Church Bulletin

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Steinbach Mennonite Church

Fourth Sunday of Lent

11:00 a.m. March 26, 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.

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Call to Worship

Leader: Here in this place, we gather to worship. Open our eyes, O God!

All:          Restore us, O God! We see.

L.:           Here in this place, we gather to give you our hearts.

All:          Restore us, O God! We see.

L.:           Here in this place, we gather to perceive you in all your glory.

All:          Restore us, O God! We see.

L.:           Remove our blindness so that we might honestly see ourselves

and humbly worship 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

Congregational Singing

Open the eyes of my heart

HWB 545 Be thou my vision



Congregational Life and Prayer




Children's Feature

Congregational Song – HWB 369 Lord, whose love in humble service

Scripture Reading: Psalm 19:7-10, 2 Tim. 3:14-17

Sermon: “Sweeter also than Honey”




Closing Song – Our God



Worship Leader ~ Victor Kliewer

Sermon ~ Gerald Gerbrandt, Canadian Mennonite University

Children's Feature ~ Bev Unger

Song Leaders/Worship Music ~ Scott & Kendra Friesen, Toni & Kayla Hiebert

Organist ~ Margarete Dyck

Sound ~ Matt Wieler

Head Usher ~ Elmer Kehler



Please pray for:

·      Micheline Bangu in HSC recovering from a recent car accident

·      Leonard Klassen who will be having surgery on March 29th

“This past Sunday afternoon, I was called to be the Lead Pastor of the Springstein Mennonite Church starting May 1 (that's right another SMC). Both Leona and I want to thank each of you for all your support, encouragement and love during these past months of transition in our lives and invite your ongoing prayers as we begin this new ministry in Springstein.”               Randy & Leona Hildebrand



We pray a blessing for each of the following as we honour their request to be released from their membership at SMC:
Alvin & Rovena Sawatzky

SMC Lawn Care Position available for this summer. Contact a Trustee Member for more details.  

Important Announcements from Vision Council:

 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. ~ Worship Service

2)  SMC Budget Membership Meeting on Sunday, April 2 at 12:00 p.m. in the sanctuary.

Sun. April 2, Darryl Loewen, Exec. Dir. MCC Manitoba will be our guest speaker.  Vision Council invites you to a potluck lunch in the kitchenette following the service.  It will be an opportunity to continue conversation with Darryl Loewen.

SMC Deacons update: We have two deacons at present, Helga Froese and Bev Unger. Please contact either one with any special health concerns. We are looking for a rides coordinator. Contact Pastor Victor for more info.  

German Hymnals are available for purchase for $5.00 each.  Payment may be left at the office or with the offering (please mark clearly).

Gym Comm. Contact: Isbrand Fehr



March 12 – 24, 2017 – Our giving: $ 16,354.10



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

Mon. March 27, 9:00 a.m. MCC Blanket Making Day - Come for the whole day or part of the day and bring a bag lunch.
6:45 p.m. Men’s Volleyball

Tues. March 28, 7:00 p.m. Women’s Volleyball

Sat. April 1, 7:45 a.m. Men’s Prayer Breakfast at Uncle Jake’s
Speaker: Peter Harms    MC: David Giesbrecht
8:30 a.m. Sunbeams Birthday Breakfast at Smitty’s



 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!


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

Preschool (Age 2–Kindergarten) – Room 106

School-Age – Upstairs


·         Adult Sunday School course: Starting this morning, we are offering the 7-week 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 schedules for this course are in your church mailboxes and available at the Welcome Centre. The class meets in the sanctuary; other classes will not be meeting separately during this time.


nurture Schedule

Jr. Youth - Wed. March 29, NO EVENT DUE TO SPRING BREAK



The Canadian School of Peacebuilding is again offering excellent courses at CMU this June.  See information on the bulletin board or at

April 2, 7:00 p.m. Vespers at MHV

April 29, 9:00 – 4:30 p.m Women Encountering Jesus at Bethel Mennonite Church, 465 Stafford Ave. Winnipeg. $50 registration includes lunch, snacks and a resource booklet.



MC Canada Bulletin Announcements for Sunday – March 26, 2017

·       March 31 is the deadline to register for the Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights. Sign up now to join all or part of a 600 km pilgrimage of neighbours from Kitchener-Waterloo to Ottawa – April 23 - May 14. Details at

·         Might you still need an inspirational read this Lent?  CommonWord can get you material quickly, at no cost.  See


·         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:


·       Save the date: Mennonite Church Canada delegates are invited to a special assembly Oct. 13-15 in Winnipeg, 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:

·         Jeanette Hanson is a Witness worker for China ministry based in Rosthern, Sask., and is Associate Director of Mennonite Partners in China (MPC). Pray for her while she travels to China in March to coordinate ministry programs and connect with Chinese church leaders in the flourishing Anabaptist community there.


·         Transforming Congregational Conflict and Communication: April 12 to May 23. Explore the possibilities and pitfalls of courageously engaging in differences within congregational life in this online, six-week short course offered by the Church Leadership Center of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Instructor: Betty Pries, CMed, MTS, Ph.D. candidate. Cost: $200 up to March 22; $250 after March 22. CEUs available.


·         !Explore: A Theological Program for High School Youth gives students in grades 10, 11 and 12 an opportunity to ​explore ministry, develop their leadership gifts and listen for God’s call through a Congregational Experience and a Group Experience (July 11–26, 2017). Whom could you encourage to take part in this program of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary’s Centre for Faith Formation? Applications are being accepted now.


MCC Manitoba Bulletin Announcements for March 26, 2017



MCC Canada welcomes applications for Executive Assistant to Director of Programs based in Winnipeg. Applications are accepted until March 27. For more information and to apply, please visit


Special Event: Stolen Identities
Thursday, April 6, 7 pm, 159 Henderson Hwy, Winnipeg
Join Skip Gagnon, founder of the International Indigenous Adoptees Movement, who will share his personal story as a survivor of the Sixties Scoop. For more information, please visit


Film Night: Reserve 107 and For Love of a River
Monday, April 10, 7 pm, 159 Henderson Hwy, Winnipeg
Join us for the screenings of two inspiring documentaries that explore themes of injustice and reconciliation. The screening will be followed by a Q & A with the filmmakers and featured elder Ellen Cook. For more information, please visit


Canadian Mennonite University                                                                                                                          



Three Key Announcements



1.      Spring at CMU – You’re warmly invited to the 2017 annual fundraising evening in support of CMU. Wednesday April 5, 7:00 PM, 500 Shaftesbury Blvd. RSVP by March 29th to Joyce Friesen, or 204-594-0517. Gather. Give. Celebrate. 


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 or call 204-594-0537.


3.      Upcoming concerts at CMU (for more information see

·         Bells and Whistles with Strings Attached, showcasing CMU handbell and guitar ensembles, April 2 at 7:00 PM in the Laudamus Auditorium, 500 Shaftesbury Blvd. $5 admission.

·         Jazz at CMU  presenting CMU Jazz Band, Vocal Jazz Soloists and Jazz Guitar Duo, April 4 at 7:00 PM in the Great Hall, 500 Shaftesbury Blvd. $5 admission.

·         The Mennonite Community Orchestra, CMU’s Resident Orchestra, featuring guest soloist Matthew Pauls, baritone, CMU Assistant Professor of Music, April 9 at 3:00 PM in the CMU Chapel, 600 Shaftesbury Blvd. Admission $15 adults and $5 students, 12 and under free.

·         CMU Spring Choral Concert, with CMU Singers, CMU Women’s and CMU Men’s Choruses, April 22 at 7:00 PM in the Loewen Athletic Centre.



4.      Wondering if the Canadian School of Peacebuilding is for you?  If you are interested in peace and are between the ages of 21 and 90, the CSOP is for you. Check out our participant profiles to learn a little about some of the many diverse people who participate in the CSOP. For profiles and more information, go to or email Register now to join us, June 12-16 and 19-23, 2017. Apply now as costs go up after April 1.


5.       Celebrate with Outtatown students at Outtatown Guatemala & South Africa Gradation on April 9 at 2:00 PM in the Loewen Athletic Centre.


6.       Canadian Mennonite University invites inquiries and applications for the full-time salaried position of Maintenance Technician 2. Applications should be submitted immediately and will be reviewed upon receipt and accepted until this position is filled. Please share this opportunity with suitable candidates. Inquiries should be directed to Dianna Robson, Director of Human Resources at or 204-594-0532. 



7.       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

For more details visit, phone 204.487.3300, or email




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