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
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
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
by Jenaya Groen
WINNIPEG, Man.—Bang! Crestview Fellowship Church began September 2021 with many events!
To start, Crestview Fellowship hosted their annual Free Sale on September 11. Fortunately, restrictions allowed for this event to take place again, after having to take a break from it last year. The Free Sale ran from 8 a.m. to noon in the church parking lot. Continue reading Free Sale Allows Community Connections
Abbeydale Christian Fellowship
by Ivy Plett
CALGARY, Alta.—“Conversion” must be one of the most versatile words in the English language. One can “convert” almost anything. A pile of old shirts can be beautifully converted into an heirloom quilt, or a seemingly useless piece of wood can be converted into a beautiful gift for a loved one. Continue reading Application for Conversion
By Ruth Penner and Marilyn Funk
WINNIPEG, Man.—“Mom, you’re the only one I know who likes having church on Zoom!” This comment, made by an adult son to his mother, was shared after a recent Aberdeen prayer meeting on Zoom and started a discussion about our experience of church by Zoom. Continue reading Experiencing the Church on Zoom
By Maria Neufeld
PICTURE BUTTE, Alta.—Pastor couple Ben and Maria Dyck and pastor couple Craig and Laura Cornelsen pray a blessing over new lay minister Peter Goertzen and his wife Annie at their installation on January 31, 2021, at the Picture Butte Mennonite Church. Standing are Ben Dyck, Craig Cornelsen, Maria Dyck and Laura Cornelsen, while Peter and Annie Goertzen kneel to receive prayer.
By Ivy Plett
CALGARY, Alta.—Some of ACF’s most dedicated people have found creative ways of facilitating communication and connection amongst members and adherents since gathering restrictions began in March 2020. Continue reading Creative Communications 1-2-3
By Janice Imrie
CREIGHTON, Sask.—At NFC, we had some additional surprises this year, beyond the pandemic. We have battled water, seepage and sewer back-up in our basement for numerous years. These chronic problems led to the inward bulging of two walls in our basement. We had come to our wits end. Continue reading NFC Releases Building to Northern Growing Abilities
By Pastor Ed Peters
BURNS LAKE, B.C.—Last year has brought significant changes to our youth outreach. Phil Bogora, who had served as IGF’s youth pastor since May of 2017, officially resigned in September 2020. In January 2020, Phil and his wife Christine gave birth to a son, David, who was diagnosed with Trisomy 18. Continue reading God’s Direction Sought for Outreach Efforts