December 3, 2017
Call to worship
Lighting of Advent candle
O come, O come, Immanuel HWB 172 v. 1, 2, 5, 6
Comfort, comfort O my people HWB 176
1 Corinthians 1.3-9
Longing for light SJ 54
The Waiting Room
Affirmation of faith
Children dismissed for Sunday School
As the pauper waits for plenty SS 9
Take, O take me as I am SJ 81
Sent forth by God’s blessing HWB 478
Questions for reflection:
What are you longing for from God, for yourself, for this community, for the world?
How are you preparing for whatever may come during Advent?
Leading Us In Worship:
Prelude, offertory, postlude – Al & Dawn Mills
Worship leader, congregational prayer – Sue Kennel
Advent candle – Claire Gingerich, Jamie Vincent, Aubrey Winter
Song leader – Brian Sararus
Pianists – Carol Sararus, Erin Movold
Organist – Susan Seyler
Children’s time – Paulette West
Sermon – Pastor Myrna Miller Dyck
A supervised nursery for children (5 years & under) is across from the washrooms. Supervisors: Ashley Drudge, Angela Gerber.
For a more quiet space, an unsupervised nursery is available in Room 113 (office hallway).
Coffee, tea and juice served on the north side of the fellowship hall following the service.
10:15 a.m. – Children’s Christian education. Age 2 to grade 8. Matthew 1. Emmanuel: Jesus is God with us. Meeting in the lower level.
Christian Education for youth and adults during worship.
3:00 p.m. – Menno Singers Christmas Concert with Menno Youth singers and Inter-Mennonite Children’s choir at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 22 Willow St., Waterloo.
3:00 p.m. – Jubilation Male Chorus Christmas Concert, W-K United Mennonite Church, 15 George St., Waterloo. Donations for Ray of Hope.
7:00 p.m. – Christmas choir rehearsal in the sanctuary.
7:00 p.m. – “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” a Christmas Opera at St. Jacobs Mennonite Church, 1310 King St. N. General Admission. Children (12 & under) $5; Students $10 and Adults $20. Call 519.664.2268.
7:30 p.m. – Taizé worship at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 54 Queen St. N., Kitchener.
Monday – Church office closed
8 – 8:15 a.m. – Prayer time in room 115. All welcome.
Morning & Afternoon – All women are invited to the church to help knot comforters and/or quilt. Christmas potluck lunch.
7:00 p.m. – Double Book Launch in the Grebel Community Education room. Hildi Froese Tiessen and Connie T. Braun’s publications 11 Encounters with Mennonite Fiction and Silentium: And Other Reflections on Memory, Sorrow, Place, and the Sacred.
6:30 p.m. – Single Or Single Again (SOSA) Christmas dinner at Schmidt-sville Restaurant, Wellesley. If you are not on their mailing list and plan to attend call 519.662.2971 and leave a message with a call back number.
7:30 p.m. – Laugh and Celebrate Christmas, with Phil Callaway at Maple View Mennonite Church. Tickets are $10. Call 519.656.2946.
7:30 p.m. – Philharmonic Choirs and KW Symphony present “The Messiah” at the Centre in the Square, including images from the Saint John Bible. Tickets: 519.578.1570
9:30 a.m. – Pre service music
9:45 a.m. – Scripture: Mark 1:1-8, Isaiah 40:1-11.
Speaker: Pastor Ilene Bergen
10:15 – Christian Education for children.
10:45 – Coffee, tea and juice in the fellowship hall.
11:00 – All are invited to meet with VFT regarding proposals for new pastor roles.
7-8 p.m. – Chess Club for ages 8 and up. Doors open at 6:45. Sign-in required by parents of children.
7:00 p.m. – John B. Miller and Friends, Songs of Advent and the Birth of Jesus concert at Shantz Mennonite Church, 2473 Erb’s Road, Baden. A cash donation of $10 is appreciated. All are welcome.
Dec. 8 (Fri.) 9 p.m. – Steinmann vs. Stratford at the Rec Centre.
Dec. 6 (Wed.) 7:30 p.m. – Meeting at Arne and Sue Kennels. Studying Tony Campolo’s Red Letter Christianity DVD.
Dec. 6 (Wed.) 8:00 p.m. – Discussing a variety of topics. For more details contact Darryl Drudge at email@example.com.
Dec. 11 (Mon.) 6-8 p.m. – Women’s Small Group meeting at the old New Hamburg arena to help pack Christmas Hampers.
Dec. 12 (Tues.) 10 a.m.-6 p.m. – Niska Noël at 50 Kent Ave, Kitchener. One of a kind, handcrafted, fair-trade moccasins, jewelry, carvings and more made by Indigenous artisans living across North Eastern Ontario will be available. Join in the fun of beadwork demonstrations, a silent auction and holiday refreshments. More info at mcco.ca/events
Dec. 13 (Wed.) 7:00 p.m. – Advent Jazz Vespers service at Conrad Grebel University College Chapel. All are welcome.
Dec. 15 (Fri.) 6:45 p.m. – Caroling! Meet in the Nithview Community Room. All ages welcome. Pianist needed – contact Anthony Helmuth.
Dec. 17 (Sun.) 3:00 pm. – Menno Singers is sponsoring a Messiah Sing-a-Long with orchestra and soloists at St. Jacobs Mennonite Church. Bring your score and join your voice part, or come and listen to your favourite choruses. Attendance is by donation with tax receipts available for donations over $20. www.mennosingers.com.
Dec. 22 (Fri.) 6:30 p.m. – An evening of caroling in the streets of New Hamburg. Meet at the Vandermolens, 78 Waterloo St. for a short walk around town caroling and then back to the house for a winter fire and hot chocolate. Let Dan or Jen know if you can come. Music available.
Dec. 31 (Sun.) – Service of Farewell for Pastor Ilene.
Jan 28-30 – Black Toques men’s winter retreat at Blue Mountain. Sign-up sheet by the mail boxes. Please sign by Dec. 31 to reserve your room. If you have questions speak with Myron Wagler.
1. You can help with the Wilmot Family Resource Centre’s Christmas Hamper program. Please bring knitted winter clothing and food bank items to offer during worship on December 10 for distribution the following week. Sponsor a hamper: contact the Centre for a family profile. Cash assists with items needed to complete hampers. Volunteer to help prepare hampers. Call 519.662.2731.
2. Christmas Project—Mennonite Central Committee bags for Sewing Kits & Hygiene Kits. Thank you for the wonderful response. Please bring completed kits to the box in the hallway.
3. Mennonite Central Committee Thrift in New Hamburg is hiring a new full time management team member. Applications open until December 13th. More information at mcccanada.ca/get-involved .
4. Mennonite Disaster Service volunteer update: Over 380 groups have applied to assist with hurricane and flood clean up and rebuilding over the next months, which exceeds the capacity of MDS leadership infrastructure. Help from our congregation is not needed this year; we will no longer be sending a team during March Break 2018. Give thanks for such a great response to human need and pray for more project directors, supervisors, managers and cooks to facilitate volunteer groups.
5. Canadian Mennonite University’s Sunday@CMU radio program is featuring Dr. Andrew Dyck, Assistant Professor of Ministry Studies, on the theme of Advent, Jesus Christ’s second coming, and what it means to live as a faithful Christian. Sunday@CMU is available online at tinyurl.com/Sunday-CMU.
• Congratulations to Leona Steinman who will be celebrating her 96th birthday on Thursday, December 7 and to Ethel Zehr who will be celebrating her 85th birthday on Thursday, December 7.
• Thank you, Steinmann congregation, for your support given to Mennonite Church Canada Witness workers Jennifer Otto and Greg Rabus in Germany. – Mennonite Church Eastern Canada
REMEMBER IN PRAYER
• Pray for college and university students as they write exams to complete their Fall Semester courses.