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.
Mennonite Church Canada Updates
Although news from the Ukraine isn’t making headlines as it did last year, tensions continue. Please continue to pray for peace in Ukraine, and remember the pastors and churches with whom Mennonite Church Canada relates. Pray for Pastor Anya Allipova and the Zaporizhzhye Evangelical Mennonite Church; Sergie and Leyna Denykin and the small fellowship they lead in Kherson; as well as Mary Raber, who teaches theology at several schools in the region. Pray also for Gordon Janzen, Director of Europe Ministry, as he offers connection, encouragement and support.
Mennonite Church Canada’s 2014 Annual Report is now available on the new CommonWord website.
Tuesday, January 27
Women’s Bible Study. 10:00 a. m.
Wednesday, January 28
Nith Valley Singers rehearse at Wilmot. 7:00 p. m.
Tuesday, February 3
Women’s Bible Study. 10:00 a. m.
Tuesday, February 10
Girls’ Club meets at Wilmot 7:00 p. m.
Saurday, February 21
Movie Night. Feature - “The Woodcarver”. Matthew Stevenson is a troubled kid from a broken home. When he vandalizes the local church to get back at his parents, he has to repair the damages to avoid criminal charges. While working at the church, he meets Ernest, an accomplished wood carver who created the intricate woodwork decorations. 7:00 p. m.
Hygiene Kits for Mennonite Central Committee –
During January and February, our project will be hygiene kits as the need is urgent. You may help by: donating at coffee hour or during the morning service; buying new items in original packaging and one item per kit – adult-size toothbrushes, large bars of bath soap, good quality fingernail clippers and hand towels (dark colour, approximately (38 cm. x 64 cm/15 in. x 25 in.) or sewing double-drawstring cloth bags (11 in. x 16 in.) – NO upholstery fabric, please. There will be a basket under the table in the lobby for all items. Any questions, please ask Sue, Dale or Sandra.
"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, January 29 - Education Event –
Topic: Elder Abuse. Nithview Auditorium. 7:00 p.m. Sponsored by Tri-County Mennonite Homes. See poster on bulletin board.,/p>
Wednesday, February 4
“Mennonite/s Writing 2014-2015” 7:30 p. m.
Di Brandt will read from a collection of poems in progress. Brandt currently teaches Canadian Literature and Creative Writing at Brandon University. Conrad Grebel University College Chapel. Everyone is welcome.
Thursday, February 5
Rod and Lorna Sawatsky 2015 Public Lecture. Visiting Scholar Dr. Robert Johnston, Professor of Theology and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, will focus his lecture on “If you have Eyes to See...God's Presence at the Movies”.
Friday, February 6, 7:00 p. m. “Listening for Grace”.
In this play, Ted Swartz from Ted and Company uses his distinctive humor to give voice to our fears and hopes when a faith community engages in questions around sexuality and same-sex relationships. It’s about a father’s journey, a church’s struggle and a search for commonality. Steinmann Mennonite Church. To get your free ticket, talk to Pastor Dave. See more at: listeningforgrace.com/about.html or on the Bulletin Board.
Saturday, February 7
Fundraising Valentine Banquet for Mennonite & Brethren Marriage Encounter. Waterloo North Mennonite Church. Gospel music by Hank & Janet Sonnenberg. Cost $40.00 per person. See bulletin board for more details and Lia or Michael for tickets.
Saturday, February 14
Wilmot Cluster Women’s Breakfast. Speaker: Phyllis Ramer. Topic: “Sister Care”. Nith Valley Mennonite Church. Registration: 8:15 a. m. Breakfast: 8:30 a. m. Cost: $8 at the door and an item for the food bank. Please sign-up on bulletin board no later than Sunday, February 8.
Monday, February 16 - Family Day
at Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp. 10:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Enjoy free indoor and outdoor activities. Bring your own outdoor equipment. Enjoy a hot lunch for $2/person or bring a bagged lunch (peanut-free). SVP:
Friday, February 20 - Heifer Sale.
To sponsor or donate a heifer, contact Clarence Diefenbacher at 519-669-2164 or MCC at 519-745-8458. Carson’s Auction, near Listowel.
60 Years at Fraser Lake Camp: Telling Our Stories -
Alumni and friends of Fraser Lake are invited to an afternoon of reminiscing and sharing camp stories in honour of our 60th anniversary. These stories will be used to inspire a play written on the history of Fraser Lake. Rouge Valley Mennonite Church (Markham) on Saturday, February 7. Plan to arrive at 1:30 pm. and stay until 4:00 p. m. Questions? Contact Kristen Berg by email.
Job Opportunity –
Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp is recruiting summer staff. See the bulletin board for a job posting.
Prayers for the Philippines -
Typhoon Jangmi struck on Dec. 29, 2014 has caused severe flooding, landslides and loss of life in some areas. Peacebuilders Community Inc. including Mennonite Church Canada Witness workers Dann and Joji Pantoja, are responding to the needs of several areas. Through willing workers and local Peace and Reconciliation Teams, they are offering relief while extending the gospel of Christ and building community. Please pray God’s blessing upon the work and that God’s grace will multiply and grow, even in the face of heartbreak and disaster. Pray also that adequate resources will be raised for this work. If you are able to help financially, donations for relief can be sent to Mennonite Church Canada at donate.mennonitechurch.ca/project/Hagupit.