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Pastor's Note

Fall is in the air! I hear that phrase a lot and it seems to mean different things to different people. For some it's the sounds of football and for others it is Pumpkin Spice everything! For me as a pastor, it means that Christmas isn't that far away! However, I need to tell myself this as much as anyone, remember to slow down and enjoy the moments while we have them. I look forward to cool evenings on the patio enjoying the fall weather. I hope you find your peaceful moments as the seasons change. 

October will be a slightly different month when it comes to worship. I will be absent for 3 of the 4 Sundays during the month of October. The first Sunday, I will be gone to attend Doane University's Homecoming Awards Banquet in Crete, Nebraska. I am receiving this year's Young Alumni Award. You can read more about this at the end of the newsletter. 

The other two Sundays I will be away are October 21st & 28th. These were not planned weekends to be gone. I got a call this last Friday from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. I have been referred there by a couple of my doctor's to check out more of what has been going on with my lung since January 2017. I did not expect to get a call so quickly after my doctor's referral earlier in the week, nor did I expect to get an appointment so quickly. However, that's exactly what has happened. So, you will be hearing from 3 different guest preachers during October. Another change will be that we will observe Holy Communion on October 14th instead of the 7th since I will be absent. 

Our guest preachers in October are:
October 7th- Scott Barnum, Hays District Director of Lay Servant Ministries
October 21st- Rev. Jim Reed, retired pastor with K-State Wesley Foundation. Rev. Reed served in many capacities during his career including District Superintendent and Senior Pastor of Manhattan First UMC.
October 28th- Rev. Don Hasty, District Superintendent Hays & Dodge City Districts

Grace and Peace, 
Pastor Zach
Goodland UMC at Homecoming 2018!
Beth Moore Simulcast Event Held at Goodland UMC

Over 55 women from all over Northwest Kansas, Eastern Colorado, and Southwest Nebraska attended the "Living Proof Simulcast with Beth Moore" on Saturday, September 15th at Goodland UMC. Our planning team of Lora Mosbarger, Nicole Anderson, Dana Fulcher, Deb Ihrig, and Kelly Livengood put together an amazing event for women to be in fellowship, worship, and Bible study together. Reviews from the event were very praiseworthy and we look forward to hosting events again in the future. Thanks to our planning team and the congregation for being host to such an inspiring event.
Church Conference set for November 11

Our annual Church Conference will occur on Sunday, November 11th at 6:00pm at Goodland UMC. Again this year we will be joined in a Network Conference by churches from Kanorado, Sharon Springs, St. Francis, Bird City, Brewster, and Goodland. Due to a unavoidable scheduling conflict, Oakley and Winona will meet at another time with the District Superintendent, but are also members of our network. 

We will begin at 6:00pm with worship and then move to our meeting with District Superintendent Don Hasty. We will also have a time of refreshments and fellowship between the churches. 
Town Hall Sessions Scheduled with Bishop on Human Sexuality

The special session of General Conference – scheduled for Feb. 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis – has preoccupied the thoughts, prayers and ministries of many United Methodists. The information shared by all sides in the dialogue over human sexuality can be confusing because of the volume of material and the intricacies of each position.

To help the 220,000 people in our Great Plains Conference churches better understand the issues on all sides and to help maintain our focus on the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. convened the Forward in Unity Process Team. This group of clergy and lay people from across the conference has met several times to discuss ways of ensuring the information related to the special session of General Conference is shared in ways that maintain a collaborative atmosphere and that allow space for the Holy Spirit to work in us and through us all.

To read the full report from the Council of Bishops and watch an introductory video from Bishop Saenz, visit the conference website here.

You’ve read stories and heard the news about The United Methodist Church’s upcoming special session of General Conference to address concerns around human sexuality. Join Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. as he addresses the recent recommendation by the Council of Bishops and leads discussions on this important subject. You’re invited to come listen, learn and, most importantly, share.

Town Hall Meetings Near Goodland

Hays District
Oct. 28, 2018, 3:30-5:30 p.m. (Cetntral Time)
First UMC in Hays
305 W. 7th St.
Hays, KS

Family Worship Sunday- September 30th

When a 5th Sunday occurs in a month, we will know be considering that a "Family Worship Sunday." You may be wondering what that means? Well, it means that our children will stay in worship with their families instead of having KidZone that week. But, they won't miss out on many of the fun things they experience in KidZone. In fact, they are bringing it to the rest of us. The music, fun, and message will all be similar to what the children do on Sundays so that the rest of us can experience what they do each Sunday. Pastor Caleb will bring the message. We hope to see you for our first "Family Worship Sunday" this Sunday, September 30th!
Thanksgiving Dinner Leaders Needed!

After the last Church Council meeting it was determined that we are in need of a person or persons to spearhead our annual Thanksgiving Dinner. We need someone to plan, organize, and cook the meal. We also need someone to work on the setup and decoration of the dining area. This could be the same person, but likely will need more than one person to coordinate it all. 

The dinner is scheduled for November 18th following worship. If you feel lead to be a part of this, please contact Pastor Zach soon! If we do not have people to coordinate this year's dinner, we may not be able to host it this year. 
Donations Being Sought to Purchase More Round Tables

After hosting recent events at the church, it has been determined that it would be helpful to have more of the round plastic tables for our use, especially when hosting smaller meals in the Parlor. These white tables are very versatile in different settings and are extremely durable and easy to move. We've priced the tables and to get 5 tables, it would be around $600. If you would like to donate to this purchase, any gift is helpful. Please leave gifts in the office or offering plate marked "table purchase". Thank you!

Anderson to receive Young Alumni Award

BY REBECCA SVEC
September 20, 2018
(Courtesy of Doane University)

Zachary Anderson ’07, Senior Pastor of the United Methodist Church in Goodland, Kansas, will be honored at Homecoming as the recipient of Doane's Young Alumni Award. Zachary will be honored at the alumni awards banquet Sunday, October 7 at Noon inside Perry Campus Center.

A native of Wahoo, Zachary came to Doane by association, tagging along on his best friend’s campus visit. Once he arrived on the campus at Crete, however, he wanted to enroll himself. His best friend became his first-year roommate.

 

Zachary would make many more friends and fill many roles at Doane, and go on to use his education and passion for service to better each community he has joined since that time, including his current role as Senior Pastor of the United Methodist Church in Goodland.

 

Zachary’s “focus verse” for life and ministry exemplifies his life as a servant leader. He chose the Bible verse, Micah 6:8: “What does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God?”

 

His years at Doane were an early preview of the accomplishments to follow. Zachary became a Resident Assistant for Frees Hall, the President of the Greek Council, a Relay for Life committee member, an Orientation Leader, women’s basketball student assistant, summer conference staff member, and Liberal Arts Seminar teaching assistant. He joined the Alpha Pi Epsilon fraternity and also participated in Circle K, Interfraternity Council, Tiger Pep Band, Collegiate Chorale, and Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society.

 

Zachary received Doane’s Alumni Senior Award and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration. His continued ties to Doane including his current role with the Alpha Pi Epsilon Alumni Association and his work with a team to create an endowed scholarship for current fraternity actives.

 

Since 2008 he has served as pastor of United Methodist Churches in rural Seward and Lancaster County; in Papillion and Omaha and now Goodland, Kansas, where he lives with his wife, Nicole. He is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and received a Master of Divinity degree from Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City in 2011. He was ordained in June of 2013.

 

Since starting as Senior Pastor in Goodland in 2017, church attendance has risen as well as the congregation’s engagement with its community. He currently is working with community leaders to establish a Circles of Hope program to help reduce and eliminate poverty in the area.

 

Poverty and hunger have been at the heart of much of his work and volunteer roles for years. Zachary is a past board member of United Methodist Ministries of the Missouri River District. The board’s main focus was “The Big Garden Program", which helped to establish more than 160 community gardens in Nebraska, Kansas, and southwest Iowa.

 

Zachary is also a past board member and finance team member for the Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless, where he assisted in the yearly proposal to HUD to secure funding for the Omaha Metro area homelessness programs. Other service in Nebraska included his time as a board member and president of Nebraska Leadership Seminar, Inc., which offers leadership development opportunities for high-school students.

 

His volunteer work as the United Methodist Church’s Assistant Peace with Justice Coordinator took him to the Nebraska Unicameral and Washington D.C., advocating for peace and justice in society from a faith perspective.

 

Two honors received in 2016 allowed him to serve on a national and global scale. Zachary was elected by clergy in Kansas and Nebraska to serve as one of six clergy delegates to the international General Conference for the United Methodist Church, the top policy making body for the denomination. The same year, he was asked to join the board of directors for the General Commission on Religion and Race of the United Methodist Church, a global board of 23 members that supports leaders of the church to help them embrace cultural diversity in their congregations and communities.

 

For his accomplishments and the difference he continually makes in his professional and volunteer roles, Zachary is the 2018 recipient of Doane’s Young Alumni Award, given to graduates who are 35 years of age or younger who demonstrate a lasting commitment to the highest ideals and models of excellence exemplified by Doane University.

Life @ Goodland UMC

Wednesday, September 26

No Confirmation Class
No reNEW Youth Group
4:00pm Bell Choir

Sunday, September 30
Family Worship Sunday
9:15am Adult Sunday School
10:30am Worship
Prayer List
Jeanne Harding, Alberta Hayden, J.B. McClure, Lois Sieck, Marsha McGillivray, Alvin Zimbelman, Marsha Smith, Iris Irvin, Gordon Colip, Fern Hawks, Shania Johnson, Elmarie Nelson, Dianne Merz

Weekly Worship

Sundays:

Worship 10:30am 
KidZone 10:45am (Sundays during worship)

Wednesdays:

reNEW Youth Wednesdays 6:30-8:00pm
      (7th-12th Grades)

Daily Radio Devotion

Radio devotions are broadcasted through KLOE 730AM and KKCI 102.5FM here in Goodland each weekday at 6:10 a.m. (MT) They can also be found on our website and Facebook page.
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