Information for the Congregation for Sunday, March 31, 2019

Posted March 29th, 2019

Congratulations to Brooke Martin and Avery Goering who will be married on Saturday, April 13. In their honor, a wedding shower is planned for 11:30 a.m. or immediately after worship on Sunday, April 7, in the Church Social Room. Everyone is invited. For contributions to a group gift or for questions, contact Kendra Bowen, Jen Magnall, Renata Prose, or Autumn Wilgers by Monday, April 1. Brooke and Avery are registered at Target and

Donations for the Annual Food Drive for the McPherson County Food Bank are being collected through Wednesday, April 3. Canned and non-perishable food and 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 $1900 was received last year. The Outreach Team appreciates your generous support! Questions, contact Kendra Bowen.

First Fridays: McPherson College at The Cedars — This is a free educational series of classes that are open to all ages. On Friday, April 5, at 3 p.m., Prof. Ann Zerger will present “Eco Spheres.” Questions, contact Kendra Flory ( or 620.242.0432).

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

McPherson College student and clarinetist, Kento Aizawa, his instructor, Chris Johnson, Wichita; and pianist, Jean Hendricks, will present a recital at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, in The Cedars Wellness Center. Everyone is invited to an evening of fine music.

Professor Scott Holland, keynote speaker at the 2017 Gathering and professor of Theology & Culture and Director of Peace Studies at Bethany Theological Seminary, will be visiting McPherson College classrooms on Thursday, April 11. In the evening, at 6:30 p.m., he will facilitate a roundtable discussion focused on the topic of “Theopoetics: the Intersection of Faith and Creative Expression” at Craft Coffee Parlor, 120 N. Main St., McPherson. The event is sponsored by two McPherson College student clubs. Everyone is invited.

Ventures in Discipleship, McPherson College – Spring course offerings focus on the theme “Welcoming Congregations.” The April class will be held online, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (CST), Saturday, April 13. Kathy Reid, Executive Director of Family Abuse Center, will be presenting “Healthy and Safe Congregations.” Classes are donation-based and continuing education credit is available at $10 per course. To register, visit

Childcare Coordinators Western Plains District Events

Coordinators are requested for both events listed. If interested, contact Nancy Reynolds, Chair of the District Congregational Resourcing Team (913.219.0002 or

July 26-28 – District Conference, McPherson October 25-27 – The Gathering, Salina

Registration for the National Older Adult Conference opens on Thursday, May 1. The 2019 conference will be held September 2-6 at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, in western North Carolina. A Western Plains bus will leave McPherson on Sunday, September 1 and return on Saturday, September 7. Cost for the bus trip is $300 (includes bus travel and two nights in a motel). To reserve your space, contact David Fruth (620.245.0674, 316.708.1760 or

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.

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

McPherson College and McPherson Church of the Brethren have enjoyed a relationship that has been mutually beneficial for more than 120 years. Over the years the church has brought many people to McPherson, providing students and faculty for the college, given financial support, and greatly influenced philosophical thought. At the same time, the college helped develop church leadership, and provided a high number of graduates who have gone into Christian ministry. The college has offered intellectual criticism and has given major intellectual stature to the concept of service, which continues to be a core concept in both the church and college today. Yet there are other more informal relationships that benefit both the college and church. Did you know that the church uses warm water from Dotzour Hall to fill its baptistery (and it takes five hours for each filling)? The church hosted three alumni reunions this past Homecoming with about 50 alumni attending. The college also offers several concerts through the year at the church traditionally around Christmas, commencement, and Homecoming. The college’s devotion to its mission of scholarship, participation, and service is strengthened through its partnership with the Church.


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