Verse of the Week:
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6: 23
Worship leader: Rudy Franz
Song Leader: Jake Friesen
Pianist: Ingrid Dyck
Welcome & Announcements
Call to Worship
Worship in Song
Children’s Story – Viola Fehr
Worship in Song
Scripture Reading – Matthew 25: 14 – 30
Message – “The Unopened Gift” – Walter Dyck
Prayer & Praise
~ We are saddened to hear that Rose Swift, the mother of Yvonne Giesbrecht passed away in the early hours of Thursday, October 19. Her funeral will take place on Monday, October 23 @ 10:30am at Wiebe Funeral Chapel in Winkler. We pray that you as a family will find comfort from Jesus the Good Shepherd, during your time of need. We offer you our prayers of support and encouragement
~ Austin Penner continues his stay at the Agassiz Youth Center in Portage la Prairie. He would value our prayers on his behalf and he would appreciate letters of encouragement. The best way to facilitate these letters would be to give them to Linda Penner and she would deliver them to the Center. Also if anyone would be interested in going to see Austin, we do have visitor application forms that need to be filled out and approved prior to any visitation. Please check with either Gerry or Rudy.
~ Perseverance or steadfastness is often referred to in connection with prayer in the Scriptures. Let us not forget to offer our prayers on behalf of those who struggle with health issues. Tim Wiebe, Nettie Ginter, and Tenley Falk are those whom we specifically remember. Updates for Tenley can be found at: www.tenleysjourney.wordpress.com
~ Those in various care homes that we remember in our prayers include: Trudy Harms, Helen Janzen, and Jake Rempel. We also want to remember Mary Klassen, who has been transferred to Rock Lake Personal Care Home in Pilot Mound, and Peter E Hildebrandt (at home) who are dealing with health issues.
~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, and Andrea Fehr with YWAM in Hawai’i
Prayer for the Week:
Lord, we recognize the reality of Your Kingdom within and among us. Continue to shape the Landscape of our lives after Your Will and Your Way. In the strong name of Jesus, we pray.
~ At church council on Thursday, September 2, it was decided to have the fall Annual Congregational Church meeting on Sunday, November 19 after the noon meal. Reports from committee chairpersons are to be handed in by November 1 to the office. Email is great!
~There is childcare available during the service starting at 10:15 in the youth hut. Children ages 1-6 are welcome!
~ Clubs is planned to begin on November 1, 2017. Our needs include both Male and Female leaders, someone to lead singing, donations of cookies (2 – 3 dozen are enough), and most importantly prayers. Please note, if thinking of coming up with lesson plans makes you nervous, fear not! We have a series of plans available to you. I look forward to hearing from you. Ang Driedger 204-327-6674.
~ Eagles Wings Children Village is thrilled to announce some wonderful news! A generous donor has pledged to match gifts in support of Eagles Wings until the end of October, up to a total of $25,000. Gifts can be made online or into our normal Sunday offering this Sunday. Cheques can be made out to Blumenort Mennonite Church with “Eagles Wings Children Village”, “matching donation campaign,” in the memo. Or there is this option: “If you would like to make a contribution, you can donate online through CanadaHelps https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/eagles-wings-childrens-village-inc/matchingcampaign/ You can also send a cheque to our accountant, Natasha Buhler, at 1067 Dudley Ave Winnipeg, MB R3M 1R5.”
~ We are invited to attend MCI’s Soup & Pie supper on Friday, November 3, 2017 from 5 – 7 pm. The fall concert begins at 7 pm. This event is by donation.
~ Salem Foundation presents: Faspa, Fellowship and Song on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at the Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church. Featured will be the Blue Collar Harmony Boys. Program at 3:30 pm. Faspa at 4:30 pm. Freewill offering.
BMC Youth is for youth in grades 7-12, and happens Wednesdays from 7:30pm-9:15pm
OPPORTUNITY: We continue to seek prayer partners for the youth and leaders. If you are interested in signing up to pray for someone, check out the sign up sheet after the service by the coffee station in the foyer.
October 25 – Faith and Football Testimony Night in Altona. Chris Randle and Drake Nevis of the Blue Bombers will be sharing with us along with Lorne Korol. Meet at BMC @ 6:30pm. Back by 9:30pm.
November 1 – Bible study
Winkler Bible Camp’s Annual Fall Fundraising Banquets will take place October 29-31, 2017.
October 29- Morning Church Service @ Elm Creek MB Church
October 30- Dinner Banquet @ Winkler Bible Camp at 6:30pm
October 31- Dinner Banquet @ Altona EMMC at 6:30pm
For more information or to make your reservations please visit our website or call 204-325-9519
Gerry Giesbrecht is looking for some people who want to get out, work hard, and have some fun for a day on Saturday, October 29th at Pembina Valley Bible Camp. They need some volunteers to stack wood after their split and stack weekend. If you are interested call or text 204-362-7262 and we’ll get a crew out!
~ On behalf of the Board, residents and staff, thank you to the pastors, lay pastors and all those who so faithfully participate in Chapel and Worship Services at Salem Home.
We appreciate the many people who assist in bringing services to the residents. We are blessed to be part of a church community who cares for its elders in so many ways.
We appreciate your willingness to be partners in building relationships with the residents through your visiting, prayers, and serving during chapel and worship services.
May God bless you richly as you serve those around you.
~ At the Intersection of Faith and Life, a 55 plus enrichment program is being offered by CMU. Called: Xplore: Keep thinking sessions will be offered at the Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Winkler on Thursdays from October 5 – November 9. From 9 – 10 am. Sessions include: Ephesians: Power for peace, by Michael Pahl & Reflecting on the church in Southern Manitoba with John Klassen and area partners. From 10:30 – 11:30 am, sessions include: Clothing the Naked Anabaptist by John J Friesen, and Deuteronomy as a vision for the church today, by Gerald Gerbrandt. The cost is $ 100 for 2 sessions or $60 for a single session. For more information and registration visit: cmu.ca/xplore
~ There are still tickets available for Eden Health Care’s 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration. Featured speaker will be Margaret Trudeau. Musicians include: Phillip Ens Jr, Meagan Reimer, and Laura Friesen. The event takes place on Thursday, November 9, 2017, at the Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church. Doors open at 5 pm. Individual Tickets are $150. For more information & tickets, go to: www.edenhealthcare.ca
~ We are invited to attend the Adult & Teen Challenge Dinner Banquet in our area which takes place on Monday, November 6 at 6 pm at the Winkler Mennonite Church. There will be stories, a choir and an inspiring message. Reserve your tickets online or by calling 204-949-9484.
October 29 – Speaker – Rudy Franz
November 5 – Speaker – Jake Friesen
November 12 – Youth led worship service
November 19 – Speaker –Rudy Franz – Fall Congregational Meeting after the morning service and lunch
November 26 – Memorial Service (please let the office know if there is someone you would like us to remember)