First United Methodist Church
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.

Bulletin April 23, 2017

April 23, 2017

 

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

301 N JEFFERSON ST

KITTANNING PA 16201

724-548-4312

E-MAIL: fumchurch@windstream.net

WEBSITE: www.firstchurchkittanning.com

PASTOR: Pastor Wade Berkey

ACCOMPANIST: Emily King

ADULT CHOIR DIRECTOR: Barb Gaughan

CHILDREN’S CHOIR DIRECTOR: Brenda Beers

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

 

2ND SUNDAY OF EASTER

 

Greeting and Announcements

(Please complete Connect Card and place in offering plate)

 

We Gather Together and Praise God

Music to prepare us for worship!

Ringing of the Call to Worship Bell

 

Call to Worship (Acts 2)

Know this:

Jesus was a man sent by God.

Listen carefully to these words:

God raised Jesus from the dead!

Know this:

We are witnesses to God’s power.

Listen carefully to these words:

God frees us from death.

Come and worship the God who never abandons us.

We worship with hearts full of joy.

*Opening Hymns: “Freely, Freely” No. 389

“Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore” No. 344

 

*Opening Prayer (1 Peter 1, John 20)

Loving God, you are our refuge and our hope. You instruct us in your truth and teach us the ways that lead to life. Through your Son, Jesus, we inherit the abundance of your grace. Even when the way is difficult, even when we struggle, you are with us. Speak your word of peace to our hearts, that we too may proclaim Jesus as Lord. Amen.

 

We Hear God’s Word

Scripture Reading: Acts 22:3-5 (N.T. p. 143)

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

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

Sermon Series-The Call; The Life and Message of the Apostle Paul

The Sermon-Called to Follow Christ

 

We Respond to God’s Word

Special Music “Here I Am, Lord” Adult Choir

Praying Together

Silent Prayer/Altar Time/Pastoral Prayer

 

Invitation to the Offering

Let us bring gifts of the Spirit, as we offer hope and life to the world today.

 

Offering Prayer

Gathering of the Offering

*Doxology

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: “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus” Insert- No. 2129

The Summons” Insert- No. 2130

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.

 

 

 

PRAYER WALK

The Kittanning Ministerium Association invites you to participate in a prayer walk on Thursday, May 4, 2017 in Downtown Kittanning. The walk will begin at the corner of Jefferson Streets and Market Street near the NexTier Clock Tower. The walk will begin at 12:00 Noon. If you are walking, plan on arriving at 11:45 AM, if you can, to be placed in a group to walk.

 

 

MARGARET M. PATTON/JEAN ELGIN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Attention High School seniors and college students—applications for the 2017 Margaret Patton/Jean Elgin Memorial Scholarships are available from the church office. Application deadline is Sunday, May 14, 2017.

 

ACOUSTIC JAMS

Acoustic Jams will meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Covenant Center. For more information, see Tom Scherf.

 

RECREATION

Mark your calendar, Recreation will be here Saturday, June 17, 2017, 7:00 PM.

SERMON SERIES

What would lead a first century rabbi to travel for thousands of miles by sea and by land, to be beaten, imprisoned, and ultimately beheaded for his faith? It was a call—a call to turn the world upside down.

This is the story of the Apostle Paul, whose writings have shaped the lives of one-third of the world’s population, a man second only to Jesus in his influence on Christian faith, and whose witness defines what it means to follow Christ. Join us as we begin a new sermon series entitled The Call. Each week we will share in Paul’s ministry and connect it to the call that Jesus Christ has placed upon our lives.

● Sunday, April 30 – Called to Go

● Sunday, May 7 – Called to Suffer

● Sunday, May 14 – Called to Love

● Sunday, May 21 – Called to Give

● Sunday, May 28 – Called to Be Faithful

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL WORKDAY

VBS workday has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 20th beginning at 9:00 AM. Everyone is invited to come and help us make our float for the Memorial Day Parade and help with props for VBS week. Remember to wear old clothes. We will be painting cutting, building, gluing, etc… Everything will be provided. See you there.

 

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2017

June 19-23, 9:00-noon—Ages 3 years thru 6th grade

Mark your calendars and get ready to join us for a Thrill Ride with Jesus. The church area will be transformed into a SonWorld Adventure Park and we’ll learn how we can follow, trust and obey Jesus thru lessons from the New Testament. Last year we had nearly 120 children for VBS and expect the same or more this year so we need a lot of help to prepare for this fun-filled week. Please consider how you are able to help and contact Sue Hankey (724-545-1656) or the church office if you have any questions.

●         Work Day (Paint/cut/assemble props and scenery) – Covenant Center

May 20th 9-?

●         Memorial Day Parade – May 29 – we’ll have a float for advertising

VBS– we’ll need people to help prepare and to walk with us.

●         Crew leaders for all ages (week of VBS).

Watch for more details in the following weeks.

 

APRIL MISSIONS FOCUS

Our April missions will focus on providing the basics for foster children in our area. We will collect socks and underwear for toddlers and children through grade 6. These basics will help a newer local ministry, Blessings Foster Care Ministry, Inc. in W. Penna. Do you know that there are 15,000 foster children in Pennsylvania? Do you know that very often a foster child is taken to a foster family late at night, with just the clothes on their body? Our basic contributions will help these children. May we grow in awareness and compassion.

 

CHILDREN’S CHOIR

Children’s choir is starting back up right after Sunday School beginning Sunday, April 2nd. Hope to see you there.

DISTRICT CONFERENCE

Indiana District Conference will be held at Marion Center UMC on Sunday, May 7 at 2:30 Pm. Consider attending to connect with the ministries of the Indiana District.

 

PRAYER ROOM

It is located in the Covenant Center in the first room near the front door—there is a sign to help you locate the room! Please feel free to stop by and check it out or, better yet, come and use it. The prayer concerns from our Sunday Worship are posted in the room. You can also write a request on the chalkboard!

 

RAINBOW ROAD PRESCHOOL

Rainbow Road Preschool is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. There are classes two days a week for 3-year-old (by September 1st) and three days a week for pre-kindergarten students. To receive an application or more information, call the church office at 724-548-4312 or go on line at www.firstchurchkittanning.com.

Rainbow Road will be holding an Open house for anyone interested in our program on Monday, May 8th from 6:00-8:00 PM at our school.

 

NURSERY

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

 

LIBRARY NEWS

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

 

 

ABOUT FACE CHURCH OUTREACH CONSULTANTS

Don’t forget the pledge you made to help support this ministry! Simply mark your envelope or your check (in the memo line) with “AFCOC”! Your Church thanks you in advance for your help and support!

FIRST CHURCH WEEKLY CALENDAR

TODAY, April 23rd

9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship

2:00 PM Confirmation Class

 

MONDAY, April 24th

7:00 PM Christian Education

Newsletter Day

 

TUESDAY, April 25th

8:30 AM 3R’s

6:00 PM Women’s Fellowship

6:00 PM Trustees

7:00 PM New Found Freedom-CC

Food Bank Pick-up

 

WEDNESDAY, April 26th

6:00 PM Adult Choir

 

THURSDAY, April 27th

7:00 PM Heavenly Daughters

 

SATURDAY, April 29th

6:30 PM We Surrender-CC

 

SUNDAY, April 30th

9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship

 

 

THE FLOWERS on the altar are presented to the Glory of God in memory of Mr. & Mrs. Charles Mohr and my sister Dottie, given by Mary Anne Hankey

 

 

KNOWN HOSPITALIZED

Shadyside Bob Podvorec

Discharged Sarah Heckert, Bob Schaeffer

 

 

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

Usher Team: Asbury/Mary Jo Lipski

Worship Sound System: John Wolfe

Acolyte: Isaac Zielinski

Welcome Center: Mert Hellein

Scripture Reader: Bunny Bocian

Bell Ringer: Ashley Yankasky

Children’s Church: Carolyn Gallaher