Information for the Congregation for Sunday, September 23, 2018

Posted September 21st, 2018

Think generously. Practice generosity. And do so courageously.

It takes courage to talk about money especially when what is required is asking people to give (even when we are not asking for all of their wealth). Asking them to give is simply asking them to take stock of their priorities, their values, and the depth of their faith in what they gospel is really about. It creates a moment of urgency and potential crisis in the hearer. There is the risk they will say no, the risk they might be offended and choose to go elsewhere. It happens. Imagine for a moment the courage to ask without begging or apology because we believe the gospel compels us to give with a purpose.

First Fridays: McPherson College at The Cedars — This is a free educational series of classes that are open to all ages. On Friday, October 5, at 3 p.m., Dr. Ken Yohn will present “ISIS, Democracy, and Refugees: Civil War in Syria.” For information, contact Kendra Flory (floryk@mcpherson.edu or 620.242.0432).

Fellowship – Fun – Feedback 6:00 – 7:30 pm., Saturday, October 6, Church Social Room. Invest in the Fellowship of being with others – spend 90 minutes with someone you’ve known forever OR that you’ve just met! Indulge in the Fun of ‘Desserts without Guilt’ – choose from options ranging from sinful to saintly. Improve your worship experience – leave Feedback at your table. Sign-Up: Church Good Shepherd Foyer or call Janice (620.241.1198).

Reasonable Faith is a series that illustrates that Christianity is fully compatible with the findings of contemporary science, humanitarian ethics, and critical biblical scholarship. On Monday, September 24, 7-8 p.m., Kirk MacGregor will present “Does Science Point to God?” in Mohler Hall, Room 212, McPherson College. Everyone is welcome.

2018 Month-to-Date Financial Report

 

Sept. 2

Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 30

Total

Weekly Offering Needed
$8,000 $8,000 $8,000 $8,000 $8,000 $40,000
Offering Received
$5,072.56 $10,432.00

$2,801.45

     

 

Welcome Back — Good Beginnings Preschool

Posted September 20th, 2018

We have had a wonderful start to preschool. All the children have been excited to get to know each other, try out many new toys and experiences, and play on the amazing playground!

In October, the Younger Class will explore COLORS. They will wear a different color each week, sort pom-poms by color using tongs to pick them up, and meet the Crazy Color Creatures (fun rhyming friends). They will share favorite books Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Pete the Cat and His Groovy Buttons. Pete the Cat and his colored shoes will appear on the felt board!

The Prekindergarten Class will learn firefighter songs and finger plays, create a thumbprint dalmation, and go a field trip to the fire station! They will enjoy talking about their favorite animals as they sort stuffed animals into categories – pets, wild animals, and farm animals. Favorite books include Gilbert Goldfish Wants a Pet; Bark, George; and Skeleton Hiccups. The children can dress up like their favorite story book character or what they want to be when they grow up for the Fall/Halloween party.

Parent Visits will be offered to Younger Class parents in October and November. Parent/teacher conferences for Prekindergarten Class parents are scheduled in the afternoon and evening on THURSDAY, Oct. 25. Preschool will not meet on Thursday or Friday, Oct. 25 or 26.

Thank you for welcoming us back as part of the church family!

Carol Temple, Director

Notes of Appreciation

Posted September 19th, 2018

• Thank You to Our Church Office Volunteers:  Rita Beam, Dorothy Davidson, Elsie Holderread

•  A thank you letter has been received from McPherson College for the contribution made to their programs and ministries.

• From the Family of Martha Twaddle:

Perhaps you sent a lovely card, Or sat quietly in a chair;

Perhaps you sent beautiful flowers, If so, we saw them there.

Perhaps you sent or spoke kind words, As any friend could say;

Perhaps you were not there all, Just thought of us that day.

Whatever you did to console the heart,

We thank you so much, whatever the part. – by Martha Lee Frazier Sherman

Musings from Ministry Team Members

Posted September 19th, 2018

The second week of September I attended four and a half days of training in the area of bereavement, death, and dying.

For most individuals this becomes an unpleasant topic to ponder and encounter.  Rightly so, because when one is bereaved, grieving, or mourning, it is often the result of having lost a dear loved one, a cherished belonging, a companion pet, divorce, loss of home and place, loss of past, present, and future – we are sad, tearful, angry, hurting, and often feel confused, depressed, and without direction and purpose.  We experience losses of many kinds not limited to the previous list.  Loss is something we can encounter each day with varying intensity and for a variety reasons.

Elemental to our healing and convalescing from significant loss and grief is our capacity to acknowledge and integrate the reality of a death or loss.  This happens very differently and is never quite the same for each person over the span of time.  Our convalescence from losses and that feeling of being torn apart is less about “getting over it” and more about “living into and with” a new reality that has come into our lives.  In this way, we discover that our grief experience is not linear, but recursive in nature; that it is not predictable and is not bound to some arbitrary or named time frame.   In the words of Dr. Alan Wolfelt, Director of The Center for Loss and Life Transition, “…there is no reward for speed.”

There are common misconceptions about grief.  I will list ten and perhaps you may know of others.  1)  Grief and mourning is the same thing.  2)  There are predictable, orderly stages to grief and mourning.  3)  We should avoid the painful parts of the grief experience.  4)  Tears of grief are a sign of weakness.  5)  Being upset and openly mourning means the mourner is being “weak” in faith.  6)  When someone dies, the mourner only grieves and mourns for the physical loss of the person.  7)  The mourner should try not to think about the person who died on holidays, anniversaries, birthdays, and other life markers.   8)  The mourner should be able to “get over” grief as soon as possible.  9)  Nobody can help the mourner with the grief/mourning journey.  10)  When grief and mourning are finally reconciled, they never come up again.

These ten misconceptions are ever around us and others, who are striving to heal and convalesce from significant loss.  With these in heart and mind, perhaps we can be ever more conscious and compassionate to others and ourselves whenever one or all of these misconceptions rears its unhelpful and hindering head.  Our task is not to judge others for how they are grieving, but to walk with and support one another in a spirit of love and grace.

May God comfort us and assist us in our own grief journeys and as we also come along side others in the midst of convalescence and healing.

From the works of Dr. Alan Wolfelt, Founder and Director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition, Ft. Collins, CO. 

Please feel safe in contacting me with questions or conversations.

Chris Whitacre, Pastoral Care Minister

Information for the Congregation for Sunday, September 16, 2018

Posted September 14th, 2018

Think generously. Practice generosity. And do so courageously.

It takes courage to talk about money. Our relationship with money is based on our entire Western economy of consumption. One cannot be a successful consumer without adequate resources – couple this notion with the idea that scarcity is what gives added value to objects, and we create a relentless and self-consuming cycle of desire and pursuit which leads only to hoarding and deep levels of anxiety. It elevates money to a god-like status with the mistaken belief that if we have more of it, we will have a sense of greater worth and experience lower stress. It takes courage to speak either to the false relationship between wealth and blessing or to address the responsibility and the burden of wealth. People who live only in the expectation of a blessing cannot yet see that they have already received one. It is no easier when people have abundance. To forget the source of our provision is to lose our own identity and to lose our way.

An Independent Living Open House is planned for 3-5 p.m., today, at The Cedars – watch for signs. All are welcome.

Quilt displayed:  The Cedars Service Teams, known formerly as The Cedars Guild, has been functioning since 1953 and is currently comprised of approximately 40 volunteers in 10 teams that assist at The Cedars. Activities include greeting in reception areas, quilting, needle crafting, visiting residents to distribute quilts and hand-crafted gifts, hosting the coffee shop, assisting the library and puzzle room and Fitness Center, making tray favors, and welcoming new residents to The Cedars Village.  Each year, the teams purchase items for residents’ use. This year the goal is a reclining chair for Cedars House 805 and a puzzle table for the health care center. These projects are funded through donations and a quilt drawing.  This year’s quilt is being displayed on the chancel this morning. If you would like to support the efforts of these teams, you are invited to stop by the table in the Good Shepherd Foyer after worship or contact Jana Goering (620.241.4080) anytime.

M-2 Prison Visitation Volunteer Opportunity – At Hutchinson Correctional Facility (HCF) there are over 50 inmates who are waiting for a visit. Through Offender/Victim Ministries’ M-2 Program, you have the opportunity to visit an inmate one evening per month. New volunteer training is planned for 12 p.m., Monday, September 17 at HCF or 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 20 at Bethel College Mennonite Church, North Newton. For information, contact Ben Kreider (ben@offendervictimministries.org or 316.281.5244).

Fellowship – Fun – Feedback Invest in the Fellowship of being with others – spend 90 minutes with someone you’ve known forever OR that you’ve just met! Indulge in the Fun of ‘Desserts without Guilt’ – choose from options ranging from sinful to saintly. Improve your worship experience – leave Feedback at your table. Choose either Saturday – September 22 or October 6, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., in the Church Social Room. Sign-Up in the Church Good Shepherd Foyer or call Janice (620.241.1198).

Reasonable Faith is a series that illustrates that Christianity is fully compatible with the findings of contemporary science, humanitarian ethics, and critical biblical scholarship. On Monday, September 24, 7-8 p.m., Kirk MacGregor will present “Does Science Point to God?” in Mohler Hall, Room 212, McPherson College. Everyone is welcome.

The 14th Annual Western Plains District Gathering is planned for Friday – Sunday, October 26-28, at Webster Conference Center, Salina. Registration forms are available in the Church Gathering Space and in the Education Building literature rack. Online registration is available on the district website (wpcob.org). Registration deadline is Monday, October 15.

Opportunities – Churches United in Ministry

– Two individuals to serve as co-managers of the Save ‘N Share Store.  Starting pay and starting date negotiable, current managers will train. Vacation and holiday benefits are available. If interested, contact Jalayn Stieben (620.241.7389).

– Vice-President, willing to serve on the Executive Committee this upcoming year, beginning with the October 23 meeting.  Contact Vaughn Ingram (620.241.7262), Pastor Lynn Scott (620.241.1390), or Bonnie Hoffman (620.245.7621).

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.

2018 Month-to-Date Financial Report

 

Sept. 2

Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 30

Total

Weekly Offering Needed
$8,000 $8,000 $8,000 $8,000 $8,000

$40,000

Offering Received

$5,072.56

$10,432.00