Order of Worship for November 24, 2013

Posted November 22nd, 2013

Gathering Music    “Sing to the Lord of Harvest”    – arr. Todd Kendall

                                            “Now Thank We All Our God”    – Sigfrid Karg-Elert/Wells

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    “Variation for Thanksgiving”    – Colin Curtis

Opening Prayer

Youth Anthem    “Wade in the Water”   – arr. Hogan/Purifoy

*Call to Worship

One:  We have so much to be thankful for.

All:  So many big things, so many little things.

One:  It is difficult to express the depth of our gratitude.

All:  We bring the thanksgivings of our hearts and offer them to God.

*Opening Song    “Come, Ye Thankful People”    #94

Children’s Story 

Childcare provided – Infant thru K-garten – Education Building

Invitation to Give

Offering Music    “The Journey” with “He Leadeth Me”

Offering Prayer and Blessing

Message in Music    “Our Grateful Hymn of Praise”    – Christopher Gilliam

Scripture Reading    Philippians 4: 1-9 (p.198)

Prayer Song    “For the Beauty of the Earth”    #89

Prayers of the Community

Message    “Rejoice and ….”    Kathryn Whitacre

*Sending Song    “Now Thank We All Our God”    #86

*Sending Words

*Sending Music    “We Plow the Fields”    – arr. Joseph Prentiss

Alexander Mack Men’s Fellowship Plans Christmas Event

Posted November 21st, 2013

Alexander Mack Men’s Fellowship is hosting their annual Ladies’ Night Christmas event at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 12, in the Church Social Room. Dinner will be prepared by Anne Kirchner. The church youth group will serve and assist with the cleanup. Christmas music will be presented by the woodwind and brass ensemble groups from the new McPherson College Instrumental Music Program, directed by Kyle Hopkins. For reservations (due by Friday, December 6), contact Pete Brubaker (brubakes@gmail.com) or Art Snell (620-241-2427). Names and number of reservations, including guests, are requested.

Information for the Congregation for Sunday, November 17, 2013

Posted November 15th, 2013

Women’s Ministries Evening Group will meet from 7– 9 p.m. on Monday, November 18, in the Church Community Room. There will be two quilts to tie.

Alexander Mack Men’s Fellowship will meet for dinner at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 21 in the Church Social Room. Following the meal, Dustin Wilgers, Assistant Professor of Biology at McPherson College, will present a program on spiders – How many kinds of spiders are there? What are the good things that spiders do? Come to discover what Prof. Wilgers has learned after studying spiders for years. For reservations (due today) contact Pete Brubaker (brubakes@gmail.com) or Art Snell (241-2427).    —-Season tickets continue to be available at $45 each – adult single meal tickets are $9 each.  For tickets, contact – Paul Prose, President; Pete Brubaker, Matt Friesen, or David Fruth.

The McPherson Ministerial Alliance invites you to attend the Community Thanksgiving Worship Service at 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 24, at the Free Methodist Church. Rev. Quentin Bennett, new pastor of First United Methodist Church, will bring the message. A fellowship hour will follow the service.

Everyone is invited to attend the 18th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 28, at the McPherson Community Building. This free meal will be served from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Monetary donations may be sent to: Community Thanksgiving Inc., P.O. Box 14, McPherson, KS 67460.

Reservations:  620-241-1292 (due by November 26)

Volunteer to help:  620-245-0313      Pie donations:  620-241-8501

McPherson College is sponsoring a series of educational opportunities called “Ventures in Christian Discipleship.” The goal is to equip lay people of all ages and educational levels with skills and understandings for faithful and dynamic Christian living, action, and leadership. Six on-line and two on-campus sessions are being offered. Topics will include spiritual direction, prayer, grief ministry, and others.     For a listing of topics, schedule, registration, and nominal cost, check

www.mcpherson.edu/ventures or contact Steve Crain (crains@mcpherson.edu).

For These We Pray for Sunday, Novembr 17, 2013

Posted November 15th, 2013

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, Glen Funk

      •Jeannie Harden, Anne Hobbs

      •Buck Reinecker, Dayton Rothrock

      •Kaiden Schroeder, Bonnie Ward

      •Vera Whitaker

      •Suzanne Miller (daughter of John & Maxine Miller)

      •Phyllis Pettit (mother of Renee’ Schowengerdt)

      •Laurel Williams (sister of Myrna Eis & Mabel Friesen)

Celebrating birthdays today: 

      •Jessica Chapman, Dean Holloway

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

The family of John McAllister (Eden Valley CoB member), at his recent death

The Church of the Brethren Denomination

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

Nancy Sollenberger Heishman, Annual Conference Moderator

The family of Judy Mills Reimer, at her recent death — Judy was the former CoB General Secretary and Annual Conference Moderator

CoB Mission and Ministry Board Weekly Prayer Guide:

Learning by heart: The book of Philippians in just 39 weeks. Many of us have heard stories of Christians throughout the centuries who during times of persecution and imprisonment relied on the passages of the Bible they had committed to memory. God’s Word “learned by heart” is a precious treasure. 2014 Annual Conference Moderator, Nancy Sollenberger Heishman, invites you to focus on just a few verses each week, “treasuring God’s word in our hearts.” Week of November 17:   Philippians 1: 19-21.

In Our World

Recent devastation in the Philippines, as the result of Typhoon Haiyan

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

Church of the Brethren congregations in:

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

Worship Participants for Sunday, November 17, 2013

Posted November 15th, 2013

Pastoral Staff:  Jerry Bowen, Chris Whitacre, Kathryn Whitacre

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

Director of Bells:  Kendra Flory

Ministers    All members of McPherson Church of the Brethren

Chancel Decor    Rick Tyler

Acolytes    Mallory Koelling, Keira McMillan

Time of Sharing    Lisa Goering

Worship Leader    Marla Ullom-Minnich

Children’s Time    Barbara Wagoner

Guest Choir Director    Dan Lichty


Visual Technician    Andy Ullom

Audio/Visual    Shane Kirchner, Lindy Reynolds, Logan Schrag, Rick Schrag

Greeters    LaMonte and Brenda Rothrock

Ushers    Todd and Becky Goss Family, Paul and Mary Wagoner

                     (balcony) Mike Goering

Head Usher    Glenn Gayer

Visitation Ministers    Florence Crago, Rick Schrag, Charles Whitacre



Sunday School    Elly Ullom

Infant    Crystal Schrag

Toddler, ages 1-2    Jeff & Dani Crist

Preschool, ages 3-k    Barbara Wagoner

Next Sunday

Sunday School    to be announced

Infant    Cindy Kinnamon

Toddler, ages 1-2    Lela Beam

Preschool, ages 3    Barbara Wagoner