Information for the Congregation for Sunday, December 9, 2018

Posted December 7th, 2018

Congratulations to Kerrick van Asselt and Anna Lindholm who will be married on Friday, December 28. In their honor, a wedding shower is planned for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 18, in the Church Social Room. Everyone is invited. For a group gift, contact Lela Beam, Cindy Kinnamon, Sheryl Schrag, or Kristen Reynolds by Sunday, December 16.

The McPherson Community Brass Choir will perform “A Brass Christmas” at 7 p.m. today, in the historic Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy an evening of great Christmas music. Participants from the church are: Winona Godfrey, Eric Goering, Darren Hendricks, Christi Hopkins and Seth Schoming.

Brethren Disaster Ministries opportunity in Castener, Puerto Rico — For persons interested, there are openings after April 12 through August, 2019. Individuals should be able to work in warm climates, in a different culture.   At this time, groups are limited to seven persons. For information, contact Bud Taylor (620-245-4836) or Susan Taylor (620-245-4835).

Bud, Susan, and Dean Holloway will be joining others on a project in March. Former McPherson CoB member Jane (Orr) Sampson and her husband David, of Hutchinson CoB, worked there for two weeks in November.

Would you like to become a member? Would you like to dedicate your child(ren)? To initiate a conversation, express your intent or to ask questions, contact: Pastors Chris, Jerry, or Kathryn, through the Church Office (620-241-1109).

Annual Christmas Gift Giving Project.  Mt. Hope Sanctuary has selected two families and one individual and STEPMC (formerly Circles) has selected two families who could use some help this Christmas season.  The Outreach Team has information about the needs of each family or individual displayed on the table outside the sanctuary.  Each family unit has its own display board showing the family members with individual post-it notes listing the items we want to provide for them. If you are interested in helping, please take the post-it note of the item or items you would like to provide. Purchase and return your gifts to the church no later than December 16 with the post-it note attached.  You may wrap the gifts, if you choose, or return the gift unwrapped and Outreach Team members will wrap them. If you prefer not to shop, you may donate cash and we will use it to purchase needed items.  Cash donations may be given to Gregg Stocksill or Nancy Magnall.   For clothing items, it’s helpful if you can include a gift receipt in case exchanges are needed. There are also envelopes available on the display table if you want to donate to the Good Samaritan Fund. We will dedicate all the gifts during the December 23 church service and deliver them prior to Christmas. We hope you’ll join in this effort to make Christmas special for these persons who are currently facing some challenges in their lives.

Church Cancellation

In the event of severe weather or a catastrophic event:

listen to local radio KBBE 96.7

watch rolling banner on bottom of screen on TV Channel 12

check KWCH Channel 12 website CLOSED list and the church Facebook page

When personnel can get to the office, an All Church Email will be sent.

 

 

Brethren Disaster Ministries Opportunity

Posted December 3rd, 2018

Persons interested in working with Brethren Disaster Ministries in Castener, Puerto Rico — there are openings after April 12 through August, 2019.  Please contact Terry Goodger at the BDM office (contact information below).   Persons should be able to work in warm climates in a different culture.  At this time groups are limited to seven persons.  You may also contact Bud Taylor (620-245-4836) or Susan Taylor (620-245-4835) for more details.

Bud and Susan Taylor and Dean Holloway will join others on a project in March.  Former McPherson CoB member Jane (Orr) Sampson and her husband David, of Hutchinson CoB, worked there for two weeks in November.

Terry Goodger

Rebuild Program Assistant

Brethren Disaster Ministries

410-635-8730

tgoodger@brethren.org

Announcements for Sunday, December 2, 2018

Posted November 30th, 2018

Advent Devotionals & December/January Newsletters, are available in the Church Gathering Space today.

Congratulations to Kerrick van Asselt and Anna Lindholm who will be married on Friday, December 28. In their honor, a wedding shower is planned for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 18, in the Church Social Room. Everyone is invited. For a group gift, contact Lela Beam, Cindy Kinnamon, Sheryl Schrag, or Kristen Reynolds by Sunday, December 16.

Domestic Violence Education Opportunity: Father Charles Dahm, O.P., Director of the Archdiocese of Chicago Domestic Violence Outreach Program, will be speaking at The Gathering Church, 518 North Main, Newton, from 12-1 p.m. on Monday, December 3. Questions, contact Anna Rusche (316-284-3628). Everyone is welcome.

40th Annual Community Christmas Carol-Along, 6-8 p.m., Thursday, December 6, McPherson Opera House. There will be brief appearances by local groups, including the McPherson Community Brass Choir who will perform at 6 p.m.. Everyone is invited.

On Monday, December 17, at 6:30 p.m., the Brass Choir will present a concert at The Cedars.

First Fridays: McPherson College at The Cedars — This is a free educational series of classes that are open to all ages. On Friday, December 7, at 3 p.m., Professor Lorena Medrano will present “An Immigrant’s Experience: The surprising twists and turns in the path toward making a life in a foreign land and becoming a U.S. citizen.” For information, contact Kendra Flory (floryk@mcpherson.edu or 620.242.0432).

The McPherson Community Brass Choir will perform “A Brass Christmas” at 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 9, in the historic Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy an evening of great Christmas music. Participants from the church are: Winona Godfrey, Eric Goering, Darren Hendricks, Christi Hopkins and Seth Schoming.

Annual Christmas Gift Giving Project.   Mt. Hope Sanctuary has selected two families and one individual and STEPMC (formerly Circles) has selected two families who could use some help this Christmas season.  The Outreach Team has information about the needs of each family or individual displayed on the table outside the sanctuary.  Each family unit has its own display board showing the family members with individual post-it notes listing the items we want to provide for them. If you are interested in helping, please take the post-it note of the item or items you would like to provide. Purchase and return your gifts to the church no later than December 16 with the post-it note attached.  You may wrap the gifts, if you choose, or return the gift unwrapped and Outreach Team members will wrap them. If you prefer not to shop, you may donate cash and we will use it to purchase needed items.  Cash donations may be given to Gregg Stocksill or Nancy Magnall.   For clothing items, it’s helpful if you can include a gift receipt in case exchanges are needed. There are also envelopes available on the display table if you want to donate to the Good Samaritan Fund. We will dedicate all the gifts during the December 23 church service and deliver them prior to Christmas. We hope you’ll join in this effort to make Christmas special for these persons who are currently facing some challenges in their lives.

Church Cancellation

In the event of severe weather or a catastrophic event:

listen to local radio KBBE 96.7

watch rolling banner on bottom of screen on TV Channel 12

check KWCH Channel 12 website CLOSED list and the church Facebook page

When personnel can get to the office, an All Church Email will be sent.

Musings from Ministry Team Members

Posted November 29th, 2018

Some thoughts to ponder if your Christmas is a bit “Blue”  — Pastor Kathryn

The following is a lightly adapted ‘Blue Christmas’ worship meditation and ritual created by Rex A. E. Hunt who is a ‘grass roots’ religious naturalist, progressive liturgist, and social ecologist.  He lives on the Central Coast of New South Wales. Forty-six years ordained, first as a Presbyterian (1972), he is today a retired minister of the Uniting Church in Australia (formed in 1977).

Christmas is a time for memories and remembering. For some, the memories are of loved family members who have died, and the holiday season makes the pain of these losses ever more real. For others, the memories are of happier times than we now know; felt as the anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity around employment, the anxiety of illness or poor health, or the emptiness of loss after a bushfire. We sometimes can feel very alone in the midst of all the celebrating of the season, the singing, and the constant proclamation of “Joy, joy, joy!” As we enter this season it is good to remember, we are in the presence of God’s comforting love. It is good to remember that with God, we are safe to feel what we feel: to acknowledge our sadness, to share our concern, to release our anger, to face our emptiness, and still to know that God by whatever name – cares. In the community that is ‘church’, we are in a safe place – a place of comfort and support – a place where we are not alone in our life experiences. When we lose, we grieve. Grief is normal. Grief is universal. At the same time grief is extremely personal. May we and others not forget or deny our journey of grief. We enter the season of Christmas; bringing our needs AND the needs of the world, with our faith AND with our doubts, with our hopes AND our fears. We come as we are, because it is God who invites us to come. And God has promised never to turn us away.

Rather than hiding your reality of a “Blue Christmas”, you are encouraged to name it and ritualize it by lighting a candle each week of Advent and speaking, praying or reading the following words:

The first candle is lit to remember those whom we have loved and lost. We pause to remember their name, their face, their voice, the memory that binds them to us in this season. The second candle is lit to mend the pain of loss. The loss of relationships, the loss of jobs, the loss of health, the loss of home. We pause to gather up the pain of the past and offer it to God, asking that from God’s hands we receive the gift of peace. The third candle is lit to remember ourselves this Christmas time. We pause and remember the past weeks and months and years: the disbelief, the anger, the down times, the poignancy of reminiscing, the hugs and handshakes of family and friends, all those who stood with us. The fourth candle is lit to remember the gift of hope which the Christmas story offers to us. We remember that God is our companion, who shares our life, blessing us, and filling us with longing and with courage. In this season of Advent and Christmas, let us remember: God’s care that – surrounds us, leads us into the future, defeats the darkness with dawn and holds us in Love.

Good Beginnings Preschool Plans for December Activities

Posted November 29th, 2018

The Prekindergarten Family Fun Night, originally scheduled for November 26, was cancelled by the snow storm! It has been rescheduled for Monday, December 3 at 6:30 p.m.  The children will share photos, songs and finger plays, and a snack with their families!

In December, all the children in both classes will have the opportunity to decorate a Christmas tree; create a gift for their parents; hear the Christmas story and retell it with figures or finger puppets; and frost and decorate Christmas cookies. They love to learn and share many Christmas songs such as Away in a Manger, There Was a Little Baby, Ring Those Bells, Drummer Boy, Jack in the Box, and Jingle Bells. Old Christmas cards will provide lots of opportunities for cutting and gluing.

Look for “Wishing Stars” hanging beside the preschool doors. We are saving for new Melissa and Doug cardboard building blocks and a hand-held vacuum besides other little items. Thank you for your ongoing monetary and prayer support!

Blessings to you as you celebrate Christmas and the New Year with family and friends.

Carol Temple, Director