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Play Scape PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pat Ireland   
Tuesday, 05 July 2011 16:48


A playscape is a play space that looks and feels like a natural environment.  It is designed for maximum exercise, imagination and learning.  A well designed playscape engages children with nature and provides opportunity for creative, open-ended play, exploration and healthy development.  This type of play frees the child’s imagination to limitless learning opportunities.

As you know, in May our congregation voted to purchase the lot west of the church.  This will allow the preschool to remove the run-down house and develop the lot for maximum aesthetic, learning and imaginative play.

We are to close on the purchase on August 1st and we are almost half way to our goal of $10,000 to complete the purchase. Session hopes to complete a timely purchase without dipping in to reserves, but they will need your prompt response.

We have received many generous donations from our extended family, “kids” who grew up in this church, but no longer leave near.  We are still waiting to hear from many of our “current” congregation.

I’d love to be able to show you a design for the area but the preschool committee is still working on it while raising the money to take down the old house.  Since a picture is worth 10,000 words, I’ve included some examples of the kinds of tings that could be done with the lot.

The first step is to complete the purchase.  You should have already received a letter from the Session asking you to prayerfully consider your part in this project.  If you have not, don’t remember, or have misplaced it, please contact Sheila Cooper for a replacement letter and envelope.  If you want more information contact any member of Session.

If you already know you are called to help with this project, please send your check to the church (Box 306, CWF 66845) before August 1st.  Thank you for your prayers and support.

If you already know you are called to help with this project, please send your check to the church (Box 306, CWF 66845) before August 1st.  Thank you for your prayers and support.


BTW:  The pastor will be at the Omaha Pastor’s School in Hastings, NE. July 6-13.  Christian Dashiell will bring the message on July 10.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 July 2011 12:22
It may be summer, but we are active with ministry! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pat Ireland   
Thursday, 23 June 2011 16:57


Donations to purchase the lot next for so that preschool can develop an outdoor classroom are coming in!   We are receiving support from current members and friends as well as extended family.   The Preschool has received a $5000 grant from the Kaltenbacher Foundation for the project.  Thanks to Elder Wade Coester who is keeping the lot looking good.

The Presbytery Trustees voted this week to recommend approval of the purchase.  That decision will be finalized at the July 16th meeting of Presbytery,  in good time for an August closing.

I am praying that you are prayerfully considering how you will support this project.  If you have questions contact Elder Tom Bell or Sheila Cooper.

We lost the Maple tree on the north of the church in the storm.  The good news is there was was no more structural or roof damage.   Thanks to Wade and Steve Griffin who  got the fallen tree cleared out before the wedding on Saturday afternoon!

The C4 Food Pantry distributed food to 32 families last week.  A crew of mostly Presbyterians unloaded a Kansas Food Bank delivery to the Food Pantry this week.  Thanks for your help.

Another group prepared lunches for the kids in SOS summer program for kids.  We’ll provide lunch again on July 20th.  Come join the fun in the kitchen!

Carli Robert reports she had a GREAT time at Heartland Center Camp.  We look forward to hearing about it soon!  Rowan and I are looking forward to Grand Camp this weekend.  The Elders will lead worship on Sunday.  Thanks to Minnie Beth Park and her crew.

With prayers that your summer days are filled with gratitude and purpose.



Last Updated on Thursday, 23 June 2011 17:29
Greetings from Athens PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pat Ireland   
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 10:56


I looked out the window of my hotel in Athens and thought: "This is not the advertised view!"  As I look down I see old crumbling tiles roofs and decaying buildings between the newer apartments.  Yesterday afternoon I watched a man call his big old dog in from the rain.


Spent last evening on the roof top with old friends with the night lit Acropolis behind us, clearly in view.  Very beautiful.  This morning as I looked out and down the same urban decay faced me until I chanced to look up.  There was the Acropolis right before my eyes.  It blends into the landscape in the day and I am always a little surprised when I realize it is up there all the time.


Wondering if there if that observation isn't worth meditating on and praying that you have a chance to sit down and see what it means for you today.


On the Pilgrimage



PS: Giving thanks to God and to you for this opportunity.  Mike arrived safely in Athens and is napping...Then we play!


Last Updated on Thursday, 23 June 2011 17:25
Pastor's Report PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pat Ireland   
Thursday, 19 May 2011 21:13


I was preparing a Pastor’s report for Session tonight and it made me realize how incredible active we’ve been the last few weeks… And it’s mostly all good!

Like our brothers and sisters in Christ we celebrated the passion and resurrection of Jesus and that is always a special time.

Like others in our culture we recognized and celebrated Mothers.  The roses from the Care Committee were especially appreciated.

Like many after the spring storms, we’ve talked with insurance appraisers and are anticipating really good news regarding our roofs.

We’ve collected over 40 pounds of pennies for the preschool and presented them at their Spring Concert on Tuesday.  The bank said there were 6638 of them!  Friday is the last day for preschool so it going to be real quiet around the church next week.  Thanks to Alana & Jan and the parent board for a really good year!

But all this great stuff is almost eclipsed by the challenge we accepted at our called meeting of the Congregation on the 15th.  The congregation was offered the property adjacent to the church to the south at 1/5th the price they wanted just 5 years ago.   And though we’ve always talked about additional parking, it is seldom a problem except for large funerals and preschool concerts!

Nevertheless, the Spirit wandered among us.   A vision of the lots all cleaned up, fenced and landscaped as a play area for the preschool began to appear.   The preschool board had already started fundraising to redesign the existing play yard, but many had noticed that it really not large enough for 16 active preschoolers at one time.

So, the congregation and the preschool have agreed to work together to purchase, clear and fence the lots known at 212 Maple and to design and develop an attractive and stimulating outdoor classroom/play area.  (Young children learn through play.)

The total project will cost about $30,000.  We need $10,000 by August 1st to close on the lot.  All of you will be given an opportunity to help out as you see fit.  Community foundations and individual will also be invited to help with the project.

Funny, how God works.  Here we were focusing on a celebration of 125 years of history and service, and we are challenged to invest in the future of our community by enhancing the neighborhood and serving the kids.  We didn’t seek it out, but we have committed ourselves to follow… and I think God is pleased!


... In the meantime, I am looking forward to a pilgrimage to Greece with classmates from seminary to visit sites associated with Paul and John: Corinth, Ephesus, Patmos, and of course Athens.  It is the culmination of a multi year grant from the College of Pastoral Excellence at Austin Seminary and I am very grateful for the opportunity.  Mike will join me in Athens for a few days after the tour, cause it is a place he has literally dreamed of visiting.  Thanks for your prayers while I’m gone.



Last Updated on Thursday, 19 May 2011 21:23
Called Meeting of Congregation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pat Ireland   
Monday, 09 May 2011 20:19


Our hearts are heavy with the death of Gay Park.  Services will be 11:00 AM, Thursday, May 12 at the church.  The family is relying on your prayers in this difficult time.

I am not sure if it is ironic or hopeful (for those of us with resurrection faith) that life does not stop for death but hurries right on.  Even as we mourn we are presented with a new ministry opportunity.

For that reason, Session has called a Congregational Meeting following worship on Sunday May 15. The lot south of the church (212 Maple) is for sale, and session would like to talk with you all before committing to a purchase.


Please plan to join us for a special presentation during worship before the meeting.   Pat and Kris Larkin will share with us the story of their mission trip to Kenya, a story about our following the Risen One.   Those who have heard it say it’s a great presentation and I am looking forward to hearing it.   It always good to hear first hand stories of how the living Christ is working in the world.


The congregational meeting will be in the sanctuary and follow worship.




Only 2 more weeks to top off our pennies for the preschool can.  The juice jug is already full and we are anxious to weigh and count the pennies!  Bring yours to  worship.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 May 2011 15:11
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