January 8, 2023 Bulletin

Sunday, January 8, 2023
An Unexpected Time:  Light for the World


Prelude     Doris Martin

Call to Worship     Mark Scheerer


Hymn:  In the Beginning      VT 270

Scripture Presentation:  Isaiah 60: 1-6   Isaac Roth

Hymn:  Arise, Your Light is Come!    VT 273


Children’s Time     Joy Wagler

Gift of music     Doris Martin

Scripture: Matthew  2:1-12     Mark Scheerer

Bell calls us to silence

Sermon:  Signs and Wonders     Pastor Louise Wideman


Bell calls us to silence

Prayer (unison)

Hymn: O Beautiful Star of Bethlehem     VT 275

Congregational Sharing & Prayer     Pastor Steve Drudge

Offering & offertory


Hymn: See Whose Glory Fills the Skies       VT 274

Benediction     Pastor Louise Wideman

Postlude     Doris Martin


Song Leader – Stephen Yantzi
A/V – Steve Kennel & Cliff Kennel

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

Kids Offering and January Special 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

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
Adult Ed., Fellowship Hall

Next Sunday January 15
9:45 a.m. – Livestream and in-person worship in the sanctuary.
Scripture: John 1:29-42
Speaker: Pastor Steve Drudge
In person coffee time

Congregational Life
Jan. 10 (Tues) 4 – 5 p.m. & 7 p.m. Pickleball.

Jan. 10  (Tues.) 7 p.m. Finance meeting (rescheduled)|

Jan. 11 (Wed.) 7 p.m. VFT meeting

Jan. 15 (Sun.) 1 p.m. Safe Church Training Day for all those who volunteer with children, youth, and seniors at SMC. An opportunity to explore ongoing ways to create safer and braver spaces within our ministries. Hosted by the Safe Church Committee: Gladys Bender, Kim Lichti, Pastor Sara.

Jan. 19 (Thur.) at 9 a.m. – 12 noon Steinmann members are needed to help cut rags at the MCC Material Resources Centre (previous Ten Thousand Villages building). Thank you for your help.

Jan. 19 (Thurs.), 7:00 p.m.  “Debt Smarts” presented by volunteers from Kindred Credit Union. This customized congregation and community seminar will include various aspects of navigating debt and living costs as well as Q&A.  Livestreaming will be available.

Feb. 11 (Sat) 7 p.m. Family Fun Night. Bowling at the New Hamburg Lanes. Sign up sheet on the table by the mailboxes.

The new photo directories have arrived! For those who ordered one, the final cost comes to $10. We ask that you pay for the book (cash or cheque) when you pick up the book. The directories will be available to pick up this Sunday following the worship service, or at the church office during the week.

MYF (Grades 9-12+)
Jan 20  (Fri.) 7pm. Family Dinner at Glen and Darlene Gingerich’s

Jr. Youth (Grades 5-8)
Jan 22  (Sun.) 1-5 pm. Jr. Youth Day hosted by Rockway and MCEC. A fun day of music, drama, Dutch Blitz, worship and robotics – with a peacemaking twist. Registration due by January 15th.

KidsLIFE (Grades 1-5)
Jan. 18, 2023 – Winter Fun

Small Groups
The Adult Bible Study led by Wes Leis will be taking a break over  the winter. Next  meeting date will be advised.

Jan 12 (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 72-90. Questions – talk to Lynelle Drudge, Joy Wagler or Darlene Gingerich.

Steinmann Hockey Team
Jan. 13 (Fri.) 11 p.m.  Steinmann vs Creekside JBS (Wilmot Rec Complex)

Jan. 14 (Sat.) 11 p.m.  Steinmann vs Creekside JBS (Wilmot Rec Complex)

Wider Community
Jan. 16 (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

Jan 18  – March 8 (8 Wednesdays), 7-8:30 p.m. “The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work” workshop, designed to help couples improve their friendship and conflict management skills. Offered on Zoom by Interfaith Counselling. $150. per couple. Subsidies available.  Contact admin@interfaithcounselling.ca or 519-662-3092. Research shows that on average, couples wait 2.68 years from the first sign of problems before they seek professional help. Be proactive. Face problems before they get worse. Set up for success.

Jan. 26 (Thur.) 7 p.m. The Wilmot Ecumenical Working Group on Indigenous/Settler Relationships is hosting a free screening of “Colonization Road” – An exploration of the effects of road building by settlers on Indigenous land and culture at Zion United Church, New Hamburg.  Masks required.

Feb 2 (Thur.) 7 p.m. Mathematics for Human Flourishing:  A Public Lecture with Dr. Francis Su (at CMU). How can mathematics connect to our deepest human longings, such as justice? Livestream will be available: https://bit.ly/3IyhH6H

PiE for Supper –Young adults, join us Monday nights this winter for dinner, spiritual reflection and informal social time. Details at https://pastorsinexile.org/pie-for-supper/

MCC partner Crow Shield Lodge (https://www.crowshieldlodge.com/) is looking for sewing machines – donated or loaned –  to create traditional indigenous ribbon skirts in a workshop setting. Contact rebeccaseiling@mcco.ca or 226-750-9118.

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada seeks a Financial Manager https://bit.ly/3VTmkeu and an Events and Communications Coordinator https://bit.ly/3X5TAAw

Personal Notes
Congratulations to Elmer & Ethel Zehr who are celebrating their 70th anniversary on Tuesday, January 10.

Remember in Prayer
This week join Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (MCEC)  in prayer for Toronto Chinese Mennonite Church, Toronto, ON.