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Summer 2019 Newsletter

2019-summerSummer 2019 Newsletter - A Note from the Pastor

I just love the summer and how relaxed we all get as we unwind from the hustle and hurry of the school year. Maybe it’s the sweet corn and all the barbecuing on the grill, or maybe it is vacations, reunions and getting away for a while; but most of us seem to smile a little more and breathe a little better. I thank God for the miracle of the changing seasons.

I am also very excited for our First Sundays at First Christian worship experiments. Our 1st one will be August 4th and the music is going to be Bluegrass. Paul Martin, Tim Anderson, Dawna Dee Farran and her brother Rusty Farran will be leading us in all aspects of our worship. Paul said, “better tell folks to wear their tapping and dancing shoes!” Invite friends and family alike it’s going to be a great time at First Christian.

Our next worship series will follow: Prophecies and Pottery: Journey with Jeremiah. It should be inspiring. I love the metaphor of God as the potter and creation being the clay.

The regional gathering Connect and Equip is August 10th at Camp Tawakoni from 9:30 to 3:30. There will be activities for all ages, delicious food prepared by various men and women groups served in the food court. For the youth there will be swimming, archery, high ropes and more. The children will experience a “Day at Camp”. For those who have never attended camp, they can see what all the excitement is about. There will be lots of good information to bring back to Parsons, and new friends to meet. Joyce McEwen Crane, from Kansas Leadership Center, will lead two workshops. In the morning she will help us fill the gap between expectation and reality. That afternoon, she will lead a discussion on identifying what different groups of people bring to the table. Those of us who attended last year had a blast.

The cost of the event is only $10. You can register online at www.kansasdisciples.org or pick up the registration form on the table in the Narthex (Welcome area).

I hope you will enjoy every day this summer, take some time to breathe and relax. It will be fall soon enough! See you at the Table, Laurie

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June Newsletter

2019-06-newsletterIt is finally summer with all the joy it brings! Beautiful blue, sun shining skies; picnics, flowers, and time off from school. We have many folks either on vacation or planning them now. I pray for travel mercies for everyone.

This is also a time for wonderful, inspirational solos and special music while the choir enjoys their summer break. So many great things happen in worship during the summer months. Emily Ray, Mark Watkins, Warren Townsend, Jerry Cruz, Scott Nelson and so many others will take part in our celebrations; so I know you won’t want to miss a Sunday when you are in town.

There are some other events you need to mark on your calendars. The regional gathering this year is called Connect and Equip. It is August 10th at Camp Tawakoni from 9:30 to 3:30. Those of us who attended last year had a blast. There was wonderful preaching, delicious food prepared by various men and women groups served in the food court. There will be lots of good information to bring back to Parsons, and new friendships to enjoy. Joyce McEwen Crane, from Kansas Leadership Center, will lead two workshops. In the morning she will help us fill the gap between expectation and reality. That afternoon, she will lead a discussion on identifying what different groups of people bring to the table.

The cost of the event is only $10. You can register online at www.kansasdisciples.org or pick up a registration form at the church. Want to attend, but don’t want to drive – carpooling can be arranged.

Also this summer is the General Assembly of the Disciples of Christ in Des Moines, Iowa to be held July 20-24. Find out more at Disciples.org

If nothing else, this summer, look around at all the beauty God has given us in SE Kansas and say “thank you” everyday! See you at the Table, Laurie     Read More


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