Focus Statement: The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life: of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1
Scripture passages: Psalm 27:11-9; Isaiah 9:1-4; Matthew 4:12-25
Children’s time: “Are you afraid of the dark?” Some of us are, and some of us have a hard time admitting it sometimes. “Why are we sometimes afraid of the dark?” Because: we can’t see, afraid of danger or the unknown, worry that bad things might happen… “How does light change the darkness?” Light can: give us a new perspective, show a new way. Show us in a new way, show beauty, show new opportunities, give wisdom, show us the unexpected. Jesus is our light in the world and he can do all those things for us too!
Sermon slides/info: A Light has Dawned
Songs we sang:
HWB 36 God of our strength
HWB 229 Lord, you have come to the lakeshore
STJ 97 The Lord is my light
HWB 523 Dear Lord and father of mankind
HWB 377 Healer of our every ill
STJ 14 Lord Jesus, you shall be my song
And, a few announcements…
A reminder to complete & submit your surveys as soon as possible. Give the committees a great New Year gift of collecting data!
We will be working on a church website in collaboration with MCM. We will need people to gather content for the website and be part of a committee that makes decisions on what should be included on our website. If you are interested in being part of this project, please connect with Cheryl. No tech or website skills required to be part of this committee (those expertise are already in place).
MCI prayer requests: 1. For our students and staff, as we are preparing for exams. Please pray that our students can stay focused until the end of the semester and that stress levels can stay low. There have also been a number of us who have been out with illness, so prayers to remain healthy are also appreciated. 2. For everyone involved in the MCI Musical. We are well into rehearsals and these next few months will have some intense rehearsal schedules. Please pray for energy while preparing for the musical.
CMU Campus Visit Day, January 31, 8:45 AM – 2:45 PM. Explore CMU as a great university option! The day includes a campus and residence tour, interaction with faculty, participation in a class and chapel, free lunch, and more. Go to cmu.ca/campusvisit for details.
The CMU Opera and Musical Theatre Workshop presents scenes from the Broadway musical ‘Godspell’, 7:00 PM Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1. See cmu.ca/events for details.
Face2Face – Us and Them: How did we become so polarized? Increasingly, public and churchly discourse is characterized by ‘us and them’ divisions between people and groups who see and understand the world differently. Be part of a conversation to help us imagine a better and more hopeful way to relate with those with whom we differ. This event will be live-streamed. Monday, February 10, 7:00 PM, Marpeck Commons cmu.ca/face2face/.
MCM & MC Canada
MCM Annual Gathering – March 7, 2020 at Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church. We will meet to discern the life and work of Mennonite Church Manitoba and Mennonite Church Canada. Please mark your calendars. Further updates will be available on the MCM Event Page next week. The Report Book will be available at the beginning of February. Please connect with Bernie or Cheryl if you are interested in being a delegate for this gathering. Deadline is February 10th.
Camp Koinonia invites applications for a year-round onsite caretaker. Please visit http://www.campswithmeaning.org under “News” for information.
Summer is coming. We are a people of hope. Camps with Meaning summer staff applications are available on the website. Note: Leadership applications are due January 17, 2020. http://www.campswithmeaning.org
Thank you to all of the volunteers, participants, churches, colonies and communities that contributed to the Great Winter Warm-up. In Manitoba we’ve collected over 1,000 comforters and the number is still rising! Stay tuned for updates on our website mccmb.ca/GreatWinterWarmup as bundles of comforters are delivered. Have a completed MCC comforter? Drop them off at our listed locations before January 31st and they will be counted towards our grand total! Visit the link below for information and updates.
You are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of the MCC Furniture Thrift Store at 18 Keewatin Street on Monday, February 3 at 7:00pm. All are welcome. Please RSVP to email@example.com by Monday, January 27th.
You’re invited to hear Dr. Michael Lynk speak on The Vanishing Horizon: The ABCs of Human Rights in the Occupation of Palestine. Dr. Lynk is a Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and an Associate Professor of Law at Western University. Come hear him speak on Tuesday, January 28, 6:00-9:00 pm, Harrow United Church, 955 Mulvey Avenue, Winnipeg.
Lindenwood Retirement Living would like to make you aware that our Food Services Department, is able to do catering for a wide variety of events, both formal and informal. They will deliver both in and out of the city. On site room rental is also available. For more information please visit our website: https://lindenwood.ca/catering or contact Susan Thiessen at 204-299-5810.