How Do We Respond to Hate?

In light of the hatred that is coming out into the light in our country we want to share this resource from the Southern Poverty Law Center on how we can respond to hate.  Please take some time to study and share this document.  As we try to Listen to Love – and specifically Listen to Ourselves – think about the spiritual and physical work we need to do to make drive hate out of our city and our nation.

To download the PDF document in it’s entirety click on this link.  If you’d prefer, you can access the document in web form from the Southern Poverty Law Center at https://www.splcenter.org/20170814/ten-ways-fight-hate-community-response-guide.

Thirty years for this pearl

Happy 30th anniversary to MennoExpressions! In celebration of this milestone, this issue centers around the traditional 30th anniversary gift: we started this year with an issue on “dirt,” followed by one on “interruptions,” and now come to our “pearl.” Something potentially pesky and irritating sits in darkness and silence and, over time, is transformed into something beautiful, precious, cherished.

Catherine Swanson offers up a wonderful meditation on what happens when she embraces the silence and trusts that there is something she can listen to and find precious and worthy in that space. Others share reflections on what worth they’ve found in these pages over the last three decades. Our artists each created something specific just for this issue!

Part of what I value so much about MennoExpressions is that it brings out the parts of people that you don’t normally see or find out about on Sunday morning. Such trust that contributors have placed in us, the readers, as they share personal stories and struggles. What a gift that is.

Erv comments that people must often be surprised when they are asked to write, not considering themselves a writer. I agree that it’s a very common answer, and yet more often than not, people push past their hesitation and create something transformative for the rest of us to appreciate. Thank you for trusting us – MennoExpressions, FMC, Shalom – with your stories and your art. Here’s to the next pearls of wisdom and cherished contributions!

Download MennoExpressions – Pearl – August 2017

The Good News Is "Intergenerational Vacation Bible School" this week!

This week, June 11 – 15, 2017, we are pleased to engage in our first Intergenerational Vacation Bible School  and the theme is “Digging for Treasure: Parables Revealed.”  Arrr, our little pirates  are learning to sail the seas through arts and crafts as they listen to and learn about some of the parables Jesus shared.  “Intergenerational” because the adults are also dipping into the parables through adult-led classes with both Ron Allen from the Christian Theological Seminary and our Pastor Bob Brown.  No, we won’t go off the deep end because we are grounded in God’s Holy Word, eh, Matey!

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FMC WELCOMES NEW CO PASTOR

We welcomed Bob Brown and his family into our FMC congregation.
OCT 02,2016 – Co-Pastor Bob Brown joins FMC
OCT 16,2016 – FMC Installation of Co-Pastor Bob Brown
His background includes:

  • Masters of Arts, Bible (focus on Old Testament)
    Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, MN
  • Bachelors of Science, Computer Information Systems
    Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Pastoral Experience includes:

  • Stahl Mennonite Church (MCUSA), Johnstown, PA. Solo Pastor
  • Solomon’s Porch (Independent), Minneapolis, MN, Lay Pastor of Discipleship

He arrived here from Pennsylvania with his wife and son, and is eager to learn and add his skills to the church.