December 2, 2018

The Lord is our Righteousness
Advent 1:
Watching & Waiting

First Mennonite Church
Sugarcreek, Ohio December 2nd, 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.


Advent 1:
Watching & Waiting


Ringing of the Bell:
Prelude: “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus”—arr. Parks
Welcome & Announcements:
Lighting of the Advent Candle:

This first Sunday of Advent we wait and watch with anticipation for the one who comes proclaiming righteousness in the name of the Lord. This week is about holding our hope in the coming Messiah while we wait and learn what it means for us to receive God’s righteousness today.

Old Testament Scripture: Jeremiah 33:14-16
Time of Meditation: “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”—arr. Watts
*Call to Worship:
L: Now is the time of waiting and watching. We wait expectantly for the Messiah, for God’s promises to be fulfilled.
P: We turn to you, O God, in the midst of this chaotic world, longing for that day of salvation to arrive. How long must we wait?
L: Pay attention, be still and know that God is with us. The signs are all around us.
P: Fill us with the faith and the hope of what is to be as we come before you with open hearts.
All: Come, Lord Jesus, come!

*Gathering Hymn:
“The God of Abraham Praise” Hymnal a Worship Book #162


Youth Story: “Hope?”—Wisdom & Wonder

“O Come, O Come, Immanuel” Hymnal a Worship Book #172

Prayers of the Congregation:
Ending Prayer:
Scripture: Luke 21:25-36
Message: “Waiting and Preparing”—by Mike Gehman


*Hymn of Response:
“To Us a Child of Hope is Born” Hymnal a Worship Book #189

Offering Invitation & Prayer:

“Brethren, We Have Come to Worship Our God”—arr. Parks

*Sending Hymn:
“Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah” Hymnal a Worship Book #582

*Postlude: “How Shall We Receive Thee”—arr. Gerhardt

*Stand if you are able:

Coffee and Fellowship: A very warm welcome to all who worshiped 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.

THE CHURCH GIVES THANKS_____________________________
For God’s guiding hand even when we do not realize “The Rest of the Story”.
*Wayne Schrock: Praise that Steve is back home safe and sound.
*April Shupe: Thankful for her husband Brad, for making this service possible as the voice of “Paul Harvey”.
Praise God for the beautiful altar decorations by Sue Stauffer and Megan Stauffer-Miller.

THE CHURCH PRAYS FOR_________________________________
*Bertie Showers: Prayers are needed for the family of John Smith after his passing on Saturday.
*Julie Gerber: Special prayers for her neighbor Linda.
*Wayne Schrock: Prayers for Dorothy as she sees the doctors in December for the next step to health.
*MMN: Praise God for Linda Oyer, who retired this year after three decades of service in France through Mennonite Mission Network. Pray for a smooth transition as she moves to the United States and speaks in churches. In “retirement,” she plans to return to France twice a year to teach and lead worships.
*Prayers for Faith and Learning Mennonite Early Childhood Network: Pray that God will help our rich nation consider the risks of bombarding children with messages that create “wants.” Pray that adults will engage children in the joy of giving by together sharing love and time with others.

*Next Week’s Texts: Malachi 3:1-4; Luke 1:68-79; Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6
*Harbor of Hope: This month’s items are Spaghetti Sauce and Pasta. They are due on December 19th.
*Deacon’s Fund & Kitchen Fund: We will be collecting monies for these two funds. Basket 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.
*Leadership Team Ballots: It is time to vote for two members of the Leadership Team. We are to vote for two people. The ballots are on the table where the bulletins are, also there is a bucket to submit your ballot.
*December Mission Projects: This month we will be collecting for the White Gift which goes into the Deacon’s Fund. Harbor of Hope items Spaghetti Sauce & Pasta. We will also be delivering the items we collected for Share-A-Christmas.
*Greeters for 2019: There is a sign-up sheet on the table by the mailboxes for the year 2019. Greeters are the first people that visitors see when they come in the church, so they are a very important group of volunteers!
*Give a kit for Christmas!: From hurricanes and flooding to conflict and drought, MCC is responding to many disasters around the world. This Christmas, why not gather your family and pack a relief kit as a gift to other families whose lives have been disrupted by war or disaster? For more information about relief kit contents and how you can get involved, visit
*Cookie Walk: The Bars Mills Church of God is having a cookie walk on Saturday, December 8th starting a 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. The cost is $7.00 per pound they provide the boxes. In addition to cookies they will also provide candy and treats. Check out the bulletin board for the poster.
*Barrs Mill Church of God: On Sunday, December 9th at 6:00 p.m. the Barrs Mill Church will facilitate a Grief Share Support Group open to the community. With the holidays quickly approaching we feel the Lords leading to minister to those hurting from the loss of a loved one.
*MC-USA: Nurture Children’s faith at home this Advent and Christmas through family worship. Find a free, dowloadable guide at with daily scriptures, song, activities and questions to ponder together. I have printed 10 copies if you would like to use this guide, (It’s not just for children) they are in the mailbox table.
*MC-USA: Read about the Women Doing Theology Conference imagining a new world at and find more reflections on the Menno Snapshots blog at
*Pop Tabs: Did you know that there is help for people of mental illness, when they have other health issues? Just collect pop-caps and someone will be able to get help with dialysis, and other costly therapies. We will have a container to put them in.

I would like to thank everyone who sent cards, who called, and especially your prayers during my recent and ongoing health battles. Thank-you very much

Dorothy Schrock

WORSHIP                                                  9:30-10:30_______________
Greeters:                                                          April Shupe, Dan Hostetler
Minister:                                                          Mike Gehman
Worship Leader:                                           Tally Maust
Song Leader:                                                   April Shupe
Organist:                                                          Margaret Cheslock
Pianist:                                                             Suzanne Stauffer
Head Usher:                                                   Herb Torgler

THIS WEEK________________________________________________
Dec. 5th             Linda Snyder has a Birthday
Dec. 5th          Morning Prayers in the library 9:00 a.m.
Dec. 5th          WIM Quilting 10am-4pm
Dec. 5th          Leadership Team Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 9th          Second Sunday of Advent
Dec. 9th          Guest Minister Darcy Miller will bring the message

UPCOMING EVENTS_______________________________________
Dec. 10th        Candlelighters 7:00 p.m. Tally Maust , leader
Dec. 19th        Harbor of Hope items due: Spaghetti Sauce & Pasta
Dec. 24th        Christmas Eve Service 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 25th        Christmas Day
Dec. 29th        Congregational Reports are due
Dec. 28th        Senior Breakfast @ Dutch Valley 9:00 a.m.
Dec. 30th        Christmas Sunday
Dec. 31st            New Year’s Eve
Jan. 1st              New Year’s Day
Jan. 2nd         Leadership Team Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 5th          Onion Day
Jan. 6th          Epiphany
Jan. 14th           Community Arts Council 6:00 p.m.
Jan. 23rd       Harbor of Hope items due:
Jan. 25th        Senior Breakfast @ Dutch Valley 9:00 a.m.
Jan. 29th        Homeless Shelter Meal 6:00 p.m. Candlelighters in charge

A very special thank you to Jim Armstrong for his
perfect help with the Advent altar!

NEXT WEEK_______________________________________________
Greeters:                                                         Bev McNutt, Bertie Showers
Guest Minister:                                             Darcy Miller
Worship Leader:                                          Kristy Keim
Song Leader:                                                  April Shupe
Head Usher:                                                   Herb Torgler

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

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