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.

Information for the Congregation for Sunday, December 17, 2017

Posted December 15th, 2017

An Invitation for the Congregation

The church family is invited to attend the wedding ceremony of Brooke Holloway and Alex Brumgarner at 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 30, in the Church Sanctuary. The reception will follow at Perkins Restaurant Event Center. Please RSVP to Jodi Holloway: www.theknot.com or text 620.386.0129. The couple is registered at Bed, Bath and Beyond and Target.

Brooke and Alex will be honored at a Wedding Shower at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 7, in the Church Social Room. For a group gift, contact Sarah Hendricks (620.480.0165), Janette Hess (620.241.7177) or Deb C. Wagoner (620.241.6480).

Information for the Congregation

While Janice Friesen is on vacation, from Monday, December 18 through Friday, December 29, the Church Office will be staffed by volunteers and the pastoral staff. Pastors Chris, Kathryn and Jerry will also be available by phone.

Haiti Project – Until December 31, 2017, the Royer Foundation will continue to donate an

additional fifty-cents to every dollar given to the HAITI PROJECT. Continuing efforts include mobile health clinics, on-site mini-pharmacies and maternal health/midwife training. A new growing emphasis on clean water – wells, purification and rooftop collection – will be expanded in 2018. Please indicate “Haiti Project” on the “memo” portion of your check.

The Artisan/Philo Class is studying Days of Awe and Wonder – How to Be A Christian in the 21st Century, by Marcus Borg.  “His life and work led him to rediscover the heart of Christianity.” He makes us want to think about what it means to be a Christian in the twenty-first century. Everyone is welcome to join the class in the North Church Social Room.

The McPherson Ulster Project is currently looking for high school teens and their families who are interested in hosting the Northern Irish teens during July 2018. This is a fun and rewarding learning experience for the teens. For information or an application, contact Summer Creed (620.755.5689 or summercreed@hotmail.com).

The Kansas Leadership Center is offering a two and a half day leadership training experience, Tuesday – Thursday, March 6-8, in Wichita. Leadership Team is inviting up to 8 persons from our church community to attend. If interested, please contact LaMonte Rothrock (lamonter1980@gmail.com or 620.242.5037). Additional information is available on the following link:

http://kansasleadershipcenter.org/yourleadershipedge/

Brethren Disaster Services will be working in Eureka, MO during the weeks of January 14, 21, and 27 with a special emphasis on the week of the 14th. If you can serve, contact Bud or Susan Taylor (staylor@yahoo.com or taylorbud48@cox.net). Check church website for additional information.

If you would like to know the amount of money that you have given to the church, January – November, 2017 (your giving status), please contact Jana Goering (620.241.4080 or janamike@cox.net).

Church Clerk – Take minutes at a one-time per month, two hour Leadership Team meeting. Takes minutes at a two hour Congregational Forum meeting, in both Fall and Spring.  Serve as a voting and contributing member of Leadership Team. Serve as a voting and contributing member of the 4 person Executive Officer Team alongside the Chair, Treasurer and Moderator. A three-year term that can be renewed once, for a total of six years of service. If interested contact the church office for additional information and conversation.

Join Us for Worship and Celebration!

December 24th 

10:15 a.m.    Worship  —   Join us for this; Fourth Sunday of Advent Celebration

December 24th      Christmas Eve Service

4:00 p.m. – Gathering Music

4:30 p.m. – Worship

Children who wish to participate in the nativity pageant portion of the service

– by dressing as an angel, shepherd or wise person

– may be dropped off in the social room in the church basement

any time after 4:15 p.m. and no later than 4:30 p.m.

December 31st

10:15 a.m.    Worship

Anointing will be offered for the New Year

January 7th 

10:15 a.m.    Worship  — We will share Bread and Cup Communion

All – Church Potluck, immediately after worship

2:00 p.m.    Wedding Shower for Brooke Holloway and Alex Brumgarner

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

2017 Monthly Financial Report

Dec. 3

Dec. 10 Dec. 17 Dec. 24 Dec. 31

Total

Weekly Offering Needed
$8,000 $8,000 $8,000 $8,000 $8,000

$40,000

Offering Received

$7,591.00

$5,178.72

January – November      Income:  $358,844.92    Expenses:  $356,032.99

 

 

For These We Pray for Sunday, December 17, 2017

Posted December 15th, 2017

The McPherson Church of the Brethren

  • Roger & Rosalie Black
  • Gladys Ford, Donita Goyen
  • Eloise Holman, Maxine Miller
  • Gene Reinecker, Carolyn Schrock
  • Carol Snell, Hazel Snell, Jeanette Stump
  • Beth Versaw, Deb H. Wagoner
  • Dick & Jerri Yeargan
  • Lisa Lemon, sister of LeAnna Ullom
  • Janelle Flory Schrock, celebrating her birthday 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

Jane Flora-Swick, Moderator

Ministries of the Western Plains District

The Church of the Brethren Denomination

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

Samuel Sarpiya, Annual Conference Moderator

In Our Nation and World

Hurricane victims and those responding to the devastation

Earthquake victims in Mexico

The worldwide refugee crisis

CoB congregations in:

Brazil, Haiti, Dominican Republic, India, Nigeria, Spain, South Sudan, and Venezuela

Worship Participants for Sunday, December 17, 2017

Posted December 15th, 2017

  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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Advent/Christmas Team

Sharing Time. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Deb C. Wagoner

Acolytes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alejandro Pfeiff, Kaia Pfeiff, Ada Prose

Children’s Story. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Rick Tyler

OUR VOLUNTEERS

Visual Technicians. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kade Goss, Ira Whitacre

Audio/Visual. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ryan Goering, Adin Replogle

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

Greeters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Darren and Sarah Hendricks

Ushers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jim, Lisa, Kristen & Johanna Hoffman, Brian & Kristen Reynolds

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

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

CHILDCARE ATTENDANTS   

Today

Sunday School

 to be determined – Infant

Worship

to be determined – Toddler

to be determined – Infant

Next Sunday

Sunday School

to be determined – Infant

Worship

to be determined – Toddler

to be determined – Infant

Order of Worship for Sunday, December 17, 2017

Posted December 15th, 2017

Festival of Music

Gathering Music    “Moravian Christmas Music”    – Jeffrey Reynolds

French Horns:  Doris Coppock, Winona Godfrey

Trombones:  Eric Goering, Matthew Powers, LaMonte Rothrock

Trumpets:  Darren Hendricks, Rachael Hendricks, Lindy Reynolds

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    “Christmas Joy Medley”    – arr. Gary Lanier

Resonance Trio:  Bryan Hess, Dan Masterson, Bruce Wagoner

Words for the Light

Music for the Light                  “The Friendly Beasts”                          – arr. Dan Forrest

Quartet: Ellen Gilbert, Eric Johnson, Dan Lichty, Becky Snell

Piano: Jean Hendricks    Flute: Alison Flory Replogle

Jesus our brother kind and good,

was humbly born in a stable of wood

and the friendly beasts around him stood –

Jesus our brother kind and good.

“I” said the donkey shaggy and brown,

I carried his mother up hill and down.

I carried him safely to Bethlehem town –

“I” said the donkey shaggy and brown

“I” said the sheep with a curly horn,

I gave him my wool for his blanket warm

and he wore my coat on that Christmas morn.

“I” said the sheep with a curly horn.

“I” said the dove from the rafters high,

I cooed him to sleep that he should not cry.

We cooed him to sleep, my love and I.

“I” said the dove from the rafters high.

Thus every beast remembering it well

in the stable dark was so proud to tell

of the gifts that they gave Emmanuel –

the gifts that they gave Emmanuel.

Text: Charlie Louvin and Ira Louvin    Arr.: Dan Forrest

*Responsive Opening Prayer    Insert

God of our Highest Joy,

we come to you this day as your servants, gathered to worship.

As we continue this Advent journey,

help us to focus on you and the coming of your son, Jesus.

Amidst the commercials, the cooking, and the company,

help us to remember the true meaning of this season:

that you would come to us in the flesh and live among us.

Even as we share the joy we find in you with one another,

we are mindful of those for whom joy is hard to find,

for those who don’t have enough clothes,

for those who don’t have enough food,

for those who don’t have enough (or any) shelter,

for those who don’t have enough protection and justice.

We confess that there really is “enough” for everyone,

but it is our fault that the “enough” is hoarded by the few

at the expense of many.

We would ask that your Holy Spirit invigorate us

that we may provide for others first

before expecting them to provide for us.

We pray this day for the hope we have found,

the peace we seek,

and the joy we will receive in your name.

May we bring hope to the hopeless,

peace to the restless,

and joy to those who crave it.

Gracious God, may the joy we find not be a commodity to be hoarded

but a gift to be shared with one another.

We thank you for your presence among us

and your creation around us and within us

as we continue this blessed journey.  AMEN

Written by Rev. Stephen M. Fearing – www.stephenmfearing.com

(Inspired by Zephaniah 3:14-20; Isaiah 12:2-6; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18)

*Opening Song    “Angels from the Realms of Glory”    Insert

Brass and Organ

A Story of Joy and Peace

Message in Music    “The Wexford Carol”    – arr. Howard Helvey

Good people all, this Christmas time,

consider well and bear in mind

what our good God for us has done

in sending the beloved Son.

With Mary holy we should pray,

to God with love this Christmas day;

in Bethlehem upon that morn,

there was a blessed Messiah born.

Near Bethlehem did shepherds keep

their flocks of lambs and feeding sheep;

to whom God’s angel did appear,

which put the shepherds in great fear.

“Prepare and go,” the angels said,

“To Bethlehem, be not afraid;

for there you’ll find, this happy morn,

a princely babe, sweet Jesus, born.”

With thankful heart and joyful mind,

the shepherds went the babe to find,

and as God’s angel had foretold,

they did our Savior Christ behold.

Within a manger he was laid

and by his side a virgin maid,

attending on the Lord of Life,

who came on earth to end all strife.

Text: Traditional Irish Carol

Arr.: Howard Helvey

Worship Choir

Invitation to Give

Giving Music    “In the Bleak Midwinter”    – arr. Buckwalter

Angelus Ringers

Giving Prayer

Children’s Time

“Sing With Us THE CHRISTMAS STORY”    – Teresa and Paul Jennings

Congregation join on “Silent Night” and “Joy to the World” as directed

Kingdom Kids

Pianists: Dorothy Janzen, Grace van Asselt

Flute: Alison Flory Replogle, Kaitlyn van Asselt Violin: Bryan Hess

Kristal Bells Director: Kendra Flory

*Sending Words

Sending Music    “O Come, All Ye Faithful”    – arr. Ron and Linda Sprunger

Piano: Jean Hendricks Organ: Ellen Gilbert

(Congregation will be seated for the Sending Music)