Calgary Inter-Mennonite Church

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  1. May

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    Our next series is aimed at getting to know the community in which our church resides. The Renfrew community is abundant in resources, cool organizations, initiatives and wonderful people! 

    May 1: Importance of place. An introduction to our series, led by Lauren Harms. 

    May 8: Naya Jamal & Heather Pawson will join us from the Trellis Society, an afterschool program for kids and youth just down the street from us!  

    May 15: Mary-Grace Linton, President of the Renfrew Community Association will share with us.

    May 22: David Swann will be joining us to share his knowledge of the Renfrew Community. 

    May 29: The Peace & Social Justice Committee brings us a morning of stories of reconciliation with speakers Leonard Doell and Ray Funk. 

  2. April

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    April 3: Discussion and reflections on the teachings of John Dominic Crosson. 

    April 10: Palm Sunday service with stories, singing and fun for all ages! 

    April 17: Easter Celebration at Longshot Ranch. 10:30am-1pm. More info below. 

    April 24: Tinu Ruparell will join us and offer thoughts & ideas about the afterlife.

  3. March

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    For the season of Lent we will learn from scholar John Dominic Crosson in a series called The Challenge of Jesus.

    March 6: Episode 4 of the Challenge of Jesus about Olympian and Historical Gods and discussion led by Werner Becker. 

    March 13: The Challenge of Jesus continued. 

    March 19: The Challenge of Jesus continued. 

    March 27:  The Challenge of Jesus continued.

  4. February

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    We will begin a series focusing on the stories and experiences of refugees. 

    February 6: Werner Becker & Marge Friesen will introduce our refugee series. 

    February 12: We’ll take a break from our Refugee series for Some Thoughts on Love, led by Sharon Nickel.

    February 20: Refugee Series continued. Details TBA.

    February 27: Refugee Series – Kelly Ernst will give an update on the work of the End of the Rainbow Foundation.

    In March the season of Lent begins. We will be learning from John Dominic Crosson’s work The Challenge of Jesus. We hope you can join us!

  5. January

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    January 2: Linda Shantz-Keresztes & Brenda Dyck will lead us in Epiphany Sunday.

    January 9: We will reflect and share about our Advent & Christmas season. 

    Join us in January as we gather to reflect on our previous community visioning work, discuss what has gone well, imagine how we want to continue to grow and create an action plan for the future. 

    January 16: Reflection Sunday – Where have we come from? Where are we now? Where do we want to go? 

    January 23: Action Sunday – How do we get there? 

    January 30: Celebration of Community, where we celebrate and affirm our commitment to one another.

  6. December

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    Let’s Imagine! This Advent Season we will imagine together through creative activities and conversation.

    December 5: The second Sunday of Advent Let’s Imagine Peace!

    December 12: The third Sunday of Advent Let’s Imagine Joy!

    December 19: The fourth Sunday of Advent Let’s Imagine Love!

    December 24: Christmas Eve service at 6:30pm.

    December 26: No service.

  7. October – November

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    October 3: Charlene Wilson will share about the Downtown Outreach Addictions Partnership or DOAP Team, a program out of Alpha House.  

    October 10: We will take a break from our series to celebrate Thanksgiving. Service will be led by Steve Zimmerly.

    October 17: Val Rains will be sharing about The Alex Seniors Centre.

    October 24: Juliet Burgess  will share about the programs at CUPS Calgary (Calgary Urban Projects Society).

    October 31: We will have a fun Halloween activity for all ages!

    November 7: Lauren Harms will lead our Sunday Gathering on Gratitude & Gifts

    November 14: Ken Grahlman will share about his work as the coordinator for the Circles of Support and Accountability program at Mennonite Central Committee. 

    November 21: Eternity Sunday memory walk.

    Let’s Imagine! This Advent Season we will imagine together through creative activities and conversation.

    November 28: The first Sunday of Advent Let’s Imagine Hope!

  8. August – September

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    August 1: No service. Enjoy your long weekend! 

    August 8: Stories from the Garden will be shared by Ferne Loewen & Walter Hossli.

    August 15: Stories of Learning/Family During COVID Times will be shared by Jody Neumann Koop.

    August 22: Stories of Nature led by Greg Witmer and sharing by Karen Orr. 

    August 29: We will conclude our summer series with Stories of New Media with sharing by Jonas Cornelsen and Adam Keresztes.

    September 5: Citywide Pride Service at 10 a.m. The service will be found on the Affirming Connections Facebook Page or Youtube Channel. After the service we will gather for a potluck celebration.

    September 10-12: Annual Fall Retreat. Lauren Harms will be leading some community building activities for all ages on Saturday, Sept.11 at 10:00 a.m. Please RSVP to Lauren Harms ( by September 6! All are welcome.

    September 19: Welcome back Sunday! We hope to gather in our building again, celebrate being together and enjoy a potluck following the service.

  9. June – July

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    We will begin a series informed by the work of the scholar John Dominic Crosson called “The Power of Parables: How fiction by Jesus became fiction about Jesus.” 

    June 6:  Understanding the context in which parables were told – – “The elephant in the room”.

    June 13:  The book of Job – – “…but, that wasn’t the question!”

    June 20: We’ll take a break from our series for a Community Connections event.

    June 27: More parables, more elephants – – “It’s a paradigm shift, dummy!”

    July 4: Series wrap up and discussion. 

    Stories That Connect Us will be our gathering theme for the summer. 

    July 11: Home is Where Your Story Begins will be led by Linda Shantz-Keresztes.

    July 18: Stampede Breakfast. All are welcome!

    July 25: Stories of Biblical Importance will be led by Jody Neumann Koop and Linda Shantz-Keresztes.

  10. April – May

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    April 4: Lauren Harms will be leading our Easter gathering with an expressive arts community activity!

    The Peace and Social Justice Committee will be sponsoring a three-Sunday series to provide an understanding of Israel/Palestine issues. Our presenter will be Kathy Bergen, the Coordinator for Mennonite Church Eastern Canada PIN (Palestine Israel Network). Kathy has an extensive history of living and working with Palestinians.

    April 11: An overview of the history and the current situation in Israel/Palestine

    April 18: The arrest and detention of Palestinian women and Palestinian children.

    April 25: Our responsibility as Anabaptist Mennonite Christians.

    This series will focus on aging and end of life care. This will include topics like aging and spirituality, palliative care and the possible choices we and loved ones may face at the end of life. .

    May 2: Heather Shantz will share information about Palliative Care options here in Alberta. 

    May 9: We’ll take a break from our series to celebrate Mother’s Day together! 

    May 16: Rennie & Jenny Regher will share their experience of their father choosing Medical Assistance in Dying in the final part of his life. 

    May 30: Diana Mansell and Werner Becker will share their thoughts on aging and spirituality.