National Older Adult Conference — September 7 — 11, 2015

Posted March 2nd, 2015

If you are 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, or even older, you are invited to join us at beautiful Lake Junaluska (NC) September 7-11, 2015 for a time of inspiration, fun, and fellowship.  An exciting line-up is planned for this year’s conference!

Visit for information about conference speakers, preachers, entertainers, Bible studies, and other program highlights.

Registration brochures are available by e-mail ( or call (800) 323-8039 ext. 305) to have one sent to you. They are also available to download on the NOAC website.

Online Registration:  Opened on Monday, March 2, 2015.

Registration by Mail:  Any time!

KIPCOR Event Planned for April 23-24, 2015

Posted February 26th, 2015

The Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR) in North Newton, Kansas, is offering a two-day course “Managing Differences Within Faith Communities” on April 23-24 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

The course will help participants learn how to transform conflict into spiritual and community renewal, focusing on biblical and theological principles; congregations as family systems; levels of conflict within faith communities; collaborative and transparent decision-making principles; structured dialogue in high-anxiety situations; and congregational discernment processes. The course will be held at KIPCOR’s Kaufman House Training Facility at Bethel College. More information is included in the attached flyer.

Academic credit, continuing education credit, and seminary credit are available. For questions contact Doug Lengel, office manager, at 316-284-5217 or .

Information for the Congregation for Sunday, March 1, 2015

Posted February 26th, 2015

March 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 and enter your e-mail address in the left column of the screen under “Subscribe to E-mail Updates” and follow the instructions

Following worship today, you are encouraged to remain in the Church Sanctuary and attend the Spring Congregational Forum meeting.

A BVS Connections Dinner, hosted by the church, is planned for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, in the North Church Social Room. This is a time for alumni of Brethren Volunteer Service, interested potential volunteers, and general supporters of BVS, to gather for a meal and time of sharing. We’ll hear stories from any former volunteers present, hear about what’s currently happening in BVS, and share our dreams for the future of BVS. Everyone is invited to share in food and fellowship as we celebrate the ministry of Brethren Volunteer Service.

Benefit Concert for Brethren Disaster Ministries – 7 p.m., Thursday, March 5, First CoB, Wichita — Delores and the Pickin’-Fretter, the Wichita-based acoustic duo of Jeffrey Faus and Jenny Stover-Brown, will be teaming up with Mutual Kumquat, a nationally-known, Brethren-rooted acoustic group. Everyone is invited.

Pastor, long-time civil rights leader, and acclaimed speaker Dr. Gerald Durley of Atlanta, GA will be speaking on the topic, “Climate Change Is a Civil Rights Issue” at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 6, in the Marcus Welcome Center of Wichita State University. The event will include a light meal and a roundtable discussion.

Ted & Co. will be performing the magnificent play Listening for Grace at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, in the Church Sanctuary. “This new play by Ted Swartz, is a funny, powerful, poignant performance which gives voice to our fears and hopes when a faith community engages in questions around same sex relationships. A father’s journey, a church’s struggle, a search for commonality.”  See the promo at  A free-will offering will be taken to help offset costs.

40th Anniversary Mohler Lecture, 4 p.m., Sunday, March 8, Mingenback Theatre, McPherson College — Dr. Kathy Melhorn, a McPherson College Alumna and clinical professor in pediatrics with the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita, will present “Child Abuse and Neglect: Do we have the Evidence and Courage We need to Make a Difference?”  Everyone is welcome.

Opportunity to Serve as Volunteer Driver: The McPherson Council on Aging is seeking individuals who would be available to drive persons to out-of-town doctor appointments. If you are interested, please call Paula Orth (620-242-7154).

Church Cancellation

In the event of inclement weather:

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.

Open House — Partners in Family Care, McPherson College Site

Posted February 23rd, 2015

Open House

McPherson College Harter Hall

400 N. Lehmer #106, McPherson, Kansas

4 – 7 p.m., Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Everyone invited!

The clinic is now open to the public,  Walk ins are welcome.

Benefit Concert — Wichita CoB, Thursday, March 7, 2015

Posted February 23rd, 2015

Delores and the Pickin’-Fretter, the Wichita-based acoustic duo of Jeffrey Faus and Jenny Stover-Brown, will be teaming up with Mutual Kumquat, a nationally-known, Brethren-rooted acoustic group, for a benefit concert at Wichita First Church of the Brethren on Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m.  All proceeds will go to Brethren Disaster Ministries, to aid our Nigerian brothers and sisters.  With the 2014 Walnut Valley Mandolin Champion in the line-up, this will be one concert not to miss.