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FCMF: Authentic, Compassionate, and Inclusive!
Here at Fort Collins Mennonite Fellowship (FCMF), we practice the "radical inclusivity" of Jesus. This means working with, having compassion for, and getting to know people who, as Jesus said, are the “least of us” and are often on the margins of society.
Whether it’s welcoming sexual and gender minorities in to our community, hosting homeless families in the Faith Family Hospitality program, helping immigrants, or working for a healthcare system that benefits all, we try to walk in the footsteps of Jesus as best we can.
We use our hands to do God's work, focusing on issues of social justice, peace, and helping those in need.
Sunday, April 23, 2017: "A Time to Break Silence"
There are several notable anniversaries in April. This month is the 100-year anniversary of the US entering The Great War (WW I), the “war to end all wars.”
It is also the 50-year anniversary of a more hopeful and inspiring event: Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech condemning the US war in Vietnam.
Today, in the midst of global turmoil, let us remember to speak out against the violence of war.
“They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." Isaiah 2:4
We Need You!
Friday Night leadership transition from the Ft Collins Homeless Coalition to FCMF is going well. We still need a couple more responsible individuals to volunteer since the First Friday’s crew will be retiring after their April Friday.
We will also discuss whether we will continue the Friday Warming Center during the spring, summer and fall Fridays.
To volunteer or get more details, contact Steve: email@example.com
We're Published Again!
An in-depth article about our involvement with the Faith Family Hospitality program just appeared in the April online issue of The Mennonite, a print and online publication of Mennonite Church USA. It provides an excellent forum for the voices withing the denomination.
Click to read the article: Eradicating homelessness ... one family at a time
Stop the Haters …
Spread the Love!
It seems we are constantly bombarded by hate-filled messages from the media and from the Administration.
Every day it seems someone or something is under attack: the earth, wildlife, women, minorities, immigrants, the poor … the list goes on and on.
What can we do? We can do our part – whatever we define that to be -- whatever thoughts, words, and actions resist hate, nurture others, and take care of ourselves.
One way to do this is with physical signs that everyone can see. Signs that say, “I am NOT a hater” – signs that remind people that we are all connected. Put the signs up in a prominent place for ALL to see.
Here are two great signs and HOW to get them:
We've Got Photos!
Check out our new Photos page. We've got an ever-changing photo collage plus links to our Facebook Photos and our brand, spanking new Google Photos album.
New Class for Seekers
If you're curious about the Bible, want to explore its various interpretations and cultural history, and have respect for others with different opinions, this class is for you. We meet every other week. Our next meeting is on April 9, 2017.
Click here for details.
Compassionate Solutions for Homelessness Needed!
We take our cue from Jesus’ statement:
"What you do to the least of us, you do to me."
We need to keep pressure on City Council to look at long-term, compassionate solutions to the presence of more and more homeless in Fort Collins.
The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) currently uses public monies to provide grants to fund organizations who are doing things to improve the "vibrancy" of our downtown area.
Consider contacting City Council and asking them if it's possible to use DDA grants to fund projects that will actually help the homeless, such as day shelters, large lockers, additional night-time shelter beds, and more public bathrooms.
Keep on writing, keep on calling, and keep on talking!
Share your ideas with City Council members at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Services and Activities
We're the "little church that could" ... small in size but mighty in action. If you'd like to help us financially, please make out a check to FCMF and mail it to the address listed to the right. --Thanks!
Our pastor is Steve Ramer:
Our address is:
300 East Oak Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524