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June 2018 Volume 41 Number 7

High School Graduates
The 2018 high school graduates who are members or attendees of First Mennonite were Tristan Bailey (Derick and Lori), Kaitlynn Gorrell (Rick and Tiffany), Lars In’t Groen (Jack and Carola), Jake Hreha (Steve and Susie), Krista Lehman (Kent and Becky), Hannah Mosser (Michael and Melinda), Kaden Ortiz (Terry and Danielle Dawn), Celeste Shaneyfelt (Stacy and Lisa), and Althea Shoaf (Tim and Lana). †

Young Adult News
Any young adults ages 18-25 are welcome to join us for Bible study, Sunday School and social outings throughout the summer! Please join our Remind group by texting the code @9a8gc3 to the number 810810. You can also contact Tim or Lana Shoaf. †

Youth News
Those who will be going into 6th grade this coming school year can now come to all youth group activities.
Youth Bible Study started Tuesday, June 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. down in the youth room and will continue on Tuesdays throughout the rest of the summer. We are studying 1 Thessalonians. Lunch is provided.

Lake days are scheduled at Floyd and Renee Liechty’s house. Junior High will be on Wednesday, June 27, and Senior High will be on Thursday, June 28. Both will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Food will be provided. Tubing, kan jam, spikeball, and more to be expected.
City Challenge will take place June 20-24. We will be taking 11 (eight youth and three adults) over to Columbus, Ohio, to go through some DTS classes and go through various missional-minded activities that will challenge and build the faith of those who are going. We ask for prayer leading up to and during this time.

Cedar Point Trip will take place Tuesday, July 24. This trip is for all youth. Youth can sign up and grab a permission slip from the table in the foyer. A $25 deposit is due July 8. The rest of the money will be due the day of the trip. The overall cost of the trip will be determined at a future date and will depend on whether we decide to purchase drink bands or not. †

Are We Doing Our Job?
by Marcia Cressman

Numbers is one of the books in the Old Testament that as I read it I am tempted to skim or skip over some of the verses. The Lord gave Moses many commands and instructions that He wanted Moses to carry out. There is much for us to learn from this book as we read and study it. Earlier this year as I was reading the book of Numbers there were some things I gleaned from it that really made me stop and think. It was that the Levites had been chosen by God to take care of the tent of meeting and the most holy things.

In chapter 4 the Lord told Moses and Aaron to take a census of the different branches of the Levites by their clan and families. They were to count all the men from 30 to 50 years of age who came to serve in the work at the tent of meeting. As I was reading this I realized that each clan was assigned a different job or task to carry out. By doing this the work of serving and carrying the tent of meeting would be done correctly. I wonder if any of the men were unhappy with the job they were assigned. Would they have rather been doing another job or task?

It is the same in the church and in our lives today. God has given each of us different gifts and talents that He wants us to use for His glory. Are we using our gifts to serve or are we looking around wishing we had been given someone else’s gifts and abilities? Well, maybe sometimes we do. Yet God wants to use us, each of us, where we are. I once read this statement: “Wherever God puts you is your ministry.” There are so many people around us who need what we have to offer. It’s easy to forget that every time we see another person, we have another opportunity to make a difference in that person’s life.

So with that in mind let’s keep focused on what God has called each one of us to do. Colossians 3:23 reads: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” Hebrews encourages us to run the race with endurance, continuing to fix our eyes on Jesus. Kay Arthur writes: “IfI am going to run the race set before me, I must never take my eyes off the goal—and I must run in my lane. What God asks, does, or requires of others is not my business; it is His. I am to be faithful to His calling on my life.”

May we all be faithful in doing what God has called us to do. Corrie Ten Boom says it best: “The measure of a life is not its duration, but its donation.” †

It’s Time for a New Pictorial Directory
It is time again for First Mennonite Church to make a new pictorial directory. We want to include members and attendees with their families in the new directory.
Lifetouch photographers will be taking pictures of families starting Tuesday, July 31 through Friday, August 3 from 2-9 p.m. and Saturday, August 4 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the church, and at Swiss Village August 14-17 from 2-9 p.m. and Saturday, August 18 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. for our members living there but is open for other families if this week works better for you.

We will start scheduling sitting times on June 17 before and after morning church services or after June 17 you can go to the church’s website and follow link to sign up or call Teri Liechty at 260-849-9299 and she can help you sign up.

Each sitting will receive a free 8 X 10, a printed directory and a $10 coupon to use to purchase more pictures. If you bring in a food item for Project Share you will also receive a $5 coupon. Senior citizens, older than 65, will receive 20% off picture purchases.
If grandparents want a big family portrait, their children’s families just need to schedule their sitting time before and after their parents’ sitting times and the photographer will take a big family picture.

Youth and children that attend on Wednesday or youth group, can have their picture taken if a parent comes along to sign giving permission. The parent does not need to be in the picture but they are welcome to bring their whole family for a family portrait and willreceive a free 8 X 10. We can note on the order form if someone does not want to be the directory.

The background will be stone (a light gray), for those wanting to color coordinate their outfits. †

Among Our People
Bob Reinhard had shoulder surgery at Parkview Hospital on May 9 and was released the next day.

Marge Von Gunten had hip replacement surgery at Adams Memorial Hospital on May 4 and was sent to rehab at Swiss Village on May 7.

Tim Bauman was diagnosed with acute leukemia and has been at Lutheran Hospital since May 18.

Claudette Stauffer was at Parkview Hospital from May 29-June 4 because of a kidney stone.  She was transferred to rehab at Swiss Village. †

Home Going
Harry D. Yoder, 82, Berne, a Swiss Village resident, passed away Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Adams Memorial Hospital.  He was born to Raymond and Ida Habegger Yoder on February 25, 1936 in Adams Couny, IN.

Harry was a faithful member of the First Mennonite Church; he was baptized and became a member on May 28, 1950. Harry worked at Berne Furniture in the cushion department for over 50 years and also helped his parents on the farm. He was an avid sports fan and especially rooted for the I U Hoosiers.

Survivors include a sister, Vernelle Yoder of Berne, sister-in-law, Barbara Yoder of Berne and nephews and nieces.
Preceding in death are brothers; John, LeRoy and Jerry Yoder, and sisters; Ilva and Evanna Yoder.

The funeral was Monday, May 21, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Swiss Village Chapel with visitation from 9 a.m. to time of services. Officiating was Pastor Jerry A. Flueckiger. Burial is in the MRE Cemetery, Berne. †

New in the Church Library: Fledge
Our church library has recently added an excellent resource, a very timely one for families whose children are emerging from teenager to independent young adult: “Fledge” by Brenda Yoder.  

Brenda Yoder is a licensed mental health counselor, Bible teacher, educator and parent of teens and young adults. With wit, transparency and tears, Brenda guides parents to consider how they can best encourage their children to begin their lives outside of their home with confidence and grace (while consoling their parental hearts in the process). Brenda utilizes her counseling degree, love for God’s word and personal experience to accomplish what is sure to become a standard for this time of life in every family—a book on raising a family, only to let them go.  

Before our children are born, we read books on what to expect to equip ourselves. Until now, there wasn’t a similar resource for parents working through the shifting roles and the incredibly challenging time of letting go.  

In “Fledge”, Brenda addresses all of this: family dynamics, relationships, shifts. She provides tools and encouragement that parents of fledging young adults are looking for. Topics included are Giving Up Control, Setting Boundaries, Building Family Ties, Accepting Midlife with Grace and Preparing for the Transition to an Empty Nest Marriage.  †