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St. Peter's United Church of Christ

Inman, Kansas

Newsletter

Newsletter

February 2019 Newsletter

Posted by ureche1 on April 7, 2019 at 10:15 AM
�??Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.�?� Matthew 5:4 �??Jesus began to weep. --John 11.35 All of us have faced or will face the death of a loved one in our life-times. When someone we love very much dies it begins the long journey down the road called grief. I have been there in the past and I know I will be there again in the future. Losing someone we love is part of life. Grief is the natural counter to love. We love someone very much and when they die, we grieve their loss as well as the loss of the love we felt for them. You are not alone in your grieving. God is there with us as we deal with our grief. The journey down the grief road is not the same for everyone, everyone grieves in different ways. Some grief journeys are short while others are long and most I believe never truly come to an end. We do however reach a point where we are dealing with it better, the hurt is not as painful and we know that we can go on with our lives. The grieving process can be made easier if we trust fully in God being there with us as we grieve. God wants us to talk with God about what is hurting us. The Psalmist reminds us of that, �??Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.�?� (Psalm 62:8) It�??s also okay to get angry at God. God has big shoulders and can handle it. We hear these words in Psalm 10:14, �??But you do see! Indeed, you note trouble and grief, that you may take it into your hands; the helpless commit themselves to you.�?� God hears our cries for help and God then invites us to come to God for comfort. I believe that�??s what Jesus had in mind when he in Matthew he said, �??Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.�?� It�??s okay to cry, whenever or wherever you need to. It�??s especially okay for men to cry. As boys men were once told, �??big boys don�??t cry�?� and we have lived that directive into adulthood. Jesus gave us the example that it�??s okay for men to cry when he wept at Lazarus�?? tomb. It�??s also okay to ask for help to turn to someone who will be a listening ear for you. That can be a friend or even your Pastor. Yes, you can even talk to me. I do need to make it clear ahead of time that if you are coming to me for answers as to why someone had to die, I probably won�??t be of much help. However, if you are looking for someone to listen, I can be there for that. If you are having a hard time talking to God, come and talk to me. Like I said I don�??t have answers most of the time, but, I have been told I am a good listener. By talking with me God as well will hear what�??s on your heart. �??Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up the other; but woe to one who is alone and falls and does not have another to help.�?� (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10) Don�??t try to make this journey alone, find someone that you can turn to for support. Better yet consider a support group. If you need help in finding one please let me know and I can help you locate one. Continued�?� You might find help as well in reading. There is a book written by Joyce Rupp, Praying Our Goodbyes. This tender and realistic book can be your personal guide to accepting inevitable goodbyes even as it reminds us that when we are suffering most deeply, the seed of hope still lives within us. The suggestions I have made are not the end-all of ideas to cope with grief. It is a place to start. Find something that works for you, it may be one thing or a combination of things. Find what it is and do it. Help is there, all we need to do is ask, �??Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the end of the earth I call to you, when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.�?� (Psalm 61:1-2) Blessings and peace. Pastor Dennis *************** Virginia Bosworth, Sandy Bundy, Steve and Theresa Buller, Janie Gormley, Pastor Jeff Groene, Jack and Beverly Hicks and family, Glennis Lee Howard, Gretchen Kimble, Kairos Prison Ministry, Vicki Lindenberger, Mike McCormick, Nathan Schierling, Jim and Sophia Stephens, Peggy Watts, Reinecker Family, Brianna Krull, Grace Riggs, Julie Waddell, Hayes Schmid, Hayley Stucky, Pastor Dennis Ureche, Family and Friends of Gene Allen Knackstedt Family and Friends of Ben Knight , Family and Friends of Bob Willems Revised Common Lectionary Readings for February February 3 Jeremiah 1;4-10 Psalms 71:1-6 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Luke 4:21-30 February 10 Isaiah 6:1-8,9-13 Psalms 138 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Luke 5:1-11 February 17 Jeremiah 17:5-10 Psalms 1 1 Corinthians 15:12-20 Luke 6:17-26 February 24 Genesis 43:3-11,15 Psalms 37:1-11,39-40 1 Corinthians 15:35-38 Luke 6:27-38 ************** Friday, February 1 and Saturday, February 2 7:00 p.m. Burnett Center for the Arts Bethany College�??Lindsborg Tickets are $15.00 Broadway RFD, Lindsborg�??s Community Theater and the Bethany College Theater Department are proud to partner together to bring the musical, Sondheim on Sondheim to stage. This full musical revue consists of music and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim, known as the Father of the Modern American Musical. Many people are familiar with Stephen Sondheim�??s songs and shows, but don�??t realize that he was the composer and lyricist. Shows such as West Side Story, Gypsy, Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, and Company. Communion Sunday, February 3 ************* Everyone is invited to wear work clothes to church on Casual Sunday, February 3 Please make plans to stay after church to help with Ground Hog Dinner preparations and sausage making. **************** Inman Museum will host a Soup Luncheon Sunday, February 3 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Free will donations appreciated Community Building at Lambert Park Serving a variety of soups and desserts Everyone welcome! ************** St. Peter�??s UCC 77th Annual Ground Hog Dinner Monday, February 4, 2019 Serving times 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Cost is $11.00 per adult $5.00 for children ages 5-12 Ages 4 and under are free All you can eat meal served family style includes: sausage, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, rolls, and apple or cherry pie Volunteers are welcome! If you would like to volunteer please contact any of the men! *************** Make a note! No Choir Practice on Wednesday, February 6 Practices will resume Wednesday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. ************* Women�??s Fellowship Kitchen Clean Up Day Thursday, February 7 9:00 a.m. ************* Men�??s Fellowship will meet for breakfast on Saturday, February 9 7:00 a.m. Inman Harvest Café ************* Valentine�??s Day Thursday, February 14 ************** President�??s Day Monday, February 18 ************ Church Council Thursday, February 21 7:30 p.m. ************ American Red Cross Blood Drive Friday, February 22 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Call 1-800-733-2767 or go to Redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment. ************* Women�??s Fellowship Yearly Booklets are now available. They are located on the bulletin table in the sanctuary. ************* February Birthdays 1 Karson Schierling 5 Diana Rump James Stephens 11 Suttyn Harris 15 David Neufeld 21 Gene Ely February Anniversaries 12 Mike & Dorothy Luty 13 Roy and Shivawn Schierling 18 Tim and Terri Bornholdt 24 Randy and Darcel Miles Todd & Janell Harman ************ Coming in March World Day of Prayer, Friday, March 1 Communion, Sunday, March 3 Ash Wednesday, Wednesday, March 6 Women�??s Fellowship, Thursday, March 7, 2:00 pm Men�??s Breakfast, Saturday, March 9, 7:00 a.m. Daylight Savings, Sunday, March 10 St. Patrick�??s Day, Sunday, March 17 Church Council, Thursday, March 21, 7:00 p.m. One Great Hour of Sharing Offering, Sunday, March 31 Endowment Sunday, March 31 Please pray for these people on their designated day in February. . 1) Richard and Beverly Castleberry-John 2) Gary Ely 3) Gene Ely 4) Gladys Erksin 5) Tim and Cindy Fay 6) Shirley Friesen 7) Todd and Janell Harman-Max, Rachel 8) Matt, Brenna Harris Suttyn, Kru, Mac 9) Gretchen Kimble 10) Phyllis Knackstedt 11) Vicki Lindenberger 12) Mike and Dorothy Luty 13) Mike and Kimba McCormick 14) Randy and Darcel Miles, Aisjha 15) Ellen Neufeld 16) Ray and Jeanne Osborn 17) Charlie and Carolyn Pauls 18) Lenore Postier 19) Loren and Denise Postier 20) Elva Rump 21) Devin and Jessica Schierling 22) Karson, Kash, Kella 23) Gene and Karen Schierling 24) Roy and Shivawn Schierling 25) Dennis and Crystal Schroeder 26) Jerry and Ruth Sisson 27) Cassie Spears, Levi, Hailey 28) James and Sophia Stephens **************** 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. ************* German Visitor Sunday, February 10, 2019 St. Peter�??s UCC Morning Worship�??10:30 a.m. In February we will welcome our partners from the Evangelical Church in Baden to KO! While youth have been in KO just prior to the National Youth Event and to attend the Regional Youth Event, this will be the first formal visit since 2015 that a delegation has been to KO. The goals of the visit are simple; to learn more about the identity of the KO Conference; to explore and define the partnership into the future and to expose our partners to the culture of the United States. The schedule is designed to include some diversity in geography, rural and urban and programming that is during the day and in the evening so there is some time that will work for anyone who wants to have an opportunity to meet and hear our guests. The schedule is below. If you have questions or need more information, please feel free to contact Nikki Woolsey at [email protected] or Eve Kendall at [email protected] Opportunities for congregations and local church members to meet participate in programming with our partners: Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9 Cultivating Generous Congregations, Fellowship Congregational UCC�??Tulsa, Oklahoma Sunday, February 10: Worship at: �?� Church of the Open Arms Oklahoma City �?� St Peters UCC, Inman �?� Community UCC, Partridge �?� Central UCC, Topeka �?� Monday, February 11: Rural: St. John�??s in Baldwin City Program: Engaging the diversity of the KO Conference in the urban/rural divide Tuesday, February 12: Faith in the Public Square 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (RSVP required) Faith in the Public Square: Please join for lunch and a conversation on Faith in the Public Square Similarities and Differences in the German and US Context First Congregational Church 1701 SW Collins Ave Topeka, KS 66604 Wednesday, February 13: Dinner at Plymouth UCC; Members of Local UCC Congregations Invited (RSVP Required) Hear from our partners in Baden about what is happening in the Baden Church; the challenges they are facing as a country and how the church is responding. Plymouth United Church of Christ 925 Vermont Lawrence, KS 66046 The act of taking a journey �??a pilgrimage-can result in profoundly new perspectives and spiritual growth. Later in 2019, Pastor Aaron Roberts from Colonial United Church of Christ in Prairie Village is planning a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and is inviting anyone from the KO Conference to join him. The cost should be about $3,000 each. If you are interested in going, please talk to Pastor Dennis. ************ The KO Conference is planning a conference wide mission trip to the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation in South Dakota. We are planning this trip during the same time German youth from our partnership, the Church of Baden, are coming to Topeka, Ks. This is a great opportunity for youth ages 15 and older. If you are interested in attending please contact Pastor Dennis. The dates for this mission trip will be Saturday, June 8, thru Saturday, June 15, and will be held on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation in LaPetit, South Dakota. Camp White in Council Grove, Kansas is accepting early bird registrations (with a discount) for summer 2019 camps May 4 Work Hard, Play Hard (Volunteer celebration and Camp work day) June 8 Volunteer Orientation June 9-14 Camp Celebrate (completed grades 4-10) June 23-29 Clash of the Camps (completed grades 4-12) July 28-30 Young Adventurers Camp (completed grades K-3) July 28-Aug. 3 Last Blast! (completed grades 4-12) August 3-4 Family Camp and Open House Visit www.WhiteMemorial Camp.com or call 1-620-767-5165 For more information or to register for camp ************** Well? Did you do it? We learned about organ donations last fall, but did you take the opportunity to sign up to be an organ donor? Go to https://www.donatelifekansas.com/join/ You will need to have your Kansas driver�??s license handy, as it is how your intent to donate is tracked. When you renew your driver�??s license, make sure you get "organ donor" included on your new license! Someone you know (or someone you will never know) will be grateful that you did this. That They May All Be One Dear Partners in Christ: The vision of a body united �??in purpose, in mission, in vision �?? is one that inspired the birth of our denomination. All of our spiritual impulses reverberate in an effort to call us into a more perfect union. Throughout our shared history as a people of faith and as a part of the Body of Christ, we have challenged ourselves to widen the circle of inclusion. Widening the circle has always come with growth pains as we shed old skins and welcome those whom we had previously thought unwelcome. And, with each new articulation of a more fully expressed Body of Christ we have realized new joy. Through it all we remain focused on the call to be one and committed to meeting the challenges inherent in that call. We are now living in and through a season when the threats to unity are legion. Talk of walls that mark refugees as threats, labels like �??terrorist�?? that attach too easily to Muslims, overt racial bias that normalizes fear and hatred, a pandemic of abuse to women with the trigger reflex to forgive the men who author that abuse have turned America into a land many of us no longer recognize and that too many of us are finding harder and harder to reconcile with our faith. Now more than ever, the Holy Spirit of the Living God and the Risen Christ is seeking to partner with anyone committed to unifying the human community. The gospel mandate to love our neighbor as we love ourselves resonates deep within us. It calls for the better angels among and within us to always resist impulses to hate, to condemn, to vilify, or to castigate. In such a time as this, the United Church of Christ�??s call to fulfill the prayer of Jesus, that they may all be one, stands as an urgent mandate to disciples who envision a just world for all. United with you in God�??s service, The Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer General Minister and President 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: stpetersuccinman.org.webs.com Church �[email protected] Pastor Dennis Ureche�[email protected] RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED February 2019 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 Grow Love

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