August 15, 2021 Bulletin

August 15, 2021
Summer Worship Series
Trips and Travels: Encountering God



Call to worship


10 000 Reasons                         VT 111

Lord, I need you                        VT 155

Offering and Prayer

Children’s Time

Amazing Grace                        VT 163

Luke 15:11-32


Together                                   VT 389

Congregational Prayer

Bible Camp Highlight


Beautiful Things                     VT 551


Leading Us in Worship:
Worship Leader: Matthew Bailey
Children’s Time: Suzanne Bender
Sermon and Prayer: Pastor Sara Erb
Prelude/Postlude: Susan Seyler
Livestream: Michael Gingerich

TODAY 11:00 a.m. Coffee Time on Zoom

COVID Guidelines for Worship

  • Please hum, sway, or tap your foot rather than singing
  • Following the service, please remain at your seats until an usher dismisses you
  • You are welcome to gather out in the parking lot for fellowship
  • An offering plate is located at the back of the fellowship hall
  • Tables and colouring sheets are provided for families and young children.
  • We are prioritizing air flow in the building. If you are bothered by a draft or have a hard time hearing please connect with an usher regarding an alternative place to sit.

Under Ontario step 3 reopening we can accommodate about 120 people for worship in the fellowship hall. There is room for you if you wish to attend in person. Please wear a mask. Livestreaming will continue. Call the church office if you have questions.

Monthly giving focus for August:  Emergency food and relief for 4.5 million people who have lost livelihoods or fled violence in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. Thousands have died. The crisis is expected to get worse. Borders could close to humanitarian aid. To give:

Next Sunday August 22
9:45 a.m. Livestream and up to 120 people in-person worship
Trips and Travels: Encountering God
Scripture: Exodus 19:1-6. Journey to God and humanness
Meditation: Pastor Steve Drudge

11:00 a.m.  Church Program Meeting and Vote on the Slate of Volunteers. We will get a glimpse of the year to come, affirm our leaders and volunteers, and hear a few updates. The meeting and vote will be a hybrid: in-person and on Zoom.  See Sunday Links email for Zoom link.

Steinmann Events

Aug. 22 & 29 (Sun.), 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Sunday popcorn and watermelon (formerly S’mores) intergenerational social events.

**Register Now at**

–       Aug. 22 at Don & Marilyn Steinmann’s farm, A-3045       Bleams Rd., New Hamburg.

–       Aug. 29 at Tom & Ruthanne Bender’s, 3365 Carmel-Koch  Rd., Wellesley, ON

Including a time for reflection, and time to catch up and connect with one another.  Snack provided; bring your own chair and water bottle. As we aim to keep everyone safe (including unvaccinated children), please continue to practice physical distancing, and mask wearing if/when needed (i.e. using the washroom or when physical distancing cannot be maintained outdoors).  You must register your intent to attend one of these events. Up to 40 people each time. Contact Darlene Gingerich, 519-662-3492,

Aug. 27 (Fri.) – Meal to the Land Defenders at Land Back Lane in Caledonia. Meals are going to be continued even though there has been cancellation of the major development in the land dispute. Your contribution to this meal is a way to work at improved relationships between Indigenous and Settlers. If you would like to contribute please message

Community Events
Aug. 29 (Sun.) 1:30 p.m. Wilmot Forest Church is meeting at Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp. This month’s theme: In Praise of Trees. People of all ages are invited. Pre-registration is not required.

Dawna Whitehead will be out of the office August 14th – 23rd.

A huge thanks to all those who adapted to organize and lead Bible Camp outdoors this past week. Thank you volunteers and families who helped us learn from Paul and the underground church about what it means to follow Jesus.

We are looking for people interested in being Facility Supervisors and/or Kitchen Supervisors during rentals.  Training provided and these are paid
positions ($20/hr).  If interested in attending a training session to find out more about being a supervisor contact Dawna at the church office

The church building is open once again for in-person committee meetings and some events throughout the week. Please make sure to book your time and space with Dawna, and to follow safe distaning, sanitizing, mask wearing, and signing-in whenever you enter the building.

Personal Notes
Congratulations to Richard & Ardys Brenneman who are celebrating their 51st anniversary on Sunday, August 15 and Steve & Michelle Wagler who are celebrating their 25th anniversary on Tuesday, August 17.

Congratulations to Arthur Steinmann who is celebrating his 94 birthday on Monday, August 16 and Verna Schwartzentruber who is celebrating her 96th birthday on Saturday, August 21.

Remember in Prayer
Our search process for a Pastor of Worship and Care

Tori Fraser, Alf and Sheryl Crabbe’s daughter, will be having amputation surgery on September 3rd. Prayers and support are appreciated. For information on ways to support, including her GoFundMe page, contact Sheryl directly.