Entries by jayna

June 22 eNote from Pastor Jeff

At the close of the Great Plains Annual Conference last Saturday, it became official that I will return for a fourth year as your Lead Pastor. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue serving with Topeka First UMC and look forward to seeing how God continues to guide us as a community in the […]

June 15 eNote from Pastor Jeff

It has been great to reconnect this week after a couple of wonderful weeks of vacation time with family. Over the two weeks that I was gone my family and I covered a lot of miles (Topeka to Fort Collins to Boise to Seattle to Salt Lake City to Topeka to Salina to Topeka). During […]

June 8 eNote from…Allison Brewer!

While Jeff is away on family vacation this week, I agreed to write to you about worship this Sunday, as well as summer plans for Children’s Discipleship. I hope you were able to be with us this past week as we celebrated Promotion Sunday for children of all ages in our church and community. I […]

June 1st eNote from Pastor Jeff

I am on vacation this week and in Seattle with the family visiting my sister and brother-in-law. We headed out after church last Sunday for an epic family road trip that took us from Topeka to Fort Collins, CO on day one, Fort Collins to Boise, ID on day two, and on in to Seattle […]

May 25 eNote from Pastor Jeff

This week marked the end of another school year and now the Clinger house has a 4th grader and a 1st grader looking forward to some summer fun. Time just flies by, doesn’t it?! As we head into Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start to summer, I find myself reflecting on the last school year. Some […]

May 18th eNote from Pastor Jeff

We are currently in the midst of graduation season where transitions are celebrated and next steps are taken. Over these few weeks commencement ceremonies are being held for area high schools and colleges, many gifts and cards will be given, much cake will be eaten, and a good number of parental tears will be shed. […]

May 11th eNote from Pastor Jeff

I hope you’re well as another week comes to a close!   I want to begin today by sharing news of an upcoming staff transition. Sharon Fick, our Bell Choir Director, announced this week that she would be leaving the position at the end of June. I am grateful for all of the years that […]

May 4 eNote from Pastor Jeff

I have been in Colorado this week on vacation with my family and the time has been a great gift. We have disconnected from technology and connected with God and with each other in special ways. We will drive back home tomorrow to be present in worship on Sunday.   This weekend in worship, we […]

April 27 eNote from Pastor Jeff

The Clinger kids are off school today and playing in the front room as I write this from the dining room table. Joshua is playing loudly and actively in the way that a kindergartner plays. Hannah is on the couch reading. As I drank my coffee earlier this morning I took a look at Facebook […]

April 20th eNote from Pastor Jeff

Last Sunday at the 9:30 service we had a wonderful celebration as 8 young people (from three different families) were baptized. It was a wonderful snapshot of the energy that I continue to experience here in the church as people of various ages are claiming their faith, making commitments regarding their faith, and committing to […]

April 13th eNote from Pastor Jeff

I hope you’re well as another week comes to a close! Today’s note contains a couple of quick updates/reminders and an invitation.   To begin with, the updates/reminders: Every person connected to our congregation is invited to complete a skills and gifts inventory at some point during the month of April. These small surveys were […]

April 11 Youth News Update

Upcoming Youth Events Friday, April 13th: Confirmation Event 6:15 p.m. Confirmands & Mentors meet for dinner at Glory Days at 10th & Gage/Fleming Place 7:30 p.m. Our Confirmation group will attend Temple Beth Shalom’s Holocaust Remembrance Service Sunday, April 15th  9:30 a.m. Confirmation Class 9:45 a.m. High School Sunday School Tuesday, April 17th: Youth Game Night at the Pennant  6-7:15 […]

April 6th eNote from Pastor Jeff

Last Sunday, we had a wonderful Easter celebration of the Resurrection. I am so grateful for all of the people who invested their time and talents to make the day such a success on so many levels. I am particularly grateful for the many musicians who gave of themselves in countless ways during the week. […]

March 23rd eNote from Pastor Jeff

 This coming Sunday, March 25th, is Palm Sunday, a day when Christians around the world celebrate and remember Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem at the beginning of what we now refer to as Holy Week. We have planned a great morning of celebration here at church and I hope you’re planning to be a part of […]