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

Bulletin - March 25

March 25, 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 (Ps 118)

 (Begin service with a bare altar/Lord’s Table. The italicized words are read offstage.)

When they came to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus gave two disciples a task, saying to them,

          “Go into the village. As soon as you enter it you will find tied up a colt      that no one has ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘why are you doing this?’ say, ‘Its master needs it.’”

          This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in    it.

(Church bell, chime, or gong sounds. Have youth cover the altar with brightly colored cloth as the following words are read.)

They brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes upon it, and Jesus sat on it. Many people spread out their clothes on the road while others spread branches cut from the fields.

          Bind the festival procession with palm branches. Open the gates of           righteousness for us so we can come in and give thanks to the Lord!

(Church bell, chime, or gong sounds.)

This is the Lord’s gate; those who are righteous enter through it.

          Enter the gates of righteousness with shouts of thanksgiving. Hosanna! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest.

The stone the builders rejected is now the foundation stone.

          This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our sight!

(Church bell, chime, or gong sounds. Begin light, joyful music underneath. If you have liturgical dancers, dance a single Christ Candle or multiple lights as the words below are read.)

The Lord is God, and God has given us light as a lamp to our feet.

          The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

(Church bell, chime, or gong sounds as music continues to play)

This is the day that the Lord has made.

          Let us rejoice and be glad in it!


*Opening Hymns:           “All Glory, Laud, and Honor”                      No. 280

                                 “Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty”               No. 64                           


 *Opening Prayer (Mark 11, Philippians 2, Mark 14-15) 

Eternal One, as we enter Holy Week and celebrate Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, may we laugh with the children and shout our hosannas with the crowd. But never let us forget where this week ends. For the one who emptied himself for our sake, took the form of a servant and was betrayed and denied by his disciples and closest friends. May we sing in our hearts this day, but may our song be mixed with sorrow and regret, for such is the life of followers in every age. Amen.


We Hear  God’s Word

Scripture Reading:                  1 Corinthians 15:50-58                (N.T. p. 177)

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 Hope is Secure!


We Respond to God’s Word             

Special Music                         “Hosanna, Hosanna!”                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:                         “It Is Well with My Soul”                           No. 377

                                                         “Through It All”                                No. 507


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.



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



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.



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


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.



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.



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



Manorville UMC will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt on Sat. March 31st from 1-3PM.  We will have an Easter Egg Hunt, crafts, games, snacks and a special guest may happen to hop on by as well.  Hope to see all children from the age of 3-15 come and share in the fun times with us!




TODAY, March 25th

Passion/Palm Sunday

9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship


MONDAY, March 26th

5:00 PM Trustee Work Night



TUESDAY, March 27th

8:30 AM 3R’s

6:00 PM Women’s Fellowship

7:00 PM Endowment Committee

7:00 PM Heavenly Daughters

7:00 PM New Found Freedom-CC

Food Bank Pick-up


WEDNESDAY, March 28th

3:45 PM ARC Manor

6:00 PM Adult Choir


THURSDAY, March 29th

7:00 PM Holy Thursday Service


FRIDAY, March 30th

12:00 PM Good Friday Service-

St. John’s Lutheran Church


SATURDAY, March 31st

6:30 PM We Surrender-CC


SUNDAY, April 1st

Easter 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 Ralph & Jean Erhard and Robert & Helen Hellein, our loving parents & grandparents, given by Brad and Mert and family


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

Usher Team:                                       Asbury/Mary Jo Lipski

Worship Sound System:                     Dave Yanoschick

Acolyte:                                              Isaac Zielinski  

Welcome Center:                                Karen Scaife

Scripture Reader:                                Mert Hellein 

Bell Ringer:                                        Caden King

Children’s Church:                             Carolyn Gallaher