March 8, 2020

FIRST MENNONITE CHURCH
Sugarcreek, Ohio March 8, 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 proclaim.

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We seek to be a caring and discerning community,

the gathered body of Christ,

that welcomes all to join in worship, study, and service.

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We embody God’s transforming and redeeming Spirit in the world through our prophetic witness and action.

THE CHURCH WORSHIPS TOGETHER___________________

SHOW US
Lent 2: Show us the extent of you faithful, loving
presence

~Gathering~

Ringing of the Bell:
Prelude: “Great is Thy Faithfulness”—arr. Runyan
Welcome and Announcements:
Candle Lighting: JoAnne Pyle
Scripture: Psalm 121 read by JoAnne Pyle
Focus Statement:

God calls us out of familiar and comfortable places in our lives and invites us into new challenges, new ways of being, thinking, and doing. As we respond to this invitation, God shows us a deeper experience of Divine Presence.

Time of Meditation: “Amazing Grace”—arr. Beck
*Call to Worship:
L: We lift us our eyes looking for help.
P: Our help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth.
L: When we have troubles and difficulties, where does our help come from?
P: Our help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth.
L: When we are invited into new ways of thinking and being, where does our help come from?
P: Our help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth. Let us worship the One who faithfully helps us and never leaves us or forsakes us.
*Opening Prayer:

*Gathering Hymn:
“Hamba Nathi (Come Walk with Us) Sing the Journey
#2

~Praising~

Offering Invitation & Prayer:
Offertory: “Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee”—arr. Page
Old Testament Scripture: Genesis 12:1-4a

Hymn of Praise:
“To God be the Glory” Hymnal a Worship Book #102

Congregational Prayer:
Ending Prayer:

~Proclaiming~

New Testament Scripture: John 3:1-17
Message: “Look, Obey, Find Your Way”—by Darcy Miller

~Confessing~

Prayer of Confession:
All: We confess, O God, that you are faithful, loving, and totally trustworthy. We also confess our desire for what is familiar, comfortable, and secure. We acknowledge that you sometimes call us to accept new challenges, new ways of thinking, or new places of service. Lord, give us the grace to respond to your call when you invite us into new ways of being.
Words of Assurance:
L: Friends, the One who calls us is the faithful One who promised to never leave us or forsake us. May you know God’s faithful presence more fully.
All: Thanks be to God.

~Responding~

Hymn of Response:
“New Earth, Heavens New” Hymnal a Worship Book #299

Ritual of Response:
Extinguish the Light: JoAnne Pyle

*Sending Hymn:
“Will You Come and Follow Me?” Sing the Story #39
Vs. 1 then Optional verse on left, then Optional verse
on right, then vs. 2,3

*Benediction:
*Postlude: “Great is the Lord”—arr. Watts

*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 amazing grace when we stumble into temptation.
*Lizzie Keim: Nancy Yoder had a very good report, the cancer that was in her stomach is gone. But prayers need to be continued for Dan and Nancy as this journey continues.
*Tally Maust: Praise that Tabatha got to come home on Friday and is maneuvering around the house better than we had hoped for.

THE CHURCH PRAYS FOR_______________________________
*Tally Maust: Mom was taken to Aultman Hospital on Saturday morning very early. She will be having a pacemaker put in to help her heart. Payers of healing and comfort.
*April Shupe: Prayers for Bertie Showers as she travels home this week after her wonderful stay in Florida.
*Kristy Keim: Prayers for Jeremy who is 41 and has a rare form of stomach cancer.
*Suzanne Stauffer: Prayers for Jeanne Maurer who is not here today.
*MMN: Rebekah York of Mennonite Mission Network is serving at Mennonite Biblical Seminary of Columbia. Pray for her as she helps prepare young leaders and provides continuing education opportunities for seasoned church leaders.
*Prayers for Faith and Learning-Lancaster (Pennsylvania) Mennonite School: The Lancaster Mennonite High Campus Chorale spring concert season begins today. Pray that God may be glorified and that students and listeners be blessed in each concert. Pray also for safety as students travel to different locations.

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:  26 boxes of cereal plus $20.00 were delivered to Harbor of Hope on Wednesday, February 26th by Gene Miller. Thank you for your contributions. Paper Products and is due on March 25th.
Mission Projects for March: Harbor of Hope: Paper Products; Hygiene Kits; Homeless Shelter Meal
Easter Flowers: Spring is not far 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.

WORSHIP                                     9:30-10:30_______________
Greeters:                                         Tyler & Jaden Murphy
Minister:                                         Darcy Miller
Worship Leader:                           Julie Gerber
Song Leader:                                  April Shupe
Organist:                                         Margaret Cheslock
Pianist:                                            Suzanne Stauffer
Head Usher:

THIS WEEK________________________________________________
March 9th Community Arts Council 6:00 p.m.
March 11th Morning Prayers in the library 9:00 a.m
March 11th WIM Quilting 10am-4pm

March11th Worship Committee 2:00p.m.
March 13th Gene Miller has a Birthday
March 14th Pie
Day

UPCOMING EVENTS_______________________________________
March 16th Candlelighters 7:00p.m. Tally Maust leader
March 17th St. Patrick’s Day
March 18th Hesston Colleges Bel Canto Singers 7:00 p.m.
Berlin Mennonite Church
March 25th Harbor of Hope: Paper Products
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.


NEXT WEEK________________________________________________
Greeters:                                              Mike & Kristy Keim
Minister:                                              Mike Gehman
Worship Leader:                               Dan Hostetler
Song Leader:                                      April Shupe
Head Usher:

CHURCH LEADERSHIP____________________________________
CHURCH:
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
Address:
113 W. Main St. P.O. Box 250
Sugarcreek, Ohio 44681

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