Church Bulletin


Agreement and Acceptance #3

January 27, 2019 10:45 a.m.

Focus Statement:  Inclusivity is one of the marks of what is at the heart of Jesus teaching but there is also something very exclusive about who Jesus calls us to be. How do we understand Christ’s acceptance of us as being both radically inclusive and also fundamentally exclusive?




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 65 Praise, my soul, the King of heaven!

HWB 6 Here in this place

Scripture Reading Psalm 103:1-13 NIV

Prayer and Offering


Childrens story Ingrid Penner

Congregational Song

Refiner’s Fire

Scripture Reading – Matthew 9:9-13 NIV

Sermon –  Acceptance, the Other and Changing Our Minds”

~Lee Hiebert with special guest


Song of Response - Trio – Closer

Congregational Life and Sharing

Congregational Prayer



Song of Sending

HWB 295 Here I am, Lord



Worship Leader Marg Rempel

Song Leaders Val & Ed Peters, Bev Rogers

Pianist/Organist – Karen Peters




Next Week’s Scriptures:  Exodus 17:1-7 and Matthew 18:15-20

Think on it:  How far are you willing to go so that what you believe will continue to be true?




We extend our sympathies and prayers to the family and friends of Helen Warkentin, the last charter member of our congregation, who passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at age 102. The memorial service will be held on Thursday February 7, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Steinbach Mennonite Church with faspa to follow.   A private family interment will take place prior to the service.  May God continue to give comfort and peace to those close to her at this time of loss.   

Congratulations to Grandparents Glenn and Laurie Warkentin on the birth of their grandson George Kenneth Forbis-Warkentin born to Scott and Megan and sister Zoey on January 15, 2019.

Please pray for:

·         John Goossen who is in Bethesda Hospital.

·         Hildegard Adrian, Cornelius Nikkel, Tina Nikkel, and Jessie Peters
who are in Bethesda Place and Sadie Bartel in Cedarwood.

·         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



Today. 9:30 a.m. Sunday School

  • Children meet in the kitchenette
  • Youth meet in the lounge
  • Adult Sunday School meet in the MPR and Music Room
  • 20’s and 30’s meet in Room 115



Jan. 27, 2019    $ 7419.59

YTD Income  $ 13,522.30


We are planning for a new year of Supper Clubs! There are sign-up sheets at the Welcome Centre.  Our thanks to Isbrand and Martha Hiebert for coordinating the organization of the clubs.

The MCM annual gathering will be held on March 2 here at SMC.  Those of you who would like to register as delegates please contact the church office no later than Feb. 3. 

We pray a blessing on Rudy and Henriette Schellenberg as we honour their request to transfer their membership.  The will be received into membership at Langley Mennonite Fellowship on Feb. 3.

The Gift Discernment Team is collecting nominations for 3 Church Board positions: Chair, Vice Chair, and Support & Accountability Committee Chair. Also, there is 1 term ending on the Gift Discernment Team this year. Please fill out a nomination form from the Welcome Centre and drop it off in Eric Rempel’s mailbox (#316) by February 17. You may also email your nominations to Eric Rempel. Thank you!

Library News – For the next few months, we will be featuring a variety of books that have not been read recently.  Come check it out.

SMC Annual Reports are due asap. If you have not already done so please submit all reports to the church office by e-mail to

Charlene is in the process of reorganizing the mailboxes to make them look more tidy and ordered. The location of your mailbox may change.

Today – 2 p.m. Family volleyball.

Mon. Jan. 28 – 6:45 p.m.  Men’s Volleyball.

Wed. Jan. 30 – Charlene will not be in the office.  Please leave a message or call Pastor Lee at the church if you need anything.

Sat. Feb. 2 – 7:45 am.  Men’s Prayer Breakfast at Uncle Jake’s.

Sat. Feb. 2 – 8:30 am.  SMC Ladies Breakfast at Smitty’s.

Thurs. Feb. 14 – Seniors Faspa.

Sat. Feb. 16 – Arkbuilders.

Thurs. Feb. 21 – 7 pm.  SMC Women’s Valentines event.  More details to follow.

Mon. Feb. 25 – 7 p.m.  Faith and Life Committee meeting.

Sat. Mar. 2 – MCM annual gathering.

Thurs. Mar. 21 - 7 p.m.   SMC Annual General Meeting in the sanctuary.

Gym Committee Contact:  Henry Krahn




The Mennonite Heritage Archives is partnering with Refuge 31 Films in their production of “Volendam: Ship of Freedom.”  The film will tell the story of the Mennonite Refugees who fled Europe after WWII.  If you were on the ship during the Feb 1947 trip to Argentina (or your parent or relative was) and are interested in telling your story, Refuge 31 Films would like to interview you or your relative on camera. We are also interested in still photographs or even film footage from that period of the Volendam ship itself as well as the refugee camps in Germany.  Please contact: - Subject: VOLENDAM PASSENGER / PHOTOS

Come work at MCC! MCC is hiring a Co-Associate Program Coordinator for the Migration and Resettlement program. The position is full-time beginning March 4, 2019. Job description and more information is available online at

Learning Tour: Health and mental health in Haiti - Spots are still available to see MCC's work in action through a week-long learning tour to Haiti in April. For more information visit or contact Brad Reimer at or 204-261-6381. 

Camps with Meaning Summer Camp Registration is open.   Visit to sign your children/grandchildren up for a great week at Camp Koinonia or Camp Assiniboia. You can also call the office for more info. 204-895-2267

Wed. Jan. 30 - CMU’s Menno Simons College presents a Social Justice Fair at Riddell Hall, University of Winnipeg. Enter to win a $350 tuition bursary or a fair trade prize pack.

Wed. Feb. 6 - 7:00 PM, Marpeck Commons. Join us for a free public lecture entitled Fearfully and Wonderfully made? Adam, Eve, and Evolution offered by CMU Scientist in Residence, Dr. Dennis Venema (Professor of Biology at Trinity Western University). Christians hold that God is the Creator, and that God brought the world and life into being as an intentional act of design. Modern genomics strongly supports the hypothesis that random mutation and natural selection are a key part of evolution, including for humans. Are these claims at odds with each other?  Is it possible to view evolution as a form of design?  This is a live-streamed event.

Fri. Feb 8 -  6 p.m.  Mennonite Heritage Village fundraising banquet for a new Peace Exhibit will feature the story of four Hutterite men who were tortured for refusing military service in World War One.  Tickets ($25) are available by contacting the Mennonite Heritage Village at 204-326-9661.

February 11 at 7:00 p.m  The Mennonite Heritage Archives (610 Shaftesbury Blvd.) invites you to the launch of Werner Toews’ book “Sketches from Siberia: The Life of Jacob D. Sudermann”.   Aileen Friesen from the Centre for Transnational Mennonite Studies will also speak about the KGB Archives project in Ukraine.   This project will be an important development in our understanding of Mennonite life in the early Soviet era.  Reception with light refreshments to follow.

Monday, Feb. 11, 7:00 PM . Marpeck Commons, Face2Face is a CMU series of public conversations at the intersection of faith and life. Join a conversation entitled Let’s Talk About Death...It Won’t Kill YouJoin a casket maker, spiritual health practitioner, death café participant, and expert in culture and film studies as we explore our fears of conversations about death and our culture’s sometimes ghoulish obsessions involving death. This is a live-streamed event.

Mar. 6 - Discovery can be a life-long delight. CMU’s Χplore program offers courses that investigate dimensions of the Christian faith, our world, and life in it -- all without any assignments or tests!  Enjoy classes such as Science and Faith: Strange Bedfellows or Necessary Companions, with Rachel Krause.



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