For These We Pray for Sunday, October 20, 2013

Posted October 18th, 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, Hazel Snell

      •Bonnie Ward, Vera Whitaker

      •The family of Warren Henrikson, at his recent death (father of Jason Henrikson)

      •Raymond Hoover (father of Anne Kirchner)

      •Dick King (former member)

      •Suzanne Miller (daughter of John & Maxine Miller)

Celebrating her birthday today: 

      •Mona Wallace

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

Those affected by recent flooding in Colorado

Pastor Phil and Esther Adams, whose son Levi has died in a recent diving accident. Phil is the former pastor of the Independence CoB.

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 Request:

A call to set-apart ministry is a community endeavor. Pray this week that God might reveal persons to you who are discerning God’s calling in their life. Ask how you might be part of a culture that takes seriously the calling and sustaining of leaders who say yes to God’s leading.

In Our World

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, October 20, 2013

Posted October 18th, 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    Shane Kirchner

Acolytes    Miriam Carlson, Malia Pfeiff

Time of Sharing    Bud Taylor

Worship Leader    Steve Crain

Children’s Time/Kingdom Kids Choir Director    Dawn Hoffman

Kingdom Kids Director    Sarah Hendricks


Visual Technician    Andy Ullom

Audio/Visual    Ryan Goering, Ty Goss, Dean Reynolds

Greeters    John and Deb Wagoner

Ushers    Jim and Lisa Hoffman Family, Logan Schrag, Kerrick van Asselt

                     (balcony) Mike Goering

Head Usher    Glenn Gayer

Visitation Ministers    Florence Crago, Rick Schrag, Charles Whitacre



Sunday School    to be announced

Infant    Jeff & Dani Crist

Toddler, ages 1-2    Logan & Sheryl Schrag

Preschool, ages 3-k    Kendra Bowen

Next Sunday

Sunday School    to be announced

Infant    Matt & Emily Ayers

Toddler, ages 1-2    Barbara Wagoner

Preschool, ages 3-k    Lela Beam

Order of Worship for Sunday, October 20, 2013

Posted October 18th, 2013

Gathering Music    “Holy, Holy, Holy”    – Dykes/arr. Hayes

                                            “Come, Christians Join to Sing”    – arr. Mark Hayes

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    Aria from “Bastien und Bastienne”    – Mozart

*Invitation to Worship

One:  We gather today as God’s people, as a community who follows Jesus.

All:  We gather to share scripture, sing, pray and respond to God’s call to faithful service.

One:  Where in the world shall we serve God?

All:  At home, school and work – in this community and throughout every land.

One:  How in the world shall we serve God?

All:  By working toward justice and openness, by offering comfort and love.

One:  Why in the world shall we serve God?

All:  Because the Spirit beckons us, because Jesus calls us to act on our faith.

One:  We give thanks for the opportunity to be in the world and of service to God.

All:  Welcome to worship.

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

Invitation to Give

Offering Music    “In Moments Like These”    – arr. Ron Sprunger

                                        with Theme by Robert Schumann

Offering Blessing and Prayer

Children’s Story    Childcare provided – Infant thru K-garten – Education Building

Message in Music    “I Am a Promise”    – William & Gloria Gaither

I am a promise, I am a possibility, I am a promise, with a capital “P.” I am a great big bundle of potentiality. And I am learning to hear God’s voice, and I am trying to make the right choice. I am a promise to be anything God wants me to be. I can go anywhere that God wants me to go, I can be anything that God wants me to be, I can climb the high mountain, I can cross the wide sea, I am a great big promise you see.

Scripture Reading    Isaiah 58: 1-9a (p.688)

Prayer Song    “Help Us to Help Each Other”    #362

Prayers of the Community

Reflection    “Living New Futures and Creating New Futures”    Kevin Austin

*Sending Song    “For the Healing of the Nations”    #367

*Sending Words

*Sending Music    “Hope Eternal”    – Edward Broughton

9th Annual Alternative Christmas Gift Market

Posted October 17th, 2013

Plan now to attend the ninth annual Alternative Christmas Gift Market on Saturday, November 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Cedars Conference Center. The purpose of the market is to feature 21 charitable organizations that help persons in need and encourage market-goers to “Give Hope at Christmas” by making donations to or purchasing items from these agencies.

The Haiti Medical Project booth will feature items for sale representing person’s seed money projects. If you would like space at a table, please contact Tandy Wine, Susan Taylor, or Lois Schrag. This year’s new booth is MacCare, a local organization which provides backpacks for children who are removed from their homes in emergency situations.  Come to experience the spirit of Christmas with live music, refreshments, and something for everyone on your hard-to-buy-for list.

Alexander Mack Men’s Fellowship Plans for Thursday, November 21 Event

Posted October 14th, 2013

Dinner will be served 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?  Do we need to be afraid of them?  Come and discover what Prof. Wilgers learned after studying spiders for years.  For reservations (due Sunday, November 17) contact Pete Brubaker ( or Art Snell (241-2427).  —-Season tickets continue to be available at $45 each, the same as last year (including the Christmas dinner) – adult single meal tickets are $9 each. For tickets, contact a member of the Alexander Mack Steering Committee — Paul Prose, President; Pete Brubaker, Matt Friesen, or David Fruth.