McPherson College Update

Posted October 1st, 2010

The church office received the following letter from McPherson College (pdf):

MC Update 10-9-29

Announcements for Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010

Posted September 11th, 2010

Camp Colorado Closing Rescheduled. Saturday and Sunday, October 16, and 17, 2010. If you are planning to attend, send an email to

The Life and Teachings of Jesus is the topic for the intergenerational Inquirers Class that meets in the Church Social Room during the Sunday school hour. Our text is Gospel Records of the Message and Mission of Jesus Christ, a harmony of the Gospels by Albert Cassel Weiand, founder of Bethany Seminary. We still have a few books left. – Florence Crago

Water Fun is planned for the Opening Night of Kingdom Kids which will held from 6-7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, September 15. Appropriate clothes for water play are suggested. Adults who will be serving as leaders this year are: Sarah Hendricks, Coordinator; Michele McMillan and LeAnna Ullom, Preschool – Kindergarten; Heidi Risser and Kathryn Whitacre, 1st – 3rd grade; Alan Wagoner and Daisy Friesen, 4th – 5th grade.

Are you willing to help prepare food and/or offer your home to host Brethren college students and their friends once a month? If so, please contact: Jeanne Smith ( or 241-7128) or Jan Hurst ( or 245-0009). The first meal for this school year will follow the worship service next Sunday, September 19, at the home of Tom and Jan Hurst, 1315 E. Euclid. Approximately 15-20 students usually attend these gatherings.

Plans for the publication of a cookbook to benefit Projects Unlimited are underway by Western Plains District. Information is available in the Church Office or on the church website (

Announcements for Sunday, June 20, 2010

Posted June 18th, 2010

Help Save the Planet! Earth Day Tip #25, shared by the Philo Class: Hang dry your laundry this week, save on electricity this way.

The Performing Arts Department of McPherson College will be presenting the production Speak Truth to Power at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 25, in the Church Sanctuary. Dealing with stories from human rights activists around the world, this production will be performed at both Annual Conference and National Youth Conference this summer. The department invites you to preview this 60 minute event prior to its performance at the Sunday evening worship “hour” in Pittsburgh.

We are almost there! Outreach Team originally set a goal of $6,000 for a house to be built in Haiti. So far, $5,905 has been donated. We are in conversation with Roy Winter about when the next houses will be built. Thanks to all who have participated.

If your child has lost some rings, contact the Church Office. The rings have recently been found on the playground.

Announcements for Sunday, May 23, 2010

Posted May 24th, 2010

June Newsletter – Printed copies are available on the literature stands in the Church Good Shepherd Foyer and the Education Building Foyer, and on the small table by the telephone in the Church Social Room. Information is also available on-line (

Help Save the Planet! Earth Day Tip #21, shared by the Philo Class: Shop close to home this week. Try to make all of your purchases from local stores or vendors rather than from far away locations or vendors that are not connected to your community.

McPherson College seniors Rebecca Grosbach and Jon Neher will be honored at a graduation reception today, following McPherson College Commencement. The church family is invited to join them at The North Cedars Down Under Room, 1225½ Darlow Drive.

Two members of the Church History Book Project Group will be at a table in the Good Shepherd Foyer today and again on May 30, June 6, and June 13, for the purpose of collecting from those who want to buy a copy (or copies) of the book. Cost is $14.00 per book, including the supplemental computer disc. Write your check to “McPherson Church of the Brethren” with “History Book” on the memo line. Publication is scheduled for August. Thank you.

Camp Colorado will hold their Opening Work Weekend on May 29 – May 31. If you are interested in helping open the camp for the summer camping season, please plan to attend. Directions to Camp Colorado are available on their website (

Calling all children, ages 4 years (as of June 1st) through fifth grade — Hero Headquarters, Vacation Bible School 2010! VBS is planned for 9 a.m. – 12 noon on Monday – Friday, June 7-11, at the Church of the Brethren. For registration, visit ( or you may contact Sarah Hendricks (480-0165) for questions.

On-line registration (at the advance price of $95) for the 2010 Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, PA is available at through Monday, June 7, 2010.

Registration forms for the 2010 Western Plains District Conference (July 30 – August 1) are available in the Church Office or at (

The House for Haiti Project has received $3,995 of the $6,000 needed to build a 3-room home. Sending the funds to Haiti helps stimulate their economy, since Brethren Disaster Ministries buys local materials and hires local people to build the house. Thanks to all who’ve contributed so far. Make checks to the McPherson Church of the Brethren with the subject line Haiti House Project.

More than 900 hygiene kits completed for Haiti relief

Posted May 15th, 2010

Through the combined efforts of McPherson College, McPherson Church of the Brethren, Good Beginnings Pre-School, McPherson United Methodist Church, Washington Elementary School, A Lutheran Church in Lindsborgh and Soderstrom Elementary School, a total of 902 hygiene kits have been sent to Church World Service in Elkhart, IN for the Haiti relief effort.

This adds up to more than $10,000 to purchase and donate kit items and to pay for shipping.  What a wonderful response!

On behalf of those at the college who took a primary interest in this project and on behalf of Campus Ministries at McPherson College, thank you all so very much.  We have been glad to help complete and get the kits and money where it all needed to go.

-Tom Hurst, director of campus ministries at McPherson College (pictured with MC student Emily James)