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.

Indoor worship services at West and online
1702 W. 15th Avenue, 10:45a.m.

Join us for Online Worship
Go to our EPC website:
click on the Worship tab
or watch from our Facebook page:
December Events
Saturday, December 4
Shine a Light for Seniors Drive Thru Event & Lighting Ceremony
Emporia Presbyterian Manor

Sunday, December 5
2nd Sunday of Advent
Christmas Cantata

Sunday, December 12
3rd Sunday of Advent

Monday, December 13
Session Zoom meeting 6pm

Sunday, December 19
4th Sunday of Advent
No-Rehearsal "pop-up" Christmas Pageant

Friday, December 24
Christmas Eve
Candlelight Service 7:00pm

Saturday, December 25
Christmas Day

Sunday December 26
1st Sunday of Christmastide

Monday, December 27-31
Church Office Closed

Friday, December 31
New Year's Eve
Last day contributions for 2021 must be postmarked by Dec 31

Monday, January 3, 2022
Church Office Closed
Pastor's Page
Close to Home
When I think of home, I think of the lyrics of Stephanie Mill’s coming-of-age finale from Broadway’s The Wiz:
“When I think of home, I think of a place where there’s love overflowing.
I wish I was home, I wish I was back there with the things I’ve been
knowing …
… Living here in this brand new world might be a fantasy, but it taught
me to love,
so it’s real to me.
And I’ve learned that we must look inside our hearts to find a world full
of love
like yours, like mine, like home.”[1]
Dorothy Gale’s search for home from the fields of Kansas, through Oz, and back has captured hearts and imaginations for generations. Our Advent theme this year draws on every soul’s similar yearning to find our way home. We seek that home filled with hope, peace, joy, and love, promised by God and made real to us in the person of Jesus – Emmanuel, God with us ­– when the Word became flesh, made his home among us, and brought Light back into darkened lives. In light of this yearning, Worship Committee and I commend to you the resources of Close to Home created by A Sanctified Art which will direct our Advent journey this year. The authors of Close to Home offer us this insight for the season:
“When something hits close to home, it affects us deeply. During the
Advent and Christmas season, we journey through scriptures and rituals
that are tender, heavy with emotion, and vulnerable. We carry the
memories and truths of this season close to our hearts. Close to Home
acknowledges the ‘already but not yet’ tension of our faith: Emmanuel is
with us, and yet, God’s promised day – our everlasting home – is not fully
realized. It names our deep longing for God to come close to us.
“The Advent and Christmas scriptures are rich with home metaphors and
imagery. John the Baptist prophesies about the One who is to come, but
reminds us that we are still wandering far from God’s promised day; his
message hits close to home, especially for those experiencing inequity
and oppression. After receiving the angel’s news, Mary retreats to
Elizabeth’s home, seeking refuge and safety. Christ is born in the mist of
a journey home, in a crowded dwelling amid livestock and shepherds
like. The Magi travel far from home to pay homage to Christ, and, having
been warned in a dream, they avoid Herod by traveling home another
way. In these scriptures, home is both physical and metaphorical,
something we seek and something we are called to build. God is our
home and resting place. God draws near and makes a home on earth –
sacred ground is all around us.”[2]
As we seek to draw near to God this Advent and behold Christ at Christmas, let us be mindful of yearnings in our own souls and the sacredness that surrounds us – building each other up and welcoming each other home, embodying hope, peace, joy, and love for ourselves and others in the Spirit of this holy season.
[1] [accessed 22 November 2021]
[2] Close to Home: Sermon Planning Guide for Advent-Epiphany | Year C, developed by Rev. Lisa Gwynn Garrity, A Sanctified Art, © 2021. 
Carolyn & Roy Turney Dec 1
Karla & Dean Edmiston Dec 19
Martha & Mark Shook Dec 21
Maxine Mitchell Dec 6
Adriane Lang Dec 6
Jake Noll Dec 11
Addison Gutierrez Dec 13
Rick Edwards Dec 15
Mitch Moorman Dec 15
Greg Seibel Dec 16
Diana Holdeman Dec 17
Donna Seibel Dec 20
Diana Hart Dec 22
Michelle Stewart Dec 24
Karen Moorman Dec 25
Scott Irwin Dec 27
Arlene Dodge Dec 27
Leslie Danborg Dec 28
Andrew Cunningham Dec 31

Worship Service Time

Sundays, through January 10, 2022 worship services indoors at West, 1702 W 15th Avenue, 10:45a.m., and continuing online as well.
Advent at a Glance
Advent is here! In this holy season of expectation and anticipation, here’s what to expect as we share traditional Advent observances and anticipate some new opportunities, too. Please note some services and activities could use more hands, voices, and thespians of all ages. Be sure to let Worship Committee and/or Pastor Phyl know how you plan to participate in our preparations to greet Christ anew at Christmas.
Sunday, November 21
Hanging of the Greens Worship Service
You can watch the online Hanging of the Greens Service on the church
website or through the Emporia Presbyterian Church Facebook
page. Thank you to everyone who made this Sunday service a great
Saturday, November 27
Hanging of the Greens, the decorating part
Join Worship Committee and others as we decorate West Campus. We are
in particular need of church family members who are not afraid of
Sunday, November 28
First Sunday of Advent
West Campus and online.
Online Christmas Pageant Sneak Peek
We hope to begin recording parts for the online Christmas pageant
before and after worship on Sunday, November 28. Costumes are ready
and waiting in the back pews of West Campus, and Pastor Phyl will have parts on site for you to read. Let her know if you have a particular part
in mind – be it Joseph, Mary, a shepherd, or a sheep! – and help us bring
the nativity story alive in time for assembly and editing. We need to have
all parts recorded by Sunday, December 12.
Sunday, December 5
Second Sunday of Advent
West Campus and online. 
- Cantata Sunday
Let Us Adore Him through Scripture and song. Contact Margaret
Davidson if you’d like to join the choir for the choral portions of the
cantata (singers will mask). All are welcome, especially baritones!
Sunday, December 12
Third Sunday of Advent
West Campus and online.
Final Recording Deadline for Online Christmas Pageant
Sunday, December 19
Fourth Sunday of Advent
West Campus and online.
Pop-Up Christmas Pageant
The No-Rehearsal Christmas Pageant is back with a twist. Don a costume
before worship (ready and waiting in the back of the West Campus
sanctuary), and “pop-up” at your seat when your character appears in
the Gospel story. Pastor Phyl will read with extra emphasis on Innkeeper
and Angel and Sheep, etc. so you know when to stand. Be part of the
Christmas story coming to life all around us!
Online Christmas Pageant       
Friday, December 24
Christmas Eve
A candlelight service of Lessons and Carols helps us see the Light of
Christ shining in the darkness as we greet Christ the newborn and
eternal King.
Sunday, December 26
First Sunday of Christmastide
Celebrate the Season of Christmas with stories of the Christmas carols we
love to sing.
Sunday, January 2, 2022
Star Words for Epiphany
We celebrate the magi who followed the star to greet a toddling Jesus,
and we’ll receive Star Words to guide us as we step into the new year.
Advent Devotionals Available
Advent offers us time to prepare ourselves heart and soul for the coming of Christ at Christmas. This year, we have two Advent Devotionals to help us consider the deep meaning of this holy season, give shape to our prayers, and ready us to receive God’s greatest gift – Emmanuel.
Close to Home, from A Sanctified Art, hits close to home, complimenting the readings, coloring sheets, adult Sunday school class, and worship themes of this year’s Advent Season. “Close to Home acknowledges that Emmanuel is with us, and yet, God’s promised day – our everlasting home – is not fully realized. We long for God to come close."
Hope in These Times, written by members and friends of Lyon County Ministerial Alliance – including Pastor Phyl, Rev. Pat Ireland, and Pastoral Intern Carmen Raines – acknowledges the hardships and heartache we have all faced the last two years, and offers words of encouragement as “we look with longing for light and hope for brighter days.”
Print copies and digital copies of both devotionals are available through the church office. Print copies will also be available at West Campus throughout the Advent Season. Contact Leslie in the church office if you would like a copy mailed or emailed to you.
So Much To Celebrate!
We celebrate Carmen Raines upon the completion of her seminary internship at EPC. Carmen has blessed the EPC family particularly through her presence and participation in Sunday worship, and we wish her Godspeed as her journey to ordained ministry continues.
Above: Maddyn Stewart

Maddyn is a senior at Emporia High School. She participates in 3 sports (Volleyball, Basketball, Softball) as well as Senior Class representative for Student Council and Circle of Friends.

Maddyn just finished taking CNA classes and will look for a part time job in that field. She doesn’t know where she will be attending college as of yet. But wants to pursue a Nursing degree.
Above: Abby Stewart

Abby has run cross country since 7th grade. 
7th & 8th grade middle school - All centennial league

9th-12th grade high school -
All Centennial League - all 4 years
Qualified for state - all 4 years
Won regionals - 11th & 12th grade
All State - 11th & 12th grade

College - Fort Hays State University DII university in the MIAA
Cross Country -
All MIAA Honors (sophomore & senior years) - cross country was cancelled her junior year due to COVID-19
3x USTFCCA (US track & field and cross country association) All Academic Award
3x MIAA Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 4.00 GPA
3x MIAA Scholar-Athlete Award
3x MIAA Academic Honor Roll
3x D2ADA (DII Athletics Directors Association) Academic Achievement Award
Special Offerings In December
Staff Christmas Gift December 5, 12, 19 - The Personnel Committee invites you to contribute to our staff Christmas gifts as a way of saying Thank You for all of the ways our staff share their gifts with us throughout the year.  

Christian Education & Nurture Special Offering - As in previous Advent Seasons, we’d like our children and youth to shop for Christmas presents for families in need. This year we will focus on our Family Promise Families to be the recipients. We are accepting donations from the congregation to help with gift purchases. Donations can be given to the church office or placed in the red "gift box" in the sanctuary on Sunday mornings.

Christmas Joy December 24 & 26 - The Christmas Joy Offering has been a cherished Presbyterian tradition since the 1930s. The Offering distributes gifts equally to the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions and to Presbyterian-related schools and colleges equipping communities of color. The Assistance Program provides critical financial support to church workers and their families. Presbyterian-related schools and colleges provide education and leadership development while nurturing racial and ethnic heritage. 

Year End Giving – Please note that the church office will be closed Monday, December 27 through Friday, December 31. In order for anyone to make their end of year contribution, it must be postmarked by December 31, in order for it to be credited toward 2021 giving.

How to Donate: if you wish to contribute to a special offering of the church, you can do so by mailing in your check to the church office, or contribute online by clicking GIVE on the church website and noting “Staff Christmas Gift” or “Christmas Joy” in the notes field of the online form.
No Rehearsal Christmas Pageant
This Advent's No Rehearsal Christmas Pageant happens during worship on December 19, the fourth Sunday of Advent. If you want to be part of this growing tradition at Emporia Presbyterian Church, please come. All parts are needed and the costumes are in the next to last pews of the West campus awaiting you. Help us tell the Christmas story, as we welcome Christ this season.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at West, 7:00pm
Planned Giving Facts vs. Myths
"The Truth about Planned Giving Facts vs. Myths

It's not as difficult as you think!

MYTH: It's only for the wealthy.

FACT: You don't need to be wealthy to have a will or indicate a charitable bequest. No matter the size of any individual donation, collectively, every gift adds up . . .

MYTH: I must have a will in order to donate.

FACT: There are various ways to donate without a will, including your retirement plan or life insurance policy.

MYTH: It costs way too much money to make a will.

FACT: The average cost for a basic will is $375 and ensures your assets are distributed according to your wishes." 2021, The Truth about Planned Giving, American Legion Auxiliary magazine, November, Page 26
You Shop, Amazon Gives @ Amazon Smile
No additional cost to you or to the church. Funds donated to EPC through Amazon Smile will go toward the local mission assistance fund.
- Start at the website
- Type in your Amazon log-in information and click “Sign in using our secure server”
       - When prompted to select an organization, search for and choose “First Presbyterian Church” (make sure
                       to select “Emporia KS” as there are more than one.
Stewardship Thanks
Thank you, on behalf of the Stewardship and Finance Committee.

Sincere thanks and appreciation go out to you, the members of the congregation, for your generous and enthusiastic response to this year’s Stewardship Campaign. We have received $120,212 in pledges, almost 84% of the goal of $143,400. In addition, 40 Time and Talent Surveys were completed and returned. Thanks to your faithfulness, the ministry of Emporia Presbyterian Church will continue unabated in 2022. If you haven’t returned your pledge card or Time/Talent Survey yet, it is not too late to express your support of the church for the coming year.

Again, thank you for your generosity and dedication.
PNK Junior/Senior High Ski Trip
January 14-17, 2022. Registration Fee $550 (includes lodging, ski equipment, meals and travel) First-time skiers or snowboarders will pay for a group lesson. Registration and $200 deposit due by December 3 with the balance due by December 31. For details please go to:
Scarf Project Update
Above left: from left to right is Susan Severin and Amanda Miracle making scarfs.

For the 7th year, Mission & Outreach collected scarves to distribute to needy and homeless neighbors in our community as temperatures begin to fall. 
The Scarf Project collected 100 scarves for 2021, bringing our 7 year total to 647 scarves, 18 hat and scarf sets, 68 hats, and one set of mittens.
EPC family of all ages contributed to the creative efforts.
Our youngest scarf makers kept busy until the fleece was cut and ready to tie.
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 November, we disbursed $487.54

Currently, the Local Mission Assistance Fund balance is $6,821.10.

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.
Monthly Collections
Monthly Mission Offerings have resumed, and we are grateful for all the gifts of snacks to Walnut Elementary in November.

For the month of December we are collecting toilet paper, paper towels, crayons/markers/colored pencils, and coloring books (children's or adult''s) for S.O.S. Please place items in front of the West Campus communion table or drop off in the office Downtown.
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 for October 2021

1.     As of the end of October, 44 Sundays (or 85% of the calendar year) have passed.
2.    Pledges received in October totaled $6,164.80. Loose offering received was $554.00.
3.    Operating expenses for October totaled $26,892.68.
4.    We received a check from Wells Fargo for $7,446.76.
5.    Utility cost for October were $3,340.16.
6.    Through the first ten months 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:
Pastor: Rev. Phyllis Stutzman
Downtown - 802 Commercial Street, Emporia KS 66801
West - 1702 W 15th Avenue, Emporia KS 66801
Committee Members
Meets Second Monday of the Month Downtown at 6:00 P.M.
Pastor Phyl moderator
Kathie Buckman clerk of Session (620)412-1971
Rhonda Gordon (620)366-5169
Amanda Gutierrez (620)794-7770
Becky Hadicke (620)343-5547
Connie Jobe (620)255-3441
Linda Miller (620)342-5448
Brett Stewart (620)340-9590
Kim Stewart (620)342-4792
Ken Weaver (620)757-1920
Church Treasurer – Tammy Cheeseman
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
Betty Campbell, Lee Tucker
Chair, TBD, Tammy & Michael Cheeseman, Connie Jobe, Mitch Moorman, Carolyn Turney
Co-Chairs, Amanda Gutierrez & Connie Jobe; Amanda Cunningham, Karen Moorman, Laura Parish
Chair, Brad Stewart; Kathie Buckman; Linda Miller
Chair, Lois Schrock; Tammy Cheeseman, Amanda Gutierrez, Max Stewart, Sharon Stewart
Adriane Lang, Susan Severin, Martha Shook, Brett Stewart (Session), Becky Hadicke (Session)
Chair, Ken Weaver; Karen Moorman; Margaret Davidson, Nickie Edwards, Becky Hadicke
Chair, Sue Jones; Rick Buck, Betty Campbell, Margaret Davidson, Nickie Edwards, Pat Ireland, Maxine Mitchell, Karen Moorman, Max & Sharon Stewart
Chair, Amanda Gutierrez, Amanda Cunningham, Lois Schrock
Board Member, Nickie Edwards

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