Verse of the Week:

“Beloved do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which comes upon you to prove you, as though something strange were happening to you.  But rejoice in so far as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when His glory is revealed.  If you are reproached for the name of Christ, you blessed, because the Spirit of glory and God rests on you.”  1 Peter 4:12 – 14


Worship leader: Rudy Franz
Song Leader: Jake Friesen
Pianist: Viola Fehr

Welcome & Announcements

Call to Worship

Prayer

Worship in Song

Offertory – Josh Dyck

Prayer Time

Children’s Story – Karla Fehr

Worship in Song

Scripture Reading – Matthew 5:10-12, 1 Timothy 4:1-8 – Kenleigh Friesen

Message: “Persecuted for Christ” – Walter Dyck

Closing Song

Benediction


Prayer & Praise

~ Congratulations to Dustin & Leah Fehr on the birth of a son, Deacon Oliver, on Friday, September 9, 2016.  He is a brother to Sawyer and a grandson for Dave & Cathy Fehr.  We want to wish you God’s blessings as you take on the responsibility of parenting and providing a Christian home for your two children.

~ Thank you to Jaime Falk for continuing to provide updates on Tenley whenever that becomes possible.  We continue to pray for you as a family that God’s presence would sustain you on your journey one day at a time.  Updates can be found at: http://www.tenleysjourney.wordpress.com

~ Those in various care homes that we remember in our prayers include: Susan Janzen, Trudy Harms, Helen Fehr, 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 (returning at the end of August); 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, (home now for the month of September) Andrea Fehr with YWAM in Hawai’i (returning at the end of September)

Prayer for the Week:

(This was written by St Cyprian of Carthage in the year of his martyrdom, to encourage fellow Christians under persecution)

Good God, may we confess Your name to the end.  May we emerge unsullied and glorious from the traps and dark powers of this world. As You have bound us together in love and peace, and as, together we have persevered through times of hardship, may we also rejoice together in Your heavenly kingdom.  Amen


Youth

~ 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

Junior Youth (Mondays 7pm-9pm):
September 19 – Get to Know Your Leaders

Senior Youth (Wednesdays 7pm-9:30pm):
September 21 – Jon and Natalie Neudorf are coming to share about YWAM Call2All in Chang Mai, Thailand.

~ Save the Dates:
September 25 – Youth serving lunch (donations go towards subsidizing youth retreat costs – Junior and Senior)
October 14-16 – Senior Youth Retreat @ Camp Arnes. Sign-up sheets are in the foyer and youth center. Cost is $90 – We will be doing a Co-op gift card fundraiser toward this amount as well.

~ 2016-2017 Youth Leaders:
Senior Youth: Gerry Giesbrecht, Ravae Mcdonald, and Eric & Jessica Giesbrecht
Junior Youth: Gerry Giesbrecht, Kaitlyn Rempel, Kim Ginter, and Silas Bergen

~ Prayer Partners:
Thank you to all those who have partnered with our youth in prayer. There will be a sign-up sheet posted in the foyer. Please feel free to sign up to pray for the same youth or youth leader again, or choose another or two to pray for as well.


Church

~ Next week we are looking forward to welcoming Jon & Natalie Neudorf as they participate with us in our worship service.  They will be sharing with us also during the Sunday school hour in the basement so we invite Sunday school classes to come and join us.  Following the service the youth will be having a fundraising noon meal to which we are all invited.

~ Audio services and bulletins are now available at our Church website. We are working at streamlining this, and keeping it current. Please be patient with us as we continue to update our web presence. Go to http://blumenortchurch.com to see what’s new online.


Community

~ MCI continues its important search for good candidates for the position of Male Residence Staff for the current school year. This is a full time position, for men with dynamic faith, gifts of leadership and an interest to serve high school students in an exciting living & learning community. Interest and experience in coaching & mentoring young people are key assets. To apply/inquire, contact Cheryl Braun (Interim Principal) at cherylbraun@mciblues.net, or Harold Schlegel (Director of Student Life) at haroldschlegel@mciblues.net , or call the school 204-327-5891

MCI also invites prayerful support from congregations throughout this search process.

~ The Kiev Symphony Orchestra & chorus is bringing “A Beautiful Savior Concert” to the Winkler Mennonite Church on Monday, September 26, 2016 @ 7:00pm. The program includes a variety of sacred classics, hymns, and spirituals, instrumental, acapella and stories of God’s grace. Admission: An offering will be taken for music mission Ukraine Canada and ministries to widows, orphans, and victims of war in Ukraine. All are welcome.

~ You are invited to a concert featuring a Southern Gospel Quartet from North Carolina at Buhler Hall in Gretna for one performance, onSaturday, October 8, at 7 pm.  Come, enjoy great music and good testimonies from a group of good Christian men and entertainers.  They are the Lumber River Quartet.  Admission is free and offerings are gratefully accepted.

~ This fall we are pleased to welcome several pastors to new roles in MCM. The following congregations will celebrate new pastoral relationships and we invite all of you to pray for God’s guidance and blessing on these transitions.

Bryce Miller – Jubilee Mennonite, installation September 11
Rafael Duerksen – Springfield Heights Mennonite Church, installation September 18
Terrell and Janna Wiebe – Gretna Bergthaler Mennonite Church, installation September 25
Josef Estabrookes – Fort Garry Mennonite Fellowship, installation October 2

~ Union Gospel Mission Altona Fall Banquet takes place on Friday, October 7, 6:30 pm at the Rhineland Pioneer Center.  Special Guest and mission update by Gilbert Plante.  Special Music by Ed Wayne and the North Border Band.  For tickets call: BSI Insurance at 204-324-8666, Prairie Insurance at 204-324-5579, Pete & Martha at 204-324-8329 or Cornie & Marge at 204-324-6582.

~ CALLING ALL RETIRED PASTORS & SPOUSES, WIDOWS, AND LAY LEADERS OF MCM CONGREGATIONS!    You are invited to come and enjoy Camp Asssiniboia – Thursday, October 13 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. in a day filled with fellowship and reminiscing, worship and a time of appreciation and recognition of ministry.    Lunch will be included as well as opportunity to experience the beautiful space of Camp Assiniboia.   More information is available at the church office or by calling Delmer/Elsie Epp @ 204-253-3752.   Register before September 30 at $15/person at http://www.mennochurch.mb.ca/

~ Winkler Bible Camp is hosting a Fall Supper on Tuesday, September 20 from 4:30 – 7 pm.  Meal includes turkey, stuffing, potatoes and more.  Free-will offering.  For more information go to www.winklerbiblecamp.com

~ The mother /daughter retreat at Winkler Bible Camp is September 24 – 25.  Join us for a flashback to the 80’s.  Our guest speakers will be mother & daughter, Eleanor & Katie Friesen.  Go to the website, www.winklerbiblecamp.com for more information.

~ Providence College and University is having their Harvest Festival on Friday, September 30.  Join them for a pre-dinner tour at 6 pm and supper at 7 pm.  Visit www. Prov.ca/Harvest for more information and complimentary tickets.

~ Mennonites, Land & the Environment: A Global History Conference takes place October 28-29, 2016 at the Eckhardt Gramatte Hall, 3rd floor, Centennial Building, University of Winnipeg.  A history of Mennonites’ relationship to the land in seven communities around the world from Friesland, & Northern Europe, Iowa & the US Midwest, Java, Siberia & the Russian Empire, Manitoba & Beyond, Zimbabwe, Bolivia & its neighbors.  Free admission.  Register at the conference.  Check out more details at www.mennonitestudies.uwinnipeg.ca/events

~ Evening Courses: CMU offers a number of evening courses as part of its undergraduate curriculum. These courses are available for audit or credit to students not enrolled in a full time program. Evening courses offered this fall include Principles and Paradigms in Youth MinistryNineteenth-Century Novel, and Cultures of Violence, Cultures of Peace.For further information go to cmu.ca/timetable.

~ Xplore: Keep Thinking: CMU Χplore offers courses that investigate dimensions of the Christian faith, our world, and life in it. All without any assignments or examinations! Classes run on Thursday mornings for 6 weeks, beginning October 6, and are held at Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Winkler. Courses include Immigrants and Refugees, Then & Now: A Common Story? with Kevin Drudge (former Pastor, Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Winkler) and guests. For further information see cmu.ca/xplore.

~ Save the date: Fall Festival / CMU Shaftesbury Campus / September 23-24. Come celebrate with us during CMU’s annual Fall Festival! Events include a Face2Face presentation, Farmers Market, MennoCross cycle race, Alumni reunions, folkfest, Blazer Awards presentation, and Opening Program. For more information see cmu.ca/fallfestival.

~ Portable CMU: Canadian Mennonite University offers a wide variety of short courses and workshops on a range of topics to resource congregations in their local communities. Note that the subsidy CMU provides has been significantly increased and new topics are offered. Topics include The Problem of Prayer with Pierre Gilbert, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology. For more information see cmu.ca/portables or call 204-487-3300.

~ The parents of the Gretna School are looking for volunteers for each day at 8:45 am to do a Bible reading or story and prayer time for the children.  Please contact Carrie Klippenstein at 204-327-6462 if you are able to help.

~ Eden Health Care Services – Employment Opportunity

The Eden Health Care Services Executive Board invites applications for the position of Chief Executive Officer.  The Board is seeking a visionary, strategic leader, planner and team builder, capable of supervising and directing all aspects of the Eden group of mental health services, with an ability to work in partnership with regional health authorities and other government agencies in providing such services.  An understanding and affirmation of Anabaptist faith and values is essential.  For a full description of the position and required qualifications, please contact: Search Committee Chair: Evelyn Labun, Eden Health Care Services Box 129, Winkler, MB  R6W 4A4 or email:elabun@mymts.net


Church Calendar

September 25 – Jon & Natalie Neudorf – Sharing downstairs at 9:15am as well as speaking during the worship service. This will be followed by a youth fundraiser lunch downstairs.
October 2Thanksgiving Service –  Speaker – Seth Klassen.  We are all invited to a meal downstairs following the service.
October 9 – Songs of Praise Sunday
October 16 – Speaker – Pastor Rudy – Matthew 5: 9
October 23 – Wrap up on the Beatitudes
October 31 – Speaker – Mitchell Peters