Wes DeCoursey died on Sunday, November 22. The Celebration of Life is planned for 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 17, at the church. We wish to express our sympathy to son, Thomas DeCoursey; daughters, Dora DeCoursey, Rita DeCoursey; and the other extended family members. Memorial donations are suggested to McPherson Church of the Brethren or to the Wesley and Verda DeCoursey Scholarship in Chemistry at McPherson College, %Stockham Family Funeral home, 205 N. Chestnut, McPherson, Kansas.
December/January Newsletter – The deadline for submitting items for the newsletter is today. Events, announcements, and information for December and January will be included in this issue.
Everyone is invited to attend the 37th Annual Community Christmas Carol-Along which will be held from 6 – 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 3 at the McPherson Opera House.
The Mac Movers will be moving the Paul and Renata Prose family on Saturday, December 5 from 1453 North High Drive to 1500 Pueblo Road. Please meet at the North High Drive address at 9 a.m. All with good backs are invited.
The church family and friends are invited to celebrate the Christmas season with beautiful music, storytelling, and friendship at the annual Christmas Breakfast, which is planned for 8:45 a.m., Sunday, December 13, in the Church Social Rooms. Please bring a breakfast bread or pastry to share.
The Stan Kenton Christmas Carols will be performed at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 13, at First United Methodist Church, 1200 E. Kansas, McPherson. This is a gift to the community from the McPherson Arts Alliance and celebrates the 41st consecutive year the Carols have been performed in Kansas and the 3rd consecutive year in McPherson. No admission is charged but a free-will offering to benefit the M.A.A. will be collected.
Devotional booklets for Advent through Epiphany are available in the Church Gathering Space and in the Education Building literature rack.
Stained glass note cards are available in the Church Office for a donation.
2015 Financial Information
October October Year-to-Date
Offerings/Pledges $26,633.43 Offerings/Pledges $299,788.31
Other Gifts 9,578.28
Expenses: (27,584.88) Expenses: (332,306.97)
Net Surplus (Deficit): (951.45) Net Surplus (Deficit) (22,940.38)
The McPherson Church of the Brethren
Wes DeCoursey died on Sunday, November 22. Service arrangements are pending. Prayers for the family will be appreciated.
•Illa Flax, Barbara Flory, Ron Freed
•Jeannie Harden, Eloise Holman, Brooke Little
•Maxine Miller, Rebecca Rothrock
•Kaiden Schroeder, Art Snell, Jessica Stevenson
•Jeanette Stump, Bonnie Ward, Diane Werner
•Jeff Riggenbach, longtime friend of Pastor Jerry
•Jonathan Yount (son of Peggy Yount, sister of Barbara Flory)
Our Leadership Team
Good Beginnings Preschool, staff & students
McPherson College, faculty, staff, & students
The Cedars Community, staff & residents
– The spoken and unspoken concerns and joys of our community of faith and our community of living
– As Lela Beam moves from leading the Cornerstone Class in discernment, to teaching the Junior High Class, she requests 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 the face of Boko Haram advances
In Our Nation and World
Abduction of the Nigerian Chibok Tribe Girls
The Syrian refugee crisis
Church of the Brethren congregations in:
Brazil, Haiti, Dominican Republic, India, Nigeria, Spain, and Sudan
First Church of the Brethren, McPherson, Kansas
The mission of the McPherson Church of the Brethren is to be the body of Christ in our community and the world; to share God’s love and to live the example of Jesus. All are welcome regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, race, ethnicity, physical or mental ability, economic circumstance, current relationship with God, or any other factors subject to discrimination and exclusion in our world.
We invite your active participation in the life of this congregation, as together we continue to grow in grace and seek justice for God’s creation.
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 Décor Chancel Decorations Committee
Time of Sharing Lisa Goering
Acolytes Miriam Carlson, Kiera McMillan
Worship Leader Kathryn Whitacre
Children’s Time Barbara Wagoner
Vocalists Janelle Flory Schrock, Kendra Flory, Ellen Gilbert, Dawn Hoffman
Pianists Anne Kirchner, Dan Masterson
Visual Technicians Kade Goss, Ira Whitacre
Audio/Visual Ryan Goering, Reynold’s, John Wagoner
Greeters Tom and Jan Hurst
Ushers Rita Beam, Doris Coppock, Lois Schrag, Elly Ullom
Head Usher Glenn Gayer
Balcony Usher Mike Goering
to be announced
Ashley Spohn – Infant
Barbara Wagoner – Toddler
to be announced – Pre-K
Ashley Spohn – Infant
Allan Ayella – Toddler
to be announced – Pre-K