News from Good Beginnings Preschool

Posted January 19th, 2015

The preschoolers were excited to see snow at the beginning of January.  They were even more excited to watch the sun finally melt the snow so they could play outside again! Older class children kept track of how many days they played inside and how many days they played outside in January. Favorite winter activities for the older class children included making roll-up sandwiches, going on a “winter picnic,” cutting snowflakes, and painting hats, mittens, and boots. They also enjoyed dressing in their pajamas and bringing sleep toys to share and compare for pajama day.

The Younger class children stirred up hot chocolate mix, glued glittery snowflakes, made an edible penguin, and laced a mitten in January. Both classes heard the favorite stories, The Mitten and The First Day of Winter told with flannel graph figures.

In February all the children will create valentines and valentine boxes. They can work in the Heart Post Office, making mail for each other and for their families. These activities provide opportunities for the children to practice communication, writing, literacy, imaginative play, and sharing skills! Valentines Day will be celebrated followed by visits from local dentist, Dr. Stacy Wince. He will teach us how to take good care of our teeth.

Blessings in the New Year!  Thank you for your ongoing support.

Carol Temple, Director


Jd. Bowman to Teach Webinars on Creativity

Posted January 16th, 2015

On Saturday, February 7, Jd. Bowman, Associate Professor of Theater for McPherson College, will teach two webinars for the College’s Ventures in Christian Discipleship Program. “Innovation on a Timeline: Embracing Your Creativity Angels” will rekindle your inner creator by helping you once again hear that childhood voice urging you to color outside the lines. “Come to the Table, but Bring Your Crayons” will enhance your ability to become creative and innovative working in small groups. Unleash your God-given creativity! “Innovation On a Timeline” is scheduled for 9 a.m.  until Noon and “Come To the Table” for 1:30-4:30 pm.  Cost for each webinar is $15.


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Adult Topical Sunday School Is Coming Soon!

Posted January 16th, 2015

Sundays, February 1 — March 8, 2015

9:00 — 10:00 a.m.

Streams of Living Water:

Six Traditions of Christian Spirituality

Steve Crain, Facilitator Education Building Multi-Purpose Room

         — Come explore these Christian traditions through this video study:

               Contemplative (the prayer-filled life)

               Holiness (the virtuous life)

               Charismatic (the Spirit-empowered life)

               Social Justice (the compassionate life)

               Evangelical (the Word-centered life)

               Incarnational (the sacramental life)

 Dunker Punks — Old Order, New World  — A Recap Of NYC 2014

John & Deb Wagoner and Dave & Bonnie Fruth, Facilitators — Church Social Rooms

– Who are these Dunker Punks? Come listen to and enjoy the speakers that presented sermons at 2014’s National Youth Conference! Discussion about the speaker’s message as well as time to talk to some of our youth who attended the conference will also be a part of this exciting study.

What Every Church Member Should Know About Poverty

Art Hoch, Facilitator — Church Community Room

 – What is the challenge presented to our Christian faith in helping our neighbor? This class is a study of poverty from a biblical perspective coupled with local, regional, and national information. The “Hidden Rules in Church” will also be examined, to help understand economic class and make the church a welcome place for newcomers. Please bring your Bible!


Information for the Congregation for Sunday, January 18, 2015

Posted January 16th, 2015

The Fellowship and Hospitality Team is hosting a “Soup and Cinema” night Saturday, January 24, at the church. All are invited! Out of respect for children’s bedtimes, the evening will follow this schedule:

4:45 p.m.    Gather in Church Social Rooms

5:00 p.m. Share soups and snacks

5:45 p.m. Watch family-friendly movie

Please bring a pot of soup, a snack or a dessert to share. If you are willing to provide soup, please contact Janette Hess (241-7111) or Cindy Kinnamon (241-8089) so we can plan for enough soup. See you there!

Plan now for the Projects Unlimited Auction — 2015 is a new year and with it come new goals and opportunities. Plan now to make an item(s) for the auction which will be held on Saturday evening, during District Conference, planned for July 31 — August 2, 2015. Donated items will be auctioned and proceeds from the auction will benefit non-profit organizations such as Camp Colorado, Camp Mt. Hermon, Lybrook and Trees for Life. Planning ahead gives time for thought and creativity for making the items. Questions, contact Wylene Lengel (241-3889).

Higher Education Scholarship Fund — During the spring semester, ten members of the McPherson Church of the Brethren are attending two Church of the Brethren institutions, McPherson College and Juniata College. The church supports these students by providing a $300 scholarship per semester. Then this amount is matched by their institution. Currently, the fund has a balance of $1309. Another $1691 is needed to fully fund the program. If this is your passion — please consider a donation to the fund.  Checks may be written to the church; please indicate “Higher Education Scholarship Fund” on the memo line.

For These We Pray for Sunday, January 18, 2015

Posted January 16th, 2015

The McPherson Church of the Brethren

The spoken and unspoken concerns and joys of our community of faith and our community of living

John Burkholder, Rosalie Black

Linda Butler Brittingham, Barbara Flory

Glen Funk, Jeannie Harden, Eloise Holman

Ruth Howell, Maxine Miller

Roberta Reed, Kaiden Schroeder

Wilma Sutton, John & Bonnie Ward

Bettie (daughter of Gladys Ford)

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

Michelle Crago (granddaughter in-law of Florence Crago)

Bob Dague (brother of Thelma Lehman)

Ralph Weems IV (step-brother of Nancy Young)

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

Tyelor Holloway, celebrating his birthday 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

The family of Dan Elmore, at his recent death (brother of Alanna Harrison, wife of Tom Harrison, pastor of Eden Valley CoB, St. John, KS)

The family of Morris Gump, licensed Western Plains minister, at his recent death

The Church of the Brethren Denomination

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

David Steele, Annual Conference Moderator

EYN (CoB Church in Nigeria), in the face of Boko Haram advances

In Our Nation and World

Abduction of the Nigerian Chibok Tribe Girls

On-going conflicts throughout the world

Church of the Brethren congregations in:

Brazil, Haiti, Dominican Republic, India, Nigeria, Spain (newly approved) and Sudan