�??But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died.�?�
1 Thessalonians 4:13-14
�??Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.�?� Matthew 5:4
�??The Lord is near to the broken-hearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.�?�
�??Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, �??See how he loved him�?�
The idea behind a Blue Christmas service is to hold a quiet, contemplative service as an alternative to the more traditional gatherings, as well as care for those who are sad or struggling while those around them are caught up in celebrating. They are also known as Longest Night Services and both tend to be held around 21�??22 December. This year St. Peter�??s will hold this service on Sunday, December 22 at 3:00 p.m. in our sanctuary.
This service is held because people within our congregation may be struggling with different kinds of pain and loss during this time of the year. As well many people in our local community have said in passing that they are not feeling the Christmas spirit this year.
A Blue Christmas service provides an opportunity for people to hear not about the baby in the manger, who can be dismissed as irrelevant, but about the God of love who comes to us in the middle of the mess and pain we know in our own everyday lives and the lives of those around us. Our Blue Christmas service has been put together especially for those of us who are not feeling particularly merry and bright right now.
This service is somewhere to come if, despite all the decorations, the cards, the music playing in the shops, the concerts and parties and the advertisers who want you to believe that you can buy happiness, you don�??t really feel very much like celebrating. Somewhere to come if the idea that a Merry Little Christmas is all you need for your troubles to be miles away has a decidedly hollow ring to it.
I hope that you�??ll find this service is a safe place to be transparent with yourself and with God, a safe place to admit that maybe you�??re not ok at the moment, that maybe what you�??re really feeling is sad, discouraged, or even angry. A place for you to be real with your struggles and your questions.
Those of us feeling a little blue at this time of year can feel edged out and forgotten as everyone else seems caught up in the mad frenzy of their own preparations and celebrations. This service will, hopefully, give you comfort and hope in knowing that you are not alone.
You may find some music to listen to during the service, but we won�??t sing, there�??ll be a Bible reading, and a short message. Candles will be lit, and time spent in prayer and silent reflection. If you are finding yourself struggling to get into the Christmas Spirit, I hope that you will join me on Sunday, December 22 at 3:00p.m.
Peace and Blessings,
Please pray for these people
on their designated day in December
1) Dan and Fay Binder
2) Ashley and Cody Bornholdt
3) James Bornholdt
4) Tim and Terri Bornholdt
5) Steve and Theresa Buller
6) Richard and Beverly Castleberry-John
7) Gary Ely
9) Gladys Erksin
10) Tim and Cindy Fay
11) Norma Friesen
12) Shirley Friesen
13) Todd and Janell Harman-Max, Rachel
14) Matt, Brenna Harris Suttyn, Kru, Mac
15) Gretchen Kimble
16) Phyllis Knackstedt
17) Vicki Lindenberger
18) Mike and Dorothy Luty
19) Mike and Kimba McCormick
20) Randy and Darcel Miles, Aisjha
21) Ellen Neufeld
22) Ray and Jeanne Osborn
23) Charlie and Carolyn Pauls
24) Lenore Postier
25) Loren and Denise Postier
26) Elva Rump
27) Devin and Jessica Schierling Karson, Kash, Kella
28) Gene and Karen Schierling
29) Roy and Shivawn Schierling
30) Dennis and Crystal Schroeder
31) Jerry and Ruth Sisson
Virginia Bosworth, Dean Brungardt,
Steve and Theresa Buller, Terry and Karen Fay, William Forehand, Vicki and Rusty Johnson, Kandy Keuler, Gretchen Kimble, Brianna Krull,
Bill Maurer Sr. Danny Parr, Kairos Prison Ministry, Gene and Karen Schierling, Jim and Sophia Stephens, Jace Ward, Peggy Watts, Marcelyn Wittorff, Norma Friesen�??s grand and great grandchildren, Gladys Huber, Garin Nichols,
Abby Rishel Barnett, Faith Baxter, Lisa Grace
We Mourn with You:
Dorothy Hewett Family and Friends
Jory B. Konrade Family and Friends
Glenda Bohn Family and Friends
Revised Common Lectionary Readings
December 1 Isaiah 2:1-5
December 8 Isaiah 11:1-10
Psalms 72:1-7, 18-19
December 15 Isaiah 31: 1-10
December 22 Isaiah 7:10-16
December 29 Isaiah 63:7-9
Sundays thru December15
following Morning Worship
Light of the World: A Beginners Guide to Advent
In Light of the World: A Beginner�??s Guide to Advent, author, professor, and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine explores the biblical texts surrounding the story of the birth of Jesus. Join her as she traces the Christmas narrative through the stories of Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary, the journey to Bethlehem, and the visit from the Magi. These stories open conversations around connections of the Gospel stories to the Old Testament, the role of women in first-century Jewish culture, the importance of Mary�??s visitation and the revolutionary implications of Mary�??s Magnificat, the census and the stable, and the star of Bethlehem and the flight to Egypt.
Soup and Sandwiches will be served
before the Advent Study
A sign up sheet to volunteer to bring soup or sandwiches is on the bulletin board.
Sunday, December 1
Annual Christmas Program Practices:
Sunday, December 1-during Sunday School
Sunday, December 8-during Sunday School
Sunday, December 8-during Children�??s Church
Sunday, December 15-during Sunday School
If you (adults are needed!) or your child would like to participate in the program, please contact
The Worship Team is planning to decorate the
Sanctuary with angels for the upcoming
Christmas Season. Every family is asked to bring at least one angel to be displayed. Any questions can be directed to anyone on the Worship Team.
Women�??s Fellowship Meeting
Thursday, December 5
St. Peter�??s Women�??s Fellowship is participating in a White Elephant Gift Exchange at their regular meeting on Thursday, December 5, 2:00 p.m. The participants are asked to each bring a gift to exchange. The gift needs to be something used from your home. You are not expected to buy anything new for this activity. Please make sure your gifts are wrapped. The more unusual the wrapping the more fun. Do not put any names on the packages. Any questions can be directed to Diane Miller.
Women�??s Fellowship will also be taking their Annual �??Thanks Offering�?� at the meeting on Thursday, December 5th.
The Fifth Annual Community Parents Night Out
will be held at Hoffnungsau Mennonite Church,
Saturday, December 7, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Games, crafts, activities, food and a fun time will be provided for your children. Pizza will be served at 5;30. No charge! Please contact Barb at 620-543-6863 or email@example.com by Monday, December 2, to register your children.
will meet for breakfast
Saturday, December 14,
Inman Harvest Café
Christmas in Inman
Saturday, December 14
Vendors will be in the Fellowship Hall-4:00 to 8:00
Live Nativity �??6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
The Inman Chamber of Commerce
is looking for volunteers to portray characters in the Live Nativity on Saturday, December 14,
in conjunction with the �??Christmas in Inman.�?�
The Live Nativity time is from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Character time frames are 30 minutes
If you would like to volunteer, please contact Barb Tuxhorn at the City Office.
St. Peter�??s UCC
Annual Christmas Program
Sunday, December 15
during Morning Worship
St. Peter�??s UCC will host
The McPherson Community Brass Choir
Sunday, December 15,
Open to the Community. No admission charge. If you know someone who would enjoy the choir and Christmas music please, invite them!
Church Council Meeting
Wednesday, December 18
Pleasant View Home
Thursday, December 19
6:30 p.m. --PVH Chapel
American Red Cross
Friday, December 20
12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
(1800-733-2767) or go to
to schedule an appointment.
Gene and Karen Schierling
will be celebrating their
50th Wedding Anniversary
Saturday, December 21
St. Peter�??s UCC will be hosting a
Greeting Card Shower for the celebration.
Everyone is asked to bring an anniversary greeting card for Gene and Karen to the Church Office.
The cards will then be given together.
First Day of Winter
Friday, December 21
St. Peter�??s UCC Choir
Sunday, December 22
Christmas Fund Offering
Sunday, December 22
Blue Christmas Service
Sunday, December 22
Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service
Tuesday, December 24
PARTRIDGE & INMAN YOUTH met In November for a time of fun and learning. Our scripture for this month was 1 Chronicles 16:34, �??O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.�?� To remind themselves of all that we have to give thanks for, the kids made colorful trees, wrote things they are thankful for on the leaves and glued them to the trees. St Peter�??s kept one tree, and we brought one back to Partridge so that the adults in the congregation could add their �??thankful leaves�?� to it.
4 Raymond Osborn
5 Aisjha Miles
7 Donna Toews
14 Kara Ayers
15 Kathy Zimmerman
17 Elva Rump
19 Devin Schierling
25 Fay Binder
28 Kru Harris
21 Gene & Karen Schierling
31 Devin & Jessica Schierling
St Peter�??s United Church of Christ
107 North Pine, P.O. Box 506
Inman, Kansas 67546
Pastor Dennis Ureche�??firstname.lastname@example.org
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