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Sunday, May 31, 2020


Sunday service - 10:00 am on Youtube

No Children's Church while our services are cancelled due to COVID-19.

Psalm 55:17

“Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice."


Current Message Series

"A Constant Pattern" - Pastor Konrad

UPCOMING MINISTRY EVENTS

Follow the links for more information.

Children's Church Ministry

As part of our church’s Safe Place Policy, a sign in/sign out program is in place for children ages 2, 3 & 4 in...

Vacation Bible School

VBS has been canceled at this time.      

DOCK 68 (GR 6-8)

  All events have been canceled at this time.  

YOUTH (GR 9-12)

All events are canceled at this time.

55+ MINISTRY

All events have been canceled at this time.

MEN'S MINISTRY

All events have been canceled at this time.  

SUNDAY SCHOOL

Sunday School has been suspended at this time & the Sunday School picnic has been canceled.

WOMEN'S MINISTRY

All events have been canceled at this time.  Check out the Facebook Page "Women Encouraging Women".  Click "like" to...

Making God's Love Known

This is our mission. It helps us to focus on the important stuff. Making God's Love Known is the answer to the question, "What are we supposed to be doing?"

INFORMATION FOR YOU

Please take note of the following important information.
Please help us in working towards being a nut safe facility. When bringing food/snacks into our building, avoid all nut products. Thank you!

ELECTRONIC GIVING OPTIONS:

 

TITHE.LY

Go to https://tithe.ly/give

Create an account.

Our church name should show up at the top of the big green box (if not, just do a search for it).

NEW: you can choose from 3 options – ‘give’, ‘youth events’, ‘other’ – there is also an option to include a note.

The only payment method we are set up for is Credit Card.

Continue to follow the instructions - you can set up your donation as a one-time payment OR as a recurring payment.

You have the option of covering the processing fee – otherwise we pay the fee.

You can also get the FREE Tithe.ly mobile giving app (iOS & Android) at https://get.tithe.ly

 

CREDIT UNION ONLINE BANKING

With most credit unions, you can set up the ELM CREEK MENNONITE BRETHREN CHURCH as a Bill Payee.

Email Lori at treasurer@elmcreekmb.com for your account number.

You can set up your donation as a one-time payment OR as a recurring payment.

 

ETRANSFER

You must be set up for online banking with your financial institution.

Send your etransfer to treasurer@elmcreekmb.com

You will have to set up a security phrase with a password.

NEW:  use password ‘ecmb’ or email Lori if you want to use something different (if you have used etransfer before, continue to use the phrase/password that you first set up)

The church library has been locked to prevent the possible spreading of Covid 19. Thank you for your understanding.
We are looking for a few delegates to represent us at the Canadian MB Conference on June 5 & 6. This event will be taking place via Zoom.  If you are interested please talk with Pastor Konrad.
We are in the process of finding a new name for our church. We would value suggestions or direction from YOU, our church family. These ideas will be prayerfully considered as we move towards presenting 2 options for a June congregational meeting. Please email your suggestions with your reasoning to ksknbergen@hotmail.com.  

Thank you in advance for your help. 
The naming  search committee: Ed Schroeder, Liz Enns, Kelli Wiebe and Sherri Bergen. 


 
Communion at Home
We will be celebrating communion this Sunday as part of our recorded service and invite you to have your own elements ready.  But you can celebrate communion anytime, you don't need to wait for us to lead you through it.  

Taking Communion at Home
Many of us have taken communion at some time in our lives when we’ve attend a Sunday morning church service. The way it was conducted may be different from the way in which others have participated, but for the most part, many elements were the same.

As Christians, we are followers of Jesus Christ. Jesus instructed His disciples to take communion, or the Lord’s Supper, in remembrance of Him. The Supper points to Christ, whose body was broken for us and whose blood was shed to ensure salvation for believers and to establish the new covenant relationship between God and us.

The bread and the juice are not Jesus, rather they are symbols, they point us to Christ, His presence, life, death and resurrection. When we participate in communion we focus on who Jesus is, what He has promised, what He has done on our behalf, and on His future return.

The early church practiced communion on a regular basis in their homes, perhaps even weekly as they sat together and broke bread with each other. It was part of their weekly meal together. Some of us may not feel comfortable celebrating communion outside of a church service, but the truth is, communion does not have to happen inside the church or be led by a pastor or official church leader.

Who Can Participate?
When we participate in a communion celebration we are proclaiming our faith in Jesus Christ. So the simple answer to the question of who can participate is “all believers;” that is, people who “confess Jesus Christ as Lord in word and life.”

As followers of Jesus, we view communion as a celebration of who Jesus is and what He has done for us, and a time to reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice for our salvation. This means that we do not enter into communion lightly or casually. The Apostle Paul gave instructions to the early church when he wrote:

“For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.”

This means that before we take communion, we ask the Holy Spirit to examine our heart, to confess any sin and we trust ourselves fully to Christ. This means we are invited to reflect on our relationship with Jesus and our relationship with others.

What About Kids?
As a parent you may have already been asked the question, “Can I take communion today?” The plate with the bread and the tray with the juice may have been coming down the row you were sitting in when your child leaned over and asked the question. What do you say? What is the appropriate or right answer to this question?

Since we believe that everyone who is a follower of Jesus, that is, everyone who confesses that Jesus is Lord of their life, should participate in communion. Children who believe and confess that Jesus is Lord are invited to participate. However, they may have a limited understanding of the meaning and depth of communion, we therefore encourage parents to talk with their kids regularly about this. Two questions you can ask your child are:

• Have you confessed that Jesus is Lord of your life? (Romans 10:9)
• What evidence is there in your child’s life of the Holy Spirit? Just as a tree or a plant produce fruit in varying degrees in its maturation, the same is true for us. (Galatians 5:22-24)

Do I Have to be Baptized First?
While we recognize and strongly encourage people to be baptized upon the confession of their faith in Jesus as a public declaration of that faith, we do not require anyone to be baptized before they participate in communion.

What Do I Need?

• bread or crackers
• juice
• a Bible

What Do We Do?
Gather the family together with the crackers or bread, juice, and a Bible. The family dinner table is a great setting, but even sitting on couches or in a circle in a room of the house can work.

Ask each person at the table to answer some questions to get them thinking about Jesus and what He has done for us. Some questions to consider could be:
• Why did Jesus have to die on the cross?
• What is something you’re grateful for regarding what Jesus did?

Explain that communion (pausing to remember what Christ has done on the cross for us) has been observed by Christians for hundreds of years. When we gather to observe communion, we are joining with the millions who have gone before us to celebrate how Christ willingly died on our behalf.

Read 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.
“Let me go over with you again exactly what goes on in the Lord’s Supper and why it is so centrally important. I received my instructions from the Master himself and passed them on to you. The Master, Jesus, on the night of his betrayal, took bread. Having given thanks, he broke it and said, This is my body, broken for you. Do this to remember me. After supper, he did the same thing with the cup: This cup is my blood, my new covenant with you. Each time you drink this cup, remember me. What you must solemnly realize is that every time you eat this bread and every time you drink this cup, you reenact in your words and actions the death of the Master. You will be drawn back to this meal again and again until the Master returns. You must never let familiarity breed contempt.” (1 Corinthians 11:23–26 MESSAGE)

Ask some family members to discuss the question, “Why do we celebrate communion?”

Pause and pray and thank Jesus for what He has done by dying on the cross. Pass the crackers/bread and the juice around, and say “with this cracker, we remember that the body of Christ was sacrificed for us” and eat the cracker/bread. Then say, “With this juice, we remember that the blood of Christ was shed on our behalf” and drink the juice.

Consider ending the communion time by either having family members share what communion means to them or by having one or more family members pray. You may also want to sing or listen to a song that is meaningful to your family.

 
The Back Door is hosting our Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser on Thursday, June 25th. We will follow and respect all social distancing measures required by the government and the golf course to ensure safety and health for all golfers and staff at the Carman Golf Course. We are excited to be taking a step towards “normal” with this tournament.

 

PRAYER POINTS


God is listening to you and God is speaking to you.

Please pray for these items as you spend time with your heavenly Father.
FAMILY OTW
Henry & Eleanor Wiebe
MINISTRY OTW - Anyone serving in this ministry is invited to share a highlight or ministry need for congregational prayer.
Food Services Ministry Team
MISSIONARY OTW
Jen Schmidt - Multiply - Mexico
Greetings ECMB! Will you continue to pray for our Hadime program and the unknowns ahead of us? We were informed last week that Colombia extended their border closures now until the end of August. Our program is set to end the 3rd of July and we have 4 Colombian students. The situation is the same with our student from Mozambique. We were also informed that the humanitarian flights that are out there, have a significant cost attached to them, at least for those heading to Colombia. So we wait, we trust God and know that He is in charge of all of the details and the unknowns. Our students from outside of Mexico are all on a waiting list and we know that we may have a quick end to our program if the humanitarian flights became an option. We trust God for His provision with these situations!

Pray also for our team as we learn how to lead together in the midst of these circumstances - pray for energy and joy for these next weeks ahead.  We want to take advantage of every moment we have with these students!

BIRTHDAYS
Please pray for those celebrating birthdays this week!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Phil Schmidt, Jennifer Schmidt, Dave Schroeder, Harry Lepp (1), Alvin Martens, Emma Hudson (3), Annaliese Penner (4), Carter Dyck (6)








































Volunteer Opportunities

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Are you looking to serve in church ministry? There are opportunities to serve on Ministry Teams, or as Activity Volunteers in the the different Ministries. If you are not sure where you would like to serve, you can try out different roles as a helper at any time. Check out the Volunteer Bulletin Board in the foyer for volunteer roles & Volunteer Request Form. 

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