Church Events Calendar

British Columbia

Oct. 30

MC B.C. Fundraising dessert night at Eden Mennonite Church, Chilliwack.

Oct. 30

MCC Centre official opening in Abbotsford. Dedication, welcome and prayer followed by lunch. For more information, call 604-850-6639.

Nov. 29,30

Abendmusic Advent Vespers; (29) at Emmanuel Free Reformed Church, Abbotsford; (30) Knox United Church, West Vancouver; both services at 8 p.m.

Dec. 6

MCC Centre grand opening at 33933 Gladys Avenue, Abbotsford, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ribbon cutting, food, open house, live music.

Alberta

Nov. 1

Mennonite Historical Society of Alberta annual conference, at Edmonton First Mennonite Church, at 1 p.m. Speaker: Andrea Dyck, head curator of the Mennonite Museum, Steinbach, Man. Topic: “What historical treasures might you have in your home?” A faspa meal follows. To register, call David Jeffares at 780-438-0404.

Nov. 21

MCC Alberta hosts “Breaking down the walls . . . relief, development and peace,” at Foothills Alliance Church, Calgary; at 7 p.m. Keynote speaker: Joe Clark, former Canadian prime minister. For more information, visit www.mcccanada.ca/get-involved/events.

Saskatchewan

Oct. 25

MC Saskatchewan “Equipping to listen” event, at First Mennonite Church, Saskatoon, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discussion and information arising from the 2013 annual delegate session. Please bring a bag lunch.

Nov. 8

Nutana Park Mennonite, Saskatoon, hosts Peace, Pies and Prophets presented by Ted and Co. Theater Works, at 7 p.m. Fundraiser for Christian Peacemaker Teams. For more information, e-mail canada@cpt.org.

Nov. 22

RJC corporation meeting, at 5 p.m., and appreciation/fundraising banquet, at 6 p.m.

Dec. 6,13

A Buncha Guys’ Christmas concerts: (6) at Knox United Church, Saskatoon; (13) at Shekinah Retreat Centre, Waldheim; both concerts at 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 14

RJC choir concert, at Knox United Church, Saskatoon, at 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 19

RJC Christmas choir concert, at RJC, at 7 p.m.

Jan. 9-10

RJC alumni basketball, hockey and choir weekend.

Feb. 6

RJC Friday Night Live youth event.

Mar. 22

RJC Guys and Pies concert fundraiser, at 7 p.m.

May 8

RJC spring choir concert, at 7 p.m.

May 30

RJC fundraising golf tournament, at Valley Regional Park.

June 26,27

RJC year-end musical performances.

Manitoba

Oct. 31-Nov. 2

Quilting retreat at Camp Assiniboia. For more information, call 204-895-2267 or visit www.campswithmeaning.org/retreats to register online.

Nov. 1,2

Camps with Meaning fundraising celebration banquets; (1) Emmanuel Mennonite, Winkler; (2) Douglas Mennonite, Winnipeg; (tba) Whitewater Mennonite, Boissevain.

Nov. 1,2

“Singin’ in the Grain” fundraising concerts with the University of Manitoba Bison Men’s Chorus and Eastman Male Chorus from Steinbach, for Canadian Foodgrains Bank; (1) at Springfield Heights Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, at 7:30 p.m.; (2) at MCI’s Buhler Hall, Gretna, at 3 p.m.

Nov. 2

Westgate Mennonite Collegiate fundraising concert. For more information, call 204-775-7111.

Nov. 6-9

MEDA convention, at the Fairmont Winnipeg Hotel, Winnipeg. Theme: “Human dignity through entrepreneurship.” Speakers: Ziauddin Yousaafzai of Pakistan; Laura Ling, an award-winning journalist and author; Art DeFehr, CEO of Pallister Furniture; and Jim Miller, founder and CEO of JMX Brands.

Nov. 7

Mennonite Collegiate Institute soup and pie fundraiser and fall concert; meal at 5 p.m., followed by choir concert at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.MCIBlues.net.

Nov. 9

Peace, Pies and Prophets presented by Ted and Co. Theater Works, at Home Street Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, at 7 p.m. Freewill offering and pie auction fundraiser for Christian Peacemaker Teams. For more information, e-mail Canada@cpt.org.

Nov. 13

Face2Face community discussion: “Restorative justice: Soft on crime or building community security?” featuring Wendy Kroeker and Jae Yung Lee from Seoul, South Korea; at CMU’s Great Hall, at 7 p.m.

Nov. 15

“MCC matters” at CMU, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Spend a day exploring restorative justice, affordable housing, peacebuilding, global hunger and more. For more information or to pre-register, visit http://mccmanitoba.ca/mccmatters.

Nov. 15

MCC Manitoba’s 50th-anniversary benefit concert with local choirs, at Immanuel Pentecostal Church, Winnipeg, at 7 p.m. Keynote speaker: former prime minister Joe Clark. For more information or to reserve free tickets, call 204-261-6381 or visit http://mccmanitoba.ca/50.

Nov. 18

Evening of the arts at Westgate Mennonite Collegiate. For more information, call 204-775-7111.

Nov. 20-22

Cottonwood Community Drama present Pollyanna, at Mennonite Collegiate Institute’s Buhler Hall, Gretna, at 7:30 p.m. each evening. For more information, visit www.MCIBlues.net.

Nov. 22

MCC Manitoba annual Christmas craft and bake sale, at 134 Plaza Drive, Winnipeg; from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Nov. 23

Mennonite Community Orchestra presents its fall concert, featuring Rossini’s Semiramide Overture, Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5; at CMU’s South Campus Chapel, at 3 p.m. Tickets available at the door.

Nov. 24

Westgate Mennonite Collegiate annual general meeting. For more information, call 204-775-7111.

Nov. 29

Christmas at CMU, at 2:30 and 7 p.m.

Nov. 29

Grand opening and dedication of CMU’s new library and learning commons, at 1:30 p.m.

Nov. 30

Winnipeg First Mennonite Church Choir present Schubert’s Mass in G and Bach Cantata BWV 61 with orchestra under the direction of Yuri Klaz, at the church at 7 p.m. An offering will be taken.

Dec. 8

Westgate Mennonite Collegiate Christmas concert at Westminster United Church, Winnipeg, at 7 p.m. For more information, call 204-775-7111.

Dec. 17-18

Mennonite Collegiate Institute Christmas concert in Buhler Hall; performances at 7:30 p.m. each evening.

Jan. 23

CMU Singers in concert with MCI and W.C. Miller choral ensembles, at Buhler Hall, Gretna.

Jan. 28

Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition, at CMU’s Laudamus Auditorium.

Jan. 29-30

Westgate Mennonite Collegiate junior-high students perform three one-act plays at the Franco-Manitoban Centre, Winnipeg. For more information, call 204-775-7111.

Feb. 4

Open house at Westgate Mennonite Collegiate, at 7 p.m. For more information, call 204-775-7111.

Feb. 6

New Music Festival featuring all CMU choirs, at Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg.

Feb. 10

Face2Face community discussion: “You lost me: The church and young adults,” featuring Irma Fast Dueck and Peter Epp; at CMU’s Great Hall, at 7 p.m.

Mar. 5

Face2Face community discussion: “On being good neighbours: An urban reserve shopping centre, housing complex or casino at Kapyong?” featuring Steve Heinrichs, MC Canada’s indigenous relations director; at CMU’s Great Hall, at 7 p.m.

Mar. 13

CMU dessert fundraiser, at Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite.

Mar. 28

Jazz at CMU, in the Great Hall, at 7:30 p.m.

March 29

“Bells and Whistles with Strings Attached” concert, at CMU’s Laudamus Auditorium.

Apr. 8

CMU celebration fundraising dinner, at the Victoria Inn, Winnipeg, at 7 p.m.

Apr. 25

CMU’s spring concert, at the Loewen Athletic Centre, at 7:30 p.m.

April 30-May 2

Westgate Mennonite Collegiate senior-high students perform their annual musical. For more information, call 204-775-7111.

May 5

Westgate Mennonite Collegiate bursary banquet. For more information, call 204-775-7111.

May 13

Westgate Mennonite Collegiate work day. For more information, call 204-775-7111.

May 27

Westgate Mennonite Collegiate Grade 7 to 9 spring concert at Bethel Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, at 7 p.m. For more information, call 204-775-7111.

May 28

Westgate Mennonite Collegiate Grade 10 to 12 spring concert at Bethel Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, at 7 p.m. For more information, call 204-775-7111.

Aug. 25

Westgate Mennonite Collegiate 11th-annual golf tournament at Bridges Golf Club, Winnipeg. For more information, call 204-775-7111.

Ontario

Oct. 24

Eby Lecture with Derek Suderman, Ph.D., at Conrad Grebel University College Chapel, at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit uwaterloo.ca/grebel/events.

Oct. 24-25

“Reading the Bible with Jesus” retreat at Willowgrove, Stouffville, with Bryan Moyer Suderman: sponsored by MC Eastern Canada, the Markham-Stouffville Mennonite Ministerial and Willowgrove. Pt. 1: “Matthew: Scribes trained for the kingdom.” For more information, e-mail miriam@willowgrove.ca.

Oct. 25

“Mennonite Memories of Migration,” hosted by the Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario and the Institute of Anabaptist and Mennonite Studies at Conrad Grebel University College’s Great Hall, at 2 p.m. With art and archival exhibits of Mennonite immigration experiences. For more information, visit uwaterloo.ca/grebel/events.

Oct. 29

Mennonite/s Writing, a free public reading series with celebrated Canadian authors, at Conrad Grebel Chapel, at 7:30 p.m.: Rudy Wiebe will read from his newly released novel, Come Back. For more information, visit http://grebel.ca/mennolit.

Nov. 9

Third annual Male Chorus Sing, at 2:30 p.m., at Detweiler Meetinghouse, North Dumfries. Former and current male quartet or chorus members, or want-to-be members invited. Leader: Bob Shantz.

Nov. 10

“Peace quest: Remembering for peace 2014-18” event at Conrad Grebel University College Chapel, at 7 p.m. Speaker: Jamie Swift, co-author of Warrior Nation: Rebranding Canada in an Age of Anxiety.

Nov. 13-14

Bechtel Lectures in Anabaptist and Mennonite Studies, at Conrad Grebel University College, at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Speaker: Jeff Gundy of Bluffton (Ohio) University. For more information, visit uwaterloo.ca/grebel/events.

Nov 14

“Spirituality and Aging” seminar at Conrad Grebel University College’s Great Hall, at 7:30 p.m. Speaker: Kenneth Pargament, professor of clinical psychology at Bowling Green University, Ohio. For more information, visit grebel.ca/sa.

Nov. 14

Mennonite/s Writing, a free public reading series with celebrated Mennonite authors, at Conrad Grebel Chapel, at 7:30 p.m.: Jeff Gundy will read from his new book of poetry, Somewhere Near Defiance. For more information, visit http://grebel.ca/mennolit.

Nov. 15

Fairview Mennonite Home presents its annual Christmas Handicraft Sale of crafts, decorations, stocking stuffers, wearable items, wreaths, woodworking, baby quilts, used books and much more; from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Home in Cambridge. Plus Santa’s Sweet Shop, fresh baking and tea room. For more information, call 519-653-5719 or visit www.fairviewmh.com.

Nov. 15

Menno Singers Mass Choir featuring Brahms’ Requiem, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Kitchener, at 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 22

MennoHomes annual general meeting and fundraising concert featuring The Deacons of Jazz, at Waterloo North Mennonite Church, Waterloo, at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.mennohomes.com.

Nov. 21-22

23rd annual Spirit of Christmas music and craft show at Nairn Mennonite Church, Ailsa Craig; features include live music, Ten Thousand Villages, craft sale, tea room. (21) 6:30 to 9 p.m.; (22) 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.nairn.on.ca.mennonite.net.

Nov. 22

Nithview Christmas tea and bake sale, at Nithview Community, New Hamburg, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Nov. 22,23

Soli Deo Gloria Singers present their fall concert, “Sing Praise!”; (22) at UMEI, Leamington, at 7:30 p.m.; (23) at Leamington United Mennonite Church, at 3 p.m. For more information about tickets, call UMEI at 519-326-7448.

Nov. 26

Mennonite/s Writing, a free public reading series with celebrated Canadian authors, at Conrad Grebel Chapel, at 7:30 p.m.: Miriam Toews will read from her bestselling new novel, All My Puny Sorrows. For more information, visit http://grebel.ca/mennolit.

Nov. 28-29

Oct. 24-25: “Reading the Bible with Jesus” retreat at Willowgrove, Stouffville, with Bryan Moyer Suderman: sponsored by MC Eastern Canada, the Markham-Stouffville Mennonite Ministerial and Willowgrove. Pt. 2: “Mark: Have you never read?” For more information, e-mail miriam@willowgrove.ca.

Nov. 30

Third annual Welcoming Advent event, at 2:30 p.m., at Detweiler Meetinghouse, North Dumfries. Welcome Advent by hearing and singing old and new Christmas music led by Lifted Voices.

Dec. 14

Menno Singers join St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Choir, Kitchener, at 3 p.m., for a Christmas concert.

Dec. 21

Menno Singers presents a Messiah sing-a-long at St. Jacobs Mennonite Church, at 3 p.m.

Until Jan. 18

“Along the road to freedom” art exhibit by Ray Dirks, at Conrad Grebel University College Gallery. For more information, visit uwaterloo.ca/grebel/grebel-gallery.

Jan. 21

Mennonite/s Writing, a free public reading series with celebrated Canadian authors, at Conrad Grebel Chapel, at 7:30 p.m.: Patrick Friesen will read from his forthcoming book of poems, A Short History of Crazy Bone. For more information, visit http://grebel.ca/mennolit.

Feb. 4

Mennonite/s Writing, a free public reading series with celebrated Canadian authors, at Conrad Grebel Chapel, at 7:30 p.m.: Di Brandt will read from a collection of poems-in-progress. For more information, visit http://grebel.ca/mennolit.

Feb. 6-7

Oct. 24-25: “Reading the Bible with Jesus” retreat at Willowgrove, Stouffville, with Bryan Moyer Suderman: sponsored by MC Eastern Canada, the Markham-Stouffville Mennonite Ministerial and Willowgrove. Pt. 3: “John: If you believed Moses, you would believe me.” For more information, e-mail miriam@willowgrove.ca.

Feb. 18

Mennonite/s Writing, a free public reading series with celebrated Canadian authors, at Conrad Grebel Chapel, at 7:30 p.m.: David Bergen will read from his new book, Leaving Tomorrow. For more information, visit http://grebel.ca/mennolit.

Mar. 4

Mennonite/s Writing, a free public reading series with celebrated Canadian authors, at Conrad Grebel Chapel, at 7:30 p.m.: Grebel alumna Carrie Snyder will read from her new novel, Girl Runner, set for release in the U.S. in 2015. For more information, visit http://grebel.ca/mennolit.

Mar. 21

Menno Singers present Poulenc’s Stabat Mater, at Waterloo North Mennonite Church, Waterloo, at 7:30 p.m.

April 10-11

Oct. 24-25: “Reading the Bible with Jesus” retreat at Willowgrove, Stouffville, with Bryan Moyer Suderman: sponsored by MC Eastern Canada, the Markham-Stouffville Mennonite Ministerial and Willowgrove. Pt. 4: “Luke: All that the prophets have declared.” For more information, e-mail miriam@willowgrove.ca.

May 9

Menno Singers present “Songs for spring,” at Waterloo North Mennonite Church, Waterloo, at 7:30 p.m.