Information for the Congregation for Sunday, March 2, 2014

Posted February 28th, 2014


Congratulations to Elmer and Margaret Zimmerman who will be celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary on Friday, March 21.  They will be honored at a reception from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, in the Church Social Room. The celebration will be hosted by their daughters, Debbie Curry, Angie Ward, and their families. Everyone is invited.


Claron Brown died on Saturday, February 22. The memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 9, at the church. We wish to express our sympathy to the immediate family: Dorothy Brown Neher (Paul), Winifred Brown Neher (Jim), Rosalie Brown Falcon (Cecilio), Lethia Brown Draves (Dave), and the other extended family members.

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March 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. Visit and enter your e-mail address in the left column of the screen under “Subscribe to E-mail Updates” and follow the instructions.

All proceeds from the We Connect Wednesday meal on Wednesday, March 5, will be donated to the Haiti Medical Project. The menu will be: pizza, flatbread, and dessert. Everyone is encouraged to join us for food, fellowship, and to show support for the Haiti Project.

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, March 5, Match Day at McPherson County Community Foundation. On Match Day, contributions made between 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. to endowment funds for 19 organizations, will be matched $.50/$1 by the Foundation. Funds are given on a first-come, first-serve basis until the matching pool of $30k has been committed. Donations can be anonymous. Nineteen local organizations have been identified as the main focus for Match Day, however, the Foundation recognizes a donor may prefer giving to another endowment they administer. For complete lists of Match Day participants and a Fund List, please visit or call 620-245-9070.

The 3rd Annual Ulster Project March Madness on Main Street will be held from 5-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 6.  Tickets: adults $10, children 6-12 $6, 5 and under free; available at Home State Bank, McPherson Main Street, The Well, and St. Joseph Parish Office.

The McPherson College Band and the McPherson Community Brass Choir will be performing a joint concert of classic wind band literature at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, in Mingenback Theatre. Participants from the CoB include: Doris Coppock, Winona Godfrey, Darren Hendricks, Kyle Hopkins and Seth Schoming.  Everyone is invited.

Lenten devotionals – “Real Rest” by Duane Grady, are available in the Church Gathering Space and in the Education Building literature rack.

Alexander Mack Men’s Fellowship will meet for dinner at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, in the Church Social Room. The program will be presented by Kirby Goering, Director of PET Moundridge, who will show and tell about the Personal Energy Transportation Program. PET Kansas is an International affiliate workshop that builds the PET, an all-terrain wheelchair, given to the disabled in developing countries. For reservations, contact Pete Brubaker ( or Art Snell (620-241-2427) by Sunday, March 9.

Your assistance will be appreciated at Camp Mt. Hermon on Friday – Sunday, March 14-16. Plans are to build the pavilion and work on other buildings. Hazel Lauver, camp cook, would welcome cooks, willing to assist with meal preparations.  To be a part of this building/cooking effort, please contact Eldred Kingery (785-289-7584 or


Western Plains District Women’s Retreat:  April 4-6, 2014, Crosswind Conference Center, Hesston. Registration Forms – Church Gathering Space & Ed. Bldg. Literature Rack (registration deadline: Monday, March 10).

Western Plains District Men’s Retreat:  April 11-12, 2014, Heartland Spirituality Center, Great Bend. Registration Forms – Church Gathering Space, Ed. Bldg. Literature Rack, or district website (

For These We Pray for Sunday, March 2, 2014

Posted February 28th, 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

    •Linda Butler Brittingham, Rowena Flory

    •Glen Funk, Jeannie Harden, Mary Holloway

    •Eloise Holman, Anne Hobbs, Gilford Ikenberry

    •Buck Reinecker, Kaiden Schroeder, Bonnie Ward

    •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 birthdays today:

    •Hope Mason, Kaiden Schroeder

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:

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 March 2: Philippians 2: 28-30

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 Partcipants for Sunday, March 2, 2014

Posted February 28th, 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    Malia Pfeiff, Sequora Pfeiff

Time of Sharing    Deb C. Wagoner

Worship Leader    Kathryn Whitacre

Children’s Time    Barbara Wagoner


Visual Technician    Dennis Pfeiff

Audio/Visual    Steve Lolling, Lindy Reynolds, Terran Wooley

Greeters    Bruce and Janell Clary

Ushers    Roger Black, John Burkholder, Jim, Lisa, and Johanna Hoffman

                     (balcony) Mike Goering

Head Usher    Glenn Gayer

Visitation Ministers    Florence Crago, Rick Schrag, Charles Whitacre



Sunday School    Elly Ullom

Infant    Jd. & Becki Bowman

Toddler, ages 1-2    Senior High Youth

Preschool, ages 3-k    Dustin & Autumn Wilgers

Next Sunday

Sunday School    Sheryl Schrag

Infant    Crystal Schrag

Toddler, ages 1-2    Junior High Youth

Preschool, ages 3-k    to be announced

Order of Worship for Sunday, March 2, 2014

Posted February 28th, 2014

Gathering    “By  the Gentle Waters”    – Cindy Berry

                              “Joy Overflowing” – Cindy Berry

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    “We Worship and Adore You”    – arr. Tim Doran

 *Call to Worship

One:  Out of many, we are one.

Many:  From many lands, we gather as a people. With diverse homelands,    backgrounds, and experiences shaping who we are today:

One:  Out of many, we are one.

Many:  Of different ages and abilities, we gather as a people. Wearing different clothing, filling different roles, speaking many languages, singing different songs:

One: Out of many, we are one.

Many: With diverse hopes and dreams, we gather as a people. Of different personality types and interests, with multiple ministries and callings:

One:  Out of many, we are one.

Many:  Each carrying within us many voices, we gather as a people, holding happiness alongside hurt, often in the same moment. Inside every one of us, a crowd of ideas, feelings, and questions:

One:  In Christ, we come together and find a deeper unity. People of God, come and worship, that out of many, all may be one! Come to worship our God!

*Opening Song    “Brothers and Sisters of Mine Are the Hungry”    #142

Children’s Story

Childcare provided – Infant thru K-garten – Education Building

Invitation to Give

Offering Music    “Melodia Serena” from Suite for Violin and Clavier    – G. F. Handel

Offering Prayer and Blessing

Litany of Compassion

      All:  We are the hungry.

      One:  Come and be filled.

     All:  We are the thirsty.

      One:  Come, and drink deeply.

      All:  We are the sick.

      One:  Come, and experience healing.

      All:  We are the homeless.

      One:  Come, and find shelter.

      All:  We are the hurting.

      One:  Come, and feel comfort.

      All:  We are the needy. We need liberation. We need hope.

      One:  But we are also the strong. We can help.

      All:  We are the ones who will, in the face of hopelessness and hurt, reach out in kindness. We are the ones who live our faith every hour, by sharing with all of God’s beloved children.

One:  We are one with our sisters and brothers, and we will answer Christ’s call until all are fed.

Song of Response    “O Let All Who Thirst”    #495

Prayers of the Community

Message in Music    “What Wondrous Love” – David Edmonds

Scripture Readings    John 17: 22-24 (p.111)   I John 3: 14-18 (p.240)

Message    “All for some…and none for all”    David Radcliff

*Sending Song    “For We Are Strangers No More”    #322

*Sending Words

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


Work Weekend at Camp Mt. Hermon — March 14-16, 2014

Posted February 25th, 2014

Your assistance will be appreciated at Camp Mt. Hermon on Friday – Sunday, March 14-16. Plans are to build a pavilion and work on other buildings. Hazel Lauver, camp cook, would also welcome cooks who are willing to assist with meal preparation for the workers. If you would like to be a part of this building/cooking effort, contact Eldred Kingery (785-289-7584 or