November 14, 2021 Bulletin

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

Children’s Time

Ephesians 1:15-23

Sermon – Hope

God, Be with Us VT 613

Caring for Ourselves and Each Other

Congregational Prayer

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: 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)

Steinmann Events
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 21Eternity 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.

Community Events
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

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

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  for the Zoom link.

Join Rockway’s Custodial staff, part-time or full-time (afternoon/evening). For more information visit:

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 Submit your cover letter and resume by December 10, 2021 to:

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 or 519-662-2867. Or go to 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.