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Easter is a Season PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pat Ireland   
Monday, 02 May 2011 20:01


Thanks to the Care Committee for the May Baskets that were shared after worship last Sunday.  For some it was a fun reminder of a old tradition, for others it was a brand new tradition.  Everybody enjoyed it!

It hardly seems possible that we are approaching the third Sunday in Easter.  There are signs of new spirit and life all around.  Check the web calendar for these and other upcoming special events.

May 8th Worship and celebration of Mother’s Day

May 15th:  Graduation Sunday with special message from Pat and Kris Larkin on their mission trip to Africa.

May 19th:  Session’s regular meeting.

May 24th the Pat leaves for Continuing Education in Greece/Turkey, visiting some of the places where the early church was rooted, including Corinth and Patmos.

May 29th:  Rev. Victor Force will be guest preacher.

Please join us in Worship, Fellowship and Mission because every morning is Easter morning!


Last Updated on Monday, 02 May 2011 20:17
Hospitality PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pat Ireland   
Friday, 08 April 2011 17:21

It was late Thursday afternoon and I had just gotten from Salina, where I was attending a PNK committee meeting.  I went over to church to check messages and was delighted to see the new look of our hospitality area!  Special thanks to Wade and Lee Ann Coester for the beautiful change.  I hope you will be encouraged to invite others to worship with us.  I am confident that we are as hospitable as we look!

We are all freshened up in time Palm Sunday and special Holy Week services and opportunities to Serve.  Hope you will join us!



PALM SUNDAY: April 17th

9:15 am Choir Practice

10:30 am Palm Sunday Worship

One Great Hour of Sharing offering.


Wed, April 20:  7:00 am Kansas Food Bank Delivery

Need volunteers!

Thurs, April 21 7:00 pm Maundy Thursday Communion here

Friday, April 22 7:00 pm Good Friday Service at CWF Methodist

Sat, April 23 10am-2pm  Presbyterians volunteer at Food Pantry


Sun, April 24 Sunrise Service at Camp Wood followed by biscuits and gravy.

10:30 am Worship and Communion in the sanctuary - One Great Hour of Sharing Offering


Last Updated on Friday, 08 April 2011 18:12
The Road to Jerusalem PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pat Ireland   
Sunday, 06 March 2011 14:59

Lent is a forty-day period before Easter.  We skip Sundays when we count the forty days, because Sundays commemorate the Resurrection.  Thus in 2011, Lent begins on March 9 and ends, April 23, the Dark Saturday before Easter, April 24th.

The season is celebrated as one of preparation for Christ’s suffering, death and resurrection. This congregation marks the season with special services on Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. In addition, the pastor leads  a Lenten Bible study is on Wednesday 7:15 PM at the church.  This year's study is entitled "Biblical Models of Discipleship" from the Thoughtful Christian.

Easter (April 24th) is celebrated with a Sunrise service at Camp Wood, and 10:30 Worship at the church.

We have a variety of devotions available for your personal use.  If you prefer an on-line devotion, check out

Last Updated on Friday, 08 April 2011 17:56
Pennies for Preschool PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pat Ireland   
Monday, 21 February 2011 17:57

Ray Thomas won a can of pennies playing Bingo at the Senior Center on Valentines Day and wanted it to be the start of a special gift to the preschool. Session approved and suggested that we continue to collecting pennies through the school year.

Sharon presented it to the congregation yesterday in worship. She called the can, Ray’s Heart, for we all know of his generous spirit. Coincidentally, John had cleaned out the junk drawer where he throws loose change, and I found a purse full of loose change in the office. Session promptly separated the pennies out and deposited them in the Pennies for Preschool can, because it is to be an exclusive offering, pennies only!

Steve encouraged the children to pour his mason jar of pennies into the can and it is already very heavy and nearly full. The congregation is challenged to fill it several times over in the coming weeks.

So, leave those pennies in your pocket or purse, or other container, bring them to worship and put them in the can to provide healthy snacks for the preschool. Small seeds can produce a rich harvest. Thanks be to God!

God thank you for this congregation. Please guide us in what you want us to do.


Last Updated on Monday, 21 February 2011 18:04
The Sound of Communion PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pat Ireland   
Monday, 07 February 2011 02:33


The gospel lesson was “You are the salt of the earth.”  (Matt 5:13a)  Salt is spice, it livens things up.  What’s are French fires, or pretzels, without salt?


A colleague suggested it.  Session consented.  The granddaughters helped me make them. I found the simplest recipe, but still it was trickier than I suspected… to make a large pretzel.


It was unexpected to have salt rain down from the pretzel when it was broken.  It sounded more broken than the usually tearing of bread.  The large salt crystals looked almost like tears falling to the plate.


And when we passed the bread, I saw smiles as congregants realized they were filled with small pretzels.  Our tradition is to hold the bread and partake of it together.  Some held the salty goodness to their lips.  The music stopped, a word was spoken and -surprise- the room was filled with crunching as we all ate the crisp little pretzels.  A smile passed between folks as this unexpected sound of communion.


It was a blessed morning, topped off with a lively rendition of “This little light of mine.”  Then we scattered to go out into the world, to ‘add zest to the life of the world.”


It was good!

Thanks, Pat


What is salt without its flavor? What is light you cannot see?

What's a ship without a rudder? Without fruit, what is a tree?

Jesus said they're good for nothing, and he gave this warning call:

If we speak and then do nothing, we do not have faith at all.

We believe our true salvation comes by grace through faith alone;

But true faith results in action; by our deeds we make love known.


FYI: The origins of the pretzel go back to the 3rd century, a period when Lenten fasting meant only one meal a day.  The story is that a young monk prepared a Lenten bread of water, flour and salt.  To remind his brother monks that Lent was a time of prayer, he rolled the bread dough in strips and then shaped each strip in the form of crossed arms, mimicking the then popular prayer position of folding one’s arms over each other on the chest.  The bread was then baked as a soft bread, and could be eaten as prayerful sustenance during a fast.


Because these breads were shaped into the form of crossed arms, they were called bracellae, the Latin word for "little arms."  From this word, the Germans derived the word bretzel, which has since mutated to the familiar word pretzel.



A link to the full message, entitled “Living our Worship,” is below.




Last Updated on Monday, 07 February 2011 02:42
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