Information for the Congregation for Sunday, January 27, 2019

Posted January 25th, 2019

Mission Education Trip to HaitiJuly 19-23, 2019. To learn more, meet after church in the Church Community Room today.

A Pancake and Ham Breakfast will be held in the Church Social Room from 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 2, in the Church Social Room. Donations will benefit the Haiti Water Project.

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, January 28, 7-8 p.m., Kirk MacGregor will present “What Should Be the Relationship Between Christianity and Politics?” in Mohler Hall, Room 212, McPherson College. Everyone is welcome.

First Fridays: McPherson College at The Cedars — This is a free educational series of classes that are open to all ages. On Friday, February 1, at 3 p.m., Dr. Ken Yohn will present “ISIS, Democracy, and Refugees: Civil War in Syria.” For information, contact Kendra Flory ( or 620.242.0432).

Higher Education Scholarship Fund – Members who attend a Church of the Brethren institution of Higher Education are supported by this congregation with a $300 scholarship per semester. The second semester scholarships for the nine students receiving assistance this academic year – are now due. Please support these students with your donations. Bethany Theological Seminary; Kendra Flory and Joanna Smith, Bridgewater College; Helen Ullom-Minnich, Manchester University; Rebecca Ullom-Minnich, McPherson College; Emmy Goering, Rachael Hendricks, Ilanna Moyer, Dan Reynolds, Kaitlyn van Asselt. Please indicate Higher Education Fund on the memo portion of your check or on your giving envelope.

Job Opening – A part-time position is available to assist with the care and maintenance of the church facility. The Environmental Services II position focuses primarily on mechanical/electrical infrastructure and routine annual maintenance. Contact the church office for more details or contact Chris Whitacre as Staff Liaison to the Property Team.

Topical Spiritual Growth Classes

Sunday, February 3 – March 10, 2019

locations to be announced

“The Joy of Sects”

led by Pastor Jerry Bowen

Have you ever wondered where these amazing folks known as the “Brethren” came from? Do you ever question why some people have that alluring “Brethren” beard? Do you find it hard to embrace the practice of washing someone’s feet and then eating? Are you curious what it means to be Brethren? If so, this class will give some insight into the phenomenon known as the Brethren. We will delve into a basic history; we will explore the migration to the United States; we will examine the different ordinances’ and we will learn about some famous people. Join me for “The Joy of Sects” for a primer into what it means to be Brethren.


led by Jan van Asselt

A course in Miracles was taken down by direct transcription of a dictation of an inner voice by Helen Schucman in short hand and typed up each morning with William Thetford, her professional colleague. Both were professors of Medical Psychology at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. The whole process took about seven years. To me, JvA, the Course is a total affirmation of the New Testament, but written as a teaching device: Text, Workbook (with 365 Lessons, one lesson per day) and an 88 page Manual for Teachers. In these six weeks we will select, with your participation, portions to affirm the Presence of God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit in our lives. We have to learn to listen to the Holy Spirit as our teacher and guide and go-between God and Man and know that Jesus will never leave us.

STEPMC – Steps to End Poverty of McPherson County

led by Beth Versaw

STEPMC is driven by a single goal; to walk alongside people until they are out of poverty. This is done by forming community around those in the program, fostering connections, and creating pathways of opportunity and success. Could you survive a month living in poverty? Come deepen your understanding of what it means to live in poverty.

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