Weekly Bulletin


Cresco United Methodist's
150th
Anniversary
 The United Methodist Churches of Cresco and Zion
  November 4, 2018
Pastor Kayla Lange-Carney
Cresco Church Service - Saturday 5:00 P.M. 
Zion Service - Sunday 8:30 A.M. 
First Church Service - Sunday at 10:00 A.M.


Prelude— “Jesus Is All the World to Me”—Mary Ellen Turnmire 
                                                                and Melodee Balk

Worship Leader—Vicki Reinhart                     
Welcome/Announcements-Please pass the friendship pads.

*Call to Worship
Reader 1: 160 years ago, in 1858, the first Methodist Church of Howard County was organized in Vernon Springs and New Oregon townships.
Congregation: Thank you, O God, for the faithful pioneers who carried their faith with them.
Reader 2: 150 years ago, in 1868, the First Methodist Episcopal Church was built in Cresco. This was the first church built in Cresco.
Congregation: Thank you, O God, for those who gave that others might worship.
Reader 3:  December 23, 1900 was the memorable date when the original brick building on the corner of Third Avenue and Elm  Street was dedicated by Bishop McCabe.  The entire cost of the building and furnishings, exclusive of the lots, was $16,400.
Congregation: Thank you, O God, for the faithful witness of those who have kept the faith.
Reader 1: Exactly forty years and two months to the day that the dedication service had been held, on February 23, 1941, at 10:30 A.M. when Sunday School had just assembled, a fire of unknown origin razed the interior and roof, leaving little more than the outer walls, some smoked furniture, a much damaged organ and insurance of about $22,000.
Reader 2: Although the task of rebuilding seemed almost impossible, a new $41,000 church was dedicated December 28, 1941.
Reader 1: During the time of the rebuilding, the church met in the original church building.  When the church was rebuilt, the original outside walls and cornerstone were kept.  The main entrance was moved to the southeast corner of the building and the sanctuary was built facing north.
Congregation: Thank you , O God, for those who weathered the storms of life and left us a place to worship today.  May we be faithful in serving you.
Reader 3: The work is not complete.  God still calls us to reach out beyond what we think we can, for new ministries, new technologies, and a changing congregation and denomination.  We continue to reach out into God’s world as his hands and feet.

*Opening Prayer
God we are surrounded by a cloud of faithful witnesses who have gone before.  Those who have loved where we would have hated.  Those who have healed where we would have hurt.  Those who have spoken out when we would have remained silent.  God, may we walk in their footsteps, earning courage from their sacrifice.  May we learn to give so that others may receive.  May we learn to love so that others may be set free.  May we learn to die so that others might live.  God, may we join that cloud of faithful witnesses, treading paths of loving obedience, leaving footprints that others desire to walk in.  God, may we too lead kingdom lives.  Amen.

Choir— “Of Grateful Praise”

Prayers of the People
The Sharing of Our Joys and Concerns
Preparing to Pray-TFWS #2200—“O Lord, Hear My Prayer”
The Pastoral Prayer                 
     The Lord’s Prayer

Sunday School— “Jesus Loves Me”   (with sign language)
      “If You’re Happy And You Know It”
     
ScriptureHebrews 12:1-11
      L:  This is the word of the Lord.
      P: Thanks be to God.

MessageContinuing the Legacy

Prayer of Confession
Beloved God, have mercy on us.  We do not always love as you would have us love.  We do not always do as you would have us do.  In our stubbornness, we turn from you when we should turn toward you.  Hold us, dear One comfort us when we fail and sin, telling us that you are there to help.  We praise you for the grace you shower on us, constantly forgiving our errors, especially the ones that we don’t share with any but you.  Hear now the silent fears and worries of our hearts.    A time of silence
Assurance of Pardon
L: Hear the Good News!  God is merciful and loving, slow to anger, abounding in peace!  Our Lord came down to earth to live and suffer on a cross for us so that he would know truly our pains and hurts.  Christ took our sins upon him so that we could be at peace.  Know that you are forgiven and be at peace!
P: We are forgiven.  Thanks be to God.  Amen.

Communion—pp. 13-14
“God Is So Good”
“I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”

Hymn #592— “When the Church of Jesus”  

The Sharing of our Tithes, Gifts and Offerings “Amazing Grace”
                    * “The Doxology”—Hymn #95
  
*Hymn #545— “The Church’s One Foundation”  (verses 1, 3, & 4) 

*Benediction

*Response“The Blessing”

Postlude— “Psalm 19”

Announcements
V Sunday, November 4
NO Youth Group until December 2nd
V Tuesday, November 6
“Days for Girls” sewing day-9:30 A.M.-3:30 P.M.
V Wednesday, November 7
Bible study-9:15 A.M.
Cresco Circle-1:30 P.M.
Trustees’ meeting-6:00 P.M.
Choir-6:30 P.M.
V Saturday, November 3
  NO Saturday worship 
V Sunday, November 11
Kelly Flugge will fill the pulpit at Zion (8:30) & First (10:00)
Shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child are due and will be
wrapped in Sunday School
V Pastor will be on vacation Monday, November 5th-Monday, Nov. 19th. 
V Our emergency contact while Pastor is away is Pastor Paula Hemann at  Lime Springs UMC.  She can be reached at 641-220-3329.
V The Swiss Steak Dinner is on Monday, November 19th from 4:00-7:00 P.M.  Last year we had a sign up sheet to purchase food items for the dinner.  It worked so well that we are doing it again this year.  If you wish to donate please sign up by Sunday, Nov. 11th and have the food products in the church kitchen by Saturday, November 17th.  If you need more tickets for the dinner, let Melodee know.
V Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lanesboro, MN is having Norwegian Meatball Supper on Sunday, November 11th from 11:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.
V The church’s website is www.crescoumc.com.
V The church’s email address is crescoumc@gmail.com and the church secretary’s email address is umc@outlook.com.
V The NE District Weekly on Wednesday’s website is
       northeast.iaumc.org/weeklyonwednesday. Click on the date.
V Have a great day and a great week!