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In response to people being marginalized both locally and nationally, PMF participant Espri Bender-Beauregard designed the rainbow sign: “We Are Glad You Are Our Neighbor.” PMF, along with others, volunteered to disperse signs in town and yards around the county. This began to unite the community with a message of welcoming everyone.
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A bit about our advent theme from Sactified Art:

As we read through and studied the scriptures we selected, a line from Mary’s song of protest and praise gave us pause:

Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me,

and holy is his name.
His mercy is for those who fear him

from generation to generation(Luke 1: 48b-50)

Despite the challenges and vulnerability she faced, Mary could glimpse the scale and scope of the good news she was part of bringing forth. This good news transcends time and space—it was and is bigger than just her. Christ is coming for collective liberation: God’s redemption is at work for years to come. Therefore, the promise is meant to be lived out and passed on from generation to generation.

We are invited to look at the characters in our scriptures and wonder: What did each character pass on or contribute? How did each character participate in God’s liberation and love? Which characters try to thwart God’s justice and what can we learn from them? What is our role now? What is our generation’s task? What will we carry forth, and what should we leave behind?

The root word of “generation” is “gen” meaning “origin” or “birth.” Our theme is also a call to action: what are we being called to generate or bring forth? What have your ancestors and those who have come before you passed on for you to continue? Who are the spiritual elders in your community who planted the seeds for the things that are now blooming? What seeds are you planting for the future?

From Generation to Generation… reminds us of the ways our lives, histories, actions, and stories are interconnected and woven together. In the midst of narratives, policies, and rhetoric designed to divide us, what does it look like to practice belonging to one another? The work of God is always unfolding— in and through us. This Advent season, how will we carry it forth?

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Summer Worship Series

“Some of the best conversations start with good questions—questions we’ve been meaning to ask, questions that keep us curious, and questions that lead us deeper into courage and connection. Our upcoming worship series from @sanctifiedart centers around four guiding questions: “I’ve been meaning to ask… Where are you from?… Where does it hurt?… What do you need?… Where do we go from here?” As you can see, these questions aren’t surface level; they invite us to tell our stories, share our pain, care for one another, and dream about a new way forward together. Through vulnerability and authenticity, may our courageous conversations lead us to glimpse hope, joy, and beauty—and to become the community God created us to be.”

Responding to Crisis with Comfort Quilts

PMF participants continue to find ways to respond to the refugee crisis throughout the world.  How do we, in this small community, not personally impacted by war and violence, respond to families uprooted from home and lacking basic necessities to live?  We continue to listen for opportunities.  

In December Mennonite Central Committee, in celebration of its 100 year anniversary, organized a Great Winter Warm-up with a goal of making 6,500 comforters that could be distributed to refugees around the world.  At about the same time PMF was given 24 comforter tops that needed to be knotted.  Here was our opportunity to be a part of a nation-wide effort to respond to this ambitious effort.  

During the months of December and January, Evie Shellenberger led PMF participants, who gathered on several Wednesdays for Soup and Sew where several comforters were knotted each Wednesday.  Small groups gathered on Small Group night to knot comforters.  Individuals prepared and knotted comforters each week.  As a result of this effort 21 comforters were delivered to Mennonite Central Committee Great Lakes on January 24 by John and Julie Harrison.  In addition, several comforters were knotted and given to local families who were impacted by significant loss.  Six more comforter tops wait to be knotted!  We remember Jesus’ words, “In as much as you have done it to one of the least of these, you have done it to me.”