Listening to the Groans

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Due to Social Distancing, this week’s hybrid service will be held both online on Zoom and in the building




Call to worship/prayer


Good News in Outreach - Mennonite Central Committee


Hearing the word

Children’s Story – Nancy Peters


     “Joyful, joyful we adore thee”  HWB #71

Scripture  - Romans 8:18-28

Message  “Listening to the Groans”


Responding to the word

Sharing and prayer

Time of Offering

Theme Verse – Isaiah 40:31

Sending Hymn

     “They that wait upon the Lord”  HWB #584

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 - Wade Thiessen

Music Leader - Thad & Jennifer Miller

Next Children’s Story     



Thursday - Virtual Shop Hours

8-5 - Virtual All Church Small Group


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 July 19

79 - Attendance - Hybrid in person/Zoom



Sunday we will have another hybrid worship service:

 The Zoom meeting will be "open" from 9:15a-12:30p on Zoom.

 The building will be open at 10:20  

 We will read Romans 8:18-28.

 Michelle Armster, the executive director of MCC Central States will have our message.

Next Sunday we will probably stay in Romans 8 for another week:-) 


For those of you thinking about worshipping in our building, please read our attached full guidelines. Please contact Anita, Tim, Sabrina, or me with questions or concerns.  


Sunday school materials and other materials for yourself/family are available electronically. For kids:  For everyone: here.


The folks who are receiving the faithbuild house send us a letter (a photo's attached), and Habitat sent us some swag (it's on a table in the fellowship hall) to share.  Please check it out, and thanks to those who prayed and helped.


Please continue to be extra intentional in connecting in order to fight social isolation: physical distance is not equal to social isolation. Let's love our neighbors around the area and world. 


Sabrina and I are planning a few virtual gatherings for FMC to share about our congregational backgrounds, especially from our childhood.  Please be thinking about your own congregational history in preparation for a virtual all church small group August 5.


Beginning in August, the elders will prepare a series of discussion questions to kick off another year of small groups.  We will have more details soon, and ask that, if you're not in a small group and would like to be, please contact Anita or Rick (they will also be seeking to identify contact people for our five small groups from last year).


We have a healthy sharing fund. We want to assist our members as well as those more loosely connected w/ us who are struggling with financial hardship. Please speak with someone on nurture commission or leadership board. We will work to maintain the confidentiality of requests.


The shop will continue to be "open" for shop hours Thursdays from 3-6. We are meeting virtually on Zoom. Stop by to chat if you'd like.


CONFERENCE PRAYER REQUEST -   We continue to pray for those who are most vulnerable in our communities in this strange time, as in all times. May God open our eyes to the possibilities for love and for protection of the least of these among us--and may we be willing to heed God's call.