Worship Service – June 26, 2016

Posted June 26th, 2016

“Free to Serve” Kathryn Whitacre

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Information for the Congregation for Sunday, June 26, 2016

Posted June 24th, 2016

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

We wish to express our sympathy to James Gesaman, at the recent death of his sister, Rebecca Deist; her boyfriend, Nicholas Schwarz; and their unborn daughter, Hailey Jean. The service for Rebecca was held on Friday, June 24, at the church. Continued prayers for James and the families will be appreciated. James is a member of the Junior High Youth Group.

All women are invited to fellowship together at 9:30 a.m., on Monday, June 27 at The Well. There will be an opportunity to support a project which will allow girls to attend school in the Congo. Bring your mug and join in this social time with friends. For a ride, contact Jana Goering (620-241-4080).

Ulster Project of McPherson County – The opening worship service is planned for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June, 30, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Everyone is invited.

The Ulster Project will be making cinnamon rolls on Saturday, July 2. Rolls are $10 for a pan of 8 rolls. Orders may be picked up from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 520 E. Northview, McPherson. These will be great for the upcoming 4th of July holiday. Orders may be placed at the link below or by calling Summer (620-755-5689).

http://www2.mysignup.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi?datafile=mcpcymcinnamonrolls

The Ulster Project will hold their Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, July 16 and they need teams! The tournament is a four-person scramble and fun for everyone. Cost is $220 per team, including lunch. For information, registration, or if you don’t have a team and wish to be paired with someone, contact Steve Bahr (SBahr@amfam.com) or Steve Burghart (Steve.J.Burghart@saint-gobain.com).

Mark your calendars for 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 7 when Circles of McPherson County will run a Poverty Simulation. This will be an incredible learning experience. The event will be held in Hess Hall, First United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome.

Have you thought about becoming an Ally to a Circles family as they journey out of poverty? Do you know someone who would make a great Ally? Or do you or a friend work in a profession where you often interface with families living in poverty? Do you have questions about why it is so hard for families to escape the cycle? There is no cost to participate and this is a perfect tool to bring insight to the maze that families in poverty face daily. Eighty-eight slots are available. Call 241-9011 to reserve your spot.

All-Church Pool Party – 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 16, at the McPherson Water Park. As soon as the facility closes to the public on that evening, we will take over for two hours of splash-filled fun for all ages and swimming abilities. We will have access to the water park’s party shelter, too, so please bring cookies or snacks to share. Ice water and lemonade will be provided. See you at 7:30 p.m. on July 16 at the water park!  In case of inclement weather, look for notification of cancellation via email and prayer chain.

Western Plains District Conference is planned for Friday — Sunday, July 29-31, in McPherson. Registration forms for children and adults are available in the Church Gathering Space and on the district website (www.wpcob.org).  Registration deadline is Monday, July 11.

2016 Financial Information

        Current YTD             Prior YTD

 May 2016       May 2016 YTD       May 2015 YTD

Offerings/Pledges:        $44,187.19           $149,277.24                $164,538.99

Other Gifts                                                                                                    9,578.28

Expenses:                           (31,490.34)          (167,238.67)               (170,856.09)

 Net Surplus (Deficit):   2,696.85            (17,961.43)                   3,261.18

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.

 

All-Church Pool Party — July 16, 2016

Posted June 22nd, 2016

Mark your calendars for an all-church pool party at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at the McPherson Water Park. As soon as the facility closes to the public on that evening, we will take over for two hours of splash-filled fun for all ages and swimming abilities.  We will have access to the water park’s party shelter, too, so please bring cookies or snacks to share. Ice water and lemonade will be provided. See you at 7:30 p.m. July 18 at the water park!  In case of inclement weather, look for notification of cancellation via email and prayer chain

Ulster Project of McPherson County — Upcoming Events

Posted June 22nd, 2016

The Ulster Project will be making cinnamon rolls on Saturday, July 2.  Rolls are $10 for a pan of 8 rolls.  Rolls will be ready to be picked up between 5 and 6:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 520 E. Northview, McPherson.  These will be great for the upcoming 4th of July holiday.  You may place your orders online at the link below or by calling Summer at 620-755-5689.

http://www2.mysignup.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi?datafile=mcpcymcinnamonrolls

On Saturday, July 16,  the Ulster Project will hold their annual golf tournament.  They need golf teams!  The tournament is a four-person scramble and lots of fun for everyone.  Cost is $220 per team and includes lunch.  If you don’t have a team but would like to play, let us know and we will pair you with someone.  For more information or to register your team, please contact Steve Bahr at  SBahr@amfam.com or Steve Burghart at Steve.J.Burghart@saint-gobain.com.  You are invited to come and enjoy a morning of golf and meet our Northern Irish visitors.

 

Musings from Ministry Team Members

Posted June 22nd, 2016

As we live today in the current milieu of politics, violence, poverty, terror, illness, and brokenness, we may wonder and ask, “Where is there good news in our world – in our lives – in our church?”  Another question might be, “With what do we feed and fill our hearts, souls, and minds?”  The choices are endless and easily available.

There is truly good news around us each and every day.  Facebook and other social media sources are responding to current events with the power of positive thinking, with heartwarming stories of love and success, with stories and memories of loved ones that reflect significant and meaningful relationships, with stories of responses and outreach to those who are marginalized and dispossessed.  Let us not forget good news found in scripture that informs and challenges our faith, guides our hearts and thinking, and calls us to serve and love one another.  As the late Dr. Martin Luther King, jr. wrote, our lives are about helping the “universe bend towards justice.”

One source of good news comes from the Church of the Brethren website.  Articles about Annual Conference, denominational and local church life from Newsline and On Earth Peace, stories about Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Nigeria, denominational resolutions and statements, interfaith relationships, stories of service around the world relate how we, as a people of faith, are moving and being in the world.  Reading Messenger, either in hard copy or electronically, is another rich resource to follow and hear the voices within the Church of the Brethren.

If this sounds like a reminder of how you can remain connected to or desire to learn more about the Church of the Brethren denomination, guess what, you would be right!

There is much happening within the Church of the Brethren and how we as a body of faith are responding to local and world events.  With what will you fill your heart and mind?  I invite you to take a moment to discover or re-discover good news about the wider life of the church.  You will learn much by visiting http://www.brethren.org/.  Who knows, you may discover something of yourself in your explorations.

Peace and grace,

Chris Whitacre

Minister with Pastoral Care Emphasis