Compassion’s power

Sunday, February 7, 2021

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



Call to worship/prayer

Opening Song 

     “Summoned by the God Who Made Us”  VT # 1



Hearing the word

Children’s Story – Donna Yost

Scripture - Luke 7:1-17

Sermon “Compassion’s power”


Responding to the word

Song  of Response

     “When Pain or Sorrow/Hold On”  VT # 612

Sharing and prayer

Time of Offering



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 - Kevin Haake

Music Leader - Jeanette Harder & Anita Breckbill

Next Children’s Story - Anita Breckbill



Thursday - Shop Hours

2/14 - Sunday school hour discussion on in-person/hybrid/Zoom gatherings @ 9:45a


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 January 31

73 - Attendance - Zoom



“Compassion is the impulse to reach out and lessen the suffering of another person.”

-Anthony Ray Hinton


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-12:15p. We will read Luke 7:1-17 and sing from our new hymnals:-).


Next week we will meet during Sunday school time to discuss Zoom, hybrid, and in-person worship (there will be a few prompts and, we hope, good conversation). In worship we will read Luke 9:28-45.


FMC needs 2 volunteers to be our Congregational Information Couple / Persons for the MCC sale. Volunteers would assist Gordon and Rhonda in getting information about the sale to the congregation and delivering our church contributions to the sale location. Due to the uncertainty of Covid-19 infections, the board has decided to have an online auction on March 26-27, 2021. Please check the newly updated website: ( to register donated craft items and quilts auction items  for the on-line sale by March 1.  If you do not have a picture of your item, we will take it to Bethesda by March 1 to have pictures taken for the auction site. More info is in the weekly email.


I am working on a tech rotation. Please let me know if you'd be interested in helping give breaks to Adam and Kathy B. (both of whom we appreciate greatly:-).


The 2021 theme verse is Joshua 1:9

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”


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 be "open" for shop hours on Thursdays. We are meeting virtually on Zoom. Stop by to chat if you'd like.


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 good and peace-filled work of the Agape Peace Center and the Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute, both in Minnesota.