First United Methodist Church
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Bulletin - Dec 31

December 31, 2017








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 

When God’s gifts are given, will you keep silent?

          We will laugh and shout for joy!

When God is present, will you keep your mouth shut?

          We will sing and dance with joy!

When love calls you forth, will you sit quietly still?

          We will go forth with shouts of joy!


*Opening Hymns:                “Joy to the World”                                       No. 246

                                               “The First Noel”                                          No. 245


 *Opening Prayer (Galatians 4, Luke 2) 

Abba, Father, Mother, God, we come as your children this day. We celebrate your presence in our lives and in our world. We rejoice in the gift of Christ Jesus, who claims us as sisters and brothers. As we move into this new year, send your Spirit to strengthen us, that we may grow in your wisdom and rest in your love. In Christ’s holy name, we pray. Amen.


We Hear  God’s Word

Scripture Reading:                  Matthew 2:1-12             (N.T. p. 2)

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

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

Sermon Series-The Christmas Experience!

Sermon Title-Gold, Frankincense, Myrrh!


We Respond to God’s Word

Morning Anthem:            “Mary On The Mountain”              Adult Choir

Praying Together

Silent Prayer/Altar Time/Pastoral Prayer

Invitation to the Offering

Bring your gifts in dedication to God. Bring your hearts filled with love for God’s world. Bring your whole selves, that the Holy Spirit might bless you and bless your gifts.


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:                       “We Three Kings”                          No. 254

                                             “There’s a Song in the Air”                        No. 249                                                                                

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.











TODAY, December 31st

  9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship


MONDAY, January 1st

 New Year’s Day


TUESDAY, January 2nd

8:30 AM 3R’s

6:00 PM Women’s Fellowship

6:30 PM Trustees

7:00 PM New Found Freedom-CC

WEDNESDAY, January 3rd

3:45 PM ARC Manor

6:00 PM Adult Choir


THURSDAY, January 4th

7:00 PM Heavenly Daughters


SATURDAY, January 6th

6:30 PM We Surrender-Church


SUNDAY, January 7th

  9:30 AM Sunday School

10:30 AM Children’s Choir

11:00 AM Communion



THE FLOWERS on the organ are presented to the Glory of God in memory of Leroy Meckley who passed away December 25, 2003. He was the loving father of Melissa Flanders, given by Melissa Flanders


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

Usher Team:                                       Oxford/Mark Ferguson 

Worship Sound System:                     Bill Lemons

Acolyte:                                              Ryan Bish  

Welcome Center:                                Mary Jo Lipski

Scripture Reader:                                

Bell Ringer:                                        Abby Yankasky

Children’s Church:                             Carolyn Gallaher