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.
Indian Residential School Survivors Honour Walk: Winnipeggers Brad Langendoen, Erin Sawatzky, Laurens Thiessen van Esch and Ann Heinricihs are walking from Stoney Knoll, Sask to Edmonton, Alta. March 7-26, arriving in time to attend the final Truth and Reconciliation event. Pray for energy, strength and opportunity as they walk to raise awareness for improved relations among host and settler people.
Nathan and Taryn Dirks are Mennonite Church Canada workers in Botswana, who focus on young adult ministries with African Independent Churches. With your prayers and financial support, they connect weekly with inmates of the Village Prison in Gaborone. Thank you for helping them to share Jesus’ way.
Tuesday March 11, Monday, March 24. All women welcome.
Men’s Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at the church.
Women’s Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at Old Country Restaurant, New Hamburg. Enjoy friendship and fellowship. Bring a friend/neighbor. Please sign up on the bulletin board no later than March 2.
Nith Valley Singers rehearse at Wilmot 7:00 p. m.
Gathering Worship Band rehearses at Wilmot 7:15 p. m.
Movie Night. at 7:00 p. m. The Mysteries of Easter Island. Discover where the inhabitants of Easter Island came from. How did a primitive people managed to carve and transport those heavy behemoths. Listen to the oral histories and myths passed down through word of mouth through the centuries explaining the marvels of the island.
will be on retreat from March 16 - 20 as part of the Jubilee Program in Spiritual Direction which he is taking this year. In case of pastoral care needs, please contact the Pastoral Care Team. Please pray with Dave for God’s presence in the retreat.
Baden Girls’ Club meets at Wilmot at 7:00 p. m.
Team Leaders’ Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
I am currently updating the subscription list and if you are currently receiving it and wish to discontinue, please let me know by March 28. Thanks. Esther
MEDA Waterloo Spring Banquet at Steinmann Mennonite Church at 6:30 p.m. Doris Wong & Yabetse Assefa from the MEDA Project in Ethiopia will be speaking. Additional information can be found at www.meda.org/waterloo. Online payment preferred or RSVP to Brittany by email or (519-725-1633). Reservations close March 3.
DaCapo Chamber Choir Concert at 8:00 p.m. Sat. - St. John the Evangelist, Kitchener, 3:00 p.m. Sun. - First United Church, Waterloo. Tickets available by phone: 519- 725-7549 or at www.dacapochamberchoir.ca, or in person at Music Plus (5 Michael St., Kitchener). Tickets will also be available at the door - cash only.
at Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp. Come join us on either March 10 or 11. A great opportunity for grandparents & grandchildren (grades 1-6) to spend quality time together enjoying interactive programming focused on "Tending the Garden”. See the bulletin board for a registration form.
Noon Community Lenten Service followed by lunch. At Zion United Church, New Hamburg.
A play entitled “How it Works” - about youth addiction, sexual abuse and the healing power of telling our stories. 8:00 p.m. at The Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick St., Kitchener. After the play, Community Justice Initiative Executive Director, Chris Cowie, will lead a discussion on how Restorative Justice can be a critical response to these issues.
for individuals who are supporting family and friends with the challenges of a mental illness. Location: Community Room, Nithview. 7:00 – 9:00 p. m. Hosted by Interfaith Community Counselling.
at Steinmann Mennonite Church. 8:30 a.m. Advance registration required by March 17. See poster on bulletin board.
at Calvary United Church, 48 Hawkesville Rd., St. Jacobs at 8:00 a.m. Tickets: $12/adult, $5 ages 6-12, under 5 free. Call 519-745-8458 to reserve tickets. Advance tickets only. See poster on bulletin board.
at Waterloo North Mennonite Church at 8:00 p.m. See poster on bulletin board.
Interfaith Annual General Meeting and Volunteer Dinner at Wilmot Recreation Centre, Meeting Room A. Volunteers join us for a complimentary dinner at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Annual Meeting at 7:00 p.m. RSVP by March 14 to Paula: 519-662-3092, ext. 101.
Mennonite and Brethren Marriage Encounter Weekend in Wainfleet, Ontario. See Pastor Dave for a registration form.
9:00 a.m. – 12 Noon at Mannheim Mennonite Church. Theme: “Discerning the Voices”. Leader: Gord Alton. Cost: $20 payable at the retreat to MSDEC. Register by email or by calling 519-884-1040. Deadline is one week prior to event. Bring a journal.
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at St. Catherines United Mennonite Church. Registration deadline is March 31. Also, May 2 – 4 a bus trip to Ottawa Tulip Festival. Registration deadline: March 31. The bus will leave from Kitchener. More info for both of these events is in your mailbox and on the bulletin board.
at Bingemans. Guest speaker: Eileen Henderson, MCC Ontario's Restorative Justice Coordinator speaking on "Finding God in Unexpected Places." Ticket Price: $10.00. Tax receipts issued for contributions above the ticket price. Advance ticket sales only, by April 5 from Gerald Good.
The volunteer signup sheet for the meat canning site and the beef/pork sale sheets are posted on the “Missions Bulletin Board” in the library area. If you are interested in either volunteering or purchasing meat, please sign the sheets by Sunday, March 23. Thank you.
MCEC hired its first three half-time regional ministers – Gord Alton, Marvin Friesen and Maurice Martin. Reflecting back on this assignment, Maurice says: “Each congregation and each pastor has unique gifts to offer. I attempted to help them offer these gifts with grace to each other….I especially enjoyed helping leaders in processes of visioning and formulating new strategies for times like these.” MCEC’s current regional ministers are Linda Brnjas and Al Rempel.
MCEC churches got the feel of a new vision statement, soon to be adopted by the two denominations which later became Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA: “God calls us to be followers of Jesus Christ, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, to grow as communities of grace, joy and peace, so that God’s healing and hope flow through us to the world.”
– If you or a member of your family is interested in being part of the Baden Fun Day planning committee and/or in volunteering on June 21st would you please let Dale, Sue or Sandra know of your intentions. Sean East, pastor of Westhills, hopes to have a planning committee meeting by the end of February. Missions has decided to contribute $200.00 from their mission’s budget to this cause.
is happening July 3-6 in Winnipeg. Registration for Assembly 2014: Wild Hope: Faith for an Unknown Season is now open. Get more information and register at home.mennonitechurch.ca/events/Winnipeg2014. All are welcome. Also, volunteers are needed for Assembly 2014. The Assembly Local Hosting Committee is seeking volunteers to assist in a variety of positions. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact: Kathy Fast: by email or call 204-295-0243.
for Hidden Acres, Silver Lake Mennonite Camp and Camp Shalom are on the literature rack. Please help yourself if you know of someone who might be interested in attending camp.
"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