An Invitation from Dairy Queen

Posted July 25th, 2016

Churches,

We are joining other DQs across North America and donating the NET PROCEEDS from every Blizzard sold on this Thursday, July 28th to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. All money raised for CMN at McPherson DQ goes to our locally affiliated Children’s Miracle Network hospital – Via Christi Health. They serve more than 46,000 children in more than 64 counties throughout south-central and western Kansas, including McPherson. CMN provides funds to families to help pay for needs not covered by insurance as well as funds to hospitals to buy pediatric specialty equipment.

There are several ways YOU can be part of the miracle:

Preorder Blizzards

Use the link below and return form to us:

miracletreatday@mcphersondq.com

Preorder Blizzard COUPONS — Good through 8.30.16

Use the link below and return the form to us:

miracletreatday@mcphersondq.com

Call in small orders to DQ

620-241-0933

Come to DQ — 1435 N. Main, McPherson

Thursday, open 10:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

This is our ELEVENTH year of participating in Miracle Treat Day. Working in partnership with you, we have been able to donate over $45,000 to CMN. We thank you for your help in the past and are looking forward to what we can accomplish this year.

Worship Service – July 24, 2016

Posted July 22nd, 2016

“Encounter of Reconciliation” Chris McGuire

(click on the link above to access the worship service)

Information for the Congregation for Sunday, July 24, 2016

Posted July 22nd, 2016

Information for the Congregation

Summer Sunday School Schedule – Everyone Welcome

Adult/Youth Classes – as determined by individual classes

Misfits for Jesus; Explore Saving Jesus, led by Jessica Griffith, Church Social Room.

Children’s Activities – Education Building Multi-Purpose Room

August Newsletter – Printed copies are available today.  Check for e-mail updates and stay up-to-date with church news by signing up for e-mail alerts. Visit www.macbrethren.org and enter your e-mail address in the left column of the screen under “Subscribe to E-mail Updates” and follow the instructions.

Camp Colorado Family Camp, Friday – Sunday, August 12 -14 — Everyone welcome!

A bonfire service is planned for Saturday evening. The Sunday worship service will be held at 10:30 a.m., followed by a potluck meal. Additional information is available on the church website (www.macbrethren.org) or contact Rosie Jones (303-688-4491), Keith Saffer (719-768-3379) or Lindsey Michal (719-768-3322).

                                                                      2016 FINANCIAL INFORMATION

                                                                              Month           Current YTD            Prior YTD

          June 2016       June 2016 YTD     June 2015 YTD

                 Offerings/Pledges:            $33,258.59           $182,535.83                $185,958.12

                 Other Gifts                                                                                                          9,578.28

                 Expenses:                              (38,605.05)            (205,843.72)               (208,153.59)

                 Net Surplus (Deficit):      (5,346.46)           (23,307.89)               (12,617.19)

For additional information, contact Carolyn Masterson

cdmasterson@ks-usa.net or 785-227-3124

Church Cancellation

In the event of severe weather or a catastrophic event:

listen to local radio KBBE 96.7

watch rolling banner on bottom of screen on TV Channel 12

check KWCH Channel 12 website CLOSED list and the church Facebook page

When personnel can get to the office, an All Church Email will be sent.

May and June Leadership Team Update

Leadership Team and Ministry Teams have been busy the past two months. Included below are highlights of that work as well as information about the August Congregational Forum Meeting.

LT celebrated an outstanding week of Vacation Bible School and wants to thank everyone who helped. The Congregational Forum Officers and the Leadership Team have approved continued letters of employment for staff; following an evaluation process during April and May (this is the first year the evaluation process was moved to the academic calendar). In addition, we approved a recommendation from the Worship Team and Music Coordinator, Ellen Gilbert, to hire Becky Snell as the Director of Choirs, beginning in August. Special thanks go to the Personnel Team for their work on evaluations and to Josh Norris, for leading the worship choir the past two years.

Teams reviewed their goals from the past year and all have either met their goals or are in the process of completing them. I continue to be amazed at how our volunteers and staff are accomplishing important tasks and meeting so many needs of our community.

The Open and Affirming Committee proposed to Leadership Team, that a new team be formed to address the needs of all members of the community. The new team would focus on welcoming all people to our community by creating open, safe, and accessible space for all. This team would also work closely with Faith Formation and Fellowship and Hospitality Teams. Their efforts would address the needs and concerns of:

Refugees, Individuals referred to the church by community groups, as well as LGBTQ, Homeless, Poor, Young, Elderly, and Disabled persons.

Leadership Team affirmed this recommendation and will bring it as a recommendation for members to affirm at the August 28th, Congregational Forum, which will be held immediately after worship.

Financial concerns continue to be a significant part of our monthly discussions. The Stewardship of Finance Team recently met with Steve Mason, who is with Brethren Benefit Trust. They are in conversation about investing $80K of the operating cash to get a better return on this money. The Stewardship of Finance Team continues to work on the possibility of changing how the outreach budget is allocated. They are preparing their annual proposed budget for Fall Congregational Forum and will be seeking input and feedback from members at Cottage (small group) Meetings in September.

Youth Team presented a plan they developed for youth to earn service and participation points each year. This will help demonstrate each student’s commitment to the church and their appreciation and awareness of the financial support they receive from the church. This will also be used as a measure of participation for youth who seek additional financial support to attend events.

Lastly, the Leadership Team will be spending more time on big picture and vision issues that the church, district, and denomination will be facing in the next months and years. Feedback on these issues will take place during Cottage (small group) Meetings in September.

Please continue to keep our community, staff and volunteers, in your prayers while they continue the work of the church, peacefully, simply and together.

– LaMonte Rothrock, Leadership Team Chair

May and June Leadership Team Update

Posted July 20th, 2016

Leadership Team and Ministry Teams have been busy the past two months. Included below are highlights of that work as well as information about the August Congregational Forum Meeting.

LT celebrated an outstanding week of Vacation Bible School and wants to thank everyone who helped. The Congregational Forum Officers and the Leadership Team have approved continued letters of employment for staff; following an evaluation process during April and May (this is the first year the evaluation process was moved to the academic calendar). In addition, we approved a recommendation from the Worship Team and Music Coordinator, Ellen Gilbert, to hire Becky Snell as the Director of Choirs, beginning in August. Special thanks go to the Personnel Team for their work on evaluations and to Josh Norris, for leading the worship choir the past two years.

Teams reviewed their goals from the past year and all have either met their goals or are in the process of completing them. I continue to be amazed at how our volunteers and staff are accomplishing important tasks and meeting so many needs of our community.

The Open and Affirming Committee proposed to Leadership Team, that a new team be formed to address the needs of all members of the community. The new team would focus on welcoming all people to our community by creating open, safe, and accessible space for all. This team would also work closely with Faith Formation and Fellowship and Hospitality Teams. Their efforts would address the needs and concerns of:

Refugees, Individuals referred to the church by community groups, as well as LGBTQ, Homeless, Poor, Young, Elderly, and Disabled persons.

Leadership Team affirmed this recommendation and will bring it as a recommendation for members to affirm at the August 28th, Congregational Forum, which will be held immediately after worship.

Financial concerns continue to be a significant part of our monthly discussions. The Stewardship of Finance Team recently met with Steve Mason, who is with Brethren Benefit Trust. They are in conversation about investing $80K of the operating cash to get a better return on this money. The Stewardship of Finance Team continues to work on the possibility of changing how the outreach budget is allocated. They are preparing their annual proposed budget for Fall Congregational Forum and will be seeking input and feedback from members at Cottage (small group) Meetings in September.

Youth Team presented a plan they developed for youth to earn service and participation points each year. This will help demonstrate each student’s commitment to the church and their appreciation and awareness of the financial support they receive from the church. This will also be used as a measure of participation for youth who seek additional financial support to attend events.

Lastly, the Leadership Team will be spending more time on big picture and vision issues that the church, district, and denomination will be facing in the next months and years. Feedback on these issues will take place during Cottage (small group) Meetings in September.

Please continue to keep our community, staff and volunteers, in your prayers while they continue the work of the church, peacefully, simply and together.

– LaMonte Rothrock, Leadership Team Chair

 

Musings from the Ministry Team Members

Posted July 20th, 2016

Greetings Sisters and Brothers:

I heard a startling statistic last night, that President Obama has ordered the flag to half-mast more than any other president in the history of the United States. After this last attack on police officers, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, President Obama has ordered the flag to half-mast/staff a total of 68 times. And he still has five months left in his presidency.

I do not highlight this to critique President Obama’s call for communal mourning, just the opposite. I applaud our leader for inviting us to grieve, to mourn, and to weep over another act of violence. It has become too normal, in our daily lives, to hear another story about another shooting. President Obama’s invitation to mourn is an invitation for all of us to remember our common heritage as a human species. These are our sisters and brothers being murdered. These are our family members being attacked. And these are our future leaders leaving this world way too soon. We must remember and we must grieve.

But we must do more than grieve. We have to imagine a world free from violence. We have to imagine a world full of peace and justice. We have to imagine a world that works together for the common good. We have to imagine that the promise of the Lord’s Prayer remains true: “thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” We must imagine a brighter future for ourselves and the generations that follow. It is time to put our creative geniuses to work and recreate a society that honors the teachings of Jesus, who came to heal, to restore, and to liberate.

Responses to the violence will come. But if we listen to some folks, America seems to be in serious trouble. Dangerous people lurk everywhere, wanting to destroy our lives and all the hard work we have done to create safe spaces for our families. Listening to the rhetoric of some, and their call to arms and vengeance, we can get a sense that the only way to protect those we love, is through more violence. More alienation. More marginalization. But this is not the way of Jesus. We, as the church, must be better than this. We must be more creative than this. We must be more like Jesus who invited friend and foe to his table for the holy meal.

We must have more love feasts and less hate filled rants. We must spend more time building homes and less time tearing down people. We must create healthier communities, with honest dialogue, and spend less time marginalizing folks, no matter who they are or where they worship. If we want to honor our mission statement: Following in the footsteps of Jesus: Peacefully, Simply, Together, we must do all of these things. The world needs our vision, our mission, our ministries, now more than ever.

As we begin a new school year, as we prepare our sons and daughters, our mothers and fathers for a new journey of learning and intellectual growth, why can’t we invite ourselves to dream again of what could be?

Now is the time to re-imagine how we can impact our world. It is time to dream of what our church could be, what our home town could be, what our world could be. But we cannot get there by always looking back at what we were or always lamenting what is wrong with the world today. We must come together and put our energies to work, so that we can create a new way. The world needs us. Jesus needs us. We need us. Amen.

Pastor Jerry