First United Methodist Church
Saturday, March 28, 2020
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.

Bulletin - Feb 16

February 16, 2020








PASTOR: Deb Kociban


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




Opening Prayer


Ringing of the Call to Worship Bell


Welcome and Announcements


*Opening Hymn         “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”           No. 400


Children’s Sermon    (All children through elementary are invited)

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


*Call to Worship     Psalm 119:1-8 In Unison

     Happy are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord. Happy are those who keep his decrees, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways. You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently. O that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes! Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on all your commandments. I will praise you with an upright heart, when I learn your righteous ordinances. I will observe your statutes; do not utterly forsake me.


 *Gloria Patri                                                                                          No. 70

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen.


Morning Anthem               “I Worship You, Almighty God”       Adult Choir


Joys and Concerns/Pastoral Prayer/Lord’s Prayer

                                 (May fill out prayer cards at this time)


*Hymn                          Trust and Obey”                                           No. 467


Scripture Reading                      Deuteronomy 30:15-20        (O.T. p. 186)                                                 

Leader: This is the Word of God, for the people of God,

People: Thanks be to God.


God’s Word for Us



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.


*Closing Hymn                          “Blessed Assurance”                     No. 36


*Altar rail is open for prayer during the closing hymn.


*Please stand in spirit or in body

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



Thursday, February 20, 2020. The program will be “My Vietnam Experience” presented by J.B. Boarts from Manorville UMC. The menu is Homemade chicken noodle & stuffed pepper soups, Jell-O salad, crackers, rolls & butter, ice cream sandwiches. Reservations are due by Monday, February 17th.



We are updating our Prayer Chain list. Anyone wanting to be added to the list of people to be called or emailed with a prayer request let Sarah Heckert or Audrey know.




UMCOR Hygiene Kits are in great need now as fires, earthquakes in Puerto Rico, and other natural disasters have so powerfully affected many human beings. These kits provide basic necessities to people who have been forced to leave their homes. They will help a person stay clean and healthy…and let them know that they are cared for and loved.

          Listed below are the items needed in each hygiene kit. Please follow the exact directions as these kits are weighed and mailed according to strict codes.

          1 Gallon size re-sealable plastic bag

          10 Bandaids (3/4” x 3”)

          1 Adult toothbrush (Do not remove from original package)

          1 Wash Cloth (no microfiber wash clothes)

          1 Hand Towel (no kitchen, cleaning or microfiber towels)

          1 Bath-size soap (not Jergens or Ivory due to moisture amounts. Do not

             remove from original packaging. Must be at least 3oz or larger)

          1 Comb (Must have at least 6” of teeth. No pocket combs or hair picks)

          1 nail clipper (either fingernail or toenail clipper. Do not remove from

             original packaging)

          Before putting into bag, lay open hand towel and wash cloth. Place all other items in the center of these two clothes. Fold up tightly and place in plastic bag. Pray for the person/people who will be receiving your kit/kits. Be grateful you can help in this basic way. Thank you so much for helping people in disasters. May God bless.                                                Missions Committee





Saturday, March 28, 4:00 PM-Light of Life, Serving Dinner  --  A team of 4-6 people is needed to help serve dinner to the Light of Life Rescue Mission on the Northside of Pittsburgh. The scheduled date is Saturday, March 28. We will leave at 4:00 PM and return in the early evening. This is a wonderful opportunity to serve dinner to homeless persons and to open your world and heart. Let Meaghan or Janet know of your interest.


Saturday, May 9, 7:00 pm  Talent Show  Our first Charge-wide Talent Show will be hosted by the Missions Team and held in FUMC's sanctuary.  Let's celebrate the real and perceived 😉 talents of our members!!  Interested participants must sign up with either Meghan or Janet.  Dress rehearsal will be May 8, early evening.  Put this on your calendar as it will be a wonderful evening!!  Practice your singing, acrobatics, or funny skits!  Proceeds of a free will offering will go to Rise Against Hunger.  



Mark your calendars for VBS the week of June 22 from 9 to noon each day. 

          We hope the weather will be warm, but don't be surprised if you see a snowflake or two as we take an adventure into Cokesbury's Knights of the North Castle VBS. 

           We'll help our children to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power by exploring how we put on the armor of God.  Kids will take on the role of brave Knights, explore Old and New Testament stories, and discover how God's protective armor worked in the lives of familiar Bible characters -- and will work in their own lives as they follow and serve God. 

          We need YOU on the VBS team!  If you are able to help in any way, either before that week by cutting, coloring, making decorations, helping to decorate the sanctuary and other rooms, etc, or if you can help lead children during the week, please see Sue Hankey or call the church office.   We need many hands to have a successful VBS for the nearly 100 children from our community that we reach during that week. 



Rainbow Road is thinking ahead to the new 2020 - 2021 school year. We are accepting applications for next fall.  If you have a 3 or 4 year old and would like an application, see Audrey or Linda Scaife (724-664-5347.) Our open house will be Monday, March 9th from 6:00-7:30 PM.


New membership directories are available at each door and in the office.





Apply on line or if you need help, Bridget Wright will be at Worthington Library on Fridays till the end of February from 12:30-2:30 PM or at Career Lind on Thursdays from 10:00-12:00 PM. Census takers are paid $16.00 an hour. Any questions you can call Bridget Wright at 412-235-8721.



The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary is selling homemade soup. $6.00 a quart. Distribution will be Saturday, March 21, 2020 from 9:30-12:30 PM. they will sell Chicken Noodle Soup, Stuffed pepper Soup, and Vegetable Soup. See Sally Felton if you want to order any soup. Orders are due by Friday, February 21, 2020. Payment is due with order. Thank you



Life Line Screening, the nation’s leading provider of preventive health screenings, will offer affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings at Kittanning First United Methodist Church on March 31, 2020. A package of five screenings to identify risk for stroke, heart disease and other chronic conditions will be offered:

          *Carotid artery ultrasound to identify plaque buildup in the carotid                      arteries, a major risk factor for stroke.

          *Abdominal aortic aneurysm ultrasound to identify presence of an                       enlargement in the largest blood vessel in the body.

          *An EKG to identify the presence of atrial fibrillation, which increases the          risk for stroke.

          *Ultrasound of the lower legs to look for plaque buildup known as                      peripheral artery disease.

          *Ultrasound of the shin bone to identify risk for osteoporosis

These 5 vital screenings are offered for only $149 and take 60-90 minutes to complete. If you register today, you will receive a $10 discount. Register by calling toll free 1-888-653-6441 or visit, or text the word “circle” to 797979. The church also has 3 coupons for another $55 off. If interested in a coupon, see Audrey.




First and Third Thursday-Community Fellowship Meal- 4:00-6:00 PM  

Friday’s February 14th& 28th- Care & Share Shop 10:00-1:30 PM. Gently worn clothing for sale, benefits missions.

Bible Study-on Christianity, Cults & other Religions. Wednesdays at 10:00 AM on February 19th and 26th.





TODAY, February 16th

9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship

12:00 PM Rainbow Road Board

12:00 PM Diane Shay-CC


MONDAY, February 17th

6:30 PM Finance


TUESDAY, February 18th

8:30 AM 3R’s

7:00 PM New Found Freedom-CC


WEDNESDAY, February 19th

3:45 PM ARC Manor

6:00 PM Adult Choir


THURSDAY, February 20th

12:00 PM SIFT Luncheon-CC

7:00 PM Heavenly Daughters


FRIDAY, February 21st


 SATURDAY, February 22nd

6:30 PM We Surrender-CC


SUNDAY, February 23rd

9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship


THE FLOWERS on the altar are given to the Glory of God in memory of Jean & tom Elgin, given by Jim Ternent


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

Usher Team:                                    Epworth/Melissa Bureau

Worship Sound System:                  Tim King

Acolyte:                                           Isaac Zielinski

Welcome Center:                             Karen Scaife

Scripture Reader:                             Karen Scaife

Bell Ringer:                                     Alisha Toy

Children’s Church:                          Abby Yankasky, Mert Hellein, Merissa Smith