October 14, 2018

Seek Peace and Pursue It
Session 9:
Seek Peace Through LOVE

First Mennonite Church
Sugarcreek, Ohio October 14, 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.


Session 9:
Seek Peace Through Love


Ringing of the Bell:
 “I Love to Tell the Story” – arr. Fischer
Welcome & Announcements:
Psalm Reading: Psalm 34:1-3, 8-14
Focus Statement:

The path of peace requires that we love God fully and love our neighbors deeply.

Time of Meditation: “The Love of God” – by Lehman
*Call to Worship:
L: We come with praise on our lips, with songs in our hearts;
P: for God is good.
L: We come seeking a glimpse of Christ’s kingdom, a taste of God’s grace;
P: for God is good, and in Christ we lack no good thing.
L: See hear, O people of God. Yahweh our God, Yahweh is One.
P: We seek to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength.
L: Yahweh our God, Yahweh is love.
P: We seek to love our neighbors as ourselves.
L: May this time of worship be a step;
P: a step we take together
All: as we pursue God’s peace.

*Gathering Hymn:
“All Praise to our Redeeming Lord” Hymnal a Worship Book #21

Prayers for Peace with Youth: Lighting the Peace Lamp
Passing the Peace:
Congregational Prayers:
Ending Prayer:


“Praise I will Praise You Lord” Hymnal a Worship Book #76

Scripture: Mark 12:28-34
Message: “The Bottom Lines” – by Mike Gehman


Prayer of Confession:
L: Jesus says: Love God with all your heart.
P: Our hearts, O God, are broken and scattered.
L: Jesus says: Love God with all of your soul.
P: Our souls, O God, are restless and hesitant to settle.
L: Jesus says: Love God with all of your mind.
P: Our minds, O God, are filled up and easily distracted.
L: Jesus says: Love God with all of your strength.
P: Our strength, O God, is not as strong as we wish it was.
L: Jesus says: Love your neighbor as yourself.
P: Our love, O God, is not as strong as we wish it was.


Assurance of Pardon:

*Hymn of Response:
“Help Us to Help Each Other” Hymnal a Worship Book #362

Offering Invitation & Prayer:
Offertory: “My Shepherd will Supply Our Needs” – arr. Watts

*Sending Hymn:
“They’ll Know We are Christians by Our Love”
words as printed in bulletin

*Postlude: “Love Divine, All Love Excelling” – arr. Wesley

*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 Jesus’ teachings of the “Beatitudes”.
*Bev McNutt: Son Craig is so thankful for all the prayers. He has another eye surgery coming up so prayers for him and his family.
*Gene Miller: Praise for God’s healing. His lungs are clear.
*Tally Maust: Praise for the miracle that God brought back our peace plant to life.

THE CHURCH PRAYS FOR_______________________________
*MMN: Join Mennonite Mission Network in praising God for Southern African Development and Reconstruction Agency’s Conflict Transformation program and its success in training peer mediators in high schools. Pray for the youth who build peace in violent situations, and for trainers Dan and Kathryn Smith Derksen as they work alongside SADRA’s director, Oscar Siwali.
*Prayers for Faith and Learning-Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas: Pray for Bethel College students on fall break, especially for safety for athletes and those who are traveling.
*MC-USA: Prayers are requested for New York Mennonite Conference as they gather for their annual gathering in Auburn, New York on Oct. 20 and for Atlantic Coast Conference’s Annual Assembly in Akron, Pennsylvania on Oct. 26-27.

*Next Week’s Texts: Psalm 34:11-15; Romans 12:9-21
*Harbor of Hope: This month’s items are Laundry and Cleaning Supplies and are due on October 24th.
*Soup-N-Salad: Check your mailboxes if you have not done so. Your schedule for the annual Soup-N-Salad is in there. Yum! Yum! I can’t wait. I know one sax player who is looking forward to Broccoli Cheese Soup.
*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.
*October Mission Project: Socks and Underwear for Share-A-Christmas. We will be collecting this month underwear and socks for school age children all sizes. Then the items will be distributed through Share-A-Christmas. There is a box on the Harbor of Hope table/Christmas paper wrapped to put your donations in. Also there will be a Hunger Walk, and the Homeless Shelter Meal on October 29th @ 6:00 p.m., the whole church is in charge.
*Remembrance Sunday: Will be on November 4th. There is a sign-up sheet for those you would like to remember this year.
*MC-USA: Dear Mennonite Church USA constituency, Through the proposed merger of The Mennonite, Inc. (TMI) and Mennonite World Review (MWR), Mennonite Church USA will lose its official media platform (both print and digital) dedicated to MC USA voices and news. The merged organization will function as an independent editorial voice serving a variety of Anabaptist communities including MC USA, but without organizational ties to any particular Anabaptist denomination. Read more background information and Frequently Asked Questions here: http://mennoniteusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Merger-FAQ-_-Final.pdf Through this survey, the Executive Board and staff are seeking input from the broader church as we navigate the merger process and discern our communication needs moving forward. Please complete the survey at the following link no later than October 29th.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TMIdissolution There are also paper copies you can fill out on the table by the mailboxes.
*Community Election Meal: Our church is to furnish 10 pies for the Election Day dinner. The sign-up sheet is on the table by the mailboxes. The pies are to be at the church by Tuesday, November 6th at 7:00 a.m. Also there will be a sign-up sheet to work at the dinner that day. The proceeds from this dinner will be going to local charities. Yum! I can’t wait for the sauerkraut & pork.

WORSHIP                         9:30-10:30_______________________
Greeters:                              Keo Sixiengmay, Keutmy Phoutharath
Minister:                              Mike Gehman
Worship Leader:               Nikki Bowers
Song Leader:                       April Shupe
Organist:                              Margaret Cheslock
Pianist:                                 Suzanne Stauffer
Head Usher:                       Jim Armstrong

THIS WEEK____________________________________________
Oct. 15th         Paul McNutt has a Birthday
Oct. 15th      Candlelighters 7pm Sue Stauffer, leader
Oct. 17th       Morning Prayers in the library 9:00 a.m.
Oct. 17th       WIM Quilting 10am-4pm
Oct. 19th          Tom Agler has a Birthday
Oct. 20th         Hannah Gehman has a Birthday
Oct. 21st          Jon Gerber has a Birthday
Oct. 21st         Jaden Murphy has a Birthday
Oct. 21st       Darcy Miller will be our Guest Minister

UPCOMING EVENTS____________________________________
Oct. 24th       Harbor of Hope items due: Laundry & Cleaning Supplies
Oct. 24th       Soup-N-Salad Supper 4:30-7:00 p.m.
Oct. 26th       Senior Breakfast @ Dutch Valley 9:00 a.m.
Oct. 30th       Homeless Shelter Meal 6:00 p.m., Whole Church
Nov. 5th         Candlelighters 7:00 p.m. JoAnne Pyle, leader
Nov. 6th         Community Sauerkraut & Pork Supper First UCC 11:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 7th         Leadership Team Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 12th         Community Arts Council 6:00 p.m.
Nov. 14th       Harbor of Hope items due: Canned Veggies & Fruit
Nov. 19th       Candlelighters 7:00 p.m. Jeanne Maurer, leader
Nov. 22nd      Thanksgiving
Nov. 23rd       Senior Breakfast @ Dutch Valley 9:00 a.m.

Election Day Fundraiser

Fiat Pork and Sauerkraut Meal Revived at

Sugarcreek First UCC
526 West Main Sugarcreek

Tuesday, November 6th , 2018
Serving 11:00a.m. to 7:00p.m. or sold out

Pork, Sauerkraut, Real Mashed Potatoes, Hot Dogs, Applesauce, Amish Bread and
Dessert—Pie, Cake, Cookies

Area churches donating all the food and supplies.
All proceeds divided between:
Garaway Released Time Education, Young Life
4UCC Baltic Pirate Pack Program
Baltic Community Aid Program

Come enjoy a good meal and fellowship and
donate to a great cause !!!

For info call 330-852-2376

NEXT WEEK___________________________________________
Greeters:                                                        Gene Miller, Janet Maust
Guest Minister:                                            Darcy Miller
Worship Leader:                                         Julie Gerber
Song Leader:                                                 April Shupe
Head Usher:                                                  Jim Armstrong

CHURCH LEADERSHIP__________________________________
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
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