Verse of the Week:
I am the Door, if anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
Worship leader: Rudy Franz
Song Leader: Walter Dyck
Pianist: Ingrid Dyck
Welcome & Announcements
Call to Worship
Worship in Song
Special Number – Thaddeus Wall
Worship in Song
Message – Jon and Natalie Neudorf
Prayer & Praise
~ A special welcome to Jon & Natalie Neudorf. We are grateful for your willingness to participate in our worship service. We want to wish you much inspiration and renewed energy as you connect with family and many contacts during your stay in Canada. God’s blessings as you continue to seek God’s guidance in your continued ministry.
~ We continue to offer our prayer support for Tenley Falk and her family, as she begins the maintenance phase of her treatment. This will continue until Spring 2018. It is a lengthy road for which we pray ongoing courage and trust in the God who has promised to be with us always. Updates can be found at: http://www.tenleysjourney.wordpress.com
~ We want to acknowledge the passing of Mary Klassen, 96, of Winkler, grandmother of Karla & Garry Fehr, on September 14, 2016. We trust that you as a family will cherish the many memories and continue to be upheld by the faithfulness of our God.
~ Tina Neufeld, aunt of Walter & Marilyn Dyck, Erica & Dave Rempel and Rudy & Kathy Franz, passed away last Saturday, September 17. We gather together on Friday, September 23, 2016 to formally say farewell and lay her body to rest. We are grateful for a life lived with exuberant faith in her Lord and Savior.
~The funeral for Abram H Klassen, grandfather of Janel & Michael Peters, was held on September 15. We trust that you also as a family will experience God’s continued comfort as you continue on the journey of life without this reference point in your lives.
~Kendra Fehr left this past week for her YWAM Discipleship Training School placement in the San Diego region of California. She will be entering a three month period of study followed by two months of service in a yet undetermined location. She is grateful for this opportunity to study, travel and deepen her relationship with God. You can check for updates at: http://kendrafehr.weebly.com/blog
~ 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; 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 in the middle of October)
Prayer for the Week:
O Lord God, who has called us your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us through Jesus the Christ our Lord. 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
Junior Youth (Mondays 7pm-9pm):
September 26 – Check with Gerry as to what is happening.
Senior Youth (Wednesdays 7pm-9:30pm):
September 28 – Check with Gerry as to what is happening.
~ Save the Dates:
October 14-16 – Senior Youth Retreat @ Camp Arnes. Sign-up sheets are in the foyer and youth center. Cost is $90.
~ 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.
~ 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.
~Fall MCC Meeting September 26th at 2:00 p.m. at the Seniors Center in Altona. There will be an update on the building expansion as well as a report by Teen Challenge. Coffee and cookies to follow. Everyone welcome!
~ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or Harold Schlegel (Director of Student Life) at email@example.com , 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, on Saturday, 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.
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/
~ 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 Ministry, Nineteenth-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.
~ 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:firstname.lastname@example.org
October 2 – Thanksgiving 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