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:
March Events
Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Vespers at West
West Campus each Wednesday, March 1-29, at 5:30p.m.
(See Below)
Friday, March 3, 2023
World Day of Prayer

Sunday, March 5, 2023
2nd Sunday in Lent

Sunday, March 12, 2023
3rd Sunday in Lent
Daylight saving time begins

Monday, March 13, 2023
Session meeting 6:00p.m., Downtown

Friday, March 17, 2023
St. Patrick's Day
Sunday, March 19, 2023
4th Sunday in Lent

Monday, March 20, 2023
1st Day of Spring
Sunday, March 26, 2023
5th Sunday in Lent
Sue Longbine Mar 3
Dakota Aye Mar 6
Sharon Stewart Mar 6
George Durler Mar 10
Rev. Pat Ireland Mar 10
Susan Fessler Mar 11
Stephanie Crosby Mar 14
Deanna Durler Mar 16
Kent Chapman Mar 20
Austin Gordon Mar 26
Jacob Lang Mar 30

Ask the Pastor: Acolytes Edition
Our dedicated corps of acolytes met on Sunday, February 12, for their annual acolyte training. Acolytes at EPC are generally ages 5-years-old and up and play an important role in our worship of God. They know their work well. Do you? Here’s a quick review (and you can always ask an acolyte, too):
Why do we carry the light in to light the candles?
Look up Psalm 119:105 in your bibleYour word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
God’s Word directs all that we do in life. God’s Word gives us words of wisdom and love to follow. God’s Word helps us understand what is happening in the world and in our own lives as we ask questions, feel different emotions, and wonder at God’s great creation. God’s Word assures us that God has a plan for us, a purpose for us, and will show us the way if we listen to God. Candles lit during worship remind us that God’s Word is a bright light for our life.
Acolytes carry the light for the candles into worship to remind everyone in the sanctuary that we gather to seek God, hear God’s Word, and trust that God is with us to show us the way. We aren’t just lighting any old candles. We light the candles intentionally (which means, we do this on purpose with care and practice), so that everyone knows we are in God’s presence, and it is time to worship God and hear God’s Word.
Why do we carry the light out when the candles are put out?
Look up John 8:12 in your bibleAgain Jesus spoke to them saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.” As Jesus’ disciples, we should be like Jesus every day not just at church on Sundays. Jesus’ light shines whenever we love a friend, stranger, or neighbor in Jesus’ name. Jesus’ light shines when we trust God and pray when are worried and having a hard day. Jesus’ light shines when we have an awesome day and pray to God to say, “Thank you, God, for all my blessings!” Jesus, The Light of the World, leads us all week long, and we can share that light with others when we follow him. 
Acolytes carry the light from the candles back out of the sanctuary as a symbol that God’s Word and Jesus’ love are not extinguished (which means, they don’t go out and disappear) at the end of Sunday worship. Acolytes carry the light ahead of the rest of the congregation as a reminder for the whole congregation to follow Jesus and carry the light in their hearts all week with help from the Holy Spirit.
Running Up the Score on Souper Bowl Sunday(s)
We had a winning Sunday, February 5, when EPC Youth kicked off this year’s Souper Bowl of Caring. Addison Gutierrez, Audrey Cunningham, Andrew Cunningham, and Annora Stutzman led worship online and in-person, with youth-at-heart Amanda Cunningham and Amanda Gutierrez with the assist. (Yes, I know, we’re mixing sports metaphors.) Annora also helped lead Manor Chapel with an all star team of youth-at-heart including Ruth Fowler, Betty Campbell, and Margaret Davidson, that same afternoon.
Citing Jesus’ encouragement of those who help others in Matthew 25:34-40, our youth encouraged the whole church family to help hungry neighbors in Emporia throughout the month of February. At the end of the 3rd quarter – Sunday, February 19 – our EPC family had added 132 cans of soup to the Souper Bowl field in the sanctuary and collected $94.10 to help stock the Family Promise pantry selves.
Our goal is to double the Super Bowl score of (38x2) + (35x2) and collect 146 cans of soup by the end of February. We need just 14 more cans of soup to reach the goal. Go, Team!
Youth Sunday, February 5, Photos
Lenten and Easter Line Up
The Season of Lent is a time to prepare for the celebration of Easter and renew our life in the paschal mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection. We begin the season on Ash Wednesday by acknowledging our own mortality and need for repentance. For the next 40 days, we journey through the holy season seeking to draw close to God through fasting, the practice of “giving something up” for Lent which is a modified form of fasting, or by taking on an added spiritual discipline including a new type of or time for prayer, meditation, charitable work, etc. Our preparation culminates in Holy Week, when we seek to enter the story that propelled Jesus from Palm Sunday through the Last Supper and to the crucifixion, before celebrating Christ’s victory over death and the mercy, forgiveness, and eternal life we find in Christ at Easter. You are invited and encouraged to join us for this meaningful season of reflection and worship.
We are looking for help hosting and/or leading in the following ways:
- Simple supper host for Vespers at West on Wednesday, March 15
- LCMA Lenten Soup Lunch hosts on Friday, March 24
- Readers for the narrative portions of the Holy Thursday service on Thursday, April 6
- Volunteers to provide brunch dishes for Easter Brunch on Sunday, April 9
To help, contact the church office, Nickie Edwards (Easter brunch), or Pastor Phyl (vespers & worship).  
Belonging this Lent
What does it look like for you to belong to Jesus Christ? Not your colleague, or your professor, or your neighbor, or the leaders of your denomination, but you? How might your one-and-only life be patterned differently, to more truly align you with Christ? What pretense might you give up? What potential might open up for you as a leader and disciple?
Worship Committee invites you to explore these questions and more this coming Lenten Season, as we use the book Belonging by Karoline Lewis in conversation with Chapter 4 of the Gospel of John to help guide our journey to Easter and beyond.
LCMA Lenten Lunches
Ordinary to Extraordinary
Vespers at West Intergenerational Program
Vespers at West is back, beginning Wednesday, March 1. This year’s theme is Ordinary to Extraordinary, exploring how an ordinary supper became the sacrament of The Lord’s Supper and what that means for us as we seek to follow Christ. Join us at 5:30pm each Lenten Wednesday at West Campus for a light meal followed by evening prayers and hands-on intergenerational programs including:
Wednesday, March 1 – Making Ordinary Things Extraordinary – hosted by Worship Committee
Wednesday, March 8 – A Cooperative Meal – hosted by Pastor Phyl
Wednesday, March 15 – Traditions Around the World – _____host needed________
Wednesday, March 22 – The Last Supper in Art – hosted by Property Committee
Wednesday, March 29 – Hand Washing – hosted by MBF
We still need hosts to provide the evening meal each week of Vespers to West. This simple supper has been prepared by committees, individuals, and “unofficial” small groups in the past. To claim a week for your committee, your group, or yourself, please contact the church office. 
Easter Lily Order Deadline Friday, March 24
Seminarian Update from Kevin Ireland
On August 4, 2019, EPC commissioned Kevin Ireland to vocational service within Christ’s church, blessed him as he answered God’s call to pursue a seminary education, and we promised to be a continual support to him through encouragement and prayer. Over the past 3 ½ years, Kevin has excelled in his studies at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, graduated, and now serves as a pastoral resident in Austin, while completing final requirements toward ordination through the Presbyterian call process. But don’t just take our word for it, here’s the latest update from Kevin.
Hello from the Irelands - keeping it weird in Austin. After graduation from APTS in May 2022, we moved to a small house in north Austin. Rowan is looking forward to graduating from McCallum H.S. in May 2023. They competed on the school swim team and performs with several choral ensembles. Kiran is a sophomore in the Performing Arts Academy at McCallum and had her stage debut in an original adaptation of Antigone. She is excited to be taking the play “on the road” for district and regional competitions. Rachel is working at Central Market (an upscale “European market”) and continues to grow her therapeutic massage practice. Kevin/I began the new year in Israel - spending two weeks traveling with a group from Austin Seminary and Congregation Agudas Achim (a Conservative Jewish synagogue in Austin). I continue to serve as the Pastoral Resident at Westlake Hills Presbyterian church where I focus on pastoral care, faith formation, and leading worship. We continue to be blessed by your prayers and support and look forward to worshipping together with you soon.
Call for Artwork
Worship Committee is seeking depictions of The Last Supper for a pop-up art exhibit during Vespers at West on Wednesday, March 22. If you have a piece you’d be willing to loan our exhibit, please contact Nickie Edwards or Pastor Phyl.
All are invited to experience The Last Supper in Art as part of our mid-week Lenten series.
Great Reads From Your Church Library by Katherine Weaver
The Carpenter’s Apprentice: The Spiritual Biography of Jimmy Carter
By Dan Ariail, Cheryl Heckler-Feltz
In memory of Vonnie (Mrs. Clayton) Martin
With our former President of the United States Jimmy Carter recently in the headlines, this book pounced on me in our library. Throughout his career as a statesman, Mr. Carter has been guided by his Christian beliefs. This book looks at his spiritual development, offering an intimate insight into the role his faith has played in both public service and private life.
Though lauded for his humanitarianism and statesmanship, Carter’s Christianity has usually been discounted by most of the media, wouldn’t you agree? But Carter’s pastor and friend, Dan Ariail, says, “You can never adequately grasp Carter himself unless you see his Christian faith, along with it standards and principles, as being the framework upon which all the rest is built-as a stack pole which holds up the whole thing.”
The authors examine the roots of Carter’s faith and the way he lives out a genuine and down-to-earth Christianity today through interviews with friends and family. Included are stories of his childhood and family background, the presidential years, the historic 1979 Camp David Accords, his Sunday School teaching experiences, his marital partnership with Rosalynn, the founding of the Carter Center, his work as an international peacemaker, and some behind-the-scenes successes of his trip to North Korea.
There is a special section on what to see and do if you plan to visit Plains, Georgia! It also describes the unique ministry of Jimmy Carter’s local church: how visitors from around the world are welcomed and what it’s like to hear the former President teach in Sunday School.
Ariail is also an accomplished religious journalist, musician, and pastor of the Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia.
Heckler-Feltz is an award-winning writer whose features are distributed by the New York Times Syndicate. She earned an Masters in Christian education at United Theological Seminary in The Twin Cities, Minnesota.
New Members Class
A New Members Class and Conversation with Session is forming!
Emporia Presbyterian Church receives members through youth confirmation classes, transfer of membership, reaffirmation of faith, or by profession of faith. For information about the current class forming, please contact Pastor Phyl at or chat with her on Sunday morning.
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 February, we disbursed $30.00.

MBF funded $5,000 this year toward the Local Mission Assistance Fund.

Currently, the Local Mission Assistance Fund balance is $15,785.36
Monthly Collections
For the month of March we are collecting for Bloom House. They need individual snacks, canned SpaghettiOs, and paper towels.

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: Art Gutierrez,
Adriane Lang, Sharon Stewart
Chair, Connie Jobe, Tammy Cheeseman, Rhonda Gordon, Carolyn Turney
Co-Chairs, Amanda Gutierrez & Connie Jobe; Amanda Cunningham
Chair, Brad Stewart; Kathie Buckman; Linda Miller
Co-Chairs, Amanda Gutierrez & Lois Schrock; George Durler, Tammy Cheeseman
George Durler, Sue Jones,
Don Miller
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, Kim Stewart,
Lee Tucker
802 Commercial St. • Emporia, KS 66801
(620) 342-0375