The logo is meant to image the feeling one might have when things fall apart. For me, the word “unraveled” holds a lot of anxious, exhausted energy. It reminds me of someone trying desperately to hold everything together on their own while threads begin to wear and break. The stitches zigzag while the thread frenetically takes the shape of each letter. As the word comes to an end, the thread begins to unravel, losing its tightly woven, bound shape.
—LAUREN WRIGHT PITTMAN, DIRECTOR OF BRANDING
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Welcome to our Summer Worship! This summer during July and August we will be exploring the theme of “Unraveled.” Unraveling is not always the end we fear it will be. When the worst has happened, when death or tragedy has undone us and the vision we had for our lives tears apart, we come to an end, but it is not the end. Our story continues. Sometimes unraveling becomes an opportunity—to untangle ourselves from broken patterns or toxic situations, or to become unwound from a path or identity that no longer serves us. We will share our own stories of unraveling in the context of the biblical stories of ten different biblical characters. We’ll ask: “what came unraveled?” “where was God in the unraveling?”
June 28 – “Jesus heals Legion, a man possessed by demons” – Jessica Miller leading
July 5 – “Sarah Laughs – Unexpected joy and surprise” – Libby Smith leading
July 12 – “Peter Sinks – Unraveled by uncertainty” – Lois Alderfer leading
July 19 – “Rizpah Mourns her Sons – Public grief that inspires action” – Jessica Miller leading
July 26 – “Zacchaeus the Wealthy Tax Collector – Radical unraveling of vocation” Wayne Nitzsche leading
August 2 – “Pharoah Hardens his Heart – When humans unravel God’s plans for justice” – Sheryl and Tim Ehst leading
August 9 – “Job’s Lament and Loss – Seeking understanding when everything has fallen apart” – Joyce Hunsberger leading
August 16 – Encouraging the Israelite’s in Exile to Plant Gardens – When dreams unravel” – Ken Lawrence leading
August 23 – “Moses Mother Gives Moses Up So He Can Live – When our plans for our children unravel” – Mary Lou Cummings leading
August 30 – “The Conversion of Paul – Discovering a new path” – Wayne Nitzsche leading
What can I expect when I come to visit?
You might wonder what to expect when coming to a worship service at our church. These Questions and Answers may help you feel more comfortable so you can enter into the worship of God.
Q – What happens when someone visits for the first time?
A – You will be warmly and personally greeted. We will not introduce you during the service so as not to put you on the spot. We’d like you to sign our guest book so we can be in touch with you.
Q – What should I wear?
A – Most persons are dressed in casual clothes. Jeans and shorts are OK, as are ties and skirts. The majority of persons are somewhere in the middle.
Q – What’s your worship service like?
A – You might say we are “structured yet casual”. You can count on a Biblical emphasis, a lot of congregational participation, and relevant themes. We work hard at being “visitor-friendly” when matters pertaining to the Mennonite church are introduced. We love to sing. Preaching is centered in scripture. We have a time for sharing and we provide a coffee time following the service.
Q – Do I have to be a Mennonite to visit, or become involved at Perkasie Mennonite Church?
A – Not at all. Some of us are not life-long Mennonites, some of us are. It doesn’t matter. You can read more about our history.
Q – How do you follow up with visitors?
A – We will contact you to thank you for visiting. After that, we’ll take our cues from you. We neither want to smother you with unwanted attention, nor ignore you.
After you worship with us we’d love to hear from you. Let us know about your experience. We learn and grow through experience.