Information for the Congregation for Sunday, March 24, 2019

Posted March 22nd, 2019

Reasonable Faith, the series led by Kirk MacGregor, which was scheduled for Monday, March 25, 7-8 p.m., at McPherson College, is cancelled.

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 (floryk@mcpherson.edu or 620.242.0432).

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 Amazon.com.

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. Free admission.

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.

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, contact Kendra Bowen (620.504.2772 or kleighbowen@yahoo.com). Thank You!

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

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

2019 Passion Giving

Congolese Students

Attending college can be challenging on many levels for students and families. For one group of students at McPherson College, the challenges are complex and many times depend on global events. The students come to McPherson College from the Democratic Republic of the Congo through a partnership that has proved to be a very positive experience for the students, our campus, and the community. Although the political climate of their country makes it difficult at times to obtain the necessary paperwork needed to attend college in the United States, nearly 40 students from the Congo are pursuing an education at McPherson College. This spring, the college welcomed 14 new students to campus. Neville Kabangu, who started at MC in the fall of 2017, thinks attending MC is a great learning experience. “We have people from many different places around the world in a small college. We get close to different cultures and learn about them.” Kabangu plans to be a neuro-surgeon someday and said his biggest challenge so far has been learning the English language. “It was a bit hard, but I managed to adapt. It’s not brain surgery after all.” Scholarship support of these students allows MC to offer them access to an education that would be difficult to obtain in their homeland. For these students and all of the MC students who benefit from scholarship support, it is MC’s goal that they will go out and make a difference in the world after graduating.

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.

 

For These We Pray for Sunday, March 24, 2019

Posted March 22nd, 2019

The McPherson Church of the Brethren

  • Becki Bowman, John Dilley
  • Donita Goyen, Tami Grandison
  • Eloise Holman, Herb Johnson
  • Maxine Miller, Jerrick Pfeiff
  • Gene Reinecker, Jeanette Stump
  • Dick Yeargan
  • Reba Adams, mother of Kendra Bowen
  • Bob and Anita Wise, celebrating their wedding anniversary today
  • 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

Keith Funk, Moderator

Ministries of the Western Plains District

The Church of the Brethren Denomination

David Steele, General Secretary, and all members of the CoB staff

Donita Keister, 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, March 24, 2019

Posted March 22nd, 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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chancel Team

Sharing Time. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dan Lichty

Acolytes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ellie Griffith, Ari Prose

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

Children’s Time. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ivanna Moyer

Soloist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Carol Ward

OUR VOLUNTEERS

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

Director/Cameras. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rick Schrag, Chris Whitacre

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

Greeters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Art and Karen Hoch

Ushers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lela Beam, LaMonte and Brenda Rothrock, Michael Wagner

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

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

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

Childcare Attendant Next Sunday. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .to be announced

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, March 24, 2019

Posted March 22nd, 2019

HAITI WATER PROJECT

In some Haitian mountain communities, storing rainwater

in a cistern is a great alternative to digging a well.

 

Time for God: Time to Seek God

Gathering Music

“Andante”    – Vivaldi

“Allegro”    – Vivaldi

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    “Thou Art Worthy”    – Pauline Mills

*Call to Worship

ONE:  Only the hungry search for bread.

ALL:  Only the thirsty look for water.

ONE:  This is a place for those who are hungry and thirsty in spirit.

ONE:  Only those who ache for meaning will pursue it.

ALL:  Only those who yearn for a deeper life will seek it.

ONE:  This is a place for those who ache and yearn for something more.

ONE:  We come here today with our hunger and thirst.

ALL:  We come here today with our unsatisfied longings and our heart-felt yearnings.

ONE:  May the God of life,

ALL:  satisfy our souls.

– written by Ann Siddall, and posted on the website of the Stillpoint Spirituality Centre

*Opening Song    “As the Deer”    Insert

Invitation to Give

Giving Music    “Who Am I?”    – Mark Hall

Giving Prayer

Children’s Time

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

Prayer Song    “How Lovely Is Your Dwelling”    #171

(the congregation is invited to join in singing with the choir; as they feel comfortable)

Unison Prayer of the Community

Our home is in God.

Home is a place of rest, a sense of peace, a generous welcome,

a refuge from fear, an open table.

Home is an end to eternal longing. Our home is in God.

God of all places and people, You are not bound by walls, contained by addresses,

or limited by borders and barriers. Open our eyes to see ourselves at home in you, wherever we are and whatever our experiences.

Teach us to recognize our neighbors as our fellow travelers and co-habitants,

alive together in You through Jesus. Amen.

– written by lutherjulia, and posted on RevGalBlogPals

Message in Music    “Abide With Me”    – arr. Jack Schrader

Scripture Focus    Isaiah 55: 1-11    The Message (MSG)

Scripture Song    “O Let All Who Thirst”    #495

Message    “Come to the River…”    Jerry Bowen

*Sending Song    “Go, My Children”    #433

*Sending Words

*Sending Music                                       

*Please rise in body and/or spirit.

Ask about: Large Print Bulletins/Hymnals and/or

How to use the ‘Hearing Loop’ or a ‘Sound Mate

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 kleighbowen@yahoo.com). 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.