Church Bulletin


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2017 – 10:00 A.M.

God's Faithfulness To All Generations – Psalm 100


Gathering as God’s People

People PowerPoint and Organ Prelude

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 - Litany

Opening Prayer

Congregational Singing

HWB 37 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

Mountain of God

Scripture Reading – Psalm 100

SMC Choir – Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart – A. Messiter, arr. J. Althouse

Prayer and Offering – To God Be The Glory


Proclaiming God’s Word

Children’s Feature

SMC Choir – For the Beauty of the Earth – K. Kocher, arr. K. Davis

Reflection – Randy Hildebrand

Congregational Song

HWB 327 Great is thy faithfulness

Responsive Scripture Reading

Reflection – Paul Dyck


Responding to God’s Word

Worship Music – The Lord is my Shepherd – Henry Smart

Congregational Life

Congregational Prayer


Sending God’s People

Congregational Song of Sending

HWB 118 Praise God from whom all blessings flow


Announcements and Mass Picture

75th Anniversary Litany


For God’s gracious gift of Steinbach Mennonite Church,

                a congregation striving to dwell in God’s presence,

                we remember with gratitude.


For those whose boundless vision and tireless sacrifice,

                built physical spaces to worship and serve together,

                we remember with gratitude.


For those who have journeyed ahead,

                leaving us examples of deep faith and trust for the future,

                we remember with gratitude.


For the Holy Scriptures, a lamp for our feet and a light for our path,

                studied and discerned together through many generations,

                we remember with gratitude.


For pastors called from among us and for pastors invited to join us,

                blessing us with gifts of leadership,

                we remember with gratitude.


For each one who lives and serves among us,

                comforting and caring, encouraging and forgiving,

                we remember with gratitude.


For God’s blessing and God’s grace to us, the Body of Christ,

                gifted and flawed, at times energetic and at times weary,

                we remember with gratitude.


For the renewal of heart, mind, and spirit, in excited anticipation of the years to come,

                we rest in the sacred space of God’s merciful love,

                and we remember always with gratitude.



(Based on: Psalm 100, Matthew 22, Mark 12, Luke 10, 1. Corinthians 13, John 21)


All: The Lord is good.  His steadfast love endures forever, His faithfulness to all generations.


Leader: The Pharisees gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked Jesus a question to test Him.  "Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?" One of the scribes came near and asked Jesus: "Which commandment is the first of all?" A lawyer stood up to test Jesus.  "Teacher," he said, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"


Congregation: Jesus said: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the greatest and first commandment.  And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”


Leader: If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels . . . if I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love,


Congregation: I am nothing.  I gain nothing.  I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.


Leader: Love is patient, love is kind.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.


Congregation: Love never fails.


Leader: When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter: "Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?"  Again Jesus said: "Simon son of John, do you love me?"  The third time He said to him: "Simon son of John, do you love me?"


Congregation: "Yes Lord," Peter said, "you know that I love you.  Yes Lord, you know that I love you.  Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you."


Leader: Jesus said: "Feed my lambs.  Take care of my sheep.  Feed my sheep."


All: The Lord is good.  His steadfast love endures forever, His faithfulness to all generations.


Please pray for:

·      Hildegard Adrian in Bethesda Hospital

·      Peter Dyck, Agnes Nikkel, Tina Nikkel,  Jessie Peters, Justina Rempel, Helen Warkentin, Anne Unger (Bethesda Place), Agnes Ketler (Niverville)

·      Murray & Evelyn Phillips, son in law and daughter of Peter Harms. Murray is battling brain cancer.



Oct. 11, 7:00 p.m. Special Delegate Assembly Discussion in the MPR
(or sanctuary).
SMC is sending 7 delegates to the Special Delegate Assembly  to discuss the future of MC Canada. In preparation for this important weekend all are invited to discuss, with the delegates, the two discernment guides put out by MC Canada. Please come with your questions, concerns and observations.  More info about the Assembly is at the Welcome Centre.

Beginning Sun., Oct. 8th and continuing through the rest of the Sundays in October, you are invited to bring an item for SouthEast Helping Hands food bank and Steinbach Community Outreach.  The food bank is very low on canned soups and out of pasta. The children will gather the items from you during the offering.

Gym Comm. Contact: Isbrand Fehr



Sept. 24 - 30, 2017 – Our giving:

Budget: $ 13,171.00  MCC: $ 1,000.00



Today, 10:00 a.m. Anniversary Worship Service
12:00 p.m. Thanksgiving Dinner.
Please bring a large salad and large pie (or 2 small ones). Chicken and potatoes will be provided. 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Family Volleyball

Mon. Oct. 2 6:30 p.m. Steinbach Mennonite Handbelles practice in kitchenette
6:45 p.m. Men’s Volleyball

Tues. Oct. 3, 7:00 p.m. Women’s Volleyball

Sat. Oct. 7, 7:45 a.m.  Men's Prayer Breakfast at Uncle Jake's Restaurant.  Come and bring a friend! Please note that Men's Prayer Breakfast will be held at 7:45 a.m. in the Restaurant the first Saturday of every month.



Oct. 10, 7:00 p.m. Church Board Meeting in the MPR

Oct. 14, 8:30 a.m. Sunbeams Birthday Breakfast at Smitty’s

Oct. 16, 6:30 p.m. Steinbach Mennonite Handbelles practice in kitchenette

Oct. 17, 7:00 p.m. Sunbeams meet in kitchenette


SUNDAY SCHOOL for all ages will continue on Oct. 8th



Oct. 1, 7:00 p.m. Vespers Service at MHV.


Welcome Centre – Linda Esau

Ushers – Henry Krahn (Head Usher), Elroy Peters, Krissi Peters, Larry Thiessen

Bulletin Cover Design – Daniela Hildebrandt

Visuals – Lavina Thiessen and June Snider

People PowerPoint Creator and Multimedia Operator – Kayla Hiebert

Organist – Karen Peters

Sound Technician – Rudy Nikkel

Worship Leaders – Lee Hiebert and Gary Martens

Litany – Written by Marg Rempel

Song Leader – Val Peters

Worship Team – Kendra Friesen, Val Peters, Lyle Peters and Ed Peters

Pianists – Margarete Dyck, Lyle Peters

Guitarist – Scott Friesen

Scripture Reader – Victor Kliewer

SMC Choir Conductor – Val Peters; Pianist – Henriette Schellenberg

Offertory – Margarete Dyck and Karen Peters

Children's Feature – Kathy Penner-Dyck

Reflections – Randy Hildebrand, Paul Dyck

Responsive Scripture Reading – Prepared by Paul Dyck

Worship Music – Leona Hildebrand and Henriette Schellenberg;
Pianist – Carol Martens



Logo and Poster Design – Kayla Hiebert

Anniversary Banners – Cheryl Esau, Sally Steingart and Anne Gunther

Photographers – Hans Hildebrandt, Lothar Dueck

Videographer and Video Editor – Mark Hildebrandt

Thanksgiving Dinner – Anne Froese, Marianne Sawatzky, Ingrid Penner and many volunteers

Table Centrepieces – Linda Esau, Antje Dueck and Georgia Sapinsky

Peace Pole Project – June Snider and Wilf Sawatzky

SMC 75th Anniversary Celebration Committee:

1. Karen Peters (Chair), Randy Hildebrand, Helen Funk, Carina Schroeder, John Enns, Rudy Schellenberg, Erwin Toews and Heidi Dueck

2. Karen Peters (Chair), Rudy Schellenberg, Randy Hildebrand, Ingrid Penner, Linda Esau, Marie Rempel, W. Jac Siemens and Lee Hiebert

SMC has erected four worship houses.  You have an opportunity to see all of them between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. today.

1. 1942 – This church stood at the angled intersection of three streets (mainly Reimer Ave. and Hanover St.).  Today it is a country residence.  Drive 7.0 km west from SMC (down Loewen Blvd. and PTH #52).  Turn north on ROAD 30 E and travel 2.2 km to 37078 on the west side.  You have permission to walk around the yard and take pictures.

2. & 3. 1951 and 1974 – These adjoined buildings at the corner of Barkman Ave. and Hanover St. are open for tours (417 Hanover St.). Please enter from Henry St.

3. 1989 – We welcome you to our current home at 345 Loewen Blvd.  Use the stairs or elevator to visit Steinbach Community Outreach on the second floor.

Call to Prayer for MC Canada Special Assembly:

 Mennonite Church Canada and Area Church leaders are requesting that all congregations in MC Canada set aside time to pray for the Future Directions: Covenant New nationwide restructuring process on the Sundays of October 1, as well as October 8 & 15. We invite your prayers for Calvin Quan as he moderates the Special Assembly, for others who are providing Assembly leadership or support and for delegates who participate. The special Assembly is an important juncture in our life together as a denomination. It will shape how we engage together in our common mission. Pray for the Assembly participants as they discern the wisdom of the Spirit, as we seek to align our church structures with how God is at work among us and in the wider world.


Mennonite Church Alberta shares with the rest of our congregations across Canada a bulletin insert entitled, “Why Change?” as another way to help prepare for Future Directions conversations taking place at Special Assembly 2017 in Wpg. (Oct. 13-15): Please share with your delegates, members, and inside Sunday Morning bulletins, on bulletin boards, and via your church email list.


In this week’s edition of Your Church at Work you can share the joys of ‘Connecting, Screen Free’ which The Barkmans – Mennonite Church Canada Witness Workers in Metro Manila, Philippines – have worked hard to teach their three children:


Thank you for all that you do in helping to share information and inspiration of your wider church at work in the world.


Grace and peace be with you all.

Janelle Thiessen van Esch on behalf of the Equipping Weekly Team

Canadian Mennonite University

1.       sixpointeight is a NEW youth, peace event rooted in the call of Micah to ‘do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God’. High school youth from across Manitoba and beyond are invited for a day of worship, fun, learning, and community – motivating youth to be peace-builders in the way of Jesus. Be inspired by Kathy Giesbrecht and Lloyd Letkeman, and creative TED Talk-style presentations focused on Self, Neighbours, Creation, and God. Sunday, October 15, 2017 | 2:00–8:00 PM at CMU. Full details and online registration


2.      Grand Opening of the Mennonite Heritage Archives. CMU, MC Canada, and the Centre for Transnational Mennonite Studies, via the Plett Foundation, are partnering to launch a new era. Opening, Reception, and Lecture on Thursday, October 5 at 7:00 pm in the Archives and Gallery at CMU. Dr. Royden Loewen will offer a lecture entitled ‘Hoax and Reality:  Climate Change and the Mennonite Farmer in Global Context’. 

3.       Join us in celebrating the launch of Dan Nighswander’s commentary on 1 Corinthians, the latest volume in the Believers Church Bible Commentary series. Thursday, October 12, 7:00-8:30 PM at CMU’s Marpeck Commons.  More information at


October 15: The CMU Vespers season begins at 7 PM in the Laudamus Auditorium. Vespers is a worship service of choral music, readings, and prayers prepared by alumni and friends of CMU. It is held the third Sunday of each month, October through March. All are welcome to attend. For more information see

October 20: CMU Open House – Drop in and discover all that CMU has to offer. Meet faculty, student council, team coaches, staff, and students (10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Marpeck Commons, 2299 Grant Ave.). For more information see

October 22: Reformation 500 Concert – Featuring CMU Alumni Choir and Mennonite Community Orchestra, co-directed by Janet Brenneman and Neil Weisensel; adults $15, students $5, under 12 free (3:00 PM, Loewen Athletic Centre, 500 Shaftesbury Blvd.) For more information see     

MC Manitoba Update

Camp Moose Lake closing service – video and pictures

Close to 180 people came to say good-bye to Camp Moose Lake. It was as good as a hard day can be. There is a photo gallery of the event, and a historical slideshow video here:

Bulletin Announcements

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... If you can make or donate a pie, please contact Jesse at 204-895-2267. Check, News for more info.


Camp Koinonia is currently seeking volunteer camp caretakers. Looking for a couple to live at Camp Koinonia from November thru May. Duties could include snow removal, cooking, cleaning and general maintenance of facilities. Some employment opportunities are also available. Housing and some meals are included. For more information please contact Matthew Heide at 204-534-8268 or email

October 14 & 15 - All are invited to join Fort Garry Mennonite Fellowship 50th anniversary celebrations. (14) Saturday evening celebration of arts & coffee house begins at 5:30; (15) Sunday morning worship at 9:30 and celebratory lunch at noon.  Please RSVP for catered lunch to by Sept. 30; for more information visit

Story and Song Circle @ Home Street Mennonite Church: Participatory story tellers and singer song writers are invited to bring their original short stories and songs to a gathering of artistically inclined writers and musicians/singers to share around a circle for peer-led improvement. For details or to express your interest, contact Dan Dyck via

"Hope Mennonite Church, a partner in Crossways in Common, invites you to walk a mile in the shoes of someone living in poverty, particularly with some of the issues individuals and families face to make ends meet. Hope, along with our sister agency West Broadway Community Ministries, is encouraging anyone who is interested, to gather their colleagues, fellow students or faith-community members and form a team to participate in the Walk A Mile in My Shoes event on September 30 at 222 Furby Street. This is also a fundraiser for West Broadway Community Ministries. For more details, contact Josiah Neufeld at or call Hope Mennonite Church at 204 786-5077."

Mennonite Church Manitoba Camps with Meaning will be hosting the annual Fundraising Celebration Banquets on: Saturday, November 4th, 5:30 p.m. at Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Winkler; Sunday, November 5th, 5:30 p.m. at Douglas Mennonite Church in Winnipeg.  We invite you to attend as a participant, host or sponsor of a table. For reservations call the camp office at (204) 895-2267 or email  Participants will be invited to share in a free will offering.   Join us for an evening of fellowship, music, camp ministry highlights and great food!

Related Org Announcements

Call to Prayer for MC Canada Special Assembly

Mennonite Church Canada, MCM and Area Church leaders across Canada are requesting that all congregations in MC Canada set aside time to pray for the Future Directions: Covenant New nationwide restructuring process on the Sundays of October 1, 8 & 15. We invite your prayers for Calvin Quan as he moderates the Special Assembly, for others who are providing Assembly leadership or support and for delegates who participate. The special Assembly is an important juncture in our life together as a denomination. It will shape how we engage together in our common mission. Pray for the Assembly participants as they discern the wisdom of the Spirit, as we seek to align our church structures with how God is at work among us and in the wider world.

“Are you a student at the University of Manitoba? Come check out the UofM Menno Office (room 102D University Centre) where all are welcome to come hang out, make new friends, reconnect with old friends, enjoy good food, music and conversations about faith, life and everyday stuff. A coffee house fundraiser is being held on September 30, 2017 at 7:30pm at Fort Garry Mennonite Fellowship on 150 Bayridge Ave, Winnipeg. Come and learn more about the exciting ministry of the Inter-Mennonite Chaplaincy Association and the Menno Office and enjoy coffee, desserts, music and art! If you have questions please call 204-474-969.”


MCC Manitoba Bulletin Announcements for October 1, 2017


As hurricanes, earthquakes, flooding and conflict affect so many around the world, MCC is responding, and we welcome your prayers and support. To support our relief efforts, visit or call 1-888-622-6337.


Sixpointeight: Equipping peacebuilders - Youth are invited to a new gathering of worship, learning, fun, and community at Canadian Mennonite University on October 15. For more information and to register, visit


Workshop: Compassion starts with understanding - Join MCC Manitoba staff facilitators to explore a deeper understanding of the history and current realities of colonization. This free workshop will be hosted in the Winkler-Morden area on October 28, 9 am to 4 pm. For more information and to register online, visit 


MCC Bolivia learning tour - There are 4 spots available on an MCC learning tour from February 11-28/18 to Bolivia. Learn about MCC's work at the Samuelito day-care, Indigenous Guarani community, with Mennonite Colonies and much more. Estimated cost $3000-3500. If you are interested in participating, contact Brad Reimer at or 204-261-6381.




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