A Celebration of Christian Worship

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A Celebration of Christian Worship

     A Celebration of Christian Worship February 8, 2009 Prelude Pattie Mishler Pastor: Ryan Ahlgrim Pastoral Intern: Shannon Walker Dycus Elders: Kevin Schloneger (chair), Donna Haines, Gloria Hood, Elvin Plank Welcome Worship Leader: Marla Kauffman Song Leader: Jana Miller

    Greeters: Marilyn & Ralph Stutzman Ushers: John Daniels and JB Miller

    Nursery: Caitlin Selby & Cal Swarbrick Call to Worship SJ#174 Ministers: Each participant in the congregation Hymn SJ#97 “The Lord is my light” UPCOMING SERMON THEME: Hymn SS#54 “What does the Lord require of you?” February 15: “Elisha Takes Up the Mantle” 2 Kings 2

    Opening Prayer FELLOWSHIP TIME: 10:40 a.m. Beverages are served in the fellowship hall.

Hymn Sharing #584 “They that wait upon the Lord” Dennis Mishler CHILDREN AND YOUTH CLASSES: There are classes for children age two through

    high school. Children’s names are posted on the doors. The JYF and MYF meet upstairs. The nursery is staffed during Sunday school (for children under two). Children’s Time ADULT CLASSES: Whence Mennonites? Or Wince! Mennonites! Taught by Fred Fransen and examines

    Pastoral Prayer Shannon Walker Dycus Mennonite beliefs and practices in an historical perspective. What beliefs and practices led

    to the Anabaptist movement that spawned Mennonites? Why did everyone hate us so much? Hymn #596 “And I will raise you up” How do our beliefs and practices compare to the early Mennonites? Can we use the past to anticipate the future of our church? Meets in overflow room off fellowship hall. Offering Religion and ScienceGenesis 2 de ja vue John Hofstetter teaches this class. Science and

    religion are the premier tools humankind uses to shape our civilization; their interactions have *Doxology #119A “Praise God, from whom” occasionally been antagonistic. Both science and religion come from particular and often overlapping communities. Our objective will be to highlight the views of people like Scripture Isaiah 42:1-4 Professor Owen Gingerich, Mennonite astronomer at Harvard, who embrace both

    communities. We will use Gingerich’s “God’s Universe” and see some videos of his and Sermon “A Witness for Justice” Ryan Ahlgrim others who see both world as not only frequently complementary, but also incomplete without (1 Kings 21) the other. Meets in the room opposite the kitchen. Faith for Today taught by Shannon Walker Dycus is a Bible study that begins in the book of [Children age four through grade five are dismissed for Children Music Ministry] Esther and continues with Hebrews exploring the faith questions presented in these biblical Hymn of Response SJ#23 “Slowly turning” contexts and responding with our answers for today. Come humbly or boldly with questions

     or answers to share. This class meets in the corner overflow room.

    Adult choir meets in the sanctuary under the direction of Julie Deaton. Passing the Friendship Register Sharing of Joys, Introduction of Guests, & Sermon Responses Financial Updates Announcements Budget contributions on January 25: $ 5,650 Contributions YTD: $ 27,978 Closing Hymn SJ#65 “Let justice flow” Projected contributions needed YTD: $ 44,922

    Surplus (Deficit) YTD: ($ 16,944) Blessing Brief Congregational Meeting Sunday morning attendance February 1: 211 Postlude

    The annual all-church retreat at the Benedict Inn (Beech Grove) will be on Would you like to copies of Sing the Journey or Sing the Story at

    home? The Worship Committee will be purchasing some additional copies February 13-14. This is for everyone in the congregation and costs are of Sing the Journey and Sing the Story song books for use during covered by the church budget. There is a sign-up posted for overnight/meals worship. If you would like to purchase a copy of one or both for your for planning purposes. Last chance to sign up! This is a great way to get to

    personal use, they are $10 each. Please give your order to Emilie Walson know people in the congregation in a relaxed setting. Retreat flyers are in along with cash or a check made out to FMC. church mailboxes with all the details. Please bring your own mug for use at

    the retreat. Get ready for the revival of the “Variety Show” (previously

    To all committees which have items in storage on the second floor: We called Talent Show) on Friday evening. This extravaganza will be emceed need to vacate these spaces as soon as possible and for sure by February 23. by Dennis Mishler. See Dennis to have your skit, music, comedy routine or Please see Emilie Walson is you have any questions about this process. other talent added to the program.

     Interested in young adult events at FMC?

    Visit to subscribe to the young adult NEXT SUNDAY

    mailing list and receive the latest information about upcoming events. The Pastor-Elder Team recommends receiving the following people into membership next Sunday, February 15: Falguni and Jyoti Sarkar, Apples are available today from Mary Ellen Kessler for which the proceeds Jacqueline Okeyo, Justin Yoder and Tricia Short Yoder. Jyoti and Justin will go to the St. Joseph’s Orphanage. will join by baptism. You are invited to bring a baptismal card or gift for

     Jyoti and Justin to encourage and celebrate their Christian commitment. Still missing! We are looking for one quilting rail and four posts for the

    quilting frame which was stored here at the church. Please contact Luanne

    Fast. UPCOMING EVENTS Soup supper is Wednesday, February 18, at 6:00 p.m. Please sign up to bring food items. Everyone is welcome to attend. TODAY February 8, 2009 Note from the Discernment Committee: Karen Steiner has asked to leave Church Council will meet one week early this month, on Wednesday, the Discernment Committee for personal reasons. Pattie Mishler has agreed February 18, at 7:00 p.m. All committee chairs are expected to attend. to complete Karen's term, which will continue through the summer of 2010. We will have an affirmation vote for Pattie at the end of the service Mark your calendar! Upcoming MEDA meeting is Saturday, February today. 21, from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at First Mennonite. There will be a potluck

     dinner. Mary Liechty will give a report on a new project opportunity in MYF will meet for “Chat and Chew” today from 12:00-2:00 p .m. Kenya with a friend of Hillary’s. We will also be discussing a possible

     project with Unzickers in Cambodia. See their blog

    There will be a baby shower for Peter Hofstetter and Sarah Pegg, today at at -- MEDA Executive Committee. 4:00 p.m. given by the Boschmann small group. Everyone is invited!

     JYF snow camp is February 20-22. We will leave the church at 4:00 p.m.

    on Friday and return on Sunday at 4:00 p.m.

     THIS WEEK There will be a follow-up Sunday school class taught by Elvin Plank and CTS Counseling Center opens its doors to the open-hearted. Free Lynn Irelan for those who are unemployed, underemployed, or facing the Valentine’s services February 9-14 for married couples and those soon to be prospect of unemployment, on Sunday, February 22. married. For complete details see the flyer posted on the adult education board next to the men’s restroom. Young adult game night is Sunday, February 22, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Note the MYF will be participating in this event as well. GLA (Group Leaders’ Assembly) will meet on Wednesday, February 11, at 7:00 p.m. All small groups should have a representative at this meeting.

    Buildings & Grounds is looking for volunteers on Saturday, February 28, at All Hesston College alumni and friends are invited to submit recipes for the 8:00 a.m. to assist with the taking down of the playground equipment, centennial cookbook as a part of the college's "Living the Vision" centennial fence, and a couple trees. Please let Del Culp know if you are available to celebration during 2009-10. Recipes can be submitted until March 31 at help. or mailed to: Centennial Cookbook, Hesston College,

    Box 3000, Hesston, KS 67062. More information at

     Women—mark your calendar for the Mennonite Women’s Retreat,

    which is Friday-Saturday, March 6-7, at Shalom Mennonite Church. Join us Thanks to all of you who helped with cooking, cleaning, table setting, and as we playfully explore ways to create handmade paper from plant fibers in donations to make the Taste of Tanzania a success. We raised over $2000

    workshops with Laura Friesen, and reflect on the meaning and value of for St. Joseph's orphanage.

    nature in our lives with Wilma Bailey. "How do women of faith respond in a

    time when we understand that our natural resources are not infinite?" The Do you need a non-cash donation receipt for 2008? Please see Jean Boyce registration deadline is next Sunday, February 15. Other women’s events to for help with this.

    put on your calendar are: Service project at the Julian Center and Race for

    the Cure are on April 18; women’s brunch on May 2 at 10:00 a.m.


     Congratulations to Jon Schrock and Mandy Yoder on the birth of Anna Yoder Schrock on Saturday, January 31. All are doing well. 2008 giving statements have been posted to the mailboxes at FMC. Please review the statements carefully. If you have any questions or notice any discrepancies, please contact Treasurer B, Robin Yoder at rnyoder(at)com Join MCC response to Gaza crisis: Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and its partner organizations in Gaza are providing aid to families suffering from a punishing war and the misery of an ongoing economic blockade. MCC believes that peace and security can only be gained through peaceful means and is increasing its call for all parties to engage in political negotiations to address the issues that divide them. MCC has worked alongside Palestinians for nearly six decades and Israelis for nearly 40 years. MCC’s partners in Palestine/Israel are committed to nonviolence and a future of peace, justice and reconciliation for both peoples. Visit for more information, including regularly updated posts from MCC workers in the region. MCC encourages your prayers for peace, your gifts to help meet human need and your letters to government representatives, urging them to

    use their influence to end the violence in Palestine/Israel.

     Looking forward to spring? The draft Landscape Master Plan is posted for

    your review! Go for a mental walk in the woods, through the Memory Garden, cross the boardwalk to watch the ducks, have a picnic in the

    pavilion, enjoy the new playground, and see our trees bloom and grow. Did we miss anything for the final plans? Send any comments or questions on the

     structures and layout to Gwen White.

     Living Christ’s mission of reconciliation

     through service,

     with justice,

     by God’s grace.

Yearly Communion Schedule:

    First Sunday in October (World Communion Sunday)

    First Sunday in Advent

    Christmas Eve

    First Sunday in Lent

    Maundy Thursday

    Easter Sunday

    Pentecost Sunday

    Second Sunday in August

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     Phone: 317-251-1980

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