WELCOME TO OUR WORSHIP SERVICE
Third Lent, March 19, 2017 – 11:00 a.m.
GATHERING AS GOD'S PEOPLE
Call to Worship
Leader: Sometimes we find ourselves in a dry and weary land..
All: Restore us, O God! We thirst.
L.: When our journey leads us to places that are parched and depleted,
All: Restore us, O God! We thirst.
L.: We long for your living water.
All: Restore us, O God! We thirst.
L.: Receive our worship as a sign of our yearning for you.
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
HWB 606 Oh, have you not heard
STJ 86 Taste and see
OUR LIFE TOGETHER
Congregational Life and Prayer
PROCLAIMING GOD'S WORD
Congregational Song – HWB 493 I heard the voice of Jesus say Scripture Reading: John 4:1-26
Sermon: “Baptized with Living Water”
RESPONDING TO GOD'S WORD
Closing Song - STJ 77 The peace of the earth be with you
Conscience Canada information: Following last Sunday's sermon by Ernie Wiens, if anyone would like more information about the work of Conscience Canada, this can be found at www.consciencecanada.ca.
Worship Leader ~ Alvie Martens
Sermon ~ Daryl Climenhaga
Children's Feature ~ Bev Unger
Song Leaders Music ~ Leona Hildebrand, Henriette & Rudy Schellenberg
Pianist/Offertory ~ Margarete Dyck
Organist/Prelude ~ Karen Peters
Postlude ~ Margarete Dyck and Karen Peters
Sound ~ Jim Martens
PRAYER & PRAISE
Please pray for our Missionairies:
· Ryan Dueck – Winnipeg
Rachel Klassen – Germany
Fredy & Rowena Hiebert - Bolivia
If you have a prayer request please contact our Prayer Chain coordinator Anne E. Froese, email@example.com.
CHURCH FAMILY INFORMATION
Important Announcements from Vision Council
Thank you for the excellent participation at our SMC Annual Membership Meeting on March 5th! Note the following two decisions.
1) Our Sunday morning schedule will be slightly altered on a trial basis until July and evaluated before September. The following timetable begins on Sunday, April 2:
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. ~ Sunday School for all ages
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. ~ Break
10:45 - 11:45 a.m. (flexibility until 12:00 p.m.) ~ Worship Service
2) Vision Council was asked to reconsider the SMC Budget Recommendation for 2017. This was done March 14th and will be presented during a SMC Budget Membership Meeting on Sunday, April 2 at 12:00 p.m. in the sanctuary.
SMC Deacons update: Due to the recent changes at SMC, we have two deacons at present, Helga Froese and Bev Unger. Please contact either one with any special health concerns. We are also looking for a rides coordinator for members needing help with transportation; if you are able to help with this task, please contact Pastor Victor.
An updated version of our SMC Telephone Directory is in the foyer. Please check and initial your contact information. If you’d like to update your picture, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or drop off a picture to be scanned. Otherwise last year’s pictures will be used.
SMC THIS WEEK
Today, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Family Volleyball
Mon. March 20, 6:45 p.m. Men’s Volleyball
Tues. March 21, 7:00 p.m. Women’s Volleyball
7:00 p.m. Sunbeams
9:45 a.m. SUNDAY SCHOOL for all ages
Preschool (Age 2–Kindergarten) – Room 106
School-Age – Upstairs
Adult Sunday School Course: Starting today, we are offering the course "The Bible, the Faith Community, and Understanding our Sexuality." We are reviewing biblical perspectives on our sexuality, with particular focus on same-sex relationships. The class meets in the sanctuary; other classes will not be meeting separately during this time.
Boys Club - Wed. March 22, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. Glow Bowling Party! *Please bring $5.00 plus snack money. Wear white! Drop off & pick up at bowling alley.
Girls Club - Wed. March 22, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. Ice Cream Sundae Party & Farewell. *Please bring your favorite sundae topping to share*.
Jr. Youth - Wed. March 22, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Swimming.
COMMUNITY & CONFERENCE EVENTS
March 21, 7 p.m. Providence Lecture Series presents Patrick Franklin, “Suffering, Dignity, and Medical Assistance in Dying: A Christian Response”. The event is at the Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre.
Mon. March 27, 9:00 a.m. MCC Blanket Making Day at SMC - Come for the whole day or part of the day and bring a bag lunch.
German Hymnals are available for purchase for $5.00 each. Please make cheques payable to SMC (mark “for German hymnal”).
Sun. April 2, Darryl Loewen, Executive Director MCC Manitoba, will be our guest speaker. Vision Council invites all to a potluck lunch following the service, to continue conversation with Darryl Loewen. Please bring finger foods for sharing.
Wed. April 12, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Easter Sunday Choir rehearsal led by Val Peters. All interested singers are invited to join!
The Canadian School of Peacebuilding is again offering excellent courses at CMU this June. See information on the bulletin board or at wwwcsop.cmu.ca.
Emmaus House – If you, or someone you know, is a university student looking for accommodation in Winnipeg for the summer or for the 2017/18 academic year, take a look at Emmaus House! Located in the heart of Winnipeg, Emmaus House is a place where students can find support academically, spiritually, in lives of service, healthy living and relationship and fun. Check out their website at: emmaushousewinnipeg.ca.
“Let’s agree whatever our Faith We Are Family!” read the digital advertising purchased by Emmaus Mennonite Church for the week following the shooting at a Quebec mosque on January 29, 2017. Read in their own words, their motivations for doing this in this week’s Your Church at Work: http://www.commonword.ca/go/1104.
Note for worship leaders: This Sunday, whether you choose to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (March 21) or celebrate World Water Day (March 22), CommonWord Bookstore and Resource Centre has collected worship resources to help you prepare:
Note for pastors and church leaders: AMBS preaching Seminar: Living in the Belly of the Whale: What Jonah Teaches Us About the Art and Theology of Preaching: March 30, 31; and May 25, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT each day. Explore Jonah as a preacher’s tale, surveying the theological and practical wisdom it offers for today through drama, visual art, discussion, silent reflection and sermons in this three-day seminar led by Allan Rudy-Froese, Ph.D., associate professor of Christian proclamation. Held at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana. Cost: $350. http://www.ambs.edu/lifelong-learning/preaching-seminar
Grace and peace be with you all.
Janelle Thiessen van Esch on behalf of the Equipping Weekly Team
Bulletin Announcements for Sunday – March 19, 2017
· Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights: The lawyer in Luke 10 asks, “And who is my neighbour?” Jesus recounts the story of the Good Samaritan after which the lawyer answers his own question: “The one who had mercy on him.” And Jesus said, “Go and do likewise.” Save the date – April 23 - May 14 – to join all or part of a 600 km pilgrimage of neighbours from Kitchener-Waterloo to Ottawa. Further details at www.pfir.ca.
· Future Directions: Those attending upcoming Area Church annual meetings - or in case you missed the AGM in your region –check out documents outlining the re-vitalization of Mennonite Church Canada and Area Churches that positions congregations as centres of worship and mission: futuredirectionsmc.ca/the-proposal.
· Save the date: Mennonite Church Canada delegates are invited to a special assembly Oct. 13-15 in Winnipeg, Man. to review the final proposal of the Future Directions process. 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: www.commonword.ca/ResourceView/59/7507):
· What does it mean for Anabaptists to live out faith in community? Mike Nimz, a resource worker with the Mennonite Trust in the UK, and his wife Cheryl, a volunteer with the Anabaptist Network in the UK, say it begins with showing vulnerability and being accountable to one another. Pray for Mike and Cheryl as they embody these traits and encourage community through their partnership with Mennonite Church Canada.
· AMBS webinar: Intercultural Leadership in Diversity-Oriented Churches: Thursday, March 23, 2–3:30 p.m. EDT. In this interactive webinar, A. Brian Leander, Ph.D., will introduce the concept of “cultural intelligence” and share findings from cultural intelligence research to help leaders who want to learn more about how they can enhance and support diversity in congregational and organizational life. This webinar is an offering of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary’s Church Leadership Center. Cost: $20 by noon on March 22; $30 after. Your first AMBS webinar is free of charge! http://www.ambs.edu/lifelong-learning/webinars
· Want to learn more about Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary but can't make it to our Elkhart, Indiana, campus? Connect with us at the Seminary and Theological School Virtual Fair on March 29. The fair is a free online event where you can interact with faculty, students and admissions staff. Register today to get answers to your questions. http://www.ambs.edu/admissions/visit
- Leading the local church in changing times brings all manner of challenges to pastors and church leaders. Both The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) and Providence University College & Theological Seminary are committed to supporting the local church as it carries the gospel through its members into the world beyond.
1. On Wednesday, April 5 plan to attend Spring at CMU – an evening fundraiser in support of CMU’s mission and programs. The CMU PAX Award will be presented to Sarah Thompson, Executive Director of Christian Peacemaker Teams, and we will celebrate the leadership of the Capital Campaign Cabinet in constructing Marpeck Commons. Go to cmu.ca/springatcmu for more information.
2. CMU Open House, Wednesday, March 29: Be part of a grade 9–12 student ‘come and go’ Open House to explore programs and opportunities at CMU. Join a campus tour (scheduled every 30 minutes), participate in a class, meet professors and current students, and enjoy free gelato. Parents welcome. Drop in at Marpeck Commons (library and bookstore commons at 2299 Grant Avenue) anytime between 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. For more information go to cmu.ca/openhouse or call 204-594-0537.
3. Want to encounter other cultures? Come hear fascinating stories and experience the diversity at CMU’s 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 csop.cmu.ca or email email@example.com. Apply by April 1 to avoid a $50 late fee.
4. Upcoming concerts at CMU (for more information see cmu.ca/events:
· Bells and Whistles with Strings Attached, (handbell, flute and guitar ensembles) April 2 at 7:00 PM in the Laudamus Auditorium, 500 Shaftesbury Blvd. $5 admission.
· Jazz at CMU, April 4 at 7:00 PM in the Great Hall, 500 Shaftesbury Blvd., featuring CMU Jazz Band, Vocal Jazz Soloists and Jazz Guitar Duo. $5 admission.
· The Mennonite Community Orchestra, CMU’s Resident Orchestra, April 9 at 3:00 PM in the CMU Chapel, 600 Shaftesbury Blvd. , featuring guest soloist Matthew Pauls, baritone, CMU assistant professor of music. Admission $15 adults and $5 students, with 12 and under free.
5. The final CMU Choral Vespers service of the academic year will be held on Sunday, March 19 at 7:00 PM in the Laudamus Auditorium, 500 Shaftesbury Blvd. The theme is “Hold Us in Your Mercy”. Julie Doerksen will lead the choir and Dan Epp-Tiessen is the reader. All are welcome to attend.
6. : Celebrate J.S. Bach’s birthday with musicians around the world as musicians from the CMU community perform his music to uplift, educate, and entertain – all on CMU's Marpeck Commons pedestrian bridge. Join us Tuesday, March 21 from 10:00 –11:30 AM and 12:00 –1:30 PM.
7. at CMU: Celebrate World Poetry Day with poets stationed at vintage typewriters to write poems for you on demand, on Tuesday, March 21, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM, Marpeck Commons.
8. Online registration is now open for CMU Blazers Summer Sports Camps 2017!
· August 8-11: Junior (grades 4-6) multisport camp
· August 14-18: Youth (grades 8-10) volleyball and basketball camps
· August 21-25: Junior High (grades 6-8) volleyball and basketball camps
Canadian Mennonite University
Women Encountering Jesus Saturday April 29th 9:00-4:30pm You are invited by Mennonite Women Manitoba to come spend a day together exploring stories of women’s encounters with Jesus then and now. Our day will include: worship, engagement with a variety of spiritual practices, story telling, lunch and introduction to resources for the journey. Resource Person is Spiritual Director Laura Funk. Register online at: www.mennochurch.mb.ca or call 204-896-1616 and ask for Kathy Giesbrecht. Registration is $50.00. Location; Bethel Mennonite Church in Winnipeg.
The Camps with Meaning early bird deadline is March 31st. Registration info at www.campswithmeaning.org
Pax Cantata Chorus, a CMU alumni choir formed by Sean Goerzen, presents 'O come let us sing ', including Handel Chandos Anthem 8, Bach cantata 196, and Vivaldi Dixit Dominus, at Sargent Ave. Mennonite Church, April 2 7pm. Tickets at the door: 10$ regular, 7$ senior and student, 16 and under free.
Mennonite Church Manitoba
200-600 Shaftesbury Blvd.
Winnipeg MB R3P 2J1
T: 204 896-1616
F: 204 832-7804
SMC VISION STATEMENT
Steinbach Mennonite Church is faithfully following Christ in worship and service by making disciples, building community and reaching out to the world.