Prayer & Praise Items


September 20, 2017

First Mennonite Church



Praise God for the MCC sales that are conducted throughout the nation. Pray that the funds that are generated through this means may be effective to provide the gospel witness to people who would not ordinarily receive the good news.



Pray for our missionaries of the week:  Gordon & Yarna. Praise Items: For the joy we are experiencing in having our older son, Josh, Ashley, and grandson, Niko, with us from Finland (for a month), as well as a very short visit with Yarna’s brother and his wife, also from Finland. It isn’t often that we get to have any family members with us here. For our personal health and strength. That in a time (100+ days now) of some violence, road closures, and strikes, our CH--E teams in India, just east of Nep--al, are still OK. They’ve had to cancel training seminars and lay low for a bit. (There is a separatist movement in that area – to have their own state). Prayer Items: For Eb-by and Pr-abha-t, Gordon’s ‘right-hand men,’ who are master trainers: due to the constant requests by church, mission, and development groups, these two men seem to be nonstop “on the road.” That they’d know when to say, “not just yet” to requesting groups when they need to stay home with their families;  for their health and strength when they do travel – it is often in crowded buses and trains, and for safety for their wives and children at home. That they would be blessings to those they meet – and esp. to those who attend the C-HE tra-inings. For Gordon’s long-term “em--pl-oyment v--isa” for India – that a group would surface to issue an invitation for him.  (With the anti-Christian, esp. anti-western Christian sentiments of the present government, groups would rather not be associated with us westerners – whose presence [physical or on paper] attracts the attention of the gov’t upon them.)  Gordon will be traveling to Ne-p-al and In-di-a during the latter part of Oct. to end of Nov. Pray for safety, good health, and fruitful visits with C-H-E teams and others he meets. Pray for safety for Yarna at home.


Pray for 6 unspoken requests.



Pray for Jeff, Megan, Nate & Josh Linthicum on mission sabbatical.


God calls us to encourage each other. Here is a list of September birthdays for missionaries and church staff. A basket will be placed in the foyer in which you may place cards for them, and these will be sent for you.

28 Curt Claassen






Swiss Village Rehab: Betty Habegger - stroke

Coventry Meadows - Dan Dawson  surgery recovery

Markle Healthcare: Roy Liechty - rehab



Betty Stuber & Sharon Wheeler- chemo treatments

Claire Kuprowicz (cu-PRO-uts) - progressing


Cancer issues -  Mic Hodson, Tim Breauchy, Bob Beitler, Phil Sprunger


We pray for these who are part of the First Mennonite family:

Beth Sheets

Denver Neuenschwander

Jennifer and Spencer Lehman

Dave, Kelly, Spencer, Caroline, Jane, Quentin & Walker Keim

Kent & Jeanne Frank

Jamie & Marcia Cressman

Matthew, Jesica, Max, Gus & Eva Adams

Phil, Amy & Sydney Tumbleson

Eldon, Jan & Sarah Claassen

Corwin & Ann Fosnaugh






Please phone Prayer & Praise items to church office, 8:00

a.m.- 4:30 p.m., 589-3108, or Jerry Flueckiger, 589-4666.