In Memoriam — Wesley F. DeCoursey

Posted December 1st, 2015

Wes DeCoursey died on Sunday, November 22.  The Celebration of Life is planned for 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 17, at the church.  We wish to express our sympathy to son, Thomas DeCoursey; daughters, Dora DeCoursey, Rita DeCoursey; and the other extended family members.  Memorial donations are suggested to McPherson Church of the Brethren or to the Wesley and Verda DeCoursey Scholarship in Chemistry at McPherson College, %Stockham Family Funeral home, 205 N. Chestnut, McPherson, Kansas.

Outreach Team Christmas Project

Posted November 30th, 2015

Outreach Team invites you to participate in a church-wide project by providing Christmas gifts for two families in the McPherson Community. The families are Circles of McPherson County participants and would greatly appreciate assistance with gifts for their children during the Christmas season. Below is a list of the children, the mother, the grandmother and the gift suggestions. Outreach Team suggests that you respond to this article by signing up for a particular gift item as not to duplicate items.  You may sign-up at the gift display that will be set up in the Church Good Shepherd Foyer.

Gifts may be delivered to the church office or placed by the display on Sunday mornings. The last Sunday for collecting gifts will be Sunday, December 20. After this the gifts will be delivered to the families. Your participation, by providing just one item, will be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please contact Judy Stockstill (620-242-3536 or

Mary – mother, shirt size LG, pant size 14, shoe size 7, coat size LG- could also use laundry soap, cleaning supplies, dish soap, bath soap, shampoo/rinse

Aiden – boy, age 5- shirt size 5T, pant size 5T, underwear/socks 5-6, shoe size 11, toys- cars, trucks, Ninja Turtles

August – girl, age 1- shirt size 2T, pant size 2T, diaper size 5, shoe size 7, coat size 3T, toys- dolls, bags, dishes

Indigo – girl, age 2- shirt size 3T, pant size 3T, diaper size 6, shoe size 8,, coat size 4T, toys- dolls, bags, dishes

Brogan – boy, age 10 months- shirt size 12-18 months, pant size 12-18 months, diaper size 4, shoe size 3, coat size- 18 months, toys- anything with lights, balls

Toni – grandmother, shirt size 2XL and must be long sleeved, pant size 22W, underwear and socks- 3XL, coat size 2-3XL, huge Royals and KU fan, could also use laundry soap, cleaning supplies, dish soap, bath soap, shampoo/rinse

Dawson – grandson, age 7- shirt size 10-12, pant size 10, underwear and socks- 10-12 Hanes Comfort waistband boxers, shoe size 2 1/2, coat size 10-12, toys- sharks and Sonic the Hedgehog items/characters

Information for the Congregation for Sunday, November 29, 2015

Posted November 25th, 2015

December/January Newsletter – The deadline for submitting items for the newsletter is today. Events, announcements, and information for December and January will be included in this issue.

Everyone is invited to attend the 37th Annual Community Christmas Carol-Along which will be held from 6 – 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 3 at the McPherson Opera House.

The Mac Movers will be moving the Paul and Renata Prose family on Saturday, December 5 from 1453 North High Drive to 1500 Pueblo Road.  Please meet at the North High Drive address at 9 a.m.  All with good backs are invited.

The church family and friends are invited to celebrate the Christmas season with beautiful music, storytelling, and friendship at the annual Christmas Breakfast, which is planned for 8:45 a.m., Sunday, December 13, in the Church Social Rooms. Please bring a breakfast bread or pastry to share.

The Stan Kenton Christmas Carols will be performed at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 13, at First United Methodist Church, 1200 E. Kansas, McPherson. This is a gift to the community from the McPherson Arts Alliance and celebrates the 41st consecutive year the Carols have been performed in Kansas and the 3rd consecutive year in McPherson.  No admission is charged but a free-will offering to benefit the M.A.A. will be collected.

Devotional booklets for Advent through Epiphany are available in the Church Gathering Space and in the Education Building literature rack.

Stained glass note cards are available in the Church Office for a donation.

                                           2015 Financial Information  

                             October                                         October Year-to-Date

Offerings/Pledges        $26,633.43        Offerings/Pledges        $299,788.31

Other Gifts                                                                                                     9,578.28

Expenses:                        (27,584.88)        Expenses:                        (332,306.97)

Net Surplus (Deficit):       (951.45)        Net Surplus (Deficit)     (22,940.38)


For These We Pray for Sunday, November 29, 2015

Posted November 25th, 2015

The McPherson Church of the Brethren

Wes DeCoursey died on Sunday, November 22. Service arrangements are pending. Prayers for the family will be appreciated.

•Illa Flax, Barbara Flory, Ron Freed

•Jeannie Harden, Eloise Holman, Brooke Little

•Maxine Miller, Rebecca Rothrock

•Kaiden Schroeder, Art Snell, Jessica Stevenson

•Jeanette Stump, Bonnie Ward, Diane Werner

•Jeff Riggenbach, longtime friend of Pastor Jerry

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

Our Leadership Team

Good Beginnings Preschool, staff & students

McPherson College, faculty, staff, & students

The Cedars Community, staff & residents

– The spoken and unspoken concerns and joys of our community of faith and our community of living

– As Lela Beam moves from leading the Cornerstone Class in discernment, to teaching the Junior High Class, she requests continued prayer for Continuity, Cohesiveness and Direction for the Cornerstone Class.

The Church of the Brethren Western Plains District

Sonja Griffith, District Executive

Joanna Smith, Moderator

Ministries of the Western Plains District

The Church of the Brethren Denomination

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

Andy Murray, Annual Conference Moderator

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

In Our Nation and World

Abduction of the Nigerian Chibok Tribe Girls

The Syrian refugee crisis

Church of the Brethren congregations in:

Brazil, Haiti, Dominican Republic, India, Nigeria, Spain, and Sudan


First Church of the Brethren, McPherson, Kansas

The mission of the McPherson Church of the Brethren is to be the body of Christ in our community and the world; to share God’s love and to live the example of Jesus. All are welcome regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, race, ethnicity, physical or mental ability, economic circumstance, current relationship with God, or any other factors subject to discrimination and exclusion in our world.

We invite your active participation in the life of this congregation, as together we continue to grow in grace and seek justice for God’s creation.

Worship Participants for Sunday, November 29, 2015

Posted November 25th, 2015

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 Choir:  Josh Norris

Ministers    All members of McPherson Church of the Brethren

Chancel Décor    Chancel Decorations Committee

Time of Sharing    Lisa Goering

Acolytes     Miriam Carlson, Kiera McMillan

Worship Leader    Kathryn Whitacre

Children’s Time    Barbara Wagoner

Vocalists    Janelle Flory Schrock, Kendra Flory, Ellen Gilbert, Dawn Hoffman

Pianists    Anne Kirchner, Dan Masterson


Visual Technicians    Kade Goss, Ira Whitacre

Audio/Visual    Ryan Goering, Reynold’s, John Wagoner

Greeters    Tom and Jan Hurst

Ushers    Rita Beam, Doris Coppock, Lois Schrag, Elly Ullom

Head Usher    Glenn Gayer

Balcony Usher    Mike Goering



Sunday School

to be announced


Ashley Spohn – Infant

Barbara Wagoner – Toddler

to be announced – Pre-K

Next Sunday

Sunday School

Sheryl Schrag


Ashley Spohn – Infant

     Allan Ayella – Toddler

 to be announced – Pre-K