Jeff Cochran, Pastor

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513 Seabury St., PO Box 303                                                                     606 Sixth St., PO Box 29

Effingham Ks. 66023                                                                                         Effingham, Ks.  66023

913-833-4481 Office                                                                                            913-833-2379  Manse

Email:  effunionsec@gmail.com                                      Email: effunionpastor@gmail.com

Cindy Pangburn, Sec.                                                                                                 Jeff Cochran


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March, 2021

Church Email: effunionsec@gmail.com                                        Secretary:  785-224-9359

Pastor’s email is effunionpastor@gmail.com                                Pastor: 913-370-3854


For the Lenten season, children’s messages will be presented during worship.  The theme revolves around the various stages of a grapevine.  These stages represent our journey during the season of Lent.  As the grapevine progresses and “grows”, various words come into our thoughts. 

“Repent” – just as vines need pruning, Christians need to repent and ask God to remove the

dead wood, or sin from their lives. 


“Respond” – a vine’s roots respond to pruning, Christians begin a hidden, inner growth in response to God’s gift of forgiveness.


“Reach Out” – a growing vine reaches out for support, Christians need to reach out to others to demonstrate God’s love.


“Risk” – a vine must risk its budding fruits to the elements, Christians recognize that they must risk living for God each day.


“Ripen”- a vine’s purpose is to produce fruit, our purpose is to produce the fruit of the Spirit and to share it with the world. 


“Remember”- the fruit of the vine must be preserved to be enjoyed over time; Christians preserve the memory of Christ’s sacrifice through communion.


“Regenerate”- the roots have the power to regenerate the vine, Christ’s resurrection is the source for our eternal life.

Children’s church during the worship hour will continue on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month.  The past children’s church had 7 youth attending.  Easter messages will be emphasized during Lent, with crafts and activities to support.  This mission of Christian Education will continue throughout the year.

The Vitality committee has organized an Easter card project for members of our congregation.  It is the hope of the committee to send an Easter card, devotions, etc. to members that will remind all of us of the importance of the Lenten season and to highlight upcoming events.

If you wish to purchase an Easter lily in honor of a loved one for the sanctuary this season, please inform church secretary, Cindy Pangburn.



March 14        Daylight Saving Time begins

March 14        Board Meeting after church

March 14        Children’s church

March 15        Nite Circle 7:00 p.m. in Christian Ed. Bldg.

March 26        Trip to Topeka Rescue Mission

March 28        Palm Sunday Worship & Children’s Church 10 am

April 1             Maundy Thursday service 7 pm

April 4             Early Easter Service & Breakfast 8:30 am @ Ed bldg.

Worship Service @ 10 am



Items needed include:  cereal, oatmeal, cereal bars, instant potatoes, any kind of pasta, pasta sauce, ramen noodles or cup of noodles.    

You can also send monetary gifts to the First Christian Church, 301 N 7th St, Atchison, KS 66002.  Remember when we do for others we are doing it in Jesus’s name.  Check out Matthew 25.



Would your child like to attend camp this summer?  

JAM Kids will pay 50% of camp cost (up to $200). 

Camp choices: God's Mountain (Rushville, MO) -- free will donation

  Mission Lake Christian Camps (Horton, KS) -- range $25-$160

  Camp Chippewa (Ottawa, KS) -- range $80-$375

  Heartland Center Camp (Parkville, MO) -- range $169 - $419 

Must attend at least one of the following programs to be eligible for the JAM scholarship: JAM Kids, EUC church services, EUC Sunday School, and/or Main Event Youth Group.

If your child is interested in camp please let Courtney Caplinger. 



If you wish to place an Easter lily in the sanctuary during this season of Lent, please do so.  Let Cindy know who it is in memory of.



Next Sunday, March 14, is time to “spring ahead”.  Set those clocks up an hour!

 Condolences to Bill & Susie Alberts and the entire Alberts family at the loss of their brother Buck.

Brigham Craig Brey was welcomed by his parents Derek and Devin and big brother Beckett on February 13, 2021.  Grandparents are Craig & Tammy Gigstad and Mike & Marcy Brey. 

Great-grandmothers are Charlene Gigstad and Joanne Bodenhausen.  Congratulations on this special blessing.



Many thanks to the volunteers who traveled to the Topeka Rescue Mission on Friday, February 26, to help serve lunch.  They were Julie Baker, Janette Martin and two of Janette’s co-workers.

Volunteers are needed on the 4th Friday of every month to travel to the Topeka Resue Mission to help serve lunch.  If you would like to help with this mission project, contact Cindy Ladd.   

Larry Bowyer has been moved to Mission Village in Horton.  He is allowed visitors; however, you are asked to call 785-486-2697 before visiting.  For the next 3 weeks, visitors are being limited to 2 per resident with a total of 6 for the building.  Prayers, cards and phone calls would be appreciated.  Larry’s address is:

            Mission Village

            1890 Euclid, Apt 413

            Horton KS 66439

            Cell phone:  913-370-2623

Pray for Your Enemies

By Kurt Selles

Matthew 5:43-48 “I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

Matthew 5:44

In this passage Jesus flips a common saying from that day on its head.

People would commonly splice the Old Testament command to “love your neighbor” (Leviticus 19:18) with a vengeful phrase: “. . . and hate your enemy.” The people typically considered anyone from another nation as an enemy.

And they were probably stunned to hear Jesus say, “I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

What’s radical about Jesus’ demand is that it’s not just aiming for “peaceful coexistence,” “live and let live,” or “let bygones be bygones.” He’s commanding proactive, practical love. We are commanded to love our enemies and to seek the best for them—not just so that they will leave us alone.

An important part of loving our enemies, Jesus says, includes praying for them. Frankly, it’s impossible to keep hating someone if we’re praying for their good. Praying for our enemies helps us to see them as God sees them. It helps us to begin to care about their needs and treat them like a neighbor.

Unfortunately, we all have antagonists of one sort or another. Jesus himself calls us to love those people and to pray for them and for their well-being. After all, that’s what he did for us. “While we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son” (Romans 5:10).

Father, we were your enemies, but now, in Jesus, we are your children. Help us to pray for and to love our enemies. Amen.

Love our enemies, doesn’t mean do our enemies in before they do us in.  Seems to be today’s motto.



Faith is holding on to life,

when all around is pain;

Faith is seeing rainbows

when the sky is full of rain.

Faith is reaching out to God,

when you are filed with fear;

Faith is taking someone’s hand

and feeling God is near.

Faith is walking in the dark,

and looking for the light;

Faith is knowing God is love

and trusting in His might.

Faith is showing you believe,

and that you truly care;

Faith is searching for the Lord

and find Him in prayer.


John 3:16 NIV  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.


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