Information for the Congregation for Sunday, July 15, 2018

Posted July 13th, 2018

Congratulations to Logan and Maddie Schrag who were married on Saturday, June 23. Logan and Maddie will be honored at a Wedding Shower at 2 p.m. today, in the Church Social Room. Everyone is invited.

Max Landon Goering and Samantha Kay Fairchild will be married July 28, in the great wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. Everyone is invited to celebrate with them at a come and go reception on Sunday, August 5, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., at the Dyck Arboretum, 177 W. Hickory Street, Hesston. Please RSVP to Jana by July 27 (phone or text 620-245-1853 or https://www.theknot.com/us/meishka-love).

Faith Formation Team invites you to join the Connection Experiment to expand your circle and exchange stories. Twelve weeks – during worship – June 3 thru August 19.

Julie Hart will be giving a presentation at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17, at Kaufman House (KIPCOR’s Offices), 2515 College Avenue, North Newton. Her new book is entitled Pathways to Pacifism and Antiwar Activism Among US Veterans: the Role of Moral Identity in Personal Transformation.  Julie taught Sociology and Peace Studies at Bethel College from 1994-2006, and is presently teaching at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio.  The book is a result of interviews with 114 US veterans (including 12 current Mennonites) and answers the question, how do significant changes from pro war to antiwar occur? She will also discuss recommendations for the church and the military based on the study.

“Stress and Disease: The Connection And What To Do About It” by Charles “Dean” Johnson, will be presented at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 20, in The Cedars Wellness Center. Everyone is welcome.

Brethren Disaster Ministries announces upcoming opportunities – Lybrook Community Ministries, September 2 –8. The work will include cutting and splitting wood, winterizing homes, assistance in a thrift shop and other projects. Contact Bud Taylor (620.245.4836) or Susan Taylor (620.245.4835) if interested. Check the church website (www.macbrethren.org) for additional dates and information.

Technical Assistance – If you would like to run a camera during worship, load the worship service into the computer, run the computer during worship or run the sound system during worship, please call the Church Office (620.241.1109). Leave your name and contact number and a member of the Audio-Visual Team will be in touch with you with additional information and to schedule a time for training.

Summer Intergenerational Spiritual Growth

Sundays, 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. – Church Social Room

Facilitated by Jessica Griffith and Kathryn Whitacre

  • Appropriate for mature rising 6th graders through centenarians.
  • June 3rd through September 2nd (Class will NOT meet July 29th or August 12th)
  • The class will read and discuss John Shelby Spong’s 2018 book:

Unbelievable: Why Neither Ancient Creeds Nor the Reformation

Can Produce a Living Faith Today

  • You can participate even if you miss one or two Sundays due to summer travel and commitments.

Nine students from our congregation will be attending Church of the Brethren institutions of higher education during the 2018-19 school year. In support of these students, the McPherson CoB will be providing scholarships for each student at the beginning of each semester. To fund the scholarships, your continued support is appreciated. Checks may be placed in an offering plate with “Higher Education Scholarship Fund” marked in the memo line.

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.

2018 Month –To Date Financial Report

 

July 1

July 8 July 15 July 22 July 29

Total

Weekly Offering
Needed

$8,000

$8,000 $8,000 $8,000 $8,000

$40,000

Offering Received
$6,631.05

$5,249.00

       

2018 Year – To Date Financial Report

 

January

February March April May

June

Monthly Offering Needed

$32,000

$32,000 $32,000 $40,000 $32,000

$32,000

Offering Received

$18,563.00

$22,920.06 $32,411.36 $39,395.80 $29,923.29

$30,644.07

For These We Pray for Sunday, July 15, 2018

Posted July 13th, 2018

The McPherson Church of the Brethren

  • Matt & Emily Ayers Family
  • Roger & Rosalie Black, Becki Bowman
  • Emilie Dell, Gladys Ford
  • Donita Goyen, Tami Grandison
  • Eloise Holman, Maxine Miller
  • Jerrick Pfeiff, Gene Reinecker
  • Hazel Snell, Jeanette Stump
  • Scott Versaw, Deb H. Wagoner
  • Lowell Dell, brother of Cindy Kinnamon
  • Daniel Reynolds, celebrating his birthday today
  • Our Leadership Team
  • Good Beginnings Preschool
  • McPherson County Schools
  • McPherson CollegeThe Cedars Community, staff & residents

Saturday – Thursday, July 21-26, 2018

National Youth Conference

Fort Collins, Colorado

Sponsors

 Jerry Bowen, Addie Johnson, Ivanna

Youth Attendees

Mulu Banister, Addison Fishback,

Sage Koelling, Elaina McMillan,

Sequora Pfeiff, Adin Replogle,

Lindy Reynolds, Jessica Ullom-Minnich,

Laura Ullom-Minnich, Grace van Asselt

Prayers for Roger and Carolyn Schrock are appreciated, while they serve in South Sudan.

Emails are welcome (rocaschrock@gmail.com).

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

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, July 15, 2018

Posted July 13th, 2018

  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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michelle Johnson

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

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

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

Children’s Story. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gail Malaby

Flute. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kaitlyn van Asselt

OUR VOLUNTEERS

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

Director/Cameras. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Steve Lolling, Rick Schrag

Sound. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lindy Reynolds

Greeters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bryan and Janette Hess

Ushers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LaMonte and Brenda Rothrock, Gregg and Judy Stockstill

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

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

Childcare Attendant Today . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Susan Taylor

Childcare Attendant Next Sunday. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Barbara Wagoner

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, July 15, 2018

Posted July 13th, 2018

Gathering Music    “Agnus Dei”    – Bizet

Sharing Time

Faith Formation Connection Experiment Question – Week #7

What is your best quality?

. . . 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    “Ist Gott für mich”    – Rotermund

Opening Words

The reign of God’s love is coming because:

somewhere someone is kind when others are unkind,

somewhere someone shares with another in need,

somewhere someone refuses to hate, while others hate,

somewhere someone is patient – and waits in love,

somewhere someone returns good for evil,

somewhere someone serves another, in love,

somewhere someone is calm in a storm,

somewhere someone is loving everybody.

Is that someone you?

*Opening Song    “Wake, Now, My Senses”    Insert

Invitation to Give

Offering Music    “Find Us Faithful”    – arr. Stan Pethel

Offering Prayer

Special Music    “Rain Down”    – Jamie Cortez

  Mixed Ensemble

Children’s Time                                                                                                         

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

Prayer Song     “Will You Let Me Be Your Servant”    #307

Community Prayer

Life-Giver, Pain-Bearer, Love-Maker. Source of all that is and that shall be.

Father and Mother of us all, Loving God, in whom is heaven:

The hallowing of your name echo through the universe!

The way of your justice be followed by all peoples of the world!

Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!

Your commonwealth of peace and freedom sustain our hope and come on earth.

With the bread we need for today, feed us.

In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.

In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.

From trials too great to endure, spare us.

From the grip of all that is evil, free us.

For you reign in the glory of the power that is love, now and forever.  AMEN

Scripture Foci    The Mission of the Twelve

Mark 6: 6b-13; Matthew 10: 5-15; Luke 9: 1-6

7-8 Jesus called the Twelve to him, and sent them out in pairs.

He gave them authority and power to deal with the evil opposition.

He sent them off with these instructions:

8-9 “Don’t think you need a lot of extra equipment for this. You are the equipment.

No special appeals for funds. Keep it simple.”

10 “And no luxury inns. Get a modest place and be content there until you leave.”

11 “If you’re not welcomed, not listened to, quietly withdraw. Don’t make a scene.

Shrug your shoulders and be on your way.”

12-13 Then they were on the road.

They preached with joyful urgency that life can be radically different;

right and left they sent the demons packing;

they brought wellness to the sick, anointing their bodies, healing their spirits.

Scripture Song    “How Buoyant and Bold the Stride”    Insert

Message    “Jesus called and sent them out in pairs”    – Kathryn Whitacre

*Sending Song    “Take My Life”    #389

*Sending Words

*Sending Music

Meet the Matt and Emily Ayers Family

Posted July 11th, 2018

When I went to visit the Ayers family, I found not only Matt and Emily and their children Veda (5) and Dane (3), but a menagerie of animals as well. Twenty chickens were in their coop, 10 ducks in the back yard, 14 baby turkeys under a heat lamp in the living room, baby chix in the garage, several cats, 2 guinea pigs and 2 goats. Why so many animals on their acre farm? Both Matt and Emily grew up on farms and love animals. Emily likes their animals to have a purpose so the cats take care of the mice, chickens provide meat and eggs, and the goats do the mowing! They have enjoyed the little farm and friendly neighbors the past three years.

Matt grew up in Prairie City, Iowa and Emily in Quinter, Kansas. They met at McPherson College. Matt studied philosophy and religion and art and Emily’s major was business and accounting.  After they were married, Matt studied one year at Bethany Theological Seminary with the hopes of being a youth pastor. He did an internship at the Nampa Church of the Brethren in Idaho and was called back to be their youth pastor. Later they returned to McPherson where Emily now works at Prairie Hill Financial and Matt at Pfizer. Both are about 4 years in these jobs. Veda is finishing Kindergarten in Inman and Dane goes to preschool in McPherson.

The couple enjoy building and renovating their rural home and Matt has a dream of setting up an art studio (he has a pottery wheel) or maybe open a diner since he is a great cook. Emily likes her job and wants to keep on fixing up the house and enjoys painting, putting in new fixtures, and decorating.

When asked what drew them to the McPherson Church of the Brethren, both said they appreciate the traditions of the Brethren and Matt appreciates the conversations and discussions that can be had about Biblical beliefs without having to believe just like everyone else. They enjoy singing the old hymns and would enjoy having more opportunities to gather as young families to relax, converse, and drink coffee together.

Be sure to warmly greet this “red headed” family when you next see them at church or around town.

— Carolyn Schrock