Call Us: (620) 342-0375
Address: 802 Commercial Street,
Emporia, KS 66801
Welcome to the Emporia Presbyterian Church
Faith Statement: Through the love and inspiration of Jesus Christ and each other we reach out beyond ourselves to support others, continue to grow in faith, praise God, and celebrate His gifts.

Online Worship Service Only through Sunday, April 11, 2021

Join us for
Online Worship
Go to our EPC website:
www.emporiapresbyterianchurch.org
click on the Worship tab
or watch from our Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/EmporiaPresbyterianChurch/
April Events
Thursday, April 1
Maundy Thursday

Friday, April 2
Good Friday
Good Friday Prayer Vigil

Saturday, April 3
Great Vigil of Easter

Sunday, April 4
Easter
One Great Hour of Sharing

Monday, April 5
Office Closed

Thursday, April 8
MBF meeting via Zoom 4:45pm

Monday, April 12
Session meeting via Zoom 6:00pm

Janet & Donald Rees Apr 12
Diana & Randy Hizar Apr 13
Yong Yi & Zhenming Chen Apr 28
Cole Oliver Apr 4
Jodi Heermann Apr 10
Bill Snyder Apr 12
Miriam Winter Apr 14
Don Miller Apr 15
Abbott Severin Apr 18
Debbie Doudican Apr 21
Charles Crosby Apr 22
Cora Severin Apr 23
James Aber Apr 25
Ronald Dodge Apr 25
Good Friday Prayer Vigil
Every year during Triduum (literally, three days), we mark the holiest days of the Christian year with great intention. Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil lead us through tactile remembrance of the promise, betrayal, and death of Jesus, preparing our souls for the holy celebration of Christ’s resurrection on Easter Morning.
Traditionally, we have combined Maundy Thursday’s Service of the Table and Good Friday’s Service of Darkness into one act of Holy Week worship. The Service of the Table recalls the night Jesus took bread and cup at the Passover meal, shared it with his friends, gave them a new commandment to love one another, and then was betrayed into the hands of the empire that sought to destroy such radical thinking. The Service of Darkness, or Tenebrae, offers a vivid reminder of the hours when Jesus’ body was stripped, crucified, and placed in the darkness of the tomb at the same time darkness fell across the land through readings and the extinguishing of candles. This year, as we continue to live in the shadow of pandemic and civil division, we have our own stark reminders of the fraught reality Jesus and his disciples faced that holy week. Nor do we seek to endanger others by gathering at a time when we are called to faithfully care for our neighbors. At the close of our traditional service, we leave without benediction; we leave in silence; we leave by various doors to go our various ways; and we leave in gathering darkness akin to the darkness invoked in the Gospel story.
Therefore, in the name of Christ, members of EPC will spend intentional time in prayer this Good Friday wherever the holy day finds us. Participants are encouraged to pray however the Spirit leads, praying on their own behalf, and on behalf of our whole church family.
Often, we say, “I’m praying for you,” and we mean, “I’m praying about you.” This Triduum, vigil participants are, indeed, praying for those who cannot find the words, the heart, the strength to pray as the Lenten journey gives way to the holiest of days culminating in the unbridled joy of Easter. We hope you will join us in this sacred endeavor, and Thank you! to all who shoulder this task on behalf of us all.
Blessings be upon you, all our EPC family and friends, and all God’ s children, as we prayerfully and faithfully face the darkness, holding fast to the promise of Christ’s glorious Light.
If you would like a copy of the Good Friday Wednesday Prayer Vigil Prayer Sheet, please contact Ken Weaver or Pastor Phyl.
Pastor's Page
Easter Prayers
 
As our intentional year of prayer continues, we moved from Paul’s call to prayer in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. – through the Lord’s Prayer that guided our Lenten Journey – Dear, God; You, God; Us, God; The Whole Thing, God; Amen. – and now our thoughts turn to Easter.
 
A year ago, our thoughts turned to Easter with great apprehension, concern, and confusion over how the holiest week of the Christian year would happen in quarantine. It looked different. It did not look at all the way we wanted it to. It felt off. And yet, in remarkable ways, our church family connected with God, beheld the Risen Christ, felt the Holy Spirit moving among us, and Coronatide was no match for the witness and work we put our hearts, souls, strengths, and minds to. 
 
This year, we look back at all the ways we have grown in our faith, reached out to others, and with eyes fixed on Easter … it still looks different. It is still not the way “it’s always been” or even the way we necessarily want it to be. But instead of feeling off, I feel a keen sense of anticipation. I feel a shudder of hope and joy still mingled with some confusion as we look to the day when we can soon gather again in-person and see what Christ has in store for us this Eastertide. 
 
I wonder if this feeling might be akin to the way Mary Magdalene felt when she walked into the garden on the first Easter morning expecting death and grief and was instead met by Jesus, full of life and plans and exciting news and a new story and work to be done and hope and light and glory. It calls to mind Lucille Clifton’s spring song that we will pray on Easter morning:
           
the green of Jesus
is breaking the ground
and the sweet
smell of delicious Jesus
is opening the house and
the dance of Jesus music
has hold of the air and
the world is turning
in the body of Jesus and
the future is possible. (from The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton © 1987)
 
The future is possible. The future is unfolding right in front of us. We see signs of hope all around us, and our faith tells us every single Easter – no matter what is happening in the world – that when the world seems darkest, when death and grief seem inevitable, new-life and joy and Jesus are within reach. So, keep taking care in this time of keen anticipation of what we hope will be (soon, in-person, back together!). Give thanks for who and whose we are now in faithful witness to Christ alive and at work in the world. And get ready, because the Holy Spirit (and the Mission & Outreach Committee and Christian Education & Nurture and Worship and Stewardship and so many others) is working on exciting opportunities for all of us to connect and grow, reach out and move, and put our prayers into action this spring, summer, and on into the future unfolding before EPC.
Local Mission Assistance Fund Update
Our Local Mission Assistance Funds are to help out locally for those in need. Funds are used primarily to pay for food vouchers and some utility bills. Thank you to those who have offered their gifts to keep the fund going.

In the month of March, we disbursed $283.56.

Currently, the Local Mission Assistance Fund balance is $7,791.50.
Monthly Mission Food Collection
Please donate food items at West in the Little Blessings Box located outside. Be mindful of the weather as you pick non-perishable items. Take a selfie of you and your donation, and email it to the church at: businessoffice.epc@gmail.com
One Great Hour of Sharing
Easter Sunday join with Presbyterians worldwide in sharing God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world by providing relief from natural disasters, food for the hungry, and support for the poor and oppressed. You can click the Online Giving button below, or on the church website, or mail your One Great Hour of Sharing offering in to the church office.
Journey to Jerusalem Update
As Holy Week began, we had made it 2935 of 6676mi on our Journey to Jerusalem! That puts us in the Atlantic Ocean 1820mi off the coast of Casablanca, Morocco. Help us make landfall by Easter, enjoying the rich architecture, religious history, and strategic location of this port city dating back to the 7th century BCE! Log those miles, activity time, memory verses, and Lenten reflections (and turn them in to Amanda G or Pastor Phyl) to see where our Journey takes us next week and help us reach the Holy City during Eastertide!
Easter Photo Scavenger Hunt
Thank you to all our "Egg Hunt" participants who solved their clues and popped up all over Emporia. Watch the EPC website, Facebook Page, and next month's newsletter for photos of the fun!
Graduates to be Honored in May
Graduation Sunday will be May 16. If you have a high school or college graduate this spring, let us celebrate with you! Send the full name and photo of your graduate, along with the name of the school, college, or post-college, and include their degree. Please email a picture in jpg format along with information to businessoffice.epc@gmail.com by April 15 so that we can include this in our May newsletter.
Heartland Camp
Camps for Youth (grades 2-12) are filling up quickly. If you are interested in information about Heartland Camps in Parkville, MO visit the website: 
Heartlandcamps.org

Christian Education and Nurture Committee will cover half the cost of EPC kiddos attending camp. Other scholarship money is often available from the Presbytery as well.
Church Library Great Reads by Katherine Weaver
American Heart
By Laura Moriarty
Copyright 2018; HarperTeen; 402 pp.
This novel, and this review, was written especially for teens to let them see the consequences of family values, stereotyping, ignorance, kindness, prejudice, education, patriotism and more.
Meet Sarah-Mary, an opinionated 15 year-old, and Caleb, her sensitive 11 year-old brother, who are living with their aunt in Hannibal, Missouri. Now imagine a United States in which registries and detainment camps for Muslim Americans are a reality. If that sounds a little far-fetched, ask your high school American history teacher about the Alien Enemies Act of 1798 which was used during both World Wars to confine German, Italian, and Japanese immigrants on American soil. Ask your grandparents about the 120,000 Japanese-Americans on the West Coast who were forcibly removed from their homes and incarcerated by Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
But this doesn’t concern Sarah-Mary because she doesn’t know any Muslims. That is, not until Caleb introduces her to a Muslim fugitive in hiding! Follow the two as they set off on a dangerous journey, hitchhiking their way through the heart of America, discovering courage, and kindness in the most unexpected places.
Moriarty is a New York Times bestselling author. And don’t let the number of pages hold you back; I finished it in 3 days, and I’m a slow reader. Plus HarperTeen publishes with generous space between the lines for its inquisitive audience.
MBF Financial Administrator Needed
The MBF Trustees currently consist of seven trustees and two Financial Administrators. The committee has identified the need to have a third person to be on deck in case someone is unable to fulfill their duties. There is also concern that there needs to be some succession planning to ensure there is knowledge to fill a Financial Administrator role.

MBF Trustees would like to ask the congregation if anyone may have an interest in learning about the MBF Financial Administrator role. If so, please contact Don Miller, MBF Financial Administrator.
Treasurer's Report
Treasurer's Report February 2021

  1. As of the end of February, 9 Sundays (or 17.0% of the calendar year) have passed.
  2. Pledges received in February totaled $11,457.00. Loose offering received was $211.50.
  3. Operating expenses for January totaled $30,091.62.
  4. We received a check from Wells Fargo for $7,482.57.
  5. Utility cost for January were $3,899.86. This is higher than expected.
  6. Through the first month of the year, here are the percentages of budget expended (see the Budget Comparison report for dollar figures). 
Weekday Office Hours:
Downtown Campus
Tuesday – Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm
Office Phone:  620-342-0375
Office Email: businessoffice.epc@gmail.com
Website: www.emporiapresbyterianchurch.org
Pastor: Rev. Phyllis Stutzman
Email: pastorphyl.epc@gmail.com
Address:
Downtown - 802 Commercial Street, Emporia KS 66801
West - 1702 W 15th Avenue, Emporia KS 66801
Committee Members
SESSION MEMBERS
Meets Second Monday of the Month Downtown at 6:00 P.M.
Pastor Phyl moderator
Kathie Buckman clerk of Session (620)412-1971
email: kbuckman@hotmail.com
Rhonda Gordon (620)366-5169
rgordon7713@gmail.com
Amanda Gutierrez (620)794-7770
email: flick25_2000@yahoo.com
Becky Hadicke (620)343-5547
email: rhadicke18@gmail.com
Connie Jobe (620)255-3441
Email: connie_jobe00@hotmail.com
Linda Miller (620)342-5448
email: lemiller_2214@yahoo.com 
Brett Stewart (620)340-9590
Kim Stewart (620)342-4792
email: bobandkim2915@gmail.com
Ken Weaver (620)757-1920
email: knweaver51@gmail.com
Church Treasurer – Tammy Cheeseman
email: tammy_cheeseman@yahoo.com
MISSION AND BUILDING FUND TRUSTEES
Dean Edmiston and Don Miller, Financial Administrators. 
Chair, Brett Stewart (Session);
Vice-Chair, Rhonda Gordon (Session)
Secretary, Amanda Cunningham;
Members: Nickie Edwards, Martha Shook, Sharon Stewart
COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE
Betty Campbell, Lee Tucker
STEWARDSHIP & FINANCE COMMITTEE
Chair, TBD, Tammy & Michael Cheeseman, Connie Jobe, Mitch Moorman, Carolyn Turney
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION AND NURTURE COMMITTEE
Co-Chairs, Amanda Gutierrez & Connie Jobe; Amanda Cunningham, Karen Moorman, Laura Parish
PERSONNEL COMMITTEE
Chair, Brad Stewart; Kathie Buckman; Linda Miller
PROPERTY COMMITTEE
Chair, Lois Schrock; Tammy Cheeseman, Amanda Gutierrez, Max Stewart, Sharon Stewart
NOMINATING COMMITTEE
Adriane Lang, Susan Severin, Martha Shook, Brett Stewart (Session), Becky Hadicke (Session)
WORSHIP COMMITTEE
Chair, Ken Weaver; Karen Moorman; Margaret Davidson, Nickie Edwards, Becky Hadicke
VISITATION COMMITTEE
Chair, Sue Jones; Rick Buck, Betty Campbell, Margaret Davidson, Nickie Edwards, Pat Ireland, Maxine Mitchell, Karen Moorman, Max & Sharon Stewart
MISSION & OUTREACH COMMITTEE
Chair, Amanda Gutierrez, Amanda Cunningham, Lois Schrock
EMPORIA CHILD CARE BOARD
Board Member, Nickie Edwards

802 Commercial St. • Emporia, KS 66801
(620) 342-0375