Church Bulletin

Willkommen zum deutschen Gottesdienst

12. Februar 2017 - 9.00 Uhr morgens

Eine Begegnung mit Gott – Bist du Bereit?


» Da zeigte sich Gideon der Engel des HERRN und sagte: »Gott mit dir, du streitbarer Held!« Richter 6:12




Begrüßung & Eröffnung


Gottes Wort

Versammlungslieder – GM 37 Großer Gott wir loben Dich

GM 47 O Gott sei gelobt

Bibeltext – Richter 6 – 7

Predigt – Der Herr ist mit dir!



Bekanntmachungen & Gebet

Kollekte – GM 29 Gib Gott die Ehre

GM 387 Einzig dich mein Herzenheiland




Schlusslied – GM 148 Solange Jesus bleibt der Herr




Gottesdienstleitung ~ Siegfried Durksen

Botschaft ~ Fernando Hiebert

Versammlungslieder ~ Berta Schroeder

Klavier ~ Jennifer Hiebert

Hauptordner ~ Taylan Schroeder

Tontechniker ~ Ronni Hiebert



Feb. 26, Wir moechten the ganze Gemeinde zu einem feierlichen Gottesdienst als eine Abschlussfeier des deutschen Gottesdienstes in der SMC einladen und auch zusaetzlich noch den Abschied von Pastor Fernando Hiebert feiern. Zwischen den beiden Gottesdiensten wollen wir in der Sporthalle einen Kaffee mit Kuchen geniessen um auch so unsere Freundschaften im SMC zu feiern.


February 12, 2017 – 11:00 a.m.

Focus: How we understand the Bible






Congregational Singing ~

Mountain of God

Days of Elijah

Colossians 3:17 (Let the Words of the Lord)



Congregational Life and Prayer

Offering ~ Ancient Words



Children's Feature

Congregational Song ~ Circle of God's People

Scripture Reading: Gen. 1:1-5, John 1:1-4 and 14

Sermon: “In the Beginning . . . the Word”




Closing Song ~ Go in Peace




Worship Leader ~ Eric Rempel

Sermon ~ Victor Kliewer

Children's Feature ~ Cass Wieler

Song Leader ~ Scott and Kendra Friesen, Toni and Kayla Hiebert

Organist ~ Margarete Dyck

Sound ~ Matt Wieler

Head Usher ~ Taylan Schroeder

Welcome Center ~ Hans and Irmtraut Hiebert



Please pray for:

s  Agnes Steingart who is not doing well.

s  Judy Lafournaise who continues to struggle with health issues




Tonight at 7:00 p.m., as we approach the end of an era at Steinbach Mennonite Church, we invite all members and recently released members to a communion service. In this special evening service we will have opportunity to reflect on our experiences of the past months and how we have felt the presence of God’s Spirit in our midst. We also want to ask where God may be leading us in the future and bless each other for the journey ahead. “Praise the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!” (Psalm 103:1)

We would like to express our appreciation to Katie Giesbrecht for the Card Ministry that she has carried on for our congregation for many years.

We have been notified that the rest of the Mulamba family is now on its way to Canada. We expect to greet them at the airport Mon., Feb.13th. Our refugee fund is almost depleted. We need additional donations to get this family on its feet. We estimate that we will need $10,000. Donations to the refugee fund are above budget, so mark your gifts “Refugee Assistance”. If, in the end, we find that we have more money in this fund than we need, the surplus will be sent to MCC for refugee assistance.

We pray a blessing for each of the following as we honour their request to be released from their membership at SMC:
Wanda Dueck                            Franz & Neta Enns
Graciela Enns                           Trevor Harder
Waldemar & Bertha Harder       Cornelius & Liliane Penner
Amanda Reimer                        Aline Sawatzky            
Jason & Teresa Sawatzky

Gym Comm. Contact: Isbrand Fehr  



Today, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Family Volleyball

Mon. Feb. 6, 6:45 p.m. Men’s Volleyball

Tues. Feb. 7, 7:00 p.m. Women’s Volleyball

Feb. 18, 6:00 p.m. Arkbuilders: We will be having a potluck supper and table games evening. Please bring a large casserole or a large salad and your favorite table games. 


Feb. 5 - 11, 2017 - Our Giving: $9.131.16



Feb. 21, 7:00 p.m. Vision Council Meeting
7:00 p.m. Sunbeams meet in kitchenette

Feb. 26, 9:00 a.m. We would like to invite the whole congregation of SMC for a Celebration Service in a concluding German Worship Service at SMC and a Farewell for Pastor Fernando Hiebert. We will enjoy coffee and cookies in the Gym between the morning services where we can connect and celebrate our friendships.

Feb. 27, 9:00 a.m. Quilting Day in the kitchenette

March 5, 10:15 a.m. Sunday School Parent and Teacher discussion about future Sunday school programming in the kitchenette

March 5, 2:30 p.m. SMC Annual Membership Meeting



9:00 a.m. German Sunday School upstairs

9:45 a.m. English Sunday School
Preschool (Age 2–Kindergarten)
 – Kitchenette

School-Age (Gr. 1-12) – Upstairs


  • Young Adults with Ed Peters Room # 217
  • Bible Study in Room # 109
  • Current Issues in MPR
  • Informal visiting with coffee, maté, and tereré in gym


nurture Schedule

Boys Club - Wed. Feb. 15, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. Gym Night

Girls Club - Wed. Feb. 15, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. Games Night at church. Please bring your favorite board or card game. Please note change in schedule.

Jr. Youth - Wed. Feb. 15, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Valentine’s Day Party



Water is essential to life. For Indigenous peoples, that makes water sacred. Pray that the Holy Spirit will stir our communities to discern what the protection of sacred waters and defence of Indigenous land rights means to all of us. Pray for those seeking to protect water sources along the path of the Dakota pipeline at Standing Rock in North Dakota.



Camps with Meaning camper registration is now open for all three locations! For details visit

Jan. 29 – March 4, Major exhibition from Germany. Synagogues in Germany: A Virtual Reconstruction. This is being shown for the first time in Canada at MHC Gallery, 600 Shaftesbury Blvd.

Feb. 23, 7:00 p.m. Steinbach Community Assistance Center Inc. (Thrift Store) invites you to the annual meeting at SMC. Hear reports by the board, by managers, financial updates, elections and special speaker Stefan Epp Koop. There will be coffee and snacks served. Everyone Welcome.

March 2, 6:30 p.m. YFC Festival of Friends Fundraising Dinner at SMC. Call 204-326-4366 for more info. Seating limited.

March 18, 1:00 – 9:00 p.m. Save the date! The Camps with Meaning "Raise the Roof" Song-a-thon.



Steinbach Mennonite Church is faithfully following Christ in worship and service by making disciples, building community and reaching out to the world.

Welcome Visitors

Thank you for worshipping with us this morning. If you are visiting with us, we welcome you and would like to get to know you. We invite you to introduce yourself to us at the Welcome Centre. Some basic information about our church is available to you there.                                   

MC Canada Bulletin Announcements for Sunday – February 12, 2017

·         New documents outlining the re-vitalization of Mennonite Church Canada and Area Churches as a result of our Future Directions process have been posted at


·         Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights: Save the date – April 23 – May 14 – to join all or part of a 600 km Pilgrimage from Kitchener-Waterloo to Ottawa stopping at 21 churches and engaging in teach-ins, all in support of Canada’s implementation of UNDRIP (United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples). Web site and resources to come.


·         Resource links have been added to the statement and call to prayer released by MC Canada in response to the deadly mosque attack in Quebec on Jan. 28: Please continue to uphold in prayer the victims, their families, and their communities.


·         Save the date: Mennonite Church Canada delegates are invited to a special assembly Oct. 13-15 in Winnipeg, Man. The event will begin with a dinner on Friday and conclude with worship on Sunday. The venue, costs, and other details are pending. More info to come.



Steinbach Community Assistance Center Inc. invites you to the annual meeting February 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm, at the Steinbach Mennonite Church at 345 Loewen Blvd. in Steinbach. Hear reports by the board, by managers, financial updates, elections and special speaker Stefan Epp Koop. There will be coffee and snacks served. Everyone Welcome. =


Canadian Mennonite University                                                                                                                          



Three Key Announcements


1.      On Wednesday, April 5 plan to attend “Gather. Give. Celebrate. Spring at CMU”, a celebrative evening in support of CMU. The evening will include awarding Christian Peacemaker Teams with the CMU PAX Award; recognizing the leadership of the Capital Campaign Cabinet in constructing Marpeck Commons; music by the CMU Singers; and input and reflection from faculty, alumni, and students.  For more information see


2.       Xplore: Keep Thinking: enrol in CMU’s 55-Plus Enrichment Program, offered Wednesday mornings at CMU from March 8 – April 12. Courses include Disorientation and Delight: Biblical Wisdom and the Presence of God with Gordon Matties (Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies & Theology). For information and to enrol go to


3.      As people of peace in a world with much violence, the Canadian School of Peacebuilding is a great place to learn peacebuilding skills, to connect with other peacebuilders, and to hear inspiring stories. Come join our wildly diverse community for a 5-day session, June 12-16 or 19-23, 2017. More information is available at or



Additional Announcements as Space Permits

4.       Enjoy an exciting evening of vocal and instrumental performances at CMU’s Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition on February 15 at 7:00 PM in the Laudamus Auditorium, 500 Shaftesbury Blvd. Finalists Alexander Milevic, Alyssa Hildebrand, Anneli Loepp Thiessen, Elowen Braunstein-Black, Emma Heinrichs, and Nolan Kehler will be featured. Admission is free.


5.       Worship with us at CMU Vespers, a monthly worship service incorporating scripture, prayer, hymns, and choral music. This month’s choir director is John Poettcker and worship leader is Irma Fast Dueck. Sunday, February 19, 7:00 PM, Laudamus Auditorium, 500 Shaftesbury Blvd.


6.       Join presenters Gil Dueck, Jamie Howison, Lloyd Letkeman, Carol Letkeman, Irma Fast Dueck, Hilde Marsch, and more at CMU for A Transformative Moment: Seeking God in the Transitions of Young Adulthood, a one-day workshop for pastors and lay leaders who are interested in exploring the intriguing transitions of young adult-hood. The event will be held February 25th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM in the CMU Conference Room, 600 Shaftesbury Blvd. For more information go to


7.      You are warmly invited to an evening of musical theatre with CMU Opera Workshop’s presentation of H.M.S. Pinafore. Performances will be held Thursday, March 9 to Saturday March 11 at 7:00 PM and Sunday at 2:30 PM in the Laudamaus Auditorium, 500 Shaftesbury Blvd. Tickets available at the door: adults $20; students $15.


MCC Manitoba Bulletin Announcements for February 12, 2017



Special Event: Wintertreffen
Sunday, February 26, 2:30 pm, 409 Recreation Centre, Arborg
Join us at the Arborg Bifrost Community Centre for an afternoon of music and updates on MCC's local and international work opp Plautdietsch followed by a potluck faspa! For more information visit


MCC Manitoba welcomes applications for Community Engagement Coordinator (12 month term position) based in Winnipeg. Applications are accepted until February 13. For more information and to apply, please visit


MCC Canada welcomes applications for Humanitarian Relief & Disaster Recovery Coordinator (12 month term position) based in Winnipeg. Applications are accepted until February 16. For more information and to apply, please visit


MCC is accepting applications for Summerbridge 2017. This 8-12 week service program provides opportunities for young adults to develop leadership skills and deeper engagement with their local church and community. The program encourages participation of young people from diverse cultural backgrounds. If you are interested in learning more about Summerbridge, please contact Katie Froese at or 204-925-1929.


MC Manitoba Church Bulletin Announcements


Camps with Meaning is looking for a volunteer nurse for the ADV Winter Retreat at Camp Assiniboia February 20-22. If you or someone you know can help in any way please call 896-1616 ext. 254 or email


Camps with Meaning camper registration is now open for all three locations! For details visit


Save the date! The Camps with Meaning "Raise the Roof" Song-a-thon will be March 18th from 1-9 PM!


Camps with Meaning staff and volunteer applications are now available at



Justice and peace in Palestine and Israel:  a gathering in follow-up to Mennonite Church Canada's resolution on Palestine and Israel, passed in July. If you are interested in moving the resolution forward or want to know more about what the resolution means for our churches, please join us for:  a) fellowship around Palestinian snacks; b) updates from the national working group assigned to the resolution; c) information on  MCC's advocacy on Palestine and Israel; d) discussion about avenues for awareness and action in our congregations.  Wednesday, February 15, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Home Street Mennonite Church, 318 Home Street. For more information call Carolyn Epp-Fransen (204 488-6354) or Byron Rempel-Burkholder (204 831-5207).


Mennonite Church Manitoba gathering will be happening at Emanuele Church in Winkler over March 3, 4. March 3rd will have worship and March 4th with have business.  


Lowe Farm Bergthaler Church invites you to take part in a Mission Fest weekend February 24-26. Beginning Friday evening at 7:30 pm Henry and Gerald Neufeld will be speaking.  Saturday afternoon from 3 pm -5 pm, Steve Heinrichs will be leading the proceedings followed by a soup and bread supper at 5:30 pm with an evening concert at 7 pm with Kim Thiessen and Darryl Neustaedter Barg. Sunday morning church begins at 10:40 am with another message by Steve Heinrichs concluding with a potluck lunch. Please bring something for the potluck if you plan on attending. We hope to see you there.



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