Church Bulletin


First Advent “Let it be”             

December 3, 2017 – 10:45 a.m.

Focus Statement: We awaken to God's purpose, which begins in darkness - whether seed in the ground, child in the womb, or new self in the soul. We are shaking, fearful, and resistant, yet we call upon God to tear open the heavens and be present with us in our uncertainty.




Welcome and Call to Worship

Leader: Awake! The invitation to carry light comes from the God of trembling mountains and shaking foundations.

All: O God, your expectations terrify us. How can our small selves hold your blazing presence?

(Pause for silence)

Leader: Calm our questioning souls.

All: Lead us beyond our resistance.

Leader: Let it be.

Lighting of the Advent Candle: Heidi, Katie and Heather Wiens

Opening Prayer

Congregational Singing:                 HWB 174 Bless’d be the God of Israel

HWB 182 Oh, how shall I receive thee

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 64:1-9 – Katie Giesbrecht

Prayer and Offering


Children's Story – Bev Unger

Congregational Song:  STS 124 My soul cries out with a joyful shout

Scripture Reading: Mark 13:24-37

Sermon – Julia Thiessen


Congregational Song of Response:  HWB 175 O Savior, rend the heavens wide!

Beyond our doors: Winter warmth project – Irene Kroeker

Congregational Life and Sharing

Congregational Prayer



Song of Sending:  HWB 486 God of our life



Worship Leader ~ Lee Hiebert

Song Leaders ~ Rudy & Henriette Schellenberg, June Snider, Henry Dueck

Organist / Pianist ~ Karen Peters



Please pray for:

·         Hildegard Adrian in Bethesda Hospital

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

·         Sue Nikkel who has been diagnosed with an unknown terminal cancer.

“Dear church family, Thank you for your participation at our mother’s funeral. Your help and many gestures of love were much appreciated and made her funeral a wonderful celebration of her long life. “ With gratitude, The Family of Justina Rempel



Following our Christmas morning service, we are planning a Christmas Dinner, especially for those who don’t have family in the area, but also for anyone who wants to join in the meal. We are putting the dinner on this year with Steinbach Community Outreach. Ingrid Penner has agreed to be in charge of the kitchen for the dinner. There is a sign-up sheet at the Welcome Centre for those who wish to come and are willing to bring salads or desserts for the meal or are willing to help serve or clean up. This meal has become a tradition over the past years, and we have welcomed many people from our congregation, as well as from Soup’s On. Come and celebrate Christmas together following the Christmas Day service!

Gym Comm. Contact: Isbrand Fehr



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

Mon. Dec. 4, 5:30 p.m. Sunbeams Christmas Supper at Uncle Jake’s. Offering for MCC Christmas Giving.
Steinbach Mennonite Handbelles will share Christmas music with the residents of Bethesda Place Personal Care Home (6:15 - 7:00 p.m.) and Bridgepark Manor (7:30 - 8:15 p.m.)

6:45 p.m. Men’s Volleyball

Wed. Dec. 6, 7:00 p.m. Faith & Life Committee Meeting in the MPR






Dec. 10, 7:00 pm: O come, Immanuel-a service of Advent music with Lin Wiebe, organist, Willie Wiebe, guitar and Rudy Schellenberg, song leader.

Dec. 13 and 20, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. Christmas Choir Rehearsal – All interested singers invited to join in preparation for the Dec. 24th morning service.

On Dec. 17, we will be celebrating communion as part of our Sunday morning service. We invite you to spend the next few weeks in anticipation and preparation. 


SUNDAY SCHOOL for all ages

9:30 a.m. Sunday School for all ages

·         Children meet in the kitchenette

·         Youth meet in lounge (off the kitchenette)

·         20’s & 30’s meet at Coffee Culture

·         Adults in MPR


Nov. 26 – Dec. 2, 2017 - Our Giving: $5,357.00

Financial Update Nov. 29th


Last YTD


Budget YTD











$ 82,486



Needed by end of year for Budget: $10,090

Any surplus is designated for MC Canada, MC Manitoba and MCC.

To  date our members have designated the following amounts to

these organizations: MC Canada: $1,000
                           MC Manitoba: $2,465

                                      MCC: $ 7,760



Dec. 3, 7:00 p.m. Vespers Service at MHV

Dec. 12, 8:00 p.m. Steve Bell & the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Christmas Concert at the Centennial Concert Hall. See poster for details.



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! We welcome you and are glad that you are here. Please take a moment to stop by our Welcome Centre where you will find more information about our church.



This week’s MCC bulletin announcements:


Christmas Giving - This Christmas, give a gift that gives twice! Through MCC's Christmas Giving projects, you can bring joy to the people you love and transform lives around the world. Each gift comes with a card that explains the gift you've given. Choose from a variety of gift options that will be meaningful to friends, teachers, co-workers or family! Visit today.


MCC Canada welcomes applications for Director of Fundraising & Communications based in Winnipeg. Applications are accepted until December 22. For more information and to apply, please visit


SALT - If you're interested in a year long cross-cultural internship or work experience in a faith-based context, consider applying for SALT 2017-18! We're looking for communicators, educators, French or Spanish speakers, development grads, peacebuilders, nurses, IT experts, social workers, and more. Young adults ages 18-30, apply today at

MC Manitoba Announcements

Faith and Life Choir Christmas Concerts, “The Glory of the Lord”, on Saturday, December 16, 2017, 7 p.m. at Springfield Heights Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, and Sunday, December 17, 2017, 3 p.m. at Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church, Altona.


Canadian Mennonite University Events and Opportunities for Church Bulletins

1.       CommonWord Bookstore and Resource Centre presents the book launch of Life at the End of Us vs Them, by Marcus Peter Rempel. Thursday Dec. 7, 7:00 PM at CMU’s Marpeck Commons. For more information go to


2.      Consider enrolling in a 2nd semester CMU evening course for credit or audit.   Choose from a range of options including:  Principles and Paradigms of Youth Ministry; Who is Jesus?; Fundamentals of Marketing; Organizational Leadership; Advanced Journalism; History of North American Conservatism; Study of Voluntary Simplicity; The Art of Peacebuilding…and many more. Seniors and alumni audit fees available. Go to for details.


3.       CMU’s Sunday@CMU radio program is featuring Dr. Andrew Dyck, Assistant Professor of Ministry Studies, on the theme of Advent, Jesus Christ’s second coming, and what it means to live as a faithful Christian. Sunday@CMU airs Sunday mornings at 8:30-8:45 AM on CFAM 950 Radio and AM 1250 Radio and online at


4.      Pray for CMU students as they write exams to complete their Fall Semester courses.


5.      CMU invites applications for the position of Controller. Contact Dianna Robson, Director of Human Resources at or 204-594-0532.


One-course options with AMBS. Try out a seminary course through Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary without being admitted to a degree or certificate program. You can take up to two courses, and your first class — campus, online or hybrid — is 50 percent off. Check out our course list for Semester Two (Jan. 9 – May 4).


Sample courses include Church and Race; Christian Formation in the Congregation; Anabaptist History and Theology; Strategic Peacebuilding; and Spiritual Practices: Intentional Living in an Age of Diversions.


The Mission of God and Global Partnerships: Jan. 9–11 at AMBS. At this academic conference, speakers will reflect on what hinders and fosters mutual mission partnerships. Open to the public; no registration needed. Host: Mennonite Mission Network. Sponsors: Mennonite Central Committee, AMBS, Council of International Anabaptist Ministries.


“Steinbach Mennonite Church is faithfully following Christ in worship and service by making disciples, building community and reaching out to the world.”

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