Update Newsletter

February 2017 Volume 40 Number 3

MCC Meat Canner Thank You
As the MCC Meat Canner trucks pull away, the committee cleans and sanitizes the canning room one last time and the cans of turkey are loaded on a truck, the volunteers head for their homes, which signals the end to the 2017 Meat Canner Project. The Peace and Service Committee would like to thank everyone who gave of their time and resources. This project is successful because so many come together to help can turkey for those in need here in our area and around the world.
We would like to thank Rod and Sandy Lehman and Dave and Judy Fox for housing the canner boys, the church office staff and Steve Sommer for their help with the additional duties we ask of them, Sara Meyer and Jen Meyer and their staff of workers for their tireless work to fix the excellent meals for the volunteers, and Brent Hyman and Tara Steffen for helping to record the activities and fun. Thanks also to those who donate equipment or trucks to help the canner run smoothly, to the volunteers—those who come at 5 a.m. and stay the day or the one who comes for an hour or two throughout the day—each is noticed and appreciated.
To the Peace and Service committee there are no words to express the gratitude we feel. You donate so many hours to planning, setting up, helping serve as supervisors and doing the jobs that need to be done. The canner truly takes so many to have it be completed. To those unable to help physically but gave of their resources and especially those who said a prayer asking for God’s protection and help in this project, we say a huge thank you. The cans of turkey will be leaving for Akron in the next few weeks, so we ask for prayer for safety and protection for the trip.
Thank you
Jeff and Sondra Lehman †

VBS is Coming to FMC
Due to renovations at the school this summer, the committee has decided to postpone Community VBS until 2018. To avoid conflicts with Camp Luz, First Mennonite has moved our VBS a little earlier than usual for 2017. VBS will be June 5-9. Mark your calendars! †


Don’t Forget: Spring Midweek Opportunities
The Spring Quarter midweek offerings are starting March 1! We’re grateful to be able to gather together for food, fellowship, prayer and spiritual nurture. Here are the classes to be offered this spring:
• Ten Commandments (Pastor Jeff Linthicum in the chapel)
• Your Powerful Prayers: Reaching the Heart of God with a Bold and Humble Faith (Kim Ringger and Jenn Reusser will lead this group for women)
• Elementary Truth (Darin Ringger will lead this group study from Hebrews 6)
We hope you’ll choose one and see what God has for you! †
Annual Business Meeting
The church held its annual business meeting on January 22, 2017. The minutes from the 2016 annual business meeting as well as the special meeting were approved. The following affirmations took place: Spiritual Guidance – Darin Ringger; Church Treasurer – Greg Meyer; Ministries Council – Damara Neuenschwander, Barb Dawson, Fred Linn, Dave Shuey and Mike Habegger; Endowment Board of Trustees – Jeff (Sondra) Lehman and Floyd Liechty; and Stewardship/Facilities – Dick McKean and Bob Garringer.
In 2016 the church finished the parking lot and fixed some siding on the Family Life Center (FLC). The two old church vans were replaced with one newer van for $32,000. The only project predicted for 2017 is to look at broken slate on the roof and see about repairing it.
This year’s budget is $737,854, which takes into account Pastor Jerry Flueckiger’s retirement and the catechism trip that the catechism class takes every other summer. Minor changes or corrections were approved for the organizational handbook. Steve Sommer asked for more volunteers to help clean the FLC. A search committee has been formed to find someone to enter Pastor Jerry’s role.
The Lancaster Mennonite Conference will hold its conference in March. This differs from past conferences in that church leadership attends the conference and it is more of a time for spiritual input than dealing with business. †
It’s a Matter of the Heart!
Marcia Cressman

We have just celebrated Valentine’s Day. When you walked into stores these past few weeks you couldn’t help but see all kinds of hearts. (My choice would always be a dark chocolate one.) Why were there hearts everywhere? The reason is because Valentine’s Day focuses on hearts, but more importantly than that, so does Jesus!
The Bible contains many verses that deal with the heart. One of my favorite verses is Luke 6:45. It reads: “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.” Another version reads: “For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” That is a very powerful verse.
Do we realize that when we say an unkind word, gossip or criticize someone it is really a heart problem? Proverbs 4:23 states, “Above all else guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” This verse doesn’t say to express your heart…it says to guard your heart.
What we have stored up in our hearts will eventually come out of our mouths. That should make us stop and think before we speak, and yet how many times a day do we fail to do that? Instead of trying to justify what we say or do, maybe we just need to get to the “heart” of the matter. Joni Eareckson Tada states, “It’s in the small matters of everyday life that the bulk of your witness is lived out.”
So I believe what comes out of our mouths is vital to our Christian testimony!
Remember…You don’t advertise your faith by wearing a label—you do it by living a life. †

Women of the Gospel Performance
Many of our readers may remember that back during the summer of 2012, a college student by the name of Kristin Troyer did an internship with Brent Hyman. Since then, she has graduated, gotten married (now Kristin Curby) and has her own drama ministry called OUTSPOKEN ministries. She says she gave up any claim to tact long ago and finds it easier just to say things as they are. That's also one of the things she loves about Scripture—its ability to speak directly to the point, to deliver truth into our lives. As a label for her performance ministry, she hopes that "OUTSPOKEN" will remind her to never apologize for her faith or convictions, as well as inspire others to speak God's truth boldly.
Beginning with writing, directing and performing dramas for the small country church in which she grew up, Kristin has always loved to tell the stories of Scripture creatively. After graduating from Cedarville University with majors in Theatre Performance and Worship Ministry, she decided to combine her passions through biblical performance, beginning with a word-for-word dramatization of The Book of Ruth. Though she has had the chance to teach, direct, design and act in various productions, Kristin treasures the knowledge that when she performs Scripture, she has the privilege of speaking out absolute truth.
On Sunday evening, March 5, Kristin will be presenting “Women of the Gospel” in the chapel. The gospel is called "the greatest story ever told," and now you can experience it through the stories of the women who knew him. Women, after all, were present at nearly every significant event in Jesus' life, and in every encounter, Jesus reversed cultural norms by bestowing value on women. Experience the stories of Jesus' mother, the Samaritan woman, Martha, Mary Magdalene and other women who walked with Jesus and learned his healing power firsthand. †

IWU Wind Ensemble Performance
The Indiana Wesleyan University Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Mr. Michael Flanagin and Dr. Chris Lessly, strives to present the highest level of performance through concert band and wind ensemble literature. Their concerts include a variety of musical styles featuring standard concert band literature, gospel and hymn arrangements, patriotic selections and historical transcriptions.
The Wind Ensemble performs several times each year on campus and throughout the Midwest. In recent years, the group has performed in 22 states and has recorded four compact discs, including The Life of King David, recorded in April 2013. The ensemble has also been featured at the Indiana Music Educators Conferences in 2001 (Indianapolis) and 2013 (Fort Wayne).
Indiana Wesleyan University is an evangelical Christian comprehensive university that was founded in 1920 and is committed to liberal arts and professional education. The University is sponsored by The Wesleyan Church.
This 65-member wind ensemble will be here on Sunday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. A love offering will be received. †

Among Our People
Floine Dynes was admitted to Parkview Hospital Jan. 14 due to congestive heart failure. She came to rehab at Swiss Village Jan. 18.

Curt Claassen entered Adams Memorial Hospital Jan. 26 with an infection. He returned to Swiss Village Jan. 31.

Berneta Lehman went to Adams Memorial Hospital with pneumonia. She returned to Swiss Village Feb. 1.

Ruth Mary Liechty was admitted to Adams Memorial Hospital Feb. 2 for tests. She returned home Feb. 6.

Fred Wulliman became a patient at Adams Memorial Hospital Feb. 6 for tests. He returned home Feb. 8.

Anna V. Liechty entered Adams Memorial Hospital Feb. 12 for tests. She returned to Swiss Village Feb. 17. †

Home Going
James E. Moser, 90, Berne passed away on January 24, 2017 at Swiss Village where he was a resident. He was born to Mark and Anna Blocker Moser. He married Glenna Sprunger on October 1, 1926.
He was baptized and joined the church in 1939. Jim served as a former trustee and on various committees (Welcoming Committee, Kitchen Committee, Peace & Service Committee and Refugee Placement Committee) in the church. He volunteered many years at a Christian Camp (Camp Gilead) in Florida doing construction work. In 1964 he went to Haiti in voluntary service though the Mennonite Church doing construction work. He was a member of the Berne Lions Club for many years. Jim was president of Moser Construction, which he formed along with his three sons. His interests included traveling, fishing and doing jigsaw puzzles.
Survivors include his wife Glenna; daughter, Barbara (Dan) Dawson of Berne; sons Ted (Judy) Moser of Berne, Greg (Karen) Moser of Berne and Brian (Kelly) Moser of Linn Grove; 16 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; three step great-grandchildren; brother, Loren (Grace) Moser of Berne; sisters Carol (Ralph) Jones of Argus, IN and Marge (Jim) Bowman of Ft. Wayne.
Preceding in death are his parents, stepmother, Linda (Stucky) Moser, sister, Vera (Ivan) Sprunger and brothers Robert and Lee.
Funeral services were Sunday, January 29, 2017, 2 p.m. at the First Mennonite Church with visitation one hour prior to services. Visitation also Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Swiss Village Auditorium, Berne. Officiating was Pastor Jerry A. Flueckiger and Pastor Jeff Linthicum. Burial is in the MRE Cemetery. †

Notes of Appreciation
It was a privilege, and pleasure, to be with you all for the opening of the Mission Festival. Always a joy to be back and see so many familiar faces—faithful and prayerful people. Also a friendly and giving people, you are! Each year, in every month, that is proven over and over again. Thank you for your “Global Perspective” as you worship and serve locally. “Glocal” was a term someone came up with for people like you! The contributions throughout the year, and the special one at Mission Festival, are a true blessing and encouragement to us…and we are grateful. Thank you, on behalf of the people of South Asia, who are the subsequent recipients.
Gordon and Yarna Claassen

Thank you so much for the generous gift from Mission Festival for Berne Preschool. This money will be used for scholarships for families who are unable to pay the full tuition. Without this assistance, these children would not be able to attend. For more than 40 years our church has sponsored the ministry of the Berne Preschool, and we thank you for all the prayers, encouragement and financial support you have given us.

The family of Jim Moser would like to thank the church for all your prayers, food, cards and visits. Thank you for the lovely meal provided after the funeral and all who donated food. Thanks also to Pastors Jeff and Jerry for the meaningful service.
Glenna, Ted and Judy, Gregg and Karen, Brian and Kelly Moser and Dan and Barb Dawson †


“Every Season Prayers: Gospel-centered Prayers for the Whole of Life” by Scotty Smith
Call No. 242 SMI

“A Woman who Trusts God: Finding the Peace You Long For” by Debbie Alsdorf
Call No. 248 ALS

“The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears” by Mark Batterson
Call No. 248 BAT