Church Bulletin


Fifth Sunday of Lent

April 2, 2017 10:45 a.m.





Call to Worship

Leader: Come! Bring your weary bones and your crushed souls.

All:          Restore us, O God! We breathe.

L.:           Come! Bring your dashed hopes and your broken dreams.

All:          Restore us, O God! We breathe.

L.:           Come! Bring your heavy sorrow and lingering sadness.

All:          Restore us, O God! We breathe.

L.:           Bring all that you have and all that you are.

The Spirit is here to breathe life into all that is lifeless.

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

STJ 1 We sing to you, O God

HWB 216 Christ, whose glory fills the skies



Congregational Life and Prayer




Children's Feature

Quartet -O God, how we have wandered

Congregational Song – HWB 136 From the depths of sin

Scripture Reading: Psalm 130; John 11

Sermon: “Those who wait for the morning”




Closing Song – HWB 419 Move in our midst



Worship Leader ~ Bev Unger

Sermon ~ Darryl Loewen, Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba

Children's Feature ~ Bev Unger

Song Leaders/Worship Music ~ Rudy & Henriette Schellenberg, Leona Hildebrand, Gerry Sapinsky

Piano/Organ ~ Karen Peters

Prelude/Offertory/Postlude ~ Karen Peters

Sound ~ Mark Hildebrandt



Our Sunday morning schedule will be slightly altered on a trial basis until July and evaluated before September.  The following timetable begins today.

      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 (flexibility until 12:00 p.m. on special occasions)



Please pray for:

·         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)

·         Micheline Bangu who is recovering from a recent car accident

·         Leonard Klassen who  is recovering from  surgery

Helen Schroeder and her family would like to thank everyone who called, visited, sent food, flowers, cards, after the loss of her husband Bill. Special thanks to the many people who helped us with the funeral service. Your prayers and support are appreciated during this difficult time.



We pray a blessing for each of the following as we honour their request to be released from their membership at SMC:
Peter & Margaret Wiebe

Copies of Gerald Gerbrandt’s Sunday School presentation from March 26th are at the Welcome Centre.

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

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



Today, 12:00 p.m. SMC Budget Membership Meeting in the sanctuary.
After the meeting Vision Council invites you to a potluck lunch in the kitchenette. It will be an opportunity to continue conversation with Daryl Loewen.
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Family Volleyball

Mon. April 3, 6:45 p.m. Men’s Volleyball

Tues. April 4, 7:00 p.m. Women’s Volleyball



April 10, 7:30 p.m. Personnel Committee Meeting in MPR

April 11, 7:00 p.m. Vision Council Meeting in MPR

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!


9:30 a.m. SUNDAY SCHOOL for all ages

Preschool (Age 2–Kindergarten) – Room 106

School-Age – Upstairs


·         This morning we are meeting with Daryl Loewen, MCC Manitoba in the sanctuary.

·         Next Sunday we will continue with the course "The Bible, the Faith Community, and Understanding our Sexuality." Our guest speaker will be Val Hiebert of Providence University College. The schedules for this course are at the Welcome Centre. The class meets in the sanctuary.



March 26 - 31, 2017 – Our giving: $ 8,569.70


nurture Schedule

Jr. Youth - Wed. April 5, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Session  



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.

Hanover Public Schools will offer Religious Exercises & Religious Instruction in each school where sufficient parents so request. Please fill out a separate petition/permission form at the Welcome Centre for each school your children attend.  Deadline is Sunday, April 16.  (Slips distributed by Discovery Time teachers this year only gave permission for Religious Instruction.)

MC Manitoba is accepting applications for the position of Resident Manager at Camp Moose Lake.  This is a 4 month term position (1.0 fte) from May 1 – Aug 31.  The Manager is directly responsible for the management of Camp Moose Lake, overseeing all aspects of its operation including facilities and the guest group rental program.  Please send inquiries to Dorothy Fontaine 204-896-1616 ext 256 or  A detailed job description can be found at, News.

Camps with Meaning is seeking volunteers as health officer, kitchen help, or maintenance help for a week this summer. Please email or call (204) 895-2267 if you are interested.

Camp Assiniboia is looking for people to join our Volunteer Maintenance Crew. If you would like to help us with woodworking projects, carpentry projects, repairs, grounds keeping, or gardening (vegetable and flower) then please contact David Hogue 204 864 2159 ext 100. Join us in building our vision for Camp.

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

MC Canada Bulletin Announcements for Sunday – April 2, 2017

·         The Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights is excited to report that 28 walkers have registered so far. Follow the progress on Facebook 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:

·          Featured prayer request from the wider church: In these unsettled times, pray that the Holy Spirit will whisper truths of love and encouragement to all those belonging to the Body of Christ. May we seek paths of love and respect, finding unity in the midst of disagreement and hope in the face of despair.

·         Let’s Connect! Would you like to develop your leadership abilities from an Anabaptist perspective while staying in your current vocation? Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary’s Master of Divinity (MDiv) Connect program offers you in-depth biblical and theological study, spiritual formation and vocational internships — right where you live.

We breathe…

Spring at CMU –You’re warmly invited to the 2017 annual fundraising evening in support of CMU on Wednesday April 5, 7:00 PM, 500 Shaftesbury Blvd. RSVP before April 4 to Joyce Friesen, or 204-594-0517. Gather. Give. Celebrate. 


  1. Celebrate with Outtatown students at Outtatown Guatemala & South Africa Graduation on April 9 at 2:00 PM in the Loewen Athletic Centre, 500 Shaftesbury Blvd.


  1. Upcoming concerts at CMU (for more information see
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.


MCC Manitoba Bulletin Announcements for April 2, 2017



Grow Hope with us!

Spring is on the way—will you sign up today to help end hunger by sponsoring an acre on the Grow Hope field? Last year, Grow Hope sponsors raised over $450,000 for MCC's account at Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Thanks to government matching, every gift will grow and turn into even more food for people facing food insecurity, drought and displacement. Find out more at or by calling (204)261-6381.


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


Special Event: Stations of the Cross
Good Friday, April 14, 12 pm, 396 Broadway, Winnipeg
Visit stations of the cross along Broadway to mark daily struggles of the hungry and homeless in Manitoba together with MCC Manitoba's Peacebuilding & Advocacy Program and other members of the Hunger Free Manitoba initiative. Meet at noon at Broadway Disciples United Church.


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