August 13, 2023 Bulletin

Water and Life
August 13, 2023
Hidden Acres Camp

We gather to praise our loving God …


Call to worship & prayer

Hymns:   Morning has broken     VT 495

 Praise, I will praise you, Lord     VT 131

Thanksgiving for water

All: We praise you, O God, for water!

Hymn:  Your Love is Washing Over Me     VT 166

….to listen for God’s Word ….

Scripture:  Genesis 1: 1-9

Hymn: For the Beauty of the Earth     VT 120

Children’s time

Song:  I’ve Got Peace Like a River

Scripture:  Psalm 104: 10-13; Isaiah 41:17-18


….responding with gratitude ….

 Give Us This Water:   A Group Reflection

All: Give me this water, that I may not thirst.

Hymn:  O Healing River     VT 706

Congregational sharing and prayer

Hymn:  I Saw a Tree by the Riverside      VT 514


….and sent forth as bearers of God’s peace. 


Hymn:  The Peace of the Earth be with You VT  838

Grace and Benediction

Leading us in worship
Worship leader/Congregational prayer:  Joy Wagler
Scripture readers: Leah Finnie, Caleb Finnie
Readers:  Chris Finnie, Christine Helmuth, Andrea Kennel, Esther   Kennel, Mark Scheerer, Sandy Scheerer, and Joanne Schwartzentruber.
Children’s Time:  Mark Scheerer
Musicians:  Darryl Drudge, Elaine Finnie, Marilyn Steinmann
Meditation:  Pastor Louise Wideman
Grace & Benediction:  Pastor Sara Erb AV:
Cliff Kennel & Steve Kennel

August Special Offering and Kid’s Offering:   Mennonite Central Committee school kits. Donate directly or find kit contents at Content lists are on the table in the main hallway.

Outdoor service at Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp. Potluck lunch following the worship service; everyone welcome.

The service will not be livestreamed; rather, it will be posted to the  website later in the day.

Next Sunday August 20
10:00 a.m.  Livestream and in-person worship in the sanctuary.
Scripture:  2 Kings 5:1-19
Speaker: Pastor Sara Erb

Congregational Life
August 17 (Thur.) at 9 a.m. – 12 noon Steinmann members are needed to help cut rags at the MCC Material Resources Centre. Thank you for your help.

Aug. 22 (Tues.) 4 – 5 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Pickleball.
Note:  no Pickleball on Tues. Aug 15th

Wider Community
Ontario Mennonite Music Camp, community events

  • Aug. 20 (Sun.) 10:30 a.m. Chapel Service at Luther Village on the Park, 139 Father David Bauer Dr.
  • Aug. 25 (Fri.) 7 p.m. Final Concert at Conrad Grebel University College, 140 Westmount Rd. N.

Sept. 25 (Mon.) 7:00-8:30 p.m. Online.  MCC Ontario Annual General Meeting. For details

Oct. 14 (Sat) 5 p.m. & 7 p.m. Empty Bowls for Haiti at Steinmann Mennonite Church. Tickets go on sale Aug. 16.

MCEC Seeks an Operations and Finance Director:  This person will be a strategic thinker, experience serving on an executive team, is able to think long-term while also able to shape the appropriate execution through the Operations team. This is a full-time, permanent position. More information at

The Abner Martin Music Scholarship ($4,000 value last year) is awarded annually by Menno Singers to a student who:  1) will be enrolled in a full-time music major or minor program at the undergraduate or graduate level in 2023-2024);  2) is affiliated with an MCEC congregation; and  3) has demonstrated involvement and proficiency in musical activities in church and community. Application deadline is September 15, 2023. For more information and/or an application form contact Lewis Brubacher,

MCC Material Resource Centre (65 Heritage Dr., New Hamburg) is offing a tour at 10 a.m. the 3rd Thursday each month.

Come sing in the Mennonite Mass Choir in a performance of Handel’s Messiah with the Kitchener-Waterloo  Symphony at Centre in the Square on Sun., Dec. 10 (afternoon). Monday evening rehearsals begin on Sept. 25 at First Mennonite Church (800 King St E, Kitchener) from 7:30-9:30pm. For more info and to register go to

The Inter-Mennonite Children’s Choir is still looking for a few more singers to join us. Rehearsals start on Tuesday Sept. 12 at W-K United Mennonite Church for children in grades 1 and up. For more information sign up by August 28.

MCEC announces the appointment of Myrna Miller Dyck to the positon of Regional Ministry Associate (RMA).

Personal Notes
Jon & Alex Lebold are preparing for Alex’s radiation treatment beginning August 23.   A meal train has been set up. Click on the link to sign up

Administrative Assistant, Dawna Whitehead will be on vacation   Tuesday, Aug. 15 –Monday, Aug. 28.   Thanks to Marilyn Steinmann and Darlene Gingerich for helping with the bulletin while Dawna is away.

Ben Cassels will begin as Pastor of Witness and Resourcing on Tuesday, August 22.

Congratulations to Jean Gingerich who is celebrating her 93rd birthday on Monday, August 14.

Congratulations to Richard & Ardys Brenneman who are celebrating their 53rd anniversary on Tuesday, August 15.

Remember in Prayer
Let us pray for all involved in leadership for Bible Camp at Steinmann MC next week.

We continue to remember Nyle & Kathleen Hofstetter; Sandra Roth and family; and Ruby Gingerich and family as they live with changes in their lives.

Prayer request from Mennonite World Conference:

  • India – for cooling rains, and the All India Mennonite Woman’s Conference being planned for October.

This week join Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (MCEC) in prayer for  Mannheim Mennonite Church, Petersburg, ON and Nith Valley   Mennonite Church, New Hamburg, ON.