Oct. 1 - 7. 2022
OUR CHURCH FAMILY
Next Sunday, October 9, John Sharp will be our guest speaker in worship. John is the father of MJ Sharp, a peacemaker in Africa, who was killed. John will share MJ’s story and reflect on our call to the ministry of reconciliation. All are invited to the Fellowship Hall for the Education Hour where John will respond to your questions.
You can find the book Disarmed: The Radical Life and Legacy of Michael ‘MJ’ Sharp by Marshall V. King in our church library. Listen to an interview with the author on the PeaceBuilder podcast at this link.
An AED (automatic external defibrillator) has been installed across the hall from the office by the mailboxes. Training in CPR and the use of the AED will be scheduled soon.
Bible Study Opportunity: As part of the celebration of 500 years of Anabaptism, MennoMedia is creating an Anabaptist Bible. Small groups will study selected passages of Scripture together in four sessions and then submit comments to be considered for marginal notes in the Anabaptist Bible. See https://www.mennomedia.org/reading-scripture-together/ for more information. Contact Margaret Yoder if you are interested in participating.
Planning is underway for Crooked Creek Christian Camp’s 3rd annual online auction! The auction will be live December 6-11 on the Mennonite Auctions website: https://mennoniteauctions.org/. First Mennonite Church has committed to provide a gift basket of crafts for children ages 3-10. Please give your cash donations to Faye Gerig or contact her at 319-430-2987 by October 2. You may also donate NEW or LIKE NEW items and antiques. Food, experience, and meat bundles have been some of the best sellers. Contact Heather (firstname.lastname@example.org) or our camp rep (Carol Miller) to donate.
Volunteers are needed for the Pleasantview Benefit Sale Evening Meal on Friday, Nov. 4. There are two shifts ( 4-6 PM and 6-8 PM) and a variety of jobs. Adults and school age children are welcome. Please call or text John Yutzy at (319) 530-8414 or email at email@example.com by Oct 23. Thank you!
Thank-you to Mary Forney and Kathy Ropp for the worship visuals that reflect our fall worship theme.
CONFERENCE AND COMMUNITY NEWS
Fernau Fundraiser Meal, Sunday, October 2, hosted by East Union & Upper Deer Creek, will be served at Upper Deer Creek Church (3369 320th St. Wellman) from 11:30 AM -1:30 PM. Cost is on a donation basis and if unable to attend, donations can be made via East Union's or Upper Deer Creek's website/giving portal. Thanks in advance for supporting Joe & Carmen as they continue Joe's battle with lymphoma.
Ten Thousand Villages will be financially empowering Pakistani artisans by hosting their 6th Annual Fair Trade Rug Event October 13-16 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in the Iowa River Landing in Coralville. This year’s Rug Event is particularly important as many of the artisans who create the Persian and tribal rugs and hand-woven pillows live predominantly in areas where Pakistan has been inundated with flooding. Approximately 300 rugs, each handmade in Pakistani homes by fairly paid adult artisans, will be available in a variety of unique designs and sizes. Thurs-Sat 10 am-7 pm, Sun 11-5. Visit bunyaad.com to view or call 319-519-2104 for information.
From the Consultation of Religious Communities:
priority items: winter coats & jackets of all sizes, and other outerwear (snow pants, hats, gloves /
mittens, winter scarves, warm socks & winter boots / shoes). Also gladly accepted are sweaters,
sweatshirts & sweatpants. Other items needed: a box or two of large, strong lawn and leaf bags
that can hold several coats for the shoppers; and a dozen sturdy coat racks to borrow.
And save the week of October 16 - 22 for volunteer opportunities as follows:
For further questions, contact John Barr at BarrJohnO@sau.edu
From Crooked Creek Christian Camp (CCCC):
From Crowded Closet:
From Hillcrest Academy:
From Mennonite Central Committee (MCC):
From Mennonite Church USA (MCUSA):
From other Mennonite Organizations:
Birthdays (Oct. 1 - 6)
Saturday Kathy Ropp
Sunday Allison Krabill
Saturday Mike Cook
Events for the coming week
(October 1 - 7)
Sunday: 9:30 AM Worship & Communion, Terry Zimmerly, proclaimer
10:45 AM Sunday School
Tuesday: 7 PM Mission Team
Wednesday: 7 PM Worship Planning Team
Sunday: 9:30 AM Worship, John Sharp, proclaimer
10:45 AM Sunday School and Q&A time with John Sharp