Information for the Congregation for Sunday, August 19, 2018

Posted August 17th, 2018

Welcome Back – Celebration Sunday

SUNDAY, AUGUST 26, 2018

    9:00 a.m.   Sunday School for All Ages

  10:00 a.m.   Fellowship Time, Bruce Wagoner  hosting

  10:15 a.m.   Morning Worship

Christian Education & Growth Emphasis

                      – 3rd Graders receive their Bibles

                      – Message: Jerry Bowen

  11:30 a.m.   All-Church Potluck, meat provided

Faith Formation Team invites you to join the Connection Experiment to expand your circle and exchange stories. Twelve weeks – during worship – thru Sunday, August 26.

Summer Intergenerational Spiritual Growth

Sundays, 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. – Church Social Room

Facilitated by Jessica Griffith and Kathryn Whitacre

  • Appropriate for mature rising 6th graders through centenarians.
  • June 3rd through September 2nd
  • The class will read and discuss John Shelby Spong’s 2018 book:

Unbelievable: Why Neither Ancient Creeds Nor the Reformation

Can Produce a Living Faith Today

  • You can participate even if you miss a Sunday, due to travel or commitments.

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, August 27, 7-8 p.m., Kirk MacGregor will present “Does Evolution Threaten God?” in Mohler Hall, Room 212, McPherson College. Everyone is welcome.

Think generously. Practice generosity. And do so courageously.

Christian Stewardship is simply our courageous attempt, having experienced the generosity and hospitality of the God we know in Jesus, to live a life that reflects that generosity, the life that really is life – the life that is LIVED Peacefully, Simply, Together.

Giving away money is easy; giving it away wisely requires discernment. Well-placed gifting, regardless of the size, can make a tremendous difference and create an extremely satisfying experience for a donor. The Church of the Brethren relies on your gifts and your careful consideration for the future of our local congregation and secures our ability to continue our mission. After our all-church potluck on August 26, Becky Goss, McPherson County Community Foundation will offer ideas for planning your giving and explain the endowments invested for the McPherson Church of the Brethren.

Technical Assistance – If you would like to run a camera during worship, load the worship service into the computer, run the computer during worship or run the sound system during worship, please call the Church Office (620.241.1109). Leave your name and contact number and a member of the Audio-Visual Team will be in touch with you with additional information and to schedule a time for training.

All-church email list – If you are currently not receiving these notifications and wish to be added to the list, contact the Church Office (241-1109 or maccob@macbrethren.org). In addition, you may also contact the office, if you wish to be added to the Prayer Chain list.

New Photo Directory

Pictures are STILL being scheduled:

2:00 – 9:00 p.m., Tuesday thru Friday, September 4 thru 7, 2018

AND

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday, September 8, 2018

Sign up at

www.macbrethren.org

or

Facebook page (McPherson Church of the Brethren)

or

by calling the office 620-241-1109

Pets are welcome in the photos!

You will receive a complimentary 8 x 10 photo.

You may bring a portrait of someone in your family who is away and hold it in your photo!

You may bring musical instruments, sports equipment, dance costumes

We are allowed ten free photo submissions

These will be used for our shut-in members.

Then, we can still submit photos for those of you out of town this week.

We just have to pay a small fee.

5% of the cost of any additional photos you order will be donated back to the church

for the Haiti Medical Project – Clean Water Fundraiser (details in October)

Directory access will be available via: phone, lap-top, desk-top, tablet, church web-site.

WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED TO KNOW? LET US KNOW!

2018 Month-to-Date Financial Report

 

August 5

August 12 August 19 August 26

Total

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

$32,000

Offering Received
$4,880.15

$5,757.00

     

Miriam Hoover Turns 100!

Posted August 17th, 2018

The family of Miriam Hoover invites you to help celebrate her 100th birthday.  September 2 is the actual date and we’d like for you to join us for refreshments from 2:30 -4 p.m. in the Cedars Wellness Center to honor her.  There will be a brief program at 3 p.m.  No gifts please.  We look forward to seeing you there!

 

2018-2019 Reasonable Faith Series

Posted August 15th, 2018

Showing that no tension exists between faith and reason, Reasonable Faith illustrates that Christianity is fully compatible with the findings of contemporary science, humanitarian ethics, and critical biblical scholarship.

You are invited to come to any or all of this year’s events with Kirk MacGregor presenter!

2018-19 Schedule

All meetings will be held from 7-8 p.m. in Mohler Hall, Room 212, McPherson College

Date

Monday, August 27                   Does Evolution Threaten God?

Monday, September 24          Does Science Point to God?

Monday, October 29                Do Philosophy and Ethics Point to God?

Monday, November 26           Who Was Jesus?

Monday, January 28                What Should Be the Relationship between Christianity and Politics?

Monday, February 25              Should Christians Support War?

Monday, March 25                   What Should Be the Christian View of Same-Sex Marriage?

Monday, April 29                      What Should Be the Christian View of Abortion?

Brethren Disaster Ministries — Volunteer Opportunities in Puerto Rico

Posted August 15th, 2018

Dear Church Family,

We have received notice from the BDM office that they are now recruiting workers for Puerto Rico.

Volunteers will be scheduled in small groups of 5-7 volunteers, beginning September 1 through the middle of December (excluding the week of Thanksgiving). We are hoping that most volunteers will stay at least two weeks (10 working days). The project will initially be based in Castañer but may move to another area once the work is completed there.

Help with Travel Costs:  As with the work in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Western Plains District is offering to reimburse Church of the Brethren members or returning BDM volunteers for a portion of the cost of air flights to and from Puerto Rico. Volunteers staying at least two weeks (10 work days), may have up to 50% of their airline costs covered.  Volunteers meeting those criteria may also receive reimbursement from BDM to cover the remaining amount.

Working Conditions:  Volunteers should be aware that the heat and humidity in Puerto Rico is significant, particularly if they are traveling from a cooler climate. Those contemplating volunteering on the island should consider their health and ability to endure strenuous work outdoors in a warm, humid climate. Volunteers should feel comfortable with heavy lifting and climbing ladders, often while required to wear safety gear.

Meals: We will also need volunteers who are willing to prepare meals for the group and welcome volunteers who offer to serve in this way. Groups that travel together should plan to include one person who can prepare meals. Meals will be simpler than at other BDM sites and will contain more rice and beans than normal.

The minimum age for volunteer participation is 16. Please contact Sharon Franzen for information on requirements for minors.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering in Puerto Rico, after considering the living and working conditions, should contact Sharon Franzen (sfranzen@brethren.org or 410-635-8731) with the dates they would be available. No one should buy an airline tickets until they are notified to do so.  Also please contact Bud or Susan Taylor, your district BDM coordinators

Since we have less than a month before volunteers are expected in Puerto Rico, potential volunteers wanting to be a part of the first groups, are urged to contact Sharon as soon as possible. Volunteers will be scheduled on a first-come first-served basis. We will work to schedule volunteer arrivals with others to coordinate travel in Puerto Rico.

Those who cannot serve are encouraged to support this effort with prayers.  Financial donations to BDM are always welcome.

Thanks for your prayerful consideration and for sharing this with others.

Bud and Susan Taylor

Brethren Disaster Ministries District Coordinators

620-245-4835 (Susan) and 620-245-4836 (Bud)

taylorbud48@cox.net

susandtaylor@yahoo.com

Information for the Congregation for Sunday, August 12, 2018

Posted August 10th, 2018

Doug Gayer, son of Glenn Gayer, died on Thursday, August 9. The memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 18, at Countryside Covenant Church.  Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, August 17, at Stockham Family Funeral Home.  We wish to express our sympathy to his father, Glenn Gayer; wife, Tamara; sons, Chad (Rachel) Gayer, Mark (Megan) Gayer; daughter, Amanda (Spencer) Brown; and the other immediate and extended members.

Faith Formation Team invites you to join the Connection Experiment to expand your circle and exchange stories. Twelve weeks – during worship – June 3 thru August 26.

Summer Intergenerational Spiritual Growth

Sundays, 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. – Church Social Room

Facilitated by Jessica Griffith and Kathryn Whitacre

  • Appropriate for mature rising 6th graders through centenarians.
  • June 3rd through September 2nd (Class will NOT meet on August 12th)
  • The class will read and discuss John Shelby Spong’s 2018 book:

Unbelievable: Why Neither Ancient Creeds Nor the Reformation

Can Produce a Living Faith Today

  • You can participate even if you miss one or two Sundays due to summer travel and commitments.

Giving away money is easy; giving it away wisely requires discernment. Well-placed gifting, regardless of the size, can make a tremendous difference and create an extremely satisfying experience for a donor. The Church of the Brethren relies on your gifts and your careful consideration for the future of our local congregation secures our ability to continue our mission. After our all-church potluck on August 26, Becky Goss, McPherson County Community Foundation will offer ideas for planning your giving and explain the endowments invested for the McPherson Church of the Brethren.

Technical Assistance – If you would like to run a camera during worship, load the worship service into the computer, run the computer during worship or run the sound system during worship, please call the Church Office (620.241.1109). Leave your name and contact number and a member of the Audio-Visual Team will be in touch with you with additional information and to schedule a time for training.

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).

New Photo Directory

Did you get a notification on your phone?

Pictures are being scheduled:

2:00 – 9:00 p.m., Tuesday thru Friday, September 4 thru 7, 2018

AND

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday, September 8, 2018

Sign up at

www.macbrethren.org

or

Facebook page (McPherson Church of the Brethren)

or

by calling the office 620-241-1109

Pets are welcome in the photos!

You will receive a complimentary 8 x 10 photo.

You may bring a portrait of someone in your family who is away and hold it in your photo!

We are allowed ten free photo submissions

These will be used for our shut-in members.

Then, we can still submit photos for those of you out of town this week.

We just have to pay a small fee.

5% of the cost of any additional photos you order will be donated back to the church

for the Haiti Medical Project – Clean Water Fundraiser (details in October)

Directory access will be available via: phone, lap-top, desk-top, tablet, church web-site.

 

2018 Month –To Date Financial Report

August 5

August 12 August 19 August 26

Total

Weekly Offering Received
$8,000 $8,000 $8,000 $8,000 $8,000
Offering Received

$4,880.15