June 26, 2022 Bulletin

Sunday, June 26, 2022
Invited to God’s Table: Growing in Hospitality and Connection


Call to Worship


Come, Let Us All Unite to Sing  VT 7

God, Be the Love  VT 43

Children’s Time

I’m Gonna Eat at the Welcome Table  VT 801

Genesis 18:1-10

Sermon  Hospitality: Love of Strangers

There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy  VT 156

Congregational Prayer

Grade 12 Blessing



The Lord Lift You Up  VT 832



Leading Us in Worship:
Pianist: Delphine Schwartzentruber
Worship Leader: Joy Wagler
Children’s Time & Song Leader: Suzanne Bender
Sermon & Congregational Prayer: Pastor Steve Drudge
Livestream: Steve Kennel
Audio: Ben Winter

You are welcome to sing, please wear a mask as you are able to.

11:00 a.m. Hybrid Program Meeting in the Sanctuary and on Zoom

No  Coffee Time

June Special Offering: “One Lunch.” To assist lower income global brothers and sisters in our Mennonite World Conference. Give directly to https://bit.ly/3zekXQb.

Next Sunday July 3
10:00 a.m. Outdoor Worship Service at Bob & Gladys Bender’s. The service will not be livestreamed, rather will be posted to the website later in the day. Please bring your own chair or blanket to sit on, as well as your own dishes and a food item to share for our first potluck! If the weather is bad, we will meet at the church.
Theme: A service of singing and sharing stories of hospitality and connection.

Congregational Life
Aug 5-7 Church Camping at Hidden Acres. Sign-up sheet for overnight camping is on the table by the mailboxes. For more information or questions, talk to Anthony Helmuth.

Steinmann Soxx Softball
June 27 (Mon.) 9:00 p.m. – East Zorra Bruzers @ Steinmann Soxx (New Hamburg Community Centre-2)

Community Events
July 1 (Fri.) 5:45 a.m. The Wilmot Ecumenical Working Group on Indigenous/Settler Relationships invites you to participate in the Sunrise Ceremony at the New Hamburg Fairgrounds which will be led by Elder Lois Smith beside the Nith River. Bring some tobacco and a drum if you are able and show your support for better relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians.  For more information contact ecumenicalworkinggroup@gmail.com.

July 1 – 3 Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp: Family Camping Weekend. For details visit www.hiddenacres.ca or contact 519-625-8602 or info@hiddenacres.ca.

July 3 (Sun.) 2:30 p.m. Fair Wind Celtic Quartet at the Detweiler Meetinghouse, Roseville Road. An offering will be taken. Masks requested but not required. See https://detweilermeetinghouse.ca/events/

Bulletin announcements are due by Wednesday this week, since Canada Day is Friday, the church office will be closed.

We are receiving items for relief kits, hygiene kits and soap that is much needed for MCC’s shipments of emergency supplies to Ukraine. See mcco.ca/kits  for details of kit contents or find lists on the table next to the mailboxes. ‘Cash for kits’ allows MCC to purchase items in bulk at less cost and to cover shipping fees. Place items in the box provided during children’s offering, or during the week in a box inside the church’s main entrance.

Pastor Congregation Relations Committee (PCRC) and Vision Focus Team (VFT) appreciate the year that Steve has given us to think and plan intentionally about his retirement in July 2023. It gives us a chance to brainstorm how we as a congregation want to move forward with our pastoral team.

  • June 23/2022 – VFT and PCRC – brainstorming meeting.
  • July/August 2022 – PCRC to oversee review of job descriptions.
  • Oct – VFT, PCRC and Staff Support to form a pastoral search committee. 

We will keep you informed and invite you to contact PCRC members with input and questions. Meanwhile Steve has energy and enthusiasm to complete another year and we look forward to seeing what this next year will bring.

See House of Friendship’s comprehensive 2021-2022 Community Report at https://bit.ly/3HNjPFp

Lost & Found Table located in the mailbox hallway. Please check if anything belongs to you.  Items not claimed today will be sent to the Thrift Store. Thanks for checking.

Personal Notes
Congratulations to Viola Erb who is celebrating her 88th birthday on Saturday, July 2.

Remember in Prayer
Please pray for Vernetta Steinman who has experienced undiagnosed pain since Tuesday.

We celebrate with parents Jon and Alex Lebold, along with big brothers Jedson and Axel, on the birth of Rennley Joyce Lebold on June 13th.

Opportunities to Reconnect

Date Event
June 26, 12 p.m. Guess Whose Coming to Dinner
July 3rd , 10 a.m. Outdoor Worship Service and Potluck at Bob and Gladys Bender’s
July 17th, 7 p.m Come & support the Steinmann Soxx, Church Baseball Game; New Hamburg –2
July 24th S’mores Sunday (Pastor Liz’s last Sunday)
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