Sunday: May 29, 2022
OUR CHURCH FAMILY
Today is the final meeting for the Children’s Sunday School classes before the summer hiatus.
This weekend, our three delegates are in Kansas City for the Mennonite Church USA Special Delegate Session. Please pray for them, the delegates, the executive board, the resolutions committee, the worship leaders, and everyone who is participating in these meetings. The conversations are difficult, but we continue to pray for the Holy Spirit to speak into the life and work of Mennonite Church USA, Central Plains Mennonite Conference, FMC, and our community. Here is a link to a prayer guide provided by MCUSA.
As Worship Commission continues to finalize a location for the wood carving, we recognize for some the carving has a lot of meaning, while some may wonder what the carving is about. TODAY is the final Sunday for the refreshed carving to be in the Sip & Chat area for closer viewing. We’d like to compile a memory book – how has this carving been meaningful to you? Help yourself to a card from the basket near the carving and write your reflections. When finished, place the card in the box provided. Your reflections will be part of the celebration when we hang the carving in a new location.
Wanted: Titles to Enrich Our Welcoming Statement
Our library serves FMC by aiding our individual and collective spiritual growth. We are asking for your help in suggesting book titles or dvds to help us all grow into the Welcoming Statement. We currently hold titles that enrich our welcome to all races and cultures, and we continue to add to that collection. Now we seek to expand our collection to include the LBGTQ community. Years ago we started with the Tom Hanks movie, Philadelphia, and have recently added the book, My Two Moms by Zach Wahls, Iowa State Senator and local citizen.
As always, we're grateful for any book/film title suggestions to add to our collection. We look forward to hearing from you.
Consider formalizing your relationship with Christ and your church family at First Mennonite by receiving baptism and/or becoming a member or associate member. Contact one of the pastors or the church office to express your interest!
YouTube Services: As you all know, we’ve moved to livestreaming our services on YouTube. With recorded video being publicly available, we want to make sure that everyone is aware and okay with their face possibly being on video. If you DO NOT want to be on video, please let us know in the church office. Parents, please also let us know for your children if we should not be including them on video. Thank you!
Iowa MCC Relief Sale at the Johnson County Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 11 from 7 AM to 4 PM - Bring your friends and family! We hope to see you there, but even if you're not able to attend in person you can still put in a bid for the Online Auction going live on Sunday, June 5.
Volunteering is still available at the auction, with children’s activities, announcing, and parking. Check the sign-up links at iamccreliefsale.org. There are still a few pans to fill with cookies, pies, and cinnamon rolls. You can pick up pans and instructions for your baked items at the table in the Sip & Chat area. Susan Gingerich is available to assist with instructions.
Our My Coins Count bucket has received $130.02 for refugees in Ecuador. Can we add that much again this week? You may continue to place your donations in the bucket in the Sip & Chat area for 2 more weeks. Coins, bills, and checks are all accepted.
Save the date! Saturday, June 18 is the Iowa City Pride Festival! As an inclusive church of all God’s children, we want to join the noon parade/march. After marching, volunteer for a one-hour shift from Noon - 4 at our First Mennonite Church booth where you can help organize crafts, visit with people, and hand out freebies with Terry. Volunteers will receive a free limited-edition First Mennonite Church T-shirt (available for sale to others for $20). Get some exercise, support the marginalized in our community, show your church colors, and have some fun witnessing for Christ!
Congregational Meeting on June 19 - plan to stay after the worship service on June 19 for a congregational meeting. The agenda will be to affirm the slate of volunteers for the coming church year. Information on the volunteer positions will be made available ahead of the meeting. We will also review the changes in structure that will continue to be rolled out as we enter into a new church year in September.
Mennonite World Conference Assembly 2022 in Indonesia: Would you like virtual access to workshops, worship services, seminars, youth programs, etc. to be part of the MWC Assembly? Donna Darby registered to attend and can help you gain access. Read more at this link. Michael and Jardely Darby are responsible for Assembly communication, and Jardely is the Youth Program Coordinator.
CONFERENCE AND COMMUNITY NEWS
Iowa City Community Blood Drive: June 1, 12:30 – 4:30 PM, Iowa City Public Library. Schedule an appointment at redcrossblood.org, or call 1-800-733-2767.
Did you volunteer at Camp Menno Haven for a summer in the past 50+ years? Join the Staff alumni reunion at Menno Haven June 30 - July 3, 2022. Registration and details at https://www.mennohaven.com. Some folks are connecting on Facebook through the group - Menno Haven Staff Reunion. Join us for the entire time, a day, a meal, whatever works for your schedule. Do you have friends, family, or former church members that might not see this announcement? Reach out and pass it on that we want to see them again!
From Central Plains Mennonite Conference (CPMC):
From Crooked Creek Christian Camp (CCCC):
From Hillcrest Academy:
From Iowa Mennonite Historical Society:
From Mennonite Church USA (MCUSA):
From Mennonite Organizations:
Birthdays (May 27 - June 4)
Friday: Dea Hoeme
Saturday: Maria Kummer
Monday: Abram Kehr-Yoder
Tuesday: Caitlyn Yoder Cook
Thursday: Robert Nelson
Friday: Nile Elliott, Lynn Gingerich, Cole Ours
Events for the coming week
(May 29 - June 5)
Friday - Sunday: MC USA Special Delegate Session, Kansas City, MO
Sunday: 9:30 AM Worship in Song: planned by Worship Commission
10:45 AM Christian Education hour
Wednesday: 7 PM Worship Commission
Sunday: 9:30 AM Pentecost: Worship & Communion, Karen Martens Zimmerly, proclaimer
10:45 AM: Christian Education hour (adults)