Verse of the Week:
When He saw the crowds He had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Matthew 9: 36-38
Worship leader: Walter Dyck
Song Leader & Pianist: Ravae McDonald
Welcome & announcements
Call to Worship
Worship in Song
Offertory – Riley Dyck
Children’s Story – Erica Bartsch
Worship in Song
Scripture Reading & Message – Ron Pearce
Prayer & Praise
~ A special welcome to Ron Pearce, the founder of Empower Ministries. Throughout his extensive travels, Ron seeks to resource the local population, see where God is at work in the world and enables the people of these regions to be equipped to minister for the glory of God and the work of God’s kingdom. We appreciate your willingness to share the gospel with us; to hear from you what is happening within the worldwide church. May God continue to bless your ministry.
~ We are planning to have our service of baptism and communion on Sunday, May 20, 2018. We invite your prayer support for those who are planning to make a public confession of their faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord. This will be followed be a service of Baptism and communion. Those requesting baptism include: Nick Driedger, Tyson Fehr, Josh Dyck, Heidi Miller, Mark Falk, Lauren Fehr, and Jesse Miller.
Reminders of prayer items for this week:
~ Continue in prayer for Tenley Falk and family, and Nettie Ginter and family, as they continue to deal with their individual needs in relation to their cancer.
– Tim Wiebe as he continues with monitoring the after effects of chemo.
– Harv Thiessen as he continues his physiotherapy program at the Riverview Health Centre in Winnipeg. Harv has been granted a 48 hour pass home this weekend. Your prayers are appreciated.
– Austin Penner at Agassiz Youth Center in Portage la Prairie also values our prayer support. Austin’s release date has been set for June 29. He would value our prayer support for himself and all those involved in planning for his transition into public life.
~ Those in various care homes that we remember in our prayers include: Trudy Harms, Helen Janzen, Jake Rempel 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:
Set our hearts ablaze with love for You, O Christ, that in its flame we may love you with all our heart, with all our mind, with all our soul and with all our strength and our neighbors as ourselves, so that, keeping Your commandments, we may glorify You, the giver of all good gifts. Amen.
~ Audio services and bulletins are now available at our Church website. The address is http://blumenortchurch.com
~ Education committee meeting Thursday May 10 at 7 pm
~ Congratulations! To Rudy Franz, Karla Fehr, and Bennett Friesen, who are receiving prizes for their participation in “I Love to Read” month. Prizes can be claimed in the library.
~ In an effort to be good stewards, we re-use Sunday school teaching materials whenever possible. However, over the years, we have accumulated extra supplies, especially in regard to DVBS materials, which we would love to share with any children’s ministry that could put it to use. If you know of any ministry that would benefit from lesson plans, activity papers, music, etc., please contact Ingrid or Marilyn.
~ The Westside Community Church (from Morden) Board of Elders has put together some information and suggested responses regarding the funding applications for the Canada Summer Jobs Program. This application requires organizations to check a box indicating their support of “reproductive rights” which includes “the right to access safe and legal abortions.” The ministerial of the Blumenort Mennonite Church has discussed this issue and thought that it would be worthwhile to circulate the information from the Westside church in the form of an insert.
~ 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
May 9 – Games Night
May 16 – Bible Study
~ Mennonite Collegiate Institute invites you to attend the MCI Spring Fundraiser evening on May 12 beginning at 6:45pm in Buhler Hall Foyer. Please join us for an evening of live music, delectable Hors D’oeuvres & Desserts and our feature documentary; ‘Strength for Today… Bright Hope for Tomorrow – An MCI Story’, featuring stories of alumni from 1948 – present. You are not going to want to miss it! Tickets are free, with donation opportunities available at various points throughout the evening. To reserve your tickets please visit our website www.mciblues.net or call MCI at (204)327-5891.
~ Interested in learning more about Mennonite Collegiate Institute? We invite prospective students and families to join us at MCI in Gretna, MB, May 29th at 6 pm for dinner, followed by an MCI Information night at 7pm. Information will focus on Faith-based learning, Music program, Athletics and Finances. Please register for dinner by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the school at (204)327-5891, or feel free to come at 7 pm for the Information Night.
~ Join us for Mennonite Collegiate Institute’s 4th Annual Golf Classic – Saturday, June 2nd at Oakview Golf Club in Gretna, MB. Registration begins at 10am, Shotgun start at11am. $100/person. Register today at email@example.com
~ Providence Theological Seminary has a variety of summer courses available for credit or to audit. Courses include: “Radical Reformation: History, thought and Practise”, “Contemporary Anabaptism: Theology & Theologians”, “Counselling and mental health support for marriages and families in congregations and communities”, and “Leadership Theory and Practise in diverse ministry contexts”. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
~ Mennonite Heritage Village and Kroeger Clocks Heritage Foundation invite you to the opening of their exhibition, The Art of Mennonite Clocks, on May 12 at 1:00 pm in MHV’s Gerhard Ens Gallery, 231 PTH 12 N, Steinbach, MB. This exhibition explores the history and significance of clocks that were made for Mennonites by Mennonites in Russia. Join us for stories with guest speaker, H. Elizabeth Kroeger (daughter to Arthur Kroeger), direct descendent of the Kroeger clockmakers. For more information on the exhibition, go to www.mhv.ca. For more information on Kroger Clocks Heritage Foundation and The Virtual Collection of Mennonite Clocks, go to www.kroegerclocks.com. Exhibition will run until Spring 2019. Free admission May 12th.
Mennonite Disaster Service Canada Employment Opportunity. The MDS Canada office in Winnipeg has a job opportunity for an Administrative Assistant. Find the job description at https://mds.mennonite.net/who-we-are/employment/#jobs.
MDS volunteer opportunity in Williams Lake, BC. Fires in central BC in 2017 destroyed thousands of acres of forest as well as many homes. On May 20 MDS will begin rebuilding in the community and we need volunteers. For more information or to volunteer go to https://mds.mennonite.net or phone 204-261-1274.
Grow Hope with us! This spring, we invite you to join us to help end hunger by sponsoring a Grow Hope acre. Because of government matching, every gift grows providing relief to people facing food insecurity, drought and displacement. Find out more about Grow Hope and join the movement at mccmb.ca/growhope or call us at 204-261-6381.
May 13 – Mother’s Day – Songs of Praise Sunday
May 20 – Pentecost Sunday – service of Baptism & Communion
May 27 – Speaker – Rudy Franz