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

Bulletin - Feb 25

February 25, 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 

 From generation to generation, God names us and claims us.

          Let heaven and earth praise God’s holy name.

From our earliest steps, Christ guides our wayward feet.

          Let all who draw breath come back to the Lord.

From death to life, the Spirit sets us free.

          Let the faithful rejoice in God’s holy covenant.

From generation to generation, God names us and claims us.

          Let heaven and earth praise God’s holy name.


*Opening Hymns:           “Come, Sinner, to the Gospel Feast”             No. 339

                                                “I Want a Principle Within”                    No. 410


 *Opening Prayer (Genesis 17, Mark 8) 

Spirit of the ages, as you called to Abram and Sarai, renaming them according to your purposes, call to us this day. Open our ears to the sound of your voice, that we may respond to your call and pick up our cross to follow you. Name us anew this day, and raise us to newness of life, that we may be children of your promise, people of your covenant, and disciples of your grace. Amen.



We Hear  God’s Word

Scripture Reading:                  John 20:30-21:19                 (N.T. p. 115)

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 Can Change!


We Respond to God’s Word             

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:                         “Just As I Am”                              No. 357


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.



First Church is looking for a volunteer to help with our Worship Services. There

 is a need for a volunteer to coordinate and schedule the young people to light

the candles. This person would also be required to be here on Sunday to help

the young people put on the acolyte robe and light the candle lighter. Will you




          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.


VBS 2018

JUNE 18th-22nd         9:00-12:00 PM

We will be doing Cokesbury’s Rolling River Rampage-Experience the ride of a lifetime with God. Watch for your chance to sign-up to help during that week coming soon. We will have a VBS meeting for anyone interested in helping on

Thursday, March 15th at 7:00 PM in the Library Room. Hope to see you there!



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.



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.



          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.


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 25th

  9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship


MONDAY, February 26th

6:30 PM Finance

7:00 PM Church Council



TUESDAY, February 27th

8:30 AM 3R’s

9:30 AM Rev. Stains-CC

6:00 PM Women’s Fellowship

7:00 PM Lenten Service-FUMC

7:00 PM Heavenly Daughters

7:00 PM New Found Freedom-CC

Food Bank Pick-up


WEDNESDAY, February 28th

12:00 PM Lenten Luncheon

3:45 PM ARC Manor

6:00 PM Adult Choir


FRIDAY, March 2nd

4:30 PM Lenten Fish Dinners-CC


SATURDAY, March 3rd

6:30 PM We Surrender-CC


SUNDAY, March 4th

9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Communion


THE FLOWERS on the altar are presented to the Glory of God in memory of my friends Nancy Jim, Nettie and Donna Jean, given by Beverly LaForce-Patton


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

Usher Team:                                       Oxford-Mark Ferguson 

Worship Sound System:                     Bill Lemons

Acolyte:                                              Joey Kachur  

Welcome Center:                                Brad Hellein

Scripture Reader:                                Karen Scaife 

Bell Ringer:                                        Hallie Hoffman

Children’s Church:                             Carolyn Gallaher