Verse of the Week:
Jesus said to (Thomas), “I am the way and the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but by me.” John 14:6
Worship leader: Jake Friesen
Song Leader: Harley Dyck
Pianist: Riley Dyck
Welcome & announcements
Call to worship
Worship in Song
Special Number – Katrina Schulz & Paige Bergman
Worship in Song
Scripture Reading – Ephesians 6:10-14a
Message – The Belt of Truth – Rudy Franz
Prayer & Praise
~ Beginning on Monday, Mark Miller has experienced tremendous pain due to the presence of kidney stones. He went this past Thursday to the Health Science Centre in Winnipeg to undergo further treatment. We trust that this will have been successful and that Mark can begin to recover from a very trying week.
~ Tenley Falk had another round of rather unpleasant experiences with the steroids she was on. She is anticipating going back on chemotherapy shortly. We are still grateful that she remains out of the hospital. Updates can be found at: http://www.tenleysjourney.wordpress.com
~ The funeral for John A. Fehr was held last Saturday, February 11, 2017. Formerly from the village of B lumenort, he was the grandfather of Jason & Alyssa Fehr.
Also, Tina Janzen, formerly of Rosetown passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2017. She is survived by her children Esther & Ernie Janzen, Marlene & Gordon Peters, and Len & Pat Janzen as well as their families. She is also the aunt of John G Falk, Larry Falk, John H Falk, and Jake Falk. A celebration of life service will be held on Friday, February 24, 2017 at 2:00pm at the Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church. We as a congregation want to extend our thoughts and prayers to both families. May you continue to experience God’s nearness and comfort.
~ 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, 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 (leading an outreach team to Uganda), Nettie Dyck working with School of the Kingdom (leading outreach in Houston, Texas)
Prayer for the Week:
Lord God, you feed us with the living bread from heaven; you renew our faith, increase our hope, and strengthen our love. Teach us to hunger for Christ who is the true and living bread, and to live by every word that comes from your mouth through Jesus the Christ, our Lord. Amen.
~ Go to http://blumenortchurch.com for updates regarding youth events. For the most recent updates, check out the groups on Facebook named “BMC Youth”, and “BMC Jr Youth” or contact Youth Pastor Gerry Giesbrecht @ 204-362-7262
Junior Youth (Mondays 7pm-9pm):
February 20 – No Youth – Family Day.
February 27 – Bible Study
Senior Youth (Wednesdays 7pm-9:30pm):
February 22 – Media. Faith. Culture talk for Youth and Parents – Brett Ulman. Victory Family Church in Altona @ 7pm. Youth and parents of youth are invited to attend. Drop-off: 6:30pm | Pick-up: Between 9:30pm and 10pm.
March 1 – Bingo Night
~ 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.
~ Church council will be meeting Tuesday, February 21 at 7:30pm.
~ The updated pictorial directories are available for $10 per copy. See Hedy Falk if you’d like to pick one up.
~ The Library is selling duplicate and older copies of books before and after the worship service today for $0.25 a book. Check with Sue Peters and Judy Dyck if you’re interested in those.
~ As we continue our series on “The Armor of God,” the ministerial would like to invite you to join with us in memorizing Ephesians 6: 10 – 20.
~ Mennonite Collegiate Institute presents the musical production “Seussical” March 9, 10 & 11. Show times at 7:30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2:00pm. If you are a student in Grade 5-11, you may be eligible for a free ticket! To purchase tickets visit our website at www.mciblues.net or to inquire about a free ticket call us at (204)327-5891.
~ Rosemary Siemens in concert with Ray St. Germain, March 18, 7 pm in Buhler Hall hosted by Mennonite Collegiate Institute. Visit www.mciblues.net to purchase your ticket or call MCI at (204)327-5891.
~ Camps with Meaning is looking for a volunteer nurse for the ADV Winter Retreat at Camp Assiniboia February 20-22. If you or someone you know can help in any way please call 896-1616 ext. 254 or email email@example.com
~ Camps with Meaning camper registration is now open for all three locations! For details visit www.campswithmeaning.org
~ Save the date! The Camps with Meaning “Raise the Roof” Song-a-thon will be March 18th from 1-9 PM!
~ Camps with Meaning staff and volunteer applications are now available at www.campswithmeaning.org/summer/camp-staff
~ MCM Annual Delegate Gathering. Emmanuel Mennonite Church, Winkler. Worship open to all: March 3, 2017, 7:00pm-9:00pm. Business sessions: March 4, 2017, 8:30am-4:00pm. Schedule and Part 1 of the Report Book is available at www.mennochurch.mb.ca/events
~ The Future Directions Proposal outlining the re-vitalization of Mennonite Church Canada and Area Churches has been posted at http://futuredirectionsmc.ca/the-proposal
February 26 – Breastplate of Righteousness – Ephesians 6:14b | Youth Led Service
March 5 – Gospel of Peace – Ephesians 6:15 – Rudy Franz
Ephesians 6: 10 – 20 NIV
10. Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.
11. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
12. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
13. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
14. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,
15. And with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
16. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
17. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
19. Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,
20. for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.