Nov
21
6:30 PM18:30

WMA Christmas Dinner

Come and enjoy a delicious traditional turkey dinner, carol singing and special story telling by Laureen Harder-Gissing. Tickets are $25.00 per person. They can be purchased on November 5 and 12 prior to the worship service or immediately after the worship service.

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Nov
25
5:00 PM17:00

Saturday Suppers@Stirling

The Saturday Suppers@Stirling program based at Stirling Ave Mennonite Church provides a “hot meal and warm fellowship” each Saturday evening (November through April) to persons who are precariously housed.  The program is supported by four Mennonite congregations: First Mennonite Church, Rockway Mennonite Church, Pioneer Park Christian Fellowship, and Stirling Ave Mennonite Church. Click here for more details.

 

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Nov
26
9:45 AM09:45

Worship

Fall worship series: First Families in Genesis

Texts: Genesis 37; 39-45 (Joseph and his brothers/Joseph forgives)
Worship Leader: Lenore Dueck
Preacher: Renee Sauder

Today is Eternity Sunday.  There will be a special time of remembrance during the service to come forward and light candles in memory of loved ones who have died.

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Nov
26
11:00 AM11:00

Faith Formation

Adult Faith Formation
Conversation about Stirling Challenge Funds
Facilitated by Jeremy Bergen

On October 15, we began the process of imagining how we might use the money that we hope will be in the Gratitude Funds (we initially called them Challenge Funds) after our budget has been met. Those who participated in Adult Faith Formation contributed many ideas. There will be two funds of $10,000 each: a "Church Fund" to support projects that will be spent on Stirling programs or facilities (but may certainly have an outward community focus), and a "Community Fund" which we anticipate will be financial support given to another organization or to several organizations. We continue to solicit further ideas and comments on ideas that have already come forward.

 

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Dec
2
9:30 AM09:30

Conclusion to two year refugee sponsorship

Farewell Gathering for Alasad Family: The 2 year sponsorship of our Syrian refugee family concludes the week before Christmas. First Mennonite is hosting the final gathering of all 3 sponsoring churches (First, Stirling and Pioneer Park) on Saturday, December 2nd from 9:30-11:30am, to surround the family with our support as the formal sponsor relationship ends. All welcome! Please bring a breakfast finger food to share.

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Dec
2
5:00 PM17:00

Saturday Suppers@Stirling

The Saturday Suppers@Stirling program based at Stirling Ave Mennonite Church provides a “hot meal and warm fellowship” each Saturday evening (November through April) to persons who are precariously housed.  The program is supported by four Mennonite congregations: First Mennonite Church, Rockway Mennonite Church, Pioneer Park Christian Fellowship, and Stirling Ave Mennonite Church. Click here for more details.

 

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Nov
18
5:00 PM17:00

Saturday Suppers@Stirling

The Saturday Suppers@Stirling program based at Stirling Ave Mennonite Church provides a “hot meal and warm fellowship” each Saturday evening (November through April) to persons who are precariously housed.  The program is supported by four Mennonite congregations: First Mennonite Church, Rockway Mennonite Church, Pioneer Park Christian Fellowship, and Stirling Ave Mennonite Church. Click here for more details.

 

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Nov
17
to Nov 19

Reading the Bible With Jesus

COME READ THE BIBLE WITH JESUS! Wouldn’t it be amazing to journey into Scripture with Jesus? What might Jesus say to us about our lives, our world and the hard issues facing the church today?

During each session, led by Bryan Moyer Suderman, you will:
1. Dig deep into one of the Gospels to see how Jesus is portrayed as an interpreter of Scripture as he preaches, teaches and heals the people of his day. 
2. Gain tools for reading and interpreting Scripture like Jesus in light of the world we live in today.
3. Meet sisters and brothers who are committed to serious Scripture study and to discerning the mind of Christ through prayer and listening to the Holy Spirit.

The weekend concludes with a Sunday, 4:00 pm Community concert for all ages at Rockway Mennonite Church. Click here for more details on the weekend events.

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Nov
12
9:45 AM09:45

Worship

Peace Sunday - Jacob & Esau and the Possibility of Reconciliation  

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Rabbi David Mivasair from Vancouver, will be our guest speaker.  Join us for worship and faith formation, as we receive a Jewish reflection on the Biblical text and together explore its resonance with the current situation in Israel and Palestine. David is a graduate of the Deconstructionist Rabbinical College, and has served as the spiritual leader of synagogues in the US and Vancouver for over 25 years. David is active in the leadership of Independent Jewish Voices in Canada and Jewish Voice for Peace in the U.S.

Texts related to the Jacob & Esau story: Genesis 25:27-34; 27:1-28:5; 32:1-33:17

In preparation for this Sunday you can read the 2016 resolution passed by Mennonite Church Canada https://www.commonword.ca/FileDownload/23829 and Mennonite Central Committee Canada's current educational campaign "Cry for Home" https://mcccanada.ca/learn/where/middle-east/palestine-israel/cry-for-home

Note: Rabbi Mivasair will also be one of the speakers at an afternoon event today at the Waterloo Kitchener United Mennonite Church, 15 George Street in Waterloo. Click here for information circulated by Mennonite Church Eastern Canada.

 

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Nov
11
5:00 PM17:00

Saturday Suppers@Stirling

The Saturday Suppers@Stirling program based at Stirling Ave Mennonite Church provides a “hot meal and warm fellowship” each Saturday evening (November through April) to persons who are precariously housed.  The program is supported by four Mennonite congregations: First Mennonite Church, Rockway Mennonite Church, Pioneer Park Christian Fellowship, and Stirling Ave Mennonite Church. Click here for more details.

 

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Nov
5
1:00 PM13:00

Visitation and Memorial Service

The Visitation and Memorial Service for James Reusser, former pastor of Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church, 1964-1976, will be held at Waterloo North Mennonite Church, 100 Benjamin Rd., Waterloo on Sunday November 5, 2017. Visitation will be from 1:00 pm - 2:45 pm followed by the Memorial Service at 3:00 pm.

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Nov
5
9:45 AM09:45

Worship

Fall worship series: First Families in Genesis

Texts: Genesis 16:1-17; 18:1-15; 21:1-7; 22 (God's promises to Abraham and Sarah)
Worship Leader: Carrie Martens
Preacher: Jessica Reesor Rempel

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Nov
4
5:00 PM17:00

Saturday Suppers@Stirling

The Saturday Suppers@Stirling program based at Stirling Ave Mennonite Church provides a “hot meal and warm fellowship” each Saturday evening (November through April) to persons who are precariously housed.  The program is supported by four Mennonite congregations: First Mennonite Church, Rockway Mennonite Church, Pioneer Park Christian Fellowship, and Stirling Ave Mennonite Church. Click here for more details.

 

 

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Oct
22
9:45 AM09:45

Worship

9:30 am - pre-service singing with a preview of songs from a new song book/hymnal currently being developed by MennoMedia, our denominational publisher. 
The worship service, starting at 9:45 am,  will  continue to explore stories of the “First Families in Genesis” considering how God has called individuals and groups to play special roles in God’s unfolding purpose for the world. Chris Gosselin will preach on the story of Noah. Alison Gingrich Regehr will worship lead.
Note: Click here for information on how to access reports on the October 13-15, 2017 Mennonite Church Canada Special Assembly, 

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Oct
15
11:00 AM11:00

Faith Formation

Adult Faith Formation
Conversation about Stirling Challenge Funds
Facilitated by Jeremy Bergen

When we approved our 2017 church budget, we also approved two “Challenge Funds” of $10,000 each. This is how they work. First, we must meet our budget. But we want to challenge ourselves to go beyond that goal. The next $20,000 that we receive beyond the budget would be put towards two “Challenge Funds” – one is a “Church Fund” that will support initiatives or projects within our congregational life, and one is a “Community Fund” that will support initiatives or organizations in the wider community beyond Stirling. We will use a process of participatory budgeting to determine how we spend this money. Start thinking now of how these funds might be used to enhance our congregational life and to engage beyond the congregation. 

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Oct
8
9:45 AM09:45

Worship - Thanksgiving Sunday

Thanksgiving Sunday

During the worship service you will be invited to bring forward gifts of non-perishable food items to fill our food baskets in the foyer or for use at Saturday Suppers. The most needed items are: canned soups, stews, pastas, dry pasta and cans or jars of pasta sauce, canned beans in tomato sauce, applesauce, canned fruit or vegetables, canned meat, tuna and salmon, tea and instant coffee, peanut butter and crackers. Food needs to be “selfcontained” or “ready to heat and eat” as many of the people who access our baskets don’t have dairy products on hand or pantries stocked with spices, etc. to add to cake mixes, pie fillings, dry legumes, chickpeas, lentils, etc. Thank you for your generous support.

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Sep
24
5:00 PM17:00

Neighbourhood BBQ

The Neighbourhood BBQ will be held this Sunday. This is an annual event where we host our neighbours, and also many of the Saturday Suppers guests, for a BBQ. We need people to help with children's activities, setup, cleanup, cooking, bringing salads, and hospitality. Please talk with Lou Murray Gorvett (519-569-7840) if you'd be available to help!

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Sep
10
9:45 AM09:45

Worship

Gathering Sunday - a time to re-gather after summer adventures. This Sunday marks the beginning of a four-part worship series focused on grounding our church's identity in stories about the early church from the New Testament book of Acts.

See Gift Discernment Survey to be returned by October 1.

After the worship service, a noon potluck will bring us together over food and fellowship. Please remember to bring nut-free dishes. If you can help with set-up, serving and clean-up email Chris Martin-Root.

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