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:
click on the Worship tab
or watch from our Facebook page:
June Events
Wednesdays in June 1,8, 15, 22
Vacation Bible School
See below

Sunday, June 5 2022
Day of Pentecost

Sunday, June 12 2022
Trinity Sunday

Monday, June 13
Session meets Downtown at 6pm

Tuesday, June 14
Flag day

Sunday, June 19
Father's Day
Vacation Bible School

Clear your calendars for the first 4 Wednesdays in June and join your Emporia Presbyterian Church family for Vacation Bible School. 

Again, as last summer we are holding an intergenerational VBS experience with a shared meal, worship, and activities. Our theme is Backyard VBS: Old Testament Favorites. We’ll meet downstairs at West Campus from 6:00p.m.-7:45p.m. on June 1, 8, 15, and 22. 

No matter your age come join us for a light supper, fun and fellowship! And let the Christian Education and Nurture Committee know if you’d like to help!

Please RSVP by May 29 so we can get an idea for our food count.

(The first night of VBS, the Red Cross Blood Drive will be ending as we begin so we will meet upstairs in the parlor to get started.)

Christian Education and Nurture Committee:
Amanda Gutierrez:
Amanda Cunningham:

Christian Sympathy
Christian sympathy to the family of James Lowther who passed away on May 11, 2022.
Amanda & Art Gutierrez Jun 1
Grace & Ty Short Jun 3
Sandy & Kent Chapman Jun 4
Susie & Jim Aber Jun 5
Phyllis & Jacob Stutzman Jun 6
Connie & Tom Jobe Jun 7
Donna & Eric Sprague Jun 8
Kathy & Ken Weaver Jun 8
Valerie & Gary Conrade Jun 9
Sharon & Max Stewart Jun 13
Rhonda & Scott Gordon Jun 19
Rev. Pat & Michael Ireland Jun 20
Trevor Crosby Jun 1
Tyson Crosby Jun 1
Katie Weaver Henn Jun 1
Don Jones Jun 3
Jennifer Moffitt Jun 3
Tammy Cheeseman Jun 5
Sophie Thayer Jun 9
Trent Olivier Jun 10
Bruce Short Jun 15
Brenna Cunningham Jun 22
Andrew Weaver Jun 24
Kiley Hadicke Jun 27
Brittany Rees Jun 28
Anita Brunner Jun 28
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 May:
Heart – spent Mother’s Day with Annora including a visit to the Nelson-Atkins, successful navigation of the glass labyrinth, and Mother’s Day brunch; visited my Aunt Renee and Uncle Ken, along with my cousin Kendra, in Arkansas – Ken & Renee visited EPC during Worship in Park 2019 and send their best to the church family (they still remembered the sermon/activity from that day!);
Soul – worked to disengage from day-to-day tasks at EPC; prayed in color; read; rested; ate a remarkable amount of cheese;
Strength – axe throwing in Jackson, MS, AND Emporia, KS!
Mind – spent an incredible week working through Burnout by Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski with colleagues – I highly recommend this book.
Goals for this Month of June:
Heart – reconnect as a family now that schools are out; visit family in Missouri; 
Soul – pray; reflect; be still (this one is definitely a work in progress!) and mindful of God’s presence in all things;
Strength – explore God’s great creation by hiking around South Dakota, Wyoming, and Utah;
Mind – read The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams.
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. 
Next month: Remember, Pastor Phyl is away, but sabbatical is not “vacation.”  So watch for updates on what our pastor is up to while she takes a break and hold us all in prayer as we do the same.
Axe Throwing in Baton Rouge (left to right: Revs. Pyl Stutzman, Lesley Ratcliff, Erin Klassen, Megan Clapp)
Being Still at False River, Louisiana
"Burnout" by Emily Nagoski & Amelia Nagoski (at False River, LA)
Worship at Northminister Baptist Church, Jackson, MS (left to right:
Revs. Erin Klassen,
Phyl Stutzman,
Lesley Ratcliff,
Megan Clapp)
Labyrinth on the front cover of my sabbatical journal
Cheese (from Vault in Emporia)
Bullseye with the Big Axe (Baton Rouge, LA)
Prayer Spool (daily reminder)

EPC Graduating Seniors

Abigale will graduate from Fort Hays State University with a degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry.  

Her future plans are to attend the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University in the fall.


Ana will attend Emporia State University this fall to pursue a Business Degree. She is interested in pursuing a career as an event planner.

Brenna will graduate from Emporia High School on May 22. Brenna will be attending Emporia State University in the Fall to pursue a degree in Theatre Education.


Avery will graduate from Emporia High School on Sunday, May 22nd. She plans to attend Emporia State University in the fall and is interested in pursing a career in Medical Sonography.


Kelsey graduated in December from Washburn University with a BS in Biology, BS in Environmental Biology, minor in Leadership, and minor in psychology. She is currently studying for the MCAT and will be pursuing a Master's Degree in Nutrition at MSU Denver in the fall where she will use her last year of eligibility to play volleyball.


Braxton will attend Mercer University in Macon, GA to pursue her MBA in Sports Marketing and Analytics
Candidate for Ministry

Kevin will graduate from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (Austin, TX) on May 15th. Kevin will begin a two-year Residency at West Lake Hills Presbyterian Church in Austin in June.

Carmen graduates from Central Baptist Theological Seminary on May 14 with a Master of Divinity. Carmen is enrolled in a Clinical Pastoral Education program this summer at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, in order to fulfill requirements for ordination. Carmen completed a ministry internship with Emporia Presbyterian Church in Fall 2021 and continues to do pulpit supply around the Presbytery. She will leave her music teaching job after this year to pursue full time ministry. Carmen and her husband, Ed, have two children: daughter, Cambria, who attends Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, and son, Jace, a freshman at WRHS in Topeka.  
Maddyn Stewart, daughter of Michelle and Brett Stewart, will graduate in May from Emporia High School, class of 2022.

Maddyn plans to attend the nursing program this fall at Emporia State University.

EPC Graduation Sunday is May 15, 2022.
Kevin Ireland Receives Award
2022 Chidester Preaching Award given to Kevin Ireland
Kevin Ireland is the winner of the annual Chidester Preaching Award, which comes with a $5000 stipend. The award was established in 2010 by the First Presbyterian Church of Malvern, Arkansas, and is given each year to a graduating senior who shows the greatest potential in the area of preaching. Made upon the recommendation of the Seminary’s homiletics faculty, applicants are assessed on potential for preaching and for relating well to ministry contexts, character, demonstrated homiletics proficiency and distinction, vision for ministry—in particular preaching—and commitment to continuing education. 

"Kevin preaches with sensitivity and imagination regarding how the text is still speaking into our lives today," says Dr. Carolyn Helsel, Associate Professor in the Blair Monie Distinguished Chair in Homiletics.
Kevin Ireland came to seminary from Emporia, Kansas, where he was a member of Emporia Presbyterian Church under the leadership of Austin Seminary alumna Phyllis Stutzman (MDiv’05). He is currently a pastoral intern at Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church in Austin, where he creates curricula and leadership for adult study hour and retreats, visits homebound members at long-term care facilities, writes liturgy, and preaches regularly in worship. Kevin will begin a pastoral residency at Westlake following his graduation this week.

from The Reed: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, May 2022 edition.
So Much to Celebrate
Above: Braxtyn Stewart


Women's Basketball | Wed, Apr. 27, 2022

HILLSBORO, Kan.  Tabor College's Braxtyn Stewart (SR/Emporia, Kan.) decided to make the move to Tabor for her final season of basketball and the move paid off in more ways than one. Stewart was selected to participate in the WBCA "So You Want To Be A Coach" program. Stewart made the trip to Minneapolis, Minnesota, during the NCAA Women's Final Four from March 30-April 1, to participate in the program.

The WBCA's "So" program was created to provide female student-athletes with an experience that can serve as the foundation for a successful coaching career. The program assembled a group of expert coaches and administrators who served as resources, shared their knowledge and provided the participants with networking opportunities that helped each individual prepare to enter the coaching profession. 

Below is a conversation with Stewart about her experiences in Minneapolis.
What all did the experience entail?
I got to attend the women's final four and be a part of the WBCA So You Wanna Be a Coach conference in Minneapolis. During the two days of the conference, I got to listen to multiple head coaches, assistant coaches, and athletic directors. We were able to speak to them and network a little bit as well, which was really cool.
What are some of the most valuable things you picked up while at the conference?
There are countless awesome takeaways from the conference, but there are two that stuck out more than the others: It's not about that school you're at, it's about the people that you're with, and relationships with your players, coaches, and school are everything. You can be at the highest level of basketball, but if you aren't with the right people or don't have the right relationships, it will be almost impossible to be successful. 
Why do you want to be a basketball coach?
If you would've asked me a few months ago if I wanted to coach for a living, I probably would have told you no. Now, I want to be a coach because of how my coaches here at Tabor have impacted me and how much I learned and loved the So You Wanna Be a Coach program. I want to help players grow and inspire them to become the best version of themselves, both on and off the court. 
What level do you want to coach at?
At the moment, there isn't a certain level that I prefer to coach at. I really just want to be somewhere that truly cares for the people in their program that I can learn from every day. 
How have your experiences at two different colleges helped you in your quest to become a coach?
Being at two different schools have allowed me to learn how different coaches handle certain situations, as well as helping me learn a few things that I do and don't want to do when I become a coach. Being able to play one last year at Tabor has helped me love the game of basketball again, and I will be forever grateful to Coach Reed, Erin, Kate, Seth, and Zach for that. 
What is your major and when will you graduate?
I graduated from Newman University with my Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Leadership, and I am getting my Master's Degree in Sports Management and Leadership and will not graduate until spring 2023. 
Is there anything else you would like to add? 
Before deciding to come to Tabor, I wanted to be done with basketball for good and never look back. But since coming here, I have been able to meet amazing people, love the game again, and find my inspiration/passion for coaching, and I have Coach Reed to thank for all of it. 
Stewart quickly made an impact on the Bluejay program and the coaching staff. "Braxtyn is a unique player in the history of our program because she chose to use her Covid year of eligibility after graduating from Newman University last year" commented Head Coach Shawn Reed. "She is enrolled in our graduate school at Tabor and taking classes toward her MBA while also working part time. To join a program for one year could be a really difficult situation for a player, but Braxtyn has navigated the transition with poise and ease. She is loved by her teammates and coaches. Braxtyn had a positive attitude and her work ethic is fantastic and we are so happy she is a Bluejay."

Reed is excited for this opportunity afforded to Stewart.  "We are thrilled that Braxtyn has been chosen to participate in this prestigious WBCA program. Braxtyn has been involved with youth coaching for some time and if she chooses to pursue coaching as a profession I believe she would make an excellent coach. This program will assist her in making a determination if she wants to enter the coaching profession. Braxtyn is skilled and talented enough to do whatever she sets her mind toward and I have no doubt she could be a successful coach."

Stewart is the second player from Reed's program to participate in the "So" program. "I am very proud that Braxtyn is our second player to be chosen for this honor. She joins Terran Hoyt who is currently a part of the women's basketball staff at Oklahoma State University. We have several former players who are coaching at both the collegiate and high school levels and I am so proud that we have players who are reinvesting in our game through coaching."

Tabor College is A Christ-centered institution located in Hillsboro, Kansas and participates in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC). The Bluejays are members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

from Tabor Bluejays, Wednesday, April 27, 2022 - Women's Basketball edition.
Above left: Ken Weaver

Former Emporia State University dean of the Teachers College Ken Weaver has been named the interim executive director of the National Teachers Hall of Fame with the upcoming retirement of longtime director Carol Strickland.

More information go to:, Round 1 of induction activities underway for National Teachers Hall of Fame, Chuck Samples, May 9, 2022, 9:18 AM edition.
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 May, we disbursed $110.00.

Currently, the Local Mission Assistance Fund balance is $10,789.83.
Monthly Collections
For the month of June we are collecting the following for Salvation Army: instant potatoes, instant scalloped potatoes, powdered milk, jelly, boxed meals (hamburger helper).

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
At the February MBF meeting, Trustees heard from a few congregation members interested in learning about the MBF Financial Administrator role. 

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 May 2022

1.     As of the end of April, 17 Sundays (or 32.0% of the calendar year) have passed.
2.    Pledges received in April totaled $9,074.94. Loose offering received was $403.00.
3.    Operating expenses for April totaled $21,628.75.
4.    We received a check from Wells Fargo for $10,687.04.
5.    Utility cost for April were $1,689.77. This is more in our planned budget.
6.    Through the fourth 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:
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
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
Sue Jones, Susan Severin, Martha Shook,
Chair, Ken Weaver; Karen Moorman; Margaret Davidson, Nickie Edwards, Becky Hadicke
Chair, Sue Jones; Kathy 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