Sunday, November 14, 2021
Grief and Hope
Welcome and introduction of Louise Wideman
Call to worship and Prayer
Blessing in the Turning
All Who are Thirsty VT 49
God Be the Love VT 43
Sermon – Hope
God, Be with Us VT 613
Caring for Ourselves and Each Other
Jesus Rock of Ages VT 622
In the Bulb There Is a Flower VT 670
Leading Us in Worship:
Prelude/Postlude: Delphine Schwartzentruber
Worship Leader: Gladys Bender
Children’s Time: Suzanne Bender
Sermon: Louise Wideman
Congregational Prayer: Gladys Bender
Livestream: Steve Kennel
Today, 11:30 a.m. Coffee Time on Zoom with Louise Wideman
COVID Guidelines for Worship
- Please wear a mask
- Songs. Hum, sway or tap along, or sing as invited
- After the service, remain seated until an usher dismisses you
- You are welcome to gather out in the parking lot for fellowship
- An offering plate is located at the back of the fellowship hall
- Tables and colouring sheets provided for young families.
- We are prioritizing air flow in the building. Connect with an ushers if you are bothered by the draft or have trouble hearing.
Reflection on Worship Visuals – Helmi Wiebe
The circle, or ring, represents the symbol of eternity and never-ending existence. A circle has no beginning and no end, many believe it represents God’s love for us, which moves within and around our daily challenges. The circle is wrapped in frayed cloth that moves from black to gray to white in colour. Grief moves through times of deep darkness, and is pulled to the light. Grief can continue to cycle through times of despair and times of healing. Also symbolizes the circle of support the community can offer to those who are grieving. The life force is represented by the plant and vines which move over the cloth. Hope that life will be renewed, hope that peace will come as promised to us by God.
Monthly special giving for November: Hochma congregation in Montreal. Read their inspiring story of responding to people who are homeless: https://bit.ly/3ksJybG. This month please give donations to Steinmann Mennonite Church designated “Hochma.” Our accountant Wendy will forward one sum at the end of the month.
Next Sunday November 21
9:45 a.m. Livestream and in-person worship in the fellowship hall
Eternity Sunday. Remembering those who have died.
Scripture: 2 Samuel 1:1-11
Speaker: Pastor Sara Erb, Blessed are those who mourn
Congregational Meeting and Pastoral Candidate Vote. Three ways to vote: proxy ballots are due by 9:30 a.m. Nov 21, in-person ballots following the worship service or virtual ballot via Zoom at 11 a.m. Nov 21st. For more information on ways to vote contact Steve Wagler (VFT chair).
November Worship Series: Grief and Hope
Global Grief and Lament (Nov. 7), Caring for Ourselves and Others (Nov. 14), Personal Grief and Mourning, Eternity Sunday (Nov. 21), Hope in the midst of Darkness, Advent 1 (Nov. 28)
Nov. 18 (Thurs.) 7:30 p.m. At Death’s Door Workshop with Irma Fast Dueck (Zoom). Postponed Session 3: Complicated Grief.
Nov. 20 (Sat) 9-2p.m. 6th Annual Makers Market. Note: proof of vaccination will be required. We’d also love your help. We’re looking for: Donations of baked goods for the churchs’ baked goods table. Please drop them off Friday during the day or Saturday morning before 9am. Donations of jars so that we can offer a low waste, take out soup lunch. Quart jars and pint jars would be appreciated! Please drop them off by Tuesday, the 16th. Contact Ashley Drudge. We hope to see you there!
November 21— Eternity Sunday Remembering those who have died this past year (Nov. 2020-2021). If you wish to have a name read during the service, please contact the church office by Tuesday.
Nov 26(Fri.) – Meals to the Land Defenders at Land Back Lane in Caledonia. Meals are going to be continued even though there has been cancellation of the major development in the land dispute. Your contribution to this meal is a way to work at improved relationships with Indigenous people. If you would like to contribute please message Gladys Bender
Nov. 28 (Sun.) 11 a.m. Kids Sunday School, in-person. We will plan to be indoors. Parents are invited to stay.
Dec. 9 (Thurs.) 7:00 pm. Premier event planned by THE GENEROSITY COMMITTEE Purpose: To Encourage dialogue in our congregation regarding our earning, spending, donating, and management of our financial resources for all who appreciate free pie and coffee along with conversation with fellow church members. Current provincial regulations require double vaccinations because of food being served. Contact church office before December 8th to RSVP. Questions? Ask Angela Gerber, Darryl Drudge, Lynn Yantzi, Pastor Steve.
Jr. Youth & MYF
Nov. 23 (Tues.) 6:30 p.m. Jr. Youth: Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
Nov 26 (Fri) 7:00 p.m. MYF: Movie Night at the church.
Nov. 15 (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 blood.ca/en
2021 Virtual Mennonite Central Committee Peace Conference.
Nov. 19 (Fri.), 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Bruxy Cavey and Ken Ogasawara discuss vaccines, masks, lockdowns and influencing as people of Jesus.
Nov. 20 (Sat.), 9:00 am – 12:30 pm. Staff reflect on Reconciliation-in-action. Breakout sessions. More information and registration at https://bit.ly/3wFzJfy
Nov. 25 & 26, 12-8pm, Nov. 27, 10am-5pm Mennonite Central Committee Christmas Marketplace, at 50 Kent Ave., Kitchener. Unique one-of-a-kind gifts with social impact from Grand Valley Institute for Women, Circle of Friends, volunteers and more.
Rockway Mennonite Collegiate: Virtual AGM on Thurs. Nov. 18 @ 7:30 p.m. email AGM@rockway.ca for the Zoom link.
Join Rockway’s Custodial staff, part-time or full-time (afternoon/evening). For more information visit: www.rockway.ca/employment
It’s that time of year again! If you are interested in attending a Mennonite School (i.e. Rockway, Conrad Grebel) or taking an Anabaptist related course in 2022, you are invited to submit an application (by Nov 30th) to the Mennonite Schools and Leadership committee to receive some student aid support. If you have any questions feel free to contact a member of the committee: Andrea Kennel, Scott Wagler, Pastor Sara.
Silver Lake Mennonite Camp is looking for three young adults (at least 22 years old) to fill the Assistant Director roles from April 30-August 29, 2022 (see job description at slmc.ca/about/board-of-directors/). Submit your cover letter and resume by December 10, 2021 to: email@example.com
The Property Committee is looking for 2 people to serve as the new Cemetery Coordinator and/or as an assistant, beginning in the new year. The role involves organizing plot locations and coordinating burial arrangements for our church cemetery. Training would be provided through the Property Committee. A detailed job description is available by contacting Brandon Gingerich or Jim Steckle.
New Hamburg thrift needs Volunteers!! Various positions available. For more information contact Jennifer Woolner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-662-2867. Or go to newhamburgthrift.com and fill out a Volunteer application. Thank-You
Remember in Prayer
Ruth Steinmann has been moved from ICU. We continue to pray for her and Bruce.