First United Methodist Church
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Bulletin - July 15

July 15, 2018









PASTOR: Deb Kociban


CHURCH OFFICE HOURS: Monday-Thursday 8:00-12:00 PM





Opening Prayer                  


Ringing of the Call to Worship Bell


Welcome and Announcements


*Opening Hymn               “Faith of Our Fathers”                       No. 710


Call to Worship     Psalm 85:8-13      Read Responsively

 Leader: Let me hear what God will speak, for the Lord will speak peace to his

               people, to his faithful, to those who turn to the Lord in their hearts.

People: Surely salvation is at hand for those who fear the Lord, that glory

              may dwell in our land.

Leader: Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will

             kiss each other.

People: Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will

              look down from the sky.

Leader: The Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase.

People: Righteousness will go before the Lord, and make God’s footsteps a



Gloria Patri                                            No. 70


Scholarship Awards         Noelle Lemons, Hayley Hoffman, Hannah Hoffman


Joys and Concerns/Pastoral Prayer/Lord’s Prayer

                                 (May fill out prayer cards at this time)


Special Music    Jane Szirmae, Keith Szirmae and George Kociban


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

*Hymn-                     Blessed Assurance”                                     No. 369


Scripture Reading                        Mark 6:14-29              (O.T. p. 40)

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

P: 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-                       “Amazing Grace”                             No. 378


*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.


There will be a Charge SPRC meeting on July 19, 2018 at 7 PM at Union Avenue. 



Time to sign-up for summer camp! Summer camp brochures from Jumonville, Wesley Woods and Camp Allegheny are at each door. The church will pay for full tuition the first year of camp and 50% for the years after that.



The First Church-sponsored Covenant Center Art Show (our 25th) will be August 2nd thru August 5th in conjunction with the Fort Armstrong Folk Festival. Application blanks may be picked up at the church office or by calling the church 724-548-4312 to have one put in the mail to you or on our website at A new award this year “Best New Artist” in honor of Olive Round. Applications due by July 19th



Once again, our Art Show will need volunteers to “Show Sit” during the Folk Festival. “What Do I Do If…?” instructions will be right at the art show table. This is a good way to help, to meet and to greet people, and to “SIT DOWN ON THE JOB”! Two people are needed at a time. Sign up yourself and a friend! Contact Melissa Flanders 724-859-2607. Thank you








          The Fort Armstrong Folk Festival is THURSDAY, AUGUST 2 THROUGH SUNDAY, AUGUST 5TH. As we have for many years, we will be operating our food booth where we sell fish sloppy joe and kielbasa sandwiches along with sizzle dogs, curly fires, macaroni & cheese and of course pie. Like everything else, this doesn’t just happen…it takes time and work from many people to make it happen and keep it running smoothly. We need help to set up and tear down the booth, to work in the booth taking orders, putting together the sandwiches, emptying trash cans, cleaning tables and frying fish and fries. In addition there are buns to cut and clean up each day of the festival. We have made an effort to simplify working in the booth as much as possible. The items will be in takeout containers, as many items as possible have even dollar amounts, and there are many fewer listings on the order sheet as we have limited it to the individual items we sell. If you have been hesitant to help before, we hope this will encourage you to give a shift a try.  See bulletin insert or…

          June Pollard will be scheduling pies (724-543-4920) and Melissa Flanders will be scheduling workers including those needed for the Art Show. (724-859-2607) Scheduling pies and workers is a very difficult job. Please let June and Melissa know how you can help to make their job as easy as possible. Thank you.                                                  Tim Scaife-Activities Committee Chairman


Our church will participate in RISE AGAINST HUNGER, on Saturday, September 22nd 9:00-noon at the Vandergrift UMC. We are looking for 15-20 assembly line participants, ages 8 and up. (So far we have 6 people signed up!) Another way to contribute to this very important mission project is to give financially. Our goal is $1100, and so far we have $350. So think about helping this goal be reached. We also ask for your prayers that this mission event be successful, for the organizers to be energized, and for the thousands of people who will be fed. God Bless.



TODAY, July 15th

9:30 AM Sunday School-Jim’s

11:00 AM Worship


MONDAY, July 16th

6:30 PM Finance Committee

7:00 PM Church Council


TUESDAY, July 17th

8:30 AM 3R’s

6:00 PM Women’s Fellowship

7:00 PM New Found Freedom-CC



WEDNESDAY, July 18th

3:45 PM ARC Manor

7:00 PM Nominations Team


THURSDAY, July 19th

7:00 PM Charge SPRC-Union Ave

Art Show Applications Due


SATURDAY, July 21st

6:30 PM We Surrender-CC


SUNDAY, July 22nd

9:30 AM Sunday School-Jim’s

11:00 AM Worship




            Kittanning Care                         Sally Felton


THE FLOWERS on the altar are presented to the Glory of God in memory of Pheroby & Eddie Crytzer, given by Frank & Esther Kiss


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

Usher Team:                                       Asbury/Mary Jo Lipski

Worship Sound System:                     Dave Yanoschick

Acolyte:                                               Ryan Bish

Welcome Center:                                Karen Scaife

Scripture Reader:                                Mary Jo Lipski 

Bell Ringer: