Bulletin for December 1st, 2013

Community Mennonite Church

 Parkview Village Auditorium, 12184 Ninth Line, Stouffville


Our Mission: To be a growing Christian community seeking to love God and God's creation, our neighbours and ourselves.

 

Pastor:  Cameron Kaufman-Frey 905 640 9730

Enrichment Coordinator:  Rebecca Steiner  (Office hours:  Tuesday 9:30-11:30)

 

Sunday School:  10:00 (regular classes resuming on Jan. 5)

Worship: 11:00am

 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

 

Welcome

 

 

In December there will be no Sunday school other than the drama rehearsals from 10:00-10:45.  Regular Sunday school classes will begin again on Jan 5 at 10:00.

 

Walking in the Light Rehearsals:  Next week (Dec. 8) during Christian Formation hour, everyone is needed for rehearsing. Please let Rebecca Steiner know if you can't be there.  

Christmas Giving Idea! Are you Christmas shopping for that hard-to shop-for someone? Give the gift that keeps on giving! Check out paperless gift giving at donate.mennonitechurch.ca. Be counter-cultural, environmentally friendly, and satisfy your soul all at the same time!

Willowgrove's annual members meeting is Wednesday, December 4th at Rouge Valley Mennonite church. Dinner is at 6:30 and the business meeting is at 7:30.  Please RSVP your attendance by November 29th to Miriam@willowgrove.ca or by calling 905-640-2127.

  Upcoming MYF events:
Saturday, December 7: MYF Christmas Party potluck at Rouge Valley Mennonite Church, 6:30-10:30 pm. Bring food to share, and a wrapped gag gift worth $5 or less. Friday, December 13: MYF Search for Sponsors event, 7 - 11 pm. Location TBA.  


 

Order of Worship

 

Inviting the Mystery
Welcome

Announcements

Silence

Prayer

Hymn - Prepare the Way of the Lord, SS #14

 

Engaging in the mystery

Dramatic Reading

Scripture – Isaiah 2:1-5

  DECEMBER DATES AT CMC   Sun. Dec. 8:  Worship at 11:00am Sun. Dec. 15: Worship at 11:00am, Christmas Potluck to follow Sun. Dec. 22 & Sun. Dec. 29: Worship at 11:00am   Sun. Jan. 5:  Regular Sunday school classes begin at 10:00am.   Special Christmas Events:   Sun. Dec. 15:  CMC Christmas Potluck after worship Sun. Dec. 15:  Joint Advent Hymn Sing 7:00pm  Wideman Mennonite Church Sat. Dec. 21:  CMC Christmas Celebration 7:00pm (Candlelight Service) Sun. Dec. 22:  The Living Nativity, 7:30pm & 8:15pm Centennial Park, outdoors behind the Uxbridge Town Hall.  Back to Merle and Cathy Reesor’s house (95 Brock St. E., Uxbridge) afterwards for hot chocolate.   Drama Rehearsals:    Sundays Dec. 1, Dec. 8 & Dec. 15:  9:45am Fri. Dec.20 (7-9pm):  Dress Rehearsal

Lighting the Advent wreath (See responsive reading)
Storytelling
– Richard Reesor

Scripture – Matthew 24:36-44

Hymn - Slowly turning, SJ #23

 

Celebrating the mystery

Sermon

Handwashing

Offering - Hope is a Candle SS #15

Hymn - Come! Walk in the Light SS #10 vs. 1

Benediction

 

Lighting the Advent wreath

 

Leader: The first Advent candle is the candle of hope.

People: In this light, we receive forgiveness, knowing that God dwells with us in the present.


Advent Carol Sing – December 15:  Sing some of your old and new favourite Christmas and Advent songs at the joint Advent carol sing at Wideman Mennonite Church on December 15 at 7:00 p.m.  The theme this year is: The Wait Is Over But There's A Lot To Look Forward To."  Wideman MC will provide beverages for after the service.  Please bring some cookies or squares to share

 

Give a Kit for Christmas:  MCC urgently needs 4,000 relief kits, 10,000 hygiene kits and blankets. Lists of kit contents is available atmcco.ca/kits. Contact Wendy Cotter (1.800.313.6226 or wendyc@mennonitecc.on.ca) for more info.

 DECEMBER DATES AT CMC

 

Sun. Dec. 8:  Worship at 11:00am

Sun. Dec. 15: Worship at 11:00am, Christmas Potluck to follow

Sun. Dec. 22 & Sun. Dec. 29: Worship at 11:00am

 

Sun. Jan. 5:  Regular Sunday school classes begin at 10:00am.

 

Special Christmas Events:

 

Sun. Dec. 15:  CMC Christmas Potluck after worship

Sun. Dec. 15:  Joint Advent Hymn Sing 7:00pm  Wideman Mennonite Church

Sat. Dec. 21:  CMC Christmas Celebration 7:00pm (Candlelight Service)

Sun. Dec. 22:  The Living Nativity, 7:30pm & 8:15pm Centennial Park, outdoors behind the Uxbridge Town Hall.  Back to Merle and Cathy Reesor’s house (95 Brock St. E., Uxbridge) afterwards for hot chocolate.

 

Drama Rehearsals: 

 

Sundays Dec. 1, Dec. 8 & Dec. 15:  9:45am

Fri. Dec.20 (7-9pm):  Dress Rehearsal

 Help the People of the Philippines:  MCC has begun its response to Typhoon Haiyan by providing funding for immediate needs and supporting a disaster response assessment team.  Donations from individual Canadians to MCC's Typhoon response made between Nov. 9 and Dec. 9, are eligible to be matched by the Canadian government. To donate please go to mcccanada.ca/typhoon.  

 

Syrian Bazaar Fundraiser:  December 6, 11 am to 6 pm and December 7, 11 am to 4 pm:  50 Kent Ave, Kitchener.  Delicious food, sweets, traditional crafts and handmade accessories, face painting and more. All proceeds to MCC's work in Lebanon and Syria. Join the event on facebook for more info.

 

Applications are now being accepted for Serving and Learning Together (SALT), a year-long cross-cultural service experience with MCC for Christian young adults aged 18-27 years old. Check out salt.mcc.org for more information.  

Fathers & Kids Retreat: January 17-19, 2014 at Silver Lake Mennonite Camp: Skating on the lake, building snowmen and igloos in the field, following animal tracks through the woods, roasting smores over the campfire, playing board games by the fire in the dining hall and just being at camp is loads of fun, but the best part is doing it with dad! For more information and to register visit www.slmc.ca/retreats or call 519-422-3200

Women’s Retreat: February 28-March 2, 2014 at Silver Lake Mennonite Camp.  Skating on the lake, relaxing in the sauna, enjoying a massage, snowshoeing through the woods, stargazing on a horse drawn sleigh ride and savouring exceptional food.  Resource person Tanya Dyck Steinmann. For more information and to register visit www.slmc.ca/retreats or call 519-422-3200

CMU Study Tour opportunities:
RSB International Study Tour: Europe / April 27 - May 11, 2014

Join the Redekop School of Business at CMU for an exciting 2-week study tour looking at business, politics and culture in Europe. Visit cmu.ca/business.php?s=studytour for more details.
Ancient Stones, Living Stones: The Holy Land in Perspective / April 29 - May 21, 2014

You will meet with thoughtful and engaged Israelis and Palestinians, hike into ancient sites, swim in the Dead Sea and eat the freshest falafel and baklava you can imagine. Still a few spots available! cmu.ca/studytour 

 

 

Visit our website: www.cmchurch.ca

Please forward all announcements for the bulletin to:

community-mennonite@hotmail.com

or call Gabrielle at 905-640-3180 by Thursday evening