Verse of the Week:
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion. Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem, Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt the foal of a donkey.
Zechariah 9: 9
Worship leader: Rudy Franz
Song Leader & Pianist: Kirsten Friesen & Friends
Sunday school Processional and Singing
Welcome & announcements
Call to Worship
Worship in Song
Children’s Story – Marilyn Dyck
Worship in Song
Message – based on Luke 19: 28-40, Jake Friesen, a combination of song and spoken word
Prayer & Praise
~ Welcome to our Palm Sunday Worship Service. We want to commemorate the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, the rejoicing and praising of the disciples and the gathered crowd. “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord.”
~ The funeral for Helen Redekopp, sister of Paul J & Elizabeth Peters was held on Friday, March 23, 2018. She is the aunt of Ray & Corinne, Eric & Elvina, and Norm. The family is grateful for Helen’s dedication to her faith, her family and her church community. May you continue to experience the Good Shepherd’s presence and comfort in all of your experiences in life.
~ We are invited to come and join together in worship on Good Friday, March 30 at 10: 30 am. We want to recall those last hours of the life of our Lord. We will also commemorate communion together on that morning. Lett us come, recognizing the extent to which evil will go to extinguish the light. Let us come and participate so we may anticipate more fully the light of the empty tomb on Easter morning.
~ Reminders of prayer items for this week:
– Nettie Ginter is nearing the end of her scheduled radiation treatments.
– Tenley Falk and her family are anticipating the end date (March 31) for her maintenance schedule of treatments. After this, once a month checkups will be required. We trust that this will be a welcome change to the routine of the past 2 years.
– Tim Wiebe is continuing his regular treatment of chemotherapy.
– Harv Thiessen continues to take small steps of improvement. Pray for Harv to be able to be understood by the family and nurses. This recovery has been compared to a marathon, not a race. Pray for patience and strength.
– Austin Penner continues his stay at the Agassiz Youth Center in Portage la Prairie, and values our prayer support.
~ Shania Ginter, Josh Dyck and Cynthia Krahn left this past Thursday with the SOAR Heartland team. They will be involved in various ministries until March 31. We pray for energy, courage, an awareness of God’s presence and work in their own lives and in the lives of those they come into contact with during this time. May your ministry be blessed.
~ Another year of clubs has come to an end, and we feel so blessed. We’ve enjoyed hosting, teaching and getting to know, while sharing Jesus, to 26 young children. So fantastic!
I’d like to thank all those who provided us with cookies, they were always appreciated. I’d also like to acknowledge and thank the terrific leaders who took time to teach these young minds about God’s word, especially those who were subs and those who jumped in mid-year and preserved my sanity. And a special thanks to Robyn and Rachelle for sharing their gift of crafting with us. All in all a great year for the clubs program.
~ Those in various care homes that we remember in our prayers include: Trudy Harms, Helen Janzen, Jake Rempel, Mary Klassen, and Peter E. Hildebrandt
~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 who is home working on VISA requirements before she can head back to Hawai’i, and Tyler Loewen in Cambodia with MCC.
Prayer for the Week:
O God, we are like the people of Jerusalem so long ago. We are hungry for a hero. We crave some glimpse of greatness. We are starved for the spectacular. We are gathered here like those who watched the Passion-Parade in Jerusalem; craning our necks to catch a glimpse of our Messiah. As we wait here for the Savior to come, let us not be disappointed when the special One appears even though we are certain to be surprised; and give us courage to follow where the One on the donkey might lead us. Amen.
~ Audio services and bulletins are now available at our Church website. The address is http://blumenortchurch.com
~ On Sunday, April 15, we as a congregation would like to recognize the end of current cancer treatments for Tenley Falk and Nettie Ginter. The larger context for our service would center on the faithfulness of God’s ongoing presence with us and a sense of thanksgiving for allowing these families to reach the end of what has been a life changing journey. It is important to give thanks to God. After the service, we want to invite the congregation to celebrate around the tables, sharing a noon meal, which will include elements of Tenley’s favorite foods. We invite your participation.
After Checking the calendar it was discovered that the ministerial and deacons have scheduled a noon meal on Sunday, May 6. Is it possible to reschedule the Ministerial meeting to Sunday, April 29? Please check with Rudy if this is not workable.
~ BMC Youth is for youth in grades 7-12, and happens Wednesdays from 7:00pm-9:15pm
~ For updates follow us on Social Media:
facebook: facebook.com/groups/BMCYouth (Group)
or contact Gerry Giesbrecht @ 204-362-7262
March 28 – SOAR Heartland Festival – Meet in Rosetown at 9: 45am. Bring a bag lunch. Back at 6 pm. We will be running game stations and face painting
Annual Gideon banquet: Tuesday, April 10 at 6:30 pm. at the Altona EMMC Church. All are welcome and invited. See Garry or Karla for complimentary tickets (204-327-5551).
Blood Donor Clinics at Altona – Rhineland Pioneer Center
Wednesday March 28, 2018 – 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm; and
Thursday, April 5, 2018 – 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
~ Salem Foundation invites you to enjoy an afternoon of “Faspa, Fellowship and Song” on Sunday, April 15th at the Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church. The Program, featuring the male voice harmony of the WINKLER COMMUNITY MALE CHOIR begins at 3:30 pm in the sanctuary; Faspa will be served from 4:30 to 5:15 pm in the fellowship mehall. Proceeds from the freewill offering are for Salem Home Resident Room Blinds – All Care Areas.
Your support provides Residents with a positive lived experience … making this chapter of their life journey meaningful!
-The governing board of Salem Home invites church leadership and interested church members to a meeting at Salem Home in the multi-purpose room on Thursday, March 22 @ 7 pm, for an evening of information and discussion. Topics include update on construction projects, how faith influences the care given to residents and the role of Spiritual care in Salem Home.
March 30 – Good Friday service with Communion
April 1 – Easter Sunday, Speaker – Pastor Rudy
April 8 – Youth led worship service
April 15 – Celebration service for Tenley Falk & Nettie Ginter and their families
April 22- the Winkler Community Male Choir will be leading us in our worship service
April 29 – Speaker – Justin Rempel
April 4 – Ryan & Jodi Friesen
April 9 –Sheldon & Sherry Fehr
April 12 – Ray & Corinne Peters
April 18 – Abe & Viola Fehr
April 21 – Ken & Corry Rempel
April 1 – Megan Hildebrandt
April 4 – Monica Ens
April 6 – Elvina Peters, Joe Giesbrecht
April 8 – Karissa Falk, Austin Penner
April 10 – Vincent Rempel
April 15 – Macey Friesen
April 17 – Ingrid Dyck
April 23 – Elfrieda Peters
April 25 – Dale Klippenstein
April 26 –Kirsten Friesen, Christopher Klassen
April 27 – Bill Rempel
April 30 – Verna Martens