Sunday, December 10, 2023 Bulletin

Advent 2
How will we know …what now?
Sunday, December 10, 2023

Gather

Carol Sing Prelude

Call to Worship & Prayer

Advent Hymn & Candle Lighting:  Hope is a Candle     VT 211

Hearing

Scripture: Isaiah 40:1-11

Hymn: Comfort, Comfort, O My People     VT 212

Children’s Time

Hymn of the month:  Poor of the earth  v. 1,2      VT 213

Drama

Hymn of the month: Poor of the earth  v. 3 & 4     VT 213

Scripture: Mark 1:1-8

Sermon: Preparing the way ….

Responding

Reflection Question:  What shall we do while we wait?

Hymn: Prepare the Way! the Prophet Called     VT 220

Congregational Sharing & Prayer

Offering & Offertory

Announcements

Hymn: Bless’d Be the God of Israel     VT 223

Benediction

Postlude

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/Scripture:  Darryl Drudge
Song Leader:  Norma Iutzi
Children’s Time:  Pam Carter
Accompanist:  Delphine Schwartzentruber
Advent candle:  Darryl & Nicole Streicher & family
Drama:  Isaac Roth & Scott Wagler
Congregational Prayer:     Pastor Ben Cassels
Sermon:  Pastor Louise Wideman
AV: Ben Winter & Paul Hammer

December Coin Collection & Special Offering is in support of the Christmas Day Dinner for those alone or lonely, sponsored by Wilmot Family Resource Centre and local churches. http://bit.ly/3ONkf1M

Hats & Mittens Offering: Every week through Advent we are invited to bring offerings of hats & mittens that will be donated. These can be given to children during the Offering, who can then bring them to the front to hang on the tree .

Today
Coffee & tea 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. 4), basement
11:15 – 12 p.m. Jr. Youth (Gr. 5-8) & MYF (Gr. 9-12+), basement
Adult Ed. in the Fireplace Room:
Sunday, December 10th – Our Food Stories
1:30 p.m. Funeral service and reception for Lyle Erb

Next Sunday December 17  Advent 3
9:45 a.m.  Livestream and in-person worship in the sanctuary.
Scripture:  Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Luke 1:46b-55
Speaker:  Pastor Sara Erb
11:00 a.m. Zoom Coffee Time.

Congregational Life
Christmas Eve Rehearsal will take place immediately following worship Sunday morning, December 10.

Christmas choir rehearsals:  Sunday, December 10 – 7:30 pm (note time change).

Christmas Instrumental Ensemble rehearsals: Sunday, December 10  (CANCELLED); Sunday, December 17 – 12 to– 1 p.m.; Tuesday, December 19 – 7 to 8 p.m.  For more information contact Norma Iutzi.

Dec. 12 (Tues.) 4 – 5 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Pickleball.

Dec. 21 (Thur.) at 9 a.m. – 12 noon Steinmann members are needed to help cut rags at the MCC Material Resources Centre. Thank you for your help.

MYF (Grades 9-12+)
Dec. 15 (Fri.) 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.  Christmas Party at Chris & Elaine Finnie’s home

Save the date: Jan 5 – 6, MYF Lock-In at the church.

Jr. Youth (Grades 5-8)
Dec 12 (Tues.) 6:30 – 8 p.m.  Christmas Party at the church.

Small Groups
Dec. 12 (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.

Jan. 4 (Thurs.) 10:00 a.m. – Women’s Bible study group meeting at the church in the Fireplace area. Read chapter 4 of “Let The Light In”. All women are welcome. Contact person – Darlene Gingerich.

Personal Notes
Congratulations to Ralph Gingerich who is celebrating his 89th birthday on Thursday,  December 14.

Remember in Prayer
We extend our sympathy to the Erb family — Lyle Erb died unexpectedly on Monday, December 4.  Visitation will take place at Mark Jutzi funeral home on Saturday, December 9, 12 noon – 4 pm.  The funeral service will happen at Steinmann Mennonite Church on Sunday, December 10, 1:30 pm.

This week join Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (MCEC) in prayer for  Église Bethésda Mennonite de Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec City.  QC.

Wider Community
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.

Dec. 11 (Mon.) 7:30 p.m. Pastors in Exile (PiE; a ministry to Young Adults exploring faith) is hosting an Advent Hymn Sing at WK United Mennonite Church. This event will also serve as PiE Pastor Steph     Chandler Burns’ licensing towards ordination service. Join us to sing and celebrate the upcoming Christmas season while also supporting Steph in this next step in ministry. PiE supporters of all ages are welcome at this celebration!

Dec. 16 (Sat.) 3 p.m. Rockway Mennonite Church presents Dickens comes to Rockway! Actor John Huston (Civilized) brings his character, Charles Dickens, to Rockway and will lead us in an afternoon of    Christmas theatre. Pay-what-you-can donations at the door. You are  invited to bring a plate of goodies to share. Hot drinks will be provided. Email amanda@thesingerstheatre.ca with questions.

Dec. 17 (Sun.) 3 p.m. The Inter-Mennonite Children’s Choir presents: Tell the News! at St. Jacobs Mennonite Church. Tickets: $12 for Adults and $5 for children ages 5-18  available from a chorister or at the door. For more     information: conductor@imcchoir.org

Dec. 21 (Thur.) 4:30 p.m. Wilmot Ecumenical Group Longest Night       Service:  A  Longest Night service is a gentle and reflective service for all who are carrying pain or loss during this season of celebration. The service will be held at Zion United Church, 215 Peel Street, New Hamburg.

Dec. 25 (Mon.) at 12 p.m. Wilmot Family Resource Centre (WFRC), in partnership with the Wilmot Ecumenical Ministerial, is hosting a FREE, SIT-DOWN Christmas Dinner for those in Wilmot and Wellesley who are alone or lonely on Christmas Day at Steinmann Mennonite Church.       Contact WFRC by December 15th for reservations information: https://bit.ly/47UuoSW or 519.662.2731.

Steinmann Mennonite Church subsidizes counselling sessions for  members at InterFaith Counselling and Shalom Counselling.  Simply indicate when booking that you are part of Steinmann Mennonite Church. You can read Shalom Counselling’s latest newsletter here: https://bit.ly/48aKVlP

Mennonite Spiritual Directors of Eastern Canada (MSDEC) winter Newsletter  https://bit.ly/483wH68

The Inter-Mennonite Children’s choir is inviting additional choristers to start singing with us in January 2024. For more information, registration information and choir fees can be found at: https://bit.ly/SING24. The registration deadline is December 15th.