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JOIN US ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2014 AT PINE VALLEY

Rev. David Hansen’s meditation is Hope is Our Address.

Reading from our tradition is Matthew 7:24-28.

The PVCC Choir will be singing the Anthem Slow Me Down, Lord.

PINE VALLEY CMF GROUP LOOKING TO HELP

Do you have a job around your home that needs done but you require some help?  Check with your Pine Valley CMF group to see if they can help you get the job done. You can contact Dave Roy 734-7793 or John Rogers 619-7772 and you can always leave your name in the Church office or talk to us at Church.

CMF group

HOME / HOSPITAL COMMUNION TEAM

Sharing communion is central to worship at PVCC.  Those who cannot join us for worship miss this very important part of Christian life.  The Pastoring and Discernment Spirit Team is seeking a group of people who feel called to share communion on a regular basis with members who are home-bound or in the hospital.  Please contact Gaye Clements at 264-1259 or glclements75@gmail.com if you are interested.

FALL FESTIVAL 2014 AND PLEDGE DRIVE 2015

      As we continue the fall theme, HANDS AND FEET OF GOD: CHURCH AND COMMUNITY, many thanks to Dave Roy and Karen Brown for sharing their story of member care.  Next Sunday we will hear Barb Helm-Powell’s story of being the feet of God in the community of Wichita and highlight the Food 4 Kids program.

      We are in the midst of our 2015 Pledge Drive and almost one-third the way up the climbing wall to our goal of $126,766.  Prayerfully consider how you can support the hands and feet ministries of PVCC and return your pledge card to the church by mail or by placing in the offering baskets.  We would like to receive pledge cards by October 5th so that we can celebrate the generosity of PVCC members on October 12th. Please plan to join the HANDS Day on Saturday, October 4 and/or sign up for a specific task and complete it as you can. 

 Pledge Drive Team (Greg Yarnell, Dave Roy and Muffin Overstreet)

 

SEEKERS CLASS NEWS

The Seekers Class is hosting a guest speaker at 9:00 on September 28.  Hank Wyeno, Harriett McGuire’s brother-in-law, will present his family’s story of the internment of Japanese-Americans during WW2.  Everyone is welcome to this special event in the Grace Room.  No need to wait for a special event to join the Seekers Class.  This fall we will be using the DVD series, Living the Questions.  We have used this series before and have learned a lot about what it means to be a progressive Christian.  Contact Bill Delaney or Muffin Overstreet if you would like to receive the PDF files for this series.

 

RECONCILIATION SPECIAL OFFERING

This year’s theme, #Reconciliation Generation: School Yards Not Prison Yards, is undergirded by Psalm 78 which reminds us of God’s steadfast blessings in our past and present, and God’s faithfulness toward restorative justice. God’s unfathomable grace toward each of us informs our courage to impact future generations for Christ’s shalom.  As the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ,) we are committed to addressing racism as a sin and restoring all of God’s children to the fullness of their humanity. Offering envelopes will be handed out on the Sundays of September 28th & October 5th.

ALTERNATIVE GIFT MARKET AT GRACE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH ~ NOVEMBER 8

Save the Date! Please make plans now to attend and support the 20th Annual Alternative Gift Market which will be held on Saturday, November 8 from 10 am – 4 pm at Grace Presbyterian Church (5002 E. Douglas, Wichita). In addition to shoppers, we’ll need volunteers to staff the PVCC booth:  Project # 16:  Give Babies a Smile (China) in which orphaned babies born with cleft palettes have surgical procedures to repair the birth defect.

We’ll also need volunteers to help make 150 ornaments for the Market, as well as Mini-Markets that will be held after the November 8 event.

Don’t miss the 20th Annual Alternative Gift Market on Saturday, November 8 from 10 am – 4 pm at Grace Presbyterian Church.

Lorrie Beck

IT’S TIME FOR THE CROP HUNGER WALK!

The annual Wichita version of the CROP Hunger Walk will be held on Sunday, October 5, at Sedgwick County Park.  The walk begins at 2:00 pm, starting at the Horseshoe Shelter.

We need participants from PVCC to help out!  If you would like to do so, you can obtain a participant packet and an event information sheet from the table inside the east entrance.  Then you just need to find some friends who will sponsor you by pledging to donate any amount they feel comfortable giving.  You can collect their pledges either before or after the event, and then return them according to the instructions in your participant packet.

The walk itself is just a relaxed stroll around Sedgwick County Park, so it’s a fun way to get some fresh air and enjoy a great time outdoors, while also feeling good that you’re helping people who really need support.

The Wichita CROP Walk organization has its own web site, where you can get more information about our local event: http://www.cropwalkwichita.org.  The local group is also organizing a peanut butter drive, so that’s another way to help out.  If you want to purchase peanut butter, or collect some from your friends, you can take it with you to the event and drop it off there. Feel free to contact Bill Delaney.

GALA & AUCTION FOR DISCIPLES CENTER AT TAWAKONI

Celebrating Our Tenth Year! Saturday, November 8 (11:00 a.m. – Silent Auction, 12:30 p.m. – Dinner & Live Auction) Disciples Center at Tawakoni.

Reservation Information: Each ticket is $30 Or sponsor a table of 8 for $240! Please make payment to “Christian Church in Kansas” and mail to the Regional Office by October 31.

We gather for the Gala in having live auction to raise money to continue the development of our Disciples Center, so that it will serve more needs for more people; your contributions make it happen! Donations of auction items are already arriving.

Camp tours will be available, weather permitting.

FROM OUR INTERIM PASTOR ~ CREATING A COMMON MINISTRY

Last Sunday I suggested a way to help congregations and pastors to work together as a team with shared goals and expectations. I thought it would be helpful to summarize my thoughts for possible future use. A chart based on what I suggested would look something like this:

Key Ministry Areas Desired Result/Spirit Team Pastor’s Role Congregation’s Role Resources Needed
Worship
Education
Pastoral Care
Financial Care

List all the Key Areas of Ministry. Keep the desired results simple—spiritually enriched, intellectually challenged, etc. It might be best to make a separate column for the Spirit Teams. Role definitions can be more detailed but only to the degree that is helpful—resist the temptation to micromanage. Resources include time, money, material and people. I’d suggest that the Mission Council and the Pastor complete a chart separately and then compare them and establish mutually agreed upon priorities, results, roles and responsibilities. This information could be shared with the congregation at the Spirit Fest. In May the Mission Council and Pastor can review progress and in November share in an evaluation and planning meeting. In some areas the Pastor may have primary responsibility. In other areas, such as Management Services and Skilled Crafts the Pastor may have very limited responsibility. These areas are Key Areas of Ministry but since the Pastor’s role is limited they might not be listed as priorities for the Pastor’s chart. This is simply a planning tool.

 

This is an exciting time as we prepare for the future. I hope this suggestion will be helpful.

Peace,

David