McPherson (Kan.) College is celebrating 125 years since its founding, and its deep roots in the Church of the Brethren, with a special worship service on Oct. 21.
Although the service will start at 10 a.m. in Brown Auditorium on the
campus of McPherson College, the McPherson Community Brass Quintet will
play pre-service music beginning at 9:45 a.m.
All students, faculty, staff, friends of the college, and community
members are welcome to the service. The planning committee features one
person from the five closest Church of the Brethren congregations.
Already, members of Church of the Brethren congregations in McPherson,
Monitor, Hutchinson, Wichita, and Newton are planning to come to
McPherson College for the special occasion.
The service will include an opportunity for people to participate in a
large mass choir. Rehearsal will start at 8:30 a.m. in Brown Auditorium
for anyone who wishes to participate.
The message will be delivered by campus minister Steve Crain, who is
planning to speak on "Kneeling Before the Lord of the Harvest"--giving
thanks for God's blessings.
Following the Children's Time in the service, childcare will be
available for children age preschool and younger. Following the service,
there will be a Sunday brunch available to all in attendance for $8 for
adults and $6 for children at 11 a.m. in the nearby Hoffman Student
Plans are also in the works to help those unable to attend to still
be able to view this special time of worship. Watch for details on www.mcpherson.edu about how to access a planned live stream of the service online, and a video of the service afterwards.
McPherson College, located in central Kansas, is a four-year private
liberal arts college offering more than 20 bachelors of arts and
pre-professional programs, as well as an experiential graduate-level
courses in teaching. Throughout the curriculum, students are given the
“Freedom to Jump”--to explore their ideas, to learn through doing, and
to make a difference in the world. McPherson College, associated with
the Church of the Brethren, is committed to the ideals of scholarship,
participation, and service--developing whole persons, prepared for
fulfilling life vocations.
-- Adam Pracht is coordinator of development communications for McPherson College.