Eight young adults enter missionsBy Dana Neff First Mennonite Church, Newton, Kan.
First Mennonite and Iglesia Menonita Casa Betania, a Spanishlanguage congregation FMC helps support, held a joint service March 27. Pastor Jaime Cazares of Casa Betania gave the sermon, and the IMCB worship band led the music.
Also on March 27, Joel Schroeder, pastor of youth and young adults, was unanimously approved for another three-year term.
On April 10, the combined choirs of FMC and First Mennonite Church of Christian in Moundridge sang in our worship. FMC Newton member Rachel Voran, a Bethel College student, directs the FMCC choir.
Kevin King, director of Mennonite Disaster Service, shared with us March 20. The Hesston College worship band led music on Palm Sunday. During Holy Week we had a Maundy Thursday service and a Good Friday time available for self-guided reflection in our sanctuary.
The youth group held two fundraisers. The pork roast was March 16 and brought in $6,800. An auction held April 27 raised $12,000. The funds from these will go toward the youth group trip to Pittsburgh 2011.
Just like in 2008, FMC will have eight young adults entering short-term missions this summer and fall. They are Abby Schrag, Erin Regier, Tim Regier, Bethanie Wedel and Joanna Epp, soon to be high school graduates, and Ben Histand, Terra Wiens and Sierra Pryce, soon to graduate from Bethel College.
Rosella Fleming, 89, died March 9. Survivors: sons Gary and Roger Fleming; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Emma Frey, 102, died March 16. Survivors: daughters Frances Smith, Norma Goering and Connie Sandate; son Merle Frey; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.
Births: Liam Khan, Feb. 18, to Chris and Muna Khan Claassen; Jacob Rudy, Feb. 22, to Cassidy Claassen and Sarah Rempel; Aaron Joseph, March 22, to Greg and Laura Myers.
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