May 15, 2022 Bulletin

Sunday, May 15, 2022
Transformed by Jesus: Living Differently

Prelude   Welcome

Call to Worship

Prayer

Jesus help us live in peace  VT 719

Rain Down  VT 703

We believe …

Children’s Time

Restless  VT 741

Confession

Matthew 5:38-42

Sermon: Creative Non-violent Living

Longing for Light  VT 715

Congregational Prayer

Offering and Children’s Offering

Announcements

Seeds  VT 777

Benediction

Postlude

Leading Us in Worship:
Music: Doris Martin
Worship Leader: Lynnette Hammer
Children’s Time: Jessie Gingerich
Sermon: Pastor Sara Erb
Congregational Prayer: David Martin
Livestream: Mike Gingerich
Soundboard: Ben Winter

11:00 a.m. Kids Sunday School – Indoors, masks are encouraged.
11:00 a.m.  Coffee Time on Zoom

With a desire to return to live singing during worship, we are in need of more volunteers to lead songs, or at the very least help us start singing during a song. If this is something you  might consider doing, even if it’s outside your comfort zone, please be in touch with Sarah Godfrey, or Pastor Sara, or join us for a short information and question meeting following today’s Worship Service (May 15th).

COVID Guidelines for Worship

  • Please wear a mask if you are able, sanitize your hands, maintain physical distancing and stay home if you feel ill for any reason.
  • You are welcome to sing if you are wearing a mask.
  • Colouring sheets and craft items for children are available on the table at the back of the fellowship hall.
  • The nursery room is available, unsupervised.
  • An offering plate is located at the back of the fellowship hall.

May Special Offering: Meserete Kristos Seminary provides training from an Anabaptist perspective for leaders in over 2,200 communities in Ethiopia, some in the midst of political and ethnic conflict, displacement and famine.  Give directly to https://mcec.ca/giving, designated to Meserete Kristos Seminary

Next Sunday May 22
10:00 a.m.  Outdoor worship service of hymn singing and sharing, in the greenspace at the church.
Worship Series: Transformed by Jesus – Living Differently

Please bring your own chair or blanket to sit on, as well as food for yourself/family as everyone is invited to stay after for a picnic lunch together. The service will not be livestreamed, rather it will be posted to the website later on Sunday. If the weather is bad, then we will meet in the Fellowship Hall.

No Coffee Time

Beginning next Sunday. In addition to the weekly children’s money offering for Ukraine, over the next several weeks we will receive 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 at the back of the fellowship hall. Place items in the box provided during children’s offering, or during the week in a box inside the church’s main entrance.

Jr. Youth & MYF
May 24 (Tues.) 6:30 p.m.  Jr. Youth Hiking
May 31 (Tues. ) 6:30 p.m. Jr. Youth Service night – MCC and comforter knotting

June 4 (Sat.) 5:30 p.m. MYF Family Dinner at Bob and Gladys Bender’s

Congregational Life
May 17 (Tues.) 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. The Adult Bible Study Group led by Wes Leis is meeting again at the church. Everyone welcome. Contact Wes for more information.

May 18 (Wed.) 7 p.m. Pickleball. Do you want to get exercise, learn a new skills, and have fun with others in the congregation? Come tryout Pickleball at the church.  Bring athletic footwear, equipment supplied.  A professional instructor will be leading the evening.  Space is limited, email lyantzi@gmail.com to book a spot. All ages eligible.

May 19 (Thurs.) 4:30 p.m. Resourcing Services ad hoc review & support
     7:00 p.m. Care Team meeting

Steinmann Soxx Softball
May 18 (Wed.) 9:00 p.m. –  St. Soxx vs. Nith Valley Jays (Tavistock)

Community Events
May 23 (Mon.) 2-8 p.m. Blood Donor Clinic at Steinmann Mennonite Church. Appointments are required. To book an appointment call 1-888-236-6283 or https://www.blood.ca/en

May 27 & 28 (Fri. & Sat.) New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale is happening at the Fairgrounds & Arena in New Hamburg. More information:  mcco.ca/events.  For this year’s Run for Relief information see nhmrs.com/run-for-relief.

May 28 (Sat.) 12 -3 p.m. MCC Material Resources Open House at 65 Heritage Dr, New Hamburg. See behind the scenes at the new warehouse. Learn more at mcco.ca/events.

June 1 (Wed.) Rockway Mennonite Collegiate’s 27th Annual Golf Classic fundraiser at Foxwood G&C Club in Baden. Register by May 24 at https://bit.ly/397IbfQ or email golfclassic@rockway.ca and become a golf sponsor.

June 3 (Fri.) 10am-4pm The Spirituality and Aging Seminar returns to Grebel with speaker Linda Hochstetler, presenting: “With Open Eyes & Open Hearts: Recognizing and living the journey of dying and death together.” This hybrid event will be hosted at Conrad Grebel University College and via zoom. Visit the Spirituality and Aging Seminar webpage for registration details: grebel.ca/sa

June 11th Weekend – MennoHomes Out-Spok’n XII for Affordable Housing bike-a-thon. A “hybrid” event to raise funds for a very real need. Meet on the Kissing Bridge Trail or choose your own route. Proceeds to support the Sprucelawn project. For more details visit www.mennohomes.com

June 14 (Tues) Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp ‘s 55th Chicken BBQ and Pie Auction. Eat in or take out available. For more information and tickets www.hiddenacres.ca.

July 29 (Fri.) – Aug. 1 (Mon.)  We Declare what we have seen and heard. Mennonite Church Canada Gathering in Edmonton, Alberta.  Details and registration: https://www.mennonitechurch.ca/gathering2022

Notices
Our Indigenous neighbours are still appreciating food at the Land Back site in Caledonia. Our next meal will be delivered June 3rd. Let me know at gladysbender@hotmail.com if you are interested in contributing.

For resources gathered by Mennonite Central Committee that address poverty and injustice at the time of the 2022 Ontario election see mcco.ca/ontario-election

Are you between the ages of 18-30 looking for a summer job? Check out a couple of MCC postings at  mcco.ca/serve

Volunteers are needed to help staff tables at sales and church events across southern Ontario to sell fair trade Niska crafts and art that supports Indigenous artisans across northeastern Ontario.  Go to mcco.ca/serve

Baden Summer Bible Camp  August 8-12 (mornings)
*VOLUNTEERS NEEDED*

We are looking for volunteers to assist with preparing for Baden Bible Camp.  Do you have a skill to share?  Or do you know of someone who has a heart for community kids?  Or do you need high school volunteer hours?

  1. Group Leaders (no preparation necessary)
  2. Station Leaders (worship, science, recreation, bible teaching, crafts, snack)

Other things that BSBC is looking for:

  1. LARGE cardboard pieces (appliance boxes, furniture boxes, etc.) to mount our Bible Camp posters and characters.
  2. Train or Railway Props / hats
  3. Prayerful support!

Please contact Sara Roth 519-498-7907, Jessie Gingerich 519-988-0723 or badensbc@gmail.com with any questions, referrals, or supplies.

Personal Notes
Pastor Sara will be (virtually) attending the Festival of Homiletics Conference – After the Storm: Preaching and Trauma (May 16-20), followed by two weeks of vacation. She will be back in the office June 8th.

Congratulation to Robert & Shirley Gingerich who are  celebrating their 55th anniversary on Friday, May 20.

Congratulation to Vernetta Steinman who is celebrating her 91st birthday today, May 15.

The family of Betty Roth would like to thank the pastors Sara, Steve and Liz for the support and guidance in the sickness and passing of Betty.  Thank you to the people who prepared the meal and served between the visitation and the funeral supper – it was most appreciated.  And thank you to the family and friends at Steinmann’s for the support and comfort you offered to us.  She  will be missed. Wallace Roth and family

Remember in Prayer
Tom and Ruthanne Bender as Ruthanne’s mother Hilda Gingrich, passed away May 10th in her 98th year.

We continue to pray for Karen Erb as she remains in hospital receiving care.

For Mennonite Witness worker Bock Ki Kim in building teams of facilitators to respond to schools in South Korea than invite training to help children learn peaceful ways to resolve conflict.