Order of Worship for Sunday, May 11, 2014

Posted May 8th, 2014

Gathering Music

“I Love Him better Every Day” – arr. Marilyn White

“Lead On, O King Eternal” – arr. Marilyn White

“Holy! Holy! Holy! Lord God Almighty” – arr. Marilyn White

Holy! Holy! Holy! Lord God Almighty – arr. Rudy Atwood

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.

Focusing Music    Hymns

Gayle Stern BartelIrven Stern – accompanied by Joanna Hoffman

In honor of the love between parents and children

*Call to Worship    Based on Romans 8: 38-39

One:  …..nothing can ever separate us from God’s love.

All:  not death or life – not angels or demons -not fears for today or worries about tomorrow……

One:  No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed –

All:  nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God – revealed in Jesus.

*Welcoming Song    “Come, Let Us All Unite to Sing”    #12

Children’s Story

Childcare provided – Infant thru K-garten – Education Building

Special Music    “Precious Memories”    – J.B.F. Wright (1925)

Art Snell, John Snell

In honor and memory of the 2nd Anniversary of the death and new life of

Lisa Hanawalt Snell

Invitation to Give

Offering Music    “Angels Watching”    – arr. Tim O’Neill

Offering Prayer and Blessing

Reflection    “Sorrows are turning to joy”   

Shane Kirchner

In honor and memory of the 16th Anniversary of the death and new life of

Carol Christy Kirchner

Time of Prayer    “Holy World”    – Shawn Kirchner/Ryan Harrison

Prayers of the Community

*Sending Song    “God Be With You”    insert

*Sending Words

*Sending Music    “Carol Ann”    – Michael W. Smith

Women’s Ministries Remembers Mary Holloway

Posted May 2nd, 2014

In honor of Mary Holloway, Women’s Ministries invites the church community to contribute to the Global Women’s Project. Mary worked quietly while serving the church and community in many ways. She worked on several committees within the Women’s Ministries Group, as coordinator of the Quilters and the Monday Evening Group. She was also chair of the Courtesy Committee, who provide family meals for funerals. With a gift to the Global Women’s Project in Mary’s name, Mary will be honored for her work. Those benefitting are women in the U. S. and third world countries; helping to empower them and their families through the difficult situations in which they live. Donations may be given/sent to the church office or to Jana Goering. Checks may be made payable to McPherson Church of the Brethren, indicating “GWP – Holloway” in the memo line. Thank you for helping Women’s Ministries remember Mary in this way.

Information for the Congregation on Sunday, May 4, 2014

Posted May 2nd, 2014

May Newsletter – Printed copies available today – Church Social Room & Gathering Space.

Celebration Sundaytoday – includes Senior High Sunday (youth led service), honoring all graduates (high school & college), Haiti Medical Project Celebration, Potluck Lunch, followed by the Senior High Servant Auction- a NYC fundraiser. Everyone invited.

—-Servant  Auction – (immediately after the potluck) – Come to the auction and bid on Senior High student(s) to work for you! Bid on a per hour basis – schedule students at your leisure for ….yard work, basement/garage clean-up, carrying items, house cleaning, dog/cat sitting, childcare, piano moving, piano/instrument playing, car/window washing. Proceeds help fund National Youth Conference (an once-every-four-years event for Church of the Brethren Senior High students from across the nation).

Since the Church office will be closed on All-School’s Day, Friday, May 9, information for the Sunday, May 11 bulletin is due in the office by noon on Wednesday, May 7.

The McPherson Community Brass Choir, directed by Jerry Toews, will present their final concert of the season at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 11, in the Church Sanctuary. Special guest will be clarinet soloist, Jeff Pelischek. A piano solo will feature Jean Hendricks and the McPherson Brass Quintet will also perform. Participants from the CoB include: Doris Coppock, Winona Godfrey, Darren Hendricks, Jean Hendricks, and Seth Schoming. Free concert, everyone is invited.

Church League softball is just around the corner. If interested in playing this year, contact Matt Friesen (mfriesen@mkcoop.com or 620-242-4790). The first game is planned for 7:30 p.m., Monday, May 12, when CoB vs. Countryside Covenant. We would love to have you play.

Campers need your skills as a Counselor (4), Counselor-In-Training (2), Spiritual Advisor, Nature Study Leader, Nurse, or Cook’s Helper Camp Mt. Hermon and Camp Colorado. Of particular concern is Mt. Hermon Junior High Camp, June 1 to 7.  If you love the outdoors, have a heart for youth and faith development, and enjoy working with an awesome team, contact Jan Hurst (620-245-0009 or jandesign@cox.net). Please check the shelves, across from the church kitchen, for pans, bowls, games, and other miscellaneous items that have been left.

Camp season is almost here!  Therefore, the Youth Team is looking for volunteer drivers for transporting children/youth to and from Camp Colorado. Drivers are needed on Sundays, June 1, 8, 15 and 22 (depart at 7 a.m.) for driving campers to Colorado. Campers need to be picked up at 10 a.m. (Mountain Time) on the final days of camp which are: Saturdays June 7, 14, and 21 for older campers and Thursday, June 26 for Pre-Juniors. Most of the time, arrangements can be made for a night’s stay at camp to recharge your batteries or bring a friend and share the driving. Driver benefits include free meals, lively conversation with some of the very best youth around, and a great big thank you! For questions, contact Lisa Goering (620-755-2876 or gowithlisa@yahoo.com.) Thanks again for supporting our youth and camping ministries!

Invitations for the Congregation for Sunday, May 4, 2014

Posted May 2nd, 2014

Congratulations to Ronald B. Freed who will be observing his 80th birthday on Monday, May 12. Ronald’s family invites you to celebrate with him from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, at The Cedars Down Under Room, 1225 ½ Darlow Drive, McPherson.

The family of Brooke Holloway invites the church family to a “Come and Go” Graduation Party in honor of Brook’s high school graduation. The party is planned for 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Saturday, May 17, at Moundridge Senior Center, 100 N. Schmidt Avenue.

Everyone is invited to Ivanna Moyer’s “Come and Go” Graduation Party from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, in the Church Social Room.

For These We Pray for Sunday, May 4, 2014

Posted May 2nd, 2014

The Economic Situation as it affects our community, region, nation, and world

The McPherson Church of the Brethren

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

      •Bob Brax, Linda Butler Brittingham

      •Elaine Fleenor, Barbara Flory

      •Glen Funk, Jeannie Harden

      •Anne Hobbs, Karen Hoch

      •Eloise Holman, Cindy Krehbiel

      • Buck Reinecker, Kaiden Schroeder

      •John & Bonnie Ward, Vera Whitaker

      •Carl Anderson (brother-in-law of Elmer & Margaret Zimmerman

      •Suzanne Miller (daughter of John & Maxine Miller)

      •Kevin Snyder & family, as Kevin struggles with cancer (McPherson College Alumni)

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

Celebrating her birthday today:

      •Susan Border

Our Leadership Team

Good Beginnings Preschool, staff & students

McPherson College, faculty, staff, & students

The Cedars Community, staff & residents

The Church of the Brethren Western Plains District

Sonja Griffith, District Executive – Terri Torres, Moderator – Ministries of the Western Plains District

Julie Liggett, Western Plains minister, struggling with Lou Gehrig’s Disease

The Church of the Brethren Denomination

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

Nancy Sollenberger Heishman, Annual Conference Moderator

CoB Mission and Ministry Board Weekly Prayer Guide:

Learning by heart: Philippians – Whether you memorize the entire book of Philippians, or selected passages, or simply spend time each day in prayer and contemplation, it is the desire of Annual Conference moderator Nancy Sollenberger Heishman, that through these scriptures Jesus may call us to boldly “Live as Courageous Disciples.” Week of May 4: Philippians 4: 2-3

In Our Nation and World

On-going conflicts in Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Southern Sudan, Syria, Turkey

Church of the Brethren congregations in:

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