Scripture: Living and Active

Scripture: Living and Active
Our most significant scriptures are marked with post it notes.

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

We gather for worship at 9:30 am on Sunday.
Children go to Sunday school following their special time in worship, about 10:15 am.
Potluck is the first Sunday of the month.

17975 Centreville-Constantine Road, Constantine, MI 49042

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.


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