First United Methodist Church
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Bulletin - March 31

March 31, 2019

 

 

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

301 N JEFFERSON ST

KITTANNING PA  16201

724-548-4312

E-MAIL: fumchurch@windstream.net

WEBSITE: www.firstchurchkittanning.com

PASTOR: Deb Kociban

 ACCOMPANIST: Emily King

CHURCH OFFICE HOURS: Monday-Thursday 8:00-4:00 PM

 

 

Prelude

 

Opening Prayer

O merciful Father, in compassion for your sinful children you sent your Son Jesus Christ to be the Savior of the world. Grant us grace to feel and to lament our share of the evil that made it necessary for him to suffer and to die for our salvation. Help us by self-denial, prayer, and meditation to prepare our hearts for deeper penitence and a better life. And give us a true longing to be free from sin, through the deliverance won by Jesus Christ our Redeemer. Amen.

 

Ringing of the Call to Worship Bell

 

Welcome and Announcements

 

*Opening Hymn               “Great is Thy Faithfulness”                 No. 140

 

Special Music                      “Fish Breath”                        Children’s Choir

 

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                              

*Greeting   

 Leader: Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God,

People: let us hold fast to our confession.

Leader: For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses,

People: but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin.

Leader: Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness,

People: so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

 

*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.

 

 

Joys and Concerns/Pastoral Prayer/Lord’s Prayer

                                 (May fill out prayer cards at this time)

 

*Hymn                      This is a Day of New Beginnings”             No. 383

 

Scripture Reading                      Matthew 16:13-20       (N.T. p. 18)                                                 

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

People: Thanks be to God.

 

God’s Word for Us                         Upon This Rock

 

Offering/Offertory/*Doxology

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            “Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling”           No. 348

 

*Altar rail is open for prayer during the closing hymn.

*Benediction

*Please stand in spirit or in body

Ask an usher for a large print hymnal, Bible or personal hearing device.

 

SUZY AND BYRON CHERTIK

If you missed them over Christmas or want to hear them again, Suzy and Byron will be leading worship at Casual Church at Manorville on Wednesday, April 10th at 6 PM.  Please join us.

 

NURSERY SNACKS

I could use some snacks in the nursery, Cheese crackers, fish crackers, and animal crackers. Thank you for your continuing support and love.   Linda

 

EASTER FLOWERS

Just a reminder that the Easter flower orders are due by Sunday, April 7th. We need to have 40 flowers ordered to have them delivered.

 

SUMMER CAMPS

Time to sign up for summer camps. The brochures for Jumonville, Wesley Woods and Camp Allegheny are at each door.

 

HE BREWS COFFEE HOUSE

The youth have set up a coffee house in the Library Room. They have coffee (from a Keurig) and some muffins. This is by donation. All donations go towards the youth group fundraiser. Please help yourself. Thank you

 

 

 

APRIL MISSIONS

  We have a fresh, giving idea for our church family’s mission project in April. Let’s fill a lovely spring basket full of necessary life items for our friends at ARC Manor! As you know we have a team of caring people who visit ARC Manor each week, sharing faith journeys, devotional times, and snacks. We thought giving “spring baskets filled with life items” might be a loving gesture.

          Here is a list of items we are looking for:

          Towels                 Kleenex Tissues                       Notebooks or Journals

          Washcloths          Socks (Men & Women)           Daily devotionals

          Shampoo              Tee Shirts                                Single bed sheet sets          Conditioner          Underwear (men & women)    Pillowcases

          Shaving Cream     Plastic drinking cups               2019 Pocket Planners

          Toothpaste (no mouthwash)             Alcoholics Anonymous books

          Toothbrushes                                    Narcotics Anonymous books

          Deodorant (men & women)              Bench (like a park bench) for outside

May God bless you as you show care to our friends at ARC manor.        

FUMC Missions Team

 

            FIRST CHURCH RUMMAGE SALE

The annual First Chruch Rummage Sale will be Saturday, June 1st from 8:00-1:00 PM in the Covenant Center. Donations may be dropped off at the Covenant Center Wednesday, May 22nd through Monday, May 27th. We accept any donations except clothing and electronics. More details to follow! You may direct questions to Kim Yankasky by texting or calling 724-664-6867 or emailing kayankasky@gmail.com.

 

THIS WEEKS COMMUNITY LENTEN SERVICES

The Kittanning Ministerium Lenten Service will be held Tuesday, April 2nd at Simpson Bible Church at 7:00 PM and the speaker will be Rev. Deb Kociban. The Lenten lunch will be at Grace Presbyterian church on Wednesday, April 3rd at noon. The speaker will be Rev. Mark Brady. Ford City Ministerium will host a Lenten dinner/service on Monday, April 1st at 6:00 PM at Ford Memorial UMC.

 

CHARGE LENT/EASTER SERVICES

Maundy Thursday Service: at Union Avenue -Thursday, April 18th at 7:00 PM

Easter Sunrise Service: at Ford Memorial on Sunday, April 21st at 7:00 AM.  A continental breakfast will be offered in the Fellowship Hall after the service. All 4 Charge Churches will then celebrate the Resurrection at their regular scheduled times that day.

 

COMMUNITY GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE

The community Good Friday Service will be held on Friday, April 19th at 12:00 PM at St. John’s Lutheran Church. The speaker will be Rev. Joshua Webb.

 

 

 

 

 

LENTEN FISH DINNERS

Our Lenten Fish Dinners will continue through Friday, April 12, 2019 at the Covenant Center from 4:30-6:00 PM.

          MENU: Baked or Fried Fish or Sloppy Joe Sandwich, Baked Potato,      Curly Fries or Macaroni & Cheese, Cole Slaw or Applesauce, Roll,          Beverage & PIE.            Adults $9.00                           Children $4.00

Come and eat, bring your family and friends.

 

PILL BOTTLE MISSION

Manorville is continuing to collect empty pill bottles of all sizes and colors. You can use Goo-Gone to remove the sticky residue. They will be shipped to African or Asian countries. In many small villages the people don’t have “containers” to take the medicines home with them.  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)

EASTER VIGIL

There will be an Easter Vigil on Saturday, April 20th @ 8pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Ford City. ALL Churches welcome.

 

           EASTER MUSICAL

Bow the Knee- a dramatic musical for Easter on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 12-14th at 7:00 PM at Elderton Presbyterian Church, 115 North Main Street, Elderton, PA. Free will offering will be taken, light refreshments.

 

ARMSTRONG FESTIVAL CHOIR

We invite anyone 15 or older from all churches to join the Armstrong Festival Choir. It is a 3 month commitment. We sing for Armstrong Firemen’s Memorial Service in May, Memorial Day eve Service in Ford City Park and Summerfest. It is a great way to combine the joy of singing with community service. Rehearsals are at Ford Memorial on Fridays at 7:00 PM and begin April 5th.

 

OPPORTUNITIES AT OTHER CHARGE CHURCHES

FORD MEMORIAL UMC

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

Fridays- April 5th thru June 28th - Armstrong Festival Choir practice 7:00-8:30 PM.

 

MANORVILLE UMC

Saturday, April 20th-Easter Egg Hunt at 10:00 AM. Crafts, snacks, prizes, bring your own basket to collect eggs.

 

UNION AVENUE UMC

United Methodist Women- The meetings are held at the Kittanning Cottages Community Room at 4:00 PM.  Next meeting, Monday, April 1, 2019

 

 

FIRST CHURCH WEEKLY CALENDAR

TODAY, March 31st

UMCOR SUNDAY

9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship

 

MONDAY, April 1st

10:00 AM Bible Study-Manorville

6:00 PM Lenten Dinner/Service-Ford

 

TUESDAY, April 2nd

8:30 AM 3R’s

6:00 PM Women’s Fellowship

7:00 PM Community Service-Simpson

                Bible Church

7:00 PM New Found Freedom-CC

 

WEDNESDAY, April 3rd

10:00 AM Clergy Communities-Library

12:00 PM Lenten Luncheon-

                    Grace Presbyterian

3:45 PM ARC Manor

6:00 PM Adult Choir

 

THURSDAY, April 4th

7:00 PM Bible Study-CC

 

FRIDAY, April 5th

4:30 PM Fish Dinner-CC

 

SATURDAY, April 6th

6:30 PM We Surrender-CC

 

SUNDAY,  April 7th

9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Communion

 

 

THE FLOWERS on the altar are given 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:                                       Oxford/Mark Ferguson

Worship Sound System:                     Gabe Smith

Acolyte:                                              Ryan Bish

Welcome Center:                                Mary Jo Lipski

Scripture Reader:                                Karen Scaife

Bell Ringer:                                        Caden King