First United Methodist Church
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.

Bulletin - Jan 21

January 21, 2018









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 

A reading of Psalm 62!


*Opening Hymns:    “Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore”              No. 344

                                        “My Hope is Built”                                             No. 368


 *Opening Prayer (Jonah 3, Psalm 62, Mark 1) 

 Loving God, in this season of Epiphany, your kingdom has drawn close—so close we can almost touch it. Help us see that we already live under your rule of peace. May our worship today draw us closer to you and to one another. When we measure greatness by status and success, you challenge us to find true greatness in following Jesus. You call, and like Jonah, we often run away in our unwillingness to preach mercy to others. You call, and like the disciples, we often rush after you, only to falter and fall away when the shadows deepen. Yet your strength and kindness never falter, even for the resistant Jonah or the enthusiastic fishermen. And your strength and kindness never abandon us. Loving God, it is you we worship this day. Amen.

We Hear  God’s Word

First Reading:                        1 Samuel 3:7-10             (O.T. p. 247)

Scripture Reading:                  Romans 8:28-30             (N.T. p. 158)

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

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

 Sermon Series—Do You Believe?

 The Sermon Title—Do You Believe You Are a Part of God’s Plan?


We Respond to God’s Word

Morning Anthem:            “Sing we Alleluia”                  Adult Choir    

Praying Together

Silent Prayer/Altar Time/Pastoral Prayer

Invitation to the Offering (Psalm 29)

In this place of worship, let everyone shout to our God, “Glory.” In this body of Christ, let everyone offer thanks for being called as Christ’s disciples. In this fellowship of the Holy Spirit, let everyone give generously in response to the blessings we have received.


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:            “I Know Whom I Have Believed”                        No. 714

                                             “Blessed Assurance ”                                 No. 369                                                                             

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, please welcome Brad Hellein as he leads us in worship and shares the message!


Pastor Wade and Pastor Ali will be on vacation from January 24 through January 31. If you need pastoral care during this time, please contact Pastor Debbie Marshall at 724-543-3327.


Next Sunday, Brad Hellein will lead in worship. The message will be shared by Gordon Snyder. Gordon is a member of the Timblin UMC and he recently completed all the Lay Ministry Classes that are required for certification as a Certified Lay Minister.





          Our first Lenten Fish Dinner will be held on Friday, February 16th and will

continue through Friday, March 23, 2018 at the Covenant Center from 4:30-6:30 PM.

                             MENU: Baked or Fried Fish or Sloppy Joe Sandwich

                                        Baked Potato, Curly Fries or Macaroni & Cheese

                                        Cole Slaw or Applesauce, Roll, Beverage & PIE

                                                          Adult $9.00        Children $4.00

          Come and eat, bring your family and friends. Help support our fund raising efforts to raise

finances for our church programs and missions.

          We need pie bakers and workers to help for all 6 Fish Dinners. Can you help? If so, please fill out the sign-up sheet in this newsletter and let us know if you can help and which weeks. Keep the top half as your reminder and return the bottom half to the church. Thank you!




Lenten Devotionals are due in the office no later than Wednesday, January 24th.  Please honor this deadline. Thank you.



          March 11th            April 8th & 29th                 May 13th

          June 17th              November 4th & 25th         December 16th

If you would like any of these dates, Please let Audrey know or mark your connect card with the date/s you would like. The flowers are $25.00 for an arrangement.



Mature Driver Improvement Course will be offered at the Covenant Center next year. The next class will be January 25, 2018 from 12:00-4:00 PM. For more information, there are posters on each bulletin board and reservation slips at each door. Tuition is only $16. There will also be a class in May, July and November.


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.



TODAY, January 21st

  9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship


MONDAY, January 22nd

7:00 PM Nurture, Outreach, Witness

7:00 PM Rainbow Road Board

TUESDAY, January 23rd

8:30 AM 3R’s

6:00 PM Women’s Fellowship

7:00 PM New Found Freedom-CC


WEDNESDAY, January 24th

3:45 PM ARC Manor

6:00 PM Adult Choir



THURSDAY, January 25th

12:00 PM Senior Safe Drivers-CC

7:00 PM Heavenly Daughters


SATURDAY, January 27th

6:30 PM We Surrender-Church


SUNDAY, January 28th

9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship



THE FLOWERS on the altar are presented to the Glory of God in honor of  my mom Bonnie Ferguson, given by Mark & Susan Ferguson

THE FLOWERS on the altar last Sunday were presented to the Glory of God in honor of Ashley’s 8th birthday, given by her parents & sister, John & Kimberly & Abby Yankasky



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

Usher Team:                                       Albright/Dan Wolfe 

Worship Sound System:                     Hayley Hoffman

Acolyte:                                              Dane Dimond  

Welcome Center:                                Beverly Patton

Scripture Reader:                                

Bell Ringer:                                        Lilah Hogamier

Children’s Church:                             Carolyn Gallaher