50th Build-A-Versary!

50TH BUILD-A-VERSARY: Celebration of 50 years!

Reflective Writing – Worship

We encourage you to consider being one of 50 people who will contribute reflective writing for the celebration of 50 years of our FMC Building. This will be scanned and placed on the FMC website. We invite 50 people (or more!) to submit writing of no more than 250 words. Writers should have some connection to First Mennonite Church. Writers can be alive or deceased. Contributions can be in the form of poetry, faith memories, anecdotes, or any expression you think would be meaningful in a general or specific way to our FMC family. Contributions can be turned in as hard copy, or preferably, sent electronically to the FMC Church Office with the name of the writer included. Written pieces will be posted on the FMC Website, or possibly some other kind of printed format. Thank you!

Recipes – Hospitality

Do you have a recipe that you “always” bring to carry-ins? Is there a recipe from someone in past for which a certain recipe was well known? Or, do you have a good recipe for a large group to share? Do you have ANY recipe you would like to share? J

Anyone from the FMC community is welcome to bring such recipes to the FMC office. It will be scanned and posted on the FMC website as part of our celebration of 50 years in our current building. If there is an FMC connection, please include that explanation with the recipe. Thank you!

Photos – FMC Church Office

Do you have a photo of FMC life? This is the time to send photos to the church office to add to our collection of historic photos on our FMC website. You can scan the photo yourself and send it electronically, or you can speak directly to Becky Gage about the photo. Please help us identify the photo, including your name and an explanation of the photo, including identification of people in the photo. Thank you!

Please click on the picture at the top of this post to read a letter from Pastor Susan and FMC Moderator, Doug Miller.

 

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Hi-FY kitchen hosted formal night

Sunday, February 19 for one night and one night only Hi-FY Kitchen was open. Hi-FY hosted a semi-formal meal in the fellowship hall. The atmosphere was beautiful and the food and service were wonderful. Thank you, Hi-FY!

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Wednesday Evening Meal & Activities

Tonight is the night! Wednesday evening meal and activities begin again starting tonight. Join us for a meal of sloppy joes, chips, veggies and dip, orange wedges and cookie bars for dessert. All are welcome! Meal at 6:15 p.m. and activities for children and adults follow at 7 p.m.

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A Blessed Christmas Eve Service

The spirit was high at the FMC Christmas Eve Service! Children’s songs bubbled over with sincere hearts and beautiful words about this special night when Jesus was born. We sang carols, story-telling, listened to organ music and heard a vocal solo, “Sweet Little Jesus Boy.” We worshiped in the quiet beauty of candlelight and the singing of “Silent Night.”

Each person was greeted with a paper bag of treats as we left the sanctuary. Cider and lively conversation was shared in Fellowship Hall, with the added interest of the Hi’FY’s Gingerbread Church and the multi-colored mural colored by children and all ages of us here at First Mennonite.

Thank you, God, for the season of Advent and the gift of your Son!

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Christmas Services and New Year’s Day Service

FMC’s Christmas Eve Service will begin on December 24, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall following the service. Below is a copy of the program for the evening.

Christmas Eve Service 2016

Worship service on Christmas day will begin at 10 a.m. We look forward to having this time to worship with one another and remember the reason for the season. Christ Is Born!

New Year’s Day worship service will also begin at 10 a.m. Come join us in entering the new year with worship and praise!

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Piñata Celebration hosted by Hispanic Group

Twenty Tabor students came to join in a delicious meal of Pozole, chips, and great desserts on December 4.  The piñata was as fun as ever. Thank you, First Mennonite, to those involved in the Hispanic Group and for FMC’s financial support through the Mission and Service Fund. Following are some pictures from the event.

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Mission Sunday 11-13-16

First Mennonite was very fortunate to have guest speaker, Ben Kreider share with us on Sunday, November 13. Ben is the Director of Prison Ministries at Offender Victim Ministries in Newton Kansas.

Our theme for Mission Sunday this year was focused on release, freedom and hope in regards to prisoners. Many talented cake decorators brought their themed cakes to share with the congregation during the carry-in meal. It was a wonderful morning full of great messages, good company and delicious food!

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MCC Prisoner Care Kits

This month we are collecting items for Prisoner Care Kits that Mennonite Central Committee is starting. Place your items in the bin in the Narthex at FMC. Thank you! Items needed are for men:

  • 1 bottle of lotion (maximum 2 oz)
  • 1 tube toothpaste (minimum 6 oz)
  • 1 bar of soap (minimum 4 oz)
  • 1 deodorant (minimum 2.25 oz)
  • 1 pair white underwear (briefs)*
  • 1 pair white crew socks*
  • 1 white crewneck undershirt*

*Items are accepted in 2 sizes – L or XL. Please choose one size and purchase all clothing items in the same size.

Please feel free to purchase any or all items – we can combine donations to make complete kits. Monetary donations are also greatly appreciated to help purchase items for the kits.

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Spirit ‘N Celebration, Carry-In and Showers

Following are some pictures from our worship service and carry-in on October 9, 2016. Spirit ‘N Celebration from Hillsboro High School joined us for our service and blessed us with their beautiful singing voices throughout the morning. They joined us for a carry-in meal after where we celebrated the marriage of Derek & Katherine Hamm and the birth of Emelia Koerner, daughter of Ethan & Laurel Koerner with a wedding and baby shower.  img_0267img_0268img_0269img_0270wedding-baby-showers-10-9-1614666189_10211136357148498_5060482206062398301_n14494601_10211136388909292_8850293770716782524_n14516418_10211136385549208_776102738607846102_n14657468_10211136389469306_380146764277905607_n14494694_10211136373988919_5217773202742916867_n

 

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Arts & Crafts Fair 2016

THANK YOU, ONE AND ALL, for the cooperative effort during Arts and Crafts Fair weekend! Each gesture, financial or hands-on support, becomes a part of this whole experience. The weekend was indeed an opportunity to serve together with joy. Below are a few pictures of some of the many people that came together to pull off another great Arts & Crafts Fair weekend.

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