Information for the Congregation for Sunday, July 5, 2015

Posted July 3rd, 2015

July 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.

Christian Peacemaking and Nonviolence – During July, you are invited to join the Sunday school teaching team, Sarah Ullom-Minnich, Francis and Jean Hendricks, and Steve Crain, for this timely discussion of Jesus’ teachings on loving our enemies. Examples of questions that will be considered include: “What about the Protection of Third-Party Innocents?”; “What about Hitler?”; and “What about War and Violence in the Old Testament?” Different topics will be explored with the assistance of one or more team members. Discussions will be informed by the book A Faith Not Worth Fighting For: Addressing Commonly Asked Questions about Christian Nonviolence, edited by Tripp York and Justin Bronson Barringer (Cascade Books, 2012). Come and add your voice!

The Projects Unlimited Live Auction, to be held during District Conference, is approaching fast. The event will be held at 8:45 p.m., on Saturday, August 1, in the Church Social Room. As you create things for the auction, please contact Wylene Lengel (wylene.lengel@gmail.com) and let her know which items you are donating to the silent auction or to the live auction.  If available, she would appreciate receiving a picture(s).  Ideas are: Crafts, baked goods, artwork, woodwork, and produce. Prior to the auction, the items will be publicized on a website.  Items may be brought to the Church Social Room on Friday, July 31, beginning at 9 a.m. The earlier they are processed, the more time shoppers will have to peruse the merchandise.

Planning Ahead

Western Plains District ConferenceAugust 2, 2015

Service SundayAugust 9, 2015

(two hours of fellowship, singing and service)

Celebration SundayAugust 16, 2015

Welcome Back!

Leadership Team Goals for 2015-2016

Posted June 26th, 2015

Executive Team

Members: 

Becky Goss – Moderator, Carolyn Masterson – Treasurer, LaMonte Rothrock – Leadership Team Chair,  Deb Wagoner – Clerk

Contact:  LaMonte Rothrock,  lamonter1980@gmail.com

Goals

• See that all job descriptions and letters of employment for paid staff are re-written and evaluated by legal counsel.

• Establish employee evaluation documents and procedures.

• Develop a monthly communication plan with the congregation.

Communication Team

Members:  Matt Friesen, Chris Goering, Darren Hendricks, Cindy Kinnamon

Staff Liaison:  Chris Whitacre

Chair and Contact:  Chris Goering, cg4ksu@gmail.com

Goals 

• Facilitate streaming of each worship service, allowing for the service to be viewed online either live and/or on demand depending on technology that is available.

• Continue the on-line directory. Offer an opportunity to have pictures taken.

Faith Formation Team

Members:  Daisy Friesen, Jessica Griffith, Sarah Hendricks, Ken Holderread, Wylene Lengel, Jen Magnall

Staff Liaison:  Jerry Bowen

Chair and Contact:  Sarah Hendricks, sarah.w.hendricks@gmail.com

Goals

• Increase participation in small groups and Sunday School through continued and new programs.

• Input will be obtained via a survey.

• Make church facility more user-friendly for participants and attendees

• Create, nurture, and improve effective children and family ministries

Hospitality/Fellowship Team

Members:  Lisa Goering, Janette Hess, Cindy Kinnamon, Bud Taylor, Karlene Tyler

Staff Liaison:  Kathryn Whitacre

Co-Chairs and Contacts:  Janette Hess, mmhess@swbell.net  Cindy Kinnamon, cdkinnamon@sbcglobal.net

Goals

• Furnish nametags for church members by Fall 2015

• Coordinate church wide social activities

• Coordinate WCW meals on Wednesday evenings

• Coordinate Sunday morning fellowship time

Outreach Team

Members:  Kendra Bowen, Ann Flory, Lois Schrag, Judy Stockstill, Susan Taylor

Staff Liaison:  Jerry Bowen

Chair and Contact:  Judy Stockstill, judy.stockstill@gmail.com

Goals

• Work with McPherson College to organize a joint event for fall 2015. Currently Kendra is working with MC for a fall CROP walk

• Contact the Worship Team for inclusion of a White Elephant gift offering during the Christmas Eve service with the gifts to be donated to local community organization to benefit their clients in need.

• Increase the number of givers at the Alternative Christmas Market; work on regional exposure

• Support Emily James’ 3,000 mile ride to support peace in memory of Paul Ziegler. Lois Schrag and Pastor Jerry are keeping the team aware of plans which will be publicized throughout the congregation and community.

• Work towards establishing a yearly one-day fundraiser, with funds to be given to cause selected by Outreach Team. At this time the fundraiser is being targeted for spring 2016. Initial ground work will be done in 2015.

Properties Team

Members:  Jon Flory-Schrock, Eric Johnson, Gene Reinecker, Bruce Wagoner

Staff Liaison:  Chris Whitacre

Co-Chairs and Contacts:  Jon Flory Schrock, floryschrockjon@gmail.com   Eric Johnson, agentgleanerc@cox.net

Goals

• Maintain facilities in present or improved condition.

• Lower energy bills and carbon footprint while maintaining indoor comfort. This will be partially accomplished by installing a demand control system to lower electrical demand charge and contracting natural gas through a less expensive supplier.

• Compile and communicate a listing of ongoing projects available to volunteers to maintain and improve facilities. This will be accomplished by holding two all-congregation work-days each year. One will be held March and the other in October.

Stewardship of Finance Team

Members:  Bryan Hess, Carolyn Masterson, Jaymie Rothrock, Gregg Stockstill

Staff Liaison:  Kathryn Whitacre

Chair and Contact:  Bryan Hess, mmhess@swbell.net

Goals

• Provide the Youth Team with support on the details of their budget.

• Research options for on-line giving.

• Pursue investing extra cash and endowment funds with Brethren Benefit Trust (BBT), once again.

• Implement new QuickBooks software.

• Make the decision (with the help of the entire congregation) to budget using; 1) a budget based on actual giving or 2) a budget based on faith.

• Make sure the Higher Education Scholarship Fund will cover all eligible students.

• Establish budget and solicit pledges.

Worship Team Members:  Doris Coppock, Ellen Gilbert, Brenda Rothrock, Rick Tyler, John Wagoner

Staff Liaison:  Kathryn Whitacre

Chair and Contact:  John Wagoner, jdhofwags@cox.net

Goals

• Provide meaningful worship experiences that minister to the needs and desires of congregational members, realizing that not all worship experiences will be received by all in the same way.

• Continue to see that “behind the scenes” needs are met, i.e., acolytes, worship centers, ushers, children’s story, greeters, music, etc.

• Coordinate with the pastors in such a way that worship experiences are coherent and appropriate to the liturgical calendar.

Youth Team

Members:  Celeste Carlson, Lisa Goering, Anne Kirchner, Paul Ullom-Minnich

Staff Liaison:  Jerry Bowen

Chair and Contact Person through July 2015:  Lisa Goering, lisa.m.goering@gmail.com

Chair and Contact Person beginning August 2015,  Celeste Carlson, celeste.carlson01@gmail.com

Goals

• Plan two “youth-led” youth group meetings per semester. Two to four youth will work as a team with an advisor to plan and facilitate the meeting.

• Establish two successful fundraising events annually.

• Work on a four-year budget projections for large youth events like CCS, NYC, work camps, RYC. • Establish communication plan for youth and parents.

Information for the Congregation for Sunday, June 28, 2015

Posted June 26th, 2015

July 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 w.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.

Christian Peacemaking and Nonviolence – During June and July, you are invited to join the Sunday school teaching team, Sarah Ullom-Minnich, Francis and Jean Hendricks, and Steve Crain, for this timely discussion of Jesus’ teachings on loving our enemies. Examples of questions that will be considered include: “What about the Protection of Third-Party Innocents?”; “What about Hitler?”; and “What about War and Violence in the Old Testament?” Different topics will be explored with the assistance of one or more team members. Discussions will be informed by the book A Faith Not Worth Fighting For: Addressing Commonly Asked Questions about Christian Nonviolence, edited by Tripp York and Justin Bronson Barringer (Cascade Books, 2012). Come and add your voice!

The McPherson Ulster Project will be making cinnamon rolls on Thursday, July 2. You may purchase a pan of 8 rolls for $10. Rolls will be ready for pick up from 5 — 6:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 520 E. Northview, McPherson. To place an order, call Steve Burghart (620-242-4158)or sign up on the following link: http://www.mysignup.com/mupcinnamonrolls.

The Projects Unlimited Live Auction, to be held during District Conference, is approaching fast. The event will be held at 8:45 p.m., on Saturday, August 1, in the Church Social Room. As you create things for the auction, please contact Wylene Lengel (wylene.lengel@gmail.com) and let her know which items you are donating to the silent auction or to the live auction.  If available, she would appreciate receiving a picture(s).  Ideas are: Crafts, baked goods, artwork, woodwork, and produce. Prior to the auction, the items will be publicized on a website.  Items may be brought to the Church Social Room on Friday, July 31, beginning at 9 a.m. The earlier they are processed, the more time shoppers will have to peruse the merchandise.

News from the Re-Use It Center – Later this year, the store will be relocating to the vacant TG&Y building, at the corner of Highway 56 and 81 By-Pass. LaVon Ediger, Director of Operations, will oversee the remodeling project. Shulah Neff has recently been hired as the Store Manager and Alan Murphy has volunteered to assist with Media Communications. Volunteers continue to be welcome. Contact Kathy Goering (620-345-8532) if interested. Additional information is on the McPherson CoB website (www.macbrethren.org)

Summer Worship

June 7 – July 26, 2015

June 28 – light lunch and fellowship immediately following, Church Social Room

All are welcome

Western Plains District ConferenceAugust 2, 2015

Service SundayAugust 9, 2015

(two hours of fellowship, singing and service)

Celebration SundayAugust 16, 2015

(welcome back)

Attendance for May, 2015

Posted June 22nd, 2015

May 3:      Sunday School 87 – Worship 190

May 10:    Sunday School 68 – Worship 210

May 17:    Sunday School 50 – Worship 228

May 24:   Sunday School 51 – Worship 182

May 31:    Sunday School 36 – Worship 170

Notes of Appreciation

Posted June 22nd, 2015

Chris, Jerry, Ellen, Dan, Art, Bruce, Alan, A/V Sound Folks, Kitchen People, and any others who helped:

Thank you for all you did to make Gerald’s memorial service so beautiful.   Thank you for your words of sympathy, your voice of concern, your gesture of caring and the love you offer.    – The family of Gerald A. Neher

Dear Church Family,

I very much appreciated your prayers, cares, and concerns for me, during my illness. I am now almost normal.    – Elva Jean Naylor

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

•McPherson County Food Bank

•On Earth Peace

•The Cedars