Ready to wait

Sunday, March 31, 2019


Welcome and Opening Words

Opening Songs:

     “Blessed be your name”  screen


Announcements and theme verse

Hearing the word

Children’s Story – Marvin Gerritse


     “Be Thou my vision”  HWB #545

 (Pre-K and younger children can go to the nursery)

Scripture - Matthew 25:1-13, 31-40

Sermon  “Ready to wait”

Responding to the word

Hymn of Response: 

     “Teach me Thy truth”  HWB #548

Sharing and Prayer

Tithes and Offering

Sending Hymn: 

     “Edelweiss benediction”  screen



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.



Jesus calls us to be ready: that means being ready to wait for glimpses of him and being ready to wait for his fullness.


Verse for 2019

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.     Philippians 4:8



Pastor - Dave Nickel

Worship Leader - Sheri Nitzsche

Music Leader - Jeremy, Julie, Rachel, & Laura

Nursery - Glen & Tammy Riedel

Nursery Next Sunday - Jay & Becky Waegli

Next Children's Story -   Stan Harder

April’s  Drivers - Rick & Wanda Stauffer

April’s Greeters - Steve & Angela Nitzsche

Snack Next Sunday - Everett Lundquist & Ruth Chantry



Sunday Prayer Time - 9:15 am Room #2

Apr 5-6 - NE MCC Sale

Monday, April 8 - Coffee at Jolene’s @ 9:30 am

Saturday, May 11 - Neighborhood Garage Sale

May 28-30 - Vacation Bible School 6-8pm


Sunday School

Library  - Adult Class – Uniform Series

Room # 1 - Adult Class – Your New Money Mindset

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

Room # 3 - Adult Women’s Class – Live your call

Nursery - Preschool – Kindergarten

Room # 7 - Grades 1-2

Room # 8 - Grades 3-6

 Room # 4 - Grades 9-12


Record for March 24

88 - Attendance




A BIG THANK YOU  to all who donated, bid, purchased items and helped facilitate the FMC auction.  It was a wonderful success as we raised $3687 for the new mower.  The trustees would like to thank you all!!

Wade adds "anyone who wants to buy the Thiessen mowing package, please contribute to the mower fund... it's still an option and the amount is wide open."


COFFEE - Ladies, come enjoy conversation and coffee on the second Monday of each month. Our next gathering will be Monday, April 8, 9:30am at Jolene Boshart’s. 5135 South St


Money raised from Our Coins Count and all bids on this quilt at the Aurora relief sale will go directly the MCC Food For All programs: Providing canned meat in exchange for environmental work and tree planting in Burundi. Enable families to raise rabbits or chickens for food and income in the Gaza Strip. Help farmers in Chad raise healthier livestock and find new ways to earn an income on their land.


MORTGAGE - Exciting news!!!  We are within $1000 of being able to pay off our mortgage balance in full.  We have building fund reserves to continue making our mortgage payment for most of this year.  However, as soon as we get in another $1000 of outstanding building pledges we should be able to payoff our balance in full and be completely debt free on our church building! Thank you everyone for your generous pledges as we would not be able to payoff our loan without you.



YOUTH AND ADULTS TO WORK SHIFTS at the Soft Serve Ice Cream, Pork Sandwich, or Information Booths.

Pies, bread & Jelly for the soup supper. See sign up sheets in Narthex.

Also, some of us are planning to go for set-up on Thursday... please email Pastor Dave if you're interested in car pooling.


EVERENCE - In 2018, First Mennonite Church qualified for $1200 of Sharing Fund matching from Everence.  In 2019 we are qualified for $1500.  To qualify for an even higher Everence match, we need to increase our Congregational support of Everence products.  One easy way to do this is to open a Youth Savings account for your child or grandchild.  These online accounts provide a guaranteed 4% APY on the first $1000.  A minimum of $25 is required to open an account.  If this would be of interest to you, please contact Rick for help in setting up an Everence Youth Savings Account.


CONFERENCE PRAYER REQUEST - Pray for the search process for CPMC's new Conference Minister for Ministerial Leadership. Pray for the candidates and the search committee, that they may recognize God's presence and guidance in the process.