December 4, 2022 Bulletin

Sunday, December 4,  2022
An Unexpected Time:  Called to live with hope
Advent 2


Prelude               Darryl Drudge, Elaine Finney, Ben Winter
Several children will play piano pieces

Lighting of Advent candle               Scott Wagle
Larry & Pat Wagler

Bell calls us to silence               Rick Brenneman

Call to worship


Hymn        Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus       VT 218

Scripture presentation       Isaiah 11:1-10        Suzanne Bender

Hymn        We Dream of a Turning        VT  209


Children’s Time               Ardys Brenneman

Gift of music               Darryl Drudge, Elaine Finney, Ben Winter

Scripture Matthew  3:1-12               Rick Brenneman

Bell calls us to silence

 Sermon Hope in the wilderness               Pastor Louise Wideman


 Hymn        Prepare the Way! The Prophet Called        VT 220

Bell calls us to silence               Rick Brenneman

Confession: (unison)

Song of assurance        For You, O God, My Soul        VT 41

Congregational Sharing & Prayer               Pastor Sara Erb

Offering & offertory               Rick Brenneman

Hymn        Bless’d be the God of Israel        VT 223


Benediction               Pastor Louise Wideman

Postlude                     Delphine Schwartzentruber

Song Leader – Nancy Steinmann Yantzi
Accompanist – Delphine Schwartzentruber
AV – Cliff Kennel, Paul Hammer

An unsupervised nursery is available across from the washrooms for children ages 5 and under.

In person Coffee Time following the service.

Christian Education (Sunday School) for all ages,
Kid’s Sunday School 11:00-12 p.m., Adult Sunday School 11:15-12 p.m.

  • Children’s Sunday School (Age 2 – Gr. 4) – basement
  • Jr. Youth (Gr. 5-8) – *new* Jr Youth room (basement)
  • MYF (Gr. 9-12+) – youth room (basement)
  • Adult Ed. – Fellowship Hall
  • Coffee Time – small side of the Fellowship Hall.

 Kid’s Offering and December Special Offering:  Christmas Day Dinner for those alone or lonely, sponsored by Wilmot Family Resource Centre and local churches.

Experimenting with offering practice:  Since COVID, many people in the congregation are sending their tithes and offerings electronically through the week. This  practice has lessened the need for passing offering plates each Sunday.   We are trying a new way to receive offering Sunday mornings. You are invited to deposit envelops/money into an offering plate on the podium in the foyer as you arrive for worship – the offering plate will be closely monitored by the ushers during the service. During the offertory, children will bring their offerings forward to place in the basket.  Following the offertory, ushers will bring the offering forward for a prayer of blessing.

Next Sunday December 11 ADVENT 3
9:45 a.m. – Livestream and in-person worship in the sanctuary.
Theme:  An Unexpected Time: Called to wait wisely
Scripture: Isaiah 35:1-10; Matthew 11:2-11
Speaker: Pastor Sara Erb

Coffee Time in person

Congregational Life
Dec. 6 (Tues) 4-5 p.m. & 7 p.m. Pickleball. Note the additional time  for the people wanting to play earlier.

Dec. 7 (Wed.) Morning & afternoon – All women are invited to the church to knot comforters and/or quilt.  Christmas Potluck lunch.  Drinks provided

MYF (Grades 9-12+)
Dec. 9 (Fri) 7-10 p.m. Christmas Party.

Jr. Youth (Grades 5-8)
Dec. 14 (Wed.) Christmas Party.

KidsLIFE (Grades 1-5)
Dec. 7 (Wed.) 6:00—7:30 p.m.  All things Christmas—rescheduled

Small Groups
Dec. 13 (Tues.) 10 a.m. The Adult Bible Study led by Wes Leis will meet in the fireplace room at church. Everyone is welcome. Contact person: Wes Leis.

Dec. 8 (Thurs.) 10-11:30 a.m. – Women’s Bible study will be meeting in person and on Zoom this week. Studying “Expecting Emmanuel – Eight Women Who Prepared the Way”. Read pages 55-90. Questions – talk to Lynelle Drudge, Joy Wagler or Darlene Gingerich.

Steinmann Hockey Team
Dec. 9 (Fri.) 10 p.m.  Steinmann @ No Dekes  (Wilmot Rec Complex)
Dec. 16 (Fri.) 11 p.m.   Steinmann vs Stratford  (Wilmot Rec Complex)

Parents – treat bags for your College and University students are located above the coat rack at the main entrance. Care Team thanks all those persons who donated treats. You have blessed our students by letting them know the church is thinking of them. Thank you!

In this busy holiday season, the current Sunday morning Zoom Coffee time participants have agreed to take a break during the months of  Nov. and Dec.  They will revisit this practice in Jan. 2023.

Wider Community
Dec. 4 (Sun.) 3 p.m. Heart Cry Choir presents an a cappella Christmas concert at St. Agatha Catholic Church.

Dec. 4 (Sun.) 2:30 p.m. Tavistock Mennonite Church  presents An A Capella Christmas with The Twin City Harmonizer. Guest performer Chuckee Zehr. Tickets: $20/adults, $15/Youth/Students 13 and over, 12 and under, free.  For tickets or more information contact Alyssa at 519-655-2581, or

Dec. 4 (Sun) 3 p.m. Spiritus Ensemble perform Bach’s Christmas masterpiece, Christmas Oratorio at St Peter’s Lutheran Church, 49 Queen Street North, Kitchener. Tickets available at

Dec. 6 (Tues.) 12 – 1 p.m. Virtual information session for Conrad Grebel’s Master of Peace and Conflict Studies (MPACS). Registration required:

Dec. 6 (Tues.) 7:30 p.m. Rockway Mennonite Collegiate’s annual Christmas Concert at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Freewill offering.

Dec. 11 (Sun.) 3 p.m. Inter-Mennonite Children’s Choir present: Glory, Glory!, at St. Jacobs Mennonite Church. For more information and tickets

Dec. 11 (Sun.) 7:30 p.m. Menno Singers present a Service of Lessons and Carols at Trillium Lutheran Church in Waterloo. Admission by donation.

Dec. 15 (Thurs.) 7 p.m. Rockway Mennonite Church (47 Onward Avenue, Kitchener) presents Advent Jazz Vespers. For more information contact Pastor Ed Janzen,

Dec. 26 (Mon.) 12-4 p.m. Blood Donor Clinic at Steinmann Mennonite Church. Appointments are required. To book an appointment call 1-888-236-6283 or

If you or someone you know will be alone or lonely this Christmas, contact Wilmot Family Resource Centre at 519 662-2731 about a Christmas Day dinner.

Rockway Mennonite Collegiate is looking for local households (e.g. ideally within a 30 minute bus ride) to host an international student. To learn more, please contact Jill Sauer:

2023 Winter and Spring Retreats now open for registration:  Come to Silver Lake in 2023 for some fun camp experiences!  Dads & Kids, Snowshoe Hike, Women’s Retreat, Couples Retreat, Winter Camp for Grown-Ups, March Break Family Getaway, Youth Camp and Family Camp – there are options for all ages! Go to  for more info and to   register. These make fantastic Christmas gifts!

Over $9,000 was raised during Amish Bicentennial celebrations early this fall for MCC work with refugees, Indigenous programs and Ukraine.

Personal Notes
Congratulations to Delores Swartzentruber who is celebrating her 84th birthday on Tuesday, December 6 and Ethel Zehr who is celebrating her 90th birthday on Wednesday, December 7.

Remember in Prayer
Join Mennonite World Conference in prayer  for:

  • Needed and equitably distributed supplies for the many vulnerable displaced people in the Congo and the sustaining of a ceasefire
  • The capacity for peacemaking among Korean Christ followers wounded by war and separation from family
  • Leaders in Indian churches challenged by persecution and new believers choosing baptism
  • Strength and hope for people helping despairing and traumatized people in Ukraine.

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