Sunday, December 17, 2023 Bulletin

Advent 3
How will we know …what’s next?
Sunday, December 17, 2023

Gather

Carol Sing Prelude

Call to Worship & Prayer

Hymn: He Came Down     VT 239

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

Hearing

Scripture: John 1:19-28

Drama

Gift of Music:  Joy in Judea

There Were Angels Hovering

Children’s Sunday School Singing

Children’s Time

Scripture: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11

Hymn of the Month:  Poor of the Earth     VT 213

Meditation: Mary the Prophet

Responding

Hymn: We Dream of a Turning     VT 209

Congregational Sharing & Prayer

Offering & Offertory

Announcements

Gift of Music:  Stille, Stille, Stille

Calypso Gloria

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 & Congregational Prayer:  Janessa Otto
Song Leader:  Suzanne Bender
Children’s Time:  Gladys Bender
Gift of Music:  Christmas Choir; Children’s Sunday School
Prelude/Offertory/Postlude:  Doris Martin
Advent candle:  Jon & Alex Lebold & family
Drama:  Joanne Schwartzentruber, Mark Scheerer
Meditation:  Sara Erb
AV: Cliff Kennel & 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.
Pastor/Staff Treats will follow morning worship.

No Christian Education (Sunday School) for all ages:  on December 17, 24 and 31. All classes will resume on January 7th.

11:00 a.m. Zoom Coffee Time.

Next Sunday December 24  Advent 4
9:45 a.m.  Livestream and in-person worship in the sanctuary.
Scripture:  Luke 1:26-38
Speaker:  Pastor Ben Cassels

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

Dec. 19 (Tues.) 4 – 5 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Pickleball. No Pickleball on  Tuesday, December 26.

Dec. 21 (Thur.) at 9 a.m. – 12 noon Steinmann members are needed to help cut rags at the MCC Material Resources Centre. As a thank you for  helping, all rag cutters are invited to Rick and Ardys’ house for Rick’s infamous potato and ham soup at noon following our work.

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

MYF (Grades 9-12+)
Save the date: Jan 5 – 6, MYF Lock-In at the church.

Small Groups
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 Harold Swartzentruber who is celebrating his 88th birthday on Saturday, December 23.

I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks and gratitude to everyone for your prayers, kind thoughts, cards, and calls during my recovery from a recent heart attack.  Thanks to the Care Team for your visit and support. Also, a special thank you to Pastor Louise for your visits. Blessings, Wayne  Leis

Remember in Prayer
Ralph Wagler is undergoing heart and neurological testing in response to some recent health challenges.  Pray for Ralph and Caroline in this time of uncertainty.

A heartfelt thank you to the congregation for your words of   support and prayers. Cameron is home and should be able to resume most regular activities within the next week. We are   hopeful that after a few months of medication there will be no long-term issues. The first responders, paramedics, nurses, emergency room Dr, and his cardiologist were truly a gift from God, and we are so grateful.  ~With much appreciation, thank you from the Francis family.

This week join Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (MCEC) in prayer for  Église de Dieu Réparateur de Brèches (RBD) , Montreal,  QC.

Community
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.19 (Tues.) 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. “Sing for a Ceasefire” in front of Tavistock Post Office. Tavistock Mennonite church invites you to join with Mennonite Action events across Canada and the U.S. to call for a ceasefire in Gaza, a release of hostages and a lasting peace.  Please bring a Voices Together hymnal if you have one.

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.

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