WELCOME TO OUR WORSHIP SERVICE
November 11th, 2018 – 10:45 a.m.
Focus Statement: This Remembrance Day we focus on those things that make for peace. We call to mind the lives that have been lost, the violence that has been inflicted, but we also look to the peace that sustains us and lives within us through Christ. Our commitment to peace is not only a part of who we are but something that often asks for everything from us and yet continues to sustain us.
GATHERING AS GOD’S PEOPLE
Congregational Song – STJ 9 Come now is the time to worship
Welcome and Lamp lighting
We light a light in the name of the God who creates life, the Son who loves life, and the Spirit who is the fire of life. Thanks be to God who unites us in our hope, faith and life.
Call to Worship and Opening Prayer
HWB 64 Asithi: Amen
Jesus Christ is present here
Scripture Reading – Psalm 127 NRSV
Prayer and Offering
PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD
Children’s story – Marg Rempel
There’s no one like Jesus (Hakuna mungu kama wewe)
Scripture Reading – Mark 12:38-44 NRSV
Sermon – “A Generous Peace” – Lee Hiebert
RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD
Song of Response
STJ 56 Make me a channel of your peace
Congregational Life and Sharing
SENDING GOD’S PEOPLE
Song of Sending
HWB 611 Soon and very soon
Worship Leader – Alvie Martens
Song Leaders – Val & Ed Peters, Bev Rogers, Esther Mulamba
Pianist/Organist – Karen Peters
Next Week’s Scriptures: Psalm 89:20-37 and Mark 6:30-34 & 53-56
Think on it: In the midst of our busy schedules, what does it take for us to put our agenda aside and see those around us?
PRAYER & PRAISE
Please pray for:
· Hildegard Adrian, Peter Dyck, Tina Nikkel, Jessie Peters, and
Helen Warkentin who are in Bethesda Place.
· Pray for our missionaries: Rachel Klassen - Germany
· Judy Lafournaise who continues to struggle with health issues.
Our condolences go out to Victor and Helen Janzen on the occasion of the death of Victor’s sister Elizabeth Janzen who passed away on Nov. 6th. The funeral was at Gleneden on Sat. Nov. 10th at 10 a.m. May you feel God’s comfort at this time of loss.
We remember Justina Rempel who passed away one year ago. Pray for God’s comfort and peace for her family and friends these days.
God’s Blessing on Helen Warkentin who celebrates 102 years today!
If you have a prayer request, please contact our Prayer Chain coordinator, Anne E. Froese
SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR ALL AGES
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
- Children meet in the kitchenette
- Youth meet in the lounge
- Adult Sunday School meet in the MPR and Music Room
- 20’s and 30’s meet in Room 115
CHURCH FAMILY INFORMATION
As a way of acknowledging and supporting Rachel Klassen in her missionary work in Germany, we have decided to send her a Christmas care package. For the next two Sundays you will find a large wrapped box at the Welcome Center for you to put your contributions into. Seeing as how we will be sending this all the way to Germany we are asking for small or light objects, not a new pair of skates. Please consider what might bring Rachel some Canadian joy this Christmas season.
If you wish to view the slides that Wilf presented at the semi-annual meeting you can find it by logging on to our website, hovering over Bulletin and clicking on Building Repair Report in the drop down menu.
Today – 2 p.m. No family volleyball.
Today – 3 p.m. Peace Concert.
Mon. Nov. 12 – No men’s Volleyball
Mon. Nov. 12 -6:30 pm. Steinbach Mennonite Handbelles practice in the MPR.
Tues. Nov. 13 – 7 p.m. Pastoral Relations Committee meeting in Rm. 115
Tues. Nov. 13 – 9 a.m. – MCC blanket making day. Everyone is invited to come for part or all of this time. Please bring a lunch and a snack to share at coffee time. Also bring sewing machines if you can.
Wed. Nov. 14 - Arkbuilders will be going to tour the Mandala Gallery. We will be taking the church bus. Anyone interested is welcome to come. The bus will be leaving from SMC at 3:30 pm. There is a sign up sheet at the welcome centre. The cost is $8.50 plus bus fare.
Wed. Nov. 21 –7 p.m. Faith and Life committee meeting in Rm. 115.
Wed. Nov. 21 - 7 p.m. all SMC Women are invited to a cookie exchange. Please see the invitation in your mailbox or at the welcome center for more information.
Tues. Nov. 27 - Deacons meeting in Rm 115.
Thurs. Nov. 29 – Board meeting in the MPR.
Sat. Dec. 1 - 7:45 a.m. Men’s Prayer Breakfast at Uncle Jakes.
Sat. Dec. 1 - 8:30 a.m. SMC Ladies Breakfast at Smittys.
Thurs. Dec. 6 – Website working group meeting in Rm. 115 at 7 p.m.
Christmas Dinner! We require someone to coordinate the food preparation and food service. Contact Daryl or the church office if you can help as coordinator or kitchen helper.
Steinbach Community Christmas Hampers: If you are interested in helping with the Christmas Hampers, either with donations or as a driver, please read the information at the welcome center and contact the SCCH. You can also contact the Church Office or Daryl Climenhaga for more information or to register a needy family.
Gym Comm. Contact: Isbrand Fehr
COMMUNITY & CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS
Fri., Nov. 16 @ 7:30pm - Crossroads by Janet Shaw-Russell opens at the MHC Gallery, 600 Shaftesbury Blvd. It runs Nov. 16-Jan. 19.
Canadian Foodgrains Bank invites supporters to its fall banquets. Nyambura Githaiga, senior policy advisor with the Foodgrains Bank, will speak about how conflict affects food security in Africa. For the fall banquets, please RSVP by Nov 12th to Gordon Janzen at email@example.com or call 431-334-8878. Monday, Nov 19, 9:30 am at Triangle Oasis Restaurant in Winkler: CFGB pie and coffee information meeting. Tuesday, Nov 20, 6:30 pm at Charleswood United Church, Winnipeg: CFGB Fall banquet
Internationally renowned pianist Jane Coop will present a recital “Piano Giants: Music of Beethoven & Rachmaninov” at CMU on Wed., Nov. 14 at 7:30 PM at the Laudamus Auditorium. Tickets $25, $22 Seniors, and $10 Students. Call 204-487-3300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org see cmu.ca/events.
Voices Together Hymn Sing. Join Henry Engbrecht, Paul Dueck and the Voices Together Ensemble in singing potential new songs for our new hymnal: Voices Together. Saturday, Nov 17, 7:00pm, Morden Mennonite Church, and Sunday Nov 18, 7:00pm, Fort Garry Mennonite Fellowship, Winnipeg. Freewill offering for the Voices Together project will be received.
Wed. Nov. 21, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. In the midst of much unrest in Israel-Palestine, come learn about ‘Oasis of Peace: Wahat al-Salam – Neve Shalom’, an intentional community between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv-Jaffa, and jointly established by Jewish and Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel. Be inspired by Vered Marom and Samah Salaime, residents of this village and advocates for a just peace. CMU Chapel (600 Shaftesbury)
Christmas Craft & Bake Sale - MCC welcomes donations of baked goods for the Christmas Craft and Bake Sale on Saturday, November 24! If you're interested in donating your baking, please contact Sophia Bezoplenko at email@example.com or call 204-261-6381. For more information on the Christmas Craft & Bake Sale, please visit mccmb.ca/Christmas-sale
Saturday, Nov. 24, 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM- Christmas at CMU - the perfect way to start Advent! Featuring CMU choirs and ensembles, readings and drama for kids, audience Carol Sing, and CommonWord’s annual Christmas Sale. Free admission. See cmu.ca/events.
Learning Tour: Vietnam and Laos - Join MCC on an independent study tour to Laos and Vietnam in partnership with Canadian Mennonite University in spring 2019. This tour will have a special focus on war legacies and peacebuilding, and is open to the public. For more information visit mccmb.ca/vietnam-laos-learning-tour or contact Joanna Hiebert Bergen at 204-925-1918. Registration deadline: November 30.
Dec. 2nd at 7pm Yuri Klaz and The First Mennonite Church choir invite you to a joyous Advent concert featuring Vivaldi's Magnificat, Mozart's Te Deum and two Bach Cantatas; #61 Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland and #142 Uns ist ein Kind Geboren at the church on 922 Notre Dame Ave. An offering will be taken.