For These We Pray for Sunday, February 21, 2016

Posted February 19th, 2016

The McPherson Church of the Brethren

•Donna Burkholder, Illa Flax

•Elaine Fleenor, Barbara Flory

•Jeannie Harden, Eloise Holman

•Maxine Miller, Kaiden Schroeder

•Jessica Stevenson, Jeanette Stump

•Jan van Asselt, Bonnie Ward 

•Diane Werner

•John & Sandy Hoffman, Monitor CoB members

•Jeff Riggenbach, friend of Pastor Jerry

•Larry & Sandee Kitzel, former McPherson residents & members

•Sandy Baldwin, celebrating her birthday today

Our Leadership Team

Good Beginnings Preschool

McPherson College, faculty, staff, & students

The Cedars Community, staff & residents

– Continued prayer for continuity, cohesiveness and direction for the Cornerstone Class.

The Church of the Brethren Western Plains District

Sonja Griffith, District Executive

Joanna Smith, Moderator

Ministries of the Western Plains District

Jim Therrien (with Lybrook Community Ministries) and family,

at the recent death of his mother

The Church of the Brethren Denomination

Dale Minnich, Acting General Secretary, and all members of the CoB staff

Andy Murray, Annual Conference Moderator

EYN (CoB Church in Nigeria)

In Our Nation and World

The worldwide refugee crisis

Church of the Brethren congregations in:

Brazil, Haiti, Dominican Republic, India, Nigeria, Spain, and Sudan

Worship Participants for Sunday, February 21, 2016

Posted February 19th, 2016

Pastoral Staff:  Jerry Bowen, Chris Whitacre, Kathryn Whitacre

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

Director of Bells:  Kendra Flory    Director of Worship ChoirJosh Norris

Ministers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . All members of McPherson Church of the Brethren

Chancel Decor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chancel Decorations Committee

Time of Sharing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Deb C. Wagoner

Acolytes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Miriam Carlson, Malia Pfeiff

Worship Leader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jerry Bowen

Children’s Time. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kathryn Whitacre

Brass

Trumpets. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Darren Hendricks, Rachael Hendricks

Trombones. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Eric Goering, LaMonte Rothrock

OUR VOLUNTEERS

Visual Technicians. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kade Goss, Ira Whitacre

Audio/Visual. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . Ryan Goering, Adin Replogle, Dean Reynolds

Greeters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .LaMonte and Brenda Rothrock

Ushers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bruce and Janell Clary, Art and Karen Hoch

Head Usher. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Glenn Gayer

Balcony Usher. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mike Goering

 

CHILDCARE ATTENDANTS

Today

Sunday School

Sheryl Schrag

Worship

Jen Magnall – Infant

 Cindy Kinnamon – Toddler

to be announced – Pre-K

Next Sunday

Sunday School

Sheryl Schrag

Worship

Jen Magnall – Infant

     Kendra Bowen – Toddler

 Sarah Hendricks – Pre-K

Order of Worship for Sunday, February 21, 2016

Posted February 19th, 2016

Gathering Music

“The Souls of the Righteous”    – T. Tertius Noble

“Alleluia” from Cantata No. 142    – J. S. Bach

Sharing Time

. . . a time of greeting and sharing those things which inform who we are as a community of faith and how God is moving among us. You are invited to welcome visitors, share joys, prayer requests, and announcements.

Focusing Music    “A Lenten Meditation”    – Louis Lefebure-Wely

Opening Scripture    Genesis 1: 2

And the earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters…..

*Opening Song    “God of the Earth, the Sky, the Sea”    #53

Children’s Time

Following story:

Children’s Church:  1st through 5th Grade, Education Building

Childcare:  Infant through Kindergarten, Education Building

Prayer Song    “Come and Give Thanks to the Giver”    #57

Prayers of the Community

Invitation to Give

Offering Music

“Near to the Heart of God/Children of the Heavenly Father”    – arr. Brant Adams

Offering Prayer

Message in Music    “Give Me Jesus”    – arr. Ralph Manuel

Oh, when I’m all alone, give me Jesus. You can have all the rest, give me Jesus

Oh, when I’m weak and tired, give me Jesus. You can have all the rest, give me Jesus

And when from sin I’m free, give me Jesus. You can have all the rest, give me Jesus.

Scripture Focus    Luke 13: 31-35 (p.77)

Scripture Song    “When Jesus Wept”

When Jesus wept, the falling tear in mercy flowed beyond all bound.

When Jesus groaned, a trembling fear seized all the guilty world around.

Reflection    Kathryn Whitacre

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem…you were not willing. …the spirit of God was hovering…”

*Song of Sending    “I Sing the Mighty Power of God”    #46

*Sending Words

*Sending Music    “Chanson Triste”    – Tchaikovsky

Don Ziegler to Share Trip Experiences

Posted February 18th, 2016

Don Ziegler, from the Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, Church of the Brethren, has recently returned from a visit to refugee camps and other communities in Nigeria.  As friends, the group went to offer support and to greet our brothers and sisters in this war torn area.  Don will be sharing experiences and show pictures at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, at The Cedars Wellness Center.  Everyone is welcome.

Information for the Congregation for Sunday, February 16, 2016

Posted February 12th, 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.

Mutual Kumquat will present a concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 27, in Mingenback Theatre, McPherson College. Everyone is welcome.

The registration deadline for Western Plains District Women’s Retreat is Friday, March 4. The retreat is planned for Friday – Sunday, April 8-10, at Crosswind Conference Center, Hesston. Forms are available in the Church Gathering Space or on the district website (www.wpcob.org).

Western Plains District Men’s Retreat is planned for April 8 – 9; Friday dinner through Saturday mid-afternoon. The retreat will be held at the Heartland Center for Spirituality, located at a Dominican convent in Great Bend; a wonderful, spiritually-alive space where the resident sisters support us with prayer during the retreat. There will be singing, fellowship, eating, learning and worship. Beyond the program, much of the value of the retreat is developing relationships with other men from our district, and there are some great guys out there! This year the men from the McPherson congregation are hosting and we sincerely invite you to come along. Brochures with more details are available in the Church Gathering Space. Registration deadline – Monday, March 21.

2016 FINANCIAL INFORMATION

                               January                                        January Year-to-Date

Offerings/Pledges:            $27,824.88       Offerings/Pledges:            $27,824.88

Expenses:                               (34,894.29)      Expenses:                             (34,894.29)

 Net Surplus (Deficit):      (7,069.41)      Net Surplus (Deficit):      (7,069.41)

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.

JANUARY LEADERSHIP TEAM UPDATE

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