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

Bulletin - Feb 23

·February 23, 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        “Majesty, Worship His Majesty”-sing twice       No. 176


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

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


*Affirmation from 1 Corinthians and Colossians

Leader: This is the good news which we have received, in which we stand, and by which we are saved.

All: Christ died for our sins, was buried, was raised on the third day, and appeared first to the women, then to Peter and the Twelve, and then to many witnesses.

We believe Jesus is the Christ, the Anointed One of God, the firstborn of all creation, the firstborn from the dead, in whom all things hold together, in whom the fullness of God was pleased to dwell by the power of the Spirit.

Christ is the head of the body, the church, and by the blood of the cross reconciles all things to God. Amen.


 *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     “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)”   Adult Choir


Joys and Concerns/Pastoral Prayer/Lord’s Prayer

                                 (May fill out prayer cards at this time)


*Hymn                      Every Time I Feel the Spirit”                         No. 404


Scripture Reading                      Matthew 17:1-9        (N.T. p. 18)                                                 

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             “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”         No. 127                                                                                                                

*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.



The Charge Ash Wednesday Service will be held Wednesday, February 26th at Manorville UMC.



There are everyday miracles. No doubt, our most recent FUMC miracle is the newly repainted sanctuary. Ten faithful men painted two days a week for six weeks. The result is a freshly painted sanctuary, as well as clean pews, carpeting and ceiling fans. Remarkably the project cost only $638.60, rather than the thousands we would have spent for a painting contractor. Please thank these men when you see them:

                   Joe Bowser           Herb Coggon                 Joe Heckert

                   Jim Scaife             Tim Scaife                      Gabe Smith

                   Bob Wolfe            Dan Wolfe                     John Wolfe

                   John Yankasky             



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



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.



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. 




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. The church also has coupons for another $55 off. I only have 3 of these. If interested in a coupon, see Audrey.

Register by calling toll free 1-888-653-6441 or visit, or text the word “circle” to 797979.




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 23rd

9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship


MONDAY, February 24th

7:00 PM VBS Meeting


TUESDAY, February 25th

8:30 AM 3R’s

7:00 PM New Found Freedom-CC


WEDNESDAY, February 26th

Ash Wednesday

7:00 PM Charge Ash Wednesday Service-Manorville

3:45 PM ARC Manor

6:00 PM Adult Choir


THURSDAY, February 27th

7:00 PM Bible Study-CC


FRIDAY, February 28th

 4:30 PM Fish Dinner-CC


 SATURDAY, February 29th

6:30 PM We Surrender-CC


SUNDAY, March 1st

9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship

12:00 PM Active Shooter Seminar/lunch


THE FLOWERS on the altar are given to the Glory of God in honor and loving memory of my dad, Harold W. LaForce, given by daughter Beverly LaForce Patton


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

Usher Team:                                    Oxford/Mark Ferguson

Worship Sound System:                  John Wolfe

Acolyte:                                           Hallie Hoffman

Welcome Center:                             Beverly Patton

Scripture Reader:                             Sue Hankey

Bell Ringer:                                     Mackenzie Emerick

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