Verse of the Week:

The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him, as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
Psalm 103:8-12


Worship leader: Esther Zacharias
Song Leader & Pianist: Ravae Mcdonald

Welcome & Announcements

Call to Worship

Prayer

Worship in Song

Offertory – Ravin Penner

Prayer Time

Worship in Song

Scripture Reading – Matthew 5:7, 18:21-35 – Caroline Ens

Message: The Merciful Shall Obtain Mercy – Pastor Rudy Franz

Closing Song

Benediction


Prayer & Praise

~ This week marks a time of transition for many families as children make their way back to the classroom, as teachers prepare to welcome them and as parents get used to a variation in their routine at home. Others are beginning or continuing post-secondary studies. We want to wish all of you God’s blessings in whatever category you are in. May you discover anew something about the ability to learn which will lead to a greater appreciation of how God created us and the world that we inhabit.

~ Monday, September 5 marks the date for our monthly 24 hour prayer vigil for Eagles Wings Children’s Village in Uganda. Let us not forget to pray for one another but rather let us be strengthened and encouraged by our prayers for each other.

~ We continue to offer our prayer support for Travis and Ashley Hildebrand and their daughter Skylar. All are grateful that the treatments appear to be shrinking Skylar’s tumours and she is able to function well in spite of them.

~ We are also grateful that Tenley Falk’s numbers from her blood count remain strong. She has been able to finish her swimming lessons and receive additional chemotherapy treatments. We trust that this coming school term will become possible for her. We will pray for continued high blood count numbers and that in the midst of appointments Tenley would be able to attend school on a regular basis. 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, Andrea Fehr with YWAM in Hawai’i (returning at the end of September)

Prayer for the Week:

O Christ, the Master Carpenter who at the last, through wood and nails, purchased our whole salvation. Wield well your tools in the workshop of your world, so that we who come rough-hewn to your bench, may here be fashioned ever more into your likeness. In the strong name of Jesus, we pray. 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 12 – Kickoff @ BMC : Parents are invited to come and meet the youth leaders @ 6:30pm. Youth starts at 7pm.

Senior Youth (Wednesdays 7pm-9:30pm):
September 14 – A Maze in Corn Kickoff – Cost: $10. Drop-off: 5:15pm | Pick-up: 10:45-11pm. Waivers are required. Contact Youth Pastor Gerry if you need one or two for you and your friends.

~ 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

~ 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

~ Southern Manitoba Choral Society celebrating 60 years! Inviting all past, present and future singers. Tuesday, September 13 will mark the beginning of our 60th choral season. Come and enjoy the fellowship and singing as we celebrate the many years of making music in our community. The first rehearsal is at W.C. Miller High School music room, Tuesday, September 13th @ 6:30pm. Registration fee for the fall session is $35.00. All singers are welcome.

~ Praise God for this summer’s MDS & MCM partnership project at Camp Assiniboia, where four all-season cabins were built! The MDS FAMILY PROJECT involved 23 families (41 children), 12 individuals and 3 camp staff. Kitchen, dining, fellowship facilities and accommodations were graciously provided by Springstein Mennonite Church. Thank you! …to all who served and provided! The cabin exteriors are complete, but interior drywall, mudding & painting, wainscoting, floors, washrooms and kitchenettes need volunteers to finish before October 30, when they’re booked!!

Volunteers, whether from MDS, Manitoba Churches, or as individuals are encouraged to call Peter Enns, Camp Maintenance Director, at 1-204-451-0867, camaintenance@campswithmeaning.org, or David Hogue, 204 864 2159 ext. 100, campa@prairie-sky.com  to arrange a suitable work schedule, and find out what specific needs are… Serving in Jesus’ name!

~ 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.

~ Guest groups are very important to us here at Winkler Bible Camp. Whether its school groups, church groups, company groups or family groups, we want each stay with us to be memorable. We are looking for a Rentals Manager to help us achieve this level of care. Attention to detail, great customer relations, a willingness to go the extra mile, and a positive attitude are essential to this position. Part of your work here will include scheduling, planning events, and getting information to the right people to make the event great. Hours are mostly Monday to Friday Daytime with some evenings and weekends as needed. Applications can be found at https://winklerbiblecamp.com/jobs/full-time/. We look forward to meeting you!

~ Job Opening: Mennonite Church Canada (Wpg. office) is seeking a full time, term Executive Assistant starting as soon as possible until December 31, 2016 (with possibility of 1 year extension). See http://home.mennonitechurch.ca/jobs for details. Review of resumes begins immediately. Recruitment continues until the position is filled.

~ MCI invites applications for the position of Residence Staff (Male) for the coming 2016-2017 school year. This is a full time position, for persons with dynamic faith, gifts of leadership and an interest to serve high school students in an exciting living &0 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 call the school 204-327-5891.

~ Canadian Mennonite University invites inquiries and applications for two full-time salaried positions: Vice President Academic & Academic Dean and a faculty opening in Business & Organizational Administration. A .75 FTE Kitchen Assistant; position is also available. Nominations, applications, or inquiries may be directed to Dianna Robson, Director of Human Resources at hrdirector@cmu.ca or 204-594-0532.

~ Mennonite Church Canada is looking for a talented, experienced change management/organization development specialist to work alongside the dedicated team of lead personnel from area and national levels of the church body in transforming the directions recommended in the FDTF Final Report and Addendum into an implementation plan. See the Mennonite Church Canada Website to learn more about this position or to apply: http://home.mennonitechurch.ca/node/1461

~ 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

~ 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/

~ 14th Annual Head for the Hills bike event will take place on Saturday, September 10, 2016. Ride your bike through 36 kms of the Pembina escarpment in support of mental health recovery. Registration is $25.00 and includes full ride support, BBQ lunch, prizes, and an opportunity to win 1 of 3 bikes. Register online at www.edenhealthcare.ca or at the office, 309 Main Street, Winkler.

~ 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.


Church Calendar

September 11 – Promotion Sunday – Zelma Fehr
September 18 – Walter Dyck – Matthew 5:10-12
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.