First United Methodist Church
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Bulletin - May 13

May 13, 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 (Acts 1, Psalm 1, 1 John 5)

Delighting in God’s ways,

          we are like trees planted by streams of water.

Abiding in Christ’s mercy,

          we are like children sheltered against the storm.

Filled with the Holy Spirit,

          we are one in Christ.

Come! Let all who draw breath worship the Lord.


*Opening Hymns         “Crown Him with Many Crowns”                     No. 327

                                    “Lord, I Lift Your Name on High”                     No. 2088


 *Opening Prayer (Acts 1, Psalm 1, John 17) 

Fill us with your joy, O God, that our joy may be complete. Plant us like trees, Holy One, that the living waters of your mercy and grace may flow like blood through our veins. Guide us in the paths of righteousness, Great Redeemer, that we may become one in your name, and that your people may prosper. Amen.


We Hear  God’s Word

First Reading:                      Acts 1:1-11                             (N.T. p. 118)

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                       “A Common Love”-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.


A Service of Holy Communion


Going Forth to Serve God

*Closing Hymns:           “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”                         No. 2129

                                                     “I’ll Fly Away”                                        No. 2282                                            

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.













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.





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.



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 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.



The May SIFT Luncheon will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 12:00 PM in the Covenant Center. The program will be the annual talent show. The menu will be hot dogs, sauerkraut, baked beans & Macaroni salad. Everyone attending is asked to bring a covered dish to share. Reservations due by Monday, May 14th.



The children will be taking up a collection for Vacation bible School today.

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)


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.



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.



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




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.



The Estate Sale of Bob & Jean Schaeffer will be held on June 8, 9 & 10th at 140 Schaeffer Lane, Kittanning PA 16201. Watch your bulletins and June newsletter for more details. Some items include collectible porcelain dolls, collectible John Deere toy tractors and memorabilia, ceramics, household items, books, holiday decorations, furniture, tools, etc…



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



SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2018

You’re invited! We are hosting a special day, especially for new campers to visit the campus on Sunday, May 20th. Over 50 different summer camp events are offered each summer. This Open House is designed for you to come and see for yourself what Jumonville and its many programs have to offer. Free tours and camp activities will help your child become familiar with a day at camp and the types of camp that may interest him/her. All activities are free. The only cost is for dinner: $10/adult, $5/Children 3-12, free/Infants under 3. For registration forms and more information see insert at each door.







TODAY, May 13th

Mother’s Day

9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Communion


MONDAY, May 14th

7:00 PM Nurture, Outreach, Witness


TUESDAY, May 15th

8:30 AM 3R’s

6:00 PM Women’s Fellowship

7:00 PM New Found Freedom-CC

June/July Newsletter Deadline



3:45 PM ARC Manor

6:00 PM Adult Choir


THURSDAY, May 17th

12:00 PM SIFT Luncheon

7:00 PM Heavenly Daughters-CC


FRIDAY, May 18th

9:00-4:00 PM Brenda Beers-CC


SATURDAY, May 19th

6:30 PM We Surrender-CC


SUNDAY, May 20th

9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship



THE FLOWERS on the altar are presented to the Glory of God in memory of Sam’s birthday, given in love by his family, wife Mary Jane and sons Dennis (Debbie) and David Luke


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:                                Mary Jo Lipski

Scripture Reader:                                Janet McKelvey 

Bell Ringer:                                        Max Dimond

Children’s Church:                             Carolyn Gallaher