October 22, 2023 Bulletin

Voices Together: Reign of God, New Heaven, New Earth
October 22nd 2023

Gathering just as we are


Call to worship


Hymn: New Earth, Heavens New     VT 377

*Hymn: O God of Blessings     VT 700

Proclaiming our faith

 Shared commitments

Children’s Time

Song: When you learn to follow Jesus you will act a little strange

Matthew 13:31-34

Sermon: Yeasty-ways

Responding to God’s remarkable love

 Hymn: We are One in the Spirit     VT 387

Congregational Sharing and Prayer

Offering and Offertory


Striving to live out God’s Kingdom

 Hymn: My Soul Cries Out     VT 412



*New Voices Together Hymn-of-the-Month for October 2023

An unsupervised nursery is available across from the washrooms for children ages 5 and under. Parents are expected to supervise their children while in the nursery.

Leading us in worship:
Worship Leader: Ryan Roth
Accompanist: Lorie Yantzi
Song Leader: Suzanne Bender
Children’s Time: Joy Wagler
Sermon: Pastor Sara Erb
Congregational Prayer: Wes Leis
A/V: Ben Winter and Steve Kennel

October Special Offering: Wilmot Family Resource Centre Food Bank. https://bit.ly/3t7i96r.

Coffee, tea & juice available in the fellowship hall following the service.

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

Next Sunday October 29
9:45 a.m.  Livestream and in-person worship in the sanctuary.
Music Sunday planned by “WYZ” group
Scripture:  Verses from Psalm 90 and 2 Corinthians 3

Congregational Life
New laminated green cards that read “I/We give electronically to the ministries and mission of Steinmann Mennonite Church” are available to place in the offering plates.  These cards provide a tangible way to participate in the act of worship we call offering.  The cards are found in the clear plastic holders on the backs of the pews.

Our “Names of God Quilt” is growing! Each week you are invited to write a name for God that has been significant to you on the quilt patches in the hallway. It can even be the same name for each week.

Oct. 24 (Tues.) 4 – 5 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Pickleball.

Oct. 27 (Fri) 5:30 p.m.  TGIF is a monthly casual gathering of families with children for food and fun, and is open to all. This month’s TGIF is hosted at Darryl & Ashley Drudge’s home. Please RSVP to Darryl at ad.drudge@gmail.com by Wednesday October 25th so food can be ordered.

Nov. 1 (Wed.) Morning & afternoon – All women invited to the church to knot comforters and/or quilt. Bring a bag lunch. Drinks provided.

Nov. 11 (Sat) 3 – 4:30 p.m. Come to our first “Baby Shower” for babies around the world – assembling MCC Infant Care kits. Refreshments provided by the Mennonite Knotters and Quilters. If you cannot come to the baby shower on Nov. 11, please bring items for the babies and drop them into the tub in the front hall. Thank you.

Nov. 18 (Sat.) 9 – 2 p.m. 9th annual Makers Market. There will be 35+ local vendors including Ten Thousand Villages again this year. We have a wide variety of volunteer roles to fill! If you are interested, please contact Ashley – ad.drudge@gmail.com or 519-998-2955.

MYF (Grades 9-12+)
Oct 27 (Fri.) 7- 10 p.m. Fear Factor at the church. Come dressed in a   costume and prepared for some fun (and even fearful) tasks.
Nov 10 (Fri.) 7:30-9:30 p.m., Youth Night at Conrad Grebel. Registration required, RSVP to Pastor Sara by Oct 25th.

Jr. Youth (Grades 5-8)
Nov. 8 (Wed.) 6:30-8 p.m. Craft Night at the church. Be ready to get creative!

KidsLIFE (Grades 1-5)
Nov. 1 (Wed.), 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Service night with MCC

Small Groups
Oct. 24(Tues.) 10 a.m. The Adult Bible Study led by Wes Leis will meet in the fireplace room. Studying “Exploring the New Testament”. Everyone is welcome.

Oct. 26 (Thurs.) 10:00 a.m.Women’s Bible study group will meet at church in the Fireplace Room in person and by Zoom. All women are welcome. We will have a devotional and prayer time followed by a    discussion of what the group would like to study this fall. If you have questions or plan to join by Zoom contact Darlene Gingerich.

Personal Notes
Pastor Sara will be away Oct 27-29.

We welcome Interim Financial Administrator, Ashley Drudge.  Office hours:  Tuesdays 10 am -2 pm. Email:  finance@smchurch.ca. Phone: 519.634.8311 Contact Ashely for all items for reimbursement, receipts for charge accounts, financial questions or questions related to cemetery fees.

We wish to express our thanks to our church family for your kindness during the past two weeks. We very much appreciated your presence at the visitation and memorial service, and your expressions of support in word and deed. Thank you to Pastor Louise and Pastor Sara, to everyone who helped prepare and serve the meals for the family at the visitation, the fellowship meal after the service, and to others who helped in various ways. Sincerely, the family of Ervin Steinmann

Remember in Prayer
Give thanks that surgery went well for both Gord Roth and for Judy Gingerich.  They are grateful for ongoing prayer support as they recuperate at home.

Wayne Leis was released from the hospital October 18.  He continues to recuperate at home.  Joyce and Wayne appreciate your support through cards and prayers at this time.

As Louise Gingerich’s health declines, let us remember Ralph, Louise and family.

Larry Wagler’s health continues to improve.  He is awaiting more tests and results in November. Thank you for your prayers.

Continue to pray for Nyle and Kathleen Hofstetter and family.

Let us uphold Tasha Steckle and family

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

Wider Community
Oct. 22 (Sun.) 2—5 p.m. “A Celebration of Fun Event” in Memory of John (Jack) Schultz at Poole Mennonite Church. See the poster on the bulletin board for details.

Oct. 22 (Sun.) 2:30  4:30 p.m. East Zorra Mennonite Church invites you to an information and fundraising event for Help Build a Future of Peace in Mindanao. The Future of Ministry in Philippines: Malipayon Peace Hub. For info https://bit.ly/3PUuTWS.

Oct. 28 (Sat.) 2-4 p.m.  Come to the SCHWETZFESCHT – a festival of speaking and hearing Deitsch at the East Zorra Mennonite Church, 677044 16th Line, Tavistock, Ont.  Guest speaker is Mark Louden, Professor of Germanic Linguistics at the University of Wisconsin.

Oct. 28 (Sun.) 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Voices Together Resource Day at Shantz Mennonite Church. Hymn Sing at 7 p.m.

Oct. 29 (Sun.) 6:30 p.m. Rosebank Church (1434 Huron Rd. Petersburg) presents The Watchmen in concert.  For details contact pastors@rosebankchurch.org

Oct. 30 (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 https://www.blood.ca/en

Nov. 4 (Sat.) 7:30 p.m. Menno Singers present ‘Now I lay me down to Peace,’ at First United Church (16 William St, Waterloo). Tickets $25 Adults. $5 Children/Students, available on-line or at the door (cash or   credit)  www.mennosingers.com

Nov. 5 (Sun.) 4:00 p.m. BACH VESPERS: The choir and orchestra of Spiritus Ensemble at the Church of St. John the Evangelist, 23 Water Street North, Kitchener. Admission is free; donations are gratefully received.

Nov. 5 (Sun.) at 3 p.m. A conversation with Ashley Hynd about traditional Indigenous tobacco at Steinmann Mennonite Church under the skylights. Sponsored by Wilmot Ecumenical Working Group on Indigenous/Settler Relationships. Register ecumenicalworkinggoup@gmail.com or Gladys Bender.

Nov 9 (Thur.) 7-9 pm. Discover Rockway – information night for families interested in Rockway Mennonite Collegiate. https://bit.ly/3ESAfwO.

Nov. 11  (Sat.) 7p.m. Theatre of the Beat. Hillcrest Mennonite Church presents “I Love You and It Hurts” which delves into the issue of abuse in our communities – elder abuse, healthy masculinity and intimate partner violence in young relationships. This interactive show provides an innovative way to raise awareness and start important conversations.  Admission by donations to Theatre of the Beat.

Nov. 12 (Sun.) 7 p.m. – St Jacobs Mennonite Church is hosting members of the KW Symphony in a Fundraising Concert entitled ‘Baroque and Beyond… A Musician’s Fundraiser.’

Nov. 17-19 Silver Lake Mennonite Camp Staff Alumni Retreat – Come to camp to reunite with friends and former staff!. To register visit https://slmc.ca/retreats/retreats/.

Nov.15 (Wed.) 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m.  Wilmot Family Resource Centre (WFRC) and Interfaith Counselling Centre (ICC) host a community breakfast on mental health and healthy relationship awareness to our community at Puddicombe House Restaurant. This year’s event presents: Theatre of the Beat– performing “I love you and it hurts”. Tickets are $35 each online https://bit.ly/3tM2cm9 , or call  ICC office at (519)662-3092.

Dec. 10 (Sun.) 3 p.m.. Menno Singers and Mennonite Mass Choir present Handel’s Messiah  a 230 voice choir. Tickets are on sale now at the Centre in the Square Box Office. www.centreinthesquare.com