June 4, 2023 Bulletin

June 4, 2023
We gather to praise our loving God….


Call to Worship & Prayer

Hymn:  We Praise You, O God, Our Redeemer     VT 34

….to affirm our faith ….

Prayer of affirmation

Parent/Child Dedication:

Brinley, daughter of Joel & Sarah Godfrey

Ezra, son of Joel & Sarah Godfrey

Rennley, daughter of Jon & Alex Lebold

Hymn: See the Children Here before Us     VT 509

…to learn from God’s word ….

Children’s Time

Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Hymn: God, Be the Love      VT 43

Scripture: 2 Timothy 1: 1-7

Sermon:  “Grandparenting:  Teach your children well”

…..that transforms us ….

Hymn: God Made from One Blood     VT 523

Congregational Sharing & Prayer

Offering & Offertory


….and sends us forth as bearers of God’s love.  

 Hymn:  Go, My Children     VT 830



Leading us in worship:
Prelude/Offertory/Postlude:  Doris Martin
Worship Leader: Lynelle Drudge
Children’s Time:   Joy Wagler
Song Leader:   Sara Roth
Sermon:  Pastor Louise Wideman
Prayer of affirmation: Shirley Dunford, Rose Wagler, Darlene Gingerich
Scripture:  Shirley Dunford, Esther Kennel
Congregational Prayer:  Women’s Bible Study Group
Care Team:  Darlene Gingerich, Lynn Yantzi, Joanne Schwartzentruber
A/V:  Steve Kennel, Cliff Kennel

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

June Special Offering:   Hidden Acres Single Mom’s Camp – physical, emotional and spiritual refreshment for low-income moms raising children between ages 5 & 12. https://hiddenacres.ca/donate

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

Plan to take home a Summer Worship Series Brochure and put in a prominent place.  This brochure provides an overview of worship themes, scripture texts, and offers some ideas for spiritual practices during the summer months.  Brochures are available  on the  table next to the mailboxes.

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), outside
11:15 – 12 p.m. Jr. Youth (Gr. 5-8) & MYF (Gr. 9-12+), basement
Adult Ed: Fireplace Room. Engaging in topics that help us practice our peaceful conflict skills. today – MAID.

Next Sunday June 11
9:45 a.m.  Livestream and in-person worship in the sanctuary.
Scripture:  Matthew 9:9-13; 18-26
Speaker: Pastor Steve Drudge
Program meeting in person only at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary, including the ratification of the slate of volunteers beginning September 2023, brief update re: Safe Church Policy, and the celebration of Pastor Steve’s 20 years of ministry at Steinmann MC.  Noon  Potluck to follow.

Congregational Life
Several people have asked for a recording of the speaker from the April 15 Peace and Justice Breakfast. The recording of the message from Bill Ball is now available from a link on the church home web page. This is an audio only recording.

Our church has been asked to donate 10 pies for the pie auction at the Hidden Acres Camp Chicken BBQ on Tuesday June 13. If you are willing to donate a pie please contact Suzanne Bender as soon as possible. Thank you.

Flowers for worship:  During the months of June, July, and August 2023, plan to participate in worship by providing floral arrangements for the communion table.  Flowers can come from your own flower beds or they can be purchased.  Plan to add your name to a date on the sign up sheet by the church mailboxes.   ~Worship Team

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

June 7 (Wed.) Morning & afternoon  – All women invited to the church to knot comforters and/or quilt.  Potluck lunch, bring a dish to share.  Drinks provided.

June 25 (Sun.) during coffee time. Reception for Wendy Wagler in honour of her 15 years as SMC accountant. All are welcome.

July 30 (Sun.) Farewell Service for Pastor Steve.  Noon Potluck.  All are welcome!

August 11 – 13 Church Family Camping at Hidden Acres. Sign-up sheet for overnight camping is on the table by the mailboxes. Campsite $30 / night, Serviced Campsite $40 / night & Cabin $42 / night (sleeps 10). For more information or questions, talk to Anthony Helmuth.

MYF (Grades 9-12+)
June 9 (Fri.) 7-10 p.m. Year End Family Dinner Campfire at Myron and Joy Wagler’s.

Jr. Youth (Grades 5-8)
June 8 (Thurs.) – 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Year End Campfire at Don and Marilyn Steinmann’s.  We’ll have a hot dog roast and smores.  Bring your swim stuff if you would like to go swimming.

Small Groups
June 13 (Tues.) 10 a.m. The Adult Bible Study led by Wes Leis will meet in the fireplace room at the church. Studying “The Uniqueness of Jesus”. Everyone is welcome.

June 8 (Thurs.) 10-11:30 a.m. – Women’s Bible study will be meeting in person and on Zoom for “sharing life stories” and a prayer time.   Questions – talk to Lynelle Drudge, Joy Wagler or Darlene Gingerich.

Steinmann Soxx Softball
June 5 (Mon.) 9 p.m.  Nith Valley Jays @ Steinmann Soxx  (Tavistock – Queen’s)
June 7 (Wed.) 9 p.m. West Hills Rays  @ Steinmann Soxx (Petersburg)

Wider Community
Today 1:30 – 3:00 pm. at 183 Mill St., New Hamburg. Love Your Neighbour Communities (LYNC) Community Launch. Hear from community leaders Karen Redman, Region of Waterloo Chair; Natasha Salonen, Mayor, Wilmot Township; Police Chief Mark Crowell and Scott Piatkowski, Community Housing Transformation Centre. See the historic mill and view plans for the future build of attainable housing.

June 5 (Mon.) rescheduled date 7:30 p.m. Menno Singers present ‘a light exists in spring’ will include music for spring, seasonal congregational hymns, door prizes and refreshments at St Jacobs Mennonite Church (1310 King St. N, St Jacobs). For tickets www.mennosingers.com

June 7 – 10 (Thur. – Sat.) 7:30 p.m. Rockway Mennonite Collegiate   presents FROZEN JR.  Tickets still available at www.rockway.ca/frozen.

June 10 (Sat.) 9 a.m. Beyond Housing Out-Spok’n XIII for Affordable Housing bike-a-thon. For more information https://beyondhousing.ca/ or contact Dan Driedger at 226-476-2535 or ddriedger@beyondhousing.ca.

June 14 (Wed.) 7 p.m. Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario annual meeting with Len Friesen, at Waterloo-Kitchener United Mennonite Church. “Questions Asked & Answered: On Writing the   History of Mennonites in Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union.” Details at http://mhso.org./.

June 13 (Tues) 5 – 7 pm (in person and take out) Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp’s 56th Annual Chicken BBQ & 15th Annual Pie Auction Fundraiser.  Advance tickets required.  $18 Small meal (1 piece of chicken) /  $22 Regular meal (2 pieces of chicken). Please visit hiddenacres.ca for more details and to order your tickets.

June 20 (Tues.) 6 – 8 p.m. Tri-County Mennonite Homes (TCMH) Annual Meeting at Greenwood Court in Stratford.

Oct. 28 (Sat.) 9 – 4:30 p.m. Voices Together Resource Day at Shantz Mennonite Church.  Evening Hymn Sing 7 p.m.

Wilmot Family Resource Centre (WFRC) and Woolwich Community  Services are teaming up to create a youth-driven engagement strategy that better serves rural youth and improves youth mental health. WFRC is    recruiting 1 Youth Ambassador. For Job details https://bit.ly/3ql0I0N  or call 519-662-2731 to request a copy. Deadline June 9, at 4:30pm.

Silver Lake Mennonite Camp
Kitchener Day Camps – For registration and more info visit slmc.ca/summer-camp
Overnight Camp – There are still spots available for Silver Lake’s overnight camps and outtrips. Go to slmc.ca/summer-camp .

Kindred Credit Union offers Community Inspiration (formerly Church Builder) GICs.  An investment for you, bonus interest for your church! For more information, visit your local branch or kindredcu.com/ci-gic.

Personal Notes
Pastor Louise Wideman will be attending the Ageing and Spirituality Conference at Conrad Grebel University College, June 5-7.

Today  2 – 4 p.m. The family of Wes & Janice Leis invite you to help celebrate their parents’ 50th wedding anniversary during a drop-in,  in the church fellowship hall.  Cards & best wishes only.

Congratulations to John & Norma Iutzi who will be celebrating their 50th anniversary on Friday, June 9 and Ralph & Louise Gingerich who are celebrating their 67th anniversary also on  Friday, June 9.

Remember in Prayer
MCC gratitude:  Thank you, Steinmann Mennonite Church friends, for your generous gift of $1,173.85 directed to humanitarian response in Ukraine and where needed most. We are deeply grateful for your generosity and compassion in seeking to help vulnerable people.

Mennonite Central Committee update on the New Hamburg Relief Sale (NHMRS) 2023.  Another fantastic event is over, and what a sale it was!  Thank you to everyone who attended, volunteered, sponsored, bid in the auctions and supported NHMRS. Over $330,000 was raised to support   relief, development and peace around the world and here in Ontario.

Pray for Mennonite Church leaders in Burkina Faso as they explain a non-violent position that conflicts with the government’s request to contribute to the war effort. Pray for churches that care for some of the 2 million internally displace persons.

This week join Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (MCEC) in prayer for  17 Exploring Churches/Church Plants who are in conversation with MCEC through the mission office.