July 2019
News of the Topeka Free Methodist Church

Clothing Closet

The Clothing Closet will be open on Saturday, July 6 from 9:00am-12:00 (noon). If several people will plan to help clean up on July 6 beginning at noon, it would be greatly appreciated. Clean up usually takes about an hour. Note: after the CrossCurrents was distributed the Clothing Closet was extended one week to include July 13. Clean up will begin at 12:00 (noon) on July 13.

Sunday School

There will be no Sunday School on July 14 & 21.

MSG (Men Serving God)

Men Serving God (MSG) will not meet in July. The next MSG breakfast is August 17.

Free Methodist Church General Conference

The General Conference of the Free Methodist Church – USA convenes every four years. General Conference 2019 will meet from July 15-19 in Orlando, Florida. The General Conference is composed of the bishops and an equal number of ministerial and lay delegates from each annual conference. Our delegates from the Great Plains Conference are: Rev. Bruce Cromwell, Rev. Isaac Wilson, Larry Pridey, and Jeff Johnson.

The General Conference:

  • Publishes an updated Book of Discipline following each general conference (the official statement of doctrine and policies of the Free Methodist Church).
  • Provides executive leadership by electing bishops.
  • Helps conferences and local churches in ministry.
  • Operates world-wide missions projects.
  • Represents the Free Methodist Church in working with other denominations.
  • Supports schools, colleges, hospitals, and other social ministries.

This year all three USA bishops are retiring. The election of the next three bishops of the Free Methodist Church – USA will take place Wednesday, July 17. There are six nominees: Linda Adams, Pam Braman, Keith Cowart, Jason Garcia, E. Kenneth Martin, and Matt Whitehead. Please pray for General Conference.

Vacation Bible Saturday (VBS)

Vacation Bible Saturday is planned for July 20, from 9:30am-12:30pm. There will be music, crafts, games, and learning about patience through the story of Balaam and the Donkey. The program includes lunch. Fliers to promote the VBS will be available. Please pre-register by calling the church: 785-266-6610 (leave a message) or send an email:

We need supplies and people to help with this summer’s VBS. Signup sheets will be posted in the Church Foyer.

Harvester’s Mobile Pantry

The next Harvester’s Mobile Pantry in the church parking lot is on Saturday, July 27, starting at 9:00am. We need 15-20 volunteers to help. Please arrive by 8:30 to help set up. If you want to help, please talk to Kurtis Scott for more information and to sign up.

For Reflection

People would say, “Why do you want to go to church, all those hypocrites?”

And I say, “Look, why do I want to stay here with all you hypocrites?”

I never knew why going to church made you a hypocrite. They’d say because you go to church and you’re all “Holy, Holy, Holy” for two or three hours, and then you go home and sin. I’d say “exactly!” For two or three hours you’re doing pretty good!

Maybe the problem isn’t that you go to church, maybe the problem is that you go home!

I never understood why going to church made you a hypocrite either, because nobody goes to church because they’re perfect. If you’ve got it all together, you don’t need to go. You can go jogging with all the other perfect people on Sunday morning

Every time you go to church, you’re confessing again to yourself, to your family, to the people you pass on the way there, to the people who will greet you there, that you don’t have it all together. And that you need their support. You need their direction. You need some accountability, you need some help.                                                                                – Rich Mullins