Church Bulletin


Thanksgiving and Encouragement

September 16th, 2018 – 10:45 a.m.

Focus Statement:  This Sunday we recognize God’s calling upon Daryl to be a pastor among us and that he, along with us, has been given a spirit of power for building up the church. Our celebration today is one of thanksgiving, for the spirit we recognize is given from God and the power it brings rests within the church. Let us be confident in the work of God in our midst and be strengthened by our worship in this place.




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

Congregational Singing

HWB 110 Oh, for a thousand tongues to sing

HWB 16 God is here among us

Scripture Reading – Ephesians 4:7-11

Prayer and Offering


Children’s story – Jac Siemens

Congregational Song

God, whose giving knows no ending

Scripture Reading – 2 Timothy 1:5-7

Sermon:  “Thanksgiving and Encouragement” - Rick Neufeld


Song of Response

HWB 420 Heart with loving heart united

Installation and Covenant of Blessing

Congregational Life and Sharing

Congregational Prayer



Song of Sending

STJ 78 We will walk with God



Worship Leader – Lee Hiebert

Song Leaders – Val & Ed Peters, Lavina Thiessen, George Klassen

Organist / Pianist – Margarete Dyck




Next Week’s Scripture: Psalm 1, Mark 9:30-37 – “Secret Identity”

Think on it:  How do we carry our identity as the Body of Christ, “the last of all and servant to all” (Mark 9:35b), throughout our everyday lives?


A Blessing Ceremony for SMC's new Peace Garden will take place on Sunday, September 30th in conjunction with our congregation's Thanksgiving celebration.  Note that all Sunday School classes will end at 10:15 a.m. so everyone can gather outside around the Peace Pole at 10:20 a.m. for a brief service.  If you do not attend Sunday Schoolplease arrive early enough to drop off your potluck item in the kitchen prior to the ceremony.



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


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

We extend a sincere note of gratitude to Lothar Dueck for taking our mass congregational picture at the end of last Sunday's service.  Thank you for helping record SMC's history!



Today – There will be a potluck following the service to celebrate Daryl Climenhaga’s installation

Today – 2-4 Family Volleyball in the gym.

Construction in front of the east entrance of the church will begin this week.  Please respect the construction area.  The west side entrance will be open during office hours during construction.  Please use that entrance as much as possible while construction is happening.

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 foyer.  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.  Thank you for participating.

Sept. 17th   Men’s Volleyball

Sept. 17 - 6:30 pm - Steinbach Mennonite Handbelles practice in the kitchenette

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.  Please see the poster next to the containers for instructions and ideas.  Casseroles will be given to Community Outreach.  If you are willing to contribute a gluten free or vegetarian option please label that clearly on the lid. 

Sept. 19th & 26th -7:00-8:15 – There are SMC Choir rehearsals in the MPR 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

If you are able to help with set up, serving, in the kitchen or clean up please sign your name on the sheet at the Welcome Centre

Oct. 23rd  - 7:00 pm - SMC Semi-Annual Membership Meeting



Canadian Mennonite notice - Risk of a postal strike – If there is a postal strike after September 26, delivery of Canadian Mennonite magazine may be delayed. Subscribers are welcome to add email delivery to a print subscription. The PDF is emailed to you on the day the magazine gets printed. To add digital delivery, please email and include your name, address and subscription number (see your mailing label; it begins with an A).

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

Join us at CMU for the following:

·         A live-streamed public lecture, Science and Faith: Conflicting or Enriching with Dr. Alister McGrath: Sept. 18 and 19 at 9:30 PM, Marpeck Commons.

·         Face2Face, October 10, 7:00 PM, Whose Neighbour Am I? Treaty One and Mennonite Privilegium. Join Niigaan Sinclair and Hans Werner as together we explore stories of Indigenous and Mennonite peoples that have been woven together through 150 years of Canadian settlement patterns. See

Sept. 21-22.  CMU Friends and Alumni join us for Fall@CMU, Sept. 21-22. Friday at 7:00 PM a ‘Celebration in Story and Song’, will feature the CMU Singers and stories from 4 Distinguished Alumni: Leonard Ratzlaff (MBBC '70), Brian Dyck (CMBC '83), Christine Ens (CMBC '96), Heather Unger (Concord '02). Saturday features a Farmers’ Market (with over 25 vendors), Sausage-on-a-bun lunch, Alumni Reunions, Menno Cross Bike Races and Campus Tours. See for details.

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 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 or contact Nikki Hamm at 204-261-6381 or

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 or contact your Regional Church office for more information.

Menno music and cookie bar! The Inter-Mennonite Chaplaincy Association is holding a coffeehouse fundraiser on Saturday, September 29 at Fort Garry Mennonite Fellowship (150 Bayridge Ave.). The “Menno Office” provides chaplaincy support for University of Manitoba students and staff. Admission is free and donations are appreciated. Doors open at 7:00 PM. 

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.

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. 

Oct. 7th - Springstein Mennonite Church is celebrating their 80th Anniversary. The Celebration Worship Service is at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Thanksgiving Lunch and Program at 12:00 p.m. 

Just under 100 International Students will be studying at CMU this year. If you are interested in welcoming an international student into your experience (occasionally or more regularly) contact Sandra Loeppky (CMU Coordinator of International Students) at or call 204-487-3300 ext. 340.



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