October 2, 2022 Bulletin

Sunday, October 2, 2022
A God Who Can be Trusted  – The Book of Exodus


Welcome to this celebration of the Lord’s Passover


Open the Eyes of My Heart    VT 401

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah    VT 606

Exodus 12:21-39


Children’s Time



Hallelujah! We Sing Your Praises    VT 473

Other Exoduses

Congregational Prayer



Sent Forth by God’s Blessing    VT 812



Leading Us in Worship:
Accompanist: Delphine Schwartzentruber
Worship Leader: Sue Kennel
Song Leader: Suzanne Bender
Children’s Time: Pastor Louise Wideman
Reflections & Communion: Pastor Steve Drudge
Congregational Prayer: Pastor Sara Erb
A/V: Cliff Kennel, Steve Kennel

An unsupervised nursery is available across from the washrooms for children ages 5 and under.

In person Coffee Time;  Coffee Time on Zoom.

Starting today, kid’s offering will support Wilmot Family Resource Centre Food Bank.

October Special Offering: Wilmot Family Resource Centre Food Bank. https://bit.ly/3Bz7zpg

Christian Education (Sunday School) for all ages,
Kid’s Sunday School 11:00-12 p.m., Adult Sunday School 11:15-12 p.m.

  • Children’s Sunday School (Age 2 – Gr. 4) meeting in the basement
  • Jr. Youth (Gr. 5-8) meeting in the *new* Jr Youth room (basement)
  • MYF (Gr. 9-12+) meeting in the youth room (basement)
  • Adult Ed. meeting in the Sanctuary this week
  • Coffee Time for those who are longing for connection andconversation, meeting in the Fellowship Hall.

Next Sunday October 9
9:45 a.m. – Livestream and in-person worship in the sanctuary.
Theme:  The Book Of Exodus & A God Who Can Be Trusted
Scripture: Exodus 13:17-17:16
Speaker: Pastor Louise Wideman

Coffee Time in person, No Coffee Time on Zoom.

Thanksgiving Sunday: food item offering for Wilmot Family Resource Centre Food Bank.  Most needed items: beans, 100% fruit juice, chunky soups, canned meat, stews and chili, fruit cups, nut free granola bars and school snacks, pasta sauce, peanut butter and toilet paper. Money gifts help supplement what is in short supply.  https://bit.ly/3Bz7zpg

Congregational Life
Oct. 5 (Wed.) Morning & afternoon – All women invited to the church to knot comforters and/or quilt. Bring a bag lunch. Drinks provided.

Pastoral Search Committee has met and the Job Description for a Pastor of Witness and Resourcing has been posted on MCEC website for summer of 2023. A Combined Job Description for all three pastors will be  posted in the hall next Sunday for those who are interested.  Committee members are Brandon Gingerich (Resourcing Chair), Carol Sararus (Staff Support), Cliff Kennel (Witness Chair), Gladys Bender – Chair & PCRC

The Worship Committee has done some fall housekeeping and have found extra copies of the blue Hymnal, Sing the Journey and Sing the Story.  These books are on the cart in the hallway for anyone who’d like to take one home. Please help yourself.

BREAKFAST CLUB IS BACK! Last school year we dropped off lunch items for Forest Glen Public School students. We look forward to sharing hot breakfasts in person again starting in November.  If you can help with food preparation on Monday or Tuesday mornings and/or serving breakfast Wednesday mornings, please contact
bengladefarms5th@gmail.com or paulettewest@rogers.com

Weekly Pickleball  Tuesdays at  7 p.m. All ages are welcome. Contact Lynn Yantzi.

MYF (Grades 9-12+)
Oct. 16 (Sun.) Car Rally  – 2 p.m. meet at the church.
Oct 28 (Fri.) 7 p.m. Details to come.

Jr. Youth (Grades 6-8)
Oct. 16 (Sun.) 2p.m. Car Rally. Meet at the church.
Oct 27 (Thurs.) 5:30p.m. Progressive Supper

KidsLIFE (Grades 1-5)
KidsLIFE  Fall 2022:  October 5, 12; November 2, 16, 30;  6:00 – 7:30 pm for children grades 1-5.  Registration is open — https://bit.ly/3BpNAJl   Steering committee – Angela Gerber, Marilyn Steinmann, Pastor Louise

Small Groups
Oct. 11 (Tues.) 10 a.m. The Adult Bible Study led by Wes Leis will meet at the church. Everyone is welcome. Contact person: Wes Leis.

Oct. 13 (Thurs.) 10-11:30 a.m. – Women’s Bible study meeting at the church in-person and/or Zoom. Studying Philemon. Questions – talk to Lynelle Drudge, Joy Wagler or Darlene Gingerich.

Community Events
Amish Bicentennial weekend, final event
Oct. 2 (Sun.) 7:00 p.m. Thanksgiving Worship Service at Steinmann Mennonite Church. Speaker Kyle Gerber.  Offering for Mennonite Central Committee divided between Indigenous Neighbours, Ukraine and Refugee Programs.  Livestream  https://smchurch.ca/livestream-recordings/.  Artifacts and memorabilia on display from 3 p.m.

Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m.  Noon Hour Concerts at Conrad Grebel, hosted by the Music Department. All are welcome. Schedule: uwaterloo.ca/music/events

Oct. 5 (Wed.) 7 p.m. Rockway Mennonite Collegiate invites you to their evening session of Spiritual Emphasis Week, called Compassion: Exploring a Trauma-Informed Approach. Led by Sara Erb. Sponsored by MCEC. Visit https://bit.ly/3LrBmVq for more info. All are welcome!

Oct. 10 (Mon.) 2-8 p.m. Blood Donor Clinic at Steinmann Mennonite Church. Appointments are required. To book an appointment call 1-888-236-6283 or https://www.blood.ca/en

Oct. 15 (Sat.) 1:30 p.m. Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario annual meeting and book launch at Conrad Grebel University College.  For more information www.mhso.org/events  Everyone is welcome.

Oct. 20 (Thurs.) 7:30 p.m.  Conrad Grebel’s Bechtel Lecture. “Reconstructing Linguistic History: What did Ontario’s Earliest Amish Speak? Dr. Mark Louden. Reception to follow. grebel.ca/bechtel

Oct. 21-23: Hidden Acres’ 2nd Virtual Rally for Recreation. Raising money for a new natural playground, built with accessibility in mind. For more information visit:

Oct. 22 (Sat.) 5 p.m. House of Friendship – Friendship Dinner: Journey of Hope at Bingemans Conference Centre. For more information https://bit.ly/3BZ6ZT6

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (MCEC) seeks an organized, detail-oriented person with experience in accounting and bookkeeping to serve as Financial Manager.  https://bit.ly/3Chf7P5

Remember in Prayer
Pray for the family of Viola Erb who passed away on Saturday, September 24.  Visitation continues this afternoon at Mark Jutzi Funeral Home, 1:00 –5:00 pm.  A funeral service will take place at the church tomorrow at 11:00 a.m., and will be livestreamed. Interment will follow.

We pray for Pastor Sara as she prepares to lead Rockway’s Spiritual Emphasis Week on Compassion, next week (Oct 4th – 6th); which includes leading 3 chapels, visiting students in classes, and hosting an evening session for Rockway families and the broader community.

Pray for those impacted by Hurricane Fiona. Mennonite Disaster Service Canada is accepting donations to help. For more information and to give https://bit.ly/3SnqAly.

Each week, Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (MCEC) prays for one of the 106 congregations. Let us join them in prayer this week for Rouge Valley Mennonite Church in Markham, ON .

Fall 2022 Worship Series
A God Who Can be Trusted  – The Book of Exodus
September 11th—November 6th

As we explore the book of Exodus, we are invited to pay attention to the character of God and the many ways God continues to be revealed as trustworthy. We will join the Israelites as they find their way in their new (and often distressing) reality. We will encounter Moses, along with other characters such as Pharaoh Jethro, Miriam, and Aaron, who offer us glimpses into complicated  situations and God’s continual presence, patience, and guidance.

You’re invited to read along !

Dates Exodus Ch. Topics/Theme Preacher
Oct 2 12-13:16 The First Passover

Communion Sunday

Pastor Steve
Oct 9 13:17-17:16 The Escape & Provisions in the Desert (Thanksgiving) Pastor Louise
Oct 16 18 Sharing Leadership—Jethro’s Advice Pastor Sara
Oct 23 19-31 Sinai and the Commandments Pastor Louise
Oct 30 32-35:3 The Golden Calf Pastor Steve
Nov 6 35:4-40:38 The Tabernacle & Holy Space Pastor Louise

You will receive a paper cut out from an usher as you enter the sanctuary.  During the service, you are invited to think of an encounter with God; an experience of God’s trustworthiness.  Write a word or phrase on the cut out to describe that experience.  Place the cut outs in the basket on the stool at the top of the stairs as you leave worship.  These cut outs will be used to create our own burning bush – a reminder of God with us.