Dec. 9, 2018 – 10:45 a.m.
Focus Statement: The messengers of God bring us words about 'living right', remembering where the words flow from and where they lead us ....helps us to receive them.
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
178 HWB Come, Thou Long-expected Jesus
172 HWB O Come, O Come, Immanuel v 1, 3, 5,6
Scripture Reading – Malachi 3: 1-4
Prayer and Offering
PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD
Children’s story – Bev Unger
182 HWB Oh, How Shall I Receive Thee
Scripture Reading – Luke 1: 68-79
Sermon – “Live prepared....prepare to live” - Kathy Giesbrecht
RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD
Song of Response
There is a Redeemer
Congregational Life and Sharing
SENDING GOD’S PEOPLE
Song of Sending
592 HWB Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
Worship Leader – Alvie Martens
Song Leaders – Marie Rempel, George Klassen, Gerry Sapinsky, Bev Rogers
Pianist – Lois Climenhaga
Organist – Karen Peters
Next Week’s Scriptures: Zephaniah 3: 14-20 and Luke 3: 7-18
Think on it: Living justly -- is this going to hurt?
PRAYER & PRAISE
Henry & Erna Dueck wish to announce the birth of their grandson, Simon Victor Etienne on Dec. 2. The proud parents are Curtis and Catherine Lizotte Dueck of Waterloo ON.
Henry is now in his ninth week without a blood transfusion. Thank you for your prayers.
Henry & Erna
Our condolences go out to Abe and Susan Wiebe on the passing of their brother-in-law George Born on December 4th, 2018 at the age of 101. The funeral service will take place Sunday Dec 9 at 11 am at Birchwood funeral chapel.
In Memoriam: We remember Agnes Nikkel who passed away on December 4 and Sue Nikkel who passed away a year ago on December 11. Pray for God’s comfort and peace to their family and friends in these difficult days.
Please pray for:
· Hildegard Adrian, Peter Dyck, Cornelius Nikkel, 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
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 MPR with the adult Sunday school class.
Last Week – December 2, 2018 $10,835.00
Year To Date - $317,492.91
CHURCH FAMILY INFORMATION
The SMC cookie exchange recipe booklet is available at the welcome center. Please help yourself to one even if you did not attend the cookie exchange. If you would like a digital version please contact Charlene in the office. Charlene@steinbachmennonite.ca.
We are in the process of adding new members to care groups. If anyone not in a care group would like to be part of a care group, please let Daryl Climenhaga know and we will do our best to get you in!
Some people need rides to get to church on Sunday. If you can help give rides, sign up at the Welcome Centre or talk to Daryl Climenhaga.
We invite you to join the worship committee (in partnership with SCO) to collect warm waterproof mittens, hats, scarves & socks as part of our “Warm Winter” project. The donation box is at the Welcome Centre.
Pastor Daryl Climenhaga is away on holidays from Dec. 22 to Jan 3.
Today – No Family volleyball.
Mon. Dec. 10 – Men’s Volleyball.
Mon. Dec. 10 - 7 p.m. Website working group meeting in Rm. 115
Mon. Dec. 10 – 6:30 p.m. Handbelles practice in the kitchenette.
Tues. Dec. 11 – 10:15 - 10:30 a.m., Catch Steinbach Mennonite Handbelles at Steinbach Credit Union or live on AM 1250 Radio. Following that, the group will bring Christmas music to Mitchell Elementary School.
Wed. Dec. 12 & Dec. 19, 7:00-8:15 p.m., Christmas Choir rehearsal for all interested singers! We will prepare music for the December 23rd morning worship service.
Thurs. Dec. 20 – 5:30 p.m. Handbelles practice in the kitchenette.
Sat. Dec. 22 – 10 a.m. Christmas Eve program practice.
Dec. 24 & 25 – the church office is CLOSED for the holidays.
Mon. Dec. 24 - 7 p.m. A Celebration of Christmas program.
Tues. Dec. 25 – Christmas Dinner following the Christmas Day Service: All are welcome! Please sign up at the welcome center if you would like to attend. If you are willing to help in the kitchen please contact Daryl.
Sat. Dec. 31 – Arkbuilders.
Wed. Jan 2 – 7 p.m. Education and Ministries Committee meeting in the MPR.
Sat. Jan. 5 – 7:45 a.m. Men’s Prayer Breakfast at Uncle Jake’s.
Sat. Jan. 5 – 8:30 a.m. SMC Ladies Breakfast at Smitty’s
Mon. Jan 7 – 6:30 p.m. Handbelles practice in the kitchenette.
Tues. Jan 8 – 7:30 Support and Accountability Committee meeting in Rm 115.
Wed. Jan 9 – 7 p.m. Board meeting in the MPR
Mon. Jan 14 – 7 p.m. Faith and Life meeting in Rm 115.
Tues. Jan 15 – 7 p.m. Worship Committee meeting at Lavina’s.
Sat. Jan 19 – Arkbuilders.
COMMUNITY & CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS
This Christmas, give a gift that gives twice! Through MCC’s Christmas Giving projects, you can bring joy to the people you love and transform lives around the world. Each gift comes with a card that explains the gift you’ve given. Choose from a variety of gift options that will be meaningful to friends, teachers, co-workers or family! Visit mccmb.ca/christmas today.
Dream Big! This Christmas, share God's love and invest in the dreams of entrepreneurs around the world. Visit www.giftsolutions.orgto help create business solutions to poverty with MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates).
Learning Tour: Health and mental health in Haiti – Join us in April 2019 to see MCC's work in action through a week-long learning tour to Haiti. For more information visit mccmb.ca/haiti-health-learning-tour or contact Brad Reimer at 204-261-6381. Those interested are invited to attend an information meeting held at 7 pm on December 11 at 134 Plaza Drive, Winnipeg.
Faith and Life Male Choir and Women's Chorus Christmas Concerts. December 15, 7:00PM Springfield Heights Mennonite Church, Winnipeg; December 16, 3:00PM, Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church, Altona. A freewill offering will be taken.
Enrol in a CMU evening course – for credit or audit. Options include: History of Indigenous Peoples in Canada; The Art of Preaching; Fundamentals of Marketing; The Detective in Fiction and Film; Principles and Paradigms of Youth Ministry… Seniors and alumni audit fees available. Go to cmu.ca/timetable for details.
CMU Christmas Vespers on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 7:00 PM in the Laudamus Auditorium. Allison Pauls will lead the choir and Cheryl Pauls will be the reader. Reception to follow. See cmu.ca/vespers.
Join MCC in Nepal for our first trekking learning tour – April 1-19, 2019. This isn't your average trekking trip. You’re invited to come, see and be inspired by the resilience of the Nepali people. Come ready to experience the beauty of the mountains and to learn from the stories of the people living there. Find out more at mccmb.ca/nepal-learning-tour.
Shake: Rattled by the Radical Introducing our electrifying, ground-shaking theme for the all youth (gr. 6-12) gathering, July 28- August 1, 2019, at Shekinah Summer Camp, SK. Grounding ourselves in spiritual practices and the beauty of Shekinah, we will be invited to draw into deeper relationships with our Creator, and each other. Planned by MCM and MC Saskatchewan. Contact Kathy Giesbrecht, firstname.lastname@example.org prairieyouth.ca
SALT positions are open! What are your plans for 2019? How about spending a year immersed in another culture, serving the local community, and getting real-world work experience? SALT is an 11-month program open to young adults aged 18-30. For more information and to apply visit mccmb.ca/salt.