Verse of the Week:
O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker. For He is our God and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His Hand.
Psalm 95: 6-7
Worship leader: Walter Dyck
Song Leader & Pianist: Katrina Schulz & Paige Bergman
Welcome and announcements
Call to worship
Worship in Song
Worship in Song
Scripture reading: Isaiah 6: 1-8, Verna Martens
Message – “Worship the Lord” – Pastor Rudy Franz
Benediction & Table Grace
Prayer & Praise
~ We are invited to participate in a youth fundraising lunch following the service this morning. These funds will be used to support their upcoming retreat as well as other expenses of the youth program. Thank you to the youth for preparing this meal.
~ Tim Wiebe has now completed his fifth of six weeks of chemo and radiation treatments. Nettie Ginter will begin her treatments on Wednesday, September 27. We are grateful that Tenley Falk has been able to attend school on a regular basis so far this fall. May God continue to guide and uphold those experiencing immediate health issues. May you and your families be encouraged by the reality of God as our good Shepherd. Updates can be found at: htttp://www.tenleysjourney.wordpress.com
~ Congratulations to Paul & Carianne Peters on the birth of a son, Simon Alexander Paul, on Thursday, September 21, 2017. Proud grandparents are Ray & Corinne Peters. This is the third great grandson for Paul J & Elizabeth Peters. We want to wish these families much joy as they welcome a new arrival into their lives, hearts and homes.
~ We are reminded of the continued devastation that this hurricane season is causing, as well as the massive devastation of the earthquakes in Mexico and the continued violence and unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and those who have been affected by the forest fires in Canada and the northwestern US. We continue to pray for shelter, resources of people and material to help restore the destruction. We also pray that God’s will of reconciliation and peace replace violence and the continued devaluing of people’s lives.
~ 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 in BTHC and Peter E Hildebrandt 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:
God of heaven and Lord of earth, sovereign over the waters, provider of food for all that live. You are the Rock of Ages, higher than the surging waters. You are the Rock of Compassion, justice and the ability to abide with us. Move us to be more like You in our neighborliness. Move us so that we may finally stand on Solid Rock, no more sinking sand. Hear our resolve, heal our unresolved that we may finish in sure trust and in glad obedience. In the strong name of Jesus we pray. Amen
~ 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.
The youth would like to invite everyone to stay for spaghetti lunch after the service. Any donations received will go towards subsidizing our youth retreat and to general youth expenses. Cheques can be made out to Blumenort Mennonite Church.
Thank you to all the leaders who are helping with youth this year: Gerry Giesbrecht, Macey Friesen, Eric and Jessica Giesbrecht and Tyson Fehr
Youth (Grade 7-12 | Wednesdays 7:30pm-9:15pm):
September 27 – Bible Study
October 4 – Rhineland Area Food Drive
Save the Date: October 20-22 – Youth Retreat at Camp Assiniboia. Out speaker will be Bryan Neisteter
September 29 – Potluck and Games at 6pm at Gerry and Cassie’s. 159 4th street south in Winkler. Contact Gerry if you have any questions.
~ 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:.//www.blumenortchurch.com to see what’s new online.
~ If you want to keep getting the Canadian Mennonite magazine, please let the office know. I need to send them an updated list by October 15, 2017.
~ From the Missions committee: Come 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.
~ 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 October 1 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.
~ 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!
~ 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, from 9am -4 pm registration begins at 8:15, 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.
~ Altona MCC Gift and Thrift Shop is holding their Fall Meeting on Monday, September 25th at 2:00 p.m. in the Altona Senior Centre. Guest speakers will be Chris & Cheryl Peters reporting about their work in the Dominican Republic. Refreshments to follow. Everyone is welcome.
~ Gord Penner from Steinbach Bible College will be leading a study series called: Job: why do bad things happen to good people? On Tuesday evenings 7 – 9:45 pm September 26, October 3, 10, 17 at the South Park church in Altona. Cost is $25 per evening or $80 for all four sessions. If you have questions call, Dan Mackloskie at 204-324-5947
~ For all those who enjoy Southern Gospel Quartet music, you are invited to come to Buhler Hall on Saturday, October 14, at 7 pm where the Lumber River Quartet from North Carolina will be performing. Come for music and testimonies. Admission is free and donations will be gratefully accepted.
~ Minds in Motion is an 8-week program which combines physical activity, socialization and mental stimulation for people living with early to moderate symptoms of dementia, and their caregiver/family/friend. Come to the Minds in Motion Open House on Thursday morning, September 28th (9 AM to Noon) at The Gardens on Tenth to learn more. Sessions run one morning per week October 12th – November 30th(Thursdays). Call Grace @ Gardens at 204-324-8945 to register
~ Get your bikes and feet tuned up for a fantastically fun national church bike-a-thon on Saturday, Sept. 30 in several locations across Canada. The Ride for Refuge is a family-friendly cycling/walking fundraiser that partners with churches and organizations who work with the displaced, vulnerable and exploited. Be a part of the “Mennonite Church Canada” team in support of the Witness workers of your choice. Register at: https://rideforrefuge.org/charity/mennonitechurchca or contact Jason Martin email@example.com or (226) 747-1833
~ Everyone is invited to the Union Gospel Mission Fall Banquet which takes place on Friday, October 6, 6:30 pm at the Rhineland Pioneer Centre in Altona. Special Music by Glorybound. Guest speaker will be Executive Director: Frank Ulrich. For tickets call 204-324-8329
~ Climb with us!! Arrive at 6 pm for pre-dinner tour and join us for the Providence harvest festival at 7pm on Friday, September 29, 2017 to see the exciting developments at Providence!! We are excited to welcome Lorna Dueck, founder and host of Context with Lorna Dueck. Visit Prov.ca/Harvest to register for complimentary tickets.
October 1 – Thanksgiving Service Speaker – Mitch Peters, a meal will be served following the service
October 8 – Service of Praise Sunday
November 19 – Fall Congregational Meeting