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St. Peter's United Church of Christ

Inman, Kansas



August 2018 Newsletter

Posted by ureche1 on September 2, 2018 at 10:20 AM
From the Pastor�??s Desk Relating to or affecting the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things. �??Definition of spiritual from the Oxford dictionary �??I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.�?��??Ephesians 1:17 �??Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.�?� �??2 Corinthians 3:17 As I write these words this morning, I am waiting for the sun to rise over the neighboring peaks here in the Rockies. I am at Shadowcliff Lodge, Grand Lake, Colorado, attending �??The Gift of Story: Writing My Spiritual Autobiography�?� retreat. Currently I am sitting at an elevation of 8,550 feet, although yesterday as I drove through Rocky Mountain National Park, I reached elevations of over 12,000 feet. This is the last planned activity of my sabbatical and probably the most challenging. Many people asked me, �??How does one write their spiritual autobiography (SA)?�?� My answer to them had been, �??I am paying them to teach me how to do that.�?� However, after last night�??s session, I am not sure that is the correct answer anymore. I just took a 30-minute break to step outside (44 degrees) to watch the sun come up and listen to the sounds of the morning: the wind in the trees and the rushing of the river, a distant call of a bird, and most importantly, quiet. I believe that we, I, need quiet to begin to understand and grasp what our individual spirituality is. It is not something that can be measured or stuffed into any box. One Holocaust survivor puts it this way, �??Whether or not we have a system of beliefs, a theology, how we make sense of the world (beliefs) intersects with what we find meaningful (spirituality) to create an orientation in the world that stimulates and guides us.�?� I think that is what I am looking for as an outcome from this retreat. I have a solid belief system, a theology, if you will. What I am looking to do is to deepen my relationship with the trinity (God, Jesus, Holy Spirit) with what is meaningful in my life. The presenter states that one�??s SA is the story of an event that had a meaningful effect on one�??s life. I am finding various stories that fit this definition, and then I must find the words to explain what I am thinking. I am rarely without something to say; however, having to learn to write it down (outside of a sermon or newsletter article) is a skill I am just beginning to appreciate. I am on the road to writing my SA; it probably won�??t be finished by the time I leave here but being required to write about it and sharing it with the other participants is meaningful and helpful. They are on their own spiritual journeys, just as I am on mine. This sabbatical is taking me many places. Writing my SA is just one of the helpful experiences I am having this summer. My hope is that this will make me more appreciative of where I have been and where I am now, as well as appreciating the spiritual journeys that others are taking. I am looking forward to being back with everyone on September 2 and being able to share and put into practice new skills and ideas I have acquired over the summer. Peace and blessings. Pastor Dennis Please pray for these people on their designated day in August. 1) Todd and Janell Harman-Max, Rachel 2) Matt, Brenna Harris Suttyn, Kru, Mac 3) Gretchen Kimble 4) Gene Allen and Phyllis Knackstedt 5) Vicki Lindenberger 6) Mike and Dorothy Luty 7) Mike and Kimba McCormick 8) Randy and Darcel Miles, Aisjha 9) Ellen Neufeld 10) Ray and Jeanne Osborn 11) Charlie and Carolyn Pauls 12) Lenore Postier 13) Loren and Denise Postier 14) Elva Rump 15) Devin and Jessica Schierling Karson, Kash, Kella 16) Gene and Karen Schierling 17) Roy and Shivawn Schierling 18) Dennis and Crystal Schroeder 19) Jerry and Ruth Sisson 20) Adam and Cassie Spears, Levi, Hailey 21) James and Sophia Stephens 22) Freddi Stowe 23) Jim and Donna Toews 24) Allen Thiessen 25) Merle and Karen Thiessen- 26) Verla Thomason 27) Lamont, Kelly Turcotte, Aoife, Loki 28) Dennis Ureche (Pastor) Diane Miller 29) Peggy Watts 30) Marcelyn Wittorff 31) Lois Wright Revised Common Lectionary Readings for August August 5 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a Exodus 16:2-4 Ephesians 4:1-16 John 6:24-35 August 12 2 Samuel 18:5-9,15,31-33 1 Kings 19:4-8 Ephesians 4:25-5:2 John 6:35, 41-51 August 19 1 Kings 2:10-12,3;3-14 Proverbs 9:1-6 Ephesians 5:15-20 John 6:51-58 August 26 1 Kings 8: 22-30,41-43 Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18 Ephesians 6:10-20 John 6:56-69 ************** Prayer List Ellen Angell, Colette Berger, Virginia Bosworth, Sandy Bundy, Steve Buller, Don Geasland, Janie Gormley, Jeff Groene, Paula Holt, Glennis Lee Howard, Gretchen Kimble, Gene Allen Knackstedt, Kairos Prison Ministry, Wayne Lintz, McPherson Congregational Church, Beth Miller, Rob Van Ess, Nathan Schierling, Jim and Sophia Stephens, Peggy Watts, Ellie Mae Weathers, Jerry Sisson, First Responders and citizens of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, Vicki Lindenberger, Betty Bengston, Darrin Campbell, Steven Chance, Margaret Hawkins Family and Friends of Margaret Guffy Thursday, August 2 2:00 p.m. ************** Pleasant View Home Worship Service Thursday, August 2 6:30 p.m. PVH Chapel ************** Communion with Pastor Jane Heide Sunday, August 5 ************* Saturday, August 11 7:00 a.m. Inman Harvest Café ************ Board of Christian Education Sunday, August 12 after Morning Worship St. Peter�??s UCC Annual Variety Show and Ice Cream Social Sunday, August 12at 6:30 p.m. Come enjoy the fun. Community is invited. Featuring local talent and ice cream and brownies If you would like to participate in the show please contact Connie Achilles. Spaces are limited so remember to reserve yours soon. ************* Church Council Thursday, August 16, 7:30 p.m. ************* American Red Cross Blood Drive Friday, August 17 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Please call 1-800-733-2767 or go to to make an appointment. ************* Inman Senior Center Pancake Breakfast Saturday, August 18 at 7:00 a.m. Inman Museum Variety Show and Ice Cream Social Saturday, August 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the depot ************** Avocados and Cake! BOCE has announced the Annual Cook-off Competition Categories. Entrees will need to have some form of avocado included and dessert can be any type of cake. Spectators are being asked to bring a side dish. Contact anyone on the BOCE with questions, rules, or for contest entry. Come join the fun! Sunday, August 26 following Morning Worship ************** White Memorial Camp is extending an invitation to join them on Sunday, August 26, for a day to just enjoy the camp. Other UCC congregations have been invited also. The camp will be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs and ask that you bring a side dish. A Worship Service will be held at Vespers Point, weather permitting. Other activities include hayrides, prairie surfing, swimming, kayak and canoes, archery, rope courses, and zip line. Any questions please contact John Austin at Peace UCC, Alma, Ks (785-765-3818). ************* August Birthdays 3 Cody Bornholdt Katie Bornholdt Albers 9 Richard Castleberry 22 Verla Thomason 25 Carolyn Pauls 26 Jessica Schierling 30 Freddie Stowe August Anniversaries 1 Greg and Heather Thiessen 3 Jerry & Ruth Sisson 8 Dan & Fay Binder 16 Scott & Connie Achilles 17 Raymond and Jeanne Osborn Dennis and Crystal Schroeder 31 Adam and Cassie (Sisson) Spears ************** We would like to thank everyone who reached out to visit, call, send a card or food, and especially prayers since Jerry�??s accident. It will be a long recovery and we ask for continued prayers of comfort and patience. You are a blessing! Thank you, Jerry and Ruth Sisson ************ ************ ************ Guest Speakers for August Sunday, August 5�??Pastor Jane Heide Sunday, August 12---Kara Ayres Sunday, August 19�??Rosetta Bartels Sunday, August 26�??Jessica Schierling ************** Mark your calendars St. Peter�??s UCC Fall Schedule will resume on Sunday, September 2 Morning Worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday School classes will resume on Sunday, September 9 Women�??s Fellowship will host Sharon and John Palmquist, with Stephen Ministries on Thursday, September 6 2:00 p.m. All are welcome (including men!) Contact person is Ellen Neufeld ************** Bear one another�??s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2, NRSV). Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations that use the Stephen Series system. Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers�??called Stephen Ministers�??to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting. Those who train for Stephen Ministry learn skills and develop their talents for bringing Christ�??s healing love to people who are grieving, hurting or experiencing other stresses in life. The Stephen Ministers grow greatly as they learn about helping others�??and they learn about themselves as well. Through lecture, discussion, and experiential learning, people learn everything they need for this caring ministry�??how to be an effective listener, specific techniques for ministering to grieving people, and more. ************ St Peter�??s United Church of Christ 107 North Pine, P.O. Box 506 Inman, Kansas 67546 620-585-2627 Fax 620-585-2628 Parsonage 620-585-2670 Website: 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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