Sunday, November 15, 2020

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



Call to worship/prayer

Opening Song

     “Great is the Lord”  HWB # 87



Hearing the word

Children’s Story – Anita Breckbill

Scripture  - Luke 10:25-37

Sermon “Neighbors” – Bill Thornton


Responding to the word

Hymn of response

     “Help us to help each other”  HWB # 362

Sharing and prayer

Time of Offering

Theme Verse – Isaiah 40:31


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



Message from Bill Thornton

Worship Leader - Jeanette Harder & Dave Nickel

Music Leader - Jolene Boshart & Wanda Stauffer

Next Children’s Story - Sara Weber



Today - Please bring all your Yams and Stuffing

Thursday - 3-6 shop hours

Sunday, Nov 22 - Theme verse service

Sunday, Nov 29 - Hanging the greens


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 November 8

79 - Attendance - Zoom


For Reflection

What does it mean to love our neighbors?



Sunday morning will be Zoom only.

Sunday school will be at 9:30. There will be a "fellowship break" at 10:30. Worship will be at 10:45. The meeting will be "open" from 9:15a-12:30p. Bill Thornton will have a message from Luke 10:25-37.

Next Sunday we will have one last theme verse service before starting advent. Please make a sign with a word or phrase that catches your attention for spotlight time. Lisa Guill will share a Good News in Outreach on Gifts of Love at City Impact.


Sunday's the last day to donate to our People's City Mission Thanksgiving baskets: we've already surpassed our goal of 100 large cans of yams and 200 boxes of stuffing, but they'll gladly accept more. Thanks, everyone, and thanks, Rick and Wanda, for delivering on Monday.


People's City Mission is also our 4th quarter mission offering recipient. Please put "People's City Mission" in the memo line of your check and send it to the church if you'd like to support them.


There's a Gifts of Love box in the fellowship hall for those who want to donate. They will pick up around December 2, and more information about donating money or ordering gifts directly can be found online:


The kids Sunday School class would like to invite you to participate with us in our giving project to collect funds for Medical Supplies for displaced people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Please write checks to First Mennonite Church, writing “MCC Christmas Project” in the memo.  Find the link to this project here:!  Please send your donation to the church by Dec. 15.  


Our Christmas giving tree recipient this year will be the Center for People in Need and their diaper drive. On their website (, it looks like they are especially in need of sizes 5 and 6. We'll be delivering the diapers in the week after Christmas.


In January we will be voting on a new Elder as Anita's term is coming to an end. Please begin to consider those in the congregation you could nominate to serve in this position for the next three years. Current elders are Anita, Rick, and Sheri. Please contact a member of gifts discernment committee with your nominations for elder. Committee members are Julie Schlegel Youngs, Becky Waegli, and Jolene Boshart.


We have a sharing fund to assist our members as well as those more loosely connected w/ us who are struggling with financial hardship. Please speak with someone on the nurture commission: Steve, Julie, and/or Ron.


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


As winter weather forces us to adjust our lifestyles, please continue to be extra intentional in connecting. Physical distance is not equal to social isolation. Let's love our neighbors around the area and world. 


CONFERENCE PRAYER REQUEST - Pray for the chaplains who are a part of CPMC. We give thanks for their flexibility during this difficult time of COVID, and for the myriad of ways in which they are present in people's lives, listening and sharing God's love.