First Mennonite Church of Morton


  • Boundary Lines

    March 21, 2018 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Faith, Commune Together, Leadership

    On March 8 th , over twenty licensed or credentialed pastors within Illinois Mennonite Conference gathered at the Mennonite Church of Normal for a required seminar on the fundamentals of healthy boundaries for pastors.  Although it can be easy to feel taken hostage by required meetings, I was thankful for the leadership within IMC to make...

  • Giving Your Life

    March 7, 2018
    Filed Under:
    Faith, Leadership, Parenting

    We have a variety of mugs, or as I like to call them ‘coffee cups,’ on the top shelf in our kitchen cabinet.  Some are generic and some have an imprinted graphic.  One of the mugs reads, “Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a father.”  Likely you’ve seen mugs which have similar...

  • The View of Death

    February 21, 2018 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Faith, Parenting

    Benjamin Franklin is quoted to have said that the only two certainties in life are “death and taxes.”  Even though he missed the certainly of God’s grace, he is right about those two elements.  In fact, both death and taxes were the subject of an Everence Workshop that my wife and I attended, with Pastor Tom on...

  • The Complete Story

    January 24, 2018 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Disciple-making, God's Character, Scripture

    Our twins are in a phase of development where, instead of enjoying various books or movies, they often like to repeat the ones they know.  For example, rarely does a day go by when they don’t ask to watch ether ‘Fireman Sam: Heroes in the Storm’ or ‘Cars 3.’  Our family has become so familiar with these...

  • Like A Tree

    January 10, 2018 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Prayer, Faith, Leadership

    Our eldest son has recently shown an interest for testing his own strength.  It’s not uncommon for us to find him attempting to do a pull-up while dangling from his loft bed.  He also occasionally gives me a bear-hug in order to see if he can lift me off the ground.  As a father, I love seeing our pre-adolescent son’s...

  • When Scrooge Comes Home

    December 20, 2017 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Worship, Faith, Commune Together

    What do the story of Jesus birth, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and Dicken’s “The Christmas Carol,” all have in common?  

    Among other answers, each story involves a character with deep-seeded bitterness and resentment – King Herod, the Grinch and Ebenezer Scrooge.   Now certainly, each person...

  • God's Greatest Gifts

    December 6, 2017 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Commune Together

    Christmas shopping poses a unique challenge.  A great gift, in my opinion, is a gift that is both needed AND wanted.  Needed gifts (like new socks) can be appreciated but aren’t very exciting.  Wanted gifts (like new toys or gadgets) bring excitement but eventually lose their appeal if they’re not really...

  • While We Wait

    November 21, 2017 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Prayer, Faith, Parenting

    Most weeks on my day off, I venture out to the grocery story with our twins.  Since this has been a regular routine most of their life, they enjoy the journey up and down the aisles of cans, boxes and cartons.  The joy for me is that I often run into people whom I know.  I love striking up a conversation as we stand by the...

  • Spiritual Tension

    November 8, 2017 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Commune Together, Scripture, Leadership

    Last week, the Global Protestant Church celebrated the 500 th anniversary of the Reformation.  It began on Oct 31 st , 1517 when Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses in Wittenberg, Germany.  Since then, every Protestant denomination (including Mennonites) have been influenced by Luther’s leadership. 

    Every Mennonite believer...

  • Walking Confidently

    October 25, 2017 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Prayer, Faith, Disciple-making

    The new obsession of our twin boys is counting.  Frequently, we hear them saying, “eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, fuzzenteen, twentyteen…”   As you can tell, the numbers break down a little after sixteen.  We love hearing this because vocal repetition is one way in which they learn. ...