Christmastide Blessings

Christmastide Blessings
Annual Incarnation of the Story of the Birth of Jesus

Continuing the work of Jesus, simply, peacefully, JOYFULLY, together.

We worship at 9:30 am on Sunday.
Sunday School begins at 11 am.
Potluck is the first Sunday of the month.

17975 Centreville-Constantine Road, Constantine, MI 49042

florence.brethren.mennonite@gmail.com

Sunday, May 23, 2010

May 2010 Intergenerational Sunday School

The choices for Sunday school for youth and adults were sew (as in sewing a quilt for the MCC Relief Sale), hoe (as in help in weeding and landscaping around the church) and photo (share photos and shoot photos that capture Life!).

Here are some glimpses:


Ben Nofsinger, photo group.



Jan and Jerry Warstler and Willard Fenton Miller, hoe group.




Two photos of Sean Nichols taken by his grandmother, Dallie Nichols (photo group)



Henry Miller, hoe group.


1 Peter 4:10-11
Each one should use whatever gift he or she has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, OR WORKS IN THE SOIL OR WITH THE EYE, OR WITH THE NEEDLE, they should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

New Beginnings: Sabbatical, Season #2


I am glad to be home and back among my Florence friends/flock after rest and renewal in Costa Rica. The blog vibrantruralrr.blogspot.com records my sabbatical reflections and will continue through this church year. So here we will return to reflections on the life of Florence Church of the Brethren Mennonite.

Why sabbatical #2? As we enter summer, the congregation will take up its renewal plans promoting rural vibrancy. Since many worked very hard while I was away, activities for fun, rest and relaxation will be planned for the summer months.

A HUGE THANK YOU TO THE SABBATICAL LEADERSHIP TEAM -- JANE BOWER, NORA HARRIS, KATHY FENTON-MILLER AND TIM LIND, AND CONGREGATIONAL CHAIR, CHRISTINE NOFSINGER FOR ALL YOUR WORK WHILE I WAS AWAY.

ALSO SPECIAL THANKS TO THE LENT WORSHIP TEAM AND FRIDBERT AUGUST. I heard that worship was especially rich in your creative and soulful care.


SIMPLY SUMMER SABBATICAL...With the leadership of Christine Nofsinger and Kathy Fenton-Miller, those plans will be unfolding. Suzanne Lind will be in Michigan for the summer months, and has begun to plan for our Labor Day congregational retreat at Amigo Centre. More details will come here soon!

Meanwhils, Spring brings a flurry of artistic, musical, soccer, school, garden, farm and graduate activities. And new life.

It is a joy to welcome the newest baby, John Floyd Lichti, seen here with his brother Jesse.



It is a joy to suppport our college graduates as they take new steps. Here you see Goshen Graduates, Jheny Nieto and Emma Fenton-Miller (with Solomon Fenton-Miller). Elizabeth Wenger also graduated this spring from Houghton College.





We anticipate the high school graduation of Ben Nofsinger (Marcellus), and Brenda Nieto and Emily Wenger (Three Rivers).

This also reminds us once more of our sorrow over the loss of Bryan Shelly. We will be remembering him at church by planting an oak tree. And an empty chair will mark his place in Marcellus graduation.

Two new market farms have begun their first season with the work of Florence Families. Bair Lane Farm is being tended by Randy, Josh and Roxie Ewert.



One Straw Farm is the work of Luke Nofsinger, Daniela Zehr and family.



Both farms joined farmers Dale Hasenick (and Jo Beachy, not pictured here) with booths at the Goshen Farmers' Market opening this weekend. For Dale and Jo and White Yarrow Farm this was their tenth anniversary of selling at the Goshen market in addition to their CSA in Michigan.



So, all and all, we begin growing together again -- through change, new ventures, old sadness, new life. We commit ourselves to love of God, others, self, enemy and earth.

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