Open wounds and thin spaces

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Due to Social Distancing, this week’s service will be held online on Zoom




Call to worship/prayer


     Nothing is lost on the breath of God  STS #121


Children’s Story – Sheri Nitzsche


Hearing the word

Scripture - Acts 3:1-10

Message  “Open wounds and thin spaces”


Responding to the word

Hymn response

     And I will raise you up  HWB #596

Sharing and prayer

Time of response/offering

Theme Verse – Isaiah 40:31

Dismissal to Sunday school


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.     Ésaïe 40:31     LS1910



Pastor - Dave Nickel

Worship Leader - Holly Rocole

Music Leader - Jeanette Harder & Anita Breckbill

Next Children’s Story - Nancy Peters



Thursday - Virtual Shop Hours


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 April 19

103 - Virtual Attendance



Christian witness involves a willingness to confront and be confronted by open wounds because they’re important but they don’t define us.




Sunday we will have Sunday school both before and after worship. The meeting will be "open" from 9:15a-12:30p. We will meet on Zoom. Meet with your class come for fellowship other times as well:-)


Worship will begin at 10:30a . We will sing a hymn that may be new to you, "Nothing is lost on the breath of God."  You can listen to it in advance using the following links: and . The hymn is from the hymnal, Sing the Story, which we do not have in our pews.  But when the new hymnal committee took a poll of "Heart songs" of Mennonite congregations, this song was the most-loved song from Sing the Story.  Listen and see what the fuss is about.


Next Sunday we will read from Acts 17 and 1 Thessolonians 1.


Sunday school materials and other materials for yourself/family are available electronically at for kids of here.


The Archdiocese of Omaha put together a packet of Circle of Grace materials for parents to use at home during this pandemic. Since FMC would normally be teaching COG in April, we are sharing it with parents in digital form (see the attachment). It is to be distributed only to people who are under the umbrella of a license holder, which FMC is. Thanks


For some time we have been planning to order the new Voices Together hymnal.  The last day for early orders is May 1 (w/ a 10% discount)... so if you would like to order a personal copy and/or donate a pew copy near you, please send checks in multiples of $21 to the church: "FMC" (w/ "Hymnal" in the memo line). You can also get "worship leader" editions for $9 or accompaniment" editions for $81.  Please have checks in the mail today, and I'll get them to Brett. I'll be in touch with those who have requested personal copies next week... and we should receive our order around October.


The treasurer is collecting weekly offering during this time away from regular in person worship services. Feel free to drop off or mail donations to the church at 7300 Holdrege St, Lincoln, NE 68505. Donations can also be automatically deducted from your bank account on a weekly or monthly basis. Lastly, you can make donations through our PayPal account using our email treasurer [at] There is a link for PayPal donations on the church's website under the "Donation" tab.  Keep in mind we do pay a processing fee to PayPal so checks and ACH are preferred.  Any questions should be directed to Brett.


We are further developing a sharing fund with funds from less traditional sources: we want to assist our members as well as those more loosely connected who are struggling with financial hardship. Please talk with me if you'd be interested in helping organize/develop this or if you'd like to contribute.

At the same time, it is not easy to ask for financial help and it's not easy to feel we need/deserve it...  please ask anyway: at this time, let me or someone on nutrure commission (Jo, Laura, or Brett) know. We will work to maintain the confidentiality of requests. Please reach out


It's important for us to find ways to share our lives together, in order to sustain each other with friendship. Please continue to support one another. It's important to be intentional in showing one another the love of Jesus in these confusing and potentially isolating times.  


The elders and I would love to chat with you and/or pray with you.  Please connect with Anita, Rick, Sheri, or me if you'd appreciate this.


The shop will continue to be warm for shop hours Thursdays from 3-8 (though we usually take a supper break around 6p). We are meeting virtually on zoom. Stop by to chat if you'd like.


Kathy B has  a digital copy of the 2019-20 FMC directory for you if you'd like, email her.


CONFERENCE PRAYER REQUEST -  Pray for the work of the Christian Formation Committee of Central Plains Mennonite Conference. We pray for wisdom and courage as they help us to be intentional and to think theologically about Christian formation for all ages.