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
Land Acknowledgment Statement: We acknowledge that although no known village was located in Bluffton, we gather and worship on the traditional hunting territory of several Native peoples who lived in this area; the Shawnee of Hog Creek and Wapakoneta, the Wyandotte of Upper Sandusky, the Ottawa of Old Tawa Town (now known as the town of Ottawa) and the tribes of the Delaware, and Seneca who lived within a day’s travel of Bluffton. Until the Treaty of the Rapids in 1817 which placed them on reservations throughout the state and then the Indian Removal Act of 1830 which forced them west of the Mississippi, they hunted, planted and thrived on the rich Ohio lands on which this church stands.