Verse of the Week:
Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or before You formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.
Psalm 90: 1-2
Worship leader: Jake Friesen
Song Leader & Pianist: Kirsten Friesen
Welcome and announcements
Call to worship
Worship in song
Worship in song
We invite your participation on this last Sunday of the year, to share whatever is meaningful to you and which would be an encouragement for the rest of us to hear. This could be in the form of Scripture, song, poetry, instrumental, story or reflections. We invite your participation.
Prayer & Praise
~ Thank you again to the many who were involved in providing for our congregation a rich experience of worship during the Christmas season. Your involvement has highlighted the significance of the season and helped us to celebrate anew the Advent of Emmanuel –God-with-us.
~ Thankyou to all those who helped decorate our mitten tree during this Christmas season. The local schools in our area are grateful for these donations which they distribute to those in need.
~ As the hours of 2017 draw to a close we are grateful for the opportunity to worship our God who is not bound by time and space, who has been there from the beginning of time and will still be the Lord of All at the end of time.
~ Rudy & Kathy would like to thank all those who sent cards and pictures to us during this season. Thank you for your expressions of thoughtfulness and care.
~ A continued reminder about the recent newsletters sent to us from Ryan Thiessen and Jim & Ann Peckham from Eagles Wings. These letters can be found on the bulletin board.
~ We want to offer our continued prayer support for Tenley Falk, Nettie Ginter and Tim Wiebe and their families. May you continue to experience tangible expressions of God’s love, faithfulness and presence. We also remember Austin Penner, who continues his stay at the Agassiz Youth Centre in Portage la Prairie. Updates for Tenley can be found at: www.tenleysjourney.wordpress.com
~ Friday, January 5 this marks the date for our monthly 24 hour prayer vigil in support of Eagles wings Children’s Village in Uganda.
~ Those in various care homes that we remember in our prayers include: Trudy Harms, Helen Janzen, and Jake Rempel, Mary Klassen in the Rock Lake Personal Care Home in Pilot Mound, and Peter E Hildebrandt, who moved into room 103 in the Apartments at the Gardens on Tenth (Formerly known as the Ebenezer apartments).
~ 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, Eagles Wings Children’s Village in Uganda, Jon & Natalie Neudorf in Chiang Mai, Thailand working with YWAM, and Andrea Fehr, working with YWAM in Hawai’i, and Tyler Loewen in Cambodia with MCC.
Prayer for the Week:
God of all generations, as we stand at the threshold of another year, we pray for courage and we pray with anticipation that You would give us time for the task, wisdom for the work, peace for the pathway, friends for the fireside, love to the last and an increased awareness of Your presence with us always. Amen.
~ 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.
~ Rudy is involved in leading worship at Eastview and the Gardens on Tenth in Altona this morning.
~ Join us for breakfast on January 1, 2018 to celebrate a new year and a short meditation.
~ Clubs will resume on January 10, 2018. Call Ang Driedger 204-327-6674, if you need more information.
Income to December 29, 2017 $ 330,606.11
Expenses to December 21, 2017 $ 355,033.07
Needed to balance the books: $ 24,426.96
Thank you for all your generous gifts throughout the year.
BMC Youth is for youth in grades 7-12, and happens Wednesdays from 7:00pm-9:15pm
Youth resumes on January 10, 2018
~ Canadian Blood Services – Community Blood Donor Clinic will be held at Altona – Rhineland Pioneer Center, Thursday, January 4, 2018 – 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
~ TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES, ALTONA, is currently seeking a volunteer manager. Send applications to Altona@Villages.ca
~ SALT – If you’re interested in a yearlong cross-cultural internship or work experience in a faith-based context, consider applying for SALT 2017-18! We’re looking for communicators, educators, French or Spanish speakers, development grads, peacebuilders, nurses, IT experts, social workers, and more. Young adults ages 18-30, apply today at mccmb.ca/salt.
~ The Mennonite Disaster Service All-Unit Meeting is being hosted by Region 5 (Canada) from February 9-10, 2018 in Winkler, MB. This event is open to all who are interested in the work of MDS. For more information or to register for the event see our website mds.mennonite.net/all-unit-meeting or call our Winnipeg office at 1-866-261-1274.
~ Merry Christmas from MCC!
Thank you for the many ways you have supported and partnered with MCC this year. Your volunteered time, donations, and prayers are greatly appreciated. We pray you have a joyous Christmas!
Winkler Bible Camp is looking to hire a full-time cook.
This would be a full time, salary-paid position. Salary will be determined based on experience of applicant. This job would primarily include cooking for large groups and catering large events. This position requires a person to be willing to serve guests with a positive attitude and accommodate special requests. People skills are necessary as we work as a team. Applicant should maintain a positive and professional approach with coworkers and guests
Winkler Bible Camp is looking to hire a Barn Manager. This would be a full time, salary-paid position. Salary will be determined based on experience of applicant. This job would primarily include overseeing our horseback riding program as well as overseeing the care of our Petting Zoo. Applicant must have general knowledge of farm animals and animal health care. Applicant is required to have the ability to ride and work with horses. Leadership skills, ability to work with children, and a passion to serve is essential for this position. Send applications to: Bowen at the camp.
January 1, 2018 – breakfast at 9 am with a short meditation to follow
January 7 – Speaker – Rudy Franz, we will also be having a service of Communion
January 14 – Speaker – Walter & Marilyn Dyck, reflections on their recent trip to Israel, Ethiopia and Uganda.
January 7 – Erma & Jake Froese
January 11 – Kyle & Ally Fehr
January 21 -Marlin & Becky Froese
6 – Kieran Reynolds
7- Betty Martens
8- Hedy Falk, Michael Klassen
9 – Dave Fehr, Mary Letkeman
10 – Ang Driedger, Donna Entz
11 – Sheldon Fehr, Carmen Friesen
12 – Geoff Loewen, Elma Fehr
15 – Joey Friesen
16 – Walter Dyck
20 – Glenda Fehr
22- Norman Peters, Allan Friesen
24- Dorothy Janzen
25 –Marilyn Dyck, James Penner, Ashley Hildebrand, Jordan Dyck
27- Rod Fehr, Helen Ens (Abe)