First United Methodist Church
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Bulletin - May 06

May 6, 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 98!


*Opening Hymns      “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”                        No. 139

                                            “Blessed Assurance”                                  No. 369


 *Opening Prayer (Acts 10, Psalm 98, 1 John 5, John 15) 

Author of every spiritual benediction, bless us this day. May your Spirit fall upon us during our time of worship.  May your bountiful justice remake us as a righteous people. May your commandment to love one another transform our hearts of stone into hearts of flesh. May your praise be heard throughout the world, that all people might come together as one and bear the fruit of eternal life. Amen.


We Hear  God’s Word

First Reading:                      1 John 5:1-6                             (N.T. p. 241)

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

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


The Sermon


We Respond to God’s Word             

Special Music                       “Let Us Serve Him”-Adult Choir                

Praying Together

Silent Prayer/Altar Time/Pastoral Prayer


Invitation to the Offering

Christ has chosen us and has called us friends, that our lives may produce fruit that lasts. May we bear fruit this day today as we offer our gifts in holy love.


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:                          “Joy to the World”                                   No. 246

                                                     “Happy the Home”                         No. 445


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.


We extend our Christian compassion and concern to Linda Powell on the death of her husband Douglas Powell. Doug passed away on Wednesday, May 2, 2018.

He was the father of Joshua Powell.



We thank Brad Hellein for filling in for Pastor Wade today.


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.











Attention High School seniors and college students—applications for the 2018 Margaret Patton/Jean Elgin Memorial Scholarships are available from the church office. Application deadline is Thursday, May 31, 2018.




There will be a Seniors for Safe Driving course at the Covenant Center on Thursday, May 10, 2018 from 12:00 -4:00 PM. Forms to sign up are at each door or you may go to the website



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



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.



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.



Due to lack of time in my schedule, this year we will not be able to have a VBS workday on a Saturday. But I can really use your help in getting things ready for the VBS scenery. So I will have some things in the library room today that you can take home and do and bring back. I will also have some things for next Sunday, May 13th also. I will need everything returned by Sunday June 3rd. There will be things to paint, cut out, color, and tie things together. Everything will be pretty easy, just takes time.



Just a reminder that next Sunday, May 13th the children will be taking up a collecting for Vacation Bible School.



The annual rummage sale will be Saturday, June 9th.  You may bring in donations Wednesday, May 30th-Sunday, June 3rd.  We accept any donation except clothing and electronics.



Rainbow Road is accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. There are classes two days a week for 3-year-olds (by September1st) and three days a week for prekindergarten students. To receive an application or more information, contact the church office or go to the website

And click on the Rainbow Road link.


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.  Many VBS CREW LEADERS are needed for his year’s Rolling River Adventure. Crew Leaders can be teens or adults of any age!

What does a VBS Crew Leader do?

          Update the Attendance sheet each morning

          Keep your group of kids together/safe during the morning

          Get your group to the next station on time (there are steps to go


          Collect nametags at end of day

          Check out children to parents after closing

          Remain in the sanctuary until all children are released to parents

          Have fun in the morning!

          Nap in the afternoon!

If this sounds like something you can do to help with this OUTREACH for our church, please contact Sue Hankey (724-545-1656) or the church office (724-548-4312)




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



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






TODAY, May 6th

9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship


MONDAY, May 7th

CC Clean Team

7:00 PM Rainbow Road Board


TUESDAY, May 8th

8:30 AM 3R’s

6:00 PM Women’s Fellowship

6:30 PM Prayer Time-CC

7:00 PM New Found Freedom-CC



3:45 PM ARC Manor

6:00 PM Adult Choir


THURSDAY, May 10th

12:00 PM Senior Safe Driver-CC

7:00 PM Friday Night Circle-CC


SATURDAY, May 12th

6:30 PM We Surrender-CC


SUNDAY, May 13th

Mother’s Day

9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Communion


THE FLOWERS on the altar are presented to the Glory of God in loving memory of Jim & Eileen Hodgson, given by the family


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

Usher Team:                                       Albright/Dan Wolfe

Worship Sound System:                     Bill Lemons

Acolyte:                                              Ryan Bish  

Welcome Center:                                Melissa Flanders

Scripture Reader:                                  

Bell Ringer:                                        Dane Dimond

Children’s Church:                             Carolyn Gallaher