Steinmann Mennonite Church
February 21, 2021
Lent: Deep Calls to Deep
Call to worship
Holy Lord VT 314
All who are thirsty VT 49
Spiritual Practice: Silence
Still my soul VT 603
I Sought the Lord VT 161
Leading Us in Worship:
Worship Leader & Prayer: David Martin
Music: Doris Martin
Children’s Time: Suzanne Bender
Sermon: Pastor Sara Erb
Testimony: Jon Lebold
Today (Sun.) 11:00 a.m. Adult Education
No coffee time this Sunday
Feb. 28 (Sun.) 11:00 a.m. coffee time
February’s Special Offering (formerly the Coin Offering) is for the House of Friendship’s annual Potato Blitz. To donate click Potato Blitz.
NEXT SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28
Lent: Deep Calls to Deep
9:45 a.m. Livestream and limited in-person worship
Lent 2: Deep in the woods: Called to deep commitment.
Scripture: Mark 8:31-38
Speaker: Pastor Steve Drudge
11:00 a.m. coffee time
COMING STEINMANN EVENTS
March 7 (Sun.) following the worship service. Annual General Meeting of the congregation on Zoom.
• Information booklets including a detailed meeting agenda will be emailed out next week and mailed out to those without email. Some printed copies will be available for pick up at the church during office hours.
• Those who attend worship in person may remain in person for the AGM. All others, please join via zoom after the worship service.
• In order to pass resolutions/votes, we need to have quorum. Your participation is vital in this work of the church. Please plan to attend either in person or via Zoom.
• Please send your questions in ahead of time. Asking questions ahead of time is especially important when most of us cannot meet in person. Finance questions can be sent to VFT Secretary Treasurer Dwight Brenneman; all other general inquires can be sent to VFT Chair Steve Wagler.
Feb. 22 (Mon.) 7 p.m. Learn how local faith communities can work for climate justice with Christine Boyle – a city councillor and United Church Minister in Vancouver, and a driving force for climate action by faith communities and municipal governments. To register or find out more visit: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/50by30-faith-tickets-137440118093
Feb. 24 (Wed.) 7:00 – 8:30 PM (CST) Face2Face | Who Cares? The elderly among us… COVID-19 has exposed cracks in our systems of care, and shed light on our understandings of aging, revealing how we value older adults in our communities. Be part of a critically important conversation involving the Director of a Personal Care Home, two Indigenous Elders, and two seniors as they open new insights on realities faced by seniors in our communities and churches. Go to www.cmu.ca/face2face for more information.
Haudenosaunee Land Defenders continue to stay on reclaimed land near Six Nations, Ontario. They demand a halt to development without the Six Nations community’s consent. If you would like to contribute to a meal for the Land Defenders on March 12 please contact Gladys Bender for details. firstname.lastname@example.org. Several church communities are contributing each week to show support. Thanks to the generosity of many people we have provided 2 meals.
We are returning to hybrid Sunday worship services – limiting our gathering in person to under 30% of capacity. Priority for in-person worship will be given to those who do not have access to livestream, who live alone, and/or have limited contact outside their households during the week. All others, please continue to access the livestream as before. COVID-19 and more transmissible variants are present in our community; our continued vigilance will help to keep everyone safe.
Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support has decided on a new name and more distinct brand: Compass Refugee Centre. Assist. Accompany. Advocate. Read more in ANNUAL REPORT.
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) has been asked to sponsor 600 refugees this year but will not be able to due to government limitations as well as MCC’s capacity. Please pray for God’s guidance and wisdom as they make some difficult decisions for this vulnerable population. MCC is thankful for the outpouring of compassion as many people in our communities want to help refugees come to a place where they can live in peace.
MCC partners and local communities across the globe engage in peacebuilding to address some of the complex reasons why people are forced to leave their home. No one should be forced to flee their home in the first place. Send a letter to your MP. Ask them to address some of the root causes of forced displacement. Learn more at mcccanada.ca/forced-migration.
REMEMBER IN PRAYER
A funeral service for Paul Helmuth was held on Thursday afternoon and is available on the church website. Please continue to pray for his family.
Pray for strength, courage and peace for Ken & Helen Boshart as Ken continues to receive care in ICU at Grand River Hospital.
Please pray for Ray and Rose McAllister. Rose expected emergency surgery on Friday.