January 30, 2022 Bulletin

Sunday, January 30, 2022
Transformed by Jesus: Stories


Call to worship and Prayer

God of the Bible  VT 420

Be a Sower  VT 789

Children’s Time

Matthew 13:1-23, 31-35

Sermon: Listen! – Jesus as a Storyteller

I Love to Tell the Story  VT 761

Litany of Installation for Pastor Liz

Congregational Prayer



Seeds  VT 777



Leading Us in Worship:
Prelude/Postlude:   Delphine Schwartzentruber
Worship Leader:   Suzanne Bender
Sermon:         Pastor Liz Weber
Children’s Time:  David Martin
Congregational Prayer:    Suzanne Bender
Livestream:        Paul Hammer

11:00 a.m.  Adult Education on Zoom
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 sanctuary

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 February 6
9:45 a.m. Livestream and in-person worship in the fellowship hall
Transformed by Jesus Worship Series
Theme: Jesus calls out failures and excesses of religious leaders
Background reading: Mark 2:13 – 3:6
Speaker: Pastor Steve Drudge

11:00 a.m. Coffee Time on Zoom

Congregational Life
We encourage those who are able to livestream the service to join us online. For those who have limited access to internet, live alone, or otherwise find benefit from attending in person, you are welcome.

With the changing regulations, Church Office Staff will be working from the church building periodically. Committees and groups are still encouraged to use Zoom if and when possible. If you are needing access to the building, please call the church ahead of time to ensure someone is there. And if you are feeling unwell, please stay at home and take care of yourself.

Feb. 2 (Wed.) 9 a.m. – noon and 1 – 4 p.m. Women are invited to the church to knot comforters and/or quilt. Lunch at Schmidtsville Restaurant. Please sign in when you arrive, wear a mask and keep 2 meters apart. If you are feeling unwell, please take care of yourself at home.

March 6 (Sun.) 11:00 a.m. Annual General Meeting , mark your calendar.  Hybrid format again this year.

Community Events
Feb 9 (Wed.), 8 – 9 p.m. Virtual Winter Getaway to the Philippines with guides Dann and Joji Pantoja, Mennonite Church Canada Witness Workers. Tour Mindanao, visit Peace and Reconciliation Teams and Coffee for Peace. Brochure and ticket information: https://www.mennonitechurch.ca/event/12762. Note: Our monthly special offering in March will support this work.

Feb  9 and 16  (Wed.) from 6-8p.m., online, join the MCC Indigenous Neighbours team for a time of storytelling and stitching with Niska artisan Debbie Proulx-Buffalo. Learn how to bead an Every Child Matters pin. Cost is $50. Register by January 31 to receive your sewing kit in the mail. To register, go to mcco.ca/events

Feb. 18 (Fri.) 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. Stolen lands, Strong Hearts is a film about a devastating decision which continues to profoundly impact Indigenous and Settler relationships today.  Contact Dawna at office@smchurch.ca  or 519-634-8311 to register.

Feb. 22-24 This year’s Mennonite Central Committee Peace & Justice Student Seminar, Is our climate polarized? Building bridges for our shared future, will be a hybrid event. Students will engage with parliamentarians, policy experts and others to learn about addressing the impacts of climate change in their communities and around the globe. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/33SCzTK

Coldest Night of the Year 2022February 26 (Sat.) is the virtual Coldest Night of the Year walk in support of Wilmot Family Resource Centre. If you are interested in joining SMC’s Team – the SMC Strollers (Note the name change),  or want more details, please contact Kim Lichti by phone, text or email ( 519-662-1623, kimlichti@hotmail.com).  All ages are welcome to this family friendly event! More information: bit.ly/3FMOXlA

Anyone interested in helping to quilt the Relief Sale quilt can call the church office and book a time on Fridays when Dawna is in the office, a maximum of 2 people at a time.  Masks are to be worn at all times and 2 meter distancing observed.

The Vision Focus Team has formed an Adhoc committee to review the support and resourcing for hourly paid staff (i.e. office admin, accountant, and custodians) along with volunteers such as Property Coordinating Team (Kitchen, Cemetery, IT/Tech, Property Management), and Finance committee. This Adhoc will also consider the role Staff Support Committee plays within each of these committees and the non-pastoral staff they support. If you have any questions or ideas, please reach out to a committee member: Brandon Gingerich (Property), Carol Sararus (Staff Support), David Martin (Finance), Pastor Steve Drudge, and Steve Wagler (VFT).

Conrad Grebel University College is hosting Virtual Noon Hour Concerts, March Virtual Open House, a new Spirituality and Aging webinar, and the 2022 Bechtel Lecture: On Dwelling: Shelters in Place and Time, with fantasy author Dr. Sofia Samatar. Details at: grebel.ca/events

Xplore: At the Intersection of Faith and Life. A 55-Plus enrichment program, Xplore offers courses that investigate dimensions of the Christian faith, our world, and life in it. All without any assignments or examinations! Xplore happens in a six-week block, with online courses offered Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings, beginning March 1. Visit cmu.ca/xplore.

The Lent Planning Committee is looking for cardboard/boxes to transform and use as part of the Lent worship display. If you have any cardboard/boxes that are still in good condition and can provide at minimum a 24”x24” piece out of it, we’d be happy to take them off your hands. Please contact Pastor Liz (liz@smchurch.ca) to arrange a drop off. Thanks for your help!

Mennonite Summer Camp registrations will open on February 1st for:

Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp:  https://hiddenacres.ca/programs/summer-camp

Silver Lake Mennonite Camp (with day camps in KW): https://slmc.ca/summer-camp/

Fraser Lake Camp: https://www.willowgrove.ca/fraser-lake-camp

Mennonite Music Camp (August 14-26): https://uwaterloo.ca/grebel/campers/ontario-mennonite-music-camp

Note subsidies are available for post-secondary students who are working at a Mennonite Camp this summer – contact Andrea Kennel, Scott Wagler or Pastor Sara for more information

Personal Notes
Ruth Steinmann moved to Victoria Place, last Friday, for two months of respite while she regains strength and abilities for daily living. Mailing address Victoria Place, Rm 308, 290 Queen St. Kitchener, ON N2G 1W3.
“On behalf of our family I would like to thank everyone who prayed and thought about Bruce and I since the accident.  Thank you for the overwhelming love and support everyone has shown us during these last few months and continue to show our family as we navigate the next few months.” – Ruth Steinmann and family

Remember in Prayer
Mennonite World Conference requests our prayers for:

  • peace in Burkina Faso, where a military coup took place on Monday. Remember especially MWC member congregations as they minister and witness at this stressful time.
  • the peace of Ukraine, for peacemakers and wise leadership, and for the well-being of Anabaptist Christians and all people living with the threat of a foreign military invasion.