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This week at FMC

March 23-29, 2022

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A prayer for today, from the Iona Abbey Worship Book: 

God in the midst, come close to us and help us come close to you

as for a fraction of time we step back from the activities of the day.

May we treasure such moments with you:

moments when we can bring to you the things we are doing

and find new meaning for them and new strength for doing them.

and moments for recalling how we are meeting you already

in the stuff of daily living and engagement

when faith is tested and compassion is translated into action.

So if, as the day goes on and we forget you, do not forget us, O God. AMEN

      —-Pastor Tonya


SUNDAY MORNING Worship In Person & Live Stream @ 9:30am

The link for Sunday morning worship (as well as archives of past worship services) is found on our website:! Join at 9:25am to see the announcements! 

FELLOWSHIP TIME is back with coffee/tea/juice between Worship and Sunday School!!

SUNDAY, MARCH 27:  Fourth Sunday of Lent 

Hero Turns Criminal: Jesus and Pilate

John 18:28-40; Psalm 145:10-13

Prayer of the Day:  God of truth, your words were twisted and manipulated by Pilate, turning murky the truth that you are the Son of God, full of grace and truth. When truth in our world seems hard to find, point us back to you, the way, the truth, and the life. Amen.

  • Preacher: Tonya Ramer Wenger
  • Worship Leader:  Calvin Buller
  • Children’s Time: Diane Ziemer
  • Scripture Reader: Sara Blodgett
  • Organist:  Pauline Buller
  • Ushers:  Cheryl Warkentin & Marlene Thode
  • Nursery attendant: Fred & Mary Wade
  • Sound Tech:  Murray Reimer
  • Live Stream Tech: Sadie Nisly

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES MEET @ 11:00am – EXCEPT ON 5TH SUNDAYS when there is no Sunday School!!


During each worship service, you are invited to text your prayer joys and concerns – usually to Pastor Tonya.  You are also welcome to send prayer joys & concerns during the week.  The recording of our worship service is public, so let us know if you’d prefer your request to only be shared via email during the week.


Announcements are scrolled Sunday mornings before (beginning around 9:25) and after the worship service.  There will be no spoken announcements unless there are pressing announcements that did not make it into the PowerPoint.  Please send any announcements you’d like to have included by Thursday each week. 


  • March 22 – Congregational Ministry Team (CMT) @ 4:30pm (rescheduled)
  • March 23 – Berlin Exodus Wednesday evening event @ 7:00pm
  • March 24 – Faith Formation Coordination Team @ 4:00pm
  • March 26 – FMC serves @ Soup Kitchen (volunteers needed!!)
  • March 29 – Evening visitation for Velma Ratzlaff’s family and friends (time TBA)
  • March 30 – Velma Ratzlaff Memorial Service (time TBA)
  • March 30 – Wednesday evening GAME NIGHT for all ages @ 6:30pm
  • April 10 – Palm Sunday and beginning of Holy Week
  • April 11-15 Stations of the Cross open for prayer (watch for specific times!!)
  • April 14 – evening Maundy Thursday meal & worship service
  • April 15 – Noon Community Good Friday Service @ Trinity UMC (hosted by area Women Clergy)
  • April 17 – EASTER Breakfast (9am), WORSHIP (10am) & ALL CHURCH PHOTO (after worship) taken for the 100th anniversary … plan to attend!!

FMC CENTENNIAL . . . LightHouse Giving Opportunity

The LightHouse addresses the growing need of transitional housing for youths ages 18 to 21 in Hutchinson. The property at 1005 N. Washington Street is currently being renovated into eight one-bedroom apartments. 

Interfaith Housing & Community Services is leading this community project.  Progress is underway thanks to the help of volunteers renovating this building, which was built in 1887.  The Centennial Committee would like for FMC to raise $22,000 by October 2022 to help with these expenses. These dollars will help with construction costs, furnishings for the apartments and ongoing maintenance expenses. 

A big thank you to those of you who have already donated! You can see the progress that has already been made on our LightHouse thermometer in the foyer. Checks may be made out to FMC, with “LightHouse” on the memo line.  Thank you for your support!

DEEPENING in Christ…

LENT 2022 – TURNING (Gospel of John)

“Pouring over the Lenten texts from John’s Gospel, we are dizzied by all of the turning: God turning toward humanity’s pain as Jesus weeps at raw and unbearable grief; Jesus turning the stench of Lazarus’ death into something confusingly hopeful; Jesus turning into a servant, stooping to wash feet, turning clear water

brown with the disciples gathered dust, turning them toward loving and serving their neighbor. Then humanity’s turning away: Peter turning his back on his best friend; Pilate turning and twisting the truth for political gain; The fickle and riled up crowds turning from ‘hosanna’ to ‘crucify.’’ Then the turning of the earth as grave becomes garden, death turns to life, mourning to dancing.   John’s Gospel invites us into a season of intentional turning. Our hearts turn with compassion for those who grieve. Our lives turn toward our neighbor in acts of solidarity and service. Our eyes turn toward the cross and we see Jesus turning the world upside down with love.”  (Worship Well Lent Worship Resources)


Each Sunday in Lent we invite you to bring a specific item for our Sunday morning worship food collection for the Reno County Food Bank.  You are also welcome to drop items off during the week.  Please place your donations in the laundry basket at the back of the sanctuary. 

  • March 27 – Canned soup
  • April 3 – Pasta (macaroni, etc.)

HOLY WEEK 2022 (April 11-15)

  • Stations of the Cross will be open for your praying (watch for exact times the church will be open).
  • Planning is underway for evening Maundy Thursday worship service including communion and a meal.
  • On Good Friday, plan to attend the Noon Good Friday Service at Trinity UMC.  Pastor Tonya is helping to host this event with other area women clergy. 


  • 9:00am – Potluck Breakfast/Brunch.  Bring food to share and your own table service!
  • 10:00am – EASTER WORSHIP
  • All Church Photo following the worship service


  • A Prayer group meets Thursday mornings from 10-11am in the Prayer Room.  All are welcome. 
  • A small ecumenical Centering Prayer group meets on Tuesdays (ZOOM) and Thursdays (in person @ FMC) from 12:30-1:30pm.  If you’d like to learn more, contact Pastor Tonya. 


CHILDREN & YOUTH: Becoming Disciples (SHINE Curriculum from MennoMedia)

  • PreK-Kindergarten (basement, room 3 – or outside)
  • 1st-5th grade (basement, rooms 1-2 – or outside)
  • 6th– 7th grade (all the way upstairs in the Jr Youth room – or outside)
  • 8th -12th grade (all the way upstairs in the Sr Youth room)


Younger Adults Class – meeting in the basement adult Sunday School Room

Adult Bible Study/Discussion – meeting in the basement fellowship hall.  This group is using The Bible Project’s Reflections Bible Study to guide study and conversation, which includes a short video on a Biblical theme, topic, or book.  Check it out here: and feel free to watch the videos during the week if you choose in preparation for shared discussion. 

Adult Bible Study using Salt & Light – meets from 11:00-11:45am in the Prayer Room (right beside the elevator in the basement). 

Reminder: No Sunday School on the 5th Sundays of the month!!

UPPER ROOM and REJOICE! devotional magazines

REJOICE! and UPPER ROOM . . . new issues are available above the mailboxes.  Please let us know if you would like a copy mailed to you. 

STRENGTHENING Community Connections…


Beginning March 23, WNAF is back!!!  Put these dates on your calendar and plan to attendYou are invited to bring finger foods to share at the game night on March 30. On April 6 and 20 a meal will be served between 5:45-6:30pm.  If you would be willing to help provide childcare for preschool-5th grade on April 6 and/or 20 please talk to Pastor Tonya ASAP.

MARCH 30 @ 6:30PM … GAME NIGHT for all ages

Bring finger foods to share, and your favorite board or card games, or even a puzzle, to play with friends at First Mennonite!

APRIL 6: Meal served at 5:45pm & Discussion at 6:30PM … MC USA RESOLUTIONS DISCUSSION (1 of 2)

Pastor Tonya and Pauline Buller will give some overall context and background about the upcoming special delegate session of Mennonite Church USA at the end of May.  We’ll also discuss 2 of the 4 resolutions: (1) Accessibility and (2) Justice in the U.S. Criminal Legal Systems (a study resolution, not for a vote).  Click on the links below to read the resolutions or request a hard copy from the church office.  You are also encouraged to listen to the webinar provided by MC USA to learn more about each of the resolutions.  Click on the webinar link below for each resolution.

APRIL 20: Meal served at 5:45pm & Discussion at 6:30PM … MC USA RESOLUTIONS DISCUSSION (2 of 2)

Pastor Tonya and Pauline Buller will lead a conversation about remaining 2 resolutions coming to delegates at the special MC USA Delegate Session at the end of May: (1) Clarification on MC USA Polity and Role of Membership Guidelines in MC USA and (2) A Resolution for Repentance and Transformation regarding violence done against LGBTQI+ persons.  The first one is a resolution coming for a vote.  The second will first come to the delegates for a vote to determine if this resolution will be discussed and voted on at the special delegate session.


Plan to attend our Easter worship service on Sunday April 17, which will include taking an all-church photo.  We plan to have a photographer join us to take this ‘snapshot’ of history in our 100th year!


Beginning mid-August 2022 Micah Wenger will be participating in Mennonite Mission Network’s Service Adventure program in Colorado Springs, CO.  Service Adventure is a 10 ½ month voluntary service program for youth ages 17-20.  First Mennonite will be forming an Advocacy Team to help support Micah during his term.  Part of our support as a congregation is also to contribute $400/month (of a total of $4000) toward the cost of participation in the program.  If you would like to contribute you can make a donation to the church with “Micah Wenger – SA” in the memo line, or donate at Micah’s personal fundraising page online:  Thank you!!!

FINAL CALL  —  ADDRESS, PHONE, EMAIL, BIRTHS and DEATHS . . . updates requested!!

Please send us changes to the church office this week!!  A new directory will be printed.

BEAUTIFUL SALT CITY PODCAST                                      

A future story tells us what we want (vision), why we want it (values), and how we will create it (resources). Our own Pastor Jim Unruh talks with people in our community to learn their life stories and to dream together for a future story for our beautiful salt city.  Find it here:  While new episodes are not being added right now, this is your chance to catch up on previous conversations!


  • Tuesday and Thursday 9:00am – 2:00pm  
  • Wednesday 10am-1pm 


  • Monday: Sabbath Day
  • Tuesday-Friday: generally working 9:00am-5:30pm  
  • Office Hours:  9-2 Tuesday and Thursday; 10-1 on Wednesday
  • Available other times by appointment.
  • Available evenings and weekends (cell phone is most reliable)

REMINDER:  If you are last one out of the church building, be SURE the doors lock behind you when you leave.  Go out, watch the doors latch, give both door handles a tug, and make sure they are locked!  Thank you.

STRETCHING to Serve as Christ Served…


Sign up at church or contact the church office if you are able to help with our turn to serve at the Soup Kitchen.  We have enough applesauce but could use lettuce salad donations.  Volunteers are needed to help cook (2:00-3:30pm), cover the delivery routes (4:00pm-done), and serve (4:45-6:00pm).  Thank you!!

RENO COUNTY COTTONWOOD COMPLEX . . . community response

The most tangible way to help the fire victims in our community is through financial gifts.  Checks and/or cash need to be directed to United Way of Reno County, note VOAD Fire Fund in the memo.  Funds and/or gift cards can be dropped off or mailed to: United Way of Reno County, 924 North Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501
Donations can also be made online at:  United Way of Reno County |

“Blessed to Bless” . . . a community event planned for Sunday, March 27 at 6:00pm, at The Father’s House, is an opportunity to learn more about the fire disaster, provide tangible ways to help the victims, and to offer prayer and support to these persons and our community.  Adam Weishaar, Director of Emergency Mgt Services; and Lisa Gleason, Executive Director of United Way/Reno County VOAD, will be featured speakers at the event along with several local clergy persons. All are welcome to attend.  The Father’s House is located at 1505 E. 20th Avenue.


The Kansas Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) is currently responding to the Cottonwood Complex Fire in Reno County Kansas. Each day we need 1-2 skid steer loaders, a track machine is helpful or a tractor with loader and a grapple fork is very helpful. We can use 4-6 volunteers each day to help with a cutting torch, sifting through and picking up debris. Please contact Cleo Koop at or 316-282-0797 if you are able to help. 

MENNONITE DISASTER SERVICE . . . building cabinets in Goessel

The MDS Kansas Unit has purchased a Cabinet Facility in Goessel, KS. The goal of this purchase is to increase the number of volunteers helping MDS while we build the cabinets for MDS construction projects. Contact Cleo for details on how you can volunteer there.  Contact: Cleo Koop – (316) 282-0797 –


Get ready for the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale, a benefit for Mennonite Central Committee, April 8 & 9 at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson. What can you bring as your gift to the hungry and hurting at home and abroad? Quality woodwork and needlework items, cotton tea towels, hobby items, crafts, plants and baked foods are much in demand.

Stay up-to-date on all things relating to Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale by liking us on Facebook at Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale or our website at

URGENT PLEA FOR HELP – VERENIKE MAKING THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 26, Parkview MB Church, Hillsboro. Do you want to eat verenike at the Sale?  Then sign up to help make them, please!!  We only have around 54 people signed up for the morning shift (8-12) and 22 people for the afternoon shift (12-4).  We’d ideally like around 100 per shift. The afternoon shift is fine to have less than 100, but we still need more than what’s signed up.  Link to sign up. The church is located at 610 South Main in Hillsboro.

Bohne berrogie bake day for the MCC sale will be on April 2 at Moundridge High. 

Volunteers are needed to fill the berrogie.  Shifts are at 6:45 and 9:00.  Please wear a head covering.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Marla Gillmore at 620-921-0428 or at  Let’s make this happen for MCC. 

Pick up pie pans and plastic bags in the foyer and sign up to bring pies, bread and zwiebach to the sale.  If you would like to have someone take them to the sale for you, have them at the church by 9:00am on Friday, April 8.

KMRS RUN FOR RELIEF. Jean Gaeddert will again be participating in the MCC Sale Run For Relief. If you are interested in sponsoring her efforts, please send her a check made out to KMRS (Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale/memo: Run for Relief).  Your generous, on-going support is greatly appreciated! Thank you.   You can join the Run for Relief too – it’s a walk, jog, run for all ages & abilities!  Invite others to sponsor your run to raise more for those in need.  Entry form and waiver must be returned by March 18.  Entry form is online at

My Coins Count! 

This year our coins support MCC projects that provide clean water and food.  Our coin jar is in the foyer to collect coins for this project.

Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale Quilter’s Corner.  

Quilting donations are welcome and needed, i.e. quilting fabrics, quilting supplies, vintage linens, unfinished quilting projects, etc.  Donations may be collected by Sale liaisons at their churches and brought to Sale meetings or brought directly to the MCC Center with the indication that they are for Quilters’ Corner.  If you have questions contact Ann Yoder Smith, 919-604-3282,

Fellowship Meals . . . prepare a meal for a small group and ask for an MCC donation.

Sharing food and fellowship is a great way to celebrate the work of MCC and to support the ministries around the world.  Choose any date from now till sale weekend – maybe a Sunday after church or an evening with friends you haven’t seen for a while.  Direct questions to Barb at 620-543-6863.  Mail your donations as follows:

MCC Fellowship Meals, Barb BJ Reeves, 121 East 7th, Buhler, KS 67522

KMRS’s purpose is to raise funds for Mennonite Central Committee.

It takes a whole host of individuals playing their part in order that we might carry out the Lord’s bidding to care for the “least of these” found in Matt. 25. We call upon our supporting churches to donate toward the sale budget so that every dollar raised at the sale is donated to MCC. We call upon quilters to complete their quilts and to gather extra supplies to donate to Quilters’ Corner. Consider donating items to the General, Silent and even our Kid’s Auction. During the cool winter months, divide house plants and start vegetable plants to sell at Plants &Things and tea towel sets completed for Kansas Crafts. Challenge yourself to participate in the Run for Relief, a 5K run/walk the Saturday of the sale and spend the winter months gathering your pledges. Go to: or like us on Facebook at Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale.

Volunteering on sale weekend . . . if you need help signing up, call the church office!

There are a variety of committees along with 1000 volunteers needed the weekend of the sale. See your Relief Sale Contact liaison for details on these opportunities or visit the sale website:

By tithing a little bit of your time each year, you have an amazing opportunity to impact your world by furthering the work of Mennonite Central Committee. 

Cash gifts cover event expenses prior to the sale.

Each year, it is the sale board and supporting committees’ goal to raise funds to cover the budget leading up to the sale. The purchasing committee needs cash gifts for 45 items ranging in cost from $350 for butter to $8,800 for building rentals. By meeting the budget prior to the sale, all proceeds sale weekend can be donated to MCC. If you or your Sunday School class can support the sale budget in this way, get in touch with Julie or Todd Esau, your relief sale contact persons, or send contributions to sale treasurer, Jo Kasitz, treasurer, 1715 Casey, Newton, KS 67114.

KANSAS MENNONITE MEN’S CHORUS . . . mark your calendar for these concerts

  • April 24 @ 7:00pm – Bethel College Memorial Hall, North Newton
  • May 1 @7:00pm – Bethany College Presser Hall, Lindsborg

Contribute generously in the freewill offerings to support MCC!

BETHEL COLLEGE announcements

“Painterly Aesthetics: An Expressive Duet,” by Susan and David Harmon, now in the Regier Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College, through April 7 (closing reception April 7). Gallery hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Mon.-Fri.

Fri.-Sun., March 25-27 – Spring musical at Bethel College, Bright Star by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, in Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center. Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Sunday matinee at 2p.m. Tickets for sale at Thresher Shop in Schultz Student Center, weekdays 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (316-284-5205 for credit card orders), online at, or at the door, subject to availability. Adult language and themes – not intended for young audiences. 

Tues., April 5, guest artist Aaron Linscheid, trumpet, with Bethel College jazz ensembles.

CAMP MENNOSCAH announcements

Camp needs to prepare for groups using the dining hall and other main camp buildings this spring. Help is needed to make these spaces welcoming and ready for fellowship. We can work with your schedule, including evening and weekend hours. Tasks include basic cleaning, washing cookware and dishes and moving tables. Contact us at 620-297-3290 or

Other events and happenings: 

  • Camp needs to prepare for groups using the dining hall and other main camp buildings this spring. Help is needed to make these spaces welcoming and ready for fellowship. We can work with your schedule, including evening and weekend hours. Tasks include basic cleaning, washing cookware and dishes and moving tables. Contact us at 620-297-3290 or
  • Youth Volunteer Weekend is April 9-10!  This weekend of service and worship for grades 6-12 returns with vigor.  Start your weekend of fun on Saturday at the MCC Sale in Hutchinson (on your own or with your youth group) and then bring the fun with you to Camp Mennoscah in the afternoon.  Register at!  (Registration is under Summer Camps.)  Keep looking for more information available soon.
  • Kitchen helpers needed for Summer Youth Camps!  Your time and skill give campers a week of growing in Christian fellowship and experiencing God’s great creation.  Cooks need only willing hands and the ability to follow directions.  Kitchen staff is needed for June 19-23, July 3-9 and July 17-23.  Contact us at 620-297-3290 or
  • Better camp discount ends April 1!  Summer Youth Camp registration is open.  The theme of “What’s in a Name?” focuses on how God knows us beyond any name we may be called.  Don’t fret if you miss getting your registration and full payment in by April 1.  After April 1, you’ll still get a good rate for an amazing week of camp.  Register at!
  • Getting ready for outside fun!  Camp Mennoscah needs to replace some outdoor sports equipment, including inner tubes, 4-square/Gaga balls, frisbees for ultimate, and inner tubes.  Check out the Camp Mennoscah Wish List on or the Wish List.  Challenge your Sunday School class or youth group to help meet camp needs!  We’ve got many more ideas. Contact us by replying to this email.
  • New Volunteer Projects every month!  This month we’ve added cleaning gutters, lubricating locks, and deep-cleaning the oven and hood–plus more! There are volunteer projects for every group size, skill set and length of project.  Email or call 620-297-3290 to volunteer.  See the Wish List for other ways to support Camp Mennoscah!
  • The Camp Mennoscah Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Tammy Duvanel Unruh has accepted the position of Development Director.  Tammy is no stranger to Camp Mennoscah; she served as Co-Director for Pre-Junior camps from 1993-2016.  At Mennoscah, and other venues, Tammy has led many youth and women’s programs including planning, organizing, curriculum writing, speaking, music, and dramatic performances, often of her own material.  She has a long history of involvement with youth ministries, serving as Sunday School teacher and in various Youth Ministry/Coordinator positions. As an educator, she has taught in higher education at Hutchinson Community College and Bethel College, as well as High Schools in Moundridge, Newton and Sedgwick. Tammy clearly has a passion for youth, their faith formation, and helping them navigate today’s world.  She embraces all aspects of the camping experience and will bring her gifts of communication to endorse Camp Mennoscah for all ages, backgrounds, and life situations.


MCC response in Ukraine: MCC continues to be in communication with our program partners, many of whom have reduced capacity because of the conflict. Currently, partners are responding in some regions as they are able with supplies they can secure. This includes distributing food, blankets, medications and fuel as well as other emergency supplies. The changing situations in the various cities and regions in Ukraine where there is conflict makes this work difficult and at times dangerous. MCC will continue to determine how it can support short-term needs. However, MCC’s strength continues to be mid and long-term disaster response and we are working to formulate these plans for Ukraine. MCC has been working in Ukraine for 100 years and we will continue to serve in Ukraine long after the crisis disappears from the news cycle. Donate today to support these efforts at

Make your voice heard! Join MCC in urging President Biden to pursue peaceful solutions in Ukraine. MCC asks the United States government to continue considering approaches that do not rely on military intervention or military support. Engage with your elected officials on this topic and many others through MCC today!

Mennonite Central Committee is hiring a full time Director of International Program. Seeking someone with international development experience who understand and supports MCC’s vision for relief, development and peace in the name of Christ. Come join our team. Apply online by March 28 at

EVERENCE announcement

“After We’re Gone: Disabilities and Estate Planning” webinar: Caring for someone who is dependent due to a significant disability is a major responsibility. Making provisions for that person’s physical, emotional and financial well-being after the death of a parent or caregiver can be complex and confusing.  Check out this webinar. “After We’re Gone: Disabilities and Estate Planning” will take place Thursday, March 31 at 1 and 7 p.m. Central Time. For more information and to register, go to:’re-Gone.aspx.