Easter Brunch Sign-up

Join us in fellowship on Easter Sunday and plan to attend breakfast at the church. All are welcome.

Brunch is being served in the Fellowship Hall beginning at 9:00 a.m. until 10:15 a.m.

Please use the following form to indicate your attendance. There is no charge for you and your family to attend.

However, we would welcome your assistance if you wished to help with breakfast in some form. Please share if you are willing to assist with either a food donation, volunteer to help, or donate to offset costs. Thanks in advance.

PCM Board of Deacons.

Rev. Aaron White Called As PCM’s Next Pastor

We are thrilled to announce that Reverend Aaron White has accepted our call to be the next Pastor and Head of Staff at Church of the Master. Reverend White led the worship service this morning. He was joined by his family Kara, Rebecca, and Owen. His anticipated start date is April 8th.

The following is Aaron’s brief that he prepared for sharing with the congregation.

Reverend Aaron White

Born in Jacksonville, Florida, and raised in Clinton, South Carolina, Aaron’s journey into ministry began during his time as a member of the congregation and youth group of the First Presbyterian Church of Clinton. He first became aware of God’s call through his active participation in the Presbyterian Student Association during his undergraduate years at the University of South Carolina.

After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Religious Studies and Political Science, Aaron pursued theological education at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, graduating with a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Christian Education. After seminary, Aaron accepted his first call to serve as the pastor of the Bowling Green Presbyterian Church in Bowling Green, SC. After five and a half years, he received a new call to serve as the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Fulton, MO. where he has served for the past eight and a half years.

In his current call, Aaron has shown a deep commitment to addressing issues of food and housing insecurity. For many years, he has served as Vice President of the Board of Our House, a local shelter. And since March 2023, he has served as the volunteer Administrator for Open Table, a dine-in feeding program he helped to create. Aaron’s dedication to community extends to youth outreach. Five years ago, he and three colleagues founded The Rock, an ecumenical community youth group.

In his leisure time, Aaron loves cooking, especially for family feasts at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and during the Super Bowl. And he’s always searching for the next story to fall in love with! He loves sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, and adventure. If he can read it, listen to it, watch it, or play it, he will! While he loves to listen to a wide variety of music, his favorite genre is classic jazz.

Rev. White is married to his wonderful wife, Kara, who is a strong advocate for literacy and literary freedom. An avid reader, she works in a university library where she coordinates programming and social media marketing.  Together they have two amazing children, Owen, age 14, and Rebecca, age 11, both of whom are outstanding students and leaders in their schools, scouting units, and church. Owen runs for his high school’s cross country and track teams, and he enjoys watching sports, especially football and auto racing.  Rebecca thrives in seasonal Children’s Theater productions and singing in her school’s honor choir.

Aaron is enthusiastic about the potential of ministering with the faithful servants of the Presbyterian Church of the Master. He first took interest in our congregation, when he learned of our identity as both a More Light Congregation and a Matthew 25 Church. He looks forward to ministering among faithful people who share his commitment to seeking justice, making peace, and sharing love, all in the name of our Lord Jesus!


Memorial Service For Kathy Kurtz

We are saddened at the news that long-time PCM member Kathy Kurtz has passed. Kathy has been an active member of the congregation for many years and will be greatly missed.

Please join us for a Memorial service in memory of Kathy Kurtz. It will be held at Presbyterian Church of the Master at 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 17. A reception will follow.

Kathy’s husband Jim is encouraging guests to honor her by wearing blue which was Kathy’s favorite color.

New Pastor Candidate To Lead Worship February 18th

We invite you to attend church on Sunday, February 18th when the Pastor Nominating Committee’s candidate for the new Head Pastor at Presbyterian Church of the Master will lead the Worship service and be introduced to the congregation.
A congregational meeting will immediately follow the service to act upon the PNC’s recommendation. Additional information regarding the PNC’s pastoral nominee will be made available in the coming weeks prior to the 18th.
Don’t miss this service. Plan to attend in-person or online.

Palestine & Israel Topic For February Adult Classes

On February 4th and 11th Sandy Hanna and Kevin Bushnell will present a program about Israel and Palestine for the Adult Sunday School Class at 9:00 a.m. in the fellowship hall.  Please join them to find out information on the situation in these two countries.

Sunday, January 14 – Online Service Only

With the forecast of bitterly cold temperatures of -14 degrees and a projected windchill of -32, the decision has been made for Sunday’s Worship service to be online only. The church will not be open for in-person attendance. Furthermore, all Sunday school classes are cancelled. We felt it prudent to take this action for the safety of everyone.

Pastor Cindy and a couple other hearty individuals will venture out into the cold and to the church to bring you a live service. We hope you will tune-in to the live service or watch the replay later. The link is below. Please use the comment space below if you have any follow-up questions or comments.

Please stay safe and warm this weekend. Furthermore, please remember to keep all those facing the challenges of being out in the cold in your prayers. From first responders to the homeless, it is going to be brutal for anyone spending an extended time outdoors.

Worship Service Schedule Changing To 10:30 Beginning January 7th

PCM Congregation,
We would like to take this opportunity to share with you a change to our Sunday morning schedule. After spending the fall evaluating the success of the worship schedule change, the Session has decided to return to the 10:30 a.m. start time for Sunday morning.

This change is being made for several reasons. First, the Christian Education committee has recognized that the 9:00 a.m. start time for Sunday School does not provide for sufficient class time when they need to end before 10:00 a.m. Reluctant to schedule classes earlier, the prudent thing seems to be pushing back the worship service start time. Second, feedback from the congregation following the previous change favors a return to 10:30 a.m.

Thank you for your understanding of this change and we look forward to your continued support. Please feel free to share your thoughts or concerns with PCM Leadership.

Yours in Christ,
The Session
Presbyterian Church of the Master

Text Message Opt-In

With the coming of winter, PCM will begin using text messages as an additional communication tool for important church-wide messages. As an example, messages about cancellations or closures due to weather conditions. The ability for mass text message distribution is one of the great features of our One Church membership software.
Since Federal law stipulates that an individual is required to opt-in to receive this type of communication, PCM cannot automatically add church members to a text distribution list without their permission. As a result, if you would like to begin receiving messages from PCM, you need to opt-in using one of the two following methods.
  1. Access your profile in One Church and select “text opt-in” when you edit your mobile phone contact information.
  2. Use the form below and confirm your intent. We will take care of the rest.
Please do not hesitate to let us know if you have questions. Thanks!

Meet Reverend Gary Eller

Beginning Monday, August 1, the Rev. Dr. Gary Eller joins Church of the Master as the new Interim Pastor and Head of Staff. He will serve PCM during the time the congregation searches for a new full-time permanent Pastor.

Dr. Gary S. Eller served as president of the Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation for fifteen years, 2007 – 2022. He teaches historical studies at
Creighton University, the University of Nebraska Omaha, and the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary.

He was ordained in 1978 and has pastored churches in Tennessee, North Carolina, Florida, West Virginia, and Nebraska.

Dr. Eller is a graduate of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Vanderbilt University. He is a member of
several Boards and civic organizations. Gary is married to Sharon. They enjoy their grandchildren, the arts, travel, reading, and various sports.

Welcome Gary!

“A Temporary Assignment”

A friend of mine has a T-shirt that reads: “Life Is a Temporary Assignment.” Most interim pastors know that
feeling. As you and I say “hello” to each other, I am keenly aware that “interim” means “for now, temporary.”
Or, as the interim mantra goes, we are the “faster pastors” who try to do a lot in a short time.

However true that statement may be, there are spiritual paths that characterize our common journey of faith.
Meister Eckhart, the twelfth-century mystic, identified four paths we travel.

1. The Positive Way: This is the path that leads us to the awe and wonder of creation and the Incarnation of
Jesus Christ.
2. The Negative Way: This journey teaches us how to let go of possessions, loved ones, health, and finally,
life itself. The Cross is the sign of this spiritual path.
3. The Creative Way: Here, we discover that God has given us gifts to discover, develop, and use. The
Resurrection marks this spiritual journey.
4. The Transforming Way: Being guided by the Holy Spirit to do the Will of God is the chief characteristic of
this path.

For most people, the Negative Way is the most demanding. And yet, it is also the key to entering fully into
the other three major spiritual paths.

Interim ministry means journeying with you through all four of these spiritual paths. That is both an exciting
and challenging opportunity for everyone. Together we will discover who and what God is calling us to
become as we serve our Lord Jesus Christ here and now.

I look forward to serving with you at Presbyterian Church of the Master. Know that I will pray for you and
value your prayers as well. May the One who calls us to life and life anew be at our side.

Grace and peace,