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St. Peter's United Church of Christ

Inman, Kansas



October 2018 Newsletter

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

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