February 4: Bob Hawkesworth, former MLA, will speak about faith and work.
February 11: Service of Remembering – This service will be an opportunity to both acknowledge personal loss and grief and/or support fellow members of the CIM community in their experiences of loss. Drawing on ritual, memories, readings and music, together we will remember and share our care for each other.
February 18: Jason de Leeuw will speak about his non-profit organization, Father & Sons: Small Engine Services, Inc.
January 21: The service will provide an opportunity to review and discuss the ‘Values and Beliefs’ Statement drafted in late 2017, which reflects member input during the Visioning and Future Directions work. After our discussion, we plan to post a version of this document on our CIM Website to assist with upcoming employment outreach activities.
On January 28, CIM will be having its celebration of community. On September 12, 1976, the founding members held their first worship service together, after having met for several months. In 1990, the community, after becoming affiliated with three Mennonite conferences, asked an ad-hoc committee to design an annual celebration that would be the members/adherents/participants way of renewing their commitment to the CIM community and to God, the Holy, the sacred, the divine, as they understood that relationship. The committee developed some guidelines of how that celebration should be and the elements that it might include. In preparation and anticipation of this celebration, this year’s planning committee asks that you ponder these three questions:
What gift(s) have I received this past year from CIM?
What gift(s) do I wish to give CIM this year?
What gift (event, contribution, collective volunteering) would I like to see CIM give to its local and/or global community this year?
Sundays, November 5 and November 12; 10:30 – 12 noon.
The CIM community gathering for these two Sundays will focus on a dialogue that explores our vision for our community going forward. Individuals are invited to participate in a discussion of themes that were identified through our earlier focus group meetings.
July 16: Stampede Breakfast at church — 10:30 am
July 23: Garden service. Service at the church is cancelled.
July 30: Child Blessing Service at the church — 10:30 am
Picnic at Snowy Owl picnic site in Glenmore North Park. Enter the park
from 37th Street SW. 37th Street becomes North Glenmore Park Road. Where North Glenmore Park Road splits, stay to the right. The parking lot for the Snowy Owl picnic site is the first one on the left side. (more…)
Reserve 107 (documentary film): Mennonites and Lutherans in Laird,
Saskatchewan, discover that the land they live on is the former reserve of
the Young Chippewayan First Nation. Myths, assumptions and fears are
shattered as this old injustice provides an opportunity . . .
CIM is an LGBTQ affirming, welcoming and inclusive church. Here are two links to stories and videos which I think capture part of our journey and part of our ethos. Both of them are well worth the time. Feedback on the issues raised is very welcome.
Several years ago I taught a course entitled “What a Trend We Have in Jesus” with this as one of the textbooks. I will be revisiting some of the thoughts from that course here at CIM in the next month or two and decided to re-read the textbooks from the course. In this year of a carnival election process (minus the fun implied by the word ‘carnival’) it seems appropriate to revisit Prothero’s work. In the introduction he says that “to hold Jesus up to the mirror of American culture is to conduct a Rorshach test of ever changing national sensibilities. What Americans have seen in him has usually been an expression of their own hopes and fears”.
Subtitled “Dispatches From the Front Lines of the Globalization Debate”, this book is a compilation of Klein’s articles and speeches on issues raised in her previous work No Logo – everything from NAFTA to Monsanto to the corrosive effects of economic fundamentalism. This is not comfortable reading but it is essential we hear these arguments.