Worship Service – Feb 7, 2016

Posted February 6th, 2016

‘by the grace of God – people are caught’ Kathryn Whitacre

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Information for the Congregation for Sunday, February 7, 2016

Posted February 5th, 2016

Lenten devotionals, “Let Us Also Go” by Chris Bowman, are available in the Church Gathering Space and in the Education Building literature rack.

Would you like to become a member?  Would you like to dedicate your child(ren)? To initiate a conversation, express your intent or to ask questions, contact: Pastors Chris, Jerry, or Kathryn, through the Church Office (620-241-1109).

Everyone is invited to join Offender/Victim Ministries for their Annual Dinner and Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 25 at the d’Veers Family Center, Elbing.  A traditional German buffet dinner will be served. Cost is $15 per person, paid at the door.  RSVP (316-283-2038 or ovm.ks@sbcglobal.net) by Thursday, February 18.

Think Spring!  It will be here before we know it – and that means it’s time to register for Western Plains Women’s Retreat. The retreat is planned for Friday – Sunday, April 8 – 10 at Cross Wind Conference Center, Hesston. Get out your favorite apron and bring it with you. Tara Hornbacker will be presenting her delightful commentary on the art of cooking – Christian cooking? The service project for this year is “Circles of McPherson County.” Registration forms are available in the Church Gathering Space, the Education Building Literature Rack, or on the district website (www.wpcob.org).

Church Cancellation

In the event of inclement weather:

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.


Every Sunday, 9 – 10 a.m., February 7 – March 13, 2016

Healing the Gospel:

Seeking A More Biblical Way to Understand the Grace of the Cross”

Steve Crain, facilitator

*Located in Upper West Classroom* (Upper level of Sanctuary Building)

  • The most common Christian understanding of Jesus’ death is that it satisfied God’s wrathful demand for justice. But is this understanding of “the atonement” consistent with the teachings and actions of Jesus himself, who calls on his followers to reject violence and retribution? We will use Derek Flood’s, Healing the Gospel: A Radical Vision for Grace, Justice, and the Cross (Cascade Books, 2012) to guide our conversations. Copies of the book will be available.

Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

by Richard Rohr

Jan van Asselt & Allan van Asselt, facilitators

*Located in Upper Middle Classroom* (Upper level of Sanctuary Building)

  • The spirituality of the first half of life has to do with finding relationship with God and meaning in the expanding/development of life. This is while we grow, take on family skills, wealth, physical strength, vocation, etc. The spirituality of the second half of life has to do with finding meaning and relationship with God when we find ourselves giving up earlier life development. In the second half of life we redevelop our spirituality and find a more profound relationship with God. This book is significant for both younger and older persons. The study/discussion will be led by a father/son combination of Jan and Allan van Asselt. Richard Rohr is a thoughtful writer. Several persons in our congregation read his daily devotions as well as other writings of his. Copies of the book will be available.

24 Hours That Changed the World – A DVD study

by Adam Hamilton

Jerry Bowen, Jen Magnall & Sarah Hendricks, facilitators

*Located in the Community Room* (foyer level of Sanctuary Building)

  • In his best-selling book, 24 Hours that Changed the World, pastor and popular author Adam Hamilton helped readers relive the one day in history that changed everything. Now, on this Special Edition Book and DVD package, Hamilton invites both readers and viewers to experience and understand the significance of Jesus’ final hours. Drawing on insights from history, archaeology, geography, and the Bible, Hamilton takes us to the Holy Land and provides a deeper understanding of the most amazing day in history. We visit the sites where those earth-shaking events took place, and we walk where Jesus walked along the road that led to the pain and triumph of the cross.

Pop-Up Concert featuring “The Fretless”

Posted February 4th, 2016

The concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 17, at the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains, Hesston.  Featured will be the acoustic folk group, The Fretless.  The concert will take place in the Prairie Pavilion, overlooking the lake. Tickets may be purchased at the door.  Everyone is invited to this evening of great music in a prairie garden setting.  Tickets: $20 adults/$10 kids, may be purchased at the door.  Call 620-327-8127 to reserve your seats.

January Leadership Team Update

Posted February 3rd, 2016

We began our January meeting with this quote, “The hunter who chases two rabbits catches neither.” It has become clear that we are working on so many projects that at times we may need to slow down and focus on one in order to bring it to fruition. This is the case with the outreach budget. Following the congregational forum sharing, we have continued to process this topic specifically in regards to our entire budget. The Outreach Team, along with the Stewardship of Finance Team, will be presenting information at the March Congregational Forum about our outreach budget and efforts. I look forward to this process as it has bigger implications for other topics and discussion in the future.

     ●    The end of the year budget status was a highlight as we ended up in the black and our balancing efforts were the results of a large number of smaller gifts instead of two or three major ones.

     ●    We have approved new procedures for District and Annual Conference reimbursements for our delegates. To help in our budget planning, we will be setting limits on travel, meal, and lodging expenses, based on the location of these events.

     ●    The evaluation process for all our employees has been approved and the process has been worked out with the Personnel Team and our employees:

○ Chris Whitacre

○ Kathryn Whitacre

○ Jerry Bowen

○ Janice Friesen

○ Ellen Gilbert

○ Kendra Flory

○ Josh Norris

○ Carolyn Masterson

○ Jina Dickerson

○ LaMonte Rothrock

○ Rick Schrag

     ●    We will be posting job descriptions of all staff for the congregation to see in the spring. Many congregational members are not aware of what each person is being asked to do.

    ●     We revisited the constitution and bylaws to make sure we are in compliance with them, and if we are not, what are the plans are to address them?

As always, thanks for being part of this vibrant community. If you have questions, please contact me (lamonter1980@gmail.com).

LaMonte Rothrock, Leadership Team Chair

Worship Service – January 31, 2016

Posted January 31st, 2016

Before We Were Born Jerry Bowen

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