Steinbach Mennonite Church
Second Sunday of Lent
11:00 a.m. March 12, 2017
SMC VISION STATEMENT
Steinbach Mennonite Church is faithfully following Christ in worship and service by making disciples, building community and reaching out to the world.
WELCOME TO OUR WORSHIP SERVICE
GATHERING AS GOD'S PEOPLE
Welcome and Call to Worship
Leader: Mindful that God, the great Mystery, has called us, we gather to worship.
All: Restore us, O God! We wonder.
L.: Curious about God’s ways in the world, we gather to worship.
All: Restore us, O God! We wonder.
L.: Wondering in the face of uncertainty, we gather to worship.
All: Restore us, O God! We wonder.
L.: Receive our worship and our wondering, God, as we seek you.
All: With all that we have and all that we are, we honour you. Restore us, O God, to live in freedom and trust.
Congregational Song - STJ 29 You are all we have
Lenten Ritual: The Journey to the Cross
Congregational Song - STJ 29 You are all we have
HWB 606 O have you not heard of that beautiful stream
HWB 372 O healing river
OUR LIFE TOGETHER
Congregational Life and Prayer
PROCLAIMING GOD'S WORD
Congregational Song HWB 407 We are people of God’s peace
Micah 4:2-4 ~ A Vision for Peace
Eph. 2:13-20 ~ Foundation for Peace
Mat. 5:38-44 ~ Creative Peacemaking
Sermon: “Gospel of Peace”
RESPONDING TO GOD'S WORD
Closing song HWB 412 We shall walk through the valley in peace
This morning our focus will be on the work of Conscience Canada. Conscience Canada invites us to divert that portion of our taxes going to military expenditure to its Peace Tax Fund. Our guests are Ernie Wiens and Eric Unger.
Worship Leader ~ Bev Unger
Sermon ~ Ernie Wiens
Children's Feature ~ Bev Unger
Song Leaders/Worship Music ~ Bev Rogers, Marie Rempel, Henry Dueck, Ed Hildebrand
Piano/Prelude/Offertory ~ Millie Hildebrand
Organist ~ Margarete Dyck
Postlude ~ Ed Hildebrand
Sound ~ Mark Hildebrandt
PRAYER & PRAISE
Please pray for:
· Judy Lafournaise who continues to struggle with health issues
Our sympathies and prayers go to Helen Schroeder and family on the death of her husband, Bill Schroeder, on March 7th. The funeral was on March 11th at SMC.
In Memorium: We remember Adolf Doerksen who passed away a year ago today. Pray for God’s comfort and peace to the family and friends.
CHURCH FAMILY INFORMATION
Announcement From Vision Council:
With a registered attendance of 101, we had excellent participation at the SMC Annual Membership Meeting on March 5th - thank you! Our church is rebuilding and moving forward. One decision made was to slightly alter the Sunday morning schedule. This will be done on a trial basis until July and evaluated before September. Your feedback is welcome! The following timetable begins on Sunday, April 2.
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. ~ Sunday School for all ages
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. ~ Break
Gym Comm. Contact: Isbrand Fehr
SMC THIS WEEK
Today, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Family Volleyball
Mon. March 13, 6:45 p.m. Men’s Volleyball
Tues. March 14, 7:00 p.m. Women’s Volleyball
7:00 p.m. Vision Council meeting in the MPR
Sat, March 18, 7:00 p.m. Arkbuilders - FILM - "The Singing Revolution", featuring the events which led to the independence of the Baltic States. See poster for details. All are welcome.
Tues. March 21, 7:00 p.m. Sunbeams
OFFERING: March 5 - 11, 2017 – Our giving: $6,342.00
Financial Update for Feb. 2017
Last Year YTD
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9:45 a.m. SUNDAY SCHOOL for all ages
Preschool (Age 2–Kindergarten) – Room 106
School-Age – Upstairs
· Young Adults with Ed Peters – Room # 217
· Bible Study in Room # 109
· Current Issues in MPR
· New German adult class in the kitchenette:
· Adults: Starting next Sunday, March 19, we are offering the course "The Bible, the Faith Community, and Understanding Our Sexuality." We will review biblical perspectives on our sexuality, with particular focus on same-sex relationships. Various resource people and videos will provide input, and there will be time for discussion. We will meet in the gym on seven Sunday mornings during the adult education hour.--During this time the other adult classes will not be meeting separately.
Boys Club - Wed. March 15, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. Gym Night
Girls Club - Wed. March 15, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. Craft Night
Jr. Youth - Wed. March 15, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Game Night
COMMUNITY & CONFERENCE EVENTS
March 14, 7:00 p.m. Providence Lecture Series presents Bruce Duggan, “The Relationship between First Nations and Business in Manitoba”. The event is at the Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre, 304 Second St.
March 16, 7:00 p.m. Eden Foundation’s Dessert Night at SMC. See poster for details.
March 18, 1:00 – 9:00 p.m. The Camps with Meaning "Raise the Roof" Song-a-thon. See poster for details.
MC Canada Bulletin Announcements for Sunday – March 12, 2017
· Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights: Save the date – April 23 - May 14 – to join all or part of a 600 km pilgrimage from Kitchener-Waterloo to Ottawa. Further details at www.pfir.ca. You can also check out the new video invitation from Willard Metzger, Executive Director of Mennonite Church Canada: https://youtu.be/oHaTgt1k-EU.
· Those attending upcoming Area Church annual meetings - or in case you missed the AGM in your region – you can check out documents outlining the re-vitalization of Mennonite Church Canada and Area Churches as a result of our Future Directions process: futuredirectionsmc.ca/the-proposal.
· Save the date: Mennonite Church Canada delegates are invited to a special assembly Oct. 13-15 in Winnipeg, Man. The event will begin with a dinner on Friday and conclude with worship on Sunday. The venue, costs, and other details are pending. More info to come.
· Featured prayer request from the wider church (to receive regular prayer requests, subscribe to PrayerNet at: www.commonword.ca/ResourceView/59/7507):
1. On March 17-18 MCA’s Annual Assembly will take place at Trinity Mennonite Church in Calgary. Pray for leaders, delegates, and church participants as they gather to discern, connect, and worship, guided by the theme, “Sharing the Light of Jesus.” Several Alberta ministry leaders will offer reflections on this topic, including Donna Entz from the North Edmonton Ministry, Jon Olfert from Camp Valaqua, and Pastor Leng Thang of the Calgary Chin Christian Church. Pray that our time may be inspiring and empowering as we seek to be God’s people together.
"Mennofolk is an annual expose of fringe Mennonite art and music. This year we invite you hold your fear, stand beside it, or perhaps glare at it from a distance. In this world which gives fear the power to draw boundaries, to validate existence, and to arrest truth, we ask: where does hope meet fear? Shall we resist our very consumption? Bring your family, bring your friends
March 25, 2017, 7:00 pm @ X-cues 551 Sargent Avenue
For more information check out the event page - https://www.facebook.com/events/1565795743438392/"
Thanks! We look forward to seeing you!
Canadian Mennonite University
Three Key Announcements
1. CMU Open House, Wednesday, March 29: Be part of a grade 9–12 student ‘come and go’ Open House to explore programs and opportunities at CMU. Join a campus tour (scheduled every 30 minutes), participate in a class, meet professors and current students, and enjoy free gelato. Parents welcome. Drop in at Marpeck Commons (library and bookstore commons at 2299 Grant Avenue) anytime between 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. For more information go to cmu.ca/openhouse or call 204-594-0537.
2. Want to encounter other cultures? Come hear fascinating stories and experience the diversity at the Canadian School of Peacebuilding. Courses run June 12-16 and June 19-23, 2017 and are a great opportunity to experience an inspiring community of people gathered to learn about peace. For more information, go to csop.cmu.ca or email email@example.com. Apply by April 1 to avoid a $50 late fee.
3. The final CMU Choral Vespers service of the academic year will be held on Sunday, March 19 at 7:00 PM in the Laudamus Auditorium, 500 Shaftesbury Blvd. The theme is “Hold Us in Your Mercy”. Julie Doerksen will lead the choir and Dan Epp-Thiessen is the reader. All are welcome to attend.
4. Bach on the Bridge: Celebrate J.S. Bach’s birthday with musicians around the world as musicians from the CMU community perform his music to uplift, educate, and entertain – all on CMU's Marpeck Commons pedestrian bridge. Join us Tuesday, March 21 from 10:00 –11:30 AM and 12:00 –1:30 PM.
5. Pop-Up Poetry at CMU: Celebrate World Poetry Day with poets stationed at vintage typewriters to write poems for you on demand, on Tuesday, March 21, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM, Marpeck Commons.
6. Upcoming concerts at CMU (for more information see cmu.ca/events:
· Bells and Whistles with Strings Attached, (handbell, flute and guitar ensembles) April 2 at 7:00 PM in the Laudamus Auditorium, 500 Shaftesbury Blvd. $5 admission.
· Jazz at CMU, April 4 at 7:00 PM in the Great Hall, 500 Shaftesbury Blvd. $5 admission.
· The Mennonite Community Orchestra, CMU’s Resident Orchestra, April 9 at 3:00 PM in the CMU Chapel, 600 Shaftesbury Blvd. Admission $15 adults and $5 students, with 12 and under free.
MCM Church Bulletin Announcements
Do you want to learn how to recognize and resist racism? Come to a training event on "Dismantling Racism," hosted by Home Street Mennonite Church on Saturday, April 8, 1:30 to 4:30 PM. Sarah Thompson, director of Christian Peacemaker Teams, will be the key presenter. Suggested donation is $25 for waged persons and $10 for students. For more information and to reserve a spot, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 204-783-1721.
If you, or someone you know, is a university student looking for accommodation in Winnipeg for the summer or for the 2017/18 academic year, take a look at Emmaus House! Located in the heart of Winnipeg, Emmaus House is a place where students can find support academically, spiritually, in lives of service, healthy living and relationship and fun. Check us out at: emmaushousewinnipeg.ca
New this year: Auction, Camp sing-a-long! The Camps with Meaning "Raise the Roof" Song-a-thon will be March 18th from 1-9 PM! www.campswithmeaning.org/songathon
MCC Manitoba Bulletin Announcements for March 12, 2017
MCC Canada welcomes applications for MCC Canada Executive Director. Interested individuals are asked to apply online at http://mcccanada.ca/get-involved/serve/openings by April 7. Any inquiries regarding this position can be sent to email@example.com.
Special Event: MCC in Haiti
Thursday, March 16, 7 pm
159 Henderson Hwy, Winnipeg
Join us for an update on MCC's disaster response and development efforts in Haiti, featuring MCC's director of disaster response Bruce Guenther, who recently returned from visiting communities affected by Hurricane Matthew. For more information, please visit http://mccmb.ca/events.
Note: We regret to inform you that the March 15 event to be hosted in Winkler has been postponed.
Thursday, March 23, 7 pm, 159 Henderson Hwy, Winnipeg
Every year we welcome young adults from around the world through MCC's International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP). Join us at Sam's Place as Winnipeg IVEP participants share a taste of their home countries: Bolivia, Germany and South Africa.
For one Cree family, the area to be soon flooded by the Keeyask hydro dam is the most precious place on the planet. Travel to the flood zone with them. And visit the site from which another community was relocated with an elder who imagines a future beyond concrete. For Love of a River: Two Stories of Loss & Longing, March 18, 7:30, Dramatic Arts Centre, 585 Ellice Ave, Winnipeg. Panel discussion to follow. Presented by the Interchurch Council on Hydropower. See http://hydrojustice.org.
Mennonite Collegiate Institute Celebrates 50 Years of Musicals! Join us for our Fundraising Gala Concert and Reception, featuring musicals from the past 50 years, on April 8th at 7:30pm in Buhler Hall, Gretna, MB. To reserve a seat for the show, call MCI at 204-327-5891. Opportunity for donations will be available at the concert.
The Mennonite Community Orchestra conducted by William Gordon, will be presenting its Spring Concert on Sunday April 9th at 3:00 PM in the CMU Chapel, south side of the 600 Shaftesbury Blvd campus. The orchestra will perform Brahms’ Four Serious Songs (a Manitoba premiere) with CMU voice professor Matthew Pauls; Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #5 with pianist Madeline Hildebrand, flutist Laurel Ridd and violinist Karen Warner; and Beethoven’s Symphony #6, the “Pastoral Symphony”. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students and are available at the door. Children 12 and under, free admission.