May 8th - Middlebury Church of the Brethren

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May 8th - Middlebury Church of the Brethren
MIDDLEBURY CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN “PROMISE”
We promise to walk in the way of Jesus’ love by: Looking for
the God seed in all people while practicing healthy processes
of inclusiveness, showing grace and honesty.
Building-up community by showing Hospitality,
Equality and speaking truth in love.
Willing to be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit
with our heart, mind, soul, and strength as we grow
spiritually and are transformed in God’s love, grace
and peace.
Study, Practice, and Commitment to Forbearance* as
we search for common ground.
Joyously Celebrating Life.
*Forbearance:
Forbearance is a biblical concept.
The Greek words in the New Testament translated as carry meanings of
patience self-control, restraint, mercy, long-suffering and the refusal to
threaten (EPH. 4:2; COL 3:13, EPH 6:9, 11COR 12:6)
Forbearance does not jeopardize or denigrate individual conviction, but
it does place boundaries on the quality and character of individual
responses.
Forbearance does not require one to accept what another believes, but
it does require one to listen and try to understand what another
believes without demeaning, personal attacks, or acting to
disenfranchise the other person.
MIDDLEBURY CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN
Middlebury Church of the Brethren is a welcoming and inclusive
congregation offering Christ’s hospitality to the world.
Pastoral Minister – Janet Shaver; cell 574-214-6741
e-mail: [email protected]
Worship – 9:00 a.m. Sunday School – 10:45 a.m.
Middlebury
Church of the Brethren
Muddy Footprints
May 8, 2016
“Muddy Footprints”
May 8, 2016
Welcome and announcements
*Greet Each Other in Christ's Love
Mike Sommer
“New Earth, Heavens New”
“I’ve Got a River of Life Flowing”
*CALL TO WORSHIP: (Responsive)
#299
see insert
Mike Sommer
Leader: Come, great Spirit. Come here now to your people.
People: Come, Spirit. Be here with us. May we feel your presence
within, strengthening and renewing our spirits.
Leader: Come, Spirit of God. Come here now and enliven our spirits as
we join in songs of joy and praise.
People: Come, Spirit. Renew us and renew your church. May your
presence be a source of strength for our lives and for your church.
Leader: Come, Spirit. Come now and show us your way and will.
People: Come, Spirit. Renew our minds, transform our hearts, fill
us with resolve and direct our energies to greater actions of
ministry and service.
Duet
Scripture:
Hymn:
Revelation 21:1-6
pew bible NT page 259
“Gentle Shepherd”
#352
Offering Prayer:
We give our gifts in love and thanksgiving for all that we have been
given. Help us give with hearts and minds open to the possibilities of
what we can do to heal the brokenness of our world. Let our love
travel where we do not, making pathways of peace where there are
none, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
*INVOCATION: (Unison prayer)
Come, Mother God, come as an enfolding nurturing presence,
come as steadfast love to hold us.
Come, Mother God, come as an enabling strengthening force,
come as tough love to let us go.
Come, Mother God, come as friend and comforter healing our
wounds,
walking our way, come as wounded healer to make us whole.
Amen
*Hymn:
#1
Lorie Copeland & Jill Weaver
Pastoral Prayer
Scripture:
“What is This Place”
“Mary Did You Know”
What have you learned from your mother? Share with someone
around you.
While Ushers Come In
All: Come, Spirit. Come and lift our spirits so that our lives will
help renew and redeem all the earth.
*Hymn
John DeWilde
Children under 6 yr old can leave to attend the child care at this time.
Prelude
*Praise Music:
Children’s Message
Message:
Acts 1:1-11
“Muddy Footprints”
pew bible NT page 118
Pastor Janet Shaver
“Let There Be Peace on Earth”
*Postlude
see insert
Nelda Snider
CANDLELIGHTER…….……..………………………..
CHORISTER ................................... Tamra Houser
SOUND…,……………Mark Roebuck & Beth Sholly
ORGANIST ........................................ Nelda Snider
SCREENS……………………..………Andy Showalter
CHILDREN BELL CHOIR ............. Dalis Andrews
PIANIST………………….……………Lorie Copeland FLUTIST……………………………..Sherry Bickel
USHERS TODAY ......................................................................... Don Muhlnickel, Ken Abbott, Beth Snider
DEACON WELCOMERS TODAY ............................................................................ Jerry & Julie Bontrager
SANCTUARY GREETERS TODAY ............................................................................... Ken & JoAnn Abbott
DEACON WELCOMERS NEXT WEEK ........................................................... Bev Mauck & Beverly Short
SANCTUARY GREETERS NEXT WEEK ................................................................... Mark & Sherry Bickel
USHERS NEXT WEEK ......................................................... Dalis Andrews, Don Anderson, JoAnn Abbott
Please place music sheet inserts in the basket at the rear of the sanctuary. We can use them again.
* Congregation stands in body or spirit
May 8, 2016
Activities and Announcements
Today 9:00 a.m. Worship Pastor Janet Shaver
Worship Leader – Mike Sommer
10:15 a.m. Fellowship time: (coffee and refreshments)
10:45a.m Sunday School Classes
Tuesday-11:30 a.m. “Seasoned Senior Luncheon” in the Fellowship hall.
The group will be making things for Pentecost Sunday after
everyone has enjoyed a delightful lunch prepared by Pastor Janet
Shaver and Pastor Byrl Shaver
6:30 p.m. Board room rented by Steve Nisley. The group would like the
congregation to know that anyone is welcome to attend
1:30-4:00 p.m. Old Timers meeting at Essen Haus Conference
Center. Everyone is welcome to come; reminisce and learn
about Middlebury’s yesterdays & years.
Thursday – 7:00 p.m. Church board meeting meets in room 105 and
anyone is welcome to attend.
“Take a Break Thursday” free community meal to be served at 5:30 p.m.
here at the church. Please come and enjoy the meal and fellowship. This is
a partnership with Faith Mission of Elkhart
Saturday– 11:30 a.m. Knitting group meets in the fellowship hall
“STAMP OUT HUNGER” postal drive Saturday
morning. Put your sacks of food by your mailboxes.
There is Fair Trade coffee and chocolate bars available for purchase in the
fellowship hall. AND, they are ALL bargains!
-- French Roast, $7.50 - (retail $11.25)
-- Morning Blend, $6.50 - (retail $9.75)
-- Milk & Dark chocolate bars, $2.50 - (retail $3.75)
Take care of your cravings and support fair wages and fair treatment of people and
the planet!
FOOD PANTRY
Please remember to bring in your donations for the FoodPantry.It’s May
and lets bring in Kids Snacks. Individual servings like pudding cups, cookies, chips,
granola bars, canned pasta, snack cheese and crackers. Thank you for your
continuing generosity!
Next Sunday May 15, 20116
9:00 a.m. – Worship Pastor Janet Shaver – Pentecost Celebration
Worship Leader Jill Weaver
10:15 a.m. – Fellowship time: (coffee and refreshments)
10:45 a.m. – Sunday School Classes
Pentecost Celebration – Wear you FIRE COLORS (red, orange, yellow, etc.)
There will be children’s impromptu drama; so kids don’t miss this Sunday; your
help is needed.
May 15 – Deacon meeting after Sunday School
May 19 – In Community Meal at 11:30 Aunt Karens
May 24– Worship Committee meeting at 10:00 a.m
May 29 – “Story Telling” Sunday with Bev Short & 2¢ meal collection
Beth Snider and Jill Weaver invite you to their place,
Saturday, May 21st, 7:00 p.m. for a bonfire, snacks and
S'mores. You bring: a lawn chair if you have one; whatever
beverage you'd like to drink; a snack to share.
Jill and Beth will provide the "fixin's" for S'mores. Maps &/or
directions are available.
Who would like to lead a healthier lifestyle? Who would like to
eat healthier? Do you need support from others who desire the same
thing? There are a group of us who would like to start a Healthy
Lifestyle Group. We don't mean diet but we do desire weight
loss. There are no scales and weigh-ins. But there is helpful tips,
healthy recipes, nutrition and exercise conversation. We would
decide as a group what we needed to live a healthier life. If you are
interested, talk to Pastor Janet. We want to decide when to meet
and how often. Remember we are a group that encourages each
step we take towards a healthier way of living.
The “Care & Share Center” is open every Thursday
from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. or by appointment. You
can leave your clean items in room 508. This room
is back in the Jubilee hall area. Please no TV’s,
Computers, or electronics. Any questions can be directed to Carolyn DeWilde
or Sharon Davidson.

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