what's happening at first mennonite

  • handel's messiah

    Rehearsal for Handel’s Messiah will begin on Tuesday, October 4 at 7:00 p.m. Rehearsals will continue weekly through November 29 here at First Mennonite. All singers are invited – no tryouts needed.


    The final Saturday at das Marit Farmers & Artists Market in 2022 will be October 8 from 9:00 - noon.  There is still time to purchase baked goods, gifts, fall decorations, and local produce.  Berne's farmers market is unique to our area because of the community tables where individuals can enjoy conversation while eating a delicious waffle and also have access to the prayer table where special requests can be shared.  A special thank you to the vendors, volunteers, and many community supporters that have helped Berne's open-air market grow each year.

  • junior quizzing

    Calling all 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders – Junior Quizzing is about to start! This year we will be studying Matthew 5, 6, and 7. Come to learn and memorize God’s Word, build friendships, and have lots of fun. Please sign up in the patio. If you have any questions, contact Jenny Dubach at (260) 849-2342. 

  • Wednesday nights at FMC

    Join us on Wednesday evenings for a time of fellowship, fun, and spiritual growth.  The Fellowship Meal begins at 5:45 and classes for all ages start at 7:00. 

    Adults in the Chapel - Dr. Matt Harmon, professor of New Testament Studies at Grace College, will present “How We Got the Bible."

    Adults in Room 2 - Don't Let the Enemy Have a Seat at Your Table - In this six-week video, Bible study, discussion class, bestselling author and pastor Louie Giglio unpacks Psalm 23 to offer insight into how to overcome the enemy's lies and find peace and spiritual security in any circumstance or situation. The class is led by Bill Helmlinger and Darrin Ringger.

    Youth - Meet in the Youth Room

    Elementary Kids -  We are continuing "Bible Drills, Skills, and Thrills." - Over the course of the year, kids will memorize 25 scriptures, 10 key passages, and all of the books of the bible! We will focus on navigating through and getting the big picture of how it is organized. Kids will earn “Bible Bucks" for their accomplishments and spend them on prizes throughout the year.

    Ages 4-K - Meet in the room at the bottom of the ramp

    Ages 0-3 - Meet in the Toddler Nursery

  • pastor appreciation month

    October is Pastor Appreciation Month! Let’s thank our wonderful pastoral staff by showering them with cards, gift cards, notes of encouragement, or anything else you would like to do to thank them for all they do to bless the congregation! You may even want to give a Bible in a pastor’s honor through Gideons International. Cards and gift cards may be dropped off in the Spiritual Guidance Cabinet mailbox by the office. The cards will be divided up by the SGC and distributed to the staff in November. 

  • community support for ukrainian Friends & hosts

    Physical Needs - Check the bulletin board outside the office to see specific physical needs. See Chris Hyman for more information.

    Freezer MealsThere is now a freezer available clearly marked “Ukraine Friends” in the pantry of the main kitchen. If you would like to prepare a meal for families to use at their convenience, please make sure it is in disposable containers and clearly marked with contents and cooking directions. There is not going to be a sign-up (at this point). If there is room in the freezer, make something! If not, bring it back later!

  • 2023 Mennonite arts weekend

    Early-bird registration is open for the 2023 Mennonite Arts Weekend on February 3-5 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Twelve artists and our featured musical group, A Girl Named Tom, will explore this year’s theme, “Between: Embracing Vulnerability”. You will find information about the participating artists, venue, schedule, and registration at mennoniteartsweekend.org.

  • Mennonite youth choir

    The Mennonite Youth Choir Festival invites children in grades 3-9 to join us for a weekend of singing on March 4 & 5, 2023, at First Mennonite Church. We love praising God through song, and want to pass on the love of music to youth of all ages. No matter where you go to church on a Sunday morning, your voice is needed in our choir! 2023 Choir Festival Dates: Practice on Saturday, March 4, 2023; performance on Sunday, March 5, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. (free and open to the public). Who: Children grades 3-9 from Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan and beyond who love to sing! Cost per child: $35. Register & More Info:  mennoniteyouthchoir.com; (early bird deadline is Nov. 15; $45 after Nov. 15). Guest Director: Tammie Kosters. 

  • swiss village bus service

    Swiss Village Residents: If you would like to be picked up by the church bus for Sunday a.m. services, please call the church office at (260) 589-3108.