First United Methodist Church
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.

Bulletin - March 11

March 11, 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  (Psalm 107)

Give thanks to the Lord, for God is good.

          God’s steadfast love endures forever.

Let those redeemed by the Lord say:

          God’s steadfast love endures forever.

When we cried out to God in our distress,

          God saved us in our hour of need.

Give thanks to the Lord, for God is good.

          God’s steadfast love endures forever.


*Opening Hymns:                “Here I Am to Worship”                             Insert                                    


 *Opening Prayer (Ephesians 2, John 3) 

God of light and love, shine upon your people this day. Meet us in our brokenness, and heal our errant ways. Take from us our spirit of disobedience, and save us with your grace. Lead us into your truth, that we may live as children of light, and act as children of the Most High. Amen.


We Hear  God’s Word

Scripture Reading:                  Matthew 7:7-8                (N.T. p. 7)

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

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

The Sermon Series-The Easter Experience!

Sermon Title- My Life Has a Plan!


We Respond to God’s Word             

The Morning Anthem              “Hope of The World”                        Adult Choir

Praying Together

Silent Prayer/Altar Time/Pastoral Prayer


Invitation to the Offering (John 2)

May the passion that consumed Jesus as he cleared the Temple consume our hearts with a passion to do what is right—in both our living and our giving. May the offering we collect this day reflect the perfection of God’s law working in us and through us.


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:                “Lord I Want to be a Christian”                         No. 402

                                                      “Here I Am, Lord”                               No. 593


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.










Our Sermon Series during Lent was developed using the small group study, The Easter Experience, written by City on a Hill Productions, © 2009.



Help is needed with mowing our church lawns. We want to set up a schedule so no one has total responsibility. The church owns a Cub Cadet mower with a 54” blade (headlight for you night mowers!) and a hand mower. Contact the church office or Mary Jo Lipski (724-545-2289). We really need your help.




With the promise of spring our attention turns to outdoor maintenance. Our first yard night is Monday, March 26th at 5:00 PM. Come when you can, Bring rakes and clippers. [LET’S PREPARE FOR EASTER!]

Beginning in May, yard night will be the first Monday of every month.



First Church is looking for a volunteer to help with our Worship Services. There

is a need for a volunteer to coordinate and schedule the young people to light

the candles. This person would also be required to be here on Sunday to help

the young people put on the acolyte robe and light the candle lighter. Will you



Newsletters are available by email and on the church’s website as well as paper copy. If you would like to have your newsletter emailed to you instead of paper mailed please let the office know or put your email address on your connect card with a note to change you to email. Thank you.


VBS 2018

JUNE 18th-22nd         9:00-12:00 PM

We will be doing Cokesbury’s Rolling River Rampage-Experience the ride of a lifetime with God. Watch for your chance to sign-up to help during that week coming soon. We will have a VBS meeting for anyone interested in helping on

Thursday, March 15th at 7:00 PM in the Library Room. Hope to see you there!



OPEN HOUSE Monday, March 12, 2018 from 6:00-7:30 PM

Invite a friend and stop in. We are also accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year.



          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.



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.



Thursday, March 15, 2018 at noon

Program will be Lynn Sibley and Sandy McKee’s mission trip to Fiji. Lunch will be Irish Stew. Reservations due by Monday, March 12th at noon.



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.



Tuesdays at 7:00 PM

March 13th-Community Service at The Salvation Army, speaker Rev. Ed


March 20th-Community Service at Cornerstone Assembly of God, speaker

                                                                                                   Rev. Carl Johnson

Wednesdays at Noon at Grace Presbyterian Church

March 14th-Speaker Fr. Doug Dorula, food provided by St. Mary’s

March 21st-Speaker Lt. Luke Barney, food provided by The Salvation Army

Our Holy Thursday Service, March 29th at 7:00 PM here at First Church.

Community Good Friday Service will be Friday, March 30, 2018 at 12:00 PM at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kittanning. The speaker will be Vicar Matthew Vatalare of the Christ Rupp Lutheran Church.






TODAY, March 11th

9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship

2:00 PM Camp 43-CC


MONDAY, March 12th

6:00PM Rainbow Road Open House

7:00 PM Nurture, Outreach & Witness


TUESDAY, March 13th

8:30 AM 3R’s

6:00 PM Women’s Fellowship

6:30 PM Prayer Time-CC

7:00 PM Lenten Service-Salvation Army

7:00 PM Heavenly Daughters

7:00 PM New Found Freedom-CC


WEDNESDAY, March 14th

12:00 PM Lenten Luncheon

3:45 PM ARC Manor


THURSDAY, March 15th

12:00 PM SIFT Luncheon-CC

7:00PM VBS Planning


FRIDAY, March 16th

4:30 PM Lenten Fish Dinners-CC


SATURDAY, March 17th

6:30 PM We Surrender-CC


SUNDAY, March 18th

9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship




THE FLOWERS on the altar are presented to the Glory of God in loving memory of Ron Scaife’s birthday, March 10th, given by Karen Scaife.


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

Usher Team:                                       Albright/Dan Wolfe 

Worship Sound System:                     Tim Scaife

Acolyte:                                              Joey Kachur  

Welcome Center:                                Melissa Flanders

Scripture Reader:                                Sarah Heckert 

Bell Ringer:                                        Carlee Beers

Children’s Church:                             Carolyn Gallaher