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ANNOUNCEMENTS


PASTORAL EVALUATION – A Pastoral Evaluation survey is currently available here. The Pastoral Evaluation Committee will have survey booths set up in the church library TODAY for those needing assistance with completing the survey online. Paper surveys will also be available. Everybody is encouraged to participate by completing the survey by the time of the Church Retreat, September 20-22.

CONGREGATIONAL DISCUSSION OF PROPOSED REDESIGN—Recently a proposal to redesign the organizational structure of the church was sent out to everyone in the congregation. The Church Council would like to get the congregation’s feedback to this proposal before proceeding with rewriting the congregation’s constitution and bylaws. Two times have been set aside for open discussion: after church TODAY at 12:30 (bring a sack lunch if you wish); and during the 9:30am Sunday school hour on September 29th. You are welcome to attend one or both discussions. Thanks for your input! If you are unable to attend either meeting, please send your feedback to Joe Sprunger, congregational chair.

DEEP WATER – This experimental and interracial Wednesday night worship series, focusing on poverty and race relations, will not begin on September 18th as planned. The start date is being postponed until some final components are in place. Stay tuned!

MCC SCHOOL KIT DRIVE continues.  We are about halfway to our goal of 80 kits, which will be distributed by MCC here and abroad.  Check our progress chart on the table in the Commons to see what is needed, and consider blessing children with your gifts of supplies or sewing bags.  See Sandy Elliott if you have questions.

FALL RETREAT— Since the congregation will be on a fall retreat at Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center on September 20-22, there will be no church services at FMC on Sunday, September 22. If you had not signed up for the retreat, but wish to attend, contact Ellen Basinger as soon as possible!

SEMINARY FOR A DAY—Union Presbyterian Seminary will offer a day of lectures and workshops on Saturday, September 28th for anyone who would like to get a taste of theological education. Only $25 (includes lunch). A schedule is on the Commons table. To register go to www.upsem.edu/event/seminary-for-a-day-2019/

VIRGINIA MENNONITE RELIEF SALE - Support Mennonite Central Committee's natural disaster relief, community development, and peace building around the world by attending the Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale, October 4 and 5 at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds in Harrisonburg. The relief sale offers a bit of everything - quilts, artwork, homemade donuts, country breakfast, BBQ chicken, antiques, international foods, music and activities for the whole family. More information at vareliefsale.com

CROP WALK is on October 20. Laurie Ahlgrim is coordinating for our congregation. Mark your calendars!

CARITAS guests will be with us again this October 19 through 26. There will be a poster placed in the Commons area showing the dates and tasks that need volunteers. Please prayerfully consider how you contribute your energy toward this worthy service to the homeless women in the Richmond area. If you can coordinate a team to prepare and serve a meal, or individually serve in some way. Because of a new facility being developed, this may be the last time we will be housing a homeless group in our church. Please write your name on the schedule or contact Jay or Pat Rohrer - mjayrohrer@gmail.com | patrohrer2@gmail.com

MENNONET ARTICLES – We are looking for articles on the special activities you are, were, or will be involved with in the near future for the next MennoNet. Please submit a MS Word document to Murray Ellison at bluemur@verizon.net by November 15 to be included in the next issue.

JIM LEHMAN’S BLOG – Jim Lehman has set up a blog to share his MDS experiences in Grand Forks, BC. You can read his blog at grandforksmds.blogspot.com

SHARING FUND—Funds are getting low in our Sharing Fund. This fund, administered by the elders, assists friends and members of the congregation who are facing financial emergencies. Please consider making a contribution to this fund by making out a check to FMC and writing in the memo line: “Sharing Fund.” Thank you!

CONTRIBUTE TO MEMORIAL HYMNALS—Who has most deeply shaped your faith? Who are the saints who have gone before us whom you would like to memorialize? Next year FMC will be purchasing the new Mennonite hymnal for our pews. To help raise the needed funds, the Worship Commission is inviting anyone who is interested to make a donation toward one or more hymnals that will honor persons living or dead. These hymnals will have an inscription inside the front cover with the name of the donor and the person being honored. A memorial hymnal will be designated per $25 contributed. Make out checks to FMC and put in the memo line: “Memorial hymnals.” When we receive the new hymnals, you will be contacted to find out who you would like to honor in each of the hymnals you purchased. Thank you for your contributions, and for remembering the cloud of witnesses!

LAMB’S BASKET is a food pantry for our neighbors in Henrico County, operated by a group of local churches.  They depend on donations.  Thanks to all at FMC who gave over 160 pounds of food and household supplies over the summer.  Please place your gifts in the red wagon in the commons area any time.  High protein items such as peanut butter, tuna, canned meats and stews are always in demand.

EDUCATIONAL CONTRIBUTIONS – In your church mailbox is a letter from Christine Suders inviting members to contribute to the educational financial needs of one of her former students, Keith Shelton. See Christine or Pastor Ryan if you have any questions.

PHOTO BULLETIN BOARD - Our "church family" Photo Bulletin Board, which was created to help us all put names with faces, is located in the hall across from the mailboxes.  If you don't have a photo displayed or if your photo needs to be updated, please see Jean Oswald or Hazel Bowman to have a photo taken.  If you already have a photo you'd like to submit, send it to the church secretary.  Thanks! 

LOST & FOUND – If you’ve recently lost an item at the church make sure to check out the Lost & Found Box in the secretary’s office. It’s located on the table by the office door.

FACEBOOK – Have you checked out FMC’s Facebook page? Do you want another way to keep up with everything FMC has to offer? Then head on over to Facebook and give our page a like! Follow this link to check it out: www.facebook.com/FirstMennoniteChurch/