WELCOME TO OUR WORSHIP SERVICE
The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats
September 2nd, 2018 – 10:45 a.m.
Focus Statement: These parables tell us that we are to respond with care and love towards those who are in need. But have we really heard what Jesus was saying? Maybe we have twisted the story and missed Jesus’ point. Who is my neighbour anyway? Who are actually “the least of these, my brothers and sisters”?
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 – Come, now is the time to worship
The Wellspring (Isaiah 6:1-8)
HWB 120 Holy, holy, holy
Scripture Reading – Matthew 25:31-46 NIV – Irma Peters
Prayer and Offering
PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD
Children’s story – Marg Rempel
HWB 307 Will you let me be your servant
Scripture Reading – Luke 10:25-37 NIV – Irma Peters
Sermon: How Does that Answer the Question? - Daryl Climenhaga
RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD
Song of Response
HWB 553 I am weak and I need thy strength
Beyond our doors: Manigotagan - Lee Hiebert and Karen Peters
Congregational Life and Sharing
SENDING GOD’S PEOPLE
Song of Sending
Judge me, God of my salvation (bulletin insert)
Worship Leader – Val Peters
Song Leaders – Val and Ed Peters, Lyle Peters, Beverley Rogers
Organist / Pianist – Karen Peters
Pianist – Lyle Peters
Next Week: Covenanting Sunday and Child Dedications
Think about it: Next Sunday we will be celebrating communion together, remembering our covenant with each other, and making a new covenant about our role in the lives of Lucia and Adeline. Take the following week to prepare and think about how we are called to be in communion and what it takes to covenant with each other.
PRAYER & PRAISE
Please pray for:
· Peter Koop who is in Bethesda Hospital.
· Hildegard Adrian, Peter Dyck, Tina Nikkel, Jessie Peters, and
Helen Warkentin who are in Bethesda Place.
· Pray for our missionaries: Rachel Klassen - Germany
· Judy Lafournaise who continues to struggle with health issues.
If you have a prayer request, please contact our Prayer Chain coordinator, Anne E. Froese,
Our condolences go out to Jim and Annette Martens on the passing of Annette’s mother Tina Esau (nee Klassen) on August 29th, 2018. The funeral was on September 1 at 2pm at Birchwood Funeral Chapel. May you feel God’s comfort in this difficult time.
Thank you to all who contributed or took part in our weekend at Manigotagan. We had a remarkable experience – a good foundation for future contacts. We were able to take along a good supply of food for various events, thanks to the generosity of many who provided cookies and rolls and cakes. A rough count of 32 of us travelled there and back, with the help of two bus drivers. Thank you again to all who helped make our Manigotagan weekend a good experience. –Lee and Daryl.
CHURCH FAMILY INFORMATION
Sept. 1-30th - SHARE GARDEN PRODUCE - If you have extras of any vegetables or fruits, please bring them to church on Sunday mornings and place them on the (labelled) table in the gym (west wall). If you could use some of the produce placed on the table, please feel free to help yourself. If you wish to say thanks with a loonie or two, please place those in the labelled donation box. Any proceeds will go to the Abundant Harvest Growing Project, in support of the summer appeal of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Any produce left over will be offered to Community Outreach or SE Helping Hands Foodbank. The table will be set up till the end of September, if it appears to be a useful exchange. Thank you for participating.
Sept. 3rd – No Men’s Volleyball. There is no Men’s Volleyball Sept. 10th.
Sept. 2 - There is no family volleyball this week. Family volleyball will begin on the 9th.
Sept. 4th - SMC Women’s committee meeting at 7pm in the kitchenette.
Sept. 4th – Faith and Life committee meeting at 7pm in the MPR.
Sept. 6th – Manigotagan Discussion. All those who went to Manigotagan are invited to meet at church in the MPR at 7pm for sharing and discussion.
Sept. 8th – SMC Ladies breakfast will meet at Smitty’s at 8:30 a.m. Women of all ages are invited.
Sept 8th – Men’s Prayer breakfast will meet at Uncle Jake’s at 7:45 a.m. All men are invited.
Sept. 9th – Covenanting and Communion Sunday
Sept. 9th – Family Volleyball from 2-4 p.m. in the gym.
Sept. 9th - Sunday School will resume. Classes begin at 9:30 am.
Adults and 20’s and 30’s Sunday School: The first Sunday for Sunday School will be a joint gathering of our 3 classes to hear John Bergen. John and Eloise Bergen went to Kenya to work with an orphanage in 2008. John will share with us their story of being beaten and robbed, and their example of forgiveness, continuing to work since then with the church in Kenya. John spoke at SMC a number of years ago, and this is a chance to find out what they have done since they were last here.
On September 16, the 3 classes will meet separately in the usual places. We will put directions at the Welcome Centre for anyone who wants more information.
Children’s Sunday School – Will meet in the kitchenette.
Youth Sunday School (Gr. 7-12) – Will meet in the Lounge.
Sept. 9th – SMC Golf Tournament. Please sign up at the welcome center by Sept. 2nd or contact Elmer Kehler for more information.
Sept. 12th – Board meeting at 7p.m. in the MPR.
Sept. 14th – Prayer Warriors will meet in the kitchenette at 12.
Sept 15th - Arkbuilders
Sept. 16th – There will be a potluck following the service to celebrate Daryl Climenhaga’s installation. For those attending with last names beginning with
A-K – please bring casseroles
L-R – please bring salads
S-Z – please bring desserts
Sept. 18th – 6:30pm SMC Women "Casserole with a Purpose” Supper at SMC Gym. More details to follow.
Sept. 30th – Please join us for Thanksgiving lunch following the service. Chicken and baked potatoes will be provided.
Last names A-L – please bring a large pie
M-Z – please bring a large salad
Gym Comm. Contact: Isbrand Fehr
COMMUNITY & CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS
Sept. 2 -Welcome Week Kick-Off Concert – Providence College invites you to attend a free concert featuring Jordan St. Cyr and Scribe! Concert begins at 6:30.
Sat. Sept. 8 - Come ride Eden Foundation’s Head for the Hills cycling fund-raiser starting at Morden’s Colbert Beach. There are two routes to choose from. See full details at www.edenhealthcare.ca
Please pray for CMU students, faculty and staff. This week hundreds of students from across Canada and around the world will enter a new academic year at CMU. Pray that their learning and interaction together and with faculty and staff, will inspire and equip them for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society.
Remember that all CMU Friends and Alumni are encouraged to be part of Fall@CMU, Sept. 21-22. In addition to many events on Saturday, join us particularly for the Friday evening, 7:00 pm, ‘Celebration in Story and Song’, featuring the CMU Singers and stories from 4 Distinguished Alumni. See cmu.ca/fall for details.
CMU’s Χplore +55 program offers courses at the intersection of faith and life - all without assignments or tests! Beginning in early October (Wednesdays in Winnipeg, Thursdays in Southern Manitoba), be part of two stimulating 60-minute classes, divided by a 30-minute break for refreshments and fellowship. Go to cmu.ca/xplore for information.
MCC Manitoba Special Event: We are all Treaty People Celebration
Sunday, September 16 at 1 pm
The Forks, Winnipeg
Come out to the Forks, near the Provencher Bridge, for food, music, games and more to build and celebrate relationships, raising awareness for Treaty 1. For more information visit mccmb.ca/we-are-all-treaty-people
Brandon MCC Relief Sale - Join us on Saturday, September 22 for the Annual Brandon MCC Relief Sale at the Keystone Centre in Brandon. For more information visit mccmb.ca/brandon-relief-sale and save the date!
MCC Manitoba Annual General Meeting
Thursday, September 27 at 7 pm
1131 Roch St, Winnipeg
Join us at North Kildonan Mennonite Church to hear about developments in our program work and plans as well as a keynote address and personal reflection on MCC's relief work in Syria. For information and to register delegates by September 21, visit mccmb.ca/agm or contact Nikki Hamm at 204-261-6381 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sept. 13 - Seminary and Theological Graduate School Virtual Fair: Thursday, Sept. 13, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT. Want to learn more about Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary but can’t make it to our Elkhart, Indiana, campus? At this free online event, you can get answers to your questions about AMBS from faculty, students and Admissions staff. Register today! ambs.edu/visit
September 22nd. Mark your calendar...Camp Assiniboia Square Dance & Pie Spectacular Fundraiser. 5:30 – 9 p.m. If you are able to make a pie for this event, please contact Jesse Wolfe 204-895-CAMP.
September 29th - Ride for Refuge 2018 -!! You are invited to participate in this fun, ride/walk fundraising event in support of our international witness ministry. Please register at https://rideforrefuge.org/home or contact your Regional Church office for more information