Church Bulletin

Willkommen zum deutschen Gottesdienst

10. Januar 2016 - 9.00 Uhr morgens


»Aber das ist meine Freude, Dass ich mich zu Gott halte, und meine Zuversicht setze auf Gott, den Herrn, dass ich verkündige all dein Tun.«         Psalm 73,28




Begrüßung und Einleitung


GM 41 Kommt, stimmt in unser Loblied ein

GM 53 Kommt, stimmet alle jubelnd ein



Bekanntmachungen & Gebet



Gottes Wort


Versammlungslied – GM 345 Selge Gewissheit, Jesus ist mein!

Bibeltext – 1. Petrus 5,6-9

Predigt – Nähet euch zu Gott




Schlusslied – GM 554 Es erglänzt uns von ferne ein Land




Klavier/Orgel ~ Karen Peters

Versammlungslieder ~ Isbrand Fehr

Kindergeschichte ~ Margita Wieler

Hauptordner ~ Anibal Harder

Gottesdienstleitung ~ Fernando Hiebert

Botschaft ~ Gastredner Willi Wiebe

Tontechniker ~ Jared Dueck

Multimedia ~ Christina Giesbrecht

Welcome Center ~ Jacob & Revita Schroeder




Next Sunday begins our Winter Sermon Series on the Gospel of Mark.

Scripture Reading for Sun. Jan. 17 is Mark Chapter 1.


Sunday, January 10, 2016, 11:00 a.m.



Gathering As God’s People


Introit ~ “Let all the World in Every Corner Sing”

Call to Worship and Prayer

Congregational Singing

HWB 65 Praise, my soul, the King of heaven!

HWB 521 Come, thou fount of ev’ry blessing

STJ 86 Taste and See



Beyond our Doors - KAIROS

Congregational Life and Prayer



Proclaiming God’s Word

Children’s Story

Scripture Reading: Psalm 34

Sermon: Grace, Wisdom and Mystery: Taste and See

Based in Ephesians 3:1-12 and I Kings 3:16-28

With songs, “Lord, hear my plea” & “You are my God, I am your servant” & “Let us break bread together”


Responding To God’s Word


Closing Song ~ Colossians 3:17 (Let the words…)



Beyond our Doors ~ Shannon Neufeldt

Children’s Story ~ Marg Rempel

Multimedia ~ Christina Giesbrecht

Organist/Postlude ~ Karen Peters

PA ~ Jared Dueck

Pianist/Prelude/Offertory ~ Kim Sidorchuk

Song Leaders ~ Val & Ed Peters, Jessica Giesbrecht, Lyle Peters, Rob Sidorchuk

Sermon ~ Cheryl Pauls & Matthew Pauls

Worship Leader ~ Randy Hildebrand

Head Usher ~ Anibal Harder

Welcome Centre ~ Jacob & Revita Schroeder


We welcome Shannon Neufeldt (KAIROS), Cheryl Pauls (CMU President) & Matthew Pauls (CMU Assistant Professor of Music) to our service this morning.



Please pray for:

s  Anne Unger in Bethesda Hospital

s  Frieda Wallman in Morris Hospital

s  Erna Schroeder who is undergoing chemotherapy

s  Hildegard Adrian who is recovering at home

s  Judy Lafournaise who continues to struggle with health issues

Our sympathies and prayers go to Sieg & Wanda, Jordan & Gillian and Andrew Hiebert on the death of their mom and grandmother, Margaret Hiebert, on Thurs. Jan. 7.  The funeral will be at SMC Wed. Jan. 13 at 2:00 p.m. with viewing starting at 1:00 p.m.



SMC Annual Reports are due Jan. 12th. Please submit all reports to

The Bursary Committee invites all those attending a Post-Secondary Christian College/University this semester to fill in a bursary form. Forms are available at the church office and need to be returned by Sun. Jan. 31.

All are invited to join a new season of Supper Club.  Supper Club puts together singles, married couples and families into groups of 8-10 people. Each group meets for supper once a month from Feb. to May in each other’s homes to get to know one another better.  If interested, please sign up at the Welcome Centre by Sun. Jan. 31.

“On behalf of the Outreach Council I would like to thank Helen Funk and all the volunteers that made the Christmas Dinner a great success. This is a wonderful service to our community. Approximately 150 people were served.”  Daryl Climenhaga

Gym Comm. Contact this week: Isbrand Fehr

Volunteer Driver Contact: Erdman & Eva Penner


Dec. 28 - 31, 2015

Our Giving: $ 33,455.00



Today, NO Family Volleyball

Mon. Jan. 11, 6:45 p.m. Men’s Volleyball

Tues. Jan. 12, 7:00 p.m. Women’s Volleyball
7:00 p.m. Vision Council Meeting in MPR.
Reports due.

Wed. Jan. 13, 7:00 p.m. Prayer Meeting in Room 109

Sat. Jan. 16, 7:00 p.m. Asante Children's Choir Concert at SMC. We still need one more billet. Please contact Federic Hiebert if you are able to help.



Jan. 17, 7:00 p.m. Arkbuilders. Speaker Arisnel Mesidor, refugee coordinator for MCC and a representative from Eastern Congo speaking about why that region is generating refugees. Everyone welcome.

Jan. 19, 7:00 p.m. Sunbeams meet in kitchenette

Jan. 20, 2:00 – 3:15 p.m. Bible Study on the Gospel of Mark led by Pastor Randy in the MPR.  The group will meet every second Wed. till Easter.

Jan. 31, 7:00 p.m. Communion Service in English in Sanctuary


Nurture Schedule

College & Career – Jan. 12, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Bible Study

Boys Club – Wed. Jan. 13, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.  Gym Night

Girls Club - Wed. Jan. 13, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Bingo Glow Bowling. Please bring $5 plus snack money. Wear white! Drop off at bowling alley at 7:00 p.m. and pick up at bowling alley at 8:30 p.m.

Jr. Youth - Wed. Jan. 13, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.  Session

Sr. Youth - Thurs. Jan. 14, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Bible Study Remember to bring your registration for Youth Quake.


SUNDAY SCHOOL 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

Preschool (Age 2–Kindergarten) – Kitchenette

School-Age (Gr. 1-12) – Upstairs


  • College & Career with Jer Janzen 
  • Young Adults with Ed Peters -  Room # 217
  • Bible Study in Room # 109
  • Current Issues in MPR - Guest Speaker Cheryl Pauls
  • Informal visiting with coffee, maté, and tereré in gym



The official role of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission concluded in June 2015, but the process of healing and restoration between Indigenous and settler populations is just beginning. Pray for Holy Spirit-filled relationships and a keen desire for true and lasting reconciliation.



Jan. 24, 7:00 p.m. Pops, Classics & Jigs Concert with Winnipeg Pops Orchestra at First Mennonite Church in support of MC Canada Indigenous Relations Program. See poster.

Promise Keepers will be hosting an event for men Mar. 4 & 5 in Winnipeg. If interested please contact Pastor Fernando or Pastor Heiko to make arrangements.



For the extended version of our bulletin visit

Multimedia email address:

Sound Technician (P.A.) email address:

Please send all material/requests by Thursday 5:00 p.m.  



Steinbach Mennonite Church is faithfully following Christ in worship and service by making disciples, building community and reaching out to the world.


Welcome Visitors

Thank you for worshipping with us this morning. If you are visiting with us, we welcome you and would like to get to know you. We invite you to introduce yourself to us at the Welcome Centre. Some basic information about our church is available to you there.



A special prayer service to celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will take place at the St. Joachim Roman Catholic Church, La Broquerie, on Thursday, January 21, 7:00 pm. This is a joint service between St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Steinbach, and the St. Joachim Parish. The theme chosen for 2016 is "Called to Proclaim the Mighty Acts of the Lord" (1 Peter 2:9). Everyone is invited to join Christians everywhere in praying "that they may all be one." 

MCC Manitoba welcomes applications for Assistant Director of Donor Relations. Interested individuals are invited to apply by January 22nd at the link provided:

MCC Canada welcomes applications for Interim SOOP/Summerbridge Coordinator. Interested individuals are invited to by January 22nd at the link provided:

Help needed - MCC's IVEP midyear conference needs your help! 57 incredible young adults from all over the world are coming together in Winnipeg this February. We're looking for people who can serve as billets from February 4-8(5 nights). We're also looking for groups to provide lunch or supper on February 5, 6 and 8. If you can help with billeting or meals, please contact or (204)925-1929.

Sam’s Place Film Night – On Monday, January 11, at 7:00, Sam’s Place Film Night starts 2016 with the winner of the 2015 Academy Award for Best Documentary of 2014: Citizenfour. Directed by Laura Poitras, this remarkable film follows the story of Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who exposed the illegal spying activities of the NSA (and other agencies). Watch history in the making in one of the most intense documentaries ever made. Citizenfour is 114 minutes long and is rated 14A for language.

Summerbridge 2016 - MCC is accepting applications from churches and participants for Summerbridge 2016. This is an 8-12 week service program for young adults attending a Mennonite or Brethren in Christ church, focused especially on young people from inner city or ethnic minority congregations. Participants receive a stipend from MCC and their local church to work in the church or a community organization so they can develop leadership skills and help get to know their home congregation and community better. For more information, please contact Ionka Hristozova-Dyck at or (204)925-1929.

Ø  Mennonite Church Manitoba

o   The ordination of Pastors is an event celebrated by the local congregation as well as the MCM family.   Please consider the following ordination services as an invitation to celebrate in this significant event of congregational life:

                Reynold Friesen and Bethel Mennonite Church (Winnipeg)                         

Sunday – January 17 @ 3:00 p.m. @ Bethel Mennonite Church

Virginia Gerbrandt Richert (Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church)           

Sunday – January 31 @ 3:00 p.m. @ Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church


In addition, we hold Springfield Heights Mennonite Church in our prayers as they install Irwin Kroeker as Interim Leading Pastor on Sunday, January 24


o   “RENEW” is an annual event that seeks to provide an opportunity for resourcing ALL involved in ministry within the church.  This event is sponsored jointly by Canadian Mennonite University, Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba and the prairie Area Churches of Mennonite Church Canada.   The dates are: February 8-10, 2016 at Canadian Mennonite University.   The theme is “Proclaiming the Good News” with the keynote presenter and well acclaimed author Dr. John Bowen – Director of the Institute of Evangelism at Wycliffe College in Toronto, Ontario.   More information is available at www.cmu/renew   Early registration is recommended.   Registration fee is $150 ($165 after January 30)   For more info on this contact Rick Neufeld at 204-896-1616 or by email


o   Please join us for Frohe Botschaft, a German language worship service produced by Mennonite Church Manitoba and broadcast on Sunday morning at 7:30 on CFAM / CHSM / CJRB. The speakers in January are: Jake Harms, Charlotte Rempel Kroeker, Bill Block, Doris Rempel Dirks und Werner Epp.


o   Sie sind ganz herzlich eingeladen am Sonntagmorgen um 7.30 Uhr (CFAM / CHSM / CJRB) Frohe Botschaft einzuschalten, eine Sendung die von Mennonite Church Manitoba produziert wird. Im Januar werden Sie Predigten von Jake Harms, Charlotte Rempel Kroeker, Bill Block, Doris Rempel Dirks und Werner Epp hören.


o   The deadline for Camps with Meaning leadership applications is January 14th. We are looking for summer program directors, servant leader in training directors, Bible instructors, nature instructors, a day camp director, an assistant day camp director/ Bible instructor, a farm coordinator, a horsemanship coordinator, and an integration coordinator. If you have any interest in one of these positions please email or call (204) 895-2267. Applications can be found at

Bulletin  Announcements for Sunday, January 10, 2015:    

·         Being a Faithful Church (BFC) 7: The BFC Task Force’s report and recommendation to the church for Assembly 2016 can be found at The Task Force is seeking responses to the question "Is there any further response that your congregation or group would like the BFC Taskforce to hear before Assembly 2016?" Please send any responses to Willard Metzger, 600 Shaftesbury Blvd., Winnipeg, MB R3P 0M4 or by Feb. 15, 2016. The BFC Task Force thanks you for your continued prayerful engagement as together we prepare for Assembly 2016.

·         The concluding work of Mennonite Church Canada’s Future Directions Task Force can be found at Please review these important documents about the future of our national and area church system prior to your respective Area Church Annual Gatherings in 2016, and our national church Assembly 2016 in July. Group and individual responses can also be sent to

·         Invitation to Visual Artists for a Juried Art Exhibition at Assembly 2016 on the theme of God~Faith~People. Please see for more information.

From street to barber shop


Obed Nkundagenzi never learned to read or write well. But he does know how to cut hair, helping him earn enough to buy land and a small house.


Obed credits his success to an MCC-sponsored training program where street children in Rwanda learn to be mechanics, seamstresses and hair dressers. Read the full story.

A big thank you!


At the beginning of a new year, we want to say thanks for all your support in 2015. Because of you, we've done lots of amazing work over the last 12 months. 


Responding to the earthquake in Nepal, sponsoring refugees, supporting education for 45,000 students and so much more. Watch the video here!


Put your faith in action


From Syria and Iraq to Ukraine or Gaza, crises around the world have depleted our supply of relief kits, hygiene kits and comforters. We urgently need all these items to distribute to people displaced by violence and disaster. Can you help?  


Find detailed instructions and drop-off locations on our website



To find events in your area visit our website.


Let us know where you live to get a list of local events in this email.

How to trap a rat


In rural Vietnam, MCC is teaching farmers, like Ban Van Hung, how to outwit the rats that munch on their tender rice plants. 


With this knowledge, plus a new dam, some rice planting tips and animal husbandry training, rural ethnic groups are learning how to increase their food supply.


In this edition: Directions Task Force findings ready for discussion

Mennonite Church Canada’s Future Directions Task Force (FDTF) has released its concluding report. The FDTF was charged with envisioning future directions for the area and national Mennonite churches in Canada in light of two central questions: (December 23, 2015)


Guitar autographed by Canadian musiciansGuitar auction on eBay to support Coffee for Peace

UPDATED. In a unique fundraising effort taking place just in time for Christmas, a brand new Epiphone DR-100N guitar autographed by more than a dozen well-known Canadian musicians at the 2014 Juno Awards in Winnipeg, Man. is up for sale on eBay. Proceeds will help support Coffee for Peace (CFP), a fair trade business designed to enhance community relationships, peace and security in the Philippines. (December 14, 2015) a Faithful Church (BFC) Task Force: Final Draft Recommendation for July, 2016 Assembly

The final document of the BFC Task Force, including its four-part recommendation to the Mennonite Church Canada Assembly 2016, is now available for review and response. It has been sent to all MC Canada congregations, and is available on the Mennonite Church Canada website. (December 14, 2015)




Stories you might have missed: Our world groans

Like Lent and most other Christian holidays, Advent was traditionally a time of sacrifice, fasting and personal reflection leading up to Christ’s birth. Following Christ’s birth, we celebrated the 12 Days of Christmas with feasts, gift giving, and worship. But these days, the reverence of Advent seems lost. 

(December 3, 2015)



Pastor blessing child in an Advent labyrinthA labyrinth of Advent blessing

At Waterloo North Mennonite Church last year, the Advent season began on Nov. 24 with a special labyrinth of blessing for the congregation’s children and youth.

(November 30, 2015)




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