Order of Worship for Sunday, September 28, 2014

Posted September 26th, 2014

Gathering Music    “Fresh As the Morning”    — sung by youth

Sharing Time   Dan Reynolds, Ashley Spohn

. . . 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 ÐWelcomeÏ Cards found in the pew Bibles and place it in the offering plate.

Focusing Music    “Peace Pilgrim’s Prayer”    — sung by congregation

*Call to Worship    Rebecca Ullom-Minnich

One:    We are called to the journey.

All:      We are not too young.

One:    We can set an example for the world right now.

All:      We are called because of our energy and our enthusiasm for life.

One:    Called because of our creativity, our passion, and our conviction.

All:      Called to rejoice in the blessing each of us has received for the journey right in front of us.

One:    To run this race of life together, hand in hand.

All:      Join us as we journey together in worship.

– written for 2014 National Youth Conference by Sarah Ullom Minnich

Invitation to Give  —  Telling the Story  —  Why I Give       – Dean Reynolds

Offering Music    “Called or Not Called”    — sung by congregation

Offering Blessing and Prayer    Kenzie Goering, Rachael Hendricks

Children’s Story   Kenzie Goering, Rachael Hendricks, Dylan Kramer, Janae McKinney, Ilanna Moyer

Childcare provided   —  Infant thru K-garten  —  Education Building

Prayer Song    “10,000 Reasons”    — sung by congregation

Time of Prayer    – Emmy Goering, Kaitlyn van Asselt, Ruth Whitacre

Scripture Focus    Skit    — Tate Johnson, Christian Ramirez, Logan Schrag, Meklit Tilahun, Grant Tuttle, Kerrick van Asselt

Message    Monologue on Luke 5: 17-26    – Cameron Clark

Sending Song    “Blessed for the Journey”    — sung by youth

Sending Words    Nate Crain

*Sending Music    NYC Soundtrack

Musings from Ministry Team Members

Posted September 25th, 2014

The first Sunday in October, this year October 5th, is known in ecumenical church circles as World Communion Sunday, originally called Worldwide Communion Sunday.  World Communion Sunday is a celebration observed by participating Christian denominations that promotes Christian unity and ecumenical cooperation.   The tradition originated in the Shadyside Presbyterian Church in 1933 and was adopted throughout the US Presbyterian Church in 1936 and subsequently embraced by other denominations.   In 1940, the Federal Council of Churches (now the National Council of Churches), endorsed World Communion Sunday and began to invite into relationship Christian churches worldwide.

The Church of the Brethren is a participating member in the National Council of Churches and has recognized and honored World Communion Sunday, for some time, as part of a unified Christian presence in the world.

On World Communion Sunday the McPherson Church of the Brethren has participated in this ecumenical event by serving Bread and Cup communion during worship or by celebrating with an evening Love Feast service.

On October 5th, we will experience a modified Love Feast during morning worship.  Worship will include receiving the elements of the Bread and Cup; an opportunity for feetwashing; an opportunity for handwashing.  Worship will be followed with a fellowship meal, potluck style, in our Social Room downstairs.  The purpose for this experience is two-fold:  1) to participate with Christians worldwide in the celebrating of communion; to be ecumenically unified with our Christian brothers and sisters; 2) to witness and experience this worship as a teaching moment for those unfamiliar with the practice of Love Feast and to cultivate and nurture an understanding of Church of the Brethren faith and practice.

With an open heart and an open mind, I believe morning worship will be rich and meaningful as we experience together one of our beloved and traditional services of the Church of the Brethren while we join with our sisters and brothers worldwide in a spirit of ecumenical love and unity.

Please join us for worship on October 5th at 10:15 a.m.

In peace and grace,

Chris Whitacre, Pastoral Staff


Meet Our Exchange Students

Posted September 25th, 2014

Emily Morejon is our student.  She is a senior from Ecuador.  She has three sisters, and both of her parents are hair dressers in a large city (in fact her dad works with Miss Ecuador each year; they are getting ready for the Miss Universe Pageant).  She is playing volleyball on the high school team, but really loves tennis.  She likes cooking and fashion.  She enjoys traveling.  Her older sister was an exchange student in Michigan last year.     — Paul and Marla Ullom-Minnich

Marla Jemima Pokuaa Hofmann is a 16-year-old student from Berlin, Germany, who is spending this school year with the family of Allan & Deb van Asselt.  She will be here until the end of June 2015.  Her mother is Franziska Hofmann (from Frankfort/Oder in former East Germany), stepfather is Sebastian Zehetmair (from Bavaria), and her father is Kwame Ampem (from Ghana).  She has two younger half-sisters, but no siblings close to her age so she is enjoying Kaitlyn and Grace (and Kerrick when we see him).  She enjoys photography and art, as well as reading books.  She also enjoys being with people and spending time with friends.  She is participating in cross country at McPherson High School for the first time in her life, and she sometimes enjoys this.  Her goals for this exchange experience are to improve her English skills, meet new people, learn more about other cultures, and become more confident and independent.

Meklit Yemiru Tilahun is a 16-year-old exchange student from Ethiopia.  Meklit (pronounced as mek-leet) currently lives with the Goering family — Chris, Lisa, Emmy and Kenzie — and is a junior at McPherson High School.  Back home in Addis Ababa, her father is a pastor in the Mennonite church (Meserte Keristos Church) and her mother is a medical nurse. She has two young sisters and one little brother.  Meklit enjoys learning new things, photography, hanging out with friends and going to church. Her goal while in America this year is to improve her English language and get good grades.  She also looks forward to experiencing other cultures, being a good ambassador of her country and reflecting Jesus in her life.

Christian Ramirez is our exchange student this school year.  Christian hails from the town of Modena in north central Italy.  Christian’s parents are Miguel and Carla and he has a younger sister named Ilaria.  Christian is attending McPherson High School this year as a junior.  He’s running Cross Country this fall with hopes of swimming this winter and running Track & Field next spring.      —  Michele and Eric Johnson

In Memoriam — Susan Dodson

Posted September 24th, 2014

Non-resident member, Susan Dodson, died on Saturday, September 20, in rural Scott County, Kentucky. The memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 27, at the Milward-Southland Funeral Home, Lexington, KY. We wish to express our sympathy to her husband, Jim Dodson; son, Eric (Heidi) Dodson; and grandchildren, Lauren and Isaac.

Information for the Congregation for Sunday, September 21, 2014

Posted September 19th, 2014

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, October 3, Dustin Wilgers will present “Animals Say the Darnedest Things in the Darnedest Ways.”  To reserve your place, contact Marcia Walters (waltersm@mcpherson.edu or 620-242-0434) by Monday, September 29.

Everyone is invited to join The Cedars Service Guild for their Fall Celebration at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 7, in the Cedars Conference Center. Please bring a salad to share. Bread, drinks, and table service will be provided. The speaker, Kim Stanley, will present “Adventures in a Small Town.”

Fall Festival — 7 p.m., Sunday, October 12, Bruce and Barbara Wagoner farm.  Chili Cook-Off and activities for all ages are planned. For additional information, check the church website (www.macbrethren.org).

Contact person:  Jen Magnall (magnallfamily@gmail.com or 719-325-6956)

RSVP  —    http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084fa8ac2aa4f49-chili