First United Methodist Church
Sunday, May 31, 2020
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.

Bulletin - March 01


March 1, 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             “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”                No. 140


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

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


*Call to Worship    Psalm 32:1-5     In Unison

     Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Happy are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. While I kept silence, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the guilt of my sin.


 *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.


Special Music


Joys and Concerns/Pastoral Prayer/Lord’s Prayer

                                 (May fill out prayer cards at this time)


*Hymn                Change My Heart, O God”                    No. 2152-insert


Scripture Reading                      Matthew 4:1-11        (N.T. p. 3)                                                 

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

People: Thanks be to God.


God’s Word for Us


Service of Word and Table



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             “Take Time to be Holy”                      No. 395                                                                                                             

*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 Bishop and Cabinet are holding meetings for all laity and clergy about the Separation Protocol. Here is the schedule for those meetings.

          Sunday, March 22nd at 3:00 PM at St. Mary’s UMC

          Monday, March 23rd at 6:30-9:00 PM at Saegertown UMC

          Tuesday, March 24th at 6:30-9:00 PM at Punxsutawney First UMC

          Wednesday, March 25th at 6:30-9:00 PM at Crossroads UMC: Oakdale

          Thursday, March 26th at 6:30-9:00 PM at Somerset Grace UMC



Our March missions will benefit Ramps of Hope as our 18+ person team works diligently to provide persons and families this great gift of accessibility. Give generously as you donate your money for the necessary screws and lag screws that ramps require. May God bless the families that receive these gifts of mobility and a better quality of life.                        Missions Committee


 There is a simple, convenient way for you to get preventive health screenings and learn your risk for stroke, heart disease and other chronic conditions.

          These painless screenings go beyond your regular checkup to identify dangerous plaque buildup or blockage, a major risk factor for stroke and heart disease. The screenings are accurate, affordable and will give you valuable information about your health that you can share with your doctor.

          We are pleased to host Life Line Screening, who will be on site on March 31, 2020 in the Covenant Center to conduct these valuable screenings.

          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 and the church also has coupons for another $55 off. So the tests will only cost $84 for all 5.

I have 9 of these coupons. 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 March 13 & 27th- Care & Share Shop 10:00-1:30 PM. Gently worn clothing for sale, benefits missions.













          Once again it is time for our annual Lenten Fish Dinners. Dinners will be served at the Covenant Center each Friday in Lent, February 28-April 3 from 4:30-6:00 PM. Dinners consist of your choice of fried or baked fish or sloppy joe, baked potato or curly fries or macaroni & cheese, cole slaw or applesauce, roll, beverage and pie. Adult $9.00, children 4-12 $4.00. Take out available. We hope you can join us for a meal.

          If you can help at dinners, please see Tim Scaife at 724-664-5346.

or if you can provide pies  call June Pollard at 724-543-4920.  



The annual rummage sale will be on Saturday, June 6th from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Donations will be collected May 27-31. We accept all donations except clothing and electronics. We will be pricing the week of June 1st leading up to the sale on June 6th. Watch for more details.



Rainbow Road is having a fundraiser at Altitude Trampoline Park in Butler, PA on Saturday, March 7th from 2:00-4:00 PM. It is located in the old Sears store at the Clearview Mall. You can jump for two hours for the reduced price of $15 if you mention Rainbow Road. We will receive 20% of the proceeds during that 2 hour window. Please consider bringing your children, grandchildren, etc and helping us by spreading the word too! (By the way, adults are welcome to jump too!)


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. 



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.


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.



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



Please check out the following Lent and Easter Books in our Library:

“He Chose The Nails” & “Six Hours One Friday” both by Max Lucado

“Final words From The Cross” by Adam Hamilton

“The Week That Changed The World” by Ernest C. Wilson

“The Six Miracles of Calvary” by William R. Nicholson

“The First Easter” by Peter Marshall

“Jesus Loved Them” by Sam Patrick and Omar Garrison

“The Women of Easter” by Liz Curtis Higgs



The SIFT Luncheon will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at noon in the Covenant Center. The program will be Balance-Nadine Wise, Senior Program Coordinator of the Richard G. Snyder YMCA. Menu is Irish Stew (Ham & Cabbage), Crackers, Roll & Butter, Sherbet and Cookies. Reservations are due by Monday, March 16, 2020.



The College of Wooster Scot Symphonic Band will have a concert here at First Church on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 7:30 PM in the Covenant Center. The band is conducted by Dr. Joel M. Graham and will feature faculty soloist Dr. Mario Marini and the College of Wooster Pipe Band and Highland Dancers. Free and open to the public. Also, if you would be able to house some band members for that night, please fill out the bulletin insert or see Emily King.


TODAY, March 1st

9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Communion

12:00 PM Active Shooter



MONDAY, March 2nd

6:30PM Trustees


TUESDAY, March 3rd

8:30 AM 3R’s

7:00 PM New Found Freedom-CC


WEDNESDAY, March 4th

3:45 PM ARC Manor






















































 THURSDAY, March 5th

7:00 PM Bible Study-CC


FRIDAY, March 6th

 4:30 PM Fish Dinner-CC


 SATURDAY, March 7th

6:30 PM We Surrender-CC


SUNDAY, March 8th

9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship

2:00 PM Camp 43-CC

5:00 PM Emily-CC

7:30 PM College of Wooster Band Concert-CC
































THE FLOWERS on the altar are given to the Glory of God in loving memory of my mom, Ejvor M. LaForce, given by her daughter Beverly LaForce Patton

THE FLOWERS on the organ are presented to the Glory of God in remembrance of Alice Ternent’s birthday, March 3rd, given by Jim Ternent


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

Usher Team:                                    Oxford/Mark Ferguson & Communion

Worship Sound System:                  Bill Lemons

Acolyte:                                           Ashley Yankasky

Welcome Center:                             Sarah Heckert

Scripture Reader:                             Mary Jo Lipski

Bell Ringer:                                     Ashley Yankasky

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