Information for the Congregation for Sunday, October 26, 2014

Posted October 24th, 2014

In Memoriam

Ramona Fries died on Thursday, October 16. A private graveside service was held on Saturday, October 18. We wish to express our sympathy to her sister Mildred (Howard) Linville and other extended family members.

Irven Stern died on Monday, October 20. The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 28, at the church. We wish to express our sympathy to daughters, Gayle (Don) Bartel; Susan (Bryan) Boyer; son, Gary (Rae) Stern; and other immediate and extended members.

Joys of the Congregation

Card shower Elva Jean Naylor will be celebrating her 90th birthday on Saturday, November 1. Birthday wishes may be sent to her at: 1071 Darlow Drive, Apt. 116, McPherson, KS  67460.

Information for the Congregation

November 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

Janice Friesen, Executive Assistant to the Pastoral Staff, will be on vacation from Monday, October 27 through Friday, October 31. Volunteer staff will be in the office to answer the telephone and to assist those who stop by.

To submit bulletin items for Sunday, November 2, contact Jana Goering (241-4080 or by Wednesday, October 29.

First Fridays: McPherson College at The Cedars – This is a free educational series of classes that are open to all ages. At 2 p.m. on Friday, November 7, Dan Hoffman will present “The Intersection of Sport, Character, and Religion.”  To reserve your place, contact Marcia Walters ( or 620-242-0434) by Monday, November 2.

The 10th annual Alternative Christmas Gift Market is planned for Saturday, November 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cedars Conference Center. Charities benefitting people in need will provide opportunities for Christmas gifts that make a difference, donations in honor of your loved ones. Fair Trade items will be available for purchase. Come enjoy the refreshments, entertainment, and fellowship, and help make this year’s market a success. In honor of our 10th year, the first 100 donors will receive a special gift.

PotluckSunday, November 9th.  Turkey provided!  Please bring a side dish and/or dessert to share.  THEN stay for Congregational Forum.  Forum packets are available today, in the back of the sanctuary.


Musings from Ministry Team Members

Posted October 22nd, 2014

Dear Family,

I need to share with you how excited I am. How anxious I am. How amazed I am. Why? Because something is happening tonight, Tuesday October 21st, that has not happened in nearly three decades. My favorite baseball team, the Kansas City Royals, are playing in the World Series. I have, as all Royals fans have, endured twenty-nine years of losing seasons, jokes about Kansas City being the best minor league team around, and Kansas City, after losing a few games in the first weeks of the season, has already been eliminated from the playoffs. All of these jokes and many more have plagued all Royals fans while we cheer for our beloved team.  And now I can say, with a deep joy and excitement, the Royals are in the World Series!

Granted, I didn’t expect to ever say that phrase again, that’s a discussion piece for another day. For now I will, as all who cheer for the KC Royals, cherish this moment and ride this train. As electrified as I am about tonight’s game and the Series, this team has reminded me of some powerful truths.

First: A good team, with great leadership and commitment, can achieve amazing success. Yes, the Royals are good, they would not have gotten this far otherwise, but they have very little big-name talent. They rely on the team, working as one unit to succeed. What can we learn from this?

If we are willing to work together, we can accomplish great things, regardless of what hurdles we have. Working together, leaning on each other, lifting each other up, depending on our strong leadership, and we will move mountains and make history.

By the way, I will give a ten dollar gift card to the first person who can tell me who was the MVP of the 1985 World Series, the last time the Royals were in the Series and won it.

Second: A team does not need to have the highest salaries to win nor does a team need to hit the most home runs to win. Kansas City ranked last in home runs in the American League, and they still made it this far. How? By stealing bases and pitching line-up that is unmatched in what they have achieved. Their success depends on all of the parts working together as one beautiful whole and they did it without paying the highest paid players. They, the Royals, rank 18th out of 30 teams, for salaries paid. Other teams pay the best talent and reap the rewards. KC makes the most of what it has and reached higher than the rest.

What can we glean from this? Again working together, all of our parts creating one amazing whole by doing what we can with what we have and we will ascend to new heights. We will make a difference, a significant difference, if we learn to look beyond dollar signs and see the beauty and the possibilities from within. We can, like the Royals, create a story so electrifying and magnetic that people flock from all over to not only hear our stories but to join us on the journey.

You see, sisters and brothers, the greatest benefit to living together, as one body, fulfilling our mission and changing the world is this:  people will come and want to experience the power within us. The Royals are selling out, as they should, because they have done what many thought impossible. And when we continue to do the work God called us to, when we join with each other, honor each other, as Jesus commanded us to, and when we walk by faith and not by the fear of what might happen, as the Spirit invites us to, then we will write new and amazing chapters in the ongoing saga that is the McPherson Church of the Brethren.

Go Royals! And lets go sisters and brothers! The world is waiting for us to make it a better place.  Amen.

Jerry Bowen, Pastor with Youth, Young Adults, and Families Emphasis


Attendance for September, 2014

Posted October 22nd, 2014

Sept. 7:    Sunday School 93 – Worship 234

Sept. 14:  Sunday School 81 – Worship 198

Sept. 21:  Sunday School 74 – Worship 185

Sept. 28:  Sunday School 91 – Worship 185


Notes of Appreciation

Posted October 22nd, 2014

The cards, thoughts, and prayers from the congregation and community have been felt and have been most helpful in this time of Susan’s passing. Thank you for surrounding our family with your uplifting support.   — Jim, Eric and Heidi Dodson and Steve and Jane Stone

The family of Elaine Goering acknowledges with grateful appreciation your kind expression of sympathy. In addition, thank you for all of the care that you have given Elaine over the years.  – Kathy Reid

The Church Office has received thank you letters from the following for contributions to their programs and ministries:

McPherson College

On Earth Peace

The Cedars


Thank You to Our Volunteers

Posted October 22nd, 2014

Church Office:

John Burkholder, Donita Goyen, Eloise Lichty, Gene Reinecker, Art Snell, Paul and Mary Wagoner, Jim Wiseman


Persons who pick up recycle items in the Sanctuary, Church Kitchen, and Office