March 19, 2023 Bulletin

March 19, 2023
Lent 2023 – Created in the Image of God, Shaped by Jesus
Lent 4: Called to the Light


We gather as one people ….


Call to Worship and Prayer

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say     VT 536

Abide with Me     VT 502

 …to listen for God’s word ….

Psalm 23

Confession and Assurance

Gift of Music: Between Darkness and Light     VT 808

Children’s Time

Psalm 23

My Shepherd will Supply my Need     VT 640

Sermon: When Darkness Comes

….and respond with gratitude.

 In the Quiet Curve of Evening     VT 587

Anointing Prayer & Blessing

Congregational Prayer

There is More Love Somewhere     VT 804



Precious Lord, Take my Hand     VT 610



Leading us in worship:
Worship Leader: Darryl Drudge
Accompanist: Delphine Schwartzentruber
Song Leader: Stephen Yantzi
Gift of Music: Sara and Isaac Roth
Children’s Time: Pam Carter
Sermon: Pastor Sara Erb
A/V: Steve Kennel and Cliff Kennel

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

Kids Offering:  Mennonite Central Committee’s Ukraine Emergency Response: From a recent trip to Ukraine:

March Special Offering: PeaceBuilders Community Inc., peace and justice training, and Coffee for Peace, which ensures a fair return and responsible environmental practices for coffee farmers in a conflict zone in the Philippines – initiated by Mennonite Church Canada Witness workers Dann & Joji Pantoja.

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., Fireplace Room

Next Sunday March 26 – Lent 5
9:45 a.m. – Livestream and in-person worship in the sanctuary.
Theme: Created in the Image of God, Shaped by Jesus
Scripture:  Ezekiel 37: 1-14
Speaker: Pastor Louise Wideman

Bring your Lent Pea Seeds with to church next Sunday!

11 a.m. Zoom Coffee Time.

Congregational Life
March 21 (Tues) 3:30 p.m. Gift Discernment Committee meeting

March 21 (Tues) 4 – 5 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Pickleball.

March 23 (Thur.) 3 p.m. Peace & Justice Committee meeting

March 23 (Thur.) 6:30 pm.  Brief orientation, Q&A and initial travel planning for adults interested in helping Mennonite Disaster Service rebuild after hurricane damage on Cape Breton, July 10-14. In person. Zoom link available on request.

March 28 (Tues.) 2 p.m. Care team meeting.

Holy Week worship service dates for your calendar:

¨ Thursday evening, April 6, Maundy Thursday Seder Meal & Foot washing  (in-person only)

¨ Friday morning, April 7, Good Friday Service, including      Communion (Livestreamed)

¨ Sunday morning, April 9, Easter Breakfast followed by Worship Service. (Livestreamed)

August 11 – 13 Church Family Camping at Hidden Acres. Mark your calendar and plan to attend.  More details to come.

Oct. 13-14 (Fri. – Sat.) Women’s Retreat. Save the date.  Watch for more details.  Organizer: Sandy Scheerer.

MYF (Grades 9-12+)
March 24. Family Dinner at the Vandermolens. Meet at the church at 7 p.m. for carpooling.

March 24. Confirmation for MDS trip due. $100 deposit due March 31

KidsLIFE (Grades 1-5)
March 22 (Wed.) 6 – 7:30 p.m.  Outer Space: Get ready for take off

Small Groups
March 21 (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.

March 23 (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 116-127. Questions – talk to Lynelle Drudge, Joy Wagler or Darlene Gingerich.

Wider Community
March 21, 7-9 pm. Nith Valley EcoBoosters presents Electric Vehicles – Ask the Owners of a variety of EVs. Details and free registration:

March 25 (Sat.) Hidden Acre’s  39th Annual Bowlathon. This is one of the camp’s main annual fundraising events. To show your sponsor go to and select Annual Bowlathon.

March 25 (Sat.) 9:30-11:30 a.m. An Overlooked Tour: The Story of Canadian Christianity in 5 Acts, presented by Dr. James T. Robertson. Hosted by Nith Valley Mennonite Church. Exploring the most important elements of Canadian Religious Life – the funny, tragic, poignant, diabolical, beautiful, and unique stories. For more information and to purchase tickets:

Mar 28 (Tues) 7 – 9 p.m. and Mar 29 (Wed.) 1 to 4 p.m. Mennonite   Central Committee: Fostering gender equality and Becoming whole    together presented at Conrad Grebel University College. Come  explore a compassionate application of Truth and Reconciliation principle toward achieving gender equality in society. To learn more and to register, go to

March 29, 7-9 p.m.  Rockway Mennonite Collegiate, 110 Doon Rd, Kitchene presents Bison and a Buggy. Learn about The Landed Buggy artistic land acknowledgement and hear from Chef Destiny Moser about food sovereignty. Admission is free and open to all, however donations are appreciated. To learn more, go to

March 31 (Fri.), 7 p.m. at Zion United Church, New Hamburg. New date for free film screening of “Colonization Road” re the effects of road building by settlers on Indigenous land and culture.

April 1 (Sat.) 7:30 p.m. Menno Singers present Rachmaninoff’s All Night Vigil (Vespers) at Trillium Lutheran Church (22 Willow, Waterloo). Tickets $25 Adults. $5 Children/Students, available on-line or at the door (cash or credit)

April 8 (Sat.) 7p.m. Rockway Mennonite Church (47 Onward Ave, Kitchener) Easter Saturday’s Vigil with the Music of John Prine. Come sit vigil with us, all are welcome.

April 14 (Fri.) 7 p.m. New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale presents Comedy & Music Nigh at Waterloo North Mennonite Church, 100 Benjamin Rd, Waterloo. Come out and see the award-winning, family-friendly entertainer JP and enjoy the honey-sweet vocal harmonies of Mike and Diane.  To buy your tickets, to

Personal Notes
Congratulations to Ray McAllister who is celebrating his 82nd birthday on Wednesday, March 22. His new temporary contact information is Vesper Springs, 134 Snyder’s Rd. E., Apt. 101, Baden, ON   N3A 2L8. (226) 388-8777.

Cathy KNIPFEL has been moved to Freeport, Union Terrace, room 209.  Her cell is 519-589-3490.

Remember in Prayer
Pray for Anabaptist-Mennonites around the world – Mennonite World Conference:

  • Those traumatized by earthquakes (Türkiye and Syria)
  • Those suffering from extreme expense and scarcity of food, meds, etc. (Cuba)

This week join Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (MCEC) in prayer for  Waters Mennonite Church, Lively,  Ontario.