Church Bulletin


Theme: Lent 4 “Me & You & Darkness in View”

March 11, 2018 – 10:45 a.m.

Focus Statement: Allowing darkness and negativity to come in between people or in between people and God is sometimes easier than the vulnerability and humility of being exposed to the light. What are the things that we don’t want to see that may be standing between you and me?




Welcome and Introductions

Lamp lighting

Call to Worship and Prayer

Confession and Words of Assurance

Congregational Song – STJ 16 Praise with joy the world’s Creator

CMU Singers      Worthy to be Praised -  Byron Smith

Scripture Reading – Psalm 107: 1-3, 17-22

CMU Singers      Gloria – Timothy Corlis

Prayer and Offering


Children’s story

Scripture Reading – John 3: 14-21

CMU Singers      God so Loved the World – John Stainer

Sermon – Recognizing the Light


Congregational Song - STJ 54 Longing for light

Congregational Life and Sharing

Congregational Prayer

CMU Singers  The Plans I Have for You (Jeremiah 29: 11-12) – Jonathan Smith



CMU Singers      Sanctus-Ola Gjeilo

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts.

Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Announcements and Prayer for the meal



Worship Leader – Lee Hiebert

Children’s Story- Selenna Hildebrand

Scripture Reader & Sermon -Sue Sorensen, Associate Professor of English

CMU Singers-Jorge Hidalgo, Conductor

Song Leaders -Jorge Hidalgo and CMU Students

Organist-Margarete Dyck




Please pray for:

·         Peter Koop who is in Bethesda Hospital

·         Jake Harms who is in St. Anne Hospital

·         Helena Penner who is in St. Anne Hospital

·         Judy Lafournaise who continues to struggle with health issues

Our sympathies and prayers go to Peter Harms and family on the death of his son-in-law, Murray Phillips, on March 1st in BC.

Congratulations to Kayla & Toni Hiebert on the early arrival of their daughter, Lucia Gabrielle Hiebert, on Feb.24th. Proud grandparents are Levi & Trudy Hiebert and Larry & Lavina Thiessen. If you would like to help with meals for the family please see your email for a shared spreadsheet to enter your information or contact Scott Friesen.



Rudy Schellenberg invites all singers to sing in a choir that will participate in our Easter Sunday morning service on April 1. Rehearsals are Wed. March 21 and 28, 7:00 - 8:15 p.m.

Gym Comm. Contact: Isbrand Fehr



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

Mon. March 12, 11:00 a.m. Pastoral Relations Committee meeting in Rm. 115
7:00 p.m. Worship Planning Team meeting in MPR
NO Men’s Volleyball

Tues. March 13, 7:30 p.m. Church Board meeting in the MPR

Thurs. March 15, 7:00 p.m. SMC Annual Membership Meeting in the foyer.
Annual Reports books available in foyer.

Sat. March 17, 4:30 p.m. Arkbuilders invites you to Faspa in the kitchenette followed by a presentation by Carlee Friesen [Manitoba MCC financial administrator]. Everyone is welcome, but sign up at the Welcome Center by Sunday, March 11 if you intend to come.



March 18, 12:15 p.m. Ushers meeting in MPR

March 19, 7:00 p.m. Education Ministries meeting in the 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)



March 1 - 10, 2018 - Our Giving:    Budget $8,140.00    MC Manitoba: $100.00 



The regional hymn sing is happening at Douglas Mennonite Church TONIGHT at 7:00 p.m. If you would like a taste of the new Hymnal that will be released in 2020 come join a few of the members of the Hymnal Committee for singing and reporting on the new project.

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.


Confession for March 18th:

Beloved Protector and Teacher, we need guidance, and sometimes we remember to ask for it.

      But even as we reach for your hand, we rush off in our own direction.

                We barely listen to the rules we break.

We like to remind ourselves, wherever we are, that you are with us.

            We forget the proper response:  that to serve you, we must follow you.

We put conditions on your love,  because we don’t want to go to the uncomfortable places where we see ourselves in the other.

Forgive us.

      Hold us close and teach us again to truly live as you love.



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.


MCC Manitoba Bulletin Announcement for March 11, 2018



IVEP Night

Thursday, March 22, 7 pm

159 Henderson Hwy, Winnipeg

Every year we welcome young adults from around the world through MCC's International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP). Join us at Sam's Place as Winnipeg IVEP participants share a taste of their home countries: Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Palestine, Swaziland and Zimbabwe!


Sargent MCC Thrift Shop welcomes applications for part-time Assistant Manager. Applications will be accepted until a successful candidate is chosen. For more information and application instructions, please visit


Film Screening: Seven Points on Earth

Thursday, March 29, 7 PM

159 Henderson Hwy, Winnipeg

Join us at Sam’s Place as MCC Low German Mennonite Services hosts a screening of Royden Loewen and Paul Plett’s film Seven Points on Earth, a documentary about 7 Mennonite farmers around the world.


MC Manitoba Update

 MCM Gathering thanks and resources

A heartfelt thanks from the MCM Board and Staff, to delegates and guests at the 71st Annual Delegate Gathering this past weekend. Your gifts of generous spirit, encouragement and guidance are the fuel for our fire. It’s been a full and often difficult past few years, and while we know there are challenges ahead, it also feels like we’ve turned a corner on a number of big decisions, and so we look forward, anew, to working with the churches and people of MCM to advance God’s big Kingdom project. Praise the Lord! (And, as Kathy G would say, “Here we go!”)


Let us know if we can provide any further resources should you want to share the love and info from the Gathering with your congregation and friends.


Links to videos

·         Kathy Giesbrecht’s Leadership Ministry Report

·         Camp Assiniboia Top Ten with Reynold and Sandy

·         Camps with Meaning Summer Promo for 2018


Links to documents

The Reportbook and Addendum (‘Additional Documents’) will remain on the MCM website. You just need to go to the Events page, and go back in date, or use this link to go directly.


Pray for MC Saskatchewan

Pray for our sister Regional Church - Mennonite Church Saskatchewan who are meeting together this weekend, March 9 - 10 as they focus on their theme, "God is Doing a New Thing."



MC Manitoba Announcements

 Fundraising hymn sing for the new Mennonite Hymnal. Douglas Mennonite Church. March 11, 2018. 7:00pm. Join three current members of the hymnal committee for singing and reporting on the progress of the new hymnal, due out in 2020. For more info on the project, visit Special Guests: Marilyn Houser-Hamm and Henry Engrecht will lead a number of songs. Freewill offering.


Camps with Meaning online registration is open! This is our ministry together as Mennonite Church Manitoba. Please visit 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.


17th Annual Birding Retreat at Turtle Mountain Bible Camp, May 24-27th (Koinonia is unavailable this spring). Key activities: birding around camp, a visit to Whitewater Lake, and worship times.  Choose an early start Thursday evening and spend all-day Friday on a special trip to the Melita/Pierson area.  Dennis Fast, well-known birder and photographer and Heidi den Haan, biologist and birder will be leading us in sessions on birding. Brochures and more info to come.


Related Organizations

 Are you a University student who is looking for a place to live in Winnipeg? Students living at Emmaus House support each other academically, spiritually, in lives of service, healthy living and in life-giving relationships.  If you are interested in exploring what it means to live intentionally in a Christian community, check us out at:  We are currently taking applications for just the summer months and/or the 2018/19 academic year.


Canadian Mennonite University       


1.       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  to reserve a seat or for more information.


2.      Prospective students and their parents are invited to CMU Open House on Mar. 27. Meet faculty, student council, athletics staff, student life staff, and current students. Attend a class or chapel, enjoy free gelato, and learn about the printing press with students from Spy Tower Press. For more information see


3.       Attend one of the upcoming CMU musical events. See for information.

·         CMU’s Orchestra in Residence with Shirley Elias Mar. 11 at 3:00 PM in Chapel

·         Vespers Service “Preparing for Easter” Mar. 18 at 7:00 PM in Laudamus Auditorium 

·         Bach at the Bridge on Mar. 21

·         Bells and Whistles with Strings Attached Mar. 25 at 7:00 PM Laudamus Auditorium


4.      CommonWord Bookstore and Resource Centre presents an evening with Donald Stoesz, Thursday, Mar. 22, 7:00 PM at CMU’s Marpeck Commons. Stoesz will be launching his new book Canadian Prairie Mennonite Ministers' Use of Scripture: 1874-1977. Join Stoesz as he presents the findings of his research and the evidence of a “Mennonite canon within the biblical canon.” For more information go to


5.      Check the CMU website at to learn about the following

·         Workshop: Journeying Together: Accompanying the Aging Mar. 17

·         Exhibition: Faye Hall and Anthony Chiarella on Mar. 16 at 7:30 PM MHC Gallery

·         Employment Opportunity: Outtatown Site leader


6.      Want to encounter other cultures? Come hear fascinating stories and experience the diversity at the Canadian School of Peacebuilding. Courses run Jun. 11-15 or 18-22, 2018 and are a great opportunity to experience an inspiring community of people gathered to learn about peace. For more information, go to or email Apply by April 1 to avoid a $50 late fee.



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