December 3, 2023 Bulletin

How will we know?
Advent 1
Sunday December 3, 2023

Carol Sing Prelude: (9:30am-9:45am )

Call to Worship & Prayer

Advent Hymn & Candle Lighting:  Hope is a Candle     VT 211

Scripture: Mark 13:32-37

Children’s Time:

Hymn: O Come, O Come, Immanuel (v 1, 4, 6, 7)     VT 210


Hymn of the month:  Poor of the Earth     VT 213

Scripture: Isaiah 64:1-8

Sermon: How long, O Lord?

Reflection Question: “When was a time you were waiting for God?”

Hymn: Beauty for Brokenness     VT 712

Congregational Sharing & Prayer



Hymn: Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus      VT 218



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

Leading us in worship:
Worship Leader: Darryl Drudge
Accompanist: Doris Martin
Song Leader: Nancy Steinmann Yantzi
Children’s Time: Joanne Schwartzentruber
Dramatic Reading: Karen Lebold & Sue Kennel
Candle Lighters: Jim & Carolyn Steckle & family
Sound & A/V: Cliff Kennel and Mike Gingerich
Congregational Prayer: Pastor Louise Wideman
Preacher: Pastor Ben Cassels

December Coin Collection & Special Offering is in support of the Christmas Day Dinner for those alone or lonely, sponsored by Wilmot Family Resource Centre and local churches.

Hats & Mittens Offering: Every week through Advent we are invited to bring offerings of hats & mittens that will be donated. These can be given to children during the Offering, who can then bring them to the front to hang on the tree

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

Christian Education (Sunday School) for all ages:
11:00 – 12 p.m. Children’s Sunday School (Age 2 – Gr. 4), basement
11:15 – 12 p.m. Jr. Youth (Gr. 5-8) & MYF (Gr. 9-12+), basement
Adult Ed. in the Fireplace Room: Sunday, December  3rd – Eating Like a Mennonite; Sunday, December 10th – Our Food Stories

11:00 a.m. Zoom Coffee Time.

Next Sunday December 10 Advent 2
9:45 a.m.  Livestream and in-person worship in the sanctuary.
Scripture:  Isaiah 40:1-11; Mark 1:1-8
Speaker:  Pastor Louise Wideman

Congregational Life
Advent Brochure is in your church mailbox.

Christmas choir rehearsals:  Sunday, December 3 – 5:30 pm; Sunday, December 10 – 7:30 pm (note time change).

Christmas Instrumental Ensemble rehearsals: Sunday, December 10 – 12 to 1 p.m.; Sunday, December 17 – 12 to– 1 p.m.; Tuesday, December 19 – 7 to 8 p.m.  For more information contact Norma Iutzi.

Dec. 5 (Tues.) 4 – 5 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Pickleball.

Dec. 6 (Wed.) Morning & afternoon  – All women invited to the church to knot comforters and/or quilt.  Festive potluck lunch, bring a dish to share.  Drinks provided.

MYF (Grades 9-12+)
Dec 8 (Fri.) 5:30-7:30 p.m. volunteering at Wilmot Family Resource Centre. Meet there, wear closed toed shoes.
Dec. 15 (Fri.) 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.  Christmas Party at Chris & Elaine Finnie’s home
Save the date: Jan 5 – 6, MYF Lock-In at the church.

Jr. Youth (Grades 5-8)
Dec 12 (Tues.) 6:30 – 8 p.m.  Christmas Party at the church.

KidsLIFE (Grades 1-5)
Dec. 6 (Wed.), 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.   All Things Christmas

Small Groups
Dec. 12 (Tues.) 10 a.m. The Adult Bible Study led by Wes Leis will meet in the fireplace room. Studying “Exploring the New Testament”. Everyone is welcome.

Dec. 7 (Thurs.) 10:00 a.m. – Women’s Bible study group meeting at the church in the Fireplace area. Read chapter 3 of “Let The Light In”. All women are welcome. Contact person – Darlene Gingerich.

Personal Notes
Congratulations to Delores Swartzentruber who is celebrating her 85th birthday on Wednesday,  December 6 and congratulations to Ethel Zehr who is celebrating her 91st birthday on Thursday, December 7.

Remember in Prayer
Continue to remember Ralph Gingerich and family as they remember Louise.  Her memorial service took place here yesterday.

Tasha Steckle has completed chemo treatment and awaits further tests in the new year.  She appreciates the ways that this congregation extended support to her and her family in the last number of months through prayer and meals.  Tasha requests our ongoing prayer support for her journey. 

Larry Wagler was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma in his lung.  Let us extend our support to Larry and Pat through prayer, email and cards at this time.

This week join Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (MCEC) in prayer for  East Zorra Mennonite Church. , Tavistock,  ON.

Wider Community
Dec. 5 (Tues.) 7:30 p.m. Rockway Mennonite Collegiate’s Christmas  Concert, at First United Church, Waterloo.

Dec. 7 (Thur.) 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Bereaved Families of Ontario and Interfaith Counselling Centre presents Coping with Special Days, grief education session. Register at

Dec. 10 (Sun.) 3 p.m.. Menno Singers and Mennonite Mass Choir present Handel’s Messiah  a 230 voice choir. Tickets  at the Centre in the Square Box Office.

Dec. 11 (Mon.) 7:30 p.m. Pastors in Exile (PiE; a ministry to Young Adults exploring faith) is hosting an Advent Hymn Sing at WK United Mennonite Church. This event will also serve as PiE Pastor Steph Chandler Burns’ licensing towards ordination service. Join us to sing and celebrate the upcoming Christmas season while also supporting Steph in this next step in ministry. PiE supporters of all ages are welcome at this celebration!

Dec. 16 (Sat.) 3 p.m. Rockway Mennonite Church presents Dickens comes to Rockway! Actor John Huston (Civilized) brings his character, Charles Dickens, to Rockway and lead us in an afternoon of Christmas theatre. Pay-what-you-can donations at the door. You are invited to bring a plate of goodies to share. Hot drinks will be provided. Email with questions.

Dec. 17 (Sun.) 3 p.m. The Inter-Mennonite Children’s Choir presents: Tell the News! at St. Jacobs Mennonite Church. Tickets: $12 for Adults and $5 for children ages 5-18  available from a chorister or at the door. For more information:

Dec. 25 (Mon.) at 12 p.m. Wilmot Family Resource Centre (WFRC), in partnership with the Wilmot Ecumenical Ministerial, is hosting a FREE, SIT-DOWN Christmas Dinner for those in Wilmot and Wellesley who are alone or lonely on Christmas Day at Steinmann Mennonite Church.  Contact WFRC by December 15th for reservations information: or 519.662.2731.

The Inter-Mennonite Children’s choir is inviting additional choristers to start singing with us in January 2024. For more information, registration information and choir fees can be found at: The registration deadline is December 15th.