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
October 15, 2017 – 10:45 a.m.
Focus Statement: Micah's prophetic voice casts a vision of Messianic peace, such that each one has the shade of one's own vine & fig tree...and is not afraid.
GATHERING AS GOD'S PEOPLE
Welcome and Lamp Lighting
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.
Call to Worship and Opening Prayer
STJ 27 God of the Bible
STJ 49 Rain Down
Scripture Reading: Romans 12:10-18
Offering – Gonna take a Chance
PROCLAIMING GOD'S WORD
Children's Story – Jac Siemens
Mountain of God (see insert)
Scripture Reading: Micah 4:1-4 (HWB 833)
Sermon: “One’s Own Fig Tree” – Darryl Loewen
RESPONDING TO GOD'S WORD
Congregational Song of Response
STJ 44 The Love of God
Congregational Life and Sharing
SENDING GOD’S PEOPLE
Song of Sending
O God, You Are My God (see insert)
Worship Leader ~ Lee Hiebert
Song Leaders ~ Scott & Kendra Friesen, Toni & Kayla Hiebert
Organist ~ Margarete Dyck
Pianist ~ Toni Hiebert
PRAYER & PRAISE
Please pray for:
· Hildegard Adrian in Bethesda Hospital
· Pray for our Missionaries:
Rachel Klassen – Germany
Fredy & Rowena Hiebert – Bolivia
God’s blessing on Agnes Nikkel who will celebrate her birthday on October 17th.
God’s blessing on Jessie Peters who will celebrate her birthday on October 18th.
If you have a prayer request please contact our Prayer Chain coordinator, Anne E. Froese,
CHURCH FAMILY INFORMATION
For the remaining 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
SMC THIS WEEK
Today, Darryl Loewen, MCC Manitoba Executive Director, will be speaking in our Sunday School hour and bringing the sermon during our worship service.
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Family Volleyball
Mon. Oct. 16, - 6:30 p.m. Handbelles practice in kitchenette
6:45 p.m. Men’s Volleyball
Tues. Oct. 17, - 7:00 p.m. Sunbeams meet in kitchenette
Oct. 22, - New date for Arkbuilders. Meet at Marchand Forestry Station at 3:00 p.m. for a wiener roast pot luck. Please bring wiener roasting sticks.
Oct. 23, - 6:30 p.m.Steinbach Mennonite Church handbelles practice in kitchenette
Oct. 26, - 7:00 p.m. SMC Semi-Annual Membership Meeting will take place in the sanctuary. Please pick up an information package (which includes the agenda, and important documents about our proposed new church structure) at the Welcome Centre. Preparation includes reading the material and praying about decisions that are going to be made.
Oct. 29 - CMU Portable: “Living Faithfully in a Media Age”
Speaker: David Balzer, assistant professor of Communications and Media at CMU; former co-host of the GodTalk radio show on CJOB
Session 1 - 9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary
Session 2 - 11:00 a.m. David will give the sermon
Session 3 - 7: 00 p.m. in the sanctuary
Oct. 30 - Session 4 – 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary
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 today 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.
Greetings Steinbach Mennonite Church,
Thank you for your continuing prayers as we enter into and conclude Special Assembly 2017 in Wpg. (Oct. 13-15). Please share the call to payer below with your congregations.
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 Sunday, October 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.
Note for pastors and church leaders: Special Assembly is full to capacity for all days, including the Sunday worship at the Metropolitan Theatre. Seating is reserved for those with proof of registration. We are pleased to invite anyone to view the event live streamed from Winnipeg via http://home.mennonitechurch.ca/winnipeg2017Video
*NEW FOR DELEGATES*: A newly posted Supplement to the Discernment Guide is available via http://futuredirectionsmc.ca/documents/
Please remind your delegates to bring along electronic or paper versions of all Assembly documents available via http://futuredirectionsmc.ca/documents/
Live Stream Start Times in Manitoba (may vary slightly):
Friday: 6:30 pm
Sat: 8:30 am; Breaks are at 10 am, 12:15 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm
Sun: 9 am
“In the midst of challenge and change, we praise God.” This, Assembly-week edition of Your Church at Work focuses on “praising God for the wider church… as we seek the future God has planned for us all.” http://www.commonword.ca/go/1362
Thank you for all that you do in helping to share information and inspiration of your wider church at work in the world.
Grace and peace be with you all.
Janelle Thiessen van Esch on behalf of the Equipping Weekly Team
Bulletin Announcements for Sunday – October 15, 2017
· Special Assembly 2017 Follow-up: A one issue news sheet, recordings of the streamed video, and other materials can be found via http://home.mennonitechurch.ca/winnipeg2017.
· Job Opening: Mennonite Church Canada (Wpg. office) invites applications for the position of Executive Assistant to the Executive Director. See http://home.mennonitechurch.ca/jobs for details. Applications are open now and will be considered until a suitable candidate is found. The start date will be arranged with the suitable candidate, as soon as possible.
· Featured prayer request from the wider church (to receive regular prayer requests, subscribe to PrayerNet at: www.commonword.ca/ResourceView/59/7507):
· In their quest to teach approaches to peace building in Philippines, Mennonite Church Canada Witness workers Dann and Joji Pantoja are advocating for Indigenous land rights while encouraging understanding between all people groups. Pray for God’s shalom over a country experiencing high levels of violence.
CMU Events and Opportunities for Oct 15, 2017
see cmu.ca for more information
CMU Open House –discover CMU and possibilities for Christian university education. Drop in anytime on
Oct. 20 between 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Marpeck Commons, 2299 Grant Ave.
The CMU Centre for Faith and Life is offering a .5 day workshop for all Pastors, members of Church Councils, and Committees responsible for Pastor-Church relations. More Than a Job: The Lifecycle of Pastoral Employment will explore how specific employment practices strengthen care for ministry leaders and for the church's mission. Saturday, Oct. 21, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.
Reformation 500 presents the CMU Alumni Choir and the Mennonite Community Orchestra performing Mendelssohn’s Reformation Symphony and two Bach cantatas on Oct. 22 at 3:00 PM in the Loewen Athletic Centre. Adults $15, students $5, under 12 free.
Music Open House: Attention students planning to study music at the post-secondary level. CMU is holding an Open House for music students on Thursday, Nov. 2. Meet the faculty, explore program options, tour the campus, learn about the programs and scholarships being offered. Travel subsidies available.
This is the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. This year’s J.J. Thiessen / Friesen Lectures (Oct. 30–31, 2017) feature Dr. C. Arnold Snyder on the theme: Faith and Toleration: A Reformation Debate Revisited.
CMU’s Outtatown discipleship program is now accepting applications for fall 2018! Travel. Learn. Serve. Apply before Nov. 30 and have your application fee waived.
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, Oct. 19, 2017, 7:00 PM.
The CMU Women's Chorus will be performing with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in Franz Liszt’s Dante Symphony on Nov. 3 and Nov. 4 at 8:00 PM at the Centennial Concert Hall.
MCM Update and Bulletin Announcements
Dear Pastors, Church Leadership, Administrative Assistants, and friends of MCM,
MC Canada Special Assembly
This is a huge weekend in the life of the broader church. Please pray for delegates, leaders and everyone who participates in the special assembly. May the Spirit of our eternal God move in this gathering.
It’s also worth noting that either outcome will affect staff at MCM and MC Canada… please keep those of us working for you in your thoughts and prayers as well.
Retired Pastors Retreat
There is a bulletin announcement (and handbill attached) for the Leadership Ministries Retired Pastors and Spouses Retreat. Please touch base (pass a handbill on to?) with those in your congregation who have retired from ministry, and would benefit from the learning, sharing and fellowship this retreat provides.
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!
Retired Pastors and Spouses are invited to a day of worship, learning and fellowship at Camp Assiniboia, October 30. Please visit www.mennochurch.mb.ca/events, or contact Rick Neufeld at 204-896-1616, email@example.com for more information.
Home St. Mennonite Church is celebrating its 60th anniversary on October 22, with a worship service at 11:00 followed by a meal. Friends of Home St. are welcome to join in this event. Contact the church office (204) 783-1721 for more information or to RSVP.
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.
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 at Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Winkler on October 28, 9 am to 4 pm. For more information visit mccmb.ca/trauma-lens-workshop and register by October 21.
Advocacy in the name of Christ - As citizens of a higher Kingdom, many Christians have chosen to keep their distance from politics. 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 and to register, visit mccmb.ca/mccmatters
Sister Walk - Women are invited to join us on November 18 for a journey towards healing. While learning to care for women who have experienced abuse, participants will also be equipped to care for themselves. For more information, contact Jaymie Friesen at email@example.com or 204-925-1917. Register online at mccmb.ca/forms/sister-walk-registration-form