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SEMC CONNECTION – MAY 20

Greetings SEMC,

One of my highlights every spring is the opportunity to watch some exciting playoff hockey.  Unfortunately, there has been one component this playoff season that I have not enjoyed: the endless gambling commercials.  This clever satire article by the Beaverton helped point this out.  These commercials have reminded me how important it is to be discerning as we engage with different forms of media.  Media discernment is something we are currently teaching our Jr. youth.  The truth is, because we often engage with media as a way to relax, it can be tempting to just soak in content (TV shows, music, commercials, etc.) without thinking about what these messages are promoting.  And the more we hear certain messages the more we are influenced by them.  But rather than just letting those messages soak in, be discerning.  Spend time and be influenced by the Word of God.  Focus on truth and may we set our hearts and minds on the beauty of Christ. 

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Phil. 4:8

Sunday school for all ages (9:30AM) & Worship Service (10:45AM)

We invite you to join us for Sunday school at 9:30.  We have classes for all ages.  You are also invited to our worship service at 10:45.  If you have not joined us for an in-person service in quite some time we invite you to join us.  We have heard many testimonies of people expressing how wonderful and life-giving it is to be together in person.  This week Pastor Garth will be bringing us the message from James 5:19-20.  Hope to see you soon!

Church Picnic – June 5

We are looking for some people to help us at the annual Church Picnic.  Please check out the opportunities below and let us know if you can help serve. 

FOOD (approximate time commitment 11:30-1:00)

We are looking for a few more people to help set up food tables, serve food, and refill stations.  This is a wonderful way to make little encouraging connections with many people. 

CLEAN UP (approximate time commitment after lunch – 1:30)

Cleaning and tidying up after lunch.  Our hope is to leave the park cleaner than when we arrived. 

TRANSPORT (Sunday morning & Sunday after lunch)

We are looking for a few individuals with trucks who would be willing to stop by the Church, Sunday June 5 to pick up supplies and food needed for the Coffee Service and the Lunch, as well as deliver items back to the church once clean up is complete.

Bouncer Supervisor (Sunday after lunch)

We need a few people who are willing to take 15 minute shifts supervising the children on the bouncer.  Instructions will be provided. 

COFFEE (approximate time commitment 8:30-11:00)

We are excited to have enough volunteers for our coffee time.  Thank you! 

Blessings to you and your families!    

Pastor Jason
On behalf of the staff at SEMC

SEMC CONNECTION – MAY 6

Greetings SEMC,

Baptism Sundays have always been some of my favourite worship services. I love hearing people’s stories of how they came to know Jesus and how Jesus has changed their lives. We invite you to join us this Sunday as we listen to 4 people share their stories. As you look ahead to this service and as you listen to the stories that are shared, we invite you to reflect on your own story. Take note of the ways God has worked in your life, the ways He has helped you in your weakness and struggles and led you through your life.

Pickup & Walk – May 7, 8:30am – lunch

Tomorrow morning is the Pickup & Walk, the annual city clean-up event. This is such a great shared service experience. We still need some more people to join us. We have a family-friendly route for families with young children, as well as a few other spots. Please arrive at the TG Smith Arena at about 8:30am to find our group, gather supplies and figure out where you need to go. Following the event there is a free BBQ lunch at the arena. It is helpful to bring gloves and rubber boots, and wear your yellow shirt from years past if you have one!

Sunday school for all ages (9:30AM) & Worship Service (10:45AM)

We invite you to join us for Sunday school at 9:30. If you are coming just for the service, we invite you to come a little early and enjoy some coffee/juice and connect with one another. This week is Baptism Sunday! We are very excited to see a number of our young people take the step of baptism. We also have another person joining through membership. Hope you can join us!

Sending Services

We are thankful for the opportunity to be able to bring worship services to some of our care and senior homes in Steinbach. This is something we have not been able to do the past couple of years. But we are excited to restart this ministry. If you would be interested in helping bring a service please let us know. We need some people to help with leading music and some people who are interested in leading a devotional.

Blessings to you and your families!

Pastor Jason
On behalf of the staff at SEMC

SEMC CONNECTION – APRIL 29, 2022

Greetings SEMC,

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” Psalm 118:1

Spring is an exciting time of year.  The snow is gone (mostly… hopefully), the days are longer, the smell of BBQing is in the air, gardens are being planted, golf clubs are being dusted off and weddings are taking place.  There is much to look forward to and be thankful for.  Along with that, we are also looking forward to a number of special services coming up soon.  Here are a few that we would like to highlight:

  • May 1 – Parent/Child Dedication
  • May 8 – Baptism Sunday
  • June 5 – Church Picnic
  • June 19 – Worship in the City

Pickup & Walk – May 7, 9:00am – lunch

One service event that has been a highlight over the years is the Pickup & Walk.  This is the annual city clean-up event.  This is a great service (and teaching) opportunity for parents with children, Life Groups, friends, SS classes or to build friendships with whoever you will walk alongside.  There are three different ways you can get involved:

  1. Picking up garbage
  2. Food prep & serving
  3. Truck drivers & helpers

If you are interested in participating please sign up ASAP at the Connect Center or you can reply to this email.

MissionFest Manitoba – Apr. 29-May 1

Missionsfest 2022 is taking place this weekend, April 29 through May 1, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  The theme is Compelled by the Love of Christ.  As usual Missionsfest includes excellent, inspiring speakers, a youth worship night, workshops and a Kids Mini Missionfest during the main sessions.  If you are wondering if God is calling you to missions and are exploring different kinds of ministry, this is the place to be.  Check out over 100 ministry booths.  You’ll be amazed to see that no matter your gifts and skills, there is a place for you in missions.  If you want to know what God is doing today and desire to praise Him for His work in the world, go to Missionsfest.  You can take in part of it, or all of it.  This coming weekend at Church of the Rock, Winnipeg.

Sunday school for all ages (9:30AM) & Worship Service (10:45AM)

We invite you to join us for Sunday school at 9:30.  If you are coming just for the service, we invite you to come a little early and enjoy some coffee/juice and connect with one another.  This week Pastor Jason will be bringing the message from 2 Corinthians 2:5-11. 

Blessings to you and your families!