Information for the Congregation for Sunday, November 4, 2018

Posted November 2nd, 2018

Think generously. Practice generosity. And do so courageously.

We can live courageously when we recognize ourselves as God’s loved daughters and sons, despite our weakness and frightening circumstances. Such courage prompts us to live free from the love-of-money trap, free to be ‘rich toward God’ (Luke 12:21). Taking this greater freedom prompts us to live simply, and to cultivate contentment, whatever our context. Such simpler living encourages us to live generously in our personal lifestyle and together as a congregation.

Thanks for the well wishes, food, cards and many prayers during my surgery. I felt surrounded by the comfort of the spirit. Peace and blessings to each of you.    – Tami Grandison

Michael Himlie, a Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) worker, will be presenting a lecture entitled “How we, the silent majority, can contribute to the end of Israel’s military occupation of Palestine” at 6 p.m. on Monday, November 5, in Melhorn #112, McPherson College. Michael works in Palestine, Israel, Kurdistan, Iraq, and the island of Lesvos. CPT, an interfaith organization, works in conflict and war zones around the world, committed to building partnerships to transform violence and oppression. Through photography and stories, Michael will share experiences, what life under military occupation looks like, the beauties that prevail despite, and how we, as the silent majority, can contribute to an end of the occupation.

Kick off your Christmas shopping at the 14th annual Alternative Christmas Gift Market, planned for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 10, at The Cedars Conference Center. Fair Trade items will be available for purchase. Eighteen booths representing Heifer, Brethren Disaster Ministries, On Earth Peace, and The Cedars Resident Assistance Fund as well as other local charities such as STEP MC and the Omega House will greet and inform you. Lucy Bowman will again be raising money for the Malala Fund and Paul Ullom-Minnich will be promoting the Haiti Water Project initiative.  As an added service, we will accept credit cards this year. Come enjoy the refreshments and fellowship, and help make our market a success.

The McPherson College Band and Jazz Band will be presenting their fall concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 11, in Brown Auditorium. The concert will feature sophomore trombonist Brady Ballew and will showcase the music of David Maslanka, including his deeply spiritual compositions “Give Use This Day” and “Mother Earth.”

Ventures in Discipleship, McPherson College – The course offering for November will be “The How and Why of Conflict Engagement.” The class will be held online, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (CST), Saturday, November 17. Tim Grove will be presenting “Trauma Informed Care (TIC) – part 2.” Classes are donation-based and continuing education credit is available at $10 per course. To register for courses, visit

The 23rd Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner is planned for 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 22, at McPherson High School Activity Center. Everyone is welcome, reservations are not required. Volunteer to help: 620-755-8108. Donate pies: 620-241-5686. Home delivery: 620-241-1686. Questions, 620-241-0035.

Needed: Christmas Breakfast Coordinator – detailed ‘how to’ instructions provided (mentoring available). Plenty of volunteers to set-up the day before and serve the day of. Organized, detail-oriented person desired. Interested, call the Church Office (620-241-1109).

2018 Month – to Date Financial Report

October 7

October 14 October 21 October 28


Weekly Offering Needed
$8,000    $8,000 $8,000 $8,000 $32,000
Offering Received
$6,392.00 $6,600.00 $6,158.55 $1,396.20


January – September Income:  $266,984.29      Expenses:  $282,489.79

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