Information for the Congregation for Sunday, September 25, 2016

Posted September 23rd, 2016

October 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 www.macbrethren.org and enter your e-mail address in the left column of the screen under “Subscribe to E-mail Updates” and follow the instructions.

Internationally-acclaimed pianist Dr. Stephen Beus will present the inaugural recital of the Fern Lingenfelter Artist Series at 4 p.m. today, in Mingenback Theatre, McPherson College. Everyone is invited. Check the church website for additional information.

Everyone is invited to The Cedars Guild’s Fall Celebration Event which is planned for 6 p.m., Tuesday, October 4, in the Wellness Center. Jim Griggs will present a program of Kansas photos, Eric Goering and Joyce Hall will share music, and there will be a drawing for a quilt raffle. Please bring a salad to share. Tableware, drinks, and bread will be provided. Hope to see you there!

Mark your calendars   —  FALL FESTIVAL,  4-7 p.m., Sunday, October 9, Bruce and Barbara Wagoner’s Farm.  The event will include food and activities for all ages.  Watch for details.

Childcare Volunteers – We continue to seek persons who are willing to staff the nursery during the Sunday school hour and worship service. Willing to assist? Sign up on the church website (www.macbrethren.org), under the “Church Life” tab and clink on “Surveys and Signups.”

Misfits & Seekers for Jesus Class

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Sundays

Church Community Room (immediately off the Good Shepherd Foyer

This Class finished their current DVD series today – September 25th. They will begin the new series next Sunday, October 2nd (same time – new classroom).

If you are willing to challenge yourself spiritually; struggling with difficult concepts and perspectives AND if you are ready to have intense, thoughtful discussion; then come join this group as they explore the timely subject of violence, from a Christian perspective.

Violence Divine – Overcoming the Bible’s Betrayal of its Non-Violent God

a Living the Questions DVD Study

One of the world’s foremost historical Jesus scholars helps the church and its alumni/ae rise above the greatest of Christian treasons: that everlasting peace can only be achieved through the onslaught of divine violence. Filmed before a live audience in a workshop setting, professor and author John Dominic Crossan summarizes the essence of his best-selling HOW TO READ THE BIBLE & STILL BE A CHRISTIAN: Struggling with Divine Violence from Genesis Through Revelation and shows the way forward for those seeking an authentic Christianity for the 21st century.

Church Cancellation

In the event of severe weather or a catastrophic event:

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.

2016 Financial Information

     Month                 Current YTD               Prior YTD

August 2016      August 2016 YTD      August 2015 YTD

Offerings/Pledges:         $21,873.08                 $243,529.29                    $251,277.91

Other Gifts                                                                                                                9,578.28

Expenses:                             (28,153.44)                (266,121.30)                    (270,421.18)

Net Surplus (Deficit):    (6,280.36)              (22,592.01)                     (9,564.99)

For additional information, contact Carolyn Masterson

cdmasterson@ks-usa.net

 

 

Worship Participants for Sunday, September 25, 2016

Posted September 23rd, 2016

    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 ChoirBecky Snell

Ministers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .All members of McPherson Church of the Brethren

Chancel Decor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rick Tyler

Time of Sharing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Deb C. Wagoner

Worship Leader. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jd. Bowman

Acolytes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ashlyn and Lazarus Shugart

Children’s Time. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Celeste Carlson

Flute. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kaitlyn van Asselt

OUR VOLUNTEERS

Visual Technicians. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kade Goss

Audio/Visual. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ryan Goering, Lindy Reynolds, Rick Schrag

Greeters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LaMonte and Brenda Rothrock

Ushers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jim, Lisa, and Johanna Hoffman, Brian and Kristen Reynolds

Head Usher. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Glenn Gayer

Balcony Usher. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mike Goering

CHILDCARE ATTENDANTS

Today

Sunday School

to be announced

Worship

to be announced – Infant

Brooke Holloway – Children’s Church Assistant

Next Sunday

Sunday School

to be announced

Worship

to be announced – Infant

to be announced – Children’s Church Assistant

 

Order of Worship for Sunday, September 25, 2016

Posted September 23rd, 2016

Today’s bulletin cover provided by Grace van Asselt – thank you!

Gathering Music                           

“Servant Medley”    – arr. Mark Hayes

“Glorious Light”    – arr. Larry Shackley

Welcome/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.

Moment in Mission    Outreach Team

Focusing Music    “Into My Heart”    – arr. Jack Schrader

*Unison Call to Worship

God as we come this day to worship – help us to be open to change; To change ourselves and to change our world – To know the need for it – To deal with the pain of it – To feel the joy of it – To undertake the journey without understanding the destination. Help us God – to be open to the art of Your gentle revolution.    – written by Michael Leunig

*Opening Song    “O Splendor of God’s Glory Bright”    Insert

Time of Giving

Giving Music    “Aria in C Minor”    – J. S. Bach

Giving Prayer

Children’s Story

Following story:

Children’s Church: 4 years through 5th Grade, Education Building

Childcare: Infant through Kindergarten, Education Building

Prayer Song    “If Only I Had Known”    Insert

Unison Prayer of Confession

We need to confess, God of Abraham and Lazarus, how often we are not content with the simple gifts and lives you offer.  Tempted by everything, we can become insensitive to those who have nothing.  Encouraged by the world to accumulate more, we may miss the chance to gather your goodness and godliness.  Chasing after all which has no value, we may not have the energy to pursue the faith, the love, the gentleness you have for us.

Forgive us, God of Reversals.  You have sent the One who speaks the words we need to listen to in order to have life.  Help us to remember how you have redeemed us, and in remembering, may we make that good confession that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior, now and forever.    – written by Thom Shuman

Assurance of Pardon

Message in Music    “Pass Me Not”    arr. James Christensen

Pass me not, O gentle Savior, hear my humble cry.

While on others Thou art calling, do not pass me by.

Savior, Savior, hear my humble cry. While on others Thou art calling, do not pass me by.

Let me at a throne of mercy, find a sweet relief.

Kneeling there in deep contrition, help my unbelief.

Savior, Savior, hear my humble cry. While on others Thou art calling, do not pass me by.

Thou the spring of all my comfort, more than life to me; whom have I on earth beside Thee,

whom in heav’n but Thee?

Savior, Savior, hear my humble cry. While on others Thou art calling, do not pass me by.

Scripture Focus    Luke 16: 19-31    (p. 79)

Message    “the pain of separation”    Jerry Bowen

*Song of Sending    “Brothers and Sisters of Mine”    #142

*Sending Words

*Sending Music    “Trumpets in Praise”    – Franklin Ritter

Fall Festival — Sunday, October 9, 2016

Posted September 21st, 2016

FALL FESTIVAL

4 – 7 p.m., Sunday, October 9, 2016

Bruce and Barbara Wagoner’s House

755 14th Avenue, McPherson (6.2 miles south of Kansas and Main)

Sponsored by Mac CoB Faith Formation

CHILI SUPPER!

Please bring chili, toppings, a side, or

dessert to share with 8-10 people.

Drinks provided.

ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES!

Bonfire, Hayride, Board Games

Fishing (bring your own pole & license)

Pumpkin Decorating (bring your own pumpkin)

In case of inclement weather, food, games, and pumpkin decorating will be held in the

McPherson Church of the Brethren Social Room.

Order of Worship for Sunday, September 18, 2016

Posted September 15th, 2016

Gathering Music                               Children’s Medley                                       arr. M. Hamm

(with Sonata in C Major – W.A. Mozart)

Fantasy in C Major                                             W.A. Mozart

Welcome/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                       “Breathe on Me, Breath of God”                      arr. Anna Laura Page

Bell Ensemble: Eric Goering, Dani Hanna, Wylene Lengel, Linda Miller, Becky Snell, Deb Wagoner

*Call to Worship

ONE: Life is a mystery, greater than we can comprehend.

ALL: It is full of joy and celebration. It is woven with sorrow and regret.

ONE: It is blessed with pleasure and delight. It is touched by pain and grief.

ALL: For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.

ONE: The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand forever.

Garth House (adapted)

*Opening Song          “The morning flowers display their sweets”                            Insert

Children’s Story                                                                                                                                

Following story:    Children’s Church: 4 years through 5th Grade, Education Building

Childcare: Infant through Kindergarten, Education Building

Time of Giving

Giving Music                        Intermezzo, Opus 118, No. 2                                  J. Brahms

Giving Prayer

Prayer Song                                   “God of our life”                                                           #486

Prayers of the Community

Message in Music                        “Order My Steps”                           – arr. Jack Schrader

                     Text for the ‘Message in Music’ can be found on your bulletin insert

Scripture Focus                          Jeremiah 8:18-9:1                                               (p. 709)

Message                                         “end of summer…”                                     Jerry Bowen

*Song of Sending                   “Great is thy faithfulness”                                         #327

*Sending Words

*Sending Music                   “Alleluia” from Suite for Organ                                   R. Below