Resources to help us to stay Rooted in Christ and Growing together in Faith
Sunday November 7th Worship Gathering 10 AM – Stress Busters Series Continues.
**This is your friendly reminder to turn your clocks back 1 hour this weekend!
Register for Sunday morning in-person worship, anytime during the week, by contacting Lisa at email@example.com Please indicate which Sunday you are registering for and who will be attending with you. If Lisa is unable to take your call, leave a message that includes your name and phone number. Your registration will then be confirmed either by email or phone. Deadline to register each week is Saturday by 10 a.m.
We are grateful for your financial giving to the ongoing work and ministry of the church. This week our offering focus is “Mission Partners”
Attention kids JK-Grade 8!!! Come meet under the 20’x20′ (tent in the green space) for a Bible devotion, crafts, games & activities! Parents need to register children with the church office by 10 a.m. Saturday morning. (firstname.lastname@example.org. Parents must also plan to be in attendance at in-door worship and have their cell phones close by for emergency contact.
Parent drop off is 9:50-10:00. Parents must come with children to sign in and answer Covid protocol questions.
Come dressed for the weather and bring a mask, water bottle and Bible. We will plan to be outside.
This Sunday immediately following our worship gathering the Adult and Youth Sunday School Superintendents, Dale Leis and Larry Kropf, are planning to host a 15 minute conversation. In this time they plan to outline some options for beginning Sunday School for adults and youth. We encourage all those gathering in person and over Zoom to participate in this conversation. You will be invited to share your responses and questions to what they share. Thanks for being part of this conversation!
Extending God’s Love
Each year our Care Team hosts a Service of Remembering to name and remember family members of who have died through the year. Our focus has been on remembering spouses, parents, children, siblings and grandparents of congregational members. This service has traditionally been held on a weekday evening with specific invitations to families. This year we want to open this service to broader congregational involvement. To help us do that we will take time at our Sunday morning worship gathering on November 21st to name those family members mentioned above and, in a few moments of silence, remember their lives. We will also give space for you to silently name and remember other significant people in your life who have died. As we take these moments to remember together and grieve with each other we pray that we can all take another step through our grief. If you have lost a spouse, parent, child, sibling or grandparent because of a death in the past year and would like to have your loved one named in the service please reach out to Pastor Ray or one of our Care Team members, Janice Ropp, Marv Leis, Lorne Metzger, Joan Yantzi or Jean MacDonald.
Wedding Banns announcement
We celebrate with Lauren Witmer and Tristan Hohl as they plan to unite in marriage on Friday November 19, 2021. We pray God’s blessing and peace upon their marriage.
Our Live Nativity will be presented as a walk-thru in our green space on Saturday, Dec. 18th, with a rain date set for Sunday, Dec. 19th, and we need people of all ages to bring the Christmas story to life! If you would like to be a character in one of our scenes (no speaking necessary), please email Chantelle McNeish at email@example.com or Sheryl Leis at firstname.lastname@example.org by next Friday, November 12. We will also need other volunteers to pull off this community event….a listing of these jobs will be coming soon. We are so grateful for all who have volunteered so far, for donated items we’ve received for sets, and for your prayers as our planning continues.
Attention EZ Families!
Mark your calendars for our first Outdoor Family Night on Saturday November 13, 6:30 pm in our new Green Space.
We will begin together with a time of acoustic worship around the campfire. After children will have time to play together while parents socialize. Please dress for the weather as we will be remaining outdoors. Bring lawn chairs, a snack for your family and any acoustic instruments you would like to contribute to our worship time. Hope to see you all there!
The Green Space Committee is wondering if there are any members of the congregation with surplus sports equipment they would like to donate. We are looking for things like:
– scoops and balls
– skipping ropes
– soccer balls
– road hockey gear
– bicycle pump (to inflate balls)
Anything gently used, that is no longer in regular use at your homes, would be great. Contact Tyler at email@example.com if you have questions OR just drop your items off in the bin between the concrete sports pad and shed.
Junior Christian Education Team (JCET) is hoping to expand our children’s program to include preschool to grade 8. We need help for ALL ages to lead & teach Bible stories and activities. Currently this taking place during the church service. In November we will be able to be inside but will plan to meet outside in the tent & green space as long as the weather allows. Preschoolers will be inside. To volunteer please contact Jess Yantzi, Holly Barron, Naomi Mogk, or Sue Martin.
Important Reminder to Parents – Our safe church policy requires a completed waiver for each child involved in Sunday School, Girls Club, Boys Club, and MYF who are under the age of 18. Please bring a completed form (double sided) to an event that your child(ren) attends if you have not already done so. Blank waiver forms will be available for you to complete when you arrive to check in and fill out the contact tracing sheet. Thanks so much!
In an effort to clear up some space in the shed some small wooden childrens chairs as well as wooden benches and folding tables are available. If you are interested contact any of the trustees
EZMC Building Use for Committee Meetings or Music Rehearsals.
A designated meeting space that allows for physical distancing will be located in the basement. The boardroom and other small rooms are closed for now. Please contact Lisa and book the meeting space to ensure that it is available for use. You will be sent the health and safety protocols before your meeting.
Sanctuary space is also available during the week. Please book with Lisa to ensure it is available.
Beyond Our Church Community
New Hamburg Thrift is in need of Volunteers!! We are looking for people available through the week in numerous different positions! We have housewares, and fabric, Receiving and delivery drivers! Now that we are open late Thursday and Fridays we are also looking for help in our store front Thursday evening as well as Saturdays. Please reach out to Jennifer Woolner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-662-2867. You can also go to newhamburgthrift.com and fill out a Volunteer application. Thank-You
Urgent need for sewing kits – We are in urgent need of 200 sewing kits for an October shipment heading to Ukraine. Can you help? Sewing kits open doors to additional income that can help a family make ends meet. Call your local MCC office for a list of contents or go to mcco.ca/kits.
Calling all 18-20 year olds! – Do you want to discover the beauty and brokenness of the world, while living in community and and ministering to others? MCC’s new six-month discipleship program to Palestine and Israel will help you learn more deeply what it means to be an Anabaptist follower of Jesus. More info at mcco.ca/seek.
Thursday November 11th at 4:30 pm – Book Launch: Peace is Everyone’s Business
Celebrate the launch of Peace is Everyone’s Business, with presentations by Lowell Ewert, Fred Bird, and a few collaborators during this virtual event. Afterwards, ask the editors and authors your questions during a Q&A segment. Learn more about the book and register at grebel.ca/events
Sunday November 14th at 3 p.m. – The Mennonite Community Orchestra presents “Prairie Sunrise” at the Lutheran Church of the Cross (560 Arlington St., Winnipeg). Enjoy a variety of CMU and community musicians under the direction of Andrea Bell. For ticket, vaccination, and livestreaming information visit mennonitecommunityorchestra.wordpress.com.
Thursday November 18th at 7 p.m. – Life Upstairs: Stories from Brubacher House,
What would it be like to live in a museum? Join Brubacher House for an evening of storytelling and conversation with past and present Brubacher House Hosts in celebration of the new LIFE UPSTAIRS digital exhibit. This free online community event will take place over Zoom. Visit grebel.ca/events for registration and details.
November 18-19 – Reconciliation in action, MCC’s virtual peace conference. This year’s Peace Conference will take place online on November 18 and 19. More details available on Mennonite Central Committee’s website.