Focus Statement: We delight with Mary in the blessing bestowed on all God’s people through the gift of Christ, our Messiah, who comes to restore the world.
Scripture passages: Jeremiah 33:14-16 & Luke 1:39-55
Children’s time: Liz and the kids began by talking about how to decide which present under the tree gets to be opened first (some consensus on the biggest or prettiest). They then talked about how you couldn’t always tell what was inside the box just by how pretty or fancy it was on the outside. Sometimes, it’s unexpected, a surprise. God is like that too sometimes. Jesus’ beginnings weren’t necessarily very pretty or flashy, but the gift of Jesus is more wondrous than we can fully imagine or grasp.
Sermon slides/info: Blessing & Restoration
Songs we sang:
Nun ist Sie Erschienen
Welchen Jubel Welche Freude (Oh How Joyfully)
‘Twas in the moon of wintertime HWB190
Born in Bethlehem
Of the Father’s love begotten HWB104
Lo how a rose ‘er blooming (instrumental)
The first Noel, the angels did say HWB199
And, a few announcements…
Our Christmas Day service will be at 11am.
There will be no Sunday School next Sunday (30th). Service begins @ 11am.
Our Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday morning, January 26, 2019. More details to come.
MCC Manitoba welcome applicants for the Volunteer Youth Engagement Coordinator. The Coordinator will be based at Sam’s Place, on Henderson Hwy. For full details and to apply visit mccmb.ca/volunteer-youth-engagement. The position closes on December 28.
MCC Canada welcome applicants for the Donor Engagement Coordinator and Shared Program Accountant. For full details and to apply, visit mccmb.ca/serve.
The MCC Furniture Thrift Shop welcomes applicants for a Truck Assistant. Applications should be emailed to Laurie at firstname.lastname@example.org. For full details visit thrift.mcc.org/jobs.
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.
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
“Dear churches,” from Camps with Meaning: First of all, THANK YOU for all of your support throughout this past year. Many of our campers come from your communities. Many of our volunteers and staff come from your communities. Without you, our camping ministry would not be possible. As you are thinking about your church budget for 2019, we would like to encourage you to keep a line open for camp – whether it is to support campers in getting to camp or to support staff as they choose to spend all or part of their summer serving at camp. We are grateful for your prayers and encouragement!
MCM Winter Youth Retreats are coming! Sr.High Jan.25-27 and Jr.High Mar.8-10. Both at Camp Assiniboia, both feature special speaker Paul Loewen, both will include worship, learning and a ton of fun. Contact Kathy Giesbrecht email@example.com for all the details.
Did you miss the Faith and Life Choir concerts? Catch excerpts on CFAM 950 (Altona), CHSM 1250 (Steinbach), or CJRB 1220 (Boissevain) on Sunday December 23 at 3:00pm.