First United Methodist Church
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Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.

Bulletin - May 27

May 27, 2018









PASTOR: Pastor Wade Berkey



CHURCH OFFICE HOURS: Monday-Thursday 8:00-12:00 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


Special Music                                                  Jenny Hellein


Call to Worship (Isaiah 6, romans 8, John 3

Jesus calls, inviting us in.

          Holy, holy, holy god, we gather as your children.

The Spirit calls, inviting us to listen.

          Holy, holy, holy Christ, we sit at your feet.

The Father calls, adopting us as family.

          Holy, holy, holy Spirit, we come to worship.


*Opening Hymns         “To God Be the Glory”                                       No. 98

                                    “Holy, Holy, Holy”                                              No. 64


 *Opening Prayer (Isaiah 6, John 3) 

Holy Spirit, as we gather in your presence, blow through this space and through our lives, that we may sense your presence in and among us. As we sing your praise, reveal your glory to us, that we may discover the gift of humility in our time of worship. As we listen or your word, speak to our hearts, that we may hear your call. In your holy name, we pray. Amen.


We Hear  God’s Word

First Reading:                      Isaiah 6:1-8                   (O.T. p. 635)

Scripture Reading:                     John 3:1-17          (N.T. p. 93)

The Children’s Choir                   “This Little Light of Mine”                           


The Sermon

We Respond to God’s Word                      

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:                        “Servant Song”                             No. 2222

                                                     “Here I Am”                                      No. 593                                           

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.











VBS is fast approaching:

~Remember if you took VBS scenery things from the Library Room, please have them back to the church by next Sunday, June 3rd, and thank you to all who helped with this.

~Our set up day for VBS is going to be Friday, June 15th starting at 9:00 AM. Hope you can help this day.

~I am looking for stuffed animals that I could borrow and use for props (raccoons, chipmunks, squirrels, bears-I need one that is about 2-3 ft tall, opossums, skunks and any woodsy animals. I would need them before Friday, June 15th and you can have them back on Sunday, June 24th. Please let Audrey know ASAP if I can borrow any.

~I can also use the crumpled brown paper that comes in boxes as filler when ordering on line.


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.




The Estate Sale of Bob & Jean Schaeffer will be held on June 8, 9, & 10th at 140 Schaeffer Lane, Kittanning PA  16201(spaces corners area). Some items include collectible porcelain dolls, collectible John Deere toy tractors, memorabilia/signs from John Deere and Stihl dealership, Department 56 collectibles, ceramics, household items, books, holiday decorations, furniture, tools, albums and lots more. Something for everyone! Hours of sale will be Friday, June 8th 8:00AM-7:00 PM, Saturday, June 9th 8:00 AM- 7:00 PM and Sunday, June 10th from 8:00 AM-2:00 PM. (for GPS use address 873 ST RT 28 & 66-Pinecreek Baptist Church and watch for signs).


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)



Rummage Sale Donations

Our annual rummage sale will be on Sat, June 9 form 8:00 AM-1:00 PM in the Covenant Center (CC).  You may bring in your donations anytime beginning on Wed, May 30 until Sun, June 3.  Please place donations in the large room near the altar/stage area (area will be marked).  If you need me to unlock the door to the CC for you, please call me at 724-664-6867.  We accept any donations except clothing and electronics.  On Sat, June 2, Pastors Wade and Ali will be having a moving sale of their own at the CC.  You may still bring in donations during that time (and make a purchase from their moving sale).  Also, we will accept donations of baked goods to sell on June 9.  Please call me or see me in church to determine a time to drop off baked goods if you cannot drop them off on the morning of the sale.  THANK YOU!  Kim Yankasky


Rummage Sale Work Schedule

We will need a lot of help to organize and price items for the rummage sale during the week of June 4.  A BIG thank you in advance for helping during any of the work sessions listed below!

Mon, June 4:  9:00-11:30 AM and 6:00-8:00 PM

Tues, June 5:  9:00-11:30 AM

Wed, June 6:  9:00-11:30 AM and 6:00-8:00 PM

Thurs, June 7:  9:00-11:30 AM (additional times may be added for Thurs and Fri if needed)

Of course we will need help during the sale and especially at 1:00 on June 9 to clean up after the sale.  We will box up leftover items, sweep the floors, clean up the kitchen, take down tables, etc.  We have a lot of fun during the week of preparation and during the sale and hope you will join us!



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 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 27th

Peace With Justice Sunday

9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship

Brenda Beers-CC


MONDAY, May 28th

Memorial Day


TUESDAY, May 29th

8:30 AM 3R’s

6:00 PM Women’s Fellowship

7:00 PM New Found Freedom-CC

Food Bank Pick-up


 WEDNESDAY, May 30th

3:45 PM ARC Manor

6:00 PM Adult Choir

Drop off rummage sale stuff

THURSDAY, May 31st

7:00 PM Heavenly Daughters-CC

Drop off rummage sale stuff


 SATURDAY, June 2nd

8:00-1:00 PM Wade & Ali’s Yard Sale-CC

6:30 PM We Surrender-Church

Drop off rummage sale stuff


SUNDAY, June 3rd

9:30 AM Sunday School-Jim’s

11:00 AM Communion

Drop off rummage sale stuff

THE FLOWERS on the altar are presented to the Glory of God in memory of loved ones, given by Sally, Martha Anne, Brandon, Larissa & Levi


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

Usher Team:                                       Asbury/Mary Jo Lipski

Worship Sound System:                     John Yankasky

Acolyte:                                              Joey Kachur  

Welcome Center:                                Sarah Heckert

Scripture Reader:                                Sarah Heckert 

Bell Ringer:                                        Rowin Huddleston

We extend our Christian compassion and concern to the family of Shirley Heckman. Shirley passed away on Friday, May 18, 2018.