This Week @ FMC

January 15-21, 2020

As we begin a new year filled with both amazing possibility and disorienting uncertainty, here is a prayer for


My Lord God,

I have no idea where I am going.

I do not see the road ahead of me.

I cannot know for certain where it will end.

Nor do I really know myself,

and the fact that I think that I am following

your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.

But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.

And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.

I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.

And I know that if I do this, you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it.

Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me,

and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.


(Thomas Merton)

CALENDAR‌ ‌for‌ ‌this‌ ‌week‌ ‌

Wed 01-15

Quilting Group 9am

Senior Youth 7:30pm

Thurs 01-16

Recycle pickup

Prayer Hour 10am

Centering Prayer Noon

Congregational Ministry Team 5:30pm

Fri 01-17

Sat 01-18

Sun 01-19 Anabaptist World Fellowship Sunday

Jesus Christ: Our hope

Lamentations 3:21-26; Mark 2:1-12

Preaching: Tonya Ramer Wenger

Worship Leader: Jean Gaeddert

Ushers: Mike Dirks, Chet Dirks, Murray Reimer, Micah Wenger

Greeters: Dohn & Jeanette Fast

Organist: Pauline Buller

Nursery: Kevin & Tanya Martin Nisly

Fellowship Host: Julie Goering

Ushers meet immediately following worship service

Safe Sanctuaries Training for all who work with children & youth 12 noon - 1:30pm

Mon 01-20

Tue 01-21

Tonya at WDC Church Planting Commission meetings beginning @ 3:00pm

DEEPENING‌ ‌in‌ ‌Christ...‌ ‌


(Beginning January 12 we’ll be using the Narrative Lectionary to guide our worship themes. For a few weeks we’ll be slightly off schedule with the Sunday readings listed here but it will eventually match our worship schedule.)

01/15 Wednesday, Mark 3:1-6

01/16 Thursday, Mark 3:7-12

01/17 Friday, Mark 3:13-19a

01/18 Saturday, Mark 3:19b-30

01/19 Sunday, Mark 4:1-34

01/20 Monday, Psalm 126

01/21 Tuesday, Mark 3:31-35


Children’s classes for all ages - Shine: Journeys with Jesus

Senior Youth - Living the Anabaptist Story

Adult Uniform Lesson Study - Honoring God (Harold Kroeker, teacher - Room 102)

Adult Discussion Class - The Bible Unwrapped - Chapter 24 - Storytime for January 19. You are welcome to join us as we hear this engaging author, Meghan Larissa Good, give us new insights on understanding and appreciating the Biblical story.


If you were in worship on Sunday January 5, you had opportunity to pick a ‘Star Word’ to take with you. I wonder how those are resonating - or not - with you? The invitation is to consider that this word ‘chose you’ and that God may have something to teach you, somewhere to guide you as you keep your eye on this ‘star.’ Take this word with you as your 2020 Star Word, and see where God leads you. If you weren’t in church on Sunday pick one up the next time you are here (on the table next to the sanctuary entrance). Or if you let me know, I’ll be happy to put one in the mail for you.


This Epiphany season (Jan 12-Feb 23), we’ll explore the question, “Why Church?” as we work our way through the Gospel of Mark (with thanks to The Epiphany Project @ We all come to church for a variety of reasons – some rather surface level and others, deeper. When we really look into the “why” of church, at the core is a longing for God to transform our hearts and lives. Every Sunday we’ll ask: So why church? And answer: Because God …

January 19 … inspires RE-IMAGINATION (Mark 2:1-22) - also Anabaptist World Fellowship Sun.

January 26 … RECONNECTS (Mark 5:1-20)

February 2 … RESURRECTS (Mark 5:21-43)

February 9 … REORIENTS our callings (Mark 6:1-29)

February 16 …REDEEMS our hearts (Mark 7:1-23)

February 23 …is REVEALED through Jesus (Mark 8:27-9:8)


Anabaptist World Fellowship Sunday (January 19, 2020) is a Sunday when Anabaptist congregations around the world can • lament together about the pain and suffering churches are experiencing, knowing from experience that God is faithful; • bring each other to Jesus for healing and hope, just like the friends of the man who was paralyzed brought him to Jesus; • pray for each other, just like Paul prayed for the church in Ephesus.

Worship materials this year were prepared by Mennonite World Conference member churches in Canada and the United States, with the theme: Jesus is our hope.

As we celebrate Anabaptist World Fellowship Sunday on January 19, we will also be taking a “One Lunch Offering.” We invite each person to contribute what it would cost you to purchase ‘one lunch’ in Hutchinson. Sacrificing one lunch is our humble way of giving thanks to God and supporting the ongoing ministry of God through Mennonite World Conference and our global Anabaptist family.

REJOICE! And UPPER ROOM devotional magazine

Issues for both magazines are available above the mailboxes.


Pastor Tonya will be offering a series of 4 guided contemplative retreats at the Dillon Nature Center in 2020. Some of you participated in a similar series in 2012. Each retreat will be on a Saturday morning from 9:30-11:30am at the Dillon Nature Center. As you experience the changing seasons in nature, you’ll also be invited through prayer, silence, guided reflection and conversation to become more aware of how God is tending to your spiritual growth in your own ‘seasons’ of life. Attend one or more retreats, but please RSVP at least 2 weeks prior to each retreat to or 620-513-2828. To cover rental costs and light refreshments, a donation of $15/retreat is requested but not required to attend.

The first retreat, WINTER, is scheduled for February 8 at the Shady Lane Cabin (RSVP by Jan 28 or before). The SPRING retreat will be held May 2 in the main building at Dillon Nature Center (RSVP by April 18 or before). Dates for SUMMER and FALL are tentatively August 27 and November 7.


Contact Pastor Tonya by the end of January (or anytime, really … but if there are multiple people interested in exploring membership we’ll set up a few times to meet in the next few months). FMC has the option an Associate Membership, instead of a regular membership, for those who would like to keep their primary membership in another church while putting some roots down here at FMC as well.


Join us for a potluck (5:30pm) and hymn sing (beginning approx 6:30pm) at the Wenger’s on Saturday February 15! Anyone is welcome!! Hymnals provided, or you can bring your own.

STRENGTHENING‌ ‌Community‌ ‌Connections‌ ‌


Pastor Tonya will be back in the office Wednesday and Thursday as usual.


Please send your contact changes to the church office


The Faithful Community Coordination Team would like to meet VERY briefly with all ushers directly after worship on either January 19 OR 26. Thank you!!


Safe Sanctuaries Training (for ALL who work with those under 18 @ FMC) - Sun, Jan 19 (Noon-1:30pm)

Coordination Team and Congregational Ministry Team members - Wed Jan 22, 2020 @ 5:30pm.

FMC Congregational Meeting - Feb 2 (TENTATIVELY immediately following Worship)

Second Annual FMC Women’s Retreat @ Bluestem (Camp Mennoscah) March 6 & 7, 2020.


The Senior Youth Group will again be selling Super Bowl SUBS on Super Bowl Sunday - FEBRUARY 2, 2020. Orders will be taken on January 19 and 26. Pick up your subs the day of the Super Bowl.


Our “Mennonite Education Sunday” is typically in February of each year. This year, in order to welcome the Hesston College European Touring Choir that Alex MIller is in along with Hesston College President Joe Manikam, we will observe this Sunday on May 3, 2020. As usual, a fundraiser lunch for our college/seminary scholarship fund will take place after the Sunday School hour. Mark your calendar!!

‌STRETCHING‌ ‌to‌ ‌Serve‌ ‌as‌ ‌Christ‌ ‌Served‌


It’s time for the second “A Taste of Hutchinson - The Men Cook” fundraising event to assure the financial future of Salthawk Community Support at Hutchinson High School and Hutchinson Middle School 8. Pastor Tonya serves on the Administrative Board and First Mennonite is officially a sponsoring church, having given various forms of support since Salthawk’s inception 3 years ago.

“A Taste of Hutchinson - The Men Cook” will take place on Saturday January 25 from 7pm-9pm at the Hutchinson Art Center (5th and Washington). Tickets are $40/person and include: a taste of all foods (there are 26 cooks and a variety of sweet and savory items) and two drinks (beer and wine). Tickets are available in the church office (we have a limited number) or at Apron Strings, The Wool Market, and Trinity United Methodist Church, or online at Contact Pastor Tonya to purchase tickets or for answers to questions. This is a really fun event with an amazing variety of food to sample and enjoy!!


These are items most needed at this time:

Toilet paper, laundry detergent, bath soap, Kleenex, deodorant, disposable razors, paper towels, shampoo, dish soap, hand/body lotion. Travel size - new & unopened - are appreciated.


Please join us for the annual Kansas Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) meeting to hear about recent activities and to find out ways to get involved. It will be held on Sunday, January 19 at 2:00 p.m. at Whitestone Mennonite Church, 629 Crescent Drive in Hesston, Kansas. Refreshments will follow the program. We hope to see you there!

Hesston College’s Martin Luther King (MLK) Day celebration will provide learning opportunities about diversity, equity and inclusion on-campus and in the community. Public events will take place leading up to and including MLK Day, Monday, January 20. Sunday, Jan. 19, Glen Guyton, executive director of Mennonite Church USA will speak at Hesston Mennonite Church, both in the 10:30 a.m. worship service and at a free community building workshop at 7 p.m. Visit for more information.

Before Rosa Parks. Before Martin Luther King Jr. Before Nelson Mandela. There was Paul Robeson. Hesston College artist-in-residence and peace ambassador Tony Brown gives his MLK Day tribute to the 20th century civil rights activist Paul Robeson at 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 19, at Hesston Mennonite Church. I Go On Singing: Paul Robeson’s Life in Word and Song , will be narrated by Victor Hogstrom, President of KPTS Channel 8 in Wichita (PBS). Tickets are $12 for all adults, available at the Hesston College Bookstore in Erb Hall or at 620-327-8104, as well as at the door. Students college-age and younger are free. Visit for more information.

Hesston College’s annual Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series 2020 is pleased to partner with Everence Financial for Living More with More: Redefining the Good Life February 21 to 23. Presenters include Leonard Dow, stewardship and development specialist, and Colin Saxton, stewardship consultant and former general secretary of Friends United Meeting, and Hesston College Bible and ministry professor Michele Hershberger.

The weekend’s content will have interest points for all life stages and positions across Mennonite Church USA and broader churches and organizations, including youth to retirement-age and pastors to congregation members. Grants are available for clergy to attend at no cost.

Seminars will focus on understanding one’s personal history with money and resources, careers, hospitality, finances, generosity, trauma and economic injustice, health and wellness, and more. We are pleased to offer informal seminar tracks for students, pastors and Spanish-speaking brothers and sisters.

Registration is open now. Register by Monday, Feb. 10. See the full weekend schedule, conference rates and discounts for sponsor congregations/conferences, weekend resources and more.


Mon., Jan. 20 -- Bethel College’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration takes place at a different place and time than previous years (also different from some previously printed calendars); starting at 2 p.m. (or come and go as your schedule allows), informal time of snacks and mingling, followed by special music by the Bethel Worship Center band, and a performance by the Junior People of Color (POC) Step Team from Leavenworth; 3 p.m., Michelle Vann, Ph.D., Wichita, author, teacher, speaker, radio show host, blogger and active church and community member; concluding reception, all in Memorial Hall.

Sat., Jan. 25 -- Celebrate Kansas Day!: 11:30 a.m., program in Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College; 1-4 p.m., activities, performances and demonstrations for all ages in and around Kauffman Museum, corner of Main and 27th Streets, North Newton


Rehearsals for the KMMC concerts begin on January 26. There is still time to register to sing with this amazing group of men, whose concerts raise funds for MCC. Talk to Calvin Buller about registration and rehearsal dates. AND, mark your calendar for the concerts on April 19 (7:00pm at Tabor College) and April 26 (7:00pm at Bethel College).


Boots, Buckets and Barrows: In partnership with Mennonite Disaster Service, Ted & Co. presents the original play "The Jesus Stories: Faith, Forks & Fettuccine", in conjunction with a unique auction of buckets filled with baked goods and home items, along with 'flash auctions' to fund the tools and volunteers MDS needs to help restore communities and rebuild homes ravaged by natural disaster. All proceeds benefit the continued work of MDS. Admission is free! Please come prepared to bid! Friday, January 31, 7 pm at Hesston (KS) Mennonite Church and Saturday, February 1, 7 pm at Journey Mennonite Church, South Hutchinson, KS. Sponsored by Kansas MDS Unit, Hesston College Disaster Management Program, and Journey Mennonite South Hutchinson.


Retreat registration is open! You are now able to register for 2020 retreats at Camp Mennoscah at Summer youth camp registration will open at the beginning of February.

Summer is only 6 months away! Camp Mennoscah is looking for amazing people to be our summer staff for 2020. We need lifeguards, office assistants, music and crafts leaders, a naturalist and grounds/maintenance. Further information is available online or contact us at or 620-297-3290. Apply for a position online at under Summer Youth Camps!


MCC is celebrating our 100th anniversary by attempting to collect 6500 comforters to break the record for most blankets donated to a charity in 24 hours. Volunteers have organized “The Great Winter Warm-Up” with comforter tying events across Kansas and other states too - January 11 @ Whitestone Mennonite Church in Hesston (9am-4pm), and January 18 @ the following locations: Tabor, Hesston, Lorraine Avenue and Kingman churches and Pine Village in Moundridge. Check the poster on the STRETCHING bulletin board for details. All are invited to participate.

2020 is your year to go on an MCC Learning Tour! Travel to Haiti March 21-28 to learn about root causes of Haiti’s reality and see MCC projects in person. Join MCC Bolivia in celebrating 60 years with two learning tours, May 2-9 will focus on Eastern Bolivia and Oct. 10-17 will focus on Western Bolivia. Finally, you’re welcome to travel to Nicaragua, July 20-30, to celebrate the centennial of MCC, focusing on past and present MCC work in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Contact and check for more details.


Youth Venture 2020 offers six locations to serve and learn! Youth Venture is a short-term service and learning experience offered in the summer to students age 15–22. For roughly two weeks, you will have the opportunity to join a team of other students and adult leaders to explore the world to see how God is at work. This year, we’re offering experiences in Benin, Colombia, Israel, Peru, Spain, and Kykotsmovi, Arizona.Contact us today with your questions or to begin exploring these incredible opportunities! Application deadline: April 1, 2020.


Youth ages 17-20, are invited to visit an active Service Adventure unit for the weekend, February 20-23. Worship, serve, and learn alongside the current participants! For more information, contact or check out this link: Service Adventure preview weekend,


Mark your calendar - April 17-18, 2020