First Mennonite Church of Morton


  • My Shepherd, Our Lord

    February 12, 2020 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Prayer, Faith, Scripture, Leadership
    The Lord is, without question, the greatest leader, the greatest protector and the greatest host you could possibly have.  He is available to you – whether you are a faithful sheep, a young lamb or a stray.
  • Jan29Wed

    Illinois Mennonite Conference Update

    January 29, 2020 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Faith, Commune Together, Leadership
    Is geography enough to unify a conference or do theological issues matter more?
  • Jan22Wed


    January 22, 2020

    Do you know that there are times when God asks questions?  

    I am intrigued by what He asked in Isaiah 43:19 “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?  I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”

    You have probably heard the phrase that it is “darkest before the...

  • Jan15Wed

    Hiding God's Word

    January 15, 2020 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Faith, Commune Together, Scripture, Parenting
    Even if you find it difficult to memorize Psalm 23 with us this winter, I encourage you not to give up.  In fact, listen to the Lord’s advice about teaching (and memorizing).
  • Jan8Wed

    Alpha and Omega

    January 8, 2020


    I recently heard a teenager comment that 2019 went by quickly.  Little does he know how very fast the years start to go by the older you get!

    How do you feel, looking back at last year?  Sometimes our perspective can affect our emotions going forward into this new year.  Some people experienced relational...

  • Dec18Wed

    He Is Lord

    December 18, 2019 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Prayer, Faith, God's Character
    Whether I am spiritually lifted upon the mountaintops or emotionally walking through the valley, He longs for me, and for all of His people, to exalt the reality that He remains fixed in His role as Lord!
  • Dec4Wed

    Personal Update

    December 4, 2019

    In September 2013, I began to write articles for our weekly Firstlight newsletter which Darlene, our Church Administrator, publishes each week.  Since Pastor Tom joined our pastoral staff in 2017, the two of us have been alternate weeks to share what the Lord places upon our heart. 

    Typically, these articles are devotional in nature...

  • Nov12Tue

    A Unique Structure

    November 12, 2019 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Faith, Commune Together, Leadership

    This past Saturday, I grabbed a few tools and spent an hour disassembling our backyard trampoline while our kids played in the leaves.  For the past few years, I have assembled and disassembled this large toy with all of its screws, springs, pads, and poles in order to keep the structure clean and dry throughout the winter with the hope...

  • Oct30Wed

    Love and Fear

    October 30, 2019

    It’s the last week of October and that means three things.  First of all, the annual Men’s Retreat will be here in a few days!  I’m very excited about the opportunity to relax and worship with the men that will gather from FMC and Morton UMC.  Secondly, the end of October means that Daylight Savings will be...

  • Oct16Wed

    No Religious Pretending

    October 16, 2019 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Faith, Commune Together

    At the end of last week, our family had the opportunity to explore around the St. Louis area.  Our journey took us to the Gateway Arch Monument (or the “big hill” as our twins described.)  We took the opportunity to load our family of six into one of the tram ‘pods’ and take the four minute ride to the...