Winkler Emmanuel Church 

February 18, 2018

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

Worship Service

Service Leader:  Deb Loewen

Worship Team:  Fief Schteck

Scripture Reading: Psalm 109; Psalm 71

Message: “Violent honesty, the airing of grievances and the steadfast love                                                                                              of the Lord”                  Pastor Corey Hildebrand                               

This Week

Today (18)  9:00am   One Way Class“European Reflection”

                                                                                       Bernie Janzen

   10:00am    Coffee & Gathering

   10:15am    Worship Service, GPS & Child Care                                                      

                  Youth Small Group Week

Mon (19)   7:00am      Men’s Prayer & Bible Study

        Office Closed (Louis Riel Day)

Wed (21)   7:00pm     Church Council meeting

    7:00pm      SPA Games Night (see announcement)

Fri (23)                               Work as Worship Retreat


Upcoming Events

Sun (25)    9:00am    One Way Class – “Membership Discussion”           

10:00am    Coffee & Gathering                    

11:30am    Potluck

12:30pm    Annual Membership Meeting

Feb. 27      6:30pm    Young Families Gym Night at WES

March 2-3                    MC Manitoba Delegate Session

March 23-25              Young Adult Retreat at Camp Assiniboia

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.

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 Lent is titled “Get Real”:  Reflecting on the Psalmist’s Honest Expressions of Lent.

FOCUS STATEMENT: Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter.  It is a season for authentic reflection, honest self-examination, sincere repentance, genuine recommitment, and spiritual renewal.  When we enter the season of Lent we are invited to let the Word of God penetrate our lives and in this way know the fundamental truth of who we are and whose we are.  Further we are encouraged to re-explore the paths we choose in life.

What is essential is that we do this with honesty and authenticity.  It is not a season for easy answers but rather for honest, and perhaps even challenging, questions and searching.  It is a time to “get real” with God and with ourselves and to reflect on our spiritual walk with authenticity.  With that in mind, one of the things we should probably consider for Lent this year is “giving up our need to grasp for simple, shallow or trite faith answers”.

TODAY’S MEET- Link:  During the sermon time you can enter the discussion room by entering a “name” (can use initials or another handle if you wish).  This enables you to read other comments and to add your own comment(s). Those who are preaching will offer a few questions or comments throughout the sermon than invite response.  Following the sermon, the worship leader or someone else will share two or three comments (or broad themes) from the discussion space with the whole congregation (without using names) and then we’ll have an open discussion where people may want to verbally add some comments.

ONE WAY – An adult Sunday School class meets at 9am in the multi-purpose room.  On February 25 there will be a discussion around church membership and what that means.

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.

GPS – Emmanuel’s version of Sunday SchoolIt takes place in the fellowship hall after the offering and goes 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 group week.  The series for this month is titled “More Than Friends.”  Follow us on Instagram @emmanuelchurchstudents or on twitter @emmanuel_xp3 .

SPA MINISTRY – Our next SPA get together will be in the church fellowship hall for a games night on Wednesday, February 21, at 7:00 p.m.    Bring a favourite game, a favourite games night snack and come out for an evening of fun and fellowship.  Beverages will be provided.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

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



Take time to look at the posters outlining the phases of childhood hanging in the foyer

Stay tuned for March when our foyer walls will feature artwork from some of our GPS children!


Breakfast Club – Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings at Winkler Elementary School from 8:15am – 9:15am. Committee members are Lottie Froese, Becky Loewen, Helen Harder and Bev Neufeld.  


A HUGE THANKS to Warren Dyck, Warren Dyck and Corey Voth for the beautiful foyer table you created.  We recognize the many, many hours of labour this involved and offer our sincere thanks for your work.  – The Worship Committee

WOULD YOU LIKE TO TRANSFER YOUR MEMBERSHIP TO EMMANUEL? – We invite regular attenders to consider transferring your membership to Emmanuel.  If you are interested or have questions, please contact Pastor John.  We are anticipating an April Coffee & Conversation evening to talk about membership and a membership acceptance Sunday in early May. 

Conference & Community Announcements



MCC Manitoba:

MC Manitoba:

Interested in Learning more about Mennonite Collegiate Institute?  We invite prospective students and families to join us at MCI in Gretna, MB,  February 20th at 6pm for dinner, followed by an MCI Information Night at 7pm. Information will focus on Faith-based learning, Music program, Athletics, Finances, and Discipleship. Please register for dinner by emailing or calling the school at (204)327-5891, or feel free to come at 7pm for the Information Night.


Canadian Mental Health Association (Central) and Central Station are offering 3 mental health workshops dealing with Depression, Anxiety and Recovery starting in February.  Please see the poster on the bulletin board or at for more information.

On February 23, 2018 we will hold a Palliative Care fundraising concert at the P.W. Enns Centennial Concert Hall in Winkler, MB.  Our special guest is Rosemary Siemens & the Sweet Sound Revival.    Tickets are $25(+taxes and fees) available online at or by going to Winkler City Hall to purchase in person Monday- Friday 9-5pm.

The Pax Cantata Chorus, a CMU Alumni choir, presents ‘My Heart is Inditing’, including Handel Coronation Anthem No. 4 and more, with chamber orchestra accompaniment, and featuring soloist Adam Sperry. Sunday March 4, 7pm at Sargent Avenue Mennonite Church. Tickets are $10.00 from choristers or at the door.

Children’s Camps International is looking for 2 full time positions to assist with the ongoing ministry opportunities.

  1. A Manitoba Ministry Representative to promote CCI and Harvest for Kids.
  2. An Office Administrator to assist in the Record Harvest planned for this summer.

If interested in either position, please contact us at

Join us at our Winter Strings Concert, featuring the intergenerational string ensembles of Douglas Kuhl School of Music.  Come be entertained and inspired by the music of the strings!  There will be two concerts, Saturday, Feb. 24, 4:00 and 7:30 at Morden Mennonite Church, 363 Gilmour St., Morden.  No charge to attend – a freewill offering will be taken.  All are welcome!

Save the Date (would hate to see you miss out on all the fun) Pregnancy Care Annual Banquet Saturday March 10, 2018 @ 6 – 8 pm Westside Community Church, MordenTickets are Free – why not host a table of your fabulous friends?  Call 204-325-7900 to reserve you spot.