Worship Service – September 25, 2016

Posted September 25th, 2016

“the pain of separation” Jerry Bowen
(click on the link above to access the worship service)

Information for the Congregation for Sunday, September 25, 2016

Posted September 23rd, 2016

October 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.

Internationally-acclaimed pianist Dr. Stephen Beus will present the inaugural recital of the Fern Lingenfelter Artist Series at 4 p.m. today, in Mingenback Theatre, McPherson College. Everyone is invited. Check the church website for additional information.

Everyone is invited to The Cedars Guild’s Fall Celebration Event which is planned for 6 p.m., Tuesday, October 4, in the Wellness Center. Jim Griggs will present a program of Kansas photos, Eric Goering and Joyce Hall will share music, and there will be a drawing for a quilt raffle. Please bring a salad to share. Tableware, drinks, and bread will be provided. Hope to see you there!

Mark your calendars   —  FALL FESTIVAL,  4-7 p.m., Sunday, October 9, Bruce and Barbara Wagoner’s Farm.  The event will include food and activities for all ages.  Watch for details.

Childcare Volunteers – We continue to seek persons who are willing to staff the nursery during the Sunday school hour and worship service. Willing to assist? Sign up on the church website (www.macbrethren.org), under the “Church Life” tab and clink on “Surveys and Signups.”

Misfits & Seekers for Jesus Class

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Sundays

Church Community Room (immediately off the Good Shepherd Foyer

This Class finished their current DVD series today – September 25th. They will begin the new series next Sunday, October 2nd (same time – new classroom).

If you are willing to challenge yourself spiritually; struggling with difficult concepts and perspectives AND if you are ready to have intense, thoughtful discussion; then come join this group as they explore the timely subject of violence, from a Christian perspective.

Violence Divine – Overcoming the Bible’s Betrayal of its Non-Violent God

a Living the Questions DVD Study

One of the world’s foremost historical Jesus scholars helps the church and its alumni/ae rise above the greatest of Christian treasons: that everlasting peace can only be achieved through the onslaught of divine violence. Filmed before a live audience in a workshop setting, professor and author John Dominic Crossan summarizes the essence of his best-selling HOW TO READ THE BIBLE & STILL BE A CHRISTIAN: Struggling with Divine Violence from Genesis Through Revelation and shows the way forward for those seeking an authentic Christianity for the 21st century.

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.

2016 Financial Information

     Month                 Current YTD               Prior YTD

August 2016      August 2016 YTD      August 2015 YTD

Offerings/Pledges:         $21,873.08                 $243,529.29                    $251,277.91

Other Gifts                                                                                                                9,578.28

Expenses:                             (28,153.44)                (266,121.30)                    (270,421.18)

Net Surplus (Deficit):    (6,280.36)              (22,592.01)                     (9,564.99)

For additional information, contact Carolyn Masterson

cdmasterson@ks-usa.net

 

 

For These We Pray for Sunday, September 25, 2016

Posted September 23rd, 2016

The McPherson Church of the Brethren

  • Rosalie Black, Donna Burkholder
  • Florence Crago, Martin Eis, Illa Flax
  • Illa Flax, Barbara Flory, Paul Hoffman
  • Eloise Holman, Ruth Howell, Thelma Lehman
  • Maxine Miller, Roberta Reed
  • Gene Reinecker, Renee’ Schowengerdt
  • Kaiden Schroeder, Jessica Stevenson
  • Jeanette Stump, Bonnie Ward
  • Karamet Bhatti, father-in-law of Jennifer Davidson Bhatti
  • Jeannie Gregory & family, step-sister of Barbara Flory
  • John & Sandy Hoffman, Monitor CoB members
  • Jeff Riggenbach, friend of Pastor Jerry
  • Sarah Schowengerdt, Jayce Schriner, John Snell, celebrating birthdays today

Our Leadership Team

Good Beginnings Preschool

McPherson College, faculty, staff, & students

The Cedars Community, staff & residents

The Church of the Brethren Western Plains District

Sonja Griffith, District Executive

Jon Tuttle, Moderator

Jim Hubble, Pastor at Bethel Nebraska CoB, and his family

Ministries of the Western Plains District

The Church of the Brethren Denomination

David Steele, General Secretary, and all members of the CoB staff

Carol A. Scheppard, Annual Conference Moderator

EYN (CoB Church in Nigeria)

In Our Nation and World

The worldwide refugee crisis

Church of the Brethren congregations in:

Brazil, Haiti, Dominican Republic, India, Nigeria, Spain, and Sudan

The Cedars Guild’s Fall Celebration Event

Posted September 21st, 2016

Everyone is invited to The Cedars Guild’s Fall Celebration Event which is planned for 6 p.m., Tuesday, October 4, in the Wellness Center. Jim Griggs will present a program of Kansas photos, Eric Goering and Joyce Hall will share music, and there will be a drawing for a quilt raffle. Please bring a salad to share. Tableware, drinks, and bread will be provided. Hope to see you there!

Musings from Ministry Team Members

Posted September 21st, 2016

The first Sunday in October is known and celebrated as World Communion Sunday.  It focuses on an observance of the Eucharist – receiving the bread and cup.  The observance began in 1933 by Hugh Thomson Kerr who was minister at Shadyside Presbyterian Church.  Dr. Kerr first considered the notion of World Communion Sunday during his year as moderator of the General Assembly in 1930.  World Communion Sunday emerged as an attempt to bring churches together in a service of Christian unity—“in which everyone might receive both inspiration and information, and above all, to know how important the Church of Jesus Christ is, and how each congregation is interconnected one with another.”  In 1940, the Federal Council of Churches (now the National Council of Churches) endorsed World Communion Sunday and began to promote it to Christian churches worldwide.[1]

[1]World Communion SundayNational Council of Churches website

Our world has never been in more need of Christian unity than now!  Our world has never been in more need for unity, understanding, grace, acceptance, love – lacking in fear and prejudice – between faith traditions, persons of all colors, political ideologies, law enforcement and civilians, economic strata, cultural diversity, concerns on human sexuality, and theological interpretation.  Any one of these topics alone can be volatile; several of them together can be incendiary.

So, in the midst of this milieu of controversy and conflict, what role does receiving a meager serving of bread and a sip of juice mean to us; mean to Christians; mean for the world?  Does the Eucharist have the historical and “believers” underpinnings to unite us and empower us to another way of living and being in the world?  Or, are we moving, by rote, through a tradition of Christian faith because it is World Communion Sunday?

May we “count the cost”;  may we be reflective about what it means to receive this feast within the sanctuary of believers…

Chris Whitacre, Pastoral Staff