March 4, 2018

Me & You
and Working it


First Mennonite Church
Sugarcreek, Ohio March 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, 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:
Me & You
and Working it Through


Ringing of the Bell:
Prelude: “Praise the Lord” -arr. Parks
Welcome & Announcements:
Focus Statement:

The commandments of Exodus 20 show God’s people what a relationship between them and God should look like, as well as how to treat one another. This may be one way that we might seek God’s will rather than rigidly apply rules.

Time of Meditation: “My Faith Looks Up to Thee” -arr. Mason

*Gathering Hymn:
“What is this Place” Hymnal a Worship Book #1

*Call to Worship:
L: Come rule makers, rule breakers, and you who are still finding your way. Come. Whether you speak with wise words or with wisecracks, you are in the image of God. Come into God’s house. Hear God’s word. Prepare to meet your Maker and your match. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is greater than human strength.
P: Some of us like certainty and structure. Some of us don’t. We come by different roads, yet we are here together. We want to know God, and to be known by God. We are here to worship the Lord.
L: Jesus said, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there.” We are here and Christ Jesus is here. We join our hearts in worship.
*Opening Prayer:


Psalm Reading: Hymnal a Worship Book #813 read responsively

Hymn of Praise:
“I Sing the Mighty Power of God” Hymnal a Worship Book #46

Prayers of the Congregation:
Children’s Time: Me & You & Working it Through—Janet Maust
Offering Invitation:
Offertory: “We Have Come to Worship the Lord” -arr. Yannerella

*Offering Hymn:
“Teach Me Thy Truth” Hymnal a Worship Book #548

~Hearing God’s Word~

Scripture: Exodus 20:1-17
Message: “Commandments That Can Be Trusted” – by Mike Gehman
All: God, we call you ruler of all, but sometimes we make excuses. We try to avoid applying your rules to our actions and interests. At other times, we hold so tightly to rules that we break relationships. It is easier to imagine that your are like us than it is for us to be like you. We judge ourselves by success; you judge us by how we treat others. Help us to face our truth. Forgive us when we fail. Give us the courage to keep trying to live as you love.
*Words of Assurance:

Hymn of Response:
“When We Walk With the Lord” Hymnal a Worship Book #544


*Benediction: as we face each other
L: We are people of God.
P: We are people of God.
L: We go in God’s love to extend God’s love and live in God’s promise.
P: We go in God’s love to extend God’s love and live in God’s promise.

*Sending Hymn:
“Just a Closer Walk with Thee” Sing the Journey #106 (refrain only)

*Postlude: “God of Grace and God of Glory” -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.

THE CHURCH GIVES THANKS_________________________________
For God’s covenant with Abraham and Sarah, and for our opportunity to pass on the legacy of Faith and Hope.
*Janet Maust: Linda’s back surgery went very well, she is at home recuperating.
*Julie Gerber: Nancy Yoder is still in the hospital but is improving and making progress.  An update on Nancy, she has moved to Walnut Hills room 15 in the rehab.

THE CHURCH PRAYS FOR____________________________________
*Kristy Kestler: A New Philadelphia school teacher who lives in the Coshocton area has had cancer in the past, just received word that the cancer has returned.
*Sue Stauffer: Let us remember the people that are in the bulletin: Dianne Heller, Dave Rhodes, Tabatha Murphy, Mel Leidig, Pam Gerber, Sue Jaberg, Mark Weaver. Also the families of the shooting victims, and for the repercussions that have been raised. Prayers also for our nation as it has to come to grips with this tragedy and how to prevent it from happening again.
*MNN: Pastors and their wives who minister in Ukraine’s militarized zone look forward to a retreat this month.  Mary Raber of Mennonite Mission Network, serving as a resource person, requests prayer for a restful gathering for those who have given their all to congregations for several stress-filled years.
*Prayers for Faith and Learning-Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas: Praying for a meaningful discussion on culture, empathy and respect when KIPCOR at Bethel College shows the film The Empathy Gap:  Masculinity and the Courage to Change this afternoon.

*Next Week’s Texts: Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21
*Harbor of Hope: The items for this month are Paper Products. They are due on March 21st.
*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. We will be collecting Hygiene Kits through the month of March. Lists of what is required is on the table where the Harbor of Hope items are. Thank you for your generous support.
*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.
*Easter Flowers: Yes it is that time of year. Tulips, Hyacinths, Daffodils, will be $7.50 each, and Lilies are $9.50 each. You have until March 12th to order. The sign-up sheets are on the table in front of the mailboxes.
A reminder that the flowers orders for Easter Sunday are due on March 12th. If you would prefer that the flowers you ordered be donated to the church and planted in the front flower beds, please so indicate by writing “CHURCH” beside your name on the order forms. These flowers would be planted and would come up year after year. Thank you.
*Fundraiser for Tobias Richter: There will be a benefit for little Tobias and family on Saturday, March 10th from 4-7 p.m. at the Baltic Elementary School. There will be a silent auction as well as other things planned.
*MCC Vietnam Storytelling Event: Join Mennonite Central Committee for stories of Vietnam at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 7th, at Kidron Mennonite Church Fellowship Building, 3987 Kidron Road, in Kidron. Special guest speakers will be Doug Hostetler, current director of the MCC United Nations Office, and Thien Tran, Vietnamese intern in the MCC U.N. office. In light of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, Doug will share from his first-hand experiences in Vietnam as a conscientious objector with MCC and his subsequent work. Thien will also share about growing up after the war and the legacy it left behind.
*The Library: The library is in need of a working floor lamp, doesn’t have to be pretty, but needs to shed light for thoses persons who come to the library during the week to read.

WORSHIP                                                   9:30-10:30        _____________
Greeters:                                                    April Shupe, Dan Hostetler
Minister:                                                    Mike Gehman
Worship Leader:                                    Nikki Bowers
Song Leader:                                            April Shupe
Organist:                                                   Margaret Cheslock
Pianist:                                                       Suzanne Stauffer
Head Usher:                                             Geoff Stevanus

THIS WEEK_______________________________________________
March 4th      Candlelighters 7:00 p.m. Julie Gerber leader
March 7th      Morning Prayer in the library 9:00 a.m.
March 7th      WIM Quilting 10am-4pm
March 7th      Leadership Team Meeting 7:00 p.m.
March 10th       Turn clocks ahead 1 hour or you’ll be late for church
March 11th     Mike Gehman will bring the message

UPCOMING EVENTS_________________________________________
March 12th      Community Arts Council 6:00 p.m.
March 14th   Worship Committee Meeting 3:15 p.m.
March 17th       St. Patrick’s Day
March 19th    Candlelighters 7:00 p.m. Jo Anne Pyle leader
March 20th       1st Day of Spring
March 21st     Day of Comfort
March 21st     Harbor of Hope items due: Paper Products
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 Supper
March 30th     Good Friday
April 1st           Easter Sonrise Service 8:00 a.m.
April 1st           Main Easter 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 7:00p.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:                                                 Bev McNutt, Bertie Showers
Minister:                                                 Mike Gehman
Worship Leader:                                  Bertie Showers
Song Leader:                                          April Shupe
Head Usher:                                          Geoff Stevanus

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
Missions Contact: Reno Stevanus
Secretary Contact: Jo Anne Pyle