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


Sunday School all ages 9AM

(during Sept to May

Worship Services 10AM

(9 AM from June thru August)


Women's Circles:

Mary-Martha Circle 

(1st Wed. of Feb, June,

Sept, & Nov @ 7:00 p.m.)

Nite Circle 

(3rd Monday of mo. @ 7:00 p.m.)


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August 2018 Newsletter


The meeting was called to order with prayer by Pastor Jeff Cochran. Directors present: JR Perry, Janette Martin, Nancy Keith, Rhonda Thorpe, Covell Hawk, , James Fasse, David Todd, Keith Young, Chris Caplinger, Jenna Hawk- Porter, and Pastor Jeff.

Directors Absent: Julie Boyle and Ruth Dillon.

The board discussed the following: Pastor Jeff reported that he has been visiting those in the hospitals.  David attended the church security conference on June 8th in Sabetha. He would like to form a Church Safety Team as a first step. There was a discussion on whether the church secretary could update the church’s Facebook page.

The Charles Foster family donated 1,000 dollars to the church following Charles’ funeral. The board voted to divide the money between pastor, the Women’s Society and the memorial fund.  The Women’s Society for serving the dinner and Pastor Jeff for doing the service will each receive $150 and the remainder goes into the memorial fund.

The board agreed upon to contact Dr. Rider to preach on July 22nd.

The meeting was adjourned and closed with prayer by Pastor Jeff.

Respectfully submitted,

David Todd

Clerk of Session




August 12       Cowboy Church in the Park at 10 a.m.

August 14       Vitality Group meeting

7 p.m.

August 16       School starts

August 24       Serve lunch at Topeka Rescue Mission

August 26       Homecoming Sunday 9 a.m.

September 2    Back to regular order

Sunday School            9 a.m.

Church                                    10 a.m.

September 3    Labor Day

September 5    JAM begins after school



--Instant potatoes (mashed, scalloped, etc), peanut butter, jelly/jam, chili seasoning, chili beans, pork ‘n beans.

If you want to send a monetary donation please sent to First Christian Church, 301 N 7th, Atchison, KS 66002



The fair is upon us.  So it will be a busy week for our church—people working in the fair stand, people baking pies and some people doing both.  We are blessed to have people step up to meet the challenge.  We pray that God will continue to bless us.  If you have not signed up to work or to bake pies, check the signup sheet. 



The Sunday after fair, August 12, a Cowboy Church service will be held at 10:00 a.m. in the Effingham City Park.  There will be a spiritual message and music.  The public is invited. Bring your chairs if you wish. 



Christmas carols rang throughout the Effingham Union Church service, July 15..  The Mary Martha Circle was in charge of the annual mission program, Christmas in July.  James Fasse was the leader of the church service. Elaine Oakleaf gave the children’s service about angels.  For the program the Mary Martha Players under the direction of Elaine Oakleaf performed, “The Tree Top Angels Inspection Crew”.  Those portraying the tree top angels were Linda Montgomery in the role of Melody, Sally Ellerman was Gabby, Nancy Keith was Hope, Jane Moser was Dew Drop, Ida Taliaferro was the Wise One, and Jennifer Snyder was Hope and her granddaughter was an angel in training. 

The angels gathered to inspect the new 2018 tree top angel and were quite startled to have Dew Drop, a fairy, dressed in purple and wearing colorful wings, waltz in and announced that she was the new tree top ornament. But after the angels explained why angels were important and the importance of the Christmas story Dew Drop decided to change her name to Joy and become an angel.  The skit humorously reminded everyone of the importance of Christmas.



After the service the Night Circle held its annual July Picnic in the Christian Educational building with over 50 people enjoying a feast of fried chicken with lots of side dishes provided by everyone attending.  Nite Circle provided the chicken.

 Before the dinner Alice Johnson gave the devotion on the difference of doing church and being the church.  She concluded with these words, “In doing church we reveal ourselves to God and when we are being the church we reveal God to others”.    Then Chairman Cindy Ladd gave the blessing.  Then everyone enjoyed the sumptuous dinner and fellowship. 



A big THANK YOU to Julie Alderson, Dede Caplinger, Rita Madden and Pastor Jeff for serving at the Rescue Mission on July 27, 2018.


Thanks goes to everyone who helped make the Farm Bureau supper a great success.  The ladies served over 150 people, which made $1,100 for the Women’s society.  So thanks goes to Martha Frederick for cooking the meal, all those who worked and made pies.  Congratulations on a job well done. 


Thank you to our church family for the cards, prayers and support you have shown me and my family during my accident recovery.  God has blessed us richly with your care and love.

Derek, Laura, Ryker & Axton Gigstad



The Effingham Union Church Main Event Youth Group has returned from their mission trip to Birmingham, Alabama. Fifteen members of the mission team accomplished a lot on the mission trip. They were involved in several activities, namely house painting and landscaping as part of neighborhood revitalization project; helped at a local food bank; visited nursing home residents; prepared classrooms for school; and worked with kids at a summer program for elementary students. After all the work they toured the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute; visited Pensacola Beach and the Vicksburg Battlefield. 


We wish to express our best wishes to Austin Eckert and Brooke Fowler on their recent nuptials.  We pray that God will always bless their union. Austin is the son of Mike and Amy Eckert and the grandson of Duane and Mildred Hawk. 


You are holding a cup of coffee when someone comes along and bumps into you, making you spill your coffee everywhere.  Why did you spill the coffee?  You spilled the coffee because there was coffee in your cup.  Had there been tea in the cup, you would have spilled tea.  The point is whatever is inside the cup, is what will spill out.  Therefore, when life comes along and shakes you (which will happen ), whatever is inside you will come out.  It's easy to fake it, until you get rattled.  So, we have to ask ourselves, "What's in my cup?"  When life get tough, what spills out?  Joy, gratefulness, peace and humility?  Or does anger, bitterness, harsh word and reactions come out?  You choose!  Today let's work towards filling our cups with gratitude, forgiveness, joy, words of affirmation, kindness, gentleness and love for others.


20 Year Reunion

Linda Montgomery

 In 1998 I started teaching 5-6 grade Sunday School.  In that 20 years I have also taught children of the original students!  I would like to have a reunion on Sept. 2nd!  I would like everyone and anyone who attended during the past 20 years to join me for a breakfast and to catch up on what life has given us!


I would like us to start at 9:00 each Sunday to get reacquainted and support each other in our daily walks.  This will be a relaxed, coffee friendly small group meeting each Sunday. So if you can’t make it on September 2nd, come the next Sunday or any Sunday that follows.  If you never attended my Sunday School class but would like to join us COME!  We would like to get to know you.  If you have children, COME!  We have age appropriate classes for all.  COME and visit, share and learn at 9:00am each Sunday in the EUC Christian Ed bldg..  Treats are on me!!



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