Sunday, January 15, 2017


Opening Words and Prayer

Gathering Hymns: “All people that on earth do dwell”  HWB #42

     “Lord, with devotion we pray”  HWB #79


Hearing the word

Children's Story: Marvin Gerritse

Hymn: “Spirit of the living God”  HWB #349

(Pre-K and younger children are dismissed to the nursery)

Scripture:  Matthew 3:1-17

Sermon: “An open ear”

Responding to the word

Hymn of Response: “I sought the Lord”  HWB #506

Sharing and Prayer

Tithes and Offering 

Sending Hymn: “Forth in Thy name”  HWB #415



Assisted listening devices and large print hymnals are available at the audio-visual desk.

The cry room has a speaker so you can continue to listen to the service if you need to step out of the sanctuary.



In teaching us to minister, God teaches us authentic prayer.



Pastor:  Dave Nickel

Worship Leader:  Laura Nickel

Music Leader:  Jeanette Harder

Nursery:  Mukuna Family

Nursery Next Sunday:  Dave & Sheri Nitzsche

Next Children's Story :  Julie Schlegel

January’s Drivers:  Julie Schlegel

January’s Greeters         

Snack Next Sunday:  Ruth Chantry & Everet Lundquist



Yesterday:  Elder Nominations Due

Today:  Potluck Lunch

Sunday Prayer Time:  9:15 am Room #2

Monday, Jan 16:  FMC team @ basketball tourney

Wednesday, Jan 18:  Annual Meeting with Soup Supper @ 6:30pm

Sunday, Jan 22:  Communion at FMC

Saturday, Jan 28:  Agnes' birthday party

Sunday, Jan 29:  Quilt Piecing @ FMC

Saturday, Feb 4:  Soup swap @ 3:30 pm

Sunday, Feb 5:  Jim & Carol present Good News in Outreach

Sunday, Feb 12:  Pulpit swap with Seth Miller (Bethesda MC)

Wednesday, Feb 15:  All church small group

Sunday, March 19:  Joe Sawatsky from MMN to speak

Sunday, April 23:  Conscientious Objector "Thank you" service


Record for January 8

70:  Attendance


Sunday School

Library :  Adult Group – Uniform Series

Room # 1:  Adult Group – Sermon Discussion

Room # 2:  Adult Group - Overplayed

Nursery:  Preschool

Room # 8:  Grades K-2

Room # 7:  Grades 3-8

Room # 4:  Grades 9-12



LUNCH – Please stay after the service today for a potluck lunch.  We always have plenty to share, so everyone is invited to join us.


MEETING – Our annual meeting will be at 6:30 pm Wednesday, January 18. Leadership board members will be providing soup, sides, and desserts.  We will be collecting donations to pay down the building loan. The format will be slightly different with printed reports to review individually and in groups after the meal. We hope to start the formal meeting at 7:30.



ELDER ELECTIONS – The Elder nominations have been made for the open position, and the 2016 ballot will include the following:  Dave Nitzsche, Sheri Nitzsche, and Wade Thiessen.  Cast your votes at the congregational meeting on Wednesday, January 18th.  Please continue to give this prayerful consideration.  Contact Dave Nitzsche for Absentee Ballots.


THANK YOU - A special thanks for your thoughts and prayers for Donna and I prior to and  during my surgery in December as well as during the recovery period. Thank you  for the poinsettia plant, visits, cards, calls, e-mails, and texts. A special  thanks to David Nickel and family for continued visits and contacts during this  time. The encouragement we received from everyone was very much  appreciated.  -Jim & Donna Buller

FEELING CREATIVE? - Kathy Boshart, Tammy Riedel, and Pastor Dave are planning a few MCC sale project times.  We are quilting and brainstorming/soliciting craft and woodworking projects for our congregation to work on together. 

Sunday Evening, January 29th

We need your help with sewing, trimming, ironing, and moral support!

Please bring your Sewing Machines, Scissors, Pins, Irons, and Boards


HATS - Thanks to all who donated coats, hats, gloves and scarves to CenterPointe, a treatment center for mental illness, substance abuse and addiction. They were so thankful to distribute these to their clients.


SUBSCRIBE - Our congregation's group subscription to The Mennonite expires this month. Please let me know by 1/15 if you want to renew or add your name to the list. 


CLASS - We hope to begin a catechism/church membership class later this spring.  Please tell Pastor Dave if you would be interested in participating.


PRAYER REQUEST - Pray for the Annual Meeting Task Group as they meet Tuesday and Wednesday on site at University of South Dakota in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.