November 27, 2022 Bulletin

Sunday, November 27,  2022
An Unexpected Time:  Called to be attentive
Advent 1


Prelude   Grant Movold

Lighting of Advent candle     Myron Wagler,Rose Wagler, Samantha Wagler

Bell calls us to silence

Call to Worship & Prayer     Rick Brenneman

Hymn              Oh, How Shall I Receive Thee    VT 215

Scripture presentation        Isaiah 2:1-5        Brian Sararus

Hymn           Open My Eyes     VT 732


Children’s     Time Steve & Pam Carter

Gift of music    Grant Movold

Scripture Matthew  24:36-44       Rick Brenneman

Bell calls us to silence

Sermon  Called to be Attentive and Faithful Pastor Steve Drudge


 Hymn           Longing for Light        VT 715

Bell calls us to silence

Confession Rick Brenneman

Song of assurance  For You, O God, My Soul   VT 41

Congregational Sharing & Prayer   Pastor Louise Wideman

Offering & offertory    Rick Brenneman

Hymn            We Will Walk with God      VT 815

Announcements     Rick Brenneman

Benediction Pastor Steve Drudge

Postlude Grant Movold


Song Leader – Steve Wagler
AV – Steve Kennel & Ben Winter


An unsupervised nursery is available across from the washrooms for children ages 5 and under.

In person Coffee Time following the service.

Today is our Intergenerational Sunday School at 11:15 a.m.  All ages are invited to gather in the fellowship hall for a Bible story and singing.

Kids’ Offering and November Special Offering:  Wilmot Family Resource Centre Christmas Hampers delivered starting Dec. 7th. Go to to donate money or grocery gift cards ($25 increments), sponsor a family or volunteer. Mitts, gloves, wrapping paper/gift bags, tape, candy canes, craft kits, paint by number and adult puzzle and colouring books can be taken to the front of the sanctuary during offering time today and Dec. 4 or placed in the box inside the main door during the week. Sponsor Application and Volunteer Interest forms are available on the table in the main hallway.

Next Sunday December 4 ADVENT 2
9:45 a.m. – Livestream and in-person worship in the sanctuary.
Theme:  An Unexpected Time: Called to live with hope
Scripture: Matthew 3:1-12
Speaker: Pastor Louise Wideman

Coffee Time in person

Congregational Life
Nov. 27 (Sun.) 6:30 p.m. First Christmas Choir Practice.  All are welcome.

Nov. 29 (Tues) 4-5 p.m. & 7 p.m. Pickleball note the additional time  for the people wanting to play earlier.

Dec. 7 (Wed.) Morning & afternoon – All women are invited to the church to knot comforters and/or quilt.  Christmas Potluck lunch.  Drinks provided.

MYF (Grades 9-12+)
Dec. 9 (Fri) 7-10 p.m. Christmas Party.

Jr. Youth (Grades 6-8)
Dec. 14 (Wed.) Christmas Party.

KidsLIFE (Grades 1-5)
Nov. 30 (Wed.) 6:00—7:30 p.m.  All things Christmas

Small Groups
Dec. 13 (Tues.) 10 a.m. The Adult Bible Study led by Wes Leis will meet in the fireplace room at church. Everyone is welcome. Contact person: Wes Leis.

Dec. 8 (Thurs.) 10-11:30 a.m. – Women’s Bible study will be meeting on Zoom this week. Studying “Expecting Emmanuel – Eight Women Who Prepared the Way”. Read pages 55-90. Questions – talk to Lynelle Drudge, Joy Wagler or Darlene Gingerich.

Steinmann Hockey Team
Dec. 2 (Fri.) 9 p.m.   Tavistock @ Steinmann (Wilmot Rec Complex)
Dec. 9 (Fri.) 10 p.m.  Steinmann @ No Dekes  (Wilmot Rec Complex)

Parents – treat bags for your College and University students are located above the coat rack at the main entrance. Care Team thanks all those persons who donated treats. You have blessed our students by letting them know the church is thinking of them. Thank you!

The piano in the fellowship hall is being replaced by a newer one. We’d like to find a new home for the old piano rather than have it go to piano heaven at the landfill site. It would be a good instrument for a beginner to intermediate piano student. If you are interested in taking the old piano or know someone who might be, please contact Doris Martin by Dec. 6.

With the busy holiday season approaching, the current Sunday morning Zoom Coffee time participants have agreed to take a break during the months of  Nov. and Dec.  They will revisit this practice in Jan. 2023.

Last call to sign up to purchase the new photo directory. Sign-up sheet in the church hallway, or contact the church office.

Interested in attending an Anabaptist School (i.e. Rockway or Conrad Grebel) or working at a Mennonite camp in 2023?  Do not let cost or financial compensation prevent you from doing so.  Talk to Andrea Kennel, Melody Steinman, or Pastor Sara.  Apply by Nov. 30, 2022.

Wider Community
Dec. 3 (Sat.) 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Wilmot Seniors’ Workshop, Christmas Craft Sale, 27 Beck St., Baden.

Dec. 4 (Sun.) 3 p.m. Heart Cry Choir presents an a cappella Christmas concert at St. Agatha Catholic Church.

Dec. 4 (Sun.) 2:30 p.m. Tavistock Mennonite Church  presents An A Capella Christmas with The Twin City Harmonizer. Guest performer Chuckee Zehr. Tickets: $20/adults, $15/Youth/Students 13 and over, 12 and under, free.  For tickets or more information contact Alyssa at 519-655-2581, or

Dec. 4 (Sun) 3 p.m. Spiritus Ensemble perform Bach’s Christmas masterpiece, Christmas Oratorio at St Peter’s Lutheran Church, 49 Queen Street North, Kitchener. Tickets available at

Dec. 6 (Tues.) 7:30 p.m. Rockway Mennonite Collegiate’s annual Christmas Concert at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Freewill offering.

Dec. 11 (Sun.) 3 p.m. Inter-Mennonite Children’s Choir present: Glory, Glory!, at St. Jacobs Mennonite Church. For more information and tickets

Dec. 11 (Sun.) 7:30 p.m. Menno Singers present for a Service of Lessons and Carols at Trillium Lutheran Church in Waterloo. Admission by donation.

Curious about theology, biblical literacy, pastoral care, or church ministry? Consider the Master of Theological Studies at Conrad Grebel University College.  Contact

Personal Notes
Congratulations to Marianne Schlegel who is celebrating her 83rd birthday on Tuesday, November 29.

Congratulations to Milton & Margaret Moher who are celebrating their 50th anniversary on Friday, December 2.

Remember in Prayer
The Pastoral Search Committee invites your prayers as we consider the congregational needs for pastoral leadership. We are excited about the possibilities and decisions before us.  Committee  members; Ashley Drudge, Brandon Gingerich, Carol Sararus, Cliff Kennel, Pastors Louise and Sara, Gladys Bender.

Praise God that Mennonite Church Canada Witness is able to send support again for ministries in Myanmar after months of delay. Pray for churches in Chin State as they continue to minister despite economic hardship and increasing violence.

Pray that extremist Israeli settlers will give Palestinian neighbours peace to live and work on their own land instead of attacking them during the current olive harvest.

This week join Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (MCEC)  in prayer for Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church, Kitchener, ON.