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

Information for the Congregation for Sunday, July 8, 2018

Posted July 6th, 2018

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.

The memorial service for Anne Albright, who died on Friday, February 16, 2018, will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 14, at the church. Memorial donations are suggested to the Southern Poverty Law Center or to McPherson College.

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.

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.

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).

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.

If your camper is missing a bag of clothing, please contact the Church Office.

Brethren Disaster Ministries announces upcoming opportunities – Lybrook Community Ministries, September 2 –8. Check the church website (www.macbrethren.org) for additional dates and 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

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

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

 

Joys of the Congregation for Sunday, July 8, 2018

Posted July 6th, 2018

Congratulations to Logan and Maddie Schrag who were married on Saturday, June 23 at Brookscape Gardens, Elyria.

Mark your calendars for 2 p.m., Sunday, July 15, when Logan and Maddie will be honored at a Wedding Shower, in the Church Social Room. For a group gift, please contact Cindy Kinnamon (620.245.1532) or Kristen Reynolds (620.755-6903).

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).

Upcoming Opportunities — Brethren Disaster Ministries

Posted July 5th, 2018

Floyd Pearson, a trained Brethren Disaster Ministries leader, who works with the Kansas Disciples of Christ, has invited us to join them in a mission trip to Lybrook Community Ministries, September 2-8.  The work will include cutting and splitting wood, winterizing homes, working in a thrift shop, and other projects to be determined.  If interested, contact Floyd (620.755.6394; floyd.pearson@gmail.com) or Bud and Susan Taylor.

Also, the Brethren Disaster Ministries Office reports that they still need volunteers for these dates:

Carolinas 1 July 15-21            13 spots OPEN

Carolinas 1 July 29-Aug 4        5 spots OPEN

Carolinas 2 Dec. 9-15              15 spots OPEN

Carolinas 1 Dec. 16-22            15 spots OPEN

USVI Sept 9-22                       5 spots OPEN

If are interested, contact Bud or Susan.

Bud and Susan Taylor

taylorbud48@cox.net or 620.245.4836

susandtaylor@yahoo.com or 620.245.4835

Information for the Congregation for Sunday, July 1, 2018

Posted June 29th, 2018

July Newsletter – Printed copies are available. Check for e-mail updates and stay up-to-date with church news by signing up for e-mail alerts. Visit www.macbrethren.org and enter your e-mail address in the left column of the screen under “Subscribe to E-mail Updates” and follow the instructions.

Tiffiney Harms will be presenting piano selections at The Cedars Wellness/Conference Center at 3 p.m. on Monday, July 2. Classical and works of Rodgers and Hammerstein plus hymn arrangements will be performed. Tiffiney accompanied the McPherson College Choir and ensembles for two years. Everyone is welcome to come for a musical treat.

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.

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.

Everyone is invited to join First Mennonite Church for their July 4th Cookout, beginning at 6 p.m. There will also be an opportunity to meet the Fuller Center Bike Riders, who are biking across the US, to aid in ending ‘poverty housing.’ The community fireworks display will follow.

The memorial service for Anne Albright, who died on Friday, February 16, 2018, will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 14, at the church. Memorial donations are suggested to the Southern Poverty Law Center or to McPherson College.

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.

If your camper is missing a bag of clothing, please contact the Church Office.

Name Tags – for a new or replacement name tag, contact 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

 

June 3

June 10 June 17 June 24

Total

Weekly Offering
Needed

$8,000

$8,000 $8,000 $8,000 $32,000
Offering Received

$9,624.00

$4,996.00 $4,179.18 $10,844.89

$29,644.07

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

$29,644.07