July 31, 2022 Bulletin

Sunday, July 31, 2022
Invited to God’s Table: Growing in Hospitality and Connection


Call to Worship


Uyai mose (Come All You People)  VT 2

Greater Things Than These*

Children’s Time

From Mennonite World Conference Assembly, Indonesia 2022:

Here I am to Worship  VT 227

2 Corinthians 5:17-21

Sermon: Celebrating Together – God’s Love, Forgiveness and Reconciliation


Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling  VT 544

Congregational Prayer



Go, My Friends in Grace  VT 810



*commissioned for this weekend’s Mennonite Church Canada Gathering in Edmonton

Leading Us in Worship:
Pianist: Delphine Schwartzentruber
Song Leader: Norma Iutzi
Worship Leader: Kim Lichti
Children’s Time & Congregational Prayer: Joy Wagler
Sermon by video: Barbara Nkala (Zimbabwe)
Livestream: Steve Kennel
Audio: Cliff Kennel

No Coffee Time in person, No Coffee Time on Zoom.

July Special Offering:  Hidden Acres “Single Mom’s Camp,” a safe and caring overnight camp experience which provides a rest-filled and fun program for low-income mothers and their children ages 5-12,  July 11-15, August 1-5. https://hiddenacres.ca/donate.

Next Sunday August 7
10:00 a.m. Outdoor Worship Service at Hidden Acres Camp.
Theme:  Invited to God’s Table: Growing in Hospitality and Connection
Scripture: John 4:3-16  God as Host and Guest.
Reflection and introduction to prayer stations: Pastor Steve Drudge

The service will not be livestreamed, rather, it will be posted to the website later in the day.
Potluck lunch following the worship service, everyone welcome. Bring food to share, your own table service and lawn chairs.

No Coffee Time in person, No Coffee Time on Zoom.

Congregational Life
August 4 (Thurs.) afternoon  Rocky Railway Baden Bible Camp is looking for people to help with setup.  If you have some spare time contact Sara at (519-498-7907).

August 4 (Thurs.) 7 p.m. Meeting for Baden Bible Camp volunteers in the gym.

Aug 5-7 Church Camping at Hidden Acres, 1921 Line 37, New Hamburg . Sign-up sheet for overnight camping is on the table by the mailboxes. For more information or questions, talk to Anthony Helmuth.
Friday night setup and campfire.
Saturday Day fee: $4.00/person for day use, if not camping.
Saturday 6 p.m. corn & hotdog supper, everyone welcome. Bring lawn chairs.
Sunday, 10 a.m. worship service then potluck lunch. Bring food to share, your own table service and lawn chairs. Everyone welcome.

August 8-12 (Mon.-Fri.) 9-11:45 a.m. Baden Summer Bible Camp! At Rocky Railway Summer Bible Camp, kids discover Jesus’ power can pull them through life’s ups and downs.

Opportunities to Reconnect

Date Event
August 5-7th Hidden Acres Camping Weekend
August 21st S’mores Sunday
August 28th Learning to Can and Garden Swap
September 4th Outdoor Worship Service and Potluck

Jr. Youth & MYF
August 6 (Sat.) 1-6 p.m. Day at Hidden Acres

Community Events
Sept. 14 – Nov. 23 (Wed.) 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Interfaith Counselling Centre (ICC) will be offering a support group for women who have experienced emotional or physical abuse within their intimate relationship.  For more information and/or to register contact ICC at 519-662-3092.

The church office will be closed Tues. August 2nd in lieu of the Civic Holiday.

We welcome Pastor Louise Wideman who will be in her church office, beginning Aug. 3rd.

Pastor Sara is on vacation until August 2nd. Pastor Steve will be away until Aug. 2nd.  If you would appreciate pastoral care during this time, please contact a Care Team member (Christine Helmuth, Darlene Gingerich, Wes Leis or Lynn Yantzi). If you have a prayer request, please contact Care Team, Admin. Assistant Dawna or speak to the worship leader Sunday morning. In the case of an emergency (such as a death or life-threatening illness or accident) Care Team can contact a Pastor on your behalf.

Rocky Railway Baden Bible Camp is looking for one more driver each day for our Junior Youth Campers, who go to different hands-on service projects. If you can help drive contact Jessie Gingerich (519-988-0723).

Our Indigenous neighbours are still appreciating food at the Land Back site in Caledonia. Our next meal will be delivered Sept 2/22. Let me know in person or at gladysbender@hotmail.com if you are interested in contributing.

Copies of Amish Bicentennial 2022 Article #2 leading up to celebrations this fall are available on the table by the mailboxes.

Personal Notes
Congratulations to Elmer Zehr who is celebrating his 91st birthday on Sunday, July 31.