Service to Others
First Mennonite has long been involved in various ways of serving the local community, as well as the global community. As part of the Mennonite Church USA, we ascribe to one of the greater church’s vision of local congregations and conferences providing “support, resources and connections to larger ministries to empower individuals to join in God’s work in ways they could not do alone.” We encourage our members to participate in various voluntary service positions.
Locally, FMC is part of the Bluffton Ministerial Association, which coordinates twice-monthly community dinners. Our church members do the cooking and serving for the dinners several times each quarter. Additionally, individual church members volunteer in many ways locally, such as at local retirement and nursing facilities, hospitals, Et Cetera Shop, Ten Thousand Villages, Bluffton Community Vacation Bible School, public schools and Bluffton University.
On a wider scale, members serve short- and long-term assignments nationally and internationally with organizations such as Mennonite Voluntary Service, Mennonite Disaster Service, Mennonite Mission Network, Pittsburgh PULSE and Mennonite Central Committee (such as SALT.)
Bluffton First Mennonite voluntary service among all ages. During 2016-17, these young adults are volunteering with various agencies in the United States and abroad.
Ashton Cluts, a Baldwin-Wallace (OH) University graduate, is serving one year
with SALT(MCC), at Camp El Olam in Kwa-Zulu Natal South Africa.
Halle Steingass, Goshen (IN) College graduate, is serving one year with Mennonite Voluntary Service
in Seattle, WA, where she works at a daycare/preschool in Capitol Hill.
Lucas Harnish, Goshen (IN) College graduate, is serving one year with
Mennonite Voluntary Service in Tucson, AZ, doing housing repairs such as
fixing coolers, roof leaks, electrical work, toilets, and some welding.
Serving one year with Service Adventure in Anchorage, Alaska,
Cassidy Bush (left front) works at Parachutes Teen Club
and Resource Center and at the Children’s Lunchbox, a branch of the
Beans Cafe soup kitchen. Cassidy is a graduate of Bluffton (OH) High School.
Logan Steingass, a Miami (OH) University graduate, is serving one year with
AmeriCorps at an elementary school in Athens, Ohio. He coordinates and leads
before- and after-school programming. He also teaches nutrition-based
cooking classes and completes lice and vision screenings across the county.
As a church, we also have two mission partners through Mennonite Mission Network. Click to read more about them!
Neil and Janie Blough – Centre Mennonite de Paris, St. Maurice, France
Bruce Yoder and Nancy Frey – Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso