Information for the Congregation for Sunday, November 30, 2014

Posted November 26th, 2014

Planning ahead:  The deadline for submitting items for the next newsletter is today.  Events, announcements, and information for December and January will be included in this issue.

The McPherson College Band will be presenting a concert of American music at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 2, in Mingenback Auditorium.  Everyone is invited.

The 36th annual Community Carol-Along is planned for 6 — 8:30 p.m. Thursday, December 4, at the McPherson Opera House. Everyone is invited to attend this free family event.

First Fridays:  McPherson College at The Cedars — This is a free educational series of classes that are open to all ages.  At 2 p.m. on Friday, December 5, Laura Eells will present “It’s Christmas: How to Make Sure it Is Feliz Navidad, Not I Got Fleeced During the Holidays.”  To reserve your place, contact Marcia Walters  by Monday, December 1.

( or 620-242-0434)

The Sojourners Class invites the church family and friends to the annual Christmas breakfast, 8:45 a.m., Sunday, December 14, in the Social Rooms. A delicious breakfast, music by the Resonance Trio, and storytelling by Dawn Hoffman will highlight the morning. Please bring a breakfast pastry or bread to share. Sunday School will not meet that morning.

Awake, devotionals for Advent through Epiphany, are available in the Church Gathering Space and the Education Building literature rack.

Travel: The Horn of Africa

You are invited to join Drs. Herb/Jeanne Smith on their annual trip to the New Jerusalem of Africa, Lalibela, Ethiopia. Visit eleven rock-hewn churches carved into the earth, worship in a cave monastery with monks and priests, converse with the Orthodox Patriarch in his mansion, assemble PET wheelchairs for victims of polio, deliver school supplies, enjoy the largest outdoor market in Africa. Dates: March 26-April 1, 2015. Contact Herb Smith ( or 620-241-7128).


For These We Pray for Sunday, November 30, 2014

Posted November 26th, 2014

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, Barbara Flory

Glen Funk, Jeannie Harden

Eloise Holman, Maxine Miller, Kaiden Schroeder

Wilma Sutton, John & Bonnie Ward

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

Bettie (daughter of Gladys Ford)

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

Ralph Weems IV (step-brother of Nancy Young)

Josh Norris, Bryson Schroeder, Jeanne Smith, celebrating their birthdays today

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

John Hoffman, 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

David Steele, Annual Conference Moderator

EYN (CoB Church in Nigeria), in face of Boko Haram advance

In Our Nation and World

Abduction of the Nigerian Chibok Tribe Girls

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, November 30, 2014

Posted November 26th, 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 Décor    Chancel Decoration Committee

Acolytes    Allie Blandin, Miriam Carlson

Time of Sharing    Deb C. Wagoner

Worship Leader    Kathryn Whitacre

Children’s Time    Sarah Hendricks

Vocalist    Jd. Bowman

Pianist    Anne Kirchner


Visual Technician    to be announced

Audio/Visual    Ryan Goering, Dan Reynolds

Greeters    Sarah, Joel, and Renae Hendricks, Susan Taylor

Ushers    Jim and Lisa Hoffman, Doug and Spenser Wine

Balcony Usher    Mike Goering

Head Usher    Glenn Gayer



Cindy Kinnamon — Infant

Kendra Bowen — Toddler

 to be announced — Pre-K

Next Sunday

Emily Ayers — Infant

 Julie Heitschmidt — Toddler

 to be announced — Pre-K


Order of Worship for Sunday, November 30, 2014

Posted November 26th, 2014



“Veni, Emmanuel”    — George Lachenauer

Reflection on “Est Ist Ein Ros”    — arr. John Carter

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

First Sunday of Advent – Hope

Advent is a time of hope — a time of expectant watching and waiting

for the One who restores us and gives us life in accordance with God’s will.

We are told to be ready, for we know not when the hour will come.

We are told to be about our tasks, performing functions appropriate to the gifts we have received.

It is a time of anticipation and preparation — a time of being alert to God’s presence among us.

Opening Prayer

Special Music    “Go Light Your World”    — Chris Rice

*Call to Worship — based on Psalm 80: 1-7, 17-19

One:   Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel. Stir up your might and come to save us!

All:     Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

One:   Let your hand be upon us that we may be made strong for yourself.

All:    Then we will never turn back from you; give us life, and we will call on your name.

One:   Let us worship God!

*Opening Song    “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”    #178

Children’s Story

Childcare provided Ñ Infant thru K-garten — Education Building

Invitation to Give

Offering Music    “Sing We Now of Christmas” French Melody    — arr. Carol Tornquist

Offering Blessing and Prayer

Prayer Song    “O Come, O Come, Immanuel”    #172  (verses 1, 3, & 6)

Prayers of the Community

Scripture Reading    Mark 13: 24-37 (p.50)

Song of Preparation    “I Know Not Why God’s Wondrous”    #338

Message    “When the Cat’s Away”    Jerry Bowen

 *Sending Song    “Bless’d Be the God of Israel”    #174

*Sending Words

*Sending Music    “O God, Our Faithful God”    — Ahasuerus Fritsch

For the Lady On Your Christmas List!

Posted November 25th, 2014

Give her the gift of a weekend in Allenspark, Colorado, at Western Plains District Women’s Retreat. The retreat is scheduled for April 10-12, 2015;  the theme will be “Fully Awake and Truly Alive.” The retreat leader, Jane Vennard, will provide spiritual direction. This will be a wonderful time of fellowship with women from the district. Brochures are available on the district website ( or in the Church Gathering Space. We would love to have your special lady attend!