FIRST MENNONITE CHURCH
Sugarcreek, Ohio March 15, 2020
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.
THE CHURCH WORSHIPS TOGETHER_________
Lent 3: Show us the Rock of our salvation from which comes living water
Ringing of the Bell:
Prelude: “Shall We Gather at the River”—arr. Mary McDonald
Scripture: Psalm 95:1-7
Welcome & Announcements:
Time of Meditation: “Wade in the Water”—arr. Mark Hayes
*Call to Worship:
L: Come, let’s sing out loud to the Lord!
P: Let’s raise a joyful shout to the Rock of our Salvation.
L: Come, you who are thirsty and can find no water in the desert.
P: We bring our questions, our complaints, to the Rock of our Salvation.
L: Come and see the One who speaks to us of living water.
P: Show us who you are and who we are, O Jesus.
All: Let’s raise a joyful shout to the Rock of our Salvation!
“Blessed be the God of Israel” Hymnal a Worship Book #174
Offering Invitation & Prayer:
Offertory: “Down to the River to Pray”—arr. Mark Hayes
Old Testament Scripture: Exodus 17:1-7
Hymn of Praise:
“O Come, Loud Anthems Let Us Sing” Hymnal a Worship Book #68
New Testament Scripture: John 4:5-42
Message: “The Mission of One”—by Mike Gehman
Prayer of Confession:
All: God of living waters, we confess that we have often turned from you and wandered in our own wilderness of fear and doubt. Our thirst mounts daily, and we turn to many things we believe will satisfy us. In the silence of this moment, we name those things. (Pause) In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
Words of Assurance:
*Hymn of Response:
“There is a Well” Sing the Story #64
Ritual of Response:
Extinguishing the Light:
“Jesus, Lover of My Soul” Hymnal a Worship Book #618
L: We have seen the Rock of our Salvation, and we have quenched our thirst for the living water that gives our lives purpose and meaning. Let us go now to meet our thirsting for God.
P: We will share the living water with everyone we meet.
L: Let us go now to listen as Jesus does with us.
P: We will hear the stories and hearts of all who are considered voiceless by our world.
L: Let us go now to bring the Spirit’s wholeness to others.
All: We will bring peace and healing to the broken and lonely, even as they offer us hope and grace by their lives.
*Postlude: “Down by the Riverside”—arr. Marilyn Ham
*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 gracious presence in our lives.
*Bertie Showers: It’s good to be home after her time in Florida. Brother Kenny is 94 and is doing well despite health issues.
*Tally Maust: Tabatha continues to heal after surgery on her
THE CHURCH PRAYS FOR___________________
*Lizzie Keim: Prayers for the families of Teresa Pfister who passed away from liver cancer.
*Lizzie Keim: Prayers for neighbor Elaine who has pneumonia and a bladder infection.
*Tally Maust: Continued prayers for Janet Maust as she continues to work on healing and getting stronger at Aultman hospital.
*Julie Gerber: Prayers for Kim Schearer who has had a knee replacement and is at home recuperating.
*MMN: The first professors and administrative personnel to serve Benin Bible Institute when it opened in 1994 are nearing retirement age. Mennonite Mission Network requests prayer for the next generation of teachers and administrators to respond to God’s call, and the resources to train them.
*Prayers for Faith and Learning-Lezha (Albania) Academic Center: Our school has been helping the Roma people who are living in shelters after the Nov. 25th earthquake. Recently we heard that 29 people from this community, including children and elderly, are living on the streets. Please pray for our school and community.
FMC LIVES IN DISCIPLESHIP TOGETHER_______
Next Week’s Texts: Psalm 95:1-7; Exodus 17:1-7; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-42
Harbor of Hope: Paper Products and is due on March 25th.
Mission Projects for March: Harbor of Hope: Paper Products; Hygiene Kits; Homeless Shelter Meal WIM in charge
Hygiene Kits: Keeping clean is an important part of remaining healthy, but families who have fled their homes because of disaster or war often struggle to afford these necessary supplies. Hygiene kits also are given through schools or orphanages to encourage healthy habits for children. 48,160 hygiene kits shipped last year to Jordan, Haiti, Democratic Republic of Korea (North Korea), Syria, Ukraine, Lebanon, Burkina Faso, and the U.S. There are contents sheets on the Harbor of Hope table.
Open Arms Hispanic Ministry is hosting its annual fundraising dinner, “ GRACIAS BANQUET” on Thursday, March 19th, at the Kidron Park Community Center. The meal will begin at 6 pm and will feature an enchilada dinner followed by a program of Open Arms ministry highlights. A free-will offering to benefit Open Arms will be taken. Please RSVP by March 16 to firstname.lastname@example.org, to reserve your place for our GRACIAS BANQUET! If you have questions, you may call Kara Shilling at the Open Arms office: 330-765-9955. (You may also reserve online at the Open Arms website and on Facebook at http://tinyurl.com/OpenArms2020).
Opportunities to engage with MCC at Berlin Mennonite Church (4718 US Route 62 Berlin, OH 44610)
- MCC stories and songs with Les Gustafson-Zook on Tuesday, March 31 at 7 p.m. (sanctuary) Les is a musician who works with MCC Great Lakes in constituent relations as well as works with MCC relief sales across the United States and Canada. He uses home-made, thrift-shop worthy instruments to introduce the themes of MCC through song.
- An evening of storytelling with Dan & Jeanne Jantzi and Ron Byler on Wednesday, April 1 at 7 p.m. From Nigeria to Thailand and lots of places in between, Dan and Jeanne raised their family in four different countries while serving with Mennonite Central Committee for 25 years between 1989-2017. Now settled back in Ohio, they love remembering and telling stories about MCC and international friends and neighbors. They will be joined by Ron Byler, executive director for MCC. Earlier this year, Ron spent two weeks on a pilgrimage on the U.S./Mexico border from San Diego to Brownsville visiting MCC’s partners and others working with people in need in that region. His stories will focus on MCC’s border ministries and the people we are serving. There will be a time for questions and discussion following the storytelling.
Greeters: Mike & Kristy Keim
Minister: Mike Gehman
Worship Leader: Dan Hostetler
Song Leader: April Shupe
Organist: Margaret Cheslock
Pianist: Suzanne Stauffer
March 16th Candlelighters 7:00 p.m. Tally Maust leader
March 17th JoAnne Miller has a Birthday
March 17th St. Patrick’s Day
March 18th Morning Prayers in the library 9:00 a.m.
March 18th WIM Quilting 10am-4pm
March 18th Bel Canto Singers @ Berlin Mennonite Church 7:00 p.m.
March 20th Kristy Keim has a Birthday
March 20th First Day of Spring
March 25th Harbor of Hope: Paper Products
March 25th Worship Committee Meeting 2:00 p.m.
March 27th Senior Breakfast @ Dutch Valley 9:00 a.m.
March 30th Candlelighters 7:00 p.m. Janet Maust leader
March 31st Homeless Shelter Meal 6:00 p.m.
April 1st Leadership Team Meeting 7:00 p.m.
April 5th Palm Sunday
April 6th Candlelighters 7:00 p.m. Julie Gerber leader
April 9th Maundy Thursday
April 10th Good Friday
April 12th Sonrise Service/Breakfast 8:00 a.m.
April 12th Easter Sunday Main Service 10:00 a.m.
April 20th Candlelighters 7:00 p.m. Suzanne Stauffer leader
April 22nd Harbor of Hope items due: Spaghetti Sauce & Pasta
April 22nd Earth Day
April 24th Senior Breakfast @ Dutch Valley 9:00 a.m.
May 4th Candlelighters 7:00 p.m. JoAnne Pyle leader
May 4th May the Fourth be with you!
May 10th Mother’s Day
May 11th Community Arts Council 6:00 p.m.
May 25th Memorial Day
May 27th Harbor of Hope items due: Laundry & Cleaning Supplies
May 29th Senior Breakfast @ Dutch Valley 9:00 a.m.
Greeters: Vi Yoder, Jeanne Maurer
Minister: Mike Gehman
Worship Leader: Sue Stauffer
Song Leader: April Shupe
Pastor: Mike Gehman:
Pastor’s Hours: Wednesday 9:30a.m.-2:30p.m.
Secretary: Tally Maust
113 W. Main St. P.O. Box 250
Sugarcreek, Ohio 44681
CONGREGATIONAL LEADERSHIP TEAM:
Chairperson: Mike Keim:
Office Contact: Linda Yoder:
Financial Contact: Jim Armstrong:
Mission Contact: Reno Stevanus:
Secretary Contact: Jo Anne Pyle: