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.

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January Events
Sunday, January 1, 2023
New Year's Day

Tuesday, January 2, 2023
Church office closed

Friday, January 6, 2023
Epiphany of the Lord

Sunday, January 15, 2023
Called Congregational Meeting
to elect officers
immediately following worship service
Monday, January 16, 2023
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Church office closed
MLK Community Celebration
6:00p.m. at First United Methodist Church

Saturday, January 21, 2023
Church Family Game Night & Chili Supper
at West 5:30p.m.

Sunday, January 29, 2023
Annual Congregational Meeting
immediately following worship service
Merry Christmas from the Staff!
Amanda Miracle and Francis Noll Jan 2
Michael Cheeseman Jan 1
Janet Weaver Jan 4
Max Stewart Jan 7
Rick Buck Jan 8
Breck Doudican Jan 8
Maddyn Stewart Jan 12
Eric Sprague Jan 14
Kim Stewart Jan 15
Kevin Ireland Jan 19
Linda Miller Jan 19
John Crosby Jan 20
William Blake Eyman Jan 22
Christopher Moffitt Jan 22
Amanda Miracle Noll Jan 22
Hannah Noll Jan 22
Audrey Sprague Jan 22
Blake Sprague Jan 22
Collin Sprague Jan 22
Gary Conrade Jan 26
Avery Gutierrez Jan 28
Cade Olivier Jan 29
Bailey Moffitt Jan 29
Project Jubilee--Medical Debt Forgiveness Update
Presbyterian News Agency picked up Project Jubilee, and quoted both Amanda Cunning and Pastor Phyl.

In time for Christmas, Presbyterians help forgive $13.3 million in medical debt across the Midwest
Advocacy & Social Justice December 14, 2022
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Churches in the Synod of Mid-America share their stories of caring for their low-income neighbors
by Mike Ferguson | Presbyterian News Service
Photo by Owen Beard via Unsplash

LOUISVILLE — Nearly 15,000 people facing crippling medical debt will receive an early Christmas present this year thanks to congregations in the Synod of Mid-America and in neighboring states.

According to a news release from the synod, congregations in Kansas, Missouri and southwestern Illinois raised almost $58,000 as part of Project Jubilee during a coordinated effort to buy $13.3 million in medical debt held by low-income people in five states. Churches and mid councils partnered with RIP Medical Debt, a national nonprofit that to date has eliminated nearly $7.4 billion in medical debt held by low-income individuals.

The Rev. Catherine Neelly Burton, pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Wichita, Kansas, said that two years ago the church’s mission team received an $80,000 bequest from the estate of Lois Fisher, a longtime member of the church’s mission team and a nurse who had worked in oncology and with HIV/AIDS patients receiving hospice care.

“She was passionate,” Neelly Burton said, “about serving people who society might not see.”

Grace Presbyterian Church had donated to RIP Medical Debt before and decided to give $5,000 of Fisher’s bequest as part of Project Jubilee.

“We were glad to give and be part of eliminating medical debt in Kansas and the surrounding area,” Neelly Burton said.

The Rev. Nancy Tuma, pastor of Ward Parkway Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, Missouri, said the congregation had discussed food insecurity last fall. “When they began thinking about all of the reasons for this, including overwhelming medical debt, something clicked,” Tuma said.

“We are a congregation full of professionals who have not necessarily been shown all of the reasons that people are struggling with poverty, food and housing,” Tuma said. “This program and Tony De La Rosa [transitional executive for the Synod of Mid-America] truly helped give them greater understanding of one of the bigger issues.”

“We ended up contributing almost $7,000 to this,” Tuma said, “and people were so excited about this work.”

The Rev. Phyllis Stutzman, pastor of Emporia Presbyterian Church in Emporia, Kansas, said the church “has a longstanding tradition of community partnership” and “strives intentionally” to love God and its neighbors.

“Partnering with other Presbyterians through the synod’s Project Jubilee means that our efforts can have an even broader reach at a time when so many people are feeling the crunch of financial strain,” Stutzman said.

Sixteen families in the area received medical debt forgiveness through the coordinated effort. “This impact far exceeds what any one of us or any single congregation could do on our own,” Stutzman said.

As one Emporia Presbyterian Church member, Trustee Amanda Cunningham, put it, “The ability for EPC to offer funds to help relieve medical debt to people in our surrounding communities is a true blessing. There are so many people in need with limited to no resources that it is critical to find opportunities to help. What an honor it is to be a member of such a mission-driven congregation!”

According to the Synod of Mid-America, RIP Medical Debt used the money raised through Project Jubilee to purchase past due, unpayable medical debt on the open debt collection market at a substantial discount. The Project Jubilee campaign also opted to extend its reach to acquire medical debt portfolios in Kentucky and Tennessee, in addition to the participating congregations’ three home states.

The average debt relieved was about $900. Nearly 12,000 recipients in Kentucky saw nearly $10.5 million of their medical debt forgiven. Almost 900 people in Missouri had about $925,000 in debt wiped away, while nearly 1,300 Tennesseans saw debt forgiveness of about $891,000. In Kansas, 675 people saw about $886,000 removed, and in Illinois, 131 people were forgiven debts of about $118,000.

The 14,815 people benefitting from Project Jubilee are receiving letters this month informing them their medical debt has been forgiven in full. Medical debt abolishment is source-based and therefore cannot be requested. RIP purchases and abolishes medical debt for people who are four times or below the federal poverty level or have a medical debt that is 5% or more of their gross annual income.

About the Synod of Mid-America

The Synod of Mid-America consists of six presbyteries and 356 congregations with nearly 38,000 members. The synod’s offices are in Kansas City, Missouri. Learn more here.

About RIP Medical Debt

RIP Medical Debt is a national nonprofit whose purpose is to strengthen communities by abolishing financially burdensome medical debt. Founded in 2014 by two former debt collection executives, the organization has relieved nearly $7.4 billion in medical debt for nearly 4.3 million families in partnership with churches and other organizations. Its offices are in Long Island City, New York. Learn more here.

MLK Community Celebration - Monday, January 16
Join Pastor Phyl, friends from the Emporia East Side Community Group, and neighbors from area churches for Emporia's annual MLK Community Celebration on Monday, January 16, hosted by First United Methodist Church. This year's theme is "I Am Your Neighbor." The event will include fellowship and snacks at 6:00p.m. and a service of prayer, hymns, scripture, and speakers at 6:30p.m.
Online Christmas Pageant Pictures
Spreading Holiday Cheer--Youth Group Style
Youth Group members met after worship on December 18 to eat lunch, make pop-choc, and do some light caroling – we only know one song! – spreading holiday cheer to members of our EPC family. Thanks to everyone who procured sandwiches, popped popcorn, poured chocolate, expertly applied holiday sprinkles, met up with us along the route, opened your doors(!), and sang-along!! If we missed you this round and you’d like to be serenaded by the Youth Group for a future event (remember, we only know one song!), contact Amanda Gutierrez or Susan Severin.
Family Game Night & Chili Supper
Join us on Saturday, January 21, 5:30-8:00pm at West Campus for a Family Game Night and Chili Supper sponsored by the Youth Group. Bring your family. Bring some fiends. Bring your favorite game or two to play with others. Enjoy a warm bowl of chili on what’s sure to be quite a chilly night, and kick off the New Year with some church family fun!
If you’d like to help with the chili part of the evening, contact Amanda Gutierrez. All chilis welcome – veggie, meaty, white chili, spicy chili, mild chili, etc. Desserts are welcome, too!
Name Their Favorite Game!
Star Words
Star Words will be distributed during in-person worship and via the Sermons at Home mailings on January 8, 2023, and will be belated available during Presbyterian Manor Chapel on January 29. You may also pick up a Star Word from the church office beginning January 9, 2023, or contact the church office and we can mail one to you. Together, let's follow Christ's Light into the New Year.
Preview of "Hope" Book Study
Hope: A Users Manual by MaryAnn McKibben Dana
PNK Book Study

Join us for the PNK Book Study of Maryann McKibben Dana's newest book, Hope: A User's Manual.
Our Presbytery Council is offering a Book Study for anyone in PNK that wants to participate. The Book study will run from the week of January 8 through the week of February 12 -- 6 weeks

Participants can buy their own book ($16.99 on Amazon) OR they can contact Amanda Littell in the PNK Resource Center ( to check it out through the new PNK Digital library at NO COST to any PNK church member. Sign-up is required.

Pick your day/time:
  • Sunday Evenings -- 7:00 p.m. VIA ZOOM -- Leaders: Rev. Shannon Borgman and Pastor Sue Ann Seel
  • Monday Afternoons - 4:00 p.m. VIA ZOOM -- Leaders: Elder Rhoda Frasier and Elder Emily Mark
  • Monday Evenings -- 6:30 p.m. IN PERSON at First Presbyterian Church of Junction City (113 W 5th, Junction City, KS 66441-2934)-- Leaders: Rev. Tim Maguffee and Elders Christ Heldstab and Ms. Ashley King
  • Tuesday Afternoons -- 2:00 p.m. VIA ZOOM -- Leaders: Elder Martin Ahrens and Elder Debbie Liddel
  • Wednesday Mornings -- 11:00 a.m. VIA ZOOM -- Leaders: Rev. Meredith Kemp-Pappan and Rev. Phyl Stutzman

CAN’T MAKE IT TO ALL SIX? That is not a problem. We understand busy schedules. You still must register, then join in as often as you can.

BRING A FRIEND! Whether you are active within the PNK or this is new to you, we are glad you’re joining in. Please invite another person to join you.  

SIGN-UP BY January 5th by registering via the link below and you will receive your first reading assignment and the Zoom link or address of your gathering.

Folks from the Presbytery got to meet with the author Maryann McKibben Dana as she talked with us about her journey in writing this Here's a link to the recording for those who missed it.
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 December, we disbursed $350.00

Currently, the Local Mission Assistance Fund balance is $10,975.36.
Monthly Collections
For the month of January we are collecting the following for Shiloh House: over-the-counter cold meds, pain relievers, fever reducers for mothers and children, Kleenex.

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.
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 6:00p.m., or via Zoom
Pastor Phyl moderator
Kathie Buckman clerk of Session (620)412-1971
Nickie Edwards (620)794-3541
Rhonda Gordon (620)366-5169
Amanda Gutierrez (620)794-7770
Becky Hadicke (620)343-5547
Connie Jobe (620)255-3441
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: Adriane Lang, Martha Shook, Sharon Stewart
Chair, Connie Jobe, Tammy & Michael Cheeseman, Carolyn Turney
Co-Chairs, Amanda Gutierrez & Connie Jobe; Amanda Cunningham
Chair, Brad Stewart; Kathie Buckman; Linda Miller
Chair, Lois Schrock; George Durler, Tammy Cheeseman, Amanda Gutierrez, Max Stewart, Sharon Stewart
Becky Hadicke, Sue Jones, Susan Severin, Martha Shook, Brett Stewart
Chair, Ken Weaver; Karen Moorman; Margaret Davidson, Nickie Edwards, Becky Hadicke
Chair, Sue Jones; Kathie Buckman, Betty Campbell, Margaret Davidson, Nickie Edwards, Karen Moorman, Max & Sharon Stewart
Chair, Amanda Gutierrez, Amanda Cunningham,
Lois Schrock
Betty Campbell, Lee Tucker
802 Commercial St. • Emporia, KS 66801
(620) 342-0375