February 16, 2020

Sugarcreek, Ohio February 16, 2020
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
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.


Walking with God in True Obedience


Ringing of the Bell:
“Christians, We Have Met to Worship”—arr. Mark Hayes
Welcome & Announcements:
Focus Statement:

Honesty should compel most any modern-day congregation to admit that on any number of points, Paul might call them spiritual infants. Thanks be to God that the largeness of His grace means more than the smallness of our attitudes at times.

Time of Meditation:
“They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love”—arr. Mark Hayes
*Call to Worship:
Leader: We gather as many individuals,
People: yet we are one body.
Leader: We come from many places,
People: yet we come to one place.
Leader: We gather a God’s many children,
People: yet we are one church
All: We are one body, in this place, as God’s church. Alleluia!

*Gathering Hymn:
“Our Father God, Thy Name We Praise” Hymnal a Worship Book #32


Old Testament Scripture: Psalm 119:1-8
Prayers of the Congregation:
Ending Prayer:

Hymn of Praise:
“Come, Thou Almighty King” Hymnal a Worship Book #41


Scripture: I Corinthians 3:1-11, 16-23
Message: “Grow Up”—by Mike Gehman


*Hymn of Response:
“Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” Hymnal a Worship Book #592

Offering Invitation and Prayer:
Offertory: “I Want Jesus to Walk With Me”—arr. Mark Hayes


*Sending Hymn:
“Be Thou My Vision” Hymnal a Worship Book #545
Vs. 1,4,5 in unison
Vs. 2,3 in harmony

*Sending Words:
*Pre Postlude/Recessional:

“Faith Begins by Letting Go”—Carl P Daw (text,) David J
Gonzol (music)
Faith begins by letting go, giving up what had seemed sure, taking risks and pressing on, though the way feels less secure: pilgrimage both right and odd, trusting all our life to God.


*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 the importance of living a right life.
A praise that both Dotti Schrock and Jeanne Maurer were in church today.
*Bruce Stauffer: Praise that the ladies could attend The Mennonite Arts Weekend in Cincinnati, Ohio this weekend. Prayers for safe travels.

THE CHURCH PRAYS FOR_________________________________
*Janet Maust: Tabby is doing well. She has an appointment on Monday with the surgeon to plan what happens next.
*Jeanne Maurer: I’m back home and continued healing is needed. Thankful for the help from Tommy and Julie and the congregation’s prayers.
*Reno Stevanus: Geoff is stable and needs to be on oxygen 24 hours a day. Prayers for improvement and comfort.
*MMN: Mennonite Mission Network requests prayer for Sophie Miller as she works with an indigenous organization in Guatemala that teaches sustainability from the worldview of the Tz’utujil, a Mayan people.
*Prayers for Faith and Learning-INstituto Biblico Anabautista (IBA) Miami, Florida: Pray for IBA Study Center at Encuenro de Renovacion Mennonite Church in Miami, Florida, and its tutors: Teresa Pérez-Soto and Andres Mendoza. Pray that their studies be a personal blessing and that God’s wisdom and patience be with the tutors as they teach this group of students. May this leadership training ministry in their church be a blessing for the congregation and community.

Next Week’s Texts:
Harbor of Hope:
The item is Cereal and is due on February 26th.
Mission Projects for February:
Garaway Power Packs; Harbor of Hope: Cereal
Congregational Meeting: Be sure to stay for the annual Congregational Meeting in the Fellowship Hall directly after the Worship Service. Lunch will follow.
Easter Flowers:
Spring is not for away! It’s time to order the Easter Flowers. The sign-up sheets are on the mailbox table. You have until March 8th to order them.
Garaway Power Packs:
This month we will collecting money for the Garaway Power Pack program. This program provides food for the weekend to children in the Garaway School district who are in need. Just make out your checks to First Mennonite, and then put Garaway Power Packs on the memo line so Bruce can get it to the right place.
Camp Friedenswald:
Are you a registered nurse or doctor? Camp Friedenswald needs your help! Each week of summer youth camps we need a qualified health officer to help provide basic first aid and distribute medication. It’s a great opportunity to serve and to enjoy the peaceful woods in the summer! Please contact Naomi Leary, Program Director for further information at program@friedenswald.org
The Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) Archives’ Oral History Project seeks to document and preserve the voices of young people, ages 24-40, who are part of MC USA Hear what Theresa Peachy Crissman, a graduate of Eastern Mennonite University and long-term mission worker for Virginia Mennonite Missions, has to say about listening to others and risk-taking: mennoniteusa.org/church-together
Retired pastor Jane Thorley Roeschley documented her personal spiritual journey by creating “prayer mandalas.” Read about how this spiritual practice become a powerful expression of her faith walk through joy and angst in her blog: mennoniteusa.org/mandalas

WORSHIP            9:30-10:30_____________________________
Greeters:             Keo Sixiengmay, Kuetmy Phoutarath
Minister:             Mike Gehman
Worship Leader:           Bruce Stauffer
Song Leader:                   April Shupe
Organist:                          Margaret Cheslock
Pianist:                             Suzanne Stauffer
Head Usher:                     Jim Armstrong

THIS WEEK_________________________________________________
Feb. 16th Annual Congregational Meeting during the Sunday
School hour in the Fellowship Hall/catered lunch
Feb. 17th Candlelighters 7:00 p.m. JoAnne Pyle leader
Feb. 19th Morning Prayers in the library 9:00 a.m.
Feb. 19th WIM Quilting 10am-4pm
Feb. 19th Worship Committee 2:00 p.m.
Feb. 20th Mike Gehman has a Birthday

UPCOMING EVENTS_______________________________________
Feb. 26th Harbor of Hope items due: Cereal
Feb. 26th Ash Wednesday Lent begins
Feb. 28th Senior Breakfast @ Dutch Valley 9:00 a.m.
March 4th Leadership Team Meeting 7:00 p.m.
March 9th Community Arts Council 6:00 p.m.
March 16th Candlelighters 7:00p.m. Tally Maust leader
March 17th St. Patrick’s Day
March 25th Harbor of Hope: Paper Products
March 27th Senior Breakfast @ Dutch Valley 9:00 a.m.
March 31st Homeless Shelter Meal 6:00 p.m

Thank you everyone for your cards and
helping me celebrate my 90th Birthday!

Joan Lingler

NEXT WEEK_______________________________________________
Greeters:                                        Bruce & Sue Stauffer
Minister:                                         Dan King
Worship Leader:                          Bruce Stauffer
Song Leader:                                 April Shupe
Head Usher:                                   Jim Armstrong

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

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