The use of our time

Sunday, November 14, 2021


Call to worship/prayer

Opening Songs:

     “Great is Thy Faithfulness”  # 419



Gifts of Love – City Impact – Good News in Outreach


Hearing the word

Children’s Story – Jeanette Harder

Scripture  - Ephesians 5:15-17

Sermon “Our use of time”


Responding to the word

Hymn of Response:

     “My Life Flows On”  # 605

Sharing and prayer

Theme Verse:  Joshua 1:9

Sending Hymn:

     “I Know Not Why God’s Wondrous Grace”  # 590



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



Sermon from Bill Thornton

Worship Leader - Caleb Thiessen

Music Leader - Jolene Boshart

Next Children’s Story - Anita Breckbill

November Greeter - Wanda Stauffer

November Driver - Anita Breckbill



Thursdays - Foodnet

Monday, Nov 15 - Yams & Stuffing to PCM

Wednesday, Nov 17 - Small Group - Tongue-tied @ FMC @ 7pm

Wednesday, Dec 1 - Small Group - Tongue-tied @ FMC @ 7pm

Tuesday, Dec 7 - Retiree Small Group @ Noon @ Church

Sunday, Dec 12 - FMC Christmas Program

Friday, Dec 24 - Christmas Eve Service


Record for November 7




4th Quarter Mission Offering: Central Plains Mennonite Conference

Monthly fact: Central Plains Mennonite Conference creates settings for our congregations and partners to grow in holistic witness to God’s reconciling mission in the world by developing leadership, encouraging fellowship, and promoting lifelong discipleship.


Birthday/Anniversary Offering: Lulu’s on N -

Monthly fact: “We are providing case management assistance on an as-needed basis. If you are looking to get in touch with someone at LuLu's on N regarding case management services, please contact us. Of course, you are also welcome to stop by during normal business hours.”  



TODAY we are blessed to have Bill Thornton sharing the message with us.


NEXT WEEK we will read Isaiah 9:1-7 and begin collecting Gifts of Love.


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


UPDATE – As of Thursday, we had 94 (of 100) cans of yams and 86 (of 200) boxes of stuffing for City Mission. Please put them at the back of the sanctuary, and the kids will bring them to the front of the sanctuary during offering time. We will deliver Monday, Nov 15, so today is the last day for collection.


MEET - The conference ministers from Central Plains have graciously offered to meet with anyone from FMC interested in meeting. As far as I know, they don't have an agenda other than hearing from the congregation and sharing about what's going on in CPMC these days. It will be really informal... please come at 5p next Sunday (11/21).


CAN YOU 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.


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.


SMALL GROUPS –Small Groups meeting at FMC:

Small group meeting the first and third Wednesday of each month. 7:00pm. at FMC. Studying “Tongue-tied, Learning the Lost Art of Talking about Faith,  by Sara Wenger Shenk.

Retiree small group meeting the first Tuesday if every month at 12:00 noon. Bring your own lunch.


CONFERENCE PRAYER REQUEST - Pray for Libby Conley as she is ordained today at First Mennonite Church of Iowa City. Libby has served as a chaplain and congregational pastor. Pray for Libby's continued ministry.