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.

Sunday's June 20 - August 8 indoor worship services at West and online
1702 W. 15th Avenue, 9:30a.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
Monday, August 9
Session In-Person Downtown 6pm

Thursday, August 12
MBF Zoom meeting 4:45pm

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
Jacob Stutzman Aug 9
Christine Stanley Aug 9
Lois Schrock Aug 10
Tom Parish Aug 11
Donald Rees Aug 12
Marilyn Kile Aug 14
Rhonda Gordon Aug 20
Ann Doudican Aug 24
Danny Ragland Aug 25
Zhenming Chen Aug 25
Margaret Davidson Aug 26
Pastor's Page
The Waiting Is the Hardest Part
 
We don’t like to wait. Call it a personality trait. Call it a cultural norm. Call it a constant frustration whether you, yourself, are inwardly impatient or outwardly wish that others would slow down and be more patient. We don’t like to wait.
 
From the psalmist’s cry of “How long, O Lord?”(Psalm 13) to Mo Willems’ delightful children’s book Waiting Is Not Easy (Mo Willems, Elephant & Piggie: Waiting Is Not Easy, © 2014) we wrestle with wanting answers now, plans now, the whole story now, at every age and in every age. Rarely is such clarity available to us in full. So it goes in life, generally, and so it goes as we continue to look ahead with hope for the upcoming seasons of the church.
 
August typically brings a flurry of activity from our Sundae Sunday Ice Cream Social to Blessing of the Backpacks to Sunday School Kick-Off to the resumption of Choir Practice, Bell Choir Practice, and more. This year, we simply do not know what the next season will bring. Session remains hopeful that we can ease COVID protocols a bit further, move back to the Downtown sanctuary, add more elements back into our in-person worship, and feel a bit more “normal” than we have in quite some time. Then we look at the County Health numbers, we tune into the evening news, and reports of growing COVID cases in Lyon County, delayed readiness of vaccines for children under 12, and the rapid spread of the virus variants cast a cloud of doubt on many of those hopes.
 
What will the Fall look like? Will we be able to resume Chapel at Presbyterian Manor or gather around a potluck dinner? Or will we be stuck in what Dr. Seuss called The Waiting Place – where “everyone is just waiting.” (Dr. Seuss, Oh the Places You’ll Go, © 1990)  
 
Tom Petty once sang that:
The waiting is the hardest part
Every day you see one more card
You take it on faith, you take it to heart
The waiting is the hardest part. (Tom Petty, Hard Promises, released 1981)
 
This song speaks volumes to my spirit these days, as actionable information comes much slower that I would like, answers and plans require information that I currently don’t have, and I am tired of the waiting. BUT, in the waiting, I have learned a valuable lesson about time and God’s time. I’ve remembered a fundamental piece of our Christian faith relies on waiting. Not long after the psalmist cries, “How long, O Lord?” (Psalm 13) we hear, “For God alone my soul waits.” (Psalm 61)  
 
For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from God comes my salvation …
… For God alone my soul waits in silence,
for my hope is from the Lord. (Psalm 61)
 
And so I look ahead to the Fall and Winter, to the Program Year and Advent and Christmas, to all the plans unfolding in God’s time that I may not be privy to … yet. I trust in the discernment of our Session elders, the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and the promise of Christ to be with us always wherever we find ourselves (even The Waiting Place!). I have great hope, and I “take it on faith” that we will continue to be the connected, loved and loving, active, creative, compassionate church family we have grown to be. Even we are waiting to see how it all unfolds exactly.
Blessing of the Backpacks
We are gearing up for August back-to-school. Get your backpacks ready and watch for details on our Blessing of the Backpacks Sunday coming soon.

Details to be announced at a later date by email to everyone.
Thank you for the gift
Dear church family,

We have received your package. What a surprise! Toshi and I had no idea what mailman brought to our apartment door. We have no words to express our gratitude for your amazing gift, beautiful hymnal books and kind letters. We thoroughly enjoyed every card we received. Thank you so much!

It's been years since we left Emporia, but we are so happy to find a way to share the music with you like this, especially under this pandemic situation. We enjoy singing hymns every week and it is a good time to think of our church family. (Well, most of technology part like editing the recordings is done by Toshi tho)

Once the pandemic is over and the border is open, we like to visit Emporia, that's what we always talk about. It has been a very rough time for everyone, but I hope we can walk outside like it used to be soon. Please take care.

Peace and blessings, 

Toshi and Takako Takami
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 $329.50

Currently, the Local Mission Assistance Fund balance is $7,071.21
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
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.
Church Library Great Reads by Sharon Stewart
The Children's Library has several books highlighting prayers for children.
POEMS AND PRAYERS FOR THE VERY YOUNG, selected by Martha Alexander.
Beautiful and appropriate illustrations accompany short sweet prayers and poems including table blessings and short poems.

                                          The larks's on the wing;
                                          The snail's on the thorn:
                                          God's in His Heaven--
                                          All's right with the world!
                                           -- Robert Browning
THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD
Illustrated by Tasha Tudor
A small book illustrating this prayer in Tasha Tudor's distinctive style with her corgi in every picture.
PRAYER FOR A CHILD, A Caldecott Medal book by Rachel Field
An old book, a simple prayer all children can relate to, with large full page illustrations. This book is paper-clipped together after much use by the Stewart family.
                                          "Bless my Father and my Mother
                                          And keep us close to one another .
                                          So let me sleep and let me wake
                                          In peace and health, for Jesus' sake."
Worship Committee Report by Ken Weaver
1.   Session Sunday is Sunday, July 25. All elements of the service are led by Elders; Rhonda Gordon will deliver the sermon.

2.   Rev. Thad Holcombe, director of the Ecumenical Christian Ministries at the University of Kansas, will be the guest preacher for Sunday, August 1 service where communion will be celebrated.

3.   At its August meeting, Session will decide on the next Measure of Care. Members will be reviewing information from the Lyon County Health Department, USD 253, and CDC before deciding. Please pray for the Session in their deliberations.
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 by Tammy Cheeseman
Treasurer’s Report July 2021

1.     As of the end of June, 26 Sundays (or 50% of the calendar year) have passed.
2.    Pledges received in June totaled $6,660.00. Loose offering received was $228.05.
3.    Operating expenses for June totaled $35,187.34.
4.    We received a check from Wells Fargo for $12,944.70.
5.    Utility cost for June were $748.59.
6.    Through the first six months 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