WELCOME TO OUR WORSHIP SERVICE
Anabaptism and Connecting to the World
October 14, 2018 – 10:45 a.m.
Focus Statement: As Anabaptists, we are shaped by our history, our culture, our connection to the global church, and our tradition. All of these elements combined inform our identity; they speak into our practices and work to guide our behaviors. How can we, as Anabaptists, continue to nurture and build upon this identity
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
STJ 1 - We sing to you, O God
HWB 59 - Sing praise to God who reigns
Scripture Reading – Psalm 78:1-7
Prayer and Offering
PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD
Children’s story – Anne Froese
STS 54 - What does the Lord require of you?
Scripture Reading – Deuteronomy 8:7-18
Sermon – “Remembering Our Story” – Gerald Gerbrandt
RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD
Song of Response
HWB 307 - Will you let me be your servant
Congregational Life and Sharing
SENDING GOD’S PEOPLE
Song of Sending
HWB 427 - You shall go out with joy
Worship Leader – Lee Hiebert
Song Leaders – Gerry Sapinsky, Bev Rogers, Marie Rempel, George Klassen
Organist / Pianist – Karen Peters
Next Week’s Scriptures: Isaiah 11:1-10 NRSV, Romans 15:1-13 NRSV
Think on it: When it comes to our Indigenous neighbors, where does our responsibility lie? Where does our hope lie?
Here’s what’s coming up in our services over the next 6 weeks…
October 14 - Anabaptism & Connecting to the World
- Gerald Gerbrandt
October 21 - Indigenous Relations Study - Why Does it Matter?
- Lee Hiebert
October 28 - Indigenous Relations Study - Whose Land?
- Daryl Climenhaga
November 4 - Indigenous Relations Study - A Personal Perspective
- Norman Meade (Manigotogan)
(Worship will be followed by hot potluck lunch.)
November 11 - Peace Sunday
- Lee Hiebert
- 3 p.m. - Community Peace Concert (Eastman Choral Assn.)
November 18 - Lee Hiebert speaking
November 25 - Eternity (Memorial) Sunday
- Lee Hiebert
SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR ALL AGES
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
- 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:
· 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 Laureen and Elmer Kehler and Mary Koop on the passing of Peter Koop this past Thursday, Oct. 11th. Please see the Birchwood website for funeral information.
We welcome Gerald Gerbrandt speaking this morning as part of CMU portable.
God’s blessing on Jessie Peters who will celebrate her birthday on Thursday, Oct. 18th!
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 - No family volleyball.
Mon. Oct. 15th – Men’s Volleyball
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.
Sun. Oct. 28 – The Steinbach 55 Plus Choir, under the direction of Lin Wiebe, will be our guests during the morning worship service. We look forward to their music ministry.
Sun. Oct. 28th – Steinbach Community Outreach invites you to join us for a finger food potluck upstairs at 12:00 p.m to celebrate our 10th anniversary together.
Last names beginning with A-L bring a sweet finger food.
Last names K-Z bring a savory finger food.
Tues. Oct. 30th – Website working group meeting
Sat. Nov 3 8:30am – MCM Infuse 2018 @ CMU. We will focus on the theme of Vulnerability in Mission, with Keynote address by Betty Pries. $65 for the day includes a locally catered lunch and all refreshments. If you would like to represent SMC at this event please let the church office know by Oct. 19th. This event is for anyone in a leadership role in the church (council, board, deacon, etc.). Please see the MCM website for speakers and more details.
Sat. Nov. 3rd – 7:45 a.m. – Men’s Prayer Breakfast at Uncle Jake’s
Sat. Nov. 3rd – 8:00 a.m. – SMC Ladies Breakfast at Smittys.
Sun. Nov. 4th – We welcome Norman Meade from Manigotogan who will be speaking that Sunday morning. Hot potluck lunch will follow the service.
Tues. Nov. 6th – 7 p.m. Semi annual meeting
Fri. Nov. 9th – Board retreat
COMMUNITY & CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS
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 Martens 204-392-5057. Henry and Liese Krahn are also available to answer questions.
Sat., Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. at Springfield Heights Mennonite, Winnipeg or Sun., Oct. 28 at 3 p.m. at Emmanuel Mennonite in Winkler SINGIN’ IN THE GRAIN – fundraising concerts for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, featuring Faith and Life Male Choir and CMU Male Choir, under direction of father/son conductors Ben and Matt Pauls.
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.
Camp Koinonia's Annual Woodcutters Retreat. Oct 27, starting at 9:00am. Contact Matthew Heide for more details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 28 at 7 p.m – SPEAKING OUR PEACE at Grace Mennonite Church, Steinbach. Join Sahar Vardi and Tarek Al-Zoughbi (Young Jewish and Palestinian Voices) as they share experiences and how they are working toward a just peace in Israel and Palestine. (Sponsored by MCC)
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.
#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