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November 2019 Newsletter

Posted by ureche1 on March 11, 2020 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)
�??In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary�??s greeting, the child leapt in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, �??Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leapt for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.�?� Luke 1:39-45 �??In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, �??Do not be afraid; for see�??I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.�?? And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, �??Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favours!�??�?� Luke 2:8-14 Advent and the season of Christmas are fast approaching. Once again, we will be gathering to learn more about the events leading up to the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. This year we will come together for soup and sandwiches following worship beginning Sunday, November 24 and continuing until December 15. We will be using Amy-Jill �??AJ�?� Levine�??s , Light of the World: A Beginner�??s Guide to Advent as our guide. After all, no matter how old we are or how many times we have hear the Advent stories, aren�??t we all just beginners in our faith journey. Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies. In this study, AJ brings her knowledge, her storytelling skills, and her love of the Gospels to the story of the birth of Jesus. Looking at four different chapters in Luke and Matthew, she unearths deep connections between the Jewish traditions and the events of Jesus�?? birth. She also helps set the cultural (context) stage by drawing out how the Gospels address the political tensions in the early first century. AJ points out the importance of Matthew and Luke as they tell the story, and how the points made in the first two chapters of each Gospel can be heard throughout the remainder of the text. She regards the distinct versions that Matthew and Luke provide not as inconsistencies, but as variations on a theme, for the story of Jesus�?? birth cannot and should not be reduced to just one perspective. During our four Sundays together, AJ will guide us through the stories we have come to know so well and hopefully bring a new light to shine on them for us. Beginning in week one with the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth. In the �??The Meaning of Memory�?� we will examine not only the story of Elizabeth and Zachariah, but several other couples that suffered from infertility. With the �??The Promise of Potential�?� in week two we will examine Gabriel�??s announcement to the virgin engaged to Joseph, and Mary�??s appropriate confusion. Because it�??s not every day that we have angels speaking to us. Week three finds us looking at �??The Journey to Joy�?� where we will travel with Mary and Joseph as they make their way to Bethlehem and Jesus�?? birth. Finally, for our last week, we look at �??The Gifts of the Gentiles�?�, where we not only find out how we, as Gentiles, fit into all this but we met the Magi and King Herod as well. As we move through this study, we will see how AJ considers the different characters in the narratives. As well as their place and importance in the story, as she looks to help us understand what these stories would have meant to those who first heard them, as well as what they might mean to us today and to faith communities near and far. I look forward to finding new meaning the old stories that we know. I hope that you will join me. Peace and Blessings, Pastor Dennis Advent Study Sundays, November 24 thru Sunday, December15 following Morning Worship (note the different date and time) Light of the World: A Beginners Guide to Advent In Light of the World: A Beginner�??s Guide to Advent, author, professor, and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine explores the biblical texts surrounding the story of the birth of Jesus. Join her as she traces the Christmas narrative through the stories of Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary, the journey to Bethlehem, and the visit from the Magi. These stories open conversations around connections of the Gospel stories to the Old Testament, the role of women in first-century Jewish culture, the importance of Mary�??s visitation and the revolutionary implications of Mary�??s Magnificat, the census and the stable, and the star of Bethlehem and the flight to Egypt. ************* Soup and Sandwiches will be served before the Advent Study Watch for a sign up sheet to volunteer Please pray for these people on their designated day in November 1) Ray and Jeanne Osborn 2) Charlie and Carolyn Pauls 3) Lenore Postier 4) Loren and Denise Postier 5) Elva Rump 6) Devin and Jessica Schierling Karson, Kash, Kella 7) Gene and Karen Schierling 8) Roy and Shivawn Schierling 9) Dennis and Crystal Schroeder 10) Jerry and Ruth Sisson 11) Cassie Spears, Levi, Hailey 12) James and Sophia Stephens 13) Freddi Stowe 14) Allen Thiessen 15) Merle and Karen Thiessen- 16) Verla Thomason 17) Jim and Donna Toews 18) Lamont, Kelly Turcotte, Aoife, Loki 19) Pastor Dennis Ureche and Diane Miller 20) Peggy Watts 21) Marcelyn Wittorff 22) Lois Wright 23) Kathy Zimmerman 24) Norman Achilles 25) Scott and Connie Achilles 26) Adam and Katie Albers, Cash 270 Phyllis Armstrong 28) Kara Ayers, Elian Dorantes, Maya 29) Adolyn Bartels 30) Rosetta Bartels Virginia Bosworth, Steve and Theresa Buller, Terry and Karen Fay, William Forehand, Vicki and Rusty Johnson, Kandy Keuler, Gretchen Kimble, Bill Maurer Sr. Danny Parr, Kairos Prison Ministry, Gene and Karen Schierling, Jim and Sophia Stephens, Jace Ward, Peggy Watts, Marcelyn Wittorff, Norma Friesen�??s grand and great grandchildren, Krista Smalley, Morgan Morris, Cash Schierling, Alan Peters, Dean Brungardt ************** Steve Jonas Family and Friends, John Glenn Family and Friends Revised Common Lectionary Readings for November November 3 Daniel 7:1-3,15-18 Psalms 149 Ephesians 1:11-23 Luke 6:20-31 November 10 Hag 1:15b-2:9 Job 19-23-27a 2 Thess 2:1-5, 13-17 Luke 20:27-38 November 17 Isaiah 65:17-25 Mal 4:1-2a 2 Thess 3:6-13 Luke 21:5-19 November 24 Jeremiah 23:1-6 Luke 1:68-79 Col 1:11-20 Luke 23:33-43 Daylight Savings Time Ends Sunday, November 3 Remember to set your clocks back �??fall back�?� on Saturday evening. ************* Communion Sunday, November 3 ************* St. Peter�??s UCC Will remember our loved ones who have passed away within the last year at a special All Saints Day Service Sunday, November 3 Morning Worship If you have someone you would like remembered please contact the Church Office. **************** St Peter�??s United Church of Christ Women�??s Fellowship Biannual Inman Community Women�??s Luncheon Thursday, November 7, 2019. Our theme this year is �??Life is Short, Eat Dessert First.�?� We will gather at 11:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall and begin our dining at 12:00 noon. The guest speaker will talk about heirloom jewelry and family keepsakes, how to restore, preserve and repurpose items from our family heritage. You may want to wear or bring a family treasure, something handed down to you that is important to your family�??s history. We are inviting all the women who are part of the community area churches. If you know someone who might not be reached by this invitation please invite them. No cost to attend. ************ Men�??s Fellowship will meet for breakfast Saturday, November 9, 7:00 a.m. Inman Harvest Café Veterans Day Monday, November 11 *************** Pleasant View Home Gift Day Thursday, November 14 Come join us for homemade chicken noodle soup, ham sandwiches, homemade pie and ice cream. Serving from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. Live auction starts at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds will be used to purchase a new generator. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Pastor Dennis. Sign up sheets are posted for ice cream servers, or to bring bread, crackers, coffee, butter and pies. ************* Youth Group Meeting St. Peter�??s Sunday, November 17 4:00 p.m. All youth, grades 5 thru 12 ************ Church Council will meet Wednesday, November 20 8:00 p.m. Make a note of the change of date and time ************* Happy Thanksgiving Thursday, November 28 ************* 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. There is still a real need for help. Any questions can be directed to Terri Bornholdt. *********** November Birthdays 3 Hayley Rae Stucky 8 Marcelyn Wittorff 21 Adolyn Bartels 22 Kelly Turcotte 27 Matthew Sisson 29 Dinae Barefoot and Brenna Harris 30 Gary Ely November Anniversaries 5 Jim & Sophia Stephens 23 Rick and Beverly Castleberry ************** Christmas Decorating Volunteers Needed! Volunteers will need to be able to help decorate sometime after Thanksgiving and before Sunday, December 1. If you would like to volunteer please contact anyone on the Worship Team Ellen Neufeld, Cindy Fay, Allen Thiessen, Jessica Schierling, Rosetta Bartels or Kara Ayers ************** Mark Your Calendars for December Advent Study Sundays, November 24-December 15 following Morning Worship Soup and Sandwich Lunch ************* Women�??s Fellowship White Elephant Gift Exchange Thursday, December 5 2:00 p.m. *********** Christmas In Inman Saturday, December 14 Live Nativity Vendors in the Fellowship Hall ************* Annual Christmas Program Sunday, December 15 Morning Worship ************ Pleasant View Home Worship Thursday, December 10 6:30 p.m. PVH Chapel ************ American Red Cross Blood Drive Friday, December 20 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. ************* Christmas Cantata Sunday, December 22 Morning Worship ************** Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service Tuesday, December 24 ************ Christmas Day Wednesday, December 25 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 October 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

October 2019 Newsletter

Posted by ureche1 on March 11, 2020 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (46)
Can you believe it October is here. The year is 75% over and it�??s time to start the rush to 2020. Before you know it, Thanksgiving will be here, followed rapidly by Christmas. However, I don�??t want to move things along to quickly so I will focus on October for this month�??s article. October is a month of change. We lose about 60 minutes of daylight between October 1 and 31, with later sunrises and earlier sunsets. The leaves begin and for the most part complete their color change during the month. Cooler temperatures are also ahead, with the average high temperature dropping 13 degrees during the month and the low temperature dropping 11 degrees. Finally, at the end of the month our big fall holiday hits, that being Halloween. Shoppers say they will spend an average $86.27, down just slightly from last year�??s record $86.79. That works out to $8.8 billion in total spending, down from last year�??s $9 billion. This year�??s total is expected to be the third-highest in the survey�??s 15-year history, after the record $9.1 billion set in 2017. A total of 172 million people plan to celebrate Halloween�??68 percent of those surveyed�??down from 175 million last year.1 What if we could funnel that amount of money to some of the human needs we have in this country. Halloween is a holiday that some Christians choose not to celebrate, because of its pagan origins and others because of its dark, ghoulish imagery. However, other Christians choose to participate in the festivities, either through school functions, community events or what has grown in popularity over the past few years at churches, that being trunk or treat. This event has activities at church for the whole family with treat or treating happening in the parking lot or big field with kids moving from car trunk to car trunk, collecting goodies, in a safe and family environment. Despite the fact that some Christians boycott Halloween, the holiday does have a Christian history. Hallow is the same word for �??holy�?� that we find in the Lord�??s Prayer and e�??en is a contraction of �??evening�?�. The word Halloween itself is a shortened form of �??All Hallows Eve�?�, the day before �??All Saints Day�?�. This holiday, properly understood and celebrated with all of its fun trappings, can be a way for us to deepen our understanding of faith. Halloween has its roots in the ancient Celtic tribes of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Brittany. On October 31, the tribes would celebrate the festival of Samhain. During this festival, Celts believed the souls of the dead, including ghosts, goblins, and witches, returned to mingle with the living. In order to scare away the evil spirits, people would wear masks and light bonfires.2 When the Romans conquered the Celts, they added their own touches to the Samhain festival, such as making centerpieces out of apples and nuts for Pomona, the Roman goddess of the orchards. The Romans also bobbed for apples and drank cider, traditions which may sound familiar to you. But where does the Christian aspect of the holiday come into play? In 835, Pope Gregory IV moved the celebration for all the martyrs (later all saints) from May 13 to November 1. The night before became known as All Hallow�??s Eve or �??holy evening.�?� Eventually the name was shortened to the current Halloween. The purpose of these feasts is to remember those who have died. It is a celebration of the �??communion of saints,�?� which reminds us that the church is not bound by space or time. Continued�?� Many of the customs we now associate with Halloween are also derived from ancient celebrations. For example, the current custom of going door-to-door to collect treats actually started in Ireland hundreds of years ago. Groups of farmers would go door-to-door collecting food and materials for a village feast and bonfire. Those who gave were promised prosperity; those who did not received threats of bad luck. When an influx of Irish Catholic immigrants came to the United States in the 1800s, the custom of trick-or-treating came with them.3 Does your family carve a pumpkin to place on your porch for Halloween? If so, then you can once again thank the Irish for the tradition. Actually, the custom began with a turnip. People would hollow out the turnips and place lighted candles inside to scare off the evil spirits. When the Irish came to America, they discovered the pumpkin as a larger substitute for the turnip. And so, we now carve pumpkins instead of turnips for Halloween. So, how does your family celebrate Halloween if at all? Ultimately, Christian participation in Halloween is a matter of conscience before God. Whatever level of Halloween participation you choose, you must honor God by keeping yourself separate from the world and by showing mercy to those who are perishing. Halloween provides the Christian with the opportunity to accomplish both of those things in the gospel of Jesus Christ. It's a message that is holy, set apart from the world; it's a message that is the very mercy of a forgiving God. What better time of the year is there to share such a message than Halloween? Blessings and peace. Pastor Dennis 1https://nrf.com/media-center/press-releases/social-media-influencing-near-record-halloween-spending 2http://www.allaboutgod.com/history-of-halloween-christian-perspective-faq.htm 3http://www.gty.org/resources/articles/A123/christians-and-halloween Please pray for these people on their designated day in October 1) Marcelyn Wittorff 2) Lois Wright 3) Kathy Zimmerman 4) Norman Achilles 5) Scott and Connie Achilles 6) Adam and Katie Albers, Cash 7) Phyllis Armstrong 8) Kara Ayers, Elian Dorantes, Maya 9) Adolyn Bartels 10) Rosetta Bartels 11) Dan and Fay Binder 12) Cody and Ashley Bornholdt 13) James Bornholdt 14) Tim and Terri Bornholdt 15) Steve and Theresa Buller 16) Richard and Beverly Castleberry-John 17) Gary Ely 18) Gene Ely 19) Gladys Erksin 20) Tim and Cindy Fay 21) Norma Friesen 22) Shirley Friesen 23) Todd and Janell Harman-Max, Rachel 24) Matt, Brenna Harris Suttyn, Kru, Mac 25) Gretchen Kimble 26) Phyllis Knackstedt 27) Vicki Lindenberger 28) Mike and Dorothy Luty 29) Mike and Kimba McCormick 30) Randy and Darcel Miles, Aisjha 31) Ellen Neufeld Virginia Bosworth, Steve and Theresa Buller, Terry and Karen Fay, William Forehand, John Glenn, Vicki and Rusty Johnson, Kandy Keuler, Gretchen Kimble, Danny Parr, Kairos Prison Ministry, Gene Schierling, Jim and Sophia Stephens, Jace Ward, Peggy Watts, Marcelyn Wittorff, Abby Rishel-Barnett, Norma Friesen�??s grand and great grandchildren, Lois Hickey and Family, ********** Helen Havercroft Family and Friends Hilda Vogt Family and Friends Erma Jane Wiens Family and Friends Verna Lee Penner Family and Friends Kay Hildebrand Family and Friends Zona Mary Homeier Family and Friends ************ Revised Common Lectionary Readings for October October 6 Lam 1;1-6 Habakkuk 1:1-4,2:1-4 2 Timothy 1:1-14 Luke 17:5-10 October 13 Jeremiah 29:1,4-7 2 Kings 5:1-3,7-15c 2 timothy 2:8-15 Luke 17:11-19 October 20 Jeremiah 31:27-34 Genesis 32:22-31 2 timothy 3:14-4:5 Luke 18:1-8 October 27 Joel 2:23-32 Psalm 84:1-7 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 Luke 18:9-14 Women�??s Fellowship Thursday, October 3 2:00 p.m. Remember to bring your favorite dessert recipes to be able to make choices for the Community Luncheon in November. ************ World Communion Sunday October 6 ************ Neighbors in Need Special Mission Offering Sunday, October 6 Neighbors in Need is the UCC�??s annual offering to support ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States, including the Council for American Indian Ministries. ************** Inman Museum Open House Sunday, October 6 1:30p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free will donations To introduce the theatre premier showing of old photographs and slides that have been digitalized thanks to a grant from the Kansas Humanities Council. Blessing of the Animals Sunday, October 6 5:00 p.m. All animals are welcome to come and receive a blessing ************** Inman�??s 3rd Charity Quilting Retreat Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. St. Peter�??s UCC Fellowship Hall The goal is to bring together any and all who like to sew for exciting fun and fellowship while sewing as many quilt tops and children�??s quilts as we can. Quilts will go to Mount Hope and Children�??s Mercy Hospitals. Bring your sewing machine and walking foot and scissors and thread of a neutral color All material and batting, rotary cutters and mats, and irons and ironing boards are provided. Please RSVP so that we can have the room set up for the number of sewing machines we will be expecting to arrive. We have a couple of extra sewing machines if you need to reserve one. RSVP to Terri Bornholdt 620-242-8818 or [email protected] Men�??s Fellowship will meet for breakfast Saturday, October 12, 7:00 a.m. Inman Harvest Café ************ 4H Sunday Sunday, October 13 Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. All members and families of 4H are welcome ************** St. Peter�??s UCC will welcome special Guest Speaker Heidi Hawkinson Penny Sunday, October 13 Morning Worship The Community Choir will perform at Pleasant View Home Thursday, October 17 6:30 p.m. Reception will follow performance ********** Church Council will meet Thursday, October 17 7:30 p.m. ************ Kansas Oklahoma Annual Conference Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 ************** Fall Congregational Meeting Sunday, October 20 All teams need to submit a report to be included in the Book of Reports for the Congregational Meeting. Team reports need to be in to the Church Office by Wednesday, October 9. The Book of Reports will be available for Sunday, October 13, and October 20. All members please make plans to attend. Decisions on combining the Special Accounts Funds will be on the agenda. Dinner for the Congregational Meeting will be Potluck. All youth, grades 5 thru 12 Youth Group Sunday, October 20 Partridge UCC, 4:00 p.m. Pastor Dennis will provide transportation. Plan to leave about 3:15 p.m. Please RSVP to Pastor Dennis or the Church Office. ********** Be someone�??s hero, donate blood American Red Cross Blood Drive Friday, October 25 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Call 1-800-733-2767 or go to Redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment. *************** Season of Creation Sunday Sunday, October 27 Morning Worship Kairos will be in the Hutchinson Correctional Facility Thursday, October 31 thru Sunday, November 3. A Prayer Vigil sign up sheet is posted on the bulletin board. You can also help with this ministry with a monetary donation. Please contact Allen Thiessen for more information. *********** If you have a loved one that you would like remembered during the All Saints Day Remembrance on Sunday, November 3 Morning Worship please contact the Church Office. ********** 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. There is still a real need for help. Any questions can be directed to Terri Bornholdt. *********** Marcelyn Wittorff has been moved to Harvest House at PVH. She is still really struggling. All cards, thoughts, prayers and other kind gestures have been so appreciated and are still welcome. Thank you, Carolyn and Larry October Birthdays 1 Abby Rischel Barnett 2 Janell Harman Tristian Stevenson 3 Cindy Fay 4 Carmalee Winebrinner 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 30 Cash Jensen Albers October Anniversaries 27 Merle and Karen Thiessen ************** Mark Your Calendars Coming in November All Saints Day, Sunday, November 3 Daylight Savings ends Sunday, November 3 Women�??s Fellowship Community Luncheon Thursday, November 7, 11:00 a.m. Veteran�??s Day, Monday, November 11 Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 28 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 October 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 Can you believe it October is here. The year is 75% over and it�??s time to start the rush to 2020. Before you know it, Thanksgiving will be here, followed rapidly by Christmas. However, I don�??t want to move things along to quickly so I will focus on October for this month�??s article. October is a month of change. We lose about 60 minutes of daylight between October 1 and 31, with later sunrises and earlier sunsets. The leaves begin and for the most part complete their color change during the month. Cooler temperatures are also ahead, with the average high temperature dropping 13 degrees during the month and the low temperature dropping 11 degrees. Finally, at the end of the month our big fall holiday hits, that being Halloween. Shoppers say they will spend an average $86.27, down just slightly from last year�??s record $86.79. That works out to $8.8 billion in total spending, down from last year�??s $9 billion. This year�??s total is expected to be the third-highest in the survey�??s 15-year history, after the record $9.1 billion set in 2017. A total of 172 million people plan to celebrate Halloween�??68 percent of those surveyed�??down from 175 million last year.1 What if we could funnel that amount of money to some of the human needs we have in this country. Halloween is a holiday that some Christians choose not to celebrate, because of its pagan origins and others because of its dark, ghoulish imagery. However, other Christians choose to participate in the festivities, either through school functions, community events or what has grown in popularity over the past few years at churches, that being trunk or treat. This event has activities at church for the whole family with treat or treating happening in the parking lot or big field with kids moving from car trunk to car trunk, collecting goodies, in a safe and family environment. Despite the fact that some Christians boycott Halloween, the holiday does have a Christian history. Hallow is the same word for �??holy�?� that we find in the Lord�??s Prayer and e�??en is a contraction of �??evening�?�. The word Halloween itself is a shortened form of �??All Hallows Eve�?�, the day before �??All Saints Day�?�. This holiday, properly understood and celebrated with all of its fun trappings, can be a way for us to deepen our understanding of faith. Halloween has its roots in the ancient Celtic tribes of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Brittany. On October 31, the tribes would celebrate the festival of Samhain. During this festival, Celts believed the souls of the dead, including ghosts, goblins, and witches, returned to mingle with the living. In order to scare away the evil spirits, people would wear masks and light bonfires.2 When the Romans conquered the Celts, they added their own touches to the Samhain festival, such as making centerpieces out of apples and nuts for Pomona, the Roman goddess of the orchards. The Romans also bobbed for apples and drank cider, traditions which may sound familiar to you. But where does the Christian aspect of the holiday come into play? In 835, Pope Gregory IV moved the celebration for all the martyrs (later all saints) from May 13 to November 1. The night before became known as All Hallow�??s Eve or �??holy evening.�?� Eventually the name was shortened to the current Halloween. The purpose of these feasts is to remember those who have died. It is a celebration of the �??communion of saints,�?� which reminds us that the church is not bound by space or time. Continued�?� Many of the customs we now associate with Halloween are also derived from ancient celebrations. For example, the current custom of going door-to-door to collect treats actually started in Ireland hundreds of years ago. Groups of farmers would go door-to-door collecting food and materials for a village feast and bonfire. Those who gave were promised prosperity; those who did not received threats of bad luck. When an influx of Irish Catholic immigrants came to the United States in the 1800s, the custom of trick-or-treating came with them.3 Does your family carve a pumpkin to place on your porch for Halloween? If so, then you can once again thank the Irish for the tradition. Actually, the custom began with a turnip. People would hollow out the turnips and place lighted candles inside to scare off the evil spirits. When the Irish came to America, they discovered the pumpkin as a larger substitute for the turnip. And so, we now carve pumpkins instead of turnips for Halloween. So, how does your family celebrate Halloween if at all? Ultimately, Christian participation in Halloween is a matter of conscience before God. Whatever level of Halloween participation you choose, you must honor God by keeping yourself separate from the world and by showing mercy to those who are perishing. Halloween provides the Christian with the opportunity to accomplish both of those things in the gospel of Jesus Christ. It's a message that is holy, set apart from the world; it's a message that is the very mercy of a forgiving God. What better time of the year is there to share such a message than Halloween? Blessings and peace. Pastor Dennis 1https://nrf.com/media-center/press-releases/social-media-influencing-near-record-halloween-spending 2http://www.allaboutgod.com/history-of-halloween-christian-perspective-faq.htm 3http://www.gty.org/resources/articles/A123/christians-and-halloween Please pray for these people on their designated day in October 1) Marcelyn Wittorff 2) Lois Wright 3) Kathy Zimmerman 4) Norman Achilles 5) Scott and Connie Achilles 6) Adam and Katie Albers, Cash 7) Phyllis Armstrong 8) Kara Ayers, Elian Dorantes, Maya 9) Adolyn Bartels 10) Rosetta Bartels 11) Dan and Fay Binder 12) Cody and Ashley Bornholdt 13) James Bornholdt 14) Tim and Terri Bornholdt 15) Steve and Theresa Buller 16) Richard and Beverly Castleberry-John 17) Gary Ely 18) Gene Ely 19) Gladys Erksin 20) Tim and Cindy Fay 21) Norma Friesen 22) Shirley Friesen 23) Todd and Janell Harman-Max, Rachel 24) Matt, Brenna Harris Suttyn, Kru, Mac 25) Gretchen Kimble 26) Phyllis Knackstedt 27) Vicki Lindenberger 28) Mike and Dorothy Luty 29) Mike and Kimba McCormick 30) Randy and Darcel Miles, Aisjha 31) Ellen Neufeld Virginia Bosworth, Steve and Theresa Buller, Terry and Karen Fay, William Forehand, John Glenn, Vicki and Rusty Johnson, Kandy Keuler, Gretchen Kimble, Danny Parr, Kairos Prison Ministry, Gene Schierling, Jim and Sophia Stephens, Jace Ward, Peggy Watts, Marcelyn Wittorff, Abby Rishel-Barnett, Norma Friesen�??s grand and great grandchildren, Lois Hickey and Family, ********** Helen Havercroft Family and Friends Hilda Vogt Family and Friends Erma Jane Wiens Family and Friends Verna Lee Penner Family and Friends Kay Hildebrand Family and Friends Zona Mary Homeier Family and Friends ************ Revised Common Lectionary Readings for October October 6 Lam 1;1-6 Habakkuk 1:1-4,2:1-4 2 Timothy 1:1-14 Luke 17:5-10 October 13 Jeremiah 29:1,4-7 2 Kings 5:1-3,7-15c 2 timothy 2:8-15 Luke 17:11-19 October 20 Jeremiah 31:27-34 Genesis 32:22-31 2 timothy 3:14-4:5 Luke 18:1-8 October 27 Joel 2:23-32 Psalm 84:1-7 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 Luke 18:9-14 Women�??s Fellowship Thursday, October 3 2:00 p.m. Remember to bring your favorite dessert recipes to be able to make choices for the Community Luncheon in November. ************ World Communion Sunday October 6 ************ Neighbors in Need Special Mission Offering Sunday, October 6 Neighbors in Need is the UCC�??s annual offering to support ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States, including the Council for American Indian Ministries. ************** Inman Museum Open House Sunday, October 6 1:30p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free will donations To introduce the theatre premier showing of old photographs and slides that have been digitalized thanks to a grant from the Kansas Humanities Council. Blessing of the Animals Sunday, October 6 5:00 p.m. All animals are welcome to come and receive a blessing ************** Inman�??s 3rd Charity Quilting Retreat Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. St. Peter�??s UCC Fellowship Hall The goal is to bring together any and all who like to sew for exciting fun and fellowship while sewing as many quilt tops and children�??s quilts as we can. Quilts will go to Mount Hope and Children�??s Mercy Hospitals. Bring your sewing machine and walking foot and scissors and thread of a neutral color All material and batting, rotary cutters and mats, and irons and ironing boards are provided. Please RSVP so that we can have the room set up for the number of sewing machines we will be expecting to arrive. We have a couple of extra sewing machines if you need to reserve one. RSVP to Terri Bornholdt 620-242-8818 or [email protected] Men�??s Fellowship will meet for breakfast Saturday, October 12, 7:00 a.m. Inman Harvest Café ************ 4H Sunday Sunday, October 13 Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. All members and families of 4H are welcome ************** St. Peter�??s UCC will welcome special Guest Speaker Heidi Hawkinson Penny Sunday, October 13 Morning Worship The Community Choir will perform at Pleasant View Home Thursday, October 17 6:30 p.m. Reception will follow performance ********** Church Council will meet Thursday, October 17 7:30 p.m. ************ Kansas Oklahoma Annual Conference Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 ************** Fall Congregational Meeting Sunday, October 20 All teams need to submit a report to be included in the Book of Reports for the Congregational Meeting. Team reports need to be in to the Church Office by Wednesday, October 9. The Book of Reports will be available for Sunday, October 13, and October 20. All members please make plans to attend. Decisions on combining the Special Accounts Funds will be on the agenda. Dinner for the Congregational Meeting will be Potluck. All youth, grades 5 thru 12 Youth Group Sunday, October 20 Partridge UCC, 4:00 p.m. Pastor Dennis will provide transportation. Plan to leave about 3:15 p.m. Please RSVP to Pastor Dennis or the Church Office. ********** Be someone�??s hero, donate blood American Red Cross Blood Drive Friday, October 25 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Call 1-800-733-2767 or go to Redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment. *************** Season of Creation Sunday Sunday, October 27 Morning Worship Kairos will be in the Hutchinson Correctional Facility Thursday, October 31 thru Sunday, November 3. A Prayer Vigil sign up sheet is posted on the bulletin board. You can also help with this ministry with a monetary donation. Please contact Allen Thiessen for more information. *********** If you have a loved one that you would like remembered during the All Saints Day Remembrance on Sunday, November 3 Morning Worship please contact the Church Office. ********** 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. There is still a real need for help. Any questions can be directed to Terri Bornholdt. *********** Marcelyn Wittorff has been moved to Harvest House at PVH. She is still really struggling. All cards, thoughts, prayers and other kind gestures have been so appreciated and are still welcome. Thank you, Carolyn and Larry October Birthdays 1 Abby Rischel Barnett 2 Janell Harman Tristian Stevenson 3 Cindy Fay 4 Carmalee Winebrinner 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 30 Cash Jensen Albers October Anniversaries 27 Merle and Karen Thiessen ************** Mark Your Calendars Coming in November All Saints Day, Sunday, November 3 Daylight Savings ends Sunday, November 3 Women�??s Fellowship Community Luncheon Thursday, November 7, 11:00 a.m. Veteran�??s Day, Monday, November 11 Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 28 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 October 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

September 2019 Newsletter

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�??So now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? Only to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the Lord your God and his decrees that I am commanding you today, for your own well-being. For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who is not partial and takes no bribe, who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and who loves the strangers, providing them with food and clothing. You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.�?��??Deuteronomy 10:12-13, 17-19 �??Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.�?��??1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 13 �??Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offences.�?��??Proverbs 10:12 �??Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good;�?��??Romans 12:9 Love and hate: we as people of God have a conflicting relationship with these two emotions. This is because we are human, and God has given us free will to choose how we are to live. We are people who hate as well as people who love, despite what the God, Jesus, the prophets and apostles tell us what we should do in the Bible. Today, in America, hate appears to be winning. Hate can be defined as, �??intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injury.�?� I believe the key word here is fear. In the United States today, there is a great sense of fear of the other. We don�??t trust those that are not like us, those we don�??t know; even the police appear to be in fear of the communities that they are called to protect and serve, which has led to even greater fear in our cities as well as deaths. The writer of Proverbs reminds of this, �??Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offences.�?� (Proverbs 10:12) �??Love covers all offences�?� is a very lofty thought but is it really achievable? And if love is achievable, how do we here in Inman, Kansas, where we appear to be insulated from the hate that appears to be sweeping the rest of the country (or are we really) make a difference? How do we change hate to love? We do it one person at a time, starting here at home using the definition of love that the Apostle Paul gives in 1 Corinthians, �??Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.�?� (1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 13) We can follow Paul�??s call of how to love here in our town, and then we can carry that same message outward to others that we interact with as we go out into the world. When we touch someone in a loving and positive way, that person touches someone else, and so on. Before you know, it we have a love movement going on that can begin to conquer the hate that is reigning havoc over our world. I don�??t think I need to go into detail on how Jesus came to earth to teach us how to love one another. We should already know that. If we don�??t, we can turn to the Gospels to find examples of Jesus loving the other. This love lead to his ultimate sacrifice: giving his life for us in love so that we may have the grace and eternal life that awaits each follower of him. The theme of the entire Bible is the self-revelation of the God of love. In the garden of Eden, God commanded that "you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die" (Genesis 2:17). We are not prepared, then, when God looks for Adam after his sin, calling out "Where are you?" God seeks Adam, not to put him to death, but to reestablish a relationship with him. God, the Lover, will not allow sin to stand between him and his creature. God personally bridges the gap through his son, Jesus Christ. The Old Testament charge was to "love your neighbor as yourself" (Leviticus 19:18). But Jesus gave his disciples a new command with a radically different motive: "Love each other as I have loved you" (John 15:12). Paul affirms that "the entire law is summed up in a single command: Love your neighbor as yourself'" (Galatians 5:14). Once we have received God's love as God�??s children, God expects us to extend that love to others. In fact, "Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love" (1 John 4:8). Love is the motivation for evangelism. Christ's love compels us to become ambassadors for Christ, with a ministry of reconciliation. As ambassadors for Christ, we can build bridges to span the deep chasms of hate in the world. Hate is a strong thing; however, I believe it can be overcome with love. I agree with John Lennon and Paul McCartney in their song, Let It Be, And when the broken-hearted people living in the world agree There will be an answer, let it be For though they may be parted, there is still a chance that they will see There will be an answer, let it be Peace and Blessings, Pastor Dennis ************* Dear St. Peters Choir, Thank you so much for ministering to us with music. What a joy to worship and fellowship together. Please accept this token of our gratitude (donation to music fund.) Peace, Pastor Sheridan and Partridge UCC ************ 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. There is still a real need for help. Any questions can be directed to Terri Bornholdt. Please pray for these people on their designated day in September 1) Shirley Friesen 2) Todd and Janell Harman-Max, Rachel 3) Matt, Brenna Harris Suttyn, Kru, Mac 4) Gretchen Kimble 5) Phyllis Knackstedt 6) Vicki Lindenberger 7) Mike and Dorothy Luty 8) Mike and Kimba McCormick 9) Randy and Darcel Miles, Aisjha 10) Ellen Neufeld 11) Ray and Jeanne Osborn 12) Charlie and Carolyn Pauls 13) Lenore Postier 14) Loren and Denise Postier 15) Elva Rump 16) Devin and Jessica Schierling Karson, Kash, Kella 17) Gene and Karen Schierling 18) Roy and Shivawn Schierling 19) Dennis and Crystal Schroeder 20) Jerry and Ruth Sisson 21) Cassie Spears, Levi, Hailey 22) James and Sophia Stephens 23) Freddi Stowe 24) Allen Thiessen 25) Merle and Karen Thiessen- 26) Verla Thomason 27) Jim and Donna Toews 28) Lamont, Kelly Turcotte, Aoife, Loki 29) Dennis Ureche (Pastor) Diane Miller 30) Peggy Watts Virginia Bosworth, Steve and Theresa Buller, Janie Gormley, Vicki and Rusty Johnson, Gretchen Kimble, Kairos Prison Ministry, Jim and Sophia Stephens, Jace Ward, Peggy Watts, Marcelyn Wittorff, Reinecker Family, Brianna Krull, Rosetta Bartels, Gene Schierling, Abby Rishel-Barnett, Tim Fay and Family, Norma Friesen�??s grand and great grandchildren, Helen Havercroft, Harry Family and Friends, Amy Michaels Family and Friends ************ Revised Common Lectionary Readings for September Sept 1 Jeremiah 2:4-13 Psalms 112 Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 Luke 14:1,7-14 Sept 8 Jeremiah 18: 1-11 Deut 30: 15-20 Philem 1:1-21 Luke 14: 25-33 Sept 15 Jeremiah 4: 11-12, 22-28 Exodus 32:7-14 1 Timothy 1:12-17 Luke 16: 1-13 Sept 22 Jeremiah 8: 18-9:1 Amos 8:4-7 1 Timothy 2: 1-7 Luke 16:1-13 Sept 29 Jeremiah 32:1-3a,6-15 Amos 6:1a, 4-7 1 Timothy 6: 6-19 Luke 16:19-31 St. Peter�??s UCC Fall Schedule will resume Sunday, September 1 10:30 a.m. Sunday School will resume on Sunday, September 8, at 9:30 a.m. Thanks to all that have provided brunch ************* Communion Sunday, September 1 ************ On Sunday, September1, the Moundridge community is hosting a softball game and home run derby to show love and support for Lorie Schmidt-Eichelberger. Lorie has been diagnosed with a recurring form of breast cancer. The evening will begin with a free will donation supper at 5:00 p.m. A light-hearted adult softball game between Inman and Moundridge will start at 6:00 p.m. Come join the fun with friends and community to support Lorie Eichelberger and her family. ************* Choir Rehearsals will resume on Wednesday, September 4 7:00 p.m. Welcome Back Abby! ************ Women�??s Fellowship Thursday, September 5 2:00 p.m. ******** The Peterson Farm Brothers are 3 brothers from central Kansas who create social media content to promote agriculture. Their YouTube videos have received over 50 million total views and they have a large online following. The Peterson Brothers will be speaking to the community on Friday, September 6, 7:00 a.m., at the Inman Community Building. Sponsored by the Inman Chamber of Commerce and the ICF Leadership Funds. Sunday School Classes Resume Sunday, September 8, 9:30 a.m. ********** Men�??s Fellowship will meet for breakfast Saturday, September 14, 7:00 a.m. Inman Harvest Café ************ The Inman Lions Club will sponsor a Hamburger Fry to benefit Danny Parr, on Saturday, September 14, beginning at 5:00 p.m., at the Inman City Park Community Building. ************* Church Council will meet Thursday, September 19,7:30 p.m. Joint Youth Group to Begin September 22, Partridge Community United Church of Christ and St. Peter�??s United Church of Christ have agreed to team up to start a youth program. The program is open to all youth from grades 5-12. Our first gathering will be at St. Peter�??s on Sunday, September 22, 4:00-6:00 p.m. This first meeting will be a get acquainted meeting, along with getting some ideas as to what the youth would like to do. Meetings will alternate between Partridge and Inman, with some occasional field trips. Feel free to invite a friend or two to join the group. If you have questions or ideas please talk with Pastor Dennis. ************ First Day of Autumn--Monday, September 23 ************* Pleasant View Home Worship Thursday, September 26, 6:30 p.m. at the PVH Chapel. ************ Endowment Sunday September 29 Women's Fellowship Breakfast Join Women's Fellowship for their Annual Santa Fe Days Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Eggs, pancakes, sausage, cinnamon rolls, and beverages will be available for a free-will offering. Proceeds support Women's Fellowship projects and charities. ************ Sunday, September 29, 2019: Smoky Valley Bluegrass Band in concert at St. Peter's UCC, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Reception follows in Fellowship Hall. Free admission; funded in part by a grant from Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission and National Endowment for the Arts. ************* Check out the enclosed poster for all the activities and times. For those of you getting this by email, your Santa Fe Days poster is being forwarded by email from Diane Miller--Coordinator 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 ********* Mark Your Calendars Coming in October Women�?? Fellowship, Thursday, October 3, 2:00 Communion, Sunday, October 6 World Communion Sunday, October 6 Neighbors in Need Offering, Sunday, October 6 Blessing of the Animals, Sunday, October 6, 5:00 Quilting Workshop Thursday and Friday, October 11 and 12 Men�??s Breakfast, Saturday, October 12, 7 :00 a.m. 4 H Sunday, October13 Guest Speaker, Heidi Hawkinson Penny, Sunday, October 13, Morning Worship Community Choir performs at PVH, Thursday, October 17, 6:30 p.m. Church Council, Thursday, October 17, 7:30 p.m. KO Conference Annul Meeting, October 18 and 19 Fall Congregational Meeting and potluck luncheon, Sunday, October 20 Blood Drive, Friday, October 25 Creation Sunday, October 27 ************ 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 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 ST. PETER'S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST JANUARY-JULY 2019 BUDGET VERSUS ACTUAL INCOME JANUARY- JULY ACTUAL JANUARY- JULY BUDGET DOLLAR DIFFERENCE FROM BUDGET PERCENT OF BUDGET NON-SPECIFIED CONTRIBUTIONS 64,868.35 71,481.65 (6,613.30) 90.75% SPECIFIED CONTRIBUTIONS 5,653.23 TOTAL INCOME 70,521.58 71,481.65 (960.07) 98.66% EXPENSE JANUARY- NOVEMBER ACTUAL JANUARY- NOVEMBER BUDGET DOLLAR DIFFERENCE FROM BUDGET PERCENT OF BUDGET TOTAL EXPENSE 62,675.38 73,097.89 -10,422.51 85.74%

August 2019 Newsletter

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�??Above all sing spiritually. Have an eye to God in every word you sing. Aim at pleasing him more than yourself, or any other creature. In order to do this attend strictly to the sense of what you sing, and see that your heart is not carried away with the sound, but offered to God continually; so shall your singing be such as the Lord will approve here, and reward you when he cometh in the clouds of heaven.�?��??John Wesley�??s Directions for Singing is found in the front of some Methodist hymnals �??Praise the Lord! How good it is to sing praises to our God; for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.�?��??Psalm 147:1, NRSV �??The visiting of church structures, both large and small, has always been one of my traveling delights. After observing the distinctive architectural characteristics and aesthetic features of a new sanctuary, I generally find myself browsing through the church hymnal. �?�Experience has confirmed the conviction that next to the Bible, the hymnal is man�??s most important aid in worship of the Almighty.�?��??Kenneth W. Osbeck, 101 More Hymn Stories Hymn singing is a very important part of our weekly worship experience. John Wesley felt that hymn singing was so important to the lifting of one�??s praises to God that he came up with a list of rules for hymn singing. Congregational singing is important not only because it draws the congregation together in unity in worship by lifting praises to God in community and unison but also because well-chosen songs teach scriptural truths in a form other than reading or preaching and serve to further reinforce those truths. The center of our singing God�??s praises in unity is our hymnal. We here at St. Peter�??s for several years having been using exclusively, The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration as our guide. For the past few years I have been on the hunt to find a new hymnal for our use to add to what we have been using. The struggle with this search is that there is no �??perfect�?� hymnal to be found. In addition, the cost of securing enough hymnals to place in our pews is prohibitive. In mid-May of this year an opportunity presented itself that I found hard to pass up. The Reverend Phil Hodson of Fairmount UCC in Wichita let it be known that his church had 104 copies of the UCC�??s New Century Hymnal (NCH) available for anyone that was interested. The cost for these hymnals was the amazingly low price of FREE! The reason for these hymnals being available is because Fairmount has started sharing worship space with Pilgrim Congregational Church in Wichita. Pilgrim already had enough copies of the NCH and didn�??t need the additional copies that Fairmount had. Fairmount and Pilgrim�??s surplus became St. Peter�??s windfall. I want to make a few points very clear. First, I am not replacing the hymnal that we currently use. I am adding to our worship experience by introducing hymns that may be new to us that are found in the NCH. Secondly, we will continue to use our current hymnal, especially for the singing of our �??old favorites�?�. Keeping in mind that these �??old favorites�?� didn�??t start out as such. I believe that we will find hymns in NHC that will soon become favorites of ours. My final point is this. I promise, here in writing, that for the rest of my tenure at St. Peter�??s we will not take The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration out of the pews. These two hymnals, The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration and The New Century, will be used together to bring, what I hope is a better worship experience through song. The NCH will be in the pews on September 1 (when we return to our 10:30 a.m. start time). Beginning on that sate there will be a mixture of hymns from both hymnals. Some weeks it will be hymns from just one hymnal, other weeks it will be a mixture. Hymn selection will be, as it always has been for me, led by the spirit based of the message being addressed each week. The praise of God through music begins in scripture which is given to us by God. I will let God continue to guide me each week to choose the best hymns to enhance God�??s Word. As I was working on this article, I wondered just how long some of the hymns that we sing have been around. So, I put together a little quiz together to see if you could match the year a hymn was written with its title. You will find that quiz as well as the answers elsewhere in this newsletter. I will close with these words from the protestant reformer, Martin Luther, whose hymns are among our favorites, �??Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise. The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to man that he should proclaim the Word of God through music.�?� Peace and Blessings, Pastor Dennis *********** Hymn Quiz�??match the hymn to the year it was composed 1. O Come All Ye Faithful a. 1776 2. Joy to the World b. 1871 3. Leaning on the Everlasting Arms c. 1719 4. How Firm A Foundation d. 1887 5. Jesus Loves Me e. 1787 6. How Great Thou Art f. 1860 7. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God g. 1885 8. Amazing Grace h. 1529 9. Blessed Assurance i. 1779 10. Silent Night j. 1873 11. The Old Rugged Cross k. 1818 12. Rock of Ages l. 1913 ************ St. Peter's is invited to join Partridge UCC in their annual revival services. They usually have a full week of evening services. Everyone is invited to the revival services if you would like to attend. Pastor Dennis will be delivering the sermon on Tuesday, August 13, at 7:00 p.m. But, right now we need music. It could be choir, women, men, a solo, duet, or maybe a group. Abby has offered to form a choral group if enough are interested. If anyone would like to participate with music contact Pastor Dennis ASAP please! and thank you! *********** August Birthdays 3 Cody Bornholdt Katie Bornholdt Albers 9 Richard Castleberry 22 Verla Thomason Norma Ray Friesen 25 Carolyn Pauls 26 Jessica Schierling 30 Freddie Stowe August Anniversaries 3 Jerry & Ruth Sisson 8 Dan & Fay Binder 16 Scott & Connie Achilles 17 Ray and Jeanne Osborn Dennis & Crystal Schroeder 21 Kendall & Becky Knackstedt ********* Please pray for these people on their designated day in August 1) Cassie Spears, Levi, Hailey 2) James and Sophia Stephens 3) Freddi Stowe 4) Allen Thiessen 5) Merle and Karen Thiessen- 6) Verla Thomason 7) Donna and Jim Toews 8) Lamont, Kelly Turcotte, Aoife, Loki 9) Dennis Ureche (Pastor) Diane Miller 10) Peggy Watts 11) Marcelyn Wittorff 12) Lois Wright 13) Kathy Zimmerman 14) Norman Achilles 15) Scott and Connie Achilles 16) Adam and Katie Albers, Cash 17) Phyllis Armstrong 18) Kara Ayers, Elian Dorantes, Maya 19) Adolyn Bartels 20) Rosetta Bartels 21) Dan and Fay Binder 22) Cody and Ashley Bornholdt 23) James Bornholdt 24) Tim and Terri Bornholdt 25) Steve and Theresa Buller 26) Richard and Beverly Castleberry-John 27) Gary Ely 28) Gene Ely 29) Gladys Erksin 30) Tim and Cindy Fay 31) Norma Friesen Virginia Bosworth, Steve and Theresa Buller, Janie Gormley, Vicki and Rusty Johnson, Kandy Keuler, Gretchen Kimble, Kairos Prison Ministry, Jim and Sophia Stephens, Jace Ward, Peggy Watts, Brianna Krull, Rosetta Bartels, Karen Fay, Arlene Sherwood, Marcelyn Wittorff We Mourn with You Family and Friends of Gina Broadbent Family and Friends of Dick Swedersky Family and Friends of Audrey Peterson Family and Friends of Wilbur Martens ************ Revised Common Lectionary Readings for August August 4 Hosea 11:1-11 Ecc 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23 Colossians 3:1-11 Luke 12:13-21 August 11 Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 Genesis 15:1-6 Hebrews 11:1-3,8-16 Luke 12:32-40 August 18 Isaiah 5:1-7 Jeremiah 23:23-29 Hebrews 11:29-12:2 Luke 12:49-56 August 25 Jeremiah 1:4-10 Isaiah 58:9b-14 Hebrews 12:18-29 Luke 13:10-17 St. Peter�??s UCC Worship Team invites you to contribute to Morning Worship during the summer. You are invited to share something important to you thru music, poetry, devotionals, skits, etc. A sign up sheet for each Sunday during the summer has been posted on the bulletin board. If you have any questions please contact the Church Office. ************ Don�??t forget to sign up for Brunch Last day for brunch is Sunday, August 18 ************* Women�??s Fellowship Thursday, August 1 2:00 p.m. ******** Communion Sunday, August 4 ************ Communion Class Often children participate in communion on Sunday morning without really understanding the reasons we have communion or what it all means. All children, or interested adults, are invited to a Communion class on Wednesday, July 31, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or Wednesday, August, 7, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. The same material will be covered in each class. We will learn about communion and even make a loaf of bread. Any questions please contact Pastor Dennis. *********** Men�??s Fellowship will meet for breakfast Saturday, August 10 7:00 a.m. Inman Harvest Café ************ Church Council Thursday, August 15 7:30 p.m. ***************** St. Peter's United Church of Christ will offer a "Blessing of the Backpacks" on Sunday, August 18, during Morning Worship. During the service, students and adults will be asked to come forward with their school bags, backpacks, briefcases, etc. to receive a blessing for the coming school year. *********** American Red Cross Blood Drive Friday, August 23 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. Please call 1-800-733-2767 or go to Redcrossblood.org to make an appointment. There is always a real shortage of blood during the summer months! Please make plans to donate. ************* 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. There is still a real need for help. Any questions can be directed to Terri Bornholdt. ************ The Board of Christian Education�??s Annual Cook-off will be held on Sunday, August 25, following Morning Worship. This year�??s categories are chicken and cupcakes. All entrees should include chicken and any kind of cupcake is acceptable. Entrees must be plated and ready to judge by 11:00 a.m. Entrees will be judges be presentation and taste. All spectators are asked to bring a side dish. Brunch will be a buffet of contest entrees and side dishes. To enter the contest please contact Brenna Harris 620-242-3878 or Fay Binder 620-960-1057. *********** Joint Youth Group to Begin September 22, Partridge Community United Church of Christ and St. Peter�??s United Church of Christ have agreed to team up to start a youth program. The program is open to all youth from grades 5-12. Our first gathering will be at St. Peter�??s on Sunday, September 22, 4:00-6:00 p.m. This first meeting will be a get acquainted meeting, along with getting some ideas as to what the youth would like to do. Meetings will alternate between Partridge and Inman, with some occasional field trips. Feel free to invite a friend or two to join the group. If you have questions or ideas please talk with Pastor Dennis. Coming in September Communion, Sunday, September 1 Women�??s Fellowship, Thursday, Sept 5, 2:00 Men�??s Breakfast, Saturday, Sept 14, 7:00 a.m. Church Council, Thursday, September 19, 7:30 p.m PVH Worship, Thursday, September 26, 6:30 p.m. Santa Fe Days, Saturday and Sunday, Sept 28 ************** Fall Worship Schedule will resume Sunday, Sept 1 Morning Worship at 10:30 a.m. Thanks to everyone that provided brunch during the summer. First day for Sunday School will be Sunday, September 8, at 9:30 a.m. ******* Choir practices will resume on Wednesday, September 4, at 7:00 p.m. Welcome back Abby! ****** Santa Fe Days will include the Women�??s Breakfast on Saturday, Sept 28 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and a bluegrass band is scheduled to perform on Sunday, September 29, 3:00 p.m. *********** Dear members of St. Peter�??s A big thank you for the flowers and card sent to me on my birthday. I have been listening to your Sunday services on tv and miss you all. This is very nice home to be here. Lenore Postier We just received another check from Dillons Community Rewards in the amount of $78.If you haven�??t signed up please do so. We have 15 households participating. It is easy to participate. Just go to your Dillons app and from the drop-down menu under Savings and Rewards choose Community Rewards, then select your organization. St. Peter�??s number is JJ086 or you can type in St. Peter�??s. Any questions please contact the Church Office or your local Dillons store. ************* Answers to Hymn Quiz from Pastor Dennis article 1. O Come All Ye Faithful�?? b. 1871 2. Joy to the World�?? c. 1719 3.Leaning on the Everlasting Arms�?? d. 1887 4. How Firm A Foundation�?? e. 1787 5. Jesus Loves Me�?? f. 1860 6. The Old Rugged Cross�?? l. 1913 7. How Great Thou Art�?? g. 1885 8. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God�?? h. 1529 9. Amazing Grace�?? i. 1773 10. Blessed Assurance�?? j. 1873 11. Silent Night�?? k. 1818 12. Rock of Ages�?? a. 1776 ************ Dear Pastor and Members A heartfelt thanks for everything! ($305.00 donation) Yours in Christ The Soup Kitchen Ellen Neufeld was a delegate from St. Peter�??s UCC to the 32nd General Synod in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 21-25. This is her report from the convention. It was published in the KO Conference Newsletter the week of July 10. The Conference newsletter is available on the KO Conference website. The newsletter contained several articles from Synod, including one from Conference Minister Edith Guffey. This is Ellen�??s article. Milwaukee, Wisconsin was a very welcoming city to the UCC delegates to the National Synod. Everyone I encountered during the entire seven days was friendly, helpful and considerate. Kudos to the organizers of this event and the citizens of Milwaukee! I attended two �??Be the Church Conversations�?� on Friday, June 21. The first one was entitled �??How is the UCC Different from Other Denominations�?�. I found it to be very interesting and informational. I realized I should have taken a polity class on the UCC before coming to synod! The autonomy of the local church was emphasized. A list of 10 points describing the UCC was handed out. I picked up numerous copies and will share with the Women�??s Fellowship Group when I give a presentation to them on August 1, 2019. The second conversation was entitled �??How Can Churches Prepare for Climate Change Discussion as a 2020 Election Issue?�?� I received many suggestions to use in approaching my congregation about this issue. One was a Youtube session by Katherine Hayhoe, an evangelical minister�??s wife, and the other were book suggestions, The Green Boat by Mary Pipher, God is Green by Robert E. Shore-Goss, and Grounded by Diana Butler Bass. The leader encouraged us to engage young people to bring this issue to the congregation. As was stated, �?? The earth has a fever. We need to make it better. We need to do this for you and well as the younger generation.�?� I was assigned to Committee 5, which reviewed a proposed resolution regarding the use of plastic foam and a resolution in support for the energy innovation and carbon dividend act of 2019. Spirited discussion was had on both resolutions and both passed with minimal amendments. The leader of our discussion emphasized from the beginning that time was a social justice issue and that we need to pay attention to how we use it and share it. When approaching our congregations about the plastic foam issue, it was suggested to have a knowledgeable person speak to the congregation about a trash to treasure program and how to recycle. Training is the name of the game. The church needs to be aware of the issue and the environmental concerns facing our planet. We can�??t afford to have the earth filled with trash and ignore the problem. Participating in the interfaith protest march to the Milwaukee ICE office on Monday, June 24, was the highlight of the Synod. We peacefully walked down the sidewalks of downtown Milwaukee holding posters, singing and chanting. Once we arrived at the ICE office, Rev. Traci Blackmon led us in song and chants and gave an inspirational message. Lines of fellow delegates marched in front of the ICE office, across the street and on the side street. It may have been a hot and humid afternoon, but no one doubted the importance of what we were doing. All of the worship services were beautiful in their own way. The music was thoughtfully chosen; the speakers brought home their points. The most inspiring service, however, was the service of holy communion on June 23, 2019. The choir was inspirational, singing many beautiful anthems while communion was administered. The preacher for the afternoon service, Rev. Traci Blackmon, Associate General Minister, Justice and Local Church Ministries, stirred our passion as she encouraged us to do our heart and soul work by bringing out all the colors of the world. She said �??God is calling us to shine! We live in God�??s creation and we need to act like it!�?� My favorite remark of her�??s was �??Justice is what love looks like in public�?�. She gave us so much to think about and act upon, not only within ourselves but in our churches. I would be remiss if I did not mention all the diversity within the UCC. It was absolutely a glorious sight to see all the people from different races, genders, ethnicities and sexual orientations come together as one. As a white, heterosexual, 60+ aged female, I was definitely not in the majority. I was enlightened and saddened to hear people speak about oppressions they endured, most of which I had never encountered. Yet each of us has experienced discrimination in some way. Not one person is immune. What we all need is empathy and the will to rectify the discrimination. As Rev. Blackmon said, �??We are blessed when we care.�?� As I drove home from the airport on Wednesday, June 26, I was thrilled to see that wheat harvest had started. I was home. Life is slower here in Inman, Ks. Our congregation is in a small farming community. Many issues addressed at synod will not be a topic of conversation in our church. Yet we do have concerns shared by other congregations, like attracting young people, keeping Sunday School going, having a youth program, serving an aging congregation, ministering to those in our area of the world. I came home confident in knowing that St. Peter�??s UCC is a relevant congregation in Inman, KS and, with God�??s help, will be shining for many years to come. Off to White Memorial Camp! Thanks to everyone that participated in the Annual Variety Show. (if you have pictures you would like to share please email them to me. bev) 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 August 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

July 2019 Newsletter

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�??What do you think? Which of the three became a neighbor to the man attacked by robbers?�?� �??The one who treated him kindly,�?� the religion scholar responded. Jesus said, �??Go and do the same�?�. �??Luke 10:36-37, The Message �??For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, �??You shall love your neighbor as yourself.�??�?� �??Galatians 5:14 �??Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.�?� �??Hebrews 13:1-2 I am writing this while at the United Church of Christ General Synod 32. Y�??all have gotten through two Sundays without me at the helm. Trust that I will be back in the pulpit on June 30. The Reverend Traci Blackmore delivered the message during Sunday�??s community worship here. During her message she said, �??The Kingdom of God is not coming, it is already here!�?� I know you have heard me say this many times, however, it is nice to be affirmed that my message is a good one. Diane had this to say in response to my Facebook post of Traci�??s quote, �??OH, you've been saying this for years. Now Traci has stolen your idea!�?� I am not sure that she stole my idea or not, however, it is nice to be affirmed by someone who has the status of Traci. During my absence I know that the folks at St. Peter�??s have been doing God�??s work with the idea that the Kingdom is here and now. You see I do hear about things that happen while I am gone. And I say to all of you, I am proud of you! The first Sunday that I was gone I heard that towards the end of worship a family that was in need showed up at the church. This family was stranded on their trip to the state of Oregon. They were also obviously different that y�??all. You lived out the three verses that I quoted above and helped them get back on their way with $418.00 in cash and a meal. You treated them kindly, loved them as yourself, and showed them hospitality. As Jesus said, �??Well done good and faithful servant.�?� Then on Friday, June 21, St. Peter�??s welcomed the Wisconsin Children�??s Choir. The Hospitality and Social Ministry Teams worked together to make this event go very smoothly. I have heard from the group that they felt welcomed from the moment that they arrived. Margaret Harberger Hadley had this to say on Facebook, �??We made some great new friends last night/this morning.�?� I also heard that the attendance at the St. Peter�??s concert was the largest that they had so far on their tour. Once again, �??Well done good and faithful servant.�?� This is what being a believer in God, a follower of Jesus, and a Christian is all about. Loving others kindly (He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?-Micah 6:8), love others as you love yourself, and show hospitality to all. I look forward to being back in worship with y�??all on Sunday, June 30. I do miss you. So, until we see each other again, keep doing what you have been doing and our little corner of the world will be a better place. Peace and Blessings, Pastor Dennis Please pray for these people on their designated day in July 1) Dan and Fay Binder 2) Cody and Ashley Bornholdt 3) James Bornholdt 4) Tim and Terri Bornholdt 5) Steve and Theresa Buller 6) Richard and Beverly Castleberry-John 7) Gary Ely 8) Gene Ely 9) Gladys Erksin 10) Tim and Cindy Fay 11) Norma Friesen 12) Shirley Friesen 13) Todd and Janell Harman-Max, Rachel 14) Matt, Brenna Harris Suttyn, Kru, Mac 15) Gretchen Kimble 16) Phyllis Knackstedt 17) Vicki Lindenberger 18) Mike and Dorothy Luty 19) Mike and Kimba McCormick 20) Randy and Darcel Miles, Aisjha 21) Ellen Neufeld 22) Ray and Jeanne Osborn 23) Charlie and Carolyn Pauls 24) Lenore Postier 25) Loren and Denise Postier 26) Elva Rump 27) Devin and Jessica Schierling Karson, Kash, Kella 28) Gene and Karen Schierling 29) Roy and Shivawn Schierling 30) Dennis and Crystal Schroeder 31) Jerry and Ruth Sisson Virginia Bosworth, Steve and Theresa Buller, Janie Gormley, Vicki and Rusty Johnson, Gretchen Kimble, Kairos Prison Ministry, Jim and Sophia Stephens, Peggy Watts, Brianna Krull, Jace Ward, Rosetta Bartels, Kandy Keuler, Ron Keeler, Reinecker Family, We Mourn with You Family and Friends of Diane Cummings Family and Friends of Marcella Martens Family and Friends of Lindy Wray ************ Revised Common Lectionary Readings for July July 7 2 Kings 5:1-14 Isaiah 66:10-14 Galatians 6: 1-6, 7-16 Luke 10:1-11,16-20 July 14 Amos 7:7-17 Deuteronomy 30:9-14 Colossians 1:1-14 Luke 10:25-37 July 21 Amos 8:1-12 Genesis 18:1-10a Colossians 1:15-28 Luke 10:38-42 July 28 Hosea 1:2-10 Genesis 18:20-32 Colossians 2:6-15 Luke 11:1-13 St. Peter�??s UCC Worship Team invites you to contribute to Morning Worship during the summer. You are invited to share something important to you thru music, poetry, devotionals, skits, etc. A sign up sheet for each Sunday during the summer has been posted on the bulletin board. If you have any questions please contact the Church Office. ************ Don�??t forget to sign up for Brunch Sign up sheets are on the bulletin boards. ************* Independence Day Thursday, July 4 ************** Communion Sunday, July 7 ************ Inman Vacation Bible School Registration is now open July 7-11 5:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Bethel Mennonite Church Ages 4 thru 6 grade Register online at Inmanvbs.org This year�??s Offering Project for VBS is Mt. Hope Sanctuary in McPherson Sunday night: Batteries, sizes AA, AAA, C, D, 9volt Monday: hair brushes, hair ties, scrunchies, bobby pins, and alcohol-free mouth wash in 8-12 oz. bottles (Crest ProHealth) Tuesday: Insulated drinking cups with lids, insulated water bottles with lids and standard size pillows, twin size sheet sets for boys or gender neutral (they have plenty for girls) Wednesday: Snack size packages of fruit snacks, crackers or cookies Thursday night is the offering night to replenish the treasury for VBS in 2020. ************* Women�??s Fellowship Thursday, July 11 2:00 p.m. Men�??s Fellowship will meet for breakfast Saturday, July 13 7:00 a.m. Inman Harvest Café ************ Church Council Thursday, July 18 7:30 p.m. ***************** Coming in August Women�??s Fellowship, Thursday, August 1, 2:00 Communion, Sunday, August 4 Men�??s Breakfast, Saturday, August 10, 7:00 a.m. Church Council, Thursday, August 15, 7:30 p.m. Red Cross Blood Drive, Friday, July 23, 12:00 p.m.to 6:00 p.m. ************* 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. There is still a real need for help. Any questions can be directed to Terri Bornholdt. ************ July Birthdays 6 Charlie Pauls 14 Phyllis Armstrong 15 Phyllis Knackstedt July Anniversaries 8 Pastor Dennis Ureche and Diane Miller 15 Matt and Brenna Harris ************ Special Thank You The Hospitably Team and the Social Ministry Team came together to welcome the Wisconsin Children�??s Choir on Friday, June 21. The group of 10 singers, director Margaret Hadley, accompanist Jason Kutz, and chaperones were welcomed by St. Peter�??s UCC. The church provided a meal for everyone on Friday evening, a reception after the performance, overnight stays at members homes, and breakfast the next morning before the group headed out to their next performance in Iowa. The choir had performed two different shows in Colorado before coming to Inman. The church welcomed appx. 50 people to the show, most from the community. One couple drove from Wellington, Kansas to watch their granddaughter perform. Most everyone attended the reception following. We also sent them off with a free will donation. So, thank you to everyone that participated in any way. Great evening of music and wow! what a choir! ************** Another Special Thank You! Thank you to everyone that gave money to a family in need on Sunday, June 16. A family of 5, father, mother, 2 little ones, with another on the way, and a grandmother were stranded and in need of help. They were traveling to Oregon for family and ran out of money to complete the trip. St. Peter�??s sent them off with a free will donation of $418.00 and a meal. Thanks for helping! Independence Day July 4, 1987 marked the 25th anniversary of the Fireworks displays in Inman. In 1963 a discussion between Ralph Howard and Robert Bartels culminated in the decision that Inman needed a fireworks display to celebrate Independence Day. They called on all Inman merchants soliciting donations for the project. The response was excellent and the fireworks were ordered. The display was held on the High School grounds with a large crowd in attendance. The following year the Inman Merchants Association and the City of Inman provided funds for the event and the Inman Volunteer Fire Department agreed to take charge of the actual display. This event expanded each year and was eventually relocated at the City Pasture one mile east of town and one half mile north. For the past several years, the Inman Merchants have operated a fireworks stand to raise money for the celebration. The 1987 display consisted of 264 exploding shells in a span of 22 minutes. Chuck Franz and Otis Friesen organized the event, with Bob Schroeder ordering the fireworks. Preparations for the display took a crew of 12 men about 4-5 hours. In addition to the aerial display there were several hanging ground displays including Donald Duck, two pin wheels, a sign that read �??Happy 100�?� and a water fountain. During the week preceding the 4th, volunteers sold fireworks at a tent north of town near Wen�??s One. Some of the volunteers worked eight hours straight and others stayed overnight to protect the merchandise. According to The Ledger �??the Inman fireworks display was the topping on the cake during the continuing celebration to Inman�??s 100th birthday party.�?� ****************** Article copied from A Centennial History, 1887 to 1987 (A copy of the book is in the history case) *************** Just for Fun! This picture is also from A Centennial History. The picture is actually from Memorial Day (not the 4th of July), but is shows Pastor Don Bosworth and a Mrs. Johnson playing God Bless America on her harmonica. 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 July 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

June 2019 Newsletter

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�??For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.�?� Galatians 5:1 �??There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.�?� Galatians 3:28 Were you a slave when called? Do not be concerned about it. Even if you can gain your freedom, make use of your present condition now more than ever. 1 Corinthians 7:21 �??For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, despicable, hating one another.�?� Titus 3:3 January 1, 1863, President Lincoln issued the Emancipation proclamation, calling for an end to slavery in this country. On December 18, 1865 the practice of slavery was officially abolished in the United States with the ratification of the thirteenth amendment to the US Constitution. However, slavery still continues today. I am not talking about the practice of owning others to do our work. I am talking about the idea that we are slaves to things that own us. Many of us today are not truly free, even though we may think we are. Yes, all of the Biblical passages listed above are from Paul�??s writings. Paul wrote much about being slaves, and his writings remind us that if we truly want to be free, we cannot let anything take our freedom away, we must claim it, and live it out. You might be saying, I am not a slave, nobody owns me. To which I would agree, nobody owns you, however something may own you. There are many things in this world that may enslave us and keep us from a full relationship with God. There are addictions that we are slaves to, alcohol, drugs, physical things, and yes even food that threaten our lives. God has called each of us to live our lives within a right relationship with God. This means that we must exercise our freedom and take control of our own lives; not let someone or something take control and make our decisions for us. That is very hard to do for most of us. We from a young age have had others making decisions for us and we sometimes feel that is an easier way to go through life. I believe that Paul�??s words from Galatians 5:1 make a great statement, �??For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.�?� Jesus lived, died, and rose again so that we may be free to fully serve God by living a life that Jesus taught us to live. Paul goes on to say in his letter to Titus, �??For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, despicable, hating one another.�?� That I believe is an excellent assessment of our lives when we don�??t have a good, strong relationship with God and Jesus. Jesus has given each of his followers an outline for living a good and free life. We need to take that outline and make a plan for how we are to live our lives. Doesn�??t matter how young or old we are, it�??s never too late. Someone once said about making a plan to become the person you want to be, �??Plan the work and work the plan.�?� Remember that a plan is just that a plan, there is room for adjustments to any plan. And, there will be times that our plans will need to be adjusted. Remember we are not carrying out this plan alone, we have God, Christ, and other Christians in the world (and here in Inman) working with us. Remember these words from Paul in Galatians 3:28 �??There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.�?� Blessings and peace. Pastor Dennis Please pray for these people on their designated day in June 1) Charlie and Carolyn Pauls 2) Lenore Postier 3) Loren and Denise Postier 4) Elva Rump 5) Devin and Jessica Schierling Karson, Kash, Kella 6) Gene and Karen Schierling 7) Roy and Shivawn Schierling 8) Dennis and Crystal Schroeder 9) Jerry and Ruth Sisson 10) Cassie Spears, Levi, Hailey 11) James and Sophia Stephens 12) Freddi Stowe 13) Allen Thiessen 14) Merle and Karen Thiessen 15) Verla Thomason 16) Jim and Donna Toews 17) Lamont, Kelly Turcotte, Aoife, Loki 18) Pastor Dennis Ureche and Diane Miller 19) Peggy Watts 20) Marcelyn Wittorff 21) Lois Wright 22) Kathy Zimmerman 23) Greg and Heather Thiessen, Taylor, Brooke 24) Norman Achilles 25) Scott and Connie Achilles 26) Adam and Katie Albers, Cash 27) Phyllis Armstrong 28) Kara Ayers, Elian Dorantes, Maya 29) Adolyn Bartels 30) Rosetta Bartels Virginia Bosworth, Steve and Theresa Buller, Janie Gormley, Gretchen Kimble, Kairos Prison Ministry, Jim and Sophia Stephens, Nort and Nancy Warner, Peggy Watts, Brianna Krull, Virginia Prather, Kara Ayers family, Jace Ward, Reinecker Family, all of those affected by recent unsettled weather conditions, We Mourn with You Rachel Held Evans Family and Friends of Dale Becker ************ Revised Common Lectionary Readings for June June 2 Acts 16;16-34 Psalms 97 Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17 John 17:20-26 June 9 Acts 2:1-21 Psalms 104:24-34, 35b Romans 8:14-17 John 14:8-17, 25-27 June 16 Proverbs 8:1-4,22-31 Psalms 8 Romans 5:1-5 John 16:12-15 June 23 1 Kings 19:1-4 Isaiah 65:1-9 Galatians 3:23-29 Luke 8:26-39 June 30 2 Kings 2:1-2,6-14 1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21 Galatians 5:1, 13-25 Luke 9:51-62 Summer Worship Schedule begins Sunday, June 2 Morning Worship at 9:30 a. m. followed by Brunch Brunch sign up sheets are on the bulletin boards. Autumn Schedule resumes on Sunday, September 1 ************ St. Peter�??s UCC Worship Team invites you to contribute to Morning Worship during the summer. You are invited to share something important to you thru music, poetry, devotionals, skits, etc. A sign up sheet for each Sunday during the summer has been posted on the bulletin board. If you have any questions please contact the Church Office. ************ Communion Sunday, June 2 ************ Women�??s Fellowship Thursday, June 6 2:00 p.m. ************** Men�??s Fellowship will meet for breakfast Saturday, June 8 7:00 a.m. Inman Harvest Café ************ A Strengthen the Church Offering will be taken on Sunday, June 9. Through this offering, your church will contribute to the continued expansion and revitalization of the United Church of Christ. As called for by the General Synod, 50 percent of your offering stays in your local conference, and 50 percent is sent to the national work of strengthening the church universal: through grants towards new church starts, inspiring youth and young adults into leadership, and equipping pastors for ministry in the 21st century. If you would like to give to this fund, please use one of the envelopes or make a note on your offering. Church Council Thursday, June 20 7:30 p.m. ***************** American Red Cross Blood Drive Friday, June 21 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. Please call 1-800-733-2767 or go to Redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment. ************** Wisconsin Children�??s Choir Friday, June 21, 2019 7:00 p.m. with reception following Directed by Margaret Hadley and accompanied by Jason Kutz, this choir of 12 singers, ages 13-18, from the Madison, Wisconsin area are touring the country to share the joy of music. The performance will include traditional choral music with sacred compositions as well as a cappella pieces. We hope you can join us! Free will donations appreciated. Thank you! Tuesday, June 25 62 Anniversary of the United Church of Christ ************** Brunch on Sunday, June 30 will be a Fiesta In honor of the Conversational Spanish class recently offered at St. Peter�??s by Kara Ayers, the Social Ministry Team will serve several Mexican foods at the June 30 brunch. Invite a friend and bring your appetite. **************** 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. There is still a real need for help. Any questions can be directed to Terri Bornholdt. ************ St. Peter�??s UCC Annual Variety Show Sunday, July 21 If you would like to be in the show please contact Connie Achilles. 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 ************ Independence Day, Thursday, July 4 Communion, Sunday, July 7 Vacation Bible School starts, Sunday, July 7 Women�??s Fellowship, Thursday, July 11, 2:00 p.m. Men�??s Breakfast, Saturday, July 13, 7:00 a.m. Church Council, Thursday, July 18,7:30 p.m. ************* Inman Vacation Bible School Registration is now open July 7-11 5:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Bethel Mennonite Church Ages 4 thru 6 grade Register online at Inmanvbs.org This year�??s Offering Project for VBS is Mt. Hope Sanctuary in McPherson Sunday night: Batteries, sizes AA, AAA, C, D, 9volt Monday: hair brushes, hair ties, scrunchies, bobby pins, and alcohol-free mouth wash in 8-12 oz. bottles (Crest ProHealth) Tuesday: Insulated drinking cups with lids, insulated water bottles with lids and standard size pillows, twin size sheet sets for boys or gender neutral (they have plenty for girls) Wednesday: Snack size packages of fruit snacks, crackers or cookies Thursday night is the offering night to replenish the treasury for VBS in 2020. ************* 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 June 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

May 2019 Newsletter

Posted by ureche1 on March 11, 2020 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)
�??The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, �??Here I am, for you called me.�?? Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, �??Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, �??Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.�?��?? So Samuel went and lay down in his place. Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, �??Samuel! Samuel!�?? And Samuel said, �??Speak, for your servant is listening.�??�?� �??1 Samuel 3:8-10 �??But how do you thank someone, who has taken you from crayons to perfume? It isn't easy, but I'll try.�?��??�??To Sir with Love�?�, written by Don Black and Mark London, sung by LuLu, in the movie of the same name Samuel had Eli in the Bible, Babs (LuLu) had Mark Thackery (Sidney Portier) in the movie, and I had Jack Hicks in my life. I know you all are probably tired of me talking about Jack Hicks. I promise that this will be the last time for a major spillage of words on Jack. I need the opportunity to put into words what has been banging around in my head since I heard of Jack�??s cancer diagnosis in January of this year. Those words have reached a fever pitch since his death on March 27. How do you say thank you, as well as goodbye, to someone who has taken you from �??crayons to perfume?�?� No Jack didn�??t take me from crayons to perfume. He did however take me from the pew to the pulpit. A place where I had never envisioned myself ever being in my life, but a place that I fully know today I am meant to be. I believe that we all have a Jack in our lives and that we have all been a Jack or an Eli or a Mark Thackery in someone�??s life, whether we knew it or not. I can say with 100% certainty that I would not be the pastor and teacher here at St. Petr�??s if Jack had not come into my life. You all as a congregation have him to thank for that as well. I attended Jack�??s memorial service this past Saturday in McFarland, Wisconsin. There I found that I wasn�??t the only person that Jack had touched in his life. The church was packed with people that he had touched during his 74 years on earth. There was another former member of McFarland United Church of Christ who like me had been nudged by Jack into the ministry. For a church to have a member go into the ministry is not unusual. However, to have two members go into the ministry is rare. There were friends and family members who felt his touch in their lives in attendance as well. Many of you met Jack and his wife Beverly in October of 2017 when they attended St. Peter�??s to help celebrate the five-year anniversary of my ordination and my call to St. Peter�??s. The choir sang an anthem that day, �??We are Called to God�??s Purpose�?� that Jack wrote for the occasion. I was in the choir that day singing. I was also in the choir this past Saturday when the McFarland UCC choir sang the anthem as part of Jack�??s service. I cannot put into works how I felt being the only choir member that day to have sung that anthem twice in public and to know that it was written for me. Continued�?��?� I encourage you to think about those that have had an influence in your lives. Whittle down your list to a manageable size. Then take a moment and say a prayer of thanks for what they have meant in your life. If you know where those folks are and if you feel so moved write them a note or pick up the phone and call them to tell them what they have meant in your life. We don�??t say thank-you enough to the people in our lives. Saying thank you is another way of saying I love you. We need more love in the world, maybe if we had more love in the world the world wouldn�??t be in as big of a mess as it is today. While we are about thanking people, who have touched our lives, we, in my opinion overlook three others that have affected and continue to affect our lives each day. Do you already know where I am going? We need to say thank you to the Trinity; God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Without the Trinity we would not be where we are today. God has given us all that we have. Jesus by giving his life has given us life beyond understand and the Holy Spirit moves through it all helping us to live out our lives in thanks. Living our lives as Christians in the way each member of the Trinity calls us to is the best way, we can say thank you. Living our lives as true Christians is also how we can say thanks to those that have touched our lives and make us who we are today. So, Jack Hicks no longer walks this earth, but he still affects the lives he touched, including mine. I promise that I will continue to live my life in thanks to what he has done for me. So, I won�??t say good bye friend, I will say see you later. Jack, you lived a great life and made mine better by being a part of it and in helping me to know what I was called to do when I grew up. �??�??Well done, good and faithful servant!�??�?��?? Matthew 25:21 Peace and Blessings, Pastor Dennis YOU TALK, WE LISTEN Come tell us what you want, expect, need from the Conference. What do you want the future of the Conference to look like? What is important to your congregation? What�??s important to you? How can the Conference be a better partner to your congregation? Don�??t Forget to Complete the Survey In advance of the Listening Sessions, members of UCC congregations in Kansas and Oklahoma are invited to provide input to the process of planning and visioning for the future of the Conference by an electronic survey. The survey is still live and may be accessed here. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdiWL27dH3kLFWuAehGMIUVrzTvutdqxCDbgxekFK-0JPThYw/viewform While we welcome your participation in the electronic survey, it represents only one step in the process of gathering data. Your presence at one of the Listening Sessions (listed in the article below) is just as critical to our successfully forging a plan for moving forward to support and expand the impact of the United Church of Christ in Kansas and Oklahoma. April 30, 2019 Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ: I wonder how accustomed we are becoming to hearing the words, "breaking news". Easter Sunday it was the bombing in Sri Lanka; this past weekend it was the shooting at a synagogue in California on the last day of Passover. The violence and the loss of life is heartbreaking; especially when it's fueled by hate and intolerance where we gather to worship a God of love. As I read the stories and listened to the interviews after the shooting at the synagogue in California, I was especially struck by these words: " After the attack, Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, continued his sermon..." In this season of Eastertide, it's important to remember that resurrection promises new life, not an easy life and there are always going to be many reasons we could be discouraged. Too few people come to church; too much is changing too fast; too little money when so much needs to be done; the church is out of touch; the church doesn't meet my needs; we can't make a difference; and the list goes on and on. And then there are words like those from the Rabbi. Immediately after such a horrific experience, when Chabad of Poway synagogue is LITERALLY under attack, Rabbi Goldstein didn't stop and lament what had happened, he moved forward; he continued his sermon. He did what he could do; and we must as well. Friends, we are not under attack here; we are not in a crisis. But we have very important work to do and we need your help; we need your input. Please take time to come to one of the listening sessions. This is one way for you to share your hopes, dreams, and needs of your congregation. Please come and talk honestly about the ways the conference can be a more effective partner in ministry with you and a faithful voice of the United Church of Christ in Kansas and Oklahoma as you move into the future. YOU Talk. WE Listen. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Bobbie Henderson at [email protected] or Phil Hodson [email protected] The Dates, Times and Places for the Listening Sessions are: �?� Saturday, May 4, 10:00 am, Fellowship Congregational United Church of Christ, 2900 South Harvard, Tulsa, OK �?� �?� Monday, May 6, 6:30 pm via ZOOM, To participate send an email to [email protected] with the words ZOOM Listening Session in the subject line. You will receive the information on how to join the ZOOM meeting. Please send your request no later than Sunday noon on May 4. (If ZOOM is new to you and help is needed in how to use this system, indicate this in your email and a training session will be arranged; please respond right away if this is needed. ) �?� �?� Saturday, May 11, 3:00 pm, Church of the Open Arms, 3131 N Pennsylvania Ave, Oklahoma City, OK �?� �?� Saturday, May 18, 1:00 pm, Pilgrim Congregational UCC, 6000 E Harry St, Wichita, KS �?� �?� Saturday, June 1, 10:00 am, Plymouth Congregational Church (UCC), 925 Vermont Street, Lawrence, KS �?� With gratitude for our shared ministry, Edith Please pray for these people on their designated day in May 1) Kathy Zimmerman 2) Greg and Heather Thiessen, Taylor, Brooke 3) Norman Achilles 4) Scott and Connie Achilles 5) Adam and Katie Albers, Cash 6) Phyllis Armstrong 7) Kara Ayers, Elian Dorantes, Maya 8) Adolyn Bartels 9) Rosetta Bartels 10) Dan and Fay Binder 11) Cody and Ashley Bornholdt 12) James Bornholdt 13) Tim and Terri Bornholdt 14) Steve and Theresa Buller 15) Richard and Beverly Castleberry-John 16) Gary Ely 17) Gene Ely 18) Gladys Erksin 19) Tim and Cindy Fay 20) Norma Friesen 21) Shirley Friesen 22) Todd and Janell Harman-Max, Rachel 23) Matt, Brenna Harris Suttyn, Kru, Mac 24) Gretchen Kimble 25) Phyllis Knackstedt 26) Vicki Lindenberger 27) Mike and Dorothy Luty 28) Mike and Kimba McCormick 29) Randy and Darcel Miles, Aisjha 30) Ellen Neufeld 31) Ray and Jeanne Osborn Virginia Bosworth, Steve and Theresa Buller, Norma Friesen, Janie Gormley, Pastor Jeff Groene, Gretchen Kimble, Kairos Prison Ministry, Mike McCormick, Nathan Schierling, Jim and Sophia Stephens, Peggy Watts, Brianna Krull, Abby Rishel-Barnett, Allen Thiessen ************** We Mourn with You Family and Friends of Jill Casten Family and Friends of Jerry Blew ************ Revised Common Lectionary Readings for May May 5 Acts 9:1-6, 7-20 Psalms 30 Revelation 5:11-14 John 21:1-19 May 12 Acts 9:36-43 Psalms 23 Revelation 7:9-17 John 10:22-30 May 19 Acts 11:1-18 Psalms 148 Revelation 21:1-6 John 13:31-35 May 26 Acts 16:9-15 Psalms 67 Revelation 21:10, 22:22:5 John 14:23-29 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. There is still a real need for help. Any questions can be directed to Terri Bornholdt. ************ Women�??s Fellowship Thursday, May 2 2:00 p.m. ************** 4 H City Wide Garage Sales Saturday, May 4 8:00 a.m. Maps will be handed out by 4 H Beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the 4 way stop ************** Communion Sunday, May 5 Free 4 Week Conversational Spanish Class Mondays, May 6, 13, 20 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Fellowship Hall Instructed by HIS Spanish Teacher Kara Ayers All are welcome! ************ Men�??s Fellowship will meet for breakfast Saturday, May 11 7:00 a.m. Inman Harvest Café ************ Graduation Recognition Sunday, May 12 during Morning Worship *********** Audrey Ash will be graduating from Smoky Valley High School. She will be going to Butler Community College to study nursing. Drake Stevenson, son of Chris and Laura Stevenson, will be graduating from Smithville High School in Missouri. Drake plans to go into the IT field. Congratulations! We are proud of you! ************* Women�??s Fellowship is going to McPherson Wednesday, May 15 We will tour Clayworks 10:30 a.m. Enjoy lunch at Ristorante Italiano Di Famiglia and an afternoon tour of McPherson Museum 2:00 p.m. If you would like to go please contact Donna Toews. ************ Church Council Thursday, May 16 7:30 p.m. ***************** BOCE Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Sunday, May 19 Memorial Day Cook Out Sponsored by the Inman Museum Monday, May 27 North Inman Cemetery Memorial begins at 10:00 a.m. Community Building, Lambert Park Cook-out serving begins at 11:00 a.m. On the menu: Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, potato salad, baked beans, and a variety of desserts Community is invited. Free will donations appreciated. ************ May Birthdays 6 Jasper James Whatley 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 ************ Coming in June Summer Schedule Starts Sunday, June 2 Morning Worship at 9:30 a.m. Brunch following (no Sunday School) Communion, Sunday, June 2 Women�??s Fellowship, Thursday, June 6, 2:00 p.m. Men�??s Breakfast, Saturday, June 8, 7:00 a.m. Pentecost, June 9 Strengthen the Church Offering, Sunday, June 9 Church Council, Thursday, June 20, 7:30 p.m. Blood Drive, Friday, June 21, 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. 62 Anniversary of the United Church of Christ ************* Inman Vacation Bible School Registration is now open July 7-11 5:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Bethel Mennonite Church Ages 4 thru 6 grade Register online at Inmanvbs.org ************* 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 May 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

April 2019 Newsletter

Posted by ureche1 on April 7, 2019 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (4)
�??Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore, we must be saved by hope. Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore, we must be saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, could be accomplished alone; therefore, we must be saved by love. No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as it is from our own standpoint; therefore, we must be saved by the final form of love, which is forgiveness.�?� Reinhold Niebuhr�??1952, The Irony of American History As we move through the final weeks of Lent heading towards Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter, the above passage, written by Reinhold Niebuhr in his book, speaks what I believe are words that help us live into the message of Jesus�?? life, death and resurrection. �??Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore, we must be saved by hope.�?� Jesus, working with God, had a plan to save God�??s people. However, this plan could not be fully carried out unless Jesus died on the cross and was resurrected. Through his death and resurrection, Jesus gives us a hope for a better life here today and a better life after death as well. This is why we celebrate Easter. This is why the trumpet sounds. This is why we have communion and why we sing songs of praise on Easter. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead will raise us from the dead! The same power that gave Jesus life will give us life! The same power that breathed into Jesus' tomb will breathe into our tombs! And we don�??t have to stop breathing to experience that power now. �??Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore, we must be saved by faith.�?� Hope leads to faith. If we hope that Jesus�?? death and resurrection will lead to a better life here and now, then we need to move forward in faith. Many things in life are still a mystery; Jesus�?? death and resurrection--in part--still remain a mystery to us. However, even in this mystery, we need to reach out a hand to Jesus and take that step into an unknown new life. The resurrection is God's way of revealing to us that nothing which belongs to God will ever go to waste�??not even mortal bodies. It is God's way of revealing to us that nothing in life is so dead and hopeless that it cannot be transformed and resurrected. It is through our faith that we can achieve transformation and resurrection. �??Nothing we do, however virtuous, could be accomplished alone; therefore, we must be saved by love.�?� We are reminded in scripture that we are loved by God and by Jesus. Anything that we do in our lives, we do not do alone. God and Jesus are there every step of the way. Why? Because they love us. It is by that love, a love that took Jesus to his death, that we are saved. If we are willing to open our deepest and darkest tombs and pray, "Lord, here is all the junk, the pain, and the despair that is decomposing within me. Take it, transform it, and breathe into me new life�?�, we can have that new life today. If we reach out to Jesus and accept his invitation to bring our lives back into alignment, we can experience a love like we have never before experienced. If we can just say, we are tired of trying to make our lives better on our own, we can be transformed and resurrected. �??No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as it is from our own standpoint; therefore, we must be saved by the final form of love, which is forgiveness.�?� What I am seeing here is that we can have hope, faith and love, but without those things leading to forgiveness, we have nothing. Jesus has this to say about forgiveness in Luke 7:47, �??Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.�?� Forgiving someone can be difficult, but, forgiveness is not only about others; it is also necessary for our own spiritual growth. Love and forgiveness cannot be separated. If we choose to live out the love of God as the purpose of our life, then forgiving is an option that cannot be avoided. This is why we pray these words in the prayer Jesus taught us, �??And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors�?�. Our lives in Christ are not complete without forgiveness. God and Jesus�?? plan, which was not carried out completely until Jesus�?? death, is not fully complete without forgiveness. The Apostle Paul, writing in 1 Corinthians 13:13, had these words to offer his followers, �??And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.�?� I would venture to say that if Paul had meet Reinhold Niebuhr, he may have included forgiveness in his message. I believe that faith, hope, love AND forgiveness are all needed in order for God�??s plan through Jesus to be complete. When we have all four of these things in our lives along with Jesus, our resurrection into a new life can take place here and now and into the future. Peace and Blessings, Pastor Dennis Please pray for these people on their designated day in April. 1) Matt, Brenna Harris, Suttyn, Kru, Mac 2) Gretchen Kimble 3) Phyllis Knackstedt 4) Vicki Lindenberger 5) Mike and Dorothy Luty 6) Mike and Kimba McCormick 7) Randy and Darcel Miles, Aisjha 8) Ellen Neufeld 9) Ray and Jeanne Osborn 10) Charlie and Carolyn Pauls 11) Lenore Postier 12) Loren and Denise Postier 13) Elva Rump 14) Devin and Jessica Schierling Karson, Kash, Kella 15) Gene and Karen Schierling 16) Roy and Shivawn Schierling 17) Dennis and Crystal Schroeder 18) Jerry and Ruth Sisson 19) Cassie Spears, Levi, Hailey 20) James and Sophia Stephens 21) Freddi Stowe 22) Allen Thiessen 23) Merle and Karen Thiessen- 24) Verla Thomason 25) Donna and Jim Toews 26) Lamont, Kelly Turcotte, Aoife, Loki 27) Pastor Dennis Ureche and Diane Miller 28) Peggy Watts 29) Marcelyn Wittorff 30) Lois Wright Virginia Bosworth, Steve and Theresa Buller, Janie Gormley, Pastor Jeff Groene, Jack and Beverly Hicks and family, Gretchen Kimble, Kairos Prison Ministry, Mike McCormick, Nathan Schierling, Jim and Sophia Stephens, Peggy Watts, Brianna Krull, Grace Riggs, Ralph Vogel, Wayne Lintz, Jill Castain Family and Friends of Charlotte Alley Family and Friends of Judy Kay Alley, Family and Friends of Eldo Prieb, Family and Friends of Linus Linaweaver ************** Revised Common Lectionary Readings for April April 7 Isaiah 43:16-21 Psalm 126 Phil 3:4b-14 John 12:1-8 April 14 Psalms 118:1-2,19-29 Luke 19:28-40 Isaiah 50: 4- 9a Luke 22:14-23 April 21 Acts 10:34-43 Psalms 118:1-2,14-24 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 John 20:1-18 April 28 Acts 5:27-32 Psalms 118:14-29 Revelation 1:4-8 John 20:19-31 The Kansas Oklahoma Conference Annual Meeting is October 18-19 in Tulsa and the keynote speaker will be award-winning author and internationally known public speaker Diana Butler Bass. Butler Bass who has a PhD from Duke University is a thought leader on issues of spirituality, religion, culture, and politics. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, PBS, CBS, and FOX, has been interviewed on numerous radio programs, including shows on NPR, CBC, and Sirius XM, and has work featured in numerous print and online newspapers and magazines including Time, USA Today, and the Los Angeles Times. From 1995-2000, she wrote a weekly column for the New York Times Syndicate. She was a founding blogger for both Beliefnet and Huffington Post religion. Her bylines include the Washington Post and Atlantic.com. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Diana Butler Bass, lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband, Richard Bass, and their dog, Rowan. Butler-Bass�??s professional bio goes on to state that that she has a passion for environmental issues, supporting local farms, reading poetry, cooking, gardening, Washington Nationals baseball, and Duke basketball. We�??ll ask her not to mention that last one when she comes to KO in October! While much of our time will look at the future of KO, we can never do that in isolation of asking the broader questions about the context in which we live and serve. Diana Butler Bass will help us take a �??big picture�?� look as we continue to explore an unfolding future. Lenten Study Wednesdays, thru April 17 Morning Session at 9:30 a.m. Evening Class at 6:30 p.m. The book �??The Book of Not So Common Prayer�?� written by Linda McCullough Moore Is the basis for this year�??s study. The Book of Not-So Common Prayer is a handbook that combines spiritual insight with practical action steps you can take to change your prayer habits�??and change your life. In describing her own transformation from a person who prayed on the run to a person who prays four times a day, Linda McCullough Moore builds a compelling case for a life founded on prayer. Drawing inspiration from the ancient practice of meditation, Moore shows how any time spent in prayer will transform the time you spend with your family, at work, or in play. She then delivers a well-supported methodical process you can follow to experience more depth, meaning, and joy in your prayers. *************** Everyone is invited to join us for Soup Suppers before the Lenten Study beginning at 6:30 p.m. ************* Make a note! Choir Practice Will move to 7:30 p.m. each Wednesday, because of the Lenten Study ************* This Lenten Season we are inviting everyone to give their burdens to God by nailing them to the wooden cross in the Narthex. Hammer, nails, paper and pen, will be beside the cross. ************* ************* Women�??s Fellowship Thursday, April 4 2:00 p.m. ************** Communion Sunday, April 7 ************* Pleasant View Home Worship Service Thursday, April 11 6:30 p.m. PVH Chapel *************** Men�??s Fellowship will meet for breakfast Saturday, April 13 7:00 a.m. Inman Harvest Café *************** Palm Sunday Morning Worship Service Sunday, April 14 10:30 a.m. *************** Community Palm Sunday Service Sunday, April 14 7:00 p.m. St. Peter�??s UCC Everyone is welcome! ************ Women�??s Fellowship will be attending Church Basement Ladies at the McPherson Opera House on Wednesday, April 17 2:00 p.m. Lunch plans are also being made. If you have any questions or would like to arrange a carpool, please contact president Donna Toews. Ticket contact is Diane Miller. *************** St. Peter�??s will host a Maundy Thursday Service Thursday, April 18 7:00 p.m. ************* St Peter's United Church of Christ is hosting a unique experience on Good Friday, March 30. Starting at 5:45 p.m., at the City Pasture (1-mile East and 1/4-mile North of Inman), there will be an opportunity to relive the journey that Jesus Christ experienced carrying the cross. Teams of two will carry the cross for 1/4 mile and then exchange with another pair, with each stop sharing pertinent scripture. The caravan will continue traveling until they reach St Peters UCC for the 7:00 p.m. Good Friday service. This event is open to everyone. If you know of anyone who would like to participate please invite them. ************** Good Friday Service Friday, April 19 7:00 p.m. Easter Sunday April 21 Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. *************** Church Council Thursday, April 25 7:30 p.m. ***************** KAIROS Prison Ministry will be hosting a KAIROS weekend inside the prison beginning Thursday, April 25, and going thru Sunday, April 28. There are many ways to help with this ministry, monetary donations in any amount will purchase a meal for the inmate, or you can pay for a full KAIROS weekend for an inmate. Prayer is also needed during the KAIROS weekend, for the inmates and for the volunteers. A Prayer Vigil sign up sheet is on the bulletin board. Any questions can be directed to Allen Thiessen. ************** American Red Cross Blood Drive Friday, April 26 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Walk in�??s are welcome! To schedule and appointment please call 1-800-733-2767 or go to redcrossblood.org Inman Classic Car Show Saturday, April 27 Check out Inman Community Events Facebook page for more information. ************* Congregational Meeting Sunday, April 28 after Morning Worship ************** 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. There is still a real need for help. Any questions can be directed to Terri Bornholdt. ************* April Birthdays 1 Becky Knackstedt 5 Rachel Harman 9 Jessica Thiessen 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 ************ Coming in May Women�??s Fellowship, Thursday, May 2,2:00 p.m. 4 H City Wide Garage Sales, Saturday, May 4 Communion, Sunday, May 5 Men�??s Breakfast, Saturday, May 11, 7:00 a.m. Church Council, Thursday, May 16, 7:30 p.m. Memorial Day, Monday, May 27 *************** The City-Wide Garage Sales on Saturday, May 4, are the largest fundraiser for your local 4H. If you would like to have a garage sale please contact Janell Harman. 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 April 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

March 2019 Newsletter

Posted by ureche1 on April 7, 2019 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (51)
�??But he would withdraw to deserted places and pray.�?� �??Luke 5:16 �??Prayer is natural, instinctual, without rules or boundaries, while at the same time it can also feel complicated and demanding, sometimes downright difficult�?��??Linda McCullough Moore�??The Book of Not So Common Prayer, A New Way to Pray, A New Way to Live �??Although Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he continued to go to his house, which had windows in its upper room open towards Jerusalem, and to get down on his knees three times a day to pray to his God and praise him, just as he had done previously.�?� �??Daniel 6:10 �??Imagine a person who for years and years has grabbed coffee and a bagel each morning and then fasted till the next day, taking only sips of water, juice, or soda maybe, grabbing a cracker or a pretzel when her busy life made that a thing that she could easily do. And then, imagine one day she hears of this new approach to nourishment. Something called meals. Three times a day. Cereal with milk and coffee in the morning; entire sandwiches at lunch time; meat, pasta, salad, and crusty bread for dinner; and at bedtime, a piece of apple pie like you haven�??t tasted since you were a child. That comparison comes closest to describing the change in my life once I started praying for fifteen minutes four times a day. It gave a whole new meaning to �??taste and see how good the Lord is�?? (Psalm 34:8).�?� So begins The Book of Not So Common Prayer that we will be exploring for our Lenten study series beginning on Wednesday, March 13. The Book of Not-So Common Prayer is a handbook that combines spiritual insight with practical action steps that we can take to change our prayer habits and change our lives. In describing her own transformation from a person who prayed on the run to a person who prays four times a day, Linda McCullough Moore builds a compelling case for a life founded on prayer. Drawing inspiration from the ancient practice of meditation, Moore shows how any time spent in prayer will transform the time we spend with our family, at work, or in play. Moore lays out a well-supported methodical process that we can follow to experience more depth, meaning, and joy in our prayers. We will explore useful models and share her stories of transformation, that I hope will inspire us to embark on a new adventure in faith. One step at a time. Sessions will begin on Wednesday March 13 and continue for six weeks until April 17. Two sessions will be held, 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. I also will have a small limited number of used books available for purchase at $10.00 each if you would like your own copy. If you have been looking to improve your prayer life or want to take your solid prayer life to a new level, I encourage you to attend one of the weekly sessions. The same material will be covered at each session so you may move back and forth as it fits your schedule. According to Moore, �??Prayer allows us to acknowledge and attend to the deepest longings of our hearts. Prayer brings us close, where longings live, where our dreams meet grace.�?� Peace and blessings, Pastor Dennis Please pray for these people on their designated day in March. 1) Freddi Stowe 2) Allen Thiessen 3) Merle and Karen Thiessen- 4) Verla Thomason 5) Jim and Donna Toews 6) Lamont, Kelly Turcotte, Aoife, Loki 7) Pastor Dennis Ureche and Diane Miller 8) Peggy Watts 9) Marcelyn Wittorff 10) Lois Wright 11) Kathy Zimmerman 12) Greg and Heather Thiessen, Taylor, Brooke 13) Norman Achilles 14) Scott and Connie Achilles 15) Adam and Katie Albers, Cash 16) Phyllis Armstrong 17) Kara Ayers, Elian Dorantes, daughter 18) Adolyn Bartels 19) Rosetta Bartels 20) Dan and Fay Binder 21) Cody and Ashley Bornholdt 22) James Bornholdt 23) Tim and Terri Bornholdt 24) Steve and Theresa Buller non member 25) Richard and Beverly Castleberry-John 26) Gary Ely 27) Gene Ely 28) Gladys Erksin 29) Tim and Cindy Fay 30) Shirley Friesen 31) Todd and Janell Harman-Max, Rachel Virginia Bosworth, Sandy Bundy, Steve and Theresa Buller, Janie Gormley, Pastor Jeff Groene, Jack and Beverly Hicks and family, Gretchen Kimble, Kairos Prison Ministry, Vicki Lindenberger, Mike McCormick, Nathan Schierling, Jim and Sophia Stephens, Peggy Watts, Brianna Krull, Grace Riggs, Hayley Stucky, Kara Ayers, Delfina Pina Family and Friend of Glennis Lee Howard ************** Revised Common Lectionary Readings for March March 3 Exodus 34:29-35 Psalms 99 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2 Luke 9:28-36, 37-43a March 10 Deut 26:1-11 Psalms 91:1-2,9-16 Romans 10:8b-13 Luke 4:1-13 March 17 Genesis 15:1-12,17-18 Psalms 27 Philippians 3:17-4:1 Luke 13:31-35 March 24 Isaiah 55:1-9 Psalms 63:1-8 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 Luke 13:1-9 March 31 Joshua 5:9-12 Psalms 32 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 Luke 15:1-3,11b-32 Lenten Study Wednesdays, March 13 thru April 17 Morning Session at 9:30 a.m. Evening Class at 6:30 p.m. The book �??The Book of Not So Common Prayer�?� written by Linda McCullough Moore Is the basis for this year�??s study. The Book of Not-So Common Prayer is a handbook that combines spiritual insight with practical action steps you can take to change your prayer habits�??and change your life. In describing her own transformation from a person who prayed on the run to a person who prays four times a day, Linda McCullough Moore builds a compelling case for a life founded on prayer. Drawing inspiration from the ancient practice of meditation, Moore shows how any time spent in prayer will transform the time you spend with your family, at work, or in play. She then delivers a well-supported methodical process you can follow to experience more depth, meaning, and joy in your prayers. *************** Everyone is invited to join us for Soup Suppers before the Lenten Study beginning at 6:30 p.m. ************* Make a note! Choir Practice Will move to 7:30 p.m. Each Wednesday, Because of the Lenten Study ************* This Lenten Season we are inviting everyone to give their burdens to God by nailing them to the wooden cross in the Narthex. Hammer, nails, paper and pen, will be beside the cross. ************* World Day of Prayer Friday, March 1 ************** Communion Sunday, March 3 ************* Pancake Dinner Wednesday, March 6 5:30 p.m. ************** Ash Wednesday Service Wednesday, March 6 7:00 p.m. ************** Choir Practice Wednesday, March 6 Appx. 7:45 Following Ash Wednesday Service ************* Women�??s Fellowship Thursday, March 7 2:00 p.m. ************* Men�??s Fellowship will meet for breakfast Saturday, March 9 7:00 a.m. Inman Harvest Café Don�??t forget to Spring Forward for Daylight Savings Time on Sunday, March 10 *************** Church Council Thursday, March 21 7:30 p.m. ************ The Board of Christian Education is planning a Lock-In for kindergarten thru High School students on Friday, March 29, beginning at 7:00 p.m. This will be an overnight event. Supper and breakfast will be provided. We are planning fun games, movie, crafts, and fellowship. Please RSVP by Friday, March 22, to Brenna Harris at 620-242-3878 or Heather Thiessen at 316-706-6545 *************** Women�??s Fellowship will be leading Morning Worship on Sunday, March 24 ********** Endowment Sunday March 31 If you would like to give to this please remember to label your offering envelope. ************* Inman Arts Council presents works by Amanda Smith, daughter of Rich and Beverly Castleberry, at People�??s Bank during the month of March. Amanda�??s studio is at Clayworks with Disability Supports on Main Street in McPherson. On display will be her State Fair award-winning work in baskets, pottery, drawing, and a new medium of jewelry. People�??s Bank lobby is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Also, to view or purchase items, that are Amanda�??s and other Disability Support artists go to Clayworks, 107 North Main, McPherson or Clayworks Facebook page or website. One Great Hour of Sharing Offering Sunday, March 24 If you would like to give to this fund, please label your offering envelope. We sometimes think that �??imagination�?� means something escapist or illusory. Yet, imagination is not something unreal or fake. No, it is essential to God�??s hope for creation. Hear how the Apostle Paul put it: �??Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine�?�.�?� (Ephesians 3:20-21). And God imagines a world where all are safe, all are loved, all are fed. You see, when we use our imaginations in the way that God does, we can begin to envision �?? and work for! �?? a world where no child goes unfed, un-housed, or unloved; where no one ever fears abuse or violence; where clean water is not a dream but a reality for all; where small farmers do their work with dignity and are paid a fair wage for their labors; where agricultural practices enrich and renew the land rather than deplete it; where survivors of natural disasters have the resources they need, now and for years to come; where vulnerable immigrants are welcomed in Christ�??s name. Can YOU imagine these things? Through your gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing what we can imagine becomes ever more a reality for more and more people. Please give generously! �??More Than You Can Imagine...�?� ***************** March Birthdays 3 Gretchen Kimble 5 Vicki Lindenberger 9 Connie Achilles 10 Tim Fay 15 Tim Bornholdt Mike Luty 17 Roy Schierling 24 Aoife Turcotte 29 Karen Schierling March Anniversaries No anniversaries ************ Coming in April Women�??s Fellowship, Thursday, April 4, 2:00 Communion, Sunday, April 7 PVH Worship, Thursday, April 11, 6:30 p.m. Men�??s Breakfast, Saturday, April 13, 7:00 a.m. Community Palm Sunday Service, Sunday, April 14, 7:00 p.m., St. Peter�??s Church Basement Ladies, Wednesday, April 17 Church Council, Thursday, April 18, 7:30 Good Friday, April 19, Crosswalk, and Service Easter Sunday, April 21 Red Cross Blood Drive, Friday, April 26 Inman Classic Car Show, Saturday, April 27 ************** Wednesday, March 20 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. There is still a real need for help. Any questions can be directed to Terri Bornholdt. ************* 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 ************** 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 March 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

February 2019 Newsletter

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�??Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.�?� Matthew 5:4 �??Jesus began to weep. --John 11.35 All of us have faced or will face the death of a loved one in our life-times. When someone we love very much dies it begins the long journey down the road called grief. I have been there in the past and I know I will be there again in the future. Losing someone we love is part of life. Grief is the natural counter to love. We love someone very much and when they die, we grieve their loss as well as the loss of the love we felt for them. You are not alone in your grieving. God is there with us as we deal with our grief. The journey down the grief road is not the same for everyone, everyone grieves in different ways. Some grief journeys are short while others are long and most I believe never truly come to an end. We do however reach a point where we are dealing with it better, the hurt is not as painful and we know that we can go on with our lives. The grieving process can be made easier if we trust fully in God being there with us as we grieve. God wants us to talk with God about what is hurting us. The Psalmist reminds us of that, �??Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.�?� (Psalm 62:8) It�??s also okay to get angry at God. God has big shoulders and can handle it. We hear these words in Psalm 10:14, �??But you do see! Indeed, you note trouble and grief, that you may take it into your hands; the helpless commit themselves to you.�?� God hears our cries for help and God then invites us to come to God for comfort. I believe that�??s what Jesus had in mind when he in Matthew he said, �??Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.�?� It�??s okay to cry, whenever or wherever you need to. It�??s especially okay for men to cry. As boys men were once told, �??big boys don�??t cry�?� and we have lived that directive into adulthood. Jesus gave us the example that it�??s okay for men to cry when he wept at Lazarus�?? tomb. It�??s also okay to ask for help to turn to someone who will be a listening ear for you. That can be a friend or even your Pastor. Yes, you can even talk to me. I do need to make it clear ahead of time that if you are coming to me for answers as to why someone had to die, I probably won�??t be of much help. However, if you are looking for someone to listen, I can be there for that. If you are having a hard time talking to God, come and talk to me. Like I said I don�??t have answers most of the time, but, I have been told I am a good listener. By talking with me God as well will hear what�??s on your heart. �??Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up the other; but woe to one who is alone and falls and does not have another to help.�?� (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10) Don�??t try to make this journey alone, find someone that you can turn to for support. Better yet consider a support group. If you need help in finding one please let me know and I can help you locate one. Continued�?� You might find help as well in reading. There is a book written by Joyce Rupp, Praying Our Goodbyes. This tender and realistic book can be your personal guide to accepting inevitable goodbyes even as it reminds us that when we are suffering most deeply, the seed of hope still lives within us. The suggestions I have made are not the end-all of ideas to cope with grief. It is a place to start. Find something that works for you, it may be one thing or a combination of things. Find what it is and do it. Help is there, all we need to do is ask, �??Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the end of the earth I call to you, when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.�?� (Psalm 61:1-2) Blessings and peace. Pastor Dennis *************** Virginia Bosworth, Sandy Bundy, Steve and Theresa Buller, Janie Gormley, Pastor Jeff Groene, Jack and Beverly Hicks and family, Glennis Lee Howard, Gretchen Kimble, Kairos Prison Ministry, Vicki Lindenberger, Mike McCormick, Nathan Schierling, Jim and Sophia Stephens, Peggy Watts, Reinecker Family, Brianna Krull, Grace Riggs, Julie Waddell, Hayes Schmid, Hayley Stucky, Pastor Dennis Ureche, Family and Friends of Gene Allen Knackstedt Family and Friends of Ben Knight , Family and Friends of Bob Willems Revised Common Lectionary Readings for February February 3 Jeremiah 1;4-10 Psalms 71:1-6 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Luke 4:21-30 February 10 Isaiah 6:1-8,9-13 Psalms 138 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Luke 5:1-11 February 17 Jeremiah 17:5-10 Psalms 1 1 Corinthians 15:12-20 Luke 6:17-26 February 24 Genesis 43:3-11,15 Psalms 37:1-11,39-40 1 Corinthians 15:35-38 Luke 6:27-38 ************** Friday, February 1 and Saturday, February 2 7:00 p.m. Burnett Center for the Arts Bethany College�??Lindsborg Tickets are $15.00 Broadway RFD, Lindsborg�??s Community Theater and the Bethany College Theater Department are proud to partner together to bring the musical, Sondheim on Sondheim to stage. This full musical revue consists of music and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim, known as the Father of the Modern American Musical. Many people are familiar with Stephen Sondheim�??s songs and shows, but don�??t realize that he was the composer and lyricist. Shows such as West Side Story, Gypsy, Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, and Company. Communion Sunday, February 3 ************* Everyone is invited to wear work clothes to church on Casual Sunday, February 3 Please make plans to stay after church to help with Ground Hog Dinner preparations and sausage making. **************** Inman Museum will host a Soup Luncheon Sunday, February 3 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Free will donations appreciated Community Building at Lambert Park Serving a variety of soups and desserts Everyone welcome! ************** St. Peter�??s UCC 77th Annual Ground Hog Dinner Monday, February 4, 2019 Serving times 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Cost is $11.00 per adult $5.00 for children ages 5-12 Ages 4 and under are free All you can eat meal served family style includes: sausage, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, rolls, and apple or cherry pie Volunteers are welcome! If you would like to volunteer please contact any of the men! *************** Make a note! No Choir Practice on Wednesday, February 6 Practices will resume Wednesday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. ************* Women�??s Fellowship Kitchen Clean Up Day Thursday, February 7 9:00 a.m. ************* Men�??s Fellowship will meet for breakfast on Saturday, February 9 7:00 a.m. Inman Harvest Café ************* Valentine�??s Day Thursday, February 14 ************** President�??s Day Monday, February 18 ************ Church Council Thursday, February 21 7:30 p.m. ************ American Red Cross Blood Drive Friday, February 22 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Call 1-800-733-2767 or go to Redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment. ************* Women�??s Fellowship Yearly Booklets are now available. They are located on the bulletin table in the sanctuary. ************* February Birthdays 1 Karson Schierling 5 Diana Rump James Stephens 11 Suttyn Harris 15 David Neufeld 21 Gene Ely February Anniversaries 12 Mike & Dorothy Luty 13 Roy and Shivawn Schierling 18 Tim and Terri Bornholdt 24 Randy and Darcel Miles Todd & Janell Harman ************ Coming in March World Day of Prayer, Friday, March 1 Communion, Sunday, March 3 Ash Wednesday, Wednesday, March 6 Women�??s Fellowship, Thursday, March 7, 2:00 pm Men�??s Breakfast, Saturday, March 9, 7:00 a.m. Daylight Savings, Sunday, March 10 St. Patrick�??s Day, Sunday, March 17 Church Council, Thursday, March 21, 7:00 p.m. One Great Hour of Sharing Offering, Sunday, March 31 Endowment Sunday, March 31 Please pray for these people on their designated day in February. . 1) Richard and Beverly Castleberry-John 2) Gary Ely 3) Gene Ely 4) Gladys Erksin 5) Tim and Cindy Fay 6) Shirley Friesen 7) Todd and Janell Harman-Max, Rachel 8) Matt, Brenna Harris Suttyn, Kru, Mac 9) Gretchen Kimble 10) Phyllis Knackstedt 11) Vicki Lindenberger 12) Mike and Dorothy Luty 13) Mike and Kimba McCormick 14) Randy and Darcel Miles, Aisjha 15) Ellen Neufeld 16) Ray and Jeanne Osborn 17) Charlie and Carolyn Pauls 18) Lenore Postier 19) Loren and Denise Postier 20) Elva Rump 21) Devin and Jessica Schierling 22) Karson, Kash, Kella 23) Gene and Karen Schierling 24) Roy and Shivawn Schierling 25) Dennis and Crystal Schroeder 26) Jerry and Ruth Sisson 27) Cassie Spears, Levi, Hailey 28) James and Sophia Stephens **************** 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. ************* German Visitor Sunday, February 10, 2019 St. Peter�??s UCC Morning Worship�??10:30 a.m. In February we will welcome our partners from the Evangelical Church in Baden to KO! While youth have been in KO just prior to the National Youth Event and to attend the Regional Youth Event, this will be the first formal visit since 2015 that a delegation has been to KO. The goals of the visit are simple; to learn more about the identity of the KO Conference; to explore and define the partnership into the future and to expose our partners to the culture of the United States. The schedule is designed to include some diversity in geography, rural and urban and programming that is during the day and in the evening so there is some time that will work for anyone who wants to have an opportunity to meet and hear our guests. The schedule is below. If you have questions or need more information, please feel free to contact Nikki Woolsey at [email protected] or Eve Kendall at [email protected] Opportunities for congregations and local church members to meet participate in programming with our partners: Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9 Cultivating Generous Congregations, Fellowship Congregational UCC�??Tulsa, Oklahoma Sunday, February 10: Worship at: �?� Church of the Open Arms Oklahoma City �?� St Peters UCC, Inman �?� Community UCC, Partridge �?� Central UCC, Topeka �?� Monday, February 11: Rural: St. John�??s in Baldwin City Program: Engaging the diversity of the KO Conference in the urban/rural divide Tuesday, February 12: Faith in the Public Square 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (RSVP required) Faith in the Public Square: Please join for lunch and a conversation on Faith in the Public Square Similarities and Differences in the German and US Context First Congregational Church 1701 SW Collins Ave Topeka, KS 66604 Wednesday, February 13: Dinner at Plymouth UCC; Members of Local UCC Congregations Invited (RSVP Required) Hear from our partners in Baden about what is happening in the Baden Church; the challenges they are facing as a country and how the church is responding. Plymouth United Church of Christ 925 Vermont Lawrence, KS 66046 The act of taking a journey �??a pilgrimage-can result in profoundly new perspectives and spiritual growth. Later in 2019, Pastor Aaron Roberts from Colonial United Church of Christ in Prairie Village is planning a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and is inviting anyone from the KO Conference to join him. The cost should be about $3,000 each. If you are interested in going, please talk to Pastor Dennis. ************ The KO Conference is planning a conference wide mission trip to the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation in South Dakota. We are planning this trip during the same time German youth from our partnership, the Church of Baden, are coming to Topeka, Ks. This is a great opportunity for youth ages 15 and older. If you are interested in attending please contact Pastor Dennis. The dates for this mission trip will be Saturday, June 8, thru Saturday, June 15, and will be held on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation in LaPetit, South Dakota. 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 ************** Well? Did you do it? We learned about organ donations last fall, but did you take the opportunity to sign up to be an organ donor? Go to https://www.donatelifekansas.com/join/ You will need to have your Kansas driver�??s license handy, as it is how your intent to donate is tracked. When you renew your driver�??s license, make sure you get "organ donor" included on your new license! Someone you know (or someone you will never know) will be grateful that you did this. That They May All Be One Dear Partners in Christ: The vision of a body united �??in purpose, in mission, in vision �?? is one that inspired the birth of our denomination. All of our spiritual impulses reverberate in an effort to call us into a more perfect union. Throughout our shared history as a people of faith and as a part of the Body of Christ, we have challenged ourselves to widen the circle of inclusion. Widening the circle has always come with growth pains as we shed old skins and welcome those whom we had previously thought unwelcome. And, with each new articulation of a more fully expressed Body of Christ we have realized new joy. Through it all we remain focused on the call to be one and committed to meeting the challenges inherent in that call. We are now living in and through a season when the threats to unity are legion. Talk of walls that mark refugees as threats, labels like �??terrorist�?? that attach too easily to Muslims, overt racial bias that normalizes fear and hatred, a pandemic of abuse to women with the trigger reflex to forgive the men who author that abuse have turned America into a land many of us no longer recognize and that too many of us are finding harder and harder to reconcile with our faith. Now more than ever, the Holy Spirit of the Living God and the Risen Christ is seeking to partner with anyone committed to unifying the human community. The gospel mandate to love our neighbor as we love ourselves resonates deep within us. It calls for the better angels among and within us to always resist impulses to hate, to condemn, to vilify, or to castigate. In such a time as this, the United Church of Christ�??s call to fulfill the prayer of Jesus, that they may all be one, stands as an urgent mandate to disciples who envision a just world for all. United with you in God�??s service, The Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer General Minister and President 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 February 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 Grow Love

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