Attendance for June, 2014

Posted July 18th, 2014

June 1:  Sunday School N/A – Worship 161

June 8:  Sunday School 27 – Worship 172

June 15:  Sunday School 32 – Worship 155

June 22:  Sunday School 31 – Worship 151

June 29:  Sunday School 25 – Worship 165

 

Notes of Appreciation

Posted July 18th, 2014

Big thank you to John Burkholder, Darren, Sarah, and Renae Hendricks, Wylene Lengel – These nice people who came to help clean up our house on Sunday, June 22. We are very appreciative of their services. We thank them very much.    — Art and Hazel Snell.

McPherson Church Family:  Thank you for sending me the wonderful mug – it has a great verse that will be with me wherever I go! I am so grateful and appreciative of the love and support our congregation has given me through the many years. Transition in the journey from college to BVS is certainly new to me, yet I am so thankful to have a solid foundation from years of studying and learning at the church. Thank you for everything!    – Kristen Hoffman

Your kind expression of sympathy is deeply appreciate and gratefully acknowledged.    – The Family of Mary Holloway

We want to say a huge THANK YOU to Rita Beam, Mike Goering, Garth Werner, and Bud Taylor for their work on the playground!    – Carol Temple and Staff, Good Beginnings Preschool

Church of the Brethren:  Thank you so much for use of the church and hosting the meal for the funeral service of Anne Hobbs. Thank you to those who were willing to cook, set up, and clean up. Our family really appreciates all you did. It was great to see people who we remembered from the past. We all have great memories of McPherson.    With Blessings,  The family of Anne Hobbs

We wish to thank our church family for your prayer support during our daughter, Suzanne’s illness. Suzanne’s health has been restored and we are so grateful.    Sincerely,  John and Maxine Miller

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

•Heifer International

•On Earth Peace

•McPherson College

•McPherson County Food Bank

Thank You to Our Volunteers

Posted July 18th, 2014

Church Office:

John Burkholder, Linda Cunningham, Bonnie Fruth, Art Hoch, Karen Hoch, Elsie Holderread, Gene Reinecker, Rebecca Rothrock, Art Snell, Ira Whitacre, Jim Wiseman

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

 

Musings from Ministry Team Members

Posted July 18th, 2014

Dear Pilgrims!

I have just returned from one great adventure, and I am about to embark upon another one. This wild ride, we called a faith filled life, is rarely a dull existence, and in fact I would argue, when we honor the call Jesus gave each one of us, our journeys will never be dull. Last week Kendra, the kids, and I had the amazing opportunity to serve you all as delegates for Annual Conference. It was an experience that will remain with all of us, and Daniel is already looking forward to next year, which will be held in Tampa, FL. What made Annual Conference historic? Memorable? Epic? It all started with a theme.

The theme for the week, “Live as Courageous Disciples,” called each one of us to ask a relevant and challenging question: Am I/are we living as courageous disciples? Are we living as a people who would accept jail sentences and death sentences in order to honor the Risen Christ? Are we a people who choose faith over fear, facing ridicule, ostracism, or any other social alienation so that we can honor Jesus? Each speaker, for the week, in her or his own way, challenged us to look deep within ourselves, inviting us to reflect on whether we are or are not living as courageous disciples. I do not know if I can say that I am, but the desire to change that course and accept whatever call Jesus gives me is there, so may the Holy Spirit grant me the courage to live as Jesus calls me to live.

As much as I have spent time reflecting on the call to live as a courageous disciple, I also am preparing for another great week, but this time I will spend time discerning what it means to be: “Called by Christ: Blessed for the Journey, Together.” In three days, along with 30 other folks from our wonderful community of faith, I will begin my own pilgrimage to Ft. Collins, CO ready to be immersed in God’s love and the love of my sisters and brothers. But as I sit here, now, stuck between two faith filled quests, I have to spend time meditating on the two themes and what they mean to me, now. Here in this space. At this exact time.

How can I be courageous, in McPherson, KS? How can I ensure that I welcome all to the journey so that I can experience the full blessing, the full hesed, of God, together? I am not sure I have a clear answer to these questions, other than I will do my best to invite others to hear my story and join me on my own faith expedition.

Maybe one of the answers begins this August. The denomination, at Annual Conference has called all of us to spend a week in fasting and prayer for Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). One way we can begin to honor this call to be blessed on the journey, together, as courageous disciples, is to voluntarily pray and fast between August 17-August 24.

I know that this is just as school begins again, but that is the perfect time to remember, to pray, to fast for the families of the Chibok schoolgirls, who were kidnapped by the militant group: Boko Haram of Northern Nigeria. We must pray for God’s intervention to bring the girls home. We must pray for God’s peace to rest upon the families of the missing girls. Let’s spend a week, as the Body of Christ, praying, pleading, begging God to bring those girls home and for a peaceful, nonviolent end to the ongoing conflict that exists in Northern Nigeria.

As we enter another school year, let us take the risk to be courageous disciples by standing out and praying and fasting. Not just for the school girls but also for those persons who kidnapped the girls. To be a courageous disciple means to take the less worn path and to pray for the enemy is not only unpopular, but it is Christ like. It takes courage to ask God’s blessing and peace to rest upon those persons who are guilty of terrible acts of violence, but praying for them is a direct commandment from Jesus, who calls us to be “perfect even as our Creator is perfect.”

To live as courageous disciples means we will stand in the way and oppose all violence. The only means that are justified are the ones that make for peace, for healing, for restoration. Any other path might seem appropriate or even just, but the way of Jesus is foolishness to the world, we must remember that. And to live as Jesus followers, means we will become fools for Jesus, to the glory of God and for our neighbor’s good. Whether that neighbor is across the street, across the train tracks, or across the globe, to live as Jesus followers, to be blessed for the journey together, means we will choose the adventure that makes little sense, and in so doing, we will experience more of the glory and shalom of God.

So here I sit, contemplating what it means to be courageous and living together, and I think part of the picture is coming in. We must pray for each other and lift each other up. We must walk beside our sisters and brothers who sit next to us in the pews. And we must nurture the relationships near and dear to us, to do so is Christ like.

But we also must get in the way of injustice, giving voice to the voiceless. We must pray and fast for the missing girls of Chibok. And we must, if we feel called, give up our lives, as courageous disciples to ensure that we honor the call Jesus gave each one of us on the day of our baptism. It is not an easy road we walk, and the journey is long, but just as the song goes, “Come walk with us…” And we will navigate these roads, together.  Amen.

– Jerry Bowen, Pastor of Youth, Young Adults, and Families Emphasis

 

Information for the Congregation on Sunday, July 20, 2014

Posted July 18th, 2014

Good Beginnings Preschool has a teacher aide position available. This is a 24 hour per week position; $7.50 per hour. Experience is preferred. Mail resume to: Good Beginnings Preschool, 200 North Carrie, McPherson, KS 67460 by Wednesday, July 23.

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, Aug. 1, Rick Tyler will present “Everything You Have Always Wanted to Know About the Pin Rails and Trap Doors.” To reserve your place, contact Marcia Walters (waltersm@mcpherson.edu or 620-242-0434) by Monday, July 28.

Western Plains District Conference

Thursday – Sunday, July 24 – 27, 2014

McPherson Church of the Brethren and McPherson College

Pre-Conference Service Projects – In the spirit of the 2014 conference theme “Pursuing Peace,” you are invited to participate in service projects. On Friday, July 25, at 12:45 p.m., meet in the Church Good Shepherd Room.  Project options:

•Out/Construction (3-4 persons)      •Mailings (3-4 persons)

•Painting (2-3 persons)      •Other indoor projects (10-20 persons)

Please RSVP to the District Office (620-241-4240 or wpdcb@sbcglobal.net) and indicate which project you are interested in.

Projects Unlimited Auction – 8:45 p.m., Saturday, July 26, Church Social Room. The district quilt features red and green batik focus fabric and was put together by Jana Goering and Mary Holloway. The quilt will be dedicated to the memory of Mary Holloway and auctioned. Everyone is invited. (view quilt on back of today’s white insert)

Conference Registration Forms, Schedule, and Agenda

available in the Church Gathering Space or district website: www.wpcob.org