First United Methodist Church
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.

Bulletin - April 22

April 22, 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 (Psalm 23, 1 Peter 2, John 10)

We were lost and going astray.

          The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in

           green pastures. He leads me beside the still waters.

But now we return to our shepherd.

          He restores my soul. He leads me in the paths of righteousness for his

          name’s sake.

We have heard the call of the guardian of our souls.

          Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall

          fear no evil, for thou art with me.

This is the gate of our shepherd, the door to eternal life.

          Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and

           I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.


*Opening Hymns             “The Church’s One Foundation”                     No. 545

                                            “His Name is Wonderful”                            No. 174


 *Opening Prayer (Psalm 23, John 10) 

Shepherding God, guardian of our souls, you offer us rest in the safety of green pastures, shower us with your love, and offer us fullness of life in your name. When our spirits are parched, you lead us beside still waters and quench our thirst for righteousness; you restore our souls. Touch our hearts and minds, that your goodness and mercy may follow us each and every day of our lives, and that we may abide in your love and your grace forever. Amen.


We Hear  God’s Word

First Reading:                      1 John 3:16-24                             (N.T. p. 240)

Second Reading:                  John 10:11-18                           (N.T. p. 103)       

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

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


The Sermon

We Respond to God’s Word             

Special Music                         “For God So Loved the World”          Adult Choir

Praying Together

Silent Prayer/Altar Time/Pastoral Prayer


Invitation to the Offering (Acts 4)

The first Christian communities were one in heart and mind, sharing everything in common, that none would be in need. Let us be one in heart and mind as we share what we have with those in need 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:                   “Let There Be Peace On Earth”           No. 431

                                                         “Jesu, Jesu”                                No. 432


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 thank Brad Hellein for filling in for Pastor Wade today.

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.










Pastor Wade and Ali will be attending a Spiritual Retreat from today, April 22nd through Wednesday, April 25th. If you require pastoral care during this time, please contact Pastor Deb Marshall at 724-543-3327.



Attention High School seniors and college students—applications for the 2018 Margaret Patton/Jean Elgin Memorial Scholarships are available from the church office. Application deadline is Thursday, May 31, 2018.



May 3, 2018 is the National Day of Prayer. The theme for this year is Unity and the Kittanning Ministerial Association is planning two events:

·        A prayer walk will be held in downtown Kittanning. It will begin at 12:00 noon and last approximately one hour. The prayer walk will begin at the center of town; the intersections of Jefferson and Market Streets. Prayer walkers will be sent out in teams in each direction from the start point. There will also be those prayers that remain at the center of town to pray for the walkers!

·        A National Day of Prayer service will be held at the Armstrong High School Auditorium at 7:00 PM. Pastors from the Ministerium will share in prayer and song.



There will be a Seniors for Safe Driving course at the Covenant Center on Thursday, May 10, 2018 from 12:00 -4:00 PM. Forms to sign up are at each door or you may go to the website



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


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.  Many VBS CREW LEADERS are needed for his year’s Rolling River Adventure. Crew Leaders can be teens or adults of any age!

What does a VBS Crew Leader do?

          Update the Attendance sheet each morning

          Keep your group of kids together/safe during the morning

          Get your group to the next station on time (there are steps to go


          Collect nametags at end of day

          Check out children to parents after closing

          Remain in the sanctuary until all children are released to parents

          Have fun in the morning!

          Nap in the afternoon!

If this sounds like something you can do to help with this OUTREACH for our church, please contact Sue Hankey (724-545-1656) or the church office (724-548-4312)



Time to sign-up for summer camp! Summer camp brochures from Jumonville, Wesley Woods and Camp Allegheny are at each door. The church will pay for full tuition the first year of camp and 50% for the years after that.


The annual rummage sale will be Saturday, June 9th.  You may bring in donations Wednesday, May 30th-Sunday, June 3rd.  We accept any donation except clothing and electronics.



The First United Methodist Church Library is NEVER CLOSED! Please feel free to visit our library anytime you are in our church.



Remember our nursery (with parent paging system) is available to all children thru 4 years during Sunday School and Worship.



Jumonville’s  42nd Annual Spring Fundraising Dinner ~~Honoring our past, building our future~~ will be May 6, 2018. 4:30 PM hors d’oeuvres & punch, 5:30 Dinner, 6:30 Recognition & fundraising program. Our evening entertainment will be provided by Rev. Steve Morse and Rev. Janet Lord.

Donations collected will go towards our Kidz2Kamp camperships.



Help is needed with mowing our church lawns. We want to set up a schedule so no one has total responsibility. The church owns a Cub Cadet mower with a 54” blade (headlight for you night mowers!) and a hand mower. Contact the church office or Mary Jo Lipski (724-545-2289). We really need your help.





TODAY, April 22nd

9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship


MONDAY, April 23rd

7:00 PM Christian Education

May Newsletter


TUESDAY, April 24th

8:30 AM 3R’s

6:00 PM Women’s Fellowship

7:00 PM New Found Freedom-CC



WEDNESDAY, April 25th

3:45 PM ARC Manor

6:00 PM Adult Choir


THURSDAY, April 26th

7:00 PM Heavenly Daughters

Trustee Work Night


SATURDAY, April 28th

6:30 PM We Surrender-CC


SUNDAY, April 29th

9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship



THE FLOWERS on the altar are presented to the Glory of God in loving memory of my husband Bob Hankey, my parents Mr. & Mrs. Charles Mohr and my sister, Dottie, given by Mary Anne Hankey

THE ROSEBUD on the organ is presented to the Glory of God in honor of the birth of Gavin Ryan Wolfe. Gavin was born on Tuesday, April 10th he was 6lbs 9ozs and 19 ¼ inches long. He is the son of Melanie & Patrick Wolfe and grandson of Carol & Dan Wolfe.


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

Usher Team:                                       Oxford/Mark Ferguson

Worship Sound System:                     Tim Scaife

Acolyte:                                              Isaac Zielinski  

Welcome Center:                                Sarah Heckert

Scripture Reader:                                Karen Scaife 

Bell Ringer:                                        Joey Kachur

Children’s Church:                             Carolyn Gallaher