Verse of the Week:
Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking,
“What then is this child going to be?” For the Lord’s hand was with him.
Children’s choir led by Kathy Franz, accompanied by Joshua Dyck
Worship leader: Marilyn Dyck
Song leader: Harley Dyck
Pianist: Riley Dyck
Welcome and announcements
Call to worship
Recitation of Psalm 23
Time of prayer
Sharing and Presentation
Promotion of Sunday school students
Scripture reading: Psalm 139:13-18, Luke 1:57-66 Seth Klassen
Message – “The Wonder and Miracle of Each Child’s Creation” – Peter D. Zacharias
Benediction and grace for meal
Prayer & Praise
~ Welcome to our Sunday school Celebration Sunday. We are grateful for teachers, students, superintendents, music and worship leaders who have committed themselves to the discipline of studying, teaching and learning. Above all, we are grateful that we have a most amazing story to share about God’s love for each and every one.
~ Tim Wiebe has completed his third week of chemo and radiation treatments. Nettie Ginter will begin her treatments at the end of September. We pray for patience and peace of mind as these people make their journey and we pray for much courage for their families as well.
~ We trust that this first week of back to school has been a positive experience for all students and teachers. We trust that this would be true for Tenley Falk as well. May the routine of school not be overwhelming, but a safe and nurturing environment. Updates can be found at: htttp://www.tenleysjourney.wordpress.com
~ We Continue to remember our brothers and sisters in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as they experience great upheaval, loss of life and forced displacement. We remember also the many lives affected by the devastating consequences of recent hurricanes in the Caribbean and the United States. Many have lost their homes and even the lives of loved ones.
~ Those in various care homes that we remember in our prayers include: Trudy Harms, 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, and Andrea Fehr with YWAM in Hawai’i
Prayer for the Week:
Grant Lord, to all who study and those who teach them, the grace to love that which is worth loving, to know that which is worth knowing, to value what is most precious to You, and to reject what is not in keeping with Your will and purpose. Give them a true sense of judgment, and the wisdom to see beneath the surface of things. Above all, may they search out and do what is pleasing to You, through Jesus the Christ, our Lord. Amen.
~ Rudy is leading worship at the Boundary Trails Health Centre on September 10.
~ The men’s class is starting again this Sunday, Sept. 10. All men welcome.
~ From the Missions committee: Ryan Thiessen will be back again in late September and will be able to share more about his work in Mexico! As his sending church, come both at 9:15am here at BMC on Sunday, September 24 as well as for the evening that day at 7pm at Gateway Resources in Winkler for a relaxed time of sharing, snacks and fellowship. Hear from Ryan about how God is at work at the Centro Educativo Cristiano school, from Benny Hernandez, a former student of the school, about the rehab centre he is starting and also from school directors Howard and Susan Dyck in the evening.
Change of address: Cliff & Sue Peters 29 Pineridge Place, Winkler, MB R6W 0G7 Cliff phone # 204-325-3496, Sue phone # 204-362-4070
Richard & Dorothy Hildebrandt 307-276 Centre Ave NE Altona, MB R0G 0B2 Rick phone # 204-324-7222 Dorothy phone # 204-324-4426
Peter E Hildebrandt 304- 276 Centre Ave NE Altona MB R0G 0B2
Phone # 204-324-5588
~ A short meeting with the volunteers for Children’s church will be held right after lunch today (Sunday) at the “Bouncer”. If you are interested in helping out, please come.
~ A Ladies Sunday school class meets upstairs in the old youth room. They will be studying the Psalms of Ascent (Psalms 120 – 134) using the Beth Moore DVD video and workbooks. We hope to start on September 17 at 9:15 am. Everyone is welcome there is a signup list on the white board in that room if you already know that you would like a book. Please Join Us.
From the Finance Committee:
Income to August 31, 2017 : $ 183,876.38
Expenses to August 31, 2017: $ 253,773.63
Shortfall: $ 69,897.25
Thank you for your continued contributions for our ongoing needs.
~ 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
There are a few changes to youth for this year. We are excited to be joining our junior and senior high groups for the 2017/2018 school year.
BMC Youth exists to be a safe place for youth to encounter Jesus, ask questions, and to grow in their faith and relationship with God. We do this through recreation, worship, bible study, prayer, and service.
Youth (grades 7-12) Wednesdays 7:30pm-9:15pm):
September 13 – Youth Kickoff – Doors open at 7pm. come dressed for the weather as we will be outside most of the evening.
September 20 – Bible study Save the Date: Youth Retreat – October 20-22
Young Adults (For those in post-secondary or the work force. Generally from 6-10pm):
Young Adults: September 12 – We will meet at Katrina’s in Winnipeg. 80 Plaza Drive. Meet at 6pm. Let Katrina know if you’re coming so she can order pizza accordingly.
Friday, September 29 – Potluck at Gerry and Cassie’s in Winkler
~ Southern Manitoba Choral Society invites all singers to join us on Tuesdays for a season of singing! First rehearsal is September 12, 6:30-8:15 pm in the W C Miller Collegiate music room. Fall registration is $35.00
~ 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
~ Eden Health Care Services invites you to the 2017 Dr Clarence H Labun Lecture Series titled: “Sustaining and Nurturing Safe Communities” on Tuesday, October 3, at the Grace Mennonite Church in Winkler. Presenters include: Devon Clunis, retired Winnipeg Police Chief, Dr Marc Teillet, Psychiatrist at Eden, Jordan Friesen from the Canadian Mental Health Association, and Paul Isaacs, retired Winnipeg Police Chaplain. See edenheathcare.ca for more information. Registration is $40., online or by phone 204-325-5355.
~ The Eastview Place Fall Bazaar will be held on Thursday, October 5 from 1:30 – 3:30. Join us for a lovely afternoon of coffee and dainties, the best bake sale in Altona, and enter the raffles for wonderful prizes from local businesses and our draw for a quilt, spa package and clothing rack. All proceeds go to improving the quality of life for the residents at Eastview Place. We hope to see you there!
Come to Winkler Bible Camp on September 19th, 4:30pm-7:30pm for our annual fall supper. Meal includes turkey, stuffing, potatoes and more. Free-will offering will be taken. For more information visit our website www.winklerbiblecamp.com.
September 10 – Promotion Sunday –Peter D Zacharias
September 17 – Communion Service
Sunday September 24- Rudy Franz, the youth will be providing lunch. Donations will go to cover costs and remainder will help subsidize the youth retreat happening October 20-22.
October 1 – Thanksgiving Service
October 8 – Songs of Praise Sunday