Sunday, December 31, 2023 Bulletin

Christmas Sunday, December 31, 2023
How will we know …who knows?

Gathering

Prelude

Call to Worship & Prayer

Candle Lighting:  O Come, All Ye Faithful     VT 241

Hearing

Scripture: Psalm 148

Hymn: Joy to the World  v. 1 & 2     VT 240

Children’s Time

Hymn: Joy to the World  v. 3 & 4     VT 240

Drama

Sermon: “Blessing through the ages”

Responding

 Hymn: Put Peace into Each Other’s Hands     VT 485

Congregational Sharing & Prayer

Offering & Offertory

Announcements

Hymn: Hark! the Herald Angels Sing     VT 247

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:  Rick Brenneman
Song Leader:  Steve Wagler
Children’s Time:  Melissa Gingerich
Prelude/Offertory/Postlude:  Delphine Schwartzentruber
Candle lighters:  Paul & Lynnette Hammer
Drama:  Kim Francis, Cliff & Esther Kennel
Sermon:  Pastor Louise Wideman
AV:  Steve Carter, Steve Kennel

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

Today
No Coffee Time this week following the service.

No Christian Education (Sunday School) for all ages. All classes will resume on January 7th.

Next Sunday January 7
9:45 a.m. Livestream and in-person worship .
Scripture:  Isaiah 60: 1-6; Ephesians 3:1-12
Speaker:  Darryl Drudge

11:00 a.m. Zoom Coffee Time.

Church Christmas Hours:
The church office will be closed, January 2nd. In case of emergency pastoral care needs over the holidays, Pastors are available. Please use the schedule and contacts listed below.   

  • Dec 31-Jan 2 – Pastor Sara on call, 226-750-0276

Pastor Ben will be on vacation December 28 – January 7th.

Congregational Life
Year End Finances:  Please have all donations for 2023 submitted by end of day on December 31st. And all 2023 expenses submitted by 4 pm on  Friday, December 29th.

Jan. 2 (Tues.) 4 – 5 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Pickleball.

Jan. 3 (Wed.) Morning & afternoon – All women invited to the church to knot comforters and/or quilt. Bring a bag lunch. Drinks provided.

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+)
Jan 5 – 6 (Fri—Sat.) noon—noon 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
As we look back on the past 18 months, we want to thank you for all the prayers, good wishes, words of encouragement, and food as our family journeyed through Chris’ cancer treatment and recovery (with great   success), to the death of our Mom.  Thank you to everyone for your companioning along the way.   ~Kim Lichti and Family

Congratulation to Wallace Roth who is celebrating his 92nd birthday on Friday, January 5.

Remember in Prayer
We extend our sympathy to the family of Vernetta Steinman.  Vernetta died December 28 during the night.  Funeral plans are pending.

Let us continue to pray for peace in the middle east and other places of unrest around the world.

Community
Jan. 11 (Thur.) 7 – 8:30 pm.  Rockway Mennonite Collegiate’ s grade 11 Land-Based Leadership class invites you to join them for a workshop featuring the Canadian Geographic Indigenous Peoples Atlas of        Canada. This map honours and values Indigenous knowledge, science, learning, navigation and the stories that were shared by the Indigenous experts who contributed to this project.  All are welcome.

Jan. 19-21 (Fri. – Sun.) Father & Kids Retreat at Silver Lake Mennonite Camp. Every year, Pastor Ben & his two kids attend and it would be fun to have others come too! Info & registration at slmc.ca