Verse of the Week:

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. – Psalm 51:10-12


Worship leader: Marilyn Dyck
Song leader: Kendra Fehr
Pianist: Kirsten Friesen

Welcome & Announcements
Call to Worship
Prayer
Worship in Song
Offertory
Prayer Time
Children’s Story – Luke Klassen
Worship in Song
Scripture reading – 2 Corinthians 7:5-13 – Josh Driedger
Message: ”Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted” – Esther Zacharias
Closing Song
Benediction


Prayer & Praise

~ Travis & Ashley Hildebrand went to Winnipeg on August 9 and 10 for continued testing for their daughter Skylar. These appointments went very well and the results should be available in early September. In the meantime, Skylar has had a very good month and has been doing well. The family is grateful for this good news and our continued prayer support.

~ Tenley Falk continues with her next phase of treatments. We trust that during this time made more busy by the season of harvest, that the family will continue to find peace of mind, a sense of perseverance and much courage, made possible by the presence of the Holy Spirit. Updates can be found at: http://www.tenleysjourney.wordpress.com

~ Congratulations to Justin and Karissa Falk and a special welcome to Nixon Jay Falk, born August 9, 2016. May God guide you, equip you, and give you joy as your family grows.

~ God’s blessings and best wishes to Alyssa Friesen and Jason Fehr as they make final preparations for their upcoming wedding on Saturday, August 27. We trust that you also will experience much joy as you prepare to commit yourselves to one another and to God in this marriage relationship.

~ Congratulations and God’s blessings to Janessa Klassen and Berne Damphousse who were married on August 13.

~ Those in various care homes that we remember in our prayers include: Susan Janzen, Trudy Harms, Helen Fehr, Helen Janzen, and Jake Rempel.

~We continue to offer our prayer support for Laure and her family, as well as for the Paroisse Missionaire Congregation in Kinshasa, DR Congo; Ryan Thiessen in San Carlos, Mexico (returning at the end of August); Murray and Carol Honsberger in Papua New Guinea, Eagles Wings Children’s Village in Uganda, Jon & Natalie Neudorf in Chiang Mai, Thailand working with YWAM, Andrea Fehr with YWAM in Hawai’i (returning at the end of September)

Prayer for the Week:
O Lord our God, from whom neither life nor death can separate those who trust in your love and whose love holds in its embrace your children in this world and the next; so unite us to yourself that in fellowship with you we may always be united to our loved ones whether here or there, give us courage, constancy and hope; through him who died and was buried and rose again for us, Jesus the Christ, our Lord, Amen.


Youth

~ Go to http://bmcyouth.blogspot.ca for updates about youth events. For the most recent updates, check out the groups on Facebook named “BMC Youth”, and “BMC Jr Youth”or contact Gerry Giesbrecht @ 204-362-7262

Junior Youth (Mondays 7pm-9pm):
September 12 – Kickoff @ BMC

Senior Youth (Wednesdays 7pm-9:30pm):
September 14 – Kickoff @ BMC


Church

~ Audio services and bulletins are now available at our Church website. We are working at streamlining this, and keeping it current. Please be patient with us as we continue to update our web presence. Go to http://blumenortchurch.com to see what’s new online.

~ Sunday Morning Prayer – Come gather to pray during the months of July and August for our southern Manitoba region for about half an hour before the Sunday school hour starting at 8:30am! Let’s take this summer season to seek the Lord in an increased way! We will be interceding for believers and unbelievers that the Lord’s Kingdom would come and His will be done. This will be held in the ladies Sunday school room (old youth room) in a group setting. All ages are welcome!

~ Victor Engbrecht is coming to speak here on Sunday, August 28, 2016. We would like to ask him to do some singing as well. Are there men in our congregation who will be here on that Sunday, who would be willing to form a men’s choir for that Sunday, to which we would invite Victor to join us? Please check with Rudy.


Community

~ Guest groups are very important to us here at Winkler Bible Camp. Whether its school groups, church groups, company groups or family groups, we want each stay with us to be memorable. We are looking for a Rentals Manager to help us achieve this level of care. Attention to detail, great customer relations, a willingness to go the extra mile, and a positive attitude are essential to this position. Part of your work here will include scheduling, planning events, and getting information to the right people to make the event great. Hours are mostly Monday to Friday Daytime with some evenings and weekends as needed. Applications can be found at https://winklerbiblecamp.com/jobs/full-time/. We look forward to meeting you!

~ MCI invites applications for the position of Residence Staff for the coming 2016-2017 school year. This is a full time position, for persons with dynamic faith, gifts of leadership and an interest to serve high school students in an exciting living & learning community. Interest and experience in coaching & mentoring young people are key assets. To apply/inquire, contact Cheryl Braun, Interim Principal at cherylbraun@mciblues.net, or call the school 204-327-5891.

~ Canadian Mennonite University invites inquiries and applications for two full-time salaried positions: Vice President Academic & Academic Dean and a faculty opening in Business & Organizational Administration. A .75 FTE Kitchen Assistant; position is also available. Nominations, applications, or inquiries may be directed to Dianna Robson, Director of Human Resources at hrdirector@cmu.ca or 204-594-0532.

~ Job Opening: Mennonite Church Canada (Wpg. office) is seeking a full time, term Executive Assistant starting as soon as possible until December 31, 2016 (with possibility of 1 year extension). See http://home.mennonitechurch.ca/jobs for details. Review of resumes begins immediately. Recruitment continues until the position is filled.

~ Mennonite Church Canada is looking for a talented, experienced change management/organization development specialist to work alongside the dedicated team of lead personnel from area and national levels of the church body in transforming the directions recommended in the FDTF Final Report and Addendum into an implementation plan. See the Mennonite Church Canada Website to learn more about this position or to apply: http://home.mennonitechurch.ca/node/1461

~ 2nd annual Eden’s east side Road ride cycling event. Saturday, August 27, 2016. Ride your bike 80 kms from La Broquerie to Woodridge and back in support of mental health recovery. Registration is $25.00 and includes full ride support, BBQ lunch, prizes, and an opportunity to win 1 of 2 bikes. Register online at www.edenhealthcare.ca or by calling 204-325-5355.

~ 14th Annual Head for the Hills bike event will take place on Saturday, September 10, 2016. Ride your bike through 36 kms of the Pembina escarpment in support of mental health recovery. Registration is $25.00 and includes full ride support, BBQ lunch, prizes, and an opportunity to win 1 of 3 bikes. Register online at www.edenhealthcare.ca or at the office, 309 Main Street, Winkler.

~ Kanadiertreffen – A gathering of Low German speaking Mennonites emigrating from Latin America. The event will include stories by Kennert Giesbrecht, Editor of Die Mennonitsche Post, music by Henry and Susie Zacharias, and a children’s program. Sunday, August 21, 2:30 pm at the Bethel Heritage Park next to the Winkler Library in downtown Winkler. Bring something to share for the potluck faspa, come and knack some zöt with us!

~ Grow Hope Harvest Celebration – Grow Hope sponsors are invited to join us for a special harvest celebration at Artel Farms on Sunday, August 28, 1-3 pm. Come for lunch, see the field where your acre is growing, and hear from Bruce Guenther, MCC Director of Disaster Response, about how Grow Hope will make a difference. For more information and to RSVP, visit http://mccmb.ca/grow-hope-harvest-celebration or call 204-261-6381 to speak with Simone or Nikki.

~ Evening Courses: CMU offers a number of evening courses as part of its undergraduate curriculum. These courses are available for audit or credit to students not enrolled in a full time program. Evening courses offered this fall include Principles and Paradigms in Youth MinistryNineteenth-Century Novel, and Cultures of Violence, Cultures of Peace.For further information go to cmu.ca/timetable.

~ Xplore: Keep Thinking: CMU Χplore offers courses that investigate dimensions of the Christian faith, our world, and life in it. All without any assignments or examinations! Classes run on Thursday mornings for 6 weeks, beginning October 6, and are held at Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Winkler. Courses include Immigrants and Refugees, Then & Now: A Common Story? with Kevin Drudge (former Pastor, Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Winkler) and guests. For further information see cmu.ca/xplore.

~ Portable CMU: Canadian Mennonite University offers a wide variety of short courses and workshops on a range of topics to resource congregations in their local communities. Note that the subsidy CMU provides has been significantly increased and new topics are offered. Topics include The Problem of Prayer with Pierre Gilbert, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology. For more information see cmu.ca/portables or call 204-487-3300.

~ Save the date: Fall Festival / CMU Shaftesbury Campus / September 23-24. Come celebrate with us during CMU’s annual Fall Festival! Events include a Face2Face presentation, Farmers Market, MennoCross cycle race, Alumni reunions, folkfest, Blazer Awards presentation, and Opening Program. For more information see cmu.ca/fallfestival.


Church Calendar

August 28 –Victor Engbrecht
September 4 – Rudy Franz – Matthew 5:7
September 11 – Promotion Sunday – Zelma Fehr
September 18 – Communion Service – Walter Dyck – Matthew 5:10-12
September 25 – Jon & Natalie Neudorf – Sharing downstairs at 9:15am as well as speaking during the worship service. This will be followed by a youth fundraiser lunch downstairs.


Matthew 5: 1 – 12

And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for my sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad for great is your reward in Heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.