Clean hearts and outward appearances

Sunday, October 24, 2021


Call to worship/prayer

Opening Songs:

     “To God be the glory”  # 84

     “Just as I am without one plea”  # 560



Good News in Outreach - Central Plains Mennonite Conference


Hearing the word

Scripture - 1 Samuel 16:1-13

Children’s Story – Sheri Nitzsche

Scripture - Psalm 51:10-14

Message “Clean hearts and outward appearances”


Responding to the word

Hymn of Response:

     “God who touches earth with beauty”  # 550

Sharing and prayer

Theme Verse:  Joshua 1:9

Sending Hymn:

     “There’s a wild hope in the wind”  # 828



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 2021

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.

Joshua 1:9           NIV

Ne t’ai-je pas donné cet ordre: Fortifie-toi et prends courage? Ne t’effraie point et ne t’épouvante point, car l’Éternel, ton Dieu, est avec toi dans tout ce que tu entreprendras.

Josué 1.9              LS1910



Pastor - Dave Nickel

Worship Leader - Anita Breckbill

Music Leader - Thad and Jennifer Miller

Next Children’s Story - Nancy Peters

October Greeter - Dan O’Hara

October Driver - Dan O’Hara



Thursdays - Foodnet

Wed, October 27 - Trunk or Treat – Set up 5:30 pm

Tuesday, Nov 2 - Retiree Small Group @ Noon @ Church Bring your own lunch

Wednesday, Nov 3 - Small Group - “Tongue-tied, Learning the Lost Art of Talking about Faith”  by Sara Wenger Shenk @ FMC @ 7pm

November 12-13 - MCC Meat Canning in North Newton

Wednesday, Nov 17 - Small Group - “Tongue-tied, Learning the Lost Art of Talking about Faith”  by Sara Wenger Shenk @ FMC @ 7pm


Record for October 17

68 - attendance



4th Quarter Mission Offering: Central Plains Mennonite Conference

Monthly fact: Central Plains Mennonite Conference is a vibrant area conference of Mennonite Church USA made up of 46 diverse congregations spanning 7 states (Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin) and more than 1,000 miles from corner to corner.


Birthday/Anniversary Offering: Lulu’s on N -

Monthly fact: “We are committed to providing a meal to everyone who is hungry, regardless of ability to pay. We do this through our community meal program and our meals are being served out of St Paul United Methodist Church. Community meal hours are 1:30 - 3 pm On Tuesday's and Thursday's. Our guests are able to order any entree from our menu, along with a side item and a drink. Each meals costs $5, so we hope that you will consider donating to help us continue this mission.”  



NEXT WEEK we will read 1 Kings 5:1-5; 8:1-13 and probably talk about All Saints' Day


MASK - Please wear a mask in our building. For folks who are more comfortable with the Zoom option, it will also remain available for the foreseeable future. Please talk to Chad or me with questions or concerns.  And thanks, all, for your patience as we try to be accommodating and caring:-)


TRUNK OR TREAT - Outreach would really appreciate a couple more trunks and a bunch of candy for our trunk or treat from 6-7p on October 27. Please talk to the Outreach Commission (Tammy, Kristopher, or Wanda) if you're interested in having a trunk, or leave candy in the church kitchen if you want to participate in that way. Capitol City is having a trunk or treat that evening as well, so we anticipate a good crowd of kids:-)


BANNERS - We will be putting banners and theme verse art back on the walls since the painting was finished.  If you would like to help or have ideas to contribute, contact Wanda Stauffer.


PUPPETS - We are hoping to reopen our puppet theater for Advent this year. Please talk to Stan if you'd be willing to participate in various capacities.


HELP - Nurture commission is looking for greeters and drivers. If anyone would be willing, please sign up on the bulletin board just inside the door to the fellowship hall.


Foodnet appreciates plastic carry out CONTAINERS (preferably either a clear container or with a clear lid) to divide prepared food which is donated in mass quantities. Also, if anyone has a working fridge they want to get rid of, the Foodnet committee could sure use it:-)


FMC has established a Mortgage Assistance Fund. If you would have further questions about the fund, we would encourage you to contact Christian Mukuna, Rick Stauffer, Dallas Schlegel, Jim Buller, Joel Mpolesha, or Dave Nickel. 


SHARING FUND - 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, Becky, and/or Ron.


CONFERENCE PRAYER REQUEST - As Pastor Appreciation month draws to a close, we give thanks for all the faithful shepherds in Central Plains Mennonite Conference! Our conference is blessed with the leadership of so many good pastors!