First United Methodist Church
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.

Bulletin - April 08

April 8, 2018









PASTOR: Pastor Wade Berkey



CHURCH OFFICE HOURS: Monday-Thursday 8:00-4:00 PM



If you are visiting for the first time today,


            We are so glad that you are here! Should you need any kind of assistance during the service, please contact one of the ushers or the attendant at the Welcome Center. We would love to answer any questions that you may have. Please be sure and complete the Connect Card (a bulletin insert) and place it in the offering plate later in the service. You can check us out at or on our Facebook page to find out more information about us.

            Our prayer is that you have felt welcomed today and that your week will be blessed.

We Gather Together and Praise God

Music to prepare us for worship!


Ringing of the Call to Worship Bell


Call to Worship (Psalm 133, 1 John 1, John 20)

This is the day to walk in the light.

          This is the day to share signs of peace.

This is the day to believe where we have not seen.

          This is the day to embrace what we cannot touch.

Come! Let us worship the Lord of life.


*Opening Hymn              “How Great Is Our God”                                   Insert


 *Opening Prayer (Acts 4, Psalm 133, 1 John 1, John 20) 

God of manifold blessing, come to us this day. Come and bless us. Come and lead us into the light. For we come to you to find peace. We come to rediscover joy. We come to believe where we have not seen. We come to touch the glory of everlasting life, through the power of your Son. We come to truly live. Amen.


We Hear  God’s Word

First Reading:                      1 John 1:1-2:2                               (N.T. p. 238)

Second Reading:                  John 20:19-31                               (N.T. p. 115)       

The Children’s Message (all children through elementary are invited)

(Children Kindergarten through 6th grade are dismissed for Children’s Church)   


The Sermon


We Respond to God’s Word             

Special Music                                                                              Adult Choir

Praying Together

Silent Prayer/Altar Time/Pastoral Prayer


Invitation to the Offering (Acts 4)

The first Christian communities were one in heart and mind, sharing everything in common, that none would be in need. Let us be one in heart and mind as we share what we have with those in need this day.


Offering Prayer

Gathering of the Offering      


Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise Him all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heavenly hosts; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.


Going Forth to Serve God

*Closing Hymns:                   “Surely the Presence of the Lord”         No. 328

                                               “Crown Him with Many Crowns”              No. 327


The Blessing/Sending Forth

Music to send us forth for God’s purpose! 

*Congregation stands if able.

Ask an usher for a large print hymnal or bible or personal hearing device.

Our Mission…

is to know Jesus and to make Jesus known.


Our Vision…

is to be the church that displays the love of Christ and connects with people of all walks of life






 through worshiping, growing, and serving.











Attention High School seniors and college students—applications for the 2018 Margaret Patton/Jean Elgin Memorial Scholarships are available from the church office. Application deadline is Thursday, May 31, 2018.



First Church is looking for a volunteer to help with our Worship Services. There

is a need for a volunteer to coordinate and schedule the young people to light

the candles. This person would also be required to be here on Sunday to help

the young people put on the acolyte robe and light the candle lighter. Will you


VBS 2018

JUNE 18th-22nd         9:00-12:00 PM

We will be doing Cokesbury’s Rolling River Rampage-Experience the ride of a lifetime with God.  Many VBS CREW LEADERS are needed for his year’s Rolling River Adventure. Crew Leaders can be teens or adults of any age!

What does a VBS Crew Leader do?

          Update the Attendance sheet each morning

          Keep your group of kids together/safe during the morning

          Get your group to the next station on time (there are steps to go


          Collect nametags at end of day

          Check out children to parents after closing

          Remain in the sanctuary until all children are released to parents

          Have fun in the morning!

          Nap in the afternoon!

If this sounds like something you can do to help with this OUTREACH for our church, please contact Sue Hankey (724-545-1656) or the church office (724-548-4312)



There will be a Seniors for Safe Driving course at the Covenant Center on Thursday, May 10, 2018 from 12:00 -4:00 PM. Forms to sign up are at each door or you may go to the website


Time to sign-up for summer camp! Summer camp brochures from Jumonville, Wesley Woods and Camp Allegheny are at each door. The church will pay for full tuition the first year of camp and 50% for the years after that.



The annual rummage sale will be Saturday, June 9th.  You may bring in donations Wednesday, May 30th-Sunday, June 3rd.  We accept any donation except clothing and electronics.



One of Jean Schaeffer’s many talents was hand-making porcelain dolls. Her family has kept many, but has a few left to offer to others who may have an appreciation for them. The Schaeffer family will be offering them after church, in the Library Room, on Sunday, April 15, 2018 for a donation toward the “Ramp Roof  Project” that Bob Schaeffer’s memorial funds will go toward. A suggested donation will be $10-$20 per doll. Thank you for helping the family share Jean’s love of dolls while helping FUMC.



Help is needed with mowing our church lawns. We want to set up a schedule so no one has total responsibility. The church owns a Cub Cadet mower with a 54” blade (headlight for you night mowers!) and a hand mower. Contact the church office or Mary Jo Lipski (724-545-2289). We really need your help.


The First United Methodist Church Library is NEVER CLOSED! Please feel free to visit our library anytime you are in our church.



Remember our nursery (with parent paging system) is available to all children thru 4 years during Sunday School and Worship.


May Newsletter deadline, Tuesday, March 17th



We have April 29th open for altar flowers. They are $25.00 for the arrangement. If you are interested in this date, please see Audrey or use your connect card to let me know. Thanks




TODAY, April 8th

9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship

2:00 PM Camp 43


MONDAY, April 9th

6:30 Pm Trustees


TUESDAY, April 10th

8:30 AM 3R’s

6:00 PM Women’s Fellowship

6:30 PM Prayer Time-Prayer Room

7:00 PM Staff/Parish Relations

7:00 PM New Found Freedom-CC


WEDNESDAY, April 11th

3:45 PM ARC Manor

6:00 PM Adult Choir


THURSDAY, April 12th

7:00 PM Friday Night Circle-CC


SATURDAY, April 14th

6:30 PM We Surrender-CC


SUNDAY, April 15th

9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship



THE FLOWERS on the altar are presented to the Glory of God


THANK YOU to the following individuals for assisting with today’s service:

Usher Team:                                       Epworth/Melissa Flanders

Worship Sound System:                     John Wolfe

Acolyte:                                              Ryan Bish  

Welcome Center:                                Sandy Scherf

Scripture Reader:                                Sue Hankey 

Bell Ringer:                                        Jocelyn King

Children’s Church:                             Carolyn Gallaher