Category: This Week at FMC

November 4-10, 2020

(Tonya Ramer Wenger … written for Election Day 2020) The practice of writing and praying ‘encircling prayers’ is rooted in an ancient Celtic Christian spiritual practice.  These prayers are called ‘ciam,’ meaning ‘protection’ or ‘encompassing.’  They arise especially in times of fear and anxiety, something many are feeling today in our country.  These prayers remind […]

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October 28 – November 3, 2020

Jesus was on a roll that day with seeds, culminating in a parable about the (drum roll…) … smallest of all seeds … the mustard seed!  (Mark 4) I wonder if any of the disciples had to keep themselves from rolling their eyes in frustration.  Really?  A mustard seed?  The smallest of all the seeds […]

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October 21-27, 2020

You are my God. I worship you. In my heart, I long for you, as I would long for a streamin a scorching desert.  (Psalm 62:1 CEV) The youngest in our congregation are memorizing this verse in their online Zoom Sunday School this fall, and since I join in with Joanna each week it’s been […]

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October 14-20, 2020

How are you experiencing all the changes we’ve experienced since March?  What kind of spiritual community do you need now, in October? Thirty one weeks.  For a gestating mother, this means her baby is now about the size of a bunch of asparagus, weighing a little over 3 pounds.  For a waiting congregation (community, country, […]

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October 7-13, 2020

Just a quick update on two things that I have been working on.  I have been trying to figure out how to be a Minister of Outreach during this time. How do I hang out and listen to people, when everyone is very hesitant to interact? How do you dream together about what to create […]

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THIS WEEK @ FMC

September 30-October 6, 2020 Reading through the Gospels in the next 40 days. This was one of my suggestions this past Sunday morning for keeping ‘Jesus at the center of our faith’ during these days leading up to and just past the election.  To encourage and support you in this reading, I’m offering two suggestions: […]

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September 23-29, 2020

September 23-29, 2020 There is a tradition in Christianity of choosing short ‘prayers of the heart’ to pray through the day.  It was an attempt to take seriously Paul’s admonition to ‘pray unceasingly.’  I’ve been reading about these prayers of the heart recently in Gerald May’s book The Awakened Heart.   Early on, these prayers […]

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September 16-22, 2020

Reflection from Pastor Tonya on the Western District Conference Assembly in July 2020: For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.   Mt. 18:20 This morning in my praying, as I tried to honestly hold before God both the weight and gratitude I am feeling, these words of astounding […]

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September 9-15, 2020

Yesterday was Labor Day, a day our country has set aside to honor the accomplishments and achievements of workers of all kinds. The day recognizes how important each worker is, and offers a day set apart for celebration, fun, and respite. I love how the prayer below gives thanks for all kinds of ‘workers’ and […]

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August 26-September 1, 2020

Reflection on the 2020 Western District Conference Annual Assembly held virtually on August 1-2, contributed by Delon Martens, who served as a delegate for FMC. When Pastor Tonya gave us “word” stars at the beginning of 2020, she invited us to carry that word with us through the upcoming year being open to how that […]

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