In Memoriam — Rowena Flory

Posted January 15th, 2016

Rowena Flory died on Tuesday, January 12. The Memorial Service is planned for 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 18, at the church. We wish to express our sympathy to sons, Lowell (Barbara) Flory, Gary (Ann) Flory; daughters, Marlys (Gary) Best, Jana (Mike) Goering; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and other extended family members.  Prayers for the family are appreciated.

Order of Worship for Sunday, January 17, 2016

Posted January 15th, 2016

Gathering Music   

“Come, Thou Almighty King” (vs. 1 & 3)   #41

“The Work Is Thine, O Christ” (vs. 1 & 3) #396

“When Morning Gilds the Skies” (vs. 1, 2 & 4)#644

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    “As the Deer”    – Martin J. Nystrom

*Opening Prayer – based on Psalm 36: 5-10

One:  O God, your grace is boundless.

All:  Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains – your judgments are like the great deep; you save humans and animals alike, O Lord.

One:  O God, your mercy is beyond compare.

All:  How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.

One:  O, continue your steadfast love to those who know you and your salvation to the upright of heart!

*Opening Song    “Come, Thou Fount”    #521

Invitation to Give

Offering Music    “Soon and Very Soon”– Andrea Crouch

Offering Prayer

Message in Music    “I Dream a World”    – Andre Thomas/Langston Hughes

I dream a world where one – no other one will scorn, where love will bless the earth and peace its paths adorn. I dream a world where all will know sweet freedom’s way, where greed no longer saps the soul nor avarice blights our day. A world I dream where black or white, whatever race you be – will share the bounties of the earth and everyone is free, where wretchedness will hang its head and joy, like a pearl, attends the needs of all humankind. Of such I dream, my world!

Children’s Time

Following story:    

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

Childcare: Infant through Kindergarten, Education Building

Prayer Song    “O Holy Spirit, By Whose Breath”

O Holy Spirt, by whose breath – life rises vibrant out of death – come to create, renew, inspire – come, kindle in our hearts your fire.

You are the seeker’s sure resource – of burning love the living source – protector in the midst of strife – the giver and the Lord of life.

In you God’s energy is shown – to us your varied gifts make known – teach us to speak, teach us to hear – yours is the tongue and yours the ear.

Flood our dull senses with your light – in mutu’l love our hearts unite – your pow’r the whole creation fills – confirm our weak, uncertain wills.

From inner strife grant us release – turn nations to the ways of peace – to fuller life your people bring – that as one body we may sing:

Praise our Creator, Christ the Word – and praise the Spirit, God the Lord – to whom all honor, glory be – both now and for eternity.


Scripture Focus    I Corinthians 12: 1-11 (p.174)

Reflection    “The Spirit Seeks Shalom”    Jerry Bowen

*Song of Sending    “Lord of Light, Your Name Outshining”    #410

*Sending Words

*Sending Music    “Recessional”    – G. W. Asper

11th Annual Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Event

Posted January 11th, 2016

Fellowship and Hospitality Team will be hosting the dinners on the evenings of February 11, 12, 13 and 14.  Please watch for upcoming bulletin inserts where you will be able to indicate your preference for being a host or a guest.  Hosts will set the time for the meal to begin and will be asked to furnish the main course, beverage, and the home, where all of the fun will take place.  Guests will be asked to bring a vegetable, salad, bread, or dessert, and a willingness to help make the fun “happen.”  This is an event for all ages and we are looking forward to your participation.  Questions, contact Judy Stockstill (620-242-3536 or

Information for the Congregation for Sunday, January 10, 2016

Posted January 8th, 2016

Good Beginnings Preschool – Enroll now for the 2016-17 school year! Applications are available in the Church Office or from Carol Temple, director. Enrollment will open to the general public, January 25 – so reserve your spot now.

New Spiritual Growth Opportunities — beginning Wednesday, January 13. Francis Hendricks will guide a 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. session, in the Church Community Room. We will share our personal life/faith journeys with one another, so that we might know and love one another more deeply. Jen Magnall and Jessica Griffith will lead a 6:15 – 7:15 p.m. session, in the Education Building Conference Room. This is the NOOMA DVD study from author and pastor, Rob Bell. Childcare will be provided.

Of concern – Jeff Carr and Chris Zepp are the pastoral team at the Bridgewater Church of the Brethren, Bridgewater, VA. In November 2015, Chris was informed, by acting Shenandoah District Executive, Mark Flory-Steury, that his ordination was being terminated because he had performed a same sex marriage.

This termination is in response to the Annual Conference affirmation of the 1983 Human Sexuality Paper. This termination does not address the named reality that the membership of the Church of the Brethren is not of one mind on this subject nor did the process embrace a stated need to continue to be in loving conversation with one another about this topic.

The Bridgewater COB is an Open & Affirming Congregation and a member of the Supportive Congregations Network (SCN) – as is the McPherson Church of the Brethren. The Bridgewater Church is in full support of their Pastoral Staff and Chris will continue to be in their employ. The termination of pastoral credentials for performance of professional services compatible with the mission and vision of the employing congregation is troubling and of deep concern.

You are welcome to learn more, be in conversation and/or sign your name to a personal note. The note will be sent to the Bridgewater Pastors, Bridgewater Church, Shenandoah District, Western Plains District and Mission & Ministry Staff in Elgin, IL. You are invited to the Good Shepherd foyer, after worship, where there will be a table and resource staff.

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.


For These We Pray Sunday, January 10, 2016

Posted January 8th, 2016

McPherson Church of the Brethren

Art Snell died on Wednesday, December 9.  A Celebration of Life is planned for 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 16, at the church. We wish to express our sympathy to Hazel; son, John (Carol); daughter, Ginny (Doug) Anthony; granddaughters, Becky Snell, Amanda (James) Keith; and the extended family. Continued prayers are appreciated.

•John and Donna Burkholder, Illa Flax

  •Elaine Fleenor, Barbara Flory, Rowena Flory

  •Jeannie Harden, Eloise Holman

  •Maxine Miller, Kaiden Schroeder

  •Jessica Stevenson, Jeanette Stump 

  •Bonnie Ward, Diane Werner

  •Jeff Riggenbach, friend of Pastor Jerry

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

The Church of the Brethren Denomination

Stan Noffsinger, 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