I’m coming at this really late in the game given that her visitation is tonight (Friday, October 20, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) and her memorial service is tomorrow morning (Saturday, October 21, 2017, at 11:00 a.m.), but I’m looking for your (the congregation’s) stories of Joan Holmes’s faith.
Mary Jo Miles has a friend who is moving in town this weekend and is needing some help. If you are able to help, please call Mary Jo at 785-280-2149.
Happy Event of the Day: Lisa Divel had eleven kids (6th grade and under) at children’s bell choir practice late this afternoon.
From Wendy Robinson via Julie Mayden:
We will be sending care packages to our college students again this year. We are blessed with 29 college students to whom we can minister this year. The youth will be making cookies and purchasing a few items to include in the boxes we send. We are encouraging you, the congregation, to help us let the college students know we love them, miss them, and encourage them to perform well on their finals. So there will be a basket in the Narthex beginning mid-October for donations of non-perishable items or monetary donations to help aid in the shipping of the boxes to the students. We thank you in advance for your prayers and donations for the college students.
*Parents of college students: Please note, we can’t get these wonderful care packages to the students without a correct address. Please send the complete and correct address of your college student to Wendy as soon as possible; we don’t want to leave anyone out!
From Wendy Robinson:
Our annual Fall Family Get Together will be tomorrow (Sunday, October 15, 2017) from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Brown’s Park. We will have hot dogs, s’mores, a hayrack ride, games, and more; bring a side dish and your family for a fun evening!
Our next Fifth Sunday Potluck will be Sunday, October 29, 2017, after the 10:30 worship service. Please mark your calendar now and plan to join together for food and fellowship. Hope to see you there!
A Service of Death and Resurrection for Marilyn Joan (Barnes) Holmes will be held Saturday, October 21, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary. Visitation will be the night before from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
In honor of our Breakfast Club gathering this morning, I wanted to share the following quote from John Wesley:
It cannot be that the people should grow in grace, unless they give themselves to reading. A reading people will always be a knowing people. — John Wesley 
Now I know that not everyone is a reader, but note that Wesley says “the people,” “a reading people,” and “a knowing people.” All of these terms refer to a group of people. Don’t worry if you’re not a reader, other members of your congregation have you covered, simply do what you can and be attentive to the other means of grace.
 John Wesley in an unpublished letter dated November 8, 1790. As quoted by L. Tyerman, The Life and times of the Rev. John Wesley, M.A., Founder of the Methodists (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1871), 632. Found online at books.google.com.
We are looking forward to receiving Sandi and Greg Dutt into membership at the 10:30 service this coming Sunday. Jenny and I encourage you to take the time to welcome them to First United Methodist Church.
A Service of Death and Resurrection for Saundra F. “Sandy” Heroneme will be held this Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary. Jenny and I (John) will officiate.
Jenny and I are conducting a last minute search for volunteers. As a congregation we have collected 17 flood buckets. We would like to get these buckets to the conference office (either in Topeka or Wichita) by the end of the work day tomorrow. Call or email if you’re interested.
Christian holiness is not (as people often imagine) a matter of denying something good. It is about growing up and grasping something even better. — N. T. Wright 
 N. T. Wright, Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense (San Francisco, CA: HarperSanFrancisco, 2006), 236-237.