Volume 28 Issue 1

Resource centre finds temporary home in Winnipeg church

Levi Foy (left), executive director of Sunshine House, stands with Crow Hart, drop-in program assistant, in the basement of First Mennonite Church.

It’s brighter than ever in the basement at First Mennonite Church in Winnipeg.

Sunshine House, a community drop-in and resource centre, is operating there temporarily while its headquarters undergoes renovations. 

The organization, which offers programming focused on harm reduction and social inclusion, moved into the church at the beginning of November.

B.C. churches mark Christmas and New Year’s

A young congregant shares a reading at an evening service at Cedar Valley Church in Mission, B.C. Supplied photo.

Mennonites in British Columbia celebrated the holidays in a variety of ways last month.

With both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve falling on Sundays, churches were presented with the question: How many services should be held, and what kind? Will congregants come to multiple services on a holiday weekend? 

Cat train

CMC Mennonite Pioneer Mission photo collection / Mennonite Heritage Archives

In this Mennonite Pioneer Mission photo, a “cat train,” powered by a caterpillar tractor, travels along an ice road, hauling supplies to northern Manitoba communities in the 1950s. Ice roads provide an economical way to transport goods to communities not connected to the all-weather road system.

Beyond boxes

Photo by Jesse Orrico for Unsplash

Most of you have heard, and likely agree with, this statement: “You can’t put God in a box.”

Of course, this means you can’t be put in a box either, for you are made in the image of God. If God doesn’t fit in a box, neither do you. Yet we often put ourselves in boxes. We limit ourselves and confine our identities.

Lord, hear our prayer

Photo: mstudio For Pexels

We asked people who wrote for Canadian Mennonite in 2023 to share their wish and prayer for the church in 2024. 

I’m easily afraid. So is the church. I pray that we will listen for, and joyfully embrace, Christ’s “fear not, I’m here” in 2024. 
– Dora Dueck, Tsawwassen, B.C.

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