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THIS WEEK @ FMC – September 20-October 3, 2023

The Lord lift you up, the Lord take your hand, the Lord lead you forth, and cause you to stand secure in God’s Word, seeking God’s face, abounding in love, abiding in grace. –Patricia Shelly With gratitude this week for the life of Patty Shelly, who had a significant impact on me when I was […]

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THIS WEEK @ FMC – September 6-19, 2023

Sunday morning I’ll be traveling to Chicago for the second retreat in the Transforming Community experience I am a part of.  Our retreat begins late Sunday afternoon and concludes around noon on Tuesday.  Thank you for your prayers these past 3 months as I’ve been reading and reflecting, and preparing for the upcoming retreat.  The […]

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THIS WEEK @ FMC – August 30-September 5, 2023

Seeking Peace Together: Peace with God, Peace Within, Peace with Others, Peace with Creation.  Although our summer worship series is over, the work continues to seek peace together in each of these spheres of life and relationship.  The hymn text below, inspired by the writings of Lawrence Hart, Cheyenne peace chief and Mennonite pastor, offers […]

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THIS WEEK @ FMC – August 23-29, 2023

“And lead us not into temptation But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. AMEN” These closing words of the prayer Jesus taught his disciples clearly acknowledge that temptations and hard times are real.  Jesus knows this about human life. In our children’s summer Sunday School […]

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THIS WEEK @ FMC – August 16-22, 2023

May the peace of God be with you. May the love of Christ dwell deep in your heart. May the Spirit enlighten your way. May you live in the comfort of God’s care. (VT 843 Kirisuto no heiwa ga: “May the peace of Christ enter every corner of our hearts”; English stanza written by Lori […]

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THIS WEEK @ FMC – July 26-August 15, 2023

Your prayers, rather, should be simple, like this:     Our Father in heaven,        let Your name remain holy.     Bring about Your kingdom.    Manifest Your will here on earth,        as it is manifest in heaven.     Give us each day that day’s bread—no more, no less—     And forgive us our debts        as we forgive those who owe us something.     Lead us not into temptation,        but deliver us from […]

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THIS WEEK @ FMC – July 25-August 1

Our Father-Mother, who is in the heavens, may your name be made holy. May your dominion come, may your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today the bread we need; and forgive our debts, as we have forgiven our debtors; And do not put us to the test, but […]

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THIS WEEK @ FMC – July 19-25, 2023

Lord,Give me the strength to endurethe imperfections of the human condition.Create within me a reservoir of forgiveness.Guide me past the bitter pain of betrayaltoward the peace that I may find only in you. AMEN Prayer written by Vicki Shurelds, from Timbrel Magazine 2009 Bible Study SUNDAY MORNING Worship at 9:30am  The link to join is […]

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THIS WEEK @ FMC – July 12-18, 2023

As we continue to pray with the prayer Jesus taught this summer, consider this prayer focusing on just one phrase of Jesus’ prayer, written by Jerry Holsopple.  My notes indicate he prepared this prayer for Immanuel Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg VA for Lent 2009: Your Kingdom Come, Your Will Be Done We pray for the […]

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THIS WEEK @ FMC – June 28-July 11, 2023

A beautiful thing happened during the prelude this past Sunday.  The music was of course a gift.  Along with it, in our pew, a real-life parable of ‘give and you shall receive’ was unfolding.  Little Alex had been sharing a cup full of gummy bears with many people, accompanied by an expression of sheer joy […]

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