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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