Bulletin April 9, 2017
April 9, 2017
FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
301 N JEFFERSON ST
KITTANNING PA 16201
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
SIXTH SUNDAY IN LENT
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 (Mathew 21)
With palm branches and joy, we shout:
“Hosanna to Christ our Lord!”
With blessings and songs we come:
to worship and to praise.
With humility and love,
Christ comes to meet us now.
*Opening Hymns: “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus” No. 277
“Hosanna, Loud Hosanna” No. 278
*Opening Prayer (Isaiah 50, Philippians 2)
Awaken our ears, O God. Open our minds, that we might recognize your voice and discover your wisdom. Guide our thoughts, that we might adopt Christ’s attitude of humility and love. Strengthen our resolve, that we might walk with you to the end, even if it means death on a cross. In your holy name, we pray. Amen.
We Hear God’s Word
Scripture Reading: Mark 15:25-39 (N.T. p. 54)
The Children’s Message (all children through elementary are invited)
(Children Kindergarten through 6th grade are dismissed for Children’s Church)
Sermon Series-24 Hours That Changed the World
The Sermon-The Crucifixion
We Respond to God’s Word
Special Music “Jesus, the King” Adult Choir
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.
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: “Were You There” No. 288
“Beneath the Cross of Jesus” No. 297
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.
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.
We are in the process of forming a confirmation class. If your child is in sixth grade, 12 years of age, or has not been through confirmation classes before, please consider enrolling him or her. Confirmation is the step in which your child “confirms the work” that God began in him or her when they were baptized. Classes will be held on Sunday afternoons from 2:00-4:00 PM on April 23, 30 and May 21st. Contact Pastor Wade or the Church office to enroll your child.
Children’s choir is starting back up right after Sunday School beginning Sunday, April 2nd. Hope to 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
– April 29th 9-?
● Memorial Day Parade – May 29 – we’ll have and entry for advertising
– 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.
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.
Acoustic Jams will begin again on Wednesday April 19th. We will meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Covenant Center. For more information, see Tom Scherf.
APRIL SIFT LUNCHEON
April SIFT luncheon will be held on Thursday, April 20th at 12:00 PM. The menu will be Hamloaf, Scalloped potatoes, Corn or Greenbeans, Italian bread, Cakes. The program will be Phyllis Howard, harpist. Reservations are due by Monday, April 17th.
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!
LENTEN SERMON SERIES
Join us in worship during Lent for a Sermon Series entitled 24 Hours That Changed the World. No single event in human history has received more attention than the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. The focus of the sermon series will be to help us to look at each event in the last 24 hours of Jesus’ life. Each week we will take one part of the story to see the theological significance and reflect upon what it means for us.
● Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017, Christ the Victor; Mark 16:1-6
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.
Remember our nursery (with parent paging system) is available to all children thru 4 years during Sunday School and Worship.
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!
2017 LENTEN WORSHIP SERVICE SCHEDULE
Holy Thursday Communion Worship Service
Thursday, April 13, 7:00 PM—First United Methodist Church
Good Friday Community Service
Friday, April 14, 12:00 PM—St. John’s Lutheran Church
Speaker—Rev. David Croyle
Easter Sunrise Service
Sunday, April 16, 7:00 AM—Covenant Center
Easter Sunday Regular Worship Service
Sunday, April 16, 11:00 AM—First United Methodist Church
FIRST CHURCH WEEKLY CALENDAR
TODAY, April 9th
9:30 AM Sunday School
11:00 AM Worship
12:00 PM Lunch/Bowling
2:00 PM Camp 43-CC
TUESDAY, April 11th
8:30 AM 3R’s
6:00 PM Women’s Fellowship
6:30 PM Prayer Time-CC
WEDNESDAY, April 12th
6:00 PM Adult Choir
7:00 PM Small Group Study
THURSDAY, April 13th
7:00 PM Holy Thursday Service
FRIDAY, April 14th
12:00 PM Good Friday Service-
St. John’s Lutheran
SATURDAY, April 15th
6:30 PM We Surrender-CC
SUNDAY, April 16th
7:00 AM Sunrise Service-CC
9:30 AM Sunday School
11:00 AM Worship
THE FLOWERS on the altar are presented to the Glory of God in loving memory of my husband Dave and children Amy and David, given by Carolyn Gallaher
THANK YOU to the following individuals for assisting with today’s service:
Usher Team: Albright/Dan Wolfe
Worship Sound System: Janessa Muir
Acolyte: Bella Aires
Welcome Center: Amy Lloyd
Scripture Reader: Sue Hankey
Bell Ringer: Caden King
Children’s Church: Carolyn Gallaher