October 29, 2023 Bulletin

Voices Together: Music Sunday
October 29, 2023

Gathering to praise….


Call to Worship & Prayer

Hymns:  I Owe the Lord a Morning Song    VT  496

               Over My Head     VT 594

…to affirm our faith ….

Song:  Jesus Loves Me    VT 516

Scripture:  Psalm 90: 1-4; 10; 12

Hymn:  When We Walk with the Lord     VT 570

Hymn:  Beautiful Things     VT 551

…..to listen for God’s Spirit ….

Children’s Time

Hymn:  When Memory Fades      VT 649

Hymn: Nothing is Lost on the Breath of God    VT  653

Hymn:   My Love Colours Outside the Lines      VT 582

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 3:2-3

Hymn:  Quietly, Peacefully     VT 533

… who companions us ….

Congregational Prayer

Offering & Offertory


….and sends us forth as bearers of God’s love.  

 Hymn:  Be Thou My Vision     VT 549



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:
Prelude/Offertory/Postlude:  Susan Seyler
Worship Leader:  Sue Kennel
Children’s Time:  Melissa Gingerich
Song Leaders:  Steve Wagler, Nancy Steinmann Yantzi
Congregational Prayer:  Pastor Louise Wideman
Hymn Intros:  Keith Wagler, Elmer & Ethel Zehr, Rose Wagler, Steve Wagler, Marie Zehr, Samantha Wagler, Wendy Wagler, Michelle Wagler
Scripture:  Scott Wagler
Hymn introduction slides:  prepared by Samantha Wagler
A/V:  Cliff Kennel, Steve Kennel

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

Coffee, tea & juice available in the fellowship hall (small side) 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   Topic:  What is the Bible?

Next Sunday November 5
Daylight Savings Time ends.
9:45 a.m.  Livestream and in-person worship in the sanctuary.
Scripture:  Romans 8:18-25; Matthew 1:1-21
Speaker: Pastor Ben Cassels

Congregational Life
The Christmas choir will sing Sunday morning, Dec. 17. Rehearsals:  Sun. Nov. 26, 5:30 pm; Sun., Dec.3, 5:30 pm; and Sun., Dec.10. 7:00 pm.  An  additional rehearsal before Dec. 17 is possible.  All singers are welcome.

This Sunday is the last chance to add a patch to our ‘Names for God’ quilt.

Care Packages:  Exam time is coming soon for our post-secondary students. We want to let them know that their church family is thinking of them. Care Team is making packages and invites your contributions: candy, granola bars, tea, hot chocolate, post-it notes, etc. An information sheet has been placed in your church mailbox. Check your church mailbox for the list of students. A box for items will be in the hallway Nov. 5,  12, & 19.

Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp sent a Thank You card for our support for their Single Moms Camp this past summer. It is on the table beside the mailboxes. Please take a moment to read the notes inside.

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.

Oct. 31 (Tues.) 4 – 5 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Pickleball.

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+)
Nov. 3 (Fri.) 7-10 p.m. Worship Service Planning and Prep at the church
Nov 10 (Fri.) 7:30-9:30 p.m., Youth Night at Conrad Grebel.

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 at MCC Material Resource Center,  65 Heritage Drive, New Hamburg

Small Groups
Nov. 7 (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.

Nov. 9 (Thurs.) 10:00 a.m. – Women’s Bible study group meeting at the church in the Fireplace area. We will be using the book “Let The Light In” by Colin McCartney as a starting point to our discussion. All women are welcome. Contact person – Darlene Gingerich.

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

Contact update:  The landline number for David and Susan Seyler is no longer connected.  Please use cell phone numbers listed in the directory to contact them.

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

Remember in Prayer
Continue to pray for Wayne and Joyce Leis as they adjust to a new normal and recuperate from a recent diagnosis of COVID.

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

Ongoing prayers for Tasha Steckle and family.

After 2 months of intubation, Brian Hofstetter came off life support this week.  With the help of oxygen, he is able to breathe on his own.  Let us join Nyle and Kathleen and family in praying for ongoing healing and hope.

This week join Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (MCEC) in prayer for  Church of the Living Word, Ottawa , ON.

Wider Community
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 18 (Sat) 9 – 4 p.m. MCC Peace Conference at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate, 110 Doon Rd., Kitchener. This is your chance to see, hear and experience first-hand how you and MCC are changing lives and communities through peacebuilding. Registration link https://mcc.org/events/peace-conference.

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.

Nov. 18 (Sat.) 7 p.m. Shantz Mennonite Church presents The Jantzis, Gospel Music Concert. $10 donation at the door.

Nov. 22 (Wed.) 7:30 p.m. on Zoom Rockway Mennonite CollegiateAnnual General Meeting. Email AGM@rockway.ca to RSVP and Zoom link. Visit our AGM webpage for voting information.

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

The Canadian Mennonite is looking for a Graphic designer (half-time) from Nov. 22, 2023 until May 31, 2025. Apply by Nov. 6. For details   canadianmennonite.org/employment.