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:
click on the Worship tab
or watch from our Facebook page:
September Events
Wednesday, September 1
World Day of Prayer

Monday, September 6
Labor Day
Church Office Closed

Saturday, September 11
Patriot Day

Monday, September 13
Session Meeting via Zoom 6pm

Tuesday, September 21
International Day of Peace
Jackie & Bob Edmiston Sep 1
Jennifer & Jesse Moran Sep 2
Marilyn & Don Kile Sep 3
Ine & Abio Sokari Sep 21
Rick Cunningham Sep 2
Karla Edmiston Sep 2
Susan Severin Sep 5
Sara Chapman Sep 6
Ann Eldridge Sep 7
Francis Noll Sep 13
Dave Eldridge Sep 13
Abio Sokari Sep 15
Kent Heermann Sep 15
Elaine Karr Sep 15
Brad Stewart Sep 18
Brett Stewart Sep 18
Ruth Fowler Sep 19
Grace Short Sep 19
Jeremy Hart Sep 21
Diana Hizar Sep 22
Taylor Moorman Sep 25
Joshua Hart Sep 25
Bernice Evans Sep 25
McKenna Crosby Sep 27
Sue Jones Sep 27
Jackie Edmiston Sep 29
Luke Parish Sep 29
Audrey Cunningham Sep 30
Meet EPC's New Intern
My name is Carmen Raines, and I am excited to participate in ministry with Emporia Presbyterian Church this fall. Pastor Phyl will be acting as my Contextual Learning mentor for Central Baptist Theological Seminary. I am a Candidate for Ministry with the Presbytery of Northern Kansas and am set to graduate this fall. Trinity Presbyterian in Topeka is my church home where I am an elder. I am just finishing my term as chair of Visioning Committee and work extensively with education. I was the administrator of the presbytery's [PNK] online Christian Education program for 2020-2021. This year I’ve been setting up the hybrid Christian Education program offered by PNK in the fall. 

I’m a lifelong musician and have taught public school band, choir, and general music. I have a Bachelor of Music Education and a Masters in Music. Currently, I teach elementary music for Topeka Public Schools at Lowman Hill Early College Prep Academy. I’ve served several churches in the presbytery in traditional choral and contemporary vocal music.

Topeka has been home to the Raines’ family for 14 years. Ed and I have two children. Cambria is a junior at Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS. Jace is a freshman at Washburn Rural High School where Ed is the principal. We enjoy movies, scifi, and following the Waru Marching Band, of which Jace is now a member. Knitting and photography are hobbies that let me relax and express my creativity.

With previous experience in worship and education, I am looking forward to broadening my pastoral expertise at EPC. Pastor Phyl will help me focus on administration and planning, as well as pastoral care. Many thanks to the EPC session for approving my placement. I’ll be with you September 5th through November 21st, and am eager to help in any way that I can. I look forward to getting to know the Emporia church family and partnering alongside you in ministry. 
Carmen Raines
New Worship Service Time
Sundays, August 15, 2021 - January 10, 2022 worship services indoors at West, 1702 W 15th Avenue, 10:45a.m., and continuing online as well.
Blessing of the Backpacks
Pictures from Blessing of the Backpacks, Sunday, August 15, 2021.
Second Sunday Sunday School
Christian Education and Nurture Committee is pleased to announce that we will begin Fall Sunday School for our grades K-12 youth beginning September 12 from 10:00am to 10:40am. For now, we will meet once a month on the second Sunday of each month. Students will gather outside for a whole group shared story then break into smaller groups according to age. In keeping with our Measures of Care, masks and social distancing are required.  
Raising of the new Family Promise play equipment at West
So Much To Celebrate
Lyon County State Fair award winners
At left: Meredith Lang took entries in woodworking, visual arts, foods, sewing, market goat, and bucket calf. Meredith won the first ever Clover Award. It recognizes one Lyon County 4-Her in each age division for diversity and quality in non-animal project entries. 

At right: Meredith Lang showing her market goat.
Above: Claire Lang participated in Pee Wee showmanship.
Above: Brenna Cunningham received Reserve Grand Champion in Senior Showmanship (horse) and participated in the Round Robin.

At right: Brenna Cunningham received Grand Champion on her pottery piece and was selected to be a state fair exhibit. 
Heartland Camp 2021 by Annora Stutzman
Above photos: Annora Stutzman at Heartland Camp Summer 2021.
This summer, I attended Highlander Secret Agent Camp at Heartland Presbyterian Camp in Parkville, MO north of Kansas City. Highlander camps are for kids coming out of 4th-6th grade. I chose this camp because I enjoy solving mysteries and using my brain, plus I meet other kids who have similar interests. I have been to camp twice, including this year, and I am already signed up to go back next year.
Three great things about camp include -- One: The fun. The fun things we do at camp, like riding horses, doing projectile sports (safely) (like archery), making friends, and so much more is one of the great things about Heartland. You always leave with at least three great memories. Two: The food. A “binding thread” for some camps is bad food, but Heartland’s food is awesome! I’ve even discovered new foods there that I didn’t know I liked (like enchiladas, pot pie, and snickerdoodles)! Three: The peace. For a bustling camp filled with fun, there is a lot of peace. One thing did make me nervous at camp, the giant swing at the ropes/challenge course. One surprise thing this year was the fact that there was axe throwing. The archery range also holds the slingshot range, and I’d never done axe throwing there. But hey, there’s a first time for everything! My favorite part about camp, though, was either playing the card-bucket Mission Impossible game or the nightswim, which was our reward for “saving the pool” the first time as part of our Secret Agent mission.
We also sang songs at camp. To be honest, we sang so many, I remember absolutely zero of them. We learned about God, including that God is complex and yet simple, Jesus was mortal with no death, and that God works miracles and rewards righteousness. I also learned that my personal faith is like a long and complex labyrinth, that while the path is long and arduous, it will bear fruit (eventually…)  
I would DEFINITELY encourage other EPC kids to go to Heartland! I would tell them about the fun we have, the awesome people, the varied camps for everyone, the friends they’d make, everything.
Thank you, EPC and PNK, for helping me fund my camp experience. I’m really glad that I get to go, and I know that y’all are the ones that put together the money. So, thank you thank you thank you! 
Durler Wedding
Service of Christian Marriage
On August 7, 2021, Cheryl George and George Durler were married at the Gufler Mansion in Emporia. Officiant: Rev. Phyllis Stutzman, Pastor Emporia Presbyterian Church. Congratulations and God's Blessings, George and Cheryl!
Great American Market Saturday, September 11, 2021, 7:00am to 4:00pm, Downtown Emporia
We Need Volunteers for the Church Flea Market
We'll need help with setting up for the sale, and clean up after the sale. The church Flea Market is during The Great American Market Saturday, September 11, 7:00am to 4:00pm.

Cleanup will be after 4:00pm on Saturday. Call Betty or Margaret at 620-342-2928. Items can be put by the dungeon door as usual. No computers, clothes, or old style TV’s.

Proceeds from the Flea Market benefit our Local Mission Assistance Fund.
PNK Mission Trip to Omaha, Nebraska
Registration DUE AUGUST 31
Volunteers Needed for PNK Mission Trip to Omaha, Nebraska
In Response to Omaha, NE. Spring 2019 Floods

September 26 to October 1, 2021

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Omaha Rapid Response in partnership with Omaha’s Presbyterian Church of the Cross will host a Mission Team from the Presbytery of Northern Kansas.       

Bob and Rhoda Frasier will lead this team to do repair,
clean up and maintenance on homes devastated by the March 2019 Nebraska flooding.

Registration DUE AUGUST 31:  This trip is open to persons 18 and over, from a Presbytery of Northern Kansas ministry. Maximum Group size 20. As space is available persons from out of the presbytery may be accepted to participate in this mission trip. Interested persons outside of PNK are encouraged to register now and be placed on a waiting list until registrations close.
Covid -19 Precautions: The host site will have specific COVID-19 protocols in place that meet CDC, State, and local guidelines. In addition, PDA requires that all volunteers provide a vaccination card confirming that they have been fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated is defined as receiving your final shot two weeks prior to staying at any PDA host site.
Cost: Your registration fee for this trip is $100 per person. The Stewardship and Mission Committee covers the cost for this mission trip (group travel, accommodations, and other costs) above the registration fees collected. You will be responsible for meals on the way to Omaha or on the way home.
Please complete the online registration via the link below.

Mark your Calendar: (Dates, times and locations are subject to revision.)
  • Sunday, September 12th @ 3:30 p.m. (location to be announced and Zoom option will be available) – Informational and Planning Meeting for all Trip Participants
  • Sunday, September 26: depart from Salina &/or Topeka. 
  • Monday, September 27 through Noon Friday, October 1 – work at job site
  • Friday, October 1 – return to Kansas

The group will travel together in rental vans.  Please coordinate any alternative travel arrangements with the team leaders in advance.

Melanie Hancock
General Presbyter
Presbytery of Northern Kansas

It's our insides that make us who we are,
that allow us to dream and wonder and feel for others.
That's what's essential.
That's what will always make the biggest
difference in our world.
--Fred Rogers
The Scarf Project Is Coming!
For the 7th year, Mission & Outreach will be collecting scarves to distribute to needy and homeless neighbors in our community as temperatures begin to fall. Scarves can be knitted, crocheted, or made from fleece, and may range from children’s to adult sizes (36 x 6 inches to 60 x 9 inches). Collection will begin the first Sunday of October and continue all month long.
To date, The Scarf Project has collected 565 scarves and 86 stocking hats and 1 pair of mittens. We know some of you already have scarves in the works. You may drop scarves off with Pastor Phyl on Sundays during Worship at West, or bring them by the church office during the week. Following our Measures of Care, we will still be able to hang scarves in the sanctuary throughout the month, and we will dedicate the scarves in worship on October 31, praying that our neighbors will be warmed body and soul through this extension of Christ’s love.
Confronting Dementia by Stu Ervay
You may remember Stu Ervay as a member of our church family before moving to Kansas City. You may have seen Stu in worship a few weeks ago at West. Now you can find Stu’s new book Confronting Dementia: A Husband’s Journey as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver on and through other online book retailers. The book launched on July 21, and you can learn more from Stu, Prairie Elder Care owners Mandy Shoemaker and Michala Gibson, Stu’s wife Diana, and writing coach Rebecca Thesman via Stu’s blog at 
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 August, we disbursed $244.77

Currently, the Local Mission Assistance Fund balance is $7,051.20.
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:
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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.
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 August 2021

1.     As of the end of July, 30 Sundays (or 57.6% of the calendar year) have
2.    Pledges received in July totaled $15,928.00. Loose offering received was
3.    Operating expenses for July totaled $22,853.30.
4.    We received a check from Wells Fargo for $8,546.44.
5.    Utility costs for July were $1,612.50.
6.    Through the first seven months of the year, here are the percentages of
budget expended (see the Budget Comparison report for dollar
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