December 10, 2017
Striving to be “an inviting, Christ centred community in which people are being transformed to live like Jesus”
Service Leader: Tash Olfert
Worship Team: Breaking Dawn
Scripture: Philippians 2:5-8
Message: “As the Father sent me …”
Pastor John Klassen
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
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
SUNDAY MORNINGS AT EMMANUEL
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 School. It takes place in the fellowship hall after the offering and goes until the end of the service.
- First Look (ages 3-4) is passionate about making sure that preschoolers know THREE truths before Kindergarten: GOD MADE ME, GOD LOVES ME, JESUS WANTS TO BE MY FRIEND FOREVER. This month they’re learning about Christmas and how Jesus was a Special Delivery. Like us on Facebook at Emmanuel Firstlook or follow us on instagram @emmanuelfirstlook
- 252 Kids is designed to provoke discovery and invite kids into a new understanding of how to grow in relationship with Jesus. This month they’re learning that every perfect gift comes from God and that Jesus is a perfect gift!. Like us on Facebook at Emmanuel 252basics or follow us on Instagram @emmanuel252basics
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.)
Mennonite Collegiate Institute invites you to attend the Christmas Concert, Thursday December 21 @ 7:30 in Buhler Hall, Gretna.
- 2nd Reading Bill C-262 – Bill C-262 will be debated in Parliament following its second reading on December 5, 2017. Bill C-262 is a private member’s bill that seeks to harmonize Canadian law with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. As a result of grassroots advocacy, the Government of Canada has just announced that they will be supporting Bill C-262. This is incredibly encouraging! But we need to keep applying the pressure. Active ways to be involved: pray, email a word of thanks to local Liberal MP’s, and keep sending the free Walk the Talk postcards to all MP’s (www.commonword.ca/go/1283).
- Mennonites Learning Indigenous Theology – NAIITS is an Indigenous Learning Community that hosts annual theological gatherings intended for young and older, pastors and activists. Mennonite Church Canada’s Indigenous-Settler Relations would like to help sponsor a group of women and men from across our nationwide church to attend this year’s symposium on “White Supremacy and Indigeneity,” June 7-9, 2018 @ Acadia Divinity College (Nova Scotia). If you are interested, please email Steve Heinrichs for details (email@example.com).
- CMU’s Sunday@CMU radio program will feature a new sermon series by Dr. Andrew Dyck, Assistant Professor of Ministry Studies, throughout December. The five-part series uses the Advent/Christmas season as a springboard to discuss Jesus Christ’s second coming, and what it means to live as a faithful Christian. Sunday@CMU airs Sunday mornings at 8:30-8:45 AM on CFAM 950 Radio and AM 1250 Radio and online at tinyurl.com/Sunday-CMU.
- Consider enrolling in a 2nd semester CMU evening course for credit or audit. Choose from a range of options including: Principles and Paradigms of Youth Ministry; Who is Jesus?; Fundamentals of Marketing; Organizational Leadership; Advanced Journalism; History of North American Conservatism; Study of Voluntary Simplicity; The Art of Peacebuilding…and many more. Seniors and alumni audit fees available. Go to cmu.ca/timetable for details.
- Pray for CMU students (Kara Suderman, Laura Woelk) as they write exams to complete their Fall Semester courses.
- CMU invites applications for the position of Controller. Contact Dianna Robson, Director of Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org or 204-594-0532.
- Thinking about a unique option for after high school? Outtatown is a unique, one or two-semester certificate program of CMU. It’s an incredible year for recent high school grads looking to travel, serve others, learn more about God and the world, make lifelong friends, and experience ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ adventure. Limited space is available so apply today! For more info: Outtatown.com.
- Come to CMU Christmas Vespers on Sunday, December 17 at 7:00 PM in the Laudamus Auditorium. Leona Hildebrand will lead the choir and Cheryl Pauls will be the reader. A reception will follow. See cmu.ca/vespers.
- Christmas Giving – This Christmas, give a gift that gives twice! Through MCC’s Christmas Giving projects, you can bring joy to the people you love and transform lives around the world. Each gift comes with a card that explains the gift you’ve given. Choose from a variety of gift options that will be meaningful to friends, teachers, co-workers or family! Visit mccmb.ca/christmas today.
- MCC Canada welcomes applications for Director of Fundraising & Communications based in Winnipeg. Applications are accepted until December 22. For more information and to apply, please visit mcccanada.ca/director-fundraising-communications
- SALT – If you’re interested in a year long cross-cultural internship or work experience in a faith-based context, consider applying for SALT 2017-18! We’re looking for communicators, educators, French or Spanish speakers, development grads, peacebuilders, nurses, IT experts, social workers, and more. Young adults ages 18-30, apply today at http://mccmb.ca/salt.
- MCC Manitoba welcomes applications for Associate Editor-Die Mennonitische Post. The associate editor is responsible to assist with all aspects of the production of the bi-weekly newspaper, the Mennonitische Post, under the direction and supervision of the managing editor. Applications are accepted until December 20. For more information and to apply, please visit mcccanada.ca/get-involved/serve/openings/associate-editor-die-mennonitische-post.
- Faith and Life Choir Christmas Concerts, “The Glory of the Lord”, on Saturday, December 16, 2017, 7 p.m. at Springfield Heights Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, and Sunday, December 17, 2017, 3 p.m. at Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church, Altona.
- Purchase gift certificates towards the payment of 2018 summer camp. A great way to encourage children (grandchildren?) to attend Camps with Meaning! Please contact the camp office for more information. Call 204-895-2267, email email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.