Church Bulletin


Indigenous Relations

October 21st, 2018 10:45 a.m.

Focus Statement: Why does having a relationship with our indigenous community matter? What is the current relationship? As ambassadors of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5) we are called to be in right relationships with not only our neighbors but all of creation. This responsibility is placed, by Paul, on the strong and those confident of Christ’s work in the world. But we live in a world often separated by interests and objectives that divide. Where does our responsibility for our neighbor really lie?




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

Our God reigns

Shout to the Lord

Scripture Reading Isaiah 11:1-10 NRSV


Offering Thankfulness sung by Aaron Ramos


Childrens story George Klassen

Congregational Song

Out of the root of the Jesse tree

Scripture Reading Romans 15:1-13 NRSV

Sermon "A Word of Hope" – Lee Hiebert


Song of Response

We are one in the Spirit

Congregational Life and Sharing

Congregational Prayer



Song of Sending

HWB 343 My hope is built on nothing less



Worship Leader – Daryl Climenhaga

Song Leaders – Val & Ed Peters, Lyle Peters, Lavina Thiessen

Pianist – Lyle Peters               Organist / Pianist – Margarete Dyck




Next Week’s Scriptures: Deuteronomy 26: 1 - 11; Hebrews 11: 1 - 11 (NIV).

Think on it:  Do you really own the land to which you hold title?



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



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 Froese


Today’s display speaks of current relations between Indigenous Canadians and Settler Canadians.  To set the scene, the display includes a number of Indigenous items.  Inuksuks are used in the North as trail signs and as statues taking the place of humans.  The thunderbird represents a mythical creature of West Coast Indigenous people, showing one part of their spiritual beliefs.  Indigenous people have very close connections with Nature, represented here by trees.

In the centre of the display is an art-piece showing two figures, one representing Indigenous people and the other representing Settlers.  Both are broken in some way.  Each of them can help the other.  Relations can be improved if both sides are willing.  The art-piece shows two people talking with each other with respect, which is a good first step in improving relations.  The art-piece is therefore named Beginning Reconciliation.  A written interpretation is provided.

An uncompleted bridge represents reaching out to connect Indigenous Canadians and Settler Canadians. Two beaded leather mittens flank the display on both sides, representing the observation that we are all treaty people. 

The artist George Klassen would be happy to discuss any of these items with you.


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 p.m. Family volleyball.

Today – 5 p.m. Deacon’s family activities

Mon. Oct. 22nd     Men’s Volleyball

Mon. Oct. 22nd6:30 pm - Steinbach Mennonite Handbelles practice in the kitchenette.

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. 28thSteinbach Community Outreach invites you to join us for a finger food potluck upstairs at 12:00p.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. 30thWebsite 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

Thurs. Nov. 8th – 7 p.m. Pastoral Relations Committee meeting in Rm. 115

Fri. Nov. 9th – Board retreat

Sun. Nov. 11th – 3 p.m. Peace Concert.

Wed. Nov. 14th – Faith and Life committee meeting in Rm. 115.

Sun. Nov. 16th . Arkbuilders will be going to tour the Mandala Gallery.  We will be taking the church bus. Anyone interested is welcome to come. The bus will be leaving from SMC at 3:30 pm.  There is a sign up sheet at the welcome centre.  The cost is $8.50 plus bus fare.



Welcome at Gretna Horse Nation Memorial Ride for Chief Gus High Eagle October 18 from 4-7 p.m. at the Gretna Elementary school. For details go to

The Spirit of the Buffalo Camp & Geraldine McManus Invite you to For-Giving Day (every day is For-Giving Day) 

When: Saturday, October 20, 2018   10:00 a.m. –  4:00 p.m.

Where: Spirit of the Buffalo Camp ( 1 km east of Gretna, Manitoba or in the case of inclement weather Gretna Elementary School, 9th Street, Gretna, MB

Who: Inter-tribal - All Peoples – Everyone welcome

What:  The day will include a Giveaway (bring something of significance/meaning/value to you to share), a Feast and a chance to listen and learn about the Spirit of the Buffalo Camp.  See the attachment for more information.   Also bring a lawn chair.

Please RSVP to Sandra Reimer at

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 at 204-326-1049.

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.  Contact our office to reserve your free tickets. 204-895-2267.

Camp Koinonia's Annual Woodcutters Retreat. Oct 27, starting at 9:00am. Contact Matthew Heide for more details:

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 by October 31, 2018.

MCC Canada welcomes applications for Marketing and Communications Coordinator based in Winnipeg. Applications are accepted until October 31. For more information and to apply, visit

The MHC Gallery presents the Winnipeg debut screening of Urban Eclipse: Rising Tides of Kekekoziibii (Shoal Lake 40) on November 2nd 7:30 p.m. at the Laudamus Auditorium at CMU.  This 77 minute documentary is the most detailed account of the Shoal Lake water story. See attachment for more details.

#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

Wed. Nov. 7, 7:00 pm Ours is a world in which millions of people flee danger and seek the possibility of new beginnings in lands and cultures foreign to their upbringing. Ours is also a world beset by ‘tribalisms’ and perceptions of ‘the other’. Join this Face2Face conversation exploring the question Whose Neighbor Am I? Newcomers in Canada. At Marpeck Commons. See

Consider joining an educational tour to Israel/Palestine led by Gerald Gerbrandt. The tour will focus on the region as both the land of the Bible and a land caught in intense conflict. After the tour you will never read the Bible or listen to the news in the same way again. For more information see  or contact


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