Church Bulletin

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Secret Identity

September 23rd, 2018 – 10:45 a.m.

 

Focus Statement:  Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Many of us have dreamt of having superpowers but we know that they are a fantasy that only exists in comics and movies. As the church, however, we hold the promise of eternal life and the ability to feed the hungry and to clothe the naked. These powers are at the heart of who we are as the Body of Christ and yet are often disguised as we go about our daily lives. How do we carry our identity as the Body of Christ throughout our everyday lives?

 

GATHERING AS GOD’S PEOPLE

Prelude

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

STJ 16 - Praise with joy the worlds Creator

HWB 407 - We are people of Gods peace

Scripture Reading – Psalm 1 NRSV

Prayer and Offering - Quartet - Lord, you have come to the lakeshore

PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD

Children’s story – Kayla Hiebert

Congregational Song

HWB 226 - You are salt for the earth

Scripture Reading – Mark 9:30-37 NRSV

Sermon:    Secret Identity – Lee Hiebert

RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD

Song of Response

True Evangelical Faith by Larry Nickel (see insert)

Beyond our doors – SCO update – Irene Kroeker

Congregational Life and Sharing

Congregational Prayer

SENDING GOD’S PEOPLE

Benediction

Song of Sending

STJ 17 - Halle, halle, hallelujah

Postlude

Worship Leader – Eric Rempel               Organist / Pianist – Margarete Dyck

Song Leaders – Gerry Sapinsky, Lavina Thiessen, Ed and Val Peters

 

THINKING AHEAD

Next Week’s Scripture: Proverbs 3:1-10

Think on it:  When was a time that you felt overwhelmingly thankful for God's work and presence in your life?  

 

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.

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR ALL AGES

9:30 a.m.  Sunday School for all ages

  • Children meet in the kitchenette
  • Youth meet in the lounge

·         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,

Our condolences go out to Gredi and Homer Janzen on the passing of Bill Janzen, Gredi’s brother, on Thursday Sept. 20th.  The funeral was on Saturday at Arnaud Mennonite Church.

 

CHURCH FAMILY INFORMATION

Today – 2-4 Family Volleyball in the gym.

Construction in front of the east entrance of the church has begun.  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.

We pray a blessing on Shaun and Donna Neufeldt as we honour their request to transfer their membership to Grace Mennonite Church.

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. 24th   – Men’s Volleyball

Sept. 24th  - 6:30 pm - Steinbach Mennonite Handbelles practice in the kitchenette

Sept. 26th -7:00-8:15 – SMC Choir rehearsal is in the Sanctuary in preparation for our Thanksgiving service on Sept. 30th. All interested singers are invited to attend.

Sept. 26th – Pastoral Relations Committee meeting in Room 115.

September 27 at 7 pm - Karen Peters and Eric and Mary Rempel have agreed to be delegates at the MCC Manitoba Annual General Meeting, - at 1131 Roch St, Winnipeg. If you would like to attend as a non-delegate please go to https://mcccanada.ca/get-involved/events/mcc-manitoba-annual-general-meeting for more information.

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. 2nd – Website Committee meeting at 7p.m. in Rm 115

Oct. 3rd – Faith and Life Meeting at 7 p.m. in the MPR

Oct. 6thSMC Ladies Breakfast at Smitty’s at 8:15 a.m.

Oct. 6th – SMC Mens Breakfast at Uncle Jakes at 8 a.m.

Oct 9th – Board meeting in the MPR at 7p.m.

Oct. 12th -13th – Church Retreat

Gym Comm. Contact: Isbrand Fehr


 

COMMUNITY & CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

 

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.

Sept. 30th7 p.m.  Vespers choir service on at the Mennonite Heritage Village Museum. All are welcome, a freewill offering will be taken.

MCC Manitoba welcomes applications for Sam's Place Manager (12-month term) based in Winnipeg. Applications are accepted until October 2. For more information and to apply, visit mccmb.ca/sams-place-manager

October 2 - 7:00 pm (CMU, Marpeck Commons) Dr. Anna Carter Florence will offer a public presentation and speak about her latest book Rehearsing Scripture:  Discovering God’s Word in Community .  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.

 Stories from Syria – Join us in Altona or Winnipeg for first-hand stories from Rahaf Abdo, a Syrian who has lived through the prolonged conflict and dedicated herself to helping those around her. At Seeds Church (116 Main St, Altona) on October 9 at 7 pm or at Sam’s Place (159 Henderson Hwy, Winnipeg) on October 11 at 7 pm. Find more information and let us know you’re coming at mccmb.ca/events or by calling 204-261-6381.

October 10th, 7:00 PM - Join us at CMU for Face2FaceWhose Neighbour Am I? Treaty One and Mennonite Privilegium.  Niigaan Sinclair will reflect on Treaty 1 (signed August, 1871) and Hans Werner will speak about the Mennonite Privilegium (signed August, 1873).   See cmu.ca/events

Oct. 12th - 7:30pm. MHC Gallery 20th anniversary exhibition celebration and fundraiser.  See MHC Gallery Facebook for details. RSVP to swolfe@cmu.ca

November 4th - Crystal City Mennonite Church is celebrating its 70th anniversary.  There will be an afternoon music program in addition to a special morning worship service.  We welcome you to celebrate with us!

·         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. Seecmu.ca/events.

·         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 cmu.ca/events.

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 cmu.ca/fall 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 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 nikkihamm@mccmb.ca

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.

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 sloeppky@cmu.ca or call 204-487-3300 ext. 340.

 

 


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