April 22 Messenger

 

Message from Mitch

Over the last several weeks, I have had the privilege of traveling through the Flint Hills. It is amazing to see the transition from the blackened landscape to the fresh green grass. My understanding is that the hills are burned to get rid of the dead grass and seedlings in order for new grass to thrive and flourish.  In pondering this practice, it causes me to ask what needs to be “burned off” in our lives? Where are we allowing dead items to cloud our perspective or things to sprout in our spirits that are hindering life from flourishing or growing in us — things such as bad attitudes, habits, areas of needed forgiveness, etc. Are we willing to surrender them to God? Are we willing to allow him to remove or kill these things in order that we might be more alive with Christ? I want to encourage you to bring your life before God; allow him to let the flame of his Holy Spirit blow in and through your life to devour those things that need to be removed to bring greater life and beauty.  ~Pastor Mitch
 

 
CURRENT SERMON SERIES             
In the Bible we hear rumors of what God is like and his promises for his followers. We want to believe God’s Word, yet we struggle due to the fact that we live in a broken world that often seems contradictory to the God of the Bible. In this series we will explore these rumors and how we can know they are true and experience their reality in our lives.
 

 
Mark your calendars and join us! June 22-25 
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
KECHI MUSEUM WORK DAY
The Outreach committee is planning a work morning for Saturday May 2from 8:00 to noon.  We will be working on the historical building/museum located next to the City Hall across the street from our church.  The building was formerly a barber shop, the Kechi post office, and then from about 1957 to 1977 the city building.  We will be installing a new window and exterior trim, removing carpet and interior paneling, and miscellaneous repair work on the ceiling and floor.  Signup sheets will be available at church or contact the coordinators Paul Burger (pjburger@sbcglobal.net) or Naomi Fultz.
Dessert Auction May 3rd 
Everyone is invited after the 11:00 worship service to a potluck lunch. This is a fund raiser for mission outreach. Bring a yummy dessert to auction off and a covered dish to share.
TRASH WALK
The Outreach Committee is planning a community trash walk on Saturday, May 9th from 9am-12noon. This event is open to individuals or entire families. Participants will be walking and collecting both trash and recyclables along Oliver and 61st streets. Join us in keeping our community clean and inviting to guests, while getting some good exercise as well. We will meet at the church parking lot for instructions. Bring any recyclable plastic bags you might have and wear bright shirts or reflective vests if available. Plastic gloves will be provided. Contact Donna Conway at 744-2481 for questions or further details.
 
WOMEN AND GIRLS BANQUET
The men of KUMC have invited all women and girls to a banquet in the Fellowship Hall on May 9 at 6:00 pm. A delicious meal and entertainment will be provided. Signup sheets will be available during worship to RSVP or to help with the banquet.
GRADUATION SUNDAY

On May 10 we will be honoring the high school and college graduates of Kechi UMC. If you know a person from the Kechi congregation who is graduating, please contact the office.

 
On Easter Sunday, KUMC confirmed and brought into membership 10 young people — Wyatt Hoffman, Abigail Parker, Maggie Martens, Sydney Martens, Chloe Martens, Brianna Reece, Cynthia Matson, Patrick Matson, Melanie Matson, Brenna Stamper. Receiving Holy Baptism were Cynthia Matson, Patrick Matson, Melanie Matson, and Brenna Stamper.
Congratulations and welcome!
 

 
COORDINATOR NEEDED FOR FAMILY FUN NIGHT / ICE CREAM SOCIAL
The 3rd Annual Family Fun Night/ Community Ice Cream Social is scheduled for September 26, 2015 from 6-8 pm. Someone is needed to head up this event. Duties would include making sure that details are taken care of – ice cream, blowups, fliers, and volunteers. Printing the fliers and signups can be done through the office. Please let the office know if you are interested in taking charge!
IF YOU SHOP AT DILLONS
Members of Kechi UMC (16 households) who shopped at Dillons between Jan. 1, 2015 and March 31, 2105 have raised $195.03 for KUMC Missions by registering their Dillons shopper cards with Kechi UMC. If you would like your Dillons purchases to be contribute towards KUMC, register your shopper card athttps://www.kroger.com/communityrewards

 
NEW IN THE LIBRARY
Finding God In A Bag of Groceries
By Laura Lapins Willis
 
(UMW 2015 Reading Program-Spiritual Growth) Sharing Food, Discovering Grace  362.5/WILfg

In a tiny food pantry, Laura Willis discovered her own hunger for God and a world of neighbors she never knew: the lonely, the unemployed, chronically poor families and middle-class folks surprised to be struggling in a great recession. To each she offered a bag of groceries, a compassionate ear and a heart of love. 224 pp.

STANDING INVITATIONS!

  • LADIES CIRCLES

Mary Ruth Circle, Wed., May 20, 9:30 am 
Circle of Joy, Thurs., May 21, 7:00 pm

  • YOUTH GROUP

All youth, 6th-12th grade are invited to come for fun and fellowship! For more information contact Kacy atkacy27.kb@gmail.com or316.613.1727.
 

  • MENS’ BIBLE STUDY

All men are invited to join in fellowship hall at 6:30 am on Wednesday mornings to study the book of Romans. We try to finish up the lesson by 7:30 so those who need to get on to work can do so. The coffee is always on!

  •  MEN’S BREAKFAST

The KUMC Men have breakfast together the 3rd Sunday morning of every month. Pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee, and fellowship! All men are invited Sun., May 17th at 7:30 am to the KUMC Fellowship Hall for the monthly meeting. 

  • BINGO

Meets the first Wednesday of every month at 1:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. The next gathering will be Wed., May 6, at1:00 pm

  • CHOIR

Choir is in progress and you are invited! Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-8:30 pm

  • CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP

Meets the first Monday of every month at 7:00 pm in the Parlor. The next meeting will be Mon., May 4 at 7:00 pm.

NEW KUMC T-SHIRTS DEADLINE
This Friday, April 24, at noon is the deadline to order t-shirts! No orders will be accepted after this time as one bulk order will be placed. There are two colors to pick from, Safety Orange and Heather Gray. The cost of the shirt is $10.00 with any profits supporting our missions. Order forms are available as are shirt colors/sizes for everyone to look at. If you have any questions please contact Jamie Tripp at 316-644-1414.  

 
RIO BRAVO SEW DAY
The April 25 Rio Bravo sew day has been cancelled. The next monthly meeting will be held onMay 23.
See you then!
OUR HEARTFELT SYMPATHIES TO
The family of Ethel Burke
 
Jim and Elnora Waller in the passing of Jim’s brother and sister in law
 
Delores Newcomer and family in the passing of Delores’ nephew, Clifford Hanke
 
Will Brantley and his family on the passing of his father.
DOES ANYONE YOU KNOW NEED A SECTIONAL?
David and Sandra McConnaughhay have a mauve sectional, in good, clean condition that they would like to make available. 316-250-3959
CALENDAR for April 22 – May 6:
Wednesday, April 22:
-6:30 am Men’s Study
-7:30 pm Choir Rehearsal
Saturday, April 25:
-Rio Bravo Sew Day Cancelled
           
Sunday, April 26:
Pet Food Sunday
Leekers Food Certificates
Available in Foyer
-9:03 am & 11:00 am Worship
-10:00 am Sunday School
Wednesday, April 29:
-6:30 am Men’s Study
-7:30 pm Choir
   
Sunday, May 3:
UMW SUNDAY
-9:03 am & 11:00 am Worship
-10:00 am Sunday School
-12:00 pm Dessert Auction
Monday, May 4:
-7:00 pm Caregivers Support
-7:00 pm Finance Committee Meeting
Wednesday, May 6:
-6:30 am Men’s Study
-1:00 pm Bingo
-7:30 pm Choir Rehearsal
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TAKE A MOMENT TO REMEMBER:

Send a card or visit!

Care Homes: 
Silvia Ross, Don Davis, Laverin Zimmerman, Ethel Burke
Homebound: 
Mary Francis Weber, Sue Stevens, Sue Fisher

 
NEED PASTORAL CARE?

Please contact the office or Pastor Mitch if you or someone you know is in need of pastoral care at 744.1221 (office) or913.217.8951 (cell).

 
OTHER NEWS
 
REV. DR. STEVE RANKIN TO SPEAK AT RENEWAL BANQUET
Everyone interested in promoting personal and corporate spiritual renewal within the United Methodist Church and the Great Plains Conference is invited to a banquet on Thursday, June 11, at Asbury UMC in Wichita, Kansas. The evening will begin with a meal at 6 p.m.followed by a time of worship and a keynote address given by the Rev. Dr. Stephen Rankin, campus minister of Southern Methodist University of Dallas, Texas. Rankin will encourage us to stand firm in the faith in the midst of chaotic times. He actively lives out his calling as it relates to leadership development and renewal within the United Methodist Church. Cost is $10 per person. Information and registration is available at www.asburychurch.org/umc-renewal/. Registrations are due by Friday, June 5“Join” this event on Facebook and invite your friends to help spread the word. If you have questions, contact the Rev. Rick JustWichitaEastDS@greatplainsumc.org or 316-684-6652.
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Kechi UMC Weekly Attendance         
April      5                                264
April    12                                142
April    19                                156
CONTACT INFORMATION

Office emails:office@kechiumc.org
Mitch@kechiumc.org
website: www.kechiumc.org

Office hours:
M-F 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
                           
Office Phone:          316.744.1221
Parsonage Phone:  316.744.1863
Pastor’s Cell:           913.217.8951

 
Next edition of the MessengerMay 6
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