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St. Peter's United Church of Christ

Inman, Kansas



June 2019 Newsletter

Posted by ureche1 on March 11, 2020 at 10:10 AM
�??For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.�?� Galatians 5:1 �??There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.�?� Galatians 3:28 Were you a slave when called? Do not be concerned about it. Even if you can gain your freedom, make use of your present condition now more than ever. 1 Corinthians 7:21 �??For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, despicable, hating one another.�?� Titus 3:3 January 1, 1863, President Lincoln issued the Emancipation proclamation, calling for an end to slavery in this country. On December 18, 1865 the practice of slavery was officially abolished in the United States with the ratification of the thirteenth amendment to the US Constitution. However, slavery still continues today. I am not talking about the practice of owning others to do our work. I am talking about the idea that we are slaves to things that own us. Many of us today are not truly free, even though we may think we are. Yes, all of the Biblical passages listed above are from Paul�??s writings. Paul wrote much about being slaves, and his writings remind us that if we truly want to be free, we cannot let anything take our freedom away, we must claim it, and live it out. You might be saying, I am not a slave, nobody owns me. To which I would agree, nobody owns you, however something may own you. There are many things in this world that may enslave us and keep us from a full relationship with God. There are addictions that we are slaves to, alcohol, drugs, physical things, and yes even food that threaten our lives. God has called each of us to live our lives within a right relationship with God. This means that we must exercise our freedom and take control of our own lives; not let someone or something take control and make our decisions for us. That is very hard to do for most of us. We from a young age have had others making decisions for us and we sometimes feel that is an easier way to go through life. I believe that Paul�??s words from Galatians 5:1 make a great statement, �??For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.�?� Jesus lived, died, and rose again so that we may be free to fully serve God by living a life that Jesus taught us to live. Paul goes on to say in his letter to Titus, �??For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, despicable, hating one another.�?� That I believe is an excellent assessment of our lives when we don�??t have a good, strong relationship with God and Jesus. Jesus has given each of his followers an outline for living a good and free life. We need to take that outline and make a plan for how we are to live our lives. Doesn�??t matter how young or old we are, it�??s never too late. Someone once said about making a plan to become the person you want to be, �??Plan the work and work the plan.�?� Remember that a plan is just that a plan, there is room for adjustments to any plan. And, there will be times that our plans will need to be adjusted. Remember we are not carrying out this plan alone, we have God, Christ, and other Christians in the world (and here in Inman) working with us. Remember these words from Paul in Galatians 3:28 �??There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.�?� Blessings and peace. Pastor Dennis Please pray for these people on their designated day in June 1) Charlie and Carolyn Pauls 2) Lenore Postier 3) Loren and Denise Postier 4) Elva Rump 5) Devin and Jessica Schierling Karson, Kash, Kella 6) Gene and Karen Schierling 7) Roy and Shivawn Schierling 8) Dennis and Crystal Schroeder 9) Jerry and Ruth Sisson 10) Cassie Spears, Levi, Hailey 11) James and Sophia Stephens 12) Freddi Stowe 13) Allen Thiessen 14) Merle and Karen Thiessen 15) Verla Thomason 16) Jim and Donna Toews 17) Lamont, Kelly Turcotte, Aoife, Loki 18) Pastor Dennis Ureche and Diane Miller 19) Peggy Watts 20) Marcelyn Wittorff 21) Lois Wright 22) Kathy Zimmerman 23) Greg and Heather Thiessen, Taylor, Brooke 24) Norman Achilles 25) Scott and Connie Achilles 26) Adam and Katie Albers, Cash 27) Phyllis Armstrong 28) Kara Ayers, Elian Dorantes, Maya 29) Adolyn Bartels 30) Rosetta Bartels Virginia Bosworth, Steve and Theresa Buller, Janie Gormley, Gretchen Kimble, Kairos Prison Ministry, Jim and Sophia Stephens, Nort and Nancy Warner, Peggy Watts, Brianna Krull, Virginia Prather, Kara Ayers family, Jace Ward, Reinecker Family, all of those affected by recent unsettled weather conditions, We Mourn with You Rachel Held Evans Family and Friends of Dale Becker ************ Revised Common Lectionary Readings for June June 2 Acts 16;16-34 Psalms 97 Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17 John 17:20-26 June 9 Acts 2:1-21 Psalms 104:24-34, 35b Romans 8:14-17 John 14:8-17, 25-27 June 16 Proverbs 8:1-4,22-31 Psalms 8 Romans 5:1-5 John 16:12-15 June 23 1 Kings 19:1-4 Isaiah 65:1-9 Galatians 3:23-29 Luke 8:26-39 June 30 2 Kings 2:1-2,6-14 1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21 Galatians 5:1, 13-25 Luke 9:51-62 Summer Worship Schedule begins Sunday, June 2 Morning Worship at 9:30 a. m. followed by Brunch Brunch sign up sheets are on the bulletin boards. Autumn Schedule resumes on Sunday, September 1 ************ St. Peter�??s UCC Worship Team invites you to contribute to Morning Worship during the summer. You are invited to share something important to you thru music, poetry, devotionals, skits, etc. A sign up sheet for each Sunday during the summer has been posted on the bulletin board. If you have any questions please contact the Church Office. ************ Communion Sunday, June 2 ************ Women�??s Fellowship Thursday, June 6 2:00 p.m. ************** Men�??s Fellowship will meet for breakfast Saturday, June 8 7:00 a.m. Inman Harvest Café ************ A Strengthen the Church Offering will be taken on Sunday, June 9. Through this offering, your church will contribute to the continued expansion and revitalization of the United Church of Christ. As called for by the General Synod, 50 percent of your offering stays in your local conference, and 50 percent is sent to the national work of strengthening the church universal: through grants towards new church starts, inspiring youth and young adults into leadership, and equipping pastors for ministry in the 21st century. If you would like to give to this fund, please use one of the envelopes or make a note on your offering. Church Council Thursday, June 20 7:30 p.m. ***************** American Red Cross Blood Drive Friday, June 21 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. Please call 1-800-733-2767 or go to to schedule an appointment. ************** Wisconsin Children�??s Choir Friday, June 21, 2019 7:00 p.m. with reception following Directed by Margaret Hadley and accompanied by Jason Kutz, this choir of 12 singers, ages 13-18, from the Madison, Wisconsin area are touring the country to share the joy of music. The performance will include traditional choral music with sacred compositions as well as a cappella pieces. We hope you can join us! Free will donations appreciated. Thank you! Tuesday, June 25 62 Anniversary of the United Church of Christ ************** Brunch on Sunday, June 30 will be a Fiesta In honor of the Conversational Spanish class recently offered at St. Peter�??s by Kara Ayers, the Social Ministry Team will serve several Mexican foods at the June 30 brunch. Invite a friend and bring your appetite. **************** A meal train has been set up for Theresa and Steve Buller at This website has complete information, instructions, requests, address for delivery and more. There is still a real need for help. Any questions can be directed to Terri Bornholdt. ************ St. Peter�??s UCC Annual Variety Show Sunday, July 21 If you would like to be in the show please contact Connie Achilles. June Birthdays 1 Loki Turcotte 5 Gage Patrick Sisson 7 Cassie Sisson Spears Peggy Watts 9 Gideon and Honoria Stevenson 11 Merle Thiessen 12 Diane Bartels 16 Barry Sisson 18 Kendall Knackstedt 26 Kash Eliot Schierling 27 Lenore Postier 28 Max Harman 30 Scott Achilles Darcel Miles June Anniversaries 7 Doug and Lori Wright 9 Lamont and Kelly Turcotte 15 Charlie and Carolyn Pauls 28 Mike & Kimba McCormick 30 Tim and Cindy Fay ************ Independence Day, Thursday, July 4 Communion, Sunday, July 7 Vacation Bible School starts, Sunday, July 7 Women�??s Fellowship, Thursday, July 11, 2:00 p.m. Men�??s Breakfast, Saturday, July 13, 7:00 a.m. Church Council, Thursday, July 18,7:30 p.m. ************* Inman Vacation Bible School Registration is now open July 7-11 5:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Bethel Mennonite Church Ages 4 thru 6 grade Register online at This year�??s Offering Project for VBS is Mt. Hope Sanctuary in McPherson Sunday night: Batteries, sizes AA, AAA, C, D, 9volt Monday: hair brushes, hair ties, scrunchies, bobby pins, and alcohol-free mouth wash in 8-12 oz. bottles (Crest ProHealth) Tuesday: Insulated drinking cups with lids, insulated water bottles with lids and standard size pillows, twin size sheet sets for boys or gender neutral (they have plenty for girls) Wednesday: Snack size packages of fruit snacks, crackers or cookies Thursday night is the offering night to replenish the treasury for VBS in 2020. ************* 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 June 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

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