In Memoriam — Mike Reinecker

Posted December 15th, 2017

Mike Reinecker, son of Gene Reinecker, died on Wednesday, December 6, in Phoenix, AZ.  We wish to express our sympathy to Gene and the other immediate and extended family members.

In Memoriam — Kaiden Schroeder

Posted December 8th, 2017

Kaiden Schroeder died on Friday, December 1. The memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 9, at the McPherson High School Roundhouse. We wish to express our sympathy to the parents, Chris and Jenny Schroeder; siblings, Ashlyn and Bryson; maternal grandparents, Steve and Sandra Lolling; and the extended Lolling and Schroeder families. Continued prayers for the family will be appreciated.

2018-19 Good Beginnings Preschool Enrollment Open

Posted November 29th, 2017

Enrollment for Good Beginnings Preschool – Enrollment for the 2018-19 preschool year is open to preschool families and church families in December.  Do you have a three or four-year-old who is ready for preschool?  Updated enrollment forms can be picked up in the church office or from Carol Temple, Director.  (Enrollment opens to the public in January.)  Call Carol (620- 504-4687) with questions.  Reserve your spot now!  Classes fill up quickly.

Reflections from Leadership Team Chair, LaMonte Rothrock

Posted November 28th, 2017

I would like to take a moment to say thank you from the Leadership Team for your time and sharing at the recent forum meeting. Your thoughts will help us move forward with our work and continue to discern what it means to be engaged in our church and also how we can become a meaningful part of our community, district and denomination. We have a great vision and mission and our charge is to become part of those actions.

Last week, Brenda and I had the opportunity to attend the closing of the Rocky Ford Mennonite Church. I have not been a part of a church closing.  However, I am very aware that many churches are heading in that direction. Originally, Rocky Ford built a hospital and primarily Mennonite Church members ran it. Sixty years ago these employees, along with the Mennonite Church, decided to build a church in Rocky Ford.   Many years later the hospital closed and most of the “Traditional Mennonites” moved away. As communities evolve, as Rocky Ford has, it is clear that the importance of reaching outside our walls and sharing our mission and vision with the entire community is critical.  In our own church, we have seen change over the years from over half of the college faculty and half of the student body being Brethren to a fraction of those percentages. We realize that we too are evolving from our original founding. Our mission, vision, and message have never been more important than the time we find ourselves in now.

I challenge all of us to reach out to our community, share our mission, and invite all to become part of this McPherson Church of the Brethren Community.  All individuals are looking for a way to become engaged with a community like ours, even if they do not realize it at this time. There is a vision bigger than our day-to-day workings. It is our challenge to develop that space where people can trust and be vulnerable within a community. We have the ability and the space to do this. Lastly, thank you for allowing me to be part of the inner work of this community. I challenge each of you to continue to be part of the conversation and also take some time to be involved in the leadership of the church and experience a deeper engagement.

LaMonte Rothrock, Leadership Chair

News from Good Beginnings Preschool

Posted November 28th, 2017

Good Beginnings Preschool children enjoyed Family Nights on Monday, November 27 and Tuesday, November 28. The children and their parents sang songs and did finger plays together and then enjoyed a snack. Larry Temple, ventriloquist, brought a “friend” to visit the Prekindergarten Class.

We are excited to start implementing activities and ideas from our new curriculum, Learning Without Tears!  We feel very blessed by the Barbara Flory Memorial Fund, established by her family, which has made the purchase of this new curriculum possible. Barbara’s legacy of love for children, education, and Good Beginnings Preschool (which she began) is living on for future generations of children!

In December, prekindergarten children can easel paint star, angel, candy cane, and tree shapes; create a pine cone ornament; decorate Christmas cookies; make a surprise for their parents; and share many Chistmas songs and finger plays! Old Christmas cards will provide lots of opportunities for cutting and gluing.

Younger Class children can glue Rudolph magnets, fingerprint trees, and make pompom Christmas trees. Special songs include Tapping Little Elf, Ring Those Bells, There Was a Little Baby, and Jingle Bells.

Blessings to you as you celebrate Christmas and the New Year with family and friends. Thank you for your ongoing monetary and prayer support!

Carol Temple, Director