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St. Peter's United Church of Christ

Inman, Kansas



August 2019 Newsletter

Posted by ureche1 on March 11, 2020 at 10:20 AM
�??Above all sing spiritually. Have an eye to God in every word you sing. Aim at pleasing him more than yourself, or any other creature. In order to do this attend strictly to the sense of what you sing, and see that your heart is not carried away with the sound, but offered to God continually; so shall your singing be such as the Lord will approve here, and reward you when he cometh in the clouds of heaven.�?��??John Wesley�??s Directions for Singing is found in the front of some Methodist hymnals �??Praise the Lord! How good it is to sing praises to our God; for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.�?��??Psalm 147:1, NRSV �??The visiting of church structures, both large and small, has always been one of my traveling delights. After observing the distinctive architectural characteristics and aesthetic features of a new sanctuary, I generally find myself browsing through the church hymnal. �?�Experience has confirmed the conviction that next to the Bible, the hymnal is man�??s most important aid in worship of the Almighty.�?��??Kenneth W. Osbeck, 101 More Hymn Stories Hymn singing is a very important part of our weekly worship experience. John Wesley felt that hymn singing was so important to the lifting of one�??s praises to God that he came up with a list of rules for hymn singing. Congregational singing is important not only because it draws the congregation together in unity in worship by lifting praises to God in community and unison but also because well-chosen songs teach scriptural truths in a form other than reading or preaching and serve to further reinforce those truths. The center of our singing God�??s praises in unity is our hymnal. We here at St. Peter�??s for several years having been using exclusively, The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration as our guide. For the past few years I have been on the hunt to find a new hymnal for our use to add to what we have been using. The struggle with this search is that there is no �??perfect�?� hymnal to be found. In addition, the cost of securing enough hymnals to place in our pews is prohibitive. In mid-May of this year an opportunity presented itself that I found hard to pass up. The Reverend Phil Hodson of Fairmount UCC in Wichita let it be known that his church had 104 copies of the UCC�??s New Century Hymnal (NCH) available for anyone that was interested. The cost for these hymnals was the amazingly low price of FREE! The reason for these hymnals being available is because Fairmount has started sharing worship space with Pilgrim Congregational Church in Wichita. Pilgrim already had enough copies of the NCH and didn�??t need the additional copies that Fairmount had. Fairmount and Pilgrim�??s surplus became St. Peter�??s windfall. I want to make a few points very clear. First, I am not replacing the hymnal that we currently use. I am adding to our worship experience by introducing hymns that may be new to us that are found in the NCH. Secondly, we will continue to use our current hymnal, especially for the singing of our �??old favorites�?�. Keeping in mind that these �??old favorites�?� didn�??t start out as such. I believe that we will find hymns in NHC that will soon become favorites of ours. My final point is this. I promise, here in writing, that for the rest of my tenure at St. Peter�??s we will not take The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration out of the pews. These two hymnals, The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration and The New Century, will be used together to bring, what I hope is a better worship experience through song. The NCH will be in the pews on September 1 (when we return to our 10:30 a.m. start time). Beginning on that sate there will be a mixture of hymns from both hymnals. Some weeks it will be hymns from just one hymnal, other weeks it will be a mixture. Hymn selection will be, as it always has been for me, led by the spirit based of the message being addressed each week. The praise of God through music begins in scripture which is given to us by God. I will let God continue to guide me each week to choose the best hymns to enhance God�??s Word. As I was working on this article, I wondered just how long some of the hymns that we sing have been around. So, I put together a little quiz together to see if you could match the year a hymn was written with its title. You will find that quiz as well as the answers elsewhere in this newsletter. I will close with these words from the protestant reformer, Martin Luther, whose hymns are among our favorites, �??Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise. The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to man that he should proclaim the Word of God through music.�?� Peace and Blessings, Pastor Dennis *********** Hymn Quiz�??match the hymn to the year it was composed 1. O Come All Ye Faithful a. 1776 2. Joy to the World b. 1871 3. Leaning on the Everlasting Arms c. 1719 4. How Firm A Foundation d. 1887 5. Jesus Loves Me e. 1787 6. How Great Thou Art f. 1860 7. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God g. 1885 8. Amazing Grace h. 1529 9. Blessed Assurance i. 1779 10. Silent Night j. 1873 11. The Old Rugged Cross k. 1818 12. Rock of Ages l. 1913 ************ St. Peter's is invited to join Partridge UCC in their annual revival services. They usually have a full week of evening services. Everyone is invited to the revival services if you would like to attend. Pastor Dennis will be delivering the sermon on Tuesday, August 13, at 7:00 p.m. But, right now we need music. It could be choir, women, men, a solo, duet, or maybe a group. Abby has offered to form a choral group if enough are interested. If anyone would like to participate with music contact Pastor Dennis ASAP please! and thank you! *********** August Birthdays 3 Cody Bornholdt Katie Bornholdt Albers 9 Richard Castleberry 22 Verla Thomason Norma Ray Friesen 25 Carolyn Pauls 26 Jessica Schierling 30 Freddie Stowe August Anniversaries 3 Jerry & Ruth Sisson 8 Dan & Fay Binder 16 Scott & Connie Achilles 17 Ray and Jeanne Osborn Dennis & Crystal Schroeder 21 Kendall & Becky Knackstedt ********* Please pray for these people on their designated day in August 1) Cassie Spears, Levi, Hailey 2) James and Sophia Stephens 3) Freddi Stowe 4) Allen Thiessen 5) Merle and Karen Thiessen- 6) Verla Thomason 7) Donna and Jim Toews 8) Lamont, Kelly Turcotte, Aoife, Loki 9) Dennis Ureche (Pastor) Diane Miller 10) Peggy Watts 11) Marcelyn Wittorff 12) Lois Wright 13) Kathy Zimmerman 14) Norman Achilles 15) Scott and Connie Achilles 16) Adam and Katie Albers, Cash 17) Phyllis Armstrong 18) Kara Ayers, Elian Dorantes, Maya 19) Adolyn Bartels 20) Rosetta Bartels 21) Dan and Fay Binder 22) Cody and Ashley Bornholdt 23) James Bornholdt 24) Tim and Terri Bornholdt 25) Steve and Theresa Buller 26) Richard and Beverly Castleberry-John 27) Gary Ely 28) Gene Ely 29) Gladys Erksin 30) Tim and Cindy Fay 31) Norma Friesen Virginia Bosworth, Steve and Theresa Buller, Janie Gormley, Vicki and Rusty Johnson, Kandy Keuler, Gretchen Kimble, Kairos Prison Ministry, Jim and Sophia Stephens, Jace Ward, Peggy Watts, Brianna Krull, Rosetta Bartels, Karen Fay, Arlene Sherwood, Marcelyn Wittorff We Mourn with You Family and Friends of Gina Broadbent Family and Friends of Dick Swedersky Family and Friends of Audrey Peterson Family and Friends of Wilbur Martens ************ Revised Common Lectionary Readings for August August 4 Hosea 11:1-11 Ecc 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23 Colossians 3:1-11 Luke 12:13-21 August 11 Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 Genesis 15:1-6 Hebrews 11:1-3,8-16 Luke 12:32-40 August 18 Isaiah 5:1-7 Jeremiah 23:23-29 Hebrews 11:29-12:2 Luke 12:49-56 August 25 Jeremiah 1:4-10 Isaiah 58:9b-14 Hebrews 12:18-29 Luke 13:10-17 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. ************ Don�??t forget to sign up for Brunch Last day for brunch is Sunday, August 18 ************* Women�??s Fellowship Thursday, August 1 2:00 p.m. ******** Communion Sunday, August 4 ************ Communion Class Often children participate in communion on Sunday morning without really understanding the reasons we have communion or what it all means. All children, or interested adults, are invited to a Communion class on Wednesday, July 31, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or Wednesday, August, 7, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. The same material will be covered in each class. We will learn about communion and even make a loaf of bread. Any questions please contact Pastor Dennis. *********** Men�??s Fellowship will meet for breakfast Saturday, August 10 7:00 a.m. Inman Harvest Café ************ Church Council Thursday, August 15 7:30 p.m. ***************** St. Peter's United Church of Christ will offer a "Blessing of the Backpacks" on Sunday, August 18, during Morning Worship. During the service, students and adults will be asked to come forward with their school bags, backpacks, briefcases, etc. to receive a blessing for the coming school year. *********** American Red Cross Blood Drive Friday, August 23 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. Please call 1-800-733-2767 or go to to make an appointment. There is always a real shortage of blood during the summer months! Please make plans to donate. ************* 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. ************ The Board of Christian Education�??s Annual Cook-off will be held on Sunday, August 25, following Morning Worship. This year�??s categories are chicken and cupcakes. All entrees should include chicken and any kind of cupcake is acceptable. Entrees must be plated and ready to judge by 11:00 a.m. Entrees will be judges be presentation and taste. All spectators are asked to bring a side dish. Brunch will be a buffet of contest entrees and side dishes. To enter the contest please contact Brenna Harris 620-242-3878 or Fay Binder 620-960-1057. *********** Joint Youth Group to Begin September 22, Partridge Community United Church of Christ and St. Peter�??s United Church of Christ have agreed to team up to start a youth program. The program is open to all youth from grades 5-12. Our first gathering will be at St. Peter�??s on Sunday, September 22, 4:00-6:00 p.m. This first meeting will be a get acquainted meeting, along with getting some ideas as to what the youth would like to do. Meetings will alternate between Partridge and Inman, with some occasional field trips. Feel free to invite a friend or two to join the group. If you have questions or ideas please talk with Pastor Dennis. Coming in September Communion, Sunday, September 1 Women�??s Fellowship, Thursday, Sept 5, 2:00 Men�??s Breakfast, Saturday, Sept 14, 7:00 a.m. Church Council, Thursday, September 19, 7:30 p.m PVH Worship, Thursday, September 26, 6:30 p.m. Santa Fe Days, Saturday and Sunday, Sept 28 ************** Fall Worship Schedule will resume Sunday, Sept 1 Morning Worship at 10:30 a.m. Thanks to everyone that provided brunch during the summer. First day for Sunday School will be Sunday, September 8, at 9:30 a.m. ******* Choir practices will resume on Wednesday, September 4, at 7:00 p.m. Welcome back Abby! ****** Santa Fe Days will include the Women�??s Breakfast on Saturday, Sept 28 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and a bluegrass band is scheduled to perform on Sunday, September 29, 3:00 p.m. *********** Dear members of St. Peter�??s A big thank you for the flowers and card sent to me on my birthday. I have been listening to your Sunday services on tv and miss you all. This is very nice home to be here. Lenore Postier We just received another check from Dillons Community Rewards in the amount of $78.If you haven�??t signed up please do so. We have 15 households participating. It is easy to participate. Just go to your Dillons app and from the drop-down menu under Savings and Rewards choose Community Rewards, then select your organization. St. Peter�??s number is JJ086 or you can type in St. Peter�??s. Any questions please contact the Church Office or your local Dillons store. ************* Answers to Hymn Quiz from Pastor Dennis article 1. O Come All Ye Faithful�?? b. 1871 2. Joy to the World�?? c. 1719 3.Leaning on the Everlasting Arms�?? d. 1887 4. How Firm A Foundation�?? e. 1787 5. Jesus Loves Me�?? f. 1860 6. The Old Rugged Cross�?? l. 1913 7. How Great Thou Art�?? g. 1885 8. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God�?? h. 1529 9. Amazing Grace�?? i. 1773 10. Blessed Assurance�?? j. 1873 11. Silent Night�?? k. 1818 12. Rock of Ages�?? a. 1776 ************ Dear Pastor and Members A heartfelt thanks for everything! ($305.00 donation) Yours in Christ The Soup Kitchen Ellen Neufeld was a delegate from St. Peter�??s UCC to the 32nd General Synod in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 21-25. This is her report from the convention. It was published in the KO Conference Newsletter the week of July 10. The Conference newsletter is available on the KO Conference website. The newsletter contained several articles from Synod, including one from Conference Minister Edith Guffey. This is Ellen�??s article. Milwaukee, Wisconsin was a very welcoming city to the UCC delegates to the National Synod. Everyone I encountered during the entire seven days was friendly, helpful and considerate. Kudos to the organizers of this event and the citizens of Milwaukee! I attended two �??Be the Church Conversations�?� on Friday, June 21. The first one was entitled �??How is the UCC Different from Other Denominations�?�. I found it to be very interesting and informational. I realized I should have taken a polity class on the UCC before coming to synod! The autonomy of the local church was emphasized. A list of 10 points describing the UCC was handed out. I picked up numerous copies and will share with the Women�??s Fellowship Group when I give a presentation to them on August 1, 2019. The second conversation was entitled �??How Can Churches Prepare for Climate Change Discussion as a 2020 Election Issue?�?� I received many suggestions to use in approaching my congregation about this issue. One was a Youtube session by Katherine Hayhoe, an evangelical minister�??s wife, and the other were book suggestions, The Green Boat by Mary Pipher, God is Green by Robert E. Shore-Goss, and Grounded by Diana Butler Bass. The leader encouraged us to engage young people to bring this issue to the congregation. As was stated, �?? The earth has a fever. We need to make it better. We need to do this for you and well as the younger generation.�?� I was assigned to Committee 5, which reviewed a proposed resolution regarding the use of plastic foam and a resolution in support for the energy innovation and carbon dividend act of 2019. Spirited discussion was had on both resolutions and both passed with minimal amendments. The leader of our discussion emphasized from the beginning that time was a social justice issue and that we need to pay attention to how we use it and share it. When approaching our congregations about the plastic foam issue, it was suggested to have a knowledgeable person speak to the congregation about a trash to treasure program and how to recycle. Training is the name of the game. The church needs to be aware of the issue and the environmental concerns facing our planet. We can�??t afford to have the earth filled with trash and ignore the problem. Participating in the interfaith protest march to the Milwaukee ICE office on Monday, June 24, was the highlight of the Synod. We peacefully walked down the sidewalks of downtown Milwaukee holding posters, singing and chanting. Once we arrived at the ICE office, Rev. Traci Blackmon led us in song and chants and gave an inspirational message. Lines of fellow delegates marched in front of the ICE office, across the street and on the side street. It may have been a hot and humid afternoon, but no one doubted the importance of what we were doing. All of the worship services were beautiful in their own way. The music was thoughtfully chosen; the speakers brought home their points. The most inspiring service, however, was the service of holy communion on June 23, 2019. The choir was inspirational, singing many beautiful anthems while communion was administered. The preacher for the afternoon service, Rev. Traci Blackmon, Associate General Minister, Justice and Local Church Ministries, stirred our passion as she encouraged us to do our heart and soul work by bringing out all the colors of the world. She said �??God is calling us to shine! We live in God�??s creation and we need to act like it!�?� My favorite remark of her�??s was �??Justice is what love looks like in public�?�. She gave us so much to think about and act upon, not only within ourselves but in our churches. I would be remiss if I did not mention all the diversity within the UCC. It was absolutely a glorious sight to see all the people from different races, genders, ethnicities and sexual orientations come together as one. As a white, heterosexual, 60+ aged female, I was definitely not in the majority. I was enlightened and saddened to hear people speak about oppressions they endured, most of which I had never encountered. Yet each of us has experienced discrimination in some way. Not one person is immune. What we all need is empathy and the will to rectify the discrimination. As Rev. Blackmon said, �??We are blessed when we care.�?� As I drove home from the airport on Wednesday, June 26, I was thrilled to see that wheat harvest had started. I was home. Life is slower here in Inman, Ks. Our congregation is in a small farming community. Many issues addressed at synod will not be a topic of conversation in our church. Yet we do have concerns shared by other congregations, like attracting young people, keeping Sunday School going, having a youth program, serving an aging congregation, ministering to those in our area of the world. I came home confident in knowing that St. Peter�??s UCC is a relevant congregation in Inman, KS and, with God�??s help, will be shining for many years to come. Off to White Memorial Camp! Thanks to everyone that participated in the Annual Variety Show. (if you have pictures you would like to share please email them to me. bev) 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 August 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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