Hutterthal Mennonite Church


 January 7, 2018



Call to Worship

Leader: Yes! The light is here. We carry it within us.

All: It is the star of the East; it is the morning sun.

Leader: It is as long as the moon, throughout all generations.

All: Praise the Lord!

Leader: You, O God, have caused the mountains to shake. You have torn open the heavens, and your glory reaches the earth.

All: May we, like the magi, seek you until we find you.  May we offer our gifts in your presence, no matter where you are found.

Leader: Yes! Let your mystery be declared.


Opening Prayer                                       

God is here among us                                                                        HWB #16


Children’s Story                                                          

Let There Be Light, Lord God                                                              STJ #67

Scripture                             I Corinthians 13:1-13 (Pew Bible p. 607)

Sermon                                                                       Do You Love Me?

I want to walk as a child of the light                                                  STJ #95


Words of Assurance                                          

Sharing Time     

Pastoral Prayer                                        

Be thou my vision                                                                             HWB #545


Musical Response





· Cameron Hofer (recovering from shoulder surgery)

· Norman Hofer (recovering from shoulder surgery)

· Those in our congregation who are hurting

· Additional requests


TODAY - January 7 Epiphany

Greeters: John & Monica Clem

9:45 am: Worship Service

Accompanist: Norma Hofer

Worship Leader: Todd Koerner

Children’s Time: Todd Koerner

Message: Jack Scandrett

Coffee Time: Steve & Charlene Friesen

12:00-1:30pm: Soup meal followed by Bible Study - A Covenant People


NEXT SUNDAY – January 14

Greeters: Shane & Amy Hofer Vetch

9:45 am: Worship Service

Accompanist: Paige Zachariasen

Worship Leader:

Worship Music: Fortis

Children’s time:

Message: Tim Detweiler

Coffee Time: Stan & Jill Hofer

11:10 am: Sunday School for all ages

12:00-1:30pm: Soup meal followed by Bible Study - The Work of the Holy Spirit



Congregational Ministries: Blankets, sheets & towels for MCC. 

          (See mailbox insert for details)    

Children's S.S. Department: MCC Project



Thursday, January 18, 7:30pm:  Church Board meeting

Sunday, January 21 Soup meal followed by Bible Study,12:30-1:30pm


An offering basket will be available today in the foyer to support the work of the S.D. Mennonite Disaster Service Unit which responds to local disasters.  Checks should be payable to SD MDS Unit.


You are invited to remain after church today for a soup lunch and the first session of our Winter Bible Study.  The session will begin at 12:30 PM and conclude by 1:30 PM.  Dennis Schrock will be leading the Bible study using the book, Being God’s Faithful Community - A Covenant of Spiritual Practices, by Tim Detweiler.  Today’s lesson is entitled A Covenant People.  The study will continue each Sunday through February 11.


We will be having an installation service for Pastor Jack Scandrett on Sunday, January 14.  Conference minister, Tim Detweiler, will be attending.   We will celebrate Communion and the Deacons will receive a Benevolent Fund offering.  Please prepare your hearts for this time and consider how you may contribute to the Benevolent Fund.  As always, if you know of someone in acute financial need, please notify one of the Deacons for confidential assistance:  Todd Koerner, Charlene Friesen, or Les Rensink.  The service will be followed by a potluck meal at noon.  The Winter Bible Study will follow the meal.


Everence is hosting a workshop entitled Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity on Saturday, January 13.  They are encouraging each congregation to bring a team to the workshop to provide a working group to think about church giving.  The workshop will meet at The Sermon on the Mount Mennonite Church in Sioux Falls from 8:30-4:30.  Lunch and snacks will be provided.  If you are interested or have questions, contact Dennis Schrock 



Rural Revival will hold its monthly meeting at 8 pm at the Freeman Public Library on Monday, January 8. Come see what we’re all about.


Family Camp at Swan Lake Christian Camp: January 12-14.  Families with children, grandparents, singles and young married couples are all invited to attend this fun filled weekend. Call 326-5690.


Salem Mennonite Home Annual Meeting: Tuesday, January 9, at 7:00 pm in the Activities Area. The Salem Mennonite Home for the Aged is a South Dakota nonprofit corporation and operates an assisted living facility and independent living apartments. All interested parties are encouraged to attend. Any one person, who, during his /her lifetime, makes a monetary contribution of $25.00 to the corporation or its institutions, shall be entitled to a membership in the corporation. Members of the Salem Mennonite Home Corporation are entitled to vote upon business and other matters arising at annual and special meetings. Refreshments will be available.


Lutheran Social Service Financial Counseling (in partnership with Everence) offers confidential, nonjudgmental financial counseling to those facing financial struggle, or who would simply like to know how to deal with a personal financial issue.  At no cost, LSS will answer your questions or even take a comprehensive look at your budget, debts, and income, providing personalized recommendations and options. They can help you achieve your financial goals! Call (877) 809-0039 for more information.


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