This Week @ FMC
June 3-9, 2020
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ d 40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40)
God created humankind in God’s image and designed us to be in relationship with God and other humans, to be stewards of creation and in tune with ourselves. Four relationships: God, others, ourselves, and creation; interwoven together, designed to be a cord not easily broken. But if these four relationships unravel, they become fragile, vulnerable, broken and divided.
This summer will feature a sermon series called Unraveled. To unravel means to undo woven threads. What was designed to be strong becomes fragile. Some biblical stories show God’s design becoming unraveled. Other stories show the unraveling of human plans that were not God’s design.
In this season of unrest, unraveled feels like a very appropriate word. Our first instinct when our world is unraveling is self-protection. We try to make order out of the chaos; often we seek to blame others for our situation.
Another definition of “unraveled” is to investigate something complicated or puzzling. In this sense, unraveled means getting curious to learn, recognizing that this learning will be complex, messy, and possibly unknowable in the now. This definition, an alternative choice to our first instinct, is the mindset I hope this sermon series helps us to grow into.
Our hope for the future is re-weaving our four foundational relationships (God, others, creation, self) in a healthy, God-designed manner. But to reach that vision, there can be no quick fix or easy answers--and certainly it will not involve blaming others. Instead, we need to ask: I wonder why … or I wonder how ... or I wonder if .... For example: I wonder why those people are acting that way? I wonder how I have contributed to this problem? I wonder if we could figure out a way together to go a different direction?
To be a disciple is to be a follower and a learner. Being curious, being a learner, being an investigator in this complicated, messy, fragile world with four key relationships---can we see this as a form of discipleship?
CALENDAR for this week
SUNDAY MORNING Worship Live Stream @ 9:30am
Check your email for confirmation of the link toward the end of the week. Worship is also recorded and can be watched later, at the same link as the live stream.
Sunday, June 7: UNRAVELED: Seeking God When Our Plans Fall Apart
Sarah Laughs (Unexpected Joy and Surprise) Genesis 18:1-15; 21:1-7
Preaching: Tonya Ramer Wenger
Worship Leader: Delon Martens
Children’s Time: DeAnna Goering
Scripture Reader: Joretta Martens
Pianist: Shelley Kauffman
Sound: Jasper Nisly
Live Stream: Jonathan Wenger
DEEPENING in Christ...
DAILY SCRIPTURE READINGS (NARRATIVE LECTIONARY)
06-03 Wednesday, 2 Corinthians 5:11-6:13
06-04 Thursday, 2 Corinthians 8:1-15
06-05 Friday, 2 Corinthians 9:1-15
06-06 Saturday, 2 Corinthians 10:1-18
THURSDAY MORNING PRAYER HOUR
This prayer group will plan to reconvene the first Thursday after our first in-person worship service in the sanctuary. Till we can meet together during the 10 am hour on Thursdays, perhaps we can be diligent in setting that time aside for prayer in our homes. Anyone is welcome to join us. When we reconvene in person, we will meet in the Common Grounds Room (if available ) where we can practice social distancing. We encourage each to wear masks. Questions? Call Joleen at 620 662 9167.
SANCTUARY PRAYER - TUES & THURS 11AM-2PM
On Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11:00am-2:00pm, you are welcome to come to pray on your own in the sanctuary, with the following procedures in place:
- Sanitize your hands when coming and going.
- Sit only in a spot in the pews marked by blue tape, and only if it has a green card on the cushion. When you leave, turn the card over to red so we know the seat has been occupied and will need cleaned.
- Physically distance from others - at least 6 feet.
- Use the bathroom at home before you come or after you leave.
- Wear a mask in the foyer if others are present, and don’t linger for conversation with others (go outside for any conversation).
SUMMER WORSHIP 2020 - UNRAVELED: SEEKING GOD WHEN OUR PLANS FALL APART
What happens when our world falls apart? How do you press onward when our tightly-knit plans, assumptions, expectations and more unravel into loose threads? Who do we become when our identity - or the path we’re on - comes undone? Unraveling is challenging and exciting … threatening what we’ve always known, and yet full of possibility. This summer we’ll explore scripture stories of ‘unraveling’ and ask what we can learn about God, ourselves through them. Sometimes unraveling is an end, and sometimes its a new beginning.
Each Monday you will receive an email with pages from the study journal accompanying this worship series, encouraging your reflection, praying and journal in preparation for the coming Sunday. You can also request a hard copy of this lovely full color journal. Please note that we might not stick to the order of the stories found in the journal, so be sure to watch for the Monday email! We are also adding in a Sunday focusing on Hagar, Even though she is not part of the original series, she has her own story to tell.
ADULT FAITH FORMATION STUDY:
CATCHING FIRE, BECOMING FLAME
“Spiritual transformation is a process of being transformed by the Spirit of God into a little Christ for the loving service of the present moment.” -- Father Albert Haase
Catching Fire, Becoming Flame: A Guide for Spiritual Transformation. Ever wonder how some people become enthusiastic and on fire about their relationship with God? In this six-session video presentation, Franciscan Father Albert Haase gives you the tools and kindling to prepare for the spark of God in your life. His teaching glows with time-tested wisdom of an experienced spiritual director.
The six DVD segments are as follows: (1) Spiritual journey as a process of transformation; (2) Your Image of God; (3) The Examen; (4) The 7 principles of prayer; (5) The challenge of forgiveness; and (6) God’s Will. Each video is about 30 minutes long. We’ll watch them together on the Zoom meeting, followed by some discussion together.
This video resource comes to us from Paraclete Press via a subscription generously provided by the WDC Resource Library. While coming from a different Christian tradition than ours, there is much we can learn and discuss from Father Haase’s teaching. We’ll meet on ZOOM, at least to start out, and will begin the week of June 15 on a day and at a time mutually agreed upon by those interested. Please RSVP to Pastor Tonya as soon as possible if you’d like to participate, even if you can’t commit to every session.
WEDNESDAY WORD . . . Bible Study Weekly Webinar
This study opportunity provided by MennoMedia (an arm of Mennonite Church USA) is offered every Wednesday beginning June 3, at 1:00 (CDT). This online Adult Bible Study is taught by Mennonite Church leaders Gordon Matties, Susan Janzen, and Elizabeth Soto. The theme of this study is the “Many Faces of Wisdom” as explored in Proverbs. Copy this link into your browser to connect by ZOOM on your home computer. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89103905985
SUBMIT YOUR ANNOUNCEMENTS AND JOYS & CONCERNS
During each worship service, you are invited to text your prayer joys and concerns - usually to Pastor Tonya but sometimes it will be someone else, and we’ll give you that info at the time!! Please continue to send announcements ahead of time if you can, and it’s just fine to call or send your prayer concerns ahead of time too.
REJOICE! And UPPER ROOM devotional magazine
UPPER ROOM and REJOICE! magazines are available above the mailboxes. If you are not able to pick one up at the church, let us know and we’ll mail it to you.
STRENGTHENING Community Connections
ALL COORDINATION TEAMS & CMT - JUNE 3 @ 5:30pm!!!
This announcement is for everyone serving on one of our Coordination Teams - Faith Formation, Faithful Community, Faithful Service and Outreach, and Faithful Stewardship. A LOT HAS HAPPENED in the past few months and we need to re-connect, spend some time in prayer, and look to the future together. We will meet Wednesday June 3 at 5:30pm on Zoom. You should have received a link from Pastor Tonya to participate, so plan to join in!!
SMALLER GROUP GATHERINGS?
During June, if there is interest, we will plan some small group gatherings on the church lawn or under the carport. You bring your own chair. We’ll observe ample physical distancing. Again we’d ask you to use the restroom at home before you come or after you leave. If you are interested in this option, please let Pastor Tonya know, and we’ll proceed accordingly.
SUNDAY MORNING SCRIPTURE READERS NEEDED
We are looking for volunteers to read scripture this summer as part of worship. In our current practice of live-streaming worship, we keep the number of people physically present in the sanctuary to 10-15. This allows for all those participating in leading worship to be present (and sometimes spouses as well) and to safely physically distance. All July and August dates are open. If you’d like to sign up, please let the church office or Pastor Tonya know.
MESSIAH STUDY BOOKS
If you borrowed a book for the MESSIAH study series, please return it to the church office or put it in Pauline’s mailbox at your convenience (perhaps when we reopen for Sunday services). We anticipate it will be some time before we can pick up that study again. Thank you for your interest.
STRETCHING to Serve as Christ Served
FMC BUILDING USE UPDATE
Both Jay Hawkins and Doug Beyer, string teachers in Hutchinson, are using our church building this summer to teach their private lessons (while the school buildings are closed). Mr. Hawkins is here Tuesdays between 2:00-7:00pm, and Mr. Beyer on Wednesdays between 3:00-5:30pm.
NAACP ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION @ MEMORIAL HALL
In an effort to continue necessary conversations and action about racism and violence against Black folks, Hutchinson NAACP is sponsoring a round table discussion with community leaders on Tuesday at 7:00pm. This event is designed to be a strategic follow-up to the peaceful protest on Sunday. Pastor Jim Unruh will be part of the panel discussion of community leaders. Seating will be set up to observe physical distancing, and the event will also be livestreamed on the Hutchinson NAACP’s Facebook page.
WESTERN DISTRICT CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS
Virtual Summer Story Hour
Children ages 3-8, come take a dip in the ocean through Summer Story Hour! Virtually join Library Director Jennie Wintermote and volunteer Marjie Warkentine for "Oceans of Fun" with 8 weekly sessions June 15-August 3. Sign up today at https://forms.gle/61539e9zGnE7u98y5 The first 15 children who sign up will receive a list of supplies they will need for each project. Join us for "oceans" of stories and fun!
WDC Summer Reading Programs--Running June 1-August 15
- Adults--This year you're invited to read any title in our collection and submit a brief review. Each review will be a ticket into our prize drawings for books, giftcards, and more. Reviews may be submitted at https://forms.gle/r4kpXQBQqZPuGjiw8, posted on the WDC Resource Library FaceBook page, or given to Library Director, Jennie Wintermote.
- Children--Download a reading log here and mark off a box for each book you read (picture books) or every 15 pages (for chapter books) or contact the library for a copy. Turn in your reading log after August 15 for fun prizes. (Turn in by mailing, dropping off, or sending a picture of your log to email@example.com). We would appreciate it if you register your child(ren) at https://forms.gle/mgPPft74HBDs9ZMu6 so we can have enough prizes ready!
Library Reopening--Curbside Pickup Starting Soon (When Harvey County, Kansas enters Phase 3)
You can start reserving items at any time through our online catalog at https://mennowdc.booksys.net/opac/crl/ Once the library is open for curbside checkout, these items will be pulled and available during pickup hours (or mailed to you). In order to reserve items, you will need to log on with your library barcode number (please email the library if you need your library card number). You are also welcome to email Library Director, Jennie, at firstname.lastname@example.org in order to reserve items. Jennie is also happy to offer suggestions for individual study, children’s story, group discussion and other resourcing needs.
The Conference Resource Library now has its own FaceBook page. Like and follow WDC Resource Library https://www.facebook.com/ConferenceResourceLibrary/ to see what's new in the library, how to access resources, giveaways, and more!
WDC Staff Update: Lee Lever's role as Interim Conference Ministry Liaison for Texas has been extended through July 31, 2020, as the search process continues for a new Associate Conference Minister based in Texas. Delon Martens is serving on the Search Advisory Committee.
OUR SUNDAY MORNING DONATIONS FOR FIRST CALL FOR HELP
The Salvation Army and Inter-faith Housing Services are currently accepting donations on behalf of First Call for Help. Personal care/hygiene items such as these are appreciated: toilet paper, laundry detergent, bath soap, Kleenex, deodorant, disposable razors, paper towels, shampoo, dish soap, hand/body lotion. Travel size - new & unopened - are desirable.
Food bank donations may be brought to the Salvation Army. At this time the Food Bank is particularly in need of the following: tomato soup, cream of mushroom soup and green beans.