Church Bulletin


Willkommen zum deutschen Gottesdienst

18. Dezember 2016 – 9:00 Uhr morgens

4. Advent


»Denn ein Kind ist uns geboren, ein Sohn uns gegeben, und die Herrschaft ruht auf seiner Schulter; und man nennt seinen Namen: Wunderbarer, Berater, starker Gott, Vater der Ewigkeit, Friedefürst!«  Jesaja 9:6



Präludium – SM Handbelles

Begrüßung & Eröffnung

SM Handbelles


Gottes Wort

Bibeltext – Jesaja 9:1-7

Predigt – Das Messianische Morgenrot



Bekanntmachungen & Gebet

Kollekte – SM Handbelles

Versammlungslieder – GM 189 Freue dich dich, Welt

GM 231 Unser Heiland ist nun da!




Schlusslied – GM 205 Ehre sei Gott

Nachspiel – Steinbach Mennonite Handbelles



Gottesdienstleitung ~ Fernando Hiebert

Botschaft ~ Willi Wiebe

Versammlungslieder ~ Jennifer Hiebert

Klavier ~ Wanda Dueck

SM Handbelles Leiterin ~ Karen Peters

Hauptordner ~ Trudy Hiebert

Tontechniker ~ Ronni Hiebert


Am 25. Dez. und am 1. Jan. wird keine Sonntagschule sein.

Im heutigen englischen Gottesdienst wollen wir uns bei zwei von unsern Gemeindearbeitern für ihren Dienst bedanken: Jennifer Janzens Termin endigt am 18. Dezember und Heiko Giesbrechts Termin endigt am 31. Dezember. Wir wünschen ihnen weiterhin Gottes Segen!


December 18, 2016 – 11:00 a.m.
Focus: The Holy Way—let us follow the way of God’s heart!




Call to Worship

Congregational Singing

HWB #199 The first Noel, the angel did say

HWB #197 Angels we have heard on high

Lighting the first three Advent Candles

Congregational Song ~ Hope is a candle



Congregational Life and Prayer

SMC Staff Appreciation: Heiko Giesbrecht, Jennifer Janzen

Offering ~ Away in a manger



Advent 4 Reading ~ Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19

Prayer of Confession and Words of Assurance

Congregational Song

HWB #167 For God so loved us



Children's Story

Scripture Reading ~ Psalm 23

Sermon ~ Restored to be Perfect




Closing Song

HWB #172 O come, O come, Immanuel

Postlude ~ Come on, ring those bells


Worship Leader  ~ Eric Rempel

Sermon  ~ Jeremy Janzen

Children's Story ~ Bev Unger

Song Leader ~ Val & Ed Peters, Lavina Thiessen

Pianist ~ Karen Peters

Worship Music ~ Steinbach Mennonite Handbelles

Sound ~ Erwin Toews / Jim Martens

Multimedia ~ Kayla Hiebert

Head Usher ~  Taylan Schroeder


Please pray for:

s  Pray for our Missionaries:

Ryan Dueck – Winnipeg
Rachel Klassen – Germany

Ashley Reimer – Steinbach

Fredy & Rowena Hiebert - Bolivia

God’s blessing on Justina Rempel who celebrates her birthday today.

“Dear congregation at SMC; Thank you for your prayers and visits. Even though communication is difficult for me I still appreciate to hear from you and of the happenings at SMC. I continue to pray for SMC.
Today I will be celebrating my 108th birthday. This has been a long journey for me and I am longing for the time when Christ will come to take me to be with Him.
I wish you all a blessed Christmas and God's peace, joy and love.”  Justina Rempel




In today's English worship service we want to express appreciation to two of our staff members for their service in our midst: Jennifer Janzen's formal ministry is ending on Dec. 18th and Heiko Giesbrecht's formal ministry is ending on Dec. 31st. We wish them God's continued blessing!

We pray a blessing for each of the following as we honour their request to be released from their membership at SMC:
Patrik Dueck                  Gerhard & Julia Schroeder
Erwin & Maria Toews

SMC Annual Reports are due Jan. 10th. Please submit all reports to

Christmas Dinner: Helen Funk is coordinating a group of workers for the Christmas Day Dinner. If you would like to help, please sign up at the Welcome Centre. Thank you to those who have already said you can help. We appreciate it!

Gym Comm. Contact: Isbrand Fehr



Dec. 11 - 17, 2016 - Our Giving: $13,417.00

Needed by the end of the year for Budget: $160,890



Today, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Family Volleyball
7:00 p.m. Lessons and Carols: An Intergenerational Celebration of Christmas, featuring the choir, SMC Handbelles, Sunday School children, and small groups

Mon. Dec. 19, 6:45 p.m. Men’s Volleyball

Tues. Dec. 20, NO Women’s Volleyball
Friendship Seekers and friends will be having a caroling event. Meet at Bethesda Place at 6:15 pm. Refreshments will follow at the Sapinsky's.



Dec. 31, Arkbuilders meet in kitchenette



9:00 a.m. German Sunday School upstairs

Preschool (Age 2–Kindergarten) – Kitchenette

School-Age (Gr. 1-12) – Upstairs


  • Young Adults with Ed Peters Room # 217
  • Bible Study in Room # 109
  • Current Issues in MPR
  • Informal visiting with coffee, maté, and tereré in gym



Take the opportunity this Christmas to give a special gift and send a child to camp! Generic gifts may be given to children through the camp, or specifically choose a child in your life to send. Contact Roseau River Bible Camp for more details, 204-427-2445

Merry Christmas from MCC! Thank you for the many ways you have supported and partnered with MCC this year. Your volunteered time, donations, and prayers are greatly appreciated. We pray you have a joyous Christmas!

Jan. 12, 7:00 p.m. Members of MCM congregations are invited to a special meeting at Fort Garry Men. Wpg. Program: MCM reports and conversation about further processing of Being a Faithful Church. 

Advent & Christmas Events Calendar


Sat. Dec. 24 – 7:00 p.m. Family Christmas Eve Service

Sun. Dec. 25 – 9:00 a.m. Weihnachtsprogramm

11:00 a.m.  Christmas Day Worship Service

                12:00 p.m. Christmas Dinner (all are invited)


Advent & Christmas Project

During Advent we invite the congregation to support SMC’s Community Outreach Ministry through our annual Winter Warmth Giving Project.  This year we are targeting family breakfasts.   

Healthy breakfast ideas: Milk, Eggs, Cereal/oatmeal, Breakfast bars, Margarine, Peanut butter, Jam, etc.



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.                                                       

                                                         Canadian Mennonite University Events and Opportunities for Church Bulletins


1.      Come to CMU Christmas Vespers on Sunday, December 18 at 7:00 PM in the Laudamus Auditorium. Eric Marshall will lead the choir and Cheryl Pauls will be the reader. A reception will follow. See                                                    


2.      Consider enrolling in a CMU evening course in 2nd semester - for credit or audit.   Consider ‘God through the Centuries; Women and Men; Children’s and Young Adult Literature; Local Initiatives and Peace Processes; The Fifties and Sixties – North America Cold, Cool and Radical; Social Enterprise’…and many more. Seniors and alumni audit fees available. Go to for details.


MCC Manitoba Bulletin Announcements for Sunday, December 18, 2016



Merry Christmas from MCC!
Thank you for the many ways you have supported and partnered with MCC this year. Your volunteered time, donations, and prayers are greatly appreciated. We pray you have a joyous Christmas!


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