Information for the Congregation for Sunday, March 17, 2019

Posted March 15th, 2019

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, March 25, 7-8 p.m., Kirk MacGregor will present “What Should Be the Chrisitan View of Same Sex Marriage?” in Mohler Hall, #212, McPherson College. Everyone is welcome.

Faith Formation Team has been tasked with the sacred duty of protecting every child and youth that comes through our doors. In service of that goal, we are proposing an initiative where every volunteer that works with children, shall undergo a background check to ensure their safety and our integrity as a congregation. In light of the current news that has brought to light the abuse scandals in both the Catholic Church as well as the Southern Baptist convention, we believe that it behooves us as a congregation to act decisively. A part of this action is ensuring the safety of those most vulnerable. We are so grateful for this congregation’s commitment to growing the hearts and minds of our children and ensuring that they have a safe place to grow and explore their faith. Thank you so much for being supportive of this as we continue to explore best practices. – Suzee Shugart, Chair

Job Opening – A part-time position is available to assist with the care and maintenance of the church facility. The Environmental Services II position focuses primarily on mechanical/electrical infrastructure and routine annual maintenance. Contact the Church Office for more details or contact Chris Whitacre as Staff Liaison to the Property Team.

McPherson College – Upcoming Events

Thursday, March 28, 7:30 p.m., Brown Auditorium – The Concert Band will have its annual collaborative concert with The Independent School from Wichita. Admission is free.

Sunday, April 7, 7:00 p.m., McPherson Opera House – The Jazz Band and the Hutchinson Community College Jazz Combo will present an evening of jazz to benefit the opera house. Tickets are only $6 at the door.

UPCOMING:  Sunday, March 31, 2019    11:30 a.m. Potluck, 12:30 p.m. Congregational Forum

The Annual Food Drive for the McPherson County Food Bank is a project of the Outreach Team. Donations will be collected through Sunday, March 31. Items (canned and non-perishable foods, listed below) or money donations, may be left in a grocery cart in the Church Good Shepherd Foyer or in a storage container in the Education Building. The goal is to reach $2000 in total donations from food and/or money since we reached $1900 in donations last year. The Outreach Team is very hopeful and optimistic that we can do this! For questions, contat Kendra Bowen (620.504.2772 or kleighbowen@yahoo.com). Thank You!

  • Cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Pancake mix
  • Canned fruits
  • Canned vegetables
  • Beans
  • Nuts
  • Peanut Butter
  • Non perishable meats

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.

 

McPherson College

2019 Passion Giving

Student Debt Project

McPherson College is continuing to look at student loan debt from a new perspective by partnering with students and their families on one of their biggest challenges. The Student Debt Project, which was piloted last year, combines matching funds for employment, financial literacy education, and mentorship all aimed at helping McPherson College students graduate with no student debt. Every student has a unique financial situation, requiring individual financial plans; however, one aspect of every student’s plan is the commitment to work while going to college. Income from employment that is applied to a student’s account is matched by the college at 25 cents per dollar. This year approximately 30 students are enrolled in the program and on track to meet their debt reduction goals. “It’s really a unique project that helps you graduate with less debt,” said Courtney Weesner, a sophomore who joined the project this year. “The project also teaches skills like making a budget, setting goals and sticking with them. These are important skills, not only for reducing debt for college, but also for the rest of your life.” McPherson College’s goal is that the Student Debt Project not only makes coming to college possible for many students, but that it also leads to a sustainable, brighter start for MC students’ careers. Think about it: no student loans + a good paying job after graduating = a great future!

Renewed Focus on Career Services

McPherson College has always taken a career-focused approach to higher education, where a student’s specific interest and skills can be enhanced and made more valuable when matched with other skill sets that employers are looking for. Our graduates are seeing the results of a McPherson College education. The latest placement rates for the school show the six-months post-graduation placement at 98 percent for MC graduates placed in their fields. Current students are recognizing the value of an MC education as well. The college saw a retention rate of 90 percent from fall to spring semester this year. Leadership in the Career Service office has worked diligently this year to build new systems to ensure solid data tracking, better employer relationships, consistent career advising across academic departments and full integration of the college’s “Enterprising MC Student Model,” which integrates the concepts of explore, engage, and experience. In addition, the campus has implemented Handshake, an online career placement platform that literally puts hundreds of potential employers and thousands of available positions throughout the U.S. at the fingertips of MC students. Local companies are already using the platform. It will now be easy for students to search the data base for jobs and internships not only in McPherson, but across the country and around the world.

 

Prairie Window Concert Series — Dyck Arboretum, Hesston

Posted March 5th, 2019

The next concert, featuring The Special Consensus, will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, at the Dyck Arboretum in Hesston.  Everyone is invited to an evening of great music and good food in a prairie garden setting. Tickets: $20 adults/$10 kids, plus tax. Purchase tickets online or call 620-327-8127 to reserve your seats.

Information for the Congregation for Sunday, March 3, 2019

Posted March 1st, 2019

Job Opening – A part-time position is available to assist with the care and maintenance of the church facility. The Environmental Services II position focuses primarily on mechanical/electrical infrastructure and routine annual maintenance. Contact the Church Office for more details or contact Chris Whitacre as Staff Liaison to the Property Team.

Name Tags – for a new or replacement name tag, contact the church office (241-1109).

 

MCPHERSON COLLEGE

2019 Passion Giving

Student Health Center

Navigating the complexities of health care can be confusing; particularly for college students who may be dealing with a health crisis alone for the first time. McPherson College will make it easier for its students to access health care and counseling resources on campus with a new student health center that will open in the fall of 2019. Construction on the new facility began in December when property was cleared on Gordon Street across from Morrison and Metzler residence halls. In 2014, the college responded to students’ concern over the need for on-campus health services by contracting with Partners In Family Care to provide physical health services to campus. Based in Moundridge, the practice is run in part by MC alumni Drs. Paul and Marla Ullom-Minnich. The college also works with Client-Centered Counseling, owned by another MC alumna, Linda Helmer, to provide counseling services on campus. Both services are highly utilized by students. Student fees include unlimited health care office visits for full-time students, as well as four visits with the counseling office at no charge. Taking away barriers like cost, inconvenience and office hours allows McPherson College to provide the most comprehensive health and counseling services among colleges of its size in the state.

 Ash Wednesday Activities

McPherson College invites you to participate in their Ash Wednesday activities on Wednesday, March 6. Ash Wednesday is a Christian holy day of prayer, fasting, and repentance observed 40 days (excluding Sundays) before Easter. It ushers in the season of Lent, a time for reflection and recommitment to faith. The use of ashes as a sign of mortality and repentance has a long history in Jewish and Christian worship, and is a powerful way to experience the call to repentance and reconciliation. Please join Spiritual Life at either 8 a.m. or 12 p.m. for a short service (10 minutes) to be held in Friendship Hall, outside Brown Auditorium. All are invited. We will offer opportunity for crosses of ash on either the forehead or hand, or a simple blessing if you prefer.

From 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. a space for guided reflection will be set up in the basement of Miller Library on the south side (the “Maker’s Space”). There are several interactive stations (i.e. touch, taste, write) at which you may reflect as long or as little as you desire. Specific instructions will be provided.

 

Topical Spiritual Growth Classes

continuing through Sunday, March 10, 2019

“The Joy of Sects”

led by Pastor Jerry Bowen

Church Community Room

“Miracles”

led by Jan van Asselt

Church Social Room

STEPMC

Steps to End Poverty of McPherson County

led by Beth Versaw

North Church Social Room

 

The Annual Food Drive for the McPherson County Food Bank is a project of the Outreach Team. Donations will be collected from Sunday, March 3 through Sunday, March 31. Items (canned and non-perishable foods, listed below) or money donations, may be left in a grocery cart in the Church Good Shepherd Foyer or in a storage container in the Education Building. The goal is to reach $2000 in total donations from food and/or money since we reached $1900 in donations last year. The Outreach Team is very hopeful and optimistic that we can do this! For questions, contact Kendra Bowen (620.504.2772 or kleighbowen@yahoo.com).  Thank You    – Outreach Team

  • Cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Pancake mix
  • Canned fruits
  • Canned vegetables
  • Non perishable meats
  • Peanut Butter
  • Beans
  • Nuts

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.

2019 Winter Lecture Series — Dyck Arboretum of the Plains

Posted February 22nd, 2019

The Dyck Arboretum of the Plains, Hesston, is continuing its 2019 Winter Lecture Series.  “Conserving the Gems of Kansas” will be presented at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26 by Rob Manes, director of The Nature Conservancy in Kansas. The lecture will take place in the Prairie Pavilion. The cost of the lecture is $5 per person – cash or credit card payment will be received at the door.  No reservation necessary.

 

Information for the Congregation for Sunday, February 24, 2019

Posted February 22nd, 2019

Western Plains District Women’s Retreat is planned for Friday – Sunday, April 5-7, at Crosswind Conference Center, Hesston. Theme:  “Tikkum Olan – Repairers of Creation Our Transforming Christ Journey,” to be presented by Bunny Helman Hill.  For registration forms/information, check the Church Gathering Space, Education Building literature rack or the District website.  Registration deadline: Thursday, February 28.

http://www.westernplainschurchofthebrethren.org/womens-retreat/

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, February 25, 7-8 p.m., Kirk MacGregor will present “Should Christians Support War?” in Mohler Hall, Room 212, McPherson College. Everyone is welcome.

Ventures in Discipleship, McPherson College – The course offerings for spring will focus on the theme “Welcoming Congregations.” The March class will be held online, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (CST), Saturday, March 2. Barbara Avent, a Church of the Brethren minister, will be presenting “Growing a More Inclusive Multi-Cultural Church.” Classes are donation-based and continuing education credit is available at $10 per course. For registration, visit www.mcpherson.edu/ventures.

First Fridays: McPherson College at The Cedars — This is a free educational series of classes that are open to all ages. On Friday, March 1, at 3 p.m., Dr. Tom Hurst will present “My History with Race and Racism.” Contact Kendra Flory (floryk@mcpherson.edu or 620.242.0432) for additional information.

Job Opening – A part-time position is available to assist with the care and maintenance of the church facility. The Environmental Services II position focuses primarily on mechanical/electrical infrastructure and routine annual maintenance. Contact the Church Office for more details or contact Chris Whitacre as Staff Liaison to the Property Team.

Topical Spiritual Growth Classes

continuing through Sunday, March 10, 2019

“The Joy of Sects”

led by Pastor Jerry Bowen

Church Community Room

“Miracles”

led by Jan van Asselt

Church Social Room

STEPMC

Steps to End Poverty of McPherson County

led by Beth Versaw

North Church Social Room

The Annual Food Drive for the McPherson County Food Bank is a project of the Outreach Team. Donations will be collected from Sunday, March 3 through Sunday, March 31. Items (canned and non-perishable foods, listed below) or money donations, may be left in a grocery cart in the Church Good Shepherd Foyer or in a storage container in the Education Building. The goal is to reach $2000 in total donations from food and/or money since we reached $1900 in donations last year. The Outreach Team is very hopeful and optimistic that we can do this! For questions, contact Kendra Bowen (620.504.2772 or kleighbowen@yahoo.com).  Thank You – Outreach Team

  • Cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Pancake mix
  • Canned fruits
  • Canned vegetables
  • Non perishable meats
  • Peanut Butter
  • Beans
  • Nuts

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.