Living Light

Sunday, January 28, 2018


Opening words and prayer

Opening songs:

     “I saw the light”  screen

     “Here I am Lord”  HWB # 395



Hearing the word

Children’s Story – Kathy Haake


     “Peace like a river”  screen

Scripture - John 3:1-21

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

Message  “Living Light”


Responding to the word

Hymn of Response: 

     “Immortal, invisible, God only wise”  HWB # 70

Sharing and Prayer

Tithes and Offering 

Sending Hymn: 

     “I am the bread of life”  HWB # 472



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.



Anyone working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is.



Pastor - Dave Nickel

Worship Leader - Anita Breckbill

Music Leaders - Thad & Jen Miller

Nursery - Jay & Becky Waegli

Nursery Next Sunday - The Mukuna Family

Next Children's Story - Marivn Gerritse

February’s Drivers - Byron Rahn

February’s Greeters -

Snack Next Sunday - Dave & Laura Nickel



Sunday Prayer Time - 9:15 am Room #2

Wednesday, Jan 31 - Hebrew Bible discussion @ 7 pm

Wednesday, Jan 31 - School Kit Bag Sewing Night 6:30 pm

Saturday, Feb 3 - Soup Swap at Laura Nickel’s @ 3:30 pm

Sunday, Feb 4 - Souper Bowl Sunday Collections

Feb 9-10 - FMC retreat in Aurora, NE

Feb 25 - Potluck/Baby Shower for Rachel & Tim  Balzer

March 18 - Pasta Cook-Off sponsored by the Youth Group


Sunday School

Library  - Adult Class – Uniform Series

Room # 1 - Adult Class – The Holy Spirit - An Introduction

Room # 6 - Adult Group – Uniform Series – Take 2

Nursery - Preschool

Room # 8 - Grades K-2

Room # 7 - Grades 3-8

Room # 4 - Grades 9-12


Record for January 21

71 - Attendance

$ 1,952 - Offering 1-14

$ 2,157 - Offering 1-21

$ 682 - Sharing Fund Offering 1-17



 SOUPER BOWL -  On Sunday February 4th, 2018, millions of Americans will watch the Super Bowl football game.  There will be parties with abundant food, friendship, and fellowship.  At the same time, there will be people worried about staying warm and finding their next meal.  Let’s join with others around the country as we demonstrate God’s love by loving our neighbors through the Souper Bowl of Caring.  It’s a simple, yet significant act of caring for others.

This year we will be collecting for Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach in Lincoln.   For over 25 years MTKO has served the homeless and near homeless.  Feeding the hungry is at the core of their mission.

After church on February 4, the youth will be collecting donations in their soup pots for the Souper Bowl of Caring.


FEBRUARY POTLUCK is changing from the 18th to the 25th, along with a baby shower for Rachel and Tim Balzer.


ANNUAL MEETING FOLLOWUP – Thanks to all who attended tonight's annual meeting. The proposed budget was passed, and Anita Breckbill was elected Elder. The new organizational chart was presented, and all are invited to review the position listings and descriptions, which can be found in the binder in the fellowship hall. The 2018 Bible verse choices were also presented; prayerfully consider FMC's focus this year, and then cast your vote! There are voting slips available at the church.


WOMEN’S RETREAT – FMC is in charge of planning this year's Nebraska Women's Retreat, and you are all invited! This year will be a special seminar: "Sister Care: Equipping Women for Healing Ministries" at the Leadership Center in Aurora, Nebraska, on March 3-4, 2018. Sister Care seminars provide women with tools for ongoing personal healing, for recognizing and celebrating God's grace in their lives, and for responding more confidently to the needs of others.  Sister Care is a ministry of Mennonite Women USA and will be led by Rhoda Keener, former director of Mennonite Women USA, and Carolyn Heggen, psychotherapist.  For more information or to register online, visit: or contact Carol Knieriem. 


CONFERENCE PRAYER REQUEST - Today, Larry Nail is being installed as pastor at Julesburg Mennonite Church in Julesburg, Colorado. Pray for Larry and for the congregation as they proclaim the Good News together in their community.





First Mennonite Church will be collecting donations for MCC relief kits. MCC distributed over 16,000 kits last year in places like Syria, Iraq, and Ukraine, and now needs to replenish their warehouses to keep reaching affected areas. The following list comes directly from the MCC website and represents the contents of 1 kit, but we will gladly accept any of these items in any amount.


Please bring the following on these dates:


(NEW items only, in original packaging)


Jan 28 • 4 new bath towels (medium weight, dark or bright colors)


Feb 4 • 4 large bars bath soap


    • 4 adult-size toothbrushes


Feb 11 • 1 plastic bottle shampoo (13–24 oz; in Ziplock bag)


    • 2 wide-tooth combs (6–8 in)


Feb 18 • 1 fingernail clipper (good quality)


    • 1 box adhesive bandages (minimum 40 count, assorted)


Feb 25 • 4 large bars laundry soap (Some stores carry Fels Naptha®, Sunlight® or Zote® brands)


    • 1 package sanitary pads (18–24 count thin maxi)


Please do not include toothpaste. MCC will add it to the kits at their warehouse.


We will be collecting donations through the end of February.




March 23 & 24, 2018 at the Aurora Fairgrounds
“Relief, development & peace in the name of Christ”




NEEDED:  YOUTH AND ADULTS TO WORK SHIFTS AT THE SOFT SERVCE ICE CREAM BOOTH.  (Contact Rhonda Brubacher if you can help organize volunteers & the booth.  All supplies pre-ordered.)


NEEDED: QUILTS  Entry deadline: March 1.  (Late entries can be sold, but will not be in the quilt book.)  NEW: Quilt entries need to be at our church by MARCH 9 or delivered to Bethesda Church in Henderson by MARCH 10.  If unfinished, a picture of it in progress may be sent to Wendy Janzen.


NEEDED: GET THE WORD OUT - Post or tweet the Sale’s FB Page: NE MCC Relief Sale  

Or website:  Get the word out that this is not just for Mennonites!


NEEDED:  COINS FOR “MY COINS COUNT”- Save your coins and donate your pocket change!


NEEDED:  PICTURES / DESCRIPTION of your crafts, art work, donations. Send to: Gary Buller.