Information for the Congregation for Sunday, September 23, 2018

Posted September 21st, 2018

Think generously. Practice generosity. And do so courageously.

It takes courage to talk about money especially when what is required is asking people to give (even when we are not asking for all of their wealth). Asking them to give is simply asking them to take stock of their priorities, their values, and the depth of their faith in what they gospel is really about. It creates a moment of urgency and potential crisis in the hearer. There is the risk they will say no, the risk they might be offended and choose to go elsewhere. It happens. Imagine for a moment the courage to ask without begging or apology because we believe the gospel compels us to give with a purpose.

First Fridays: McPherson College at The Cedars — This is a free educational series of classes that are open to all ages. On Friday, October 5, 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).

Fellowship – Fun – Feedback 6:00 – 7:30 pm., Saturday, October 6, Church Social Room. Invest in the Fellowship of being with others – spend 90 minutes with someone you’ve known forever OR that you’ve just met! Indulge in the Fun of ‘Desserts without Guilt’ – choose from options ranging from sinful to saintly. Improve your worship experience – leave Feedback at your table. Sign-Up: Church Good Shepherd Foyer or call Janice (620.241.1198).

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, September 24, 7-8 p.m., Kirk MacGregor will present “Does Science Point to God?” in Mohler Hall, Room 212, McPherson College. Everyone is welcome.

2018 Month-to-Date Financial Report

 

Sept. 2

Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 30

Total

Weekly Offering Needed
$8,000 $8,000 $8,000 $8,000 $8,000 $40,000
Offering Received
$5,072.56 $10,432.00

$2,801.45

     

 

For These We Pray for Sunday, September 23, 2018

Posted September 21st, 2018

The McPherson Church of the Brethren

  • Becki Bowman, Emilie Dell
  • John Dilley, Gladys Ford
  • Donita Goyen, Tami Grandison
  • Eloise Holman, Herb Johnson
  • Maxine Miller, Jerrick Pfeiff
  • Gene Reinecker, Hazel Snell
  • Jeanette Stump, Dick Yeargan
  • Malia Pfeiff, celebrating her birthday
  • Our Leadership Team
  • Good Beginnings Preschool
  • McPherson County Schools
  • McPherson College
  • The Cedars Community, staff & residents

Deb Hoffman Wagoner died on Tuesday, August 14. The memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 29. Visitation is planned for 3-5:30 p.m. on Friday, September 28, in the Church Good Shepherd Foyer. Continue to hold John and the immediate and extended Wagoner/Hoffman families in your prayers. The service will be streamed on the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=mcpherson+church+of+the+brethren

Worship Participants for Sunday, September 23, 2018

Posted September 21st, 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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rick Tyler

Sharing Time. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bud Taylor

Acolytes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . to be announced

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

Guitar, Children’s Story. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jeremy Hanna

French Horn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kyle Hopkins

Handbell Ensemble. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Darlene Buller, Dani Hanna, Janelle Flory Schrock

Kendra Flory, Eric Goering, Becky Snell

Our Volunteers

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

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

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

Greeters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paul and Renata Prose

Ushers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Darren, Julie, Addie and Ty Heitschmidt

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

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

Childcare Attendant Today . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . to be determined

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

Order of Worship for Sunday, September 23, 2018

Posted September 21st, 2018

The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) is observed around the world each year on 21 September. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.

The 2018 theme for ‘Peace Day’ is, “Right to Peace –

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70.”

This theme connects deeply to God’s dream for all humanity as it lifts up the vision that everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person. These elements build the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.

The ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. To read the entire declaration go to:

http://www.standup4humanrights.org/en/declaration.html

Gathering Music    Guitar Selections

Sharing Time

Faith Formation Connection Experiment Question – Week #16

Would you rather lead or follow and why?

. . . 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    “Just a Closer Walk With Thee”    – arr. Arthur Frackenpohl

Call to Worship

One:

What are the things that make for peace

All:

can we become a channel of God’s peace

How can we bring love where there is hatred

How can we give pardon where there is injury

One:

Where there is doubt, let us practice faith and action

All:

Bringing hope where there is despair

Bringing light where there is darkness

 Bringing joy where there is sadness

One:

Let us never seek so much

All:

To be consoled, as to console

To be understood as to understand

To be loved as to love with all our souls

One:

Let us seek the things that make for peace

*Opening Song    “This Is My Song” (Hymn of Peace)    Insert

Invitation to Give

Giving Music    “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace”    – arr. M. Thompson

Giving Blessing

Message in Music      “Do Not Leave Your Cares At the Door”

Poem by Norman V. Naylor – Adapted by Elizabeth Alexander

Do not leave your cares at the door. Do not leave them there when you come into this place. Be open to forgiveness and transformation – Come on in; you are welcome here;

And do not leave your cares at the door.

Bring your pain and sorrow and joy, there’s a place for them upon the altar of life.

Be open to forgiveness and transformation – Come on in; you are welcome here;

And do not leave your cares at the door.

This is a place of grace, of losing and finding the way upon the winding road, meeting and parting, stumbling and starting over. Every journey is sacred here, even yours.

Do not leave your cares at the door. Do not leave them there when you come into this place. Be open to forgiveness and transformation – Come on in; you are welcome here;

And do not leave your cares at the door. AMEN

Children’s Story                                                                                                        

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

Prayer Song    “Put Peace Into Each Other’s Hands”    Insert

Responsive Prayer of Confession

One:  O God of peace,

All:  you know us from before we were formed in our mother’s womb.  Forgive us when we only have good intentions and do not commit ourselves to concrete action for peace and justice.

One:  Grant that our actions and our words may always promote peace.  O God of justice,

All:  you judge our human race with mercy.  Forgive us when we allow your image in us to be marred as we remain passive in the face of so much violence and exclusion.

One:  Grant that our actions and our words may always promote peace.  O God of love,

All:  you have created humankind to be one great family.  Forgive our inability to be reconciled with others, our dear ones and our enemies.

One:  Grant that our actions and our words may always promote peace.  O God of grace,

All:  you have given us the gift of speech to be an instrument for change.  Forgive us for the times when we have spoken too hastily without thinking of the consequences, or have remained silent out of fear or indifference.

One:  Grant that our actions and our words may always promote peace.  O God of life,

All:  you have placed us on this earth to tend and watch over it. Forgive us if we have failed to care for your world, to protect nature, the home you have given us, the home of our ancestors and of our descendants.  Help us to promote life and seek peace.

One:  Grant that our actions and our words may always promote peace.    “Imagine Peace” WCC 07/08

Scripture Focus    James 3: 13 – 4: 3, 7-8a

But the wisdom from God is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield,

full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy.

Message    “Do anything that makes the world a more peaceful place”

U.N. General Secretary Antonio Guterres    — Kathryn Whitacre

*Sending Song    “Peace Be Still, and Know That I Am God”    Insert

*Sending Words

*Sending Music    

Welcome Back — Good Beginnings Preschool

Posted September 20th, 2018

We have had a wonderful start to preschool. All the children have been excited to get to know each other, try out many new toys and experiences, and play on the amazing playground!

In October, the Younger Class will explore COLORS. They will wear a different color each week, sort pom-poms by color using tongs to pick them up, and meet the Crazy Color Creatures (fun rhyming friends). They will share favorite books Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Pete the Cat and His Groovy Buttons. Pete the Cat and his colored shoes will appear on the felt board!

The Prekindergarten Class will learn firefighter songs and finger plays, create a thumbprint dalmation, and go a field trip to the fire station! They will enjoy talking about their favorite animals as they sort stuffed animals into categories – pets, wild animals, and farm animals. Favorite books include Gilbert Goldfish Wants a Pet; Bark, George; and Skeleton Hiccups. The children can dress up like their favorite story book character or what they want to be when they grow up for the Fall/Halloween party.

Parent Visits will be offered to Younger Class parents in October and November. Parent/teacher conferences for Prekindergarten Class parents are scheduled in the afternoon and evening on THURSDAY, Oct. 25. Preschool will not meet on Thursday or Friday, Oct. 25 or 26.

Thank you for welcoming us back as part of the church family!

Carol Temple, Director