This year, our Advent theme conveys a sense of movement, of traveling from one point to another. The journey through Advent begins with Isaiah’s cry to God, “O that you would tear open the heavens and come down!” As the story unfolds, the road is prepared and the movement of growth provides hope and nourishment. Along the way there are course corrections and new paths are chosen. Wherever we find ourselves on the road, this theme reminds us that we are not alone. We travel in good company with others who also seek light and life; together we are transformed on the road.
In response to God’s unconditional love for all people, we joyfully and unconditionally welcome you to join us on our journey of faith in Jesus Christ. We are committed to breaking down dividing walls and building community where all are loved and accepted. We believe in active inclusion and invite each one to participate in the life and ministry of our congregation.
First Mennonite Church welcomes into membership all LGBTQ individuals who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who are committed to following Mennonite principles, and who are prepared to share in the life and work of the congregation, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and including those in same-sex relationships of fidelity.
First Mennonite Church affirms the biblical marriage covenant to apply to two people in a same-sex relationship of fidelity and offers to such unions and their families the pastoral care, church ceremonies, and accountability by which the church supports marriage covenants and family life.
First Mennonite Church fully accepts the gifts of ministry and leadership offered by LGBTQ people in the church, including at every level of employment and pastoral leadership.
9 a.m. Coffee Time, fellowship hall
9:15-10:15 a.m. Sunday school classes for all ages
10:30 a.m. Worship, sanctuary