In Memoriam — Dr. John L. Hamer

Posted January 18th, 2019

Dr. John L. Hamer, 95, former Nigeria mission worker, died on January 15, 2019, at Timbercrest Senior Living Community in North Manchester, Indiana.

A physician and an ordained minister, Dr. Hamer and his wife, Esther, worked in a hospital in Lassa, Nigeria from 1953-1969. Following the illness and subsequent death of a nurse co-worker at the hospital, John’s insistence that further testing be conducted led to the discovery of the deadly viral disease Lassa Fever.

Service arrangements are pending.

A full obituary is posted at https://www.mckeemortuary.com/notices/John-Hamer .

Nancy Miner

Office of the General Secretary

Church of the Brethren

800-323-8039, ext. 301

nminer@brethren.org

Information for the Congregation for Sunday, January 20, 2019

Posted January 18th, 2019

Ventures in Discipleship, McPherson College – The course offerings for spring will focus on the theme “Welcoming Congregations.” The next class will be held online, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (CST), Saturday, January 26. Fred Bernhard will be presenting “Biblical Hospitality.” Classes are donation-based and continuing education credit is available at $10 per course. To register, visit www.mcpherson.edu/ventures.

Mission Education Trip to HaitiJuly 19-23, 2019. To learn more, meet after church on Sunday, January 27, in the Church Community Room.

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 (floryk@mcpherson.edu 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.

All-church email list – If you are currently not receiving these notifications and wish to be added to the list, contact the Church Office (241-1109 or maccob@macbrethren.org). In addition, you may also contact the office, if you wish to be added to the Prayer Chain list.

For These We Pray for Sunday, January 20, 2019

Posted January 18th, 2019

Hazel Snell died on Thursday, November 15. The Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1 p.m. today, January 20, at the church. We wish to express our sympathy to daughter, Ginny (Doug) Anthony; granddaughters, Becky Snell, Amanda (James) Keith; and the other extended family members. Continued prayers for the family will be appreciated.

•Becki Bowman, Gladys Ford

        •Donita Goyen, Tami Grandison

•Ken Holderread, Eloise Holman

•Herb Johnson, Maxine Miller

•Jerrick Pfeiff, Gene Reinecker

•Jeanette Stump, Dick Yeargan

•Monica Miller, celebrating her birthday today

Worship Participants for Sunday, January 20, 2019

Posted January 18th, 2019

  Pastoral Staff:  Jerry Bowen, Chris Whitacre, Kathryn Whitacre

  Coordinator of Music and Organist/Pianist/Accompanist:  Ellen Gilbert

  Director of Bells:  Kendra Flory    Director of Worship Choirs:  Becky Snell

Ministers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . All members of McPherson Church of the Brethren

Chancel Decor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jill Brax

Sharing Time/Children’s Time. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lisa Goering

Acolytes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Alejandro and Kaia Pfeiff

Worship Leader. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kathryn Whitacre

Quartet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kendra Flory, Bud Taylor, Allan van Asselt, Deb van Asselt

OUR VOLUNTEERS

Screens. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ira Whitacre

Director/Cameras. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Steve Lolling, Lazarus Shugart

Sound. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shane Kirchner

Greeters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Brian and Kristen Reynolds

Ushers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jim and Lisa Hoffman, Dustin and Autumn Wilgers

Head Usher. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Glenn Gayer

Balcony Usher. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Goering

Childcare Attendant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Barbara Wagoner

Childcare Attendant Next Sunday. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Janell Clary

Childcare Attendants:  Volunteers continue to be appreciated.

You are invited to sign up on the church website (www.macbrethren.org),

under the “Church Life” tab and click on “Surveys and Signups.”

Order of Worship for Sunday, January 20, 2019

Posted January 18th, 2019

HAITI WATER PROJECT

About one-fourth of Haitians are malnourished.

Gathering Music     “Unending Praise”    – arr. Tim Doran

Sharing Time

….a time of greeting and sharing those things which inform who we are as a community of faith and how God is moving among us. You are invited to welcome visitors, share joys, prayer requests, and announcements.

Focusing Music    “I Give All to You”    – Larnelle Harris

*Call to Worship

ONE:  God creates people from every race, tribe, tongue and ethnic community.

ALL:  God calls us to live in community marked by love, peace,  justice, respect, and mutual support.

ONE:  Yet we draw lines between peoples. We raise barriers. We treat one another with prejudice.

ALL:  In every generation, God calls forth the prophetic voice; to speak God’s desire for all people to live together in love.

ONE:  Today we come together to give thanks to God, to give thanks to the prophetic voice of Martin Luther King, Jr., to encourage one another to lean in to the prophetic voice God calls us to be.

ALL:  Today we live into the dream of all people living together in beloved community.

– written by Ron Allen and Linda McKiernan-Allen (adapted)

*Opening Song    “For the Healing of the Nations”    #367

A Reading   Malala Yousafzai    Reader – Lucy Bowman

Statement of Affirmation

I refuse to believe that we are unable to influence the events around us.

I refuse to believe we are bound by racism, war, and injustice.

I believe those around me are my sister and my brother.

I believe in dignity every day and that our brokenness can be healed.

I believe we can overcome oppression and violence, without resorting to it.

This means I seek to reject – revenge and retaliation.

I remember, “Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can.”

— drawn from the writings of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Abigail Reichard

Invitation to Give

Giving Music    “Speak, O Lord”    – arr. Lloyd Larson

Prayer for the Giving

Scripture    Luke 10: 27

A Reading    Peace Pilgrim    Reader – Jen Taylor Pollard

Children’s Time                                                                                                         

Following story:  Childcare provided – infant thru K-garten – Education Building

Prayer Song    “We Shall Overcome”    Insert

A Reading    Martin Luther King, Jr.    Reader – Craig Hart

Prayer of Supplication    #803

Message in Music    “Let the Life I’ve Lived”    – arr. Andy Davis

Scripture    Galations 3: 28

A Reading     Anwar Sadat    Reader – Jon Flory Schrock

Song of Supplication    “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”    #575

Scripture    I John 4: 20

A Reading    Rev. William Barber & Rev. Liz Theoharis    Reader – Jerry Bowen

*Sending Song    “Lord of Light, Your Name Outshining”    #410

*Sending Words

*Sending Music