November 25, 2018

Thanksgiving Sunday


First Mennonite Church
Sugarcreek, Ohio November 25, 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___________________________________

And Now, For the Rest of the Story


Ringing of the Bell:
Prelude: “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”—arr. Clarkson
Welcome & Announcements:
Focus: The Christian faith, as it is seen in the testimonies of a great many Christians, is like one of those Paul Harvey features. We all have those stories—you know how it goes. Things are not going well. We don’t understand. We feel that we are in God’s plan, yet, things don’t seem to be going our way. And then, sometimes right away, sometimes not until years have passed, we see how God had been working out things all along—working out His plan, and for our good. And we are thankful. These are the stories we want to share with you today, so that now you know the rest of the story.

Hymn of Meditation:
“Sing to the Lord of Harvest” Hymnal a Worship Book #98

Psalm Reading: Psalm 100
*Call to Worship:
L: Our God, we gather to worship you, the One who creates all things.
P: For the gift of creation, we give thanks.
L: We gather to worship you, the One who brings salvation through Jesus Christ.
P: For the gift of redemption, we give thanks.
L: We gather to worship you, the One who sustains us by the Spirt.
P: For gift of your presence, we give thanks.
L: We bring to you our offerings of thanks and praise for all your gifts.
All: WE worship you—our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. AMEN.

*Gathering Hymn:
“Come Ye Thankful People Come” Hymnal a Worship Book #94

Congregational Prayers:
Ending Prayer:

Hymn of Praise:
“We gather Together” Hymnal a Worship Book #17

Time with the Youth: Squanto—The Rest of the Story

“We Plow the Fields and Scatter” Hymnal a worship Book#96


Scripture: I Thessalonians 5:16-18

And Now, For The Rest of the Story. . . .

Stories of our congregation

“Sing Praise to God Who Reigns” Hymnal a Worship Book #59 vs.1,2
Stories of our congregation

“Sing Praise to God Who Reigns” Hymnal a Worship Book #59 vs. 3,4


Offering Invitation & Prayer:

Offertory Hymn:
“God, Whose Farm is all Creation” Hymnal A Worship Book #391


*Sending Hymn:
“Now Thank We All Our God” Hymnal A Worship Book #86

*Postlude: “Come, Ye Thankful People Come”—arr. Elaey

*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 all of the peoples who take care of us in our community, and most of all God for bringing them together.
*Jeanne Maurer: Chelsey and her husband are settled and will be starting new jobs soon. Chad is doing very well.
*Praise God: For the talents of our church family and in having the bells play today.

THE CHURCH PRAYS FOR_________________________________________________
*April Shupe: Keep the Smith family in your prayers. John Smith, Kathy Smith-Miller’s brother, is in his final weeks battling cancer.
*Jeanne Maurer: Jeanne’s daughter-inlaw Julie has family that is in the fire zone in California.
*Julie Gerber: Continued prayers for Nancy Yoder who is home and recovering slowly.
*MMN: Participants with Journey International, a Mennonite Mission Network program, are serving in Benin and Ecuador. Pray for God’s love to flow through Requiyah Johnson, working with children at La Casa Grande, and for Maura Longenecker and Samantha Miller, working with refugees and children in Quito.
*Prayers for Faith and Learning-Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary: Give thanks for AMBS President Sara Wenger Shenk, who plans to retire at the end of June, and for how God has used and is using her leadership gifts, strengths, experience and expertise in carrying out AMBS’s mission. Pray for the Spirit’s guidance in this upcoming transition.

FMC LIVES IN DISCIPLESHIP TOGETHER_______________________________
*Next Week’s Texts: Jeremiah 33:13-16; Psalm 25:1-10; I Thessalonians 3:9-13; Luke 21:25-36
*Harbor of Hope: This month’s items are Spaghetti Sauce and Pasta. They are due on December 19th.
*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.
*Leadership Team Ballots: It is time to vote for two members of the Leadership Team. We are to vote for two people. The ballots are on the table where the bulletins are, also there is a bucket to submit your ballot.
*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:                                                                         Sue & Bruce Stauffer
Worship Leader:                                                         Dan Hostetler
Song Leader:                                                                 April Shupe
Organist:                                                                        Margaret Cheslock
Pianist:                                                                           Suzanne Stauffer
Head Usher:                                                                 Geoff Stevanus

THIS WEEK_________________________________________________________________
Nov. 28th       Moring Prayers in the library 9:00 a.m.
Nov. 28th       WIM Quilting 10am-4pm
Nov. 28th       Worship Committee Meeting 3:30 p.m.
Dec. 2nd          First Sunday of Advent
Dec. 2nd          Pastor Mike Gehman will bring the message

UPCOMING EVENTS_______________________________________________________
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

NEXT WEEK_________________________________________________________________
Greeters:                                                             April Shupe, Dan Hostetler
Minister:                                                             Mike Gehman
Worship Leader:                                              Tally Maust
Song Leader:                                                      April Shupe
Head Usher:                                                       Herb Torgler

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