Verse of the Week:
And they were bringing children to Him, that He might touch them; and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it He was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to Me, do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And He took them in His arms and blessed them. Mark 10: 13 – 16
Worship leader: Esther Zacharias
Song Leader & Pianist: Kirsten Friesen
Welcome and announcements
Call to worship
Worship in song
Parent/Child Dedication Service
Worship in song
Scripture reading – Genesis 33: 12 – 14, Matthew 18: 10 – 14; Garry Fehr
Message –“Welcoming the Child” – Pastor Rudy
Benediction & Table Grace
Prayer & Praise
~ Welcome to our Parent/Child Dedication Service. Those who are involved in this part of the service are: Sara Gerling with her 2 sons, Jack Christian & Ethan David; Eric & Jessica Giesbrecht, with their son, James Torin; John & Melissa Wiebe with their 2 daughters, Wynter Angel & Makayla Fern; Ryan & Jodi Friesen with their daughter, Charis Faith; Matthew & Lisa Krahn with their son, Grayson James. We want to wish you God’s blessing as you commit yourselves to the task of being Christian parents to those who have been entrusted to you.
~ Bernie Kehler returned home this past Tuesday after his heart surgery. He appreciates being at home as each day the pain is subsiding and his energy is slowly returning.
Dave Rempel continues to recover from his knee replacement surgery. He was able to attend his first physiotherapy session this week.
~ We have been invited by a Christian family of the Eritrean Community of Winnipeg to be sponsors for 2 members of their extended family who are currently living as refugees in Sudan. These members are both couples one in their 20’s who have no children and the other in their 60’s whose children are living elsewhere in the world and would not be coming with them to Canada. What is our calling in response to this invitation? We need to be in agreement about whether we begin the process of application or not. We would like to take time at our annual fall congregational meeting on November 11 to discuss this. More details will be forthcoming. We are invited to pray as we discern our response.
~ Jon & Natalie Neudorf are planning to return home from Thailand at the end of November, 2018. The work which they have begun in Chang Mai will be taken over by the local leadership. Jon & Natalie are comfortable with the transition of ministry and are looking forward to reconnecting with family and friends. We want to uphold them in our prayers during this time of transition and we praise God for their faithful ministry during these last 4 years.
~ Continue in prayer for Tenley Falk and family, and Nettie Ginter and family, Tim Wiebe and family as they continue to deal with the challenges of after effects of treatments.
~ Kelly Fehr, as she seeks help from Doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN
– Austin Penner, as he rejoins the PASS program in Winnipeg in December
~ Those in various care homes that we remember in our prayers include: Helen Janzen at Bethania Mennonite Personal care home and Jake Rempel at Donwood Personal Care Home.
~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 in Hawai’i and Tyler Loewen in Cambodia with MCC
Prayer for the Week:
O God, we place our children in Your hands. We ask not that You shield them from difficulty, but that You will give them the strength to face it; not that You will protect them from making mistakes, but that they may be able to learn from them; not that their lives will be easy, but that they will deal with its challenges courageously. Be with them when they are vulnerable, protect them from lasting harm and keep them always in Your love. Amen.
~ Audio services and bulletins are now available at our Church website. The address is http://blumenortchurch.com
~ Please get your announcements in early. Call and leave a message, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For any rentals of the church basement or the youth centre, please call Dorothy Hildebrandt at 204-324-4426. Remember to clean up after your event!! Thank you.
~ We are looking for a used crib for our nursery. We could also use a few more high chairs. If you have either of these items, please contact Heidi Houle or Cassie Giesbrecht.
~ Wanting to bless the young parents in our church, the education committee is planning to put childcare in place for the parents wanting to attend the parenting class beginning October 14.
Men and women of any age, if you enjoy holding babies (!), playing with small children, or just want to encourage the young parents in this way, Glenda Fehr would love to hear from you. Some people have already said they’d like to help out here, check the sign- up sheet in the foyer.
It’s only for an hour. Help out for 1 Sunday, a few, or all of the 8 Sundays. It’s sure to be a ton of fun!
From the Finance Committee:
Projected Budget for 2018: $375,000
Income to November 9, 2018: $ 253,255.20
Expenses to November 9, 2018: $ 294,587.33
Deficit: $ 41,332.13
Thank you to all for your continued gifts.
New Address for Armin & Caroline Ens: 5 – 391 15th St, Winkler, MB R6W 1L9, phone is still the same. Linda Penner : 261 6th Ave NE, Altona, 204-324-9003, mailing address has not changed.
~ Boys & Girls clubs on Wednesdays, from 7-830pm. A cookie sign- up sheet is in the front foyer. Feel free to message or call Rachelle Loewen with questions 362-8323
~ It is good to give to our God the praise that is his. Are you interested in sharing your musical gifts? We are looking for people willing to play offertory & prelude, special music, etc.
There will be a sign up sheet on the bulletin board in the foyer. You can also contact the music committee members-Angela Fehr, Ravae Wiebe, Harley Dyck, Corinne Peters with any questions.
~ We are invited to gather downstairs after the service for a potluck noon meal. This will be followed by our annual fall congregational meeting. All are invited to attend.
~ If there are any names you would like included for Memorial Sunday, which is November 25, please leave in Hedy’s mailbox or email email@example.com
~ Altona Health Care Auxiliary’s AGM, November 20 @ 2:00 pm, Hospital MPR, followed by Ruth Reimer, Katie Cares, guest speaker. All are welcome.
~ Cottonwood Community Drama presents M*A*S*H, 7:30 nightly on November 22, 23, 24 in Buhler Hall, Gretna, MB. This is a dramatic production including a little romance mixed in with dramatic moments and a genuine love of life! For tickets please visit www.mciblues.net, or call (204)327-5891.
~ November 15 – 17, 2018:”A People of Diversity: Mennonites in Canada since 1970”, a conference hosted by the Chair in Mennonite Studies at the University of Winnipeg. Sessions will take place in Convocation Hall, 2nd Floor Wesley Hall Building at the University of Winnipeg. Free admission, Register on site. More info: http://menonitestudies.uwinnipeg.ca/events/
Check out the brochures on the bulletin board.
Gateway Resources Christmas Concert
Thursday, November 22, 2018
At 7 p.m.
In the Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church
252 6th Street
~ MCC Canada welcomes applications for administrative assistant positions in International Program based in Winnipeg. Applications are accepted until November 15. For more information and to apply, visit mcccanada.ca/administrative-assistants
~ Ten Thousand Villages Altona is currently looking for volunteers to work in the store, operating the cash register and assisting customers, and one or two volunteers to open and close the store on a rotating basis. If you are interested in volunteering in our store and would like more information or to apply, please contact Sara Wall at the store on Monday or Thursday afternoons, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
~ Southern Manitoba Choral Society under the direction of Madeleine Friesen will present Christmas concerts, Rejoice, at 7:00 pm on Friday, Nov 30 at Winkler Emmanuel Mennonite Church and on Saturday, Dec 1 at Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church. An offering will be received. We invite you to come and celebrate the season with us.
Mennonite Collegiate Institute, Gretna MB, invites applications for the position of Principal commencing August, 2019. For more information or to submit a resume, please email email@example.com. More information can be found at www.mciblues.net.
On February 8-9, 2019, Mennonite Disaster participants will be joining together in Tucson, Arizona to celebrate the work of the past year, plan for the future and worship together. For people interested in attending, further information and registration may be found on the MDS website at mds.mennonite.net/all-unit-meeting.
~ 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
November 7 – Small Group service Night
November 14 – Bible Study
November 18 – Speaker – Rudy Franz
November 25 – Memorial Sunday