Please take time to welcome Ashley and Matthew Campbell and their children Alex and Cara to College Avenue United Methodist Church. Matthew, Ashley, and Alex transferred their membership. Cara was baptized.
Pat Miksch died and was received into the arms of God’s mercy on Thursday, September 28, 2023. While there are no services planned for this time, please keep Duane in your prayers.
On Thursday, October 19, at 7 p.m., I’ll lead a study on the book Changing Our Mind by David Gushee. In this book, Gushee—a past president of the American Academy of Religion and a past president of the Society of Christian Ethics—details how he changed his mind about LGBTQ+ inclusion in the church. Childcare will be available. The books are now available and can be picked up at the back of the sanctuary. The recommended donation for the books is $17.
I wanted to be sure and share this information from Joyce Marr with you:
Kansas Interfaith Action (KIFA), is an organized group of Kansans from various faith traditions who are invested in building a more loving, safe, compassionate Kansas. This group is sponsoring forums across the state to discuss the threat of White Christian Nationalism and how it impacts policy and what people of faith can do about it. Mark your calendar for Sunday, November 5 when the forum comes to Manhattan. Time and place to be announced ASAP.
There will be a memorial service for Chuck Havlicek in the sanctuary on November 10, 2023 at 1:30 p.m. The family will greet friends at a visitation beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Chuck’s obituary can be found here.
From David Procter and Amy Westfahl:
The next LGBTQ+ inclusion meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. on September 28. This meeting will feature Caela Simmons Wood, pastor of First Congregational United Church of Christ, who will talk about leading an affirming church here in Manhattan. All are welcome! Childcare will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Westfahl at email@example.com or Dave Procter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last week we welcomed Olivia Moore into membership. Please take a moment to let her know how happy we are to have as a member of College Avenue United Methodist Church.
From Jenny Hutchinson, Chair of Christian Family and Friendship Commission:
CHURCH DIRECTORY — It is time to get an updated photo directory. Our own Wendee Grady will take photos for the directory this year—no sales pitch from a company. Just show up for your picture, verify your info, and move on! There will be a digital version of the picture that you can request after we are done, but we will not be printing any pictures. Please sign up on the sign-up genius for a time slot. If we run out of slots, we ask that you show up during one of the available windows, and we will try and squeeze people in as time allows. Also, if you prefer to submit a photo you already have, that works as long as they are digital. They can be emailed to Kimberlyjonesivester@gmail.com before Oct 15.
Chuck Havlicek has died. Funeral arrangements are pending. Please keep Barbara and the rest of his family in your prayers.