Church Bulletin

First Sunday of Lent

11:00 a.m. March 5, 2017


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.







Call to Worship

Leader: In the midst of many distractions, we gather, trusting in you, O


All:          Restore us, O God! We hunger.

L.:            In the midst of temptation to live in fear, we gather, trusting in you.

All:          Restore us, O God! We hunger.

L.:            In the midst of the challenges of daily living, we gather, craving your


All:          Restore us, O God! We hunger.

L.:            Come, worship the One who feeds our deepest hungers and sustains us with love.

All:          With all that we have and all that we are, we honour you.  Restore us, O God, to live in freedom and trust.


Congregational Song - STJ 29, You are all we have

Lenten Ritual: The Journey to the Cross

Congregational Song - STJ 29, You are all we have

Congregational Singing

HWB 369, Lord, whose love in humble service

HWB 66, O worship the King



Congregational Life

Beyond our Doors

Prayer and Offering



Children's Feature

Congregational Song - HWB 360, Break thou the bread of life

Scripture Reading: Luke 4:1-13

Sermon: “The Temptation of Jesus”




Closing Song - HWB 486, God of our life


Worship Leader  ~ Cheryl Esau

Sermon  ~  Victor Kliewer

Children's Feature ~ Bev Unger

Song Leaders/Worship Music  ~ Henriette & Rudy Schellenberg, Bev Rogers

Piano/Offertory/Postlude ~ Kim Sidorchuk

Organist/Prelude ~ Karen Peters

Sound ~ Matt Wieler



Please pray for:

·      Helen Sawatzky in St. Anne’s Hospital

·      Peter Dyck, Agnes Nikkel, Tina Nikkel,  Jessie Peters, Frieda Wallman, Helen Warkentin, Anne Unger (Bethesda Place), Agnes Ketler (Niverville),  Justina Rempel, (Maplewood), John Kathler (Bethania), Ben R. Dyck (Vita)

Our sympathies and prayers go to Victor & Helen Janzen on the death of their sister, Helen Peters, on Feb. 19th.  



Daylight Savings Time begins March 12th. Please remember to turn your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night.

We pray a blessing for each of the following as we honour their request to be released from their membership at SMC:
Adolf & Erna Bergen, Ernie & Marjorie Block, Sara Doerksen, Randy Dueck, Ewald & Leonie Enns, Eldon & Crasila Froese, Rudolf & Adela Froese, George & Anna Giesbrecht,  Fernando & Jennifer Hiebert, Stefan & Amalie Hiebert, Viktor & Romy Kehler, Theodor & Gerda Sawatzky, Thomas & Karina Thiessen

Gym Comm. Contact: Isbrand Fehr



Today, 10:15 a.m. Sunday School Parent and Teacher Meeting in Room 106
2:30 p.m. SMC Annual Membership Meeting with supper to follow.
Annual Reports books available in foyer.
No Family Volleyball due to Annual Meeting

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

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


March 12, Our focus in our worship and adult education time will be Conscience Canada. Our guests will be Ernie Wiens and Eric Unger.

March 14, 7:00 p.m. Vision Council meeting in the MPR

March 18, 7:00 p.m.  Arkbuilders - FILM - "The Singing Revolution", featuring the events which led to the independence of the Baltic States. See poster for details. All are welcome.


OFFERING:  Feb. 26 – March 4, 2017 – Our giving: $4,157.00


9:45 a.m. SUNDAY SCHOOL for all ages

Preschool (Age 2–Kindergarten) – Room 106

School-Age – Upstairs


  • Young Adults with Ed Peters Room # 217
  • Bible Study in Room # 109
  • Current Issues in MPR
  • New German adult class in the kitchenette:


nurture Schedule

Boys Club - Wed. March 8, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. Bible Stories Session

Girls Club - Wed. March 8, 7:00 – 8:25 p.m. MCC Thrift Store. Drop off and pick up at the thrift store. Bring $2 -$5 spending money.

Jr. Youth - Wed. March 8, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Session



Camps with Meaning camper registration open. See

March 5, 7:00 p.m. Vespers at MHV with Leona Hildebrand

March 7, 7:00 p.m. Dennis Hiebert will speak in the Providence Public Lecture Series, “Climate Change: Human Causes, Consequences, and Responses.” at Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre.

March 16, 7:00 p.m. Eden Foundation’s Dessert Night at SMC. See poster for details.

March 18, 1:00 – 9:00 p.m. The Camps with Meaning "Raise the Roof" Song-a-thon.  See poster for details.

Please go to for the expanded version of our bulletin.

MC Canada Bulletin Announcements for Sunday – March 5, 2017

  • 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. Details at


  • Those attending upcoming Area Church annual meetings will want to check out documents outlining the re-vitalization of Mennonite Church Canada and Area Churches as a result of our Future Directions process:


  • 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.


  •  Featured prayer request from the wider church (to receive regular prayer requests, subscribe to PrayerNet at:
    1. March 10-11 MC Sask delegates, members, and guests will be gathering together with the theme of Extending the Table: Enough for All. Pray that the bread and the cup will nourish all who are present, and that it might be a time of hope and joy as we gather in the presence of the Spirit to discuss and worship together.  



Save the date!  On April 8, Mennonite Collegiate Institute is celebrating “50 years of Musicals!”  A fundraising event, featuring original MCI cast performances from musicals including “Music Man”, 1978 & 2006, “Plain & Fancy” 2000, “The Sound of Music”, 2010 and much more.   Stay tuned for more information about this musical extravaganza!



The annual Manitoba MDS Awareness & Fundraising Events are approaching. Come hear MDS stories from 2016 projects and plans for 2017 - especially, Fort McMurray.  Please attend either the Arborg area supper at the Morweena E.M Church on APRIL 8th;  or the Altona area event ( Details to follow shortly ) on APRIL 22nd. See the poster for details.  Reserve your complimentary attendance by calling MDS at 1-866-261-1274.



Canadian Mennonite University                                                                                                                          



Three Key Announcements


  1. Prospective students (and their parents) - explore CMU on Campus Visit Day Friday, March 10. This is an opportunity to explore the campus, learn about CMU programs, attend a class, and interact with professors. For information go to


  1. Xplore: Keep Thinking: CMU’s 55-plus enrichment program begins this week. It is still possible to register on line at or in person at the first class, Wednesday, March 8, 9:00 or 10:30 AM.


  1. Want to encounter other cultures? Come hear fascinating stories and experience the diversity at the Canadian School of Peacebuilding. Courses run June 12-16 and June 19-23, 2017 and are a great opportunity to experience an inspiring community of people gathered to learn about peace. For more information, go to or email Apply by April 1 to avoid a $50 late fee.


  1. Don’t miss one of CMU’s performance highlights of the year! The CMU Opera/Musical Theatre Workshop presents their full production of H.M.S. Pinafore, or The Lass That Loved a Sailor.  Gilbert and Sullivan’s witty humour shines in this comic tale of love vs. rank, with performances from Thursday, March 9 to Saturday, Mar 11 at 7:00 PM and Sunday at 2:30 PM in the Laudamus Auditorium, 500 Shaftesbury Blvd. Tickets available at the door: adults $20; students $15.


  1. You are invited to upcoming concerts at CMU including

·         Bells and Whistles with Strings Attached, April 2 at 7:00 PM in the Laudamus
 Auditorium, 500 Shaftesbury Blvd.

·         Jazz at CMU, April 4 at 7:00 PM in the Great Hall, 500 Shaftesbury Blvd.

·         The Mennonite Community Orchestra, CMU’s Resident Orchestra, April 9 at 3:00 PM in the CMU Chapel, 600 Shaftesbury Blvd.

For more information see



MCC Manitoba Bulletin Announcements for March 5, 2017



MCC Canada welcomes applications for Director of Finance based in Winnipeg. Applications are accepted until March 15. For more information and to apply, please visit


Special Event: MCC in Haiti
Wednesday, March 15, 7 pm, Winkler

Thursday, March 16, 7 pm, Winnipeg

Join MCC Haiti Representative Rebecca Shetler Fast to hear about MCC's unique approach to respectful and sustainable faith-based international development work in Haiti. For location details and more information, please visit


IVEP Night
Thursday, March 23, 7 pm, 159 Henderson Hwy, Winnipeg
Every year we welcome young adults from around the world through MCC's International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP). Join us at Sam's Place as Winnipeg IVEP participants share a taste of their home countries: Bolivia, Germany and South Africa.


MCC Canada welcomes applications for MCC Canada Executive Director. Interested individuals are asked to apply online at by April 7. Any inquiries regarding this position can be sent to




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