December 17, 2017
Service Leader: Vanessa Zacharias
Worship Team: Justin & Vanessa
Child Dedication: Mavrick James (Devin & Janelle)
Pastor Corey Hildebrand
GPS Christmas Program: “Just a Little Christmas”
Winnie Fehr, Jenn Siemens & GPS Kids
Today (17) 9:45am Coffee & Carols in the Youth Room
10:00am GPS Christmas Program
Youth for Grades 7–12 (Small Group Week)
Mon (18) 7:00am Men’s Prayer & Bible Study
6:30pm Christmas Eve Choir Practise
Thu (21) 6:30pm Christmas Eve Choir Practise
Sun (24) No Morning Service
7:00pm Christmas Eve Service
December 25 10:15am Christmas Day Service
December 31 10:00am Potluck Brunch & Sharing
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.
Today is the GPS Christmas Program titled “Just a Little Christmas”
ONE WAY – No One Way Class next week.
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. No GPS on December 24th or December 31st.
- 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. No Child Care on Today, December 24th or December 31st.
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 series “Who Needs Christmas.” The next large group will be January 7th. 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.
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.
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Update on Bill C-262 Fantastic news! Bill C-262, the Indigenous Human Rights Bill, was endorsed by the ruling Liberal party at second reading on December 5, 2017. One more hour of debate will take place in mid-February, then a vote likely in March. The Bill will then be sent to committee for study, come back for a 3rd Reading, and finally, be brought to the Senate for Royal Assent. You can watch the debate here—https://goo.gl/jkzqhi. MP Romeo Saganash expresses his sincere gratitude to our Mennonite community for all the work we’ve done to get things this far. We’re encouraged to keep sending the free Walk the Talk postcards (www.commonword.ca/go/1283) to all MPs, encouraging them to stand up for justice and reconciliation
- In preparation for Advent and Christmas, has your congregation written an original script, educational resource, or worship service they’d be willing to share? CommonWord is always looking for creative and alternative digital items to pass along to other congregations. For more information, see www.commonword.ca/go/1427.
- Encourage winter reading! CommonWord can send you 12 different books on loan for a 6-week period – at no cost. This Cheaper by the Dozen program is a great way to augment your congregational library, inspire a church committee, or profile a worship or educational theme. For more information, see www.commonword.ca/go/1428.
- 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.
- Consider enrolling in a winter semester CMU evening course for credit or audit. Seniors and alumni audit fees available. Go to cmu.ca/timetable for details.
- 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.
- 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”, 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
- ECUMENICAL CHOIR FOR CITY-WIDE CELEBRATION
An ecumenical choir is being formed to lead music at the forthcoming celebration on January 21st during the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. No audition is required. Anyone who can carry a tune and wishes to sing in the choir is welcome! Rehearsals will be held at Westworth United Church, 1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 7, 2018 and on Sunday, January 14, 2018. A short final rehearsal will be held immediately before the Ecumenical Worship Service on Sunday, January 21, 2018. For further information, you may call Michele Barr at 204-453-5016 or contact her via email: firstname.lastname@example.org