Information for the Congregation for Sunday, March 17, 2019

Posted March 15th, 2019

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, March 25, 7-8 p.m., Kirk MacGregor will present “What Should Be the Chrisitan View of Same Sex Marriage?” in Mohler Hall, #212, McPherson College. Everyone is welcome.

Faith Formation Team has been tasked with the sacred duty of protecting every child and youth that comes through our doors. In service of that goal, we are proposing an initiative where every volunteer that works with children, shall undergo a background check to ensure their safety and our integrity as a congregation. In light of the current news that has brought to light the abuse scandals in both the Catholic Church as well as the Southern Baptist convention, we believe that it behooves us as a congregation to act decisively. A part of this action is ensuring the safety of those most vulnerable. We are so grateful for this congregation’s commitment to growing the hearts and minds of our children and ensuring that they have a safe place to grow and explore their faith. Thank you so much for being supportive of this as we continue to explore best practices. – Suzee Shugart, Chair

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.

McPherson College – Upcoming Events

Thursday, March 28, 7:30 p.m., Brown Auditorium – The Concert Band will have its annual collaborative concert with The Independent School from Wichita. Admission is free.

Sunday, April 7, 7:00 p.m., McPherson Opera House – The Jazz Band and the Hutchinson Community College Jazz Combo will present an evening of jazz to benefit the opera house. Tickets are only $6 at the door.

UPCOMING:  Sunday, March 31, 2019    11:30 a.m. Potluck, 12:30 p.m. Congregational Forum

The Annual Food Drive for the McPherson County Food Bank is a project of the Outreach Team. Donations will be collected through Sunday, March 31. Items (canned and non-perishable foods, listed below) or money donations, may be left in a grocery cart in the Church Good Shepherd Foyer or in a storage container in the Education Building. The goal is to reach $2000 in total donations from food and/or money since we reached $1900 in donations last year. The Outreach Team is very hopeful and optimistic that we can do this! For questions, contat Kendra Bowen (620.504.2772 or Thank You!

  • Cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Pancake mix
  • Canned fruits
  • Canned vegetables
  • Beans
  • Nuts
  • Peanut Butter
  • Non perishable meats

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.


McPherson College

2019 Passion Giving

Student Debt Project

McPherson College is continuing to look at student loan debt from a new perspective by partnering with students and their families on one of their biggest challenges. The Student Debt Project, which was piloted last year, combines matching funds for employment, financial literacy education, and mentorship all aimed at helping McPherson College students graduate with no student debt. Every student has a unique financial situation, requiring individual financial plans; however, one aspect of every student’s plan is the commitment to work while going to college. Income from employment that is applied to a student’s account is matched by the college at 25 cents per dollar. This year approximately 30 students are enrolled in the program and on track to meet their debt reduction goals. “It’s really a unique project that helps you graduate with less debt,” said Courtney Weesner, a sophomore who joined the project this year. “The project also teaches skills like making a budget, setting goals and sticking with them. These are important skills, not only for reducing debt for college, but also for the rest of your life.” McPherson College’s goal is that the Student Debt Project not only makes coming to college possible for many students, but that it also leads to a sustainable, brighter start for MC students’ careers. Think about it: no student loans + a good paying job after graduating = a great future!

Renewed Focus on Career Services

McPherson College has always taken a career-focused approach to higher education, where a student’s specific interest and skills can be enhanced and made more valuable when matched with other skill sets that employers are looking for. Our graduates are seeing the results of a McPherson College education. The latest placement rates for the school show the six-months post-graduation placement at 98 percent for MC graduates placed in their fields. Current students are recognizing the value of an MC education as well. The college saw a retention rate of 90 percent from fall to spring semester this year. Leadership in the Career Service office has worked diligently this year to build new systems to ensure solid data tracking, better employer relationships, consistent career advising across academic departments and full integration of the college’s “Enterprising MC Student Model,” which integrates the concepts of explore, engage, and experience. In addition, the campus has implemented Handshake, an online career placement platform that literally puts hundreds of potential employers and thousands of available positions throughout the U.S. at the fingertips of MC students. Local companies are already using the platform. It will now be easy for students to search the data base for jobs and internships not only in McPherson, but across the country and around the world.


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