Thank you Rita!

For those that don’t know Rita Schildmeier has been the secretary at Muncie First Church for over 10 years.  Since I came to MFC in 2013, she has been a great helper, teammate, counselor, and friend.  She keeps her head in difficult circumstances and handles even the most stressful of situations with the utmost class. Rita’s retirement became official last Friday the 19th and it has been a whirlwind at the office for the last several weeks and even these first few days without her.  She will be greatly missed and we will forever be grateful for her service.  I personally will always be thankful for all that she has done for me and on my behalf over the last 4 years. 

I write this post this morning to gives thanks to Rita but to also inform you of a few changes we are making to help better fill the gaps in her absence.  Please be aware that offices hours will be from 9:00a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Monday – Wednesday.  The office will be closed Thursday – Sunday.  Please keep in mind that that best way to reach staff will be via email or cellphone. If you go to the website staff page all the contact information is there (  As a result, of the absence of a secretary there may not actually be anyone in the main office during office hours.  If you need someone while in the building check Pastor Ian’s office and Pastor Mark’s office.  If possible plan to make appointments when and if you have needs from the main office. 

Very soon you will be able to call the office and get a directory to help you navigate through the staff that you may need to contact.  If you have any scheduling requests or building use requests please go to You will be able to submit a form with all of your details there.  Then it will go through the approval process.  If you have prayer requests send them to the office at  The prayer requests that come in on connections cards or email will be sent out periodically throughout the week and remember that these requests are public.  They are sent to anyone who receives our newsletter.  If you do not want them to be made public indicate on the connection card or by check the yes box on the website form. If you currently do not get the newsletter, you can subscribe at and click subscribe to newsletter at the very bottom of the home page.

If you would like to submit an announcement for the newsletter please do so via the email before Tuesday at 3:00pm.  If you want something in the bulletin for Sunday submit it in the same manner by Wednesday at 3:00pm. 

As always, all doors will continue to remain locked for the safety of the daycare employees and children.  If you do not have a key and have need for getting into the building plan to call ahead or schedule an appointment via the above-mentioned email. When entering the building you can ring the doorbell on the left side of the doors under the carport and by the connection area and someone will answer the door promptly.  Even if you do have a key, keep in mind that not all of the daycare employees will be familiar with you and may question your presence in the building.  If this ever happens please let them know who you are, that you have a key, and why you are in the building.     

Thank you for your patience through this transition. Have a great week. 

Pastor Ian Fancher