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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, Nov. 19: " Gratitude and Generosity"
There is much to be grateful for at FCMF: surpassing our pledged goals, receiving various financial grants; and the unanimous passing of a budget to expand our ministry to the homeless and young adults.
It is important to cultivate gratitude and make it part of our culture, for gratitude enables cheerful giving and truly joyful living. The practice of gratitude can also help us follow through with the dreams God has set before us.
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings” — William Arthur Ward
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” — Melody Beattie
Get Involved: Fight the Criminalization of Homelessness!
We take our cue from Jesus’ statement:
"What you do to the least of us, you do to me."
How do you feel about people without homes being prevented from sitting and resting without getting fined? Not having access to adequate public water fountains or bathrooms? Not having access to safe shelters? And being treated like criminals?
If you feel this is wrong, consider getting involved with the Fort Collins Homeless Coalition. The organization is looking for new members who want to participate and get loud!
Today our City seems to be working to criminalize homelessness, one ordinance at a time, to preserve the "image" of our Old Town.
However, we want to live in a city where ALL members of the population are treated with respect and dignity. Not just those who are fortunate enough to be able to rent an apartment or buy a house. Not just those who have the money to go to the hair dressers or barbers and get a haircut. Not just those who can afford to buy new clothes online or at a store. Not just those with high-paying high-tech jobs and spiffy new cars. But everyone!
Fort Collins Homeless Coalition meetings are Monday at 2 pm in the glass-walled Collaboration Room in the Old Town Library.
For details, contact Cherly Distaso: firstname.lastname@example.org or (970) 419-8944
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
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.
We are Doing Something Real to Help the Homeless
We may be small as churches go, but we are passionate walking our talk. And to us that means speaking up for the homeless.
And now we are bringing our actions home to our congregation.
We recently approved three exciting new initiatives which our new budget will fund: (1) hiring an outreach specialist (Michael Ranieri) for young adults and people who are homeless, (2) installing lockers for people who are homeless to use to store their possessions, and (3) opening our doors early to the homeless on Sunday mornings and providing a breakfast service.
Additionally, Michael Ranieri is looking at fundraising for our homeless outreach endeavors and Martha Roden is looking at more grant proposals to help our cause. Who knows what the new year will bring!
We will probably hold another Community the second week of December to discuss lockers. Stay tuned for how YOU can get involved ... and get others involved as well!
Potlucks are Back!
Join us each Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm for our weekly potluck.
Come for good food and good conversation! Open to all; enter through the back (north) door.
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:
Buy one from our church. The suggested donation is $7 to $10. Contact Pastor Steve at: email@example.com
Love Your Neighbor Sign
This sign is available from www.northernsun.com for $9 (add shipping costs)
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