August 22, 2021 Bulletin

Summer Worship Series
Trips and Travels: Encountering God

Prelude
Call to worship
Prayer
Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord                                                          VT 131
Children’s Time
The Care The Eagle Gives Her Young                                               HWB 590
Exodus 19:1-6
Sermon  Encountering God: A journey toward freedom
My Shepherd Will Supply My Need                                                   VT 640
Prayer
Generosity story
Offering
Announcements
Benediction
Postlude

Leading Us in Worship:
Prelude/Postlude: Grant Movold
Worship Leader: Matthew Bailey
Children’s Time: David Martin
Sermon and Congregational Prayer: Pastor Steve Drudge
Generosity Story: Ervin Steinmann, interviewed by Lynn Yantzi
Livestream: Michael Gingerich

TODAY 11:00 a.m. Church Program Meeting and Vote on the Slate of Volunteers. See Sunday Links email for Zoom link.

COVID Guidelines for Worship
•  Please hum, sway, or tap your foot rather than singing
•  After the service, remain seated 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 provided for young families.
•  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.

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. Donate at https://bit.ly/3ATgkbE.
Next Sunday August 29

9:45 a.m. Livestream and up to 120 people in-person worship
Trips and Travels: Encountering God
Scripture:  Acts 1:6-11 and Psalm 104:19-28
Meditation: Pastor Max Kennel
The service will include a farewell blessing and release for Pastor Max as he finishes his term with us as Interim Pastor. You are invited to offer your own words of gratitude to him throughout this next week.
11:00 a.m. Coffee Time on Zoom

Steinmann Events

Aug. 24 (Tues.) 7:30 p.m. – Pastor Search Committee meeting.

Aug. 25 (Wed.) 7:00 p.m. – Exit interview with Interim Pastor Max Kennel.

Aug. 26 (Thurs.) 7:30 p.m. – Worship Committee Meeting.

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

Aug. 29 (Sun.) 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Sunday popcorn and watermelon at Tom & Ruthanne Bender’s. Up to 40 people. 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 with Darlene Gingerich.

Sept. 12 (Sun.) – Outdoor Morning Worship Service. Bruce and Barb Schumm are excited to host us.  Some fun activities for kids (and kids at heart) will be offered after the service (pandemic precautions will be in effect). More details to come!

Sept. 14 (Tues.) 7:00 p.m.—Steinmann’s Peace and Justice Committee is holding a refugee sponsorship information session in the fellowship hall. Though this story no longer makes news headlines, millions of Syrian refugees are still stranded in refugee camps awaiting resettlement. Last year our congregation was asked to consider sponsoring a Syrian refugee family that is related to a family now living in Kitchener. This request is still before us. We will hear from Moses Moini from MCC Ontario about the refugee situation and ways we can help. Please plan to attend to learn more about how we can respond as a faithful congregation that loves God and lives differently. For more information see weekly email.

Jr. Youth

Aug. 28 (Sat.) 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.—Jr. Youth Pool Party

Sept. 10 (Fri) 7:00 p.m.– 9:30 p.m.—Outdoor movie night. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.

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.

 Notices

Mennonite World Conference is calling on members to love their neighbor by donating to UNICEF’s campaign to share coronavirus vaccinations in low-income countries where currently less than 1% of the global supply is reaching people. Until Sept. 6 the government of Canada will match individual donations to a maximum of $10 million.  Find more information and the Canada donation link at https://bit.ly/2Wb5DC7

We need 3 more people who are open to host Zoom coffee time at 11:00 on Sunday mornings. This is a fun role that requires very minimal technical skills. There is strong affirmation that the coffee time ministry is an important way for those who attend our services virtually to find connection and community at SMC. Please talk to Kathy Loree or Pastor Sara if you are able to offer approximately one Sunday a month to serve in this way.

Personal Notes

Congratulations to Ruth Steinmann who is celebrating her 87th birthday on Monday, August 23 and Barb Zehr who is celebrating her 92nd birthday on Friday, August 27.

Remember in Prayer

  • Many church, church-related and community program organizers seek wisdom with restarting activities safely this fall.
  • Mennonite Central Committee invites prayer for the people of Haiti impacted by an earthquake last week. Emergency support can be donated at https://bit.ly/2W82OBK or send cheques to MCC, 203-50 Kent Ave., Kitchener, ON N2G 3R1 designated Haiti Earthquake Response.