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Bulletin - Sep 30

September 30, 2018









PASTOR: Deb Kociban


CHURCH OFFICE HOURS: Monday-Thursday 8:00-4:00 PM




Opening Prayer


Ringing of the Call to Worship Bell


Welcome and Announcements


*Opening Hymn                “O God, Our Help in Ages Past”                                 No. 117


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

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


*Call to Worship     Psalm 124    Read Responsively                                              No. 781

 Leader: If it had not been the Lord who was on our side-let Israel now say-

People: If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when foes rose up against us, then they would have swallowed us up alive, when their anger was kindled against us:

Leader: then the flood would have swept us away, the torrent would have gone over us;

People: then the raging waters would have gone over us.

Leader: Blessed be the Lord, who has not given us as prey to their teeth!

People: We have escaped as a bird from the snare of the fowlers;

Leader: the snare is broken, and we have escaped!

People: Our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth.


*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.


Morning Anthem                   “Someone is There”                       Adult Choir


Joys and Concerns/Pastoral Prayer/Lord’s Prayer

                                 (May fill out prayer cards at this time)

*Hymn                           His Eye is On the Sparrow”                                                   Insert


Scripture Reading                      Esther 7:1-10 and 9:20-22         (O.T. p. 448)                                                 

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            “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”                                                  No. 140


*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 or bible or personal hearing device.


The Fellowship Committee is planning a Trunk-or-Treat for:         

                   WHEN: Saturday, October 27th

                   WHERE: Covenant Center Lot 

                   TIME: 4:00-6:00 PM

Please dress as your favorite super hero, favorite princess or prince, or favorite animal or favorite robotic… We can’t wait to see many different and unique costumes. (Please no witches or devils)   We will need volunteers for their trunks (We will love to see how you decorate them up) and candy donations. Watch your bulletin for more information.


NEW MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORIES ARE AT EACH DOOR AND IN THE OFFICE (If you have already picked up a directory, there is a change of zip code for Dan & Carol Wolfe. The zip should be 15044.)



October 6th from noon to 5 PM.  Our charge will be participating with a sand art booth.  If you have a 12'x12' canopy you would be willing to lend it would be greatly appreciated.  We also need 2-3 volunteers at the booth for 1 hour shifts.  Please let Pastor Deb know if you would like to be a part of reaching out to our community with this uniquely Christian opportunity.



The youth are selling 25% off shopping passes for Boscov’s. The shopping pass is good on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 from 8:00 AM- 11:00 PM.  The shopping pass is $5.00 each which includes free refreshments and to register to win prizes. For more information see Melissa Flanders or Abby Yankasky.





 Our church family will collect the 3 remaining items for the UMCOR hygience Kits:

          1. Bath-sized soap- Not Ivory or Jergens due to moisture amounts. Do not remove the soap bar from the original packaging. Must be at least 3oz or larger.

          2. Combs- must have at least 6”of teeth. No pocket combs or hair picks.

          3. Toenail or Fingernail Clippers-Do not remove from original packaging.

          These hygience items will join the 5 items we collected last month and be taken to the Eastbrook Mission Barn in New Castle. These will be assembled into kits by volunteers and sent out to persons in need.

          Our COMMUNITY FOOD BANK continues to pick up our contributions of boxed food, peanut butter and canned goods every month. Remember to bring your items in for this great need. FOOD BANK conainers are at each church doorway.                Many thanks from your Mission Team!



The October SIFT Luncheon will be held on Thursday, October 18th at noon in the Covenant Center. The program will be Special Olympics by Nicole Ramer. The menu is Vegetable soup, grilled cheese, relish plate, gingerbread. Reservations are due by Monday, October 15th at noon.



The Friday Night Circle will meet Thursday, October 11th at 7:00 PM in the covenant Center. The program will be FIGI-with Lynn Sibley & Sandy McKee. Devotions by Sarah Heckert and Hostesses are Mert Hellein & Patty Bruno.




          Everyone is invited to come to Casual Church at Manorville UMC on the second Wednesday of each Month at 6:00 PM. Free food, fun, music and Christian learning and fellowship! There will be plenty to do and enjoy for young and old alike. Please come! For more information call Sandy McKee at 724-763-9494. 

          Wednesday, October 10thPanel Discussion: Practicing Christian Mindfulness (S. McKee, L Sibley, L Bennett, J Reeseman of MUMC)

Music: Praise Music and Darla Bernot will share some harmonica tunes.

Meal: Chicken and biscuits, coleslaw, assorted desserts



Thursdays-Soup & Sandwich dinner 4:00-6:00 PM Free-will accept donations.

Food Bank and Care & Share Shop- 2nd & last Thursday 10:00-1:30 PM.



United Methodist Women, 1st Monday of the month except for months with a holiday falling on Monday and during the summer. The meetings are held at the Kittanning Cottages Community Room at 4:00 PM. Our next meeting will be October 1, 2018. Please come join us!




Area Community Churches are sponsoring an OKTOBERFEST. It will be held on September 29, 2018 at 11st, Ford City, PA from noon to 4 PM. Opening Ceremony will take place at noon, buffet dinner (German Food Plus), activities for children of all ages, and more. Proceeds will go towards disaster relief. Suggested donation, $5.00 per adult.





TODAY, September 30th

9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship


MONDAY, October 1st

CC Clean Team

6:30 PM Trustees


TUESDAY, October 2nd

8:30 AM 3R’s

6:00 PM Women’s Fellowship

7:00 PM New Found Freedom-CC

WEDNESDAY, October 3rd

10:00 PM Clergy Communities-


3:45 PM ARC Manor

6:00 PM Adult Choir


THURSDAY, October 4th

7:00 PM Heavenly Daughters


SATURDAY, October 6th

10:30 AM Conference Meeting-CC

12:00 PM ChrisTstock-Park

6:30 PM We Surrender-CC


SUNDAY, October 7th

World Communion Sunday

9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Communion


THE FLOWERS on the altar are presented to the Glory of God in loving memory of Jim & Eileen Hodgson, given by the family




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

Usher Team:                                       Epworth/Melissa Flanders

Worship Sound System:                     Tim Scaife

Acolyte:                                              Dane Dimond

Welcome Center:                                Mary Jo Lipski

Scripture Reader:                                Mert Hellein 

Bell Ringer:                                        Madelyn Smith