All announcements will be posted on this page in addition to the weekly bulletin. Please contact the secretary if you wish to change, remove, or add an announcement.


The secretary will be on vacation from July 20-29. Therefore, announcements will not be updated during this time.

PASTOR OUT OF TOWN – Pastor Ryan will be out of town on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday this week (the 15th, 16th, and 19th). For pastoral care needs, contact one of the elders.

VIRGINIA MENNONITE CONFERENCE ASSEMBLY - Mark your calendars for Virginia Mennonite Conference Assembly, July 18-20, in Harrisonburg. The theme is "Cultivating Good Soil." Worship services will be at Lindale Mennonite Church; delegate sessions will be at Eastern Mennonite School. There will be a Mennonite Disaster Service house-building project onsite (including dedication), and VMMissions will have their Centennial Celebration. More information and registration can be found at

FELLOWSHIP MEAL is this Sunday, July 21. Everybody bring sandwiches. A-J also bring dessert. K-Z also bring side dishes. We will need help setting up and cleaning up. Thanks!

JESUS THE HEALER – During July and the first Sunday of August, Pastor Ryan will preach a sermon series on Jesus’s healing ministry.

BLOOD DRIVE – FMC will host a blood drive on August 6th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. You can sign up at Search for First Mennonite Church! You can also sign up on our website. You may also sign up in the Commons!

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT – FMC will host our neighborhood for the National Night Out on August 6th, 6:00-8:00 p.m. We’ll have hot dogs, desserts, a bounce house, and more!

NO FIRST WEDNESDAY SUPPER IN AUGUST – There will be no First Wednesday Supper in August! Instead you are encouraged to attend National Night out on August 6th.

WOMEN’S BREAKFAST GROUP will NOT be meeting in July and August. We will resume our normal schedule in September. Ladies, have a wonderful summer! Any questions, please contact Julie Lehman or Pat Rohrer.

PEACE CAMP - Mark your calendars for Peace Camp, 2019 at FMC: August 12 through 16, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for rising K-5 graders and middle schoolers, grades 6-8. Join us for Peace Camp where children and youth will discover God’s way of peace! Children will enjoy learning stories, songs, peacemaking skill, cooperative games, and art as they learn about peace and how to become a peacemaker. Each day will feature a visitor from a different culture. Register on FMC’s website. You can access the registration form from the Home page or from the Events page.

NEW HYMNAL FUND - Next year FMC will be purchasing the new Mennonite hymnal. It will include many of the hymns in our current songbooks and hymnals, as well as newly written music. We estimate that the total cost for hymnals and supplementary materials will be around $3600. The Worship Commission plans to raise funds this year to meet those costs, and so we invite you to make contributions toward our newly created “Hymnal Fund.” Make checks out to FMC and designate “Hymnal Fund” on the memo line. An opportunity to purchase memorial hymnals as well as your own personal hymnal will come later. Thank you!

NEW NURSERY WORKER - Caroline Lavoie, a graduate social work student at VCU, has been hired to work in the church nursery on Sunday mornings from 9:30am - 12:30pm, starting September 1. This will allow us to provide more consistency to the children in the nursery, reduce the strain on our faithful volunteers, and provide care to children while their parents attend/teach Sunday School. This is a trial position through December 31. Please help us welcome Caroline to our church as she serves in this important role. See Cheryl Boggs with any questions. 

HOUSING - Cheryl Boggs' mom, Grace Weening, is planning to come and spend a few months helping Sky and Cheryl adjust to life as a family of 5 (!) and providing child care to the newest member of the Boggs family when Cheryl and Sky return to work. Due to space limitations at their house, Cheryl is wondering if anyone who has the space would be willing to room her mom for a few months (likely Feb 15 - June 15, 2020). If you're willing to help for some or all of this time, please contact Cheryl Boggs ( or 804-513-7633). Thank you!

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.

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