For These We Pray for Sunday, April 6, 2014

Posted April 4th, 2014

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

      •Bob Brax, Linda Butler Brittingham

      •Rowena Flory, Glen Funk

      •Jeannie Harden, Anne Hobbs

      •Mary Holloway, Eloise Holman

      •Gilford Ikenberry, Cindy Krehbiel

      •Buck Reinecker, Kaiden Schroeder

      •Bonnie Ward, Vera Whitaker

      •Dick Yeargan

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

      •Jerry Linn (former member)

      •Suzanne Miller (daughter of John & Maxine Miller)

      •Phyllis Pettit (mother of Renee’ Schowengerdt)

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

Celebrating birthdays today:

      •Avery Goering, Linda van Asselt King

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

Julie Liggett, Western Plains minister, struggling with Lou Gehrig’s Disease

The family of Carl Silver (Lone Star CoB), at Carl’s recent death

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 Guide:

Learning by heart: Philippians – Whether you memorize the entire book of Philippians, or selected passages, or simply spend time each day in prayer and contemplation, it is the desire of Annual Conference moderator Nancy Sollenberger Heishman, that through these scriptures Jesus may call us to boldly “Live as Courageous Disciples.”  Week of April 6:  Philippians 3: 13-15

In Our Nation and World

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, April 6, 2014

Posted April 4th, 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 Decor    Worship Team

Acolytes    Allison Blandin, Keira McMillan

Time of Sharing    Deb C. Wagoner

Worship Leader    Jerry Bowen

Children’s Time    Lisa Goering

Guitar    Jeremy Hanna

OUR VOLUNTEERS

Visual Technician    to be announced

Audio/Visual    Ty Goss, Logan Schrag, Rick Schrag

Greeters    Doris Coppock, Roberta Reed

Ushers    Emmy Goering, Laura Neher, Helen Ullom-Minnich, Kerrick van Asselt

                     (balcony) Mike Goering

Head Usher    Glenn Gayer

Visitation Ministers    Florence Crago, Rick Schrag, Charles Whitacre

CHILDCARE ATTENDANTS

Today

Sunday School    Elly Ullom

Infant    to be announced

Toddler, ages 1-2    Logan & Sheryl Schrag

Preschool, ages 3-k    Matt & Daisy Friesen

Next Sunday

Sunday School    to be announced

Infant    Sarah Hendricks

Toddler, ages 1-2    Junior High Youth

Preschool, ages 3-k    Cindy Kinnamon

Order of Worship for Sunday, April 6, 2014

Posted April 4th, 2014

Gathering Music    “He Leadeth Me! O Blessed Thought”    – 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    “Brethren, We Have Met To Worship”    – Bob Burroughs

THE WORD BECAME FLESH AND LIVED AMONG US

Lazarus Raised

*Unison Invitation Prayer

O God:

We bring to you our discouraged hearts – asking for hope.

Lift up our hearts – renew in us a sense of imagination, wonder and awe.

We bring to you our wavering commitment – asking for renewal.

Engage our spirits – so we might embrace new life in a new dimension.

We bring to you our puzzled wills – asking for direction.

Guide our minds – to capture Your Spirit and incorporate it into our daily life.

We bring to you our loneliness – asking for love.

Open our souls – that we might receive Your goodness, truth and grace.

*Opening Song    “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”    #592

Invitation to Give

Offering Music    “Ave Maria”    – Franz Schubert, arr. Chet Atkins

Offering Prayer and Blessing

Lenten Song    “From Ashes to the Living Fount”    Hymnal Rack

Our graves split open, bring us back, your promise to proclaim;

To darkened tombs call out, “Arise!” and glorify your name.

Children’s Story

Childcare provided – Infant thru K-garten – Education Building

Prayer Song    “O God, Who Gives Us Life”    #483

Prayers of the Community

Special Music    “Pastoral”    – Jeremy Hanna

 Scripture Reading    John 11: 1-45 (p.104)

Message    “Resurrection – NOW”    Kathryn Whitacre

*Sending Song    “This Is a Day of New Beginnings”    #640

*Sending Words

*Sending Music    Overture from “Judas Maccabeus”    – G. F. Handel

Information for the Congregation for Sunday, March 30, 2014

Posted March 28th, 2014

April Newsletter – Printed copies are available today. Check for e-mail updates and stay up-to-date with church news by signing up for e-mail alerts. Visit www.macbrethren.org and enter your e-mail address in the left column of the screen under “Subscribe to E-mail Updates” and follow the instructions.

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, April 4, Kyle Hopkins will present “New Horizons in Music.” To reserve your place, contact Marcia Walters                

           (waltersm@mcpherson.edu or 620-242-0434) by Monday, March 31.

Philo Class Social — 12 noon, Saturday, April 5, Church Social Room. Following lunch, which will be provided, a video relating to the environment, “Dr. Suzuki Speaks,” will be shown. The video was recommended in Messenger magazine. Class members will receive a call.

The final Haiti Marketplace will take place after the worship service on Sunday, April 6. For questions, contact Judy Stockstill

(620-242-3536 or judy.r.stockstill@gmail.com).

Everyone is invited to attend Maundy Thursday “Love Feast” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, in the Church Social Room. A light meal will be served by Caregiving Ministries (Deacons). Foot washing and hand washing will be available. Childcare provided.

Following recent back surgery, Cindy Krehbiel continues to recover in a rehabilitation facility in Frisco, Texas. For her address, contact the Church Office.

Due to economic conditions, the requests for financial assistance continue. Therefore, the Good Samaritan Fund is low. Any contributions to the fund will be appreciated.

For These We Pray for Sunday, March 30, 2014

Posted March 28th, 2014

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

      •Linda Butler Brittingham, Rowena Flory

      •Glen Funk, Kade Goss

      •Jeannie Harden, Mary Holloway

      •Eloise Holman, Anne Hobbs

      •Gilford Ikenberry, Cindy Krehbiel

      •Buck Reinecker, Kaiden Schroeder

      •Bonnie Ward, Vera Whitaker

      •Dick Yeargan

      •Jerry Linn (former member)

      •Suzanne Miller (daughter of John & Maxine Miller)

      •Phyllis Pettit (mother of Renee’ Schowengerdt)

      •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 Church of the Brethren Western Plains District

Sonja Griffith, District Executive – Terri Torres, Moderator – Ministries of the Western Plains District

Julie Liggett, Western Plains minister, struggling with Lou Gehrig’s Disease

The family of Carl Silver (Lone Star CoB), at Carl’s recent death

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 Guide:

Learning by heart: Philippians – Whether you memorize the entire book of Philippians, or selected passages, or simply spend time each day in prayer and contemplation, it is the desire of Annual Conference moderator Nancy Sollenberger Heishman, that through these scriptures Jesus may call us to boldly “Live as Courageous Disciples.” Week of March 30: Philippians 3: 9-12

In Our Nation and World

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