Information for the Congregation for Sunday, March 26, 2017

Posted March 24th, 2017

Messiah Festival of the Arts, April 9–16, Bethany College.

Information: church website (www.macbrethren.org).

The 14th National Older Adult Conference will be held from September 4-8, at Lake Junaluska, NC. A bus will leave McPherson on Sunday morning, September 3 and will return on Saturday, September 9. Highlight speakers and presenters will include Jim Wallis, Susan Boyer and Stephen Breck Reid. The conference will also feature interest groups, arts and crafts, recreation opportunities, a service project and the famous NOAC news team. Contact David Fruth (620-245-0674) for bus or conference information.

McPherson Police Department needs your help! They are looking for people with a desire to contribute to the safety of our community, McPherson youth in particular. The position of Crossing Guard is a part-time, as needed spot, which pays $11.20 per hour. Qualified individuals will have time available in the morning and afternoon (7:15 – 8:15 a.m. and 2:50 – 3:30 p.m.) during the school year, on days when school is in session. Apply in person at McPherson Police Department or contact Amber Bowlby (amberb@mcpcity.com) or Captain Martens (toddm@mcpcity.com).

2017 Vacation Bible School

Passport to Peru: Discovering God’s Good Gifts

9:00 a.m. – noon, June 5 – 9, 2017

Volunteers Requested

Center Leaders, Small Group Leaders

Decorating Team, Casserole Cooks

Contact Sarah Hendricks (sarah.w.hendricks@gmail.com)

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.

2017 Monthly Financial Report

 

Mar. 5

Mar. 12 Mar. 19 Mar. 26

Total

Regular Offering Needed
$8,000 $8,000 $8,000 $8,000

$32,000

Offering Received
$13,383.05 $6,730.40

$3,832.50

   

2017 Year-to Date Financial Report

 

January

February March April May

June

Regular Offering Needed
$40,000 $32,000 $32,000 $40,000 $32,000

$32,000

Offering Received
$43,183.44

$26,650.04

       

 

 

Musings from Ministry Team Members

Posted March 23rd, 2017

“The word ‘tenebrae’ is Latin for shadows. The purpose of a Tenebrae service is to recreate the emotional aspects of the passion story. This is not supposed to be a happy service, because the occasion is not happy. The service can be used on Good Friday or serve as the closing for a Maundy Thursday (Love Feast) service. This service utilizes scripture narratives and may include other parts such as solemn hymns. It starts out with the church in candlelight. There are as many candles as there are readings, plus a white Christ candle. The readers go up one at a time, read their assigned selections, and extinguish one of the candles, until only the Christ candle remains. Then someone reads the first part of Psalm 22, which Jesus quoted on the cross. Then the Christ candle is put out, leaving the congregation in near total darkness—and near total devastation. At this point, the service ends. There is no benediction and the people leave in silence. (The lights are turned up but remain dim so that people can see their way out.)  The purpose of the service is to recreate the betrayal, abandonment, and agony of the events that led to the death of Jesus, and it is left unfinished, because the story isn’t over until Easter Day.”          — Ken Collins

Easter cannot be the ecstatic event it has become without walking through the shadow of the valley of death. Attending Easter celebration worship means more when you understand Easter joy through the lens of trial, anguish and grief that supersedes it. (Thanks to the kencollins.com website for inspiring these thoughts.)                — Pastor Kathryn

A Naked Death — copyright © 2006 John van de Laar.

Yours was a naked death, Jesus:

Not for you the fine linen of a rich bed surrounded by wealth accumulated over a comfortable lifetime.

Not for you a well prepared service of farewell with time for proper grieving and departures.

Not for you a carefully chosen shroud, or a tenderly nurtured grave.

When you kept your rendezvous with death all was stripped away except your determined love and the life that lay dormant for a moment waiting for the morning when your naked glory would break free again.

AMEN

National Older Adult Conference — September 4-8, 2017

Posted March 22nd, 2017

The 14th National Older Adult Conference will be held from September 4-8, at Lake Junaluska, NC. A bus will leave McPherson on Sunday morning, September 3 and will return on Saturday, September 9. Highlight speakers and presenters will include Jim Wallis, Susan Boyer and Stephen Breck Reid. The conference will also feature interest groups, arts and crafts, recreation opportunities, a service project and the famous NOAC news team. Contact David Fruth (620-245-0674) for bus or conference information.

Attendance for February 2017

Posted March 22nd, 2017

Feb. 5:      Sunday School 36 – Worship 180

Feb. 12:    Sunday School 41 – Worship 170

Feb. 19 :   Sunday School 32 – Worship 178

Feb, 26:    Sunday School 32 – Worship 220

 

Notes of Appreciation

Posted March 22nd, 2017

The family of Thelma Lehman wishes to express their gratitude for all of the prayers, visits, and other expressions of support that were shown to Thelma during the past year. The pastoral and lay visits, Sunday morning television services, weekly bulletin deliveries and visits, and the cards, helped her to remain connected to the community of faith that she had been a part of for so long. The congregational singing during the memorial service would have pleased her greatly.  It was beautiful and a tremendous source of comfort to all of us. We pray that God will continue to bless your ministry.

The church office has received a thank you letter from the following for contributions to their programs and ministries:

•McPherson College