Sunday, February 23, 2020


Welcome and Opening Words

Opening Songs 

     “Come, now is the time to worship”  screen

     “Open the eyes of my heart”  screen


Theme Verse


Hearing the word

Children’s Story – Laura Nickel


     “Help us to help each other”  HWB # 362

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

Scripture - Mark 7:1-23

Sermon  “Balance”


Responding to the word

Hymn of Response:

     “For we are strangers no more”  HWB # 322

Sharing and Prayer



     “God of our Life”  HWB # 486


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.


Verse for 2020

But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31  NRSV

Mais ceux qui se confient en l’Éternel renouvellent leur force. Ils prennent le vol comme les aigles; Ils courent, et ne se lassent point, Ils marchent, et ne se fatiguent point.         Isaiah 40:31  LS1910



Message from Dave Nickel

Worship Leader - Holly Rocole

Music Leader - Jeremy, Julie, and Rachel


Nursery Next Sunday - Wade & Lisa Thiessen

Next Children's Story  - Julie Schlegel Youngs

March’s  Drivers - Wade & Lisa Thiessen

March’s Greeters - Gordon & Rhonda Brubacher

Snack Next Sunday - Brett & Mary Stauffer



Wed, February 26 - Schoolkit Bag Making @ 6:30 pm

Wed, February 26 - Webinar - Farm commodities as a tool for generosity

Thursday - Shop Hours

Sunday, March 8 - Daylight Savings Time

Sat, March 21 - Nebraska Mennonite Women’s Retreat

Wed, March 25 - All Church Small Group @ 6:30


Sunday School

Library -               Adult Class – Uniform Series

Room # 1 - Adult Class – The Bible Unwrapped

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

Nursery - Pre-K – Grade 1

Room # 8 - Grades 2-5

High School Room - Grades 6-12


Record for February 16

62 - Attendance


For Reflection

“Holiness must be demonstrated not as internal consolidation within the Jewish community, but rather as the power to reach out to the stranger without losing one’s footing in the tradition.” -Ellen Davis 



WE WELCOME Ophrael Bukasa, 8lbs 5oz, who was born on Feb 11th. Mom and baby are doing well.  We celebrate with Patience, Jackson, and Hora Dei and keep the Bukasa family in our prayers as they adjust to life together.


WEBINAR - the first two CPMC webinars and discussion were engaging... our last one will be Tuesday: it will be in the fellowship hall at 7:30 pm 2/25. Come to hear/talk about race and recovery. You can also view the video of parts 1 and 2 and/or participate in part 3 from home by using the zoom link:


The 2020 Nebraska Mennonite Women’s Retreat is trying a different format this year: March 21, 2020 at East Fairview Fellowship Hall with speaker Jackie Argue. More info & registration forms on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall.


SCHOOLKIT BAGS - Everyone is invited!  Wed. 2/26 at 6:30 (or whenever you can make it). Bags will be cut and ready for sewing, ironing, cording and counting. Our goal is 150 to send to the Nebraska MCC sale for the children to fill. Bring your sewing machine, iron or snacks if that is your talent. Questions? Ask Tammy Riedel


PICK UP – The latest Our Daily Bread is available on the table by the front door.  Pick yours up today!


MARK - For those participating, please read Mark 5-8 with the guiding questions: "If this were the only part of the story you witnessed, who would you say Jesus is?" and "Would Jesus respond to your response the way he does to Peter in 8:33?"  We will meet again the first week in March.


QUILT AUCTION DONATIONS can be registered online at the Deadline for entries is March 1. Quilts must be delivered to Bethesda or Wendy Janzen by March 10. If questions or need help registering please call Wendy Janzen.


DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME - Sunday, March 8th.  Don’t be late for church!


WEBINAR - Everence Financial is offering one-hour Webinar Wednesdays.  Contact Rick Stauffer for login information.

Farm commodities as a tool for generosity Feb. 26 @ 2 pm or 8 pm EST

How to choose the best Medicare plan  Mar. 4 @ 2 p.m. or 8 p.m. EST

Enoughness: Finding contentment and learning to live in it - Mar. 11 at 2 p.m. or 8 p.m. EDT


CONFERENCE PRAYER REQUEST - Pray for your sister churches in Nebraska: Beemer, Bellwood, Bethesda, First Mennonite of Lincoln, Milford, Salem in Shickley, Wood River, and the Omaha Chin Christian Church, and pray also for the informal gathering of Mennonites in Omaha.