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St. Peter's United Church of Christ

Inman, Kansas



November 2018 Newsletter

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

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