Church Bulletin


Indigenous Relations

October 28th, 2018 10:45 a.m.

Focus Statement: Who does the land belong to in Canada? This is a flashpoint for relationships with the Indigenous Peoples of Canada. We can't answer the question, but we must try to understand it -- at least a little bit.



Prelude - Lin Wiebe

Steinbach 55 Plus Choir We Are So Blessed

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 26 Holy Spirit, come with power

HWB 66 O worship the King

Scripture Reading Deuteronomy 26: 1 11 (NIVUK)

Prayer and Offering - Choir Count Your Blessings


Childrens story Bev Unger

Choir Revive Us Again

Be Strong in the Lord

Scripture Reading Hebrews 11: 1 to 11 (NIVUK)

Sermon – “Whose Land” – Daryl Climenhaga


Song of Response

HWB 323 Beyond a dying sun

Congregational Life and Sharing

Congregational Prayer



Song of Sending Choir The Irish Blessing


We welcome the Steinbach 55 Plus Choir, with Lin Wiebe, Conductor, and Lori Reimer, Accompanist, to our service this morning.

Worship Leader Bev Unger                                 Pianist Lois Climenhaga

Song Leaders Val & Ed Peters, Antje Dueck        Organist Margarete Dyck



Next Week’s Scriptures: Job 12: 7-12 and Romans 12: 9-18

Think on it:  How can the various peoples (or nations) of Canada build relationships with each other?



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


Thank you for all the cards, hugs and prayers we have received. You support has carried us through these last ten months.

Psalm 100,

Mary Koop & family


God’s blessing on Irma Dueck who will celebrate her birthday on November 2nd!

The Steinbach 55 Plus Choir, under the direction of Lin Wiebe, are our guests during the morning worship service. We look forward to their music ministry.

Steinbach Community Outreach is celebrating its 10th anniversary!  This organization was started by Irene Kroeker in response to needs she observed while teaching at the SRSS.  When she shared her vision with SMC, our church responded by offering space and support.  The mission moved from Irene's classroom to SMC where the programme rapidly expanded.  Irene was also the catalyst for founding Today House, Steinbach's first emergency overnight shelter.  On October 20, this social justice warrior received a Meritorious Service Award from Governor General Julie Payette in a Presentation of Honours ceremony in Regina (Webcast: - congratulations Irene and SCO!

SCO would like to thank the church for the wonderful donations this past month.  The food goods are much needed and are already being used.  The computer is a wonderful addition to our drop in center and our guests will enjoy being able to have access to technology.


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.


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

Next Sunday all three adult Sunday school classes will meet in the MPR to hear from Norman Meade.  All adults are invited to attend.  A mic and speaker will be used to make it more hearing accessible.  Norman Meade is pastor the Manigotagan Community Chapel. He is also part of the University of Manitoba as a Metis elder in relationship with students at the university. 





We are in the process of updating our information on Care Groups. If there is anyone in the congregation who is not part of a care group and would like to be, please email Daryl Climenhaga or call the church office. Thank you! 

TodaySteinbach 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.

Today – 2 p.m. Family volleyball.

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

Mon. Oct. 29th  Men’s Volleyball

Mon. Oct. 29th   6:30 pm - Steinbach Mennonite Handbelles practice in the kitchenette.

Tues. Oct. 30th – 7:00 Deacons meeting in music room

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. 29th.  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 Manigotagan who will be speaking.  Hot potluck lunch will follow the service.  Sign up at the Welcome center.

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.

Tues. Nov. 13th9 a.m. – MCC blanket making day.  Everyone is invited to come for part or all of this time.  Please bring a lunch and a snack to share at coffee time.  Also bring sewing machines if you can.

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

Wed. Nov. 14th - 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.

 Christmas Dinner! For the past several years we have held a Christmas Dinner in the gym after our Christmas morning service. We require someone to coordinate the food preparation and food service. Contact Daryl or the church office if you can help as coordinator or kitchen helper.

Steinbach Community Christmas Hampers: There are several papers at the Welcome Centre for giving Christmas Hampers to families in need in Steinbach. If you are interested in helping with the Christmas Hampers either with donations or as a driver.  Please read the information there and contact the SCCH. You can also contact the Church Office or Daryl Climenhaga for more information or to register a needy family.

Gym Comm. Contact: Isbrand Fehr



Speaking Our Peace – A conversation highlighting young Jewish and Palestinian Christian voices will take place at Grace Mennonite Church in Steinbach at 7 pm this evening. Join Sahar Vardi and Tarek Al Zoughbi as they share personal experiences and discuss how they are working towards a just peace in Israel and Palestine.

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.

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.

MCC Manitoba welcomes applications for Communications Associate based in Winnipeg. Applications are accepted until November 2. For more information and to apply, visit For additional communication position openings with MCC Canada, visit

#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

Voices Together Hymn Sing. Join Henry Engbrecht, Paul Dueck and the Voices Together Ensemble in singing potential new songs for our new hymnal: Voices Together. Of course, we'll sing a few old favourites too. Saturday, Nov 17, 7:00pm, Morden Mennonite Church, and Sunday Nov 18, 7:00pm, Fort Garry Mennonite Fellowship, Winnipeg. Freewill offering for the Voices Together project will be received.

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.  For more information see  or contact

Registration is now open for the Canadian School of Peacebuilding, June 10-14 and 17-21, 2019. Go to or e-mail for more information and to apply for your choice of five-day courses on topics such as Indigenous perspectives on peace and justice, peace skills, alternative approaches to monitoring and evaluation, music and peacebuilding, human-centred design, theology of struggle, trauma and resilience, and nonviolent activism and resistance.


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