August 6, 2023 Bulletin

Water and Abundance
August 6, 2023

Gathering to praise….


Call to Worship

Hymn:  O Lord My God/How Great Thou Art     VT 436


Hymn   Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord     VT 131

…to listen for God’s Spirit….

Affirmation of faith     VT 1024

Children’s Time

Hymn: Halle, Halle, Hallelujah!     VT 752

Scripture: John 2: 1-11

Sermon:  Unexpected Abundance

…..that transforms us ….

Hymn:  Now Thank We All Our God     VT 114

Congregational Sharing & Prayer

Offering & Offertory


….and sends us forth as bearers of God’s love.  

Hymn: Go, My Friends, in Grace     VT 810



An unsupervised nursery is available across from the washrooms for children ages 5 and under.  Parents are expected to supervise their child/ren while in the nursery.

Leading us in worship:
Prelude/Offertory/Postlude:  Lorie Yantzi
Song Leader:  Nancy Steinmann Yantzi
Worship Leader/Congregational Prayer/Children’s Time:  Joy Wagler
Scripture: Christine Helmuth
Sermon: Louise Wideman
A/V:  Mike Gingerich and Paul Hammer

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.

Coffee & tea available in the fellowship hall following the service.

Next Sunday August 13
10:00 a.m.  Outdoor Worship Service at Hidden Acres Camp.
Scripture:  Gen. 1:1-9; Ps. 104:10-13; Is. 43:16-21
Speaker: Pastor Louise Wideman

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

Potluck lunch following the worship service, everyone welcome. Bring food to share, your own table service and lawn chairs. Coffee and water will be provided.

Congregational Life
August 8 (Tues) The church office will be closed in lieu of Civic Holiday.

Aug. 8 (Tues.) 4 – 5 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Pickleball.
Note:  no Pickleball on Tues. Aug 15th

August 11 – 13 Hidden Acres Church Family Camp reminders: 

  • Today, last day to sign up for overnight family camp.
  • Saturday, August 12: Everyone is invited to come for the evening corn and hot dog roast at 5:30 pm even if you are not camping for the weekend. Plan to bring lawn chairs, own dishes/drinking cup/bottle, hot dog roasting stick.
  • Sunday, August 13:  Worship begins at 10 am.

August 14-18 (9:00-11:45a.m.) Baden Summer Bible Camp (BSBC)
Needed for Bible Camp!

  • Small pieces of scrap material
  • Balloons – all colours and all sizes!
  • Food colouring

Place these items on the Bible Camp table in the lobby.  Clearly label anything that you would like returned.

Wider Community
August 14 (Mon.) 2 – 8 p.m. Blood Donor Clinic at Shantz Mennonite Church. Appointments are required. To book an appointment call 1-888-236-6283 or

Aug. 14 (Mon.) 9:30 – 3 p.m. Community Peacebuilding Mini Camp (at 50 Kent Ave., Kitchener. Learn more at

Sept. 28-30 Shantz Mennonite Church is offering a bus trip to Lancaster PA to the Site & Sound Theatre to see “Moses”.  If interested contact Doug Wagner at Registration forms on the table by the mailboxes.

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

Personal Notes
Thanks to everyone for your participation in the Farewell Service for Steve and Lynelle. Your efforts made this a special and memorable servive.  Planning Committee: Cliff Kennel, Gladys Bender, Joy Wagler, and Pastor Louise Wideman.

Welcome back to Pastor Sara post sabbatical.  Sara will be in the office Wed. Aug. 9.

Happy Anniversary to Pastor Louise who has completed her first year (Aug 4) as pastor of Worship and Care at Steinmann’s. Thanks Louise.

Thank you to Joanne Schwartzentruber for serving as Youth Assistant while Pastor Sara was on sabbatical.  Joanne’s ease with conversation and relationship building with youth are a gift.

The Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) team wishes to express their gratitude for the prayer and financial support from Steinmann MC that made the trip to Glace Bay, NS possible.

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

Congratulations to Erma Steinmann who is celebrating her 93rd birthday on Monday, August 7.

Congratulations to Terry & Elaine Tweedle who are celebrating their 62nd anniversary on Tuesday, August 8 and Robert & Gladys Bender who are celebrating their 50th anniversary on Friday, August 11.

Remember in Prayer
Remember Sandra Roth in this time of health decline.

Remember Ruby Gingerich as she rests at Freeport Hospital awaiting a bed in a long term facility.

Continue to pray for Nyle Hofstetter who is recuperating in a London hospital.  He is out of Critical Care; his health is slowly improving yet he continues to live with pain.  Since the hospital has a covid outbreak, no  visitors are permitted at this time.  However, phone calls are appreciated.