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Bulletin - Aug 18

August 18, 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                    “Faith of Our Fathers”                         No. 710


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


*Call to Worship          Psalm 80:1-2, 14-19     Read Responsively

Leader: Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock! You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth!

People: In the presence of Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, stir up your might, and come to save us! 

Leader: Turn again, O God of hosts! Look down from heaven, and see;

People: have regard for this vine, the stock which your right hand planted.

Leader: They have burned it with fire, they have cut it down; may they perish at the rebuke of your countenance!

People: But let your hand be upon those of your right hand, the ones whom you have made strong for yourself!

Leader: Then we will never turn back from you; give us life, and we will call on your name!  

People: Restore us, O Lord God of hosts! Let your face shine, that we may be saved!      


*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                         God of Grace and God of Glory”                  No. 577


Scripture Reading            Luke 12:49-59                     (N.T. p. 75)

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

People: Thanks be to God.


God’s Word for Us                         



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                             “Hymn of Promise”                    No. 707


*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 are entertaining the idea taking a group to see Miracle of Christmas at the Sight & Sound Theatre in Lancaster, but we need to know how many people would be interested in going.  Tickets are becoming very limited so we need to know very soon if there is interest. (November 22nd)   In the case we cannot get tickets for Miracle of Christmas, we may try to get tickets for a Christmas show in Pittsburgh.  Depending on the number involved we may try to book transportation.  Please let Merissa Smith know by Aug. 25 if interested in either option (724) 859-3558



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



          The ARC Charge will be having a summer worship service and picnic on August 25th at Crooked Creek Park. Worship will begin at 10:00 AM followed with food, fun and fellowship. We will meet at the Freedom and Constitution Pavilions. The pavilions will be available for us until 2:00 PM. Alex Hollinger will be leading us in praise and worship. A free will offering will be collected for him.

          We are asking that everyone bring a dessert, salad or side to share. Hot sandwiches and beverages will be provided by each church. Manorville will provide serving utensils and would appreciate help at the church following the picnic to clean them.

          You may want to bring a folding/camping chair along so that we can all worship together

in one pavilion. Please be prepared to give a free will offering to Alex Hollinger. Members are encouraged to make their regular offerings to their churches either the week before or after the picnic.

          Wear your best picnic outfit and come with us as we worship our Lord together!                                                                             Blessings, Pastor Deb

(Our corn hole tournament will continue for the 3rd year. Come with your best throwing arm).


          Our beautiful church home requires constant upkeep just like your house.

Take a close look at the window frames. Many are peeling badly. And if you start counting the number of windows, you can quickly see that it is not a small problem. Last year a couple dedicated men scraped, sanded and painted the windows along the ramp. We would now like to finish the remaining windows along that side (facing the parsonage).

                   Second work session-Monday, August 19th- 8:30-noon

          Please indicate your availability on the response cards or call Mary Jo Lipski, 724-545-2289. Also-if you know any person who might work on additional windows for modest pay, please let us know. If you would like any of these dates, please write on your connect card or see Audrey. Thank you


          In August, our church family will “finish strong” as we collect about $500.00 more to complete our share of funds for RISE AGAINST HUNGER. This international hunger project distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable. Do you know that there are 821 Million people across our world who do not receive enough nutrition to lead an active healthy life?

                   *In 2018, 430,000 volunteers helped in RAH

                   *In 2018, 794,700 lives were impacted by RAH.

Consider contributing to this needed project in helping people across our world…eat!

In September, 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







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









                            FIRST CHURCH WEEKLY CALENDAR


TODAY, August 18th

Back Pack Blessings

11:00 AM Worship

 September Newsletter Deadline


MONDAY, August 19th

6:30 PM Finance Committee


TUESDAY, August 20th

8:30 AM 3R’s

6:00 PM Women’s Fellowship

7:00 PM New Found Freedom-CC


WEDNESDAY, August 21st

3:45 PM ARC Manor

7:00 PM Nominations Team


THURSDAY, August 22nd

7:00 PM Heavenly Daughters


SATURDAY, August 24th

6:30 PM We Surrender-CC


SUNDAY,  August 25th

10:00 AM All Charge Worship and Picnic at Crooked Creek Park


THE FLOWERS on the altar are presented to the glory of God in memory of Loved Ones, given by Joy Long


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

Usher Team:                                                                  Asbury/Mary Jo Lipski

Worship Sound System:                                                Dave Yanoschick

Acolyte:                                                                    Ryan Bish

Welcome Center:                                                       Karen Scaife

Scripture Reader:                                                      Karen Scaife

Bell Ringer:                                                              Jocelyn King                      


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