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.
THANK YOU -
Missions would like to thank the congregation for your support for Hidden Acres Single Mom’s Camp. We raised $926.17. Amazing! We can send one mom and a child to camp for one week with the remainder going towards another family. Thank you again for helping out with snacks. Have a good summer – Dale, Sue and Sandra.
Mennonite Church Canada Updates
Pray for the persecuted Mennonite Church in Vietnam On June 9, authorities cracked down on a group of Bible school students at its training centre in Binh Doung, near Ho Chi Min City (Saigon), with reports that 300-500 people including police, local defense forces and plain clothes officers raided the centre at night while students were sleeping. See story at: www.mennonitechurch.ca/tiny/2378.
Save the date for the National Church Bikeathon! On October 4, join other Mennonite Church Canada congregations from across Canada on the Ride for Refuge – a first ever national church bikeathon. Join riders in every major city across this country to ride in support of Witness workers Nathan and Taryn Dirks to help fund their work with at-risk youth in Botswana.
Thursday, July 24
Gathering Worship Band rehearses at Wilmot. 7:30 p.m.
July 18 – August 11
Esther Kennel, Administrative Assistant will be on vacation.
Sunday July 20 - Trinity Park Labyrinth/Picnic Lunch Trip to Cambridge.
Leave Wilmot Church at approximately 11:00 a. m. Bring a bag lunch for picnic in the park in Cambridge area. We can car pool. We will be back to Wilmot by mid. afternoon. The Labyrinth is located at corner of Grand Ave. and Blair Road across from Trinity Anglican Church, Galt/Cambridge.
PASTOR DAVE ROGALSKY
will be attending Mennonite Church Canada Assembly in Winnipeg from July 1 until July 7 and on vacation the remainder of July and returning to the office on August 6. During this time, please contact Gerald Schwartzentruber, Lil Quanz or Fern Good for pastoral care needs.
TIMBREL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION -
Ladies of the church - if you are not already receiving the Timbrel Magazine and would like to, or if you wish to discontinue receiving your copy, please let Lia know by July 23rd (519-634-9690).
CONGREGATIONAL FALL EVENTS –
Sunday, November 9 at 11:00 a.m. is the date for our Fall Annual meeting.
VOLUNTEER FAIR -
As we consider volunteering for various positions in the church's work, please pray for yourselves that you will hear God's call, evaluate your gifts wisely - abilities and disabilities - without shame or guilt, and consider trying something new. And pray for others that they will do the same.
SUMMER GIVINGS -
The summer can be a time when we may find ourselves taking a break from church for various reasons. Unfortunately our church expenses do not take a break and still must be paid. I encourage everyone to keep their offerings up during the summer. If you will be away, you can postdate a cheque and leave it in my mailbox. I will hold and deposit it on the appropriate date. For some, it may be easier to increase your offerings before you leave or catch them up when you return. Whatever method you choose, I thank you for your support. Any offerings received by August 31st will not only help cover expenses but will help us meet our budget for the current year. Thank you. Lia Fewkes, Treasurer
PLEASE NOTE –
There will be no bulletin July 27, August 3, 10 and 31. Please refer to your Summer Worship Schedule (which was in your mailbox a number of weeks ago) for details regarding locations and times of upcoming worship services.
Doug Amstutz grew up in a small Mennonite community in Ohio and went to school at Hesston Jr. College and Goshen College. Doug taught Social Studies at Sarasota Christian School in Florida and taught the English language as an MCC volunteer in Egypt. Doug attended AMBS where he met his wife Wanda, from Tavistock. Doug & Wanda have 3 daughters; Amani and Abigail (who are in grade 10) and Sophia (grade 9). They attend Rockway Mennonite Collegiate.
Doug has been a pastor, with his wife Wanda, both in the U.S. and Canada. Doug & Wanda were MCC country representatives in Ethiopia from 2007-2011. Doug has most recently pastored at Crosshill Mennonite Church as an interim and is currently between assignments.
August. 11-15, 8:50 - 11:30 a. m.
Baden Summer Bible Camp, Ages 3 – Grade 8.
September 5-7 - Building Community Retreat
at Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp. A retreat for individuals with disabilities, their family, friends and supporters. Theme is “True Community: Many Gifts, Many Colours” with resource person Karen James-Abra, a therapist and retreat leader. Registration brochures are available on the bulletin board. (August 8th early bird registration. August 22rd registration deadline).
KNOTTING COMFORTERS –
MCC Material Resources welcomes you to knot comforters in the sewing room at the Material Resources Warehouse (50 Kent Ave, Kitchener). Help meet a goal of 20,000 comforters by September. Contact Wendy Cotter by email or 519-745-8458 to register.
LEARN TO QUILT -
Session 1: Sept. 4 – Oct. 9,
EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE TO NIGERIA -
MCC is beginning immediate emergency food assistance in Nigeria to families displaced by the conflict and activities of the militant Islamist group Boko Haram. Donations can be made the following ways: donate.mcc.org/project/nigeria-emergency-assistance, by calling 519-745-8458 or to 203-50 Kent Avenue, Kitchener, N2G 3R1.
WORK ON WEDNESDAYS -
July 30, August 6, 13 and 20, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at 50 Kent Avenue, Kitchener. Help children learn the value of helping others. Sign them up for a volunteer shift in MCC's Material Resources Department. They will knot comforters, pack kits, hear stories of relief work or sort and price in the thrift store. To sign up, contact Wendy Cotter at email or phone 519-745-8458 ex. 248. Children 8 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
ROCKWAY MENNONITE COLLEGIATE
is in need of support to meet this year’s operating fund balance of $290,000 by July 31st. If you are able to contribute, please send your donation to Rockway Mennonite Collegiate, 110 Doon Road, Kitchener, Ontario, N2G 3C8 c/o Bernie Burnett or you can contribute online by going to www.rockway.ca.
TRI-COUNTY MENNONITE HOMES
is pleased to introduce Louise Lepp as the new Executive Director of Aldaview Services, effective June 12. Louise has worked at Aldaview Services for over ten years, first as a Residential Primary Counselor, leading to a Day Program Coordinator Role, then as a Supervisor, and most recently as the Interim Executive Director.
MENNONITE COALITION FOR REFUGEE SUPPORT -
Through the work of this coalition you are part of the circle of support for refugee claimants in Waterloo Region. In honor of World Refugee Day 2014, please considermaking a donation towards the work of MCRS. Mailing address is: Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support, 58 Queen St. S., Kitchener, ON N2G1V6.
HOSTING OPPORTUNITY -
Consider hosting an international young adult for 11 months. MCC is recruiting host families for Kitchener, Stouffville and Virgil from August, 2014 to July, 2015. If you are interested in expanding your world and your family, please contact Sheryl Bruggeling at email or 905.646.3161.
JOB OPPORTUNITY –
See the bulletin board for job openings at Nithview Community.
HELP IRAQIS THROUGH MCC -
Please help MCC reach a goal of 12,000 hygiene kits and 3,000 relief kits for uprooted Iraqis and others in the region. Pack a kit or donate or by calling 519-745-8458. More info about MCC's response is available at mcccanada.ca.
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