Information for the Congregation for Sunday, September 9, 2018

Posted September 7th, 2018

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).

Think generously. Practice generosity. And do so courageously.

For generations the rules of polite company have included, “No conversations about religion, politics, or money.” There can be no doubt – it takes courage to talk about money! The Bible addresses the subject of money, wealth, property, and related derivatives so often (perhaps as many as 2,500 times) that it seems a bit strange for some to have such an aversion to the topic. There are two different courageous conversations with regard to our fiscal resources. The first is about our relationship with money and the second is about asking for money.

Roger and Carolyn Schrock will be presenting pictures and interesting stories about their recent work in South Sudan. South Sudan is the newest nation in the world. The presentation is planned for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11,at The Cedars Wellness Center. After 28 years, Roger and Carolyn returned to Torit, South Sudan and they saw and experienced many changes. They planned, planted, pushed out vehicles, preached, renewed friendships and worked on development issues. Everyone is welcome; you are encouraged to invite friends from your neighborhood to come with you.

Becky Goss, President and CEO of the McPherson County Community Foundation, and local church member, provided a presentation at our last carry-in dinner. The topic was “End of Life Planning and Endowment Giving.” The session included questions and answers pertaining to the importance of estate planning and making gifts to endowments at the Foundation to benefit our church, and also directly to our own church endowment funds.  Becky will be available to visit and answer your questions from 6 – 7 p.m., this Wednesday, September 12, in the Church Social Room.

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 ( 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).

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 ( 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.  Approximately 30-40 hours a week with vacation and holiday benefits available per person.  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).

If you are missing an outer garment (sweatshirt, hoodie, jacket, etc.), check the coat rack by the stairway, next to the Church Social Room entrance.

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


Weekly Offering Needed
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Offering Received



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