January 27, 2019
Hospitality is a relationship of giving and receiving.
As God welcomes each of us, we step out in risk and trust
to give and receive welcome in the world.
Call to worship
Here to the house of God we come SS 53
Praise with joy the world’s Creator SJ 16
You’ve got a place SJ 4
For we are strangers no more HWB 322
Children’s Sunday School begins
Go, my friends, in grace SS 57
A supervised nursery for children 5 and under is across from the washrooms. Supervisors: Chris Lebold, Sandy Scheerer. A quieter unsupervised nursery is available in Room 113 (office hallway).
Leading Us In Worship:
Preservice, offertory – Doris Martin, Michael Gingerich
Worship leader, congregational prayer – Shirley Kennel
Song leader – Tim Miller Dyck
Organist – Jean Gingerich
Pianist – Doris Martin
Children’s time – Kim Lichti
Scripture – Pastor Myrna Miller Dyck
Speakers – Janessa Otto, Shirley Dunford, Dianne Satchell, Sandi Roth
10:30 a.m. – Children’s Sunday School (preschool to grade 7). Meeting downstairs rather than the gym today.
Coffee, tea & juice will be served in the fellowship hall following the service.
Youth class: lower level room # 004.
Adult class: “The Spiritual Practice of Hospitality”
Gather in the south side of the fellowship hall to hear a panel share their reflections on Newcomer Resettlement in our community followed by a video called Radical Hospitality. Please meet promptly at 11:15.
Noon – ʹGuess Who’s Coming to Dinnerʹ
Monday (church office closed)
Tuesday 7:15 p.m. – Worship Committee meets.
12:30 p.m. – Free concert in the Chapel at Conrad Grebel.
2:00 p.m. – MennoHomes’ Annual General Meeting, 50 Kent Ave. Kitchener. www.mennohomes.com.
7-8:15 p.m. – An evening of comedy and music at Avon Mennonite Church, 90 Greenwood Drive, Stratford. Freewill offering. https://www.saraweber.ca/
7:00 p.m. – Carla Helmuth will share about Kenya and her upcoming trip back. All are welcome.
9:30 a.m. – Preservice music
9:45 a.m. – Practicing Faith, worship series of spiritual habits.
Gratitude: Giving Thanks.
Scripture: Luke 17:11-19
Sermon: Pastor Steve Drudge
10:30 – Children’s Christian education
11:15 – Adult Christian education. Sherri Grosz from Abundance Canada.
Jan. 30 (Wed.) 7:00 p.m. – Meeting at Don & Marilyn Steinmann’s. For more information call Marilyn Steinmann.
Jan. 30 (Wed.) 8:00 p.m. – Small group meets. For more information talk to Darryl Drudge.
Feb. 7 (Thurs.) 6:30 p.m. – Women’s group meeting in room 004. Read chapter 7 of “Four Gifts.” For more information call Joy Wagler.
JR. YOUTH (Grade 5-7)
Jan. 30 (Wed.) 6-8 p.m. – Our first Jr. Youth event will be a games night at Ryan and Sara Roth’s, and skating if the weather is good. Bring games to play, skates, and dress for being outdoors.
MYF (High School)
Jan. 27 (Today) – Guess who’s coming to dinner all church event.
Feb. 1 (Fri.) 7 p.m. – Family Dinner at Pastor Myrna & Tim’s house.
Feb. 22 (Fri.) 7-9:30 p.m. – Square Dancing at W-O.
Worship and Adult Education Series: Practicing faith
Over the next weeks we will be journeying through a variety of spiritual practices which help to draw each of us into a living relationship with God. Each week you will be encouraged to explore a practice related to that theme on your own. Hopefully, you will find a practice which you can engage with during Lent.
Jan 13 Practicing Faith, an Introduction
Worship: Matthew 6:19-25,33, Pastor Steve
Adult Ed: Panel on living spiritually
Jan 20 Prayer: Tuning In
Worship: Luke 11:1-13, Pastor Sara, Communion
Adult Ed: Prayer Practices
Jan 27 Hospitality: Reaching Outward, Drawing Inward
Worship: Luke 14:7-14. Reflections on Hospitality
Adult Ed: Reflections on Refugee Sponsorship
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
Feb 3 Gratitude: Giving Thanks
Worship: Luke 17:11-19, Pastor Steve
Adult Ed: Sherri Grosz from Abundance Canada
Feb 10 Scripture Study: Digging Deeply
Worship: John 5:39-40, Pastor Myrna
Adult Ed: Exploring Lectio Divina
Feb 17 Spiritual Companions: Walking Together
Worship: John 15:12-17, Pastor Steve
Adult Ed: Exploring our own Spiritual Shepherds
Feb 24 Fasting: Making Room
Worship: John 6:27-35, Pastor Sara
Adult Ed: Reflection and Prayer
Mar 3 Celebration: Enjoying Life
Annual General Meeting, Pastor Myrna
For a list of possible spiritual practices or a worksheet on the rule of life, see handout on the table by mailboxes or go to goo.gl/ThRnNi.
Feb. 8-10 – Women’s Retreat at Silver Lake Mennonite Camp. A Wild Heart: living the paradox of love in our lives. For more information and to register visit www.slmc.ca/retreats or call 519.422.3200.
Feb. 9 (Sat.) 8:15 a.m. – Mennonite Women of Wilmot Cluster Winter Breakfast at Nith Valley Mennonite Church. Cost: $10 at the door. Sign-up sheet is by the mailboxes. See poster on bulletin board.
Feb. 9 (Sat.) 7:30 p.m. – Menno Singers concert, “Emancipation” at Trillium Lutheran, 22 Willow St., Waterloo. Tickets: $20/adult, $5/child/student and can be purchased at the door. See bulletin board.
Upcoming Church Potlucks
February 10: Soup, Sandwiches & Sweets. Make the winter days a bit better with a warm bowl of soup!
February 17: Family recipes. Celebrate Family Day by making food from recipes handed down from your parents and grandparents.
Potlucks sponsored by the Care Team. Please bring your own tableware and food to share.
Feb. 14 (Thurs.) 7-9 p.m. – Celebrating Love: In our relationships, families and friendships at The Jazz Room, Waterloo. Music, appetizers, and good company, as we celebrate the connections in our lives. Dinner and beverages also available for purchase. Hosted by Shalom Counselling Services. Tickets: $20. Call 519.886.9690 or www.shalomcounselling.org/love.
Feb. 18 (Mon.) 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. – Free Family Day Open House at Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp. Pretzel-making, roasting bannock around the fire, sledding, skating, games, puzzles, crafts, ping-pong and more! Choose a hot lunch for $3/person or bring a bagged lunch (peanut-free). RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519.625.8602. See poster or www.hiddenacres.ca for more details.
Feb. 21 (Thurs.) 5:30 p.m. – Conrad Grebel invites Grade 10 students to attend the University of Waterloo Grade 10 Family Night. Have a free pizza supper, meet current students, and learn about Grebel!
Visit UWaterloo to learn about how to prepare for university. Email email@example.com by Thursday, February 14.
March 1 (Fri.) 6:45 p.m. – Church Bowling at Riverside Lanes, New Hamburg. Sign-up sheet is by the church mailboxes. Cost: $9/game and includes shoes.
1. Serenades for Sam: Music has a powerful effect on the brain. It can promote pain reduction, stress relief and memory skills. Consider supporting “Serenades for Sam,” a project named after Sam Gingerich, who experienced tangible benefits from music while in hospital. Let’s bring the power of music to others affected by stroke and brain injuries! Donations will help compensate John Wiebe for his work providing music to patients. If you wish to contribute, contact Lynn Yantzi: 519.662.2580 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp Bowl-a-thon fundraiser. Anthony Helmuth will be collecting donations.
3. Join Dr. Irma Fast Dueck at Grebel as she addresses the topic of “Take me to the Waters: Baptism, Commitment, and the Church.” Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. titled “Like a Fish in Water: Reclaiming Baptism in an Anabaptist Church,” and will facilitate a youth panel discussion on Friday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. on “Taking the Plunge: Young Adults and the Church.” grebel.ca/bechtel
4. Some of you have taken time to colour the mandalas on the front of the bulletin during our Practicing Faith series. You are invited to hang them on the wall so that all of us can benefit from the beauty that this practice can produce. – Ad hoc worship planning committee
5. To donate to the House of Friendship Potato Blitz call Shelley at 519.742.8327 ext. 131 or www.houseoffriendship.org. See bulletin board for more details.
Shirley Dunford will participate in a Mission Trip to Shirati, Tanzania with CACHA (Canada Africa Community Health Alliance), Feb. 9 – March 5. Team members will upgrade the Laboratory at Shirati Hospital and the Water Purification System for the hospital and surrounding community. Others will support “Help the Children of Tanzania” projects by teaching, working with women’s groups who have started co-operatives to provide income for their families, and helping in many other ways to improve the lives of families. For more information and to contribute charitable support for the team’s work, search online for Shirati Hospital Infrastructure Mission 2019. Cheques can be sent to CACHA, #317, 2310 St. Laurent Blvd. Ottawa, ON K1G 5H9. Pray that the team’s presence will be a blessing to those they meet and work with, that they will reflect God’s love in their interactions, and for good health and safety.
REMEMBER IN PRAYER
• Nyle Iutzi who is recovering from hip surgery at Freeport Hospital.