April 29, 2018

Abide In Me

First Mennonite Church
Sugarcreek, Ohio April 29, 2018
Worship: 9:30-10:30
Fellowship Time: 10:30-11:00
Sunday School: 11:00-12:00

We believe in Jesus and take his life, teachings, death and resurrection
as the model for how we live and the message we proclaim.
We seek to be a caring and discerning community,
the gathered body of Christ,
that welcomes all to join in worship, study, and service.
We embody God’s transforming and redeeming Spirit in the world
through our prophetic witness and action.


Abide in Me

Ringing of the Bell:
Prelude: “In the Cross of Jesus I Glory”—arr. Whitworth
Welcome & Announcements:
Mission Moment: Garaway Released Time video
Focus Statement:

Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. As we abide in Jesus, and he abides in us, we can bear fruit and bring glory to God.

Time of Meditation: “Abide with Me”—arr. Kirkpatrick

*Gathering Hymn:
“Unto The Temple, Lord We Come” Hymnal a Worship Book #4


*Call to Worship:
L: God is the True Vine.
P: And we are the branches.
L: Connected to God;
P: or we wither away.
L: Connected to God;
P: or useless!
L: We come to worship God, who is the True Vine.
All: God, teach us how to remain connected so that we might bear good fruit!
Opening Prayer:

Hymn of Praise:
“Praise to the Lord the Almighty” Hymnal a Worship Book #37

Prayers of the Congregation:

~Hearing God’s Word~

“Sing With All the Saints in Glory” Sing the Story #92

Youth Story:
Scripture: John 15:1-8
Message: “Abiding in the Vine”—by Mike Gehman


*Hymn of Response:
“Thou True Vine, That Heals” Hymnal a Worship Book #373

Offering Invitation:
Offertory: “We Have Come to Worship the Lord”—arr. Parks


*Sending Hymn:
“Go, My Friends in Grace” Sing the Story #57

*Postlude: “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus”—arr. Parker

*Stand if you are able:

Coffee and Fellowship: A very warm welcome to all who worshipped with us today. After worship you are invited to a time of fellowship in the Gathering Place just outside the sanctuary. This followed by Sunday School for all ages. Ask an usher for the location of classes.




I am the vine; you are the branches.
If a man remains in me and I in him,
he will bear much fruit; apart from me
you can do nothing.”

THE CHURCH GIVES THANKS_________________________
For Jesus, The One True Good Shepherd!
*Bev McNutt: Son, Geoff Warther came through the hip surgery very well, and is now working on physical therapy.
*Lizzie Keim: Kristy is home recuperating. She will be on a liquid diet for a while yet, but she is doing OK.
*MDS: MDS gives thanks for all of the volunteers and the new hope homeowners experienced through MDS. Join us in giving thanks for the ministry of MDS to respond, rebuild and restore.

THE CHURCH PRAYS FOR______________________________
*Jeanne Maurer: Daughter in-law Julie is battling very bad flu. Sister in-law Louise has divertictulitus. Chelsea and Evan are in need of our prayers for life happenings and health issues.
*Bertie Showers: Cheryl Marshall has passed away. Prayers are needed for Tom and Leanne and family.
*Gene Miller: Julie’s father in-law Bill Stocker is in the hospital with unknown health issues. Prayers of comfort, healing and for the doctors to find out what treatment is best.
*MMN: Freddy and Margrit Kipfer Barron of Mennonite Mission Network serve the Bolivia Mennonite Church in many capacities. Pray for them as they work with young congregations, coordinate Christian education ministries, provide pastoral leadership, and train church leaders.
*Prayers for Faith and Learning-Goshen (Indiana) College: Pray for all seniors who graduate this weekend as they go forth into the world to make a difference and begin a new chapter in their lives.
*MC-USA: Prayers are requested for transitions in denominational leadership. Pray for Ervin Stutzman as he retires on April 30th after eight years of serving as the executive director for MC USA. Pray for Glen Guyton as he begins serving as the new executive director on May 1st.

*Next Week’s Texts: Acts 10:44-48; Psalm 98; I John 5:1-6; John 15:9-17
*Harbor of Hope: 61 items of Spaghetti Sauce & Pasta were taking to the Harbor of Hope this past Wednesday. Thank you for your generosity. Next month the items are Laundry & Cleaning Supplies. They are due on May 23rd.
*Deacon’s Fund & Kitchen Fund: We will be collecting monies for these two funds. Baskets are at the back of the sanctuary or you can put your donation in the offering plate. Just make out your check to First Mennonite Church and then earmark it for either fund Deacon’s or Kitchen or both. Thank you for your generosity.
*Mission Projects for May: We are collecting for Released Time the month of May. If you would like to contribute just make out a check to First Mennonite and earmark it for Released Time and Bruce Stauffer will get it to the proper place. We will also furnish a Meal at the Homeless Shelter on May 29th at 6:00 p.m. the Women In Mission are in charge. If you would like to volunteer just see one of the women or Julie Gerber.

WORSHIP                                             9:30-10:30_______________
Greeters:                                                      Mike Keim, Kristy Kestler
Minister:                                                      Mike Gehman
Worship Leader:                                       Bruce Stauffer
Song Leader:                                              April Shupe
Organist:                                                     Margaret Cheslock
Pianist:                                                         Suzanne Stauffer
Head Usher:                                               Herb Torgler

THIS WEEK____________________________________________
May 1st              Herb & Helene Torgler’s Wedding Anniversary
May 1st            Spring tuning of the organ in the a.m.
May 2nd          Morning Prayers in the library 9:00 a.m.
May 2nd          WIM Quilting 10am-4pm
May 2nd          Leadership Team Meeting 7:00 p.m.
May 5th             Bruce Stauffer has a Birthday
May 6th           Pastor Mike Gehman will bring the message

UPCOMING EVENTS___________________________________
May 7th           Candlelighters 7:00 p.m. Janet Maust, leader
May 13th           Mother’s Day
May 14th           Community Arts Council 6:00 p.m.
May 18th           Little Blessings Graduation 5:30 p.m.
May 21st         Candlelighters 7:00 p.m. Julie Gerber, leader
May 23rd        Harbor of Hope items due: Laundry & Cleaning Supplies
May 25th         Senior Breakfast @ Dutch Valley 9:00 a.m.
May 26th           Garaway Senior Graduation
May 28th           Memorial Day
May 29th        Homeless Shelter Meal 6:00 p.m. WIM in charge
June 2nd         S.A.M.A. Music Fest
June 6th         Leadership Team Meeting 7:00 p.m.
June 11th          Community Arts Council 6:00 p.m.
June 17th          Father’s Day
June 18-23   Tyler, Jaden Murphy & Ambrosia Snyder go to Camp Friedenswald
June 21-23    Central District Conference; College Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana
June 22nd       Senior Breakfast @ Dutch Valley 9:00 a.m.
June 27th        Harbor of Hope items due: Cereal

NEXT WEEK___________________________________________
Greeters:                                                               Sue & Bruce Stauffer
Minister:                                                               Mike Gehman
Worship Leader:                                                Jean Flinner
Song Leader:                                                       April Shupe
Head Usher:                                                        Monk Yoder

CHURCH LEADERSHIP_________________________________
Pastor: Mike Gehman
Pastor’s Hours: Wednesday 9:30a.m.-2:30p.m.
Secretary: Tally Maust
Phone: 1-330-852-2822
Email: pastor@firstmennonitesugarcreek.com
Website: http//fmcsugarcreekoh.org
113 W. Main St. P.O. Box 250
Sugarcreek, Ohio 44681

Chairperson: Jim Armstrong
Office Contact: Linda Yoder
Financial Contact: Mike Keim
Missions Contact: Reno Stevanus
Secretary Contact: Jo Anne Pyle