This Week @ FMC
July 10-16, 2019
Take away the many fears,
suspicions, and doubts by
which I prevent you from being my Lord, and give me
the courage and freedom to appear naked and vulnerable
in the light of your
presence, confident in your
- - A Cry for Mercy
Taken from A Spirituality of Fundraising - Henri J. M. Nouwen
WEDNESDAY July 10
THURSDAY July 11
Prayer Hour 10am
Centering Prayer 12-1pm
Faithful Service and Outreach 7pm
FRIDAY July 12
SATURDAY July 613
SUNDAY July 14
Worship @ 9:25 am
BOUNTY RECEIVED, BOUNTY GIVEN
Summer Worship Series – 4th Sunday
THE ABUNDANT COMMUNITY (Isaiah 65:17-25)
Preaching: Heidi Unruh
Worship Center: Tanya and Sadie Martin Nisly
Worship Leader: Jim Unruh
Organist: Pauline Buller
Ushers: Kevin, Tanya, Sadie and Hannah Martin Nisly
Greeter: Cloris Enns
Nursery: Mary Wade
Fellowship Host: Joyce Zerger
MONDAY July 8
TUESDAY July 9
BOUNTY RECEIVED, BOUNTY GIVEN: Stories of Generosity
SUMMER WORSHIP SERIES BEGINNING JUNE 23
Our summer worship series at First Mennonite will focus on stories of God's generosity. How have we received and how have we given back? We will focus not only on bounty in terms of materials, but also in terms of time and relationships, in terms of hospitality and service. If you have stories of generosity that you have received and generosity that you have passed on, please contact Pastor Nathan so we can share in the bounty of God's generosity.
SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL SCHEDULE
June 23-July 28 during the Sunday School hour we invite you to:
- a time of intergenerational fellowship & coloring in the basement fellowship hall. We will have large coloring posters from An Illustrated Children’s Ministry that highlight biblical stories of joining God at work in the world from both the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament. Let’s see how many we can finish!! Bring your coffee or tea downstairs and join in the fun!
- join Harold Kroeker and his Sunday School class for Bible Study and discussion (this continues into August as well)
In August, the following intergenerational activities will be offered during the SS Hour (in place of fellowship and coloring):
August 4 - POTLUCK at 11:30am @ Rice Park Community Center (air-conditioned!)
August 11 - Packing MCC School Kits (led by Service and Outreach CT) … we’ll need your donations of school kit items - watch for more info later in July!!
August 18 - Delon Martens will share about the Learning Tour he participated in with MCC and WDC to the Texas border in May.
August 24 - Comforter Tying
SUPPORT FOR FEBRI KRISTIANI - LOVE OFFERINGS
If you wish to contribute to the cost of Febri’s last year of seminary education, please plan to make your contributions this month, designated for Febri’s seminary study. Thank you for your generosity!!
PRAYERS FOR PASTOR TONYA
As Pastor Tonya travels and participates in personal and church-wide study and growth opportunities this summer, please pray for renewal and inspiration for her. She returns from her 3-month sabbatical at the end of August.
PASTOR NATHAN’S RESIGNATION
Bethel College Mennonite Church offered and Nathan has accepted the Pastoral Care position. Although Nathan's pastoral and leadership presence will be missed, we wish him well in his new position at BCMC! As has been previously announced, current plans are that Nathan will be with us through the end of September. With this pastoral transition FMC's Congregational Ministry Team is discerning how the ministry needs of the congregation and the community can best be served in the future. Please address any questions, concerns with Russ Wedel or any other member of the Congregational Ministry Team.
PASTOR NATHAN VACATION PLANS
Nathan will be on vacation to VA, Washington D.C. and OH from July 8-20. Please contact Delon Martens or Sara Blodgett for pastoral care needs.
MANY HANDS MAKE LOADS LIGHTER
SEWING SCHOOL BAGS . . . Wednesday, July 17, 9:00 a.m.
Could you help lighten the load? If you can sew a straight seam, you are needed to help sew 50 school bags to prepare for the August 11 Sunday School during which we’ll pack MCC school kits. Let’s bring our sewing machines to church on the 17th and see how quickly we can get this job done. If you do not have a portable sewing machine, come join the fun by pinning, measuring, etc. Questions? Contact Marlene Thode
MCC SCHOOL KIT ASSEMBLY ON AUGUST 11
The Service and Outreach team is coordinating the August 11 Sunday School hour to put together MCC School Kits. In order to do this we are asking that people bring the items listed below between now and Aug. 11. There will be a basket designated for the school kits under the bulletin board in the foyer. Last year, we made 61 bags, and we hope to do something similar this summer.
Thank you all for your help with this mission, then plan to come to Sunday School on Aug. 19 and help put the bags together. (Star Gipson, Russ Gaeddert, Eldon Wagler)
MCC School Kits (2019)
Contents (NEW items only)
· 4 spiral or perforated-pages notebooks (8.5 in x 10.5 in and 70 sheets)
· 8 new unsharpened pencils
· 1 ruler (flat, good quality; must indicate 30 cm; inch markings optional)
· 12 colored pencils (in packaging)
· 1 large eraser
· 2 new black or blue ballpoint pens
We will also order the pencil sharpeners because MCC is very specific about the kind. We will also order the shoe laces to tie the bags.
EVERENCE MEDICARE WORKSHOPS
Everence will hold an informative Medicare workshop at its office in Hutchinson (524 E. 30th Ave.) on Thursday, July 11 (6:30 p.m.). Space is limited. Reserve your spot soon by contacting Michelle Ramer at (316) 283-3800; (877) 467-7294 firstname.lastname@example.org. Attendees will learn about the various Medicare plans and what they cover; plans that supplement Medicare; and enrollment details and deadlines.
Plan to stop by Kauffman Museum to see selections from “Walk A Mile,” an expressive arts project that features art created by EmberHope Youthville residents. “Walk A Mile” will be on display at the museum – free of charge in the outer lobby – through July 22 (more of the exhibit is at Carriage Factory Gallery, Newton, through July 11, and the entire collection will be at Mark Arts, Wichita, Aug. 17-Sept. 14). Museum hours: Tues.-Fri., 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sat.-Sun., 1:30-4:30 p.m., closed Mondays and major holidays.
Mennonite Central Committee is now collecting Immigration detainee care kits. When people who have been placed in immigration detention centers are released, they often have nothing more than the clothes on their backs. Kits containing clothing and hygiene products can help to rebuild their dignity as they are taken to bus stations and airports to reconnect with their families in the U.S. Please visit mcc.org/immigrationkit for all the details of what goes into the kit and how the kits will be distributed. It is one small way we can share Christ’s love with our neighbors. All kit supplies should be sent to MCC Central States 121 E. 30th, PO Box 235, North Newton, KS 67117. Questions? Please contact MCC at 316.283.2720.
CIRCLES OF HOPE SEEKING ALLIES
Have you been thinking about checking out Circles of Hope and becoming an ally? Now would be a great time as Circles is in need of allies to walk with persons in our community. Need more information? Talk with Jim Unruh.
SALTHAWK COMMUNITY SUPPORT
. . . extended to HUTCHINSON MIDDLE SCHOOL 8
If you haven't heard our exciting news, I want to be the first to let you know we are extending Salthawk Community Support into the Hutchinson Middle School 8 building. As our new adventure begins we would like to revamp a room at the HMS-8 building called The Hawks Nest and make it into something special for the students. We would like to make this project happen before the school year starts and we need your help to spread the word. I have attached two pictures of the room and nearly everything will be cleared out so we can create an inviting space. We have printed versions of the project list in the office at Trinity United Methodist Church if you need one. Please give Faye Summerville or myself a call with questions at 665.5547.
Thank You so much for your continued support of Salthawk Community Support. Our community is making a huge impact on our Hutchinson students.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Salthawk Community Support
Hutchinson High School-Site Coordinator
615.4356-Offc (Will be out the month of July) Check out more information on the bulletin board.
WESTERN DISTRICT CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS
Pause for Justice for Immigrants - prayer vigil on July 13
Shalom Mennonite Church (Newton, KS) together with College Hill United Methodist Church and Pine Valley Christian Church (both in Wichita, KS) have organized a prayer vigil--Pause for Justice for Immigrants--on Saturday morning, July 13 at 10 am across the street from the Farmer's Market in Old Town (835 E. 1st St. N., Wichita, KS). This event is meant to be a time of prayer for immigrants fleeing violence, poverty, and those seeking to unite with their families. It is also a time to bring awareness to the plight of our neighbors and the need for justice. Join together with many denominations seeking love and justice across borders and boundaries. To carpool from Newton, meet at Shalom Church parking lot at 9 am. Contact Debbie Schmidt with questions: 316-283-8186; email@example.com.
Family Festival: As a wrap-up to WDC Annual Assembly, Saturday, July 27, 5:30-9 pm we are offering our neighbors a gift of food, inflatables for the young and young of heart, music, and more. All the action is on the Bethel College campus. Invite your Central Kansas friends! Check out the flier on the bulletin board for details.
Imperfect Peace Witness Tour: As part of Assembly on Saturday, July 27, 2:30-5 pm, tour participants will learn about Central Kansas "peace heroes" who stood up to nationalist neighbors during WWI. All tour-goers will gather in the Kauffman Museum parking lot and travel together in an air-conditioned charter bus. $10 for those who also register for WDC Annual Assembly. $20 for those who just plan to go on the afternoon tour. We are raising money for Mennonite Library and Archives after expenses, so more stories like this may be told.
CAMP MENNOSCAH ANNOUNCEMENTS
Young Adult Weekend on August 2-4! Young adults (18 and older) are invited to spend a weekend enjoying camp activities, worship, and fellowship. Attendees will share in preparing simple meals. Scholarships are available online in the registration process or contact Camp Mennoscah at 620-297-3290 for information. Register at campmennoscah.org!
Sing for Camp Mennoscah! We're having our annual Camp Sing celebration of a stunning summer of youth camps on August 11 at Hoffnungsau Mennonite Church in Inman, KS. We'll start with a storytime from 5:45pm - 6:05pm, followed by joyous singing at 6:30pm. After joyfully worshiping in camp songs and hymns, we'll share in popcorn, pop and conversation. All are invited, whatever your age or skill!
The Mental Health Spiritual Retreat at Camp Mennoscah will be September 1-2.
The theme for the retreat is Living Peacefully! Come support each other and enjoy fellowship, music, and worship. This retreat is for individuals affected by mental illness, including family and friends. Register online at campmennoscah.org.
MENNONITE MISSION NETWORK ANNOUNCEMENT
Service Adventure is looking for more applicants for the 2019-2020 service term. Service Adventure can provide high school graduates with the next step in their educational path. Youth ages 17-20 serve and live in community with mentors where personal growth and leadership development happens. Scholarships are available for those who plan to attend a Mennonite college following a year with Service Adventure. Contact Susan Nisly at SusanN@mennonitemission.net for more information. Or check out the website at https://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/Service%20Adventure