August 29, 2021 Bulletin

August 29, 2021
Summer Worship Series
Trips and Travels: Encountering God


Call to Worship and Prayer

Jesus Help us Live in Peace   VT 719

Children’s Time

Acts 1: 6-11; Psalm 104:19-28

Sermon: What is an Interim?

I Sought the Lord   VT 161

Litany of Release and Blessing for Pastor Max Kennel

We Dream of a Turning  VT 209


Congregational Prayer


Will You Let Me Be Your Servant  VT 778



Leading Us in Worship:
Prelude and Postlude: Delphine Schwartzentruber
Worship Leader: Mark Scheerer
Children’s Time: Melissa Gingerich
Sermon: Interim Pastor Max Kennel
Congregational Prayer: Pastor Sara Erb
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
  • 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

Next Sunday September 5
9:45 a.m. Livestream and up to 120 people in-person worship
Trips and Travels: Encountering God
Scripture:  1 Kings:8-16
Meditation: Pastor Sara Erb  Resting is Holy Work Too

11:00 a.m. Coffee Time on Zoom

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

Pastor Steve is on vacation Aug 27 – Sept. 7.

Dawna Whitehead is out of the office next week (August 31-Sept 3).

The church flower beds need some help. The ones along the west side have been neglected and desperately need some attention. If you can help you can just show up with hoe and shovel or contact Arne at

The New Hamburg Thrift Centre is looking for volunteers in the following area: retail floor support, cashier, fabric, housewares and back door receiving.  For more information contact Emma at 519-662-2867 or

Mennonite World Conference is calling on members to love their neighbour 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

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
Ruth & David Steinmann who are celebrating their 67th anniversary on Saturday, September 4.

Ralph & Louise Gingerich would like to thank everyone for the cards, prayers, congratulations and best wishes on the occasion of their 65th anniversary. It was very much appreciated.

Remember in Prayer
Continue to pray for Tori Fraser, as she prepares for surgery on Sept. 3.