May 19, 2024 Bulletin

May 19, 2024
Pentecost Sunday
Gathering as We Are
Call to Worship
Hymn: Gathered Here VT 3
Hymn: In Thy Holy Place We Bow VT 40
Children’s Time
Listening to Each Other and For God’s Voice
Hymn: Come Walk With Us VT 23
Scripture: Luke 24:13-35
Sermon: Breaking the Body of Christ
Hymn: For We are Strangers No More VT 409
Congregational Prayer
Offering and Offertory
Living Out God’s Love
Hymn of the Month: As the Wind Song through the Trees VT 373
Sending: Peace Be With You VT850

Leading us in Worship:
Song leader/Prelude/Offertory/Accompanist: Sara and Isaac Roth
Worship Leader: Gladys Bender
Scripture Reader: Janet Day, Bob Bender
Sermon: César Garcia, Mennonite World Conf. General Secretary
Children’s Time: Gladys Bender
Congregational Prayer: Pastor Ben Cassels
A/V: Steve Carter, Steve Kennel

An unsupervised nursery is available across from the washrooms for children ages five and under. Parents are expected to supervise their children while in the nursery.

May Special/Coin Offering is in support of MCC Relief Sale purchase of supplies for selling cream buns. We are looking to raise approximately $2000 for the supplies.

Welcome to guest preacher, César García. César is the general secretary of the Mennonite World Conference (MWC), our global church that serves some 1.5 million members worldwide in the Anabaptist tradition. García is from Bogotá, Colombia. He has been a church planter, pastor, and professor of Bible and theology. He is married to Sandra Báez, a pastor at First Mennonite, Kitchener.

Christian Education (Sunday School) for all ages:
11:00 – 12 pm Children’s Sunday School (Age 2 – Gr. 5), basement
11:15 – 12 pm Jr. Youth (Gr. 6-8) & MYF (Gr. 9-12+), basement
Adult Education: Fireplace Room

Next Sunday
9:45 am Livestream and in-person worship
Scripture: Matthew 18:21-35
Speaker: Pastor Ben Cassels

This week at Steinmann MC
May 20 (Mon): 6:30-9 pm Pickleball
May 21 (Tues): 6:30-9 pm: Pickleball

Congregational Life
Pastor Sara is taking two weeks of vacation, returning June 2.

The Church Office will be closed on Tuesday May 21 in lieu of Victoria Day.

Friday, May 17 was Ashley Drudge’s last day as Interim Financial Administrator. We will officially recognize Ashley’s work on Sunday, June 9. Lynne Dueck will include the financial administrative work in her role as Office Manager.

May 25 (Sat): Make sure to visit SMC’s two booths at the MCC Relief Sale—Cream Buns and Summer Sausage. Thanks to Gord Roth for organizing the summer sausage, Steve & Pam Carter for organizing the cream buns, and the many volunteer (more than we can handle!) giving of their time to make this happen.

May 26 (Sun) 2-4pm: Open House in the Fellowship Hall for Tom and Ruthanne Bender’s 50th wedding anniversary. All are welcome.

There will be a visitation for Samuel Wiebe, son of John and Helmi, on Saturday, June 1 at Steinmann Mennonite Church from 2-4:00 pm. A Celebration of Life will take place on Sunday, June 2, 2-4:30 pm at St. Brigid’s Villa at Ignatius Jesuit Centre, Guelph. (This venue will only hold 60 people and will involve some walking to get to the centre.)

June 5 (Wed) 7 pm: Membership Transfer Meeting. Anyone interested in the possibility of transferring their membership to Steinmann Mennonite Church is invited to come for conversation with the pastors.

Save the Date: June 9 (Sun) 11am-12pm: Congregational Program Meeting. An opportunity to vision together as a congregation, celebrate the ways God has been at work this past year, vote on the slate of volunteers, and hear a few updates.

June 9 (Sun) 2-4 pm: Bicentennial Event: Guided Cemetery Tour. Former pastor, Fred Lichti will lead a story telling history tour beginning at the St. Agatha Mennonite Church cemetery and ending at the Steinmann Mennonite Church cemetery. Refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall at the end of the tour. All are welcome.

August 9-11 SMC Camping at Hidden Acres. Signup sheets are by the mailboxes.

August 12-16 (Mon-Fri) mornings: Baden Summer Bible Camp here at Steinmann. We are looking for volunteers for all roles. Please reach out to Courtney Hobbs or email if you are interested and able to help.

MYF (Grades 9-12+)
May 31 (Fri) 7-10 pm: Forest Games at the Vandermolens’.
Jr. Youth (Grades 5-8)
May 22 (Wed): 6:30-8 pm: Hiking in Walker Woods.
Small Groups
May 22 (Wed) 10 am The Adult Bible Study led by Wes Leis will meet in the fireplace room at the church. Everyone is welcome.
May 23 (Thurs) 9:30 am: Women’s Bible study group meeting at Shirley Dunford’s.

Remember in Prayer
Remember Dorothy Boyle who is receiving care at Grand River Hospital.

We celebrate the following wedding anniversaries: Robert & Shirley Gingerich 57yrs on May 20; Harold & Delores Swartzentruber 65yrs on May 23rd; and Tom & Ruthanne Bender 50yrs on May 25.

Happy 80th Birthday to AnnaMae Hofstetter on May 23.

This week join Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (MCEC) in prayer for Hillcrest Mennonite Church.

The Steinmann MC quilt submitted to the New Hamburg Relief Sale for auction, along with 11 others, is on display at Kitchener City Hall Rotunda. They will be on display until May 23.

All are welcome to support Rockway’s grade 7&8 students as they perform the Arthurian comedy, Camelot and Camelittle! Students are bringing this wonderfully quirky tale of King Arthur to the Rockway stage on May 23 and 24 at 7:30 pm. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit:

Calling all golfers! Join us on Monday, May 27 at Grey Silo Golf Club for Rockway’s 29th Annual Golf Classic! This is our largest Tuition Assistance fundraiser of the year, so why not come out for a day of FUNdraising, food and friends. Registration closes May 20.

June 6 (Thurs) 7 pm: Experience history from an Indigenous perspective by participating in a Blanket Exercise at the New Hamburg Community Centre. All people 14 years and older are welcome. Register at

The New Anabaptist Community Bible is available for pre-order. Sign up on the sheet by the mailboxes for your copy by June 1. The church office will calculate totals and contact those who placed orders with the total due and a due date. FYI: Bibles will arrive in January 2025.

June 10 (Mon) 2-8 pm: Blood Donor Clinic at Steinmann Mennonite Church. Appointments are required. To book an appointment call 1-888-236-6283 or

June 11 (Tues) 5-7 pm: 57th Annual Chicken BBQ & 16th Annual Pie Auction Fundraiser at Hidden Acres: $20 Small meal/$24 Regular meal. Tickets need to be purchased in advance at

100th Anniversary of the Arrival of the Russian Mennonite Refugees to Ontario in 1924: Bus Tour The Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario is hosting a one day Bus Tour to the Niagara Peninsula on June 15, 2024 to commemorate this event. For more details and to register, please go to

Spirituality & Aging Seminar on Friday, June 21 (in-person and virtual) at Conrad Grebel University College. Rev. Dr. Mark Roberts presents “From Problems to Possibilities: Faith Communities enabling those in the third third of life to flourish.” This seminar challenges the narratives about elders in communities, churches, and society at large; exploring the role churches can play in empowering older adults. Visit for registration information.

June 19 (Wed.) 6 pm: Interfaith Counselling Centre 40th Anniversary Gala at Puddicombe Banquet Hall (145 Peel Street, New Hamburg). Formal attire, delicious food, and live musical entertainment. Tickets $140/person ($80 receiptable). For more information