Sunday, April 5, 2020
OUR CHURCH FAMILY
Maundy Thursday service: Next week you will receive an outline for an at-home Maundy Thursday service that you can do by yourself, with your household, or with others via distance meeting.
April 26 is Karla’s last Sunday as Pastor of Christian Formation and we plan to offer words of blessing and gratitude during our Zoom worship. Karla’s farewell celebration will be postponed until we can meet in person.
Since the church is closed for now, if you have borrowed materials from the church Library, please hold on to them until the church building reopens. Thank you.
Young children and caregivers are invited to a chat time, Wednesday, April 8 at 10 AM on Zoom. Contact Karla SD if you don’t receive an emailed invitation before Wednesday.
During this time of meeting virtually, please continue to send in your regular offering if you are able. Sending one check a month is fine. Now may be the time to consider changing to online giving through your bank. Contact Kris Brenneman firstname.lastname@example.org or the church office for the online giving form.
A Note from the Trustees… In Mid-March a group of Trustees and a couple other helpful folks worked at taking down the dying ASH trees in the lower yard. This time was chosen to minimize the amount of debris to be disposed of. A gentleman from Wellman carried away all the logs and most of the brush, using his own machines and dump trailer. There is still some clean up to do…we will work at that as time permits. The loss of these trees is tragic, but needed to be done. The Emerald Ash Borer is not selective. This also presents an opportunity for our congregation to look to a Master Campus Plan and think of ways we can replant what was removed in ways that optimize the space…for beauty as well as football parking. Renewal will be an ongoing process. --Sincerely, The Trustees
As part of our recent focus for Creation Care, the library is sharing ideas this April from folks in our own church family who are on the path toward backyard conservation. This week’s thoughts are from the Nathan & Karla Stoltzfus Detweiler family: The Stoltzfus Detweiler backyard currently includes 4 hens who are excited about the greening springtime world! Our hens have been a fun and productive part of our household economy. They have helped prepare new ground for gardening, they help recycle food scraps into nutrient-rich fertilizer for the garden and eggs for us to eat. Caring for them reminds us of our connectedness to all living things, and of God's care for us through creation.
Reminder: The church building is locked and the staff are working from home.
CONFERENCE & COMMUNITY NEWS
The Good Friday evening service at Hillcrest Academy has been cancelled.
We are postponing the InterVarsity 40th anniversary celebration on April 25. We deeply appreciate the prayers and financial support from FMC for our ministry with UI graduate/ professional students, post-docs, faculty & staff! --Kevin & Maria Kummer
Some of you have heard of the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions. We are working with various people in the US, Canada, and beyond to raise awareness about climate change. Are you interested in learning more about us? Please consider joining us on Tuesday or Wednesday morning (the 7th or 8th) to hear a brief update on who we are and how we got started. If you're interested, please email me, Anna Ruth Hershberger, email@example.com. Let me know which day works for you. I will add you to the list and send you a Zoom invite. Blessings and grace to each of you in these crazy, hectic days!Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult. Psalm 46:2-3
From Crooked Creek Christian Camp:
From Hillcrest Academy:
From Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and the MCC Sale board:
From Mennonite Church USA (MCUSA):
From Pleasantview Home:
Birthdays (April 5 - 11)
Sunday Cathy Gingerich
Monday Joshua Miller
Tuesday Robin Gingerich Jackie Portillo
Wednesday John Bixler
Friday Amanda Bartel
Saturday Kira Wennerholm
Events for the coming Easter week
( April 5 - 12)
Sunday 9:30 AM Palm Sunday Worship online
Sunday 9:30 AM Easter Sunday Worship online
The 2019 Annual Children's Christmas Program, Dec. 15