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

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Blessings of Home




Sunday, August 8, we WARMLY blessed the new home of Maria Montoya and her family. It was a hot day, but the back deck and grassy yard made the perfect place for talking, eating, and singing blessings.

For Barb Welty there was another layer of blessing. This home had belonged to her mother, Betty Jean. Now the carefully tended perenniel beds were also the home for Maria's thriving tomato, pepper, cilantro and basil plants.

To see the joy of Kathia and Vanessa with their new room and new kittens, to taste Carlos'chicken and Maria's homemade salsa, to enjoy the fun and fellowship and singing of a Florence House Blessing, made me realize how these moments mark our long journey together with joy. There has been a death. And a new birth.

Maria settles into this new home in Three Rivers at the same time as launching two daughters. Jheny, recent Goshen College graduate, will soon move to Indianapolis to find work. Brenda, recent high school graduate, heads off to Hesston College in Kansas.

Kate and James Lind of Sustainable Greens joined the Florence Family for the feast. They are the "work family" for Maria and the girls and have been like loving grandparents at many times. Now we can all rejoice together as new memories are made, common work celebrated, and young women become anchored in this place of beauty, space, and growth.


Sunday, August 8, 2010

Simply Beautiful!

On Sunday, August 1, the creative beauty of Florence Church of the Brethren Mennonite filled the sanctuary and beyond. I was away, but seeing the photos was awe-inspiring to me. God, our creator, indeed has blessed us with creativity and beauty beyond our awareness of each other -- even in this little congregation!

Thanks to Kathy and Willard Fenton-Miller and Judy Broadworth and Suzanne Lind for weaving a wonderful worship around these gifts.

Enjoy!


Quilt by Christine Nofsinger


Shell piece by David Wenger


Stone carving by David Wenger



Paper art by Emma Fenton-Miller


Wooden toys by Henry Braun


Handwork by Jan Warstler


Flowers by Jo Beachy


Potter by Josh Ewert


Paintings by Judy Broadworth


Photos by Kathy Fenton-Miller


Pottery by Riana Beachy Hasenick


Quilt by Roxie Ewert


Photos by Sara Braun


Water color by Sylvie Gudin


Woodwork by Willard Fenton-Miller