Information for the Congregation for Sunday, November 4, 2018

Posted November 2nd, 2018

Think generously. Practice generosity. And do so courageously.

We can live courageously when we recognize ourselves as God’s loved daughters and sons, despite our weakness and frightening circumstances. Such courage prompts us to live free from the love-of-money trap, free to be ‘rich toward God’ (Luke 12:21). Taking this greater freedom prompts us to live simply, and to cultivate contentment, whatever our context. Such simpler living encourages us to live generously in our personal lifestyle and together as a congregation.

Thanks for the well wishes, food, cards and many prayers during my surgery. I felt surrounded by the comfort of the spirit. Peace and blessings to each of you.    – Tami Grandison

Michael Himlie, a Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) worker, will be presenting a lecture entitled “How we, the silent majority, can contribute to the end of Israel’s military occupation of Palestine” at 6 p.m. on Monday, November 5, in Melhorn #112, McPherson College. Michael works in Palestine, Israel, Kurdistan, Iraq, and the island of Lesvos. CPT, an interfaith organization, works in conflict and war zones around the world, committed to building partnerships to transform violence and oppression. Through photography and stories, Michael will share experiences, what life under military occupation looks like, the beauties that prevail despite, and how we, as the silent majority, can contribute to an end of the occupation.

Kick off your Christmas shopping at the 14th annual Alternative Christmas Gift Market, planned for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 10, at The Cedars Conference Center. Fair Trade items will be available for purchase. Eighteen booths representing Heifer, Brethren Disaster Ministries, On Earth Peace, and The Cedars Resident Assistance Fund as well as other local charities such as STEP MC and the Omega House will greet and inform you. Lucy Bowman will again be raising money for the Malala Fund and Paul Ullom-Minnich will be promoting the Haiti Water Project initiative.  As an added service, we will accept credit cards this year. Come enjoy the refreshments and fellowship, and help make our market a success.

The McPherson College Band and Jazz Band will be presenting their fall concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 11, in Brown Auditorium. The concert will feature sophomore trombonist Brady Ballew and will showcase the music of David Maslanka, including his deeply spiritual compositions “Give Use This Day” and “Mother Earth.”

Ventures in Discipleship, McPherson College – The course offering for November will be “The How and Why of Conflict Engagement.” The class will be held online, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (CST), Saturday, November 17. Tim Grove will be presenting “Trauma Informed Care (TIC) – part 2.” Classes are donation-based and continuing education credit is available at $10 per course. To register for courses, visit www.mcpherson.edu/ventures.

The 23rd Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner is planned for 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 22, at McPherson High School Activity Center. Everyone is welcome, reservations are not required. Volunteer to help: 620-755-8108. Donate pies: 620-241-5686. Home delivery: 620-241-1686. Questions, 620-241-0035.

Needed: Christmas Breakfast Coordinator – detailed ‘how to’ instructions provided (mentoring available). Plenty of volunteers to set-up the day before and serve the day of. Organized, detail-oriented person desired. Interested, call the Church Office (620-241-1109).

2018 Month – to Date Financial Report

October 7

October 14 October 21 October 28

Total

Weekly Offering Needed
$8,000    $8,000 $8,000 $8,000 $32,000
Offering Received
$6,392.00 $6,600.00 $6,158.55 $1,396.20

$20,546.75

January – September Income:  $266,984.29      Expenses:  $282,489.79

Information for the Congregation for October 28, 2018

Posted October 26th, 2018

Think generously. Practice generosity. And do so courageously.

Once the budget is set, two comments often arise, “What if we can’t raise that much?” and “Let’s go forward and see what happens.” Faith and courage are core elements a congregation needs; to pass a budget that stretches the limits of giving or to embark on a major fundraiser. To move forward with faith and courage the congregation must know its vision for ministry, trust the budget is efficient and trust the leadership who presents the plan. Every person must feel a part of the process – young, old, wealthy or living on a fixed income or minimal resources. Understanding every line item in the budget will help the congregation embrace the diligence and inspiration that created the annual budget. Narrative stories can be shared about line-items and can tell compelling stories about the ministry that happens because of giving. Year-end gifts and ‘special’ gifts are essential components to any generosity and giving emphasis. At the close of the year, most annual budgets rely on about 3% ‘extra’ giving. Those who are blessed with securities that increased significantly in the stock market should consider prayerfully gifting a portion of those appreciated shares to their church or favorite nonprofit. Members should be encouraged to make special Advent/Christmas/Year End gifts to the church.

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, October 29, 7-8 p.m., Kirk MacGregor will present “Do Philosophy and Ethics Point to God?” in Mohler Hall, Room 212, McPherson College. Everyone is welcome.

First Fridays: McPherson College at The Cedars — This is a free educational series of classes that are open to all ages. On Friday, November 2, at 3 p.m., Professor Jd. Bowman will present “Broadway Musicals and the Nostalgia Effect.” For information, contact Kendra Flory (floryk@mcpherson.edu or 620.242.0432).

Kick off your Christmas shopping at the 14th annual Alternative Christmas Gift Market, planned for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 10, at The Cedars Conference Center. Charities benefitting people in need will provide opportunities for giving Christmas gifts that make a difference, donations in honor of your loved ones.  Fair Trade items will be available for purchase. Eighteen booths representing Heifer, Brethren Disaster Ministries, On Earth Peace, and The Cedars Resident Assistance Fund as well as other local charities such as STEP MC and the Omega House will greet and inform you. Lucy Bowman will again be raising money for the Malala Fund and Paul Ullom-Minnich will be promoting the Haiti Water Project initiative.  As an added service, we will accept credit cards this year. Come enjoy the refreshments and fellowship, and help make our market a success.

News from the Caregiving Ministries Team – Plans are in the works to review and renew the vision of the Caregiving Ministries Team. We will be resuming monthly meetings in November, and the team is interested in hearing from the congregation about how we can best serve our church family. Please share suggestions you may have with any of the Caregiving Ministries Team members.

Needed: Christmas Breakfast Coordinator – detailed ‘how to’ instructions provided (mentoring available). Plenty of volunteers to set-up the day before and serve the day of. Organized, detail-oriented person desired. Interested, call the Church Office (620-241-1109).

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

October 7

October 14 October 21 October 28

Total

Weekly Offering Needed

$8,000

   $8,000 $8,000 $8,000 $32,000
Offering Received
$6,392.00 $6,600.00 $6,158.55

Musings from Ministry Team Members

Posted October 25th, 2018

Greetings Family,

On Monday I traveled to Great Bend and spent part of the day with others from the Western Plains District talking about what inspires us. For those that were there, I understand that is an oversimplification of the amazing conversations we had, but for the time I was there, I sensed the discussions anchored around what inspires us. Or maybe put differently, what about our communities of faith impact us in such a positive way, that we hunger for more? Spiritually. Physically. Emotionally. Mentally.

I left Great Bend with the words that were shared around our table of worship, and one thought that stuck with me was this: at the core of who we are, as a tribe and as individuals, is a deep desire for connections. We need each other. We need our sisters and brothers walking beside us, breaking bread with us, and serving the world together.

We need people to listen to us when we are hurting. We need folks who can hear our stories, even the darkest elements, and still love and welcome us. We need sisters and brothers who can openly, and honestly, challenge us and hold us accountable. We need spaces to disagree with one another, safely, without fear of losing a friend. We need to be able to sing, to pray, to give of ourselves, to unpack scripture, and we need to do it together, as the body of Christ.

Around our holy table, on Monday, we embodied what the author of Ephesians called the church to be: “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and (Creator *changes by Jerry) of all, who is over all and through all and in all.…” Away from the table, we all could have been as different as apples and oranges, but to quote the well-known movie, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” at that table, “we are all fruit.”

As I drove home and reflected on my sisters and brothers around the table, I smiled and laughed and felt hope. Because the rhetoric of the world, especially in our politically charged climate, seems to push us against each other. But around that table, in that holy space, what might have divided us outside disappeared into the abyss. What walls that the world constructed to separate us, God tore down and helped us create a beautiful tapestry of humanity. Around the table were my fellow pilgrims, my sisters and brothers, who long to experience God in so many ways, and to see the church respond to God’s call to be the church.

Sure, if we were all pressed a little more, we might have strong opinions on how or why the church needs to be the church. I heard my sisters and brothers share that to be the church we must honor each other. That we need each other. That we must protect each other. That we work hard to listen to one another. That we sing songs and plant gardens and laugh and cry and build each other up. What I heard that day, and what spoke to me as I drove home, was that to be the church, we have to be there for one another.

We have to take the chance to be vulnerable for each other. We have to trust each other. We have to believe that the other, in our midst, wants what we want. The world might thrive on creating the us versus them dichotomy, but not so the church. The church creates spaces where we can turn our verbal swords and shields into pruning hooks and plowshares. Around all of the holy tables, we create, we can commune with God and one another, and honor the charge of the author Ephesians, who wrote “…one Lord, one faith, one baptism…” To the glory of God and for our neighbors good. Amen.

_______________________

¹ Ephesians 4: 4-6 all scriptures come from the New Revised Standard Version unless otherwise noted.

— Jerry Bowen

Good Beginnings Preschool Enjoys Fall Activities

Posted October 25th, 2018

All preschool teachers were glad to connect with parents during parent visits and conferences during October. It was very helpful for teachers and parents both to share and learn more about each child.

In November both classes will focus on Fall and Thanksgiving. The colorful leaves on the fall trees outside are “inviting” us to take a walk and see what else we can find! Some of the older children found a grasshopper on the playground and observed it very carefully.

Books which will help focus our learning include Fresh Fall Leaves, We Love Fall, and
The Leaves Are Falling One by One. The prekindergarten children will easel paint leaves, glue fall tissue paper trees, and stamp a corn shape. The three-year-olds will create leaf rubbings, turkey art, and capital letter collages.

We continue to be amazed at the individuality and enthusiasm the children bring to preschool as they learn and grow!! Thank you for your ongoing support and prayers. Thanksgiving blessings!

Carol Temple, Director

Information for the Congregation for Sunday, October 21, 2018

Posted October 19th, 2018

Think generously. Practice generosity. And do so courageously.

Fears about money; loans, life expenses, budgeting – real fear. Courage is the ability to do something that frightens you. Current headlines concerning money are all about instilling fear; fear of the rising cost of housing, fear of decades of loan payments, fear of disappearing retirement benefits and safety nets. It is enough to make anyone want to hide their money under a mattress. Rather than spread fear of a dark future, we as people of faith are called to share a future of hope. The call of the church to live generously is a call to live the fullness of life, replacing the stress of individual burdens with the care and compassion of an uplifting community of faith. It is inspiring and encouraging to see gifts and acts of generosity not out of excess and what is left over, not out of the sense of sure footedness of standing on solid financial ground, but rather form a sense of hope and faith. We can make sure that our gifts are not just about what we can offer but are also examples of ongoing generosity and encouragement, leading to more examples of the same.

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, October 29, 7-8 p.m., Kirk MacGregor will present “Do Philosophy and Ethics Point to God?” in Mohler Hall, Room 212, McPherson College. Everyone is welcome.

First Fridays: McPherson College at The Cedars — This is a free educational series of classes that are open to all ages. On Friday, November 2, at 3 p.m., Professor Jd. Bowman will present “Broadway Musicals and the Nostalgia Effect.” For information, contact Kendra Flory (floryk@mcpherson.edu or 620.242.0432).

Looking Ahead — ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL — Sunday, November 4, 2018 — 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Bruce and Barbara Wagoner Farm, campfire stories and songs, snacks provided.  Everyone invited!

Kick off your Christmas shopping at the 14th annual Alternative Christmas Gift Market, planned for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 10, at The Cedars Conference Center. Charities benefitting people in need will provide opportunities for giving Christmas gifts that make a difference, donations in honor of your loved ones.  Fair Trade items will be available for purchase. Eighteen booths representing Heifer, Brethren Disaster Ministries, On Earth Peace, and The Cedars Resident Assistance Fund as well as other local charities such as STEP MC and the Omega House will greet and inform you. Lucy Bowman will again be raising money for the Malala Fund and Paul Ullom-Minnich will be promoting the Haiti Water Project initiative.  As an added service, we will accept credit cards this year. Come enjoy the refreshments and fellowship, and help make our market a success.

News from the Caregiving Ministries Team – Plans are in the works to review and renew the vision of the Caregiving Ministries Team. We will be resuming monthly meetings in November, and the team is interested in hearing from the congregation about how we can best serve our church family. Please share suggestions you may have with any of the Caregiving Ministries Team members.

Needed: Christmas Breakfast Coordinator – detailed ‘how to’ instructions provided (mentoring available). Plenty of volunteers to set-up the day before and serve the day of. Organized, detail-oriented person desired. Interested, call the Church Office (620-241-1109).

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

 

Oct. 7

Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Total
Weekly Offering Needed
$8,000    $8,000 $8,000 $8,000

$32,000

Offering Received
$6,392.00 $6,600.00