Sunday, September 24, 2017
OUR CHURCH FAMILY
You can expect good smells wafting up from the kitchen TODAY as members of Torre Fuerte prepare a noon meal. Donations will be received to support Iowa Mennonite School's tuition support fund. Please plan to stay, be filled, and give generously!
We would like to offer our gratitude and appreciation to the congregation for your support and generosity during these past weeks. It is with a great deal of excitement and no small amount of sadness that we announce Jim has accepted a call as Pastor of Spiritual Care at Lititz Church of the Brethren in Lancaster County, PA. He begins his new position October 20. We will be moving to Lititz sometime in mid-October. As a small token of our appreciation for our FMC family, please enjoy a taste of Lititz's very own Wilbur Bud candy, dark or milk chocolate, during Sip & Chat today. – Jim, Stephanie, and Elias
The Worship Commission invites you to share your gifts this year in the worship services. Today you’ll find a Worship Gifts SURVEY in the bulletin. There are also extras on the foyer table. Please take one for each person in your family because we want everyone to complete a survey regardless of age. You may also choose to respond electronically at: https://tinyurl.com/ydauk8vv. Our goal is to receive 100 responses no later than Friday October 6. If we reach this goal, there will be treats for all during Sip & Chat on October 8, and we’ll also draw 3 names of survey responders to receive $25 gift vouchers at the Ten Thousand Villages store! Please return your completed survey to the blue box on the Narthex table. Thank you!
A young boy loses his innocence on camera. A girl is sold for sex in a brothel. A family wastes away in a brick kiln. In the 21st century, slavery still exists. Good News! God intends to end it. We as a church can help rescue slaves around the world. Responding to God’s call, the International Justice Mission is engaged in the fight to end slavery. Freedom Sunday is an invitation for us as a congregation to learn about slavery and join with IJM in the fight until all are free. Join us in the sanctuary during the Christian Education hour find out more. Questions? Contact Kevin Kummer (firstname.lastname@example.org; 319-354-5898)
Plan on a relaxing weekend at FMC’s annual FALL RETREAT, Oct. 14-15 at Crooked Creek Christian Camp. Sign up today in the Sip & Chat area!
FMC's annual Safe Church Training will be held Oct. 1 at noon in the fellowship hall. Our Safe Church Policy provides some practical ways we can work together to make church a safe place where our children and youth can thrive. Everyone who volunteers with children and youth is required to participate in the training once every three years. Anyone who MIGHT volunteer with young people in the coming year, or anyone who is just interested in ensuring the safety of our children is welcome to attend! Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Mo Gingerich if you plan to attend: email@example.com.
Jose, Raquel, and Emma of Iglesia Zoar are visiting and making new acquaintances in our area. They are at Kalona Mennonite today and will be here at FMC next Sunday, October 1. Jose will bring the sermon and also share during the Christian Ed. hour. The family has various weekday engagements planned. If you would like to meet with Jose or spend some time with the family before they depart from Iowa on October 3rd, please contact Jim Brenneman. Everyone is invited to contribute to the day to day operational expenses of the Iglesia Zoar ministry for the coming year by writing a check to FMC with Iglesia Zoar on the memo line. This will be our main fundraising effort for Iglesia Zoar this year. Thanks for your support of this vital mission for people at risk on the border!
Thank you for all the cards, visits, and flowers from the church. I am feeling much better. – Clara Gingerich
CONFERENCE AND COMMUNITY NEWS
From Central Plains Conference
From Crooked Creek Christian Camp:
From Iowa Mennonite School:
From Pleasantview Home:
Upcoming webinar answers questions about Medicare
Birthdays (Sept 24-30)
Sunday Joe Christner
Thursday Frances Gingerich
Saturday Karla Stoltzfus Detweiler
Events for the coming week
(Sept 24 - Sept 30)
Tuesday 7:30 PM Open the Book - Bible study webinar
Thursday 1 PM Peace Knitters
6 PM Torre Fuerte Worship
Sunday 9:30 AM Worship & Communion
10:45 AM Christian Ed. classes
NOON – Safe Church Training
5 PM Torre Fuerte Worship
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