Things that last

Sunday, December 12, 2021


Call to worship/prayer

Opening Songs:

     “Rise up shepherd and follow”  screen

     “Helpless and Hungry”  # 268

Lighting of the Advent Candle




Hearing the word

Children’s Story – Stan Harder

Scripture - Isaiah 55:1-13

Sermon “Things that last”

Responding to the word

Hymn of Response:

     “Light dawns in a weary world”  # 205

Sharing and prayer

Theme Verse:  Joshua 1:9

Sending Hymn:

     “Comfort comfort o my people”  # 212



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 - Jeanette Harder

Music Leader - Thad & Jennifer Miller

Next Children’s Story - Advent – Stan Harder

December Greeter

December Driver - Anita Breckbill



Thursdays - Foodnet

Today - FMC Christmas Program

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

Sunday, Nov 19 - Adult Sunday School Movie – The Shepherds’ Christmas

Friday, Dec 24 - Christmas Eve Service @ 6:30

Tuesday, Jan 4 - Retiree Small Group @ Noon @ Church

Wednesday, Jan 19 - FMC Annual Meeting


Record for December 5

86 in attendance, including 9 on Zoom



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



4th Quarter Mission Offering: Central Plains Mennonite Conference

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 -

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 us at (531) 500-5579. You may also send an email to lulusonnst [at] Of course, you are also welcome to stop by during normal business hours.”  



We will continue to construct our "diaper tree" for the Center for People in Need. Next week we will read John 1:1-18.


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


MISSION OFFERING NOMINATION - Four times a year we take a special offering for missions. The recipients are nominated and voted on by the congregation. The  following outreaches are covered: 1) Mennonite Church USA (including  Mennonite Mission Network) and Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). 2) Central Plain Mennonite Conference (CPMC), of which we are a member, has a line item in our budget.

Pray and consider where else we can be generous and offer suggestions by writing them on the slip in the bulletin the next 2 weeks, or contacting the Outreach Comm. (Tammy R, Kristopher N, Wanda S). We will all have an opportunity to vote at the Annual Meeting in January.


OFFERING NOMINATION - We welcome Birthday and Anniversary offering nominations.


THEME VERSE NOMINATION - The Elders invite 2021 theme verse nominations by Jan 1. Please send them to Sheri or Pastor Dave.


ELDER NOMINATION - Gifts discernment committee is inviting Elder nominations by Jan 1. Please send/tell names to Becky W.


MOVIE - During Adult Sunday school next Sunday (12/19) we will show "The Shepherds' Christmas" from The Chosen season 1 in the sanctuary. This past week, a Christmas special from The Chosen was shown in select theaters across the nation, and was the No1 box office draw. Everyone is invited to our shortened episode at 9:40a on 12/19.


TEACHERS - 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


SIGN UP TO HELP OUT - 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 Pastor Dave if you're willing to participate in another way. We believe polish is not necessary, sincerity is key, more voices are better:-)


CONFERENCE PRAYER REQUEST - Pray for your sister churches in South Dakota: Sermon on the Mount in Sioux Falls and Bethany, Hutterthal, Salem, Salem-Zion and the Freeman House Church in Freeman.