Verse of the Week:
In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent His only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him. 1 John 4: 9
Worship leader: Marilyn Dyck
Song Leader & Pianist: Gerry Giesbrecht
Welcome and announcements
Call to worship
Worship in song
Offertory – Tyson Fehr
Children’s Story – Jaime Falk
Worship in song
Scripture reading – John 3: 1 – 21
Message –“Be Bold, Nicodemus” – Walter Dyck
Prayer & Praise
~ We pray for God’s blessing, a deep sense of commitment and joy for Cindy Friesen and Malcolm Klassen, as they make final arrangements for their upcoming wedding on November 10, 2018.
~ Thank you from Hedy & John Falk for the many cards, hugs, flowers, meals and gifts in honor of our Mother, Anna Woelk, who passed a few weeks ago. Your thoughtfulness is appreciated.
~ Monday, November 5, marks the date for our monthly 24 hour prayer vigil for Eagles Wings Children’s Village in Uganda. We also pray for continued health for Ann Peckham as she undergoes surgery and follow up treatments during their time in Canada.
~ 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 affiliation 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.
~ Boys & Girls clubs begins Nov 7 – March 20, from 7-830pm. I will be posting a cookie sign- up sheet in the front foyer. Feel free to message or call Rachelle Loewen with questions 362-8323
~ 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.
~ Dave Rempel as he recovers from knee surgery.
~ Harv Thiessen as he continues to recover at home.
– 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 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, our source of Strength, we seek courage to worship You with our whole selves, for to do so may change us. Move among and within us, shelter us when we fear the seeming emptiness of our silence. Fill us, when futility and frustration threaten to paralyze us, so that we may be living, loving hands and feet, instruments of Your Truth, Grace and Love. May we and our world today know moments of living with purpose, enthusiasm and courage and may such moments grow in glory to Your Name and Power. Amen.
*Youth leaders for 2018-2019 are Shania Ginter, Cynthia Krahn, Caleb Rempel, Tyson Fehr, Gerry Giesbrecht…please pray for them as they guide the youth in our congregation.
~ 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
~ 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 email@example.com. 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.
~ Pastor Rudy is involved in leading worship this morning, November 4 at Evergreen in Salem Home.
~ Church Council has set the date for the Fall Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, November 11, 2018 after a noon meal, which will consist of a potluck meal; everyone is welcome to join us for the meal and meeting. Report books are ready for pick up in both foyers this morning.
~ 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.
~ 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.
~ If there are any names you would like included for Memorial Sunday, which is November 25, please leave in Hedy’s mailbox or email firstname.lastname@example.org
From the Finance Committee:
Income to October 31, 2018: $ 230, 173.55
Expenses to October 31, 2018: $ 258,720.25
Deficit: $ 28,546.97
Thank you to all for your continued gifts.
~ 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.
~ MCC Manitoba welcomes applications for Communications Associate based in Winnipeg. Applications are accepted until November 2. For more information and to apply, visit mccmb.ca/communications-associate. For additional communication position openings with MCC Canada, visit mcccanada.ca/get-involved/serve/openings
~ 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 email@example.com.
Ten Thousand Villages provides vital, fair income to Third World people by marketing their handicrafts and telling their stories in North America. Ten Thousand Villages works with artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed. This income helps pay for food, education, health care and housing. Ten Thousand Villages is a non-profit program of Mennonite Central Committee, the relief and development agency of Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches in North America
~ Adult & Teen Challenge Fall Banquets in our area take place Thursday, November 8, 6 pm at Winkler Bible Camp and on Friday, November 9, 6 pm at the Altona EMM Church. Come and hear powerful stories of hope, the choir and an inspiring message. Reserve your tickets by calling 204-949-9484.
~ Dear MDS Churches and MDS Congregational Contact Persons.
We would ask you to let young adults in your congregations know about an amazing bursary/scholarship that is available through Columbia Bible College CBC) in Abbotsford, BC and Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) in Winnipeg, MB. A donor has generously provided funding for full tuition assistance, when a student studying in church ministry related fields, serves with MDS for 8 weeks. It’s an amazing opportunity. Feel free to share the paragraph below in whatever manner works for your congregations. Young Adults. It’s never too early to plan for your further education in September of 2019. Do you know that both Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford and Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg offer full tuition assistance? Check out the Sheep & Goats MDS Service Scholarship/Bursary at each of the schools’ Financial Aid page.
November 11 – Child Dedication Sunday, Speaker – Rudy Franz; Congregational meeting to follow the noon potluck meal.
November 18 – Speaker – Esther Zacharias
November 25 – Memorial Sunday