December 2, 2018
Through the tender mercy of our God,
the dawn from on high will break upon us…
to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Call to worship
O come, O come Immanuel HWB 172 v. 1, 4, 5, 6
Comfort, comfort, O my people HWB 176
Come, light of the world SS 3
Canticle of Zechariah
I will come to you in the silence SS 49
Children’s Sunday school begins
Membership Transfer, John and Diane Gruhl
Congregational Affirmation HWB 777
Alleluia SJ 41
Now go in peace SJ 74
A supervised nursery for children 5 and under is across from the washrooms. Supervisors: Chris Finnie, Anthony Helmuth. A quieter unsupervised nursery is available in Room 113 (office hallway).
Leading Us In Worship:
Preservice, offertory, postlude – John Wiebe
Worship leader – Jim Steckle
Song leader – Tim Miller Dyck
Pianist – Doris Martin; Organist – Jean Gingerich
Children’s time – Suzanne Bender
Sermon – Pastor Myrna Miller Dyck
Congregational prayer – Pastor Sara Erb
Artwork by Helmi Wiebe. Helmi says the colours and patterning of the Dove in this depiction are to represent the colours from South Central America. To pay tribute to those who are caravanning across the country with a HOPE in their hearts and yearning for PEACE.
10:30 a.m. – Children’s Christian education (preschool to grade 7). Big idea: God chooses to work through people. Meeting in the lower level
Youth class: lower level room # 004.
Adult class: The Journey: Walking the Road to Jerusalem. A video and discussion series exploring: Mary, Joseph, the Manger, and the Holy Land. Meeting in the south side of the auditorium. Today’s Facilitator: Mark Scheerer.
1 p.m. – Family gathering in the fellowship hall.
7:00 p.m. – Choir rehearsal in the fellowship hall.
Monday – church office closed.
12 noon – Lunch and Listen at 50 Kent. Stories from Bangladesh with Dave Klassen. Can’t attend in person? Watch Live! For more information go to mcco.ca/events.
Morning – setting up comforters and quilts
7:30 p.m. – Mennonite Schools & Leadership committee meeting.
Morning & Afternoon – All women are invited to the church to help knot comforters and quilt. Christmas potluck – bring food to share and your own tableware.
6-7:30 p.m. – KidsLIFE for grades 1-6. Christmas Minute to Win It.
11 a.m.-5 p.m. – Syrian Bazaar Fundraiser at 50 Kent Ave, Kitchener. Enjoy delicious Syrian food and sweets. Hosted by ShamRose for Syrian Culture and Mennonite Central Committee, with the support of Stirling Mennonite Church. All proceeds go to MCC’s work in Syria. For more information go to mcco.ca/events.
6:00 p.m. – SOSA Christian Singles will be celebrating Christmas with dinner at the Schmidtsville Restaurant in Wellesley. If you would like to attend please RSVP to Sandy at 519.662.2971.
Saturday Noon – Family Gathering in the fellowship hall.
9:30 a.m. – Preservice music
9:45 a.m. – Advent 2.
Scripture: Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21: 25-36
Speaker: Pastor Steve Drudge
Winter clothing and food offering for Christmas Hampers.
10:30 & 11:15 – Christian education for all ages.
3:00 p.m. – Menno Singers Christmas concert, “Incarnation” at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 54 Benton St., Kitchener. Tickets: $20 per adult, $5 per child/student and can be purchased from choristers, at the door and www.mennosingers.com.
7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7) – Area Mennonite Churches joint Christmas Choir Concert in the fellowship hall. Featuring five church choirs, mass choir, instrumentalists and carol singing. Freewill offering for Rohingya Refugee Crisis, project of Mennonite Central Committee.
MYF (High School)
Dec.14 (Fri.) 7 p.m. – Games night at the Lebolds, 3855 Road 102, Shakespeare (on Google maps it’s Perth East).
Dec 21 (Fri.) – Christmas Caroling and Christmas Movie. Be ready to head out in the winter weather to sing Christmas Carols by 6 p.m. at the Vandermolens, 78 Waterloo Street, New Hamburg. We will gather back together for some hot chocolate and a Christmas movie!
Dec. 5 (Wed.) 8:00 p.m. – Small group meets. For more information talk to Darryl Drudge.
Dec. 12 (Wed.) 7:00 p.m. – Meeting at Karen Lebold’s for a Christmas gathering. For more info call Marilyn Steinmann.
Dec. 13 (Thurs.) 6:00 p.m. – Women’s group meeting at Shirley Dunford’s for a Christmas finger food potluck supper. For more information call Joy Wagler.
Dec. 13 (Thurs.) 7:30 p.m. – Video series “Truth Factor.” Discussing lesson 5. Meeting by the church library. For more information contact Wes Leis.
Dec. 11 (Tues.) 7:30 p.m. – Rockway Mennonite Collegiate Christmas Concert at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Kitchener.
Dec. 14 & 15 (Fri. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. & Sat. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) – Mennonite Central Committee Marketplace in the Atrium at 50 Kent Ave., Kitchener. Featuring Niska Artisans, Handmade for Change, Raw Carrot soups, comforters and more.
Dec. 14 (Fri.) 7:00 p.m. – “O Night Divine” Celebrate the music and message of Christmas with the 20-voice strong Menno Youth Singers at Mannheim Mennonite Church. See poster on bulletin board.
Dec. 16 (Sun.) 3:00 p.m. – Menno Singers is sponsoring a Messiah Sing-a-Long with orchestra and university music student soloists at St. Jacobs Mennonite Church, 1310 King St. N. Bring your score and join your voice part, or come and listen to your favourite choruses. Attendance is by donation with tax receipts available for donations over $20. www.mennosingers.com.
Dec. 18 (Tues.) 12 noon-2 p.m. – Wilmot Mennonite Church The Kitchen Table. Light lunch, conversation and friendship. Topic: Christmas Stories and Songs. Suggested donation of $10.
Dec. 18 (Tues.) 7:00 p.m. – Advent Jazz Vesper service at Conrad Grebel University College Chapel. All are welcome.
Dec. 21 (Fri.) – Longest Night of the Year Service at St. George’s Anglican Church, 3 Byron St., New Hamburg. 6:00 p.m. – soup supper; 7:00 p.m. – Service of Lament and Hope. A time to acknowledge our losses and our grief. See bulletin board for more details.
Jan. 31-Feb. 2 – Breslau Mennonite Church presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Tickets for this church-wide musical go on sale today at 11 a.m. at breslaumc.ca.
1. Pastoral Care. If you are in a crisis and would like a pastor to come to your home or the hospital, please contact any pastor during the evening or weekend, or call the church office during office hours, Tuesday – Friday, 8 – 4:30.
2. Raise the Roof! If you have ideas, suggestions or interest in helping with the upcoming Roof Replacement Project, please speak to Ron Gingerich (Property) or Brandon Gingerich (Vision Focus Team) soon.
3. Accessibility Discussion: If you have a concern or idea to improve accessibility here at Steinmann Church, please contact Brandon Gingerich or Sarah Winter.
4. You can help with the Wilmot Family Resource Centre’s Christmas Hamper program. Please bring knitted winter clothing and food bank items to offer during worship on December 2 and 9. Sponsor a hamper: contact the Centre for a family profile. Cash assists with items needed to complete hampers. Volunteer to help prepare hampers. Call 519.662.2731.
5. Men’s Black Toque winter retreat, Jan. 27-29. Sign-up sheet at mailboxes.
6. Vesper Springs Manor offers 25 affordable and some subsidized apartments for seniors in Baden. If you can serve on the board of directors please call 519.634.5872. See posting on bulletin board for more detail.
• Birthday congratulations to:
– Delores Swartzentruber who will be 80 on Thursday, December 6
– Leona Steinman who will be 97 on Friday, December 7
– Ethel Zehr who will be 86 on Friday, December 7
REMEMBER IN PRAYER
• Keith Bast, who is receiving care at St. Mary’s Hospital following a heart attack.
• Scott Wagler and his family, as Scott is having a procedure on Monday which will be the first of two surgeries that are treatments for kidney cancer.
• Pastor Steve, Lynelle and their family as Steve’s father, Norman Drudge, died Tuesday, November 27. Celebration of Life service was held at Markham Mennonite Church on Friday, November 30th.
• Nyle Iutzi, who is suffering from hip pain and is waiting for surgery.
• College and university students as they write exams.