First United Methodist Church
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.

Bulletin - Feb 18

February 18, 2018









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 25!


*Opening Hymns:                   “Take Time to be Holy”                          No. 395

                                                    “Take Up the Cross”                            No. 415


 *Opening Prayer (Genesis 9, Psalm 25, Mark 1) 

God of rainbow promises, we seek to know your ways of love and truth. As we walk with Jesus in this season of Lent through our wilderness journeys, your Holy Spirit is with us, as it was with Jesus at the Jordan River. Help us clearly perceive the pathway that proclaims your kindness and your kin-dom. Help us undertake the journey within to the source of our best selves, that we may remember anew that you are with us, in us, and near us, on every step of life’s journey. God  Emmanuel. Amen.


We Hear  God’s Word

Scripture Reading:                  Mark 10:35-45                 (N.T. p. 47)

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

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

The Sermon Series-The Easter Experience!

Sermon Title- My Life Has a Purpose!


We Respond to God’s Word

Morning Anthem               “Many Gifts, One Spirit”                     Adult Choir

Praying Together

Silent Prayer/Altar Time/Pastoral Prayer


Invitation to the Offering (Psalm 147)

God offers us peace, strength, and love. As a sign of our thanksgiving and praise, let us offer our gifts to God.


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:                         “He is Lord”                                            No. 177

                                                   “Jesus Calls Us”                                  No. 398                                                                          

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.









Our Sermon Series during Lent was developed using the small group study, The Easter Experience, written by City on a Hill Productions, © 2009.


We extend our Christian compassion and concern to the family of Betty Good. Betty passed away on Monday, February 12th.



Please note the following changes to our Leadership Team Meetings—

●  The SPRC will meet on Monday, February 19, 2018 at 7:00 PM at Manorville

     United Methodist Church.

●  The Finance Committee Meeting will now be held on Monday, February 26,

     2018 at 6:30 PM in the Library Room.

●  The Church Council Meeting will now be held on Monday, February 26, 2018

     at 7:00 PM in the Library Room.

●  The Christian Education Team Meeting, which was previously scheduled for

     Monday, February 26, 2018, has been postponed until a later time.


          The SPRC Committee is looking for volunteers to serve as substitute nursery attendants on an as needed basis. The goal is to have a list of volunteers that can be called on a rotating basis when there is a need for coverage during Sunday School and Worship.

          PLEASE add your name to the list as soon as possible. Speak to any member of the SPRC committee or leave your name in the church office.

          Volunteers will need to have the proper clearances, which are easy to secure and the SPRC will be available to help with the process.

                                                Thank you, Cindy Volek, Chair of SPRC



          Our mission project for the month of February will be purchasing Bibles and workbooks!

          The Outreach Team that has been conducting Spiritual Time on Wednesday afternoons at ARC Manor has also been sharing Bibles with the people in recovery. Each person gets a Life Recovery Bible and the Life Recovery Workbook that accompanies the Bible. It is like Christmas morning when a new resident is presented with a new Bible! The Bibles cost $12.00 each and the Workbooks cost $6.00 each. With your donations the Team can provide Bibles and Workbooks to every new resident in the coming months! Please help!

          Also, in addition to monetary donations, The Outreach Team can use YOU! Please consider joining the Team this year.



Back by popular demand, our popcorn sale has returned. Popcorn Palace has changed the names, but your favorite flavors are still here. It is on sale until Sunday, February 18th. The profits benefit Rainbow Road. See Linda Scaife for order forms. WE ASK FOR YOUR PAYMENT WITH YOUR ORDER. MAKE CHECKS OUT TO LINDA SCAIFE. Thanks for your support.



OPEN HOUSE Monday, March 12, 2018 from 6:00-7:30 PM

Invite a friend and stop in. We are also accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year.




          Our first Lenten Fish Dinner will be held on Friday, February 16th and will

continue through Friday, March 23, 2018 at the Covenant Center from 4:30-6:30 PM. MENU: Baked or Fried Fish or Sloppy Joe Sandwich, Baked Potato, Curly Fries or Macaroni & Cheese, Cole Slaw or Applesauce, Roll, Beverage & PIE

Adult $9.00        Children $4.00

          Come and eat, bring your family and friends. Help support our fund raising efforts to raise finances for our church programs and missions.

          We need pie bakers and workers to help for all 6 Fish Dinners. Can you help? If so, please fill out the sign-up sheet in this newsletter and let us know if you can help and which weeks. Keep the top half as your reminder and return the bottom half to the church. Thank you!



                             April 8th & 29th                   

          June 17th              November 4th & 25th         December 16th

If you would like any of these dates, Please let Audrey know or mark your connect card with the date/s you would like. The flowers are $25.00 for an arrangement.



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.



TODAY, February 18th

  9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship

12:00 PM Cookie Fellowship


MONDAY, February 19th

7:00 PM Staff/Parish-Manorville


TUESDAY, February 20th

8:30 AM 3R’s

6:00 PM Women’s Fellowship

7:00 PM Lenten Service-Family Life

7:00 PM Heavenly Daughters

7:00 PM New Found Freedom-CC

March Newsletter Deadline


WEDNESDAY, February 21st

12:00 PM Lenten Luncheon

3:45 PM ARC Manor

6:00 PM Adult Choir


FRIDAY, February 23rd

4:30 PM Lenten Fish Dinners-CC


SATURDAY, February 24th

6:30 PM We Surrender-CC



SUNDAY, February 25th

9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship


THE FLOWERS on the altar are presented to the Glory of God in memory of Jean & Tom Elgin, given by Alice & Jim Ternent


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

Usher Team:                                       Epworth/Melissa Flanders 

Worship Sound System:                     Scott Hogamier

Acolyte:                                              Dane Dimond  

Welcome Center:                                Sarah Heckert

Scripture Reader:                                Mary Jo Lipski 

Bell Ringer:                                        Emily Jones

Children’s Church:                             Carolyn Gallaher