Church Bulletin




August 07, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

Summer Theme: Imago Dei


Gathering as God’s People


Call to Worship & Prayer

Congregational Singing

Mountain of God

HWB 397 God loves all his many people

HWB 167 For God so loved us/Gott ist die Liebe


Our Life Together

Congregational Life and Prayer



Proclaiming God’s Word

Children’s Story

Congregational Song ~ HWB 12 Come, let us all unite to sing

Following song, those wanting to participate in:

·         German Worship proceed to the gym

·         Children’s Church (ages 2-6) proceed to Kitchenette


English Worship in the Sanctuary

Scripture Reading ~ John 3:1-10; Luke 19:1-10; James 1:17

Sermon ~ Nudging Toward Wholeness

Closing Song ~ HWB 614 In the bulb there is a flower


German Worship in the Gym

Bibeltext ~ 1.Johannes 2:3-6; 4:7-8 und 20-21; 5:10-13

Predigt ~ Prüfe, wo Du stehst

Schlusslied ~ GM 395 Mein Jesus, ich lieb dich


11:30 a.m. Finger Food Potluck Lunch in the Gym


Worship Leader/German Sermon ~ Fernando Hiebert

English Sermon ~ Mary Ann Loewen

Children’s Story ~ Katie Giesbrecht

Song Leaders ~ Val & Ed Peters, Lyle Peters, Kendra & Scott Friesen

Pianist/ Prelude/Postlude ~ Kim Sidorchuk

Offertory ~ Kendra & Scott Friesen

PA ~ Gerald Harder

Head Usher ~ Martin Fehr

Welcome Center ~ Jacob & Revita Schroeder


Please pray for:

s  Delores Tourond in Bethesda Hospital Rehab.

s  Peter Dyck in Vita Hospital.

s  Susie Enns and Irene Sawatzky are recovering at home.

s  Agnes Nikkel, Tina Nikkel,  Jessie Peters, Susana Siemens, Frieda Wallman, Helen Warkentin, Anne Unger (Bethesda Place), Agnes Ketler, Agnes Steingart (Niverville),  Justina Rempel, (Maplewood), John Kathler (Bethania).

s  Condolences and sympathies to Cornelius & Liliane Penner on the sudden death of his brother Daniel Penner on July 28th in Paraguay. Pray for God’s comfort and peace.

s  Condolences and sympathies to Tony & Valerie Penner on the death of his mother Anna Penner Friesen on July 20th at Rest Haven. May God continue to be with you.

s  In Memorium: We remember Lorne Loeppky who passed away a year ago on August 11th. Pray for God’s comfort and peace to the family and friends these days.

If you have a prayer request please contact our Prayer Chain coordinators Anne E. Froese, or
Lori Giesbrecht.



This week Pastor Fernando will be in the office.

Mon. Aug. 15, 7:00 p.m. Special Congregational Meeting - The agenda consists of assessing SMC's structure (including an evaluation of the co-pastor model) and determining next steps for our church.  Members are urged to pray about and attend this gathering.

Mon. Aug. 15, 7:00 p.m.  Sonder Gemeindestunde - Die Tagesordnung besteht aus der SMC Strukturbewertung (plus eine Bewertung der Co-Pastor-Modell) und nächsten Schritte zu bestimmen. Es wird dringend gebeten, für diese Versammlung zu beten, und daran teilnehmen.

If you would like to bring flower arrangements for the sanctuary this summer, contact Nikarre Yutzy.

We still need some volunteers for the Potluck lunches for the month of August. Sign-up sheet is at the Welcome Centre.

Gym Comm. Contact: Isbrand Fehr

Volunteer Driver Contact: Erdman & Eva Penner



Today, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Family Volleyball

Mon. Aug. 8, 6:45 p.m. Men’s Volleyball

Tues. Aug. 9, 7:00 p.m. Women’s Volleyball




The Manitoba Summer Games in Steinbach (Aug. 7-13) are still looking for volunteers. There are various volunteer opportunities; pick up one shift or as many you want. Register at

Camps with Meaning is looking for a Health Officer for Aug. 7-12, and a lifeguard for Aug. 21-26 at Camp Assiniboia.  There are also maintenance opportunities available.  Please email or call 204-895-2267.

Sunday, Aug 14 14:30pm Open-Air Concert at Chortitz Church in Randolph with Ronni & Lillian Wiens Ensemble featuring the Paraguayan Harp.





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.


Greetings Steinbach Mennonite Church,


“Thank you to Mennonite Church Saskatchewan volunteers!” This week’s edition of Your Church at Work includes a note of gratitude for all of the volunteers who helped to make Mennonite Church Canada Assembly 2016 possible. You can check out the poster on the CommonWord website and then we invite you to share it with your congregation:


Thank you for all you do to share how our church is at work in Canada and the world!


Grace and peace be with you all.

Janelle Thiessen van Esch on behalf of the Equipping Weekly Team




Bulletin  Announcements for Sunday, August 7, 2016:

·         The Mennonite Church Canada website now has a 9 minute Assembly 2016 Highlights video summarising  4+ days of worship, teaching, and decision making at:


·     Featured prayer request from the wider church (to receive regular prayer requests, subscribe to PrayerNet at: Due to the dramatic success of Wrongs to Rights, a special edition of the Mennonite Church Canada Indigenous publication Intotemak, two more special issues are planned. Each will explore one of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action, which are designed help implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The summer/fall 2016 issue looks at Call to Action #49 and the Doctrine of Discovery. The winter/spring 2016/2017 issue addresses Call to Action #60, the need to respect Indigenous spiritualities and address spiritual violence. Please pray for Steve Heinrichs, Director, Indigenous Relations and Cheryl Woelk of Rosthern Mennonite Church (Saskatchewan) as they co-edit this ambitious endeavour. May God bless the work of their hands.

·         The Graduate School of Theology and Ministry at Canadian Mennonite University is now accepting registrations for the Fall 2016 semester. Students from a wide range of denominations and traditions are invited into the GSTM community of scholars and passionate educators who are committed to the life of the church, experienced in mission and service, and accomplished in research and publication. For more information, visit



Canadian Mennonite University Events and Opportunities for Church Bulletins

1.      Save the date: Fall Festival / CMU Shaftesbury Campus / September 23-24. Come celebrate with us during CMU's annual Fall Festival! With something for everyone – students, alumni, friends, donors, and community members – Fall Festival is a high energy weekend that features opportunities to connect, learn, play, and celebrate with the CMU Community.


2.      Evening Courses: CMU offers a number of evening courses as part of its undergraduate curriculum. These courses are available for audit or credit to students not enrolled in a full time program. Evening courses offered this fall include The Problem of Evil in Biblical Perspective, Interpersonal Communication, and History of Art and Culture. Additionally there are many courses offered during day time hours. For further information go to


3.      Portable CMU: Canadian Mennonite University offers a wide variety of short courses and workshops on a range of topics to resource congregations in their local communities. Note that the subsidy CMU provides has been significantly increased and new topics are offered. Topics include Living Faithfully in a Media Age, presented by David Balzer, Assistant Professor of Communications and Media. For more information see or call 204-487-3300.


4.      Take and Read: A Theological Book Discussion Group: Engage in discussion facilitated by CMU Faculty member Dr. Paul Doerksen during the 2016/2017 school year. The theme will be The Objects of Our Love: The Shaping Power of Attention. The first of four bi-monthly sessions will take place on Wednesday October 5, 2016 in the Large Board Room on the north side of Shaftesbury Campus. For more information or to register go to or call 204-487-3300.


5.      Canadian Mennonite University invites inquiries and applications for two full-time salaried positions: Vice President Academic & Academic Dean and a faculty opening in Business & Organizational Administration.  Nominations or inquiries about the nature of the post may be directed to or by mail to Dianna Robson, Director of Human Resources.


6.      Catch Olympic fever and get active at CMU Blazers Summer Sports Camps 2016!

·         August 15-19: Youth basketball (grades 8-10)

·         August 22-26: Junior soccer (grades 5-8), ultimate Frisbee (grades 7-10), and volleyball  (grades 6-8)

·         Our youth volleyball and Junior basketball camps (grades 6-8) are now FULL

For more details visit, phone 204.487.3300, or email



Ø  Mennonite Church Manitoba


·         Camps with Meaning is in urgent need of a lifeguard for the week of August 21-26 at Camp Assiniboia. Please email Shawn Klassen-Koop at or call (204) 896-1616 ext. 254 if you or someone you know can fill this role.


Ø  Chiara House


·         Chiara House is looking for a part-time caretaker for their apartment block.  Please contact for a job description and more information.


Children's reading program - The summer reading program at Sam's Place is still accepting readers! This free program runs at 159 Henderson Hwy, Monday through Thursday mornings, until August 25. Children ages 5-12 are encouraged to read, create and engage their imaginations. To register or for more information contact Amelia at

Hosts needed - MCC Manitoba is seeking host families for two participants in IVEP (International Volunteer Exchange Program) for an 11 month period beginning in September. Host families are needed in the South Winnipeg and Central Winnipeg areas. For more information, check out and contact Katie Froese at 204-925-1929 or  

Kanadiertreffen - A gathering of Low German speaking Mennonites emigrating from Latin America. The event will include stories by Kennert Giesbrecht, Editor of Die Mennonitsche Post, music by Henry and Susie Zacharias, and a children’s program. Sunday, August 21, 2:30 pm at the Bethel Heritage Park next to the Winkler Library in downtown Winkler. Bring something to share for the potluck faspa, come and knack some zöt with us!

Grow Hope Harvest Celebration - Grow Hope sponsors are invited to join us for a special harvest celebration at Artel Farms on August 28, 1-3 pm. Come for lunch, see the field where your acre is growing, and hear from Bruce Guenther, MCC Director of Disaster Response, about how Grow Hope will make a difference. For more information and to RSVP, visit or call 204-261-6381 to speak with Simone or Nikki.

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

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