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May 9, 2012

Today’s Chuckle

“If we don't change the direction we are headed, we will end up where we are going.” ― Chinese Proverb

Sunday’s Schedule

Adult Sunday School
Gift Discernment: Learn about the different positions from persons now serving. 
      Adult Sunday School for May

          May 20          Starting the series, “Widening the Circle -- Experiments in Christian Discipleship.”
                                 This is the Vincent & Rachel Harding story.
          May 27          “Widening the Circle” The story of Reba Place fellowship.
Morning Worship
Duane Oswald will lead our worship service and Steve Ratzlaff will bring the message. Steve will be preaching from John 15:9-17; his sermon title is, "Abide In My Love."

Sunday’s Participants
Worship Leader           Duane Oswald              
Carol Penner, Chris Janzen (guitar, hymn arrangements),
                                        Curtis Buettner (tenor saxophone)
Song Leader                Jim Clymer
Scripture                       Sylvia Riesen
Children’s Time          Sylvia Riesen
Sermon                         Steve Ratzlaff
Greeters                        Jerry & Patti Wiens
Child Care                    Laurie Hiebert
Welcome Team           Elaine Clymer
Fellowship                    Lois Ratzlaff (Deacon’s Prayer Chain List)

Our Church/Community Calendar
- THIS Friday – Visit with John Bergey. See below.
- THIS Saturday – CA Unit, MDS annual meeting in Bakersfield.
- Tues., May 15, 5:45 P – Church Council meets at the church.

- Wed., May 16, 7 P – Deacons meet at the Gotthardt home.

Youth Announcements

- May 13, 5-7 P - No Youth Group - Celebrate Mothers!
- May 20, 12 to 1 P- Lunch and neighborhood prayer walk

Visit with John Bergey – Bill and I are going to have John Bergey at our home on Friday afternoon, May 11 from around 2:00 to 4:30. We are planning to treat his sweet tooth to some ice cream. We would like to invite any others who might want to visit with him at that time. I’m requesting that those planning to come, let me know before hand, so I can plan accordingly. Thank you - Susan Gotthardt.
Widening the Circle – The Adult SS Class will be studying the book, “Widening the Circle – Experiments in Christian Discipleship” by Joanna Shenk, during May, June and August. If you would like to purchase the book, please see Don Linscheid or stop by the church office. The cost is $14.

The current issue of Peace Signs, includes an article by our own Steve Ratzlaff, “Top Ten Reasons Mennonites No Longer Resist Paying War Taxes.” Peace Signs is the official publication of The Peace and Justice Support Network, a ministry of Mennonite Mission Network. You can read Steve’s article here: A reprint is also posted on the Bulletin Board.
Camp Keola needs your help opening camp for the 2012 season. There's plenty to do from raking, cutting firewood, to general facilities maintenance. It's a great way to spend all or part of Memorial Day weekend, 25-28 May, at Huntington Lake. We need to know how to prepare for lunch, so please contact Larry Harder or Roger Zimmerman (559-638-7808, to RSVP and discuss how you can help.
Gift Discernment – Remember to pick up your copy of the Gift Discernment Inventory. Please prayerfully fill them out and return them to a Discernment Committee member (Patti Wiens, Leon Hoover, Muriel Quenzer) by Sunday, May 20. 
Calling all Graduates: Our church family graduates will be honored at a reception immediately following the church service on Sunday, June the 3rd. Please give names of potential graduates, 8th grade and higher, to either the church office – Pastor Steve, Jim Clymer – or Jeannie Flores. Please turn names in by May 20th, so that no one is left out. Thanks for your help, and congratulations!

From Robin Janzen– My friend's son Hendrix, who is 2 and battling leukemia, may need a bone marrow transplant. The more people who sign up for the bone marrow registry the better chance he and others like him can find a match. You can go to any local blood bank or they are having special drives for him (see below). It's a simple swab of the inside of your cheek to get on the registry.
There are three Central California Blood Center locations in Fresno: The Jenny Eller Donor Center at 4343 West Herndon, the North Fresno Donor center at 1010 E. Perrin, and the Fresno Donor Center at 3445 North First Street. Then on May 17th, the County Counsel's Office will hold a blood and bone marrow registry drive at the Downtown Fresno County Ballroom. The hours are from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Hendrix's Dad Art is an attorney in the County Counsel's Office. Thanks! Robin

Take Me Out To The Ball Game – It’s Fresno Grizzlies baseball time again! As in past years, the Grizzlies are again offering a great deal on Tuesday home games — two field box seats for the price of one (2 for $16). Persons should meet at the ticket office at 6:45 p.m. and we will buy tickets at that time. Dates of games: June 5, 12, 26; July 24; and August 7, 21, 28. Come join us for some fun!
Shaping Families

Artist with Schizophrenia– Jerome Lawrence is a painter in Atlanta, Georgia whose artwork has fetched up to $20,000 at charity auctions for mental health. He also lives with schizophrenia. Hear the interview with Jerome this week on Shaping Families. Listen every Sunday to KRDU (1130 AM) at 12:15 p.m. & 7:45 p.m. or visit to download a podcast or the transcript. First Mennonite Church of Reedley and Mennonite Community Church are co-sponsoring this broadcast.

Celebrating God's love on the corner of Willow and Olive
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