January 16, 2022 Bulletin

Sunday, January 16, 2022
“Peter and a Donkey”
(building resiliency, how to bend but not break in the storm)


Call to worship and Prayer

O God, Our Refuge   VT 434

My Life Flows On   VT 605

Matthew 16:13-20, Matthew 26:31-46, Psalm 31:1-5


My Hope is Built   VT 621

Congregational Prayer



Lead Me, Guide Me   VT 601



Leading Us in Worship:
Prelude/Postlude: Recorded Music
Worship Leader: Gladys Bender
Children’s Time: Pastor Liz Weber
Sermon: Susan Schwartzentruber
Congregational Prayer: Pastor Liz Weber
Livestream: Paul Hammer

11:00 a.m. Adult Ed. on Zoom. Exploring mental health and sermon discussion, facilitated by Janessa Otto. (No Coffee Time)

COVID Guidelines for Worship

  • Please wear a mask
  • Please hum, sway, or tap your foot rather than singing
  • After the service, remain seated until an usher dismisses you
  • Remain physically distanced as you leave.
  • An offering plate is located at the back of the fellowship hall
  • Tables and colouring sheets provided for young families.
  • We are prioritizing air flow. You might feel air movement.

January Special Offering:  Mennonite World Conference invites donations to “love neighbours, share vaccines” through UNICEF at https://bit.ly/3ELSmR8.  Vaccination rates in many parts of the world are still very low.

Next Sunday January 23
9:45 a.m. Livestream and in-person worship in the fellowship hall
Transformed by Jesus Worship Series
Theme: Miracles, Healings, and the Heart of Jesus
Scripture: Mark 10:46-52
Speaker: Pastor Sara Erb

11:00 a.m.  Coffee Time on Zoom

11:00 a.m.  Kids Sunday School on Zoom (Ages 2 – Gr. 5)

Congregational Events
Jan 18 (Tues.) 7:30 p.m. Worship Committee Meeting on Zoom

Jan 21 (Fri.)  7:00 p.m. MYF event on Zoom

Jan. 20  (Thurs.) 3:30 p.m.. Pastor Congregation Relations Committee

The two sessions of Grief Support planned for January have been postponed until we can meet in person.

Given the new COVID restrictions, the church is closed. If you need access to the building, please be in touch with Dawna about scheduling a time. Dawna and Wendy can still be reached via the church phone   number.  Pastors can be contacted by email, leaving a message at the church, or personal phone numbers.

Those who are able are encouraged to participate in worship services via livestream, prioritizing in-person worship for those who live alone and/or have limited access to livestream, along with those involved in leading the service.

Community Events
Jan. 20 (Thurs.) to March 17, (Thurs.) 8 p.m.  Creator’s Call in a Climate Emergency: a Mennonite Church Canada Community Learning Series. Explore decarbonization and decolonization. See details and register at https://bit.ly/3n3UdLk.

Jan. 22 (Sat.) 9 a.m.. – 12 p.m.
MCEC’s Pastors, Chaplains and Congregational Leaders Workshop (on Zoom). Facing our Grief and Living with our Anxiety with Rev. Sunder John Boopalan (Associate Professor at Canadian Mennonite University). More details, and to register: https://bit.ly/3rbsEko 

We celebrate with House of Friendship that ShelterCare has a new home! See much more information at https://bit.ly/31Zz9hI.

Ken Hofstetter had given notice of his intended retirement as Cemetery Coordinator as of December 31, 2021. Ken has agreed to continue and train until  full replacement for this position has been totally finalized. Currently we have invited Mike Roth to job shadow/train under Ken to confirm his desire for this position. While other interest has been expressed for the second person position, we have not finalized at this time.

Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp is hiring an Assistant Director (application deadline January 25) and our Summer Camp Staff Team (application deadline: February 14). For more information or to apply, go to www.hiddenacres.ca or contact Chris Pot at 519-625-8602 or chrispot@hiddenacres.ca

Remember in Prayer
Pray for the family of Nyle Iutzi who passed on Tuesday evening. A funeral service has been postponed for now.

Brad Loree is grateful for your prayers and for positive postsurgical reports.

Students, parents, and teachers as they navigate online learning.

Pray for Bear Skin Lake First Nation with whom MCC has partnered in a gardening project. Close to half of the 400 members are infected by a COVID outbreak. – Mennonite Central Committee.

Pray for the more than 400 Mennonite churches as well as emerging churches and all people living in the violence, destruction and famine-like conditions in north and west Ethiopia.