May 6, 2018
Call to worship
God of many names HWB 77
Holy, holy, holy HWB 75
How can we be silent SJ 61
Open my eyes, Lord SS 65
Speak, O Lord
Offering and *coin offering
Now go in peace SJ 74
*Coin offering for Trek 4 Kids, which helps House of Friendship send kids from low income homes to summer camp.
A supervised nursery for children 5 and under is across from the washrooms. Supervisors today are: Brandon Gingerich, Ben Winter. A quieter unsupervised nursery is available in Room 113 (office hallway).
Leading Us In Worship:
Preservice, offertory – Ben & Sarah Winter
Worship leader, Congregational prayer – Janessa Otto
Song leader – Tim Miller Dyck
Accompanists – Jean Gingerich, Doris Martin
Children’s time – Dianne Gruhl
Sermon – Pastor Myrna Miller Dyck
Coffee, tea and juice served on the north side of the fellowship hall following the service.
Children – age 2 to grade 8 (lower level).
11:15 a.m. – Youth meet in Prayer Room.
11:15 a.m. – Adults:
Option 1: Upside Down Living: Identity and Aging.
Session 1: Topic: Letting Go and Embracing. Facilitators: Rick & Ardys Brenneman. Meeting in the Fireplace Room.
Option 2: Sermon Discussion Class. Facilitators: Small Group. Meeting in the south side of the Fellowship Hall.
6:30-7:30 p.m. – Chess Club for ages 8 and up. Doors open at 6:15.
7:00 p.m. – Baptism Class. Meet in youth room.
Monday – church office closed.
7:00 p.m. – Core Teams meet.
7:00 p.m. – Meeting in room 114.
8 a.m. – Prayer in room 114. All are welcome.
10:00 a.m. – Meeting in room 114.
4:30 p.m. – Meeting in room 114.
7:00 p.m. – Care Team.
7-9 p.m. – Gym rented.
7:00 a.m. – Men’s Breakfast at Omega Restaurant, 685 Fisher Hallman Rd., Kitchener. Come for fellowship and prayer before the day’s activities.
7-9 p.m. – Gym rented.
1-5 p.m. – Seeking Clarity Workshop at Church of the Good Shepherd, Kitchener. Join PiE as we learn about a Quaker discernment tool called the “Clearness Committee,” a sacred circle called together to support an individual trying to make a decision. Facilitator: Pat Wagler. Email Tamara Shantz (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information or to register before May 7th. Cost is $25.
2-4 p.m. – Homecoming for the Bender Bible at Conrad Grebel. Drop in to view the Bible, hear the Bender Family story and tour the Mennonite Archives of Ontario. A short program begins at 2:30 p.m. For more information, contact Shirley Wagler (519.655.2196) or Fred Lichti (email@example.com or 519.669.4689).
3:00 p.m. – Paddle the Grand Fundraiser for Silver Lake Mennonite Camp. Easy 1.5 hour excursion down the Grand River from Inverhaugh to the Covered Bridge at West Montrose. Participants are encouraged to raise $500 per canoe and Silver Lake provides all necessary equipment. More information at www.slmc.ca or call 519.422.1401.
7:00 p.m. – Bluegrass Gospel Group Rescue Junction at Mannheim Mennonite Church. Cost: $10 advance tickets or at the door. Offering for the ministry of Silver Lake Mennonite Camp.
May 9 (Wed.) 6:30 p.m. – Women’s small group meets at the church. New members welcome. For more information speak to Joy Wagler.
May 9 (Wed.) 7:30 p.m. – Small group meeting at Melissa Gingerich’s, 3614 Carmel-Koch Rd., Wellesley. For more info speak to Janessa Otto.
May 9 (Wed.) 8 p.m. – Small group meeting. For more information contact Ashley & Darryl Drudge.
May 10 (Thurs.) 7:30 p.m. – Meeting by the church library. For more information speak to Wes Leis.
Weekend with Pastoral Candidate, Sara Erb
May 11 (Friday)
May 12 (Saturday)
10:30 a.m. Faith Formation Core Team, Worship Committee,
Noon Lunch with Vision Focus Team
1:30 p.m. Pastor Congregation Relations Committee,
5:30 p.m. Pizza Supper with the congregation. Bring salad or dessert to share and your own plates, cutlery and cups. Pizza and beverages provided. Sign-up sheet by mailboxes, or rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org
May 13 (Sunday)
9:45 a.m. Children’s time and sermon.
11:00 a.m. Discussion with Sara. Fruit and muffins provided along with coffee and juice.
May 15-20 Congregational voting on hiring Sara Erb as Faith Formation Pastor via email and paper ballots.
May 16 (Wed.) 7:30 p.m. – Wilmot and area mission celebration with Ethiopian Meserete Kristos Church leaders, Kelbessa Muleta and Kiros Teka facilitated by Norm Dyck, MCEC Mission Engagement Minister and Darrell Jantzi, MKC Link Team. Receive a coffee ceremony welcome, see a video update, hear Ethiopian leaders share exciting challenges and the opportunity to partner in the expansion of the College that trains much needed church leaders.
May 19 (Sat.) 8:30 a.m. – Church Spring Cleaning. Help spruce up the church inside and out. Bring yard tools, buckets and rags.
May 29 (Tues.) 1:30-3 p.m. – The Kitchen Table at Wilmot Mennonite Church. Tea, coffee and conversation for seniors. Topic: 5 Tips for an Optimal You. See the poster for more information.
May 30 (Wed.) 11:30 a.m. – Rockway Mennonite Collegiate’s Golf Classic at Willow Valley Golf Course. www.rockway.ca.
June 3 (Sun.) 7:30 p.m. – Discovery: A Comic Lament, is a play by Ted & Co about the Doctrine of Discovery, the legal framework that justified seizure of land and oppression of Indigenous Peoples. Check poster or church website for details and link to purchase tickets. The Mino Ode Kwewak N’Gamawak singers/drummers, will open and close each performance. Event takes place in the fellowship hall.
1. Save the Date! Steinmann Women’s Retreat has been booked for April 5/6, 2019 at Riverstone Retreat in Durham.
2. Wilmot Seniors Woodworking Club is looking for volunteers on Wednesday, May 16 & 23 at 9:30 a.m. to join with them and help seniors at Nithview build birdhouses. If you can help speak to John Gruhl. Tools required are hammers and screw drivers.
3. Needed: Volunteers to sell summer sausage at the New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale, Saturday, May 26. If you are able to help for an hour or two, contact Tim Miller Dyck. For other ways to be involved: www.nhmrs.com or email email@example.com
• Congratulations to Nancy & Walt Mabee who are celebrating their 53rd Wedding Anniversary tomorrow, May 7th.
• Lisa Bartlett has transferred her membership to Crosshill Mennonite Church. We wish her and her family God’s richest blessing.
REMEMBER IN PRAYER
• Pray for our congregation and the Pastoral Candidate, Sara Erb, as we together discern God’s leading.
• The 111 congregations of Mennonite Church Eastern Canada. At the Annual Gathering, April 27-28 in Ancaster, major time slots highlighted the excitement of groups wanting to join an Anabaptist way of being Christian. Matu-Chin Christian Church (Kitchener) and Assemblée de la Grâce (Montreal) were received as emerging congregations. A group of Haitian congregations is also interested and representatives were present. Great opportunities to partner in ministry in places like Myanmar continue to open up. At the same time, some individuals and congregations lament not feeling heard and are discussing the possibility of leaving MCEC.
• Mennonite World Conference (MWC) congregations. South Africa regional rep. Barbara Nkala spoke to the Gathering about our connectedness asking, “What kind of church is yours if everyone is like ou?” Incoming moderator Arli Klassen reported many differing viewpoints in MWC churches, yet they are able to celebrate communion together.