April 21, 2024 Bulletin

Anabaptist Series
Reading the Bible in Community

April 21, 2024

Gathering as Community


Call to Worship and Prayer

Hymn: Come, Christians, Join to Sing                                             VT 28
Scripture: Matthew 7:1520

HymnoftheMonth: Jesus Christ is Love Divine                         VT 749

Hearing Gods Word as Community

Then & Now Stories: Community & the Bible

Children’s Time

Hymn: Ask the Complicated Questions                                         VT 440
Scripture: Acts 15:128 (selections)

Sermon: Reading the Bible Together

Being Community

Hymn: Lord, You Sometimes Speak                                VT 537 (v 1,4,5)

Congregational Prayer

Offering & Offertory


Going Out as Community

Hymn: Listen to the Word that God has Spoken                             VT 405


Leading us in worship:

Accompanist: Doris Martin            Song Leader: Stephen Yantzi

Worship Leader:  Kim Lichti          Children’s Time: Pastor Ben Cassels

Scripture Readers: Kim Lichti, Jordan Maddigan Then & Now Story: Kim Lichti, Pat Wagler

Sermon: Pastor Ben Cassels            Congregational Prayer: Joy Wagler
A/V: Steve Carter, Paul Hammer

An unsupervised nursery is available across from the washrooms for children ages five and under. Parents are expected to supervise their children while in the nursery.

April Special/Coin Offering: in support of House of Friendship. Coins will be accepted during the Offering during worship to the children collecting, in the offering basket (marked “House of Friendship”), or directly at https://bit.ly/49HSa59


11am –1pm: Intergenerational Sunday School: Bible Quizzing with hot dog lunch available.


9:45 am Livestream and in-person worship

Scripture: Mark 1:1-11 and Romans 6:1-4

Speaker: Fred Lichti, retired pastor

Adult Education: Fred Lichti: Our Amish Heritage through stories and artifacts


Pastor Louise will be out of the office (on vacation) from April 18-22.

April 22 (Mon): 6:309 pm Pickleball

April 23 (Tues): 35 pm, 6:309 pm: Pickleball

April 24 (Wed), 34 pm: Peace and Justice Mtg, Fireplace Room April 24 (Wed), 7:45 pm: Worship Committee, Zoom meeting

April 25 (Thurs), 3:30 pm: Bicentennial Planning Mtg, Fireplace Room April 26 (Fri) 5:30 pm: TGIF is a monthly casual gathering of families with children for food and fun, and is open to all. RSVP to Darryl at ad.drudge@gmail.com by Wed. April 24 so food can be ordered. Held in the Fellowship Hall this week.


Finished with your Solar Eclipse glasses? The MCEC Creation Care Resource group is collecting them for distribution to school children in developing countries. Bring them to church by Thursday April 25 and place in the basket in the hallway under the timeline (where the Lenten prayer cards were).

Looking for AmishMennonite Clothing through the ages, for our May 1 Bicentennial display. If you have dresses, jackets, shoes, coverings, hats etc., along with a bit of history of the item, please talk to Pastor Sara.

May 1 (Wed) 95 pm, 79 pm: Mennonite Women are providing a Learn-to-Quilt opportunity. Experienced quilters will be at church to help you learn to quilt. All are welcome. Quilts are needed for the Relief Sale and the monies raised go to MCC.

May 2 (Thurs) 6:30—8 pm: Seniors and Jr. Youth Games Night. All seniors are invited to join the Jr. Youth for a games night and snacks (including crokinole). Care Team is available to help organize rides.

June 9 (Sun) 24 pm: Bicentennial Event: Guided Cemetery Tour. Former pastor, Fred Lichti will lead a story telling history tour beginning at the St. Agatha Mennonite Church cemetery and ending at the Steinmann Mennonite Church cemetery. Refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall at the end of the tour. All are welcome.

Save the Date: August 911 SMC Camping at Hidden Acres. More info in May.

August 12 16 (Mon Fri) mornings: Baden Summer Bible Camp here at Steinmann. We are looking for volunteers for all roles. Please reach out to Courtney Hobbs or email badensbc@gmail.com if you are interested and able to help.

SMCs New Booth at the MCC New Hamburg Relief Sale – Volunteers Needed!:
Steinmann Mennonite Church and Conrad Grebel are together taking over the Cream Buns booth from Hawkesville Mennonite Church, who are closing this year. We need volunteers for the following roles:

Friday May 24: 2-3 people to help cut the cream buns
Saturday May 25: 8-16 people (youth & up) to prepare & sell the buns at our booth, for 1-2 hour shifts between 7am-11am.
If interested in volunteering, please speak with Pam or Steve Carter (pscarter2@hotmail.com)

We are also seeking to raise approximately $2,000 (outside of the church budget) to cover the costs of the Cream Buns. This will be the focus of the May Special Coin Offering, but earlier donations with the designation “Cream Buns” are welcome. Chat with Pastor Ben for more info.

Summer Sausage will continue to be sold this year. Thank you to Gord Roth for continuing to give this leadership.

MYF (GRADES 912+) April 21 (Sun) 11 am1 pm: Bible Quiz day

May 3 (Fri) 710 pm: Prayer Walk


May 2 (Thurs) 6:308 pm: Seniors and Jr. Youth Games Night


April 24 (Wed) 67:30pm: Visit to the Roth Farm (rescheduled from April 17)


Bob Gingerich has been hospitalized for the last week for diabetic testing. Pray for Bob and Shirley and family in this time of change

From Pastor Ben & Kendyll Cassels: “Thank you to everyone for the support, care, meals, and prayers over the last six weeks since Kendyll broke her foot. We’re thankful that Kendyll is now out of the cast and that no further treatment is required. The care offered by so many has been deeply meaningful.”

This week join Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (MCEC) in prayer for Hamilton Mennonite Church.

April 26 27 (Fri Sat), MCEC Annual Church Gathering 2024, UMEI Christian Highschool, Leamington, ON, Theme – Inspired By Hope. Please pray for the seven delegates from Steinmann who are attending, the participants from all 105 MCEC churches, and for the decisions that will be made. Contact Gladys Bender if interested in attending.


April 24 (Wed) 10 am: The Adult Bible Study led by Wes Leis will meet in the Fireplace Room at the church. Everyone is welcome.

April 25 (Thurs) 10 am: Women’s Bible study group meeting at the church in the Fireplace Room and/or Zoom. Read chapter 9 of “Let The Light In.” All women are welcome. Contact person is Darlene Gingerich.


April 22 Earth Day: Marks the 54th Earth Day! Celebrated around the world since 1970, Earth Day and Earth Month (all of April!) is a good time to take action to care for our planet. Make sure to check MCC on Facebook, Instagram and X for more info on a Zero Waste Challenge on Earth Day!

April 2628: SLMC Spring Work Weekend – Enjoy a family-friendly, free weekend at Silver Lake to help open the camp for the summer. All meals provided. Register at slmc.ca/retreats.

Grace Lao Mennonite Church EGG ROLL fundraiser has arrived. Order form can be found next to the mailboxes. Order deadline April 26.

April 29 (Mon): Spring Seniors Retreat at Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp. For more information https://bit.ly/3yEjDEz.

May 4 (Sat) 9:30 am: Shalom Counselling Services’ Annual Spring Brunch. Purchase tickets by contacting Shalom by Monday April 29.

Pastors in Exile invite you to join us for the 3rd Beyond Binaries Conference on May 11 at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate.! Registration and more information can be found at https://bit.ly/49IdWpf


Matthew 7:15-20

15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

1316 Snyder’s Rd. West                                Phone:519.634.8311
Baden, Ontario N3A 3K8
Website: www.smchurch.caPrayer Requests: (Congregation notified by email): Contact the church officeMinisters: All Members of the Congregation

Pastors: Sara Erb

Louise Wideman (289)-969-4123; louise@smchurch.ca

Ben Cassels (519)-588-0939; ben@smchurch.ca

Pastoral Care: If you are in a crisis and would like a pastoral visit, contact any pastor during the evening or weekend, or call the church office during office hours, Tuesday to Friday, 8 – 4pm.

Care Team: Lynn Yantzi, Darlene Gingerich, Joanne Schwartzentruber, Mary Lou Gingerich

Interim Financial Administrator: Ashley Drudge (finance@smchurch.ca)

Office Hours: Tuesdays 10—2 p.m.

Office Manager: Lynne Dueck (office@smchurch.ca)