March 26, 2023 Bulletin

March 26, 2023
Lent 2023 – Created in the Image of God, Shaped by Jesus
Lent 5:  Called to Life

We gather as one people ….


Call to worship

Hymn:  Holy Spirit, Come with Power     VT 57

…to listen for God’s word ….

 Prayer of Confession                        

Hymn of Assurance:  Your Love is Washing Over Me     VT  166

Children’s Time

Gift of Music

Scripture:  Ezekiel 37: 1-14

Sermon: “Can These Bones Live?”

….and respond with gratitude.

 Hymn: New Earth, Heavens New    VT 377

Faith Journey Reflection

Congregational Prayer

Offering & Offertory


Hymn:  Move in our Midst     VT 827



Leading us in worship:
Worship Leader:  Darryl Drudge                   Song Leader:  Norma Iutzi
Prelude/Offertory/Gift of Music:  Sing the Journey
Accompanist/Postlude:  Susan Seyler
Children’s Time:  Joy Wagler                           Faith Reflection:  Sue Kennel
Sermon:  Pastor Louise Wideman                  A/V:  Cliff Kennel,  Steve 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. Join us to practice the conversation skills we’ve been learning in the Peaceful Practices curriculum. Over the coming weeks, we’ll discuss topics such as MAID, LGTBQ+, racism & colonization, and abortion. Let’s practice being church together by listening to the values, perspectives of others when they are different or seem to be in conflict with our own (thank God for that diversity!).

11 a.m. Zoom Coffee Time.

Next Sunday April 2 – Palm Sunday
9:45 a.m. – Livestream and in-person worship in the sanctuary.
Theme: Created in the Image of God, Shaped by Jesus
Scripture:  Matthew 21:1-11, “Who is this?”
Speaker: Pastor Steve Drudge

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

March 28 (Tues) 4 – 5 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Pickleball.

April 5 (Wed.) Morning & afternoon – All women invited to the church to knot comforters and/or quilt. Bring a bag lunch. Drinks provided.

April 15 (Sat.) 9:00 a.m. Peace & Justice Community Breakfast. Inside Ukraine at Easter.  Speaker: Bill Ball, ED of Slavic Gospel Association, Cambridge will just be back from an Easter visit to Ukraine. Please RSVP the church office by Tues., April 11.

MYF (Grades 9-12+)
March 31 MDS trip deposit ($100) due.

Jr. Youth
(Grades 5-8)
April 13 (Thur.)  6 p.m. Rock Climbing at Grand River Rocks. Registration and waivers due April 4th.

Small Groups
April 11 (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.

April 13 (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 129-138. Questions – talk to Lynelle Drudge, Joy Wagler or Darlene Gingerich.

Wider Community
March 26 (Sun.) 3 p.m. Inshallah Choir presents Singing with Our Neighbours at Knox Waterloo Presbyterian Church, 50 Erb St. West, Waterloo. Free-will donations will be received for the Humanitarian Coalition for Turkiey and Syria.

March 29, 7-9 p.m.  Rockway Mennonite Collegiate, 110 Doon Rd, Kitchener 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,

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 2 (Sun.) 3:00 p.m. Light & Joy: A Concert for Spring.  Presented at St John the Evangelist Anglican Church, 23 Water Street North, Kitchener.  Tickets available through Eventbrite and at the door.

April 5 (Wed.) 7 p.m. Proposed Roundabout Information Meeting at the Wilmot Recreation Complex, 1291 Nafziger Rd, Baden. Join the conversation following the presentation with any questions. Project information is available on our

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

April 24 (Mon.) 6 p.m. New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale Promotion Dinner at Floradale Mennonite Church, 22 Florapine Rd, Floradale. Enjoy a delicious buffet-style dinner and hear an update on the stationary meat canner. Tickets are $25.00. Reservations must be made in advance by email to Justin Armitage at or call 519-745-8458 ext. 262.

Join Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp Staff Team for Summer 2023! They are currently accepting applications for Cabin Leaders, Lifeguards, Cooks and more. For more information or to apply go to or contact Emily Taylor at

Silver Lake Mennonite Camp:

 Personal Notes
Congratulations to John & Dianne Gruhl who are celebrating their 59th anniversary on Tuesday, March 28.

Remember in Prayer
Let us remember Kathryn Cressman who is being installed today as a pastor at Hillcrest Mennonite Church.  Hillcrest MC is one of the churches in the MCEC Wilmot Cluster of churches.

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

Steinmann Mennonite Church
Holy Week Services
April 2 – 9, 2023

Palm Sunday, April 2, 9:45 am     Sanctuary
Worship will include a processional – all children are invited to participate.

Maundy Thursday, April 6     Fellowship Hall  

Come for one or all parts of the evening.

6:00 pm Passover SederSoup supper (by donation, RSVP to office by Tues., April 4) Candle lighting, special ritual foods and blessings, and a children’s search and find will help us   appreciate the Passover meal Jesus shared with disciples.
Meal followed with option of foot or hand washing

7:00 pm (approx.)  Short contemplative service of Scripture, song & prayer recalling Jesus’ prayers in the garden.

Good Friday, April 7, 10:00 am       Sanctuary
The worship service will begin with communion as we remember   Jesus’ last day. An offering will be received for the Wilmot Family  Resource Centre.

Easter Sunday April 9
Potluck Breakfast, 8:30 am     Fellowship Hall
Please bring finger food to share:  fruit, hard boiled eggs, muffins or yeast baking.  Coffee, tea, & juice along with plates, cups and mugs will be provided.

Worship Service 9:45 am     Sanctuary
You are invited to bring flowers to add to the morning visual display; please remember to take them home again following the service.