Church Bulletin


January 21, 2018 – 10:45 a.m.

Focus Statement: God called Samuel and shaped him for his task just as the first disciples were called and shaped by God through Jesus. What does God’s call do in our lives? Is this a message for young Christians and does this apply to me when “I’ve been 40+ years in the way?” We often say that we are: called to follow Jesus; called to be community (the new Israel); called to be shaped as God wills (live in God’s will and God’s way). The trouble is, that these are clichés we have heard so many times sometimes we don’t hear them even when we say them. What does it mean for God to call us anyway?




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 faith, hope, and life.

Call to Worship and Opening Prayer

Congregational Singing

HWB 493 I heard the voice of Jesus say

HWB  564 I am trusting thee, Lord Jesus

Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 3:1-10

Prayer and Offering


Children's Story – Rachel Hiebert

Congregational Song

HWB 20 Come and see

Scripture Reading: John 1:35-42

Sermon: “Can an old guy still be called” – Daryl Climenhaga


Congregational Song of Response

STS 39 Will you come and follow me

Congregational Life and Sharing

Congregational Prayer



Song of Sending

STS 39 Will you come and follow me



Worship Leader ~ Cheryl Esau

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

Organist / Pianist ~ Karen Peters


Please pray for:

·         Peter Koop who is in Bethesda Hospital

·         Pray for our Missionaries:

Rachel Klassen – Germany

Fredy & Rowena Hiebert - Bolivia

God’s blessing on Peter Dyck who will celebrate his birthday on Jan. 23rd.

Our sympathies and prayers go to Val & Ed Peters, Bev Unger and their families on the death of their mother, Betty Unger, on Jan. 16th. The service will be held at Birchwood on Mon., Jan. 22nd at 11:00 a.m.

Our sympathies and prayers go to the family and friends of Agnes Ketler who passed away on Jan. 16th. A memorial service was held on Sat., Jan. 20th.



We pray a blessing for Arvid & Monika Neufeld as we honour their request to be released from their membership at SMC.

Volunteers are needed to give rides to those from our church who find it more difficult to get here on Sunday mornings. If you are willing to be on a list of people that can help in this way, or know of someone who might benefit from a ride to church, please let Pastor Lee know.

MC Manitoba’s Camping Ministry is looking for someone to be a liaison between Camp and our church. If this is something you might consider please contact Pastor Lee.

If you are interested in participating in Supper Club please sign up at the Welcome Center by Jan. 28th.

Gym Comm. Contact: Isbrand Fehr



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

Mon. Jan. 22, 6:45 p.m. Men’s Volleyball
7:00 p.m. Gift Discernment Team Meeting in MPR

Tues. Jan. 23, 9:00 – 3:00 p.m. MCC blanket making day. Please bring a lunch and a snack to share at coffee time.



Jan. 30, 7:00 p.m. Faith & Life Meeting in MPR

Jan. 31, 7:00 p.m. Pastoral Relations Meeting in Room 115

Feb. 1,  Submission deadline for 2017 Annual Report book

Feb. 3, 7:45 a.m. Men’s Prayer Breakfast at Uncle Jake’s Restaurant. We hope to see you there.
8:30 Women’s Breakfast at Smitty’s. Open to women of all ages.

Feb. 15, 7:00 p.m. All women of SMC are invited to attend the Mystery Tea, the first event for SMC Women, in the gym.  Sign up at Welcome Centre.


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 in Room 115

·         Adults in MPR



Jan. 14 - 20, 2018 - Our Giving:      Budget $4,722.00    MCC: $100.00



Long-time MC Manitoba staffer, Alice Pound, has passed away. Alice worked for MCM for decades, first as the administrative force behind the Faith and Life Communications ministry, and then as Admin for MCM generally. Funeral arrangements are still pending.

Feb. 4, 7:00 p.m. Vespers Service at MHV

Feb. 6, 7:00 p.m. Providence Public Lectures at Steinbach Arts Centre. “Beyond the “Pro-Life” versus “Pro-Choice” Debate with Randall Holm.

MCM Annual Delegate Gathering – March 2-3, 2018. Details to come. If you’re interested in going, please contact Pastor Lee.


As we approach the SMC Annual Membership Meeting on March 15th, we are planning the 2017 Annual Report book.  If you serve in a position within the SMC Accountability Chart, please submit a report to the applicable chair by the end of Jan. so she/he can meet the Feb. 1st deadline: Church Board (Karen Peters, Chair), Pastoral Relations Committee (Ed Peters, Chair), Administration Committee (Wilf Sawatzky, Chair), Education & Ministries Committee (Cheryl Esau, Chair), Faith & Life Committee (Bev Unger, Chair) and Lead Pastor (Lee Hiebert).

The Gift Discernment Team has been appointed!  Church Board is pleased to announce that the following people have accepted the call: Scott Friesen, Anne (E.) Froese and Eric Rempel.

We are worshipping and serving together at Steinbach Mennonite Church – expressing gratitude for God's faithfulness during the past 75 years, evaluating 2017 and seeking God's will for 2018.


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.

Go to to read Mennonite church-related news. The website has some of the stories from Canadian Mennonite magazine, an online comments section and more news from the global church.

Reconciliation Through the Arts OPENING Fri., Jan. 26, 7:30pm, MHC Gallery, 600 Shaftesbury Blvd. Art by amateur and professional artists, First Nations and Settlers, drumming, dancing, readings by CBC's Rosanna Deerchild.

MC Manitoba Update

Long-time MCM staffer, Alice Pound, has passed away

After a brief illness, Alice passed away last night. Alice worked for MCM for decades, first as the administrative force behind the Faith and Life Communications ministry, and then as Admin for MCM generally. Funeral arrangements are still pending.


Youth Ministry Fellowship meets

YMF is the gathering of MCM pastors who are involved in Youth and Young Adult ministry. Kathy Giesbrecht will lead this group in a day of worship and reflection at Camp Assiniboia this week.


MC Manitoba Bulletin Announcements

Herzlichen Dank für Ihre treue finanzielle Unterstützung der Frohen Botschaft! Wir haben noch einige Andachtskalender, die wir Ihnen gerne schenken möchten. Bitte rufen Sie doch im Mennonite Church Manitoba Büro an: 204-896-1616.


Thank you for your financial support of Frohe Botschaft! We have a few German Daily Devotional Calendars left. If you or someone you know would like a calendar please call the Mennonite Church Manitoba office: 204-896-1616.


Will you let me be your servant? A Public Lecture on Mennonite responses to Money
Mennonites have gained a popular image as those who can do ‘more with less’ and have developed a taste for simplicity. However, Mennonites have also forged large and successful businesses with personal and financial ethics flowing from them. Dr. Janis Thiessen will offer snapshots of Mennonite engagements in business, economics, and ethics from which we can discuss what Mennonite faith and life has and can say about wealth today.
Janis Thiessen is Associate Professor of History at the University of Winnipeg. Janis has specialized in the area of Mennonite labour practices and economics reflected in her publications, Manufacturing Mennonites: Work and Religion in Post-War Manitoba (2013), Not Talking Union: An Oral History of North American Mennonites and Labour (2016).
The lecture will take place in the multi-purpose Room (3rd floor) of First Mennonite Church (922 Notre Dame Ave) Wednesday, January 31 from 7:00-8:30pm.


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 musician/singers to share around a circle for peer-led improvement. Join in on the last Sunday of the month, 7 pm, at Home Street MC, 318 Home St. For more details contact Dan Dyck via

Canadian Mennonite University       


1.       You are invited to ‘Science as a Way of Knowing: the Pursuit of Truth in a Post-Truth World’ with Dr. Rick Lindroth on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 7:00-8:30 PM in CMU’s Marpeck Commons (2299 Grant Ave). Dr. Lindroth, Professor of Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the 2018 CMU Scientist in Residence. For more information, including other addresses by Dr. Lindroth and information about livestreaming, see


2.      CMU’s Face2Face Community in Conversation Series continues on Monday, Feb. 5, 7:00 PM in Marpeck Commons. ‘The Bible Tells Me so…Doesn’t It? A Conversation with Young Adults on the Tensions of Taking Scripture Seriously’. Join five CMU Undergraduate students from diverse Christian traditions in a conversation about the Bible and how we approach and discern its significance in our lives. See for details.


3.       Prospective students (and their parents) - explore CMU through two upcoming opportunities:  Friday, Feb. 2 Campus Visit Day (a day to explore campus, learn about CMU programs, attend a class and interact with professors) and Friday, Feb. 9 Discover  Outtatown Visit Day (CMU’s unique, one or two-semester discipleship, travel, service and learning program). For information go to


4.      Worship with us at CMU Vespers on Sunday, Jan. 21 at 7:00 PM in the Laudamus Auditorium, 500 Shaftesbury Blvd. Alisa Wiebe will lead the choir and John Brubacher will be the reader. See    


5.      Attend the opening of Reconciliation Through the Arts, an exhibition featuring art from First Nations and Settler communities at 7:30 PM on Friday, Jan. 26 at the

MHC Gallery, 610 Shaftesbury Blvd.


6.      The Menno Simons College Social Justice Fair presents The Community of Conflict, showcasing the diversity of conflict and how it connects us, not only in Winnipeg, but also as a global community. Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM, Riddell Hall, University of Winnipeg. For more information contact    


7.       CMU presents ReNew: Resourcing Pastors for Ministry February 6–7, 2018.

This year’s topic is Delighting in Scripture: Sola Scriptura at 500 Years. For more information see



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