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Announcements for this Week – August 8-14

Announcements for August 8-14:

Joys and Concerns for Prayer: 

  • Healing: Jean, Lee, Anita, Mia, Karl
  • Melissa and Bill are asking for prayers for their brother/son William.
  • Robin, Pat, Joyce all asking for prayer for family concerns
  • Deborah and Mae asking for prayers
  • Prayers for more fruitfulness and more opportunities to live and share the love of Jesus as God calls us. 

Thank you to everyone who made this year’s worship on the lawn and church cookout such a great day.  It all came together because of your contributions, and everyone deserves a huge thank you for all of the ways you helped. 

COVID Safety:  We’re all aware that the delta variant of COVID 19 is spreading rapidly across our nation and region. Erie County has been designated by the CDC as an area of Substantial Community Transmission. This is the second-highest level of concern using their metrics. Given this reality, the Leadership Team is recommending that people attending worship at First Church wear masks to reduce the likelihood of transmission. This is NOT a requirement or mandate to attend worship or events. Our hope is that we will model love for each other by doing what is within our power to help reduce the spread of the virus. Please note that if the county is designated an area of “High transmission,” the most serious level according to the CDC, the church will require masks in the building at all times. 

 Food Pantry: God continues to bless others because of your generosity! Pasta, pasta sauces, dish detergent, laundry detergent, and produce are the primary needs at this point. If you can donate some of these items this week, you can bring them during regular pantry hours or contact the church to arrange a drop-off time. Please consider volunteering some time to help with deliveries if possible. 

Don’t forget – the church is looking for a refrigerator for the pantry to store some of the perishable goods. If anyone knows where we might find one, contact Pastor Scott. 

Bible Study: Our Bible study continues helping people discover new truths and get closer to God. This week our focus is the first part of the gospel of John. You don’t have to be completing the Disciple I curriculum to join our conversations. Anyone is welcome to listen and participate as they wish. We keep it real, and we have a great time. If you’d like the link, contact the church. 

Sunday Bible Study:  If you would like to join an interesting conversation about applying Jesus’ teachings and other Biblical principles to your life, this is the place for you. The book and coffee are provided. Just come on out on Sunday morning at 10:00. 

Mark Your Calendars: 

  • August 25 – Community Dinner
  • August 29 – Back to School Sunday
  • September 29 – Community Dinner
  • October 2 – Health Fair

Worship with us today – August 8

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! This is week two of our sermon series Teach Us to Pray. We’re studying how Jesus prayed as well as the lessons He taught us about prayer. This week we’re going to be focusing on some lessons from the Lord’s Prayer. The words of the Lord’s Prayer are familiar, iconic, and powerful. For many, the prayer embodies how they talk with God. Was that was Jesus wanted? Is that how he prayed himself? Join us this Sunday as we study the prayer Jesus taught us and what he hoped to accomplish with it.

Here is some information to help you participate in worship online:
The response to our interactive opening prayer is, “May our prayer join our hearts to yours, Lord. ”

• Today’s songs are “He Has Made Me Glad” and “Spirit of the Living God” Look up the words online, and you can sing along.
• The scripture reading is Matthew 6:5-15
• Please leave a prayer request in the comment section so that we can celebrate God’s kindness and discern God’s will with you.
• Share an offering in our app in Givelify or send a check to the church.

We’re looking forward to worshipping with you. Have a blessed Lord’s day, everyone!

 

This Week’s Announcements: August 1-7

Announcements for Aug. 1-7

Joys and Concerns for Prayer: 

  • Healing: Jean, Lee, Anita, 
  • Melissa and Bill are asking for prayers for their brother/son William.
  • Robin, Pat, Joyce all asking for prayer for family concerns
  • Deborah and Mae asking for prayers
  • Prayers of thanks for Mark and his team who helped us out as they worked on the house next door. 
  • Prayers for God’s leadership and intervention in the violence in our city and nation.
  • Prayers for more fruitfulness and more opportunities to live and share the love of Jesus as God calls us. 

August 8: Worship on the lawn and church picnic – After postponing because of the weather last week, we’re looking forward to our time worshipping outside on our front lawn this coming Sunday. I’ll update everyone on where we stand on Wednesday morning. It looks like folks have covered most details for the event, but there still may be other ways to serve. Immediately after service, we’ll have a time of fellowship and fun from 1:00 to 4:00. 

We’re looking for some more folks to arrive early on Sunday to help with setup. If you can get to the church at 9:30, it would be a huge help! 

Food Pantry: God continues to bless others because of your generosity! Cereals, pasta, and produce are the primary needs at this point. If you can donate some of these items this week, you can bring them during regular pantry hours or contact the church to arrange a drop-off time. Please consider volunteering some time to help with deliveries if possible. 

 

The church is looking for a refrigerator for the pantry to store some of the perishable goods. If anyone knows where we might find one, contact Pastor Scott. 

Bible Study: Our Bible study continues helping people discover new truths and get closer to God. This week our focus is the gospel of Luke. We’ll be studying the idea of how Jesus goes to those who the least and the lost in the world. You don’t have to be completing the Disciple I curriculum to join our conversations. Anyone is welcome to listen and participate as they wish. We keep it real, and we have a great time. If you’d like the link, contact the church. 

Adult Sunday School:  If you would like to join an interesting conversation about applying Jesus’ teachings and other Biblical principles to your life, this is the place for you. The book and coffee are provided. Just come on out.  

Mark Your Calendars: 

  • August 8 – Worship on the lawn; church cookout
  • August 25 – Community Dinner
  • August 29 – Back to School Sunday
  • September 29 – Community Dinner
  • October 2 – Health Fair

 

Worship with us this morning – August 1

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Communication is a critical part of any relationship. It’s difficult to believe that people have established meaningful relationships if they don’t communicate regularly. No matter how long we’ve walked with Christ, we can still strengthen our prayer life. For the next four weeks, we’re going to be exploring prayer. We are going to learn from the best possible example, Jesus. How did Jesus pray? What can we learn from Jesus’ example of prayer that can help us grow as disciples and get closer in our relationship with God? This week our focus is on what Jesus said about prayer. If you’ve ever wondered how to enrich your prayer life, take this journey with us. Join us this Sunday for Teach Us to Pray – Part One.

Here is some information to help you participate in worship online:
The response to our interactive opening prayer is, “Lord, teach us to pray so that we can walk in your will.”
• Today’s songs are “This Is The Day” and “In the Garden” Look up the words online, and you can sing along.
• The scripture reading is Luke 11:1-13.
• Please leave a prayer request in the comment section so that we can celebrate God’s kindness and discern God’s will with you.
• Share an offering in our app in Givelify or send a check to the church.

We’re looking forward to worshipping with you. Have a blessed Lord’s day, everyone!

Worship with us this morning – July 25

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!

Most people hate to fail. When we try something, we work hard to make sure that we’re likely to succeed. Some people become so concerned with the possibility of failure that it keeps them from ever trying to do something new and bold. They refuse to take the risk, but faithful service to Jesus will always involve risk. Jesus tries to prepare us for that reality by forcing us to understand that we do not have the luxury of not trying because were afraid. You must risk whatever you fear to achieve what God has in store for you. How do we learn to live with that? Click here to join us this Sunday for “The Safe Way There.”

Here is some information to help you participate in worship online:
The response to our interactive opening prayer is, “Let us be good and faithful servants, working for your glory. ”
• Today’s songs are “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee” and “Here I Am Lord.” Look up the words online, and you can sing along.
• The scripture reading is Matthew 25:14-30.
• Please leave a prayer request in the comment section so that we can celebrate God’s kindness and discern God’s will with you.
• Share an offering in our app in Givelify or send a check to the church.

We’re looking forward to worshipping with you. Have a blessed Lord’s day, everyone!

Worship with us this morning – July 18

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! You think you know somebody. People often say this after discovering something about someone that surprises them. All of us have seen loved ones change over the years. Have others witnessed changes in you as a result of your relationship with Christ? If the people who know you best haven’t seen anything that looks like growth, how do you know you’ve grown? Looking at a story from the life of Jesus, we’ll explore the idea of growing in faith in “How Well Do They Know You?”

Here is some information to help you participate in worship online:
The response to our interactive opening prayer is, “Amaze us by your works in all of your children.”
• Today’s songs are “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” and “Pass It On” Look up the words online, and you can sing along.
• The scripture reading is Mark 6:1-13
• Please leave a prayer request in the comment section so that we can celebrate God’s kindness and discern God’s will with you.
• Share an offering in our app in Givelify or send a check to the church.

We’re looking forward to worshipping with you. Have a blessed Lord’s day, everyone!

Announcements for this week – July 11-17

Announcements for July 11-17

Joys and Concerns for Prayer: 

  • Healing: Jean, Lee, Anita, Charlotte
  • Lorne, asking for prayers for his father and his father’s wife dealing with medical and financial issues
  • Robin, asking for prayers for her son
  • Pat, prayers for her son and his family 
  • Joyce, father leaving hospital in hospice care
  • Avella, for a family situation
  • Prayers for God’s leadership and intervention in the violence in our city and nation.
  • Prayers for more fruitfulness and more opportunities to live and share the love of Jesus as God calls us. 

Church Workday – This Saturday, July 17, at 10:00 we will be having a church workday. Our focus will be on the kitchen. Come out and lend a hand as we continue to beautify our church home.  

Food Pantry: Thank you for supporting this ministry so generously! The pantry currently could use produce, pasta, sauces, soup, and beans. If you can donate some of these items this week, you can bring them during regular pantry hours or contact the church to arrange a drop-off time. 

 

We also need volunteers to help with both deliveries or in-person hours. If you are interested, contact Pastor Scott directly. 

The church is looking for a refrigerator for the pantry to store some of the perishable goods. If anyone knows where we might find one, contact Pastor Scott. 

Bible Study: Our Bible study continues helping people discover new truths and get closer to God. You don’t have to be completing the Disciple I curriculum to join our conversations. Anyone is welcome to listen and participate as they wish. We keep it real, and we have a great time. If you’d like the link, contact the church. Note that there will not be Bible study on June 30. 

Grief Share: Please help spread the word about our grief support ministry. Many people lost loved ones during the past year. This group is an opportunity to help many who are lost, lonely, angry, or depressed. We will be starting a new cohort of our grief support ministry on Monday, July 19, at 7:00 PM. If you know someone who has recently lost someone and could use the support of a caring community, have them contact us. 

Adult Sunday School starts this Sunday:  If you would like to join an interesting conversation about applying Jesus’ teachings and other Biblical principles to your life, this is the place for you. The book and coffee are provided. Just come on out.  

Mark Your Calendars: 

  • July 11 – Adult Sunday School begins at 10:00 AM 
  • July 17 – Church workday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • July 19 – Griefshare begins – Mondays at 7:00 PM online
  • August 1 – Worship on the lawn; church cookout
  • August 29 – Back to School Sunday

 

Worship with us this morning – July 11

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Have you ever seen someone living in their passion? You can see passion on the face of a great singer like Aretha Franklin, a dancer like Debbie Allen, or a painter like Frida Kahlo. Expressing passion is a beautiful and powerful thing. How do you live your passion for Christ? This week we’re reading a story about King David where he showed his passion for God in a few different ways. Someone confronted him about it, but he explained why he had to do it. If you have a passion for Jesus, it has to make its way into how you live. CLICK HERE to join us this morning when we explore living our passion for Jesus in “Just Feeling It.”

Here is some information to help you participate in worship online:
The response to our interactive opening prayer is, “God’s steadfast love endures forever!”
• Today’s songs are “I Love to Tell the Story” and “Lord of the Dance.” Look up the words online, and you can sing along.
• The scripture reading is 2 Samuel 6:1-5,12-22
• Please leave a prayer request in the comment section so that we can celebrate God’s kindness and discern God’s will with you.
• Share an offering in our app in Givelify or send a check to the church.

We’re looking forward to worshipping with you. Have a blessed Lord’s day, everyone!

Weekly Announcements – July 4 – July 10

Announcements for July 4 – July 10:

Joys and Concerns for Prayer: 

  • Healing: Jean, Lee, Anita, Charlotte
  • Lorne, asking for prayers for his father and his father’s wife dealing with medical and financial issues
  • Robin, asking for prayers for her son
  • Pat, prayers for her son and his family 
  • Joyce, father leaving hospital in hospice care
  • Avella, for a family situation
  • Prayers for more fruitfulness and more opportunities to live and share the love of Jesus as God calls us. 
  • For strength for the families and workers at the site of the condominium collapse in Florida
  • Camp and retreat ministries in our annual conference will receive several new campers and bless them with powerful experiences of faith and fun. 
  • For repentance, learning, healing, and justice after so many unmarked graves of Indigenous children have been found in Canada

Food Pantry: Thank you for supporting this ministry so generously! The pantry currently could use produce, tuna, pasta, sauces, soup, and/or beans. If you can donate some of these items this week, you can bring them during regular pantry hours or contact the church to arrange a drop-off time. 

 We also need volunteers to help with both deliveries or in-person hours. If you are interested, please contact Pastor Scott directly. 

We would like to get a refrigerator for the pantry to store some of the perishable goods. If anyone knows where we might find one, contact Pastor Scott. 

Bible Study: Our Bible study continues helping people discover new truths and get closer to God. You don’t have to be completing the Disciple I curriculum to join our conversations. Anyone is welcome to listen and participate as they wish. We keep it real, and we have a really good time. If you’d like the link, please contact the church. Note that there will not be Bible study on June 30. 

Grief Share: Please help spread the word about our grief support ministry. Given the amount of loss over the past year, this is an important opportunity to help many who feel lost, lonely, angry, or depressed. We will be starting a new cohort of our grief support ministry on Monday, July 19, at 7:00 PM. If you know someone who has recently lost someone and could use the support of a caring community, have them contact us. 

Adult Sunday School starts this Sunday:  If you would like to join an interesting conversation about applying Jesus’ teachings and other Biblical principles to your life, this is the place for you. The book and coffee are provided. Just come on out.  

Mark Your Calendars: 

  • July 11 – Adult Sunday School begins at 10:00 AM 
  • July 17 – Church workday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • July 19 – Griefshare begins – Mondays at 7:00 PM online
  • August 1 – Worship on the lawn; church cookout
  • August 29 – Back to School Sunday

 

Join us for Bible Study Tonight

Understanding how God is at work in our lives can be one of the most challenging aspects of faith. If you’ve ever wanted to have a better understanding of how God may be clearing a path, protecting from harm, providing your needs, or showing love even when you’re not aware of it, tonight is the night for you. Join us for Bible study tonight at 7:00 as we look at two stories that show how God works in us and around us. Message the church for the link.