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THIS WEEK @ FMC – February 28-March 5, 2024

I love the Lord because he has heard
    my voice and my supplications.
Because he inclined his ear to me,
    therefore I will call on him as long as I live.

Gracious is the Lord and righteous;
    our God is merciful.
The Lord protects the simple;
    when I was brought low, he saved me.
Return, O my soul, to your rest,
    for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.

For you have delivered my soul from death,
    my eyes from tears,
    my feet from stumbling.
I walk before the Lord
    in the land of the living.
I kept my faith, even when I said,
    “I am greatly afflicted”;
I said in my consternation,
    “Everyone is a liar.”

What shall I return to the Lord
    for all his bounty to me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation
    and call on the name of the Lord …  (Psalm 116:1-2, 6-13)


Welcome to the annual “sickly” season!  It comes around every year but that doesn’t mean we should be complacent because even the common cold can be deadly.  You can become severely ill with an array of bugs other than COVID.  So protect yourself by following best health practices such as washing hands frequently, avoiding crowds or wearing masks, staying up-to-date with vaccinations, and staying home if not feeling well.  


Since the IRS has raised the standard deduction threshold and those with IRA’s can send directly to charitable organizations to help meet their minimum required distributions, the need to receive your annual contribution report has been diminished for income tax purposes.  Therefore, instead of stuffing mailboxes with annual giving reports, if you would like your giving report from FMC, please let me know I will get you yours.  You can reach me at or 620-474-1224. – Mike Dirks 


The link to join is on our website:  Join 5 minutes early for announcements.  The bulletin can be found under the BULLETINS tab on our home page.


Parable of the Tenants [Taxes to Caesar]

Son of God, you spoke words to Jerusalem’s leaders that were hard to hear. Give us ears to receive your word of life so that we can follow you faithfully. Amen.

Mark 12:1-12 [13-17]; (Psalm 86:8-13)

  • Preacher: Tonya Ramer Wenger
  • Worship Leader: Delon Martens
  • Children’s Time: Bryan Kehr
  • Scripture Reader: Kevin Martin Nisly
  • Pianist: Peggy Stucky
  • Ushers: Don Wiens & Russell Goering
  • Nursery Attendant: Glenda Hooper
  • Sound Tech: Earl Ediger
  • Live Stream Tech: Jonathan Wenger


During each worship service, you are invited to text your prayer joys and concerns – usually to Pastor Tonya.  You are also invited 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 and after worship.  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 to the church office by Thursday each week. 


We welcome, and are grateful for, your financial donations to our ministry here in Hutchinson.  Instead of collecting an offering during worship (except on special occasions), an offering box is placed at the back of the sanctuary for your Sunday morning donations.  You can also now make a donation directly from our website ( using a credit card or your banking account.  You are also welcome to send a check to 52 Rambler Rd Hutchinson KS 67502. 


We’ve surpassed our goal of $4000 (by $50)!!  Thank you for your generosity and support.  At our 2023 Annual Meeting the congregation voted to pursue installation of solar panels to provide part of our building’s electricity usage, to update our fire alarm system, and to install magnetic door openers on the internal fire doors. Funding for all three of these projects will be through the Wedel Fund, the use of which requires 10% of the cost be raised in advance.  

EASTER LILIES in honor of /in memory of a loved one

If you would like to remember someone this Easter, please complete the order form to purchase a lily and place in the offering box in the sanctuary with payment of $10.00 per plant (checks made out to FMC). Order forms are on the table in the foyer. Each plant comes in a 6” pot with a bow. Deadline for orders is March 13. The church will bring them to the sanctuary for Easter morning. You take home the lily (lilies) you purchased.


  • Feb 28 – Choir rehearsals begin for Lent / Easter season (Wednesdays @ 5:30pm); all singers welcome!
  • Feb 28 – WNAF (Wednesday Nights @ First) series begins
  • March 11 – Craft Night @ 6:30pm
  • March 20 – Faith Formation Coordination Team @ 4:30pm
  • March 25-30 – Holy Week with Stations of the Cross and Maundy Thursday Meal/Worship
  • March 31 – Easter Worship begins at 9am with an Easter Breakfast Potluck; 10am Worship in the sanctuary
  • April 7 – Western District Conference Listening Team during the Sunday School hour (everyone invited!)
  • April 12-13 – Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale

REMINDER:  If you are last one out of the church building, be SURE the doors lock behind you.

DEEPENING in Christ…


A Prayer group meets Thursday mornings from 10-11am in the Prayer Room.  All are welcome. 

A small ecumenical Centering Prayer group meets on Thursdays (in person @ FMC) from 12:30-1:30pm.  If you’d like to learn more, contact Pastor Tonya.    

LPC: Listening-Prayer-Conversation Groups

These groups meet for an hour once/month in the Common Grounds room and are facilitated by Pastor Tonya.  The format allows for time in prayer by yourself and also with the group.  Any are welcome to join, or to just come and check it out! It’s also possible to join on Zoom if you prefer.

  • The Tuesday group next meeting TBD
  • The Wednesday evening group meets 6:30pm on THURSDAY, March 14


CHILDREN’S CLASSES: Living the Good News (Shine curriculum from MennoMedia)

  • Preschool-3rd grade – meet in the basement classrooms
  • 4th-6th grade – meet upstairs in Jr Youth room

SENIOR YOUTH (8th-12th grade) meet upstairs in Sr Youth room


Calvin Buller will lead us in a study of the Passion/Easter parts of G. F. Handel’s MESSIAH. We will explore the music and the scriptures behind the lyrics. This is a 6-week series beginning February 18

And, the YOUNGER ADULTS CLASS meeting in the library.  For more details, talk with Maggie or Adam Pounds. 

LENT 2024: Formed, Filled & Sent: Encountering Jesus in the Gospel, at the Table, & on the Road

This year our Lenten journey will explore how we are formed, filled and sent as we encounter Jesus in the Gospel of Mark, at the Lord’s Table, and on the Road of our daily discipleship journey.  The 40 days of Lent offer many opportunities to encounter Jesus:

            … in the Gospel (good news!) stories, alongside the disciples and all kinds of other characters

            … at the Lord’s Table, where we believe the Risen Christ is revealed in the breaking of the bread

            … and on the Road, as we encounter Jesus in our ordinary lives, growing as disciples here and now

Unique to this year’s Lenten worship experience will be the invitation to come to the Lord’s Table each of the Sundays of Lent (beginning Feb 18), on Maundy Thursday, and Easter.  As people longing to faithfully follow Jesus in the world we live in today, the Table is a place where we encounter the living Christ, to be formed, filled and sent.  We go out into the world not primarily as individuals, but more importantly, as part of a global community stitched together by the very presence of Jesus with us, and within us.

“To eat the bread and drink the cup in remembrance of Christ is to recall the death and resurrection of our Savior with such vividness as to make ourselves present to these events not merely as historical occurrences but as present, living, and transforming realities in our lives today.”

(Rory Noland.  Transforming Worship. 144)

EASTER: March 31, 2024

9:00am Easter worship begins in the fellowship hall around tables (plan to be seated by 9am) for a brief Easter Morning Prayer and communion feast as we share a Breakfast Potluck (bring a dish to share & your own table service).

10:00am We’ll transition to the sanctuary for our regular worship service, including filling the cross with flowers.  (There will be no Sunday School that day.)


The winter chill will be hanging around for a bit longer, so now’s the time to check out the great reads in our church library, including the books on the north window ledge, shared by Pastor Tonya. Listen to what contemporary authors are saying about questions and issues relevant to faithful witness in our world today. In addition to the books Pastor Tonya is sharing, the library has acquired many new books. Come . . . relax . . . find inspiration . . . take comfort . . . and be challenged to faithful Christian witness. There’s a book for every reader right here in our library!!

UPPER ROOM and REJOICE! devotional magazines

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

STRENGTHENING Community Connections… 


  • Tuesday and Thursday 9:00am – 2:00pm
  • Wednesday 10:00am – 1:00pm (NO Wednesday office hours on February 28, March 6 or March 13)


Office hours:

  • Monday: Day Off
  • Tuesday-Friday: generally working 8:00am-5:30pm 
  • “In 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)

Pastor Tonya will be out of the office March 6 through March 13.

Upcoming “Day Apart with God” dates (for silence, reading, prayer & journaling – will NOT be checking email or responding to texts/calls (except for emergencies).  Typically this is the 4th Wednesday of the month.  The next date is: Wednesday February 28 (8am-5pm)

Pastor Tonya’s Sabbatical dates (spread out between summer 2023-summer 2025)

Pastor Tonya has joined a study program called, “Transforming Community.” Retreats take place in Chicago. Her next scheduled retreat is March 10-13 (back in office on March 14). In addition, she has scheduled some vacation time prior to this retreat to visit family in Ohio (leaving Wednesday March 6).

A more extended chunk of sabbatical time will be taken in the summer of 2024: June 30-July 4 (for retreat) + July 23-August 9.


Potluck begins at 6:00pm (bring a dish to share!).  Informal hymn sing from Voices Together (and other songbooks as we are inspired!) will begin around 7:00pm. Additional instruments are welcome (piano provided!).  In April, we’ll gather Friday April 19 (6:00 potluck, 7:00 singing). 


Join us for a 4-session series on Wednesday evenings (Feb 28, March 6, 13, and 20):

  • 5:30-6:30 Choir Rehearsal in the sanctuary (also on March 27!)
  • 6:00-7:00 Meal Served (donations welcome to cover expenses)
  • 7:00-8:00 Adult Program and Children’s Activities

The adult program will be led by Pastor Tonya and Pastor Jim, on the theme: Centered on Jesus & Connected in Community – Rooting Ourselves in a Better Jesus Story. We will explore practical themes raised by Mark D. Baker in his book Centered-Set Church: Discipleship and Community Without Judgmentalism.

  • Feb 28 – What does a Jesus-Centered church and disciple look like? (Pastor Tonya)
  • March 6 – What are the qualities of Jesus-Centered character? (Pastor Jim)
  • March 13 – How do we ask Jesus-Centered curious questions? (Pastor Jim & Pastor Tonya)
  • March 20 – Moving forward, how do we engage in Jesus-Centered peacemaking?

       (Pastor Tonya & Pastor Jim)

The children’s activities will be led by Martha Miller, on the theme “Kids Can Know the Way.”  An additional adult (or youth) volunteer to assist is needed each evening.  Please contact Martha directly, or Pastor Tonya, if you are available to help during that hour.

CRAFT NIGHT @ FMC on Monday, March 11, 2024

Craft Night is on Monday, March 11, 6:30-8:00pm in the church Fellowship Hall. Bring your project – knitting, crocheting, other crafts – and enjoy this time of friendship and ministry together. Any questions . . . contact Cheryl Warkentin or Diane Ziemer

ARMS WIDE OPEN – FMC’s history book

The amazing story of First Mennonite Church’s 100 years is told in the history book prepared for our centennial celebration. Copies of the book are available for $25.00 (cash or check). You can also purchase a book online at a price that includes the cost of shipping (click on the “DONATE” button on our website to find this option).   Check with the church office to pick up a book.

STRETCHING to Serve as Christ Served…


March: Canned vegetables, especially green beans

Personal care/hygiene items such as these are appreciated anytime: toilet paper, laundry detergent, bath soap, Kleenex, deodorant, disposable razors, paper towels, shampoo, dish soap, hand/body lotion, toothpaste and toothbrushes.  Travel size – new & unopened – are desirable.


We are calling on you to consider the opportunity to make a difference with our eight young adults who are living at the LightHouse. We are excited to partner with Life Launch out of Tulsa, Oklahoma to provide a mentorship model to foster the healing power of safe, unpaid adult relationships for the LightHouse residents. Life Launch places 2-4 adults with one mentee to walk with them for a year. Mentees can be 18-24 years of age and currently residing at the LightHouse. Mentors will be asked to communicate with mentees weekly in a group text and hang out with their mentee for 3-8 hours a month. While you are a mentor, our team will walk with you throughout the year, continually coaching and training you as you build a relationship with your mentee. The goal of our program is for our mentees to be safe, secure and build a positive relationship.

There are two things below you can do to make this opportunity the most successful for these eight young adults.

1)     Pass this information along to your friends! We recruit from the Christian community for our mentors, but our mentees can be from all walks of life. We ask that your mentee would lead the spiritual conversations. In our Life Launch training we will cover this key question-how has Christ treated me? This will allow us to have the ideal model and guide to look back on for how we are to treat others. With Jesus as our model, our four pillars of Life Launch are Compassion, Humility, Patience and Prayer. In training, you will learn how we apply these all to being a Life Launch Mentor.  

2) Sign up for the mentor training on February 29th at 6:00 pm. at Creekside Neighborhood Church (formally known as the Hutchinson Wesleyan Church), 528 W. 10th. Dinner will be provided. Attending training does not mean you are signing up to be a mentor, so we encourage you to come check it out! Bring your friends! We’ve found that teams where mentors already know each other and are friends are some of the best teams! Register for training

A lot of our young adults come from big hurts in their lives and need safe, unpaid adults in their life cheering them on.  Safe relationships can be healing in their lives. We pray that you will consider being one of the few safe adults in this young adult’s life.  

CAMP MENNOSCAH announcements

We hear Spring Break will be a popular time to volunteer.  Space is limited–schedule now!  Work continues on the Retreat Center project, which includes replacing the heating/cooling system and fixing other deficiencies.  Volunteers are needed every week day (M-F).  Work will start at 9am and end at 5pm.  Half days are fine.  Bring your own lunch and water bottle, please, and meet at the Retreat Center.   Park off the edge of the road to the south of the building.  Camp Mennoscah will provide tools needed.  Space heaters will be used, but temperatures inside may be around 50 degrees.  Camp can provide overnight housing and a kitchen in most situations, if you want to volunteer more than one day. Please let us know you are coming so we can be prepared.  Contact us at 620-297-3290, 316-293-7313 (text) or Thank you to the many volunteers who have already helped!

Registration for 2024 Summer Youth Camps is open!  The theme for the summer is Linked By Love and looks at how God’s love teaches us about faith and commitment.  Register online! 

Scholarship funds are needed for summer youth camps.  Just as facilities are an important part of Camp Mennoscah’s ministry, so are campers.  There are campers who are unable to come to camp without assistance.  Give to the Scholarship Fund or Scholarship Endowment to help more campers learn about Christ while in God’s creation.  Mark your donation with the fund/endowment you prefer.  The Scholarship Endowment will give up to two full scholarships a year, depending on earnings.  Contact or 620-297-3290 for more information.

Nurses, head cooks, kitchen staff and maintenance volunteers are needed for every week of camp.  The summer camps range from 3 to 6 days and begin June 9.  Contact us at 620-297-3290 or if you are interested.

Spring Cleaning at Camp Mennoscah sponsored by Western District Women in Mission (WDWM) will be held on Saturday, March 23 from 10 am – 4 p.m. Come for part or all of the time. Women, men, kids, youth groups, Sunday school groups are all invited. If children younger than high school attend, they need to be supervised by their parents (no child care or children’s activities will be provided). Dress warm, bring a full water bottle, $5 to cover the cost of lunch, and the following cleaning supplies if you have them: rakes, long handled brooms for cobweb reaching. Other cleaning supplies will be provided. Register by March 18 by e-mailing Space is capped at this event to manage the jobs, so don’t delay in registering. Thanks! 

The application for 2024 Summer Staff at Camp Mennoscah is open!  Summer staff must be 18 years old or older.  The staff leadership positions receiving stipends are naturalist, crafts leader, lifeguard, grounds/maintenance, music leader, and office/media.  Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. The 2024 summer camp season begins June 2 with orientation for summer-long positions and ends August 4.  We can’t wait to hear from you!  


Want to visit someone in prison? OVM (Offender/Victim Ministries) has been visiting inmates at Hutchinson Correctional Facility for 50 years, and we are looking for new volunteers. M-2 is a visitation program for inmates with few outside visits; volunteers are paired with an inmate and visit one evening a month for conversation and encouragement. Apply for M-2 at and mark your calendar for one of the upcoming volunteer trainings: March 18, May 20, or July 15, 12:30-4pm. Contact Kenzie Brister to learn more ( or 316-281-4721).

BETHEL COLLEGE announcements

Fri., March 1 – KIPCOR 50th-anniversary Peace Lecture with Christina Swarns, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall. Swarns is the executive director of Innocence Project and former litigation director for the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund and will speak on “Justice Delayed is Democracy Denied.”

Sat., March 2 – A one-day endowed Justice Symposium at Bethel College, focusing on the U.S. carceral and criminal justice system, with Christina Swarns, executive director of Innocence Project, and a variety of other voices on the death penalty, prosecution and racial justice; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on the Bethel campus. The symposium is free but pre-registration is required by going to

Sun., March 3, 4 p.m. – Bethel College Choir Spring Tour Send-off Concert

Tues., March 5 – Bethel College Jazz, directed by Joel Boettger, 7 p.m.Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center

Thurs., March 7 – Bethel College Wind Ensemble, directed by Chris Miertschin, 7 p.m.Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center

Sun., March 17 & Mon., March 18 – Hartzler Bible Lectures at Bethel College with César Garcia, general secretary of Mennonite World Conference, and Sandra Baez. Sunday: 7 p.m., Administration Building chapelMonday: 11 a.m.Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center

Now in the Regier Art Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College – “Transmutation Speculation: Fluid Nature,” works by Marguerite Perret, through March 22. Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 2-4 p.m.

NOTE DATE CHANGE: Fri., March 22, Sat., March 23, Sun., March 24 – Spring play at Bethel College, Rancho Mirage by Steven Dietz


Coats for Asylum Seekers in Brownsville . . . would you volunteer to help FMC collect coats?

MCC partner Team Brownsville welcomes your gently used winter coats and jackets! Team Brownsville seeks to share God’s love by welcoming asylum seekers, including providing them with warm coats. It’s as easy as collecting your gently used coats and jackets, boxing them up and shipping (up to) 70 lb./box to Team Brownsville – just follow the instructions at this link  Spring clean your closets and help Team Brownsville prepare for next winter! Have questions? Please email the MCC Central States Immigration Team at and either Abraham Diaz Alonso or Becky Teiwes, will respond. Please talk with Pastor Tonya or call the church office if you could provide a box and help ship a box of coats from FMC.

MCC Central States annual meeting, Saturday, March 2 at 10 a.m. You are invited to join the meeting in-person or virtually to hear MCC U.S. Executive Director Ann Graber Hershberger share an MCC update. Please email if you would like the Zoom link to join virtually. Otherwise, join us at MCC Central States, 121 E. 30th St in North Newton, Kansas.

Comforter Blitz – Monday, March 4-6, 2024, Journey Mennonite Church Activity Center, Yoder

If you can tie a knot, you can make a difference. Activity center located at 3605 East Long View Rd.

  • Monday, March 4 . . 9am – 4pm
  • Tuesday, March 5 . . 9am – 9 pm
  • Wednesday, March 6 . . 9am – 4pm

Questions? Please contact  

MCC Material Resources Center in North Newton critically low on inventory: An MCC kit cannot be distributed until each item for the kit is assembled, but some supplies in the Material Resources Center are so low that kits cannot be processed for shipping. You can help by filling the following needs: new infant sleepers (6-12 month sizes); bath towels (dark colored, light to medium weight); wide-toothed combs; laundry soap (such as Fels Naptha or Zote brands); shampoo (20 oz min); fingernail clippers (good quality); and hand towels (dark colored). Locally, MCC distributes prisoner care and returning citizen care kits, for those kits we currently need:men’s T-shirts (sizes L, XL, 2XL, 3XL — any color); men’s underwear (sizes L, XL, 2XL, 3XL — any color); men’s crew socks; lotion (12 oz min); and adult backpacks. Buy online and ship it to MCC or bring items to MCC in North Newton (121 E. 30th St, North Newton, KS 67117). Questions are always welcome, please contact or 316.283.2720. A full list of MCC kit contents can be found at

Interested in working with MCC, or know someone who is? MCC is hiring a Community Engagement Coordinator!  The Community Engagement Coordinator, in North Newton, KS connects with local churches, individuals, and partners to educate on MCC material resources, programs, and events. Apply at the following link: Community Engagement Coordinator or find the job and other openings at

Join MCC Country Representatives . . . webinar on response in Gaza and West Bank – Thu Feb 29

I’m sure that you, like me, are seeing the awful destruction in Gaza day after day. But thanks to your generosity, MCC partners on the ground have been able to respond despite the very challenging circumstances. 

As someone who cares deeply for those affected by this crisis, I want to invite you to a webinar with our country program representatives. They will share an update on what they’re hearing from local partners and give updates on the emergency response projects in Gaza and the West Bank. 

The webinar will be next Thursday, February 29, at 10 am PST/11 am MST/12pm CST/1pm EST.

You can register online here. If you can’t make it on the day you can still register and we’ll send you a recording afterwards. I hope you can make it next week.   — Ann Graber Hershberger, Executive Director, MCC U.S

KANSAS MENNONITE RELIEF SALE – April 12-13, 2024 announcements

QUILTER’S CORNER welcomes your donated QUILT-RELATED ITEMS – used/unused/unfinished. Please label clearly – QUILTER’S CORNER – and drop off at the MCC Center in North Newton or contact Julie Esau. Suggested items are finished/unfinished quilt tops or quilt blocks, old and damaged quilts, quilt supplies and tools, cloth sacks, quilt books and patterns, notions and cotton fabric.

WANTED—Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles, RV’s, Campers, Tractors, Modern Farm Equipment, etc. for the KS MCC Sale. Items you no longer need can help Feed and Clothe Thousands in desperate living conditions. ALL donations are Tax Deductible. Call Jerry Toews for info: 620 367 8257. Help make a difference.   – KMRSale Committee


The February edition of On the Level is now available from Mennonite Disaster Service. In our current issue: Kevin King shares his insights on Jesus passion for sharing meals, learn how MDS volunteers are finding additional work along the Texas border, and find out why one woman says MDS is the light of Canada. 

Click on this link to read more:


Check out the most recent edition of Anabaptist Disabilities Network’s newsletter HERE!  This edition includes articles about chronic illness, as well as an interesting reflection on disability, prayer and healing.  You can also read a book review of: Dancing with Elephants: Mindfulness Training for those living with dementia, chronic illness, or an aging brain by Jarem Sawatzky.


Swiss Mennonite Cultural and Historical Association will hold its annual meeting on March 10, 2024, at 2:30 at the Wellness Center at Pine Village in Moundridge, Kansas. Refreshments will follow the meeting. 

“An insiders view of the 100 year celebration of the coming of the Swiss Mennonites to America” is the focus of the presentation to be given by Frank. Frank is a lifelong resident of Newton, Kansas. He is the middle son of Harley J Stucky and Ruby Stucky, formally of North Newton. Frank graduated from Newton high school and Bethel College where he played football and basketball and had double majors in history and English and a minor in political science. He spent time with MCC in the Congo before going to graduate school at the University of Kansas. He has been an active real estate broker for over 46 years. Frank enjoys golf, watching Bethel College sports, travel, and spending time with his six grandchildren. He is married to Kathy (Jackson) and has two sons and a daughter.