October 28, 2018

Seek Peace & Pursue It
Session 11:
Seek Peace Through Respect

First Mennonite Church
Sugarcreek, Ohio October 28, 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________________________

Session 10:
Seek Peace Through Respect


Ringing of the Bell:
Prelude: “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah” – arr. Hughes
Welcome & Announcements:
Focus Statement:

Peace Requires respect for all people.

Psalm Reading: Psalm 34:14-22
Time of Meditation: “There is Something About that Name” – arr. Gaither
*Call to Worship:
L: Brothers and sisters, welcome to worship.
P: We lay aside our pride and our judgments as we enter the house of God.
L: In this place, each seat is a seat of honor.
P: In this place, each person is of utmost value,
L: Here we glimpse God’s kingdom of justice.
P: Here we hear whispers of God’s kingdom of peace.
All: May our eyes and our ears be open.

*Gathering Hymn:
“Holy, holy, holy” Hymnal a Worship Book #120

Prayers for Peace with Youth: The Top Five Poorest Nations—DR Congo, Mozambique, Uganda, Tajikistan, Haiti
Passing the Peace:

{Greet your neighbor in the spirit of peace}

Congregational Prayers:
Ending Prayer:


“Beauty for Brokenness” Sing the Story #115 vs. 1,2,3

Scripture: James 2:1-13
Morning Message: “Showing Respect, Love, and Mercy” – by Mike Gehman


Prayer of Confession:
L: O God of relentless love, ferocious God of peace. . . .We say we want peace.
P: We say we are a people of peace.
L: Yet we entertain violence in our hearts,
P: wanting revenge and seeking it.
L: We live in privilege,
P: turning deaf ears to the poor.
All: O Lamb of God, have mercy on us.
L: Wrench us from all desires that breed violence.
P: Fill us with holy anger, and make us advocates for those who have no voice.
L: Spirit of Jesus come upon us.
P: Compel us with the fury of your love, until the world is flooded with your reconciling hope.
All: O Lamb of God, grant us peace. AMEN.
Words of Assurance:

*Hymn of Response:
“Helpless and Hungry” Sing the Story #26
With “What Child is This?

Offering Invitation & Prayer:
Offertory: “There is a Balm in Gilead” – arr. Oatsman

*Sending Hymn:
“Jesus Loves Me” Hymnal a Worship Book #341
Sung acapella

*Postlude: “Trust in Jesus” – arr. Lammel

*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_______________________________
*Darcy Miller: Praise update on Vivian Miller, she is improving a little every day. She has been moved to a hospital for intensive rehab therapy. Prayers that she passes her swallowing test so the feeding tube can be removed.
*April Shupe: T.J. came through the hip surgery very well
*Tally Maust: Praise for the birthdays of Jaden Murphy and Jon Gerber.
*Julie Gerber: Praise for our times to pray for peace with the youth.

THE CHURCH PRAYS FOR_________________________________
*April Shupe: Prayers for the Collins family as Cory has passed away.
*Sue Stauffer: Prayers for George Windate and his wife Sally. George has heart issues and has developed pneumonia.
*Bertie Showers: John Smith a brother of Kathy Smith just found out that he has liver cancer.
*Julie Gerber: Prayers for Nancy Yoder who will have surgery on November 6th.

*Next Week’s Texts: Isaiah 25:6-9; Revelation 21:1-6a
*Harbor of Hope: 22 items of Laundry & Cleaning Supplies were sent to Harbor of Hope on Wednesday, thank you for your contributions.
This month’s items are Canned Fruits and Veggies. They are due on November 14th.
*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 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 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 is a sign-up sheet (on the small bulletin board) 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.
*Poinsettias: Can you believe it, it is time to order the poinsettias! There is a sign-up sheet on the table by the mailboxes. We have until November 4th to order them. The price is $8.00 each.
*Time Change: Don’t forget to turn your clocks back 1 hour or you will be really early for church next Sunday!

WORSHIP                                                              9:30-10:30 __________
Greeters:                                                              Vi Yoder, Julie Gerber
Minister:                                                              Mike Gehman
Worship Leader:                                               Suzanne Stauffer
Song Leader:                                                       April Shupe
Organist:                                                              Margaret Cheslock
Pianist:                                                                  Suzanne Stauffer
Head Usher:                                                        Jim Armstrong

THIS WEEK_____________________________________________
Oct. 30th        Gene & JoAnne Miller’s Wedding Anniversary
Oct. 30th     Homeless Shelter Meal 6:00 p.m., The Whole Church in Charge
Oct. 31st         Nancy Yoder has a Birthday
Oct. 31st         Amy Hostetler has a Birthday
Nov. 1st          Jean Flinner has a Birthday
Nov. 4th       Remembrance Sunday, Pastor Mike Gehman will bring the Message
Nov. 4th       Poinsettia order are due

UPCOMING EVENTS______________________________________
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. 18th      Community Thanksgiving Service
Nov. 19th      Candlelighters 7:00 p.m. Jeanne Maurer, leader
Nov. 22nd     Thanksgiving
Nov. 23rd      Senior Breakfast @ Dutch Valley 9:00 a.m.
Dec. 5th         Leadership Team Meeting
Dec. 10th         Community Arts Council 6:00 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
Dec. 25th      Christmas Day
Dec. 28th      Senior Breakfast @ Dutch Valley 9:00 a.m.
Dec. 30th      Christmas Sunday

NEXT WEEK____________________________________________
Greeters:                                                             Tyler & Jaden Murphy
Minister:                                                             Mike Gehman
Worship Leader:                                              Nikki Bowers
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
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