First United Methodist Church
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.

Bulletin - March 18

March 18, 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 51!


*Opening Hymns:           “Easter People Raise Your Voices”             No. 304

                                          “When We All Get to Heaven”                     No. 701                           


 *Opening Prayer (Jeremiah 31, John 12) 

Glorious God, write your name on our hearts. Inspire us with your law of love, that we might proclaim this truth: You are our God, and we are your people. In your holy name, we pray. Amen.


We Hear  God’s Word

Scripture Reading:                  James 2:8-11                (N.T. p. 229)

Special Music:                 “The Bible Book Bop”                Children’s Choir

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- I Have the Promise of Eternal Life!


We Respond to God’s Word             

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:                         “Are Ye Able”                                  No. 530

                                         “The Church’s One Foundation”                     No. 546


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.









I want to thank Mary Jo Lipski, Sarah Heckert, Kathy Coleman, Janet McKelvey and Karen Scaife for filling in for me while I was on vacation this week.  Audrey


Our Sermon Series during Lent was developed using the small group study, The

Easter Experience, written by City on a Hill Productions, © 2009.



Remember our nursery (with parent paging system) is available to all children thru 4 years during Sunday School and Worship.



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. 



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.



          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.



The First United Methodist Church Library is NEVER CLOSED! Please feel free to visit our library anytime you are in our church.



Tuesdays at 7:00 PM

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

                                                                                                   Rev. Carl Johnson


Wednesdays at Noon at Grace Presbyterian Church

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 18th

  9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship


MONDAY, March 19th

6:30 PM Finance

7:00 PM Church Council


TUESDAY, March 20th

8:30 AM 3R’s

6:00 PM Women’s Fellowship

7:00 PM Lenten Service-Cornerstone

      Assembly of God

7:00 PM Heavenly Daughters

7:00 PM New Found Freedom-CC



 WEDNESDAY, March 21st

12:00 PM Lenten Luncheon

3:45 PM ARC Manor

7:00 PM Rainbow Road Board


FRIDAY, March 23rd

4:30 PM Lenten Fish Dinners-CC


SATURDAY, March 24th

6:30 PM We Surrender-CC


SUNDAY, March 25th

Palm Sunday

9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship



THE FLOWERS on the altar are presented to the Glory of God in memory of Mildred Wilson, our mother, on her birthday, given by Rich & Mary Jo Lipski


 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:                                Jennifer Hellein 

Bell Ringer:                                        Chelsea Beers

Children’s Church:                             Carolyn Gallaher