February 5, 2023 Bulletin

Sunday, February 5, 2023




Call to Worship & Prayer

Hymns:     Summoned by the God Who Made Us     VT 1

Come Away from Rush and Hurry     VT 9


Children’s Time

Hymn:  Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord     VT 131

Scripture Mark 7:24-30

Sermon ”They Can’t Start Without You”

Hymn:  There is More Love Somewhere      VT 804


Witness and Resourcing Moment

Congregational Sharing & Prayer

Offering & Offertory


Hymn:  Guide My Feet     VT 816



Leading us in worship:
Worship Leader: Gladys Bender
Scripture reader: Carol Sararus
Children’s Time: Ashley Drudge, Pastor Ben Cassels
Congregational Prayer: Pastor Louise Wideman
Witness and Resourcing Moment: Cliff Kennel, Brandon Gingerich
Music: Delphine Schwartzentruber, Norma Iutzi
Sermon and Benediction: Pastor Ben Cassels (candidate)
AV: Mike Gingerich, Cliff Kennel

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

Kids Offering:  Mennonite Central Committee’s Ukraine Emergency Response, providing trauma healing, emergency housing, supplies and food packages.  https://bit.ly/3vMq9I1. Information: https://bit.ly/3VTqhQx

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

 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Q & A, in the sanctuary with Pastoral Candidate for Witness and Resourcing: Ben Cassels . This will be in person and Zoom.  Come find out more about Ben’s previous experience,   ministry, hopes and dreams for the larger church.

12 p.m. Potluck in Fellowship Hall. All are welcome. This is an opportunity to meet Pastoral Candidate for Witness and Resourcing: Ben Cassels

Next Sunday February 12
9:45 a.m. – Livestream and in-person worship in the sanctuary.
Scripture: Deuteronomy 30: 15-20
Speaker: Pastor Louise Wideman

Congregational Vote – Pastoral Candidate Ben Cassels

11 a.m. Zoom Coffee Time.

Congregational Life
Feb. 7 (Tues.) 9:15 a.m. Faith Formation Visioning

Feb. 7 (Tues) 4 – 5 p.m. & 7 p.m. Pickleball.

Feb. 7 (Tues.) 7 p.m. Finance Meeting, Fireplace room

Feb. 8 (Wed.) 12 noon – 2 p.m. “The Great Winter Warm-up”
Steinmann Mennonite Church is booked for 15 persons to knot comforters at The Material Resource Centre.  15 KNOTTERS NEEDED! Please let Ardys know if you plan to attend.

Feb. 9 (Thur.) 12:20 p.m. Ministerial meeting in the Fireplace room

Feb. 11 (Sat) 7 p.m. Family Fun Night. Bowling at the New Hamburg Lanes. Cancelled

Feb. 17 (Fri.)  TGIF event. For more info contact Darryl Drudge.

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

Feb. 22 (Wed.) 7 p.m. Plan to participate in our Ash Wednesday service. This intergenerational service of worship will mark the beginning of the season of Lent.

Jr. Youth & MYF
Feb 10 – 12. Overnight Youth Retreat at Hidden Acres. 6:30 pm Drop off

KidsLIFE (Grades 1-5)
Feb. 15 (Wed.) 6 – 7:30 p.m. Ways to share love with others.

Small Groups
Feb. 9 (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 92-100. 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 start meeting again at the church. Everyone is welcome.

Steinmann Hockey Team
Feb. 10 (Fri.) 10 p.m.  Steinmann @ Stratford (Wilmot Rec Complex)
Feb. 17 (Fri..) 10 p.m.  Steinmann @ East Zorra (Wilmot Rec Complex)

Wider Community
Feb. 5 (Sun.), 2- 5 pm. “Land, People, and Covenant (Treaty!): Rediscovering the Doctrine of Discovery”  seminar at Waterloo North Mennonite Church co funded by Steinmann Mennonite and other

congregations. Derek Suderman will lead reflections on the biblical and theological logic that grounded European “discovery” of the Indigenous people and their lands along with how it continues to reverberate today.

Feb. 5 (Sun.) 4 p.m. Spiritus Ensemble presents J.S. Bach, Cantata 182, ‘Himmelskoenig, sei willkommen’ (‘Welcome, king of heaven’) at The Church of St John the Evangelist, 23 Water Street North, Kitchener. Admission is free; donations are gratefully received.

Feb. 10 (Fri.), 7 p.m.. Shantz Mennonite Church presents the musical   Selah’s Song. The story of a young girl whose courage inspired a village and whose song became an anthem for peace. Admission by donation. https://fb.me/e/3cPvQaHnk

Feb. 15 (Wed.) Rockway Mennonite Collegiate,  Founders’ Day Celebrations. Visit www.rockway.ca/foundersday for more info.

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 23 (Thur.) 5 p.m. Are you in Gr. 10, 11, or 12? Interested in      attending University of Waterloo and staying at Conrad Grebel? You’re invited to UW’s family night, with a tour and supper at Grebel beforehand. To register for Grebel supper, email grebelstudentservices@uwaterloo.ca by Wednesday February 8th. To learn more about UW’s Grade 10 Family Night, see this website: http://bit.ly/40qmQEt

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.) 2:30pm, 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 13 (Mon.) Grandparent and Grandchild Day at Hidden Acres. Grades 1-6. Theme: God of Wonders: Discovering the Creator through space. www.hiddenacres.ca

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.

MCEC annual meeting will be held at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate, Friday evening April 28 and Saturday, April 29.  The theme:  Transformed, Inspired, Called.

Fraser Lake Camp seeks a Head Cook and Kitchen Volunteers. For details contact:  office@fraserlakecamp.com

Summer Camp Registrations and Staff Applications

Personal Notes
Pastor Steve will be on vacation until February 13th.

Congratulations to Mary Wagler who will be celebrating her 89th birthday on Saturday, February 11.

Remember in Prayer
Verna Schwartzentruber’s brother, Carl who is having prostate and bladder surgery on Tuesday.  Let us remember them in our prayers.

We give thanks that Kathryn Bender was released from the hospital and is recuperating at home.

Prayer for John & Helmi Wiebe.  Their son Samuel continues to struggle with his mental health. John also awaits prostate surgery date that has been delayed. The family seeks prayer support to find the inner strength to move forward on this path.

Steve Cox began an interim basis in the role of MCEC Events and Communications Coordinator. He brings many years of pastoral ministry along with communications and marketing expertise.

The Mennonite Church in Vietnam is experiencing tremendous growth. Pray for the Anabaptist Training Conference in Ho Chi Minh City, Feb. 8-10.

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