This Week @ FMC

May 8-14, 2019

There are weeks when I write multiple versions of the sermon you hear on Sunday morning. Last week was one of those as there was so much I would have liked to have shared and just couldn’t with the time constraints. So today I want to return to the question of how we can faithfully hold holiness and hospitality together, resourcing an article written by Betty Pries in the Vision Journal in 2007 titled Being in communion: Unity amid conflict in the church. This article has stuck with me through the years because of her observation that in practice the values of holiness and hospitality “are more often held together not in one person but in a community that embodies dialogue between those inclined toward holiness and those who favor hospitality.” What this shines light on is the fact that we need each other’s unique gifts to help us balance out our limitations, to keep us humble about the rightness of our own perspectives.

Both holiness and hospitality are right, and they can also be wrong if not held together. Exclusive focus on holiness or purity can lead to becoming rigid and inward looking, making an idol of our purity. Exclusive focus on hospitality can lead to a lost sense of who we are ... we can become so open to others that we lose our language of faith and become so ambiguous about our beliefs that we no longer know why we are Christians or what holds us together. So my hope is that we seek to live together in the tension of holding holiness and hospitality, avoiding excessiveness and seeking faithfulness. Each of us recognizing with some humility our own uniqueness alongside honesty about our limitations, and being willing to see our brothers and sisters in the church (local and beyond) as necessary partners in this journey of discipleship and faithful living. I’m deeply grateful for you all - each of us uniquely gifted by God - and deeply value you as partners in this journey of faith and life. --- Pastor Tonya

(Note - Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology is produced by the Institute of Mennonite Studies at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and the Institute for Theology and the Church at Canadian Mennonite University. The volume I referenced above was on the theme of Reconciling.)



THURSDAY May 9 Recycle pickup

Prayer Hour 10am

Centering Prayer 12-1pm


SATURDAY May 11 Haven High School Graduation 10:00am

SUNDAY May 12 PAUL’S MISSION (Acts 13:1-3, 14:8-18) Worship 9:25am

Preaching: Tonya Ramer Wenger

Ushers: Kevin, Tanya, Sadie and Hannah Martin Nisly

Greeters: ???????

Fellowship Hosts: ?????

Nursery: Kevin & Tanya Martin Nisly

MONDAY May 13 Craft Night 6:30pm




Wednesday 05/08: Acts 11:1-18 Sunday 05/12: Acts 13:1-3; 14:8-18

Thursday 05/09: Acts 11:19-30 Monday 05/13: Acts 13:4-12

Friday 05/10: Acts 12:1-19 Tuesday 05/14: Acts 13:13-25

Saturday 05/11: Acts 12:20-25


Brochures for Camp Mennoscah are on the table in the foyer. FMC provides a scholarship of ½ of the cost of registration for one week of camp at Camp Mennoscah or Rocky Mountain Camp, supporting the faith development of our children and youth. When you have registered, please email the church office with the name and dates for your week at camp.


We’ll kick off the summer with another breakfast potluck!!

Mark your calendars for June 2 - 9:00am breakfast potluck and 10:00am worship.

Between June 23-July 28 there will be NO organized children/junior youth or Adult Discussion Sunday School classes. However, we do invite you to stay and fellowship together after Worship!! Harold Kroeker’s class WILL meet, and Senior Youth should stay tuned for more information about their schedule (or talk to Jonathan).



Jasper Nisly will graduate from Haven High School on Saturday May 11 @ 10:00am. An invitation is posted on the bulletin board in the foyer.

Kelli Schrag will graduate magna cum laude from the College of Agriculture at Kansas State University on May 18th with a major in Ag Communications and a minor in Animal Science.

Alex Miller and Magdalena Wenger will graduate from Hutchinson High School on Sunday May 19 @ 2:00pm. Invitations to graduation parties at the church from both Alex (Sat May 18 9am-11am) and Magdalena (Sun May 19 4:30-6:30pm) are also on the bulletin board in the foyer. You’ll also find one from Magdalena in your mailbox at church.


End of the year gathering will be Wednesday, May 29 at the church @ 7:00pm. Plans are to go to Hutch Putt (adults bring $$, kids costs will be covered from M&M Fund) and then back to church for ice cream. Bring a topping or something to go with ice cream! AND put on your calendar Wed Sept 4 for our Kick Off Event for the 2019-2020 year together!


Don’t know what to have for Sunday lunch? Pick up a casserole lovingly made for you by the Senior Youth Group from the freezer downstairs … it’s yours for a donation to the youth fund!


Dates: June 3-August 26 + one week in the fall. Pastor Nathan will increase to ¾ time during the sabbatical and plans are underway to make sure things run smoothly while Tonya is gone. Questions? Talk with Russ Wedel, Church Chair, or Tonya.


If you are considering or planning to give a financial contribution to help Febri Kristiani, former Mennonite Central Committee IVEP volunteer at Mennonite Friendship Communities, in her last year at AMBS (2019-2020) please make your donation by JUNE 1, 2019 to First Mennonite with “Febri Kristiani” in the memo line. The total need is around $5,500 and most of that is still needed. Thank you for your generosity in the past, and now. Questions? Talk with Pastor Tonya.


Western District Conference - our area conference connection to the wider Mennonite Church (MCUSC) - will hold its annual assembly on the Bethel College campus July 26-29. If you are interested in serving as a delegate representing First Mennonite Church, please let the church office know. Details of the conference programming will be available after June 1 @



Stop by First Call for Help on Thursday, May 9, 3:00-6:00 p.m. for their open house at their new location. They are located at 17 West 2nd. The month of May is designated to their Personal Hygiene Program. They would appreciate contributions of Kleenex, paper towels, dish soap, deodorant and other personal hygiene items.


Your generous donations given for local high school students in need through the Salthawk Community Support program are greatly appreciated. With the end of the school year approaching, please bring any additional donations for this year to the church by May 15. We will provide more information in August about giving opportunities for next school year.


Weds., May 8, 8 p.m.

Jazz on the Green (Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center, if rain) – bring your own blankets or lawn chairs

Sun., May 12, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall

Woven (women) and Open Road (men) joint a cappella concert

Mon., June 10, 7 p.m.

You are invited to attend the Bethel College Women's Association annual meeting, June 10, 7pm, at KIPCOR, 2515 College Ave, North Newton. Donna Becker will present an historical sketch titled Her Light Still Shines, which is about a woman who was integral to the Bethel College Women’s Association. Refreshments will be provided, and all are welcome.


Before departing for a spring tour to the Pacific Northwest, the Hesston College Bel Canto Singers will present their last home concert of the 2018-19 year on Friday, May 17 at 7 p.m. at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. Stick around after the concert to celebrate with the Class of 2019, faculty, staff, friends and families at a Go Everywhere graduate reception in the Community Center.

Bel Canto’s program entitled “Grant Us Peace,” was inspired by the college’s International Peace Day celebration in September, and features a culmination of works performed throughout the year focused on peace and justice. Under the direction of Dr. Russell Adrian, the 25-voice choir produces a sound and experience that you don’t want to miss!


Save the Date: Mennonite Central Committee is celebrating 100 years of working for relief, development and peace in the name of Christ in 2020. Mark your calendars to join us for the evening of February 29 at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas. More details to come!

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Help your young adults take the next step in faith formation and practical experience with service!

A study of 280 students* showed that the biggest outcomes of a gap year were a better sense of self, a broader understanding of different people, cultures, and lifestyles, and the attainment of skills and knowledge that helped in academic pursuits and future careers. Through Service Adventure, young adults ages 17-20 grow in leadership and real-world experience by living in community and serving with a local nonprofit in locations across the country. Openings are still available for placements beginning in August. Call Lauren at 574-523-3022 or visit the web to find out

Mennonite Mission Network, an international faith-based mission agency, is seeking a full-time interim (1 year) program director for Mennonite Voluntary Service. This position requires a collaborative leader who will work closely with young adults, hosting congregations and MVS staff in financial and unit administration. A bachelor’s degree and prior inter-cultural experience in service is preferred. Fluency in Spanish language is a plus. View the position description at Send cover letter and resumé to



Rainbow Mennonite Church, Kansas City, KS invites all to an ecumenical gathering on International Conscientious Objection Day-- Wednesday, May 15 from 6-7 pm. A special focus of this gathering will be to dedicate engraved stones remembering those who, in the spirit of two cherished Bible passages (Isaiah 2:4 and Luke 19:42), were conscientious objectors of WW1. The memorial stones will be placed on the premises of the nation's only World War 1 Museum and Memorial, at the entrance, near those stones already dedicated by the Hutterites in 2017 at the Remembering Muted Voices Symposium ( Although entrance to the ceremony is free and open to the public, it is preferred that you RSVP at: For questions, please contact Paul Cesare, Peace Coordinator at First Central Church of the Brethren, by e-mail at or Ruth Harder, pastor of Rainbow Mennonite Church at


I was a stranger and you took me in." Matthew 25:35. The International Guest House in Washington DC (under the auspices of Allegheny Mennonite Conference) seeks to put these words into action through its mission of Christian hospitality. Volunteers are needed for short stints of four to six weeks this summer and beginning in January to help the hosts in cleaning, cooking, gardening, and interacting with guests who may come from all parts of the world. Room and board provided with two days off each week. The house is located near bus routes, bike paths, and there are ample parking spaces. For inquiries or an application, please call IGH (202-726-5808) or