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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, October 15: Annual Retreat
This Sunday there is NO service at our church.
Instead, we will be learning about and practicing Centering Prayer at our Annual Retreat at beautiful Sky Ranch Lodge. The lodge is located at 9,200 feet with views of alpine meadows and majestic mountains, such as Stormy Peak, Comanche Peak and more!
“The more one lets go, the stronger the presence of the Spirit becomes."
— Thomas Keating
“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” — Joseph Campbell
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.
Annual Retreat is This Sunday!
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. Make sure you have delivered your registration form and check to Steve. Contact him if you need to arrange carpooling: email@example.com
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.
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.
We continue to write letters to City Council and the media show up at City Council meetings, meet with Council members, and protest when necessary.
But now we are bringing our actions home to our congregation.
Our wonderful Elders have planned two exciting new initiatives: (1) hiring an outreach specialist for young adults and people who are homeless, and (2) installing lockers for people who are homeless to use to store their possessions. To do these things and to maintain existing programs, the Elders are proposing a budget increase and asking everyone to increase their pledges.
Let’s put our money where our mouth is and make a difference!
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