Love and Venn diagrams

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Call to Worship

#158 I know God loves me

#793 We are marching in the light of God

Offering & Announcements

Children’s Story – Janet

Scripture - John 3:1-21

Sermon “Love and Venn diagrams”

#156 There’s a wideness in God’s mercy

Sharing and prayer

#90 Masithi: Amen         



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.


Theme - God, quite deliberately, has made us beings that are incomplete without the other. No one is self-sufficient.' -Desmond Tutu



Pastor – Dave Nickel

Worship Leader – Wade Thiessen

Music Leader - Rachel Balzer and Julie Schlegel Youngs

Next Children’s Story – Donna Yost

January Greeters - Rick & Wanda Stauffer

January Drivers - Rick & Wanda Stauffer



Sun Jan 30 - First quarterly mission offering: MCUSA and MCC

Mon Feb 7 - “The Chosen” video series @ 6:30 pm

Wednesdays – Shop Hours on Zoom 4-5pm

Thursdays – Foodnet – Contact Dallas Schlegel if you can help out.

1st Tuesday - Retiree Small Group @ Noon at FMC - Bring your own lunch

1st & 3rd Wednesday – Small Group @ 7:00pm at FMC studying “Tongue-tied, Learning the Lost Art of Talking about Faith” by Sara Wenger Shenk


Record for the week of January 16th - 59 in attendance, including 24 on Zoom. The Annual Meeting had 33 in attendance, including 13 on Zoom. 



Next week we will collect our quarterly mission offering which will be split between Mennonite Church USA (includes Mennonite Mission Network) and Mennonite Central Committee. We will read John 4:1-42 (it's a long reading:-)


At FMC, masks are optional, but encouraged. Please also note:

-If you test positive, or are around someone who does, please follow the CDC Guidelines for quarantine and close-contact:

-If you visit FMC then test positive for COVID shortly thereafter, please contact an Elder. FMC will send out an email to attenders stating: “A member/visitor at FMC on _______ date tested positive for COVID on ______ date.” The Elder will only release your name if you give consent.

-For folks who are more comfortable with the Zoom option will be available..

Please talk to Chad Boshart or Dave Nickel with questions or concerns.  And thanks for your patience as we try to be accommodating and caring:-)


The Nurture Committee continues to fund a $100 gifting program.  If you know of someone who could benefit from receiving $100, contact Christian, Steve, Becky, or Ron. We will discuss and hand you a $100 bill for you to present to that person of need. All youth and adults may apply.


First Mennonite is participating in Faith to Forest--an initiative by and for faith communities during 2022 focused on the special place of trees in God’s creation, the gifts they give humanity, and the responsibilities we have to care for trees, particularly in a changing climate.


We are going to try shop hours again. We'll start on Zoom, and maybe move toward an in-person option in coming weeks (there are lots of projects to make:-). We'll try it Wednesday, from 4-5p on the FMC Shop Hours Zoom Link.


There will be a catechism class this winter/spring. Please contact me if you or one of your family members is interested in participating. There will be a couple in-person sessions and, more than likely, it will mostly be on Zoom.

We will have a session or two where we talk about church membership, so others who are interested can participate.


On Monday evenings we will show "The Chosen" videos in the sanctuary. Tentatively, we will begin at 6:30 pm on Feb 7. If you have questions, please contact Ron.


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, Christian, and/or Ron.


CONFERENCE PRAYER REQUEST - Today is Anabaptist World Fellowship Sunday.  On January 21, 1525, the first Anabaptist baptism took place in Zurich, Switzerland. Today we give thanks for our common roots, celebrate our worldwide fellowship, and look to God's guidance for the future.