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This week at FMC

THIS WEEK @ FMC – May 10-16, 2023

“Creator Spirit,

you clothe the flowers of the field;

enable us to rejoice in all the gifts

with which you fill us,

and may that be enough for us. Amen.” (Voices Together #1018)

SUNDAY MORNING Worship at 9:30am 

The link to join is on our website:  Join 5 minutes early for announcements.

COLD,  FLU and COVID-19 safety suggestions

Along with recommending that everyone traveling on planes, trains, buses, and other public transportation wear masks, the CDC also recommends that as COVID-19 numbers and other illness spike, wearing a mask indoors in public spaces is a good idea. Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines. Get tested if you have symptoms. Stay home if you are not feeling well. 

SUNDAY, May 14 – God’s Love Poured Out

Romans 5:1-11; Matt 11:28-30

  • Preacher: Pastor Jim Unruh
  • Worship Leader: Calvin Buller
  • Children’s Time: Cathia Krehbiel
  • Scripture Reader: TBA
  • Pianists: Annika Frascino & Peggy Stucky
  • Ushers: Cheryl Warkentin & Marlene Thode
  • Nursery Attendant: Diane Ziemer
  • Sound Tech: Adam Pounds
  • Live Stream Tech: Joel Iwashige


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. 


  • May 18 – Faith Formation Coordination Team – 4:00pm
  • May 21 – Recognition of our graduates
  • May 24 – Congregational Ministry Team – 6:30pm
  • May 27 – FMC serves at the Christian Soup Ministry
  • June 1 – Congregational Ministry Team & Coordination Teams – 6:30pm
  • June 4 – Congregational meeting – vote on extending Pastor Tonya’s call @ FMC (details next week)

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  

Two monthly LPC (Listening-Prayer-Conversation) groups are offered each month. May gatherings will be: Wednesday May 10 at 6:30pm and Tuesday May 16 at 1:00pm. Zoom is available for either gathering, but let Pastor Tonya know ahead of time.

WEEKLY SUNDAY SCHOOL  @ 11:00AM (except for the 5th Sundays of the month)

Preschool-8th Grade: SHINE! Curriculum:  Your Kingdom Come

  • Preschool-Kindergarten (basement – rooms 1&2)
  • 1st-5th (basement – rooms 5&6)
  • 6th-8th (upstairs to the right)
  • Senior Youth: 9th-12th grade (upstairs to the left)

ADULT Sunday School:

  1. Bible Study using the Salt & Light study guide meets in the Prayer Room in the basement. Copies are available in the classroom.
  2. The Adult Discussion/Study class meeting in the fellowship hall and on Zoom (contact Pastor Tonya for the zoom link).  Currently this class is viewing and discussing a webinar series titled “Beyond Incarceration:  A hard look at dismantling the prison system and building healthy communities offered by Mennonite Central Committee and Mennonite Church USA.  You can learn more and view the webinars yourself during the week at this link: Beyond Incarceration Webinar series
  3. “Younger Adults” Class meets in the adult education room in the basement.

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 office hours on the 4th Wednesday of the month)


  • 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)
  • 4th Wednesdays** (8-5pm) set aside as “Day Apart with God” for silence, reading, prayer & journaling – will NOT be checking email or responding to texts/calls (except for emergencies)


We are still looking for delegates from our congregation to attend Western District Conference Assembly, which will be held at Tabor Mennonite Church, rural Newton August 11-13. Contact Jennalee Boggs if you are interested.  FMC delegates to MC USA in July will be Delon Martens, Pastor Tonya, and Micah Wenger (youth delegate).

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 now 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…


MAY: Pancake mix & syrup

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.


Donations of Chapstick and deodorant are always needed.  You can place these and other toiletries, along with any teenage appropriate clothing/shoes (a recent specific request was hoodies) in the basket at church or drop off directly at Trinity United Methodist Church.  Financial donations for ongoing program costs are also invited throughout the year. 


This pilot program is dedicated to growing the workforce in Hutchinson while creating a caring, supportive community for refugees who are starting new lives in the United States.  A number of people from FMC are exploring our involvement in creating a support group of 6-10 people to walk with a refugee family.  Check out  If you are interested in getting involved talk to any of the following, who are just some of those currently involved:  Jonathan Wenger, Joel Iwashige, Hilda Iwashige, Donna Davis. 


Our church has made a commitment to serve at the Christian Soup Ministry on the 4th Saturday of every other month. Our next opportunity to serve is May 27. Help is needed to cook (starting around 2:00pm) to deliver meals around 4:00pm, and to serve the meal at 5:00pm. Donations of salad greens are also requested. Bring to the soup kitchen on the 27th. A signup sheet is posted below the “Sign Up” bulletin board in the church foyer. Questions? Contact Kevin Martin Nisly or Sadie Nisly.


CarePortal creates connections between children and families in need and those who would like to help them. Caseworkers identify the needs, submit requests through the online system known as CarePortal, local church and nonprofit representatives and individuals are notified of the needs, and then help is provided.   Russ Gaeddert is the new Care Portal contact person for our congregation. He has started forwarding the needs that he receives from local case workers to the FMC email group. If you would like to help, you will respond to Russ and he will assist with making the connection so that the family is helped.

Thank you so much for the tremendous aid that you all have given in the past and for the ways you will help in the future!

MENNONITE FRIENDSHIP COMMUNITIES seeks applicants for two positions

Contact Stacey Frager  –

Payroll/Accounting Assistant.  Looking for someone who is detail oriented and dependable. 

Renovations/Maintenance person.  This position mainly works in Independent Living apartments and duplexes.  Experience preferred.

Certified Dietary Manager.  This full-time position is tasked with providing residents with nutritionally balanced and cost-effective meals. 

CAMP MENNOSCAH announcements

Summer Youth Camp Registration is now open! We welcome you to register here for the upcoming summer season!  Detailed information about our Summer Youth Camps and our Program Directors can be found here, on the Camp Mennoscah website.

Nurse needed for a partial week, July 9-12, Junior High II Camp.  Contact us at 620-297-3290 or

Custodial-housekeeping help is needed at Camp Mennoscah.  This is a 10 hours per week position and is paid hourly.  The work times are flexible, but must fit within the group and retreat scheduling, which varies from week to week.  The position requires an application, references, and background check.  Contact Olivia at 620-297-3290 or for details. 

The next Work and Play Day is May 20!  Bring a water bottle and meet at the maintenance shed at 8:30am.  Camp will provide lunch.  If you let us know you are coming, we can be better prepared for lunch.  Contact Olivia at 620-297-3290 (landline) or for details.

Camp Mennoscah is looking for people to provide a “main course” for approx. 12 people during the week of May 29-June 2.  Camp will provide the extras for the meal and staff do the meal prep as a team building exercise.  If you would like to provide the full meal, wonderful!  During this week, summer staff do training for Youth Development, the Staff Handbook, Reducing the Risk of Abuse, and more.  This week prepares the staff to create great camp experiences for a summer of campers.   Contact Olivia at 620-297-3290 or for details.

BETHEL COLLEGE announcements

Bethel College commencement weekend is Sat.-Sun., May 13-14. Events: Nurse Pinning Ceremony, 2 p.m., May 13, Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center; Baccalaureate, 10 a.m., and Commencement, 4 p.m., May 14, both in Memorial Hall.

Thurs.-Sat., May 18-20 – Pop-up exhibit, “Mennonites in East Germany,” Kauffman Museum (2801 N. Main St., North Newton 67117); hours are 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays, 1:30-4:30 p.m. weekends. Sat., May 20 – Pastor Bernhard Thiessen from the University of Hamburg will speak on “Mennonite Peace Efforts Under Communist Observation,” 4 p.m. in the museum auditorium.

Bethel College Women’s Association invites donations to a special Student Care Fund being organized in consultation with the Office of Student Life. The goal is to provide funds that can be used to purchase items for students in need of basic supplies such as sheets, towels, personal hygiene items, laundry detergent or similar, as they join the Bethel community. BC’s international students especially appreciate help with such items as they are arriving from a long distance. You may contribute by donating directly at Home | BCWA Market Online Look for the “Donate” button and select your amount. Thank you for your support!


The Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale Annual Dinner and Meeting will be Thursday, May 25, 6:00 pm at First Mennonite Church, McPherson.  The cost of the meal is $20.00.  Please RSVP to  Barb BJ Reeves at or call/text 620-543-6863 by May 21.  Come celebrate the success of the MCC Sale!