Musings from Ministry Team Members

“Growing an Engaged Church: How to stop “Doing Church” and start being the church again” by Albert L. Winseman is turning out to be a thoughtful read. Recommended by Leadership Team Chair, LaMonte Rothrock, this book helps tackle the questions of – how we are ‘being church’. We learn that people who are ‘being church’ are engaged in their congregations and can claim four truths: 1) I know what is expected 2) I have the opportunity to do what I do best 3) My spiritual needs are being met and 4) My opinion counts. Structured to give feedback to four corresponding questions, chapter five includes a  twelve question sample survey that gathers information on 1) What do I get? 2) What do I give? 3) How can we grow? and 4) Do I belong? Choosing actions that address these four core concerns can move us from stasis to dynamic and vital growth.  Winseman claims that in addition to attending to these four areas, there are two myths that keep us from moving into becoming a spiritually vital and healthy community; Myth 1) “Believing leads to belonging” Myth 2) “An active member is a faithful member.” Research has shown that people do not come to church because they believe but rather they come to church because they want to belong. When we focus on nurturing people’s sense of belonging – when they feel they belong – and they can tell you what is expected, how they are doing their best, how their spiritual needs are  being met and why their opinion counts – then and only then do people commit to a spiritual path in their spiritual community – then they believe. Winseman additionally addresses Myth two by stating, “Activity that is not the result of engagement leads to burnout. And burned-out members eventually leave: psychologically, emotionally, spiritually and physically.” Why do we care? Why do we wish to be engaged with any church at all? Why does it matter that we participate in a community of faith? We go to work, we volunteer and we participate in a wide array of social activities. We can have all our special interest and social needs met in these ‘other’ places in our lives. So why church? At its purest – the church is the one place in society that does not exist for its own self-preservation. It does not exist to promote itself or its own agenda or its own perspective. The CHURCH exists to be God in this world. ENGAGED participants in church life are active BEING the church. ENGAGED participants in church life are active BEING God in this world. From this perspective, it is well worth working on becoming a Growing and Engaged Church.    – Pastor Kathryn

Attendance for October, 2017

Oct. 1:      Sunday School 35 – Worship 172

Oct. 8:      Sunday School 35 – Worship 150

Oct. 15:    Sunday School 39 – Worship 250

Oct. 22:    Sunday School 31 – Worship 182

Oct. 29:    Sunday School 36 – Worship 125


Notes of Appreciation

Thank you for your recent gift of $4,650 to Church World Service (for clean-up buckets). Your gift is truly appreciated and has the power to help change lives! We appreciate your generosity.    — With peace, Heather Wilson, Church World Service.

Church of the Brethren:

Thank you for your gift of food items to the McPherson County Food Bank. Your generosity enables the Food Bank to assist the unemployed, the elderly and the hungry with food. The Food Bank depends on the support of those able to give so that others less fortunate might have the basic necessities of life. Thanks so much and may God bless!

Sincerely yours,

Jean Callender for the McPherson County Food Bank

The church office has received thank you letters from the following for contributions to their programs and ministries:

  • Church World Service
  • McPherson College
  • McPherson County Food Bank
  • Supportive Community Network

Thank You to Our Church Office Volunteers

Emilie Dell, Glenn Gayer, Elsie Holderread, Allan van Asselt, Grace van Asselt, Charles Whitacre


An Invitation for the Church Family

Brian & Jodi and Dan and Gaylene

invite you to join them as they celebrate the

joyful union of their children

Brooke Holloway


Alex Brumgarner








Perkins Restaurant Event Center

2111 E. Kansas Avenue

McPherson, KS 67460

RSVP at or text 620-386-0129

The couple is registered at

Bed, Bath & Beyond and Target

2017 Outreach Christmas Gift Giving

Outreach Team invites you to share the joy of Christmas by giving a gift to a deserving individual and/or organization. There are two Circles families that we will be sharing gifts with. We will also be providing household items for the Omega House Women’s Shelter (opening soon) and accepting donations for our Good Samaritan Fund.

A display of gifts (requested by the Circles families) and a listing of household items for the Women’s Shelter have been placed in the Good Shepherd Foyer. Remove the gift item you are donating from the display, as a reminder to you, for the gift you have chosen. Return the item (gift wrapped if possible) with the gift item tag. Outreach Team will deliver the gifts to the corresponding family or group. Gifts collected will be dedicated during the worship service on Sunday, December 17.

If you prefer for Outreach Team to do the shopping, contact Judy Stockstill, 620.242.3536 or  Cash and check donations may be placed in an offering plate, marked for the Outreach Team Christmas Gifts. Thank you for your generous support.



Annual Christmas Breakfast — Sunday, December 3, 2017

The Sojourners Class invites the church family and friends to enjoy music, food and fellowship at the annual Christmas Breakfast, Sunday, December 3, 8:45 a.m., in the Church Social Rooms. Dawn Hoffman will share a story for all ages and music will be provided by the McPherson College Performing Arts Department. Please bring a breakfast pastry to share and we’ll do the rest. There will be no Sunday School that morning.


39th Annual Christmas Carol-Along

Plan now to attend the 39th annual Christmas Carol-Along that is planned for 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, December 7, at the McPherson Opera House.  This is an informal, Come-and-Go event for the whole family.  Enjoy singing songs of the Season with your friends and neighbors without standing outside in the cold weather! There will be brief appearances by local groups, including the McPherson Community Brass Choir, Elyria Christian High School Choir, Soderstrom Elementary School — 1st & 2nd Grades, and Handbells by Kendra Flory.  Enjoy some refreshments and a visit from Santa!  No admission is charged.


In Memoriam — Bonnie Guthrie

Bonnie Guthrie, grandmother of Kurt Kinnamon, died on Wednesday, October 18. The memorial service was held on Tuesday, October 24, at the Minnis Chapel, Stafford, KS. We wish to express our sympathy to Kurt and Cindy Kinnamon, great-grandchildren, Kaley, Kyler, and Jace Kinnamon; and the other immediate and extended family members.