On June 26, we held the official dedication for our newly renovated building. During the service, Jeremy Nafziger shared some history of the church building, including an intriguing bulletin from the 1930s, which declared that "Everyone is Welcome" here. He and daughter Augusta led the children in singing "The Wise Man Built His House Upon the Rock," and then the kids got to build LEGO churches throughout the remainder of the service. The CMC Brass played in celebration of the commissioning of one of their own, Jon Nofziger, who, with his wife Grace Hercyk, is moving to Liberia to support its developing democracy.
Pastor Jennifer preached a sermon on building a church—not just the literal structures, but a church that lasts longer and goes farther.
And afterward…well, afterward, we partied.
The party included a LEGO guessing jar (Jessica Hostetler was the winner!), a slideshow of the renovation project, cake, and a fantastic musical performance by a CMC ensemble.
Here are some videos and photos, courtesy of Jim Bishop, Jack Rutt, and Alisha Huber.
A little Menno-Hasidic Reggae