Tuesday
Dec062016

Christmas Schedule

Season's Greetings to you and yours.  We hope God's love, joy, peace, and hope fill your lives as we prepare to celebrate Christ's birth this Christmas.  Below you will find a list of special services at Toledo Mennonite Church (TMC) during this season.  You are welcome to join any of these, or our usual Sunday morning gatherings.  


Friday December 16 at 6:30pm.  TMC Connect: Christmas Caroling.  Dress in warm clothes as we will meet at TMC and walk to go caroling in some of the nearby neighborhoods.  Bring a snack to share after caroling.  Hot drinks will be provided.  

Sunday December 18 at 5:00pm.  Longest Night Service.  The Christmas season can be difficult for many people.  When we are grieving, experiencing loss or change, or simply sorrowful, it can be hard to find the joy in this season.  Join us for this service to acknowledge the difficult times, to reflect, to pray, and to find hope in quiet and candlelight.

Saturday December 24 at 5:00pm.  Christmas Eve Service.  Join us for a service of scripture and song as we welcome the birth of the Christ Child.

Sunday December 25 at 10:00am.  Yes, we are open on Christmas Sunday.  Join us at 10:00 for simple service of celebration.  We will not have our usual pre-service fellowship time at 9:30, so just come for the worship service at 10:00.

Sunday January 1 at 10:00am.  Join us to celebrate the Light of Christ shining into all the world as we welcome a new year.  Come at 9:30 for refreshments and fellowship. 

Goats for Christmas?  Yes.  Goats for Christmas.  Consider spending less on gifts you don’t need this Holiday Season and instead give a gift to help families around the world have enough to eat: goats!  A gift of goats gives families new ways to expand harvests and earn a living on their land, improving nutrition and increasing income.  The cost of one goat is $45 through our partners Mennonite Central Committee (MCC).  The Mission Commission invites you to consider this special giving opportunity.  Please designate “MCC Goats” on your offering.  We will collect these offerings now through January 1st.  

 

Thursday
Nov032016

Election Day Communion

On November 8, Election Day, some may exercise our right to vote while other may abstain.  But that evening while our nation turns its attention to the outcome of the presidential election, let’s meet at the Lord’s table to remember the same things.  Let us remember that real power in this world—the power to save, to transform, to change—ultimately rests not in political parties or presidents or protests but in the life, the death, and the resurrection of Jesus.  Let us remember that the only Christian nation in this world is the Church, a holy nation that crosses all human-made boundaries and borders.  Let us remember that we do not conform to the patterns of this world, but we are transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2). … And let us re-member the body of Christ as we are the body of Christ; confessing the ways in which partisan politics has separated us from one another and from God.

Let this service be a reminder that regardless who wins, Jesus is still King.  And let this service be a reminder that we are still Christ’s church, called and set apart to be a sign, instrument, and foretaste of the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven. 

Join us Tuesday November 8th at 7:00 for a short service of scripture, song, prayer, confession, and communion.   While the presidential campaigns are at their most intense, may this service be a reminder us all of a more important political commitment to make.  

Friday
Oct282016

Guns to Gardens - Saturday Oct 29 from 2-5

Check out this blurb from the Toledo Blade about the Guns to Gardens event taking place Saturday October 29th from 2-5pm at The University Church.  Looks like good weather and we hope and pray that this event will spark creative and prophetic imagination about how to transform the issue of gun violence in our society.  

"A shotgun once owned and used for hunting by a Toledo murder victim will be transformed Saturday into a community garden tool.

The upcoming event, Guns to Gardens, addresses area gun violence through a creative approach. A blacksmith will forge the shotgun into a hand shovel or mattock for agricultural use.

It takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. at University Church, 4747 Hill Ave."

Read More....  

 

Friday
Oct282016

Guns to Gardens - Saturday Oct 29 from 2-5

this blurb from the Toledo Blade about the Guns to Gardens event taking place Saturday October 29th from 2-5pm at The University Church.  Looks like good weather and we hope and pray that this event will spark creative and prophetic imagination about how to transform the issue of gun violence in our society.  

"A shotgun once owned and used for hunting by a Toledo murder victim will be transformed Saturday into a community garden tool.

The upcoming event, Guns to Gardens, addresses area gun violence through a creative approach. A blacksmith will forge the shotgun into a hand shovel or mattock for agricultural use.

It takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. at University Church, 4747 Hill Ave. Read More..."

Wednesday
Oct122016

Guns to Gardens

Mike Martin from RAW Tools will be with us at our Guns to Gardens event on October 29th and will take center stage when he transforms a gun taken out of our community into a garden tool that will be given to a community garden. I am so excited for this event and am even more so now after listening to this conversation between Mike Martin and Sam Melden.  He brings such a wise and a profound perspective to his work as well as to the issues of gun violence in our country. I hope you can join us for this event in a few short weeks.

 

Click here to listen to the podcast

Click here for the guns to gardens event flyer

Click here to visit the guns to gardens facebook event page