Winkler Emmanuel Church 

December 10, 2017

Striving to be “an inviting, Christ centred community in which people are being transformed to live like Jesus”

Sunday Morning Worship

 Service Leader:  Tash Olfert

Worship Team:  Breaking Dawn

Scripture:  Philippians 2:5-8

Message:  “As the Father sent me …”

                          Pastor John Klassen


This Week

Today (10) 9:45am    Coffee & Carols in the Youth Room

   10:00am    Worship & Community Outreach

        Youth for Grades 7–12 (Small Group Week)

Mon (11)    7:00am     Men’s Prayer & Bible Study

     7:00pm     Formation Committee meeting 


Upcoming Events

Sun (17)                            9:00am   One Way – Christmas Stories & Memories

        9:45am   Coffee & Carols

      10:15am  GPS Christmas Program

December 18 & 21    6:30pm   Christmas Choir Practise

December 24               7:00pm   Christmas Eve Service

     (no morning service)

December 25             10:15am   Christmas Day Service

December 31             10:00am   Potluck Brunch & Sharing Service


Our Church


Our Sunday morning begins at 10am with a time of coffee and visiting in the foyer.  Please help yourself to coffee, hot chocolate or tea.  Our Worship service begins in the sanctuary at 10:15am.

The Sermons Series for December is “God Moved Into Our Neighbourhood”

FOCUS STATEMENT: In “The Message” translation, John 1:14 reads as follows: “The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into our neighbourhood.  We saw with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son; generous inside and out, true from start to finish.”  In our Advent / Christmas series we want to explore what it means that God (in Jesus) “moved into our neighbourhood” and also explore the implications of this for how we incarnate God’s presence and love, and live in our neighbourhoods.

ONE WAY – An adult Sunday School class that meets at 9am in the multi-purpose room.  Next Sunday: Christmas Stories & Memories – Paul Goossen

GPS – Emmanuel’s version of Sunday SchoolIt takes place in the fellowship hall after the offering and goes until the end of the service.

CHILD CARE – for ages 2 and under in the green north east classroom of the fellowship hall.  It begins following the offering until the end of the service.

YOUTH MINISTRY – Emmanuel Students is a place for both Jr and Sr High students to experience Wonder, Discovery and Passion! Focused around the 3 core values of Integration (believing that students are a huge part of everything that the Church does). Small Groups (growing smaller = tighter relationships) and Passion (Faith has to be lived out with passion, drive and focus) we live to inspire and equip a generation of passionate students to change the world and revive the Church. This week is small groups studying a new series “Who Needs Christmas.” Follow us on Instagram @emmanuelchurchstudents or on twitter @emmanuel_xp3

SPA (SISTERS PURSUING ADONAI) – Stay tuned for the next event in January

MEN’S PRAYER & BIBLE STUDY – Mondays at 7am in the multi-purpose room


Breakfast Club – Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings at Winkler Elementary School from 8:15am – 9:15am.  Please talk to Lottie Froese, Becky Loewen, Helen Harder or Bev Neufeld if you are interested in volunteering.




THE CHRISTMAS SEASON lends itself well to live music and so beginning on Dec. 3rd and running throughout Advent, we’re going to offer live music in the youth room from 9:45-10:15 each Sunday. Please consider coming early and bringing your coffee into that space, sitting down at a table and enjoying conversation with friends alongside some live Christmas music.

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who volunteered for the Café 545 Christmas Dinner.  We have enough volunteers for all the spots. If you are still looking to contribute we would welcome monetary donations to offset the grocery costs.

CHRISTMAS EVE CHOIR – All interested singers of any age are invited to join a volunteer Christmas Eve choir which will sing two selections during our Christmas eve service.  The choir will be directed by Theresa Klassen and accompanied by Laurie Dyck.   Rehearsals will be on Monday December 18 and Thursday December 21 from 6:30-7:30 pm.  Contact Theresa if you have any questions.

CAMPS WITH MEANING CHURCH REPRESENTATIVE – Camps with Meaning is looking for a volunteer to serve as a church representative for Emmanuel.  The task includes attending 3 or 4 events at Camp Assiniboia each year, remaining aware of camp news and events, and promoting camp events at Emmanuel.  The hope is that someone would be willing to serve in this role for 3 years.  If you are interested or have more questions, please contact Pastor John.

AN INTERESTING POSSIBILITY – A group of about 40 Amish people from Pennsylvania will be coming to Winkler during the 2nd week of February to attend North American MDS meetings.  Ken Loewen, who is organizing the MDS event, is also trying to organize a few community experiences for them.  They would like to attend our worship service on Sunday February 11.  While they have no expectations beyond that, the hospitable thing to do would be to offer them lunch (pretty sure that would happen if visited them).  Is there a Care Group or two that would like to organize and host a lunch for these guests?  (We are also trying to arrange having a few of them share their faith and life experience in our One Way class.)



Conference & Community Announcements


Mennonite Collegiate Institute invites you to attend the Christmas Concert, Thursday December 21 @ 7:30 in Buhler Hall, Gretna.

MC Canada:


MCC Manitoba:

MC Manitoba:

An MDS Update is posted on the north bulletin board in the foyer.



Central Station is looking for volunteers to bake Christmas goodies to be given out at the Winkler Food Cupboard.   The baked goods can be dropped off at Central Station on Monday December 11 from 9 am -2 pm or Tuesday December 12th 9-12 pm.

D’Friesens present “A Wonderful Story” Christmas Concert on December 16th, 2017, at 7:00 PM at the Winkler Christian Faith Church. Free admission!! Freewill donations will be receipted. Everyone welcome!!

Love people? Us too. Want to be part of something amazing? Of course you do. The Pregnancy Care Centre is looking for volunteer support workers. If you want to talk more, please call or email Linda at 204.362.0797 or