You are My friends
First Mennonite Church
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___________________
You are My friends
Ringing of the Bell:
Prelude: “Hymn of Joy”—arr. VanDyke
Welcome & Announcements:
“Truly Christian faith conquers the world not by military might or doctrinal arguments or coercion, but by love.”
Time of Meditation: “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”—arr. Converse
*Call to Worship:
WL: People of God, look about and see the faces of those we know and love—
People: neighbors and friends, sisters and brothers—a community of kindred hearts.
WL: People of God, look about and see the faces of those we hardly know—
People: strangers, sojourners, forgotten friends, the ones who need an outstretched hand.
WL: People of God, look about you and see all the images of God assembled here.
People: In me, in you, in each of us, God’s Spirit shines for all to see.
WL: People of God, come.
All: Let us worship together.
“Beauty for Brokenness” Sing the Story #115 refrain only
(Sue will play once; then we sing once)
“Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service” Hymnal a Worship Book #369
Prayers of the Congregation:
Hymn of Praise:
“For the Healing of the Nations” Hymnal a Worship Book
~Hearing God’s Word~
Youth Story: “The Hug Machine“—Scott Campbell, read by JoAnne Pyle
Scripture: John 15:9-17
Message: “Choosing to Love”—by Mike Gehman
WL: God of the weak and the wounded, grant us your forgiveness.
People: We have been heedless in our thoughts, cruel in our words, shameful in our actions. We are indifferent to a world make sad by want and wastefulness; We pass by on the other side when we see our neighbor in need; We wander from the way that leads to peace in paths of our own pleasing.
All: God of the weak and the wounded, grant us your forgiveness. AMEN
*Hymn of Response:
“Help Us to Help Each Other” Hymnal a Worship Book #362
Offertory: “The Love of God”—arr. Lehman
“He Came Down” Sing the Journey #31
*Postlude: “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”—arr. VanDyke
*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 our deep roots in Christ.
*Bruce Stauffer: Praise that Kristy Kestler is here worshiping with us again.
*Jeanne Maurer: sister in-law Louise is doing much better, and daughter in-law Julie is back to work.
THE CHURCH PRAYS FOR______________________________
*Jean Flinner: Prayers for Jean as she will be having surgery on May 3rd . Prayer of healing and comfort are needed.
*MMN: Today, “Sent 2018” is concluding a three-day conference in Chicago where church planters worshiped and learned about resources for birthing missional congregations in the peace church tradition. Mennonite Mission Network requests prayer for participants as they implement what they learned in their communities.
*Prayers for Faith and Learning-Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA: Pray for the more than 550 graduates at EMU’s 100th Commencement Ceremony. We give special thanks for the presence of speaker, Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee (’07).
*MC-USA: Pray for youth ministry leaders from around the country as they travel to Kansas City on May 4-6 for The Gathering Live, the annual gathering of youth ministry leaders in MC USA.
FMC LIVES IN DISCIPLESHIP TOGETHER_________________
*Next Weeks Texts: Psalm 1; Acts 1:15-17, 21-26; I John 5:9-13; John 17:6-19
*Harbor of Hope: Next month the items are Laundry & Cleaning Supplies. They are due on May 23rd.
*Deacon’s Fund & Kitchen Fund: We will be collecting monies for these two funds. Baskets 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.
*Mission Projects for May: We are collecting for Released Time the month of May. If you would like to contribute just make out a check to First Mennonite and earmark it for Released Time and Bruce Stauffer will get it to the proper place. We will also furnish a Meal at the Homeless Shelter on May 29th at 6:00 p.m. the Women In Mission are in charge. If you would like to volunteer just see one of the women or Julie Gerber.
*Dave & Myrna Jaberg: If you would like to send them a card here is their addresses: Dave, Annette, Reed, Mallory, Caleb Jaberg, 407 Vernon Ave., Glencoe IL 60022; Myrna Jaberg, P.O. Box 12433, Columbus, Ohio 43212.
*Camp Friedenswald: On April 21st Camp Friedenswald welcomed a new member of the Liechty-Martin family, a daughter Lillian, was born to Jenna and -Peter Liechty-Martin. Jenna also write in this issue of The Friedensword, “As we look back with much gratitude and joy for all that happened at Camp Friedenswald in 2017, we also look forward with energy and excitement as we live into our Resilience and Sustainability Plan 2022. It is our prayer that through the implementation of this plan, created in 2017 by Amy Huser with participation from Camp staff, board, and constituents, we might more fully live into our core values, especially those of stewardship, nature, and simplicity. We also look ahead to another summer of camping, and to welcoming the summer staff and campers who will join us as together we explore Jesus’ call to “Follow.” Please continue to remember all who make Friedenswald part of their summer. May we continue to learn what it means to be “Followers of the Way.”
Once again, thank you for being engaged and committed to the ministry of Camp Friedenswald! We couldn’t do it without your support.” In Peace, Jenna Liechty Martin, Executive Director.
*MC-USA: The MC USA Executive Board and Constituency Leaders Council held joint meetings in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, last month. Read updates about Journey Forward, Ervin Stutzman’s farewell program and discussions about credentialing and leadership appointments: http://mennoniteusa.org/news/mc-usa-leaders-journey-forward-at-spring-meetings/
Greeters: Sue & Bruce Stauffer
Minister: Mike Gehman
Worship Leader: Bill Flinner
Song Leader: April Shupe
Organist: Margaret Cheslock
Pianist: Suzanne Stauffer
Head Usher: Monk Yoder
May 7th Jeanne Maurer has a Birthday
May 7th Candlelighters 7:00 p.m. Janet Maust, leader
May 8th Linda Yoder has a Birthday
May 9th Tally Maust has a Birthday
May 9th Morning Prayers in the library 9:00 a.m.
May 9th WIM Quilting 10am-4pm
May 9th Worship Committee Meeting 3:15p.m.
May 11th Herb Torgler has a Birthday
May 13th Pastor Mike Gehman will bring the message
May 13th Mother’s Day
May 14th Community Arts Council 6:00 p.m.
May 18th Little Blessings Graduation 5:30 p.m.
May 21st Candlelighters 7:00 p.m. Julie Gerber, leader
May 23rd Harbor of Hope items due: Laundry & Cleaning Supplies
May 25th Senior Breakfast @ Dutch Valley 9:00 a.m.
May 26th Garaway Senior Graduation
May 28th Memorial Day
May 29th Homeless Shelter Meal 6:00 p.m. WIM in charge
June 2nd S.A.M.A. Music Fest
June 6th Leadership Team Meeting 7:00 p.m.
June 11th Community Arts Council 6:00 p.m.
June 17th Father’s Day
June 18-23 Tyler, Jaden Murphy & Ambrosia Snyder go to Camp Friedenswald
June 21-23 Central District Conference; College Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana
June 22nd Senior Breakfast @ Dutch Valley 9:00 a.m.
June 27th Harbor of Hope items due: Cereal
Greeters: April Shupe, Dan Hostetler
Minister: Mike Gehman
Worship Leader: Suzanne Stauffer
Head Usher: Monk Yoder
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: Jim Armstrong
Office Contact: Linda Yoder
Financial Contact: Mike Keim
Missions Contact: Reno Stevanus
Secretary Contact: Jo Anne Pyle