For These We Pray for Sunday, June 14, 2015

Posted June 12th, 2015

The McPherson Church of the Brethren

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

•Rosalie Black, Florence Crago

•Barbara Flory, Jeannie Harden

•Brody Hoffman (son of Matt & Abby Hoffman)

•Eloise Holman, Maxine Miller

•Kaiden Schroeder, Bonnie Ward

•Gloria Burch (sister-in-law of Elmer & Margaret Zimmerman)

•Gary Wilson (son-in-law of Miriam Hoover)

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

•Jeff & Liz Krehbiel, Jeremy & Angela Samland, celebrating their wedding  anniversaries today

Our Leadership Team

Good Beginnings Preschool, staff & students

McPherson College, faculty, staff, & students

The Cedars Community, staff & residents

Western Plains Campers (June 14 – 20)

•Junior Camp, Mt. Hermon

•Junior High Camp, Camp Colorado

The Church of the Brethren Western Plains District

Sonja Griffith, District Executive

John Hoffman, Moderator

Ministries of the Western Plains District

The Church of the Brethren Denomination

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

David Steele, Annual Conference Moderator

EYN (CoB Church in Nigeria), in the face of Boko Haram advances

In Our Nation and World

Abduction of the Nigerian Chibok Tribe Girls

On-going conflicts throughout the world

Church of the Brethren congregations in:

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

Worship Participants for Sunday, June 14, 2015

Posted June 12th, 2015

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 Choir:  Josh Norris

Ministers    All members of McPherson Church of the Brethren

Chancel Decor    Shane Kirchner

Time of Sharing    Deb C. Wagoner

Acolytes    Allison Blandin, Malia Pfeiff

Worship Leader    Karlene Tyler

Children’s Time    Sarah Hendricks

Pianists    Jean Hendricks, Anne Kirchner

Vocalists    Kendra Flory, Janelle Flory Schrock, Francis Hendricks

Our Volunteers

Visual Technician    Ira Whitacre

Audio/Visual    Steve lolling, Dean Reynolds, John Snell

Greeters    Nancy Lengel, Lois Schrag

Ushers    Brian, Jodi, Brooke, Joel, and Seth Holloway

Head Usher    Glenn Gayer

Balcony Usher    Mike Goering

Childcare Attendants

 

Today

      Elly Ullom – Infant

 Cindy Kinnamon – Toddler

         Richard Penalva – Pre-K

    Next Sunday

 Jessica Griffith – Infant

            Barbara Wagoner – Toddler

    Sage Koelling – Pre-K

Order of Worship for Sunday, June 14, 2015

Posted June 12th, 2015

“We are so impressed by scientific clank that we feel we ought not to say that the sunflower turns because it knows where the sun is. It is almost second nature to us to prefer explanations . . . with a large vocabulary. We are much more comfortable when we are assured that the sunflower turns because it is heliotropic. The trouble with that kind of talk is that it tempts us to think that we know what the sunflower is up to. But we don’t. The sunflower is a mystery, just as every single thing in the universe is.”    – Robert Farrer Capon

Gathering    “Cristofori’s Dream”    – David Lanz

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.

Guest and visitors, please fill out one of the “Welcome” Cards found in the pew Bibles and place it in the offering plate.

Song of Gathering    “Gathered Here in the Mystery of This Hour” (four part canon)

Gathered here in the myst’ry of this hour

Gathered here in one strong body

Gathered here in the struggle and the pow’r

Spirit, draw near

Welcome to Worship    Ezekiel 17: 22-24

Thus says the Lord God:

I myself will take a sprig from the lofty top of a cedar; I will set it out.

I will break off a tender one from the topmost of its young twigs;

I myself will plant it on a high and lofty mountain.

On the mountain height of Israel I will plant it, in order that it may produce boughs and bear fruit, and become a noble cedar.

Under it every kind of bird will live; in the shade of its branches will nest winged creatures of every kind.

All the trees of the field shall know that I am the Lord.

I bring low the high tree, I make high the low tree; I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. I the Lord have spoken; I will accomplish it.

Song of Worship    “I will Come to You in the Silence”    insert

Offering

Offering Music    “Holy, Holy, Holy”    –John Dykes, arr. Marilyn Reimer

Offering Prayer

Special Music    “God Will Make a Way”    – Don Moen, arr Mark Hayes

Children’s Time

Childcare provided – Infant thru K-garten – Education Building

Song of Prayer    “Lord, You Sometimes Speak”    #594

Words of the Bible    Mark 4: 26-34

Jesus said,

“The kingdom of God is as if one would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the weed would sprout and grow, it is not known how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. And when the grain is ripe, at once the sickle is taken up, because the harvest has come.”

Jesus also said,

“With what can we compare the realm of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

Song of Response    “Veni Sancte Spiritus”    #298

Responding to the Bible Words    ‘mysterious seeds’    Kathryn Whitacre

*Song of Response    “You Shall Go Out With Joy”    #427

*Words of Sending

The real mystery of life is not a problem to be solved – it is reality to be experienced.  – J.J. Van der Leeuw

*Sending Music    “How Majestic Is Your Name”    – arr. Fred Bock

Information for the Congregation for Sunday, June 7, 2015

Posted June 5th, 2015

Sunday School and Small Groups Survey: Please take a few minutes to complete the on-line survey at the link below. This will help us to determine the needs of Sunday School and Small Groups for our church. For a hard copy check with the church office.

macbrethren.org/groups-survey

Christian Peacemaking and Nonviolence – During June and July, you invited to join the Sunday school teaching team, Sarah Ullom-Minnich, Francis and Jean Hendricks, and Steve Crain, for this timely discussion of Jesus’ teachings on loving our enemies. Examples of questions that will be considered include: “What about the Protection of Third-Party Innocents?”; “What about Hitler?”; and “What about War and Violence in the Old Testament?” Different topics will be explored with the assistance of one or more team members. Discussions will be informed by the book A Faith Not Worth Fighting For: Addressing Commonly Asked Questions about Christian Nonviolence, edited by Tripp York and Justin Bronson Barringer (Cascade Books, 2012). Come and add your voice!

Circles Summerfest – Food, Kids Activities, Fun for all Ages! The event is planned for 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, at McPherson College Stadium. Various bands (including Squirrelcage, with band member, Jeremy Hanna) will perform Christian rock, rap, and blues music. Children’s activities will include bounce house, face painting, water games, etc. Pulled pork sandwiches with trimmings will be available. Please bring lawn chairs and/or blankets. Tickets – adults, $15; 13-18, $5; infant – 12, free. Everyone is encouraged to attend and support the Circles program.

The Outreach Team is looking for someone to coordinate our Meals on Wheels volunteers. This person will be securing drivers for the second and fifth Saturdays of the month. Currently, there is a list of persons who have agreed to deliver but it needs organization. Contact Judy Stockstill (620-242-3536) for information. Thank you for considering this volunteer opportunity.

Feeling stretched as a caregiver? If you are assisting a parent, spouse, sibling, friend, special needs child, or someone in a nursing home, you are invited to attend 6 sessions entitled “Powerful Tools for Caregivers.”   The class will meet from 7 – 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, beginning June 17, at The Cedars Conference Center.  Sessions will be led by Jana McKinney and Lori Shoemaker from McPherson County Extension Office.  There is no charge. Funds are available to pay for respite care for your loved one while you attend.  Please contact Jana (620-241-1523 or jmckinne@ksu.edu) by June 10 if interested.

The Higher Education Scholarship Fund only needs $416 more to be fully funded for the fall semester. Thirteen students will be enrolled in Church of the Brethren Colleges (McPherson, Manchester, and Juniata) this fall. Thank You to everyone for their generous gifts.

A men’s Schwinn bicycle has been left. Check the rack in front of the Education Building.

Summer Worship

June 7– July 26, 2015

Light lunch and fellowship immediately following, Church Social Room

All are welcome

Sign up at www.macbrethren.org/summersalads

Western Plains District Conference – August 2, 2015

Service Sunday – August 9, 2015

(two hours of fellowship, singing and service)

Celebration Sunday – August 16, 2015

(welcome back)

 

                                                 2015 Financial Information

May                                                                     Year-to Date

Offerings/Pledges          $50,258.05            Offerings/Pledges        $174,117.27

Expenses:                              32,002.55            Expenses:                        170,856.09

Net Surplus (Deficit):     18,255.50          Net Surplus (Deficit)      3,261.18

Thank You to those who give regularly.

Thank You to those who gave their annual tithe in May.

Thank You to those who gave their summer tithe before leaving this summer.

 

For These We Pray for Sunday, June 7, 2015

Posted June 5th, 2015

 The McPherson Church of the Brethren

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

•Rosalie Black, Florence Crago

•Barbara Flory, Jeannie Harden

•Brody Hoffman (son of Matt & Abby Hoffman)

•Eloise Holman, Maxine Miller

•Kaiden Schroeder, Bonnie Ward

•Gloria Burch  (sister-in-law of Elmer & Margaret Zimmerman)

•Gary Wilson (son-in-law of Miriam Hoover)

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

•Jill Brax, David Crist, Janee’ Doll, Mabel Friesen, Caleb Replogle, Nancy Young, celebrating birthdays today

•Lee & Heather Curle, celebrating their wedding anniversary today

Our Leadership Team

Good Beginnings Preschool, staff & students

McPherson College, faculty, staff, & students

The Cedars Community, staff & residents

Western Plains Campers (June 7 – 13)

•Junior High Camp, Mt. Hermon

•Senior High Camp, Camp Colorado

The Church of the Brethren Western Plains District

Sonja Griffith, District Executive

John Hoffman, Moderator

Ministries of the Western Plains District

The Church of the Brethren Denomination

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

David Steele, Annual Conference Moderator

EYN (CoB Church in Nigeria), in the face of Boko Haram advances

In Our Nation and World

Abduction of the Nigerian Chibok Tribe Girls

On-going conflicts throughout the world

Church of the Brethren congregations in:

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