First United Methodist Church
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.

Bulletin - October 08

 October 8, 2017

 

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

301 N JEFFERSON ST

KITTANNING PA  16201

724-548-4312

E-MAIL: fumchurch@windstream.net

WEBSITE: www.firstchurchkittanning.com

PASTOR: Pastor Wade Berkey

 ACCOMPANIST: Emily King

ADULT CHOIR DIRECTOR: Emily King

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

 

If you are visiting for the first time today,

WELCOME!

            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 www.firstchurchkittanning.com 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 (Psalms 19)

Brothers and sisters, we come from many houses. Welcome to this household, the house of God.

          Here we hear words that revive. Here we experience grace that makes our heart glad.

God offers light to our eyes.

          Christ brings wisdom to our hearts and minds.

God’s teachings are sweeter than honey—

          Even honey dripping off the honeycomb!

They are more precious than gold—

          Even tons of pure gold!

Brothers and sisters, welcome to the house of God! 

 

*Opening Hymns:                     “In Christ Alone”                                 Insert

                                                  

 *Opening Prayer (Psalms 19, Philippians 3) 

Redeemer God, forgive our failings and our sins—committed both knowingly and unknowingly. May we not be ruled by sin, and may it have no power over us. Raise us from wrongdoing that we may share in the righteousness of Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

We Hear  God’s Word

First Reading:                  Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20               (N.T. p. 66)

Scripture Reading:          Philippians 3:4-14

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

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

 

Sermon

 

We Respond to God’s Word

Morning Anthem                  “Spirit Song” by Michael Barrett          Adult Choir

Praying Together

Silent Prayer/Altar Time/Pastoral Prayer

 

Invitation to the Offering

Let us share the sweetness and preciousness of knowing a saving God by sharing our lives and our resources with others. With gratitude in our hearts, may we give generously this day.

 

Offering Prayer

Gathering of the Offering      

*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.

 

Going Forth to Serve God

*Closing Hymns:                 “Something Beautiful”                               No. 394

                                  “And Can It Be that I Should Gain”                    No. 363

 

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.

 

NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER DEADLINE, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17TH

 

MISSION OUTREACH HUDDLE MEETINGS

John and Christine Zimmerman will host Mission Outreach Huddles on Wednesdays, October 11th, 18th, 25th and November 8th at 7:00 PM in the Church Library Room. Everyone is invited to join them.

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL ON LINE

The Sunday School lessons that are being taught by John and Christine Zimmerman are being recorded on video. If you miss a session or you would just like to listen in again, please visit www.af180.org. The recorded session from Sunday will be available no later than Wednesday.

 

LAY SERVANT MINISTRY SCHOOL

Lay Servant Ministry School begins on October 8th and runs for six consecutive Sundays and the school is being held here—at First Church!! Applications for registration are available on the display racks at the Front and Ramp doors or in the church office. Consider taking a class—the classes are not just for those who want to speak. Take a class and grow in your faith!

OCTOBER MISSION FOCUS

Our church family will be preparing Christmas shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child in the month of October. Get your shoebox from either the church office or the altar rail, label it, and lace your goodies in the box. the shipping and handling has gone up from $7 to $9, so make your check for that amount, payable to “Samaritans Purse”, with the memo line saying OCC. Remember, do not place any toothpastes or any kind of candies in the box. Shoebox deadline is November 12 at the church. God bless the children who receive these wonderful treasures!                        Missions Committee

ACCOUSTIC JAMS

Last Wednesday was our last acoustic jams for this year. Hopefully we will see you next spring.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR AND SAVE THE DATES…!

 Monday, October 16, 2017, 6:00 PM; SPRC Training Event at the Covenant Center

Monday, October 16, 2017, 7:00 PM; Charge Conference at the Covenant Center

 

ABOUT FACE CHURCH OUTREACH CONSULTANTS

Don’t forget the pledge you made to help support this ministry!   Simply mark your envelope or your check (in the memo line) with “AFCOC”!  Your Church thanks you in advance for your help and support!

 

UPDATE FROM THE “RISE AGAINST HUNGER”

A big THANK YOU to Mary Jo Lipski, Kathy Piechowicz, Kathy Coleman, Sarah and Joe Heckert for participating in the recent packing of food. A total of 76 volunteers participated, packaging 26,810 meals. A total of $7,774.25 was raised by 7 churches to package this volume of food. THANK YOU!

 

NURSERY

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

 

LIBRARY NEWS

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

 

INFORMATION OPEN HOUSE FOR AREA AGENCY ON AGING SERVICES

Thursday, October 19, 2017—12:00-3:00 PM at the Area Agency on Aging Office Building, 326 S Water Street, Suite 1, Kittanning. Door Prizes and Light refreshments. For more information, call 724-548-3290 or 1-800-368-1066.

CAREGIVER SUMMIT

Belmont Complex, Kittanning-Tuesday, November 14, 2017—1:00-4:00 PM. There will be speakers from 2-4 PM—AARP, Drug & Alcohol Commission and Alzheimer’s Association. Information Tables: Elder Law Group, Reagan’s Journey, Apprise-Insurance Counseling/AAA, Community Action Agency, Dept. of Human Services, PA Patient Assistance Program, LINK, Suicide Prevention, Town & county Transit and Area Agency on Aging. Light refreshements available. For more information call: Area Agency on Aging 724-548-3290.

COMMUNITY AWARENESS DAY-FAMILY CELEBRATION NIGHT

          Holy Family Institute is once again hosting the Community Awareness Day-Family Celebration Night at the Lenape Vo-Tech Gymnasium from 4:30- 7:00 PM Monday, October 23, 2017. This even will include free entertainment, crafts, games and refreshments for children, teens, and families. All activities are provided at no charge.

          Community Awareness Day is a collaborative initiative to educate all segments of the community with regards to the importance of being non-violent, substance-free, respectul members of society.

          We all know strong, healthy families are the building blocks which strengthen communitites. Everyone must take an active role in helping families become and remain successful including: neighborhood organizations; businesses; churches; non-profit community organizations; policymakers; and the families themselves.

          Thank you for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. We sincerely hope that you will join us in making this year’s Commuity Awareness Day-Family Celebration Night another success for Armstrong County.

 

ORGAN REPURPOSING DEDICATION & HYMN SING

Sunday, October 15th—2:00 PM at Family-Life Church-Kittanning. Congregational Singing to our fully-restored 1958 Hammond B3 Organ.

Vocalists & Musicians are welcome to take part in the service. To have your name added to the program, please call 724-548-8000.

 

BUILDING A LIBRARY

          A lot of you know by now that my son, Derek, his wife Tara and their 3 girls Allie, Lila and Macy lost everything in a house fire 2½ weeks ago. No one was home at the time. Their 2 dogs and cat made it out safely. They were fully insured. A lot of you are asking me how you can help them.  I have been thinking on this. They don’t need any more clothes. One thing that is very important to mom, dad and the girls are books. The girls are read to every night before bed. The night of the fire they went to put the girls to bed and realized they had no books to read to them. They moved into this house this past spring so the girls started school at a new school this year. While they were touring the elementary school they went into the Library and Lila started to cry. Tara asked her what was wrong. Lila said “the library is so beautiful, look at all those books”.

          So I thought the church family might want to start to build their library back up for them with books and movies. There are colored slips on the railing with some of their favorite books and black & white slips with some of their favorite movies. (There are also a few movies and books for Derek and Tara included in the slips) This is just a sample of what they had.  They love all kinds of books and kids movies.

          The girls are in different stages of reading. Allie is in 2nd grade and is beginning to read easier chapter books. Lila is in 1st grade and reads the harder, beginning to read books and Macy is preschool age and just loves all books. They also had a lot of Dr. Seuss books and Disney movies. I will have a basket by the railing next Sunday if you want to donate books.

          Thank you for all the prayers and support for them these last 2½ weeks. As Macy says “our house is broken”. And we add, but the family isn’t.

 

UPDATE:

The insurance company is renting them a house in Saltsburg to stay in while their house is being rebuilt. Apollo-Ridge school district is bussing the girls to school so they can stay in the same school. The rebuilding should start in the next week or so.                                                                                            Audrey

 

FIRST CHURCH WEEKLY CALENDAR

TODAY, October 8th

9:30 AM Sunday School

10:30 AM Children’s Choir

11:00 AM Worship

2:30 PM Lay Ministry School-CC

 

MONDAY, October 9th

9:00 AM Mentor Group-CC

6:30 PM Trustees

 

TUESDAY, October 10th

 8:30 AM 3R’s

6:00 PM Women’s Fellowship

6:30 PM Prayer Time

7:00 PM New Found Freedom-CC

 

 WEDNESDAY, October 11th

6:00 PM Adult Choir

7:00 PM Worship Team

7:00 PM Mission Outreach Huddle

 

THURSDAY, October 12th

7:00 PM Friday Night Circle-CC

 

FRIDAY, October 13th

Wedding Rehearsal

 

 SATURDAY, October 14th

10:00 AM Lat. Am. Conn.-CC

2:30 PM Wedding

6:30 PM We Surrender-CC

 

SUNDAY, October 15th

9:30 AM Sunday School

10:30 AM Children’s Choir

11:00 AM Worship

2:30 PM Lay Ministry School-CC

 

 THE FLOWERS on the altar are presented to the Glory of God in memory of my parents, Owen & Olive King, given by Norm & Donna King

 

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

Usher Team:                                       Asbury/Mary Jo Lipski

Worship Sound System:                     Janessa Shriver

Acolyte:                                              Joey Kachur 

Welcome Center:                                Beverly Patton

Scripture Reader:                                Sue Hankey

Bell Ringer:                                        Dane Dimond

Children’s Church                              Carolyn Gallaher