February 19, 2023

February 19, 2023

Exalting God


Call to Worship

You Are Exalted     VT 86

God, Be the Love     VT 43

Listening to God

Children’s time

When We Walk with the Lord     VT 570

Matthew 17:1-9

Sermon: Listen to the Beloved Son

Responding to What We Hear

Lord Jesus, You Shall Be My Song, verses 1-3     VT 581

Congregational Prayer

Worship and Care Moment



Sent by God

Move in our Midst     VT 827



Leading us in worship:
Worship & Prayer Leader: Janessa Otto
Pianist: Lorie Yantzi Song Leader: Norma Iutzi
Children’s Time: Jessie Gingerich Reader: Esther Kennel
Sermon: Pastor Steve Drudge
A/V: Steve Carter, Paul Hammer

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

Kids Offering:  Mennonite Central Committee’s Ukraine Emergency Response: https://bit.ly/3vMq9I1. NEW update from a recent trip to Ukraine: http://bit.ly/3XyJcRz

February Special Offering: House of Friendship’s ShelterCare Move-In Fund. During February about 100 of the most unwell men in our Region will gradually move into a new, innovative place for dignified, wrap-around 24/7 care. (We get to be part of this step!) https://bit.ly/3kA1sMI

Coffee, tea & juice 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., Fellowship Hall

Feb. 22 (Wed.) 7 p.m. Ash Wednesday, February 22, is the first day of the season of Lent. There will be an intergenerational worship service in the Fellowship Hall beginning at 7:00 pm.  This short service will include scripture, music, and imposition of ashes.  All are welcome.

Next Sunday February 26 – Lent 1
9:45 a.m. – Livestream and in-person worship in the sanctuary.
Scripture:  Matthew 4:1-11
Speaker: Pastor Sara Erb
11 a.m. Zoom Coffee Time.
11:15 a.m. AGM Information session re: by law amendments and 2023 congregational spending plan, in the fellowship hall during Adult education.

Congregational Life
Feb.21 (Tues) The church office will be closed in lieu of Family Day.

Feb. 21 (Tues.) 2 p.m. Care Team invites all lay visitors to a meeting in the Fireplace Room.

Feb. 21 (Tues) 4 – 5 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Pickleball.

Feb. 28 (Tues.) 7 p.m. AGM Information session, on Zoom.

March 5 (Sun.) 12:00 p.m. AGM in-person & Zoom. Report books including the agenda are available on the table in the main hallway.

MYF & Jr. Youth Chili lunch prior to the meeting

Oct. 13-14 (Fri. – Sat.) Women’s Retreat. Save the date.  Watch for more details.  Organizer: Sandy Scheerer.

Jr. Youth & MYF
Feb 24 (Fri.) potentially tubing at Chicopee. Watch your emails for  details.

MYF (Grades 9-12+)
Mar 3 (Fri.) & 5 (Sun.): Chili fundraiser. Prepping the chili Friday night at 7pm. Serving and clean up during the AGM on Sunday.

Jr. Youth (Grades 5-8)
March 5 (Sun.): Chili Fundraiser – helping to serve and clean up during the AGM.

KidsLIFE (Grades 1-5)
March 1 (Wed.) 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Small Groups
Feb. 23 (Thurs.) 10-11:30 a.m. – Women’s Bible study will be meeting in person and on Zoom. Studying “Expecting Emmanuel – Eight Women Who Prepared the Way”. Read pages 98-109. Questions – talk to Lynelle Drudge, Joy Wagler or Darlene Gingerich.

Feb. 28 (Tues.) 10 a.m. The Adult Bible Study led by Wes Leis will meet in the old board room  at the church. Studying “The Uniqueness of Jesus”. Everyone is welcome.

Steinmann Hockey Team
Feb. 24 (Fri.) 9 p.m.  Steinmann vs. Creekside JBS  (Wilmot Rec Complex)

Wider Community
Feb 20 (Mon.) 10 – 3:30 p.m. Family Day Open House at Hidden Acres (free). Including Pretzel making, roasting bannock, sledding, skating, games and more. RSVP to info@hiddenacres.ca

Feb. 20 (Mon.) 2 – 8 p.m. Blood Donor Clinic at Steinmann Mennonite Church. Appointments are required. To book an appointment call 1-888-236-6283 or https://www.blood.ca/en

Feb. 22 (Wed.) 6:30 p.m.  MCC webinar on supporting First Nations’ efforts to obtain safe drinking water. Register at http://bit.ly/3HV1p60.

Feb. 23 (Thur.) 9 a.m. Tractor Breakfast, fundraising for the restoration of the tractor being donated to MCC.  If interested in attending contact Dawna in the church by Wednesday morning.

Feb. 25 (Sat.) The Coldest Night of the Year is a winterrific family-friendly walk to raise money for local charities serving people experiencing hurt, hunger, and homelessness. Join our Steinmann Team to help, fundraise, walk, and gather for good… because it’s cold out there. For more information about the event please get in touch with Elaine Finnie at froesee@gmail.com To donate, http://bit.ly/3wRcWhG .

Feb. 26 (Sun.) 2:30 pm, St Jacobs Mennonite Church (1310 King St North, St Jacobs). Book launch, These Songs We Sing: Reflections on the Hymns We Have Loved, by Carla Klassen. (Pandora Press https://www.pandorapress.com/#/ ). Admission by donation.

March 3-5  Pastors In Exile Winter Camp for Grownups – young adults (in their 20s or 30s) – with Steph (PiE pastor) and Silver Lake Mennonite Camp. Details and registration: http://bit.ly/3Ea1GAN.

March 13 (Mon.) Grandparent and Grandchild Day at Hidden Acres. Grades 1-6. Theme: God of Wonders: Discovering the Creator through space. www.hiddenacres.ca

March 4 ((Sat.) 5:30 p.m. MEDA, The Waterloo Network Hub will host their   Annual Spring Banquet, at Shantz Mennonite Church, 2473 Erbs Rd, Baden.  Register by Feb. 24 at http://bit.ly/3Xw9wvC

June 4-7 International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality, hosted by Conrad Grebel. Registration is now open. Early bird pricing available until Mar 18. Visit uwaterloo.ca/ageing-spirituality/ for more information and to register.

Silver Lake Mennonite Camp: Winter and Spring Retreats:  Winter Camp for Grown-Ups (Mar 3-5), March Break Family Getaway (Mar 14-17). Go to https://bit.ly/3ugT85T for more info and to register.

Elmira Mennonite Church  (EMC)is accepting applications for their Ministry Inquiry Program (MIP). The MIP offers post-secondary students the opportunity to explore pastoral work in a congregational setting through a summer job lasting 8-16 weeks. This position pays minimum wage. The MIP job description and application form are available by contacting EMC Office Administrator at 519-669-5123 or admin@elmiramennonite.ca. Application deadline is March 1, 2023. Please note preference will be given to applicants from Elmira Mennonite Church and those affiliated with a Mennonite Church Canada congregation.

Personal Notes
Pastor Sara will be on vacation until Feb 21.

Pastor Louise is taking today as her quarterly Sunday off.

Remember in Prayer
Pray for witnesses to God’s peace and an end to injustices amid heightened conflict in Israel/Palestine.

MCC Ontario thanks us for our partnership as “evidence of God’s faithfulness and provision despite great uncertainty.” In 2022 through designated offerings we gave $7,559.73, including $1,209.33 for the Ukraine Crisis – a fraction of total giving because so many give directly online.

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