Church Family Happenings

 September 22, 2023


Lendrum Piecemakers has started up again! Do you like sewing, spending time with friends, and making a difference? Come join the quilting team on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 to make comforters for MCC and enjoy fellowship with each other. No sewing experience necessary—if you can tie knots, we can use your help!

Where are you nourished? Who (or what) feeds your body, mind, and soul? Now that summer is over, join us as we return to our monthly Loaves and Fishes gathering. Everyone is welcome, wanted, and planned for!

Saturdays are busy at the church building, so this month we’ll gather in Kevin and Sherri’s backyard, Saturday, September 30 at 4:00 pm, with plans to eat at 5. Please bring something to share: food, a teaching you’ve received, a word of encouragement for others, or even just your presence. Also, we have lots of outdoor chairs, but if you can please bring your own lawn chairs, just in case. We trust that God will provide what is needed.

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, Sept. 24—War and Violence in the Bible: Pastor Sherri GT has recently submitted her Ph. D. thesis and she gives us the benefit of her learnings along the way: “War and violence surface time and again throughout the Bible—even in the New Testament depiction of Mary! How did first-century Christians understand this imagery as descriptive of the life of faith?” (This is the first presentation in a series of six.)

Sunday, Oct. 1—”daily living” topic: We will gather to learn from each other and apply our faith to daily life.

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.

LMC’s Youth Group meets on Friday evenings, and on the 4th Friday of the month, they volunteer with PrayerWorks at St. Faith’s Anglican Church. For more information about upcoming youth events, or to be added to the youth group mailing list, please contact the office.

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

In the community

Mennonite Central Committee

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.

MCC Alberta’s Annual General Meeting will be taking place on September 28, at 7pm on Zoom. There will be a vote taking place to accept proposed changes to the bylaws, and anyone attending will be able to vote. View the old and proposed bylaws and register for the AGM here: MCC Alberta 2023 Annual General Meeting | Mennonite Central Committee

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. On Saturday, Sept. 30, join us on the field to watch a dozen combines harvest 267 acres of wheat for Grow Hope and Share the Harvest. Enjoy a free BBQ and photo ops with the machinery! Join us in ending hunger one acre at a time!
When: 11am on Saturday, September 30
Where: 1 km East of the intersection of Hwy 643 and Hwy 825, 8 km East of Gibbons, AB. Click here for the event location pin. Check here for regular updates, as the event is weather dependent.

Mennonite Historical Society of Alberta

You are invited to the MHSA 2023 Fall Conference, “Deutsch Wymysle,” on Sept 23rd at 2:00 pm at Lendrum Mennonite Church. Come learn about the past, present, and future of Mennonites in Poland! Presentations will be followed by lunch and fellowship.

Registration is $20 for in-person attendance, and $10 for online participation. Online participation will be on YouTube here. Online attendees can pay by e-Transfer to

Canadian Mennonite University

Xplore – Xplore offers life-long learning courses that investigate dimensions of the Christian faith, our world, and life in it—all without assignments or exams! Join one or more of our offered courses (in-person or online) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays. Courses will begin on October 3 and 4. Learn more and register here.

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 StoryJoin 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.

Mennonite Disaster Service 

On the Level. The September edition of On the Level is now available from Mennonite Disaster Service. In our current issue: Ross Penner talks about the celebration at the closing of the MDS response in Cape Breton; learn about the important role of cooks at an MDS project: and hear from students learning skills for life while being a part of an MDS disaster response. Read more 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.

Palestine-Israel Network

The Palestine-Israel Network has organized a tour bringing Dr. And Rev Munther Isaac to Alberta. Munther is a Palestinian Christian from Bethlehem Palestine. He pastors a Lutheran Church and is Academic Dean of Bethlehem Bible College. First Mennonite Church has agreed to host him Sunday morning, Oct. 15, with worship starting at 10:45. We consider this an opportunity for our Inter-Mennonite community to gather and learn from a fellow Christian who has a perspective to share about the Israel-Palestine situation. He also has two other speaking engagements in Alberta:

Downey Lectures (Oct. 10 & 11, 7:30 pm)
Ambrose University Academic Building
The Bible and the Land
Bible, Empire, and the Holy Land

A Theology of Peace and Justice: A Palestinian Perspective (Oct. 12, 7:00 pm)
The King’s University, the Micah Centre

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.