WELCOME TO OUR WORSHIP SERVICE
October 8, 2017 – 10:45 a.m.
Focus Statement: Thanksgiving is a time when we acknowledge the abundance of God’s providence in our lives and the world. A time when we give thanks for the gifts we have been given and for all that we have been blessed with. A time where we are called to recognize that the fruit of our faithfulness is directly due to the work of God: for we are but participants in God’s Kingdom, lest we forget this and find ourselves outside of it.
GATHERING AS GOD'S PEOPLE
Welcome and Call to Worship
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 faith, hope, and life.
HWB 55 Cantemos al Señor (Let’s Sing Unto the Lord)
HWB 17 We Gather Together
Scripture Reading: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
PROCLAIMING GOD'S WORD
Children's Story – Marg Rempel
Prayer and Offering
HWB 76 Praise, I Will Praise You Lord
Scripture Reading: Matthew 21:33-46
Sermon: “The Blessing of Letting Go” – Lee Hiebert
RESPONDING TO GOD'S WORD
Congregational Song of Response
HWB 356 Breath on me Breath of God
Congregational Life and Sharing
SENDING GOD’S PEOPLE
Song of Sending
HWB 85 Now Thank we all our God
Worship Leader ~ Val Peters
Song Leaders ~ Gerry Sapinsky, Ed Peters, Marie Rempel, Lavina Thiessen
Organist / Pianist ~ Karen Peters
PRAYER & PRAISE
Please pray for:
· Hildegard Adrian in Bethesda Hospital
· Judy Lafournaise who continues to struggle with health issues
CHURCH FAMILY INFORMATION
We are pleased to announce that Hans Hildebrandt has agreed to be our new Facilities Manager. He begins on Oct. 10th. We welcome him to our SMC team. May God bless you in your work. – The Trustees
Beginning today and continuing through the rest of the Sundays in October, you are invited to bring an item for SouthEast Helping Hands food bank and Steinbach Community Outreach. The food bank is very low on canned soups and out of pasta. The children will gather the items from you during the offering.
Gym Comm. Contact: Isbrand Fehr
Oct. 1 - 7, 2017 – Our giving:
Budget: $ 11,587.25 MCC: $ 1,600 MC Canada: $500 Refugee: $100
SMC THIS WEEK
Today, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Family Volleyball
Mon. Oct. 9, 6:45 p.m. Men’s Volleyball
Tues. Oct. 10, Women’s Volleyball is cancelled.
7:00 p.m. Church Board Meeting in the MPR
Wed. Oct. 11, 7:00 p.m. Special Delegate Assembly Discussion in the MPR (or sanctuary). Please come with your questions, concerns and observations. More info about the Assembly at the Welcome Centre.
Sat. Oct. 14, 8:30 a.m. Sunbeams Birthday Breakfast at Smitty’s.
Oct. 15, Darryl Loewen, MCC Manitoba Executive Director, will be speaking in our Sunday School hour and bringing the sermon during our worship service.
Oct. 16, 6:30 p.m. Steinbach Mennonite Handbelles practice in kitchenette
Oct. 17, 7:00 p.m. Sunbeams meet in kitchenette
Oct. 21, 7:00 p.m. Arkbuilders
Oct. 31 – Nov. 1, 9:00 – 3:00 p.m. MCC blanket making day. Everyone is invited to come for part or all of this time. Please bring a lunch and a snack to share at coffee time. Also bring sewing machines if you can.
SUNDAY SCHOOL for all ages
9:30 a.m. Sunday School for all ages
· Children meet in the kitchenette
· Youth meet in lounge (off the kitchenette)
· 20’s & 30’s meet in Room 115 (office at the end of the hall)
· Adults in MPR
COMMUNITY & CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS
The CMU Vespers season begins on Oct. 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the Laudamus Auditorium on the theme Reformation: Faith, Renewal, Unity. Rudy Schellenberg will lead the choir and Karl Koop will be the Reader. All are welcome to attend. For more information see cmu.ca/vespers.
Oct. 14 – 17, 7:00 a.m. Steinbach MCC Thrift Store is looking for 5 men to go to Minaki to pick up furniture. Contact Jason Hiebert 204-326-5075 ext. 35 for more info.
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.
Canadian Mennonite University, in collaboration with the Mennonite Community Orchestra, will present “Reformation 500”, a concert celebrating the Protestant Reformation, on Sunday, October 22nd at 3:00 PM in the CMU Loewen Athletic Centre. The orchestra under the direction of Neil Weisensel will perform Mendelssohn’s Reformation Symphony. Dr. Janet Brenneman will lead a CMU Alumni Choir, the orchestra, and soloists in Bach’s Cantatas 79 & 80. Soloists include Rachel Landrecht, Rose van der Hooft, James Magnus-Johnston and Matthew Pauls. Concert host is Dr. Dietrich Bartel. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students and are available at the door. Children 12 and under, free admission.
Experience a Yoruba Thanksgiving service, 2:30pm, Sunday, October 8, MHC Gallery, 600 Shaftesbury Blvd. Part of Colourful Faith exhibition. For exhibit event listings: https://www.facebook.com/mhcgallerymanitoba/
Call to Prayer for MC Canada Special Assembly:
Mennonite Church Canada and Area Church leaders are requesting that all congregations in MC Canada set aside time to pray for the Future Directions: Covenant New nationwide restructuring process on the Sundays October 8 & 15. We invite your prayers for Calvin Quan as he moderates the Special Assembly, for others who are providing Assembly leadership or support and for delegates who participate. The special Assembly is an important juncture in our life together as a denomination. It will shape how we engage together in our common mission. Pray for the Assembly participants as they discern the wisdom of the Spirit, as we seek to align our church structures with how God is at work among us and in the wider world.
Reminder for Area Churches, Congregational Office Admins/Pastors, etc. – Last year we announced that 2017 would be the final production of the large format paper calendar MC Canada has produced for many years. However, you can still find wider church activities via the online calendar at http://home.mennonitechurch.ca/calendar. Thank you.
In this week’s edition of Your Church at Work you can read about how the ministry of Mennonite Church Canada Witness Workers, Norm and Lillian Nicholson is ‘Welding Life and Faith’. http://www.commonword.ca/go/1356
MCC Manitoba Bulletin Announcements for October 8, 2017
Sixpointeight: Equipping peacebuilders - Youth are invited to a new gathering of worship, learning, fun and community at Canadian Mennonite University on October 15. For more information and to register, visit cmu.ca/sixpointeight
Join us for a special French language service to learn about the work of MCC! MCC’s Jean Twilingiyumukiza will share stories of his work with conservation agriculture projects across Central and West Africa during the church service held at 3 pm on October 22 at Eglise Communautaire de la Rivière Rouge, 231 Kitson Street.
MCC thrift position openings - For more information and to apply for positions like administrative assistant/cashier at Portage MCC Thrift Shop, cashier at Portage MCC Furniture Plus and assistant manager at Brandon MCC Thrift Shop, visit mccmb.ca/get-involved/serve/openings
Workshop: Compassion starts with understanding - Join MCC Manitoba staff facilitators to explore a deeper understanding of the history and current realities of colonization. This free workshop will be hosted in the Winkler-Morden area on October 28, 9 am to 4 pm. For more information and to register online, visit mccmb.ca/trauma-lens-workshop
Advocacy in the name of Christ - As citizens of a higher Kingdom, many Christians have chosen to keep their distance from politics. Save the date and join us for MCC Matters on November 4 to hear the case for advocacy as a vital form of Christian ministry—and a call from God for believers. For more information visit mccmb.ca/mccmatters
Canadian Mennonite University
1. Youth, be part of sixpointeight, a peace event rooted in the call of Micah to ‘do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God’. Join in a day of worship, fun and community as you learn to be peace-builders in the way of Jesus. Sunday, October 15, 2017 | 2:00–8:00 PM at CMU. Register online before it’s too late! www.cmu.ca/sixpointeight.
2. Attend Reformation 500, a concert featuring the CMU Alumni Choir and the Mennonite Community Orchestra in a performance including Mendelssohn’s Reformation Symphony and two Bach cantatas. October 22 at 3:00 PM in the Loewen Athletic Centre. Adults $15, students $5, under 12 free. For more information see cmu.ca/events.
3. The CMU Vespers season begins on October 15 at 7:00 PM in the Laudamus Auditorium on the theme Reformation: Faith, Renewal, Unity. Rudy Schellenberg will lead the choir and Karl Koop will be the Reader. All are welcome to attend. For more information see cmu.ca/vespers.
4. October 20: CMU Open House – Come and go, and discover what CMU has to offer in Christian university education. Meet faculty, student council, team coaches, staff, and students (Drop in anytime between 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Marpeck Commons, 2299 Grant Ave.). For more information see cmu.ca/openhouse.
5. Celebrate the launch of Dan Nighswander’s commentary on 1 Corinthians, the latest volume in the Believers Church Bible Commentary series. Thursday, October 12, 7:00-8:30 PM in CMU’s Marpeck Commons. More information at www.commonword.ca/go/1326.
6. Against the Odds: Interfaith relations in Harar, Ethiopia: Menno Simons College, a program of Canadian Mennonite University, presents Dr. Jan Bender Shetler (Goshen College) in a public lecture on peaceful interfaith relations in Harar, Ethiopia. Convocation Hall, The University of Winnipeg, October 19, 2017, 7:00 PM. For details visit mscollege.ca/shetlerlecture
7. This is the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. This year’s J.J. Thiessen / Friesen Lectures (October 30–31, 2017) will feature Dr. C. Arnold Snyder reflecting on the theme: Faith and Toleration: A Reformation Debate Revisited. For more information see cmu.ca/jjt.
MC Manitoba Announcements
Mennonite Church Manitoba Camps with Meaning will be hosting the annual Fundraising Celebration Banquets on: Saturday, November 4th, 5:30 p.m. at Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Winkler; Sunday, November 5th, 5:30 p.m. at Douglas Mennonite Church in Winnipeg. We invite you to attend as a participant, host or sponsor of a table. For reservations call the camp office at (204) 895-2267 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants will be invited to share in a free will offering. Join us for an evening of fellowship, music, camp ministry highlights and great food!
October 14 & 15 - All are invited to join Fort Garry Mennonite Fellowship 50th anniversary celebrations. (14) Saturday evening celebration of arts & coffee house begins at 5:30; (15) Sunday morning worship at 9:30 and celebratory lunch at noon. Please RSVP for catered lunch to email@example.com by Sept. 30; for more information visit fgmf.org
Story and Song Circle @ Home Street Mennonite Church: Participatory story tellers and singer song writers are invited to bring their original short stories and songs to a gathering of artistically inclined writers and musician/singers to share around a circle for peer-led improvement. Join in on the last Sunday of the month, 7 pm, at Home Street MC, 318 Home St. For more details contact Dan Dyck via firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Mennonite Church Adult Education presents A Persistent Theology; an evening series engaging questions of power, authority, and faithfulness in the Mennonite Church. The series will begin with a public lecture on October 18 by Dr. Susanne Guenther Loewen entitled, “Can the Cross be ‘Good News’ for Women”. A reading group will run subsequent Wednesdays. All events will be held in the multi-purpose room of First Mennonite Church (922 Notre Dame Ave) and begin at 7:00pm.
Texts and information at https://criticalconversation.wordpress.com/.
Yellow Bellies an historical drama highlighting the experiences and public response to Mennonite Conscientious Objectors during WWII is being presented by Theatre of the Beat on Oct. 20 (7 pm) at Bethel Mennonite Church. Admission is free. Visit bethelmennonite.ca.