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
From Oct. 20 to Nov. 4, Rene Baergen, the pastor of Hispanic Ministry at First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, is serving Mennonite Church Canada in Uruguay. Pray for Rene as he leads Bible teaching workshops for pastors and church leaders. May his efforts encourage leaders in their ministry, and strengthen connections with our Latin American brothers and sisters.
We are grateful for new pastors and the congregations who support them. Mennonite Church Canada’s Transitioning into Ministry program has two groups of four first-time pastors. Each group meets online bi-monthly with an experienced pastor/coach (David Brubacher and Marilyn Rudy-Froese) to develop networks, habits and resources that will sustain them through ministry.
Sunday, October 26 - Faith and the Arts at Wilmot -
A new event at Wilmot is being organized to celebrate faith and the arts. During the worship service we will be privileged to have Dr. Laura Gray from Conrad Grebel University College speak about creativity and where faith and the arts connect. As well we will enjoy special music by Liz and Mike Rogalsky-Lepock. Following the worship service we are inviting artists from our congregation to share their creative works and talent. We encourage you to share and display your art work so that we can continue to appreciate and get to know one another. Some possibilities of arts/crafts to be shown might be: quilting, carving, painting, wood working, calligraphy, metal works, pottery, and knitting. At some point during the time of sharing there will be refreshments in the form of finger foods which we are asking the congregation to bring. Culinary creativity! If you are interested in sharing your gifts with the congregation please contact Lil Quanz (634-8718), or Darlene Culp (519-390-0332) by October 19th.
Wednesday, October 29
Nith Valley Singers rehearse at Wilmot. 7:00 p. m.
Saturday, November 1
Pastor Congregation Review Committee meets. 8:30 a. m.
Sunday, November 9
Fall Annual meeting. 11:00 a. m.
Saturday, November 15 - Saturday Night at the Movies
“The Little Red Wagon” - Carrot-topped 8-year-old Zach Bonner lives in Tampa with his realtor mom Laurie and teenage sister Kelley. In 2004, in the wake of Hurricane Charley, Zach uses his beat-up toy wagon to collect water, food and clothing for families left homeless by the storm. 7:00 p. m.
Sunday, November 16
The Pastor Congregation Review Committee
is John Good, Gerald Schwartzentruber, Erma Shantz and Marcia Kastner with Terry Keller, the MCEC representative.
Women’s Bible Study -
All women interested in a Bible Study using the Practicing Presence book please speak to Martha Smith Good. Tentative plans are to begin on Tuesday, November 11. Books have been ordered.
Saturday, October 25 - Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario Fall Meeting.
2:00 p. m. at Conrad Grebel University College. Six story vignettes on "Memories of Mennonite Migration" from the 1780s to the 1990s. Also two new exhibits on Mennonite migration. Free admission.
Saturday, October 25 - Kevin Pauls Concert
hosted by Appletree Community Church. Doors open at 6:00 p. m. At the Wellesley Community Centre. For free tickets call 226-660-0115. Westhills Fellowship, which will be moving to Baden, has gifted their building in Lisbon to Appletree. A freewill donation will be taken with proceeds donated in thanks to Westhills.
Saturday, October 25 - House of Friendship Fundraising Dinner
at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate. Punch: 6:00 p. m. Dinner: 6:30 p. m. See poster on bulletin board for ticket details.
3:00 - 5:00 p. m. at Bingemans Conference Centre, 425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener. All Thrift Shop volunteers, past and present, are invited for an afternoon of entertainment and celebration as we highlight our 40th anniversary. Contact your local thrift store to sign up.
Wednesday, October 29 - Mennonite/s Writing 2014-2015.
Two-time Governor General’s Award winner Rudy Wiebe will read from his newly released novel Come Back in the Conrad Grebel University College Chapel. 7:30 p. m. Everyone welcome.
Sunday, November 2 - Hymn Sing
at St. Agatha Mennonite Church. 7:30 p. m. If you are interested in leading a song, please let Doug Snyder know by email.
Tuesday, November 4 - Tuesday's Singin' Lunchtime.
12:15 p. m. in the atrium at 50 Kent Ave., Kitchener. Join MCC for 30 minutes of a capella singing. Please bring a "Hymnal: A Worship Book" or "Sing the Journey" if you have a copy. RSVP to Brandon Leis if you want to be part of the small group leading. Email.
Saturday, November 8 - Mennonite Central Committee Ontario Fall Conference
at The Meeting House, 2700 Bristol Circle, Oakville. 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Register by Nov. 5: 519-745-8458 or mcccanada.ca/get-involved/events. Hear stories of People on the Move, explore factors that cause people to move and learn how MCC is responding.
November 8 & 9 - DaCapo Chamber Choir Concert.
A concert marking the end of the church year, and reflecting the spirit of Remembrance Day. Saturday, 8:00 p. m. - Church of St. John the Evangelist, Kitchener (corner of Duke & Water) & Sunday, 3:00 p. m. - St. John’s Lutheran Church, Waterloo (22 Willow Street, off Erb). Tickets available at www.dacapochamberchoir/tickets or by phone (519-725-7549). Tickets will also be available at the door - cash only.
H4>Monday, November 10 - Remembrance for Peace –
How can we commemorate the tragedy of World War 1 by emphasizing peace? 7:00 p. m. Conrad Grebel University College Chapel. A presentation and discussion featuring Jamie Swift, co-author of Warrior Nation: Rebranding Canada in an Age of Anxiety.
November 13 & 14 - Bechtel Lectures in Anabaptist-Mennonite Studies.
Professor Jeff Gundy will be at Conrad Grebel University College. 7:30 p. m. He will speak on “Poetry, the Sleeping King, and Creative Doubt” on Thursday (followed by a reception) and “Circling Defiance” on Friday.
Friday, November 14 - Spirituality and Aging Lecture
in the Conrad Grebel University College Great Hall. 8:30 a. m. Dr. Kenneth Pargament speaks on “Spiritual Transformation in Late Life.” To register visit www.grebel.ca/sa or email or 519-885-0220 x24264. $50 registration (Reduced fee for seniors, students and underemployed individuals.)
Saturday, November 15 - Explore and Experience the Labyrinth.
You are invited to join Patricia Horst Wagler (a Veridatis Trained and Certified Labyrinth Facilitator) and learn about this ancient Spiritual path for prayer and self-unearthing. See b.b. for a registration form and other details.
Saturday, November 15 - Menno Singers Celebration -
40 years of Mennonite Mass Choir with a performance of Brahms Requiem and Nänie at St Peter’s Lutheran Church, 49 Queen St N, Kitchener. 7:30 p. m. Tickets will go fast and are available at Mennonite Savings and Credit Union, Music Plus or online at www.mennosingers.com.
Saturday. November 22 - Makers' Market 2014:
A Local Alternative to Holiday Gift Giving. Steinmann Mennonite Church from 10:00 a. m. – 2:00 p. m. Browse a selection of local handmade goods for your holiday needs. A soup lunch will be served from 11:00 a. m. – 1:00 p. m. with net proceeds going to support Wilmot Family Resource Centre.
PRAYERS FOR PEACE -
Mennonite Church Eastern Canada invites prayers for the sad and troubling events in Ottawa. We have five related congregations in the Ottawa area - Church of the Living Word, The Village International Mennonite Church, Chin Christian Church, Ottawa Mennonite Church, and Oromo Evangelical Church of Ottawa. For these congregations and their members, and for the communities in which they live and serve, we pray for God's healing and peace.
MENNONITE WORLD CONFERENCE ASSEMBLY –
Registration is now open. Go to www.mwc.cmm.org/pa2015registration to register for this global gathering of worship and fellowship held July 21-26, 2015 in Harrisburg, PA. See poster on bulletin board.
"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