Information for the Congregation for Sunday, September 9, 2018

Posted September 7th, 2018

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 (620-241-1109).

Think generously. Practice generosity. And do so courageously.

For generations the rules of polite company have included, “No conversations about religion, politics, or money.” There can be no doubt – it takes courage to talk about money! The Bible addresses the subject of money, wealth, property, and related derivatives so often (perhaps as many as 2,500 times) that it seems a bit strange for some to have such an aversion to the topic. There are two different courageous conversations with regard to our fiscal resources. The first is about our relationship with money and the second is about asking for money.

Roger and Carolyn Schrock will be presenting pictures and interesting stories about their recent work in South Sudan. South Sudan is the newest nation in the world. The presentation is planned for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11,at The Cedars Wellness Center. After 28 years, Roger and Carolyn returned to Torit, South Sudan and they saw and experienced many changes. They planned, planted, pushed out vehicles, preached, renewed friendships and worked on development issues. Everyone is welcome; you are encouraged to invite friends from your neighborhood to come with you.

Becky Goss, President and CEO of the McPherson County Community Foundation, and local church member, provided a presentation at our last carry-in dinner. The topic was “End of Life Planning and Endowment Giving.” The session included questions and answers pertaining to the importance of estate planning and making gifts to endowments at the Foundation to benefit our church, and also directly to our own church endowment funds.  Becky will be available to visit and answer your questions from 6 – 7 p.m., this Wednesday, September 12, in the Church Social Room.

M-2 Prison Visitation Volunteer Opportunity – At Hutchinson Correctional Facility (HCF) there are over 50 inmates who are waiting for a visit. Through Offender/Victim Ministries’ M-2 Program, you have the opportunity to visit an inmate one evening per month. New volunteer training is planned for 12 p.m., Monday, September 17 at HCF or 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 20 at Bethel College Mennonite Church, North Newton. For information, contact Ben Kreider (ben@offendervictimministries.org or 316.281.5244).

Fellowship – Fun – Feedback 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. Choose either Saturday – September 22 or October 6, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., in the Church Social Room. Sign-Up in the Church Good Shepherd Foyer or call Janice (620.241.1198).

The 14th Annual Western Plains District Gathering is planned for Friday – Sunday, October 26-28, at Webster Conference Center, Salina. Registration forms are available in the Church Gathering Space and in the Education Building literature rack. Online registration is available on the district website (wpcob.org). Registration deadline is Monday, October 15.

Opportunities – Churches United in Ministry

– Two individuals to serve as co-managers of the Save ‘N Share Store.  Starting pay and starting date negotiable, current managers will train.  Approximately 30-40 hours a week with vacation and holiday benefits available per person.  Interested, contact Jalayn Stieben (620.241.7389).

– Vice-President, willing to serve on the Executive Committee this upcoming year, beginning with the October 23 meeting.  Contact Vaughn Ingram (620.241.7262), Pastor Lynn Scott (620.241.1390), or Bonnie Hoffman (620.245.7621).

If you are missing an outer garment (sweatshirt, hoodie, jacket, etc.), check the coat rack by the stairway, next to the Church Social Room entrance.

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

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

 

Order of Worship for Sunday, September 9, 2018

Posted September 7th, 2018

Gathering Music

“His Eye Is on the Sparrow”    – Charles Gabriel

“I Know a Fount/There Is a Fountain”    – Cooke/Berry

Sharing Time

Faith Formation Connection Experiment Question – Week #14

Have you ever built anything?

. . . 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    “A Place in the Choir”

Welcome

*Opening Song    “For the Fruit of All Creation”    Insert

Invitation to Give

Giving Music    “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring”    – Bach

Giving Blessing

Message in Music    “My Heart Is Ready”    – arr. Peter Amidon

Children’s Story                                                                                                        

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

Prayer Song    “Though I May Speak with Bravest Fire”    Insert

Litany of Thanksgiving

written by Bruce Gillette and Carolyn Winfrey Gillette for the Center for Christian Ethics.

Scripture Focus    James 2: 1-17    New International Version (NIV)

Message    “A Foundation of Christianity”    Jerry Bowen

*Sending Song    “Brothers and Sisters of Mine”    #142

*Sending Words

*Sending Music    “Bouree in G”    – Handel

Information for the Congregation for Sunday, September 2, 2018

Posted August 31st, 2018

September Newsletter – printed copies available – Church Gathering Space

The family of Miriam Hoover invites you to help celebrate her 100th Birthday. Today is the actual day and we’d like for you to join us for refreshments from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m., (brief program at 3 p.m.) at The Cedars Wellness Center – No gifts please! 

Everyone is invited to attend the “We Connect Wednesdays” kick-off meal which is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., on Wednesday, September 5, in the Church Social Room, with the Fellowship and Hospitality Team hosting. Matt Friesen will be on hand to grill burgers and hotdogs. Meat and buns will be provided; please bring a side dish or a dessert to share.  See you there! Please note that WCW prices are $3 per person or $8 for families.

Dr. Sarada Sreedeviamma will present: “Women/Child Trafficking in South Asia.” The presentation will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 6, in Melhorn, Room 112, McPherson College. Everyone is welcome.

Dream Team will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 6, in the North Church Social Room. This month we will discuss changes that would make worship more meaningful. We will learn about “messy” church and prepare questions for cottage meetings that will be held in the fall. Please join us to participate in this discussion. All are welcome.

First Fridays: McPherson College at The Cedars — This is a free educational series of presentations that are open to all ages.  On Friday, September 7 at 3 p.m., Dr. James Bowyer will present “One Thousand Years of Choral Music (in 60 minutes).”  For information, contact Kendra Flory (floryk@mcpherson.edu or 620.242.0432).

Ventures in Discipleship, McPherson College – The Ventures course offering for September will be “The How and Why of Conflict Engagement.” The class will be held online, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (CST), Saturday, September 8, Debbie Roberts, will explore the “Theory and practice of conflict engagement” by using the expertise of John Paul Lederach, Parker Palmer and Tom Porter. Classes are donation-based and continuing education credit is available at $10 per course. To register for courses, visit www.mcpherson.edu/ventures.

Think generously. Practice generosity. And do so courageously.

It often takes more courage to leave home than to stay. Even when home is no longer safe or comfortable, residing in the familiar is safe. Active, courageous stewardship will force us to live differently, and we will likely have to [leave home and] engage personally, politically, and publicly. Stewardship is not merely a church word associated with fundraising, pledging, and annual budgets. Stewardship is a theological word.

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.

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

 

August 5

August 12 August 19 August 26

Total

Weekly Offering Needed
$8,000 $8,000 $8,000 $8,000 $32,000
Offering Received
$4,880.15 $5,757.00 $4,130.35 $4,657.57

$19,425.07

 

Attendance for July and August, 2018

Posted August 30th, 2018

July 1:      Sunday School 40 – Worship 140

July 8:      Sunday School 22 – Worship 101

July 15:    Sunday School 33 – Worship 145

July 22:    Sunday School 29 – Worship 115

July 29:    Sunday School N/A – Worship 245

Aug. 5:     Sunday School 33 – Worship 125

Aug. 12:   Sunday School N/A – Worship 87

Aug. 19:   Sunday School 26 – Worship 132

Aug. 26:   Sunday School 30 – Worship 192

An Invitation from the Dream Team

Posted August 30th, 2018

Dream Team will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 6, in the North Church Social Room.  This month we will discuss changes that would make worship more meaningful. We will learn about “messy” church and prepare questions for cottage meetings that will be held in the fall. Please join us to participate in this discussion. All are welcome.