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St. Peter's United Church of Christ

Inman, Kansas

Newsletter

Newsletter

June 2018 Newsletter

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

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