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Jan. 27th Bulletin

January 24, 2008

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
January 27, 2008               3rd Sunday after the Epiphany
PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP       Kenny Stephens

GREETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS        Horace Abbott

*SONGS OF PRAISE
“I Will Enter His Gates” 
I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart, I will enter His courts with praise.  I will say, “This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice for He has made me glad.”

He has made me glad, He had made me glad; I will rejoice for He has made me glad.  He has made me glad, He has made me glad; I will rejoice for He has made me glad.

“Wonderful Words of Life”   (vs. 1,2,3)  UMH #600
Vs. 1: Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of life; let me more of their beauty see, wonderful words of life; words of life and beauty, teach me faith and duty.

Refrain:  Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life.  Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life.

Vs. 2:  Christ, the blessed one, gives to all, wonderful words of life; Sinner, list to the loving call, wonderful words of life; all so freely given, wooing us to heaven. 

Repeat Refrain:
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Vs.3:  Sweetly echo the gospel call, wonderful words of life; offer pardon and peace to all, wonderful words of life; Jesus, only Savior, sanctify forever. 

Repeat Refrain:

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH    (UMH #881) Delbert Dearing      
I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord:  who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  Amen.

*Gloria Patri        UMH #70
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen. Amen.

*SONG OF PRAISE   “Great Is the Lord”
Great is the Lord; He is holy and just. By His power we trust in His love.  Great is the Lord; He is faithful and true. By His mercy He proves He is love.

Great is the Lord, and worthy of glory!  Great is the Lord, and worthy of praise!  Great is the Lord! Now lift up your voice; Now lift up your voice:  Great, is the Lord!  Great, is the Lord!

Great is the Lord; He is holy and just. By His power we trust in His love.  Great is the Lord, He is faithful and true. By His mercy He proves He is love.

Great are You, Lord, and worthy of glory!  Great are You, Lord, and worthy of praise!  Great are You, Lord! I lift up my voice; I lift up my voice:  Great, are You, Lord!  Great, are You, Lord!

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON                Delbert Dearing
II Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10

JOYS AND CONCERNS        Delbert Dearing
Pastor Prayer/Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by thy name.  Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.   And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.  Amen.

CHILDREN’S TIME               Brack Jones      
As the children come forward, join in singing “Jesus Loves Me” #191
As the children return, join in singing “This is the Day” #657

GIVING OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS      Delbert Dearing
*Doxology          UMH #95

*SONG OF PRAISE     
“Take My Life”   
Vs. 1:   Holiness, holiness, is what I long for.  Holiness, is what I need.  Holiness, holiness, is what You want, from me.
Chorus:  Take my heart, and form it.  Take my mind, transform it.  Take my will, conform it, to Yours, to Yours, O Lord.

Vs. 2:  Faithfulness, faithfulness, is what I long for. 
Faithfulness, is what I need.  Faithfulness, faithfulness,
is what You want, from me.   Repeat Chorus:

Vs. 4:  Purity, purity, is what I long for.  Purity, is what I need.  Purity, purity, is what You want from me.

SCRIPTURE READING                     Delbert Dearing
Mark 3:13-19   Mark 6:6b-13

MESSAGE        Called to be God’s People 
“God Sends and Equips Disciples”

*THE HYMN OF INVITATION   UMH #593
“Here I Am, Lord”
Vs. 1:  I, the Lord of sea and sky, I have heard my people cry.  All who dwell in dark and sin, my hand will save.  I who made the stars of night, I will make their darkness bright.  Who will bear my light to them?  Whom shall I send?

Refrain:  Here I am, Lord.  Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling  in the night.  I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold,
your people in my heart.

Vs. 2:  I, the Lord of snow and rain, I have borne my people’s pain.  I have wept for love of them.  They turn away.  I will break their hearts of stone, give them hearts for love alone.  I will speak my word to them.  Whom shall I send? 

Repeat Refrain:
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Vs. 3:  I, the Lord of wind and flame, I will tend the poor and lame, I will set a feast for them.  My hand will save.  Finest bread I will provide, till their hearts be satisfied.  I will give my life to them.  Whom shall I send? 

Repeat Refrain:

*BENEDICTION
*DISMISSAL    “Shalom to You”                UMH #666
Shalom to you now, shalom, my friends.  May God’s full mercies bless you, my friends.  In all your living and through your loving, Christ be your shalom, Christ be your shalom..

*POSTLUDE          Kenny Stephens
*Indicates congregation standing, unless unable.
*CCLI #2480835
FOR THE RECORD:
 ATTENDANCE:              January 20, 2008                    70
 2008 Budget                                         $124,524.53
 Budget needed weekly             2394.70
 Offering received 1/13/08                       1571.60
 Excess/ Deficit To Date           (2374.76)
                                        CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Sunday,  January 27     9:30 a.m.  Prayer Time
     9:45  a.m.  Sunday School
    10:50 a.m.  Morning Worship
    12:00 noon  ABC/ A-G Luncheon       Bring covered dish
    6:00 p.m.  Youth Fellowship
    6:15 p.m.  Pastor’s Quarterback
Tuesday, January 29  4:30 p.m.  Chimes Practice
Wednes. January 30  3:30 p.m.  Celebration Kids
    7:00 p.m.  Youth Fellowship
Saturday, February 2  7:00 a.m.  Methodist Men
    9:00 a.m.  Methodist Women
BIRTHDAY GREETINGS:    
 January 14:  Joanne Mashburn (belated) ,January 21: Wendy Motley,
January 22:  Kelsey Blue- January 22:  Trinity Tomlinson , 
February 1: Danny Wickham,  and Tony Medauer February 2, Nicole Blue
WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CONTRATULATIONS:
                    January 13,  Mr. and Mrs. John Clark
                         WE REMEMBER IN PRAYER
Our Men and Women in the Military Service of our Country,  Our President, Our  Church and  All shut-ins.
For:  Tony Medauer, Michael Dickerson, Jeremy Harris, Robert  Nichols, Bo McInroe, Cody Creager, David Dumenil, Adam  Dorner, Jerry Sebastian, Scott Williams, and Amanda Goodwill.
For:  Alyce Carter, Ruby Fay Sipe, Robert Roysden, Vickie Guest, Marie Fisher, Shayla Seymore, Rebecca McInroe, Debra Gates, Jack Syfers, Ruth Hogan, Lavern Fortner, Betty Jane Tittle, Walter and Barbara Whisenhunt,  Pat Wilburn, Anthony Williams , Della Henslee, the Gene Amerine Family,
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Van Transportation:  Tony and Sharon Medauer
Acolyte Servers:  Lexi Smith and Emily Cox
January Ushers:  Tony Medauer, Tom Watson, Gary Shipman, Ronny Doan

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January 2008 Newsletter

January 15, 2008

           CALENDAR OF EVENTS
        
Sunday   January 13 

9:30 a.m.    Prayer Time   

9:40 a.m.                 Believers Class
9:45 a.m.     Sunday School
10:50 a.m. Morning Worship
12:00 noon 2nd Sunday Lunch
   4:00 p.m.    Trustee’s Meeting
   6:00 p.m. Youth Fellowship
   6:15 p.m.         Pastor’s Quarterback  

Tuesday January 15 4:30 p.m.     Chimes Practice
Wednes. January 16 10:00 a.m.  Ladies Luncheon
   3:30 p.m.  Celebration Kids
   7:00 p.m.     Joint Ad Board
                    and Finance Committee Meeting
    Youth Fellowship to be announced
Sunday January 20 

9:30 a.m.         Prayer Time
   9:40 a.m.   Believers  Class
   9:45 a.m.     Sunday School
   10:45 a.m. Morning Worship
   12:00 NOON        ABC  Dinner
          Persons A – G
    6:00 p.m. Youth Fellowship
   6:15 p.m.        Pastor’s Quarterback
Wednes. January 23    

3:30 p.m.  Celebration Kids
   7:00 p.m. Youth Fellowship
Sunday January 27 

9:30 a.m.          Prayer Time
   9:40 a.m.   Believers Class
   9:45 a.m.     Sunday School
   10:50 a.m.           Morning Worship 
   12:00 NOON       ABC  Dinner
        Persons  H – O
   6:00 p.m. Youth Fellowship
   6:15 p.m.         Pastor’s Quarterback
Wednes. January 30 

3:30 p.m.  Celebration Kids
   7:00 p.m. Youth Fellowship
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                               JANUARY USHERS
    Tony Medauer, Tom Watson,  Gary Shipman,  Ronny Doan 
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                   LET US REMEMBER IN PRAYER….
 
Our Men and Women the Military Service,  For our Country,  For our Leaders,  For our Church,  For our shut-ins.

For Tony Medauer, Michael Dickerson, Jeremy Harris, Robert  Nicols,  Bo McInroe, Cody Creager, David DuMenil, Adam Donner, Jerry Sabastian,  and Scott Williams.

For Alyce Carter,  Kathy Crocker, Lou Ella Hughes, Debbie Williams, Ruth Wilson,  Della Henslee,  Debra Gates,  Ruby Fay Sipe,  Robert Roysden, Betty Conley, Shayla Seymore, Gene Amerine, Jack Syfers,  Ruth Hogan, Laverne Fortner Betty  Jane Tittle, Walter and Barbara Whisenhunt, Pat Wilburn and
Anthony Williams.
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      JANUARY  ACOLYTE SERVERS
January 13:       Josh Bean and Noah Bean
January 20:        Gilbert Borrego and Trubi Borrego
January 27:         Lexi Smith and Emily Cox
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              WOULD YOU LIKE A RIDE TO CHURCH?
Thanks to Tony and Sharon Medauer, we now can provide rides in the Church Van for those who would like to ride to church .  Please allow us your names to the church office.  Thanks.  LC.
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Loving Gifts given in memory of L. S. Tipton, Stacey Ann Leverich, Waymond Hicks, and J. McPherson  by 
      Loucile Wilson           

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        CHILDREN’S TIME MINISTRY           
Sunday, January 13             Horace Abbott         
Sunday, January 20                     Jean Blue
Sunday, January 27                 Brack Jones
              

        SPECIAL WORD OF THANKS

My wife and I would like to extend words of appreciation for the special gifts we received from you this Christmas. The  food, cards, and monetary gifts were so thoughtful. Thank you for remembering us this Christmas Season.
                             Horace and Mary Abbott
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                    WORD OF APPRECIATION

Dear Brother Horace and Members of First United Methodist Church,

Thank you for the generous donation of @125.00 that you gave to the Merkel Pastor’s Association back in August to help the Merkel flood victims. Your help and thoughtfulness is very much appreciated.

Jesus said, “Inasmuch as you did it unto one of the least of these, my brethren, you did it unto me.”  Your gift and that of others helped 12 families get back on their feet.  Again thanks for your concern and support of our residents in Merkel.                                        Sincerely yours,
    Jimmy Griffith
    Pastor, First Baptist Church
P.S. I apologize for not getting this to you sooner.  Thanks again for helping out our Merkel flood victims.
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                MUSIC IN MINISTRY
 
   ATTENTION-ATTENTION-ATTENTION
      IT’S HERE- HOT OFF THE PRESS

     “A CIRCUS IS COMING TO TOWN”
       THE GREATEST SHOW ON HEAVEN AND EARTH

   F IRST  UNITED METHODIST, MERKEL
                SUNDAY,  MAY 4TH
 
           Get your newsletter now—-Read all about it !!!
Yes, rumors are spreading that a “Circus” is coming to town.  There will be live animals, clowns, zambinies and much, much more.  Keep your eyes open and watch for further details.  Tell your neighbors and friends about this special NWTC News Report.
****All kids interested in being a part of this special event are invited to our Celebration Kid’s after-school program each Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:S30 p.m. Don’t miss this spectacular upcoming event !!!
_______________________________________________    HANDBELL NEWS
We extend words of thanks to our Tuesday Chime Ringers for the special music you provided to our church and Merkel ISD during the Christmas Season.  You are each special people, with special talents.  We look forward to hearing you again this Spring.

***Remember, if there is anyone who would like to contribute to our handbell fund, for the purchase of new handbells, please document your check  “handbell fund”.
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                       HE CHOSE THE NAILS
        What God Did To Win Your Heart
                   Study Begins Sunday,  January 13th
 9:40 a.m.    Believers Sunday School Class
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               SPIRIT WIND 2008
Youth Choir of the Northwest Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church
                                       June 8th to June 22nd,  2008
    VOCAL AND INSTRUMENTAL INTERVIEWS
                                     January 19:  FUMC, Lubbock
               January 26:  St. Paul UMC,  Abilene
Alternative possibilities, an audio cassett tape of cd must be sent to Bert Bostic by January 28, 2008. If weather or family emergency prevents your scheduled interview, please mail your tape as soon as possible. Sprit Wind cost to members is $225.00 registration , includes concert clothing, group picture, cd, all meals at Camp Butman, and tour transportation. Fee does NOT include snacks, lunches on the road, transportation to Camp Butman, or home from Midland. The 225.00 is due as follows: $ 75.00 due with registration; $75.00 due by February 22; $75.00 due by Spring Rehearsal (March 7-9 in Midland.

January 13, 2008 Bulletin

January 9, 2008

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
January 13, 2008               Baptism of the Lord
PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP       Kenny Stephens

GREETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS        Horace Abbott

*SONGS OF PRAISE
“How Majestic Is Your Name”  (2x)
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth.  O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth.  O Lord, we praise Your name.  O Lord, we magnify Your name, Prince of Peace, mighty God, O Lord God Almighty..

“Spirit Song”    UMH #347
Vs. 1: O let the Son of God enfold you, with his Spirit and his love.  Let him fill your heart and satisfy your soul.  O let him have the things that hold you, and his Spirit like a dove, will descend upon your life and make you whole.

 Chorus: Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your lambs.  Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your lambs.
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Vs.2:  O come and sing this song with gladness as your hearts are filled with joy.  Lift your hands in sweet surrender to his name.  O give him all your tears and sadness; give him all your years of pain, and you’ll enter into life in Jesus’ name.
Repeat Chorus:

*PSALTER READING    Psalm 29  UMH #760   Delbert Dearing      
Leader: Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
People: Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name; worship the
Lord in holy splendor.
Leader:  The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, upon many waters.
People:  The voice of the Lord is powerful, the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
Leader:  The voice o f the Lord breaks the cedars,
People:  the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
Leader:  The Lord makes Lebanon to skip like a calf, and Sirion likea young wild ox.
People:  The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.
Leader:  The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness,
People:  the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

Leader:  The voice of the Lord makes the oaks to whirl, and strips the forests bare;
People:  and in his temple all cry, “Glory!”
Leader:  The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits
enthroned as Ruler forever.
People:  May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his peace with peace!

*SONG OF PRAISE  “We Will Glorify”  (vs. 1,2)
Vs. 1:  We will glorify the King of Kings; We will glorify the Lamb.  We will glorify the Lord of Lords, Who is the great I AM.

Vs 2:  Lord Jehovah reigns in majesty; We will bow before His throne.  We will worship Him in righteousness;
We will worship Him alone.

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON    Isaiah 42:1-9      Delbert Dearing

JOYS AND CONCERNS        Delbert Dearing
Pastor Prayer/Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by thy name.  Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.   And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.  Amen.

CHILDREN’S TIME           Horace Abbott      
As the children come forward, join in singing “Jesus Loves Me” #191
As the children return, join in singing “This is the Day” #657

GIVING OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS      Delbert Dearing
*Doxology          UMH #95

*SONG OF PRAISE     UMH #344
“Lord, You have Come to the Lakeshore”
Vs. 1:  Lord, you have come to the lakeshore-
Looking neither, for wealthy nor wise ones;
You only asked me, to follow humbly.

Chorus:  O Lord, with your eyes you have searched me, and while smiling have spoken my name; Now my boat’s left, on the shore-line behind me; by your side, I will seek other seas.

Vs. 2:  You, know so well my possessions; my boat carries, no gold and no weapons; you will find there, my nets and labor. 
Repeat Chorus:
SCRIPTURE READING                     Delbert Dearing
Matthew 1:18-21   Luke 2:22-38

MESSAGE        Called to be God’s People 
“God Calls in the Night and at Midday”

*THE HYMN OF INVITATION   UMH #398
“Jesus Calls Us”  (Vs. 1,2,3,5)
Vs. 1:  Jesus calls us o’er the tumult of our life’s wild, restless sea; day by day his sweet voice soundeth, saying, “Christian, follow me!”

Vs. 2:  As of old the apostles heard it by the Galilean lake, turned from home and toil and kindred, leaving all for Jesus’ sake.

Vs. 3:  Jesus calls us from the worship of the vain world’s golden store, from each idol that would keep us, saying,
“Christian, love me more!”

Vs. 5:  Jesus calls us! By thy mercies, Savior, may we hear thy call, give our hearts to thine obedience, serve and love thee best of all.
*BENEDICTION

*DISMISSAL    “Shalom to You”                UMH #666
Shalom to you now, shalom, my friends.  May God’s full mercies bless you, my friends.  In all your living and through your loving, Christ be your shalom, Christ be your shalom..

*POSTLUDE          Kenny Stephens

*Indicates congregation standing, unless unable.
*CCLI #2480835

FOR THE RECORD:

 ATTENDANCE:              January 6th 2008                     66
 2008 Budget                                         $124,524.53
 Budget needed thru 1/6/08            2394.70
 Budget received thru 1/6/08            1558.02
 Excess/ Deficit              (836.68)
                                        CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Sunday,  January 13        9:30 a.m.  Prayer Time
     9:45  a.m.  Sunday School
    10:50 a.m.  Morning Worship
    12:00 noon  2nd Sunday Lunch    4:00 p.m.  Trustee’s Meeting
    5:00 p.m.  Bible Study     6:00 p.m.  Youth Fellowship
    6:15 p.m.  Pastor’s Quarterback
Monday,   January 14  4:00 p.m.  Cullins Wedding
       Stacye & Rick
Wednesday  January 15  10:00 a.m.  Ladies Luncheon
    7:00 p.m.  Joint Ad Board Meeting       Finance Committee-with
       Presentation by Pastor       Greg Kennedy
  
                         WE REMEMBER IN PRAYER
Our Men and Women in the Military Service of our Country,  Our President, Our  Church and  All shut-ins.

For:  Tony Medauer, Michael Dickerson, Jeremy Harris, Robert  Nichols, Bo McInroe, Cody Creager, David Dumenil, Adam  Dorner, Jerry Sebastian, Scott Williams, and Amanda Goodwill.
For:  Alyce Carter, Ruby Fay Sipe, Robert Roysden, Vickie Guest, Marie Fisher, Shayla Seymore, Rebecca McInroe, Gene Amerine, Debra Gates, Jack Syfers, Ruth Hogan, Lavern Fortner, Betty Jane Tittle, Walter and Barbara Whisenhunt,    Pat Wilburn, and Anthony Williams

Van Transportation:  Tony and Sharon Medauer
Acolyte Servers:   Josh Bean and Noah Bean
January Ushers:  Tony Medauer, Tom Watson, Gary Shipman, Ronny Doan