Bulletin April 16, 2017
April 16, 2017
FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
301 N JEFFERSON ST
KITTANNING PA 16201
PASTOR: Pastor Wade Berkey
ACCOMPANIST: Emily King
ADULT CHOIR DIRECTOR: Barb Gaughan
CHILDREN’S CHOIR DIRECTOR: Brenda Beers
CHURCH OFFICE HOURS: Monday-Thursday 8:00-4:00 PM
Greeting and Announcements
(Please complete Connect Card and place in offering plate)
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 150!
Easter Introit: “My Lord, What A Morning”-Adult Choir
(from piano before processional)
*Opening Hymns: “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” No. 302
“He Lives” No. 310
*Opening Prayer (John 20)
God of mystery, God of wonder and love, God of resurrection and new life; last night we wept, because we thought you were dead. This morning, like Mary in the garden, we mistake you for someone else, and ask where you have gone. But you have wakened us with sunshine, opening our eyes to daffodils and cherry blossoms, filling our ears with birdsong, filling our hearts with joy. For you are not dead, but risen, and live among us now. Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed! Alleluia! Amen.
We Hear God’s Word
Scripture Reading: Mark 16:1- (N.T. p. 54)
Special Children’s Music: “John 3:16”
The Children’s Message (all children through elementary are invited)
(Children Kindergarten through 6th grade are dismissed for Children’s Church)
Sermon Series-24 Hours That Changed the World
The Sermon-Christ the Victor
We Respond to God’s Word
Special Music “Sound the Trumpet” Adult Choir
Silent Prayer/Altar Time/Pastoral Prayer
Invitation to the Offering
Let us bring gifts of the Spirit, as we offer hope and life to the world today.
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: “Victory In Jesus” No. 370
“Blessed Assurance” No. 369
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.
The Kittanning Ministerium Association invites you to participate in a prayer walk on Thursday, May 4, 2017 in Downtown Kittanning. The walk will begin at the corner of Jefferson Streets and Market Street near the NexTier Clock Tower. The walk will begin at 12:00 Noon. If you are walking, plan on arriving at 11:45 AM, if you can, to be placed in a group to walk.
MARGARET M. PATTON/JEAN ELGIN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Attention High School seniors and college students—applications for the 2017 Margaret Patton/Jean Elgin Memorial Scholarships are available from the church office. Application deadline is Sunday, May 14, 2017.
BOWLING AT KINGS LANES UPDATE
The kids trophy winners are- Abby Yankasky-First place with a score of 96, Rowan Huddleston and Ashley Yankasky tied for 2nd place with 80 points each, Chelsey Beers-Third place with 76 points. The adult trophy winners were Tara Green-First place with 143 points, Dave Yanoschick-2nd place with 135 points and Tim Hellein-3rd place with 125 points.
FISH DINNER UPDATE
Thanks once again to all those who helped in any way. Through our efforts we have a little over $7000 to contribute to church funds. $5000 of that has been added to church funds with $4250 going to the general fund to help with expenses and 15% going to the Covenant Center improvement fund to maintain the Covenant Center. The remainder will be transferred to church funds later in the year after it is used to buy supplies for the Folk Festival. With the help of the Emergency Aid Fund, we provided a free dinner to 74 people from the community.
We are in the process of forming a confirmation class. If your child is in sixth grade, 12 years of age, or has not been through confirmation classes before, please consider enrolling him or her. Confirmation is the step in which your child “confirms the work” that God began in him or her when they were baptized. Classes will be held on Sunday afternoons from 2:00-4:00 PM on April 23, 30 and May 21st. Contact Pastor Wade or the Church office to enroll your child.
Children’s choir is starting back up right after Sunday School beginning Sunday, April 2nd. Hope to see you there.
Acoustic Jams will begin again on Wednesday April 19th. We will meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Covenant Center. For more information, see Tom Scherf.
What would lead a first century rabbi to travel for thousands of miles by sea and by land, to be beaten, imprisoned, and ultimately beheaded for his faith? It was a call—a call to turn the world upside down.
This is the story of the Apostle Paul, whose writings have shaped the lives of one-third of the world’s population, a man second only to Jesus in his influence on Christian faith, and whose witness defines what it means to follow Christ. Join us as we begin a new sermon series entitled The Call. Each week we will share in Paul’s ministry and connect it to the call that Jesus Christ has placed upon our lives.
● Sunday, April 23 – Called to Follow Christ
● Sunday, April 30 – Called to Go
● Sunday, May 7 – Called to Suffer
● Sunday, May 14 – Called to Love
● Sunday, May 21 – Called to Give
● Sunday, May 28 – Called to Be Faithful
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2017
June 19-23, 9:00-noon—Ages 3 years thru 6th grade
Mark your calendars and get ready to join us for a Thrill Ride with Jesus. The church area will be transformed into a SonWorld Adventure Park and we’ll learn how we can follow, trust and obey Jesus thru lessons from the New Testament. Last year we had nearly 120 children for VBS and expect the same or more this year so we need a lot of help to prepare for this fun-filled week. Please consider how you are able to help and contact Sue Hankey (724-545-1656) or the church office if you have any questions.
● Work Day (Paint/cut/assemble props and scenery) – Covenant Center
– April 29th 9-?
● Memorial Day Parade – May 29 – we’ll have and entry for advertising
– we’ll need people to help prepare and to walk with us
● Crew leaders for all ages (week of VBS).
Watch for more details in the following weeks.
APRIL MISSIONS FOCUS
Our April missions will focus on providing the basics for foster children in our area. We will collect socks and underwear for toddlers and children through grade 6. These basics will help a newer local ministry, Blessings Foster Care Ministry, Inc. in W. Penna. Do you know that there are 15,000 foster children in Pennsylvania? Do you know that very often a foster child is taken to a foster family late at night, with just the clothes on their body? Our basic contributions will help these children. May we grow in awareness and compassion.
APRIL SIFT LUNCHEON
April SIFT luncheon will be held on Thursday, April 20th at 12:00 PM. The menu will be Hamloaf, Scalloped potatoes, Corn or Greenbeans, Italian bread, Cakes. The program will be Phyllis Howard, harpist. Reservations are due by Monday, April 17th.
Indiana District Conference will be held at Marion Center UMC on Sunday, May 7 at 2:30 Pm. Consider attending to connect with the ministries of the Indiana District.
It is located in the Covenant Center in the first room near the front door—there is a sign to help you locate the room! Please feel free to stop by and check it out or, better yet, come and use it. The prayer concerns from our Sunday Worship are posted in the room. You can also write a request on the chalkboard!
RAINBOW ROAD PRESCHOOL
Rainbow Road Preschool is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. There are classes two days a week for 3-year-old (by September 1st) and three days a week for pre-kindergarten students. To receive an application or more information, call the church office at 724-548-4312 or go on line at www.firstchurchkittanning.com.
Rainbow Road will be holding an Open house for anyone interested in our program on Monday, May 8th from 6:00-8:00 PM at our school.
Remember our nursery (with parent paging system) is available to all children thru 4 years during Sunday School and Worship.
The First United Methodist Church Library is NEVER CLOSED! Please feel free to visit our library anytime you are in our church.
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!
FIRST CHURCH WEEKLY CALENDAR
TODAY, April 16th
7:00 AM Sunrise Service
9:30 AM Sunday School
11:00 AM Worship
MONDAY, April 17th
6:30 PM Finance
TUESDAY, April 18th
8:30 AM 3R’s
6:00 PM Women’s Fellowship
7:00 PM New Found Freedom-CC
May Newsletter Deadline
WEDNESDAY, April 19th
6:00 PM Adult Choir
7:00 PM Rainbow Road Board
7:00 PM Music Jams-CC
THURSDAY, April 20th
12:00 PM SIFT Luncheon
7:00 PM Friday Night Circle-CC
7:00 PM 200th Anniversary Team
SATURDAY, April 22nd
6:30 PM We Surrender-CC
SUNDAY, April 23rd
9:30 AM Sunday School
11:00 AM Worship
Shadyside Bob Podvorec
ACMH Sarah Heckert, Bob Schaeffer
Usher Team: Albright/Dan Wolfe
Worship Sound System: John Yankasky
Acolyte: Hannah Hoffman
Welcome Center: Beverly Patton
Scripture Reader: Pastor Wade
Bell Ringer: Jocelyn King
Children’s Church: Carolyn Gallaher