Church Family Happenings

 October 6, 2023


You are invited to bring donations for the Edmonton Food Bank as an act of joyful thanksgiving. These will be collected on Sunday, Oct. 8 and Sunday, Oct. 15. Check here for a list of most needed items.

Next Saturday, October 14 at 6:00 pm, the Youth Group will be going to the Edmonton Corn Maze! If you would like more details, please contact Pastor Kevin.

The Lendrum Piecemakers will be quilting at the MCC Thift Store on Wednesday, October 25 from 10-5. They would love to have help in their work! If you can tie knots and would like to contribute to the quilting project, please contact Fran L. for more information.

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, Oct. 8—Thanksgiving Sunday: There will be no Christian Education session on Thanksgiving Sunday. Instead, join us for lunch following the worship service! If you are coming to lunch, please contact the office to give us a sense of numbers to prepare for.

Sunday, Oct. 15—Membership 1: Adrienne W. and Doug Z. lead us through a discussion of what church membership means for us.

Sunday, Oct. 22—War and Violence in the Bible 2: Pastor Sherri will lead us in a continued discussion of her PhD work on how Christians have reckoned with the imagery of war and violence in the Bible.

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

In the community

Mennonite Central Committee

Buckets of Thanks is a way to express your gratitude at thanksgiving by paying it forward with generosity. Each Bucket of Thanks (also known as a relief kit or relief bucket) is a five-gallon pail that’s filled with essential hygiene items and sent to people and families in need around the world. Learn more at

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

In Tune: Finding Harmony in Polarized Communities Save the date! On November 3 & 4, join MCC Alberta for a weekend to engage in conversations around the polarization we are feeling in our congregations and communities. Friday night’s fundraising event features Tareq Haddad, CEO of Peace by Chocolate! Learn more and register here.

Help us promote peace amid polarity with MCC Alberta’s Live In Harmony T-Shirt Design Contest! The winner’s t-shirt will be available at an upcoming conference. Visit Live in Harmony T-shirt Design Contest | Mennonite Central Committee ( to enter.

There are still over 121 acres available to sponsor through Grow Hope this year! Visit Grow Hope | Mennonite Central Committee ( to learn how you can help give security and hope to people suffering from hunger.

Canadian Mennonite University

J.J. Thiessen Lecture – You are invited to hear Dr. Willie James Jennings of Yale Divinity School present his talk entitled, Gathering the pieces that remain: Weaving life together from the fragments of faith, race, and land. October 27 at 7:00 PM in Marpeck Commons or via livestream. Visit the CMU website for details and livestream.

 A Time of Reckoning: Telling the CMU Story – Join a two-day symposium on October 27 and 28. Featuring short reflections and dialogue with CMU faculty, alumni, and church voices, participants will investigate what CMU is today and where it’s going in light of its mission. More details and free registration here.

Bridge Building Ministries 

Soup and Bannock Lunches. Soup and Bannock Friday noon lunches resume Friday October 13 at Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society in the gym. All community members are welcome to join. It is an opportunity to bring Indigenous and settler people together, to break bread together and get to know each others’ stories.

A Common Word Interfaith Dialogue. The Annual Christian-Muslim ACWAB (A Common Word Alberta) interfaith dialogue is happening Saturday October 28. Learn more and register here. 

The King’s University

Silent Auction & Dessert Reception. Join us for an evening of desserts, drinks, silent auction, and live ambient music as we fundraise for student scholarships, Saturday, October 14, 7:00 pm at Supreme Steel.

A Theology of Peace and Justice: A Palestinian Perspective. The Micah Centre at The King’s University would like to invite all of you to an evening of learning and conversation on Thursday, October 12 at King’s (N102) at 7 PM. Palestinian theologian and pastor Munther Isaac will be presenting a theology of ‘prophetic peacemaking’ from his unique perspective as a Bethlehem-based pastor, scholar, and teacher deeply involved in the issues facing the contemporary Palestinian church.
Dr. Munther Isaac is a Palestinian Christian pastor and theologian. He pastors the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem and the Lutheran Church in Beit Sahour. He is also the academic dean of Bethlehem Bible College, and is the director of the highly acclaimed and influential Christ at the Checkpoint conferences.

Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers

You are invited to EMCN’s RISE awards!
Date:  Friday, October 13, 2023
Time:  6:00 PM
Venue:  Edmonton Convention Centre, 9797 Jasper Ave NW, Edmonton
Attire:  Semi-formal, Cultural | Look your Best

RISE stands for Recognizing Immigrant Success in Edmonton. It is a signature event celebrating equity, diversity, and inclusion in our great city. In addition to the award nominees, it is attended by representatives from all orders of government, leaders of industry and civil society, and engaged community members in an atmosphere that fosters allyship with newcomers and immigrants in Edmonton.

We will be recognizing the accomplishments of individuals and businesses who are building stronger and more equitable communities. The RISE Awards will inspire you with award presentations to distinguished community members in an atmosphere enriched with culture, musical performances, an intercultural dinner buffet, and a lively dance to close out the party.

Learn more and buy tickets here.