Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)

MCC is the relief and development arm of the greater Mennonite church. Congregations are made aware of need for material aid worldwide through this agency. First Mennonite has responded by donating supplies for school kits, health kits, and relief kits. Comforters are pieced, knotted and donated as well.

MCC Opportunity - Feb - Mar 31, 21015 MCC HYGIENE KITS As the Syrian war continues and the group calling itself the Islamic State pushes its way into parts of Iraq and Syria, families often leave their homes and seek shelter in nearby towns. When the battle moves there, they flee again to another town or temporary shelters or neighboring country, usually arriving with only their official papers and the clothes on their backs. Wherever the displaced people and refugees go, they need safety, shelter, friendship, food and water, education and jobs. MCC works with partners in Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria to do all that we can with your gifts to meet those needs in the name of Christ. FMC has collected 63 hygiene kits which will be sent to the war torn area. Additional supplies will be accepted until March 1st. We have passed our reasonable goal of one for each family attending, how close can we come to our awesome goal of one for each person attending… 105

School Kits for MCC

Jean Oswald, Children’s Education Superintendent

As a peace church, FMC reaches out to pain and suffering in the world. One avenue is through Mennonite Central Committee. During the month of August, school supplies were donated and bags sewn for school kits. Each kit includes 4 notebooks, 8 pencils, colored pencils, a ruler and an eraser. One Sunday after church, the youth of FMC gathered for lunch and stuffing of the bags. The task of "stringing" the bags was taken on by even the youngest children who attend Sunday school. All the bags were piled in the sanctuary for a prayer of dedication on Oct. 18. and 65 bags filled Jean's trunk. They were delivered to the 'Gift and Thrift" shop in Harrisonburg, and will be taken to Pennsylvania before being shipped to refugee camps around the world. The person receiving the bags in Harrisonburg said daily bags arrive from various churches. 

Contact Us

First Mennonite Church
601 East Parham Road
Richmond, Virginia 23227

Pastor: Ryan Ahlgrim

Office Hours:  Generally, 9-4 M-F


Secretary: Shelby Scattergood

Office Hours: Generally, 9-2 Tu & F