October 11, 2020

Live the
Transformed Life

First Mennonite Church
Sugarcreek, Ohio
October 11, 2020
Worship at the Pavilion behind Fire Station begins at 10:00 a.m.

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.


Live the Transformed Life

Welcome & Announcements:
“Rejoice in the Lord Always” (round 3 times through)
Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice (2X)
Rejoice! Rejoice! And again I say, Rejoice! (2X)

Focus Statement:

Paul’s words of encouragement to the church in Philippi hold true for us today—live the transformed life, turn away from trying to be better than the other, turn away from paying lip service to the faith, and live out your faith in love and peace with one another.

Call to Worship:
L: Welcome to this place of Worship.
P: God’s presence is all around us.
L: Greet the stranger near you with the love of Christ.
P: God’s presence is all around us.
L: As you worship, feel God’s presence in the smile of your neighbor, in the music we lift heavenward, and in the quiet meditations of your heart.
All: God’s presence is all around us as we worship God.
Opening Prayer:

Gathering Hymn:
“Sweet Hour of Prayer” Hymnal a Worship Book #11
words printed in the bulletin

~Prayer & Praise~

Prayers of the Congregation:
Closing Prayer:

Hymn of Praise:
“What a Friend We Have in Jesus” Hymnal a Worship Book #573 (words) 574 (music)
words printed in the bulletin


Scripture: Philippians 4:1-9

Closing Appeal for Steadfastness and Unity

4 Therefore my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends! 2 I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.

Final Exhortations

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, Whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Message: “Can’t We All Just Get Along?”—by Mike Gehman


Hymn of Response:
“The Longer I Serve Him”
Sung by Joe Miller, Mike Gehman
words printed in the bulletin


Sending Words:
The peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, when we trust in God’s ways. Rejoice in the Lord, do not worry, and follow the ways of Christ, knowing you are forgiven, renewed and restored to Christ. There is nothing that can separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus. Amen.

Sending Hymn:
“Peace Before Us” Sing the Story #16 printed in bulletin

THE CHURCH GIVES THANKS______________________
For the ZOOM service with Cincinnati Mennonite Fellowship with a service of communion for World Wide Communion Sunday.
Praise for the beautiful fireworks Saturday night.
Praise for the mini “Swiss Festival” Parade at Walnut Hills.
Bertie Showers:
Praise that grandson, Michael Showers is doing very well at rehab at Fresno. Also Bertie and April had a good visit with Michael.

THE CHURCH PRAYS FOR___________________________
Bertie Showers:
Michael Showers still needs prayers for continued healing and perseverance in his time left at rehab.
Bertie Showers:
Prayers for the President and First Lady during their time of quarantine
MC-USA: Please pray for the delegates and leaders of the Constituency Leaders Council of Mennonite Church USA as they gather via video conference on Oct. 16 and 17.
Brian and Noelia Fox of Mennonite Mission Network are trusting God to show them the way through adjustments made necessary by
COVID-19. Pray for family members as their daughters continue with e-learning and as Brian and Noelia adapt classes at the English academy. Pray also for their ministry with the Anabaptist community in Burgos, Spain.
Prayers for Mennonite Education-Hillcrest Academy, Kalona, Iowa:
We give thanks for the opportunity for in=person classes since August. As we strive to engage our students and nurture our community in safe and meaningful ways, please pray for guidance and well-being as we work together to navigate our situation in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Next Week’s Texts:
Exodus 33:12-23; Isaiah 45:1-7; Psalm 96:1-9 [10-13]; Psalm 99; I Thessalonians 1:1-10; Matthew 22:15-22 (21) NLT
Harbor of Hope:
This month’s items are: Laundry & Cleaning Supplies, and are due on October 21st.
Mission Projects for October:
Harbor of Hope
Anabaptist World:
Is the new publication that combined The Mennonite with Mennonite Weekly Review. I got the email to renew our group subscription, if you would like to renew or if you would like to start a new subscription just let me know by October 25th. The price of a subscription is $54.00 per year. Tally
Rejoice Magazine:
Also it is time to renew your Rejoice magazine, if you would like to continue or if you would like to start just let me know by October 25th. I have not yet seen how much the subscription is yet for this coming year. Rejoice is a daily devotional magazine written mostly by Mennonite ministers. Tally
MC-USA-Menno Snapshots:
Glen Guyton, executive director of Mennonite Church USA, reflects on his 27 years as a Mennonite and shares his vision for what’s working, what’s not and what opportunities lie ahead for our denomination in his blog, “The church we’re called to be.” Read it here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/the-church-were-called-to-be/
MC-USA-#MennoCon21: Subscribe to Mennonite Church USA’s convention newsletter to get the latest new about MennoCon21, scheduled for July 6-10, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio. http://eepurl.com/gbyUCj
MC-USA-Learn, Pray, Join: Columbus (Ohio) Mennonite Church has provided sanctuary to Edith Espinal, a Mexican immigrant, for three years, as she fights to keep her family together. Read her remarkable story at: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/news/columbus-mennonite-sanctuary/

MC-USA-Menno Snapshots: Hillary Watson, a bivocational pastor in Ann Arbor, Michigan, reflects on the relationship between our war-tax-resisting Anabaptist roots and our response to current day violence in her blog, “Defund the police’ is deeply Anabaptist.” Read more: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/defund

WORSHIP                                    9:30-10:30________________
Greeters:                                    Gene Miller, Janet Maust
Minister:                                    Mike Gehman
Worship Leader:                     Tally Maust
Song Leader:                            April Shupe
Special Music:                          Joe Miller, Mike Gehman
Head Usher:                              Jim Armstrong

THIS WEEK_________________________________________
Oct. 12th Columbus Day
Oct. 15th Paul McNutt has a Birthday

UPCOMING EVENTS________________________________
Oct. 19th Candlelighters 7pm Janet Maust
Oct. 21st Harbor of Hope items due: Laundry & Cleaning Supplies
Oct. 23rd Senior Breakfast @ Dutch Valley 9:00 a.m.
Nov. 2nd Candlelighters 7pm Julie Gerber
Nov. 3rd Election Day
Nov. 4th Leadership Team 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 16th Candlelighters
Nov. 18th Harbor of Hope items due: Canned Fruits & Veggies
Nov. 26th Happy Thanksgiving
Nov. 27th Senior Breakfast @ Dutch Valley 9:00 a.m.
Dec. 2nd Leadership Team 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 7th Candlelighters
Dec. 15th Harbor of Hope items due: Spaghetti Sauce & Pasta
Dec. 24th Christmas Eve Service
Dec. 25th Christmas Day
Dec. 29th Homeless Shelter Meal 6:00 p.m.

My grandson was visiting one day when he asked, “Grandma, do you know how you and God are alike?” I mentally polished my halo and I said, “No, how are we alike?” “You’re both old,” he replied.

NEXT WEEK_________________________________________
Greeters:                                    April Shupe, Tally Maust
Minister:                                    Mike Gehman
Worship Leader:                     Bruce Stauffer
Song Leader:                            April Shupe
Head Usher:                             Jim Armstrong

CHURCH LEADERSHIP______________________________
Mike Gehman:
Pastor’s Hours:
Wednesday 9:30a.m.-2:30p.m.
Tally Maust
113 W. Main St. P.O. Box 250
Sugarcreek, Ohio 44681

Mike Keim:
Office Contact:
Linda Yoder:
Trustees Contact:
Jim Armstrong:
Mission Contact:
Reno Stevanus:
Secretary Contact:
JoAnne Pyle: