First United Methodist Church
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Bulletin - March 10

March 10, 2019









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                    “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”          No. 139


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

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


*Call to Worship   Psalm 91:9-14, 16   In Unison

Because you have made the Lord your refuge, the Most High your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, no scourge come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the adder, the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot. Those who love me, I will deliver; I will protect those who know my name. With long life I will satisfy them, and show them my salvation.


*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                  Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God”                         No. 405


Scripture Reading                      Luke 4:1-13       (N.T. p. 61)                                                 

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, Bible or personal hearing device.



The Fellowship Committee is sponsoring a family game night on Saturday, March 23 from 6:30-9:30 PM in the Covenant Center. Please bring your favorite board game and a snack. Or just come for the fellowship.



The March SIFT Luncheon will be held on Thursday, March 21st at noon in the Covenant Center. The program will be Nadine Wise, Silver Sneaker instructor at the YMCA-the importance of balance and how to improve yours. The Menu is Irish Stew, crackers, roll & butter, sherbet. Reservations are due by Monday, March 18th.


Rainbow Road Preschool will be having an Open House on Monday, March 11th from 6:00-7:30 PM. if you are interested or you know of someone who is, please invite them to come see our classroom and meet our teachers. We are also accepting applications for 2019-2020. We have programs for 3 and 4 year old children. If you have any questions, please call Linda Scaife, Registrar, at 724-664-5347


Our church family will have a dual Missions focus for March:

1.  Paint Project for Life Choices - One of the needs that Life Choices has is to paint the patient rooms in their Butler clinic.  We will assemble a 'paint team' to help this need, gathering at 7:45 a.m. at the Covenant Center on Saturday, March 16, leaving by 8:00 AM, painting until early to mid-afternoon.  (I can feel your excitement as you read this!)  Wear paint clothes and bring a bag lunch.  (Anticipation of a good lunch is very important!)  Life Choices will provide the paint and tools, we just need to provide the 'people power'.  We welcome anyone in our churches to participate.  Just let Kathy, Meaghan, or Janet know.  

     Since this paint day for Life Choices is a "hands on project", involving no monetary expense on our part, we will offer another opportunity to us to financially give:

2.  Rise Against Hunger - We look forward to participating again in this international hunger relief program.  First Church will host it on Saturday, September 21 at the Covenant Center.  As host church we will need at least 20 persons (8 years and older) to join the assembly line (takes about 3 hours), a group of able persons to help set up tables and bring in boxes (probably at 7:30 AM, taking only about 1 hour.), and one or two groups of pleasant kitchen helpers (to handle an early morning snack and lunch).  About 6 or 7 other nearby churches will join us on the 21st, donating their financial gifts and bringing their assembly line volunteers.  This event will involve about 90+ people and is why, as host church, we will need to do our share to help this day be a success.  During March we will begin to collect our financial gifts toward our share in Rise Against Hunger.  

 Missions Team-Kathy Piechowicz, Meaghan Volek, and Janet McKelvey



The Kittanning Ministerium Lenten Service will be held Tuesday, March 12th  here at first church at 7:00 PM and the speaker will be Rev. Ed Walters. The Lenten lunch will be at Grace Presbyterian church on March 13th at noon. The speaker will be Rev. Dana Wilmot. Ford City Ministerium will host a Lenten dinner/service on Monday, March 11th at 6:00 PM at Ford Memorial UMC.



Manorville is continuing to collect empty pill bottles of all sizes and colors. When you empty them bring them in to Manorville (with personal info removed). You can use Goo-Gone to remove the sticky residue. They will then be washed, dried and sorted by color and placed in large Ziplock bags to be shipped to African or Asian countries. In many small villages the people don’t have “containers” to take the medicines home with them. This is a win-win. They won’t be going into our landfills but going for a second good use. They will be collected at least thru the summer. (There is a box in the Library Room if you wish to donate your empty pill bottles)






Thursdays-Soup & Sandwich dinner 4:00-6:00 PM Free-will accept donations

Fridays-2nd and 4th-Food Bank and Care & Share Shop 10:00-1:30 PM



Wednesday, March 13th-6:00 PM-Casual Church, Minestrone soup and corn chowder, assorted drinks and desserts. Musical program-Bruce Shaffer.



United Methodist Women, 1st Monday of the month except for months with a holiday falling on Monday and during the summer. The meetings are held at the Kittanning Cottages Community Room at 4:00 PM. 



TODAY, March 10th

9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship

2:00 PM Camp 43-CC

MONDAY, March 11th

10:00 AM Bible Study-Manorville

6:00 PM Rainbow Road Open House

6:00 PM Lenten Dinner/Service-Ford

7:00 PM Nurture, Outreach Witness


TUESDAY, March 12th

8:30 AM 3R’s

6:00 PM Women’s Fellowship

7:00 PM Community Service-First Church

7:00 PM New Found Freedom-CC


WEDNESDAY, March 13th

10:00 AM Clergy Communities-Library

12:00 PM Lenten Luncheon-Grace Presbyterian

3:45 PM ARC Manor

6:00 PM Adult Choir


THURSDAY, March 14th

12:00 PM Seniors for Safe driving-CC

7:00 PM Bible Study-CC


FRIDAY, March 15th

4:30 PM Fish Dinner-CC


SATURDAY, March 16th

6:30 PM We Surrender-CC


SUNDAY, March 17th

9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship

2:00 PM Camp 43-CC


THE FLOWERS on the altar are given to the Glory of God in honor of Amanda Leech’s birthday March 11th, given by Greg, Lynn, Taylor, Mac & Jud Toth


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

Usher Team:                                       Epworth/Melissa Flanders

Worship Sound System:                     John Wolfe

Acolyte:                                              Dane Dimond

Welcome Center:                                Melissa Flanders

Scripture Reader:                                Jim Ternent 

Bell Ringer:                                        Max Dimond