For These We Pray for Sunday, February 2, 2014

Posted January 31st, 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

      •Claron Brown, Linda Butler Brittingham

      •Rowena Flory, ImoJean Frantz

      •Glen Funk, Jeannie Harden

      •Eloise Holman, Anne Hobbs

      •Gilford Ikenberry, Buck Reinecker

      •Dayton Rothrock, Kaiden Schroeder

      •Bonnie Ward, Carolyn Weddle

      •Vera Whitaker, Dick Yeargan

      •Jerry Linn (former member)

      •Suzanne Miller (daughter of John & Maxine Miller)

      •Phyllis Pettit (mother of Renee’ Schowengerdt)

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

Celebrating her birthday today:

     •Maxine Miller

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, ordained Western Plains minister, struggling with the advancing affects of 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:


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

Worship Participants for Sunday, February 2, 2014

Posted January 31st, 2014

Pastoral Staff:  Jerry Bowen, Chris Whitacre, Kathryn Whitacre

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

Director of Bells:  Kendra Flory    Director of Choirs:  Josh Norris

Ministers    All members of McPherson Church of the Brethren

Chancel Decor    Rick Tyler

Acolytes    Rachael and Renae Hendricks

Time of Sharing    Deb C. Wagoner

Worship Leader    Jerry Bowen

Children’s Time    Nancy Young

Vocal Solo    Art Snell

Guitar    Jeremy Hanna


Visual Technician    to be announced

Audio/Visual    Daniel Reynolds, Dean Reynolds, Chris Whitacre

Greeters    Brian and Kristen Reynolds

Ushers    Gregg and Judy Stockstill, Taylor Swartzendruber, Spenser Wine

                     (balcony) Mike Goering

Head Usher    Glenn Gayer

Visitation Ministers    Florence Crago, Rick Schrag, Charles Whitacre



Sunday School    Elly Ullom

Infant    Matt & Emily Ayers

Toddler, ages 1-2    Lela Beam & Michael Wagner

Preschool, ages 3-k    Matt & Daisy Friesen

Next Sunday

Sunday School    to be announced

Infant    Jd. & Becki Bowman

Toddler, ages 1-2    to be announced

Preschool, ages 3-k    Dustin & Autumn Wilgers

Order of Worship for Sunday, February 2, 2014

Posted January 31st, 2014

Gathering Music

“Take My Life” with “Purify My Heart”    – arr. Victor Labenske

“When Answers Aren’t Enough”    – arr. Stan Pethel

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    “Fugue in E Major”    – Johann Fischer

*Call to Worship

One:  Let us open our eyes and see the surprising love of God.

All:  Let us open our ears and hear the startling news of Jesus.

One:  Let us open our spirits and bring forth praise of God.

All:  Let us open our hearts and welcome ALL into the light of God.

*Opening Song    “Here in This Place”    #6

Invitation to Give

Offering Music    “Ave Maria”    – Franz Biebl/Jeremy Hanna

                                        “The Fisherman” – Leo Kottke/Jeremy Hanna

Offering Prayer and Blessing

Children’s Story

Childcare provided – Infant thru K-garten – Education Building

Prayer Song    “Blest Are They”    insert

Prayers of the Community

Special Music    “I Believe”    – Drake/Graham/Shirl/Stillman

Scripture Reading    Psalm 15 (p.495)    Matthew 5: 1-12 (p.4)

Message    “welcome everyone”    Kathryn Whitacre

*Sending Song    “God Be With You”    #430

*Sending Words

*Sending Music    Sinfonia from “Abdelazer”    – Henry Purcell

Read for Haiti

Posted January 28th, 2014

Calling all Read for Haiti readers!  It’s time to check in and see how the reading is going. If you have been reading, please start to collect your money from your sponsors. If you have lost your form and need another one, you may pick one up from me or the Education Building literature rack.  Thanks for helping the people in Haiti.  — Barbara R. Wagoner

Information for the Congregation for Sunday, January 26, 2014

Posted January 24th, 2014

Congratulations to Mary Fruth, who celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday, January 25. Mary’s family invites you to celebrate with her at a reception, which will be held today, immediately following the worship service, in the Church Good Shepherd Foyer.

February Newsletter – Printed copies are available today. Check for e-mail updates and stay up-to-date with church news by signing up for e-mail alerts on our church web site. Visit and enter your e-mail address in the left column of the screen under “Subscribe to E-mail Updates” and follow the instructions.

Everyone is invited to join Circles of McPherson County for their 3rd Annual Soup Supper Fundraiser. The event will be held from 5 – 7 p.m. today, in the Church Social Room. There will be an abundance of delicious homemade soups, desserts, and great fellowship. Circle Leaders and Allies will be sharing their experiences of being a part of the Circles Community. Cost is by freewill donation. Contact person, Kristen Reynolds (620-241-5037 or

Faith Formation Team is excited to offer Topical Sunday School for all adults, beginning Sunday, February 2 and continuing through Sunday, March 9. Classes will meet at 9 a.m.; in various spaces throughout the church building. Signage with directions will be posted on Sunday, February 2. Regular adult classes will not meet during this time since all adults are encouraged to choose from one of the topics below. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to learn to know new people and to become better acquainted with old friends.

The following classes are being offered:

      • Brethren History, Identity and Thought — Leader, Pastor Jerry Bowen

      • Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and Evolving Faith — Leader, Steve Crain

      • To Love as God Loves — Leader, Ken Holderread

      • Forgiveness: Finding Peace Through Letting Go (Adam Hamilton study)

              — Leaders, John & Deb H. Wagoner

Save the date:  Safe Zone Training, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Saturday, February 8, Church Social Room.  For additional information, check the church website or February Newsletter.

Alexander Mack Men’s Fellowship will meet for dinner at 6 p.m. on Thursday, February 13, in the Church Social Room. Following the meal, Jon Flory Schrock will show pictures and tell about living in Sudan with his missionary parents, Roger and Carolyn Schrock, from 1980-84. To reserve your place, contact Pete Brubaker ( or Art Snell (241-2427) by Sunday, February 9.

LALIBELA, ETHIOPIA , “The New Jerusalem” — You are invited to join Herb and Jeanne Smith for an extraordinary trip to the Horn of Africa in early April. UNESCO World Heritage underground carved churches; cave monastery; meeting with Patriarch of Orthodox Church; PET wheelchairs delivery. Brochures are available; contact Herb Smith (620-241-7128 or .

The 2014 Annual Conference is planned for July 2-6 in Columbus, Ohio. Bus travel from the plains to the conference is being provided. The bus will leave McPherson on Tuesday, July 1 and return on Monday, July 7. To reserve your place, contact David Fruth ( or 620-245-0674) or the Western Plains District Office (620-241-4240). Check the church website ( for details. Conference schedule, registration, etc., are available at:

Higher Education Scholarship Fund – 2013-14 = 9 students @ $600 ea. = $2700/sem. Second semester payments are due. Current funding = $2179.00 Deficit = $521.00. Thank you for your donations – we are almost there.