Breath and life

date: 
Sunday, December 5, 2021

Gathering

Call to worship/prayer

Opening Songs:

     “Here I Am To Worship”  # 227

     “Peace Has Come”  screen

Lighting of the Advent Candle

Offering

Announcements

 

Hearing the word

Children’s Story – Stan Harder

Scripture  Ezekiel 37:1-14

Sermon “Breath and life”

 

Responding to the word

Hymn of Response:

     “Breathe on my breath of God”  # 737

Sharing and prayer

Theme Verse:  Joshua 1:9

Sending Hymn:

     “We, your people, sing your praises”  # 849

Benediction

 

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

 

Servers

Pastor  - Dave Nickel

Worship Leader - Jeanette Harder

Music Leader - Wanda Stauffer

Next Children’s Story - Advent – Stan Harder

December Greeter         

December Driver - Anita Breckbill

 

Calendar

Thursdays - Foodnet

Today - Kids Christmas Program Practice 9:15am

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

Sunday, Dec 12 - FMC Christmas Program

Wednesday, Dec 15 - Small Group - Tongue-tied @ FMC @ 7pm

Friday, Dec 24 - Christmas Eve Service

 

Record for November 28

75 in attendance, including 11 on Zoom

 

Theme

While he knows God’s breath gives life, Ezekiel’s faith is open to surprises.

 

Offerings

4th Quarter Mission Offering: Central Plains Mennonite Conference www.centralplainsmc.org

Monthly fact: Leadership: Central Plains Mennonite Conference calls and equips pastors and congregational leaders with missional vision and leadership skills for the church.  Fellowship: Central Plains Mennonite congregations develop loving relationships with one another, as well as with Christians across the church and around the world, to discern a common way of life as a contrast society. 

Birthday/Anniversary Offering: Lulu’s on N - www.lulusonn.com

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 call or email us. Of course, you are also welcome to stop by during normal business hours.”  

 

Announcements

We will begin to construct our "diaper tree" for the Center for People in Need (our third/final holiday donation drive... help the tree grow tall by 12/26).

 

Next week we will read Isaiah 55:1-13.

 

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:-)

 

DAILY BREAD – The new devotional booklets are available near the front door.

 

We are in need of Sunday School teachers for February, March, April, and May of 2022. Please consider donating a month of your time to teach the wonderful group of lower and upper elementary kids. To volunteer or get more information about teaching, please contact Sara Weber.    

 

Worship is better with participation from many people. Please talk to Glen if you're willing to help lead worship, Anita if you're willing to help lead music, Stan if you're willing to provide a children's story, or me if you're willing to participate in another way. Polish is not necessary, sincerity is key, more voices are better:-)

 

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. 

 

Nurture commission is looking for greeters and drivers. Please sign up on the bulletin board just inside the door to the fellowship hall.

 

First Mennonite Church has helped numerous individuals with financial assistance in 2021.  Our faith based partner, Everence, matched $1500 given to people in need over the last year.  If you want to learn more, please contact Rick Stauffer, our Everence Stewardship Advocate.

 

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.