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

Bulletin - October 15

October 15, 2017








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

A reading of Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23!


*Opening Hymns:                     “Rescue the Perishing”                       No. 591

                                                      “Here I Am, Lord”                            No. 593


 *Opening Prayer (Psalms 106, Philippians 4) 

Holy God, we come into your midst with praise on our lips and songs of joy in our hearts. We come to stand firm in our conviction: that good is stronger than evil, that love is stronger than hate, that truth will ultimately win the day. Keep our hearts focused on things that are worthy of praise, and bless us with your peace—a peace that passes all understanding. Keep our minds grounded in Christ Jesus, that we may know the joy of your justice and your righteousness. Amen.


We Hear  God’s Word

First Reading:                  Matthew 22:1-14               (N.T. p. 24)

Scripture Reading:          Philippians 4:1-9                 (N.T. p. 198

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

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



The Sacrament of Baptism                                Killian Steven Vandevort

We Respond to God’s Word

Morning Anthem          “My Life Flows On” by Robert Lowry         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      


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:                 “There is a Balm in Gilead”                      No. 375

                                                 “I surrender All”                                   No. 354


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.


We celebrate the baptism of Killian Steven Vandevort today. Killian was born to Natalie and Cameron Vandevort on November 14, 2016. He is the brother to Rowan and the grandson of Audrey & Bernie Green.





Due to unforeseen circumstances, it is necessary to change the date of the Charge Conference for First Church. Our Charge Conference will now be Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 12:00 noon.

The SPRC Training Event scheduled for October 16, 2017 at 6:00 PM will still be held and all SPRC members are urged to attend.

Other churches will still be using the Covenant Center for their Charge Conferences on Monday, October 16.



Our annual turkey dinner fundraiser will be on Friday, November 10th from 4:30-6:30 PM at the Covenant Center. Cost will be Adults $9.00, children 4 to 12 $4.00 and 3 and under free. Anyone wishing to contribute to the purchase of turkey and other items needed see Tim Scaife. Those wishing to bake pies, please call June Pollard. The normal pie/worker form will be in the bulletin next week. Plan to join us to work, eat or both.



John and Christine Zimmerman will host Mission Outreach Huddles on Wednesday, October 18th, Tuesday, October 24th and Wednesday, November 8th at 7:00 PM in the Church Library Room. Everyone is invited to join them.



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 The recorded session from Sunday will be available no later than Wednesday.



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!



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


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.



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.



October SIFT Luncheon will be held on Thursday, October 19th at noon in the Covenant Center. The menu is Vegetable Soup, grilled cheese and gingerbread. The program is Line dancing. Reservations are due by Monday, October 16th.






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.



          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.



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.



We have Sunday, December 10th available for the altar flowers. If you would like this date, please see Audrey. The cost is $20.00 for the usual arrangement.



          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.  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.



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



TODAY, October 15th

9:30 AM Sunday School

10:30 AM Children’s Choir

11:00 AM Worship

2:30 PM Lay Ministry School-CC


MONDAY, October 16th

6:30 PM SPRC Training-CC


TUESDAY, October 17th

 8:30 AM 3R’s

6:00 PM Women’s Fellowship

7:00 PM New Found Freedom-CC

November Newsletter Deadline


 WEDNESDAY, October 18th

6:00 PM Adult Choir

7:00 PM Mission Outreach


THURSDAY, October 19th

12:00 PM SIFT-CC

7:00 PM Heavenly Daughters


SATURDAY, October 21st

6:30 PM We Surrender-CC


SUNDAY, October 22nd

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 our parents, Bob & Jean Schaeffer’s wedding anniversary, given by Sue (Rob) Hankey, Audrey (Bernie) Green, Patty Heasley, Bill (Melissa) Schaeffer and Brian (Catherine) Schaeffer


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

Usher Team:                                       Asbury/Mary Jo Lipski

Worship Sound System:                     John Yankasky

Acolyte:                                              Ryan Bish 

Welcome Center:                                Sandy Scherf

Scripture Reader:                                 

Bell Ringer:                                        Max Dimond

Children’s Church                              Carolyn Gallaher