WELCOME TO OUR WORSHIP SERVICE
October 7th, 2018 – 10:45a.m.
Focus Statement: It can be difficult to think of suffering as something that deserves our thanksgiving. Often we try to subdue those things in life that cause us to suffer and avoid them if at all possible. But the writer of Hebrews speaks about Jesus being made perfect through suffering and in Job we see suffering yielding perseverance and increased faith in God. What does it take to see God and give our thanksgiving through the suffering of life?
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
# 50 HWB Praise the Lord, sing hallelujah
# 84 HWB Oh, that I had a thousand voices
Scripture reading - Job 2:1-10
Prayer and Offering
PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD
Children’s story – Bev Unger
# 44 STJ The love of God
Scripture Reading – Hebrews 2:5-12
Sermon – “A Heart Possessed” – Lee Hiebert
RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD
Song of Response
Quartette- My life flows on
Congregational Life and Sharing
SENDING GOD’S PEOPLE
Song of Sending
#344 HWB I will sing of my Redeemer
Worship Leader - Cheryl Esau
Song Leaders - Marie Rempel, Bev Rogers, Gerry Sapinsky, George Klassen
Organist / Pianist – Karen Peters
Next Week’s Scriptures: Psalm 78:1-7, Deuteronomy 8:7-18
Think on it: What is it about being Anabaptist that informs our identity the most?
SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR ALL AGES
No Sunday School Today. Happy Thanksgiving long weekend!
9:30 a.m. next week Sunday School resumes 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.
Our sympathies go out to Rudy and Henriette Schellenberg on the death of Rudy's mother Lena Schellenberg on October 1 at Bethesda Hospital. Her memorial service will take place on Thursday, October 11 at 2 pm in the Kleefeld Evangelical Mennonite Church.
If you have a prayer request, please contact our Prayer Chain coordinator, Anne E. Froese,
Jim and Annette Martens will be heading south on Oct 10th for a term of service with MDS, We wish to bless them and keep them in our prayers as they lend their hands to those in need. If you would like to follow their volunteering/travels you can do so by reading their blog
CHURCH FAMILY INFORMATION
During the month of October you are invited to share non-perishable food items for Steinbach Community Outreach. The children will collect these items during the offering time. Thank you.
Today - 2-4 Family Volleyball in the gym. No family volleyball Sun. Oct. 14th.
Mon. Oct. 8th –No Men’s Volleyball
Tues. Oct 9th – Board meeting in the MPR at 7p.m.
Fri. Oct. 12th – Sat. 13th – SMC Intergenerational Church Retreat – At the welcome center you will find a full schedule as well as the room assignments. We are using the six bedrooms in the main lodge and have assigned rooms according to gender due to room constraints. If you are interested in coming you may still sign up for this event. TODAY is the last day. For more information or if you have questions please contact Cheryl Esau
Mon. Oct. 15th – 6:30 pm - Steinbach Mennonite Handbelles practice in the kitchenette
Sat. Oct. 20th – Worship meeting at 12 p.m. in the MPR
Sat. Oct. 20th - Arkbuilders
Wed. Oct 24th – Education and Ministry meeting at 7 in the MPR
Canadian Mennonite subscriptions: All who attend SMC may receive a subscription to Canadian Mennonite. The biweekly magazine is delivered in print, by email, or both. Subscriptions are paid for collectively through Mennonite Church Manitoba. To start a new subscription, add digital delivery to an existing print subscription, switch to digital-only, or cancel your subscription please contact Charlene in the office. We will submit our congregation’s subscription list by October 24, 2018.
Tues. Oct. 30th – Website working group meeting
Tues. Nov. 6th – 7 p.m. Semi annual meeting
Fri. Nov. 9th – Board retreat
Gym Comm. Contact: Isbrand Fehr
COMMUNITY & CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS
MCC Manitoba welcomes applications for Sam's Place Manager (12-month term) based in Winnipeg. Applications are accepted until October 9. For more information and to apply, visit mccmb.ca/sams-place-manager
MCC Canada welcomes applications for Advocacy Intern (4-month term) based in Ottawa. Applications are accepted until October 10. For more information and to apply, visit mcccanada.ca/advocacy-intern
Wed. October 10th, 7:00 PM - Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls on the church to embrace reconciliation as the way forward in its relationships with Indigenous peoples. Join us for Face2Face, as Niigaan Sinclair and Hans Werner explore: Whose Neighbour Am I? Treaty One and Mennonite Privilegium. This conversation will open insights about these historical agreements and their implications today; and imagine hopeful ways of living together into the future. This event will be livestreamed. Seecmu.ca/events.
Thurs. Oct 11, Thursday, 9:30 am at Grace Mennonite Church: Canadian Foodgrains Bank and MCC are hosting a visitor from Syria and are coming to Steinbach. Rahaf Abdo works as the field coordinator in Syria for the food assistance project of the Forum for Development, Culture, and Dialogue (FDCD), a partner of Canadian Foodgrains Bank in collaboration with Mennonite Central Committee. As the crisis in Syria worsened in 2012, Rahaf Abdo gave up her position as a lecturer in the engineering department of her local university to distribute food boxes and cash supplements as a full-time volunteer. Six years later, Abdo continues to provide food to displaced people. Join us at Grace Mennonite Church, Steinbach, Oct 11, 9:30 am to meet Rahaf and learn about the conditions and hunger issues in Syria.
Thurs. October 11 – 13 Steinbach Bible College is offering a Weekend Intensive with Chris Marchand, Self-Care for Caregivers, . The material will explore biblical ideas of Sabbath rest and its application for everyday lives and will consider the importance of boundary-setting while encouraging students to practice the spiritual discipline of self-awareness. Full course details and registration are at SBCollege.ca/events.
Fri. Oct. 12th - 7:30pm. 20th anniversary exhibition celebration & annual MHC Gallery fundraiser; program in CMU chapel, reception & door prize draw in gallery. Details on MHC Gallery Facebook page. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
The CMU J. J. Thiessen Lectures present Dr. John D. Witvliet speaking onViolence, Injustice, Trauma, and the Ordinary Practices of Christian Worship in a Social Media Age. The lectures will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct 16-17 in the CMU chapel. Dr. Witvliet is a distinguished scholar from Calvin Institute of Christian Worship in Grand Rapids, MI. For more info see cmu.ca/jjt.
Tues. Oct. 23 – 6:30 Gospel Echoes Banquet here at SMC– In support of prison ministries. Join us for an evening of food and prison testimonies. To reserve your spot or for more information contact Neil and Hilda Marten 204-392-5057.
Camps with Meaning Celebration Fundraising Banquets. All proceeds will help get kids to camp. October 27, 5:30PM, Emmanuel Mennonite Church, Winkler; October 28, 5:30PM, Douglas Mennonite Church. Please consider hosting a table (ie. making sure your friends attend). Contact our office to reserve your free tickets and perhaps commit to hosting. 204-895-2267.
MC Manitoba and MC Canada request your feedback to assist us in communicating better with you, keeping you up-to-date with what God is doing in Canada and beyond. Your voice is important to us. Please take a few minutes to complete the Communications Survey on-line at https://mccanada.respondnow.ca/ by October 31, 2018.
November 3, 2018, 8:30am - Infuse 2018. Come for a time of learning inspiring and connecting. We will focus on the theme of Vulnerability in Mission, with Keynote address by Betty Pries. 500 Shaftesbury Blvd (CMU). $65 for the day includes a locally catered lunch and all refreshments. We encourage everyone to come, especially those in a leadership role in the church (council, board, deacon, etc.). Please contact Stephanie Wenger at 204-896-1616 for more information
#Churchtoo – A new play by Theatre of the Beat explores the struggle of wading into realities of sexual assault and examines the difficulties of speaking out in a community where the topic is often considered taboo. For Manitoban play locations and dates, visit mccmb.ca/events