Sunday, February 25, 2018
OUR CHURCH FAMILY
Pastors Karla, Terry, and Karen will attend the annual AMBS Pastors & Leaders 2018 event this week (Feb. 26- March 1) on the theme For Such a Time as This, focused on sustaining hope in a challenging time. Please contact one of the Elders should a need arise during this time. Terry and Karen will continue on to Ohio and will return on March 5.
Everyone is invited to celebrate Lyubov and Scott! A Meet 'n' Greet in honor of their marriage will be held in the fellowship hall during Sip & Chat SUNDAY! Come! Enjoy something sweet, see wedding pictures, and bless the newlyweds.
All Church Coffeehouse: Come and enjoy some java and other hot drinks, listen to some jives by the Young Ramblers (Lisa Horst Schrock, Matthew Yoder, and Drew Willems), and fellowship together SUNDAY NIGHT at 6 PM in the fellowship hall. Please bring a finger food to share. Yutzy ice cream will be served at the Coffee House this evening! Nick Yutzy and Eli Gingerich will be studying in Ecuador with a Goshen College group in May, and appreciate your donations to support them in their learning and growing!
Attention all Senior Saints of the Church! The MYF would like to invite you to a pancake meal, March 4 at NOON in the fellowship hall. Please RSVP to the church office by Friday, March 2. There will be a gluten free option available.
First Mennonite Church Scholarship Fund - If you or your child are applying to or attending a Mennonite Church USA College or Seminary next fall, please contact Carol Miller. Freshmen from FMC who attend Mennonite institutions are given a scholarship equal to 20% of their first year's tuition (after scholarships and grants have been subtracted). Sophomores through Seniors receive $4000 per year ($2000 per semester) that is matched by the college/university. Seminary students receive full tuition if attending full-time. The schools must be notified by March 1 even if the student decides not to attend the school, so please let Carol know as soon as possible. Thank you.
All are invited to join Maya Kehr, and Allison & Isaiah Goertz to learn a bit of Spanish. It'll be a fun, informal class to learn correct pronunciation, a few phrases of greeting, and other simple words/phrases to help us connect with our Spanish speaking friends. The class will meet in the Fellowship hall during the SS hour on March 11th and 18th, then in the sanctuary on the 25th.
As a continuation of January’s InterTerm series on Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery, an exhibit from Central Plains Mennonite Conference will be housed in the fellowship hall through March 4. You’re invited to peruse the display in the coming weeks.
The Missions Commission is convening an interest group to develop learning tours/activities about regional indigenous culture and history. Those interested in joining these explorations may contact Lyubov (email@example.com). The group will begin its work in mid-March.
Our season of Lent: The theme Between Me and You is an opportunity to deepen our living as God’s covenant people & let go of barriers in the way.
Mar. 1 Supper & Intergenerational Prayer Time w/Torre Fuerte 6:15 PM
Mar. 8 Soup & Intergenerational Prayer Time w/Torre Fuerte 6:15 PM
Mar. 15 Soup & Intergenerational Prayer Time w/Torre Fuerte 6:15 PM
Mar. 22 Soup & Intergenerational Prayer Time w/Torre Fuerte 6:15 PM
Mar. 29 Maundy Thursday service 7 PM Fellowship Hall
From Lent through Easter we are using the Sunday worship materials that are developed through the partnership of Mennonite Church USA, Mennonite Church Canada, and MennoMedia. This year four church leaders from Mennonite Church Eastern Canada developed these resources.
The beautiful tapestries hanging at the front of the sanctuary were woven by Steve Valenta. Thanks for sharing your artistic gift with us, Steve.
Thank you so much to Sadie Widmer as she concludes her diligent service as upstairs church custodian; and welcome to Lyubov Slashcheva and Scott Roser as they join the custodial staff.
CONFERENCE AND COMMUNITY NEWS
Sunday Supper by Food for All Kalona this weekend is at Kalona Methodist, as usual, 5:30 PM. All ages and incomes are welcome, and donations are welcome too. We'll be serving "Breakfast for Supper"-- an Amish breakfast casserole, cinnamon rolls, fruit, and drinks. NOTE: We are also welcoming church groups and others to cook for and to help with future suppers. It's a blast! For more information, call Amy at 656-3916 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our website at foodforallmp.org.
From Central Plains Mennonite Conference (CPMC):
From Iowa Mennonite School:
From Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS):
Birthdays (Feb. 25-March 3)
Sunday Isaiah Detweiler
Monday Jean Spitzer
Tuesday Ron Wenger
Thursday Aliese Gingerich
Friday Hannah Bartel
Events for the coming week
(Feb. 26-March 4)
Thursday 1:30-3 PM Peace Knitters
6:15 PM Lenten Simple Supper & Prayer Time with Torre Fuerte
Friday 8 PM Prayer service with Torre Fuerte Sunday 9:30 AM Worship & Communion, Paul Wiebe, proclaimer
10:45 AM Chr. Education classes
NOON -- MYF hosts the Senior Saints Luncheon
5 PM Torre Fuerte worship