WELCOME TO OUR SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE
April 8, 2018 – 10:45 a.m.
Focus Statement: The Widow of Zarephath was not a servant of Yahweh. Despite her humble socio-economic conditions and the various risks involved, she provided shelter and food to Prophet Elijah while he was running for his life. If the window of Zarephath could sponsor a refugee at the time when she did it, how much more can (and should) we do the same today?
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
HWB 407 We are people of God’s peace
Create in me
Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 17:8-16
Prayer and Offering – We choose to love
PROCLAIMING GOD'S WORD
Children's Story: Susan Wiebe
HWB 307 Will you let me be your servant
Scripture Reading: Matthew 25:31-40
Sermon: “Will You Invite a Stranger in in the Form of a Refugee Sponsorship?” Arisnel Mesidor
RESPONDING TO GOD'S WORD
Congregational Song of Response
HWB 395 Here I am, Lord
Congregational Life and Sharing
SENDING GOD’S PEOPLE
Song of Sending
Go in peace
Worship Leader ~ Bev Unger
Song Leaders ~ Scott & Kendra Friesen, Toni & Kayla Hiebert
Organist / Pianist ~ Karen Peters
PRAYER & PRAISE
Please pray for:
· Peter Koop who is in Bethesda Hospital
· Judy Lafournaise who continues to struggle with health issues
· Leonard Klassen who is having hernia surgery on April 10
God’s blessing on Cornelius Nikkel who will celebrate his birthday on April 12
Congratulations to Virlon and Mart Unruh on the birth of their twin grandchildren on March 27
We are thankful that Daryl Climenhaga has accepted our congregation’s call to become part-time Assistant Pastor at SMC beginning September 1
CHURCH FAMILY INFORMATION
We pray a blessing on Peter Toews as we honor his request to be released from his membership at SMC
We pray a blessing on Wendy Unger as we honor her request to be released from her membership at SMC
Thank you for your expressions of sympathy, your prayers, hugs and words of condolence, flowers, cards, and attendance at the funerals of our loved ones. On Feb. 5 a brother-in-law in Calgary died, Abe's brother Mar. 3, and Susan's sister on Mar. 20. It was good to celebrate their lives of faith and then soon after Easter which gives us the assurance of life eternal with the Lord. Shalom, Abe and Susan Wiebe
Hans & Daniela Hildebrandt will be out of the office until April 17.
Please contact Pastor Lee during this time.
Gym Comm. Contact: Isbrand Fehr
SMC THIS WEEK
Today, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Family Volleyball
Mon. April 9, 6:45 p.m. Men’s Volleyball
Mon. April 9, 7:00 p.m. Pastoral Relations Committee meeting
Tues, April 10, 7:00 p.m. Church Board Meeting
Sun, April 15, Scripture Text. Jonah 2:17, 3: 1-10
April 19, 7:00 p.m. ( Thursday) Arkbuilders. Details to follow
April 30, 7:00 p.m. SMC Women’s “Springtime In the Garden” at Oakridge greenhouse. Please sign up at the welcome center
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 and Adult SS meet in MPR
COMMUNITY & CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS
April 8, 7:00 p.m. Vespers choir final service this season at the Mennonite Heritage Village Museum. It's an evening of choral music, prayer, scripture and other applicable readings. Admission is free and all are welcome.
April 15, 7:00p.m. An evening of music and stories of hope: Generation Rising presents Christian touring band Double Portion! Featuring the testimony of Pastor Jose from Honduras at Evangelical Fellowship Church. Free admission with a freewill donation. All funds raised will help children in Honduras receive quality Christian education.
April 15, 2:00 p.m. Outtatown Graduation at the Loewen Athletic Centre.
April 20, 7:30 p.m. Spring Choral Concert with the CMU Singers, Men’s and Women’s Choruses at the Loewen Athletic Centre.
April 21, 2:30 p.m. CMU Graduation Service at Portage Avenue Church, 1420 Portage Ave., Winnipeg.
April 21 & 22 Providence Graduation Exercises, see poster for more details
April 29, 3:00 p.m. Faith and Life Choirs Spring Concert: "Send Forth Thy Spirit" at Steinbach Mennonite Church. See poster for details.
Soup's On is looking for an Assistant manager. If you or anyone you know might be interested in this ministry please check out steinbachsoupson.com for details.