WELCOME TO OUR WORSHIP SERVICE
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).
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 hope, faith and life.
Call to Worship and Prayer
Confession and Words of Assurance
HWB 37 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
HWB 16 God is here among us
Scripture Reading – Jeremiah 31: 31 - 34
Prayer and Offering
PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD
Children’s story – Bev Unger
You are my all in all
Scripture Reading – John 12: 20 - 33
Sermon – “Comfort, comfort, O my people” Lee Hiebert
RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD
Song of Response
HWB 176 Comfort, comfort, O my people
Beyond our Doors – Ingrid Penner
Congregational Life and Sharing
SENDING GOD’S PEOPLE
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
PRAYER & PRAISE
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
CHURCH FAMILY INFORMATION
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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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
SMC THIS WEEK
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
COMMUNITY & CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS
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.
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.
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
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!
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 mccmb.ca/accounting-clerk.
Canadian Mennonite University cmu.ca
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 email@example.com to reserve a seat or cmu.ca/springatcmu 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 cmu.ca/campusvisit.
3. Attend one of the upcoming CMU musical events. See cmu.ca/events 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 commonword.ca/go/1475.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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: https://youtu.be/Gw-xJ56_MoE Learn more about Dann and Joji’s ministry here: https://donate.mennonitechurch.ca/project/philippine-peace-building
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".
Mennonite Church Manitoba invites applications
Mennonite Church Manitoba invites applicationsfor the part time position of Administrative Assistant to the Executive Minister. For more information please visit our website www.mennochurch.mb.ca. 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 email@example.com 204-896-1616 ext; 268 by April 20th. Registration fee; $50.00 ( includes lunch) More information at www.mennochurch.mb.ca 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
Mennonite Church BCis 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to start a conversation. Resumes must be submitted to the MCBC office by midnight, March 29. 2018.
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