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Category: This Week at FMC

September 22-28, 2021

“I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to […]

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September 15-21, 2021

“But in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence.” (1 Peter 3:15–16). This year’s theme for our annual PEACE SUNDAY (Sept 19, 2021) was prepared by Mennonite […]

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September 7, 2021

The heavens are telling the glory of God;and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech,and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard;yet their voice goes out through all the earth,and their words to the end of the world.   (Psalm 19:1-4) Just in […]

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September 1-7, 2021

2022 is almost here, and we are preparing to celebrate!!  The idea of starting a Mennonite mission church in Hutchinson KS was discussed as early as 1911 by the Western District Conference, with the first service in Hutchinson taking place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Sawatzky on April 20, 1913.  On April […]

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August 25-31, 2021

Recently, while browsing the books at Crow & Co in downtown Hutchinson, the title of a little blue book caught my attention: Saint Francis of Assisi: Brother of Creation (by Mirabai Starr).  Still holding the memory of our summer worship series in which I felt led to pair Jesus’ Beatitudes with lines of the peace […]

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August 18-24, 2021

Haiti and Afghanistan weigh heavily on my heart right now.  Earthquakes, war, and more.  Lord, have mercy. Our prayers for the people of Haiti and Afghanistan are significant and needed.  Our financial help can also be a gift.  I have a couple suggestions to support Haiti below.  Mennonite Central Committee also works in Afghanistan, but […]

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August 11-17, 2021

God’s glory is on tour in the skies, God-craft on exhibit across the horizon.Madame Day holds classes every morning, Professor Night lectures each evening. Their words aren’t heard, their voices aren’t recorded,But their silence fills the earth: unspoken truth is spoken everywhere. God makes a huge dome for the sun—a superdome!The morning sun’s a new […]

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August 4-10, 2021

Some of my favorite moments this summer have been listening in the early morning to the birds singing in my backyard. I have a spot on our back porch where I like to start my days in greater awareness of, as Saint Francis of Assisi wrote: “our sister Mother Earth, who feeds us and rules […]

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July 28-August 3, 2021

Arms wide open.  The posture of crucifixion.  The very posture we are invited into in the last stanza of both the Peace Prayer and Jesus’ Beatitudes: O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seekto be consoled as to console,to be understood as to understand,to be loved as to love.For it is in […]

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July 14-27, 2021

Last week I attended my first ever virtual MennoCon (Mennonite Church USA Convention).  I’ve been going regularly to MennoCon since 2001, and while it was sad not to be in person, I was really grateful to be able to join virtually this year.  Events began last Tuesday evening with worship and I enjoyed tuning into […]

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