WELCOME TO OUR WORSHIP SERVICE
Agreement and Acceptance #4
Feb. 3, 2019 – 10:45 a.m.
Focus Statement: Agreement and acceptance are nice to think about but often very difficult to accomplish. What happens when we find ourselves locked in disagreements? What happens when we find ourselves unable to accept? These are the hills that we often find it so easy to “die on” and where it is easy to forget the hill that Christ chose to die on.
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
HWB 37 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
O God You are My God (Step by Step)
Scripture Reading – Exodus 17:1-7 NRSV
Prayer and Offering– Trio – Psalm 84
PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD
Children’s story – Bev Unger
Speak O Lord (bulletin insert)
Scripture Reading – Matthew 18:15-20 NRSV
Sermon – “A Hill Worth Dying On” – Lee Hiebert
RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD
Song of Response – Trio – Open My Eyes
Congregational Life and Sharing
SENDING GOD’S PEOPLE
Song of Sending
HWB 545 Be Thou My Vision
Worship Leader – Alvie Martens
Song Leaders – Val & Ed Peters, Bev Unger, Shirley Fox
Pianist/Organist – Karen Peters
Next Week’s Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 12: 1-14, 27-31 and 1 Corinthians 12: 31b – 13:13
Think on it: What does it mean to say, "I love you"?
PRAYER & PRAISE
Please pray for:
· John Goossen who is in Bethesda Hospital
· Glenn Warkentin who is having surgery on Feb. 4th.
· 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
SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR ALL AGES
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
LAST WEEK’S OFFERING
Jan. 27, 2019 $1660.00
YTD Income $22,446.89
CHURCH FAMILY INFORMATION
Delegates needed! The MCM annual gathering will be held on March 2 here at SMC. If you who would like to register as a delegate please contact the church office this week.
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!
Your 2018 donation tax receipts are in your mailboxes. Please remember your mailbox has moved. Please be sure you are taking home the correct tax receipt .
Today – 2 p.m. Family volleyball.
Mon. Feb. 4 – 6:45 p.m. Men’s Volleyball.
Feb. 7th - 9 a.m. We are requesting help to set up tables and chairs for Helen Warkentin’s funeral. If you are available please report to Hans Hildebrandt at 9 am on Feb. 7th.
Feb 10 - Pastor Lee will be preaching at Arnaud Mennonite Church. Blessings as you bring God’s word to our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Thurs. Feb. 14 – 2:30 pm. 80+ Seniors Faspa.
Sat. Feb. 16 – 7 p.m. Arkbuilders. Speaker: George Klassen.
Sun. Feb. 17 - Janet Peters, the Associate Program Director for Camps with Meaning, will be coming to share with us about camp and God's ongoing work through this ministry of our conference.
Thurs. Feb 21 - 7:00 pm. SMC Women's Valentines event at SMC. You are invited. Bring a friend. The evening will feature a presentation on "Forgiveness". The presenters are Justina Heese and Marie Rempel. Coffee to follow. There will be a sign up sheet at the welcome centre.
Mon. Feb. 25 – 7 p.m. Faith and Life Committee meeting.
Sat. Mar. 2 – MCM annual gathering.
Sat. Mar. 2 8:30 - SMC Ladies Breakfast at Smitty’s.
Tues. Mar. 5 – 7 p.m. Support & Accountability Committee Meeting in Rm. 115
Wed. Mar. 6 – 7 p.m. Education and Ministries Committee Meeting in the MPR
Sat. Mar. 9 – 7:45 a.m. Men’s Prayer Breakfast at Uncle Jakes.
Thurs. Mar. 21 - 7 p.m. SMC Annual General Meeting in the sanctuary.
Gym Committtee Contact: Henry Krahn
COMMUNITY & CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS
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: email@example.com - Subject: VOLENDAM PASSENGER / PHOTOS
Providence Public Lecture Series 2019. Join us for stimulating discussions on topics of contemporary interest addressed by seven different Providence professors! We will be hosting the lecture series in Winnipeg and Steinbach. All lectures will run from 7:00 - 8:30pm. Free admission - no registration required. More information: www.prov.ca
Camps with Meaning Summer Camp Registration is open. Visit campswithmeaning.org 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
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). This is a live-streamed event. See cmu.ca/events/sir.
Fri. Feb. 8 – 6 p.m. The Mennonite Heritage Village will be hosting a peace exhibit featuring stories of Hutterite martyrs. Tickets are $25 each and are available by contacting MHV 204-326-9661. For more information see the poster at the Welcome Center bulletin board.
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 Face2Face, CMU’s series of public conversations, hosts a conversation entitled Let’s Talk About Death...It Won’t Kill You at Marpeck Commons. Join us as we explore our fears about death and our culture’s sometimes ghoulish obsessions involving death. This is a live-streamed event. See cmu.ca/face2face.
Feb. 12-13 CMU presents ReNew 2019: Resourcing Pastors for Ministry | Death, Funerals, and the Christian Hope. This conference for all involved in ministry, featuring keynote presenter Dr. Thomas Long, will be offered at CMU. See cmu.ca/renew.
Feb. 13 at 7:00 PM. View ‘I Am Rohingya’, a documentary hosted by CMU at UofW Eckhardt-Gramatte Hall. The evening includes Q&A with film producer and panel members from Bangladesh, Myanmar, David Matas, and Stephanie Stobbe.
February 27 Learning Tour: Indigenous Initiatives Winnipeg -, you're invited on a one-day learning tour of local Indigenous-led initiatives, ministries and organizations in Winnipeg. For more information contact Kerry Saner-Harvey at 204-925-1911 or visit mccmb.ca/events.
February 28, 2019 Deadline approaching for refugee sponsorship - If your church would like to sponsor refugees in 2019 through MCC Manitoba, please contact Belloty Kabamba-Braun as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org or 204-925-1919.
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 What the Church Believes: Five Theological Themes with Harry Huebner, at CMU. See cmu.ca/xplore.
Thursday March 14th YFC Steinbach is celebrating 30 years of ministry to especially teens at risk or as we refer to them as TEENS WITH PROMISE. A 30th anniversary celebration will be held at our ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF FREINDS FUND RAISING DINNER at the Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church HUB at 630 PM. Complementary tickets are available now by calling our office at 2043464366. Please call early to reserve your tickets.
Mar. 15-16 – For the Journey Retreat with Steve Bell. Four sessions including Trinity, Worship as Journey, The Story that Forms Us and Psalms, Saints & Ancient Prayers at Grace Mennonite Church. Cost: $129 ($99 Earlybird until Mar. 1st). Registration and info at stevebell.com.
Thurs. Mar. 21 – 7 pm. All are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting for Steinbach MCC Community Assistance Centre Inc. at Grace Mennonite Church. See the poster at the welcome center for more information.
Current openings with MCC Manitoba – MCC is hiring an Administrative Assistant and a Co-Associate Program Coordinator in the Migration & Resettlement program. Both positions are located in Winnipeg. Visit mcccanada.ca/openings for full job descriptions.