Sunday, February 12, 2017


Opening Words and Prayer

Gathering Hymns: “Shall we gather at the river” HWB # 615

 “Jesus help us live in peace”  STJ # 52


Hearing the word

Children's Story: Nancy Peters

Hymn: “Lord, listen to your children” HWB # 353

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

Scripture:  Luke 19:1-10

Message:  get out of the tree – Seth Miller

Responding to the word

Hymn of Response: “My latest sun is sinking fast” STJ # 111

Sharing and Prayer

Tithes and Offering 

Sending Hymn: “Blessed be the tie that binds”   HWB # 421



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.



When God calls us, we are to respond with faith AND obedience. For Luke, it is not sufficient to understand that Jesus is God’s Messiah and to “just believe in him.”  One’s life must reflect that confession. 



Pastor:  Dave Nickel

Worship Leader:  Holly Rocole

Music Leader:  Julie Schlegel, and Jennifer & Thad Miller

Nursery:  Brett & Mary Stauffer

Nursery Next Sunday:  Wade & Lisa Thiessen

Next Children's Story:  Jolene Boshart

February’s Drivers:  Byron Rahn

February’s Greeters      

Snack Next Sunday:  Wade & Lisa Thiessen



Sunday Prayer Time:  9:15 am Room #2

Wednesday, Feb 15:  All Church Small Group

Sunday, Feb 19:  NO POTLUCK

Sunday, Feb 26:  2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off

Marcy 4-5:  Women’s Retreat in Aurora, NE

Sunday, March 12:  POTLUCK and Youth Auction

Sunday, March 19:  Joe Sawatsky from MMN to speak

Sunday, March 26:  POTLUCK & Shower for Jeremy and Julie

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


Record for February 5

67 - Attendance

$ 2,452 - Offering

$ 12,876 - Year To Date Budget

$ 11,579 - Year To Date Offering


Sunday School

Library:  Adult Group – Uniform Series

Room # 1:  Adult Group – Sermon Discussion

Room # 6? :  Adult Group

Nursery:  Preschool

Room # 8:  Grades K-2

Room # 7:  Grades 3-8

Room # 4:  Grades 9-12



SPEAKER – Thank you to Seth Miller for bringing us the message today!  Seth is the Pastor of Preaching & Congregational/Community Life at Bethesda Mennonite Church in Henderson, NE.  He has been there since July 2015.  Seth, originally from Sarasota, Florida, is a graduate of Eastern Mennonite University and received a Master of Divinity degree from Eastern Mennonite Seminary.


WEDNESDAY - We will have an all-church small group on Wednesday.  It is being arranged by the Worship committee, and we are organizing a baked potato bar. Jennifer Miller will have a sign-up sheet on Sunday for baked potato toppings and/or desserts.


NEIGHBOR – Outreach commission is ordering "We're glad you're our neighbor" yard signs (designed by a Mennonite in Virginia). Please talk to/email Pastor Dave if you'd like to purchase one ($10 payable to FMC). They should be available by February 19th.


CHILI COOK-OFF – Bring your best chili and join us for the 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off on February 26 right after church.  There will be prizes for Judges Choice in several categories, and we will also award People’s Choice.  Please sign up to bring your favorite.  There will be a free-will offering to the Youth Group for their 2017 conference trip to Florida this summer. 


TUESDAY - The first of a series of three “Tuesdays with Dave” Webinars is coming soon!  This series will focus on how the life and message of our churches can be infused with grace, joy and peace in a world seeking hope.  Join us on Tuesday, February 28, at 7 pm for the first teaching video “Witness in Exile: Longing for a Better Place.”


RETREAT – A brochure and registration forms for Nebraska Mennonite Women's Retreat March 4-5 are on/near the bulletin board. Talk to Barb Schlegel for more info. 


AUCTION - The Youth Group will hold an auction after potluck March 12 as a fundraiser for convention.  Would you consider donating items such as household items, crafts, baked goods, certificates (snow shoveling, babysitting, other services) and any nice stuff that you don't need anymore. And get ready to bid!!!


INVITE – We will be hosting conscientious objector appreciation during and after worship on April 23.  If you have friends and/or family you would like us to formally thank and invite, please talk to Pastor Dave.