Weekly Bulletin

Welcome to the United Methodist Churches

of Cresco First and Zion

4th Sunday of Easter April 21, 2024



Call to Worship    (Unison) 

From the beginning, God entered into covenant with the human family:  with Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham and Sarah, Moses, Deborah, Ruth and Jeremiah.

Through baptism, Jesus Christ calls us into the covenant and makes us ministers of Christ’s righteousness.

All Christian ministry is Christ’s work of outreaching love.  It demonstrates a common life of gratitude and devotion, witness and service, celebration and discipleship.

All Christians are called to Christ’s servanthood in the world, to the glory of God and for human fulfillment.

The Church, as the community of the new covenant, participates in Christ’s ministry of grace.

It stretches out to human needs wherever service may convey God’s love and ours.

In our ministry of servanthood is this ultimate concern:

That all may be renewed in the image of their creator, and that all Christians are call to minister in deeds and words that heal and free.  Amen


*Hymn:   “Be Still My Soul”                                                               #534

Prayers of the People             

Pastoral Prayer

Prayer of Confession   (unison)  

O merciful God, we confess that we have not acknowledged you as the source of our successes, our substance, ourselves.  We have been far more ready to complain when things go wrong than to praise when all is well.  We have fed our bodies a rich diet while neglecting to feed our souls.  Power and wealth have assumed greater importance to us than sensitivity and service.  We have allowed religious words and forms to substitute for living encounters with the persons you have called us to love.  Forgive us, O God and grant us the opportunity to start over again.  Keep us from repeating the mistakes of the past or from new evils that could mislead or destroy.  In the name of Christ, we offer our earnest prayers for pardon and deliverance.  Amen


The Lord’s Prayer (Lead by the Sunday School Children)

Time with the Children

*Hymn:   “The Voice of God is Calling”                                              #436

Prayer for Illumination


Scripture: Psalm 46                                                                  #780

Leader: This is the Word of God for the People of God

All: Thanks be to God!


Sermon            “… and Know that I am God”

Affirmation of Faith     (Acts 10:34-43)

Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 

We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”



*Doxology “Praise God, from Whom all Blessings Flow”                   #95



*Hymn:      “For the Healing of the Nations”                                    #428



*Response (Please turn and face one another as we sing)

Zion – “God Be with You till We Meet Again”                       #672

First – “Blessing Song” (on screen)




Worship participants:

Pianist/Organist – Melodee Balk      Zion Pianist –Barb Reicks

Worship & Song Leader – Pat Joiner

Worship Tech – Brent and Patsy Bronner  

Ushers – Stan and Gaurdis Krider



Sunday, April 21  Zion: worship 8:30am

First UMC: Sunday School 9:00am         Worship 10:00am

Beginning in the afternoon, Pastor Melissa will be gone to the UMC General Conference in Charlotte, NC April 21 – May 4.


***Please note: Linda Thompson will be covering all pastoral care calls while Melissa is gone.   Please notify her at 563-370-8702 if you need assistance.


Monday, April 22   Quilters meet in West room (all day)

                                Fair Stand meeting 6:00pm

Wednesday, April 23 Bible Study 9-10:30am (East room)

                                    Pillow cleaning 6:00-8:00pm

Thursday, April 25  Pillow Cleaning 7:30-3:00pm

                                  Mat weaving 9:30-11:30am (East room)

Choir 6:00pm (This will be the last Thursday evening practice until fall)

Sunday, April 28  Last day of Sunday School until fall.

Joint worship service for Zion and First UMC 10:00am at First UMC.

Worship will be from the World Day of Prayer program. The Choir will also sing at this service.

Monday, April 29  Quilters meet in West room (all day)

Wednesday, May 1  Bible Study 9-10:30am (East room)

Thursday, May 2  Mat weaving 9:30-11:30am (East room)

Saturday, May 4  Pastor Melissa back from General Conference (pm)

Sunday, May 5  Joint worship service 10:00 at First UMC with Communion.

District Conference in Jesup 4:00pm.  Please let Pastor Melissa know if you would like to carpool.   There is no Zoom option for this meeting.

Wednesday, May 8  Bible Study 9-10:30am (East room)

                                  1st UWIF at 1:30pm

                                  Set-up for Library book sale begins 3:00pm

Saturday, May 11  Pre annual conference session on Zoom 9:30am-11:30am.   Pastor Melissa will make this available in the East room for multiple person viewing.

Sunday, May 12  Mother’s day and Senior recognition Sunday


Thursday, May 9 - Saturday, May 11  Library book Sale at Cresco 1st UMC fellowship hall. Thursday and Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 9am-12am



Rev. Melissa Warren’s contact info:

Call/text – 515-290-0893           melissa.warren@iaumc.net