Worship this Sunday. We’ll join Mennonite congregations around the globe marking Peace Sunday. Worship includes a blessing for Baby Kiese and her parents; birthday blessings; and a potluck meal after.

Worship schedule: https://docs.google.com/document/d/19i304j_qUTJxy-4FktE5LyjIZuk1plZ1te_0kH1QMus/edit?usp=sharing

Directory. An updated directory that includes Renny’s contact info is attached. 

Congregational meeting, September 22. With apologies for the late notice, we (elders and I) are delaying the conversation one week. At our meeting this morning, we completed the planning for our time together. The agenda (Credence update, Tolson Center, recording meetings) details will follow in a separate email. 

Congregational retreat. Mark your calendars (if they aren’t already!) for the annual retreat on October 8. The initial plans are on the worship schedule; more details will follow. Women’s Eco-Friendly Shopping: We’re planning to meet at Woodland Crossing on Wednesday, September 28th, likely at 6:00. From there we’ll head to The Green Bee. Both locations will have light snacks. We’re looking for a headcount by Tuesday, September 20th. Questions? Call Anna Ruth at 574-538-9632.
Bike Path Petition. This petition request comes from Anna Ruth Hershberger (member at Prairie Street). There are more details in the attachments. 

Bike Path Petition: We’re aiming for 500 signatures before Monday morning at 9:00 when the petition is shared with county commissioners. This path would connect two elementary schools with a library and it would connect the outer edge of South Central to life out east. If people want to follow the link, they can do that here. The petition will end September 18th.

You can get to the petition by following this link: https://www.change.org/p/east-side-to-oxbow-elementary-bike-path?utm_content=cl_sharecopy_34139761_en-US%3A4&recruiter=914229058&recruited_by_id=c577b320-e83f-11e8-ba4b-539d158bc3e5&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_initial&share_bandit_exp=initial-34139761-en-US

If/when you sign the petition, there will be a request for a donation. Anna Ruth says, Don’t donate. 

August Financials
Regular Contributions $7091.Designated giving $460.
Expenses $11690. ($1850 mutual aid, $3600 Credence)Work day: Everyone is invited to a working morning at the church on September 17 from 10 to noon. Karl for B & G

The Alzheimer Walk is September 18. The ceremony is at 1:00 and the walk at 2:00 at Center Park in Elkhart. We will be walking the Riverwalk. If you’re interested in being part of the walk, talk with Frances!

Composting and recycling at the Relief Sale. If you are interested in being part of THE FoH crew helping with composting and recycling at the Relief Sale this year, let me know! We’ll be working the 9-11 shift on Saturday morning, the 24th. 

Suella Gerber
pastor, Fellowship of Hope Mennoniteoffice hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
“Every part of the journey is of importance to the whole.”
Teresa of Avila

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Elders’ Minutes November 6, 2023Present: Sharon Norton, Mary Schertz, Wendell