Sunday, March 17, 2024 Bulletin

March 17, 2024
Lent 2024: Lent in Plain Sight
Lent 5: Compassionate Healing

Drawing near to Jesus …..



Call to Worship                                     

Hymn: God of Our Strength     VT 47

Confession and Assurance

Children’s Time

Hymn of the month:  How Many Times We Start Again     VT 553

….reawakening to God’s Spirit ….

 Scripture:  Numbers 21: 4-9; John 3: 14-15

Sermon:  Healing and Hope

Scripture:  Numbers 21: 4-9; John 3: 14-15

Hymn:   Healer of our Every Ill     VT 644

Service of anointing

Congregational Prayer

….as transformed people ….

 Offering & Offertory


Hymn:  God, Be With Us     VT 613



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:  Delphine Schwartzentruber
Worship Leader/Congregational Prayer:   Mark Scheerer
Song Leader: Suzanne Bender
Scripture Readers:  Cliff & Esther Kennel
Children’s Time:  Joanne Schwartzentruber
Sermon: Pastor Louise Wideman
AV:  Steve Carter, Steve Kennel

March Special/Coin Offering is in support of Mennonite Central  Committee’s response to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. To read more about their work, who they partner with, or to give directly please visit:

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. 5), basement
11:15 – 12 p.m. Jr. Youth (Gr. 6-8) & MYF (Gr. 9-12+), basement
Adult Ed., Fireplace Room

11:00 a.m. Zoom Coffee Time.

Next Sunday March 24
Lent 6: Redefining Sacrifice
9:45 a.m. Livestream and in-person worship .
Scripture:   Gen 37:1-11 & Matt 5:38-42
Speaker:  Pastor Sara Erb

This week at Steinmann MC
March 19 (Mon.) 6:30—9 p.m.
March 20 (Tues.) 3 – 5 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.

Following the Winnipeg trip, Pastor Sara will be off March 14-18.

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

March 22 (Fri) 5:30 p.m.  TGIF is a monthly casual gathering of families with children for food and fun, and is open to all.  Please RSVP to Darryl at by Wed. March 20th  so food can be ordered.

Congregational Life
Stop by the small table in the foyer (near the main entrance) to view some historical documents about the Amish and their neighbours. Thanks to Reta Bender and Marianne Schlegel for creating it.

Lent prayer cards for this week’s object (and previous weeks) are available for all ages on the little table in the hallway, under the timeline.

March 24 (Sun.) 12-2 pm – Invite someone to Lunch…then come back to the church for the Pre-AGM Meeting at 2 pm.
Invite someone to lunch in your home or to a restaurant for food and conversation. This is a great chance to get to know someone you don’t know already! We want to get back to this kind of hospitality and community engagement that we got away from during the pandemic. VFT members plan to   participate; we encourage everyone to participate as either a host or a guest. After lunch together, come back to the church at 2 pm for dessert and the pre-AGM meeting.

March 24 (Sun.) 2 –3 pm   Pre AGM meeting complete with dessert and coffee provided by VFT.

Holy Week Services:

  • March 26-28, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Labyrinth will be set up in the fellowship hall – all are invited to drop in and use as you wish.
  • March 28, (Thur.) 7:00 p.m. Maundy Thursday Service: A service of contemplative prayers and music (in-person only)
  • March 29 (Fri.) 10:00 a.m.  Good Friday Service including communion (in-person & live streamed)
  • March 31 (Sun.) 8:30 a.m. Easter Potluck Breakfast;
    9:45am Easter Worship Service (in-person & live streamed)

March 27 (Wed.) 7:00 p.m. The A/V (Audio/Visual) tech crew is looking for your help in providing our congregation with its live stream and worship resources. We are looking for people with an interest in either the audio support or the video / live stream support. This is a very rewarding and interesting job. You will be fully trained with lots of time to practice before taking on this role. Join us on the 27th for an informal information session. For more information contact Steve or Cliff Kennel.

March 31 (Sun.) 8:30 a.m. Easter Potluck Breakfast, Fellowship Hall Please bring finger food to share:  fruit, hard boiled eggs, muffins or yeast baking.  Coffee, tea, & juice along with plates, cups and mugs will be provided.

April 7 (Sun.) 11 a.m.  AGM followed by a Potluck & Pie Auction.  – Mark your calendars.

April 7 (Sun) Attention all pie bakers (and bidders). We are planning to hold a potluck and pie auction following the congregational AGM. Funds raised will go towards our facilities reserve fund to help cover the costs of our flat roof renewal. Please bring a main course to share for potluck. We will also need volunteers to sign up to bring pies which will be cut up and sold by the slice or whole pies which will be auctioned off to the highest bidder! Sign-up sheet for pie bakers is in the hallway or speak to Janessa Otto.

August 12 – 16 (Mon. – Fri.) mornings. Baden Summer Bible Camp here at Steinmann’s. We are looking for volunteers for all roles. Please reach out to Courtney Hobbs or email if you are interested and able to help.

MYF (Grades 9-12+)
March 21 (Thur.) 7:45 p.m..  Bible Quizzing Study Night, read Chapters 17-20  ahead of time.
Mar 22 (Fri.) 7-10 p.m. Family Dinner at Brian & Carol Sararus’ place.

Jr. Youth (Grades 5-8)
March 20 (Wed.) 5:30-7:30 p.m.. Dinner out at Swiss Chalet. Meet at the church for carpool. Bring $15.

KidsLIFE (Grades 1-5)
March 20 (Wed.), 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. All things Easter

Small Groups
March 27 (Wed.) 10 a.m. The Adult Bible Study led by Wes Leis will start meeting again in the fireplace room at the church. Everyone is   welcome.

March 28 (Thurs.) 10:00 a.m. – Women’s Bible study group meeting at the church in the Fireplace area. Read chapter  8 of “Let The Light In”. All women are welcome. Contact person – Darlene Gingerich.

Remember in Prayer
Sam Roth’s appointment for an aortic valve transplant was rescheduled for Thursday March 21.  Let us remember him as he prepares for this medical procedure.

Congratulations to Ray McAllister who is celebrating his 83rd birthday on Friday, March 22.

This week join Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (MCEC) in prayer for  Freedom Gospel Ethiopian Church in Toronto, ON

March 20 (Wed.) noon Ecumenical Lenten Lunches at Shantz Mennonite Church, Baden.

Mar 23 (Sat) 10 a.m. Grebel and UW Open House for prospective students. Visit for more information.

March 28 (Thur.) 7:30 a.m. monthly MEDA Breakfast, Waterloo Network Hub presents guest speaker Chloe Hamilton, Founder of Warm Embrace Elder Care Ltd at RiverSong Banquet Hall 632 Hawkesville Rd, St. Jacobs, ON. Register at by March 22.

April 4 (Thur.) 11 a.m. Refugee Rights Day Open House at COMPASS Refugee Centre. The Open House will feature interactive exhibits, guest speakers, and opportunities to connect with refugees and advocates in our community.  To reserve a free ticket

April 6 (Sat.) Hidden Acre’s  40th Annual Bowlathon. This is one of the camp’s main annual fundraising events. To donate go to, and select “Annual Bowlathon”. or see Anthony Helmuth who will be bowling again this year.

April 11, 12 & 13 (Thur. –Sat.) Rockway Mennonite Collegiate’s grades   9-12 students as they take on the world of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. Tickets are $15 per person and now on sale at

Apr 16 (Tues.) 7pm . Considering Rockway? More information on Rockway Information Night:

April 20 (Sat.) 5:30 pm, MEDA spring banquet at Shantz Mennonite Church. Open remarks by Dorothy Nyambi, President and CEO of MEDA, presentation by Katelynn Folkerts with MEDA on Cassava Seed Systems. Cost:  $55.00 per person.  Register online by April 12th at:

Apr 26 – Apr 27 (Fri. – Sat.), MCEC Annual Church Gathering 2024, UMEI Christian Highschool, Leamington, ON, Theme – Inspired By Hope.  If you are interested in being a delegate and a supporter of the Moderator/Pastor Ben please contact Gladys Bender. Carpooling to be arranged.