Sunday, December 9, 2018
OUR CHURCH FAMILY
All are welcome to contribute to our Advent Giving Project in support of the Shelter House and those they serve by bringing mittens, gloves, hats, jackets, coats, scarves, and thermal underwear to the donation boxes in the Sip & Chat area now through December 23. New or used items in good condition for men, women, and children of all sizes are much appreciated! Financial contributions are also welcome through our regular Sunday offerings this month by checks written to FMC with "Shelter House" on the memo line. --Mission Commission
Young Adult Lunch: Meet in the lower entry at 11:45 SUNDAY to carpool to the designated lunch destination.
The Worship Commission would like to give you one more chance to let us know how you would like to be involved in our weekly worship services during the coming year. There are a lot of opportunities for you to offer your gifts of planning, artistic expression, music, drama, prayer, leadership, welcoming, (and much more). If you didn't fill out a survey in October, please consider doing so now. Go to https://tinyurl.com/y9lhzmkx
Children's Activity Bags. Colorful fabric bags with quiet activities for children (toddlers through age 5) are now available by the entry doors in the narthex. Families are encouraged to pick up a bag on their way into worship, and return it on the way out of worship. Many thanks to Pam Miller, Dea Hoeme, and Ann Valenta for creating this gift for young families!
The Children’s Christmas Program has been rescheduled for next Sunday, DECEMBER 16 at 11:15 AM in the sanctuary. Plan to attend!
Advent Choir practice (11 AM) today is in the fellowship hall. Join us as we prepare to sing in the December 23 worship service.
The Ad Cabinet, Pastors and Football Parking review committee are interested in your thoughts and opinions regarding Football Parking at FMC. Background information on Football Parking at FMC and the purpose of this review are included on the survey. An electronic version was emailed to you this week. Paper surveys are available in the narthex (place in Isaac Schrock's mailbox). Please return your responses by Sunday night, Dec. 9.
For weather related cancellation services at First Mennonite
In the back of the 2018 Church directory is a procedure for an emergency prayer chain. For weather-related changes in Sunday morning services, an announcement will be made by 7 AM (even the night before if necessary) on the Sunday in question and sent out via email, phone call (for those without email), on the church website, and on KCRG TV 9 cancellations.
Worship Commission has designated the 5th Sunday of a month as a hymn sing and encourages us to invite friends and neighbors. For the December 30 service of song, you will find posters and invitation cards on the table in the narthex. Please consider public places where you could place a poster and people whom you could personally invite!
Families with young children, consider incorporating daily or weekly Advent rituals into your family routine during Advent. An Advent guide that connects well with FMC's own Advent worship theme and scriptures can be found here: Advent at home. Look for a sample on the table in the Sip & Chat area; and see the church office if you’d like your own copy.
All Adults: The following Kairos Palestine resource provides information and a weekly at home Advent reading about current day Palestine, the land of Jesus’ birth: http://www.kairospalestine.ps/images/kairos-palestine-christmas-alert-2018.pdf.
Notes from the Elders
Below is a snap shot from the past three months of Elder minutes:
CONFERENCE AND COMMUNITY NEWS
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From Iowa Mennonite School (IMS):
From Mennonite Central Committee (MCC):
Area high school DECEMBER FINE ARTS events
Birthdays (Dec. 9-15)
Tuesday Kristin Peterson
Wednesday Rosemary Michael
Thursday Erin Yoder Funk
Friday Earl Gingerich
Events for the coming week
Sunday 9:30 AM Worship, Karen Martens Zimmerly, proclaimer
10:45 AM Christian Ed. classes & Advent choir practice
NOON - Young Adult lunch - TBD
5 PM Torre Fuerte worship
Tuesday 6 PM Mission Commission
Wednesday 6:30 PM Trustees
Thursday 7 PM Torre Fuerte worship
Sunday 9:30 AM Worship, Karla Stoltzfus Detweiler, proclaimer
10:45 AM Christian Ed. classes
11:15 AM Children's Christmas program - sanctuary
5 PM Torre Fuerte worship