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St. Peter's United Church of Christ

Inman, Kansas

Newsletter

Newsletter

December 2018 Newsletter

Posted by ureche1 on December 9, 2018 at 10:00 AM
From the Pastor�??s Desk �??A shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loins. The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them.�?� Isaiah 11:1-6 NRSV �??�?�and a little child shall lead them�?�, the prophet Isaiah wrote those words sometime around 700 BCE. That�??s 700 years before the birth of Jesus. For approximately 700 years people read those words and waited, waited it appears patiently for the coming of a child that would be born of the root of Jesse to lead them, be a Savior to them. So we as well today are called to wait in this season of Advent leading up to Christmas morning when we can celebrate the birth of Emanuel, God with us. As we approach and journey through Advent I want to share with you words written by Ann Weems in her book Kneeling in Bethlehem. The piece is titled God So Loved the World. The story of Jesus Christ is this: The people of this earth waited for a Messiah�?�a Savior�?�And only God would send a little baby king. The child grew and began to question things as they were, and the man moved through his days and through this world, questioning the system of kings and priests and marketplace. He was called the New Creation, the New Covenant, the Son of God, who brought to all who listened, who saw, who understood, change and new life. But kings and corporations and churches of this world work very hard to keep things as they are out into forever. And so they killed him: he who said, love one another, he who said, feed my sheep, for they didn�??t want to share their bread and their wine. Now the story should have never ended there except that the story has always been that our God is the God of the covenant. The Good News is that in spite of our faithlessness, God is faithful and Jesus Christ was resurrected, for God so loved the world that God gave his only begotten Son that whoever believed might have everlasting life. Listen, you who have ears to hear. Listen, and sit down to bread and wine with strangers. Feed his sheep�?�Love one another, and claim new life in his name. As we celebrate the birth of Christ, we are reminded not to forget that we will mourn on Good Friday and then celebrate again with Alleluia�??s on Easter Sunday morning. May we all find the peace we seek in the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Pastor Dennis Please pray for these people on their designated day in December . 1) Lamont, Kelly Turcotte, Aoife, Loki 2) Dennis Ureche (Pastor) Diane Miller 3) Peggy Watts 4) Marcelyn Wittorff 5) Lois Wright 6) Kathy Zimmerman 7) Greg and Heather Thiessen, Taylor, Brooke 8) Norman Achilles 9) Scott and Connie Achilles 10) Phyllis Armstrong 11) Kara Ayers, Elian Dorantes 12) Adolyn Bartels 13) Rosetta Bartels 14) Dan and Fay Binder 15) Cody and Ashley Bornholdt 16) James Bornholdt 17) Tim and Terri Bornholdt 18) Steve and Theresa Buller 19) Richard and Beverly Castleberry-John 20) Gary Ely 21) Gene Ely 22) Tim and Cindy Fay 23) Shirley Friesen 24) Todd and Janell Harman-Max, Rachel 25) Matt, Brenna Harris Suttyn, Kru, Mac 26) Gretchen Kimble 27) Gene Allen and Phyllis Knackstedt 28) Vicki Lindenberger 29) Mike and Dorothy Luty 30) Mike and Kimba McCormick 31) Randy and Darcel Miles, Aisjha *************** Revised Common Lectionary Readings for December December 2 Jeremiah 33:14-16 Psalms 25:1-10 1 Thess 3:9-13 Luke 21:25-36 December 9 Malachi 3:1-4 Luke 1:68-79 Philippians 4:4-7 Luke 3:1-6 December 16 Zeph 3:14-20 Isaiah 12:2-6 Philippians 4:4-7 Luke 3:7-18 December23 Micah 5:2-5a Luke 1:46b-55 Hebrews 10:5-10 Luke 1:39-45 December 30 1 Samuel 2:18-20 Psalms 148 Colossians 3:12-17 Luke 2:41-52 ************** Prayer List Virginia Bosworth, Sandy Bundy, Steve and Theresa Buller, Elian Dorantes, Angie Ely, Janie Gormley, Pastor Jeff Groene, Glennis Lee Howard, Gretchen Kimble, Gene Allen Knackstedt, Kairos Prison Ministry, Vicki Lindenberger, Nathan Schierling, Jim and Sophia Stephens, Peggy Watts, Ellie Mae Weathers, Bob Willems, Reinecker Family, Brianna Krull, Patricia Bartels, Janet Euston ************** Family and Friends of Charles Buckaloo, Family and Friends of Helen Vogel Family and Friends of Mary Ellen Jones Communion Sunday December 2 *************** Women�??s Fellowship Meeting Thursday, December 6 2:00 p.m. On the agenda is the distribution of financial gifts ************** Saturday, December 8 7:00 a.m. Inman Harvest Café *********** Inman Senior Center Pancake Breakfast Saturday, December 15 at 7:00 a. ************* Christmas in Inman Saturday, December 15 Contact Barb Tuxhorn at 585-6469 if you would like to portray a character in the Live Nativity St. Peter�??s UCC Annual Christmas Program Sunday, December 16 10:30 a.m. ************** Church Council Thursday, December 20 7:30 p.m. ************* First Day of Winter Friday, December 21 ************** St. Peter�??s Choir Christmas Cantata Sunday, December 23 Morning Worship, 10:30 a.m. *************** UCC Annual Christmas Fund Offering Sunday, December 23 Blue Christmas Service Sunday, December 23, 3:00 p.m. The community is invited to this special service with scripture and hymns for someone that is grieving the loss of a loved one or anyone that is just having a difficult time with the holidays. ************ Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service Monday, December 24 10:30 p.m. ************** Merry Christmas Tuesday, December 25 ************* American Red Cross Blood Drive Friday, December 28 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ************** Endowment Sunday December 30 ************** Jesus is the Question Advent Study Wednesdays thru December 19 Morning Sessions begins at 9:30 a.m. Soup Supper begins at 6:00 p.m. Evening Session begin at 7:00 p.m. Choir practice will start at 8:00 p.m. 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. ************** Make a note! Choir Practices will be at 8:00 p.m. beginning Wednesday, November 28 and going thru the full month of January 2019 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. ************* December Birthdays 4 Raymond Osborn 5 Aisjha Miles 7 Donna Toews 10 Greg Thiessen 15 Kathy Zimmerman Kristin Knackstedt 17 Elva Rump 19 Devin Schierling 21 Cole Ely 25 Fay Binder 27 Heather Thiessen 28 Kru Harris December Anniversaries 21 Gene & Karen Schierling 31 Devin & Jessica Schierling *************** Women's Fellowship has purchased 20 tickets for Church Basement Ladies--Rise Up Oh, Men for the 2 p.m. matinee show on Wednesday, 4-17-18. We bought them early to insure all seats were close to each other. These seats are located on the middle section on main (parquet) level, and we have 4 aisle seats for rows B, C, D, and E. The discounted price is $37 each. Yeah, I know that seems high, but the "cheap" tickets were in the 1st balcony, and that's a steep walk to your seat. The regular price of these seats are $35 + $4 preservation fee = $39, so we are saving $2 per seat! If you want one or more tickets, let Diane Miller know. If you want one of the aisle seats, let me know sooner rather than later, since when they are gone, you get to pick a seat from what's left. I take cash and checks payable to St. Peter's Women's Fellowship, and I can hold your check until 12-31-18 if necessary. You can email me at [email protected], call me at 620-585-2670, or let me know the next time you see me how many tickets you need. Makes a great afternoon out for anyone! The atheist in the woods�?�. What majestic trees! What powerful rivers! What beautiful animals! He said to himself. Suddenly, he heard a rustling in the bushes behind him. He turned to look and saw a 7-foot grizzly bear charge towards him. He ran as fast as he could along the path. He looked over his shoulder and saw that the bear was closing on him. He looked over his shoulder again, and the bear was even closer, and then he tripped and fell. Rolling over to pick himself up, he found the bear was right on top of him, reaching towards him with its left paw, and raising the right paw to strike. At that instant the atheist cried out, �??Oh my God!�?? Time stopped, the bear froze, the forest was silent. A bright light shone upon the man, and a voice came out of the sky. �??You deny my existence for all these years, you teach others I don�??t exist, and even credit creation to cosmic accident. Do you expect me to help you out of this predicament?�?� �??Am I to count you as a believer?�?� The atheist looked directly into the light. �??It would be hypocritical of me to suddenly ask you to treat me as a Christian now, but perhaps you could make the BEAR a Christian?...a pause�?��?�Very well,�?� said the voice. The light went out. The sounds of the forest resumed. The bear dropped his right arm, brought both paws together, bowed his head and spoke�?��?�Lord, bless this food, which I am about to receive.�?� The beautiful poinsettias that are decorating the sanctuary have been given by �?�. Scott and Connie Achilles in memory of Betty Achilles Kara Ayers in memory of Joan Ayers Tim and Cindy Fay in memory of Ralph and Susie Long Shirley Friesen in memory of Gerald Friesen Mike and Dorothy Luty in memory of Howard Schierling Ellen Neufeld in memory of Lester and Marlene Neufeld Raymond and Jeannie Osborn in memory of Landis Osborn Elva Rump in memory of Max Rump Elva Rump in honor of her children, Allen, Diana, Theresa Marcelyn Wittorff in memory of Arnold Wittorff Lois Wright in memory of Conard �??Connie�?� Wright Kathleen Zimmerman in memory of Dale Zimmerman "Goin' to Kansas City...Kansas City Here They Come!" Who are they? The Delegates and Visitors to the 33rd General Synod of the United Church of Christ! The Conference Council is excited to announce that the Kansas-Oklahoma Conference and the Missouri Mid-South Conference will serve as the Host Conferences for the Thirty-third General Synod that will meet July 16-20, 2021 at the Kansas City Convention Center in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. At the invitation of the national setting, Conference Ministers Edith Guffey and Ginny Brown Daniel joined the General Synod staff in touring the Convention Center facilities in September and after hearing and discussing the implications and possibilities, the Conference Councils of both Conferences voted unanimously for Kansas-Oklahoma and Missouri Mid-South to serve as host Conferences. Those who have attended the General Synod will recognize the work of the host Conference through the Local Arrangements Committee. It includes everything from arranging and providing for those tote bags that live on for years, assisting at registration, providing for child care, helping visitors find their way around the convention center, serving as ushers for Sunday worship, and a host of other areas that are needed to support the work of the General Synod. The Host Conferences also have the opportunity to arrange for tours of the local area and provide delegates and visitors the opportunity to see and learn something about the city. In addition to supporting General Synod, there is something to gain for the area that serves as the host as well. A stronger UCC identity, experiencing the church through a wider lens, experiencing the diversity of the church gathered, is all part of the General Synod experience that can't be replicated in any other UCC gathering. So while most of our members may not be able to travel to Baltimore or Milwaukee, having Synod in Kansas City makes it accessible to our KO members because it is literally in our own backyard. Finally, Conference Minister Edith Guffey says, "This is an opportunity for our geographic area, the 'heartland' states of Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma, to experience the progressive voice of the United Church of Christ. It's an evangelism opportunity as the distinctive identity and witness of the UCC isn't well known as we might it to be in this area and General Synod gives us a huge megaphone to tell the story of God's extravagant welcome and how we are working to embody it in the UCC." We've got some time to dream and to plan. So let's get ready folks. We're excited and looking forward to making the most of this opportunity to welcome the wider UCC to Kansas City, to work and serve with our sisters and brothers in the MMS Conference, and as always with our own KO members and churches. Stay tuned for future updates. Conference Council Members: John Lord, President Bobbie Henderson Vice President Debbie Rice Secretary Mark Van Dorn Treasurer Nikki Woolsey Dennis Ureche Eve Kendall Jennifer Parson Jody Maness Suzanne Nichols St. Peter's United Church of Christ January-October 2018 Budget versus Actual Income January- October Actual January- October Budget Dollar Difference from Budget Percent of Budget Non-specified contributions 91,816.04 104,682.00 (12,865.96) 87.71% Expense January- October Actual January- October Budget Dollar Difference from Budget Percent of Budget Total Expense 100,334.27 104,940.98 -4,606.71 95.61% For more information or if you have questions, please contact Todd Harman at [email protected] December 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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