Sunday, July 23, 2017
OUR CHURCH FAMILY
Please have AUGUST calendar items to the church office by Thursday morning.
Karla will be in Indiana at a family gathering this week: leaving Sunday afternoon, July 23 and returning Friday, July 28.
Summer Gardening Elective: Next Sunday, July 30, at 11:15 we will gather at the home of Rosie & Bill Hochstetler, 2898 470th St., Iowa City to view perennials, native plants, and a peace garden. Those who would like to bring a lunch/drink and stay after the tour to eat in the garden are welcome to do so.
Thank you to all who are continuing, extending, or newly committing to participating in the life of First Mennonite at home and around the world. You are indeed working to “Enable the work of Christ” in 2017-2018. -Gift Discernment Commission
Today is the final Sunday to place your food donations in the designated boxes in the Sip & Chat area to help the Crisis Center with their Thanksgiving in July Food Drive. Demand for food is greater in the summer months, especially among children because they don't get meals at school. Canned foods are best: fruit, 100% fruit juice, meat, hearty soups and stews, and vegetables. Peanut butter, pasta, and rice are also good, as well as financial donations. Thank you for sharing your bounty. --Mission Commission
Everyone is invited to gather in the Fellowship Hall next Sunday, July 30 after the service for a traditional El Salvadorian meal of papusas, coleslaw salad, rice, and watermelon. Indicate your interest by signing the guest list posted in the Sip & Chat area. Please come!
Listen up! Dig deep! Come discover the treasures in Jesus' parables at our joint FMC/ Torre Fuerte Vacation Bible School on August 20, 3:45 to 7:00 PM. Children ages 3 to 12 are invited! Please register your child by August 16: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/12nc5dIJYeeKSzFEyDxx7nHxv7sVAHQZKlWLEFnoV-_w/edit?c=0&w=1. The link is also available on the church website home page. A letter with details & a postcard to share with a neighbor can be found in your mail slot or on the table in the Sip & Chat area. Also available on the table are paper registration forms for those with limited internet access.
Church Janitor position available: Oversee all janitorial duties for the church and work with another person. Main job is to do the janitorial duties in the lower level (kitchen, fellowship hall, etc). Up to 10 hours per week; position can begin in October or sooner. See Wendell Miller if interested.
CONFERENCE AND COMMUNITY NEWS
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SHAPE NOTE SINGING FROM THE SACRED HARP - Beat the heat and join us on Friday, August 4th, at 7 PM in the air conditioned East Union foyer as we make a joyful noise unto the Lord! The acoustics are lively, the people are cool, and the harmonies are extraordinary. This a cappella, 4-part early American sacred music stirs your soul. All are welcome - no experience necessary! Questions? Contact Tammy Yoder at firstname.lastname@example.org or Warren Yoder at email@example.com.
On August 6, as a part of the Iowa Soul Fest, all are invited to a Gospel Sunday Dinner featuring soul food with soul music. Featured groups include Back Porch Swing, Living Waters Kingdom Church, Bethel A.M.E. Church, the Kingdom Center, Ordained To Praise and Set The Atmosphere. Cost is $35, which includes a soul food buffet and entertainment! Tickets can be purchased at www.thedreamcenteria.org/gospeldinner or by calling (319)430-4819.
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