Church Bulletin



 

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 Visitors

Thank you for worshipping with us this morning! We welcome you and are glad that you are here. Please take a moment to stop by our Welcome Centre where you will find more information about our church.


WELCOME TO OUR WORSHIP SERVICE

October 22, 2017 – 10:45 a.m.

Focus Statement: When we are invited to “sing a new song” it can be a refreshing change but it can also be difficult to learn something new. Often it is easier to sing the same old tune and sometimes we just want people to join in what we are familiar with. But the cultivation of spaces where we can begin to learn a new song takes a willingness to listen and hear the voices that surround us and to allow our own voice to be, in some way, shaped by those of others. Entering into these spaces is risky and filled with unknowns but can result in the most beautiful harmony.

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GATHERING  AS  GOD'S  PEOPLE

Prelude

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

Congregational Singing

HWB 55 Let’s sing unto the Lord

HWB 51 Let the whole creation cry

Scripture Reading: Psalm 96

Prayer and Offering

PROCLAIMING  GOD'S  WORD

Children's Story – Kayla Hiebert

Congregational Song

Let us build a house (All are welcome)

Scripture Reading: Matthew 22:15-22

Sermon: “Learning to Sing in Parts” – Lee Hiebert

RESPONDING  TO  GOD'S  WORD

Congregational Song of Response

HWB 407 We are people of God’s peace

Congregational Life and Sharing

Congregational Prayer

SENDING  GOD’S  PEOPLE

Benediction (see insert)

Song of Sending

HWB 362 Help us to help each other

Postlude

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Worship Leader ~ Bev Unger

Song Leaders ~ Rudy & Henriette Schellenberg, June Snider, Henry Dueck

Organist / Pianist ~ Margaret Dyck

PRAYER & PRAISE

Please pray for:

Hildegard Adrian in Bethesda Hospital

If you have prayer requests please note them on the pink cards in the pews and place them in the offering bucket.  Your prayer requests will be addressed at Wednesday prayer.

If you have a prayer request please contact our Prayer Chain coordinator, Anne E. Froese,

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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.

Although SMC is not organizing a collection of shoeboxes this year,  Operation Christmas Child is still collecting at several businesses in Steinbach. Here's where you can pick up/drop off your boxes:

-Canadian Tire

-Timber Falls Store and Car Wash

-Rogers Steinbach

-Ledingham GMC

-Shell Super Splash

-JT's Store

Gym Comm. Contact: Isbrand Fehr 204-392-5831

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SMC THIS WEEK

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

3:00 p.m . Arkbuilders meet at Marchand Forestry Station for a         wiener roast pot luck. Please bring wiener roasting sticks.

Mon. Oct. 23 - 6:30 p.m. Steinbach Mennonite Handbelles practise in kitchenette

6:45 p.m. Men’s Volleyball

7:30 p.m. Men’s Choir practice

Thurs. Oct. 26 - 7:00 p.m. SMC Semi-Annual Membership Meeting will take place in the sanctuary.  Everyone, including those who are not members, are welcome to attend and participate in the discussion!  Please pick up an information package (which includes the agenda and important documents about the proposed new church structure) at the Welcome Centre.  Preparation includes reading the material and praying about decisions that will be made.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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

6:30 p.m.Steinbach Mennonite Church handbelles practice in kitchenette.

6:45 p.m. Men’s Volleyball

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.

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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 at Coffee Culture

·         Adults in MPR

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COMMUNITY & CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Providence University College guest lectures with John Stackhouse, Jr., Ph.D.  at the Providence Lecture Theatre on Oct. 31st.   The Reformation Then – and Now?  See poster on bulletin board for details.

Vespers choir will present a service on Nov. 5th, 7:00 p.m. at the Mennonite Heritage Village Museum. It's an evening of choral music, prayer, scripture and other applicable readings. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Eden Health Care Services is presenting a 50th Anniversary Gala Evening on Nov. 9th. The evening will feature special guest speaker Margaret Trudeau and music presented by Phillip Ens, Meagan Larios and Laura Friesen.  Details on the poster and at edenhealthcare.ca

 

 

 

 

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Greetings Steinbach Mennonite Church,

 

We are so grateful for your prayers for the 2017 Special Assembly. We invite your continued prayers as the nation-wide church, regional churches and individual congregations begin to implement the decisions that were made. Please note that there is a follow-up Assembly news-sheet, recordings of the streamed video, and other materials to aid attendees in reporting back to congregations, and for non-attendees to get caught up,which can be found via http://futuredirectionsmc.ca/special-assembly-2017-news/

 

Seventeen teams and 114 participants—plus a whole lot of generous donors— raised $32,700 in Mennonite Church Canada Ride for Refuge on Sept. 30, 2017! Read more about it in this week’s edition of Your Church at Work: http://www.commonword.ca/go/1363

 

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

 

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Bulletin Announcements for Sunday – October 22, 2017 

·         Special Assembly 2017 Follow-up: A one issue news sheet, recordings of the streamed video, and other materials can be found via http://futuredirectionsmc.ca/special-assembly-2017-news/.   

  

·        Featured prayer request from the wider church (to receive regular prayer requests, subscribe to PrayerNet at: www.commonword.ca/ResourceView/59/7507):

·         As part of their ministry, Tom and Christine Poovong, Mennonite Church Canada Witness workers, visit small villages near their ministry location in Khon Kaen, northeast Thailand. Recently, they shared the Good News of Jesus with a sick and dying mother and her family, and prayed for a church member with breast cancer who is convinced God will heal her. Please keep these ill women and the Poovong ministry in your prayers.

·         Strengthen your leadership skills at AMBS: Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary equips students to read the Bible with an Anabaptist lens, apply critical thinking skills, lead compassionately and live faithfully — wherever God calls them. Focus on pastoral ministry, chaplaincy, Christian formation, theology and peace studies, conflict transformation, international development administration or environmental sustainability leadership. Learn more about our academic programs, vibrant learning community and scholarships. www.ambs.ca/academics

·         Journey: A Missional Leadership Development Program. Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary’s distance-friendly non-degree leadership development program focuses on spiritual disciplines, theological and biblical studies, character development, mentoring and gifts development to help participants deepen their faith and strengthen their leadership. Now enrolling for Feb. 2; apply by Jan. 5. www.ambs.ca/journey

 

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 CMU Events and Opportunities for Oct 22, 2017

                                                           

1.     This is the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. This year CMU’s J.J. Thiessen / Friesen Lectures (Oct. 30–31, 2017) will feature Dr. C. Arnold Snyder reflecting on the theme Faith and Toleration: A Reformation Debate RevisitedFor more information see cmu.ca/jjt.

2.     Interested in studying Music at CMU? Interested in Outtatown? Check out the Music Open House on Nov. 2 and the Outtatown Visit Day on Nov. 17. See cmu.ca/campusvisit.  Apply before Nov. 30 and have your application fee waived. See cmu.ca/apply.

 

3.     The CMU Face2Face Discussion Series begins Nov. 15 at 7:00 PM in Marpeck Commons with the topic Our need for weed? – Sparking Conversations in the Church and Community. See cmu.ca/face2face for details.

 

4.       The CMU Women's Chorus will be performing with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in Franz Liszt’s Dante Symphony. Performances will take place Nov. 3 and Nov. 4 at 8:00 PM at the Centennial Concert Hall. Tickets are available through the WSO Website.

 

5.     CMU invites applications for the full-time term position of Financial & Student Services Advisor. This term position is up to one year with an anticipated start date of Dec. 1, 2017. Contact Dianna Robson, Director of Human Resources at drobson@cmu.ca or 204-594-0532.

 

 

MC Canada Special assembly

Last weekend marked a historic turning point for Mennonite Church Canada, MCM and our congregations across the country. Lots of info is to be found at www.futuredirectionsmc.ca.

There is a printable bulletin insert at this link as well as links to “The Assembled News” which highlights all the decisions, and video from the whole event.

The bulletin announcement we were supplied (below) is a bit long, so feel free to edit, but it would be worth including the link.

MCM 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  camps@mennochurch.mb.ca.  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!

Delegates to the 2017 Special Assembly in Winnipeg charted a new course for Mennonite Church Canada with a 94% approval of the Covenant New restructuring proposal. The new structure revisions MC Canada as the covenant partnership created by the five nationwide Regional Churches (Mennonite Church Manitoba being one of them). Working together, Regional Churches have been mandated to foster the health and vitality of local congregations, who are engaged in mission in their immediate neighbourhoods and around the world. While delegates celebrated a structure that has served them well in the past and grieved its passing, they also embraced the vision of a vibrant, nationwide Mennonite Church that is actively engaging our world with the peace of Jesus Christ. To learn more, visit www.futuredirectionsmc.ca.

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, rneufeld@mennochurch.mb.ca for more information.

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 dansilas100@gmail.com.

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/.

Majority vote favours re-structuring of nationwide church

Winnipeg, Man. — Delegates voted 94% in favour of restructuring most of Mennonite Church Canada’s programs and ministries at a Special Assembly in Winnipeg held from Oct. 13-15.

 

In the future, Regional Churches will share the responsibility of nationwide agenda. Congregations will now channel funding for nationwide priorities through their regional churches, which will forward agreed upon amounts to Mennonite Church Canada.

 

IMG_9647.JPGThe favourable vote means that congregations will no longer be members of a national body, but will speak to national agenda and programming through their membership in Regional Church bodies at regular regional gatherings.

The new structures make room for periodic national study conferences with direct congregational involvement. A new Joint Council replaces the General Board. It will be comprised of Regional Church moderators and other representatives appointed by Regional Churches. A Covenant and Operating Agreement among the five Regional Churches was signed on Sunday, Oct. 15.

In addition, a proposal for Mennonite Church Canada’s international ministry program was affirmed in principle by delegates. The proposal shifts to a blended model of funding. This model will include some form of relational funding – where congregations and individuals pledge to financially support a ministry or worker, with workers participating directly in fundraising. All workers will be fully funded until June, 2018. Work will begin immediately to help transition Witness work/ministries towards the relational funding model.

 

Mennonite Church Canada will continue to staff Indigenous Relations, International Witness, Finance, Pension and Benefits. Partnership funding agreements are also in place to support in part the activities of CommonWord Bookstore and Resource Centre, and The Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives.

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Mennonite Church Canada is made up of 5 Regional Churches with over 33,000 baptized members and 225 congregations. For more information, contact Dan Dyck, 600 Shaftesbury Blvd., Winnipeg, MB R3P 0M4, (204) 888-6781, ddyck@mennonitechurch.ca.

 

“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ.” 1 Cor. 3:11

 

 

Greetings Steinbach Mennonite Church,

 

We are so grateful for your prayers for the 2017 Special Assembly. We invite your continued prayers as the nation-wide church, regional churches and individual congregations begin to implement the decisions that were made. Please note that there is a follow-up Assembly news-sheet, recordings of the streamed video, and other materials to aid attendees in reporting back to congregations, and for non-attendees to get caught up,which can be found via http://futuredirectionsmc.ca/special-assembly-2017-news/

 

Seventeen teams and 114 participants—plus a whole lot of generous donors— raised $32,700 in Mennonite Church Canada Ride for Refuge on Sept. 30, 2017! Read more about it in this week’s edition of Your Church at Work: http://www.commonword.ca/go/1363

 

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

 

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Bulletin Announcements for Sunday – October 22, 2017 

·         Special Assembly 2017 Follow-up: A one issue news sheet, recordings of the streamed video, and other materials can be found via http://futuredirectionsmc.ca/special-assembly-2017-news/.   

  

·        Featured prayer request from the wider church (to receive regular prayer requests, subscribe to PrayerNet at: www.commonword.ca/ResourceView/59/7507):

·         As part of their ministry, Tom and Christine Poovong, Mennonite Church Canada Witness workers, visit small villages near their ministry location in Khon Kaen, northeast Thailand. Recently, they shared the Good News of Jesus with a sick and dying mother and her family, and prayed for a church member with breast cancer who is convinced God will heal her. Please keep these ill women and the Poovong ministry in your prayers.

·         Strengthen your leadership skills at AMBS: Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary equips students to read the Bible with an Anabaptist lens, apply critical thinking skills, lead compassionately and live faithfully — wherever God calls them. Focus on pastoral ministry, chaplaincy, Christian formation, theology and peace studies, conflict transformation, international development administration or environmental sustainability leadership. Learn more about our academic programs, vibrant learning community and scholarships. www.ambs.ca/academics

·         Journey: A Missional Leadership Development Program. Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary’s distance-friendly non-degree leadership development program focuses on spiritual disciplines, theological and biblical studies, character development, mentoring and gifts development to help participants deepen their faith and strengthen their leadership. Now enrolling for Feb. 2; apply by Jan. 5. www.ambs.ca/journey

 

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 CMU Events and Opportunities for Oct 22, 2017

                                                           

6.     This is the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. This year CMU’s J.J. Thiessen / Friesen Lectures (Oct. 30–31, 2017) will feature Dr. C. Arnold Snyder reflecting on the theme Faith and Toleration: A Reformation Debate RevisitedFor more information see cmu.ca/jjt.

7.     Interested in studying Music at CMU? Interested in Outtatown? Check out the Music Open House on Nov. 2 and the Outtatown Visit Day on Nov. 17. See cmu.ca/campusvisit.  Apply before Nov. 30 and have your application fee waived. See cmu.ca/apply.

 

8.     The CMU Face2Face Discussion Series begins Nov. 15 at 7:00 PM in Marpeck Commons with the topic Our need for weed? – Sparking Conversations in the Church and Community. See cmu.ca/face2face for details.

 

9.       The CMU Women's Chorus will be performing with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in Franz Liszt’s Dante Symphony. Performances will take place Nov. 3 and Nov. 4 at 8:00 PM at the Centennial Concert Hall. Tickets are available through the WSO Website.

 

10.                        CMU invites applications for the full-time term position of Financial & Student Services Advisor. This term position is up to one year with an anticipated start date of Dec. 1, 2017. Contact Dianna Robson, Director of Human Resources at drobson@cmu.ca or 204-594-0532.

 

 

MC Canada Special assembly

Last weekend marked a historic turning point for Mennonite Church Canada, MCM and our congregations across the country. Lots of info is to be found at www.futuredirectionsmc.ca.

There is a printable bulletin insert at this link as well as links to “The Assembled News” which highlights all the decisions, and video from the whole event.

The bulletin announcement we were supplied (below) is a bit long, so feel free to edit, but it would be worth including the link.

MCM 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  camps@mennochurch.mb.ca.  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!

Delegates to the 2017 Special Assembly in Winnipeg charted a new course for Mennonite Church Canada with a 94% approval of the Covenant New restructuring proposal. The new structure revisions MC Canada as the covenant partnership created by the five nationwide Regional Churches (Mennonite Church Manitoba being one of them). Working together, Regional Churches have been mandated to foster the health and vitality of local congregations, who are engaged in mission in their immediate neighbourhoods and around the world. While delegates celebrated a structure that has served them well in the past and grieved its passing, they also embraced the vision of a vibrant, nationwide Mennonite Church that is actively engaging our world with the peace of Jesus Christ. To learn more, visit www.futuredirectionsmc.ca.

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, rneufeld@mennochurch.mb.ca for more information.

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 dansilas100@gmail.com.

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/.

Majority vote favours re-structuring of nationwide church

Winnipeg, Man. — Delegates voted 94% in favour of restructuring most of Mennonite Church Canada’s programs and ministries at a Special Assembly in Winnipeg held from Oct. 13-15.

 

In the future, Regional Churches will share the responsibility of nationwide agenda. Congregations will now channel funding for nationwide priorities through their regional churches, which will forward agreed upon amounts to Mennonite Church Canada.

 

IMG_9647.JPGThe favourable vote means that congregations will no longer be members of a national body, but will speak to national agenda and programming through their membership in Regional Church bodies at regular regional gatherings.

The new structures make room for periodic national study conferences with direct congregational involvement. A new Joint Council replaces the General Board. It will be comprised of Regional Church moderators and other representatives appointed by Regional Churches. A Covenant and Operating Agreement among the five Regional Churches was signed on Sunday, Oct. 15.

In addition, a proposal for Mennonite Church Canada’s international ministry program was affirmed in principle by delegates. The proposal shifts to a blended model of funding. This model will include some form of relational funding – where congregations and individuals pledge to financially support a ministry or worker, with workers participating directly in fundraising. All workers will be fully funded until June, 2018. Work will begin immediately to help transition Witness work/ministries towards the relational funding model.

 

Mennonite Church Canada will continue to staff Indigenous Relations, International Witness, Finance, Pension and Benefits. Partnership funding agreements are also in place to support in part the activities of CommonWord Bookstore and Resource Centre, and The Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives.

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Mennonite Church Canada is made up of 5 Regional Churches with over 33,000 baptized members and 225 congregations. For more information, contact Dan Dyck, 600 Shaftesbury Blvd., Winnipeg, MB R3P 0M4, (204) 888-6781, ddyck@mennonitechurch.ca.

 

“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ.” 1 Cor. 3:11

 

 

 

 

 


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