April 23, 2023 Bulletin

April 23, 2023

Centering in God


Call to Worship


Come, Let Us All Unite to Sing     VT 7

Nzambi wakatamba (God Loves All His Many People)     VT 767

Reconciling Prayer     VT 893

Holy Spirit, Come with Power      VT 57

Hearing God’s Word

Children’s Time

Acts 6:1-7


Ey lou nis (Now I Know)      VT 769

Proclaiming and Serving

Congregational Prayer



Go Now in Peace, Worship Continues     VT 829



Leading us in worship:
Pianist: Delphine Schwartzentruber
Worship Leader: Kim Lichti
Song Leader: Sara Roth
Children’s Time: Melissa Gingerich
Sermon & Congregational Prayer: Pastor Steve Drudge
A/V: Cliff Kennel, Paul Hammer

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

Kids Offering:  Mennonite Central Committee’s Ukraine Emergency Response: https://bit.ly/3vMq9I1.

April Special Offering: Help a team of 18 youth and adults with travel costs to Glace Bay, NS, July 9-15 to help Mennonite Disaster Service restore homes damaged by the hurricane in September.  Give to Steinmann Mennonite Church, designated “MDS Travel Fund.”

Coffee, tea & juice available in the fellowship hall following the service.

Christian Education (Sunday School) for all ages:
11:00 – 12 p.m. Children’s Sunday School (Age 2 – Gr. 4), basement
11:15 – 12 p.m. Jr. Youth (Gr. 5-8) & MYF (Gr. 9-12+), basement

Adult Ed: Fireplace Room. Over the next few weeks we will be engaging in a variety of topics that will help us practice our peaceful conflict skills. April 23 – Racism, May 7 – LGBTQ+, May 14 – Climate Change, June 4 – MAID.

Next Sunday April 30
9:45 a.m.  Livestream and in-person worship in the sanctuary.
Scripture:  Luke 24:13-35
Speaker: Pastor Louise Wideman

Congregational Life
April 25 (Tues) 4 – 5 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Pickleball.

May 2 (Tues.), 7:00 pm.  Core Team meeting, 7:00 pm.

May 3 (Wed.) Morning & afternoon – All women invited to the church to knot comforters and/or quilt. Bring a bag lunch. Drinks provided.

Flowers for worship:  During the months of June, July, and August 2023, we invite your participation in worship by providing floral arrangements for the communion table.  These flowers can come from your own flower beds or they can be purchased.  Plan to add your name to a date on the sign up sheet by the church mailboxes.  Worship Team

MYF (Grades 9-12+)
April 28 (Fri.) Progressive Dinner, meet at the church at 7 p.m. ready for a feast!  RSVP to Andrea Kennel or Joanne Schwartzentruber by Wednesday April 26.

Jr. Youth (Grades 5-8)
April 25 (Tues.) 6 – 7:30 p.m. Service Night at Wilmot Family Resource Centre. Meet at WFRC, 175 Waterloo St. Unit 1, New Hamburg. Please wear closed toed shoes.

Small Groups
April 25 (Tues.) 10 a.m. The Adult Bible Study led by Wes Leis will meet in the fireplace room at the church. Studying “The Uniqueness of Jesus”. Everyone is welcome.

April 27 (Thurs.) 10-11:30 a.m. – Women’s Bible study will be meeting in person and on Zoom. Studying “Expecting Emmanuel – Eight Women Who Prepared the Way”. Read pages 140 -144. Questions – talk to Lynelle Drudge, Joy Wagler or Darlene Gingerich.

Wider Community
April 26 (Wed.) 6:45 p.m. Screening of the film, Seeing through the Wall, meeting ourselves in Palestine and Israel at the Princess Twin Cinema, 46 King St. N. Waterloo.

April 28-29 (Fri.- Sat.) – Mennonite Church Eastern Canada Annual Church Gathering at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate, Kitchener. “Transformed. Inspired. Called.” Hebrews 12:1-3. Special Invitation: free intercultural worship service, Friday, 7:00 p.m. Go to http://bit.ly/3zobNz6  for full details and registration.

May 4 (Thur.) 6 p.m. MEDA: Women Empowering Women presents,  Breaking Down Barriers. Explore how employers in the manufacturing sector are working towards addressing employment barriers for women. At MEDA Waterloo Office, 595 Parkside Dr Suite 2, Waterloo. Register for this FREE event at: https://www.meda.org/events/.

May 6 (Sat.) 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Shalom Counselling Services’ Annual Spring Brunch at Shantz Mennonite Church, 2473 Erb’s Road, Baden. This year’s topic is 40 Years of Conversations (1983 – 2023) to celebrate their 40th anniversary. Tickets $40 (Receipts provided for $20 of ticket price), order deadline May 1st, order at 519-886-9690 or www.shalomcounselling.org/brunch.

May 6 (Sat.) 2 – 4 p.m. Food and bottle drive fundraiser at Zion United Church. For more details see poster on bulletin board.

May 6 (Sat.) 7:30 p.m. Menno Singers present – ‘a light exists in spring…In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect.’ at St Jacobs Mennonite Church (1310 King St. N, St Jacobs). For tickets www.mennosingers.com

May 9 – 30 (Tue.) 6 p.m.- 8 p.m.  (4 meetings). Bereaved Families of Ontario (BFO) in partnership with Interfaith Counselling Centre (ICCC) is facilitating an in-person group at the ICC office. The group will offer general grief support and is free of charge to members of the community. Space is  limited, register at 519-662-3092.

Silver Lake Mennonite Camp:

June 4-7 (Sun.-Wed.) 10th International Conference on Ageing & Spirituality! Theme: CHALLENGES AND CHOICES: DIGNITY AND SPIRITUALITY IN LATER LIFE. For more information, the conference program and registration see https://bit.ly/3mSsW1o.

Aug. 13-15 Ontario Mennonite Music Camp (OMMC) at Conrad Grebel University College.  For more information and to register: https://bit.ly/3N0cAyj.

Mennonite Central Committee event:
Living Below The Line is a stereotype-busting play about struggle, resilience and hope co-created by Watercourse Theatre and fourteen individuals living in poverty. April 30 (Sun.) at Stirling Ave Mennonite Church, Kitchener and May 13 (Sat.) at Wellesley Mennonite Church, Wellesley

Grace Lao Egg roll sale.  Sign up sheet on the table by the mailboxes. If you order egg rolls you are responsible for picking them up (Grace Lao Mennonite Church – 575 Lancaster St. W., Kitchener).  Deadline for orders Tuesday, May 2. Pickup date is Saturday, May 6.

Interfaith Annual Online Silent Auction Fundraiser
Interfaith Counselling Centre (ICC) is collecting auction items such as a product, gift certificate for a service or experience to be auctioned virtually on May 15th – 28th, 2023. For more details see the letter and donation form on the table by the mailboxes.

Congregational Notes
Pastor Sara will be on vacation until April 30th, followed by Sabbatical May 1st  – July 29th.  Please note that during this time of rest and study, Sara will not be responding to church related, phone calls, or texts until her return in August.

We give thanks for the creativity expressed visually in worship.  Special thanks to Michelle Wagler for her creative displays through the season of Lent and into Easter.

We had 16 volunteer rag cutters at the MCC material resources centre.  That is a record number from Steinmann MC. The men took up the challenge and equaled the ladies until the last hour. A special thanks to the men who came.

The Property Committee is selling the church’s Cub Cadet riding mower, 22hp.  42-in zero turn with steering wheel. Good condition, 420 hours. Runs well. Used for Church cemetery and property, 8 years old. Contact Glen Gingerich 226-972-9580.

Remember in Prayer
This week join Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (MCEC) in prayer for  Wilmot Mennonite Church, New Hamburg, ON.