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Bulletin - Sep 01

September 1, 2019









PASTOR: Deb Kociban


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




Opening Prayer


Ringing of the Call to Worship Bell


Welcome and Announcements


*Opening Hymn              “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”                 No. 110


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


*Affirmation from Romans 8:35, 37-39

Leader: Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation or distress, or persecution or famine, or nakedness or peril or sword?

People: No! In all things we are more than conquerors through the One who loved us. We are sure that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Thanks be to God! Amen. 


*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                         Blest Be the Tie That Binds”                  No. 557


Scripture Reading            Luke 14:1, 7-14                    (N.T. p. 77)

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

People: Thanks be to God.


God’s Word for Us


Confession            Psalm 51:10-17  

Leader: Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.

People: Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your holy Spirit from me.

Leader: Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit.

People: Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.

Leader: Deliver me from death, O God, God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your deliverance.

People: O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth your praise.

Leader: For you have no delight in sacrifice; were I to give a burnt offering, you would not be pleased.

People: The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.


Service of Word and Table                     



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                    “One Bread, One Body”                    No. 620


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


*Please stand in spirit or in body

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




We extend our Christian Compassion and concern to:

~~Jim Ternent and his family on the death of his wife, Alice Ternent. Alice passed away Wednesday, August 21, 2019. She was the mother of Anita (Alan) Smith and Mindy (Tony) Arndt; grandmother of Chris (Courtney) Smith, Katie Smith, Eric & Alex Arndt; great grandmother to Ella Adele and Lydia Smith. Alice was very active in our church with singing in the choir, directing VBS, Covenant Art Show Director, Librarian for 30 years, taught Sunday Schoolnad chairman of the First Church 175th anniversary committee. She will be missed.

~~George Kociban and his family on the death of his mother, Mary Louise Kociban. Mary Louise passed away on Monday, August 26, 2019. She was the mother of George (Pastor Deb) Kociban and Mary, grandmother to Whitney Kociban and Mary Elizabeth Fry.



Thursday, September 19, 2019  Covenant Center

MENU: Ham Bar-B-Q, Macaroni & Cheese, Potato Chips, Watermelon, Pickles, Relish & Pie

PROGRAM: “Are You Ready to Meet Your Maker?” Story of the Titanic told by Captain Edward J. Smith as portrayed by Walter Marr.

RESERVATIONS DUE BY Monday, September 16th

Children and Youth Sunday School  9:30-10:30 starting September 8th

Hi everyone, summer is nearing an end and it’s time to start thinking about fall, school and most importantly SUNDAY SCHOOL. We’ll all meet together in the Covenant Center at 9:30 for a light Continental breakfast and then head to our classes.  There is a place for everyone to learn and have fun.   Bring your family and friends!

Elementary – Upstairs in the Church

·        Ages 3 thru K with Sue Hankey – We’ll start with Bible Basics at the beginning of the Bible with CREATION and NOAH, getting an introduction to the Bible and have a good time with some games, crafts and fun.

·        Grades 1 & 2 with Audrey Green – Also starting with the Old Testament stories of Creation and Noah and starting to learn how to use a Bible in addition to a lot of fun and activities.

·        Grades 3rd-6th with Kelly Hoffman – Continue with the Deep Blue Curriculum from last year, videos, games and lots of hands-on Bible usage.  The lessons this year are “Loving God, Loving Neighbor”.

Youth (Grades 7-12) - Church Basement – led by Melissa Flanders

Adults – Covenant Center – led by Brad Hellein

Nursery – Ages 2 and under.  Available during Sunday School and Worship.

Dear Friends,

       Thank you to everyone who helped in any way with the Charge Picnic and Worship Service. Whether you helped set up, clean up, brought a delicious dish to share, played corn hole, took a turn on the swings or sat enjoying the warmth of the sun during worship, your presence was greatly appreciated.

       Our charge congregation was blessed with a beautiful day for worship and fellowship.  We look forward to the 2020 Charge Worship and Picnic!

                                                Thank you,

                                                Cindy Volek,

                                                Charge SPRC Chairperson



Mike Linger, Executive Director of the House of the Carpenter in Wheeling, West Virginia will be joining us for a luncheon following services on September 8th at FUMC in the library room.  This passionate man will share testimonies from the House of the Carpenter, a community based mission center.  We would love for you to join us as we learn about future mission opportunities for our charge.  Please contact Audrey at FUMC as soon as possible to RSVP.  Please bring one personal care item (soap, deodorant, etc.) to support this excellent ministry.  For more information, visit:



Please come join us on Wednesday nights at 6:00 PM in the Library room starting on September 4th. We would love to grow the choir this year, but that means we need you! Contact Emily King at 724-664-0098 with any questions.





Our church family will host RISE AGAINST HUNGER on September 21, 2019 from 9:00 AM-Noon, in the Covenant Center. As host church, we have added responsibilities as we prepare for 90+ volunteers. Check out our list of needs and see how you might help:

          7:15-8:15 – 15 strong people to unload truck (need 2 more)

          7:30-9:00 – Food Needed:

                   2 dozen muffins                       1-8x11 coffee cake

                   2-2 lbs. chipped ham               2 jars Isaly’s BBQ Sauce

          Noon- 1:30 – 5 people for clean-up (need 3 more)

Thank you for your servant hearts.                           Meaghan, Kathy & Janet



Thank you to all who helped with the Folk Festival including those who came to eat. Total sales this year were $14,697 a few hundred dollars short of last year. After expenses, that leaves us $8495. This along with money kept to buy supplies for the festival from fish dinners lets us contribute $8500 to the General Church Fund and $1500 for Covenant Center Improvement. Another $987 was contributed from parking.



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





First and Third Thursday-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



CASUAL CHURCH-Wednesday, September 11th at 6:00 PM

Message and music by Bruce Smith. Free pizza, veggies, dessert and drinks.














TODAY, September 1st

11:00 AM Communion


MONDAY, September 2nd

Labor Day


TUESDAY, September 3rd

8:30 AM 3R’s

6:00 PM Women’s Fellowship

7:00 PM New Found Freedom-CC


WEDNESDAY, September 4th

3:45 PM ARC Manor


THURSDAY, September 5th

7:00 PM Heavenly Daughters

7:00 PM Rainbow Road Parent Meeting


SATURDAY, September 7th

6:30 PM We Surrender-CC


SUNDAY,  September 8th

9:30 AM Continental Breakfast-CC

10:00 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship

12:00 PM Luncheon-Library

2:00 PM Camp 43-CC


THE FLOWERS on the altar are presented to the glory of God in honor and in loving memory of Clyde L. Coleman, given by Beverly LaForce Patton


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

Usher Team:                                                                  Epworth/Melissa Flanders

Worship Sound System:                                                Gabe Smith

Acolyte:                                                                    Isaac Zielinski

Welcome Center:                                                       Sarah Heckert

Scripture Reader:                                                        

Bell Ringer:                                                              Madelyn Smith                      



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