Church Bulletin


Theme: Lent 5: “Between Me & You, in a new covenant”

March 18, 2018 – 10:45 a.m.

Focus Statement: In the new covenant there are no betweens and no go-betweens. We no longer have need of a go-between mediator; however, like the disciples, we may serve as go-betweens by pointing people directly to Christ. The promise is extended beyond the direct descendants, drawing all people to a relationship between Me (God) and You (the 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 hope, faith and life.

Call to Worship and Prayer

Confession and Words of Assurance

Congregational Singing

HWB 37 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

HWB 16 God is here among us

Scripture Reading – Jeremiah 31: 31 - 34

Prayer and Offering


Children’s story – Bev Unger

Congregational Song

You are my all in all

Scripture Reading – John 12: 20 - 33

Sermon – “Comfort, comfort, O my people” Lee Hiebert


Song of Response

HWB 176 Comfort, comfort, O my people

Beyond our Doors – Ingrid Penner

Congregational Life and Sharing

Congregational Prayer



Song of Sending

O God, You are my God



Worship Leader – Bev Unger

Song Leaders – Val and Ed Peters, Bev Rogers

Organist / Pianist – Karen Peters



Please pray for:

·         Peter Koop who is in Bethesda Hospital

·         Jake Harms and Helena Penner are now recovering at home

“Praise the Lord, o my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, o my soul, and forget none of his benefits. “Ps. 103: 1-2
Thanks you for praying for us as a family during the time of Murray’s illness and funeral. Continue to pray especially for Evelyn and her family, that God will give her grace and wisdom to make wise decisions. May the Lord reward you for it and bless you.   Peter Harms & family



Today Abe Wiebe, Val Peters and a group from SMC are leading the worship service at Woodhaven.

An updated version of our SMC Telephone Directory is in the foyer. Please check and initial your contact information. If you’d like to update your picture, please email, or drop off a picture to be scanned. Otherwise last year’s pictures will be used.

We are happy to announce that Linda Esau has agreed to be the new Resource/Librarian coordinator and that Laureen Kehler has agreed to be the assistant Resource/Librarian coordinator. These ladies will spend the next few months working alongside Elizabeth Abrahams in transition and will officially take on their new roles in September. We are very thankful for the love and commitment Elizabeth has expressed in the 40 years of service to the SMC library.

We are very excited to announce the first SMC Church Retreat at Camp Assiniboia. This retreat is planned for Fri. – Sat., Oct. 12 & 13, 2018. We will be offering travel options for Friday and Saturday, as well as the option of staying at the camp overnight. Please sign up at the Welcome Center. If you have any questions at all please contact Cheryl Esau .Looking forward to getting to know you better in this wonderful setting.

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, 12:15 p.m. Ushers meeting in MPR
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Family Volleyball

Mon. March 19, 6:45 p.m. Men’s Volleyball
7:00 p.m. Education Ministries meeting in the kitchenette

Wed. March 21, Deacons meeting in MPR



March 27, SMC Women in kitchenette

April 8, Arisnel Mesidor (Migration & Resettlement Program Coordinator for MCC Manitoba) will be our guest for the morning.  All youth and adult Sunday School classes are invited to the MPR at 9:30 a.m. At 10:45 a.m. he will join us for the worship service, including bringing us the sermon.


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 



March 20, 7:00 p.m. Christian Peacemakers Teams hosts workshop “Recognizing Racism and What You Can Do to Stop It!” at Grace Mennonite Church, Steinbach.  See poster for details.

Confession for March 25th:

Jesus, Messiah.  The crowds around you can be thrilling, or frightening.

One moment they are clay in your hands, ready to be shaped. The next they are squeezing you, like putty in a clenched fist, demanding that you conform.

Is that what we do?

When we count the cost of your words for us, it hurts.

We get it, why the masses turned and your disciples faded away.

Do you?

The time is ripe for change, then and now. Why can’t you lead that change in a way we understand? How is it that you define success so differently?

It scares us to question you. It’s worse if we don’t.

Forgive us for holding in questions so long that we can’t bear the answers.

Forgive us for fearing the crowds, and the consequences.

Open our eyes and hearts to receive your teaching.

Show us again this new way of living.

Help us to love like you.


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.


First Mennonite church choir, with orchestra under direction of Yuri Klaz present Mendelssohn's Lobgesang on Good Friday, March 30th at 7pm at the church 922 Notre Dame Ave.  Admission is free; an offering will be taken.

MCC Manitoba Bulletin Announcement for March 18, 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!


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.


MCC Manitoba welcomes applications for Accounting Clerk (13-month term) based in Winnipeg. Applications will be accepted until March 26, 2018. For more information and to apply, please visit


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 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.

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

·         Bach on the Bridge Mar. 21 from 10:00 – 11:30 AM and 12:00 -1:30 PM Marpeck Commons Bridge

·         Bells and Whistles with Strings Attached Mar. 25 at 7:00 PM Laudamus Auditorium (Admission $5)

·         Jazz at CMU and Concert Band Apr. 4 at 7:00 PM CMU Chapel (Admission $5)

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. For more information go to


5.      CMU is seeking volunteers for assistance with occasional mailings and data entry projects. For more information please contact Julie Derksen at 204-487-3300 ext. 607 or


6.      Online registration is now open for CMU Blazers Summer Sports Camps 2018!

·         August 7-9: Junior (grades 4-7) futsal camp

·         August 13-17: Youth (grades 8-10) volleyball and basketball camps

·         August 20-24: Junior High (grades 6-8) volleyball and basketball camps

For more details visit, phone 204.487.3300, or email

MC Manitoba Update


Joji Pantoja visit and video

MC Canada Witness Worker Joji Pantoja stopped by the MCM office for a chat this morning. She shared the video that the United Nations made about part of their work in the Philippines.  It’s so beautiful. Watch the video here: Learn more about Dann and Joji’s ministry here:


Pray for MC Alberta

Pray for our sister Regional Church - Mennonite Church Alberta. They will meet this weekend. With a forecast of 15cm of snow, and a hosting church (Lethbridge) that has burst pipes (sounds like they are moving to Coaldale for the meetings), there are a few logistical challenges ahead. Their theme is "A Church Born Anew".



Bulletin Announcements

Mennonite Church Manitoba invites applications for the part time position of Administrative Assistant to the Executive Minister. For more information please visit our website Please note that this is a different position than the recent ad for an Executive Assistant for Mennonite Church Canada.


Faith and Life Choirs Spring Concert: "Send Forth Thy Spirit" on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 7 p.m. at Bethel Mennonite Church in Winnipeg and on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 3 p.m. at Steinbach Mennonite Church in Steinbach, Manitoba.


Mennonite Women Manitoba invite you to Resilience Road: struggles, steps and strategies, a day for women. April 28, 9:30-3:00 at the Charleswood Mennonite Church. Resource person; Dr. Moira Somers Ph.D Clinical Neuropsychologist. To register email or call Kathy Giesbrecht  204-896-1616 ext; 268  by April 20th. Registration fee; $50.00 ( includes lunch)  More information at  Event page.


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 startThursday 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.

Mennonite Church BC is looking for a person to support congregations in living out their missional imagination, to promote biblical stewardship, to establish congregational relationships and who will engage MCBC congregations in a commonly shared focus on discipleship and peacemaking.

If this opportunity interests you, please contact Garry Janzen at to start a conversation. Resumes must be submitted to the MCBC office by midnight, March 29. 2018.


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.


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