Information for the Congregation for Sunday, August 18, 2019

Posted August 16th, 2019

YOUTH TEAM will host a parent meeting on Wednesday, August 21, 6 – 8 p.m., in the church basement. All high school and middle school youth AND their parents are invited. Dinner will be provided followed by a parent meeting and get-to-know-you games. Be prepared by completing and bringing all registration forms to the meeting (Youth Information Sheet, Contact & Release Form and Discipline Policy).

REASONABLE FAITH is a monthly lecture series offered by Kirk MacGregor, Associate Professor of Philosophy & Religion at McPherson College. All are invited to explore this year’s theme “Investigating the Bible.” The first presentation is Monday, August 26, 7-8 p.m., in Mohler Hall 212. The topic: “Is the Bible we have today the same as the Bible as it was originally written?”

WE CONNECT WEDNESDAY meals begin Wednesday, September 4. Volunteers are needed to prepare weekly meals for 125 guests. Sign up here

THE ARTISAN/PHILOS will start their fall classes on September 8 with light refreshments and a teaser discussion of Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor led by Roger Schrock. Contact Karen Hoch at 620.241.5465 or 620.755.7767 before August 25 if you need a book. Barbara Brown Taylor describes in rich detail her lifelong love of God, and her struggles as she has exhausted herself trying to teach others as she moved through different parishes. Reflecting back on her 20-year career as an Episcopal priest, Taylor acknowledges that she is still a priest at heart, and outlines her strong sense of morals, motivations, and beliefs. She details how her own personal views on life and religion conflicted with that of the church majority, and how her love for God and zeal for her faith was able to keep her going through the rough patches in her life.

PEACE DAY 2019 is September 21. On Earth Peace is promoting a campaign to help participants build the case for peace from a Christian perspective. Learn More

WORSHIP TEAM is seeking individuals interested in helping plan a “season” for worship service. These are short-term commitments and include Advent (August 2019 – January 5, 2020); Epiphany (November 2019 – February 2020); Lent and Easter (January 2020 – April 2020); Summer (April 2020 – August 2020) and Fall, Common Time (July 2020 – October 2020). Contact chair Jean Hendricks for more information.

MEN’S DISTRICT RETREAT is March 27 & 28, 2020, at the Heartland Center for Spirituality in Great Bend, Kan. Mark your calendars and watch for details.

ALL-CHURCH EMAIL LIST    If you want to be added to the all-church notification list and/or the prayer chain, contact the church office at maccob@macbrethren.org or 620.241.1109.

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 or CHECK KWCH Channel 12 website closed list and the church Facebook page. When personnel can get to the church office, an ALL-CHURCH EMAIL will be sent.

For These We Pray for Sunday, August 18, 2019

Posted August 16th, 2019

The McPherson Church of the Brethren

Becki Bowman | John Dilley | Donita Goyen | Tami Grandison | Cheryl Hammerlund | Eloise Holman | Ruth Howell | Eric Johnson | Herb Johnson | Maxine Miller  | Jerrick Pfeiff | Gene Reinecker | Jeanette Stump | Dick Yeargan | Reba Adams (Kendra Bowen’s mother) | Wilton Cherry (Jessica Griffith’s step-father)

Sarah Ullom-Minnich has joined the Peace Corps and will be living in Kosovo for two years. Click here to follow Sarah’s blog.

Our Leadership Team | Good Beginnings Preschool | McPherson County Schools | McPherson College | The Cedars Community, staff & residents

The Church of the Brethren Western Plains District

Sonja Griffith, District Executive Minister | Vickie Whitacre Samland, Moderator | Ministries of the Western Plains District

The Church of the Brethren Denomination

David Steele, General Secretary and all CoB staff members | Paul Mundey, Annual Conference Moderator

In Our Nation and World

Victims of Natural Disasters and those responding to the devastation | The worldwide refugee crisis | The humanitarian crisis at our borders | CoB congregations in Brazil, Haiti, Dominican Republic, India, Nigeria, Spain, South Sudan and Venezuela

Worship Participants for Sunday, August 18, 2019

Posted August 16th, 2019

Décor……………………………………………………………………………………… Jill Brax

Acolytes……………………………………………… Daniel Bowen, Kynason Hancock

Sharing Time……………………………………………………………………… Dan Lichty

Worship Leader………………………………………………………………. Jerry Bowen

Children’s Time………………………………………………………………….. Dan Lichty

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

Director/Camera…………………………………………………………….. Steve Lolling

Sound…………………………………………………………………………… Shane Kirchner

Greeters…………………………………………. Janelle Flory Schrock, Julia Largent

Ushers……………………………… Bruce and Janell Clary, Doug and Tandy Wine

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

Balcony Usher………………………………………………………………… Mike Goering

Childcare Attendant………………………………………………………….. 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, click on “Surveys and Signups.”

Order of Worship for Sunday, August 18, 2019

Posted August 16th, 2019

HAITI WATER PROJECT

 About half of Haitians get their water from a communal well but

fewer people have access to these wells than twenty-five years ago. 

 

Gathering Music    “How Majestic Is Your Name” with “Holy, Holy, Holy”    arr. Stan Pethel

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    “Melodia Serena”    G. F. Handel         

*Opening Sentences                                

ONE:

Through this celebration and worship, we leave for a time the daily sequence of events, to examine life in its eternal dimensions and consequences:

ALL:

asking questions about our values, our directions, our goals, and our relationships.

ONE:

Let us spend this time in the present-ness of the Sacred One – God.

ALL:

Praise be for this gathered community in this sacred place, for all people.

*Unison Words of Awareness

It is good to be together this morning!

With thankful hearts we have come to celebrate the bounty of the day, to bask in the warmth of this community, to share with friends the rhythms of our lives, to entertain, perennially, our hopes for a better future. We come here, to be together, because this Is how we believe our lives are best lived: in questioning and in conversation, in compassion and in service, in gratitude and in joy, in companionship, and in love. It is good to be together this morning!   (A. Wohler)

*Opening Song    “Here In This Place”    #6

Invitation to Giving                                                                        

Giving Music    “When Answers Aren’t Enough”     Scott Brown and Greg Nelson

Giving Blessing

Spiritual Education    Suzee Wolcott Shugart    Chair, Faith Formation Team

Third Graders Receiving Bibles: 

Nathan Friesen – presented by Robert Dell

Hannah Wilgers – presented by Elaine Fleenor

Ashleigh Coyle – presented by Doris Coppock

Reyna Bowen – presented by Elaina McMillan

Elliot Schoming – presented by Sage Koelling

Song of Response    “Don’t Forget Where You Came From”    Carolyn Arends

You’re so fresh from heaven there’s still angel dust on you;

am so amazed God sent you here.

Every time I hold you I am thanking [God] for you. So baby let me whisper in your ear;

Chorus:

Don’t forget where you came from, don’t lose sight of whose you are.

Take after your Heavenly Father, [God] will take you far.

Wherever you go, whatever may come,

little one, don’t forget where you came from.

I know the One who made you – made the planets and the stars and so I guess

I should not be surprised but it still takes my breath away how wonderful you are.

So baby as you grow and live your life; (Chorus)

Children’s Time

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

Scripture Song    “Guide My Feet”    #546

Scripture Focus    Hebrews 11: 29-12:3 (12:1b)    The Message (MSG)

Message    “..start running and never quit..”    Kathryn Whitacre

After an intentional pause – please rise for the Sending Song

*Sending Song    “Sent Forth By God’s Blessing”  (one verse)    Screens

With praise and thanksgiving to God ever living the tasks of our ev’ryday life we will face.

Our faith ever sharing, in love ever caring, embracing the children of each tribe and race.

The fruit of Christ’s teaching, receptive souls reaching,

shall blossom in action for God and for all.

His grace did invite us, his love shall unite us to work for God’s kingdom and answer his call.

 *Sending Words

 *Sending Music    “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”    arr. Thomas Chesterson

             *Indicates – Please rise in Body and/or Spirit.

Reminder:  The bulletin announcements/weekly newsletter are sent to your email address every Friday with “CoB Communications” caption in the address line.  You may pick up a paper copy from the stand on the sanctuary level, or from the literature rack immediately inside the front door of the Education Building.

Ask about:  Large Print Bulletins/Hymnals

and/or how to use the ‘hearing loop’ or Sound Mate’

 

Information for the Congregation for Sunday, August 11, 2019

Posted August 9th, 2019

REASONABLE FAITH is a monthly lecture series offered by Kirk MacGregor, Associate Professor of Philosophy & Religion at McPherson College. All are invited to explore this year’s theme “Investigating the Bible.” The first presentation is Monday, August 26, 7-8 p.m., in Mohler Hall 212. The topic: “Is the Bible we have today the same as the Bible as it was originally written?”

PEACE DAY 2019 is September 21. On Earth Peace is promoting a campaign to help participants build the case for peace from a Christian perspective. LEARN MORE

WORSHIP TEAM is seeking individuals interested in helping plan a “season” for worship service. These are short-term commitments and include Advent (August 2019 – January 5, 2020); Epiphany (November 2019 – February 2020); Lent and Easter (January 2020 – April 2020); Summer (April 2020 – August 2020) and Fall, Common Time (July 2020 – October 2020). Contact chair Jean Hendricks for more information.

DISTRICT MEN’S RETREAT is March 27 & 28, 2020, at the Heartland Center for Spirituality in Great Bend, Kan. Mark your calendars and watch for details.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BECOME A MEMBER?  Would you like to dedicate your child(ren)? To initiate a conversation, express your intent or to ask questions, contact Pastors Chris, Jerry or Kathryn through the church office at 620.241.1109.

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 or CHECK KWCH Channel 12 website closed list and the church Facebook page. When personnel can get to the church office, an ALL-CHURCH EMAIL will be sent.