Information for the Congregation for Sunday, August 30, 2015

Posted August 28th, 2015

September 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.

Multi-age Sunday School for children, ages 4 years through 5th grade, will begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday, September 6, in the Education Building, Room 110-12 (south west classroom, main floor). Barbara Wagoner and Dawn Hoffman will be leading the class during the fall quarter. Children younger than 4 years are welcome to be a part of the nursery in Room 107 (across from the older children). Sunday School for Middle School and High School Youth will also begin on Sunday, September 6.

Everyone is invited to attend the “We Connect Wednesdays” kick-off meal which is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., on Wednesday, September 9, in the Church Social Rooms, with the Fellowship and Hospitality Team hosting. Matt Friesen will be on hand to grill burgers and hotdogs. Meat and buns will be provided; please bring a side dish or a dessert to share. See you there! Please note that WCW prices are $3 per person or $8 for families.

Kingdom Kids will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9, with a Water Fun Night. All children, ages 4 years through 5th grade, are welcome. From 6-7:15 p.m., children younger than 4 years, are welcome to be a part of the Wednesday evening nursery. You may register your children at www.macbrethren.org.

Camp Mt. Hermon Family Camp is planned for Friday – Sunday, September 25 – 27. Registration is due by Tuesday, September 1. Registration forms and brochures are available in the Church Gathering Space, Education Building Literature Rack and on the District website (www.wpcob.org).

The A/V Project Group of the Communications Team is seeking volunteers for operating cameras for our Sunday morning worship broadcast. If you are Junior High age or older and would find this an interesting avenue for serving the church, please contact Rick Schrag (620-241-5769) or Chris Whitacre (620-241-1109).

AD HOC Committee Opportunity: Western Plains District Women’s Retreat will be held at Crosswinds Conference Center, Hesston (supper through lunch), April 8-10, 2016. If you would be interested in being on the planning and implementation team to make this conference a reality, please contact Barbara Flory (620-241-1056 – home, 620-242-9498 – cell, or floryl@sbcglobal.net), no later than Wednesday, September 9, to let her know of your interest.

The Good Samaritan Fund Balance Account, used for local emergencies, is running low. If you would like to contribute to the fund, you may place your check in an offering plate or mail it to the Church Office.

FloraKansas Fall Plant Sale — Hesston

Posted August 24th, 2015

The sale will be held on September 11-13, 2015, at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains, Hesston.  This is Kansas’ largest native plant sale and many species of wildflowers and grasses (many rare in cultivation) will be for sale.  A large selection of adaptable perennials will be also available.  Memberships may also be purchased during the event.  Arboretum members will receive a 10% discount on all plant sales and may participate in the members only pre-sale from 1-7 p.m. on Thursday, September 10.  For more information, call 620-327-8127 or visit www.dyckarboretum.org.

Information for the Congregation for Sunday, August 23, 2015

Posted August 21st, 2015

September 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.

You are encouraged to check the Lost and Found Table in the Church Gathering Space. After today, items that are left will be given to Save N’ Share.

McPherson Community Battle of the Badges Blood Drive – Trinity Lutheran Church

Monday, August 24, 12 – 6 p.m.

Tuesday, August 25, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Free t-shirts will be given to the donors (while supply lasts).  To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767.

Multi-age Sunday School for children, ages 4 years through 5th grade, will begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday, September 6, in the Education Building, Room 110-12 (south west classroom, main floor). Barbara Wagoner and Dawn Hoffman will be leading the class during the fall quarter. Children younger than 4 years are welcome to be a part of the nursery in Room 107 (across from the older children). Sunday School for Middle School and High School Youth will also begin on Sunday, September 6.

Kingdom Kids will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9, with a Water Fun Night. All children, ages 4 years through 5th grade, are welcome. From 6-7:15 p.m., children younger than 4 years, are welcome to be a part of the Wednesday evening nursery. You may register your children at www.macbrethren.org.

Camp Mt. Hermon Family Camp is planned for Friday – Sunday, September 25 – 27. Registration is due by Tuesday, September 1. Registration forms and brochures are available in the Church Gathering Space, Education Building Literature Rack and on the District website (www.wpcob.org).

The A/V Project Group of the Communications Team is seeking volunteers for operating cameras for our Sunday morning worship broadcast. If you are Junior High age or older and would find this an interesting avenue for serving the church, please contact Rick Schrag (620-241-5769) or Chris Whitacre (620-241-1109).

AD HOC Committee Opportunity:  Western Plains District Women’s Retreat will be held at Crosswinds Conference Center, Hesston (supper through lunch), April 8-10, 2016. If you would be interested in being on the planning and implementation team to make this conference a reality, please contact Barbara Flory (620-241-1056 – home, 620-242-9498 – cell, or floryl@sbcglobal.net), no later than Wednesday, September 9, to let her know of your interest.

Musings from Ministry Team Members

Posted August 19th, 2015

First Semester Highlights of the Church Calendar:

September 9, 2015    Wednesday Schedule Begins

We Connect Wednesday meal    5:30-6:30 p.m.

Kingdom Kids    6:00-7:15 p.m.

Jr. High Youth    (modified time 1st week only)

Sr. High Youth    (modified time 1st week only)

September 20, 2015    World Peace Sunday

October 4, 2015

World Communion Sunday – Communion, Hand/Feet Washing, Potluck

October 9-11, 2015    McPherson College Homecoming

October 30-November 1, 2015

The Gathering (District Spiritual Get-together – Salina, KS)

November 8, 2015    National Jr. High Sunday

Thanksgiving Potluck – meat provided by Leadership Team members

Congregational Forum

McPherson College Religious Heritage Lecture

November 22, 2015    Thanksgiving Celebration Sunday

November 29, 2015    First Sunday of Advent

December 6, 2015    Second Sunday of Advent

Festival of Music

December 13, 2015    Third Sunday of Advent

Christmas Breakfast

December 16, 2015

Last Regular Wednesday Schedule until after the New Year

December 20, 2015    Fourth Sunday of Advent

December 24, 2015    Christmas Eve Service

Gathering Music    6-6:30 p.m.

Worship    6:30-7:30 p.m.

December 27, 2015    Jesus is Born – First Sunday after Christmas

January 3, 2016    New Year Celebration Sunday

January 10, 2016    Epiphany Celebration and Communion

When I was a kid, we bought a new calendar each year that began on January 1st and ended on December 31st. Then in my teens, I discovered the joy of an extended 18 month calendar that allowed me the luxury of additional pre-planning. Throughout College and Graduate School my life rotated around the academic calendar. My professional life requires that I plan based on the Church calendar that begins with the First Sunday of Advent, on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, and ends with the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

Depending on the stage of life we are in, the health we have or do not have, the economic and employment realities we deal with, the political climate we are subject to – the rhythm of life is different for each of us. There is no longer a ‘common calendar’ with certain events happening at certain times on certain days. We live in a global reality, in a 24/7 world.

God calls us to take Sabbath – a time when we set aside the ‘worldly’ concerns that pull at us.

God calls us to set aside sacred time when we can simply ‘be’ – when we can exist quietly, without distraction – time when we can listen to God within.

As we begin another academic year I hope that you can enjoy the end of the summer season, survive the barrage of activity brought on by the academic year, live into the coming hope of a new Church year AND I pray that we can all find a way to carve out sacred time – Sabbath time – saying ‘no’ to those distractions that push us further away from Gods call on our lives – saying ‘yes’ to time that lets us rest quietly with God, listening for the still small voice within.

May you be so blessed!    ~Kathryn

Children’s Opportunities

Posted August 18th, 2015

Multi-age Sunday School for children ages 4 years through 5th grade will begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday, September 6, in the Education Building, Room 110-12 (south west classroom, main floor). Barbara Wagoner and Dawn Hoffman will be leading the class during the first quarter.  Children younger than 4 years are welcome to be a part of the nursery in Room 107 (across from the older children).  Sunday School for Middle School and High School Youth will also begin on Sunday, September 6.

Kingdom Kids will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9, with a Water Fun Night.  All children, ages 4 years through 5th grade, are welcome.  Between 6-7:15 p.m., children younger than 4 years are welcome to be a part of the Wednesday evening nursery.  You may register your children at www.macbrethren.org.