Sunday, October 20, 2019
OUR CHURCH FAMILY
Sunday is the last day to submit your information to the PHONE DIRECTORY (not the photo directory). Place a completed form in Tony Brenneman/Mary Forney’s mailbox or email the church office BY OCT. 20. Thank you!
Mark your calendar for a special fundraising meal after the Sunday School hour next Sunday, Oct. 27. Come and enjoy pupusas with pork and vegetables, chicken in sauce, salad, and more cooked by the Portillo family. Funds raised will go to Miguel Jr's tuition for his welding program at Muscatine Community College (upcoming term cost is approximately $1,400 dollars). Checks can be made out to FMC with the word tuition in the memo line. Thank you!
Do you have gently used household items you could part with? Jackeline Portillo, Adonis, and Oliver will soon move to a new home and are in need of the following: dining chairs, full or queen-size bed, chest of drawers, washer and dryer, lamps, kitchen items. If you have items to donate, please send a photo to Jackeline at 319.321.1403. See Jackeline or Karla if you have questions.
Remember our college students by sending them treats and encouragement! Sunday, November 3, the MYF will be preparing 18 care packages for our college students. Everyone is invited to contribute to the packages and/or write a note. Please bring 18 small items for the packages. Suggested items include individually packaged snack foods, gum, stamps, etc.
Visit Your Library: Come explore the First Mennonite Church Library this October during Sip & Chat time. We look forward to acquainting you with the great books, movies, and audiobooks that we have for children and adults. Bring your coffee and let us show off YOUR library!
NOVEMBER 9, 8 AM to 3 PM, the 3rd annual FMC Comforter Blitz! Invite your friends to come and help knot comforters in the fellowship hall. Stay for 15 minutes or all day … every stitch helps our refugee neighbors stay warm! No experience necessary. Light lunch available around noon.
Dear First Mennonite Church family, Thank you so much for the lovely white bird of paradise plant you sent following Edith’s death. We’ll look forward to seeing it bloom. The support we felt from everyone at FMC was much appreciated. -- Sincerely, the Summers family
CONFERENCE AND COMMUNITY NEWS
Join Us for our PEACE Iowa Annual Meeting Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Congregational United Church of Christ, Rockwood Hall (ground floor) 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City. NOON- Potluck & live music with Old Cap String Band featuring Margaret & Loren Brumm, Mike Haverkamp. 1-3 p.m. - Program including panel and discussion on the subject: Coming Together to Promote Peace. This is a great event for inviting potential members to learn more about PEACE Iowa.
Called to Climate Action Statewide Interfaith Gathering: On October 26th, Iowa Interfaith Power and Light will be hosting a free, public event for all people of faith and conscience from 9 AM to NOON at Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Hiawatha, IA. Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, renowned atmospheric scientist and evangelical Christian, will speak to how both science and faith are calling us to respond to the climate crisis. An expert panel of Iowans will offer further reflections on how their faith is calling them to respond to this crisis. If you would like to travel with others from FMC, see Karla.
The Burden of Gun Violence: A panel discussion, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 7 PM, Wayne Ballroom, The Graduate Hotel, 210 S Dubuque St, Iowa City. Come hear a panel of experts discuss the burden of American gun violence and the potential for evidence-based public policy solutions. Topics will include:
• Gun violence trends in the United States
• Gender, intimate partners, and gun violence
• Regulation of guns and gun markets
• Violence reduction strategies and their effectiveness for reducing suicide and criminal violence
See the poster on the narthex bulletin board for more information.
Volunteers needed at the Free Outer Wear & Coats (Warm Clothing) Distribution – Coats for Kids, Saturday, Oct. 26 9 AM – 3 PM; St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 140 Gathering Place Ln, Iowa City 52246. Free School Bus Shuttle available. Contact Carolyn.email@example.com to volunteer. Donations accepted Oct. 24 @ St. Andrews.
Get your feather or foam pillows cleaned, sanitized, deodorized & NEW TICKING on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 8:30 AM– 4:00 PM at Kalona Mennonite Church,
902 6th Street. Sponsored by Kalona Mennonite WMSC.
Volunteers are needed to provide one time, occasional, or recurring meals for the guests at Hope Lodge, a free home away from home for patients undergoing cancer treatment at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. See the flyer on the Local Missions bulletin board in the Sip & Chat area for more information.
For five years, many congregations in our conference and across the United States and Canada have been using Shine: Living in God’s light, the dynamic Sunday School curriculum from MennoMedia. In a series of webinars this fall, you are invited to be reminded, or perhaps discover, the “whys” and “hows” of this valuable Mennonite resource. See www.centralplainsmc.org/shine-webinar for more information.
From Central Plains Conference:
From Crooked Creek Christian Camp: Upcoming programs and events!
From Hillcrest Academy:
From Mennonite Central Committee (MCC):
From Mennonite Creation Care Network:
From Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS):
From Mennonite Historical Society:
From Mennonite Mission Network (MMN):
From Pleasantview Home:
Birthdays (Oct. 20-27)
Thursday Joey Krabill
Sunday Linea Rochford
Events for the coming week
(Oct. 20 - 27)
Sunday 9:30 AM Worship: Karen Martens Zimmerly, proclaimer
10:45 AM Christian Ed classes
Noon to 1:45 PM Worship Workshop: Fellowship Hall
3:30-8 PM Torre Fuerte worship
Wednesday 7 PM Elders
Thursday 7 PM Torre Fuerte worship
Sunday 9:30 AM Worship: Terry Zimmerly, proclaimer
10:45 AM Christian Ed classes
NOON - fundraising meal, Portillo family
3:30-8 PM Torre Fuerte worship