April 30, 2023 Bulletin

April 30, 2023

We gather to praise our loving God….


Call to Worship & Prayer

Hymn: Hamba nathi (Come, Walk with Us)     VT 23

Hymn:  Your Love is Amazing     VT 96

…to listen for God’s word….

Children’s Time

Hymn: How Great Is Our God     VT 116

Scripture: Luke 24:13-35

Sermon    “While breaking bread together …”

…..to respond with gratitude….

Hymn:  Open My Eyes (Abre mis ojos)      VT 732

Congregational Sharing & Prayer

Offering & Offertory


….and be sent forth as bearers of God’s love.  

Hymn:  Thuma mina (Send Me, Lord)     VT 834



Leading us in worship:
Prelude/Offertory/Postlude:  Elaine Finney, Ben Winter, Darryl Drudge
Worship Leader:   Kim Lichti
Children’s Time:   Paulette West
Sermon/Congregational Prayer:  Pastor Louise Wideman
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.

Intergenerational Sunday School at 11:15 a.m.  All ages are invited to gather in the fellowship hall for a Bible story and singing.

Next Sunday May  7
9:45 a.m.  Livestream and in-person worship in the sanctuary.
Scripture:  Psalm 23, Acts 2:42-47
Music Sunday:  a service including much singing, some scriptures and a few short reflections.   SMC households whose last names begin with “B” and “C” have planned this service.

Congregational Life
May 2 (Tues) 4 – 5 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Pickleball.

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

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

August 11 – 13 Church Family Camping at Hidden Acres. Mark your calendar and plan to attend.  More details to come.

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+)
May 12 (Fri.) 7-10 p.m. Bigger and Better.  Starting with a penny which team can trade up to the biggest and the best?  Meet at the church 7 pm

Jr. Youth (Grades 5-8)
May 3 (Wed.) 6-8 p.m. Homemade Pizza and Movie Night.  Meet at the church.

Small Groups
May 9  (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.

May 11 (Thurs.) 10-11:30 a.m. – Women’s Bible study will be meeting in person and on Zoom.  For “sharing life stories” and a prayer time.   Questions – talk to Lynelle Drudge, Joy Wagler or Darlene Gingerich.

Wider Community
April 30 (Sun.) 3-5 p.m. Spiritus Ensemble presents Zimmermann’s Coffeehouse II ! in the Dining Hall of Conrad Grebel University College 140 Westmount Road North, Waterloo. Tickets https://bit.ly/3oSoJeD.

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 7 (Sun.) 3 p.m. at Floradale Mennonite Church. The Inter-Mennonite Children’s Choir present: Sing for Joy! Tickets available from https://bit.ly/23IMCCSing or at the door. For more information:   conductor@imcchoir.org

Silver Lake Mennonite Camp:

May 13 (Sat.) 7:30 p.m. & May 14 (Sun.) 3 p.m. at Trillium Lutheran Church, DaCapo Chamber Choirs presents, a DaCapo alumni choir and the premiere of A Great Tide of Love by director Leonard Enns. For more information https://dacapochamberchoir.ca/

May 19-21 (Fri. – Sun.) Hidden Acres Alumni Weekend. For more details visit www.hiddenacres.ca or email alumni@hiddenacres.ca.

May 26 & 27 (Fri. & Sat.) New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale at the Fairgrounds & Arena in New Hamburg. More information: mcco.ca/events.

May 29 (Mon.) Rockway Mennonite Collegiate Golf Classic at Grey Silo Golf Club. Register as a single, a pair or get a team of 4 together.  Details at www.rockway.ca/golf.

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.

June 10 (Sat.) 9 a.m. Beyond Housing, Out-Spok’n Bike-a-thon for affordable housing. For more information https://beyondhousing.ca/ or contact Dan Driedger at 226-476-2535 or ddriedger@beyondhousing.ca.

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

Summer jobs at MCC! Are you between the ages of 18-30 and looking for employment this summer? We have a number of Canada Summer Jobs available, including a Communications and Event Assistant in Kitchener. Check out this job and others at https://bit.ly/3LthzGF.

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.) 2:30 p.m. at Stirling Ave Mennonite Church 57 Stirling Ave N, Kitchener and May 13 (Sat.) 2 p.m. at Crosshill Mennonite Church, 2537 Hutchison Rd, Millbank. Cost by donation.

Grace Lao Egg roll sale. Last call.  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 Steve is taking vacation time May 3-9.

Pastor Sara will be on 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.

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.

Personal Notes
Congratulations to Rose Wagler who is celebrating her  81st birthday on Saturday, May 6.

Cathy Knipfel has moved to the Chartwell Westmount Retirement Home for rehab.

Remember in Prayer
This week join Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (MCEC) in prayer for  Windsor Mennonite Fellowship, Windsor, ON