Circles of McPherson County Plans Poverty Simulation Event

Posted June 9th, 2016

Mark Your Calendars for 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 7 as Circles of McPherson County will run a Poverty Simulation.  The event will be held in Hess Hall, First United Methodist Church.  This is an incredible learning experience!

Have you thought about becoming an Ally to a Circles family as they journey out of poverty? Do you know someone who would make a great Ally? Or do you or a friend work in a profession where you interface often with families living in poverty? Do you have questions about why it is so hard for families to escape the cycle? This free experience is a perfect tool to bring stark insight to the maze families in poverty face daily that perpetuates the cycle. Pastors, educators, healthcare and community members are WELCOME!

There is no cost to participate in this experience.  Eighty-eight slots are available; reserve your spot now!

Materials for this simulation were paid for in part by the McPherson County Community Foundation

Information for the Congregation for Sunday, June 5, 2016

Posted June 3rd, 2016

Summer Sunday School Schedule

   Adult/Youth Classes – as determined by individual classes

   Children’s Activities – Education Building Multi-Purpose Room

Everyone is welcome – whether as an organized class or for coffee and fellowship.

Beginning today, you are invited to participate in a new study, Misfits for Jesus; Explore Saving Jesus (Living the Questions curriculum), led by Jessica Griffith, in the Church Community Room.

Name Tags – If you need a new or replacement name tag, please contact the church office (241-1109).

Congratulations to Bret and Isabelle (Moyer) Scott who were married on April 1, 2016. In honor of their recent marriage, you are invited to contribute to a group gift by placing a check in an offering plate (indicating “group gift” in the memo line) or by sending/taking it to the church office by Monday, June 6.

Projects Unlimited Auction – Saturday, July 30 (during Western Plains District Conference)

You are encouraged to create homemade crafts, woodworking projects, photography, artwork, jewelry, quilts, lap blankets or other creative works for the auction. Proceeds will benefit district missions including church camps, the district office, Lybrook, and EYN. Pictures of your donations may be sent to Wylene.lengel@gmail.com and then will be posted online.

Recycling greeting cards – After removing the front covers, you may leave the covers in a basket which has been placed in the Good Shepherd Foyer.

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.

For These We Pray for Sunday, June 5, 2016

Posted June 3rd, 2016

The McPherson Church of the Brethren

Jeannie Harden died on Friday, May 27. The Celebration of Life Service was held on Friday, June 3, at the church.  We wish to express our sympathy to her son, Seth Harden; brother, Monte Zerger; and sister, Bernice Wells.

  • Rosalie Black, Donna Burkholder
  • Florence Crago, Illa Flax
  • Elaine Fleenor, Barbara Flory
  • Cheryl Hammarlund, Eloise Holman
  • Maxine Miller, Gene Reinecker
  • Renee’ Schowengerdt, Kaiden Schroeder
  • Jessica Stevenson, Jeanette Stump
  • Bonnie Ward
  • John & Sandy Hoffman, Monitor CoB members
  • Jeff Riggenbach, friend of Pastor Jerry
  • Stan & Charlotte Loewen, celebrating their wedding anniversary

Our Campers

     Junior High – Camp Mt. Hermon

                            (June 5 -11)

Senior High – Camp Colorado

                             (June 5-11)  

Our Leadership Team

Good Beginnings Preschool, staff & students during summer break

McPherson College, faculty, staff, & students, during summer break

The Cedars Community, staff & residents

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

Dale Minnich, Acting General Secretary, and all members of the CoB staff

Andy Murray, Annual Conference Moderator

EYN (CoB Church in Nigeria)

In Our Nation and World

The worldwide refugee crisis

Church of the Brethren congregations in:

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

Worship Participants for Sunday, June 5, 2016

Posted June 3rd, 2016

    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

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

Acolytes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . to be announced

Worship Leader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chris Whitacre

Children’s Time. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sarah Hendricks

OUR VOLUNTEERS

Visual Technicians. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kade Goss, Ira Whitacre

Audio/Visual. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ryan Goering, Dan Reynolds, Lindy Reynolds

Greeters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Darren and Sarah Hendricks

Ushers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Darren and Julie Heitschmidt, Dustin and Autumn Wilgers

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

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

Childcare Attendants

Today

Worship

April & Mason Clark – Infant

 Jessica Griffith – Toddler

Barbara Wagoner – Pre-K

Next Sunday

Worship

to be announced – Infant

     Jessica Griffith – Toddler

to be announced – Pre-K

Order of Worship for Sunday, June 5, 2016

Posted June 3rd, 2016

Gathering Music            

“Brethren, We Have Met to Worship”    – arr. Cindy Berry

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

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    “Trumpet Tune”    – Arcangelo Corelli

*Call to Worship

One:   Holy God, you have called each of us to serve you.

All:     Open our hearts to your Spirit. Help us spread the Good News to those who do not know you.

*Opening Song    “The Voice of God Is Calling”

The voice of God is calling its summons in our day; Isaiah heard in Zion, and we now hear God say; “Whom shall I send to succor my people in their need? Whom shall I send to loosen the bonds of shame and greed?”

“I hear my people crying in slum and mine and mill; no field or mart is silent, no city street is still. I see my people falling in darkness and despair. Whom shall I send to shatter the fetters which they bear?”

We heed, O Lord, your summons, and answer: Here are we! Send us upon your errand, let us your servants be. Our strength is dust and ashes, our years a passing hour; but you can use our weakness to magnify your power.

From ease and plenty save us; from pride of place absolve; purge us of low desire; lift us to high resolve; take us, and make us holy; teach us your will and way. Speak, and behold! We answer; command, and we obey!

Invitation to Give

Offering Music    “There Is a Higher Throne”    – Keith and Kristyn Getty

Offering Blessing

Children’s Time

Following story:  Childcare – Education Building

Prayer Song    “Forth in Thy Name”

Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go, my daily labor to pursue; thee, only thee, resolved to know in all I think, or speak, or do.

The task thy wisdom hath assigned, oh, let me cheerfully fulfill, in all my works thy presence find, and prove thy good and perfect will.

Thee may I set at my right hand, whose eyes mine inmost substance see, and labor on at thy command, and offer all my works to thee.

Give me to bear thine easy yoke, and ev’ry moment watch and pray, and still to things eternal look, and hasten to thy glorious day;

For thee delightfully employ whate’er thy bounteous grace hath giv’n, and run my course with even joy, and closely walk with thee to heav’n.

Prayers of the Community

Scripture Focus    Galatians 1: 11-24 (p.187)

Message    “Called”    Kathryn Whitacre

*Song of Sending    “O Young and Fearless Prophet”    #374

*Sending Words

*Sending Music    “God’s Blessing”    – Fielitz