If you had been here

Sunday, March 6, 2022

Call to Worship

#9 Come away from rush and hurry

Offering & Announcements

Children’s Story – Stan Harder

Scripture – John 11

Sermon – “If you had been here”

# 653 Nothing is lost on the breath of God

Sharing and prayer

# 485 Put peace into each other’s hands


#710 This is my song



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 - We are transformed by Jesus’ love.


Theme Verses- Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. - Philippians 2:3–4



Pastor – Dave Nickel

Worship Leader – Sheri Nitzsche

Music Leader – Anita Breckbill & Jeanette Harder

Next Children’s Story – Wanda Stauffer

March Greeters – Caleb Thiessen

March Drivers – Thad & Jennifer Miller



Apr 1-2 – Nebraska Mennonite Relief Sale in Aurora, NE – Check your email for more information

Mondays - “The Chosen” video series @ 6:30 pm in the FMC Sanctuary – Starts this Monday, March 7th

Wednesdays – Shop Hours on Zoom 4-5pm on Zoom - Drop in and say “Hi!”

Thursdays – Foodnet – Contact Dallas Schlegel to help Wed (pickup) or Thurs (setup, distribution, or cleanup)

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

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 February 27th – 81 in attendance, including 20 on Zoom. 


Next week  Marc Schlegel Preheim will have the message, we will read John 13:1-17, and continue our MCC coin and hygiene item collection.


Pick up the new Our Daily Bread devotional book on the shelf @ the front door.


A catechism class is coming together. Please contact Dave Nickel 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 read God's Story, Our Story together. We will also 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. We will begin at 6:30 pm on March 7. If you have questions, please contact Ron.


FMC is looking for a delegate or two for the delegate assembly 5/27-30 in Kansas City. Please talk to Becky if you'd be interested.


Foodnet is running low on twist ties and carry-out containers (preferably either clear or with a clear lid). Please put them in the back classroom if you have saved some. Thanks.


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


Shop hour will be on Zoom from 4-5p Wednesday. We will start an in-person option as well, either before or after the virtual... please talk to me if you're interested.


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.


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. 


CONFREENCE PRAYER REQUEST - Pray for Central Plains congregations that are in the midst of pastoral searches. Pray for search committees and for candidates looking for churches, that God may guide the search process according to God's will.


MCC is accepting donations for a response in Ukraine.  On February 24, Russian military forces began an invasion of Ukraine by land, sea and air. Missiles struck several major cities in Ukraine, including the capital city Kyiv. Casualties continue to grow as Russian soldiers enter the country. You can ready more and donate at https://mcc.org/ukraine


NE MCC Relief Sale, April 1 & 2
 PLEASE register art and craft items on the nebraskamccsale.org web site and add a picture, if possible.  Please bring finished items to the church so that volunteers can deliver the items to the sale on April 1. 
Please share about the sale with friends and on Facebook and other social media to help spread the word.  
Please bring items for hygiene kits and your coins to church on Sundays and the children will collect them during the Children's Sermon time.
T-Shirts  are now available to purchase online.  The online orders will be brought to the sale for pickup. You will be able to order shirts at the sale, paying for them there.  They will be delivered to churches at a later date.  Go to the sale website to find the link. nebraskamccsale.org 
Items needed from 1st Mennonite (Sign-up sheets in the foyer):
 8 loaves of bread, 3 jars of homemade jelly, and 18 Pies.  
Baked or canned goods/ small craft items for the MarketPlace (priced foods).  Do not need to register online.
Each church is asked to fill a 100th MCC Jute Bag with themed items to be auctioned.  Proceeds from the bags and My Coins Count is planned to go towards Ukraine relief efforts.  
Each church should bring at least one girls and one boys item to be sold on the Kids Auction.
Volunteers are needed to help in the information booth as well as other booths and catch bids.  
Jr High and High School youth are encouraged to come to the sale and hold up items in the auction.
Volunteers from different churches are needed to work side by side in the booths. See sign-up sheets in foyer or just show up.
Volunteers are needed Thursday morning, March 31 at 8:00 am to help set up for the sale.  Work should be completed around noon and plan to go to Pizza Hut for lunch.
SCHEDULE (see website for more information): 
Friday:  Buildings will be open at 4:00 p.m. with a $5 grilled hamburger supper.  Live music planned by 1st Mennonite will be from 5:00-7:00 in the quilt building.  The auction in the Farr Building is from 7 - 8 pm with a hymn sing after.  Saturday morning breakfast is served from 7:00-9:00 a.m. Booths open at 8:00 and auctions at 8:30. Art items will be sold starting at 10:00 am in the Farr Building.  The Children’s auction will begin in the Quilt building at 11:00 am.