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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 into our community, hosting homeless families in the Faith Family Hospitality program, welcoming homeless individuals who visit us for warmth, food, and fellowship, 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.
August 19 at 10:00 am
"Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." — Matthew 11:28
This Sunday, join Steve as he shares what he preached at the Planning and Zoning Board in July. He reminds us that lockers will allow us to literally as well as figuratively "lift the burdens of our homeless brothers and sisters." This is what Jesus calls us to do as well and we do not have an option when Jesus calls us to follow him.
For the rest of the summer we will be focusing on the season of Pentecost. It comes rushing in like a mighty wind, disturbing and disrupting business as usual. Within this firestorm, the Church of Jesus Christ is born. The Spirit empowers those gathered to dance across the entrenched (and legally enforced) boundaries of gender, class, economic status, ethnicity, and race. And the Spirit is waiting to do the same in our own time … if our tongues would but dare to loosen.
"Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. — Matthew 11:28
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
— Mahatma Gandhi
“As a follower of Jesus, I am called to work for justice and reconciliation, and to be an advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves.”
— Frank Wolf
“Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.“ — Francis of Assisi
“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.“
We're Published Again!
Michael Ranieri's article, "On Sundays, the earliest 'service' is for the homeless," was recently accepted for publication by the The World Mennonite Review. The international Mennonite newspaper published his article on page 14 of the July 2, 2018 edition.
The article focused on the work our Fellowship has been doing in collaboration with Pacto de Fe, providing food and fellowship on Sunday mornings to the homeless.
Click to read the article (scroll down to page 14)
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? Not having access to lockers to safely store their belongings?
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: email@example.com or (970) 419-8944
Mennopints this Friday!
We'll be having Mennopints this Friday, August 17, 4:30 pm, at Zwei Brewing
(4612 S Mason St #120, Fort Collins)
They typically have food trucks so come for a drink or a snack, and participate in some happy hour theology.
We Succeeded: The Locker Project is Approved!
After a 4.75 hour Planning & Zoning Board meeting on 7/19/2018, the Board voted to UNANIMOUSLY to approve our Locker project!
What an amazing evening. At 6 pm on Thursday, July 19, 2018, Chambers were packed with supporters and opponents alike.
We first listened to presentations by Pastor Steve, the ACLU lawyers, and City Staff. The Public Comment session was quite long, as more than 25 people spoke for or against the project. Speakers included members of our congregation, neighbors, local business owners, and those without homes who would benefit from lockers.
Then the Board spent time asking questions of Steve, the lawyers, and City Staff. Finally, the Board deliberated among themselves and discussed their opinions.
And when the roll call came, ALL voted to approve our Locker Project!
Now comes the real work: getting all the lockers in, determining the locker application and vetting process, developing a code of conduct for all who use lockers or rest outside our church, defining criteria to evaluate the success of the project, working with our neighbors, and more!
These lockers will be a godsend to our homeless brothers and sisters. They will finally have a safe place to store their belonging and no longer have to carry them with them everywhere!
We still need to raise additional funds for an appropriate digital surveillance system, security lights, and an enclosure … all of which will make the lockers safe to access late at night. Plus, we have some additional costs to cover, such as our Project Director’s salary.
If you believe in our project and have not yet donated, please do so today by clicking the Donate Now button below.
When the City chose not to fund our locker project for the homeless, we raised the money on our own. But now we need more money for security items for the lockers (lights, cameras, enclosure).
Click the button to learn more and donate today!
Why Lockers for the homeless?
The 2015 Fort Collins Homeless Coalition Survey found that lockers are a high priority among the homeless. 40% of those surveyed said they were NEVER able to store their belongings securely. 75% experienced harassment, discrimination, difficulty with employment, were told to move or sit elsewhere, and were banned from stores because of their backpacks. All had to stash their belongings outdoors, resulting in a high rate of theft. 90% said they would use a free, large-sized locker if available.
"Non-Bible" Bible Study
Are you between the ages of 18 and 30? Wonder why people believe what they believe .... and how their beliefs impact their actions?
Feel like getting into some cultural anthropology and philosophy discussions while enjoying food and drink at a coffee house?
Then this study group is for you: Click here to learn more!
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