Verse of the Week:

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God.  Romans 5: 1-2

Worship leader: Rudy Franz
Song Leader: Walter Dyck
Pianist: Ingrid Dyck

Welcome and announcements

Call to worship


Worship in song


Prayer time

Worship in song

Scripture reading – Ephesians 2: 1 – 10

Message: Our Hope and Purpose, Jesus Christ – Carson Hoy

Closing Song


Prayer & Praise

~ A Special welcome to Bill and Ann Peckham who are making a presentation regarding Eagles Wings Children’s Village in Uganda during our Sunday school hour in the church basement.   Thank you for your willingness to be involved in this way.  May God’s blessings go with you in your continued ministry.

~ A special welcome also to Carson Hoy, who is a volunteer public relations personnel for Union Gospel Mission in Winnipeg.  Thank you also for your message to us and may God’s blessings go with you in your continued ministry.

~ All of us are invited to a Church Appreciation meal which will be served by the Youth and Young adults in the basement, following the worship service.

~ It’s that time of year again! Clubs is right around the corner. Once again we are looking for leaders. We plan to start in November. Clubs is not a big commitment since it’s only every Wednesday. Teaching materials will be provided. Feel free to contact Rachelle Loewen @ 362-8323 if you have any questions or would like to be a leader

~ Check out the updates posted on the bulletin board from Murray & Carol Honsberger, as well as Andrea Fehr, who recently returned to Hawai’i to continue her involvement with YWAM.

Reminders of prayer items for this week:

~ 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 is continuing her slow recovery at home;

~ Harv Thiessen as he continues to recover at home;

Austin Penner, as he continues to transition back to the community.

~ Those in various care homes that we remember in our prayers include: Trudy Harms, Helen Janzen, Jake Rempel and Lena Rempel at Riverview Health Centre

~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 Christ, our Morning Star, Splendor of Life Eternal, shining with the glory of the rainbow, come and waken us from all that would diminish Your Spirit’s work in us and renew in us Your gift of Hope.  Amen.


~ Audio services and bulletins are now available at our Church website.  The address is

~ The church office is open on Thursdays from 8:30 – 3 pm and Fridays from 8:30 am to 1pm. Please get your announcements in early. Call and leave a message, or email For any bookings of the church basement or the youth centre, please call Dorothy Hildebrandt at 204-324-4426. Thank you.

~ Church Council has decided to have the Fall Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, November 11, 2018 after a noon meal.  Reports from all committees should be in by October 21, 2018. If you are unsure of whether or not you need to write a report, either email or call the office.  Hedy would like to have the report books ready for Sunday, November 4, 2018.  

~ Rehearsal for the men’s group who are participating in the Songs of Praise Worship Service on Sunday, October 7, takes place following the noon meal.  We will take some time today as well as next Sunday to get familiar with our music.

~ During our Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, September 30 we would like to give some time for sharing of items from the congregation.  What are you grateful for?  How have you sensed God’s leading during the past year?  What would be important to share which would be an encouragement to the rest of the congregation?  This can be done in the form of scripture verses, song, instrumental; story or whatever way you feel led to share.  We are all invited to stay for a noon meal following the worship service. 

~ “We are cleaning up the library shelves to make room for new books. Check out the table in the foyer for old gems to add to your own library. Any donations are accepted in the jar on the table.” 


Photos for our Fall Songs of Praise service, Sunday, October 7, 2018.
What are you GRATEFUL for?
 We are asking for your pictures of things you are thankful for to create a slide show. Email a picture with a caption to is September 23.

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.

~ On Sunday, September 23, Bill & Ann Peckham from Eagles Wings Children’s Village in Uganda will be in our midst during the Sunday school hour.  They have a slide presentation as well as time for questions and answers.  We would extend an invitation for any Sunday school classes, as well as others to join us in the basement for sharing, listening and prayer.

BMC Mexico Missions Trip 2018-2019:

Dates: December 28-January 6 Cost: $1500-2000       Value: Priceless

Signup Deadline: September 23rd

Please pray and consider joining the missions team headed to San Carlos, Mexico over the Christmas break. We are looking for people who are willing to lend their skills and abilities in order to encourage various ministries in Mexico. There will be opportunity to do some painting, woodworking and carpentry, yard maintenance and clean up, Children’s ministry, perhaps some evangelism and handing out food hampers, as well as spending some time visiting with and encouraging the staff at Centro Educativo Cristiano and a few other local ministries. We plan to possibly spend some time in the community of Santa Maria where we poured a concrete pad during our last visit in order to help them with continuing work on their church building, as well as Arizpe in the Mountains where Benny who came to speak with us last summer is located. This will be a trip worth more than the money you pay to go. Pray about whether the Lord is asking you to be a part of this mission.

Contact Pastor Gerry Giesbrecht with any questions.

Community Announcements

~ Salem Foundation invites you to enjoy an afternoon of “Faspa, Fellowship and Song” on Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 at the Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church.  The Program, featuring the music of Jayme Giesbrecht & Jonathan Alexiuk begins at 3:30 pm in the sanctuary; Faspa will be served from 4:30 to 5:15 pm in the fellowship hall.

Proceeds from the freewill offering are for Blinds for Public Spaces in Salem Home.

Your support provides Residents with a positive lived experience … making this chapter of their life journey meaningful!

~ MCC Annual meeting, Thursday, September 27 at 7 pm @ 1131 Roch St, Winnipeg
Join us at North Kildonan Mennonite Church to hear about developments in our program work and plans as well as a keynote address and personal reflection on MCC’s relief work in Syria. For more information and to register delegates by September 21, visit contact Nikki Hamm at 204-261-6381 or nikkihamm@mccmb.c

~ Mennonite Collegiate Institute is looking for families that are willing to host international students during closed residence weekends and holidays throughout the upcoming school year. If you are unable to commit to hosting all year, consider hosting for half a year, or being a substitute host family in cases where host families are unable to host due to other conflicts. Contact Paul Peters at MCI (204-327-5891) if you are interested or would like more information. Please pray about this amazing opportunity!

~ A Women’s Conference, hosted by Women of Integrity, is being held on Saturday, October 20, 2018, from 9 am – 4 pm at Jubilee Place, 173 Talbot Ave in Winnipeg.  Special guest speaker is Grace Fox.  Tickets are $40.00 and lunch is provided.  Tickets are available at Bible Book shop in Winkler or at the Jasmine Tea Room in Altona.  See the poster on the bulletin board for more information. 

~ Stories from Syria – Join us in Altona or Winnipeg for first-hand stories from Rahaf Abdo, a Syrian who has lived through the prolonged conflict and dedicated herself to helping those around her. At Seeds Church (116 Main St, Altona) on October 9 at 7 pm or at Sam’s Place (159 Henderson Hwy, Winnipeg) on October 11 at 7 pm. find more information and let us know you’re coming at or by calling 204-261-6381.

Fall Festival (September 22nd & 23rd) On September 22 & 23 come on down to Winkler Bible Camp’s Fall Festival! A fundraising event for families and friends to come and have a day filled with activities such as the giant swing, inflatables, carnival games, petting zoo, and more! There will be a free week of camp given away during the day, so don’t miss out! Visit for prices, times, and more details.

~ On Sunday, September 30th at 7:00 pm you are invited to the Gretna Bergthaler Mennonite Church to hear from Kerry Sanger-Harvey, the Mennonite Central Committee’s Indigenous Neighbours Program Coordinator.  In light of the recent set up of the Spirit of the Buffalo Camp just outside Gretna, we have invited Kerry to come speak with us about the importance of reconciliation and how it connects with our faith as well as answer any questions we might have. We hope to see you there!

~The Eastview Place Fall Bazaar will be held on Thursday, October 4 from 1:30 – 3:30.  Join us for an 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 audio and video equipment for the residents at Eastview Place.  We hope to see you there! Any finished craft items, plants, preserves and jams you would like to donate to the Bazaar would be greatly appreciated as well.  Donated goods should be dropped off at the East entrance on the morning of the Bazaar. 

~ The Fall Meeting for the Altona MCC Gift and Thrift Shop will take place on Monday, September 24th at 2:00 p.m. in the Altona Senior Center.  John Bergman, the guest speaker will be reporting on work in Mexico.  Everyone is welcome.

~ Yes!! You’ve heard right! A parenting class IS on the horizon!

Being a church event, this class is expected to painlessly mold you into the perfect parents you’ve always expected yourself to be, effortlessly producing the perfect kids you’ve always dreamed of having in this perfect world….in 3 easy steps!  J Right.  So…. No easy steps, no perfect world or perfect people… just a group of us, exploring together what being Mom or Dad to these little people God entrusted to us means, what God’s Word says about it, encouraging each other. The class will include videos with various speakers, discussions, a tips table, snacks, etc. and will be led by Char Klassen.

When? October 14 – December 2 @ 9:15- 10:15

Where? Good question – we’ll get back to you on that.

And ….(drumroll please) childcare IS included for your little ones!!!!

Come to encounter Jesus together, to learn, be encouraged, laugh, and to put your feet up a bit!

~ 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, but hoping for many more.

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!


*Youth leaders for 2018-2019 are Shania Ginter, Cynthia Krahn, 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:
instagram: @bmcyouthmin
facebook: (Group)
twitter: @bmcyouthmin
or contact Gerry Giesbrecht @ 204-362-7262

Youth Calendar:
September 26 – Bible study, Hand out flyers re: Bring a tin for the bin!

October 3 – Food Drive for the Winkler and Area & Altona & Rhineland and Area Food banks

Save the date October 19 – 21, for the Youth Retreat at Camp Arnes.


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Church Calendar

September 30 – Our annual Church Thanksgiving Service

October 7 – Songs of Praise Sunday.