Focus Statement: “I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws.” Psalm 119:7
Scripture passages: Deuteronomy 30:15-20 & Matthew 5:21-26 & 33-48
Children’s time: The children talked about choices/decisions this morning, and discovered that we do things for a lot of different reasons. Sometimes we are motivated by fear (or fear of punishment), and sometimes we are motivated by love and encouragement. There can be a lot of pressure to do the right thing, to behave the right way, and negative pressure can make this even more stressful. The good news is that God loves us and will always love us no matter what we do; even when we make bad choices. God will always be there for us.
Sermon slides/info: Today, Del talked about the constant presence of choice in our lives. We make choices/decisions every day, all day long. Some are easy & automatic (and perhaps even unimportant), and some are more stressful, more impactful, and require significant attention. There are six stages of motivation: 1) Avoid punishment 2) obtain reward 3) seek belonging & acceptance 4) maintain social order 5) do what is best for society 6) live to highest moral imperative. Once we have worked our way through the punishment/reward motivators, we can spend a lot of time getting caught up in ethical dilemmas; deciding between ethical & legal because they are not always the same thing. Jesus calls us to something higher: do what you know is right.
Songs we sang:
Come, thou fount HWB521
Joy of the Lord
Turn my heart
How bless’d are they HWB545
As you go out from here
And, a few announcements…
We are looking for delegates to attend the MCM annual meeting on March 7th, Talk to Bernie or Cheryl today if you are willing to attend.
Our next Lindenwoods Service is on February 23rd (next Sunday). Everyone is welcome to come & participate!
We will be starting a book study in a few weeks’ time. Check out the bulletin board for more info and to sign up. We will be studying the book “Inspired” by Rachel Held Evans. Connect with Cheryl if you have any questions.
La Salle VBS will be on August 10 – 14, 2020 at Caisse Community Centre in La Salle. The theme is SonGames, a summer Olympics theme. Kids entering kindergarten to Grade 5 in September 2020 are invited to join as VBS campers. Students grade 6 and older can also participate as guides. To register as a camper or guide, go to http://www.lasallevbs.ca. They are also inviting adults to join the team – there are lots of volunteer opportunities before and during VBS week. If you are interested, go to http://www.lasallevbs.ca and complete the Adult Volunteer Questionnaire (Click on “Get Involved).”
MCI Musical – Annie MCI’s Musical Production of Annie will be presented March 5, 6 & 7th at 7:30 pm. There will also be a matinee performance on Saturday, March 7th at 2pm. Join us 1 hour before each show time for an MCI Open House. Prospective students receive a FREE musical ticket! Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.mciblues.net
MCI $25,000 Tuition Support We’ve set aside $25,000 in Tuition Support for any new student that applies for the 2020/21 school year before March 10th, 2020. As part of this $25,000, there is also 1 chance to win full tuition for a year, and this will be done by a random draw from all those who apply before the deadline. For more details visit: https://bit.ly/3amyt5p
Students in grade 11 & 12, check out the Discover Outtatown day on Saturday, February 22, from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Learn about Winnipeg’s inner-city, experience wall-climbing, and discover how a year on Outtatown will shape your faith and how you see the world. Remember, CMU pays up to $400 of your total travel cost to Winnipeg! Go to cmu.ca/campusvisit for details.
Xplore, is a six-week block of courses designed to stimulate the thinking and faith of those 55+. Beginning March 4 explore the life and witness of Dietrich Bonhoeffer; how faith is shaped by our relationship to the land; how the Corinthian church opens lessons for our own time; and how forced migration and refugees impact us all. Wednesday mornings, March 4-April 8, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM. Go to cmu.ca/explore for details.
MCM & MC Canada
MCM Sr. High Winter Retreat is happening Feb.21-23 at Camp Assiniboia. To register contact Kathy Giesbrecht: email@example.com Theme is : Voices in Our Ears: Who are we listening to? There will be: worship, Bible sessions, outdoor play, good food and tons of fun…. be great to see you there.
MCM Annual Delegate Gathering 2020. Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church, March 7, 2020. Be part of the discernment. Contact church leadership to find out how you can be a delegate.
Keeping the Peace?
Exploring past and present relationships between peace and policing in Winnipeg
Public Lecture by Dr. Bronwyn Dobchuk-Land who teaches Criminal Justice at the University of Winnipeg. According to mainstream media Winnipeggers are increasingly fearful in their own city. Whether the conversation is about theft, addictions, or violent crimes there is a sense that things have gotten worse. Entangled in the question of peace and violence is the question of policing. What is the historic role of policing and how does that inform its practices and mission today? Who is best served by the police, who is most harmed? For groups, like Mennonites, committed to peacemaking and justice are there present and possible alternatives to policing that better serve those most vulnerable to violence? First Mennonite Church – 922 Notre Dame Ave – 7pm Facebook event page – https://www.facebook.com/events/555853081944943/
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 NOW. http://www.campswithmeaning.org
You pieced, tied and sewed comforters together and helped us exceed our goal (6,500) for the Great Winter Warm-up. We collected more comforters than we ever thought we could, all thanks to you. The final comforter count is more than 9,500 completed comforters! In Manitoba, we reached a grand total of over 3,141 comforters! Visit mccmb.ca/GreatWinterWarmup for updates and photos.
Interested in working for MCC Thrift? You’re in luck, we’re hiring! Visit the website for more details. mccmb.ca/openings.
Looking for a new adventure? Serve with SALT! Serving and Learning Together (SALT) is a year-long, cross-cultural service experience where Christian young adults from Canada and the U.S serve internationally. Each year there are 100+ assignments available in education, agriculture, health care, information technology and more! Apply online by Feb 15th for the best assignment selection.