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October 2019 Newsletter

Posted by ureche1 on March 11, 2020 at 11:55 AM
Can you believe it October is here. The year is 75% over and it�??s time to start the rush to 2020. Before you know it, Thanksgiving will be here, followed rapidly by Christmas. However, I don�??t want to move things along to quickly so I will focus on October for this month�??s article. October is a month of change. We lose about 60 minutes of daylight between October 1 and 31, with later sunrises and earlier sunsets. The leaves begin and for the most part complete their color change during the month. Cooler temperatures are also ahead, with the average high temperature dropping 13 degrees during the month and the low temperature dropping 11 degrees. Finally, at the end of the month our big fall holiday hits, that being Halloween. Shoppers say they will spend an average $86.27, down just slightly from last year�??s record $86.79. That works out to $8.8 billion in total spending, down from last year�??s $9 billion. This year�??s total is expected to be the third-highest in the survey�??s 15-year history, after the record $9.1 billion set in 2017. A total of 172 million people plan to celebrate Halloween�??68 percent of those surveyed�??down from 175 million last year.1 What if we could funnel that amount of money to some of the human needs we have in this country. Halloween is a holiday that some Christians choose not to celebrate, because of its pagan origins and others because of its dark, ghoulish imagery. However, other Christians choose to participate in the festivities, either through school functions, community events or what has grown in popularity over the past few years at churches, that being trunk or treat. This event has activities at church for the whole family with treat or treating happening in the parking lot or big field with kids moving from car trunk to car trunk, collecting goodies, in a safe and family environment. Despite the fact that some Christians boycott Halloween, the holiday does have a Christian history. Hallow is the same word for �??holy�?� that we find in the Lord�??s Prayer and e�??en is a contraction of �??evening�?�. The word Halloween itself is a shortened form of �??All Hallows Eve�?�, the day before �??All Saints Day�?�. This holiday, properly understood and celebrated with all of its fun trappings, can be a way for us to deepen our understanding of faith. Halloween has its roots in the ancient Celtic tribes of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Brittany. On October 31, the tribes would celebrate the festival of Samhain. During this festival, Celts believed the souls of the dead, including ghosts, goblins, and witches, returned to mingle with the living. In order to scare away the evil spirits, people would wear masks and light bonfires.2 When the Romans conquered the Celts, they added their own touches to the Samhain festival, such as making centerpieces out of apples and nuts for Pomona, the Roman goddess of the orchards. The Romans also bobbed for apples and drank cider, traditions which may sound familiar to you. But where does the Christian aspect of the holiday come into play? In 835, Pope Gregory IV moved the celebration for all the martyrs (later all saints) from May 13 to November 1. The night before became known as All Hallow�??s Eve or �??holy evening.�?� Eventually the name was shortened to the current Halloween. The purpose of these feasts is to remember those who have died. It is a celebration of the �??communion of saints,�?� which reminds us that the church is not bound by space or time. Continued�?� Many of the customs we now associate with Halloween are also derived from ancient celebrations. For example, the current custom of going door-to-door to collect treats actually started in Ireland hundreds of years ago. Groups of farmers would go door-to-door collecting food and materials for a village feast and bonfire. Those who gave were promised prosperity; those who did not received threats of bad luck. When an influx of Irish Catholic immigrants came to the United States in the 1800s, the custom of trick-or-treating came with them.3 Does your family carve a pumpkin to place on your porch for Halloween? If so, then you can once again thank the Irish for the tradition. Actually, the custom began with a turnip. People would hollow out the turnips and place lighted candles inside to scare off the evil spirits. When the Irish came to America, they discovered the pumpkin as a larger substitute for the turnip. And so, we now carve pumpkins instead of turnips for Halloween. So, how does your family celebrate Halloween if at all? Ultimately, Christian participation in Halloween is a matter of conscience before God. Whatever level of Halloween participation you choose, you must honor God by keeping yourself separate from the world and by showing mercy to those who are perishing. Halloween provides the Christian with the opportunity to accomplish both of those things in the gospel of Jesus Christ. It's a message that is holy, set apart from the world; it's a message that is the very mercy of a forgiving God. What better time of the year is there to share such a message than Halloween? Blessings and peace. Pastor Dennis 1https://nrf.com/media-center/press-releases/social-media-influencing-near-record-halloween-spending 2http://www.allaboutgod.com/history-of-halloween-christian-perspective-faq.htm 3http://www.gty.org/resources/articles/A123/christians-and-halloween Please pray for these people on their designated day in October 1) Marcelyn Wittorff 2) Lois Wright 3) Kathy Zimmerman 4) Norman Achilles 5) Scott and Connie Achilles 6) Adam and Katie Albers, Cash 7) Phyllis Armstrong 8) Kara Ayers, Elian Dorantes, Maya 9) Adolyn Bartels 10) Rosetta Bartels 11) Dan and Fay Binder 12) Cody and Ashley Bornholdt 13) James Bornholdt 14) Tim and Terri Bornholdt 15) Steve and Theresa Buller 16) Richard and Beverly Castleberry-John 17) Gary Ely 18) Gene Ely 19) Gladys Erksin 20) Tim and Cindy Fay 21) Norma Friesen 22) Shirley Friesen 23) Todd and Janell Harman-Max, Rachel 24) Matt, Brenna Harris Suttyn, Kru, Mac 25) Gretchen Kimble 26) Phyllis Knackstedt 27) Vicki Lindenberger 28) Mike and Dorothy Luty 29) Mike and Kimba McCormick 30) Randy and Darcel Miles, Aisjha 31) Ellen Neufeld Virginia Bosworth, Steve and Theresa Buller, Terry and Karen Fay, William Forehand, John Glenn, Vicki and Rusty Johnson, Kandy Keuler, Gretchen Kimble, Danny Parr, Kairos Prison Ministry, Gene Schierling, Jim and Sophia Stephens, Jace Ward, Peggy Watts, Marcelyn Wittorff, Abby Rishel-Barnett, Norma Friesen�??s grand and great grandchildren, Lois Hickey and Family, ********** Helen Havercroft Family and Friends Hilda Vogt Family and Friends Erma Jane Wiens Family and Friends Verna Lee Penner Family and Friends Kay Hildebrand Family and Friends Zona Mary Homeier Family and Friends ************ Revised Common Lectionary Readings for October October 6 Lam 1;1-6 Habakkuk 1:1-4,2:1-4 2 Timothy 1:1-14 Luke 17:5-10 October 13 Jeremiah 29:1,4-7 2 Kings 5:1-3,7-15c 2 timothy 2:8-15 Luke 17:11-19 October 20 Jeremiah 31:27-34 Genesis 32:22-31 2 timothy 3:14-4:5 Luke 18:1-8 October 27 Joel 2:23-32 Psalm 84:1-7 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 Luke 18:9-14 Women�??s Fellowship Thursday, October 3 2:00 p.m. Remember to bring your favorite dessert recipes to be able to make choices for the Community Luncheon in November. ************ World Communion Sunday October 6 ************ Neighbors in Need Special Mission Offering Sunday, October 6 Neighbors in Need is the UCC�??s annual offering to support ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States, including the Council for American Indian Ministries. ************** Inman Museum Open House Sunday, October 6 1:30p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free will donations To introduce the theatre premier showing of old photographs and slides that have been digitalized thanks to a grant from the Kansas Humanities Council. Blessing of the Animals Sunday, October 6 5:00 p.m. All animals are welcome to come and receive a blessing ************** Inman�??s 3rd Charity Quilting Retreat Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. St. Peter�??s UCC Fellowship Hall The goal is to bring together any and all who like to sew for exciting fun and fellowship while sewing as many quilt tops and children�??s quilts as we can. Quilts will go to Mount Hope and Children�??s Mercy Hospitals. Bring your sewing machine and walking foot and scissors and thread of a neutral color All material and batting, rotary cutters and mats, and irons and ironing boards are provided. Please RSVP so that we can have the room set up for the number of sewing machines we will be expecting to arrive. We have a couple of extra sewing machines if you need to reserve one. RSVP to Terri Bornholdt 620-242-8818 or terri.bornholdt@gmail.com Men�??s Fellowship will meet for breakfast Saturday, October 12, 7:00 a.m. Inman Harvest Café ************ 4H Sunday Sunday, October 13 Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. All members and families of 4H are welcome ************** St. Peter�??s UCC will welcome special Guest Speaker Heidi Hawkinson Penny Sunday, October 13 Morning Worship The Community Choir will perform at Pleasant View Home Thursday, October 17 6:30 p.m. Reception will follow performance ********** Church Council will meet Thursday, October 17 7:30 p.m. ************ Kansas Oklahoma Annual Conference Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 ************** Fall Congregational Meeting Sunday, October 20 All teams need to submit a report to be included in the Book of Reports for the Congregational Meeting. Team reports need to be in to the Church Office by Wednesday, October 9. The Book of Reports will be available for Sunday, October 13, and October 20. All members please make plans to attend. Decisions on combining the Special Accounts Funds will be on the agenda. Dinner for the Congregational Meeting will be Potluck. All youth, grades 5 thru 12 Youth Group Sunday, October 20 Partridge UCC, 4:00 p.m. Pastor Dennis will provide transportation. Plan to leave about 3:15 p.m. Please RSVP to Pastor Dennis or the Church Office. ********** Be someone�??s hero, donate blood American Red Cross Blood Drive Friday, October 25 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Call 1-800-733-2767 or go to Redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment. *************** Season of Creation Sunday Sunday, October 27 Morning Worship Kairos will be in the Hutchinson Correctional Facility Thursday, October 31 thru Sunday, November 3. A Prayer Vigil sign up sheet is posted on the bulletin board. You can also help with this ministry with a monetary donation. Please contact Allen Thiessen for more information. *********** If you have a loved one that you would like remembered during the All Saints Day Remembrance on Sunday, November 3 Morning Worship please contact the Church Office. ********** 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. *********** Marcelyn Wittorff has been moved to Harvest House at PVH. She is still really struggling. All cards, thoughts, prayers and other kind gestures have been so appreciated and are still welcome. Thank you, Carolyn and Larry October Birthdays 1 Abby Rischel Barnett 2 Janell Harman Tristian Stevenson 3 Cindy Fay 4 Carmalee Winebrinner 7 Dan Binder 10 Matt Harris 11 Todd Harman 12 Allen Thiessen 13 Ellen Neufeld 14 Drake Stevenson 16 Loren Postier 17 Sophia Stephens 18 Mike McCormick 22 Lois Wright Karen Thiessen 25 Ashley Bornholdt Laura Bartels Stevenson 30 Cash Jensen Albers October Anniversaries 27 Merle and Karen Thiessen ************** Mark Your Calendars Coming in November All Saints Day, Sunday, November 3 Daylight Savings ends Sunday, November 3 Women�??s Fellowship Community Luncheon Thursday, November 7, 11:00 a.m. Veteran�??s Day, Monday, November 11 Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 28 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 October 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 Can you believe it October is here. The year is 75% over and it�??s time to start the rush to 2020. Before you know it, Thanksgiving will be here, followed rapidly by Christmas. However, I don�??t want to move things along to quickly so I will focus on October for this month�??s article. October is a month of change. We lose about 60 minutes of daylight between October 1 and 31, with later sunrises and earlier sunsets. The leaves begin and for the most part complete their color change during the month. Cooler temperatures are also ahead, with the average high temperature dropping 13 degrees during the month and the low temperature dropping 11 degrees. Finally, at the end of the month our big fall holiday hits, that being Halloween. Shoppers say they will spend an average $86.27, down just slightly from last year�??s record $86.79. That works out to $8.8 billion in total spending, down from last year�??s $9 billion. This year�??s total is expected to be the third-highest in the survey�??s 15-year history, after the record $9.1 billion set in 2017. A total of 172 million people plan to celebrate Halloween�??68 percent of those surveyed�??down from 175 million last year.1 What if we could funnel that amount of money to some of the human needs we have in this country. Halloween is a holiday that some Christians choose not to celebrate, because of its pagan origins and others because of its dark, ghoulish imagery. However, other Christians choose to participate in the festivities, either through school functions, community events or what has grown in popularity over the past few years at churches, that being trunk or treat. This event has activities at church for the whole family with treat or treating happening in the parking lot or big field with kids moving from car trunk to car trunk, collecting goodies, in a safe and family environment. Despite the fact that some Christians boycott Halloween, the holiday does have a Christian history. Hallow is the same word for �??holy�?� that we find in the Lord�??s Prayer and e�??en is a contraction of �??evening�?�. The word Halloween itself is a shortened form of �??All Hallows Eve�?�, the day before �??All Saints Day�?�. This holiday, properly understood and celebrated with all of its fun trappings, can be a way for us to deepen our understanding of faith. Halloween has its roots in the ancient Celtic tribes of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Brittany. On October 31, the tribes would celebrate the festival of Samhain. During this festival, Celts believed the souls of the dead, including ghosts, goblins, and witches, returned to mingle with the living. In order to scare away the evil spirits, people would wear masks and light bonfires.2 When the Romans conquered the Celts, they added their own touches to the Samhain festival, such as making centerpieces out of apples and nuts for Pomona, the Roman goddess of the orchards. The Romans also bobbed for apples and drank cider, traditions which may sound familiar to you. But where does the Christian aspect of the holiday come into play? In 835, Pope Gregory IV moved the celebration for all the martyrs (later all saints) from May 13 to November 1. The night before became known as All Hallow�??s Eve or �??holy evening.�?� Eventually the name was shortened to the current Halloween. The purpose of these feasts is to remember those who have died. It is a celebration of the �??communion of saints,�?� which reminds us that the church is not bound by space or time. Continued�?� Many of the customs we now associate with Halloween are also derived from ancient celebrations. For example, the current custom of going door-to-door to collect treats actually started in Ireland hundreds of years ago. Groups of farmers would go door-to-door collecting food and materials for a village feast and bonfire. Those who gave were promised prosperity; those who did not received threats of bad luck. When an influx of Irish Catholic immigrants came to the United States in the 1800s, the custom of trick-or-treating came with them.3 Does your family carve a pumpkin to place on your porch for Halloween? If so, then you can once again thank the Irish for the tradition. Actually, the custom began with a turnip. People would hollow out the turnips and place lighted candles inside to scare off the evil spirits. When the Irish came to America, they discovered the pumpkin as a larger substitute for the turnip. And so, we now carve pumpkins instead of turnips for Halloween. So, how does your family celebrate Halloween if at all? Ultimately, Christian participation in Halloween is a matter of conscience before God. Whatever level of Halloween participation you choose, you must honor God by keeping yourself separate from the world and by showing mercy to those who are perishing. Halloween provides the Christian with the opportunity to accomplish both of those things in the gospel of Jesus Christ. It's a message that is holy, set apart from the world; it's a message that is the very mercy of a forgiving God. What better time of the year is there to share such a message than Halloween? Blessings and peace. Pastor Dennis 1https://nrf.com/media-center/press-releases/social-media-influencing-near-record-halloween-spending 2http://www.allaboutgod.com/history-of-halloween-christian-perspective-faq.htm 3http://www.gty.org/resources/articles/A123/christians-and-halloween Please pray for these people on their designated day in October 1) Marcelyn Wittorff 2) Lois Wright 3) Kathy Zimmerman 4) Norman Achilles 5) Scott and Connie Achilles 6) Adam and Katie Albers, Cash 7) Phyllis Armstrong 8) Kara Ayers, Elian Dorantes, Maya 9) Adolyn Bartels 10) Rosetta Bartels 11) Dan and Fay Binder 12) Cody and Ashley Bornholdt 13) James Bornholdt 14) Tim and Terri Bornholdt 15) Steve and Theresa Buller 16) Richard and Beverly Castleberry-John 17) Gary Ely 18) Gene Ely 19) Gladys Erksin 20) Tim and Cindy Fay 21) Norma Friesen 22) Shirley Friesen 23) Todd and Janell Harman-Max, Rachel 24) Matt, Brenna Harris Suttyn, Kru, Mac 25) Gretchen Kimble 26) Phyllis Knackstedt 27) Vicki Lindenberger 28) Mike and Dorothy Luty 29) Mike and Kimba McCormick 30) Randy and Darcel Miles, Aisjha 31) Ellen Neufeld Virginia Bosworth, Steve and Theresa Buller, Terry and Karen Fay, William Forehand, John Glenn, Vicki and Rusty Johnson, Kandy Keuler, Gretchen Kimble, Danny Parr, Kairos Prison Ministry, Gene Schierling, Jim and Sophia Stephens, Jace Ward, Peggy Watts, Marcelyn Wittorff, Abby Rishel-Barnett, Norma Friesen�??s grand and great grandchildren, Lois Hickey and Family, ********** Helen Havercroft Family and Friends Hilda Vogt Family and Friends Erma Jane Wiens Family and Friends Verna Lee Penner Family and Friends Kay Hildebrand Family and Friends Zona Mary Homeier Family and Friends ************ Revised Common Lectionary Readings for October October 6 Lam 1;1-6 Habakkuk 1:1-4,2:1-4 2 Timothy 1:1-14 Luke 17:5-10 October 13 Jeremiah 29:1,4-7 2 Kings 5:1-3,7-15c 2 timothy 2:8-15 Luke 17:11-19 October 20 Jeremiah 31:27-34 Genesis 32:22-31 2 timothy 3:14-4:5 Luke 18:1-8 October 27 Joel 2:23-32 Psalm 84:1-7 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 Luke 18:9-14 Women�??s Fellowship Thursday, October 3 2:00 p.m. Remember to bring your favorite dessert recipes to be able to make choices for the Community Luncheon in November. ************ World Communion Sunday October 6 ************ Neighbors in Need Special Mission Offering Sunday, October 6 Neighbors in Need is the UCC�??s annual offering to support ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States, including the Council for American Indian Ministries. ************** Inman Museum Open House Sunday, October 6 1:30p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free will donations To introduce the theatre premier showing of old photographs and slides that have been digitalized thanks to a grant from the Kansas Humanities Council. Blessing of the Animals Sunday, October 6 5:00 p.m. All animals are welcome to come and receive a blessing ************** Inman�??s 3rd Charity Quilting Retreat Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. St. Peter�??s UCC Fellowship Hall The goal is to bring together any and all who like to sew for exciting fun and fellowship while sewing as many quilt tops and children�??s quilts as we can. Quilts will go to Mount Hope and Children�??s Mercy Hospitals. Bring your sewing machine and walking foot and scissors and thread of a neutral color All material and batting, rotary cutters and mats, and irons and ironing boards are provided. Please RSVP so that we can have the room set up for the number of sewing machines we will be expecting to arrive. We have a couple of extra sewing machines if you need to reserve one. RSVP to Terri Bornholdt 620-242-8818 or terri.bornholdt@gmail.com Men�??s Fellowship will meet for breakfast Saturday, October 12, 7:00 a.m. Inman Harvest Café ************ 4H Sunday Sunday, October 13 Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. All members and families of 4H are welcome ************** St. Peter�??s UCC will welcome special Guest Speaker Heidi Hawkinson Penny Sunday, October 13 Morning Worship The Community Choir will perform at Pleasant View Home Thursday, October 17 6:30 p.m. Reception will follow performance ********** Church Council will meet Thursday, October 17 7:30 p.m. ************ Kansas Oklahoma Annual Conference Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 ************** Fall Congregational Meeting Sunday, October 20 All teams need to submit a report to be included in the Book of Reports for the Congregational Meeting. Team reports need to be in to the Church Office by Wednesday, October 9. The Book of Reports will be available for Sunday, October 13, and October 20. All members please make plans to attend. Decisions on combining the Special Accounts Funds will be on the agenda. Dinner for the Congregational Meeting will be Potluck. All youth, grades 5 thru 12 Youth Group Sunday, October 20 Partridge UCC, 4:00 p.m. Pastor Dennis will provide transportation. Plan to leave about 3:15 p.m. Please RSVP to Pastor Dennis or the Church Office. ********** Be someone�??s hero, donate blood American Red Cross Blood Drive Friday, October 25 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Call 1-800-733-2767 or go to Redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment. *************** Season of Creation Sunday Sunday, October 27 Morning Worship Kairos will be in the Hutchinson Correctional Facility Thursday, October 31 thru Sunday, November 3. A Prayer Vigil sign up sheet is posted on the bulletin board. You can also help with this ministry with a monetary donation. Please contact Allen Thiessen for more information. *********** If you have a loved one that you would like remembered during the All Saints Day Remembrance on Sunday, November 3 Morning Worship please contact the Church Office. ********** 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. *********** Marcelyn Wittorff has been moved to Harvest House at PVH. She is still really struggling. All cards, thoughts, prayers and other kind gestures have been so appreciated and are still welcome. Thank you, Carolyn and Larry October Birthdays 1 Abby Rischel Barnett 2 Janell Harman Tristian Stevenson 3 Cindy Fay 4 Carmalee Winebrinner 7 Dan Binder 10 Matt Harris 11 Todd Harman 12 Allen Thiessen 13 Ellen Neufeld 14 Drake Stevenson 16 Loren Postier 17 Sophia Stephens 18 Mike McCormick 22 Lois Wright Karen Thiessen 25 Ashley Bornholdt Laura Bartels Stevenson 30 Cash Jensen Albers October Anniversaries 27 Merle and Karen Thiessen ************** Mark Your Calendars Coming in November All Saints Day, Sunday, November 3 Daylight Savings ends Sunday, November 3 Women�??s Fellowship Community Luncheon Thursday, November 7, 11:00 a.m. Veteran�??s Day, Monday, November 11 Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 28 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 October 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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