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, June 27, 2010

Congo Cloth Connections at Central District Conference






Christine Nofsinger and Suzanne and Rose Lind presented a workshop at Central District Conference meeting in Bluffton, OH on Friday, June 26. The room was a flood of color! You can see their great partnership and joy in sharing the cloth and the women and stories from Congo that it reflects. Lots of yards of cloth were sold and lots of ideas generated about how stitches can be prayers, connecting us here to the vibrant and beautiful people of Congo.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Simple Way (summer worship)



To Live Simply in the Way of Jesus we have agreed in not simple. But the simple life is "the life that really is life." (1 Timothy 6:19) And so we will explore that Life together.

We began this series on May 30, 2010 with a look at the collaboration of God and Wisdom as seen in Proverbs 8. Henry Bruan played God and Nina Lanctot played Sophia/Wisdom. And we played!

And we will continue to play since this summer is the congregation's chance to have a "VIBRANT RURAL SABBATICAL" with activities funded by the Lilly Endownment Clergy Renewal Grant we were awarded. We will culminate the summer with a Camp-In at Amigo Centre, on Labor Day Weekend.

The Simple Life is both a call and a playful invitation. We will embody scripture texts, sing and reflect together each Sunday. All are welcome.

Recommended Reading: "Simple Ways Toward the Sacred" by Gunilla Norris

"Purity of heart is to will one thing." Soren Kierkegaard

Graduates and Graduates-To-Be



We were blessed this year to have three high school graduates and three college graduates:

Emma Fenton-Miller (Goshen College, with one semester to go)
Brenda Nieto (Three Rivers High School)
Jheny Nieto (Goshen College)
Ben Nofsinger (Marcellus High School)
Elisabeth Wenger (Houghton College)
Emily Wenger (Three Rivers High School)

We also welcomed Rose Lind back after her year of service in Service Adventure, Johnstown, PA.

At our potluck we also had a table for graduates to be. We are committed to helping each one imagine a future where their gifts flourish and they serve the church and the world.


The Florence Board recently approved a new service emphasis that will provide resources and support to all ages as we imagine creative service adventures, near and far.

We will celebrate service this fall.

A Tree for Bryan




A favorite quote of Bryan Shelly inspired the planting of an oak tree at the time he would have graduated from Marcellus High School. We planted this tree during our morning worship on June 6, 2010. Here is the quote by Peter Marshall:

"When we long for life without difficulties,
remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds
and diamonds are made under pressure"


The people of Romence Gardens, Portage, aided Kim Henritzy, Bryan's mother, and friends Martha Miller and Jo Beachy as they tearfully selected this oak tree.