This Week @ FMC

March 13-19, 2019

So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you … if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. (Col 3:12, 13)

“Forgiveness means that I continually am willing to forgive the other person for not being God — for not fulfilling all my needs. I, too, must ask forgiveness for not being able to fulfill other people's needs. … The interesting thing is that when you can forgive people for not being God, then you can celebrate that they are a reflection of God.” ― Henri Nouwen

“Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.” - Jesus

Then Peter came and said to [Jesus], “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times. (Matthew 18:21-22)

CALENDAR: March 13-19, 2019

WEDNESDAY March 13

5:30pm WNAF POTLUCK Meal (till 6:15pm)

6:20-7:20pm Program - Migration Stories


THURSDAY March 14

Pastor Nathan on vacation

Recycle Pickup

Tonya @ Pastor Peer Group 9am-1pm

10:00am Prayer Hour

Noon-1pm Centering Prayer

7:00pm Faithful Service & Outreach CT Meeting


FRIDAY March 15

10:30am Cliff Shipley Celebration of Life

SATURDAY March 16

Pastor Tonya @ Collaborative Coaching Training 8:30am-11:30am

SUNDAY March 17 Second Sunday of Lent

Worship @ 9:25am & Sunday School @ 11:00am

Worship planned and led by the Senior Youth Group & Loretta Miller

Fellowship Hosts: Allen Yoder

Nursery: Cheryl Warkentin

M&M 11:00am-12:45pm


MONDAY March 18

TUESDAY March 19

10:00am Women’s Bible Study

DEEPENING

NARRATIVE LECTIONARY DAILY READINGS

Wednesday 3/13: Matthew 14:34-15: Sunday 3/17:Matthew 20:1-16

Thursday 3/14: Matthew 15:10-20 Monday 3/18: Psalm 16:5-8

Friday 3/15: Matthew 15:21-28 Tuesday 3/19: Matthew 16:1-12

Saturday 3/16: Matthew 15:29-39

WNAF TONIGHT - MIGRATION STORIES

We invite your participation in three specific ways tonight:

1. Take time to read and experience the “People on the Move” exhibit today beginning at 4:00pm.

2. Come prepared to tell a story about your family’s migration history.

3. For our potluck meal, consider bringing a food item that is connected to your family’s heritage and story. If you do bring such an item, make a small card to put with your dish that has a short explanation on it. Come before or at 5:30pm if you can so we can get as much of the food out at the same time as possible. We also invite you to bring your own table service to reduce the time needed for clean up. If you can’t get there till later or it doesn’t work to bring your own table service, no worries!! Come when you can … there will be food and table service for you!

LIVING THOUGHTFULLY, DYING WELL BOOK STUDY

The Adult Discussion Class is studying this book by Glen E. Miller, M.D. All are welcome to join, at any point in the study. This Sunday we’ll finish up Chapter 7 Defining Beliefs and Their Application to End of Life Decisions and likely also move on to Chapter 8:

“BEATING GUNS” TOUR – MARCH 21 @ HESSTON COLLEGE

Social justice activist, speaker and author, Shane Claiborne, and blacksmith, Mike Martin, will make Hesston College one of their stops on the 37-city “Beating Guns” tour at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 21, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. Inspired by the biblical prophets’ call to “beat swords into plowshares,” the free 90-minute event weaves music, art, and stories of people impacted by gun violence as a gun is transformed into a garden tool. Those planning to attend are asked to register for free at hesston.edu/beating-guns. As a prelude to the tour, Claiborne and Martin’s book, Beating Guns: Hope for People Who are Weary of Violence, will be available for purchase on March 5 through major booksellers

EASTER SUNDAY BREAKFAST POTLUCK!!

Mark your calendars now for a DIFFERENT SCHEDULE on Easter Sunday (April 21), and come to enjoy food and fellowship together!

8:30am - Chancel Choir Rehearsal

9:00am - EASTER BREAKFAST POTLUCK (bring a dish to share and your own table service)

10:00am - Worship

(No Fellowship Time or Sunday School for Children, Youth, or Adults)


STRENGTHENING

EASTER LILY MEMORIALS

Be watching for forms to fill out to purchase an Easter Lily in memory of or in honor of your loved one(s). The lilies will be delivered to the church and will decorate the sanctuary on Easter Sunday morning. A bulletin insert on that morning will name those being recognized. Following the service, plan to take home the number of plants you requested to enjoy as part of your celebration of new life. Each plant will come in a 6” pot with a decorative bow. Cost is $9/plant. Forms with more information will be available soon and will need to be returned by April 7.

CASSEROLES FOR A DONATION...

The senior youth have prepared casserole dinners that are frozen in the freezer at church - they are yours for a donation to the youth fund. Most are 8x8 and there are few 9x13 - Tater Tot Casserole and Goulash. You can give your donation through the offering or directly to the church office. Thank you!!

FMC WOMEN’S RETREAT - NOW MARCH 22-23, 2019

Due to weather, the Women’s Retreat is rescheduled for March 22-23. Please sign up in the foyer if you plan to attend (even if you signed up last time, we need you to sign up again)!! Time and location are the same: 2pm Friday - 2pm Saturday (come for as much or as little as you want!) at Bluestem House, Camp Mennoscah.

WOMEN IN MISSION SPRING SUPPER - MARCH 21

All women are invited to the Western District Women in Mission spring supper Thursday, March 21 at First Mennonite Church, McPherson at 6:00 pm. Sheryl Wilson, Executive Director of KIPCOR, speaker. Music by Michelle Unruh and Laura Unrau. Light Meal - tickets $10/plate. Offering collected will support women through the ministry of MCC (Mennonite Central Committee).

PASTOR TONYA’S SABBATICAL - SUMMER 2019

I will be taking a 3 month sabbatical this summer from June 3-August 26, reserving 1 week to use this fall either for a writing workshop or retreat time at Sophia Center in Atchinson KS. During this time Pastor Nathan will be working ¾ time, with the exception of his family’s vacation July 8-21. I will be working with Faith Formation and others to have plans in place to make this time go as smoothly as possible while she is gone. The sabbatical will be a mix of family travel (including a trip to Japan with Jonathan’s parents and brother’s family), attending MC USA Convention, reading & study, a visit to San Diego to see LaVerle and also learn about life at the border and how people of faith are responding, and some relaxation and rest, too! Questions? Talk with Russ Wedel, Church Chair, or myself. - Tonya


STRETCHING

DRINKS FOR THE FEEDING OF THE MULTITUDE @ KMRS

Our church is again responsible for making and serving drinks at this year’s Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale on Friday April 12 and Saturday April 13. It takes 24 volunteers giving approximately 2 hours of their time. There are two shifts Friday and two shifts Saturday. Many of you have done this before – such as Harold Wall who says he will again be brewing the coffee at age 98!! There are two levels of physical activity needed:

“Light Duty” – serving the appropriate cup in the serving line

“Heavy Duty” – carrying 5 gallon containers of water, tea, and

coffee to their respective dispensers.

We are very pleased that Fred and Mary Wade have again consented to help Mike and I coordinate the duties. Please consider helping by signing up on the sign-up sheet or see Allen Yoder, Fred & Mary Wade or Mike Dirks. Thanks for your help!! Allen Yoder

KRMS SIGN UP SHEETS

Be watching the “Sign Up” bulletin board for opportunities to sign up for volunteer opportunities at the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale April 12-13, 2019.

NEW YEAR’S COOKIES

Come be a part of a Well Oiled Machine! Each year, more than 150 volunteers help make nearly 35,000 new year’s cookies in two days. That’s nearly 1 cookie every 1.3 seconds while we are frying! Shifts are available starting at 2:00 pm, 4 pm, and 6 pm on Friday and at 7am, 9am, 11am, and 1pm on Saturday. Sign Up On-Line To sign up, visit Kansas.MCCsale.org/volunteer and click on the button under the New Year’s Cookie heading. Or contact us below.

Things YOU need to know:

- Volunteers are to report to the Northeast corner of the Domestic Arts building. Please show up a few minutes before your shift to help with transition.

- Long hair must be tied back. Hats/hair nets are required

- We count on YOU to make this all happen!

Questions?? Contact crblough@mtelco.net Becky: 620-747-0558 Cedric: 620-747-0559

RETURNING CITIZEN CARE KITS NEEDED

MCC Central States is seeking items for Returning Citizen Care kits. The full list of contents can be found on the Material Resources page of our website or by visiting our wish list on Amazon (although not all items for all kits are available on Amazon), making shipping items directly to our Material Resource Center easier. Returning Citizen Care kits are distributed to MCC partner organization Working Men of Christ in Wichita, Kansas where the kits help men and women feel supported and loved as they transition to life outside of prison. Items for kits should be sent to MCC Central States, 121 E. 30th St. North Newton, KS 67117. Questions? Please contact katemast@mcc.org or 316.283.270. Thank you for your generous support!

CAMP MENNOSCAH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Work and Play Day at Camp Mennoscah coming soon! Our first Work & Play Day of the year is April 27. We'll start work projects at 8:30am and end at 2:30pm, just in time for you to spend the rest of the afternoon playing. A simple lunch will be served. Please register online at campmennoscah.org or call us at 620-297-3290 to let us know you're coming! All ages invited; those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.