2014 Western Plains District Men’s Retreat

Posted February 17th, 2014

“Jesus Called Them” is the theme chosen for the Western Plains District Men’s Retreat which is planned for Friday – Saturday, April 11 – 12, at Heartland Center for Spirituality, Great Bend.  Registration forms are available in the Church Gathering Space, Education Building literature rack, and on the district website (www.wpcob.org).

Joys of the Congregation

Posted February 17th, 2014

Congratulations to Elmer and Margaret Zimmerman who will be celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary on Friday, March 21. They will be honored at a reception from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, in the Church Social Room. The celebration will be hosted by their daughters, Debbie Curry and Angie Ward, and their families. Everyone is invited.

Information for the Congregaton for Sunday, February 16, 2014

Posted February 14th, 2014

Dayton Rothrock died on Thursday, February 6, 2014. The memorial service is planned for 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 22, at the church. A private family burial will precede the service. We wish to extend our sympathy to Rebecca, Terry (Chinlee) Rothrock, Craig (Pam) Rothrock, and LaMonte (Brenda) Rothrock, and the other immediate and extended family members.

A Benefit Concert for the Haiti Medical Project is planned for 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 23, at the McPherson Opera House. Admission is free; a free-will offering will be taken. The following groups will be featured:

•Angelus Ringers    •McPherson CoB Choir    •Resonance Trio

•Women’s Sextet (Inspire and the Flory Sisters)

•McPherson Community Brass Choir    •Nick and Miriam Griggs

•Delores and the Pickin’ Fretter

(Jenny Stover-Brown and Jeffrey Faus of Wichita CoB)

Change for Haiti Project – You are encouraged to help Daniel Bowen complete his project during February.

Calling all Read for Haiti readers! It’s time to check in and see how the reading is going. If you have been reading, please start to collect your money from your sponsors. If you have lost your form and need another one, you may pick one up from me or the Education Building literature rack. Thanks for helping the people in Haiti.   – Barbara R. Wagoner

We have reached our goal to fully fund the Higher Education Scholarship Fund. Currently, there are 9 McPherson Church of the Brethren students who are enrolled in Church of the Brethren related institutions. Because of your generosity, each student has received $300 per semester to help offset the cost of their education. THANK YOU for your support.

If you have a topic to suggest for Adult Summer Sunday School, contact Sarah Hendricks (620-480-0165 or sarah.w.hendricks@gmail.com) or the Church Office (620-241-1109).

Camp Mt. Hermon 70th Birthday T-Shirt Contest: For instructions, check the Western Plains District website (www.wpcob.org). The submission deadline is Saturday, March 1.

Group subscriptions for Messenger magazine are $14.50 each. If you would like to make a donation for your subscription, please write Messenger in the memo line of your check and place it in an offering plate or mail it to the Church Office.

For These We Pray for Sunday, February 16, 2014

Posted February 14th, 2014

The Economic Situation as it affects our community, region, nation, and world

The McPherson Church of the Brethren

The spoken and unspoken concerns and joys with our community of faith and our community of living

    •Claron Brown, Linda Butler Brittingham

    •Rowena Flory, Glen Funk

    •Jeannie Harden, Eloise Holman

    •Anne Hobbs, Gilford Ikenberry

    •Buck Reinecker, Kaiden Schroeder

    •Bonnie Ward, Carolyn Weddle

    •Vera Whitaker, Dick Yeargan

    •Jerry Linn (former member)

    •Suzanne Miller (daughter of John & Maxine Miller)

    •Phyllis Pettit (mother of Renee’ Schowengerdt)

    •Jonathan Yount (son of Peggy Yount, sister of Barbara Flory)

Celebrating birthdays today:

    •Nolan Howell, Tim Krehbiel

    •Claudia Law, Jeremy Samland

Our Leadership Team

Good Beginnings Preschool, staff & students

McPherson College, faculty, staff, & students

The Cedars Community, staff & residents

 The Church of the Brethren Western Plains District

Sonja Griffith, District Executive – Terri Torres, Moderator – Ministries of the Western Plains District

Julie Liggett, ordained Western Plains minister, struggling with the advancing affects of Lou Gehrig’s Disease

The Church of the Brethren Denomination

Stan Noffsinger, General Secretary, and all members of the CoB staff

Nancy Sollenberger Heishman, Annual Conference Moderator

CoB Mission and Ministry Board Weekly Prayer Guide:

Learning by heart: Philippians – Whether you memorize the entire book of Philippians, or selected passages, or simply spend time each day in prayer and contemplation, it is the desire of Annual Conference moderator Nancy Sollenberger Heishman, that through these scriptures Jesus may call us to boldly “Live as Courageous Disciples.”  Week of February 16: Philippians 2: 22-24

In Our Nation and World

On-going conflicts in Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Southern Sudan, Syria, Turkey

Church of the Brethren congregations in:

Brazil, Haiti, Dominican Republic, India, Nigeria, Spain (newly approved) and Sudan

Worship Particpants for Sunday, February 16, 2014

Posted February 14th, 2014

Pastoral Staff:  Jerry Bowen, Chris Whitacre, Kathryn Whitacre

Coordinator of Music and Organist/Pianist/Accompanist:  Ellen Gilbert

Director of Bells:  Kendra Flory    Director of Choirs:  Josh Norris

Ministers    All members of McPherson Church of the Brethren

Chancel Decor    Rick Tyler

Acolytes    Rachael Hendricks, Renae Hendricks

Time of Sharing    Deb C. Wagoner

Worship Leader    Jerry Bowen

Children’s Time    Ivanna Moyer

Pianists    Tom Hurst, Anne Kirchner, Karlene Tyler

Guest Organist    Dorothy Janzen


Visual Technician    to be announced

Audio/Visual    Daniel Reynolds, Dean Reynolds, Chris Whitacre

Greeters    Brian and Kristen Reynolds

Ushers    Gregg and Judy Stockstill, Taylor Swartzendruber, Spenser Wine

                     (balcony) Mike Goering

Head Usher    Glenn Gayer

Visitation Ministers    Florence Crago, Rick Schrag, Charles Whitacre



Sunday School    Cindy Kinnamon

Infant    Logan Schrag, Sheryl Schrag

Toddler, ages 1-2    Lela Beam, Michael Wagner

Preschool, ages 3-k    Janell Clary

Next Sunday

Sunday School    Ilanna Moyer

Infant    Matt & Emily Ayers

Toddler, ages 1-2    Jeff & Dani Crist

Preschool, ages 3-k    Kenzie Goering, Rachael Hendricks