Joys of the Congregation

Posted October 22nd, 2014

Card Shower – Elva Jean Naylor will be celebrating her 90th birthday on Saturday, November 1.  Birthday wishes may be sent to her at: 1071 Darlow Drive, Apt. 116, McPherson, KS  67460.

In Memoriam — Irven Stern

Posted October 22nd, 2014

Irven Stern died on Monday, October 20. The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 28, at the church. We wish to express our sympathy to daughters, Gayle (Don) Bartel; Susan (Bryan) Boyer; son, Gary (Rae) Stern; and other immediate and extended members.  Memorial donations may be given to McPherson Church of the Brethren, McPherson College, or Church of the Brethren (with EYN Compassion Fund written in the memo line) in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 N. Chestnut, McPherson, KS  67460.

In Memoriam — Ramona Fries

Posted October 22nd, 2014

Ramona Fries died on Thursday, October 16.  A private graveside service was held on Saturday, October 18.  We wish to express our sympathy to her sister Mildred (Howard) Linville and other extended family members.

Women’s Ministry Wrap-Up

Posted October 22nd, 2014

The date set for discussion concerning the disbandment of the Women’s Ministries Group (September 10, 2014) has come and gone.  Several women responded with memories, appreciation, understanding and also sympathy of the conclusion of the ministry group.  All respondents were thoughtful in their comments and also offered suggestions to continue the spirit of the organization into the future. The door hasn’t been closed but this chapter of the organization has come to a close.

We have moved forward by including many of the Women’s Ministry activities into the church calendar, to be continued under the Fellowship/Hospitality Team, co-chaired by Janette Hess. The financial commitments of the organization will be met through the 2015 year with the remaining funds being deposited into two line item accounts within the church’s budget. One line item will be titled “Quilters” with the quilting group overseeing the funds raised through their quilting efforts. The other fund will be titled “Women’s Ministries.”  This fund will be overseen by the women that coordinate funeral dinners and receptions and also the Fellowship/Hospitality Team Chair.  The funds will be used to support needs in the kitchen and also efforts that the group deems appropriate and relevant to the mission of the McPherson Church of the Brethren.  The transition of the funds will take place in January 2015.

The Executive Team of the Women’s Ministry appreciates the support and efforts of the women of the church and the understanding it took to make this decision. We continue to work and praise Jesus through our work and actions as we have throughout the years of the McPherson Church of the Brethren Women’s Ministries Group.

Blessings to all,

Judy Stockstill

10th Annual Alternative Christmas Gift Market

Posted October 22nd, 2014

Ten years!  Yes, we are hosting our 10th annual Alternative Christmas Gift Market  on Saturday, November 8, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Cedars Conference Center.  Over the past nine years we have raised approximately $150,000 for various charities benefiting people in need.  New booths this year are Set Free, working to halt human trafficking, and the Mingenback Family Life Center, benefiting their scholarship fund.  Some of our Brethren-related booths are the Haiti Medical Project, Brethren Disaster Ministries, and The Cedars Resident Assistance Fund.  We also will have fair trade items available for purchase.  Come celebrate with us!  No admission charge, free refreshments and entertainment, plus a gift for our first 100 donors!