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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, March 26, 2017
"Restore Us O God - We See!”
In today’s story Jesus clearly finds it easier to heal the man born blind than to heal the spiritual blindness of the Pharisees, who expect that their way of seeing is the “correct” way. Do we have the strength and honesty to notice our own blindness, to look deeply for God’s hidden truths right in front of us? Jesus is willing to restore our sight for us.
Our Focus for the Fourth Sunday of Lent: Restore us, O God! Wesee.
When we come to the end of our own human strength, vitality, and purpose, we recognize the reality of death in and around us. God, who is Spirit, breathes life into us, revealing God’s glory and purpose. We, and the community, are restored.
Please consider joining us at Lynette's beautiful home high above Masonville for a Lenten mini-retreat focused on the latest work of the Franciscan teacher Richard Rohr, "The Mystery of the Trinity."
For details, click here.
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 March 12, 2017. We will be covering the books of Exodus.
Click here for details.
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
Lent: The Wilderness of the Soul
Our world is filled with distractions that call us far away from God —for example, violence, fear, materialism, and constant busyness that inspire anxiety, doubt, and inner restlessness. The antidote to this perpetual bombardment is Lent, a time to step back and create space for reflection. In this “wilderness,” the familiar is stripped away and we face our brokenness and our need for Divine transformation. Restore us, O God!
Each Sunday of Lent will focus on the “restoration” of a particular physical or emotional sense: restoring our hunger for God, restoration of wonder, our thirst for God, our sight, the need to breath in the Spirit of God, and lastly our need for a restoration of hope.
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
We've Got Photos!
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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