WELCOME TO OUR WORSHIP SERVICE
September 9th, 2018 – 10:45 a.m.
Focus Statement: Covenants revolve around three main themes: relationships, the offering of life, and celebration. Relationships that become our focus, life that becomes our offering, and celebration that becomes our response. But it is difficult to think that focusing on others and giving up our life is something we might celebrate. What does it take to “be transformed by the renewing of our minds?”
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 Opening Prayer
Circle of God’s People
Scripture Reading – Psalm 124 – Peter Harms
Prayer and Offering – Santo (Holy) (STJ #15)
PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD
Children’s story – Eric Rempel
Unity – written by Gerald Derstine
You are all we have – STJ #29
Scripture Reading – Romans 12:1-21 – Peter Harms
Sermon: “Making the impossible… possible!” – Lee Hiebert
RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD
Song of Response
Will you let me be your servant – HWB #307
Child Dedication – Daryl Climenhaga
SENDING GOD’S PEOPLE
Song of Sending
Wings of and Eagle
Worship Leader – Bev Unger
Song Leaders – Scott & Kendra Friesen, Toni & Kayla Hiebert
Organist / Pianist – Karen Peters
Next Week’s Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:6 & 7
SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR ALL AGES
Next Week - 9:30 a.m. Sunday School for all ages
- Children meet in the kitchenette
- Youth meet in the lounge off the kitchenette
· 20’s and 30’s meet in Room 115
- Adults meet in the MPR and Music Room
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
We extend a huge THANK YOU to our Church Photographer, Hans Hildebrandt, for creating an amazing video about our 2018 Manigotagan experience. His willingness to record the activities and skillfully edit the pictures/footage in a short timeframe is a lasting gift to our congregation!
CHURCH FAMILY INFORMATION
We welcome George and Sheri Klassen who have moved to Steinbach and have chosen to worship with us here at SMC. If you would like to contact them you can use their church mailbox #196, or their phone number is 204-326-3337.
We pray a blessing on Ron and Noreen Janzen as we honour their request to transfer their membership to Fort Garry Mennonite Fellowship Church.
We pray a blessing on John and Dorothy Peters as we honour their request to transfer their membership to Hoffnung Fuer Alle.
Today – Marg Rempel, Val Peters and vocal ensemble are providing the worship service at Bethesda Place.
Today – Family Volleyball from 2-4 p.m. in the gym.
Today – SMC Golf Tournament. Please see Elmer Kehler for details.
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. 10th – Men’s Volleyball
Sept. 10th - 6:30 pm - Steinbach Mennonite Handbelles practice in the kitchenette
Sept. 12th – Board meeting at 7p.m. in the MPR.
Sept. 14th – Prayer Warriors will meet in the kitchenette at 12.
Sept 15th – Arkbuilders - Please come for a salad supper on September 15. If your last name begins with A - R please bring a salad. If your last name begins with S-Z please bring a dessert. We will start at 5:30. New-comers are welcome.
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 invite you to a Casserole Kick-Off. Please bring a hot casserole in a foil container (containers can be picked up at the Welcome Center next Sunday). Casseroles will be given to Community Outreach. Preferred meals: pasta casseroles, rice casseroles, Shepherd's Pie, Chili, Perogies, Sloppy Joes.
Sept. 19th & 26th -7:00-8:15 – SMC Choir rehearsal in preparation for our Thanksgiving service on Sept. 30th. All interested singers are invited to attend.
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. 21-22. All CMU Friends and Alumni are encouraged to be part of Fall@CMU. 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.
Adult Learning opportunities this year at CMU include:
· CMU’s Χplore 55+ program on Wednesday mornings in Winnipeg, Thursday mornings in Winkler. Go to cmu.ca/xplore for information.
· Israel/Palestine Tour in Spring 2019 with Dr. Gerald Gerbrandt. See cmu.ca/met.
· Take and Read book discussions on Faith, Fear, and Freedom. cmu.ca/takeandread
MCC Manitoba Special Event: We are all Treaty People Celebration - Sunday, September 16 at 1 pm at 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
September 22 - Brandon MCC Relief Sale - Join us 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!
September 27 at 7 pm- MCC Manitoba Annual General Meeting at 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. 12 – Oct. 23. - Exploring Anabaptist History and Theology (noncredit): This online AMBS short course taught by Jamie Pitts, Ph.D., covers the birth and development of 16th-century Anabaptist movements and looks at various interpretations of the meaning of “Anabaptism” today. Cost: $250. CEUs available. ambs.edu/shortcourses
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
Friday, September 14 — Faith leaders Delegation to the Spirit of the Buffalo Camp. For the last two months, the Spirit of the Buffalo Camp, located near Gretna, has been offering a peaceful witness against Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline expansion. Led by Geraldine McManus (Dakota), the camp is asking Manitobans to stand in solidarity against this oil sands project which does not have the free, prior and informed consent of all Indigenous nations (seewww.stopline3.org) and is increasing the flow of fossil fuels in this age of climate change. Mennonite Church Manitoba is co-ordinating a one day learning trip to Spirit of the Buffalo Camp to pray around the sacred fire, to hear more about the pipeline project and Indigenous concerns, and to discuss what responsibilities the church has in these matters. If you would like to join, please email Dorothy Fontaine @ email@example.com and she will send you details for the day.
October 2 - 7:00 pm (CMU, Marpeck Commons) Ann Carter Florence will offer a public presentation and speak about her latest book Rehearsing Scripture: Discovering God’s Word in Community (details below). All are invited! This book will be available from CommonWord that evening.
September 22nd. Camp Assiniboia Square Dance & Pie Spectacular Fundraiser. 5:30 – 6:15 p.m. Camp Tour - come see the new cabins, workshop, dike and lake (still under development); 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Square Dance, pie auction, campfire & singing. 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.
September 30th – Steinbach Bible college invites you to attend their Fall Fundraising Faspa at 4 p.m. Featuring Saengerfest, Faspa and stories of God’s work at the college. You can reserve your spot by calling SBC at 204-326-6451.