Give her the gift of a weekend in Allenspark, Colorado, at Western Plains District Women’s Retreat. The retreat is scheduled for April 10-12, 2015; the theme will be “Fully Awake and Truly Alive.” The retreat leader, Jane Vennard, will provide spiritual direction. This will be a wonderful time of fellowship with women from the district. Brochures are available on the district website (www.wpcob.org) or in the Church Gathering Space. We would love to have your special lady attend!
Congratulations to Jeanne Smith who will celebrate her 70th birthday on Sunday, November 30. Jeanne will be honored at a reception from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. today, in the Church Social Room. In lieu of gifts, donations can be made to PET (Personal Energy Transport – wheelchairs made in Moundridge). All are invited.
Ecumenical Thanksgiving Worship Service — 4 p.m., today, at the First Christian Church. The message will be given by Andrew Currier, new pastor of First Baptist Church. Planned by the McPherson Ministerial Alliance, a fellowship time will follow the service. Recognition will also be given to Christian-based organizations in our community who be displaying their ministries.
Due to the holiday weekend, the Church Office will be closed on Friday, November 28. Announcements for the November 30 bulletin are due by Tuesday morning, November 25.
Everyone is invited to attend the 19th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 27, at the McPherson Community Building. This free meal will be served from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Monetary donations may be sent to: Community Thanksgiving Inc., P.O. Box 14, McPherson, KS 67460.
Reservations: 620-241-1292 (due by November 24)
Volunteer to help: 620-245-0313 Pie donations: 620-241-8501
Planning ahead: The deadline for submitting items for the next newsletter is Sunday, November 30. Events, announcements, and information for December and January will be included in this issue.
The 36th Annual Community Carol-Along is planned for 6 – 8:30 p.m. Thursday, December 4, at the McPherson Opera House. Everyone is invited to attend this free family event.
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, December 5, Laura Eells will present “It’s Christmas: How to Make Sure it Is Feliz Navidad, Not I Got Fleeced During the Holidays.” To reserve your place, contact Marcia Walters by Monday, December 1.
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Awake, devotionals for Advent through Epiphany, are available in the Church Gathering Space and the Education Building literature rack.
Travel: The Horn of Africa
You are invited to join Drs. Herb/Jeanne Smith on their annual trip to the New Jerusalem of Africa, Lalibela, Ethiopia. Visit eleven rock-hewn churches carved into the earth, worship in a cave monastery with monks and priests, converse with the Orthodox Patriarch in his mansion, assemble PET wheelchairs for victims of polio, deliver school supplies, enjoy the largest outdoor market in Africa. Dates: March 26-April 1, 2015. Contact Herb Smith (email@example.com or 620-241-7128).