For These We Pray for Sunday, August 31, 2014

Posted August 29th, 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, Barbara Flory

Glen Funk, Jeannie Harden

Eloise Holman, Cindy Krehbiel

Maxine Miller, Gerald Neher

Kaiden Schroeder, John & Bonnie Ward

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

Suzanne Miller (daughter of John & Maxine Miller)

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

Linda Cunningham, David Fruth, Renata Prose, celebrating birthdays today

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

Ministries of the Western Plains District

Sonja Griffith, District Executive  —  John Hoffman, Moderator

Carolyn Barr, Osage CoB and wife of Western Plains Minister, Darrell Barr

Julie Liggett, Western Plains minister, struggling with Lou GehrigÌs Disease

The Church of the Brethren Denomination

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

David Steele, Annual Conference Moderator

CoB Mission and Ministry Board Weekly Prayer Guide:  unavailable

In Our Nation and World

Abduction of the Nigerian Chibok Tribe Girls

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

In Memoriam

Dorothy Crain, mother of Steve Crain, died on Monday, August 25. The memorial service is planned for today, at Timbercrest Chapel, North Manchester, IN. We wish to express our sympathy to Steve (Lori), grandson, Nate Crain; and other immediate and extended family members.

Worship Participants for Sunday, August 31, 2014

Posted August 29th, 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 Décor    Jill Brax

Acolytes    to be announced

Time of Sharing     Deb C. Wagoner

Worship Leader    Kathryn Whitacre

Children’s Time    Dan Lichty

Piano    Josh Norris

Handbell Ensemble    Ann Flory, Kendra Flory, Janelle Flory SchrockDani Hanna, Wylene Lengel

Quartet    Dan Lichty, Jon & Janelle Flory Schrock, Susie Shugart

                                                       Our Volunteers

Visual Technician    to be announced

Audio/Visual    Daniel Reynolds, Lindy Reynolds, Rick Schrag, John Snell, Chris Whitacre

Greeters    John & Deb Wagoner

Ushers    Brice Carlson, Ira Whitacre, Doug & Spenser Wine

Balcony Usher    Mike Goering

Head Usher    Glenn Gayer

Childcare Attendants


to be announced

 Next Sunday

John & Deb Wagoner  —  Infant

Daisy Friesen — Toddler

Cindy Kinnamon — Pre-K


Order of Worship for Sunday, August 31, 2014

Posted August 29th, 2014

Gathering Music    “Bind Us Together”    — arr. Mark Hayes

“They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love”    — arr. Peter Scholtes

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

Focusing Music    “Holy, Holy, Holy”    — arr. Mark Hayes

 *Call to Worship  –  based on Psalm 105: 1-6

One:    We will give thanks to you, O God, and call on your name.

All:     We will make known your deeds among the peoples, sing you our praises and tell of your wonderful works.

One:   Glory in GodÌs holy name! Let the hearts of those who seek God rejoice.

All:     Let us Praise God!

One:   Let us Worship God!

 *Opening Song    “Holy, Holy, Holy”    #120

Invitation to Give

Offering Music     “Simple Gifts”    — Patricia Cota

                                     “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”    — Patricia Cota

Offering Blessing and Prayer

Children’s Story   Childcare provided — Infant thru K-garten — Education Building

Prayer Song    “We Are One In the Spirit”    Insert

(“They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love”)

Prayers of the Community

Scripture Focus    Romans 12: 9-21 (p.162)

Special Music    “God of All People”    — David Haas/arr. John Helgen

Message    “And they’ll know….    — Jerry Bowen

*Sending Song    “For Christ and the Church”    #416

*Sending Words

*Sending Music    “Trumpet Air”    — Henry Purcell

In Memoriam — Dorothy Crain

Posted August 28th, 2014

Dorothy Crain, mother of Steve Crain, died on Monday, August 25. The memorial service is planned for Sunday, August 31, at Timbercrest Chapel, North Manchester, IN. We wish to express our sympathy to Steve (Lori), grandson, Nate Crain; and other immediate and extended family members.

Information for the Congregation for Sunday, August 24, 2014

Posted August 22nd, 2014

September 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 and enter your e-mail address in the left column of the screen under “Subscribe to E-mail Updates” and follow the instructions.

The Philo Class will gather for their noon meal at 11:30 a.m. today, at the Cedars Café.

Everyone is invited to attend the “We Connect Wednesdays” kick-off meal which is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., on Wednesday, September 3, in the Church Social Rooms, with the Fellowship and Hospitality Team hosting. Matt Friesen will be on hand to grill burgers and hotdogs. The meat and baked beans will be provided; please bring a side dish or a dessert to share. See you there! Please note that WCW prices are $3 per person or $8 for families.

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, September 5, Chris Paulsen will present “Collecting Antique License Plates — How to Make an Everyday Nuisance an Interesting Hobby.”  To reserve your place, contact Marcia Walters by Monday, September 1. or 620-242-0434

You are invited to consider assisting in the nursery during the Sunday morning worship service. To sign up, type in the following link:

There are still McPherson College Choir and Band students who are in serious need of financial sponsorship for the January 2015 Europe Tour. If you are willing to help, please contact Kyle Hopkins ( or Josh Norris (

Have you recently retired and are you looking for opportunities to serve others? The Save ‘N Share Store is looking for volunteers. They ask for a commitment of only a few hours weekly. You are invited to prayerfully consider this outlet of ministry in our community.  Stop by the store (209 S. Main) on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, or call 241-7389 and ask for a manager.

Higher Education Scholarships are in need of funding.  Currently, an additional $1,500 is needed to fully fund this fall’s scholarships.

The position of Client Services Manager is being offered by Churches United in Ministry. Duties include interviewing clients, overseeing the distribution of ministry funds, managing the ministry office procedures and representing the ministry to McPherson County organizations. The anticipated start date is December 1, 2014. For additional information and application instructions, check the church website (

Traditions — Camp Mt. Hermon Family Camp


70th Anniversary Reunion

September 26-28, 2014

Bring your family and return to Mt. Hermon for a weekend reunion of campers — everyone who has been a part of Camp Mt. Hermon. Plan to relax, explore the grounds, and visit with friends. Information packets with registration forms are available in the Church Gathering Space or check the CoB website ( for on-line registration.

Western Plains District Church of the Brethren


Webster Conference Center, Salina, Kansas

Friday — Sunday, October 24-26

Online registration —   —  early registration deadline:  October 13, 2014

Brochures — available in the Church Gathering Space & Education Building Literature Rack