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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, September 17: "The Mountain That Cannot be Climbed"
Join Steve and Lea as they share thoughts and pictures about their monumental ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro. Mountains loom large in the Bible, which makes us wonder … why do we climb mountains and what does it take?!
“Faith moves mountains, but you have to keep pushing while you are praying.” — Mason Cooley
“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.”
— Edmund Hillary
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 City recently passed an “obstruction ordinance” that makes it illegal to sit, kneel, or lie on the sidewalk within 20 feet of any business. In the Old Town, businesses are so close together than this ordinance makes it impossible for someone to sit anywhere on the sidewalk!
This ordinance seems to be a barely veiled attempt to get the homeless “out of sight and out of mind” in the Old Town area. If someone has no home or apartment to go to, where can they rest? Are they just expected to “keep on moving” when they are tired and hungry? And how can the City, in all good conscience, fine someone who has no money?
The City continues to criminalize homelessness, rather than address the lack of affordable transitional or permanent housing in Ft. Collins. When people encounter 2-year waiting lists to get subsidized housing, what are they supposed to do?
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: 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
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.
Annual Retreat is Coming!
Our annual FCMF Retreat takes place on October 13-15, 2017. Join us at 9,200 feet in the mountains for a wonderful time in nature and fellowship.
Click here for details and registration form!
Potlucks are Back!
Join us each Wednesday evening for our weekly potluck, starting Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 6:30 pm. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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