November 18, 2018

Seek Peace and Pursue It
Session 13:
Seek Peace for Your

First Mennonite Church
Sugarcreek, Ohio November 18, 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 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.


Session 13:
Seek Peace for Your Community


Pre-Prelude: “Edelweiss”—Richard Rodgers/video
Ringing of the Bell:
Prelude: “Brethren, We Have Met to Worship”—William Moore, arr. Cindy Berry
Welcome & Announcements:
Focus Statement:
God longs to provide a safe and joyful home on earth for all people.
Time of Meditation:

“Come, All Christians, Be Committed”—traditional American Melody arr. Lloyd Larson

Psalm Reading: Psalm 34
*Call to Worship:
L: Let us be still and listen.
P: Do you hear the voice of God?
G: “I long to be your God; I long for you to be my people.”
P: Do you hear the voice of God?
G: “I am with you here, in this place.”
P: Do you hear the voice of God?
G: “Come from east and west; come home.”
P: Do you hear the voice of God?
G: “I am with you here, in this place.”
P: Let us gather together to listen.
L: Let us come together in praise.
All: Let us rejoice together in God’s promised reign of peace.

*Gathering Hymn:
“Taste and See” Sing the Journey #86

Prayers for Peace with the Youth: Lighting the Peace Lamp
Passing the Peace: {Greet your neighbor in the name of Peace}
Congregational Prayers:
Ending Prayer:


“Healer of Our Every Ill” Hymnal a Worship Book #377

Scripture: Zechariah 8:1-8
Morning Message: “God’s Peace for Communities”—by Mike Gehman


Prayer of Confession:
L: Holy One,
P: we know of children in our community who do not live in safety.
L: We know of adults in our community who do not live with dignity.
P: We know that within Sugarcreek, there is poverty, there is abuse, there is fear and deep sorrow.
L: Your picture of peace plays at the periphery of our vision,
P: but it is hard for us to bring it into focus.
L: Your words of promise echo faintly in our ears,
P: but it is hard for us to hear them clearly.
L: We know that you call us to your work of peace right here with our neighbors,
P: but our feet feel heavy; our hands are hesitant.
All: Holy One, forgive our failings.
Assurance of Pardon:

*Hymn of Response:
“All Who Love and Serve Your City” Hymnal a Worship Book #417

Offering Invitation & Prayer:
Offertory: “Let Us Break Bread Together”—Spiritual, arr. Mark Hayes

*Sending Hymn:
“Go Now in Peace” Hymnal a Worship Book #429
Sung as a round/Bells

*Postlude: “Come, Share the Lord”—Bryan Jeffery Leech arr. John Carter

*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_____________________
What a wonderful promise of the future, when all nations will be at peace.
*Praise for the Election Day Sauerkraut & Pork Dinner, and a good showing of First Mennonites there.
*Sue Stauffer: Nancy Yoder much better on Friday than Thursday. Praise for continued healing.
*Julie Gerber: Praise for MC-USA Mission month, MCC, MDS, MMN and other missions. Praise that we can spread love and peace throughout the world.
*Jim Armstrong: Praise for the service of our armed forces as some are active and some are inactive on this Veteran’s Day.

THE CHURCH PRAYS FOR____________________
*Sue Stauffer: Prayers for all of the people who are experiencing the first holidays without their loved ones, Mike Miller, and Dianne Whittis.
*Sue Stauffer: Prayers for Ted Stone, Ted used to be a security guard at the library in New Philadelphia. He has moved to Hennis nursing home.
*Julie Gerber: Prayers for all of those involved with the fires in California. May they be safe.
*Wayne Schrock: Prayers for Dorothy as she continues with her health decisions and for what lies ahead.
*Marilyn Hartline: Marilyn’s best friend from college has a son that has Duchene’s disease he is 31 years old and is now in Hospice.
*Bruce Stauffer: The organist from the Fiat Church is in the hospital in the ICU unit. Prayers needed for Caroline.
*MMN: Mary Raber, serving with Mennonite Mission Network, is seeking temporary residence status in Ukraine. Pray for patience with the bureaucratic process and that God will open the way for a document that gives her greater freedom for ministry.
*Prayers for Faith and Learning-Bethany Christian School: Pray that the cast of Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose will be granted health and the ability to perform their best after many weeks of practice.

*Next Week’s Texts: Psalm 100; I Thessalonians 5:16-18
*Harbor of Hope: 54 cans of fruits & vegetables, and 13 misc. items delivered on Wednesday by Gene Miller. Thank you for your contributions.
This month’s items are Spaghetti Sauce and Pasta. They are due on December 19th.
*Community Thanksgiving Service: Is tonight at the UCC Church on the hill. Starting at 7:00 p.m. What a joy to have our community join together to thank God for all of His Blessings.
*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.
*November Mission Projects: This month we will be collecting Mittens, Hats, Scarves, and Gloves for Share-A-Christmas on our Mitten Tree. Also we will be collecting Canned Fruits and Veggies for Harbor of Hope.
*Greeters for 2019: There is a sign-up sheet on the table by the mailboxes for the year 2019. Greeters are the first people that visitors see when they come in the church, so they are a very important group of volunteers!
*Give a kit for Christmas!: From hurricanes and flooding to conflict and drought, MCC is responding to many disasters around the world. This Christmas, why not gather your family and pack a relief kit as a gift to other families whose lives have been disrupted by war or disaster? For more information about relief kit contents and how you can get involved, visit
*Cookie Walk: The Bars Mills Church of God is having a cookie walk on Saturday, December 8th starting a 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. The cost is $7.00 per pound they provide the boxes. In addition to cookies they will also provide candy and treats. Check out the bulletin board for the poster.

WORSHIP                              9:30-10:30____________
Greeters:                               Wayne & Dorothy Schrock
Minister:                               Mike Gehman
Worship Leader:               Kristy Keim
Song Leader:                       April Shupe
Organist:                              Margaret Cheslock
Pianist:                               Suzanne Stauffer
Head Usher:                     Geoff Stevanus

THIS WEEK_______________________________________
Nov. 18th       Tonight is the Community Thanksgiving Service starting at 7:00 p.m. at UCC Church
Nov. 19th       Candlelighters 7:00 p.m. Jeanne Maurer, leader
Nov. 20th         Little Blessings Thanksgiving in the Fellowship Hall
Nov. 22nd         Nikki Bowers has a Birthday
Nov. 22nd         Thanksgiving Day
Nov. 23rd         Black Friday
Nov. 23rd      Senior Breakfast @ Dutch Valley 9:00 a.m.
Nov. 25th        Suzie Armstrong has a Birthday
Nov. 25th      We will be having a special Thanksgiving service

UPCOMING EVENTS_______________________________
Nov. 28th      Worship Committee Meeting 3:30 p.m.
Dec. 5th         Leadership Team Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 10th       Candlelighters 7:00 p.m. Tally Maust , leader
Dec. 19th        Harbor of Hope items due: Spaghetti Sauce & Pasta
Dec. 24th        Christmas Eve Service 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 25th        Christmas Day
Dec. 29th        Congregational Reports are due
Dec. 28th        Senior Breakfast @ Dutch Valley 9:00 a.m.
Dec. 30th       Christmas Sunday
Dec. 31st           New Year’s Eve
Jan. 1st             New Year’s Day
Jan. 2nd         Leadership Team Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 5th          Onion Day
Jan. 6th         Epiphany
Jan. 14th          Community Arts Council 6:00 p.m.
Jan. 23rd       Harbor of Hope items due:
Jan. 25th       Senior Breakfast @ Dutch Valley 9:00 a.m.
Jan. 29th       Homeless Shelter Meal 6:00 p.m. Candlelighters in charge

                                                                                photo: Heidi Limbacher Clower

Looking up Maple Street

NEXT WEEK__________________________________________
Greeters:                                   Sue & Bruce Stauffer
Minister:                                   Mike Gehman
Worship Leader:                    Dan Hostetler
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
Mission Contact: Reno Stevanus
Secretary Contact: Jo Anne Pyle