Verse of the Week:
Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God. Romans 5: 1-2
Worship leader: Walter Dyck
Song Leader: Char Klassen
Worship Team: Johnathan & Melissa Wiebe, Harley Dyck, Riley Dyck, Kirsten Friesen, & Luke Klassen
Pianist: Ingrid Dyck
Welcome & announcements
Call to worship
Worship in Song
Worship in Song
Scripture Reading – Ephesians 2: 11 – 22, 6: 10 – 15
Message – The Gospel of Peace – Pastor Rudy
Prayer & Praise
~ We are saddened by the sudden passing of Leona Penner, mother of James and Jackie Penner, on Sunday, February 26, 2017. We want to uphold the family in our prayers and may you continue to be upheld by the presence and comfort of our God. The memorial service for Leona Penner will take place on Sunday, March 12 @ 2 pm in the Rhineland Pioneer Centre in Altona.
~ Johnny Friesen, brother-in-law of Margaret Dyck was laid to rest on Friday, March 3 at Ste Elizabeth. May God be your comfort as you mourn another loss in your extended family.
~ Today, March 5, is the date for our monthly 24 hour prayer vigil for Eagles Wings Children’s Village in Uganda. We are grateful for the work they do, for the commitment to their purpose and for the love of Christ which they demonstrate to all those with whom they have contact.
~ We are grateful that Tenley Falk has no residue of the RSV Virus in her body, that her blood counts have improved and that Cody & Jaime were able to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary outside of a hospital. May God continue to sustain you as a family. Updates can be found at: http://www.tenleysjourney.wordpress.com
~ Kendra Fehr, and her mother, Diana Fehr, left on Wednesday, February 22, for a month long trip to Uganda. Kendra has previously been to the site where they will be visiting and working. She values our prayers on their behalf.
~ 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, Kendra Fehr studying with YWAM in San Diego, CA
Prayer for the Week:
Show us, good Lord, the peace we should seek, the peace we must give, the peace we can keep, the peace we must forgo, and the peace you have given in 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):
March 10 (Friday) – Bowling and DQ
March 13 – Bible Study
Senior Youth (Wednesdays 7pm-9:30pm):
March 8 – Bible Study
March 15 – Small group 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.
~ The updated pictorial directories are available for $10 per copy. See Hedy Falk if you’d like to pick one up or stop in at the library and Judy Dyck or Sue Peters will be able to sell you one.
~ Please note that the mailboxes have a new order to them…yours may have been moved!!
~ 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.
~ Church Council has set Sunday, March 12, 2017 as the date for our Annual Spring Congregational meeting. The youth are planning to have a fundraising lunch following the worship service and our meeting would take place after the noon lunch. We invite your participation in discussions around our church budget, as well as follow up from our fall meeting when we discussed the “Being a Faithful Church” process initiated by Mennonite Church Canada. *UPDATE* Lunch will happen as planned. Annual meeting will be at 6pm.
~ The annual Manitoba MDS Awareness & Fundraising Events are approaching. Come hear MDS stories from 2016 projects and plans for 2017 – especially, Fort McMurray. Please attend either the Arborg area supper at the Morweena E.M Church on APRIL 8th; or the Altona area event ( Details to follow shortly ) on APRIL 22nd. See the poster for details. Reserve your complimentary attendance by calling MDS at 1-866-261-1274.
~ For those churches that, due to distance, are unable to attend either of these events we invite you to join us in prayer for the work of MDS and the Manitoba Unit.
~ 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 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
~ The Future Directions Proposal outlining the re-vitalization of Mennonite Church Canada and Area Churches has been posted at http://futuredirectionsmc.ca/the-proposal
March 12 – Shield of Faith – Ephesians 6: 16 – Rudy Franz
March 12 – Youth fundraiser lunch followed by the Annual Congregational Spring meeting
March 19 – The Helmet of Salvation – Ephesians 6: 17, Jake Friesen
March 26 – The Sword of the Spirit – Ephesians 6: 17, Gerry Giesbrecht
Ephesians 6: 10 – 20 NIV
- Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.
- Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
- 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.
- 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.
- Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,
- And with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
- In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
- Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
- 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.
- 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,
- for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.