Category Archives: With Our Churches

The nations are gathering at Abbeydale

By Ivy Plett

CALGARY, Alta.—Psalm 117:1 says, “Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples.” It is indeed a blessing to be joined together in worship with people of other nations. The blessing becomes even more tangible when born-again believers who have been raised in other beliefs or countries intentionally choose to become a part one’s own church body. Continue reading The nations are gathering at Abbeydale

Pastoral Couple Accepted as Members

By Pat Schellenberg

Kola, Man.—On Sunday, January 16, 2022, Pastor Ernest Reimer and his wife Sherridan were accepted into church membership at the Kola Evangelical Mennonite Church. Conference Pastor Layton Friesen was on hand for this heartwarming occasion, exhorting us to “go back and sit at the feet of Jesus” and learn from him. We as a congregation feel greatly blessed.

Ordination, Dedications, Baptisms

by Lisa Bergen

STEINBACH, Man.—What a busy fall it was at Stony Brook Fellowship in 2021!

On September 19, we held an ordination service for Pastor Andrew Dyck.

On September 26, we held a parent-child dedication service for three families in our church.

October 3, we had two baptisms and four new members.

We praise God for all he has done during the last year. We continue to look forward to what he will do in and through us this coming year.

Sleeper Drive Held to Assist Young Parents

by Jenaya Groen

WINNIPEG, Man.—Do you like PJs? Well, babies do too!

Throughout November and December of 2021, a Sleeper Drive was held at Crestview Fellowship Church to support Youth for Christ (YFC) and Cheyenne Lewycky, the Young Parents Outreach Program Coordinator.

Pastor Darrel Guenther believed it was time to do a project again to get the church involved, as COVID restrictions have caused separation. What better way to unite the church than to work together to support a great cause? Continue reading Sleeper Drive Held to Assist Young Parents

‘You Feed Them’

by Ivy Plett

CALGARY, Alta.—Food, one of the necessities of life, is unfortunately not always available to everyone. However, it is often incorrectly assumed those in one’s local vicinity certainly have an adequately supplied pantry.

In Mark 6, the disciples assumed that the hungry crowd of scattered people could be dismissed to go home to prepare their own supper—or maybe pick up a burger at a drive-through on the way home? But Jesus said, “You feed them!” (Matthew 14:16 NLT). The command stands regardless of an absence of requests for food, perceived level of hunger or possibly the impracticality and inconvenience of delivering that blessing to others. Continue reading ‘You Feed Them’

Sadness and Joy in Leadership and Youth Changes

By Menno Hamm

MacGREGOR, Man.—Our congregation sadly bade farewell to Dan and Sandra Sawatzky, who have moved to Winnipeg, Man. They actively served the church for over 30 years, including as teachers in Sunday School, and as deacons and small group leaders. Continue reading Sadness and Joy in Leadership and Youth Changes

Introducing New Reporter Eva Friesen

by Eva Friesen

LA CRETE, Alta.—Greetings from La Crete, Alta. Since this is my first article and my first attempt to fulfill the reporter role, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Eva Friesen (nee Driedger). I have lived in La Crete all my life and am a proud descendant of the Coffa Dreedyash family (Coffee Driedgers). Continue reading Introducing New Reporter Eva Friesen

Heartland Community Church

A Legacy for Landmark

By Merrilee Plett

LANDMARK, Man.—On Saturday, October 2, Legacy Children’s Centre celebrated its Grand Opening. It was a morning where years of dreaming and work finally came together!

In 2016, Heartland Community Church (HCC) asked the question, “How do we serve the community of Landmark in a tangible way?” As a community church, HCC believes we have a mission to reach out in our community. As we were challenged to “think big,” an idea was born to see what it would take to create a daycare. A team was assembled to research and develop a plan, with Marilyn Plett (my mom) as team leader. Continue reading Heartland Community Church