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March 2017 Volume 40 Number 4

Junior Quizzing
For the 2016-2017 junior quizzing season, First Mennonite had two teams and 12 quizzers.
Team Mennonite 1 consisted of Conner Hyman, Jackson and Josie Shoaf, Josh Linthicum, Ethan Crockett and Will Sheets.
Team Mennonite 2 included Cole Hyman, Trevor and Isabella Fox, Anna Chrisman, and Caleb and Daniel Fennig.
They studied the book of Philippians and memorized 36 verses, which meant a lot of study time. They even studied with their parents. It paid off because, in the final quiz tourney, Mennonite 1 was in a three-way tie for first place. And in the top ten quizzers, Anna Chrisman placed third.
The quiz coaches were Beth Knuth, Vickie Beachy, and Jeff and Becky Bryan. Helpers were Daniel Steffan, Grace Lehman and Kate Buckingham.
Junior quizzing is open to any child in third to sixth grade; the child does not need to attend First Mennonite to participate on First Mennonite’s teams. Quizzing will start again in the fall. †


Register for VBS!
It’s time to register for an exciting week of vacation Bible school at First Mennonite Church! We’re doing the Answers VBS curriculum Kingdom Chronicles: Standing Strong in the Battle for Truth.

Who: Children ages four (by June 1) to 5th grade
When: June 5-9, 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Before VBS: Preparing crafts, praying, planning publicity, decorating, doing administrative tasks, painting or building drama sets
During VBS: Drama, crafts, music, lunches, registration, games, snacks, baby nursery, group leader or technology

Volunteer to help and/or register your children by going to firstmennonitecm.weebly.com. †


Each of Us Has a Story
Tom Fox

About an hour south of Berne in Wayne County is Hoosier Hill, the highest point in the state of Indiana. It is a mere 1,257 feet above sea level. Hardly a towering peak. As you stand on the roof of Indiana and look out you see—mostly trees. The crest is located in a grove of trees and has a less than impressive view of the surrounding countryside.
Yes, it is true that Indiana does not have the wonder of Yellowstone or impressive appearance of a stand of redwoods. But the state has been blessed with fertile soil and abundant water.
We can easily fall into the same way of thinking about ourselves as Christians. I can’t preach like Paul, or sing like Pavarotti, therefore, I am but a small bump in the Christian world.
That view shorts the wonders that God can do in our lives. I would suggest that each one of us who is a Christian has a story that is a testimony to God’s amazing grace. While some stories reflect long journeys through lives of sin and despair, others of us have stories that reflect God’s faithfulness over time. Each story reminds us that we have been saved from the jaws of death and gifted with eternal life in Heaven.
I have stood on top of Hoosier Hill and looked around at the trees. I am reminded by each tree of the beauty that God has created for us as we dwell here on earth.
And as I look over the body of believes that is the church I am likewise reminded of the beauty God has created around me. Each story is a reminder of God’s love and ability to redeem even the lowest person so that we might someday dwell on high with Him. †

Notes of Appreciation
Dear friends,
Thank you so much for blessing the clients of the Hope Clinic with the wonderful baby shower gifts. We were blessed with so many wonderful items to help stock our shelves.
This ministry is truly a community effort and would not be possible without your prayers and support. Thank you so much for your on-going partnership with us.
We consider it an honor that you choose to join God’s hand at work through the ministry of the Hope Clinic!
Hope Clinic clients, board of directors, volunteers and staff

Thank you to everyone who prayed for me when I had my recent surgery. I felt your prayers. Surgery went fine, and healing is going well.
Jessica Lehman †

Among Our People
Myrna Bauman was admitted to Bluffton Regional Medical Center February 24 for tests. She returned home February 27.

Fred Wulliman had a heart catheterization at Lutheran Hospital March 2 after which he was admitted. He had quadruple by-pass surgery March 7 and went home March 14.

George Dynes entered Adams Memorial Hospital March 15 with pneumonia. †

Check out these materials new in the church library:
236 CHA “Erasing hell: what God said about eternity and the things we made up” by Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle. This book discusses the character of God and biblical truth by answering questions people have about eternity.
248 ANT “Becoming a spiritually healthy family: avoiding the 6 dysfunctional parenting styles” by Michelle Anthony. Learn how to practically show Jesus to your children instead of focusing on what the world says you need to do to parent your kids.
248 CLO “Changes that heal: how to understand your past to ensure a healthier future” by Henry Cloud. There are four things you can do to become a more mature Christian.
248 ELD “Wild at heart: discovering the secret of a man's soul” by John Eldredge. This updated classic explores Christian masculinity.
248 JEN “Good pictures, bad pictures: porn-proofing today's young kids” by Kristen A. Jenson and Gail Poyner; illustrated by Debbie Fox. This read-aloud book teaches kids how to porn-proof their brains.
B MIN “Wherever the river runs: how a forgotten people renewed my hope in the gospel” by Kelly Minter. This autobiographical journey through the Amazon will inspire American Christians.
F AFS “In the field of grace: a novel” by Tessa Afshar. This is a novelization of the biblical story of Ruth.
F JOH “The Red Door Inn: a novel” by Liz Johnson. Two hurting people work together to restore a bed-and-breakfast on Prince Edward Island.
F WAL “The touch” by Randall Wallace. A surgeon dealing with grief is needed to work with a biomedical engineer on a new surgical tool—if he can overcome his past.
F WIT “Brides of Texas: three novels in one volume” by Karen Witemeyer. Includes “A tailor-made bride,” “Short-straw bride” and “Stealing the preacher.”
VR FIC WOO “Woodlawn.” In this movie, based on a true story, a football player deals with faith and race.
Y FLO “Andi under pressure: an Andi Boggs novel” by Amanda Flower. Andi and her friend must figure out who’s behind the dangerous pranks at camp. †