July 2, 2023 Bulletin

Send our roots rain
Praise:  You visit the earth and water it  (Psalm 65:9)
July 2, 2023

God invites us to come near …in praising


Water ritual

Call to Worship

Leader:  With joyful hearts,

We gather for worship.

Our hearts are filled with gratitude

For the abundant gifts we have received from God’s hand:

Sun, rain, shelter, food and love.

In every moment we are dependent upon God’s provisions.

Today we open ourselves again to the gift of life,

offering praise for all we have received,

and waiting expectantly for the refreshing of God’s Spirit.

All: Lord of life, all our longings are known to you;

     send our roots rain;

     refresh us and make us whole.


Praise, I will praise you, Lord      HWB 76

Come, Thou Fount     HWB 521

Prayer of confession: Psalm 130

Lord, I am Fondly, Earnestly Longing     HWB 514

Children’s Time

He’s got the Whole World in his Hands

…in listening

Psalm 65:1-13


Amazing grace, verse 1     HWB 143

We plow the fields and scatter     HWB 96

Prayer for the week    Psalm 65:1, 9-11

Praise is due to you, O God.

   You visit the earth and water it,

  You greatly enrich it;

   The river of God is full of water;

  You provide the people with grain;

  You water its furrows abundantly,

   Settling its ridges,

    Softening it with showers,

     And blessing its growth.

    You crown the year with your bounty.

 …in caring

 Congregational Sharing & Prayer

Offering & Offertory


The King of love my shepherd is     HWB 170


Asithi: Amen     HWB 64

Leading us in worship:
Worship Leader: Kim Lichti
Song Leader & Pianist: Doris Martin
Reader: Shirley Kennel
Children’s Time: Melissa Gingerich
Sermon: Pastor Steve Drudge
Congregational Prayer: Joy Wagler
A/V: Cliff Kennel, Steve Kennel

July Special Offering: Support leadership development and peace theology training in the context of military violence as requested by  Anabaptist Christians in Myanmar. They are closely connected to Chin congregations in Canada. More information and to donate: https://www.mennonitechurch.ca/myanmar

Kid’s Offering will be directed to the monthly special offering.

Outdoor worship service in the yard of Bruce & Barb Schumm. Potluck picnic lunch to follow.  Plan to bring food to share, table service, lawn chairs and bathing suits as the Schumm’s have a pool.  All are welcome.

Next Sunday July 9
9:45 a.m.  Livestream and in-person worship in the sanctuary.
Scripture:  Psalm 102
Speaker: Pastor Louise Wideman

Congregational Life
Summer Worship Time Change:  Because there will not be any summer Sunday school during the months of July and August, worship service start time will shift to 10 am.  Thanks for your flexibility.  ~Worship Team

SMC Accountant Transition Update
This Friday, June 30, was Wendy Wagler’s last day in her role as Church Accountant for our congregation. We are grateful for Wendy’s many years of faithful service to the members of Steinmann. Thank you, Wendy!

Sean East will be managing our church finances from July 1 to September 30, 2023. Sean will be acting as an independent contractor during this time and will not function as a member of the Steinmann staff team as Wendy has done. Prior to Sean concluding his interim role, a decision will be made on how best to fill the finance role for the longer term. In the meantime, we invite your prayers for Wendy as she transitions to new ventures and for Sean as he begins his term of service with us.

The Finance committee asks that you please check your church mailbox for a confidential statement of your household giving for January to May 2023, along with an update from the finance committee.  Thanks.

Volunteers needed to weed our gardens (2 week blocks).  There is a sign-up sheet on the table by the mail boxes. Help keep our church property beautiful!

July 4 (Tues) The church office will be closed in lieu of Canada Day.

July 4 (Tues.) 4 – 5 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Pickleball.

July 16 (Sun.), 10:00 a.m.  We welcome a choir and pastor from the Chin Christian Church, Kitchener, followed by a finger food potluck lunch.  Please bring enough extra food for approx. 25 guests.

August 14-18, 2023 (9:00-11:45a.m.) Baden Summer Bible Camp
Needed for Bible Camp!

  • Large pieces of cardboard and large boxes.
  • Science lab props (beakers, microscopes, telescopes, containers, magnifying glasses, safety glasses)
  • Lab coats and/or scrubs
  • Balloons – all colours and all sizes!
  • Food colouring

Please consider placing these items on the Bible Camp table in the lobby over the next few weeks as we prepare for camp.  Clearly label anything that you would like returned to you.

Lots of space available for Bible Camp!
Bring your neighbours and friends for a week of STEAM Camp activities where you will see and experience the transforming love of God. It will be fun to discover and share creative ways to make a difference in the world through words and actions.  Register at https://bit.ly/3XyIZ2n

Steinmann Soxx Softball
July 5 (Wed.) 9 p.m.  Steinmann Soxx  @ Mapleview Miners (Petersburg)

July 10 (Mon.) 9 p.m. Tavistock Bearcats @ Steinmann Soxx (Tavistock – Optimist) Postponed

July 12 (Wed.) 9 p.m.
Steinmann Soxx  @ Tavistock Bearcats (New Hamburg – 2)

Wider Community
Aug. 13-15 Ontario Mennonite Music Camp (OMMC) at Conrad Grebel University College.  For more information and to register: https://bit.ly/3N0cAyj.

Conrad Grebel University College, seeks an Assistant Food Services Manager. For the Assistant Food Services Manager job description. Send resume and cover letter to Gabby Deemert, Food Services Manager, at gmarance@uwaterloo.ca.  by July 7, 2023 for review, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Personal Notes
Congratulations to Gord & Carol Roth who are celebrating their 53rd    anniversary on Tuesday, July 4 and David & Susan Seyler who are celebrating their 50th anniversary on Friday, July 7.

Remember in Prayer
Please pray for the Cree people in the James Bay region who face evacuation, health concerns and possible loss of electricity due to forest fires. –  MCCOntario

Pray for our team of volunteers with Mennonite Disaster Service helping to repair hurricane damaged homes in the area of Sydney, Nova Scotia July 10-14: Trevor Helmuth, Aleah Laverty, Isaac Roth, Zach Schwartzentruber, Sam Vandermolen, Samantha Wagler, Suzanne Bender, Steve Drudge, Elaine Finnie, John Iutzi, Michelle Palmer, Nicole Pohl & Rich Steinmann, Ron Roth, Joanne Schwartzentruber, Jim Steckle, Keith Wagler, Larry Wagler. Updates at https://mds.org/