January 8, 2017
Verse of the Week:
And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. Acts 4: 12
Worship leader: Karla Fehr
Song-leader: Walter Dyck
Pianist: Erica Rempel
Welcome & announcements
Call to worship
Worship in Song
Children’s Story – Marilyn Dyck
Worship in Song
Scripture Reading – John 14: 6
Message – “I am the Way” – Esther Zacharias
Prayer & Praise
~ Susanna Siemens, sister of Margaret Dyck, passed away on Saturday, December 31, 2016. We are saddened to hear of this loss especially when it comes within a year of Margaret’s husband having passed away. May the family experience God’s nearness and comfort throughout this time. The funeral was held on Friday, January 6 in Steinbach.
~It is heartening to hear that Tenley Falk is looking forward to going back to school in the New Year. We trust she will be able to continue connecting with her friends and that her health will allow her to stay in a public environment. Updates can be found at: http://www.tenleysjourney.wordpress.com
~ Thank you for your generous contributions to the mitten tree! We have distributed these contributions to Gretna, Border Valley, and Plum Coulee schools, and they were received with gratitude.
~ 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
Prayer for the week:
In You gracious God, the fearful find a Friend, the orphaned find a Parent, those who grieve find Solace, the wounded find a Healer, the burdened find a Counselor, the penitent find Pardon, for You indeed are the Way, the Truth and the Life for each and for all. Amen.
~ Go to http://bmcyouth.blogspot.ca for updates 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):
The Junior & Senior Youth will resume on January 11, 2017 @ 7:30 pm for an Underground Church evening.
Senior Youth (Wednesdays 7pm-9:30pm):
~ 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.
~ Monday, January 9 – Church Council meeting at 7:30 pm
~ Friday, January 20 – Youth evening at MCI with the musical group “The Color”. Doors open at 7 pm. Concert at 7:30 pm. For tickets call 204-327—5891. Cost is $5/per person.
~ From the finance committee, thank you to all who gave so generously in 2016. We were short by approximately $ 500.00 for the year just ended.
January 15 – speaker – Rudy Franz, the Color will be worshipping with us on this morning.
January 16 & 17– Annual Prayer Services @ 7:30 pm
~ Due to stormy conditions on December 6, 2016, the Emerging Voices Imitative and Mennonite Church Canada meeting was postponed. It will now take place on Friday, January 13, at 7:30 pm at the Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Winkler. Come for an evening of conversation about the future of our national and area churches. Come with your questions, your concerns and your dreams for the future. We are excited to listen, to respond and to dream together. Everyone is invited to this event, no matter their age or knowledge of the changes facing Mennonite Church Canada.
~ Members of MCM congregations are invited to a special meeting on Thursday, January 12, 2017 (7:00-9:15 PM) at the Fort Garry Mennonite Fellowship, 150 Bayridge Ave, Winnipeg. Updates on various MCM matters will be provided followed by conversation about how the decisions of the Being a Faithful Church could be implemented by and within MCM. This will not be a decision-making business meeting and attendees do not need to be delegated by their congregation to participate. More specific information for attendees to prepare for the BFC conversation will follow soon.
~ The Gardens on Tenth is looking for volunteers to help with chapels, Monday – Friday. If you are willing to come and help by leading a session, playing piano, or other instrument, sharing a verse, singing, or reading a story, please call and speak to Chaplain Peter Bartel. 204-324-8945
Prayer Requests from Mennonite Church Canada:
- Pray for Mennonite Church South Korea, a group of four congregations in South Korea who are committed to working together as a Mennonite/Anabaptist “conference” of churches. May their witness to God’s gospel of peace have a strong impact in Korea.
~ SALT – If you’re interested in a cross-cultural internship or work experience in a faith-based context, consider applying for SALT 2017-18! We’ve begun the placement process and are looking for communicators, teachers, French or Spanish speakers, development grads, peacebuilders, nurses, IT experts, social workers, and more. Young adults ages 18-30, apply today at http://mccmb.ca/salt.