come watch and participate in our silent auction. Don’t forget to bring out the kids, we’ve got stuff planned for them to! Lunch and Supper are provided. To register a team contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camp Evergreen Winterfest Family Camp: Family Day Long Weekend has never looked more fun! This Family Camp is a whole lot of special with a giant dose of fun. You can expect a weekend full of skating, pond hockey, sledding, Jug ‘n’ Jog in the snow, Crokicurl, Redneck Curling, and all of the activities you have come to love. If you love Camp Evergreen in the summer – you are going to love how magical it is in the winter.