February 9, 2020

First Mennonite Church
Sugarcreek, Ohio February 9, 2020

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.


Do What is Right

Ringing of the Bell:
“Praise Him”—arr. Parks
Welcome & Announcements:
Focus Statement:

O Lord, who shall sojourn in thy tent? Who shall dwell on thy holy hill? He who walks blamelessly, and does what is right, and speaks truth from his heart.

Time of Meditation:

“Gracious Spirit, Dwell with Me”—arr. Leatherman

*Call to Worship:
L: Let us hear what God the Lord will speak, for God will speak peace to his people.
P: God will speak peace to the faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts.
L: Surely, God’s salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.
P: Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
L: The Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase.
P: Righteousness will go before the Lord, and prepare the path for him. Let us prepare the way for the Lord.

*Gathering Hymn:
“Blessed Jesus, At Your Word” Hymnal a Worship Book #13

~Praising & Prayers~

Old Testament Scripture: Psalm 15
Prayers of the Congregation:
Ending Prayer:

“Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness” Hymnal a Worship Book #220

~Hearing the Word~

Scripture Reading: Hymnal a Worship Book #753
Special Music: By Joe Miller & Mike Gehman
Scripture: I Corinthians 1:18-31
The Message: “The Message of the Cross”—by Mike Gehman

A Prayer of Response & Confession:
L: Gracious God, we come before you to confess: we have not lived out the folly of the Gospel.
P: You call us to be poor in spirit, yet we often place our desires over the needs of others.
L: You call us to mourn, yet we insulate ourselves from the pain surrounding us.
P: You call us to be meek, yet we struggle to appear strong and superior.
L: You call us to thirst for righteousness, yet we want to take the easiest path.
P: You call us to be pure in heart, yet our hearts are pulled in many directions.
L: You call us to be peacemakers, yet we struggle to live in peace with those closest to us and we are too often silent about the warring ways of our nation.
All: Forgive us, O God, and help us to follow the way of Jesus ever more faithfully. Amen.

*Hymn of Response:
“Breathe on Me, O Breath of God” Sing the Journey #46

Offering Invitation:
L: God has shown us the meaning of generosity
P: in the rich diversity of creation, in the overflowing love of Jesus Christ, in the never-ending gift of the Holy Spirit.
L: God has abundantly blessed us and called us
P: to be a community that honors each other, to be servants to others with joy, to share our love and material possessions.
All: Let us rejoice in what we have been given and in what is ours to give.
By Joe Miller & Mike Gehman


*Sending Words:

*Sending Hymn:
“God be With You Till We Meet Again” Mennonite Hymnal (rust)#504

*Postlude: “God of Grace and Glory”—arr. Hughes

*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.

*Jim Armstrong: Praise that Mel Dessecker was at ROMEO’s on Tuesday. The tumors have shrunk a bit.
*April Shupe: Praise that Brad and April’s offer on a new house was accepted by the sellers.

THE CHURCH PRAYS FOR_____________________
*Janet Maust: Bill and Jean Flinner’s great granddaughter Miley is having trouble with her eyes.
*Janet Maust: Tabby fell at home and broke both her bones in her lower left leg, and did damage to her knee. She has been moved to Country Lawn Nursing Home until the next surgery. Prayers of comfort and healing.
*Janet Maust: Prayers for Janet as she has an appointment at Aultman Hospital on Tuesday with a surgeon.
*Sue Stauffer: Keep continuing prayers for Jeanne Maurer, Dan & Nancy Yoder.
*Bev McNutt: Prayers are needed for her son Craig Warther, for all his health issues.
*MMN: Mennonite Mission Network requests prayer for the Anabaptist youth in Burgos, Spain, as they prepare for their annual Origen conference. Over the years, many lives have been transformed through the Origen experience. Pray that God would use this year’s event to touch lives needing healing and hope.
*MMN: Praise God for Annelise Goldschmidt’s three decades of service with Mennonite Mission Network, most recently as a logistics coordinator with Mission Inter Senegal for 15 years. Pray for her as she discerns what God is calling her to when she returns home to France.
*Prayers for Faith and Learning-Eastern Mennonite University: Pray for student leaders as they plan events in celebration of Black History Month at EMU. May they be inspired and inspire us to work for a more just world. Also, pray that students visiting EMU during Honors and Scholarship weekend can discern whether this is the right place for them to study and grow.
*Prayers for Faith and Learning-Bluffton University: This week, Bluffton University will host Cyneatha Milsaps, executive director of Mennonite Women USA, as she leads a campus discussion on gun violence and its effects on family and community. Please pray for everyone impacted by gun violence.

Nest Week’s Texts: Isaiah 58:1-9a; Psalm 112:1-9; I Corinthians 2:1-12; Matthew 5:13-20 (14)
Harbor of Hope: The item is Cereal and is due on February 26th.
Mission Projects for February: Garaway Power Packs; Harbor of Hope: Cereal
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.
Handbell Worshop: Hello, I talked with my mom and I am going to do the same kind of handbelteamwork workshop with my students that I did three or four years ago. We need to go to the Buckeye Career Center Board of Education meeting on Februaru 18th, so I am going to do this during the day. I am hoping that a couple of moms can put together a lunch there at the church, and we will do the hancbell worship, then get everything put away. Thanks! Amy Stauffer-McNutt 330-243-4485 (cell)
MC-USA: As part of its “Climate Justice: Learn, Pray, Join” Initiative, Mennonite Church USA is providing a free webinar on “Caring for climate: Beyond denial and despair” on Feb. 27 at 7:30-9:00 p.m. ET. The panel discussion will explore ways that congregational ministries can help people navigate the myriad emotions they experience related to climate and how they can move from inaction to hopeful engagement. Register at: http://mennoniteusa.org/climatejustice/webinar/
MC-USA: The Executive Board of Mennonite Church USA recently met to discuss revisions to the church’s policy, the Membership Guidelines Advisory Group’s report and more. Read about it here: mennoniteusa.org/news/boardmeets
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.

WORSHIP                               9:30-10:30_____________
Greeters:                                    Lizzie Keim, April Shupe
Minister:                                    Mike Gehman
Worship Leader:                     Tally Maust
Song Leader:                            April Shupe
Organist:                                   Margaret Cheslock
Pianist:                                      Suzanne Stauffer
Head Usher:                             Jim Armstrong

THIS WEEK___________________________________
Feb. 10th Bill Flinner has a Birthday
Feb. 10th Community Arts Council 6:00 p.m.
Feb. 11th Bev McNutt has a Birthday

Feb. 12th Morning Prayers in the library 9:00 a.m.
Feb. 12th WIM Quilting 10am-4pm
Feb. 12th Keo & Tahn Sixiengmay’s Wedding Anniversary
Feb. 14th Happy Valentine’s Day
Feb. 14-16 Family Winter Retreat @ Friedenswald

UPCOMING EVENTS__________________________
Feb. 17th Candlelighters 7pm, JoAnne Pyle
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 2nd Candlelighters 7pm Jeanne Maurer leader
March 4th Morning Prayers in the library 9:00 a.m.
March 4th WIM Quilting 10am-4pm
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 18th Day of Comfort
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

NEXT WEEK__________________________________
Greeters:         Keo Sixiengmay, Keutmy Phoutharath
Minister:         Mike Gehman
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: