WELCOME TO OUR WORSHIP SERVICE
February 4, 2018 – 10:45 a.m.
Focus Statement: Outlined in the texts for this Sunday is a difference between two kinds of knowledge. The first is self-knowledge that seeks to “puff” us up and is focused on what is good for ourselves. The second is the kind of knowledge that is focused on God and God’s will that is sometimes difficult to see as “good” for us. This distinction is one that can be hard to understand because it is so easy to think that God wants what we want. The message is not, however, God’s unity with us but rather our unity with God.
GATHERING AS GOD'S PEOPLE
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
Mountain of God
Open the eyes of my heart, Lord
Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 18:15-20
Prayer and Offering
PROCLAIMING GOD'S WORD
Children's Story – Kayla Hiebert
HWB 135 God whose purpose is to kindle
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Sermon: “Yada Yada Yada” – Lee Hiebert
RESPONDING TO GOD'S WORD
Congregational Song of Response
Micah 6:8 (He has shown thee…)
Congregational Life and Sharing
SENDING GOD’S PEOPLE
Song of Sending
HWB 366 God of grace and God of glory
Worship Leader ~ Bev Unger
Song Leaders ~ Val & Ed Peters, Lyle Peters, Bev Rogers
Organist / Pianist ~ Karen Peters
PRAYER & PRAISE
Please pray for:
· Peter Koop who is in Bethesda Hospital
CHURCH FAMILY INFORMATION
The church website has changed - As part of our Sunday morning services we have been including a regular time for the congregation to share prayer requests and praises. This is an important part of our life together and can be quite personal. To facilitate this ongoing sharing and to honor the sensitive nature of this time we have decided to limit those who can access the recording of our services online. The password and username for this access will be shared with those who have a current and ongoing connection with SMC and can be requested by contacting the church office.
Supper club: The lists for the Supper Club groups are in your mailboxes. The first person on the list is asked to call the others on the list to arrange for the first meeting.
Sunbeams: On Feb. 11th the Sunbeams Ladies invite everyone to have coffee and cake in the foyer from 10:15 to 10:40 to commemorate the 72 years of the Sunbeams Ladies Ministry and mark its closure.
Resource Coordinator/Librarian – We have joyfully been contacted by someone interested in this ministry at SMC. If there is anyone else interested we will be open to contact until Feb. 18, with an announcement forthcoming by the end of Feb. If you have any questions please contact Cheryl Esau, Education/Ministries committee.
Gym Comm. Contact: Isbrand Fehr
SMC THIS WEEK
Today, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Family Volleyball
Mon. Feb. 5, 6:45 p.m. Men’s Volleyball
7:00 p.m. Church Board Meeting in MPR
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.
Feb. 17, Arkbuilders in kitchenette
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
· Adult SS “Current Events” in MPR
· Adult SS Bible Study in Room 109 (Music Room)
Jan. 28 - 31, 2018 - Our Giving:
Budget $7,219.98 MCC: $200.00
COMMUNITY & CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS
Feb. 4, 7:00 p.m. Vespers Service at MHV
Feb. 13, 7:00 p.m. Providence Public Lectures at Steinbach Arts Centre. “The Religious Impulse in U2’s Mediated Brand” with Nicolas Greco.
Feb. 15, 7:00 p.m. Annual Meeting for Steinbach Thrift Shop and Ten Thousand Villages at Gospel Fellowship Church. Join us for reports from the managers, special music, and speakers, followed by coffee and snacks.
MCM Annual Delegate Gathering. Registration begins at 5:30 pm on Friday, March 2, at the First Mennonite Church. The worship service begins at 7:00 pm. Registration will also be available starting at 7:45 am Saturday morning, prior to the business sessions. Sat. lunch included with registration. Please contact Pastor Lee if you’d like to be a delegate.
March 15, 6:30 p.m. Youth for Christ Steinbach Festival of Friends Fundraising Dinner 2018 at the Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church. Call to reserve a table of 8 or individual tickets are also available by calling YFC Steinbach office at 204-346-4366.
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.
MCC Manitoba Bulletin Announcement for February 4, 2018
MCC Canada welcomes applications for Administrative Services Assistant based in Winnipeg. Applications are accepted until February 9, 2018. For more information and to apply, please visit mcccanada.ca/assistant-administrative-services
Special Event: Wintertreffen
Sunday, February 25, 2 pm
287 8th Ave NE, Altona
Join us at Altona Mennonite Church for an afternoon of music and sharing about refugee resettlement—in English and opp Plautdietsch—followed by a potluck faspa! For more information visit mccmb.ca/wintertreffen
Canadian Mennonite University
1. 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”. See cmu.ca/face2face for details and livestreaming options.
2. Prospective students (and their parents) - explore CMU through Discover Outtatown Visit Day Friday, Feb. 9. Outtatown is CMU’s unique, one or two-semester discipleship, travel, service and learning program. For information go to cmu.ca/campusvisit.
3. CMU presents “Journeying Together: Accompanying the Aging”, a one-day workshop for deacons, caregiving teams, pastors, and Christians working in health care or other caregiving roles. Join John H. Neufeld, Heather Campbell-Enns, Kathleen Rempel Boschman, Charlene Epp, and more as we explore what it means for Christians to journey together with the aging. Mar. 17th, 2018. For more information, and to register, please go to cmu.ca/pastorsworkshops.
4. On Thursday, Apr. 5, 7:00 PM, plan to attend “Spring at CMU,” an evening of celebration in support of CMU. Featured: CMU PAX Award to Steve Bell; music by Steve Bell and CMU Singers; short reflections from faculty, alumni and students. Contact Joyce Friesen at email@example.com to reserve a seat.
5. Xplore: Keep Thinking: enrol in CMU’s 55-Plus Enrichment Program, offered Wednesday mornings at CMU from Mar. 7 – Apr. 11. Courses include The Power of Song: How Worship Music Shapes Faith with Christine Longhurst, Assistant Professor of Music and Worship. For information and to enrol go to cmu.ca/xplore.
6. For people of peace in a world with much violence, the Canadian School of Peacebuilding is a great place to learn peacebuilding skills, to connect with other peacebuilders and to hear inspiring stories. Come join our wildly diverse community for a 5-day session, Jun. 11-15 or 18-22, 2018. More information is available at csop.cmu.ca or firstname.lastname@example.org.
7. Menno Simons College Events at University of Winnipeg: Panel Discussion on “Refugee Resettlement in Canada: Moving Forward from Lessons of the Past” on Feb 6. at 7:00-9:00 PM, Eckhardt Gramatté Hall; Social Justice Fair, Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM, Riddell Hall. For more information see cmu.ca/events.
8. Enjoy an exciting evening of vocal and instrumental performances at CMU’s Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition on Feb. 15 at 7:30 PM in the Laudamus Auditorium. Free Admission.
9. Canadian Mennonite University invites applications for the full time salaried positions of Financial Analyst, Hosting Coordinator, and Outtatown Site leader. Details can be found at cmu.ca/employment or by contacting email@example.com.
MC Manitoba Announcements
Camps with Meaning online registration is open! This is our ministry together as Mennonite Church Manitoba. Please visit www.campswithmeaning.org to register for summer camp. We want all families to afford camp. Note our new Campership Fund, which assists families at a much higher level than before.
Job Opening: Mennonite Church Canada (Wpg. office) invites applications for the position of Executive Assistant to the Executive Director. See http://home.mennonitechurch.ca/jobs for details. Applications are open now and will be considered until a suitable candidate is found. The start date will be arranged with the suitable candidate, as soon as possible.
Mennonite Church Canada
MC Canada continues to strongly affirm and be engaged in international ministry with its witness partners. Joint Council is pleased to announce the approval of a three-year transition plan during which Witness Workers will be enabled to achieve the necessary relational funding. This plan anticipates that most current workers will return pending normal term reviews.
The Mennonite-Anglican dialogue begins this weekend Feb 2-3 at Conrad Grebel College. Pray that this much anticipated conversation would strengthen ecumenical relationships.
On February 7, Bill C-262 - the Indigenous Human Rights Act - will be voted on. If passed, the Bill will move on to a Parliamentary Committee for further discussion. We must keep the pressure on and make sure the Government of Canada votes in support of Bill C-262. Individuals and congregations can support by emailing your respective Member of Parliament to encourage them to stand up for justice by championing Bill C-262. Please cc Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould as she is responsible for this file.