God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult. Psalm 46: 1-3
Worship Leader: Rudy Franz
Song Leader & Pianist: Kendra Fehr
Welcome and Announcements
Call to worship
Worship in Song
Children’s Story – Kaitlyn Rempel
Worship in Song
Scripture Reading – Psalm 91
Message – “The Benefits of a close relationship with God” – Gerry Giesbrecht
Prayer & Praise
~ We are grateful for the opportunity of harvest. From garden produce, fruit from the trees, grain from the fields, we give thanks to God for giving the increase. For all who are harvesting we pray for safety, patience and perseverance.
~ Tim Wiebe began his treatments this past Monday. Also, Nettie Ginter is expecting to begin her follow up treatments shortly. We pray for peace of mind for these people and their families during this time of stress and uncertainty.
~ We continue to uphold Tenley Falk and her family during this maintenance phase of treatments. Despite not having to visit the emergency unit at the hospital as often, there is still room for continued anxiety and emotional fatigue to mark their influence. May our Lord, the source of our calm in the midst of the storm, grant reassurance and peace of mind. Updates can be found at: htttp://www.tenleysjourney.wordpress.com
~ Those in various care homes that we remember in our prayers include: Trudy Harms, 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; Murray and Carol Honsberger in Papua New Guinea, and Eagles Wings Children’s Village in Uganda, Jon & Natalie Neudorf in Chiang Mai, Thailand working with YWAM, Andrea Fehr, working with YWAM in Hawai’i.
~ We recognize that the beginning of another school year is just around the corner and we want to acknowledge all the preparations students and teachers are making to prepare themselves. We want to wish you well and God’s blessings in anticipation of another year of growth and learning.
Prayer for the week: (From Psalm 31:1-2, 5)
To you, O Lord, I come for refuge, do not let me be put to shame, deliver me in Your righteousness, incline Your ear to me, make haste to help me, for You are my strong rock and my fortress. Into Your hand I commit my spirit, for You have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God. Amen.
~ We continue to uphold in our prayers, our brothers and sisters, around the globe, who are experiencing violence and persecution, especially in the Congo. As was mentioned last Sunday, thousands of people have been killed, over 40 mass graves have been discovered, and roughly 1.4 million people have been displaced, including 850,000 children. In the midst of such destruction and violence we continue to pray for God’s peace to reign so there will be a resolution to the chaos.
~ 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:.//www.blumenortchurch.com to see what’s new online.
~ Church council meeting, Aug 28 at 8:00
~ Canadian Blood Services – Community Blood Donor Clinic will be held at Altona – Rhineland Pioneer Center
Thursday, August 31st, 2017 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
~Promotion Sunday, September 10, will be an outdoor service (weather permitting). Our speaker will be Peter D. Zacharias. After the service, all are warmly welcome to stay for lunch and fellowship. Please bring either a salad, a plate of garden veggies, or your favourite ice cream topping. Please also bring lawn chairs. Should weather be an issue, the service and the lunch will be moved indoors.
Special activities have been planned for the children following the lunch, so please plan to stay for the afternoon.
~ Go to http://bmcyouth.blogspot.ca for updates on youth events. Check out the pages on Facebook named “BMC youth for senior highs” and “BMC Jr Youth for the junior highs”.
There are a few changes to youth for this year. We are excited to be joining our junior and senior high groups for the 2017/2018 school year.
This year’s youth leaders are: Gerry Giesbrecht, Kaitlyn Rempel, Eric and Jess Giesbrecht, Tyson Fehr, and Silas Bergen.
BMC Youth exists to be a safe place for youth to encounter Jesus, ask questions, and to grow in their faith and relationship with God. We do this through recreation, worship, bible study, prayer, and service.
Youth (grades 7-12 | Wednesdays 7:30pm-9:15pm):
September 13 – Youth Kickoff – Doors open at 7pm. come dressed for the weather as we will be outside most of the evening.
Young Adults (For those in post-secondary or the work force. Generally from 6-10pm):
Tuesday, September 12 – Potluck at Katrina’s Condo in Winnipeg
Friday, September 29 – Potluck at Gerry and Cassie’s in Winkler
~ 15th Annual Head for the Hills bike event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Ride your bike 36 kms through the Pembina escarpment in support of mental health recovery and celebrating Eden Health Care Services 50th Anniversary. Registration is $25.00 and includes full ride support, t-shirt, BBQ lunch, prizes and a chance to win one of 3 bikes. Register on line at www.edenhealthcare.ca or at the office. 309 Main St, in Winkler.
Get your bikes and feet tuned up for a fantastically fun national church bike-a-thon on Saturday, Sept. 30 in several locations across Canada. The Ride for Refuge is a family-friendly cycling/walking fundraiser that partners with churches and organizations who work with the displaced, vulnerable and exploited. Be a part of the “Mennonite Church Canada” team in support of the Witness workers of your choice. Register at: https://rideforrefuge.org/charity/mennonitechurchca or contact Jason Martin firstname.lastname@example.org or (226) 747-1833
~ Salem Foundation and Salem Ladies Auxiliary present Building for Tomorrow Dinner, tickets are going quickly for November 2nd, featuring Marie Monville! Please don’t be disappointed or miss out … anyone who would like tickets should purchase them now! Since tickets went on sale on July 10th, of the 360 tickets available … 313 have been sold. When the remaining 47 tickets are gone … that’s it! Contact Lin at the Salem Home Business Office … tickets are available for purchase Monday– Friday from 9 am till 4 pm (ph.: 204-325-4316) until the event is Sold Out. November 2nd “Building for Tomorrow” … it’s going to be a wonderful evening!! Thank you for your prayers and support for the Residents of Salem Home!!
Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) receiving financial donations for forest fires in British Columbia. People in BC have already lost houses to the fires and we are planning for MDS volunteers to help in the recovery phase of this disaster. MDS is accepting financial donations for that recovery. For further updates on the MDS response and financial donations go to https://mds.mennonite.net/ or call the MDS office at 1-866-261-1274.
~ Eden Health Care Services invites you to the 2017 Dr Clarence H Labun Lecture Series titled: “Sustaining and Nurturing Safe Communities” on Tuesday, October 3. Presenters include: Devon Clunis, retired Winnipeg Police Chief, Dr Marc Teillet, Psychiatrist at Eden, Jordan Friesen from the Canadian Mental Health Association, and Paul Isaacs, retired Winnipeg Police Chaplain. See edenheathcare.ca for more information.
~ Southern Manitoba Choral Society invites all singers to join us on Tuesdays for a season of singing! First rehearsal is September 12, 6:30-8:15 pm in the W C Miller Collegiate music room. Fall registration is $35.00.
~ Katie Cares 6th annual Celebration of Life fashion show will take place on October 12 at the Winkler Bergthaler Church 252 6th St Winkler, doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7 pm.
The evening will be filled with fun, laughter, entertainment, coffee, tea desserts, and fashions from our local stores. Tickets go on sale September 7 @ 8 am. Tickets are $60.00 with a $50.00 tax receipt issued, table of 9 $540.00 with a $90.00 tax receipt. To order tickets please call 204-362-1173, 204-312-8445, or 204-325-5050. SEE IT…BELIEVE IT…ACHIEVE IT…
September 3 – Pastor Rudy
September 10 – Promotion Sunday – Peter D Zacharias – see bulletin for announcement
September 17 – Communion Sunday