St. Peter's United Church of Christ
Inman, Kansas

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April 2019 Newsletter

Posted by ureche1 on April 7, 2019 at 10:15 AM
�??Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore, we must be saved by hope. Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore, we must be saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, could be accomplished alone; therefore, we must be saved by love. No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as it is from our own standpoint; therefore, we must be saved by the final form of love, which is forgiveness.�?� Reinhold Niebuhr�??1952, The Irony of American History As we move through the final weeks of Lent heading towards Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter, the above passage, written by Reinhold Niebuhr in his book, speaks what I believe are words that help us live into the message of Jesus�?? life, death and resurrection. �??Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore, we must be saved by hope.�?� Jesus, working with God, had a plan to save God�??s people. However, this plan could not be fully carried out unless Jesus died on the cross and was resurrected. Through his death and resurrection, Jesus gives us a hope for a better life here today and a better life after death as well. This is why we celebrate Easter. This is why the trumpet sounds. This is why we have communion and why we sing songs of praise on Easter. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead will raise us from the dead! The same power that gave Jesus life will give us life! The same power that breathed into Jesus' tomb will breathe into our tombs! And we don�??t have to stop breathing to experience that power now. �??Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore, we must be saved by faith.�?� Hope leads to faith. If we hope that Jesus�?? death and resurrection will lead to a better life here and now, then we need to move forward in faith. Many things in life are still a mystery; Jesus�?? death and resurrection--in part--still remain a mystery to us. However, even in this mystery, we need to reach out a hand to Jesus and take that step into an unknown new life. The resurrection is God's way of revealing to us that nothing which belongs to God will ever go to waste�??not even mortal bodies. It is God's way of revealing to us that nothing in life is so dead and hopeless that it cannot be transformed and resurrected. It is through our faith that we can achieve transformation and resurrection. �??Nothing we do, however virtuous, could be accomplished alone; therefore, we must be saved by love.�?� We are reminded in scripture that we are loved by God and by Jesus. Anything that we do in our lives, we do not do alone. God and Jesus are there every step of the way. Why? Because they love us. It is by that love, a love that took Jesus to his death, that we are saved. If we are willing to open our deepest and darkest tombs and pray, "Lord, here is all the junk, the pain, and the despair that is decomposing within me. Take it, transform it, and breathe into me new life�?�, we can have that new life today. If we reach out to Jesus and accept his invitation to bring our lives back into alignment, we can experience a love like we have never before experienced. If we can just say, we are tired of trying to make our lives better on our own, we can be transformed and resurrected. �??No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as it is from our own standpoint; therefore, we must be saved by the final form of love, which is forgiveness.�?� What I am seeing here is that we can have hope, faith and love, but without those things leading to forgiveness, we have nothing. Jesus has this to say about forgiveness in Luke 7:47, �??Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.�?� Forgiving someone can be difficult, but, forgiveness is not only about others; it is also necessary for our own spiritual growth. Love and forgiveness cannot be separated. If we choose to live out the love of God as the purpose of our life, then forgiving is an option that cannot be avoided. This is why we pray these words in the prayer Jesus taught us, �??And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors�?�. Our lives in Christ are not complete without forgiveness. God and Jesus�?? plan, which was not carried out completely until Jesus�?? death, is not fully complete without forgiveness. The Apostle Paul, writing in 1 Corinthians 13:13, had these words to offer his followers, �??And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.�?� I would venture to say that if Paul had meet Reinhold Niebuhr, he may have included forgiveness in his message. I believe that faith, hope, love AND forgiveness are all needed in order for God�??s plan through Jesus to be complete. When we have all four of these things in our lives along with Jesus, our resurrection into a new life can take place here and now and into the future. Peace and Blessings, Pastor Dennis Please pray for these people on their designated day in April. 1) Matt, Brenna Harris, Suttyn, Kru, Mac 2) Gretchen Kimble 3) Phyllis Knackstedt 4) Vicki Lindenberger 5) Mike and Dorothy Luty 6) Mike and Kimba McCormick 7) Randy and Darcel Miles, Aisjha 8) Ellen Neufeld 9) Ray and Jeanne Osborn 10) Charlie and Carolyn Pauls 11) Lenore Postier 12) Loren and Denise Postier 13) Elva Rump 14) Devin and Jessica Schierling Karson, Kash, Kella 15) Gene and Karen Schierling 16) Roy and Shivawn Schierling 17) Dennis and Crystal Schroeder 18) Jerry and Ruth Sisson 19) Cassie Spears, Levi, Hailey 20) James and Sophia Stephens 21) Freddi Stowe 22) Allen Thiessen 23) Merle and Karen Thiessen- 24) Verla Thomason 25) Donna and Jim Toews 26) Lamont, Kelly Turcotte, Aoife, Loki 27) Pastor Dennis Ureche and Diane Miller 28) Peggy Watts 29) Marcelyn Wittorff 30) Lois Wright Virginia Bosworth, Steve and Theresa Buller, Janie Gormley, Pastor Jeff Groene, Jack and Beverly Hicks and family, Gretchen Kimble, Kairos Prison Ministry, Mike McCormick, Nathan Schierling, Jim and Sophia Stephens, Peggy Watts, Brianna Krull, Grace Riggs, Ralph Vogel, Wayne Lintz, Jill Castain Family and Friends of Charlotte Alley Family and Friends of Judy Kay Alley, Family and Friends of Eldo Prieb, Family and Friends of Linus Linaweaver ************** Revised Common Lectionary Readings for April April 7 Isaiah 43:16-21 Psalm 126 Phil 3:4b-14 John 12:1-8 April 14 Psalms 118:1-2,19-29 Luke 19:28-40 Isaiah 50: 4- 9a Luke 22:14-23 April 21 Acts 10:34-43 Psalms 118:1-2,14-24 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 John 20:1-18 April 28 Acts 5:27-32 Psalms 118:14-29 Revelation 1:4-8 John 20:19-31 The Kansas Oklahoma Conference Annual Meeting is October 18-19 in Tulsa and the keynote speaker will be award-winning author and internationally known public speaker Diana Butler Bass. Butler Bass who has a PhD from Duke University is a thought leader on issues of spirituality, religion, culture, and politics. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, PBS, CBS, and FOX, has been interviewed on numerous radio programs, including shows on NPR, CBC, and Sirius XM, and has work featured in numerous print and online newspapers and magazines including Time, USA Today, and the Los Angeles Times. From 1995-2000, she wrote a weekly column for the New York Times Syndicate. She was a founding blogger for both Beliefnet and Huffington Post religion. Her bylines include the Washington Post and Atlantic.com. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Diana Butler Bass, lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband, Richard Bass, and their dog, Rowan. Butler-Bass�??s professional bio goes on to state that that she has a passion for environmental issues, supporting local farms, reading poetry, cooking, gardening, Washington Nationals baseball, and Duke basketball. We�??ll ask her not to mention that last one when she comes to KO in October! While much of our time will look at the future of KO, we can never do that in isolation of asking the broader questions about the context in which we live and serve. Diana Butler Bass will help us take a �??big picture�?� look as we continue to explore an unfolding future. Lenten Study Wednesdays, thru April 17 Morning Session at 9:30 a.m. Evening Class at 6:30 p.m. The book �??The Book of Not So Common Prayer�?� written by Linda McCullough Moore Is the basis for this year�??s study. The Book of Not-So Common Prayer is a handbook that combines spiritual insight with practical action steps you can take to change your prayer habits�??and change your life. In describing her own transformation from a person who prayed on the run to a person who prays four times a day, Linda McCullough Moore builds a compelling case for a life founded on prayer. Drawing inspiration from the ancient practice of meditation, Moore shows how any time spent in prayer will transform the time you spend with your family, at work, or in play. She then delivers a well-supported methodical process you can follow to experience more depth, meaning, and joy in your prayers. *************** Everyone is invited to join us for Soup Suppers before the Lenten Study beginning at 6:30 p.m. ************* Make a note! Choir Practice Will move to 7:30 p.m. each Wednesday, because of the Lenten Study ************* This Lenten Season we are inviting everyone to give their burdens to God by nailing them to the wooden cross in the Narthex. Hammer, nails, paper and pen, will be beside the cross. ************* ************* Women�??s Fellowship Thursday, April 4 2:00 p.m. ************** Communion Sunday, April 7 ************* Pleasant View Home Worship Service Thursday, April 11 6:30 p.m. PVH Chapel *************** Men�??s Fellowship will meet for breakfast Saturday, April 13 7:00 a.m. Inman Harvest Café *************** Palm Sunday Morning Worship Service Sunday, April 14 10:30 a.m. *************** Community Palm Sunday Service Sunday, April 14 7:00 p.m. St. Peter�??s UCC Everyone is welcome! ************ Women�??s Fellowship will be attending Church Basement Ladies at the McPherson Opera House on Wednesday, April 17 2:00 p.m. Lunch plans are also being made. If you have any questions or would like to arrange a carpool, please contact president Donna Toews. Ticket contact is Diane Miller. *************** St. Peter�??s will host a Maundy Thursday Service Thursday, April 18 7:00 p.m. ************* St Peter's United Church of Christ is hosting a unique experience on Good Friday, March 30. Starting at 5:45 p.m., at the City Pasture (1-mile East and 1/4-mile North of Inman), there will be an opportunity to relive the journey that Jesus Christ experienced carrying the cross. Teams of two will carry the cross for 1/4 mile and then exchange with another pair, with each stop sharing pertinent scripture. The caravan will continue traveling until they reach St Peters UCC for the 7:00 p.m. Good Friday service. This event is open to everyone. If you know of anyone who would like to participate please invite them. ************** Good Friday Service Friday, April 19 7:00 p.m. Easter Sunday April 21 Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. *************** Church Council Thursday, April 25 7:30 p.m. ***************** KAIROS Prison Ministry will be hosting a KAIROS weekend inside the prison beginning Thursday, April 25, and going thru Sunday, April 28. There are many ways to help with this ministry, monetary donations in any amount will purchase a meal for the inmate, or you can pay for a full KAIROS weekend for an inmate. Prayer is also needed during the KAIROS weekend, for the inmates and for the volunteers. A Prayer Vigil sign up sheet is on the bulletin board. Any questions can be directed to Allen Thiessen. ************** American Red Cross Blood Drive Friday, April 26 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Walk in�??s are welcome! To schedule and appointment please call 1-800-733-2767 or go to redcrossblood.org Inman Classic Car Show Saturday, April 27 Check out Inman Community Events Facebook page for more information. ************* Congregational Meeting Sunday, April 28 after Morning Worship ************** 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. There is still a real need for help. Any questions can be directed to Terri Bornholdt. ************* April Birthdays 1 Becky Knackstedt 5 Rachel Harman 9 Jessica Thiessen 13 Gene Schierling Denise Postier 15 Taylor Thiessen Pastor Dennis Ureche 20 Dorothy Luty 22 Shivawn Schierling 23 Beverly Castleberry 25 Levi Spears 30 Terri Bornholdt April Anniversaries No anniversaries ************ Coming in May Women�??s Fellowship, Thursday, May 2,2:00 p.m. 4 H City Wide Garage Sales, Saturday, May 4 Communion, Sunday, May 5 Men�??s Breakfast, Saturday, May 11, 7:00 a.m. Church Council, Thursday, May 16, 7:30 p.m. Memorial Day, Monday, May 27 *************** The City-Wide Garage Sales on Saturday, May 4, are the largest fundraiser for your local 4H. If you would like to have a garage sale please contact Janell Harman. 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 �??stpetersuccinman@gmail.com Pastor Dennis Ureche�??ureche1@aol.com RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED April 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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