October 20, 2002
SESQUICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION 1852-2002
Service of Worship
First Mennonite Church
Sunday October 20, 2002
Sunday School 9:30am
Worship Service 10:30am
Service of Worship
Prelude Be Thou My Vision Traditional Irish melody
Choral call to worship Holy, Holy, Holy Schubert
* Opening hymn 1 What is this place?
Proclamation from the city Mayor Caesar Carrino
Historical bell presentation Dale Fortner, superintendent of schools
James McIlvaine, Pres. of school board
Mark Weidner, Associated Mennonite
Hymn of Affirmation 43 Christ is our cornerstone
We Listen For God=s Word To Us
Children=s message Rev. James Mohr
Scripture: I Kings 18-19 (readers theatre)
Narrator: Mark Haas
God: Fritz Sprunger
Elijah: Lowell Nofziger
Ahab: Ron Chamberlin
Jezebel: Mona Rohrer
Anthem Take My Hand And Lead Me Silcher arr. L. Nickel
Sermon The Uses of History Rev. Don Steelberg
AMy grace is sufficient for you, for power is
made perfect in weakness.@ II Corinthians 12:9
Hymn 502 Spirit of God! Descend upon my heart
We Respond To God=s Goodness
Offertory Amazing Grace American melody
Recognition of those with 50 plus years of membership
Anthem Lift Your Glad Voices Gould
arr. J.L. Kauffman
* Hymn 366 God of grace and God of glory
* Choral benediction Bless, O Lord, And Keep Us Francke
* Meal grace
Postlude Toccata in G by Dennis Eliot
Pastor James R. Mohr
Organist Susan D=Amico
Choir Director Lowell Nofziger
Worship Leader Jerry Newcomer, President of Council
Welcome to our celebration of our 150th anniversary. We praise God for the past
legacy which is ours and for the opportunity to have a vital role in the future of our
community and world.
Greeters today are Darren & Angie Newcomer; next week Jack & Mona Rohrer.
Angie Newcomer is responsible for the nursery today; next week Mona Rohrer.
The October 12, 1866 Enterprise carried this article, AA New Bell. The bell weighing
about eight hundred pounds was placed in the belfry of the Mennonite College on last
Wednesday.@ The first term of school began January 2, 1868 and the last term closed
May of 1879. That bell is now being presented to Associated Mennonite Biblical
Seminaries as a part of our history.
Tomorrow two of our members share a birthday. Ira Shoup will be 90 years old.
The family is requesting our help for this milestone birthday by sending cards to
Ira at The Residence of Sterling Oaks; 540 Great Oaks Trail; Wadsworth. A note sharing
a memory or a good joke would be appreciated.
Also tomorrow is Mike Friedt=s 84th birthday.
The white alter flowers are also in loving memory of Christiaan Ravenswaay and for all
of our other loved ones who have passed.
In the small kitchen there is a box with some items, left at Evensong. Please claim any
of your lost items.
Thanks to Ryan Croyle, Shawn & Jacob Newcomer and youth sponsor, Angie Newcomer,
for the Commemorative banner at the stairway.
Long term members:
70 + years Mike Friedt
60 + years Orpha Hunsberger Dale Lowe
Ruth Schneider Marlin Emig
50-59 years Marge Beery Carl Shelly
Elnore Friedt Ray Shelly
Bob Hart Ira Shoup
Alice Rohrer Ruth Yarman
C A L E N D A R
Mon-Thurs Meat canning for Mennonite Central Committee at Central
Christian H.S. Kidron
Wed. 6:00pm Wed. Night family night w/carry in
6:45pm Kid=s choirs rehearsal
7:15pm Venture Club
7:15pm Youth homework
7:15pm Adult Bible Study
7:30pm Choir rehearsal
Thurs. 4:30pm There will be a peace march sponsored by the Greater Akron
Peace Coalition. Come to the Akron U. athletic field. To show
your opposition to an Iraqi war.
7:30pm Congregational leaders from our church, Salem and Oak Grove
meet with Verle Brubaker of the Central District Mission
committee about Athe natural church.@ Meet in our parking lot
at 7pm to car pool to Oak Grove.
Sat. Cornerstone Halloween/Hayride party at the Newcomer farm.
Bring finger foods.
Next 9:30am Sunday School
Sun. 10:30am Worship Service - ALove Needs To Flow In All Directions@
Matthew 22:34-46 Scripture reader will be Bob Hart.
Nov1&2 6:30pm Beginning of a Acamp-in@ at church. Carry-in on Friday night.
Bring a covered dish and salad or dessert, and your own table-
ware. There will be worship, games, crafts. For staying over-
night, a sleeping bag with an air mattress may do well. Satur-
day meals will all be provided by F&W. Please sign up to let
us know who will or will not stay overnight.
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