February 4, 2018

Community is the Center
of our life

First Mennonite Church
Sugarcreek, Ohio February 4, 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, teaching, 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.


Community is the Center
of our life


Ringing of the Bell:
Prelude: “I Heard the Voice of Jesus”—arr. Williams
Welcome & Announcements:
Focus Statement:

“We do not teach and practice community of goods but we teach and testify the Word of the Lord, that all true believers in Christ are of one body, partakers of one bread, have one God and one Lord. Seeing then that they are one,. . .it is Christian and reasonable that they also have divine love among them and that one member cares for another, for both the Scriptures and nature teach this. They show mercy and love, as much as is in them. They do not suffer a beggar among them. They take pity on the wants of the saints. They receive the wretched. They take strangers into their houses. They comfort the sad. They lend to the needy. They clothe the naked. They share their bread with the hungry. They do not turn their face from the poor not do they regard their decrepit limbs and flesh. This is the kind of brotherhood we teach.”
Menno Simons

Time of Meditation: “Gentle Jesus, Come and Lead Us”—arr. Gaither

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


*Call to Worship:
L: Come, follow Jesus to the sacred place where God is, a place of intimate prayer, of open heart.
P: We come, seeking god’s face, pierced by the power of Love’s presence, silent before the glory of divine beauty.
L: Come, follow Jesus to a place of community, to the place where sons and daughters join as one, sharing in the bountiful grace of our Provider.
P: We come, seeking God’s face in our brothers and sisters, we worship, work and play, sharing our lives together.
All: Jesus, lead us to the Holy One that we might see God’s face. Amen.

“Come to Me, Come to Us” Sing the Story #60

~Hearing God’s Word~

Prayers of the Congregation:
Children’s Time: “The Family of God”—Tally Maust
Scripture: Acts 2:41-47; Hebrews 10:19-25
Message: “Community, the Center of Our Life”—by Mike Gehman

*Hymns of Response:
“Holy spirit, Come with Power” Hymnal a Worship Book #26 vs. 3
Will You Let Me Be Your Servant” Hymnal a Worship Book #307

Offering Invitation & Prayer:
L: Lord, you have formed us to be a people—the body of Christ, at work in your world.
P: We celebrate the gifts you have given us to carry out the work of your kingdom.
L: You have given your people many gifts. You have called some to teach, some to administer, some to offer hospitality, come to share the Good News, some to heal.
All: You have given each of us a gift. We offer ourselves—our gifts, our time, our energy, our resources—to you. Amen.
Offertory: “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus”—arr. Challinor


*Sending Hymn:
“Blest Be the Tie that Binds” Hymnal a Worship Book #421

*Postlude: “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”—arr. Hughes

*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.

For Jesus being the center of our lives.
*Jeanne Maurer: A praise from Chelsey, Jeanne’s granddaughter. Evan her husband has been without pain for the last 3 weeks.

THE CHURCH PRAYS FOR____________________
*Julie Gerber: Nancy Yoder’s surgery will be on Friday of this week. Prayers for her and Dan and the boys.
*Julie Gerber: Prayers for Monk, Susan and Linda as they battle the flu and seclusion as a result.
*MMN: Mennonite Mission Network requests prayer for Juliet Kilpin of the Anabaptist Network in the United Kingdom. Pray for her as she serves among refugees in Calais, France, through advocacy, presence, and training in nonviolence.
*Prayers for Faith and Learning-Bluffton University: Bluffton students who participated in a cross-cultural experience last semester will present during Forum on Tuesday. Please pray for all students who are studying abroad. Also pray for students who are considering the different cross-cultural opportunities available that they give careful discernment to each program.

*Next Week’s Texts: II Corinthians 5:14-21; Colossians 3:12-17
*Harbor of Hope: The item for next month is Cereal. It is due on February 21st.
*MC-USA: Schedule time for Journey Forward: Journey Forward is the next step in a churchwide process to renew our shared commitments as a denomination. Congregations, Sunday Schools and small groups are encouraged to join the conversation by making plans to use the Pathways study guide with your congregation in summer or fall of 2018.
*Take a summer course at AMBS!: Options include Biblical Storytelling; Spirituality, Pastoral Care and Healing; Faith Formation and Spirituality; Youth and Young Adults; Theology and Women’s Narrative; Practicing and Embodying Nonviolence; Ethics and Practice of Forgiveness; and more. You can take up to two courses. And your first class is 50% off! ambs.edu/academic/one-course-options
*Worship Guides for Lent: You can nurture your faith at home this Lent and Easter with family worship. Find a free, downloadable guide at www.anabaptistfaithformation.org. For use between March 1st and April 16th (Easter Sunday). It includes a daily Bible reading, short litany, songs, hands-on activities and questions to ponder together.
*Power Packs: For the month of February we will be collecting donations for the Garaway Power Pack Program. This is a vital program to provide food for the week-end to Garaway students that are in need. There is a basket at the back of the sanctuary, or you can make a check out to First Mennonite Church and earmark it to Garaway Power packs. Thank you for your generous donations for this project. Mission Committee.
*Congregational Meeting: Don’t forget next Sunday is our annual meeting! It will be held in the Fellowship Hall during the Sunday School hour, after which we will share a delicious carry-in meal together. Just a reminder to bring your Report Book along to church next Sunday.





THIS WEEK_________________________________
Feb. 5th            Sue Jaberg has a Birthday
Feb. 5th         Candlelighters 7:00 p.m., Janet Maust leader
Feb. 7th         Morning prayers in the library 9:00 a.m.
Feb. 7th         WIM Quilting 10am-4pm
Feb. 7th         Worship Committee Meeting 3:00 p.m.
Feb. 7th         Leadership Team Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 10th         Bill Flinner has a Birthday
Feb. 11th         Bev McNutt has a Birthday
Feb. 11th      Mike Gehman will bring the message
Feb. 11th       Congregational Meeting during Sunday School/Carry-In meal

UPCOMING EVENTS________________________
Feb. 12th           Community Arts Council 6:00 p.m.
Feb. 14th         Ash Wednesday: Lent begins
Feb. 14th           Valentine’s Day
Feb. 19th         Candlelighter 7p.m., Julie Gerber leader
Feb. 21st         Harbor of Hope items due: Cereal
Feb. 23rd        Senior Breakfast @ Dutch Valley 9:00 a.m.
March 5th       Candlelighters 7:00 p.m., Sue Stauffer leader
March 7th       Leadership Team Meeting 7:00 p.m.
March 12th        Community Arts Council 6:00 p.m
March 17th        St. Patrick’s Day
March 19th    Candlelighters 7:00 p.m. JoAnne Pyle leader
March 20th       1st Day of Spring
March 21st     Day of Comfort
March 23rd    Senior Breakfast @ Dutch Valley 9:00 a.m.
March 25th    Palm Sunday
March 29th    Maundy Thursday Service 6:30 p.m. / Communal Soup
March 30th    Good Friday
April 1st           Easter Sonrise 8:00 a.m.
April 1st           Easter Main Service 10:00 a.m.
April 1st              April Fool’s Day
April 2nd         Candlelighters 7:00 p.m., Jeanne Maurer leader
April 4th         Leadership Team Meeting 7:00 p.m.
April 9th           Community Arts Council 6:00 p.m.
April 16th      Candlelighters 7:00 p.m. Tally Maust leader
April 25th      Harbor of Hope items due: Spaghetti Sauce & Pasta
April 27th      Senior Breakfast @ Dutch Valley 9:00 a.m.

NEXT WEEK_________________________________
Greeters:                     Mike Keim, Kristy Kestler
Minister:                     Mike Gehman
Worship Leader:      Dan Hostetler
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

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