�??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.�?�
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.
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
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
Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17
June 9 Acts 2:1-21
Psalms 104:24-34, 35b
John 14:8-17, 25-27
June 16 Proverbs 8:1-4,22-31
June 23 1 Kings 19:1-4
June 30 2 Kings 2:1-2,6-14
1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21
Galatians 5:1, 13-25
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.
Sunday, June 2
Thursday, June 6
will meet for breakfast
Saturday, June 8
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.
Thursday, June 20
American Red Cross Blood Drive
Friday, June 21
12:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Please call 1-800-733-2767 or go to
Redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment.
Wisconsin Children�??s Choir
Friday, June 21, 2019
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.
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 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.
St. Peter�??s UCC
Annual Variety Show
Sunday, July 21
If you would like to be in the show
please contact Connie Achilles.
1 Loki Turcotte
5 Gage Patrick Sisson
7 Cassie Sisson Spears
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
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
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
Pastor Dennis Ureche�??email@example.com
RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED
Rev. Dennis Ureche, Pastor
Ellen Neufeld, Organist
Beverly Castleberry, Church Secretary
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
St. Peter's United Church of Christ 111 N. Pine St. Inman, Kansas 67546 620-585-2627