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SEMC CONNECTION – NOVEMBER 18, 2022

Greetings SEMC,

The snow is here and the days are getting darker and colder. While we have many things to be thankful for, these are some of the challenges of living in Manitoba. These cold and dark days can cause people to feel discouraged. But one of the most wonderful gifts God has given His people is the Church – one another! God has designed us to live in community and walk with one another in this life. With that in mind, we invite you to join us for some of the upcoming events over the next month and a half. Let us be a blessing and encouragement to one another. Keep reading for details about some of our upcoming events.

Upcoming Worship Services

This Sunday, Nov. 20 we look forward to having Adult & Teen Challenge lead our worship service. They will be bringing the music, testimonies and a message.

Following that, on Nov. 27, is the first Sunday of Advent! It’s hard to believe this season is here already. The Eastman Male Choir will be bringing the music, the Goncharova girls will be sharing a bit about their recent mission trip to Ukraine and Pastor Jason will be bringing the message.

Shine & Kids Church

Shine kids (age 3-Kindergarten) takes place every Sunday morning during the worship service.

Kids Church (grades 1-5) takes place twice per month. The next one is this Sunday, Nov. 20.

Children will be dismissed part way through the service.

Senior’s Fellowship Lunch – Dec. 1

Seniors, you are invited to the next senior’s fellowship lunch on Thursday, Dec. 1. Please RSVP by Sunday, November 27th at the Connect Center or by calling the church office. Cost is $8.00 per person

Laughing All the Way – Dec. 4

A Christmas comedy and carols experience with Leland Klassen and Dan Macaulay. The event is Sunday, December 4 @ SEMC. You can click on the link to view the promo video and get tickets. This is a great event to attend with your Life Group and/or bring your unchurched friends. Tickets are about $20 each.

Baptism & New Members Class – Dec. 11

A Baptism/New Membership Class is being planned for Sunday, Dec 11, immediately after the service. Lunch will be provided. All those interested in attending please contact the church office to register.

Christmas Program – Dec. 18

Our children at SEMC are planning a Christmas program that will take place during part of the Sunday morning worship service on Dec. 18. For privacy reasons the children’s program will not be visible on the livestream, but those watching at home should still be able to hear that portion of the service. The sermon will be visible for those watching/listening at home.

Parents, here are a list of days and times the children will be rehearsing:

Sunday, Nov. 27 (dismissed partway through the service)
Sunday, Dec. 4 (dismissed partway through the service)
Sunday, Dec. 11 (dismissed partway through the service)
Monday, Dec. 12, 6:00–7:00pm (1st dress rehearsal in the sanctuary)
Sunday, Dec. 18, 9:15am (2nd dress rehearsal in sanctuary)
Sunday, Dec. 18, 10:45am – Christmas Program!

Christmas Day worship service – Dec. 25, 10:00am

This year Christmas Day lands on a Sunday. There will be no Sunday school this day (or on January 1). Please note the start time for this service will be 10:00am. We look forward to worshipping and celebrating our Lord and Saviour together!

Blessings to you and your families!

Pastor Jason
On behalf of the staff at SEMC

SEMC CONNECTION – OCTOBER 9, 2022

Greetings SEMC,

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” Psalm 107:1

The world is filled with all kinds of things that can cause us to complain and lose sight of the goodness of God and the many blessings He provides.  Throughout the Old Testament one of the ways God instructed His people to be a thankful and generous people was by instituting a variety of feasts throughout the year.  These feasts commemorated big moments and reminded the people that God is the great provider.  As we look ahead to this Thanksgiving weekend let us remember and give thanks for who our God is, for how He provides and all that we have in Christ.

Thanksgiving Lunch – Oct. 30

You are invited to join us for our upcoming Thanksgiving lunch, October 30 after the worship service.  Our purpose is to celebrate and give thanks for the many ways in which God blesses us through the SEMC family.  There will be a Thanksgiving offering that will go toward the Afghan Refugee family and OHE (orphanage in the Congo).  We invite you to come prepared to give toward this.

We are thankful to the Afghan Refugee Family Committee and the Global Missions Committee for partnering together to put this event together.

We invite you to get involved by helping set-up, serve and clean-up.  This is a wonderful way to rub shoulders and get to know one another better.  Please let us know if you are able and willing to serve in this way.  Some specific areas to get involved include:

  • Saturday, Oct. 29, 2:00-4:00pm – Join the Afghan Refugee committee to set up
  • Sunday, Oct. 30, 9:30-12:30pm – Food prep
  • Sunday, Oct. 30, after the meal till about 3:30pm – Kitchen Clean up

There will be a sign up list at the Connect Center on Sunday.

Shine & Kids Church

Shine kids (age 3-Kindergarten) takes place every Sunday morning during the worship service.

Kids Church (grades 1-5) takes place twice per month (October 9 & 23).

Children will be dismissed part way through the service.

Kindle Kids

An interactive 10 week program for kids ages 0 – K with craft, story time, devotional, sensory play and snack.  A place where families are encouraged and empowered to connect with their kids in a Godly and creative way.

  • Where: SEMC Downstairs Nursery Department
  • When: October 13 – December 15, 2022
  • Who: Families with kids ages 0 – K
  • Time: 9:30-11:00 am

Sunday school – 9:30AM

We have Sunday school for all ages every Sunday at 9:30, before the worship service.  We also currently have five adult classes taking place. 

  • Foundations: Core Truths of the Bible taught by Pastor Garth
    • Interested in baptism?  We invite you to talk to one of the pastors and join this class. 
  • Gospel of John taught by Arden Thiessen
  • She Reads Truth – a ladies class taught by Arlene Riedeger and Heather Wiebe
  • Mixed Adult class taught by Harold, Randy and Steve
  • Parenting/Caregivers Class taught by Andrea Dyck
    • Still a few weeks left in this class.  This class is open to any caregiver or anyone who wants to learn more about it. 

Blessings to you and your families!

Pastor Jason
On behalf of the staff at SEMC

SEMC CONNECTION – SEPTEMBER 9

Greetings SEMC,

We hope you have all had a great summer!  Kickoff week has arrived and we are excited to be launching a number of programs this week.  We are also actively working on a few others which will be communicated in the weeks to come.  Please read below for details regarding everything that is coming up.

Fall Kickoff Sunday – Sept. 11

This week Sunday is Kickoff Sunday.  We are looking forward to a great time together.  Bring a lawn chair and dress for the weather.  Feel free to also bring an umbrella or a hat if it is really sunny.  Note: There will be no livestream this week since the service will be outdoors.  We invite you to join us in person if you are able.

  • Coffee/gathering time – 9:30AM
  • Outdoor worship service – 10:30AM
  • Pizza lunch – following the service
  • Carnival type games, a climbing wall and many prizes to be won by participating

Golf Tournament – Sept. 11, 3:00PM

For all of you golfers out there, you are invited to join us for a golf tournament at 3:00 this Sunday at Girouxsalem Golf Course.  Contact John Banman to sign up or for more details: 204-371-7090.

Junior & Senior Youth – Sept. 13 & 15

Our new youth pastor Josh Fehr is looking forward to kickoff week.  Junior youth kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 13, 7:00PM and Senior youth kicks off Thursday, Sept. 15, 7:00PM.  Parents, click here to register your child for youth.  You can also find a link to the youth schedule on our website: Youth Upcoming Events.

Sunday school kickoff – Sept. 18, 9:30AM

Sunday school starts September 18.  If you have not yet registered you can do so here.  Registration will also be available before Sunday school on the 18th.  We have classes for all ages.  For adults, we have five different classes starting this fall. 

  •  Foundations: Core Truths of the Bible taught by Pastor Garth
  • Gospel of John taught by Arden Thiessen
  • She Reads Truth – a ladies class taught by Arlene Riedeger and Heather Wiebe
  • Mixed Adult class taught by Harold, Randy and Steve
  • Parenting/Caregivers Class taught by Andrea Dyck

Blessings to you and your families!
Pastor Jason
On behalf of the staff at SEMC

SEMC CONNECTION – August 5

Greetings SEMC,

We hope that you are all enjoying the summer.  As we roll into August we are excited for and diligently planning for fall.  As part of that planning we would like to share with you a couple of upcoming events.

Leadership Development Day – August 27, 9:00am – 1:00pm

This is an event/training day designed for everyone at SEMC who is serving in any role.

Join us for a morning of vision casting and equipping SEMC volunteers as leaders.

Here is a bit of a snapshot of what the morning will look like:

Leadership Development Morning Schedule

  • 9:00 – Coffee and Light Breakfast
  • 9:30 – Group Session 1
  • 10:00 – BREAKOUT SESSIONS
  •            – Welcome Ministries
    • – Youth Ministries
    • – Worship Arts
    • – Christian Education
    • – Life Groups
  • 10:45 – Coffee and Snacks
  • 11:00 – Group Session 2 and Worship
  • 12:00 – Lunch

RSVP Here by 21 August and let the office know of any dietary requirements.

Fall Kickoff Sunday – Sept. 11

We are also excited to share with you some of our plans for kickoff Sunday.  After such an enjoyable kickoff event last year we are planning something similar for this coming fall.

As part of that we are looking for donations of gently used stuffed animals, games, toys, action figures, etc. for our prize tent! (these toys will be cleaned and sanitized.)

We are also looking for volunteers for food service and kids’ activities. Sign up at the connect center, by calling the church office, or by using this link.

Worship Service – 10:00 AM, Gathering time @ 9:30

We invite you to join us for our worship service at 10:00am.  This week Josh Dueck will be bringing us the message from Psalm 146.  As always, we invite you to come a little early, stay a little late and enjoy connecting with one another.  This is an important part of being the church together.  Hope to see you there!

If you would like to hear a “Phil and Tammy Africa Update”, join us in the Youth Room after the worship service.

Summer Children’s Programming

This week SHINE (ages 3 to Kindergarten) and IGNITE (grades 1-5) will be taking place.  Kids and their parents can meet by the youth room.  Here are the dates for the upcoming children’s ministry services: Aug. 7 & 21.

Afghan Refugee Committee Update

The Afghan Refugee Committee is looking for a place to store donated items for our Afghan Refugee Family.  If you have a space available, please contact Peter Toews at 204-392-5496.

Blessings to you and your families!

Pastor Jason
On behalf of the staff at SEMC

SEMC CONNECTION – JULY 29

Greetings SEMC,

 If you could know the future, would you want to know?  More specifically, if you could know the details of what your future holds – the good, the bad and the ugly – would you want to know?  This is a question someone asked me recently as he was reflecting on some of the difficult stuff he was going through.  I thank God for the many blessings I have received, for the people He has put in my life and the opportunities I have.  But, as we all know, life is full of challenging and difficult times as well.  Yet, as much as we don’t enjoy going through them, God is present with us through them and He uses them to shape us into His character and likeness.  Therefore, let us follow the wisdom found in the Scriptures and turn our eyes toward Jesus.  Let us walk by faith knowing that God is good.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

Youth Pastor Update

Josh has started!  So far he has spent his first week getting oriented.  He is looking forward to meeting our youth, our youth leader teams and our congregation.  If you would like to connect with him or invite him over for a meal/coffee/dessert send us a message and we will help make that happen.  You can also contact Josh  directly at jfehr@semconline.com.

Gathering time – 9:30AM

Our summer worship services begin at 10:00am.  But we invite you to come a little bit early to gather together for fellowship before the service.  We invite you to bring your own coffee/tea/water.   If you would like to bring some snacks to share for this time you are certainly welcome to.

Worship Service – 10:00AM

We invite you to join us for our worship service at 10:00am.  This week Pastor Garth will be bringing us the message from Psalm 1.  Hope to see you there!

Unfortunately last week’s service is no longer viewable due to some technical difficulties.  However, Pastor Jason has recorded the sermon again and you can find it on our YouTube channel.  The sermon is titled, “When everything seems to go wrong,” from Psalm 13.

Summer Children’s Programming

During these summer months our kids programs will run for the entire duration of the service.  IGNITE is for kids in grades 1 to 5.  SHINE Kids is for those ages 3 to Kindergarten.  Kids and their parents can meet by the youth room.  Here are the dates for the upcoming children’s ministry services: Aug. 7 & 21.

 Afghan Refugee Committee Update

The Afghan Refugee Committee is looking for a place to store donated items for our Afghan Refugee Family. If you have space available, please contact Peter Toews at 204-392-5496.

Blessings to you and your families!

Pastor Jason
On behalf of the staff at SEMC