Focus Statement: We listen with open hearts to the one who proclaims God’s goodness and we learn what we can do to prepare ourselves to live in righteousness.
Scripture passages: Jeremiah 33:14-16; Luke 1:67-79: Luke 3:1-6
Children’s time: Lori and the children talked about the importance of the season we are in; about Advent as a time of getting ready for Jesus. Today we also light the candle of peace and they talked about different symbols for peace and the importance of working for peace. And that the way of peace is working at right relationships with people, God, and creation.
Sermon slides/info: preparing & proclaiming
Songs we sang:
What child is this HWB215
O come all ye faithful HWB212
How firm a foundation HWB567
Bless’d be the God of Israel HWB174
Peace before us STS16
We are people of God’s peace HWB407
In the quiet consecration HWB461
And, a few announcements…
Our Lindenwood service is on this afternoon. Everyone is welcome to join us for a service of carols & readings that afternoon, beginning at 2:30. We are then all invited to Terry & Vic Neufeld’s place for our annual skating & chili & Christmas festivities.
Our annual Church Christmas programme will be Sunday evening, December 16th!
Cheryl is looking for readers & storytellers for our Christmas Day service. If you are interested in helping out, check in with Cheryl after the service.
Here is a link to some online family resources for those looking for Advent activities to do at home: http://www.commonword.ca/go/1660 There are also be Advent calendar resources on the table in the foyer for those looking for Advent activities or devotionals in the coming weeks.
Thanks to everyone who was able to come for some or all of our congregational visioning sessions. There has been some good energy and good conversation throughout the building. Summaries & outcomes of all discussions will be made available to everyone before Christmas and we look forward to discerning and initiating some next steps in the new year.
Our Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday morning, January 26, 2019. More details to come.
Mennonite Collegiate Institute invites applications for the position of Principal commencing August, 2019. For more information or to submit a resume, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can be found at http://www.mciblues.net.
Enrol in a CMU evening course – for credit or audit. Options include: History of Indigenous Peoples in Canada; The Art of Preaching; Fundamentals of Marketing; The Detective in Fiction and Film; Principles and Paradigms of Youth Ministry… Seniors and alumni audit fees available. Go to cmu.ca/timetable for details.
CMU Christmas Vespers on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 7:00 PM in the Laudamus Auditorium. Allison Pauls will lead the choir and Cheryl Pauls will be the reader. Reception to follow. See cmu.ca/vespers.
Wider church community
This Christmas, give a gift that gives twice! Through MCC’s Christmas Giving projects, you can bring joy to the people you love and transform lives around the world. Each gift comes with a card that explains the gift you’ve given. Choose from a variety of gift options that will be meaningful to friends, teachers, co-workers or family! Visit mccmb.ca/christmas today.
Join MCC in Nepal for our first trekking learning tour – April 1-19, 2019. This isn’t your average trekking trip. You’re invited to come, see and be inspired by the resilience of the Nepali people. Come ready to experience the beauty of the mountains and to learn from the stories of the people living there. For more information visit mccmb.ca/nepal-learning-tour.
SALT positions are open! What are your plans for 2019? How about spending a year immersed in another culture, serving the local community, and getting real-world work experience? SALT is an 11-month program open to young adults aged 18-30. For more information and to apply visit mccmb.ca/salt.
Faith and Life Male Choir and Women’s Chorus Christmas Concerts. December 15, 7:00PM Springfield Heights Mennonite Church, Winnipeg; December 16, 3:00PM, Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church, Altona. A freewill offering to support the choir ministry will be taken.
Staff applications for summer 2019 are up on the Camps with Meaning website! If you are between the ages of 14 and 94, you are welcome to join us at Assiniboia and Koinonia next summer. Head to http://www.campswithmeaning.org/summer/camp-staff/application-forms/ to download the appropriate application form and help us start building the 2019 camp community.
MDS: Please consider becoming a weekly volunteer at one of the projects in Florida, Texas, or California. Check the website for details: http://www.mds.mennonite.net
Canadian Mennonite is hiring an Online Media Manager, a full-time position that can be worked remotely. Multi-media journalists with a passion for the Mennonite church are welcome to apply. Go to canadianmennonite.org/employment.