Church Events Calendar

British Columbia

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. 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

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. 15

Deadline to register for the SMYO trek to the 2015 MWC assembly.

Dec. 19

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

Jan. 9-10

RJC alumni basketball, hockey and choir weekend.

Jan. 30-Feb. 2

Senior-high youth retreat at Shekinah Retreat Centre.

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

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

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

Nov. 29

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

“A Merry Evening” fundraising event for Westgate Mennonite Collegiate, Winnipeg.

Dec. 6,7

Faith and Life Women’s Chorus and Faith and Life Male Choir present their annual Christmas concerts; (6) First Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, at 7 p.m.; (7) Steinbach Mennonite Church, at 3 p.m

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

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. 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. 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. 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, Roseville. Welcome Advent by hearing and singing old and new Christmas music led by Lifted Voices. For more information, call Sam Steiner at 519-884-1040.

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. 3

Fairview Mennonite Home Vocal and Handbell choirs present “The Peace and Joy of Christmas, at Fairview Centre, Cambridge; shows at 2 and 7 p.m. Concerts are free; dessert and refreshments for sale. For more information, call 519-653-5719.

Dec. 6,7

Pax Christi Chorale presents “Winter Nights” with works by J.S. Bach and Stephanie Martin, at Grace Church-on-the-Hill, Toronto; (6) at 7:30 p.m.; (7) at 3 p.m. For more information, visit www.paxchristichorale.org.

Dec 7

Inter-Mennonite Children’s Choir Christmas concert, “Christmas Blessings,” at St. Jacobs Mennonite Church, at 3 p.m.

Dec. 9

“Carols with a global twist: A community caroling concert,” with Inshallah and the Inter-Mennonite Children’s Choir, at Kitchener City Hall, at 7 p.m.

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.