Worship Service – October 23, 2016

Posted October 23rd, 2016

“exhaling a new creation” Kathryn Whitacre
(click on the link above to access the worship service)

Information for the Congregation for Sunday, October 23, 2016

Posted October 21st, 2016

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 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.

Report Packets for the Congregational Forum, which is planned for Sunday, November 6, will be available in the Church Gathering Space immediately after the service today.

Foods Resource Bank Celebration is planned for 4 p.m. today, at Monitor CoB. Adam Baldwin will share about his trip to China, promoting milo; and Ellis Yoder will share about experiences in Kenya, visiting FRB growing projects. Everyone is welcome.

Kingdom Kids will meet at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26, to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. Second through fifth graders will travel to The Cedars Village to visit homes in the neighborhood. If you live in The Village, have your porch light on and your spare change ready! Preschoolers, kindergarteners, and first Graders will Trick-or-Treat around the church neighborhood.

Nationally-known digital media expert, C.L. Lindsay, will deliver the 42nd annual Mohler Lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, in Miller Library, McPherson College. Lindsey is a Pennsylvania attorney, known for his work with college communities.  His address will focus on persons’ use of social media and how that use impacts users both personally and professionally.

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 4, Prof. Michela Groeblacher will present “Send in the Clowns.” Contact Marcia Walters (waltersm@mcpherson.edu or 620-242-0434) by Monday, October 31, to reserve your place.

The 12th Annual Alternative Christmas Gift Market will be held from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 12, in Friendship Hall, McPherson College. If you are willing to help by distributing posters, baking cookies, or serving as a hostess, please contact Susan Taylor (620-245-4835 or susandtaylor@yahoo.com).

McPherson College Alumni and Friends: The college band is having a record-breaking year with 56 students in band and 18 students in jazz band.  We invite you to come and join us for our fall concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 20, in Brown Auditorium. – Kyle Hopkins

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 click on “Surveys and Signups.”

2016 Financial Information

                                                              Month            Current YTD            Prior YTD

     Sept. 2016      Sept. 2016 YTD      Sept. 2015 YTD

Offerings/Pledges:             $26,906.43            $270,435.72               $273,154.88

Other Gifts                                                                                                            9,578.28

Expenses:                                (33,022.94)            (299,144.24)               (304,722.09)

Net Surplus (Deficit):          (6,116.51)           (28,708.52)              (21,988.93)

For additional information, contact Carolyn Masterson


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.


Nigeria: Book Drive, Church Rebuilding Fund, Workcamps

Posted October 19th, 2016

The Church of the Brethren denomination has showed amazing compassion and support for Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) in the immediate aftermath of the violence of Boko Haram. Now that EYN families and their neighbors have started the long journey of recovery and return of self sufficiency, we continue to walk with them and our support is still needed.

The book drive is an important way to support education and hope in Nigeria. The drive aims to collect children’s books for EYN-related schools, as well as books for the library at Kulp Bible College for training pastors. Information about the book drive is included on the attached flyer and also online at http://www.brethren.org/nigeriacrisis/action.html#books. The books must arrive at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, MD no later than November 20 so they can be packed and shipped to Nigeria. Books should be new or in very good shape. A wish list of books for KBC can be found online. I would also be happy to email it to you. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about selecting or sending the books to New Windsor.

The Church Rebuilding Fund is separate from the Nigeria Crisis Fund and will only be used to assist EYN as it begins the long process of rebuilding and restoring its many destroyed and damaged churches. The fund will support grants of $5,000 to help small churches purchase roofing/rebuilding materials while grants of $10,000 will help larger churches create temporary church structures while they rebuild. Information about the fund is included on the attached flyer and can also be found online at http://www.brethren.org/nigeriacrisis/church-rebuilding.html.

Participating in and/or supporting Nigeria Workcamps is another important and life-changing way to support EYN and its members. The workcamps will focus on restoring some of the nearly 70 percent of church buildings lost during the crisis. Participants will help to rebuild churches and repair church facilities, and will also have an opportunity to worship and pray in fellowship with the Nigerian Brethren and to encourage people as they recover. More information can be found online at http://www.brethren.org/nigeriacrisis/action.html#workcamps or by contacting Kendra Harbeck at 847-429-4388 or kharbeck@brethren.org. Anyone interested in the November workcamp should contact Kendra immediately to find out if registration is still open. There is still plenty of time to participate in the trips in January and February 2017.

As we celebrate our connection with our Nigerian brothers and sisters and walk with them on their journey, we proclaim “zumunci a kafa taka – fellowship is in the feet!” Let it be so!


Sharon Billings Franzén

Office Manager – Brethren Disaster Ministries

601 Main St., P.O. Box 188, New Windsor, MD 21776

410-635-8731; 800-451-4407 ext.3


Spider Presentation — Dyck Arboretum, Hesston

Posted October 19th, 2016

At 6 p.m. on Monday, October 24, you are invited to learn from spider expert, Dustin Wilgers, why spiders are actually not so creepy after all. Meet in the Prairie Pavilion at the Dyck Arboretum in Hesston for a presentation about the arachnids all around us.  This will be followed by a night walk to find “glowing” spider eyes will be a fun way to expand your horizons about these fascinating creatures. ($2/person)


McPherson College Religious Heritage Lecture

Posted October 18th, 2016

Dale and Joy Goldsmith will present this year’s Religious Heritage Lecture at 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 6 at the McPherson Church of the Brethren,  Their dialogue will focus on the topic “Calling the Church to Speak About Dying.”  Dale served McPherson College for 27 years as professor of philosophy and religion.  Joy grew up in McPherson and is a health communication researcher at the University of Memphis.