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This week at FMC

THIS WEEK @ FMC — June 15-28, 2022

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Psalm 136   (The Message)

1-3 Thank God! He deserves your thanks.
    His love never quits.
Thank the God of all gods,
    His love never quits.
Thank the Lord of all lords.
    His love never quits.

4-22 Thank the miracle-working God,
    His love never quits.
The God whose skill formed the cosmos,
    His love never quits.
The God who laid out earth on ocean foundations,
    His love never quits.
The God who filled the skies with light,
    His love never quits.
The sun to watch over the day,
    His love never quits.
Moon and stars as guardians of the night,
    His love never quits.

23-26 God remembered us when we were down,
    His love never quits.

Rescued us from the trampling boot,
    His love never quits.
Takes care of everyone in time of need.
    His love never quits.
Thank God, who did it all!
    His love never quits!

Pastor Tonya

NOTE:  THIS WEEK will be posted on June 28 and July 12, skipping a couple weeks in summer. 

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!! 

A signup sheet is posted for you to sign up to host this social time.

SUNDAY, June 19:  Faces of Our Faith: Lydia

Acts 16:11-15, 40

FMC worship at Camp Mennoscah (no services at the church building and no livestream)

  • Worship Leaders: Delon Martens and others
  • Scripture Reader: Hilda Iwashige
  • Keyboard: Peggy Stucky
  • Children’s Time: Jonathan Wenger   

SUNDAY, JUNE 26:  Faces of Our Faith: Shiphrah & Puah

Exodus 1:8-22

  • Preacher: Anita Kehr
  • Worship Leader: Heidi Unruh
  • Scripture Reader: Nick Krehbiel
  • Children’s Time: Cathia Krehbiel
  • Organist: Pauline Buller
  • Ushers: Jay & Stephanie Gehring
  • Nursery Attendant: Stephanie Gehring
  • Sound Tech: Earl Ediger & Allen Yoder
  • Live Stream Tech: Sadie Nisly


With worship at Camp Mennoscah this week, please send your sharing of prayer joys and concerns to Delon Martens. You are also welcome to send prayer joys & concerns by phone or email to the church office by Thursday noon.  As we share prayer requests in our worship services, please be reminded that 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.


When we worship in the sanctuary, 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. 


  • June 19 – FMC worship @ Camp Mennoscah (no service at the church and no livestream)
  • June 15-July 12 – Pastor Tonya on vacation and at Mennonite World Conference
  • July 5-10 – Mennonite World Conference in Indonesia

PASTOR JIM UNRUH’S return from extended leave of absence

The Congregational Ministry Team is announcing that Pastor Jim is returning to his position as Minister of Community Outreach with FMC beginning June 1.  Jim is excited about the many opportunities to reach out to others in our community and we look forward to the vision and leadership he brings.  Initially, his focus will be on the LightHouse and this ministry to young adults seeking to find stability and connections. Pastor Jim’s term of service is for one year. During the coming year FMC will participate in a congregation/pastor review, and the discernment of FMC’s vision and priorities will be a part of the continuing pastoral leadership.   

FMC CENTENNIAL . . . LightHouse Giving Opportunity 

To date, the total raised for the LightHouse project is $26,875, which exceeds the goal we set of raising $22,000! Thank you for your tremendous generosity!  The $22,000 will be used for construction costs and furnishings for the apartments. But we are not finished! More dollars are needed for ongoing maintenance needs, so your donations are still very much appreciated from now until October and beyond.  As contractors complete their work, we anticipate inviting volunteers for painting, trim work, cabinet installation, floor work, etc.  Interfaith’s goal is to have the building finished by sometime this fall or winter.

ANABAPTIST WORLD magazine . . . group subscription requests due June 23 to the church office

Anabaptist World is your source for news of the global Anabaptist movement. Through timely news reporting and insightful commentary, Anabaptist World seeks to inform and inspire Mennonites and anyone interested in Anabaptism.  Review copies of this publication are available on the table in the sitting area in the foyer.  Check this link to read examples of stories in the May 27 issue:

Anabaptist World began in 2020 as the outgrowth of long-time publications – The Mennonite and Mennonite World Review.  It publishes 16 issues per year (essentially every 3 weeks).  The group subscription rate is a 28% savings over individual subscriptions, but each issue is delivered directly to your home.  To subscribe, please call or email the church office or complete the form on the table in the foyer no later than June 23.  Payment of $39 is due by July 26, checks made out to FMC with AW subscription in the memo.

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.

DEEPENING in Christ…


Created by A Sanctified Art, our summer worship series will explore ordinary people of faith – those doing what they can with what they have to make a difference.  The worship series invited us into stories of those often overlooked in our Biblical narratives.  Using visual art and prompts for reflection (study journal pages are available for each character explored), we hope to dig deep into the worlds of these characters, entering their stories with curiosity and openness to what they might teach us.  As we journey with these characters, may they remind us that we all play a role in shaping God’s story of redemption and grace. May they awaken us to the faces of our faith in our world today. And may they encourage us to know that no action is ever too small to make a difference.

As part of the series, we will invite you to think about and name the faces of your own faith and how they have impacted you.  You might wish to name friends, family members, mentors, pastors, public figures, strangers, authors, musicians, or artists … anyone and everyone who has made a lasting impact on your faith.  There will be an interactive visual display in the foyer where you can add names that come to your mind (as many as you wish!) at any point in the summer. 


  • June 19 – Lydia (Acts 16:11-15, 40) @ Camp Mennoscah 10:00am  (no worship in the church building)
  • June 26 – Shiprah and Puah (Exodus 1:8-22) Anita Kehr preaching
  • July 3 – Eutychus (Acts 20:1-12) Pastor Jim preaching
  • July 10 – Queen Vashti (Esther 1) Rebecca Shetler preaching


  • 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.     



Sunday School will be offered for children (preschool-6th grade) on the SECOND and FOURTH Sundays during the summer from 11:00-Noon.  The Younger Adults Class will meet at the same time as the children.

  • June 26
  • July 10 and 24
  • August 14 and 28

The children’s group will gather in the fellowship hall from 11-Noon on the dates listed above.  Plans for Jr/Sr Youth are TBD – stay tuned!!

The two Adult Bible Study groups will take a break during the summer and begin again in the fall when weekly Sunday School for all ages will also resume.

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…


The Sunday morning schedule at Camp Mennoscah is as follows (there is NO worship in the church building in Hutchinson and there will be NO livestream):

  • 10:00am WORSHIP
  • 11:00-Noon SWIMMING
  • 12:15 LUNCH – bring a side dish or dessert to share (main dish provided)

If you haven’t signed up and would like to come overnight on Saturday or any portion of the time on Sunday, please call the church office by NOON on Thursday so we can plan accordingly!!  Those of you signed up for Saturday night will want to consult together about plans for your meals on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. 

The cost for this event is not covered by our general budget, but is instead funded by donations from the congregation each year.  Additional contributions are appreciated – checks in the offering designated for FMC Sunday at Camp. We appreciate your generosity in supporting Camp Mennoscah through our ongoing rental commitment, and in supporting the opportunity for those who wish to spend time together at Camp that weekend!


Details about the upcoming WDC assembly in Denton TX are below in the STRETCHING section.  If you are interested in serving as a delegate for First Mennonite at the assembly, please talk with Delon Martens as soon as possible.  Our delegate list must be submitted by mid-July. 


This fall both Michaela Esau and Micah Wenger are participating in Mennonite Mission Network voluntary service programs.  Michaela will be with Mennonite Voluntary Service (MVS) in Tucson AZ.  Micah will be with Service Adventure in Colorado Springs, CO.   We are asked as a congregation to provide various kinds of support for Michaela and Micah, including prayer and financial support.  Each are asked to raise $4000 to help cover the costs of participation.  If you would like to donate to either Michaela or Micah (or both!), you can:

  • send a check to the church (note in the memo line who the donation is for),
  • send a check to Mennonite Mission Network (718 N Main Street, Newton, KS 67114 … for Michaela put MVS and her name in the memo line; for Micah put SA and his name)
  • or donate on their personal fundraising pages: 



2022 FMC DIRECTORIES . . . pick up your copy in the foyer.

If you would like an electronic version, please let the church office know.


Check out Pastor Jim’s new Video Blog (also known as a Vlog) on our church website: (scroll all the way down to the bottom of the home page!). 

You’ll also find past episodes of “Beautiful Salt City Podcast” in which Pastor Jim talks with people in our community to learn their life stories and to dream together for a future story for our beautiful salt city.  


  • Tuesday and Thursday 9:00am – 2:00pm  
  • Wednesday – during Pastor Tonya’s absence, church offices will be closed on Wednesdays

PASTORAL CARE June 15-July 12 . . . please call Pastor Jim or Delon Martens

Pastor Tonya’s travel schedule:

  • June 15-29 visiting Kallyne (Kelly) Silva in Brazil (our former MCC IVEP’er)
  • June 30-July 11 in Indonesia at Mennonite World Conference

STRETCHING to Serve as Christ Served…


DURING THE MONTH OF JUNE we invite your donations of CRACKERS!

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, tooth paste and tooth brushes.  Travel size – new & unopened – are desirable.


“Dementia and Congregational Care” – Thursday, June 16, 1 pm ET, noon CT, 10 am PT 

Dementia affects individuals, their family members and the congregation. Many times, we want to offer support but we do not know where to start. We often back off because we don’t want to do the wrong thing. This webinar will help you understand basics of dementia and learn how to reach out. We will offer communication tips and practical ways to stay connected.  Visit our website to register and learn more at this link:


WDC annual assembly will be July 29-31!  We invite WDC delegates, friends, and their families to gather with us at Camp Copass, Denton, TX. There will be lots of time for recreation for all ages, as well as sharing around tables about faith issues in our conference, congregations, and in our lives. Join us! More details coming soon.

Building a Lasting Connection Relationship Retreat – Communication is key for a healthy and long-lasting relationship. During this 2-day retreat, couples will learn and practice skills together that promote healthy communication with one another in order to promote ways of effectively expressing hope, validating feelings, and navigating concerns together. While these skills are helpful for all people, this retreat will be geared toward couples who have been together for 10 years or under (married, engaged, or dating are all welcome). This retreat will be held at Camp Mennoscah and led by Katie Dyck (LCMFT) and Renee Reimer (WDC ordained pastor). For more info click here:  A flier with more information is available on the table in the foyer.

BETHEL COLLEGE announcements

Bethel College’s Prison Theater Project is currently in process, with director John McCabe-Juhnke, Bethel students and several men from the Hutchinson Correctional Facility minimum-security East Unit. The public performance at HCF is Friday, July 1, and the project is looking for an audience. If you’d like to go, contact Offender-Victim Ministries in Newton at 316-283-2038 (Mon.-Thurs.) before June 24.

Life Enrichment returns to Bethel College with the start of the fall 2022 semester – but It will be on a different day. Life Enrichment resumes Thursday, Aug. 25, and will be on Thursdays thereafter. Place and time remain the same: Krehbiel Auditorium, 9:30 a.m. See for more information, and look for a brochure coming later this summer.

CAMP MENNOSCAH announcements

‘Tis the Season for Mowers and String Trimmers!  Camp Mennoscah is looking for people to help us keep the campgrounds trimmed and looking neat.  Let us know when you would be able to mow or string trim!  Call 620-297-3290 or email –we’ll get you scheduled!

MENNONITE CHURCH USA delegate action at the assembly May 27-30 in KC

Delegates at Mennonite Church USA’s Special Session of the Delegate Assembly, May 27-30, passed three resolutions that help to remove barriers for LGBTQ people and those with disabilities and adopted a fourth resolution, “For Justice in the Criminal Legal System,” for denominational study. We, the people of Mennonite Church USA in 2022, are speaking out and changing the patterns of worship and community life that have kept some among us from participating fully in the life of the church. Recognizing that these changes stretch us in many different ways and create new opportunities for us, we value the gift of God’s Spirit that holds us together and strengthens our love and respect for each other, even when we bring differing perspectives to the conversation.  Read more about action at the assembly here:

Delegates from FMC anticipate sharing more information at a gathering later this summer.  If you have questions or would like to talk about the resolutions, feel free to contact any one of FMC’s participants – Pastor Tonya, Pauline Buller, Micah Wenger, Magdalena Wenger or Delon Martens.


In times that “try our souls,” it is easy to be tempted into the narrative that there is a good and a bad side. In her Menno Snapshots blog, Carolyn E. Yoder wrestles with what it means to be an Anabaptist in times like these. “These are the times that try our nonresistant/nonviolent souls. May they also be the times that accelerate the rising consciousness of another way to meet evil in the world.” Read more here:

Mennonites Against Militarism – a collaboration of Mennonite Church USA  and Mennonite Central Committee, U.S. – is seeking to launch an initiative to counter military recruitment of U.S. youth, called Alternatives to Military Enlistment Network (AMEN). AMEN invites interested volunteers to complete a brief survey that identifies areas in which they may engage with AMEN, including administration, web and graphic design, publicity, budgeting, fundraising and guidance/career counseling. Learn more here: 

Take the survey here:


Pre-cut fabric for school kit bags is available on the table in the foyer.  Instructions for sewing them together is with the fabric.  Please put completed bags in the designated basket under the table.  Drawstrings will be provided.  FMC will assemble school kits later this summer.  Watch for sales to purchase supplies from the required list.

MCC in need of material resources – MCC is resuming shipments of material resources to Ukraine. Go to for information on needed supplies and drop-off locations. 


Pastor Tonya and her family will be attending MWC in Indonesia in person.  Check this link to register and connect from home: