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St. Peter's United Church of Christ

Inman, Kansas

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January 2019 Newsletter

Posted by ureche1 on January 25, 2019 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (108)
From the Pastor�??s Desk Definition of New Year 1: the calendar year about to start or recently started 2: usually New Year's : new year's day �??Merriam Webster on-line Definition of resolution a resolve; a decision or determination: to make a firm resolution to do something. �??Dictionary on-line �??And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.�?��??Luke 6:31 �??Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;�?� �??James 1:19 Another year is almost over and a new one is about to begin. And, with the beginning of the New Year many of us will make resolutions regarding what we would like to do different or better in the New Year. For each New Year provides us with the opportunity to make a new start with our lives. Many Americans, us included will make resolutions to lose weight, exercise more, quit smoking, save more money and much more. While much is made about these resolutions, these new beginnings, but in the end most will not be kept; in fact statistics show that most resolutions are given up on with the first six months of the New Year. I am going to make a suggestion regarding the making of resolutions and it is one that experts make as well, so I am not a rocket scientist in this regard. The suggestion I want to offer is to keep your resolutions simple and realistic, which is easier said than done. Especially when I share with you what my resolutions are for 2019. In the Gospel of Matthew 22:36-40, this is written, �??�??Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?�?? He said to him, �??You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.�??�?� My resolution for 2019 is to live out these commandments that Jesus gave us. You might consider this as well. Now, some of you may be saying, �??Pastor, you said to keep resolutions simple and realistic.�?� Or, �??Pastor, I am (we are) already living out these commandments from Jesus.�?� To which I would reply, �??Yes, on both accounts.�?� I will also say that these commandments from Jesus are neither simple nor realistic because we live in the world. A world made up of people just like us; people who are broken and hurting. However, I fully believe that we can make a very good effort in living out these commandments, these resolutions. It will not be easy, but when we try, we will have a better relationship with our neighbor, our God and our Savior Jesus Christ. We will not be perfect in living out these two commandments, but I believe it is important that we give it our best effort. If what we give is our best effort then, we will have an excellent chance of keeping these resolutions well past the first six months of the year and maybe all the way until December 2019. Because, as Jesus said, �??On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.�??�?� What Jesus means is that everything we do in our lives revolves around these two commandments. I believe that the only way that we as children of God can begin to bring God�??s Kingdom to pass here and now is by doing our best to live out these two commandments. We will never be able to change the whole world by ourselves. But if we can make our little corner better, the change we are making will spread to other corners of the world; then and only then can God�??s Kingdom come to pass here and now. I believe that we can do this, starting in 2019. It may take more than one year to happen. But, what�??s wrong with having these resolutions be our resolutions for 2020, 2021 and beyond. After-all how many years in a row have we resolved to lose weight, exercise more, or be better financially? We can do this. After all, �??How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!�?� Peace and blessings for a prosperous, healthy and happy New Year, Pastor Dennis ************ Revised Common Lectionary Readings for January January 6 Isaiah 60:1-6 Psalm 72:1-7,10-14 Ephesians 3:1-12 Matthew 2:1-12 January 13 Isaiah 43:1-7 Psalm 29 Acts 8:14-17 Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 January 20 Isaiah 62:1-5 Psalm 36:5-10 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 John 2:1-11 January 27 Neh 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 Psalm 19 1 Cor 12:12-31a Luke 4:14-21 ************** Virginia Bosworth, Sandy Bundy, Steve and Theresa Buller, Elian Dorantes, Angie Ely, Janie Gormley, Pastor Jeff Groene, Glennis Lee Howard, Gretchen Kimble, Gene Allen Knackstedt, Kairos Prison Ministry, Vicki Lindenberger, Nathan Schierling, Jim and Sophia Stephens, Peggy Watts, Ellie Mae Weathers, Bob Willems, Brianna Krull, Freddie Stowe, Todd Koehn, Arlo and Theresa Schmidt, James Cooprider, Susan and Dennis Keller, Tom and Jean Slack, Jill Kasten, Steve and Teresa Jonas, Danny Parr, Please pray for these people on their designated day in January. . 1) Ellen Neufeld 2) Ray and Jeanne Osborn 3) Charlie and Carolyn Pauls 4) Lenore Postier 5) Loren and Denise Postier 6) Elva Rump 7) Devin and Jessica Schierling Karson, Kash, Kella 8) Gene and Karen Schierling 9) Roy and Shivawn Schierling 10) Dennis and Crystal Schroeder 11) Jerry and Ruth Sisson 12) Adam and Cassie Spears, Levi, Hailey 13) James and Sophia Stephens 14) Freddi Stowe 15) Allen Thiessen 16) Merle and Karen Thiessen- 17) Verla Thomason 18) Donna and Jim Toews 19) Lamont, Kelly Turcotte, Aoife, Loki 20) Dennis Ureche (Pastor) Diane Miller 21) Peggy Watts 22) Marcelyn Wittorff 23) Lois Wright 24) Kathy Zimmerman 25) Greg and Heather Thiessen, Taylor, Brooke 26) Rosetta Bartels 27) Dan and Fay Binder 28) Cody and Ashley Bornholdt 29) James Bornholdt 30) Tim and Terri Bornholdt 31) Steve and Theresa Buller ************* Family and Friends of Debra Walden Women�??s Fellowship Meeting Thursday, January 3 2:00 p.m. ************** Communion Sunday January 6 *************** Saturday, January 12 7:00 a.m. Inman Harvest Café Ground Hog Dinner plans will be made. *********** Pleasant View Home Worship Thursday, January 17 6:30 p.m. PVH Chapel ************** Church Council Thursday, January 17 7:30 p.m. ************* Make a note! Choir Practices will be at 8:00 p.m. thru the full month of January 2019 *************** Annual Congregational Meeting Sunday, January 27 after Morning Worship *************** Coming in February Communion, Sunday, February 3 Casual Sunday, February 3 77th Annual Ground Hog Dinner Monday, February 4 Women�??s Fellowship Kitchen Clean Up Day Thursday, February 7, 9:00 a.m. Men�??s Fellowship Breakfast, Saturday, Feb. 9, 7:00 Valentines Day, Thursday, February 14 Presidents Day, Monday, February 18 Church Council, Thursday, February 21, 7:30 p.m. Red Cross Blood Drive, Friday, February 22 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. Camp White in Council Grove, Kansas is accepting early bird registrations (with a discount) for summer 2019 camps May 4 Work Hard, Play Hard (Volunteer celebration and Camp work day) June 8 Volunteer Orientation June 9-14 Camp Celebrate (completed grades 4-10) June 23-29 Clash of the Camps (completed grades 4-12) July 28-30 Young Adventurers Camp (completed grades K-3) July 28-Aug. 3 Last Blast! (completed grades 4-12) August 3-4 Family Camp and Open House Visit www.WhiteMemorial Camp.com or call 1-620-767-5165 For more information or to register for camp A meal train has been set up for Theresa and Steve Buller at mealtrain.com/8dr6qn This website has complete information, instructions, requests, address for delivery and more. Any questions can be directed to Terri Bornholdt. ************* January Birthdays 2 Dottie Erker 7 Glennis Lee Howard 12 Rosetta Bartels Diane Miller 15 Crystal Schroeder 18 Lamont Turcotte 22 Isaac Sisson McClain Roy Harris 23 Auxana Fay Whatley --- 30 Chris Stevenson January Anniversaries 1 Loren and Denise Postier 23 Cody and Auxana Whatley ************ #LOVEOFCHILDREN WHO LEAD THE WAY by the Rev. Rachael Pryor KO Conference Coordinator for 3 Great Loves With the Rev. Dennis Ureche, St. Peter�??s United Church of Christ in Inman, Kansas This Advent season, you might consider a visit on December 15 to Inman, Kansas, where Pastor Dennis Ureche has perfected his camel-wrangling skills during the small town�??s annual Live Nativity. This year, it will be held in the town�??s Lambert Park as always, but viewing it will be just a little bit easier, thanks to a new sidewalk built in part with support from the children of St. Peter�??s United Church of Christ. At the front of the sanctuary in St. Peter�??s, a simple tube stands in place, just tall enough for a child to reach the top in order to add a quarter (or occasionally, the odd dime or nickel). Children come forward for the children�??s sermon, and as a part of the weekly ritual, they add change to the tube. Pastor Dennis keeps a handful of extra quarters up front, just in case anyone forgets their own. Sharing in the offering is an important faith practice for children; but the real learning happens when the tube is full. That�??s when the children, ranging in age from pre-schoolers to high schoolers, work together to decide how the money will be shared. Ureche, who borrowed the idea from a church in Missouri where he served as intern, says, �??I really liked the idea because it gives the kids a voice in the mission of the Church.�?� In just over five years, the children of St. Peter�??s have collected and shared more than $1500 through this project. On their own initiative, they�??ve made decisions about how to fairly split the money they gather between multiple recipients. They�??ve supported global missions like Church World Service and Heifer International, and learned in the process about how their bees, chicks, and goats help feed the hungry while also bringing sustainability to farming families. Donations of Soccket Ball electricity generators and mosquito netting have taught them to be aware of their privilege, and about everyday challenges we don�??t yet face in our part of the world. Local recipients have been important, too, as the children grow in their role of supporting the life and hospitality of their wider community. In a church where not all the kids are always there during the same Sundays, sometimes making these decisions together can present a logistical challenge; but it�??s also a way to help keep them connected as they grow together. #3GreatLoves isn�??t just about the love given TO children �?? it�??s also celebrating the love coming FROM the youngest disciples in our congregation. Thanks be to God for the inspiration we all receive through the #loveofchildren. Article from the K-O Conference Newsletter December 2018 St. Peter's United Church of Christ January-November 2018 Budget versus Actual Income January- November Actual January- November Budget Dollar Difference from Budget Percent of Budget Non-specified contributions 99,899.04 114,658.00 (14,758.96) 87.13% Expense January- November Actual January- November Budget Dollar Difference from Budget Percent of Budget Total Expense 107,927.98 113,987.98 (6,060.00) 94.68% For more information or if you have questions, please contact Todd Harman at [email protected] St Peter�??s United Church of Christ 107 North Pine, P.O. Box 506 Inman, Kansas 67546 620-585-2627 Fax 620-585-2628 Parsonage 620-585-2670 Website: stpetersuccinman.org.webs.com Church �[email protected] Pastor Dennis Ureche�[email protected] RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED January 2019 CHURCH STAFF: Rev. Dennis Ureche, Pastor Ellen Neufeld, Organist Beverly Castleberry, Church Secretary Worship Schedule Sept. thru May: Sunday School 9:30 AM Morning Worship 10:30 AM June thru August: No Sunday School Morning Worship 9:30 AM Followed by Brunch

December 2018 Newsletter

Posted by ureche1 on December 9, 2018 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (1354)
From the Pastor�??s Desk �??A shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loins. The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them.�?� Isaiah 11:1-6 NRSV �??�?�and a little child shall lead them�?�, the prophet Isaiah wrote those words sometime around 700 BCE. That�??s 700 years before the birth of Jesus. For approximately 700 years people read those words and waited, waited it appears patiently for the coming of a child that would be born of the root of Jesse to lead them, be a Savior to them. So we as well today are called to wait in this season of Advent leading up to Christmas morning when we can celebrate the birth of Emanuel, God with us. As we approach and journey through Advent I want to share with you words written by Ann Weems in her book Kneeling in Bethlehem. The piece is titled God So Loved the World. The story of Jesus Christ is this: The people of this earth waited for a Messiah�?�a Savior�?�And only God would send a little baby king. The child grew and began to question things as they were, and the man moved through his days and through this world, questioning the system of kings and priests and marketplace. He was called the New Creation, the New Covenant, the Son of God, who brought to all who listened, who saw, who understood, change and new life. But kings and corporations and churches of this world work very hard to keep things as they are out into forever. And so they killed him: he who said, love one another, he who said, feed my sheep, for they didn�??t want to share their bread and their wine. Now the story should have never ended there except that the story has always been that our God is the God of the covenant. The Good News is that in spite of our faithlessness, God is faithful and Jesus Christ was resurrected, for God so loved the world that God gave his only begotten Son that whoever believed might have everlasting life. Listen, you who have ears to hear. Listen, and sit down to bread and wine with strangers. Feed his sheep�?�Love one another, and claim new life in his name. As we celebrate the birth of Christ, we are reminded not to forget that we will mourn on Good Friday and then celebrate again with Alleluia�??s on Easter Sunday morning. May we all find the peace we seek in the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Pastor Dennis Please pray for these people on their designated day in December . 1) Lamont, Kelly Turcotte, Aoife, Loki 2) Dennis Ureche (Pastor) Diane Miller 3) Peggy Watts 4) Marcelyn Wittorff 5) Lois Wright 6) Kathy Zimmerman 7) Greg and Heather Thiessen, Taylor, Brooke 8) Norman Achilles 9) Scott and Connie Achilles 10) Phyllis Armstrong 11) Kara Ayers, Elian Dorantes 12) Adolyn Bartels 13) Rosetta Bartels 14) Dan and Fay Binder 15) Cody and Ashley Bornholdt 16) James Bornholdt 17) Tim and Terri Bornholdt 18) Steve and Theresa Buller 19) Richard and Beverly Castleberry-John 20) Gary Ely 21) Gene Ely 22) Tim and Cindy Fay 23) Shirley Friesen 24) Todd and Janell Harman-Max, Rachel 25) Matt, Brenna Harris Suttyn, Kru, Mac 26) Gretchen Kimble 27) Gene Allen and Phyllis Knackstedt 28) Vicki Lindenberger 29) Mike and Dorothy Luty 30) Mike and Kimba McCormick 31) Randy and Darcel Miles, Aisjha *************** Revised Common Lectionary Readings for December December 2 Jeremiah 33:14-16 Psalms 25:1-10 1 Thess 3:9-13 Luke 21:25-36 December 9 Malachi 3:1-4 Luke 1:68-79 Philippians 4:4-7 Luke 3:1-6 December 16 Zeph 3:14-20 Isaiah 12:2-6 Philippians 4:4-7 Luke 3:7-18 December23 Micah 5:2-5a Luke 1:46b-55 Hebrews 10:5-10 Luke 1:39-45 December 30 1 Samuel 2:18-20 Psalms 148 Colossians 3:12-17 Luke 2:41-52 ************** Prayer List Virginia Bosworth, Sandy Bundy, Steve and Theresa Buller, Elian Dorantes, Angie Ely, Janie Gormley, Pastor Jeff Groene, Glennis Lee Howard, Gretchen Kimble, Gene Allen Knackstedt, Kairos Prison Ministry, Vicki Lindenberger, Nathan Schierling, Jim and Sophia Stephens, Peggy Watts, Ellie Mae Weathers, Bob Willems, Reinecker Family, Brianna Krull, Patricia Bartels, Janet Euston ************** Family and Friends of Charles Buckaloo, Family and Friends of Helen Vogel Family and Friends of Mary Ellen Jones Communion Sunday December 2 *************** Women�??s Fellowship Meeting Thursday, December 6 2:00 p.m. On the agenda is the distribution of financial gifts ************** Saturday, December 8 7:00 a.m. Inman Harvest Café *********** Inman Senior Center Pancake Breakfast Saturday, December 15 at 7:00 a. ************* Christmas in Inman Saturday, December 15 Contact Barb Tuxhorn at 585-6469 if you would like to portray a character in the Live Nativity St. Peter�??s UCC Annual Christmas Program Sunday, December 16 10:30 a.m. ************** Church Council Thursday, December 20 7:30 p.m. ************* First Day of Winter Friday, December 21 ************** St. Peter�??s Choir Christmas Cantata Sunday, December 23 Morning Worship, 10:30 a.m. *************** UCC Annual Christmas Fund Offering Sunday, December 23 Blue Christmas Service Sunday, December 23, 3:00 p.m. The community is invited to this special service with scripture and hymns for someone that is grieving the loss of a loved one or anyone that is just having a difficult time with the holidays. ************ Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service Monday, December 24 10:30 p.m. ************** Merry Christmas Tuesday, December 25 ************* American Red Cross Blood Drive Friday, December 28 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ************** Endowment Sunday December 30 ************** Jesus is the Question Advent Study Wednesdays thru December 19 Morning Sessions begins at 9:30 a.m. Soup Supper begins at 6:00 p.m. Evening Session begin at 7:00 p.m. Choir practice will start at 8:00 p.m. In the Gospels Jesus asks many more questions than he answers. To be precise, Jesus asks 307 questions. He is asked 183 of which he only answers 3. Asking questions was central to Jesus�?? life and teachings. In fact, for every question he answers directly he asks�??literally�??a hundred. Jesus is the Question considers the questions Jesus asks�??what they tell us about Jesus and, more important, what our responses might say about what it means to follow Him. ************** Make a note! Choir Practices will be at 8:00 p.m. beginning Wednesday, November 28 and going thru the full month of January 2019 A meal train has been set up for Theresa and Steve Buller at mealtrain.com/8dr6qn This website has complete information, instructions, requests, address for delivery and more. Any questions can be directed to Terri Bornholdt. ************* December Birthdays 4 Raymond Osborn 5 Aisjha Miles 7 Donna Toews 10 Greg Thiessen 15 Kathy Zimmerman Kristin Knackstedt 17 Elva Rump 19 Devin Schierling 21 Cole Ely 25 Fay Binder 27 Heather Thiessen 28 Kru Harris December Anniversaries 21 Gene & Karen Schierling 31 Devin & Jessica Schierling *************** Women's Fellowship has purchased 20 tickets for Church Basement Ladies--Rise Up Oh, Men for the 2 p.m. matinee show on Wednesday, 4-17-18. We bought them early to insure all seats were close to each other. These seats are located on the middle section on main (parquet) level, and we have 4 aisle seats for rows B, C, D, and E. The discounted price is $37 each. Yeah, I know that seems high, but the "cheap" tickets were in the 1st balcony, and that's a steep walk to your seat. The regular price of these seats are $35 + $4 preservation fee = $39, so we are saving $2 per seat! If you want one or more tickets, let Diane Miller know. If you want one of the aisle seats, let me know sooner rather than later, since when they are gone, you get to pick a seat from what's left. I take cash and checks payable to St. Peter's Women's Fellowship, and I can hold your check until 12-31-18 if necessary. You can email me at [email protected], call me at 620-585-2670, or let me know the next time you see me how many tickets you need. Makes a great afternoon out for anyone! The atheist in the woods�?�. What majestic trees! What powerful rivers! What beautiful animals! He said to himself. Suddenly, he heard a rustling in the bushes behind him. He turned to look and saw a 7-foot grizzly bear charge towards him. He ran as fast as he could along the path. He looked over his shoulder and saw that the bear was closing on him. He looked over his shoulder again, and the bear was even closer, and then he tripped and fell. Rolling over to pick himself up, he found the bear was right on top of him, reaching towards him with its left paw, and raising the right paw to strike. At that instant the atheist cried out, �??Oh my God!�?? Time stopped, the bear froze, the forest was silent. A bright light shone upon the man, and a voice came out of the sky. �??You deny my existence for all these years, you teach others I don�??t exist, and even credit creation to cosmic accident. Do you expect me to help you out of this predicament?�?� �??Am I to count you as a believer?�?� The atheist looked directly into the light. �??It would be hypocritical of me to suddenly ask you to treat me as a Christian now, but perhaps you could make the BEAR a Christian?...a pause�?��?�Very well,�?� said the voice. The light went out. The sounds of the forest resumed. The bear dropped his right arm, brought both paws together, bowed his head and spoke�?��?�Lord, bless this food, which I am about to receive.�?� The beautiful poinsettias that are decorating the sanctuary have been given by �?�. Scott and Connie Achilles in memory of Betty Achilles Kara Ayers in memory of Joan Ayers Tim and Cindy Fay in memory of Ralph and Susie Long Shirley Friesen in memory of Gerald Friesen Mike and Dorothy Luty in memory of Howard Schierling Ellen Neufeld in memory of Lester and Marlene Neufeld Raymond and Jeannie Osborn in memory of Landis Osborn Elva Rump in memory of Max Rump Elva Rump in honor of her children, Allen, Diana, Theresa Marcelyn Wittorff in memory of Arnold Wittorff Lois Wright in memory of Conard �??Connie�?� Wright Kathleen Zimmerman in memory of Dale Zimmerman "Goin' to Kansas City...Kansas City Here They Come!" Who are they? The Delegates and Visitors to the 33rd General Synod of the United Church of Christ! The Conference Council is excited to announce that the Kansas-Oklahoma Conference and the Missouri Mid-South Conference will serve as the Host Conferences for the Thirty-third General Synod that will meet July 16-20, 2021 at the Kansas City Convention Center in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. At the invitation of the national setting, Conference Ministers Edith Guffey and Ginny Brown Daniel joined the General Synod staff in touring the Convention Center facilities in September and after hearing and discussing the implications and possibilities, the Conference Councils of both Conferences voted unanimously for Kansas-Oklahoma and Missouri Mid-South to serve as host Conferences. Those who have attended the General Synod will recognize the work of the host Conference through the Local Arrangements Committee. It includes everything from arranging and providing for those tote bags that live on for years, assisting at registration, providing for child care, helping visitors find their way around the convention center, serving as ushers for Sunday worship, and a host of other areas that are needed to support the work of the General Synod. The Host Conferences also have the opportunity to arrange for tours of the local area and provide delegates and visitors the opportunity to see and learn something about the city. In addition to supporting General Synod, there is something to gain for the area that serves as the host as well. A stronger UCC identity, experiencing the church through a wider lens, experiencing the diversity of the church gathered, is all part of the General Synod experience that can't be replicated in any other UCC gathering. So while most of our members may not be able to travel to Baltimore or Milwaukee, having Synod in Kansas City makes it accessible to our KO members because it is literally in our own backyard. Finally, Conference Minister Edith Guffey says, "This is an opportunity for our geographic area, the 'heartland' states of Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma, to experience the progressive voice of the United Church of Christ. It's an evangelism opportunity as the distinctive identity and witness of the UCC isn't well known as we might it to be in this area and General Synod gives us a huge megaphone to tell the story of God's extravagant welcome and how we are working to embody it in the UCC." We've got some time to dream and to plan. So let's get ready folks. We're excited and looking forward to making the most of this opportunity to welcome the wider UCC to Kansas City, to work and serve with our sisters and brothers in the MMS Conference, and as always with our own KO members and churches. Stay tuned for future updates. Conference Council Members: John Lord, President Bobbie Henderson Vice President Debbie Rice Secretary Mark Van Dorn Treasurer Nikki Woolsey Dennis Ureche Eve Kendall Jennifer Parson Jody Maness Suzanne Nichols St. Peter's United Church of Christ January-October 2018 Budget versus Actual Income January- October Actual January- October Budget Dollar Difference from Budget Percent of Budget Non-specified contributions 91,816.04 104,682.00 (12,865.96) 87.71% Expense January- October Actual January- October Budget Dollar Difference from Budget Percent of Budget Total Expense 100,334.27 104,940.98 -4,606.71 95.61% For more information or if you have questions, please contact Todd Harman at [email protected] December 2018 CHURCH STAFF: Rev. Dennis Ureche, Pastor Ellen Neufeld, Organist Beverly Castleberry, Church Secretary Worship Schedule Sept. thru May: Sunday School 9:30 AM Morning Worship 10:30 AM June thru August: No Sunday School Morning Worship 9:30 AM Followed by Brunch

November 2018 Newsletter

Posted by ureche1 on November 14, 2018 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (15)
From the Pastor�??s Desk �??When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, �??What are you looking for?�??�?� �??John 1:38 �??Again he asked them, �??Whom are you looking for?�?��??John 18:7 �??Then turning towards the woman, he said to Simon, �??Do you see this woman?�?��??Luke 7:44 As I write this column it is late in October. Halloween is tomorrow, daylight saving time ends early Sunday morning, Thanksgiving is just over three weeks away and believe it or not the Christmas shopping season kicks off this Thursday, November 1. All those things mean Advent is just around the corner as well. The first Sunday of Advent this year is December 2. Once again, this year I will be leading an Advent study series. This year our study will focus on the book, �??Jesus is the Question-the 307 Questions Jesus Asked and the 3 He Answered�?� written by Martin B. Copenhaver. Our sessions will begin on Wednesday, November 28. Two sessions will once again be held, 9:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Sessions will continue each Wednesday through December 19. Copenhaver is the President of Andover Newton Theological School�??the oldest graduate school of any kind in America�??located in Newton Centre, Massachusetts. Before assuming this role, Copenhaver was Senior Pastor of Wellesley Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, in Wellesley, Massachusetts, where he served for 20 years. He is a graduate of Dickinson College and received his Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School in 1980. In Jesus is the Question Copenhaver makes the point that contrary to some common assumptions, Jesus is not the ultimate Answer Man, but more like the Great Questioner. In the Gospels Jesus asks many more questions than he answers. To be precise, Jesus asks 307 questions. He is asked 183 of which he only answers 3. Asking questions was central to Jesus�?? life and teachings. In fact, for every question he answers directly he asks�??literally�??a hundred. Jesus is the Question considers the questions Jesus asks�??what they tell us about Jesus and, more important, what our responses might say about what it means to follow Him. Through Jesus�?? questions, he modeled the struggle, the wondering, the thinking it through that helps us draw closer to God and better understand, not just the answer, but ourselves, our process and ultimately why questions are among Jesus�?? most profound gifts for a life of faith. We won�??t have time to cover all 307 questions that Jesus asks during our four weeks together, but we will look at the ones that have the most impact upon our lives today. The Rev. Dr. Robin R. Meyers, senior minister of Mayflower Congregation UCC in Oklahoma City and a colleague of mine here in the KO Conference has this to say about Jesus is the Question�??�??I deeply appreciate the way this book restores the ministry of the question, all 307 of them. With his typical eloquence, Copenhaver makes a compelling case for faith as a journey, not a destination.�?� I invite you to join me, at either of the Wednesday sessions, as we look closer at the ministry of Jesus through the questions that he asks; questions that are as though provoking today as they were when Jesus asked them over 2,000 years ago. Who knows maybe you will come up with a question or two of your own and I am quite sure you will. Peace and Blessings, Pastor Dennis Please pray for these people on their designated day in November. 1) Gary Ely 2) Gene Ely 3) Tim and Cindy Fay 4) Shirley Friesen 5) Todd and Janell Harman-Max, Rachel 6) Matt, Brenna Harris Suttyn, Kru, Mac 7) Gretchen Kimble 8) Gene Allen and Phyllis Knackstedt 9) Vicki Lindenberger 10) Mike and Dorothy Luty 11) Mike and Kimba McCormick 12) Randy and Darcel Miles, Aisjha 13) Ellen Neufeld 14) Ray and Jeanne Osborn 15) Charlie and Carolyn Pauls 16) Lenore Postier 17) Loren and Denise Postier 18) Elva Rump 19) Devin and Jessica Schierling Karson, Kash, Kella 20) Gene and Karen Schierling 21) Roy and Shivawn Schierling 22) Dennis and Crystal Schroeder 23) Jerry and Ruth Sisson 24) Adam and Cassie Spears, Levi, Hailey 25) James and Sophia Stephens 26) Freddi Stowe 27) Allen Thiessen 28) Merle and Karen Thiessen- 29) Verla Thomason 30) Donna and Jim Toews *************** Revised Common Lectionary Readings for November November 4 Ruth 1:1-8 Deuteronomy 6:1-9 Hebrews 9:11-14 Mark 12:28-34 November 11 Ruth 3:1-5,4:13-17 1 Kings 17:8-16 Hebrews 9:24-28 Mark 12:38-44 November 18 1 Samuel 1:4-20 Daniel 12:1-3 Hebrews 10:11-14, (15-18) Mark 13:1-8 November 25 2 Samuel 23:1-7 Daniel 7:9-10,13-14 Revelations 1:4b-9 John 18:33-37 ************** Prayer List Virginia Bosworth, Charles Buckaloo, Sandy Bundy, Steve and Theresa Buller, Elian Dorantes, Angie Ely, William Forehand, Janie Gormley, Pastor Jeff Groene, Lynn, Glennis Lee Howard, Gretchen Kimble, Gene Allen Knackstedt, Kairos Prison Ministry, Vicki Lindenberger, Wayne Lintz, McPherson Congregational Church, Beth Miller, Rob Van Ess, Nathan Schierling, Jim and Sophia Stephens, Peggy Watts, Ellie Mae Weathers, Bob Willems, Reinecker Family, Bob and Cindy Ratzlaff, Brianna Krull, Patricia Bartels, Janet Euston, Helen Vogel, Brian Miller, Family and Friends of Rev. Phillip Lamar, Family and Friends of Tommi Boeder Women�??s Fellowship Thanksgiving Lunch Thursday, November 1 11:00 a.m. Everyone is asked to bring a dish they remember their mother or grandmother preparing. ************** Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday, November4. Remember to turn your clocks back Saturday evening. Also, don�??t forget to check your smoke alarms and fire extinguishers. ************** All Saints Day Remembrance Sunday, November 4 10:30 a.m. Come and join us as we honor our loved ones in this special service. **************** Communion Sunday November 4 ************** Pleasant View Home Gift Day Thursday, November 8 Serving begins at 4:00 p.m. Auction starts at 6:30 p.m. There is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board downstairs to volunteer to serve and/or bring pie. ************* Saturday, November 10 7:00 a.m. Inman Harvest Café ************ Welcome to Wyatt Alan Fay born September 23, 2018 Parents: Justin and Katie Fay Grandparents: Tim and Cindy Fay ************** Veterans Day Service Sunday, November 11 10:30 a.m. Make plans now to join us for this special service honoring our veterans. The service will include a special guest speaker, special music, honor guard, veterans�?? photo, and more. There will be a potluck dinner following the service. The church is providing sloppy joes and everyone is asked to bring a side dish, salad, and/ or dessert. All veterans and their families are invited. If you know someone that would enjoy the service please invite them. ************** Church Council Thursday, November 15 7:30 p.m. ************* Inman Senior Center Pancake Breakfast Saturday, November 17 at 7:00 a.m. *************** Inman Ministerial Alliance Community Thanksgiving Service Sunday, November 18 Bethel Mennonite Church Soup Supper at 6:30 p.m. Service at 7:00 p.m. *************** Mark Your Calendars Coming in December Saturday, December 15�??Christmas in Inman Check the City of Inman website for more information. This will include the Live Nativity�??which you can volunteer for now�??and the home-based business vendors at St. Peter�??s and much more. **** St. Peter�??s Christmas Program Sunday, December 16 10:30 a.m. ***** Sunday, December 23 Christmas Fund Offering ***** Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service Tuesday, December 24 ***** Endowment Sunday, December 30 **** American Red Cross Blood Drive Friday, December 28 12: 00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Jesus is the Question Advent Study Wednesdays, November 28 thru December 19 Morning Sessions begins at 9:30 a.m. Evening Session begin at 7:00 p.m. Watch for notices with times for Soup Suppers and Choir. A sign up sheet will be on the bulletin board to volunteer to bring soup, sandwiches, or dessert. ************** Buttons Needed! The Youth would like to make these adorable Christmas ornaments. If you have buttons you can donate, please leave them in the church kitchen to be picked up. Contact person is Jessica Schierling. ************** A meal train has been set up for Theresa and Steve Buller at mealtrain.com/8dr6qn and one for Angie Ely at mealtrain.com/1m7lw6 This website has complete information, instructions, requests, address for delivery and more. Any questions can be directed to Terri Bornholdt. ************* November Birthdays 1 Brooke Thiessen 8 Marcelyn Wittorff 21 Adolyn Bartels 22 Kelly Turcotte 25 Gene Allen Knackstedt 26 Colette Berger 27 Matthew Sisson 29 Dinae Schierling Brenna Harris 30 Gary Ely November Anniversaries 5 Jim & Sophia Stephens 23 Rick and Beverly Castleberry *************** If you have any small bud vases that have been taken home from church and have not been returned or if you have any you would like to donate please leave them in the kitchen. Thank you. November 2018 CHURCH STAFF: Rev. Dennis Ureche, Pastor Ellen Neufeld, Organist Beverly Castleberry, Church Secretary Worship Schedule Sept. thru May: Sunday School 9:30 AM Morning Worship 10:30 AM June thru August: No Sunday School Morning Worship 9:30 AM Followed by Brunch St. Peter's United Church of Christ January-September 2018 Budget versus Actual Income January- September Actual January- September Budget Dollar Difference from Budget Percent of Budget Non-specified contributions 83,958.57 94,705.00 (10,746.43) 88.65% Specified contributions 7,382.14 0.00 Total Income 91,340.71 94,705.00 (3,364.29) 96.45% Expense January- September Actual January- September Budget Dollar Difference from Budget Percent of Budget Total Expense 106,764.00 92,768.44 13,995.56 115.09%

October 2018 Newsletter

Posted by ureche1 on October 3, 2018 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (105)
From the Pastor When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to him, "Lord, come and see." Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, "See how he loved him!" --John 11:33-36 For his anger is but for a moment; his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.--Psalm 30:5 Jesus began to weep.--John 11:35 Grief is an emotion common to the human experience, and we witness the process of grief throughout the biblical narrative. Multiple Bible characters experienced deep loss and sadness, including Job, Naomi, Hannah, and David. Even Jesus mourned. After Lazarus died, Jesus went to the village of Bethany, where Lazarus was buried. When Jesus saw Martha and the other mourners weeping, He also wept. He was moved by their grief and by the fact of Lazarus???s death. The astounding thing is that, even though Jesus knew He was going to raise Lazarus from the dead, He chose to partake of the grief of the situation. Jesus truly is a high priest who can sympathize with our weaknesses?-- (Hebrews 4:15). One step in overcoming grief is having the right perspective on it. First, we recognize that grief is a natural response to pain and loss. There is nothing wrong with grieving. Second, we know that times of grief serve a purpose. Ecclesiastes 7:2 says, ???It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart.??? This verse implies that grief can be good because it can refresh our perspective on life. Third, we remember that feelings of grief are temporary. ???Weeping may remain for a night but rejoicing comes in the morning??? (Psalm 30:5). There is an end to mourning. Grief has its purpose, but it also has its limit. Through it all, God is faithful. There are many Scriptures that remind us of God???s faithfulness in times of mourning. He is with us even in the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 23:4). God sees our grief and does not disdain it. Like Jesus entered the grief of the mourners in Bethany, God enters into our grief. At the same time, God reassures us that all is not lost. Psalm 46:10 reminds us to ???be still??? and rest in the knowledge that God is indeed God. God is our refuge (Psalm 91:1-2). We know that God works all things together for good for the ones who love God, for those who are called according to God???s purpose. (Romans 8:28). An important part of overcoming grief is expressing it to God. The Psalms contain numerous examples of pouring out one???s heart to God. Interestingly, the psalmist never ends where he began. He may start a psalm with expressions of grief, but, almost invariably, he will end it with praise (Psalm 13; Psalm 23:4; Psalm 30:11-12; Psalm 56). God understands us (Psalm 139:2). When we commune with God, we are able to open our minds to the truth that God loves us, that God is faithful, that God is in control, and that God knows how God is going to work it out for our good. Continued???. Another important step in overcoming grief is to share it with others. The body of Christ is designed to ease the burdens of its individual members (Galatians 6:2), and fellow believers have the ability to ???mourn with those who mourn??? (Romans 12:15). Often, the grieving tend to shun others, increasing feelings of isolation and misery. It is much healthier to seek counseling, and group settings can be invaluable. I will be leading a grief support group in Inman beginning on Tuesday October 2 at Pleasant View Home in the Estates Independent Living area. The group will meet weekly for 12 weeks from 6:30-8:00 p.m. The group is offered free of charge. Groups are good places because they offer listening ears and helpful encouragement, camaraderie, and guidance in working through the grief. When we share our stories with God and others, our grief is lessened by knowing that we are not the only ones having this experience. Sadly, grief is part of the human experience. Loss is part of life, and grief is a natural response to loss. But we have the hope of Christ, and we know that He is strong enough to carry our burdens (Matthew 11:30). We can give our hurt to Him because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). We can find solace in the in our grief, that we can cast our burdens on God, rely on the community of the church, immerse ourselves in the truth of the Word, and ultimately experience hope (Hebrews 6:19-20). Peace and blessings. Pastor Dennis Please pray for these people on their designated day in October. 1) Elva Rump 2) Devin and Jessica Schierling Karson, Kash, Kella 3) Gene and Karen Schierling 4) Roy and Shivawn Schierling 5) Dennis and Crystal Schroeder 6) Jerry and Ruth Sisson 7) Adam and Cassie Spears, Levi, Hailey 8) James and Sophia Stephens 9) Freddi Stowe 10) Allen Thiessen 11) Merle and Karen Thiessen- 12) Verla Thomason 13) Donna and Jim Toews 14) Lamont, Kelly Turcotte, Aoife, Loki 150 Pastor Dennis Ureche and Diane Miller 16) Peggy Watts 17) Marcelyn Wittorff 18) Lois Wright 19) Kathy Zimmerman 20) Greg and Heather Thiessen, Taylor, Brooke 21) Norman Achilles 22) Scott and Connie Achilles 23) Phyllis Armstrong 24) Kara Ayers, Elian Dorantes 25) Adolyn Bartels 26) Rosetta Bartels 27) Dan and Fay Binder 28) Cody and Ashley Bornholdt 29) James Bornholdt 30) Tim and Terri Bornholdt 31) Richard and Beverly Castleberry-John *************** Revised Common Lectionary Readings for October October 7 Job 1:1; 2:1-10 Genesis 2:18-24 Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12 Mark 10:2-16 October 14 Job 23:1-9, 16-17 Amos 5:6-7, 10-15 Hebrews 4: 12-16 Mark 10: 17-31 October 21 Job 38:1-7, (34-41) Isaiah 53:4-12 Hebrews 5:1-10 Mark 10:35-45 October 28 Job 42: 1-6, 10-17 Jeremiah 31:7-9 Hebrews 7:23-28 Mark 10:46-52 ************** Prayer List Ellen Angell, Virginia Bosworth, Charles Buckaloo, Sandy Bundy, Steve and Theresa Buller, Elian Dorantes, Janie Gormley, Pastor Jeff Groene, Lynn, Glennis Lee Howard, Gretchen Kimble, Gene Allen Knackstedt, Kairos Prison Ministry, Vicki Lindenberger, Wayne Lintz, McPherson Congregational Church, Beth Miller, Rob Van Ess, Nathan Schierling, Jim and Sophia Stephens, Peggy Watts, Ellie Mae Weathers, Bob Willems, Angie Ely, Luke Pfannenstiel, Wayland Slabach Anniversary of Pastor Dennis??? Ordination September 30 and first day at St. Peter???s October 1 *************** Understanding Your Grief Support Group Free group to help you walk through your loss sponsored by Kindred Hospice Please join us at Pleasant View Home Tuesdays ???6:30 to 8:00 p.m. beginning October 2 Group is being led by Pastor Dennis Please contact Pastor if you have any questions. ************** Women???s Fellowship is planning a day trip to Galva on Thursday, October 4 Stops along the way include: Sheila???s Garden Market, Tin Roof Pantry and the 56 Family Restaurant. Please make plans to meet at church at 10:00 to be able to carpool. All women are invited. ************ Neighbors in Need is a special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. St. Peter???s will take an offering to go to Neighbors in Need on Sunday, October 7. ************** World Communion Sunday October 7 ************** American Red Cross Blood Drive Friday, October 12 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. Visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to schedule an appointment Give Blood. Help Save Lives ************* Community Lap Quilt Day Saturday, October 13 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Making lap quilts for Pleasant View Home and Children???s Mercy Hospital. Come for all day or for as long as you can. Children are welcome to come with an adult. Please bring a snack or something to go with soup Please rsvp or for any questions contact Terri Bornholdt 620-242-8818 *************** Kansas Oklahoma Conference Annual Meeting Friday, Oct 12-Saturday, Oct 13 ************** Saturday, October 13 7:00 a.m. Inman Harvest Café ************ Church Council Thursday, October 18 7:30 p.m. ************* Inman Senior Center Pancake Breakfast Saturday, October 20 at 7:00 a.m. ************* Fall Congregational Meeting Sunday, October 21 Following Morning Worship ************** Pleasant View Home Worship Thursday, October 25 6:30 p.m. ************* Life ???the Greatest Gift of All Sunday, October 28 10:30 a.m. Join the St. Peter???s faith family as we learn more about the gift of donation???specifically organ, eye and tissue donation which transforms lives by restoring it or even saving it. Our morning worship service will center around sharing the gift of life???find out answers to simple questions about donation, hear stories of local donors and recipients and learn about how you can give the greatest gift of all. *************** A meal train has been set up for Theresa and Steve Buller Theresa has graciously agreed to letting us help by allowing us to bring 2 meals a week. To schedule a date to bring a meal, please go to mealtrain.com/8dr6qn This website has complete information, instructions, requests, address for delivery and more. Any questions can be directed to Terri Bornholdt. ************* Through generous donations from people like you, UCC Disaster Ministries is responding to the needs of people affected by 2018 hurricanes. Your donation helps the UCC respond quickly to immediate disaster relief and long-term recovery needs. If you would like to give to help with the hurricane response please label your offering envelope. ************* October Birthdays 1 Pastor Dennis Ureche beginning day at St. Peter???s 2012 2 Janell Harman Tristian Stevenson 3 Cindy Fay 7 Dan Binder 10 Matt Harris 11 Todd Harman 12 Allen Thiessen 13 Ellen Neufeld 14 Drake Stevenson 16 Loren Postier 17 Sophia Stephens 18 Mike McCormick 22 Lois Wright Karen Thiessen 25 Ashley Bornholdt Laura Bartels Stevenson October Anniversaries 10 Gene Allen & Phyllis Knackstedt 27 Merle and Karen Thiessen ************ Upcoming Dates for November Women???s Fellowship Thanks Luncheon Thursday, November 1 11:00 a.m. All Saints Day Sunday, November 4 If you have a loved one who has passed away within the last year you would like to have remembered please contact the Church Office. Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday, November 4 Remember to set your clocks back (fall back) and the batteries in your smoke alarms. Veterans Day Service Sunday, November 11 If you are a veteran or know a veteran that would like to be invited, please contact the Church Office with names and contact information Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 22 Dates for December: First Sunday of Advent???December 9 Christmas in Inman???Saturday, December 15 First day of Winter???Friday, December 21 Christmas --Tuesday, December 25 Blood Drive???Friday, December 28 ********** Happy People Lori McKenna (This is the words to the song that Pastor Dennis used in Morning Worship on Sunday, September 24 Happy people don't cheat Happy people don't lie They don't judge or hold a grudge They don't criticize Happy people don't hate Happy people don't steal All the hurt sure ain't worth the guilt they feel Chorus: So if you wanna know the secret You can't buy it, gotta make it And you ain't ever gonna be it by takin' someone else's away Never take it for granted You don't have to understand it Just do whatever puts a smile on your face Whatever makes you happy people Happy people don't fail Happy people just learn They don't think they're above, push or shove They just wait their turn And they always got a hand Or a dollar to spare They know the Golden Rule and what you're goin' through Even if they've never been there Chorus: So if you wanna know the secret You can't buy it, gotta make it And you ain't ever gonna be it by takin' someone else's away Never take it for granted You don't have to understand it Just do whatever puts a smile on your face Whatever makes you happy people These days they ain't so easy to find But they're the ones that you want standin' on your side There's no time for greed so if they need some give 'em a slice Then we'll all be happy people, happy people Yeah we'll all be happy people Yeah we'll all be happy people Well, life is short and love is rare And we all deserve to be happy while we're here ************ McKenna was raised in a Boston family of six children. She met her husband Gene in third grade. They have five kids. And over the last three decades, as she became a wife and mother, she has also emerged as one of the most respected, prolific singer-songwriters in popular music. Her 2016 release The Bird and the Rifle netted three Grammy nominations, along with Americana Music Association nods??????all firsts for McKenna as an artist. Then, she made history: In 2016, she became the first woman ever to win the Country Music Association???s Song of the Year two years in a row thanks to co-writing Little Big Town???s ???Girl Crush??? and penning Tim McGraw???s no. 1 ???Humble and Kind??? solo. Both songs also clinched back-to-back Grammy wins for Best Country Song. In 2017, she became the Academy of Country Music???s first female Songwriter of the Year. When asked what she hopes listeners experience once they hear The Tree, McKenna doesn???t hesitate. ???Every single person in the world has such awesome stories. I love to write songs that just shine a little light on that for a second. Maybe our stories remind us of our families and what they give us. It???s beautiful, and sometimes we take it for granted.??? Kansas Oklahoma Conference Annual Meeting Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13 CHURCH ANNIVERSARY RECOGNITIONS Thank you to the following congregations for the lives touched and shaped over the years and the many ways they have been in mission and service to their communities and the world. Surely, they have helped make the world a more just, more kind, more loving place for all. This year, we honor: Christian Congregational United Church of Christ Eureka, KS 150 Years Evangelical United Church of Christ Marysville, KS 150 Years First Congregational United Church of Christ Onaga, KS 150 Years St. John???s United Church of Christ Baldwin City, KS 150 Years Immanuel United Church of Christ Ellinwood, KS 125 Years Christian Congregational Eureka Kansas Evangelical UCC Marysville, Kansas ORDINATION ANNIVERSARIES Thank you especially to those below who have answered the call to serve as authorized ministers. We are especially grateful for the ways their leadership encourages and inspires us to embody the words in the UCC Statement of Faith: ???courage in the struggle for justice and peace.??? Congratulations and thank you to: Nicole Woolsey 5 Years Shane David Spangler 10 Years Nancy Eggen 10 Years Lizette Merchan 10 Years Shannah McAleer 10 Years Laura Woods 10 Years James B.Firth 25 Years Susan Hamilton 25 Years J. Blair Kirkpatrick 25 Years Kathy S. McCallie 30 Years Daniel Paul Thimell 40 Years Mario Ruggia 45 Years Gordon Epps 45 Years Phil Lamar 50 Years Phillip Friedeman 55 Years James McKinney 55 Years Arthur Foster 70 Years First Congregational UCC, Onaga, Ks???left St. John???s UCC, Baldwin, Ks ???right St Peter???s United Church of Christ 107 North Pine, P.O. Box 506 Inman, Kansas 67546 620-585-2627 Fax 620-585-2628 Parsonage 620-585-2670 Website: stpetersuccinman.org.webs.com Church [email protected] Pastor Dennis [email protected] RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED October 2018 CHURCH STAFF: Rev. Dennis Ureche, Pastor Ellen Neufeld, Organist Beverly Castleberry, Church Secretary Worship Schedule Sept. thru May: Sunday School 9:30 AM Morning Worship 10:30 AM June thru August: No Sunday School Morning Worship 9:30 AM Followed by Brunch

September 2018 Newsletter

Posted by ureche1 on September 2, 2018 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (31)
From the Pastor�??s Desk �??In your absence, we covenant to care for our church, our programs, our worship life, and each other. Further, we covenant not to use this time to accomplish or decide alone what we have not been willing or able to do together. We will, and we expect you will also, use the time to reflect on our mutual ministry in Christ and how we can live more fully into our call as Christ�??s church. Upon your return, we invite you to share with us an overview of activities and learnings from your sabbatical. Unless otherwise agreed before the sabbatical, we expect that you will continue as our pastor and teacher for at least one year after your return.�?��??Suggested United Church of Christ Call Agreement Sabbatical Language As I write this month�??s article I am entering my last week of sabbatical. Three months totaling 13 Sundays have flown by. I have attended two great retreats and am currently enrolled in an on-line class. I have attended church in four states, worshipping with friends, colleagues and folks I didn�??t know. I have read numerous books about preaching, writing, spirituality and much more. I hope that I have developed a new habit when it comes to study and devotion time. I cannot honestly say that I have read seven days a week, but I can say that I have read and studied on a more regular basis than since my time in seminary. As well I feel that I am returning rested and renewed. Ready to try some new approaches to sermon preparation and delivery. Many of these approaches will be subtle and you may not notice them right away. However, I am confident that there will be an overall improvement in my weekly messages. I have begun to write my spiritual autobiography (topic of retreat number two). Initially I thought that this would end up being a page or two long. WRONG!! The retreat helped me to realize that this project would end up being longer and more involved. Instead of being a page or two long, it most likely will be several chapters long, covering many years and digging deeply into my memory. My goal is to have this completed by the 2019 Annual Congregational meeting in January. I will provide a preliminary report on this project (and maybe even a chapter) as well as my entire sabbatical at our Fall Congregational meeting in October. In reviewing the suggested sabbatical language that I listed above, I believe that we all have met and exceeded the items listed. As I have reviewed the worship services and messages delivered by congregational members I know that God has indeed been worshipped during my absence from St. Peters. As well I fully intend to remain the year suggested following my return and for many more years beyond that, as the will of God and the congregation calls. Thank you for allowing me this time away. It has been good even though I have missed you all. I look forward to being back with you on Sunday, September 2 at 10:30 a.m. as we gather for worship and to share a meal at the Lord�??s Table. Peace and blessings. Pastor Dennis Please pray for these people on their designated day in September. 1) Kathy Zimmerman 2) Greg and Heather Thiessen, Taylor, Brooke 3) Norman Achilles 4) Scott and Connie Achilles 5) Phyllis Armstrong 6) Adolyn Bartels 7) Rosetta Bartels 8) Joe and Colette Berger 9) Dan and Fay Binder 10) Cody and Ashley Bornholdt 11) James Bornholdt 12) Tim and Terri Bornholdt 13) Richard and Beverly Castleberry-John 14) Gary Ely 15) Gene Ely 16) Tim and Cindy Fay 17) Shirley Friesen 18) Todd and Janell Harman-Max, Rachel 19) Matt, Brenna Harris Suttyn, Kru, Mac 20) Gretchen Kimble 21) Gene Allen and Phyllis Knackstedt 22) Vicki Lindenberger 23) Mike and Dorothy Luty 24) Mike and Kimba McCormick 25) Randy and Darcel Miles, Aisjha, 26) Ellen Neufeld 27) Ray and Jeanne Osborn 28) Charlie and Carolyn Pauls 29) Lenore Postier 30) Loren and Denise Postier *************** In Remembrance Family and Friends of Harvey Toews, Family and Friends of Vernabelle Blessing Sperling Revised Common Lectionary Readings for September September 2 Song of Sol 2:8-13 Deut. 4:1-2,6-9 James 1:17-27 Mark 7:24-37 September 9 Prov 22:1-2,8-9,22-23 Isaiah 35:4-7a James 2:1-10,14-17 Mark 7:24-37 September 16 Prov 1:20-33 Isaiah 50:4-9a James 3:1-12 Mark 8:27-38 September 23 Prov 31:10-31 Wis. of Sol 1:16-2:1, James 3:13 -4:3,7-8a Mark 9:30-37 September 30 Esther 7:1-6,9-10 Psalms 124 James 5:13-20 Mark 9:38-50 ************ Prayer List Ellen Angell, Colette Berger, Virginia Bosworth, Sandy Bundy, Steve Buller, Charles Buckaloo, Don Geasland, Janie Gormley, Jeff Groene, Paula Holt, Glennis Lee Howard, Gretchen Kimble, Gene Allen Knackstedt, Kairos Prison Ministry, Vicki Lindenberger, Wayne Lintz, McPherson Congregational Church, Beth Miller, Rob Van Ess, Nathan Schierling, Jim and Sophia Stephens, Peggy Watts, Ellie Mae Weathers, Bob Willems, Betty Bengston, Marcelyn Wittorff, Mark your calendars St. Peter�??s UCC Fall Schedule will resume on Sunday, September 2 Morning Worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday School classes will resume on Sunday, September 9 ************* Communion Sunday, September 2 ************* Happy Labor Day Monday, September 3 *********** Thursday, September 6 2:00 p.m. Guest Speakers: Sharon and John Palmquist, with Stephen Ministries ************** Saturday, September 8 7:00 a.m. Inman Harvest Café ************ Inman Senior Center Pancake Breakfast Saturday, September 15 at 7:00 a.m. ************* Church Council Thursday, September 20 7:30 p.m. ************* September Birthdays 2 Dennis Schroeder Kella Rose Schierling Hailey Spears 13 Shirley Friesen 18 James Bornholdt 24 Tanner Knackstedt September Anniversaries 30 Pastor Dennis Ureche Ordination ************ Endowment Sunday, September 30 Please label your offering envelope. Women�??s Fellowship will host Sharon and John Palmquist, with Stephen Ministries on Thursday, September 6 2:00 p.m. All are welcome (including men!) Contact person is Ellen Neufeld ************** Bear one another�??s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2, NRSV). Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations that use the Stephen Series system. Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers�??called Stephen Ministers�??to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting. Those who train for Stephen Ministry learn skills and develop their talents for bringing Christ�??s healing love to people who are grieving, hurting or experiencing other stresses in life. The Stephen Ministers grow greatly as they learn about helping others�??and they learn about themselves as well. Through lecture, discussion, and experiential learning, people learn everything they need for this caring ministry�??how to be an effective listener, specific techniques for ministering to grieving people, and more. ************ St. Peter�??s UCC Annual Variety Show Get Your Breakfast at St. Peter�??s before Heading out to Santa Fe Days! 7:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Women�??s Fellowship presents its annual breakfast for your convenience to fuel you and your family before you head out for all the Santa Fe Days activities. On the menu is: Sausage, Eggs, Pancakes, Cinnamon Rolls, Coffee, and Orange Juice. For just a free-will donation, you can get your day started right! ************** Sunday, 9/23/18, 3 pm Folklorist Jeff Davidson will perform stories and songs about the Santa Fe Trail. Part of Inman's Santa Fe Days! Location: St. Peter's United Church of Christ, 111 N. Main St., Inman. Cost: FREE! Reception to follow. Sponsored by Inman Arts Council, Inman Historical Museum, Inman Public Library, and St. Peter's UCC RIDE TO THE RUTS: A TOUR OF LOCAL SANTA FE TRAIL SITES SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2018 Here is your big chance to learn more about local history! Inman Historical Museum and Quivira Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association are sponsoring a guided tour �??ride to the ruts�?� on Saturday, September 22, 2018. This 2-hour tour will take you from Inman to important local stops on the trail. You will learn the purpose of the Santa Fe Trail and see wagon ruts and swales that have been in existence for over 100 years! The tour guide, Britt Colle, will explain why each of these sites is important and discuss the history found there. This family friendly tour begins at 1 p.m. from the parking lot of Louie�??s Service Center, 782 Cherokee Rd, Inman, KS 67546. The cost of this 2-hour tour is $10 per vehicle, so grab as many friends as you have seat belts Payment due at the tour. Preregistration is not required, but all those in preregistered vehicles will receive a ticket for prize drawings at the end of the tour. (You must be present at the last stop on the tour to have a chance for the prizes.) This is a rain or shine activity! Note that most roads are blacktop, but some are gravel, so plan which vehicle you will bring accordingly. Ditto for footwear! Have a full tank of gas to make sure you don�??t run out along the way! Contact Linda Colle, [email protected] or Rosetta Bartels, [email protected] for more information or to reserve your spot! If you prefer to call, Rosetta Bartels can be reached at 620-368-6052. St Peter�??s United Church of Christ 107 North Pine, P.O. Box 506 Inman, Kansas 67546 620-585-2627 Fax 620-585-2628 Parsonage 620-585-2670 Website: stpetersuccinman.org.webs.com Church �[email protected] Pastor Dennis Ureche�[email protected] RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED September 2018 CHURCH STAFF: Rev. Dennis Ureche, Pastor Ellen Neufeld, Organist Beverly Castleberry, Church Secretary Worship Schedule Sept. thru May: Sunday School 9:30 AM Morning Worship 10:30 AM June thru August: No Sunday School Morning Worship 9:30 AM Followed by Brunch

August 2018 Newsletter

Posted by ureche1 on September 2, 2018 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (122)
From the Pastor�??s Desk Relating to or affecting the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things. �??Definition of spiritual from the Oxford dictionary �??I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.�?��??Ephesians 1:17 �??Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.�?� �??2 Corinthians 3:17 As I write these words this morning, I am waiting for the sun to rise over the neighboring peaks here in the Rockies. I am at Shadowcliff Lodge, Grand Lake, Colorado, attending �??The Gift of Story: Writing My Spiritual Autobiography�?� retreat. Currently I am sitting at an elevation of 8,550 feet, although yesterday as I drove through Rocky Mountain National Park, I reached elevations of over 12,000 feet. This is the last planned activity of my sabbatical and probably the most challenging. Many people asked me, �??How does one write their spiritual autobiography (SA)?�?� My answer to them had been, �??I am paying them to teach me how to do that.�?� However, after last night�??s session, I am not sure that is the correct answer anymore. I just took a 30-minute break to step outside (44 degrees) to watch the sun come up and listen to the sounds of the morning: the wind in the trees and the rushing of the river, a distant call of a bird, and most importantly, quiet. I believe that we, I, need quiet to begin to understand and grasp what our individual spirituality is. It is not something that can be measured or stuffed into any box. One Holocaust survivor puts it this way, �??Whether or not we have a system of beliefs, a theology, how we make sense of the world (beliefs) intersects with what we find meaningful (spirituality) to create an orientation in the world that stimulates and guides us.�?� I think that is what I am looking for as an outcome from this retreat. I have a solid belief system, a theology, if you will. What I am looking to do is to deepen my relationship with the trinity (God, Jesus, Holy Spirit) with what is meaningful in my life. The presenter states that one�??s SA is the story of an event that had a meaningful effect on one�??s life. I am finding various stories that fit this definition, and then I must find the words to explain what I am thinking. I am rarely without something to say; however, having to learn to write it down (outside of a sermon or newsletter article) is a skill I am just beginning to appreciate. I am on the road to writing my SA; it probably won�??t be finished by the time I leave here but being required to write about it and sharing it with the other participants is meaningful and helpful. They are on their own spiritual journeys, just as I am on mine. This sabbatical is taking me many places. Writing my SA is just one of the helpful experiences I am having this summer. My hope is that this will make me more appreciative of where I have been and where I am now, as well as appreciating the spiritual journeys that others are taking. I am looking forward to being back with everyone on September 2 and being able to share and put into practice new skills and ideas I have acquired over the summer. Peace and blessings. Pastor Dennis Please pray for these people on their designated day in August. 1) Todd and Janell Harman-Max, Rachel 2) Matt, Brenna Harris Suttyn, Kru, Mac 3) Gretchen Kimble 4) Gene Allen and Phyllis Knackstedt 5) Vicki Lindenberger 6) Mike and Dorothy Luty 7) Mike and Kimba McCormick 8) Randy and Darcel Miles, Aisjha 9) Ellen Neufeld 10) Ray and Jeanne Osborn 11) Charlie and Carolyn Pauls 12) Lenore Postier 13) Loren and Denise Postier 14) Elva Rump 15) Devin and Jessica Schierling Karson, Kash, Kella 16) Gene and Karen Schierling 17) Roy and Shivawn Schierling 18) Dennis and Crystal Schroeder 19) Jerry and Ruth Sisson 20) Adam and Cassie Spears, Levi, Hailey 21) James and Sophia Stephens 22) Freddi Stowe 23) Jim and Donna Toews 24) Allen Thiessen 25) Merle and Karen Thiessen- 26) Verla Thomason 27) Lamont, Kelly Turcotte, Aoife, Loki 28) Dennis Ureche (Pastor) Diane Miller 29) Peggy Watts 30) Marcelyn Wittorff 31) Lois Wright Revised Common Lectionary Readings for August August 5 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a Exodus 16:2-4 Ephesians 4:1-16 John 6:24-35 August 12 2 Samuel 18:5-9,15,31-33 1 Kings 19:4-8 Ephesians 4:25-5:2 John 6:35, 41-51 August 19 1 Kings 2:10-12,3;3-14 Proverbs 9:1-6 Ephesians 5:15-20 John 6:51-58 August 26 1 Kings 8: 22-30,41-43 Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18 Ephesians 6:10-20 John 6:56-69 ************** Prayer List Ellen Angell, Colette Berger, Virginia Bosworth, Sandy Bundy, Steve Buller, Don Geasland, Janie Gormley, Jeff Groene, Paula Holt, Glennis Lee Howard, Gretchen Kimble, Gene Allen Knackstedt, Kairos Prison Ministry, Wayne Lintz, McPherson Congregational Church, Beth Miller, Rob Van Ess, Nathan Schierling, Jim and Sophia Stephens, Peggy Watts, Ellie Mae Weathers, Jerry Sisson, First Responders and citizens of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, Vicki Lindenberger, Betty Bengston, Darrin Campbell, Steven Chance, Margaret Hawkins Family and Friends of Margaret Guffy Thursday, August 2 2:00 p.m. ************** Pleasant View Home Worship Service Thursday, August 2 6:30 p.m. PVH Chapel ************** Communion with Pastor Jane Heide Sunday, August 5 ************* Saturday, August 11 7:00 a.m. Inman Harvest Café ************ Board of Christian Education Sunday, August 12 after Morning Worship St. Peter�??s UCC Annual Variety Show and Ice Cream Social Sunday, August 12at 6:30 p.m. Come enjoy the fun. Community is invited. Featuring local talent and ice cream and brownies If you would like to participate in the show please contact Connie Achilles. Spaces are limited so remember to reserve yours soon. ************* Church Council Thursday, August 16, 7:30 p.m. ************* American Red Cross Blood Drive Friday, August 17 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Please call 1-800-733-2767 or go to Redcrossblood.org to make an appointment. ************* Inman Senior Center Pancake Breakfast Saturday, August 18 at 7:00 a.m. Inman Museum Variety Show and Ice Cream Social Saturday, August 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the depot ************** Avocados and Cake! BOCE has announced the Annual Cook-off Competition Categories. Entrees will need to have some form of avocado included and dessert can be any type of cake. Spectators are being asked to bring a side dish. Contact anyone on the BOCE with questions, rules, or for contest entry. Come join the fun! Sunday, August 26 following Morning Worship ************** White Memorial Camp is extending an invitation to join them on Sunday, August 26, for a day to just enjoy the camp. Other UCC congregations have been invited also. The camp will be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs and ask that you bring a side dish. A Worship Service will be held at Vespers Point, weather permitting. Other activities include hayrides, prairie surfing, swimming, kayak and canoes, archery, rope courses, and zip line. Any questions please contact John Austin at Peace UCC, Alma, Ks (785-765-3818). ************* August Birthdays 3 Cody Bornholdt Katie Bornholdt Albers 9 Richard Castleberry 22 Verla Thomason 25 Carolyn Pauls 26 Jessica Schierling 30 Freddie Stowe August Anniversaries 1 Greg and Heather Thiessen 3 Jerry & Ruth Sisson 8 Dan & Fay Binder 16 Scott & Connie Achilles 17 Raymond and Jeanne Osborn Dennis and Crystal Schroeder 31 Adam and Cassie (Sisson) Spears ************** We would like to thank everyone who reached out to visit, call, send a card or food, and especially prayers since Jerry�??s accident. It will be a long recovery and we ask for continued prayers of comfort and patience. You are a blessing! Thank you, Jerry and Ruth Sisson ************ ************ ************ Guest Speakers for August Sunday, August 5�??Pastor Jane Heide Sunday, August 12---Kara Ayres Sunday, August 19�??Rosetta Bartels Sunday, August 26�??Jessica Schierling ************** Mark your calendars St. Peter�??s UCC Fall Schedule will resume on Sunday, September 2 Morning Worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday School classes will resume on Sunday, September 9 Women�??s Fellowship will host Sharon and John Palmquist, with Stephen Ministries on Thursday, September 6 2:00 p.m. All are welcome (including men!) Contact person is Ellen Neufeld ************** Bear one another�??s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2, NRSV). Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations that use the Stephen Series system. Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers�??called Stephen Ministers�??to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting. Those who train for Stephen Ministry learn skills and develop their talents for bringing Christ�??s healing love to people who are grieving, hurting or experiencing other stresses in life. The Stephen Ministers grow greatly as they learn about helping others�??and they learn about themselves as well. Through lecture, discussion, and experiential learning, people learn everything they need for this caring ministry�??how to be an effective listener, specific techniques for ministering to grieving people, and more. ************ St Peter�??s United Church of Christ 107 North Pine, P.O. Box 506 Inman, Kansas 67546 620-585-2627 Fax 620-585-2628 Parsonage 620-585-2670 Website: stpetersuccinman.org.webs.com Church �[email protected] Pastor Dennis Ureche�[email protected] RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED 2018 CHURCH STAFF: Rev. Dennis Ureche, Pastor Ellen Neufeld, Organist Beverly Castleberry, Church Secretary Worship Schedule Sept. thru May: Sunday School 9:30 AM Morning Worship 10:30 AM June thru August: No Sunday School Morning Worship 9:30 AM Followed by Brunch

July 2019 Newsletter

Posted by ureche1 on July 3, 2018 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (153)
From the Pastor�??s Desk �??Jesus said to him, �??I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.�??�?� �??John 14:6 �??Then the king will say to those at his right hand, �??Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.�?? Then the righteous will answer him, �??Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?�?? And the king will answer them, �??Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.�??�?� �??Matthew 25:34-40 �??I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.�??�?� �??John 13:34-35 Jesus says in John 14:6, that no one gets to be with God that doesn�??t first believe and follow him. But what if you have a loved one who as far as you know has not professed a belief in Jesus or ever (to your knowledge) claimed to be a follower of Jesus? What is their fate after they have left this earthly world. This is a situation that has puzzled and troubled me since my parents both passed away in 1999. I never know what their beliefs were, and this was before (way before) I began down the road to ministry. As far as I know they never lived up to John 14:6. However, they did fully live up to Matthew 25:34-40 and John 13:34-35. I did hold out hope that they did at some point profess a belief in Jesus as their Savior. However, if they didn�??t I also was holding out hope that God would grant them grace because they lived a life worthy of Jesus�?? teachings highlighted in Matthew and John. Honestly, I really hadn�??t given this line of thinking much thought until this past weekend. As many of you know Diane�??s youngest brother Jerry Miller passed away early this year at the age of 59. This past weekend we celebrated Jerry�??s life in Saginaw, Michigan. I had known Jerry for 40 years, since I was married to his sister. During all this time we never talked about religion or salvation or anything about Jesus. I had no idea where Jerry stood on religion or Jesus or God. I did know how he felt about cooking because we talked about that a lot. Jerry felt that any recipe could be improved with a can of cream of mushroom soup. We never fully agreed on this point. Jerry much like my folks lived out what Jesus taught in the passages from Matthew and John I quoted above. Jerry never met a stranger and would do anything for anybody. Did Jerry live a perfect life? Far from it. As Diane said at his service, �??Jerry was rough around the edges.�?� Despite his faults and he had many of those he loved his neighbor and took care of his neighbor. I hold out the same hope for Jerry that they did for my parents. That being that at some point he professed a belief in Jesus as his Savior. However, if he didn�??t I also hold out hope that God would grant him grace because he lived a life worthy of Jesus�?? teachings highlighted in Matthew and John. Continued �?� Many of you may not agree with my analyst of all this and that is your choice. However, in all this we need to remember that the choice of who gets heaven and who doesn�??t isn�??t ours. That choice, that decision belongs solely to God as it rightly should. Because after all it is the Kingdom of God, not the Kingdom of us. I have complete faith that the God I follow will extend grace however God choses. Be it to those that sing their belief from the mountain tops or those that only live a life that is pleasing in God�??s sight and never sing their belief. For me that is indeed amazing grace. Peace and blessings, Pastor Dennis ************* Revised Common Lectionary Readings for July July 1 2 Samuel 1:1,17-27 Psalm 130 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 Mark 5:21-43 July 8 2 Samuel 5:1-5,9-10 Ezekiel 2:1-5 2 Corinthians 12:2-10 Mark 6:1-13 July 15 2 Samuel 6:1-5,12b-19 Psalms 24 Ephesians 1:3-14 Mark 6:14-29 July 22 2 Samuel 7:1-14a Psalms 89:20-37 Ephesians 2:11-22 Mark 6:30-34,53-56 July 29 2 Samuel 11L1-15 2 Kings 4:42-44 Ephesians 3:14-21 John 6:1-21 ********** Please pray for these people on their designated day in July. 1) Dennis and Crystal Schroeder 2) Jerry and Ruth Sisson 3) Adam and Cassie Spears, Levi, Hailey 4) James and Sophia Stephens 5) Freddi Stowe 6) Allen Thiessen 7) Merle and Karen Thiessen- 8) Verla Thomason 9) Donna and Jim Toews 10) Lamont, Kelly Turcotte, Aoife, Loki 11) Dennis Ureche (Pastor) Diane Miller 12) Peggy Watts 13) Marcelyn Wittorff 14) Lois Wright 15) Kathy Zimmerman 16) Greg and Heather Thiessen, Taylor, Brooke 17) Norman Achilles 18) Scott and Connie Achilles 19) Phyllis Armstrong 20) Adolyn Bartels 21) Rosetta Bartels 22) Joe and Colette Berger 23) Dan and Fay Binder 24) Cody and Ashley Bornholdt 25) James Bornholdt 26) Tim and Terri Bornholdt 27) Richard and Beverly Castleberry-John 28) Gary Ely 29) Gene Ely 30) Tim and Cindy Fay 31) Shirley Friesen Communion Sunday, July 1 ************* Wednesday, July 4 ************** Thursday, July 5 2:00 p.m. ************* Board of Christian Education Monday, July 9 7:00 p.m. ************ Saturday, July 14 7:00 a.m. Inman Harvest Café ************ Senior Center Breakfast Saturday, July 21 7:00 a.m. All donations appreciated ************ Endowment Sunday July 29 ************* On Mission Sunday the nursery was cleaned and there was an overabundance of stuffed animals. If you have donated a stuffed animal and would like to get it back, please pick it up in the resource room. The stuffed animals that are not picked up will be donated to a charity organization Thank you Inman Community Vacation Bible School July 15-19, 5:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Inman Mennonite Church Inman community VBS will be participating in a local mission project by collecting money and non-perishable food items for Inman Cares Pop-up Food Pantry. You can bring your items at any time. Suggestions include: Sunday Breakfast Cereal and granola bars Monday Canned Fruit and Vegetables Tuesday Kid Friendly Snacks (jello, pudding, crackers, fruit snacks) Wednesday Canned meats, Boxed Meals(Hamburger Helper, Mac and Cheese) Thursday School Supplies (crayons, glue sticks, markers, colored pencils) ************* July Birthdays 6 Charlie Pauls 14 Phyllis Armstrong 15 Phyllis Knackstedt 23 Angie Ely July Anniversaries 8 Pastor Dennis Ureche and Diane Miller 15 Matt and Brenna Harris ************* ************ ************ Prayer List Ellen Angell, Colette Berger, Virginia Bosworth, Sandy Bundy, Steve Buller, Janie Gormley, Paula Holt, Glennis Lee Howard, Gretchen Kimble, Gene Allen Knackstedt, Kairos Prison Ministry, Wayne Lintz, McPherson Congregational Church, Beth Miller, Nathan Schierling, Jim and Sophia Stephens, Peggy Watts, Ellie Mae Weathers, Randy Glenn, Don Geasland, Mckenna Baker Family and Friends of Jordan J. Krell, Family and Friends of Judy Lintz July Worship July 1�??Pastor Jane Heide On the first Sunday of July, and August, while Pastor Dennis is on sabbatical, Pastor Jane will be in our pulpit. Pastor Jane is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She served as the pastor of Rosedale Congregational in Kansas City from 2003 to 2014. Jane has done pulpit supply for churches in the KO Conference, and has been spending lots of time watching grandchildren and working on a family farm near Wichita. Jane is married to Joe and they have tow sons and five grandchildren. In July, Jane plans to lead us in our communion and to bring us a message titled �??Receiving God�??s Love. ************** July 8�??Verla Thomason Message: �??Have a Little Faith�?� Old Testament Scripture: Psalm 100:1-5 New Testament Scripture: Romans 8:28-39 ************** July 15�??Worship in Song This worship service will include: scripture readings, and music from St. Peter�??s Chancel Choir, several musical groups, solo vocal music selections, solo instrumental music selections and worship reflection on music. ************ July 22�??Todd Harman Message: �??Celebrate What You Have�?� ************* July 29�??Heritage Sunday Come and listen to memories from St. Peter�??s senior members: Glennis Lee Howard, Gretchen Kimble, Lenore Postier and Adolyn Bartels ********** July Worship Leaders July 1�??Cindy Fay July 8�??Cindy Fay and Freddie Stowe July 15�??Cindy Fay July 22�??Cindy Fay and Todd Harman July 29�??Cindy Fay and Rosetta Bartels ************ Children�??s Message July 1 �??Pastor Jane Heide July 8�??Heather Thiessen July 15�??no Children�??s Time July 22�??Freddie Stowe July 29�??Shivawn Schierling ************ Don�??t forget! Everyone is invited to brunch after Morning Worship. *********** St. Peter�??s United Church of Christ 107 North Pine, P.O. Box 506 Inman, Kansas 67546 (620)-585-2627 Fax (620)-585-2628 Parsonage: 585-2670 Website: stpetersuccinman-org.webs.com. Church�[email protected] Pastor Dennis Ureche �?? [email protected] RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED 2018 CHURCH STAFF: Rev. Dennis Ureche, Pastor Ellen Neufeld, Organist Beverly Castleberry, Church Secretary Worship Schedule Sept. thru May: Sunday School 9:30 AM Morning Worship 10:30 AM June thru August: No Sunday School Morning Worship 9:30 AM Followed by Brunch

June 2018 Newsletter

Posted by ureche1 on June 2, 2018 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (93)
From the Pastor�??s Desk �??God blessed them, and God said to them, �??Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.�??�?� �??Genesis 1:28 �??Remember the sabbath day and keep it holy. For six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work�??you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns.�?� �??Exodus 20:8- �??The Lord spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai, saying: Speak to the people of Israel and say to them: When you enter the land that I am giving you, the land shall observe a sabbath for the Lord. For six years you shall sow your field, and for six years you shall prune your vineyard, and gather in their yield; but in the seventh year there shall be a sabbath of complete rest for the land, a sabbath for the Lord: you shall not sow your field or prune your vineyard.�?� �??Leviticus 25:1-4 �??So then, a sabbath rest still remains for the people of God; for those who enter God�??s rest also cease from their labours as God did from his. Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one may fall through such disobedience as theirs.�?� �??Hebrews 4:9-11 What Does the Bible Say About Sabbaticals? (adapted from http://www.northminstersandiego.com/resources/life-at-northminster/what-does-the-bible-say-about-sabbaticals) Go. Go. Go. Do. Do. Do. Produce. Produce. Produce. This is the mantra of the society we live in. Our culture tells us every day that the only kind of person of any real value is a person who produces something of value. We talk, for instance, about helping the disabled or the homeless or even our children to become �??productive members of society.�?� After all, didn�??t God create us to be productive? Of course, there�??s nothing wrong with being productive. Creativity and the ability to create is a gift given to us by God. When God first created human beings, �??God blessed them, and God said to them, �??Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.�??�?� (Genesis 1:28). Yes, this statement has to do with reproduction, but I think it�??s about much more than that. God made us in God�??s image�??creators and multipliers and producers. We were created to do the same kinds of things that God did during the first six days of creation. But if you keep reading, just a few verses after God tells the humans what to do, God does something kind of surprising. God rests. God takes a break. God stops doing. God stops producing. Later, when the Israelites are in the wilderness on their way from Egypt to the Promised Land, God gives them the Ten Commandments. Commandment number four says this: �??Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy�?� (Exodus 20:8). Throughout the Old Testament God continues to remind his people of the importance of sabbath. Even the land is told to be given a sabbath, The Lord said to Moses at Mount Sinai, �??Speak to the Israelites and say to them: �??When you enter the land I am going to give you, the land itself must observe a sabbath to the Lord. For six years sow your fields, and for six years prune your vineyards and gather their crops. But in the seventh year the land is to have a year of sabbath rest, a sabbath to the Lord. Do not sow your fields or prune your vineyards. (Leviticus 25:1-4) We are called to be more than just producers. That is why the idea of Sabbath is so important to God. God reminds us that human beings�??and even the land�??are more than mere producers of goods and services. When the Israelites were slaves in Egypt, their value was measured by the number of bricks they produced for Pharaoh. When they were free, God gave them the sabbath to tell them their value has nothing to do with what they produce. Their value has to do with the fact that they belong to God and have been created in the image of God. Maybe a good question to ask at this point is one, �??What does God really care about?�?� As we read the Scriptures, what we see is the portrait of a God who doesn�??t care a whole lot about production. What we see is a God who does care about faithful relationship. Some will ask, �??Well, sure the Bible says we should take a sabbath every seven days. But I don�??t see anything about taking a sabbatical every seven years.�?� Granted, the Bible doesn�??t say anything specifically about that. But the Scriptures are resonant with the spirit of sabbatical (which is just a variant of the word, "sabbath"). Whether it�??s people resting every seven days, the land resting every seven years, debts being forgiven after every forty-nine years (seven times seven years)�??what God cares about is not how productive we are, but whether we are being good stewards of the creation, of ourselves, and each other. In other words, are we taking care of the creation, of ourselves, and each other? Or put another way, what God does not care about: endless production? What God does care about: faithful relationship? In the end a sabbatical is about being in a faithful relationship. So, when it comes to the idea of a pastor taking a sabbatical, the objection is sometimes made, �??But what�??s the pastor going do? What are they going to produce during that time?�?� Well, in the case of the sabbatical I�??ll be taking this year, there are some things I�??ll be doing. I have a couple of retreats planned (still looking for one more), lots of reading to do, and a little time with my grand-daughters. But from what I see when I read the scriptures, what God is truly interested in is the faithful relationship between the pastor, the congregation, the world, and God. Think of it as a matter of stewardship. We have been called to be good stewards of one another. God has called me to be a good steward of this church. And you all have been called to be good stewards of me, your pastor. It�??s kind of like God says to me, �??Ok, Pastor Dennis. I�??m entrusting this church to you. I want you to lead these people; teach them and love them. Help them to grow in their faith and in their love for me. Challenge them. Carry they pain and their burdens to the degree that you can. And I�??ll be with you as you do that.�?� And it's kind of like God says to all of you, �??Ok, St. Peter�??s. I�??ve brought this person, Pastor, and his family to you. I�??ve given Pastor Dennis to you to lead you, to teach you, to love you. I�??ve entrusted him to you. And just as I�??ve given him the job of loving and caring for you, I�??ve given you the job of loving and caring for him and his family. That means that sometimes you'll need to give Pastor Dennis some time to recharge. To rest. To just spend time with me. He may not be productive during that time, but that�??s not really the most important thing to me.�?� God has entrusted us to one another. This sabbatical is my way of saying to you, �??I want to be the best pastor I can be for as long as possible and help this church be the best church it can be. I want my leadership to be God-focused, and to do that well my spirit needs some time to focus on God.�?� And this sabbatical is your way of saying to me, �??We want you to be the best pastor you can be for as long as possible. To help you do that we want you to not worry about productivity for a few months. Rest and be restored. Focus on just being for a while, so that the doing when you get back will be empowered, authentic, and Spirit-led.�?� The occasion of sabbatical is a time to rejoice as we remember that God is calling each of us into service, into ministry, into bearing the light, into proclaiming deep truth, into prophetic speech and action. My prayer is that this may be so. As they say it The Happenings song from the 1960�??s, �??See you in September See you when the summer's through�?�. Pastor Dennis Please pray for these people on their designated day in June. 1) Phyllis Armstrong 2) Adolyn Bartels 3) Rosetta Bartels 4) Joe and Colette Berger 5) Dan and Fay Binder 6) Cody and Ashley Bornholdt 7) James Bornholdt 8) Tim and Terri Bornholdt 9) Richard and Beverly Castleberry-John 10) Gary Ely 11) Gene Ely 12) Tim and Cindy Fay 13) Shirley Friesen 14) Todd and Janell Harman-Max, Rachel 15) Matt, Brenna Harris Suttyn, Kru, Mac 16) Gretchen Kimble 17) Gene Allen and Phyllis Knackstedt 18) Vicki Lindenberger 19) Mike and Dorothy Luty 20) Mike and Kimba McCormick 21) Randy and Darcel Miles, Aisjha 22) Ellen Neufeld 23) Ray and Jeanne Osborn 24) Charlie and Carolyn Pauls 25) Lenore Postier 26) Loren and Denise Postier 27) Elva Rump 28) Devin and Jessica Schierling Karson, Kash, Kella 29) Gene and Karen Schierling 30) Roy and Shivawn Schierling Revised Common Lectionary Readings for June June 3 1 Samuel 3:1-10 Deut. 5:12-15 2 Corinthians 4:5-12 Mark 2:23-3:6 June 10 1 Samuel 8:4-11,16-20 Genesis 3:8-15 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 Mark 3:20-35 June 17 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13 Ezekiel 17:22-24 2 Corinthians 5:6-10, 14-17 Mark 4:26-34 June 24 1 Samuel 17:32-49 Job 38:1-11 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 Mark 4:35-41 ************************* Prayer List Ellen Angell, Colette Berger, Virginia Bosworth, Sandy Bundy, Janie Gormley, Paula Holt, Glennis Lee Howard, Gretchen Kimble, Gene Allen Knackstedt, Kairos Prison Ministry, Judy & Wayne Lintz, McPherson Congregational Church, Beth Miller, Nathan Schierling, Jim and Sophia Stephens, Peggy Watts, Ellie Mae Weathers, Sheridan Irick On the first Sundays of June, July and August, while Pastor Dennis is on sabbatical, Pastor Jane Heide will be in our pulpit. Jane is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She served as the pastor of Rosedale Congregational UCC in Kansas City, Kansas from 2003 through 2014. During her time in Rosedale, in addition to leading creative worship and providing pastoral care, she helped this diverse urban congregation to establish several community-based ministries, including a camp and after-school program for children, an active partnership with a nearby AME Zion Church, a cooperative space-sharing arrangement with three Hispanic congregations, and a Healthy Kids Initiative focused on promoting healthy life styles in Rosedale. Following her retirement in 2014, Jane has done pulpit supply for churches in the KO Conference, and has been spending lots of time watching grandchildren and working on a family farm near Wichita. Prior to her time as a UCC minister, Jane had an active career in social work, serving in several roles, including the executive director of an agency for abused children and families, a senior vice president with the Heart of America United Way, and the metropolitan coordinator for Kansas City Promise for Children and Youth. Jane earned her college degree at Oberlin College in Ohio, and then obtained masters degrees in Social Work at Columbia University and in Divinity at St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City. Jane is married to Joe and they have two sons and five grandchildren. in June, Jane plans to lead us in our communion and to focus our worship on the gospel story of the healing of the man with the withered hand found in the beginning of Mark 3. Her sermon title is �??Holding On or Reaching Out.�?� McPherson County Relay for Life McPherson County Relay for Life will be held on Saturday, June 2, starting at 4:30 p.m. to midnight. The event will be held at the McPherson Collee track (400 North Eshelman, McPherson.) The celebration will start with a reception rom 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The McPherson Cancer Center of Kansas, Relay for Life Team is also hosting their 4th Annual BBQ dinner fundraiser Saturday, June 2, starting at 4:30 p.m. on the McPherson College grounds, near the track. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for adults wearing a t-shirt. Advance registration can be made on line at www.relayforlife.org/mcphersoncoks. Teams are selling luminaries in memory of loved ones who have died of cancer, caregivers and in honor of those fighting cancer as a survivor. The luminaries can be purchased for $10.00 and decorated by you with the name of your loved one. The entire amount of money received for Relay for Life goes for Cancer Research and aid to the survivors. If you would like to purchase a luminary please contact Verla Thomason 620-241-0035.) Summer Worship Schedule beings Sunday, June 3 Worship at 9:30 a.m. Followed by Brunch No Sunday School Sign up sheets for brunch are on both bulletin boards. *************** Communion Sunday, August 3 ************** Women�??s Fellowship Will meet on Thursday, June 7 2:00 p.m. ************* Men�??s Breakfast Saturday, June 9 7:00 a.m. Harvest Café ************* Women�??s Fellowship Is planning a trip to Maxine�??s Doll Museum 111 North Main, Hutchinson On Friday, June 15 10:00 a.m. Lunch following If you would like to go please contact Donna Toews. Cost is $10.00. Congregational Life Invites you to come and enjoy a movie at the Fox Theatre (Hutchinson.) Movie playing is �??I Can Only Imagine�?� Saturday, June 15 Time is tba Cost is $ 4.00 Contact person is Fay Binder. ******* Senior Center Breakfast Saturday, June 16 7:00 a.m. ************** Church Council Meeting Thursday, June 21 7:30 p.m. ************* Happy First Day of Summer Thursday, June 21 American Red Cross Blood Drive Friday, June 22 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Please call 1-800733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment. Inman Community Vacation Bible School July 15-19, 5:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Inman Mennonite Church Inman community VBS will be participating in a local mission project by collecting money and non-perishable food items for Inman Cares Pop-up Food Pantry. You can bring your items at any time. Suggestions include: Sunday Breakfast Cereal and granola bars Monday Canned Fruit and Vegetables Tuesday Kid Friendly Snacks (jello, pudding, crackers, fruit snacks) Wednesday Canned meats, Boxed Meals(Hamburger Helper, Mac and Cheese) Thursday School Supplies (crayons, glue sticks, markers, colored pencils) ************* Worship in Song Sunday, July 15 The Worship Committee is planning a Music Worship Service for Sunday, July 15. There will be scripture readings, music from various groups and individuals, and worship reflections on music. Practices for the groups (chancel choir, women�??s sextet, men�??s sextet) that are performing have been scheduled for Sunday mornings, June 3, June 10, June 17 and July 1 and July 8, at 11:00 a.m. We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. ************* 61 Anniversary of the United Church of Christ June 25 Now that it feels like summer, we are drinking more beverages from cans. Please save your cans to drop off at the can collection bin on Center St. behind Main Street Pizza Cafe. The proceeds from the cans go to help those in need. Thanks! ************* June Birthdays 1 Loki Turcotte 5 Gage Patrick Sisson 7 Cassie Sisson Spears Peggy Watts 9 Gideon and Honoria Stevenson 11 Merle Thiessen 12 Diane Bartels 16 Barry Sisson 18 Kendall Knackstedt 26 Kash Eliot Schierling 27 Lenore Postier 28 Max Harman 30 Scott Achilles Darcel Miles June Anniversaries 7 Doug and Lori Wright 9 Lamont and Kelly Turcotte 15 Charlie and Carolyn Pauls 28 Mike & Kimba McCormick 30 Tim and Cindy Fay St. Peter�??s United Church of Christ 107 North Pine, P.O. Box 506 Inman, Kansas 67546 (620)-585-2627 Fax (620)-585-2628 Parsonage: 585-2670 Website: stpetersuccinman-org.webs.com. Church�[email protected] Pastor Dennis Ureche �?? [email protected] RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED 2018 CHURCH STAFF: Rev. Dennis Ureche, Pastor Ellen Neufeld, Organist Beverly Castleberry, Church Secretary Worship Schedule Sept. thru May: Sunday School 9:30 AM Morning Worship 10:30 AM June thru August: No Sunday School Morning Worship 9:30 AM Followed by Brunch

May 2018 Newsletter

Posted by ureche1 on May 15, 2018 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (19)
From the Pastor�??s Desk �??Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.�?� �??1 Corinthians 6:19-20 �??So then, a sabbath rest still remains for the people of God; for those who enter God�??s rest also cease from their labors as God did from his. Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one may fall through such disobedience as theirs.�?��??Hebrews 4:9-11 �??Observe the sabbath day and keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you.�?� �??Deuteronomy 5:12 �??It is a sign for ever between me and the people of Israel that in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.�?��??Exodus 31:17 As the time for my sabbatical draws near, I thought it might be a good idea to revisit the topic of sabbath. This was a topic that was the focus of a newsletter article a few years ago. A sabbath day is a much, much shorter sabbatical. Both a sabbath day and a sabbatical are taken for similar reasons. The sabbath (or sabbath day) is important for all of us. For those of you who might like different wording for sabbath, I suggest the term �??self-care�??. I am called by God and this congregation to be your pastor, teacher and even shepherd. If I am called to be all these things, then I need to take care of myself. If I don�??t take care of myself, then I cannot take care of you or anyone else. During seminary and then later during boundary training, I was often reminded of the importance of pastors practicing self-care. I have a confession to make: I stink at self-care. I understand the need for it, but I am just not good at executing it. I used to be a lot better when I first came to St. Peter�??s. Monday is my day off and I held myself to that. Then as time progressed, life got in the way, and I started to slide. Ignoring self-care is not a good thing to do. Self-care and Sabbath time is called for in the scriptures. It is even one of the commandments, making it a requirement. �??Observe the sabbath day and keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you.�?� (Deuteronomy 5:12) When I wrote about sabbath in the past, I made a promise to be better at honoring my sabbath day. I have done a much better job of keeping my sabbath day safe since that time. My hope is that when I return from my sabbatical leave I will be able to continue holding to my sabbath day. They are very important. Sabbath is very important for all of us. So, I encourage you to look at your lives to see where you might be able to improve your own self-care habits. God's gift of the Sabbath in the Old Testament (Ex. 16:29), and invitation to enter Sabbath rest in the New Testament (Hebrews 4), is God�??s intention for us to be blessed by recharging our batteries, feeding our souls, refilling our tanks. It's a form of self-care that is going to look different for various people, but it's all God's provision of what God knows we need. What does self-care look like for you? In the gospels, we see the Jesus' self-care as getting up early to spend time with God. He would no longer think of ministering in his own strength than we could successfully complete a road trip without stopping to refuel our gas tank. God has created our bodies, minds and souls; they belong to God, and we are responsible for taking care of them. If we are to be the best at carrying out God�??s will in the world we must take care of ourselves. To be the best at spreading the Good News of Jesus we must take care of ourselves. Self-care is not selfishness, it is stewardship. How are you caring for God's treasure that is you? Peace, blessings and a restful Sabbath each week Pastor Dennis Please pray for these people on their designated day in May. 1) Vicki Lindenberger 2) Mike and Dorothy Luty 3) Mike and Kimba McCormick 4) Randy and Darcel Miles�??Aisjha, Mars 5) Ellen Neufeld 6) Ray and Jeanne Osborn 7) Charlie and Carolyn Pauls 8) Lenore Postier 9) Loren and Denise Postier 10) Elva Rump 11) Devin, Jessica Schierling Karson, Kash, Kella 12) Gene and Karen Schierling 13) Roy and Shivawn Schierling 14) Dennis and Crystal Schroeder 15) Jerry and Ruth Sisson 16) Adam and Cassie Spears, Levi, Hailey 17) James and Sophia Stephens 18) Freddi Stowe 19) Allen Thiessen 20) Merle and Karen Thiessen 21) Verla Thomason 22) Donna and Jim Toews 23) Lamont, Kelly Turcotte, Aoife, Loki 24) Pastor Dennis Ureche Diane Miller 25) Peggy Watts 26) Marcelyn Wittorff 27) Lois Wright 28) Kathy Zimmerman 29) Greg and Heather Thiessen, Taylor, Brooke 30) Norman Achilles 31) Scott and Connie Achilles Revised Common Lectionary Readings for May May 6 Acts 10:44-48 Psalms 98 1 John 5:1-6 John 15:9-17 May 13 Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 Psalms 1 1 John 5:9-13 John 17:6-19 May 20 Acts 2:1-21 Psalms 104:24-34, 35b Romans 8:22-27 John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 May 27 Isaiah 6:1-8 Psalms 29 Romans 8:12-17 John 3:1-17 ************************* Prayer List Ellen Angell, Colette Berger, Virginia Bosworth, Sandy Bundy, Janie Gormley, Glennis Lee Howard, Gretchen Kimble, Gene Allen Knackstedt, Kairos Prison Ministry, Judy & Wayne Lintz, McPherson Congregational Church, Beth Miller, Nathan Schierling, Jim and Sophia Stephens, Peggy Watts, Ellie Mae Weathers, Fern Raleigh, Reinecker Family, Sheridan Irick Family and Friends of Beverly Regier Family and Friends of John Obrien ************* Women�??s Fellowship Thursday, May 3 2:00 p.m. ************* 4 H City Wide Garage Sales Saturday, May 5 Deadline is Wednesday, May 2 This is the largest fundraiser of the year for your local 4H. ************* Communion Sunday, May 6 *************** Men�??s Fellowship Breakfast Meeting Saturday, May 12 7:00 a.m. Inman Harvest Café ************** City Wide Clean Up Day Saturday, May 12 ************* Graduation Sunday May 13 **************** Church Council Meeting Thursday, May 17 7:30 p.m. ************* Senior Center Breakfast Saturday, May 19 7:00 a.m. ************** Strengthen the Church Offering Sunday, May 20 ************ The Board of Christian Education will recognize our Sunday School teachers on Sunday, May 20 During Morning Worship ************** Pleasant View Home Worship Thursday, May 24 6:30 p.m. **************** Memorial Day Monday, May 28 ************** Memorial Day Remembrance North Inman Cemetery May 28, 10:00 a.m. ************ Inman Museum Cook Out Community Building, Lambert Park May 28, 11:00 a.m. Free will donations appreciated May Birthdays 7 Ruth Sisson 8 Jeanne Osborn Jonathon Castleberry 11 Gladys Erksin Kimba McCormick 15 Randy Miles 21 Jerry Sisson May Anniversaries 2 Adam and Katie Albers 5 Chris and Laura Stevenson 21 Cody and Ashley Bornholdt ************* AA Information Evening and Panel Discussion Hoffnungsau Mennonite Church Wednesday, May 16 7:00 p.m. This event will equip pastors and community leaders to help recognize and reach out to those in your communities struggling with addiction. ************* St. Peter�??s will be receiving a check from Dillons Community Rewards in the amount of $33. 00. Currently there are only 9 household that have signed up. So, if you haven�??t done so please do! You can sign up online or in the store. Graduation Sunday, May 13 Graduating from high school is Max Harman: After graduating high school, I plan to attend Kansas State University and major in biochemistry, which combines my long-standing interests in the smallest interactions of the world (chemistry and physics) and the complexity of life (biology). While earning my bachelor�??s degree, I want to gain research experience and graduate in the top 10% of my class, then attend graduate school to earn my master�??s and Ph.D. After graduate school, I want to work at an agri-chemical company like Monsanto. With a background in biochemistry/molecular biology, I intend to use genetic engineering to develop products that give tangible benefits of GE to the public and more choices to producers. I have always wanted to have a career in academia as a researcher, but it was my experience in FFA that inspired in me a passion for global food systems and ag advocacy. Most people wouldn�??t think of Biochemistry as an agricultural major, but through my work, I hope to shed some light on the often-ignored researchers working hard to advance agriculture every day. By combining my passions, I hope to make a career doing something I love and make a lasting impact on the world. A come and go reception will be held at St. Peter�??s on Saturday, May 12 (after graduation), appx 4:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to come and celebrate with Max on this milestone in his life. ************** Mars Miles will be returning home for the summer and is looking forward to returning to the United States for college in the fall. ************ Graduating from college are Landon Slipke: Landon will graduate from Bethany College on Sunday, May 20, with a B.M.E. in Vocal Music Education and plans to get a job teaching vocal music somewhere in Kansas. ***** Kristen Knackstedt: Kristen Knackstedt will graduate from K state, with a major in animal science. She has accepted a position with American Breeding Services as an Al technician. She will be relocating to Fresno, California in June. ****** Dawson Knackstedt Dawson Knackstedt is graduating from Washburn University with a degree in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement. ****** Congratulations to all of our graduates! Our hopes and prayers go with each one of you. ************* Inman Community Vacation Bible School July 15-19, 5:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Inman Mennonite Church Inman community VBS will be participating in a local mission project by collecting money and non-perishable food items for Inman Cares Pop-up Food Pantry. You can bring your items at anytime but suggestions include: Sunday Breakfast Cereal and granola bars Monday Canned Fruit and Vegetables Tuesday Kid Friendly Snacks (jello, pudding, crackers, fruit snacks) Wednesday Canned meats, Boxed Meals(Hamburger Helper, Mac and Cheese) Thursday School Supplies (crayons, glue sticks, markers, colored pencils) April 25, 2018 Christ is Risen! It's Eastertide and we should be renewed and invigorated for ministry. In some ways we are but we are also aware of the pain in our communities, the divisions in our country, the growing gap between the haves and have nots; it's easy to forget that Easter is here. But Easter IS here and we are reminded that our hope is not dependent on the present circumstances of our day and time. Our hope is in the Christ who promises to make all things new and with gratitude we join as co-creators of the abundant life promised to all. It is in this spirit that each year at Eastertide, members and friends are invited to give generously to the Annual Appeal for the Kansas-Oklahoma Conference. Your gifts make it possible for us to embody the love of Christ throughout Kansas and Oklahoma. With your dollars we: Support congregations in searching for new leadership; nine churches have experienced pastoral transitions in the last 12 months; your dollars supported them in the search and call process for interim and settled leadership. Lead KO churches and members (and many beyond KO) in confronting and exploring racism and specifically white privilege and its impact on their lives and the lives of others. Participate in the faith formation of youth as we are preparing for the Regional Youth Event; we expect over 25 KO youth to participate as well as 10 youth from Germany. Nurture and support those exploring a call to ordained ministry; there are six Members in Discernment, three persons have been approved for ordination pending call this last year and one person has been ordained. Conect our churches and members through weekly eNEWS and social media. Care for pastors though support, guidance and encouragement. Resource local congregations experiencing conflict or seeking direction Challenge KO congregations to Be the Church in their community through the implementation and oversight of the of Be the Church Grants. Facilitate KO participation in justice initiatives in Kansas and Oklahoma; interfaith participation and overseas partnerships. Represent Kansas-Oklahoma in the wider United Church of Christ. Thank you for making a special gift to the Conference during this season of Eastertide where we celebrate the gift of our Risen Christ and as we joyfully claim our sacred call to join in making all things new. In Christ's Love, Mark Van Dorn Chair Finance and Stewardship John Lord, Conference President Edith Guffey, Conference Minister St. Peter�??s United Church of Christ 107 North Pine, P.O. Box 506 Inman, Kansas 67546 (620)-585-2627 Fax (620)-585-2628 Parsonage: 585-2670 Website: stpetersuccinman-org.webs.com. Church�[email protected] Pastor Dennis Ureche �?? [email protected] RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED 2018 CHURCH STAFF: Rev. Dennis Ureche, Pastor Ellen Neufeld, Organist Beverly Castleberry, Church Secretary Worship Schedule Sept. thru May: Sunday School 9:30 AM Morning Worship 10:30 AM June thru August: No Sunday School Morning Worship 9:30 AM Followed by Brunch

April 2018 Newsletter

Posted by ureche1 on May 15, 2018 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (129)
From the Pastor�??s Desk �??When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, �??Peace be with you.�?��??John 20:19 �??�??I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.�?��??John 10:11 �??�??This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one�??s life for one�??s friends.�?��??John 15:9-17 Easter Sunday is over and done, so what comes next? In the Christian Church we have the season of Eastertide. Eastertide (also called the Easter Season as well as Easter Time) or Paschaltide (also called the Paschal Season as well as Paschal Time) is a festal season in the liturgical year of Christianity that focuses on celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It begins on Easter Sunday, which initiates Easter Week in Western Christianity Eastertide is the period of fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday. It is celebrated as a single joyful feast, indeed as the "great Lord's Day". Each Sunday of the season is treated as a Sunday of Easter, and, after the Sunday of the Resurrection, they are named Second Sunday of Easter, Third Sunday of Easter, etc. up to the Seventh Sunday of Easter, while the whole fifty-day period concludes with Pentecost Sunday. Easter Sunday and Pentecost correspond to pre-existing Jewish feasts: The first day of Pesach and the holiday of Shavu'ot. There are several Eastertide customs across the Christian world, most of which we celebrate on Easter itself; including sunrise services, exclaiming the Paschal greeting (He is risen, indeed!), and decorating Easter eggs, a symbol of the empty tomb. The Easter lily, a symbol of the resurrection, traditionally decorates the chancel area of churches throughout Eastertide. Other Eastertide customs include egg hunting, eating special Easter foods and watching Easter parades. Many people considered Easter to be, not a day, but a season of the year, a seven-week season at that. Easter Sunday, from this perspective, begins a season in the church year that ends with Pentecost Sunday, the day Christians remember the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the earliest believers in Jesus. Easter hymns, may be sung, not only on Easter Sunday itself, but also during worship services during this time. During the season of Easter, we might let this be a time of spiritual growth, a season of deeper intimacy with God. In many ways, Easter gets short shrift in our churches. As a result, we miss out on some of the richness and joy of a full Easter celebration. Remember, there�??s no biblical rule that says you have to celebrate Easter for seven weeks. In fact, there�??s no biblical rule that says you have to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus on any particular day. For the early Christians, gathering on Sunday was itself a weekly remembrance of the resurrection. So just what can we do with the season of Easter? I�??m not suggesting fifty consecutive Easter egg hunts, or fifty new Easter dresses, or fifty ham dinners in a row. Celebrating Easter for fifty days is not duplicating Easter Sunday fifty times over, either. Rather, it�??s taking time to reflect upon and delight in the truth of Easter and its implications for our lives. The basic truth of Easter is simple. In the classic litany of the church, it�??s this: Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed! On Easter Sunday, we celebrate this good news, rediscovering for ourselves what the earliest followers of Jesus realized on that first Easter Sunday. Yet the implications of the resurrection are more than we can adequately ponder on one day. The season of Easter gives us a chance to reflect more broadly and deeply on the multifaceted meaning of the resurrection of Jesus. What might this involve? Let me suggest a few ideas: �?� We can meditate upon what the resurrection says about the character of Jesus Christ as the Righteous One of God (Psalm 16:10; Acts 2:25-28). �?� We can ponder the fact that death has been swallowed up in victory (1 Corinthians 15:54-56). �?� We can reflect upon the fact that the very power that raised Jesus from the dead is available to us today (Ephesians 1:15-23). �?� We can think of how the resurrection of Jesus is a precursor to our own resurrection (1 Corinthians 15). �?� We can consider how the resurrection gives us �??new birth into a living hope�?� (1 Peter 1:3) Eastertide allows us to think deeply and to pray broadly about what the resurrection of Jesus means, both to us and to our world. You might be thinking, �??For Christians, every Sunday is a kind of Easter. That�??s why we Christians worship on Sunday rather than Saturday, after all. So why do we need a season to reflect upon what we should be thinking about every single week?�?� My answer is that many of us forget the Easter dynamic of weekly Sunday worship. Setting aside a season to focus on the meaning of the resurrection doesn�??t deny the importance of weekly Sunday worship. In fact, it can enhance it. If nothing else, recognizing Eastertide gives us a chance to take the truths of Scripture and to allow them to percolate in our hearts. I don�??t know about you, but I need this sort of percolation. What would happen in our lives if we went through each day with a sixth-sense awareness of the resurrection? What would we attempt if we truly believed that the power that raised Jesus from the dead was available to us? What difference would it make if we knew for sure that death has been defeated through Christ? Even if you aren�??t ready to view Easter as a fifty-day experience, perhaps you can take some time today to think and pray about some aspect of Easter truth that, to this point, you�??ve neglected. If you do, you�??ll begin to taste the richness of Eastertide. Adapted from http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markdroberts/series/introduction-to-eastertide-the-season-of-easter/#jjyQecDTK0szTHso.99 Blessings and peace, Pastor Dennis Please pray for these people on their designated day in April. 1) Merle and Karen Thiessen-Jessica 2) Verla Thomason 3) Donna and Jim Toews 4) Lamont and Kelly Turcotte, Aoife, Loki 5) Pastor Dennis Ureche and Diane Miller 6) Peggy Watts 7) Marcelyn Wittorff 8) Lois Wright 9) Kathy Zimmerman 10) Greg and Heather Thiessen, Taylor, Brooke 11) Norman Achilles 12) Scott and Connie Achilles 13) Phyllis Armstrong 14) Adolyn Bartels 15) Rosetta Bartels 16) Joe and Colette Berger 17) Dan and Fay Binder 18) Cody and Ashley Bornholdt 19) James Bornholdt 20 Tim and Terri Bornholdt 21) Richard and Beverly Castleberry-John 22) Gary Ely 23) Gene Ely 24) Gladys Erskin 25) Tim and Cindy Fay 26) Shirley Friesen 27) Todd and Janell Harman-Max, Rachel 28) Matt and Brenna Harris, Suttyn, Kru, Mac 29) Gretchen Kimble 30) Gene Allen and Phyllis Knackstedt Revised Common Lectionary Readings for April April 1 Acts 10:34-43 Psalms 118:1-2,14-24 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 John 20:1-18 April 8 Acts 4:32-35 Psalms 133 1 John 1:1-2:2 John 20: 19-31 April 15 Acts 3:12-19 Psalms 4 1 John 3:1-7 Luke 24:36b-48 April 22 Acts 4:5-12 Psalms 23 1 John 3:16-24 John 10:11-18 April 29 Acts 8:26-40 Psalms 22:25-31 1 John 4:7-21 John 15:1-8 ************************* Ellen Angell, Colette Berger, Virginia Bosworth, Sandy Bundy, Paula Holt, Glennis Lee Howard, Gretchen Kimble, Gene Allen Knackstedt, Kairos Prison Ministry, Judy & Wayne Lintz, McPherson Congregational Church, Beth Miller, Nathan Schierling, Jim and Sophia Stephens, Peggy Watts, Ellie Mae Weathers, Roselyn Emery, Fern Raleigh, ****************** Family and Friends of Lynell Postier Family and Friends of John Reimer Easter Sunday April 1 ************** Communion Sunday, April 1 ************** Women�??s Fellowship Thursday, April 5 2:00 p.m. ************* Acolyte and Baptism Classes Saturday, April 7 9:00 a.m. ************** Men�??s Fellowship Breakfast Meeting Saturday, April 14 7:00 a.m. Inman Harvest Café ************** Church Council Meeting Thursday, April 19 7:30 p.m. ************* American Red Cross Blood Drive Friday, April 20 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ************** Senior Center Breakfast Saturday, April 21 7:00 a.m. ************** Earth Day Sunday, April 22 ************* Spring Congregational Meeting Sunday, April 22 After Morning Worship Endowment Sunday April 29 ************** April Birthdays 1 Becky Knackstedt 5 Rachel Harman 9 Jessica Thiessen Landon Slipke 13 Gene Schierling Denise Postier 15 Taylor Thiessen Pastor Dennis Ureche 20 Dorothy Luty 22 Shivawn Schierling 23 Beverly Castleberry 25 Levi Spears 30 Terri Bornholdt April Anniversaries No anniversaries ************** A special thank you from Junis and Velma Schroeder�??Thank you for your concerns with phone calls, cards, and prayers. God bless you everyone. *************** Kairos Prison Ministry April 26-29 �??...I was in prison and you came to visit me.�?� (Matthew 25:36) Kairos Prison Ministry International, Inc. (Kairos) is a lay-led, interdenominational Christian ministry in which men and women volunteers bring Christ's love and forgiveness to prisoners and their families. The Kairos programs take the participants on a journey that demonstrates the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. A Prayer Vigil sign up sheet has been posted on both bulletin boards. Please choose a time that works for you to pray for the Kairos volunteers, inmates, and all individuals involved in the prison ministry weekend. Another way to help is with a monetary donation. You may donate any amount, or choose to purchase a meal for the inmate, or sponsor a full weekend. More information and donation slips are on both bulletin boards. Any questions or if you would like to volunteer, please contact Allen Thiessen. ************* St. Peter�??s United Church of Christ 107 North Pine, P.O. Box 506 Inman, Kansas 67546 (620)-585-2627 Fax (620)-585-2628 Parsonage: 585-2670 Website: stpetersuccinman-org.webs.com. Church�[email protected] Pastor Dennis Ureche �?? [email protected] RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED 2018 CHURCH STAFF: Rev. Dennis Ureche, Pastor Ellen Neufeld, Organist Beverly Castleberry, Church Secretary Worship Schedule Sept. thru May: Sunday School 9:30 AM Morning Worship 10:30 AM June thru August: No Sunday School Morning Worship 9:30 AM Followed by Brunch

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