May 29 2022 Bulletin

Sunday, May 29, 2022
Transformed by Jesus: Living Differently


Call to worship (based on Psalm 118:19-24)

Ephesians 2:19-22


God Is Here among Us  VT 62

Santo (Holy)  VT 136

Children’s time

1 Peter 2:4-5, 9-10  VT 381


Take My Life, and Let It Be  VT 759

Congregational prayer



Heart with Loving Heart United  VT 813



Leading Us in Worship:
Music led by: Susan Seyler and Rose Wagler
Worship Leaders: Brandon, Jessie, Claire, Leah & Sammy Gingerich
Children’s Time: Kim Lichti
Sermon & Congregational Prayer: Pastor Steve Drudge
Livestream: Mike Gingerich
Audio: Cliff Kennel

11:00 a.m. Kids Sunday School – Outdoors, dress for the weather
11:00 a.m.  Coffee Time on Zoom

Sunday worship has returned to the sanctuary for now as we continue to monitor the pandemic situation.  While worshipping in the Fellowship Hall, families appreciated having tables to sit at. Therefore we are experimenting with a family friendly space at the back of the sanctuary. To do so, three pews have been removed and tables put in their place, on which are quiet activities for the kids. Additional activities can be found on the table in the foyer. Contact Worship Committee with any questions.

Guidelines for Worship

  • Mask wearing and physical distancing is encouraged.
  • Stay home if you feel ill for any reason.
  • Sit in every other pew and 2 m apart unless you arrange otherwise with the person(s) seated next to you.
  • You are welcome to sing if you are wearing a mask.
  • Colouring sheets and craft items for children are available on tables and at the back of the sanctuary.
  • The nursery room is available, unsupervised.

May Special Offering: Meserete Kristos Seminary, Ethiopia. Give directly to, designated o Meserete Kristos Seminary

We are receiving items for relief kits, hygiene kits and soap that is much needed for MCC’s shipments of emergency supplies to Ukraine. See  for details of kit contents or find lists on the table next to the mailboxes. Place items in the box provided during children’s offering, or during the week in a box inside the church’s main entrance.

Next Sunday June 5 Pentecost Sunday
9:45 a.m. Livestream and in-person worship in the sanctuary
Worship Series: Transformed by Jesus – Living Differently
Scripture: Luke 24:13-35.  Sermon: Following Jesus Together
Speaker: César Garcia, Mennonite World Conference General Secretary

Parent-child dedication of Becky & Jeremy Rieck & Violet Mae
Malcolm & Jamie Vincent & Eva Rae

No  Coffee Time
11:00 a.m.  Adult Education in person, outside

Jr. Youth & MYF
May 31 (Tues. ) 6:30 p.m. Jr. Youth Service night – Tour the MCC warehouse then knot comforter at the church.
June 4 (Sat.) 5:30 p.m. MYF Family Dinner at Bob and Gladys Bender’s

Congregational Life
June 1 (Wed.) Morning & afternoon  – All women invited to the church to knot comforters and/or quilt.  Potluck lunch, bring a salad or dessert to share.  Drinks provided.

June 7 (Tues.) 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. The Adult Bible Study Group led byWes Leis is meeting again at the church. Everyone welcome. Contact Wes for more information.

Aug 5-7
Church Camping at Hidden Acres. Sign-up sheet for overnight camping is on the table by the mailboxes. For more information or questions, talk to Anthony Helmuth.

Steinmann Soxx Softball
May 30 (Mon.) 9:00 p.m. –  St. Soxx vs. Mapleview Miners (New Hamburg Community Centre )
June 1 (Wed.) 9:00 p.m. St. Soxx vs. East Zorra Bruzers  (Tavistock – Optimist)

Community Events
May 30 (Mon.) 8 p.m. Interfaith Counselling Services Virtual AGM. Celebrate the work and share plans.  To register, email Kristin at

June 3 (Fri.) 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. 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:

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

June 21 (Tues.) 6 – 8 p.m. Tri-County Mennonite Homes Annual General Meeting at Greenwood Court (90 Greenwood Drive, Stratford)

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

Giving Survey: We have extended the period for responding to the survey until May 31st Please return completed surveys to the church accountant, Wendy Wagler, at Direct link to the survey:  If you have any questions or comments please feel free to reach out to Wendy by phone 519 634 8311 or through email. May God bless our mission together and your participation in it! Thank you to the 22 respondents who have completed the survey so far.

Property committee is looking for people to take responsibility for weeding the church beds. Beds have been mulched, reducing upkeep. If individuals, couples or families sign up for two week shifts from June through Sept., a couple of hours during this time period should be sufficient. Please sign up on the sheet on the table next to the mailboxes or contact Arne Kennel

Last call for photos for the new Photo Directory:  We will be making an updated photo directory prior to Pastor Louise’s arrival in August. If you haven’t already submitted a photo of your household (i.e. your photo is not up on the wall in hallway), please send in a photo to the church office by May 31st.

We would like to reintroduce coffee time after worship but need more volunteers to help make coffee, serve and clean up. Please contact Norma Iutzi or Carol Roth if you can help.  Training is available upon request.

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 if you are interested in contributing.

Mennonite Central Committee resources that address poverty and injustice at the time of the 2022 Ontario election. For local candidate responses to improving relationships with Indigenous people, see interviews as they become available:

Personal Notes
Pastor Sara will be on vacation until June 8th .