Worship Participants for Sunday, October 25, 2015

Posted October 23rd, 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    Jill Brax

Time of Sharing    Bud Taylor

Acolytes    Miriam Carlson, Keira McMillan

Worship Leader    Kathryn Whitacre

Children’s Time    to be announced

Guest Worship Choir Director    Kyle Hopkins


Visual Technicians    Kade Goss, Ira Whitacre

Audio/Visual    Ryan Goering, Steve Lolling, Chris Whitacre

Greeters    Jeff Allmon, Rick Tyler

Ushers    Rita Beam, Brice and Celeste Carlson, Lois Schrag

Head Usher    Glenn Gayer

Balcony Usher    Mike Goering



Sunday School

to be announced


       Ashley Spohn – Infant

 to be announced – Toddler

     Cindy Kinnamon – Pre-K

     Next Sunday

Sunday School

to be announced


         Ashley Spohn – Infant

 Allan Ayella – Toddler

            Julie Heitschmidt – Pre-K

Order of Worship for Sunday, October 25, 2015

Posted October 23rd, 2015

Gathering Music

“Holy God, We Praise Thy Name”    – arr. Cindy Berry

“Shine, Jesus, Shine”    – 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        arr. Michael Ryan

*Call to Worship – based on Psalm 126

One:    We gather to worship in expectation; God revealed in new and surprising ways.

All:     God comes to us in dreams and in real time.

One:    God is present. God is working in our midst.

All:     Our mouths are filled with laughter, our tongues shout out with joy!

One:    May we hear God speak to us today.

— written by Rev. Penny L. Lowes, a minister in the United Church of Christ (adapted)

*Opening Song    “Now Thank We All Our God”    #86

Invitation to Give

Offering Music    “The Water Is Wide”    – arr. Valerie Stephenson

Offering Prayer

Children’s Time

Following story:

Children’s Church, 1st through 5th Grade, Education Building

Childcare, Infant through Kindergarten, Education Building

Prayer Song    “By Peter’s House”    #378

Prayers of the Community

Message in Music    “Thy Name Be Sung”    – Donald R. Frederick

Scripture Reading    Mark 10: 46-52 (p.47)

Reflection    “Those Who Hurt Will Find a Way”    Jerry Bowen

*Sending Song     “O Christ, the Healer”    insert

*Sending Words

*Sending Music    Postlude on “St. Catherine”    – arr. David Paxton

Religious Heritage Lecture

Posted October 20th, 2015

McPherson College Religious Heritage Lecture

4 p.m., Sunday, November 8,  2015

Roger Schrock, Presenter

Sanctuary, McPherson Church of the Brethren

Everyone is invited!

Annual Christmas Social Set for December 5, 2015

Posted October 20th, 2015

 McPherson Church of the Brethren Faith Formation Team

invites you to attend the


 5 – 8 p.m., Saturday, December 5, 2015

Church Social Rooms


Bring an appetizer, soup, or dessert!

Sign up at: www.macbrethren.org/christmasevent


We will have stations for games, movies, ornament making, caroling, reading, prayer, and holiday crafts!

Service Project:

We are partnering with community groups to raise money for children in our community who are in need.  Some of the groups include Mac Packs, Heart to Heart, and more!  We will be accepting monetary donations at the event!


Contact Sarah Hendricks (620.480.0165 or sarah.w.hendricks@gmail.com)

Good Beginnings Highlights Fall Activities

Posted October 19th, 2015

An October highlight for the older preschool classes was the field trip to the McPherson Fire Station! The children saw firefighters, fire trucks, rescue tools, the fire pole, the firefighters’ living quarters, and fire fighter gear. The firefighters gave us a great tour and taught us about fire safety. Firefighters visited the younger classes as well and brought their big fire truck. A highlight for many of the children was sitting in the fire truck.

November will bring the focus of fall. The book Pumpkin, Pumpkin and flannel pieces will tell the life story of pumpkins. The older class will “dig into” real pumpkins to explore what the inside and outside are like. They can experiment to see if a pumpkin and other objects float and paint colorful pumpkin and leaf shapes. We will sing the book The Leaves Are Falling One by One before we go on our walk to search for signs of fall.

Parent/teacher conferences are available Monday and Tuesday, November 23 and 24.  Thanksgiving vacation is the rest of that week November 25 through 27.

Good Beginnings Preschool is blessed to be an outreach of the McPherson Church of the Brethren!

Carol Temple, Director