First Mennonite Church of Morton

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  • 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...

  • Sep19Thu

    Mid-Life Crisis

    September 19, 2019 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Commune Together, Leadership

    We live at a very interesting time in the history of the church in North America.  Dr. Michael Svigel, professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, studied the past century of ‘the Church’ and observes that many Bible-believing, outreach-focused congregations are currently going through a midlife crisis.  It may seem odd, but...

  • Sep4Wed

    The Scandal of Mercy

    September 4, 2019 Aaron Yoder

    Who can receive the mercy of God?  Is there a particular demographic of people from which God withholds his mercy?  Now these may seem like ridiculous questions for those who know the Scriptures.  I assume that if you are a Christian, you are probably familiar with Romans 10:13 which says, “Everyone who calls upon the name...

  • See Not As Man Sees

    July 31, 2019 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Faith, Disciple-making
    As our culture continues polarize around things like ethnicity, race, and physical appearance (just to name a few), Christians ought to be ones who see and treat people the way that Jesus does.
  • 6 Simple Tips for Hospitality

    July 17, 2019 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Faith, Commune Together
    Until you begin to practice Biblical hospitality, it can be very easy to convince yourself that you are either too busy, not gifted, or too introverted to create space for these kind of new relationships.  So let's explore some tips to overcome these fears!
  • Jul3Wed

    Structural Leadership

    July 3, 2019 Aaron Yoder

    If someone were to ask you, “What is the leadership structure of your church?” What would you say?  Perhaps you’d respond with, “What a weird question!” or “I simply don’t care!”  Both would be natural thoughts.  However, your perspective deeply affects your involvement in the local...

  • View Your Home

    June 5, 2019 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Faith, Disciple-making, Commune Together
    In order to reach the lost and the lonely with the good news of Jesus, we may need to think very differently about the places in which we eat, sleep and play.