WELCOME TO OUR WORSHIP SERVICE
August 27, 2017 – 10:45 a.m.
Theme: “Passing on the Faith”
GATHERING AS GOD'S PEOPLE
Prelude ~ Hymns of Faith
Welcome and Lamp Lighting
We light a light in the name of the God who creates life, the Son who loves life, and the Spirit who is the fire of life. Thanks be to God who unites us in our hope, faith and life.
Call To Worship and Opening Prayer
HWB 87 Great is the Lord
Oh God, You Are My God
HWB 328 O God, our help in ages past
Litany of Faith
Prayer and Offering ~ Faith Medley
PROCLAIMING GOD'S WORD
This Little Light of Mine
Scripture Reading ~ Deuteronomy 4:9, 11:18-19
Meditation ~ "Fostering Faith"
RESPONDING TO GOD'S WORD
Worship Music ~ Find Us Faithful by Jon Mohr
Congregational Life and Sharing
SENDING GOD'S PEOPLE
HWB 327 Great is thy faithfulness
Postlude ~ shine on us by Michael W. Smith and Debbie Smith
Welcome Centre ~ Linda Esau
Ushers ~ Elmer Kehler (Head), Levi Hiebert and Trudy Hiebert
Visuals ~ Lavina Thiessen and June Snider
Sound Technician ~ Dave Funk
Prelude ~ John Kasdorf, Harmonica Player
Worship Leader ~ Lee Hiebert
Music Team ~ Scott Friesen, Kendra Friesen, Toni Hiebert and Kayla Hiebert
Pianists ~ Karen Peters and Toni Hiebert
Guitarist ~ Scott Friesen
Offertory and Worship Music ~ Kristel Peters, Vocal Soloist
Children's Feature ~ Karen Peters with Lee Hiebert
Scripture Reader ~ Rudy Warkentin
Speaker/Organist ~ Karen Peters
Postlude ~ from the CD two thousand years ago by the a cappella group RESCUE
PRAYER & PRAISE
Please pray for:
· Hildegard Adrian, Corny Nikkel and Helen Schroeder in Bethesda Hospital
· Pastor Randy (Springstein Mennonite) and a team of 23 youth and young adults who will be returning from Manigotagan this afternoon.
Our sympathies and prayers go to Agatha Enns and family and friends on the death of her husband, John Enns, on Aug. 24th. The funeral service for John will be held on Tues., Aug. 29th at 2:00 p.m. at SMC, with a viewing prior to the service. The burial will follow at Heritage Cemetery.
CHURCH FAMILY INFORMATION
A volunteer or two is needed for about a year to maintain a miniature Peace Pole Park which will be created in front of our building. Questions may be directed to June Snider.
Sept. 24, Camp Moose Lake Closing Celebration. We are planning a bus trip to the celebration. Sign-up sheet is at the Welcome Centre. Please bring a bag lunch to church. We will leave after lunch. Contact Dave Funk for more info.
There is a 75th anniversary display in the Multipurpose Room.
Gym Comm. Contact: Isbrand Fehr
MC Canada Assembly Registration is open! You are invited to the Oct. 13-15 special 2017 Assembly in Wpg. Please contact Pastor Lee or the church office by Sept. 3rd if you’d like to be a delegate. We’re planning a meeting, in late Sept., so participants can go over assembly materials.
Aug. 20 - 26, 2017 – Our giving: Budget: $ 6.879.45 MC Canada: $300.00 Refugee: $100.00
SMC THIS WEEK
Today, NO Family Volleyball
Mon. Aug. 28, NO Men’s Volleyball
7:00 p.m. SMC 75th Anniversary Celebration Committee Meeting in MPR
Tues. Aug. 29, 7:00 p.m. Women’s Volleyball
Sept 9. 7:45 a.m. Men’s Prayer Breakfast at Uncle Jake’s
Speaker: Pastor Lee Hiebert. All welcome to join.
8:30a.m. Sunbeams Birthday Breakfast at Smitty's
Conference & Community
Sept. 16, 7:00 p.m. Grace Mennonite Church is hosting a fundraising concert with Alana Levandoski. See poster for details.
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.
Steinbach Bible College is offering two evening courses during the fall 2017 semester. Wisdom Literature with Gord Penner begins Sept. 7 and is offered in three 4-week modules on Thursday evenings, 7-9:45pm. Intro to Marketplace Ministry with Michael Zwaagstra is a 1-month evening intensive beginning Sept. 21, Thursdays, 7-9pm. Both courses are available for credit or audit. Details and registration online at SBCollege.ca or call 204-326-6451.
MC Canada Bulletin Announcements for Sunday – August 27, 2017
· Special Delegate Assembly 2017 (Oct. 13-15, Wpg.): Discernment Documents are now available at www.futuredirectionsmc.ca. These documents share important background and proposals for the re-organization of our Five Area Churches and MC Canada. Register for Special Assembly by September 8 and save $$. Register online at http://home.mennonitechurch.ca/winnipeg2017.
· How is your congregation adapting to changes in society? Culture shifts are opportunities for congregations to transform themselves and adjust to new realities. Download the short Covenant New Conversation Starter to stimulate your thinking: http://home.mennonitechurch.ca/winnipeg2017
· We need your voices! Youth are wanted at the 2017 Special Delegate Assembly, held in Winnipeg from October 13-15. Emerging Voices Initiative (EVI) is partnering with Mennonite Church Canada to invite financial support available to any youth interested in attending the gathering, with no need to apply. EVI will also be providing youth programming related to the Future Directions process. For more information and to donate, visit https://donate.mennonitechurch.ca/project/EVI-Youth2017.
· Volunteers needed! Mennonite Church Canada is seeking volunteers for the 2017 Special Delegate Gathering held in Winnipeg from October 13-15. Interested potential volunteers please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on this gathering, visit http://home.mennonitechurch.ca/winnipeg2017.
· The CommonWord Bookstore and Resource Centre in CMU’s Marpeck Commons, serves the church and community in vital ways. CommonWord is presently seeking volunteers with interest in working in this dynamic retail environment. For details about this opportunity please contact Arlyn at 204-594-0527 ext. 333.
· Celebrate the 10 Teams that have already registered for Ride for Refuge Team on Saturday, Sept. 30! Become a team captain and encourage the ministry of Witness workers who live far from home and families as they serve the church through International Minsitry. Register at https://rideforrefuge.org/charity/mennonitechurchca or contact Jason Martin at email@example.com or (226) 747-1833.
· Featured prayer request from the wider church (to receive regular prayer requests, subscribe to PrayerNet at: www.commonword.ca/ResourceView/59/7507):
· Pray for congregational study groups who are engaging discussions about Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. May the Mennonite Church Canada trilogy of special Intotemak issues and the newly released Lifting Hearts Off the Ground: Declaring Indigenous Rights in Poetry help the conversation. Find them here: www.commonword.ca/go/1204 and www.commonword.ca/go/1211 respectively.
MCC Manitoba Bulletin Announcements for August 27, 2017
Help displaced people in DR Congo - Armed conflict in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has displaced 1.4 million people, including 8,000 Mennonites. Families left fields and animals when they fled the violence and are facing a severe lack of food and increasing malnutrition. MCC is responding with Congolese Mennonite and Mennonite Brethren relief committees. Please keep those who have been forced from their homes, and those hosting them, in your prayers.
No Way to Treat a Child - You're invited to the Manitoba launch of "No Way to Treat a Child," a new campaign calling for an end of the abuse and detention of Palestinian children. Hear their stories and add your voice: September 7, 7:00 pm – Sturgeon Creek United Church, 207 Thompson Dr in Winnipeg.
We Are All Treaty People Celebration
September 17, 2017, 1 pm, The Forks, Winnipeg, MB
Come out to the Forks, near the Provencher Bridge, for food, music, games and more to build and celebrate relationships, raising awareness for Treaty 1.
MCC Manitoba Student Awards - Apply by September 30 if you're interested in work that aligns with MCC’s areas of focus (like peace, restorative justice, human rights, servant leadership and sustainable development). For more information and to apply, visit http://mccmb.ca/studentawards
MC Manitoba Update
Partnerships Circles continuing
Steinbach Mennonite is serving and building relationships in Manigotagan this week.
MC Manitoba Bulletin Announcements
Mennonite Church Manitoba is accepting applications for the position of Associate Program Director of Camping Ministries (APD). The APD oversees all aspects of our summer and winter programs and provides on-going support and training to all summer program staff and volunteers. This is a 1.0 fte position. The application deadline is September 21, 2017. For more information please visit our “News” page at www.campswithmeaning.org.
Camp Moose Lake: Come celebrate the ministry, come say good-bye. September 24, 2017 at Camp Moose Lake. Worship and reminiscing start at 2:30pm, BBQ supper, stay as late as you need. No RSVP necessary. More info at www.mennochurch.mb.ca.
Camp Assiniboia Square Dance and Pie Spectacular Fundraiser. September 30, 6:30-9:00pm in the barn at Camp Assiniboia. No dancing skills required. Bring your family and extra toonies for the pie walk... We will need pies. campswithmeaning.org, News for more info.
MCM RETIRED PASTOR’S AND SPOUSE Retreat is being planned for October 30 at Camp Assiniboia. Mark this date in your calendar and watch for more details coming to your church! For further information or questions, contact Rick Neufeld at 204-896-1616 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Canadian Mennonite University Events and Opportunities for Church Bulletins
1. CMU greatly values the contribution of students from other countries and cultures who bring new perspectives and customs into CMU’s already diverse community. International students from over 25 countries comprise about 12% of CMU’s student body. Please pray for international students as they prepare to leave their families and homes to come study at CMU.
2. The CommonWord Bookstore and Resource Centre in CMU’s Marpeck Commons, serves the church and community in vital ways. CommonWord is presently seeking volunteers with interest in working in this dynamic retail environment. For details about this unique volunteer opportunity please contact Arlyn at 204-594-0527 ext. 333.
3. Need to stimulate your thinking? Consider an evening course at CMU this fall. Among many other courses, options available for audit or credit include Theology of the Book of Exodus, Reading Christian Classics (live-streamed), Models for Peace and Conflict Transformation and Just and Sustainable Food Systems. Go to cmu.ca/timetable for more information.
4. Join host Aaron Epp for Sunday@CMU, 8:30–8:45 am on CFAM Radio 950 or CJRB Radio 1220. Enjoy 15-minutes of inspiration featuring CMU music ensembles, biblical meditations and interviews with faculty, staff, students, and alumni. For info and archived programs go to cmu.ca and search for Sunday at CMU.