Wilmot Mennonite Church
God, whom we experience as Creator, Redeemer and Sustaining Spirit, loves us. We explore loving God, ourselves, and others, through worship, service, creation care, encouragement, and promoting peace and justice, inviting others to join us in experiencing God's love.
|January 31st||Adult Bible Study – “A Wedding in Cana”||Martha Smith-Good|
|February 7th||Adult Bible Study – “The Death of a Friend”||Martha Smith-Good|
|February 14th||Adult Bible Study - "Free at Last"||Ken Quanz|
|February 21st||Adult Bible Study - "A Beautiful Harvest"||Dave Rogalsky|
|February 28th||Adult Bible Study - A Clean Slate"||Dave Rogalsky|
|March 6th||Adult Bible Study -||Mike Strathdee, Mennonite Foundation|
Mennonite Church Canada Updates
Pray for Mennonite Church Canada’s Future Direction Task Force and congregations as they consider recommendations for a sustainable church structure amidst the complexities of serving God in uncertain times.
Planning for Mennonite Church Canada Assembly 2016 in Saskatoon is underway. Pray for the planners, volunteers, presenters, seminar leaders, and hosts of this event, and pray that it will bring our national church family closer together.
Update from Missions -
Giving Tree - All baby, children and ladies’ items plus toothpaste, shampoo, etc. and a cheque for $242.22 have
been delivered to Monica Place.
Tuesday, February 2 -
Women’s Bible Study. 10:00 a. m.
Tuesday, February 9 -
Women’s Bible Study. 10:00 a. m.
Tuesday, February 9 - Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper.
Come meet the girls of Baden Girls' Club as they will be helping in the kitchen. Donations appreciated. 6:00 p. m.
Saturday, February 20, 7:00 p. m. - Movie Night
“We Bought a Zoo”. Benjamin has lost his wife. In a bid to start his life over, he purchases a large house that has a zoo. This is welcome news for his daughter, but his son is not happy about it. The zoo is in need of renovation and Benjamin sets about the work with the head keeper, Kelly, and the rest of the zoo staff. But, the zoo soon runs into financial trouble. The staff must get the zoo back to its former glory, pass a zoo inspection, and get it back open to the public.
"Be faithful in small things for it is in them that your strength lies." -- Mother Teresa
"I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." -- Dr. Martin Luther King
"Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall." -- 1 Corinthians 10-12
"Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right." -- Proverbs 20:11
"The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it." -- Jean Paul
"Each one of them is Jesus in disguise." -- Mother Teresa
"Patience is the companion of wisdom." -- Saint Augustine
"Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee." -- Proverbs 9:8
"Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self." -- Francis of Assisi
Thursday, February 4 - Bechtel Lectures -
Dr. Janneken Smucker is the 2016 speaker for the Bechtel Lectures in Anabaptist Mennonite Studies at Conrad Grebel University College. She will speak at a special fundraising dinner to support the Mennonite Archives of Ontario and Mennonite Studies at Grebel. Exploring the diverse output of Amish quilt makers, she will focus on the topic of “Abstract Art or Country Craft: The Quilts of the Amish.” 6:30 p. m. Tickets are $75 ($45 charitable receipt). Contact Alison Enns (519) 885-0220 x 24217 or email. On Friday, February 5, Smucker will give a lecture on the topic of “Unexpected Intersections: Amish, Mennonite, and Hmong Textiles and the Question of Authenticity”. In this free public lecture, Smucker will discuss how the distinct needlework traditions of Amish/Mennonite and Hmong needleworkers entered the consumer marketplace and how they unexpectedly intersected, resulting in both cultural tensions and expressive adaptations. Grebel Great Hall. 7:00 p. m.
Tuesday, February 9 - Shrove Tuesday Community Pancake Supper.
Hosted by Zion United and St. George's Anglican churches. Proceeds to Wilmot Family Resource Centre, Interfaith Community Counselling Centre, International Children's Missions, and refugee support. Wilmot Recreation Complex, Nafziger Rd. 5-7 p. m. Cost: Adults: $9; children 5 to 12: $5; under 5: free. For advance tickets, call 519-662-9372. Limited number of tickets available at the door.
Feb. 10 – 12 - Rockway Mennonite Collegiate Drama -
Grade 9-12 students present Frankenstein 1930: Disturbed Genius. Dr. Frankenstein has crossed a spiritual and ethical line by bringing forth his own creation. How far is too far when it comes to medical science? Tickets available at the door.
Saturday, February 13 - Valentine Banquet -
Mennonite and Brethren Marriage Encounter is hosting a fund-raising banquet at Waterloo North Mennonite Church. Proceeds are used to allow couples to attend a weekend encounter regardless of finances. Supper is from Bellzy’s Catering and entertainment is by Rescue Junction. Cost is $45.00 per person. More details are on the bulletin board and tickets are available from Lia and Michael.
Monday, February 15 - Family Day Open House -
a fun and relaxing day with your family. Enjoy a hot lunch for $3/person or bring a bagged lunch (peanut-free). RSVP by emailing email@example.com or calling (519) 625-8602. Please let us know if you are bringing your own lunch or choosing the Hidden Acres lunch. 10:00 a. m. -3:30 p. m.
Friday, February 19 - Heifer Sale.
David Carson Farms & Auction Services Ltd. 5531 Perth Line 86. To sponsor or donate a heifer, contact Clarence Diefenbacher 519-699-216 or MCC at 519-745-8458.
Applications Accepted -
Rockway Mennonite Collegiate is now accepting applications for 2016-2017. Check out the application process at www.rockway.ca or call the school at 519-743-5209 to arrange for a tour'n talk.
Public Workshop - Saturday, February 20. 8:30 a. m. - 12:30 p. m. (no lunch) Workshop is for all church workers. onrad Grebel University College Great Hall. Christine Longhurst will lead us in exploring the relationship between culture and worship. What does transformative worship look like in the 21st century? How do we balance tradition and innovation? How do we navigate changing musical styles? What is our response to new worship technologies? that brings people into an encounter with God and inspires them to live out their faith in service to the world around them? Christine Longhurst is on faculty at Canadian Mennonite University teaching in the area of worship and worship music, and leading workshops and weekend seminars in churches across Canada.
Request for Stories -
In honour of the 50th Annual Mennonite Relief Sale in May of 2016, we would like to hear from you. Send stories or memories from past Relief Sales to firstname.lastname@example.org. These stories will be compiled and posted on the Relief Sale Website (www.nhmrs.com) starting in February. This is a great way of sharing stories before they are lost. They can be short or long, funny or serious. Our hope is we remind ourselves and others why the Sale has continued for 50 years and why it should continue for another 50!
Concientious Objector Exhibit -
“Conchies Speak: Ontario Mennonites in Alternative Service.” Mennonite Archives of Ontario at Conrad Grebel University College. During the Second World War, 2,600 Ontario Mennonite men served in conscientious objector work camps. Through archival records, this exhibit recovers their voices and stories. Free. Guided tours and additional programing available for groups if arranged in advance. Exhibit runs to December 2016.
Donated Furniture Distribution Depot -
Mennonite Disaster Service continues to operate a donated furniture distribution depot in Elmira for new refugees. If you have good condition furniture to donate (no junk please), it can be dropped off at the MDS Furniture Depot at 6 Arthur St. N, Elmira. New hours are Monday - Wednesday & Friday 10 a. m. to 6 p. m., Thursdays 10 a. m. to 8 p. m., Saturdays 9 a. m. to 3 p. m. For more information on donating furniture, call 519-669-2009. To volunteer at the warehouse call 519-502-0623.
returns to Paris, Ontario. July 29-31, 2016. This year we will be joined by speaker (John Bell from Iona) and singer-writer (Martyn Joseph) from UK’s huge Greenbelt Festival (John has written many songs in our Sing the Journey and Sing the Story songbooks). We have a fantastic line-up of speakers, artists and musicians, including Bryan Moyer Suderman, Matt Epp and Theatre of the Beat. Don’t miss the chance to attend this amazing event. Our early bird price of only $119 (including camping) is available until January 15. See our website for details: www.skylightfestival.ca.