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.

In-person worship service Downtown
802 Commercial Street, 10:45a.m.

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/
August Events
Sunday, August 7, 2022
Pastor Phyl's Back

Monday, August 8, 2022
Session Meeting Downtown 6:00p.m.

Sunday, August 14, 2022
Blessing of the Back Packs
See below for more info
Cheryl & George Durler Aug 7
Amanda & Rick Cunningham Aug 12
Donna & Greg Seibel Aug 12
Tammy & Michael Cheeseman Aug 14
Jane Hawes & Zane Swanson Aug 15
Kim & Robert Stewart Aug 26
Claire Lang Aug 2
Brian Severin Aug 8
Christine Stanley Aug 9
Jacob Stutzman Aug 9
Lois Schrock Aug 10
Tom Parish Aug 11
Donald Rees Aug 12
Marilyn Kile Aug 14
Rafael Franco Aug 18
Rhonda Gordon Aug 20
Ann Doudican Aug 24
Danny Ragland Aug 25
Zhenming Chen Aug 25
Margaret Davidson Aug 26
Sabbatical Spotlight
What’s Pastor Phyl Up To?
 
And on the seventh day God finished the work that God had done, and God rested on the seventh day … (Genesis 2:2) 
… therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it. (Exodus 20:11)
 
While Pastor Phyl is away, here’s a brief spotlight of what this month holds for our pastor’s sabbatical plan. You can find Pastor Phyl’s full proposal / plan here Click here for Sabbatical Plan

Highlights from the Month of July:

Heart – took/retrieved Annora from STEM Camp in Dallas, Heartland’s Secret Agent Camp in North Kansas City, and GmaGpa Camp in Central Missouri; celebrated Annora’s birthday visiting favorite places in Oklahoma City; visited mentors and friends from First Presbyterian Church-Jefferson City, MO; managed a kid-free lunch with my best friend of 42.8 years; spent time with my aunt, sister, brother-in-law, and parents;
Soul – prayed; read; rested; visited newly opened exhibits at the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum;  
Strength – hiked at Tallgrass Prairie; walked the river hills (oy!) of Hannibal, Missouri, and explored Mark Twain Cave;
Mind – read The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd (worth the hype!) and started Origin: A Genetic History of the Americas by Jennifer Raff.
 
Goals for this Month of August: Re-entry to the regular rhythms of work and rest and EPC.
 
Our collective sabbatical season continues through August. As a member of our church family, what Sabbatical Steps have you taken this month? How have you fulfilled God’s commandment to rest, loving the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind? Where is the Holy Spirit leading you in the month ahead? For ways to cultivate sabbath keeping in your life this month, follow the current Sabbatical Step listed in Sunday’s bulletin or contact the church office to see where we are on our collective sabbatical journey.

Below are pictures of the Stutzman's during their June's Western Wanderings and July's Adventures in Missouri.
Cayonlands: Island in the Sky District - Utah
Dinosaur - Utah
Spearfish Canyon - South Dakota
Yellowstone
Hannibal, MO
Rockcliffe Mansion - Hannibal, MO

Blessing of the Backpacks and Bible Presentations
During worship on Sunday, August 14, 2022, Blessing of the Backpacks and Bible Presentations will be held. Adults, college students, and children are encouraged to bring your school/work back packs for the "Blessing of the Backpacks." Bibles will be presented to the 2nd grade students as well.
Christian Ed and Nurture Committee by Connie Jobe
Christian Education and Nurture Committee are excited to begin Sunday School preparation for this new school year! However, we need your help. Please consider becoming a part of our teaching team for our kids grades K-5 and Middle School. Middle School and High School youth will also meet a couple of times each month for fellowship and activities.
 
Watch the Sunday church bulletin for upcoming adult Sunday school opportunities.

Contact Connie Jobe or call the church office at 620-342-0375.
Worship Committee by Ken Weaver
Pastor Phyl returns to the pulpit on Sunday, August 7!

Wouldn't it be wonderful to have everyone in worship to greet her? Please plan to attend worship that Sunday so we can fill the sanctuary, and give her and her family a BIG welcome back to celebrate her return from sabbatical!

The Worship Committee extends deep gratitude to
·        The pulpit supply including the Session and four members of the congregation who provided recorded, and printed sermons as well as preached and led our worship services
·        All who served as liturgists and Elders of the Week
·        The choir, bell choir, musicians, Steve Sieger and Cheryl Durler for gracing us with beautiful singing and music for in-person worship
·        Takako and Toshi for their beautiful singing and music for online worship
·        The members of the congregation plus Scott and Marybeth Lawson who provided Children’s Moments
·        The children serving as acolytes, and the ushers who lit their candle lighters
·        Rev. Pat Ireland for her loving pastoral care
·        The five individuals who lead worship at Presbyterian Manor, Margaret Davidson for playing the music at all services, and Betty Campbell for handing out the programs
·        The van drivers safely transporting members to worship and back home again
·        The counters each week ensuring that our offerings are well cared for
·        Lois and Richard Schrock for faithfully opening the church every Sunday morning and securing the church after worship.
·        Bob Edmiston for providing answers to so many questions
·        The office staff for their tireless support of both online and in-person worship, and the needs of the congregation
·        All members and visitors who attended either the online or in-person services

The congregation has been richly blessed by your loving contributions to the spiritual life of the church.
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 July, we disbursed $290

Currently, the Local Mission Assistance Fund balance is $10,459.83.
Monthly Collections
For the month of August we are collecting the following for S.O.S.
Individual packaged snacks.

Place items on the table Downtown in the sanctuary or drop off in the church office.


Little Blessings Box
We encourage everyone to continue filling the Blessing Box outside of West Campus filled with nonperishable items, as great need continues in our community.
MBF Financial Administrator Update
On Tuesday, July 12, 2022, MBF Training was held via Zoom. Three MBF Committee members, Rhonda Gordon, Adriane Lang, and Brett Stewart, attended the training led by Don Miller. Also in attendance was Diana Hizar and Dean Edmiston.

If you would like to be added to this list and included in upcoming information sessions, please contact Don Miller.
Treasurer's Report by Tammy Cheeseman
Treasurer’s Report July 2022

1.     As of the end of June, 26 Sundays (or 50% of the calendar year) have passed.
2.    Pledges received in June totaled $9,456.36. Loose offering received was $1,371.50.
3.    Operating expenses for June totaled $33,361.99.
4.    We received a check from Wells Fargo for $8,124.92.
5.    Utility cost for June were $1,234,94.  
6.    Through the sixth month of the year, here are the percentages of budget expended (see the Budget Comparison report for dollar figures).
Free Yard Signs
You may have seen “Love Your Neighbor” signs springing up in your neighbors’ yards the past few months. Now, thanks to a grant through Kansas Leadership Center, “Love Your Neighbor” signs are being shared with Lyon County Ministerial Alliance member churches which includes EPC! EPC still has 26 signs available on a first come-first serve basis. You can pick one up from the church office, or let us know and we can deliver.
"Growing with EPC" signs
We also have “Growing with EPC” signs still available from our family sign drop last Fall, a nice reminder as the grass keeps growing with all the rain. There are 9 of these left, if yours blew away, has seen better days, or if you missed the first run. Again, stop by to pick one up, or let the office know and we’ll drop one by.
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 6:00p.m., or via Zoom
Pastor Phyl moderator
Kathie Buckman clerk of Session (620)412-1971
email: kbuckman@hotmail.com
Nickie Edwards (620)794-3541
nickieedwards@yahoo.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
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: Adriane Lang, Martha Shook, Sharon Stewart
STEWARDSHIP & FINANCE COMMITTEE
Chair, Connie Jobe, Tammy & Michael Cheeseman, Carolyn Turney
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION AND NURTURE COMMITTEE
Co-Chairs, Amanda Gutierrez & Connie Jobe; Amanda Cunningham
PERSONNEL COMMITTEE
Chair, Brad Stewart; Kathie Buckman; Linda Miller
PROPERTY COMMITTEE
Chair, Lois Schrock; George Durler, Tammy Cheeseman, Amanda Gutierrez, Max Stewart, Sharon Stewart
NOMINATING COMMITTEE
Sue Jones, Susan Severin, Martha Shook,
WORSHIP COMMITTEE
Chair, Ken Weaver; Karen Moorman; Margaret Davidson, Nickie Edwards, Becky Hadicke
VISITATION COMMITTEE
Chair, Sue Jones; Kathy Buckman, Betty Campbell, Margaret Davidson, Nickie Edwards, Karen Moorman, Max & Sharon Stewart
MISSION & OUTREACH COMMITTEE
Chair, Amanda Gutierrez, Amanda Cunningham,
Lois Schrock
COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE
Betty Campbell, Lee Tucker
802 Commercial St. • Emporia, KS 66801
(620) 342-0375