Weekly Bulletin

The United Methodist Churches of 
Cresco and Zion
  April 21 & 22, 2018
Pastor Kayla Lange-Carney 
First Church Service Saturday - 5:00 P.M.
 Zion Service - Sunday 8:30 A.M. 
First Church Service - Sunday at 10:00 A.M.

Prelude—Zion—Gaye Pedersen
              Cresco—Melodee Balk
Worship Leader—Vicki Reinhart

Welcome/Announcements-Please pass the friendship pads.

*Call to Worship
L: Shout with joy to the Lord!  Worship the Lord with gladness.  Come before him, singing with joy!  Know that the Lord is God!
P: He made us, and we are his.  We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
L: Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise.  Give thanks to him and bless his name.
P: For the Lord is good.  His unfailing love continues
forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.

*Opening Prayer
Good Shepherd, within your embrace we are safe and secure.  Within your embrace we know that we are precious in your sight.  Within your embrace we feel the warmth of family and belonging.  Within your embrace we grow and are nurtured together as one flock, the people of your pasture under your loving care and protection.  Come, let us bow down before the Lord our maker.  Amen.

Mission MomentNative American Ministries-Jean Eldridge
Hymn # 419— “I am Thine, O Lord”

Responsive Reading #754— Psalm 23:1-6
Sing Response 2 once before the reading
and after verses 4 and 6.

Prayers of the People
The Sharing of Our Joys and Concerns
Preparing to Pray-TFWS #2215—“Cares Chorus”
The Pastoral Prayer         The Lord’s Prayer

ScriptureJohn 10:11-18
Children’s Sermon

Scripture1 John 3:16-24


Gentle Shepherd, You guide us in right paths, you lead us in the ways of righteousness, but we have allowed our anger, our rage, our greed, and at times even hate, to direct our paths.  We have overreacted, we have taken more than our share, we have despised others that seem to have it all.  Forgive us, God, for not following your ways.  Forgive us for not remembering that we are your sheep, and you are our Shepherd.  Forgive us when we have not listened for your voice and instead have acted in the ways of the world.  Guide us back to your path, to loving you and loving our neighbors.  Help us to unclench our fists and lend out our hands in hope and healing, forgiveness and love.  In the name of Christ our Shepherd we pray.  Amen.

Assurance of Pardon
L: The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.  The Good Shepherd knows the sheep, and the Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep so that the sheep may live.  We are part of the flock, we are part of Christ’s body.  In Christ we find wholeness and restoration.  Know that you are forgiven and be at peace.
P: Thanks Be to God.  Amen.

Hymn #407— “Close to Thee”  

The Sharing of our Tithes, Gifts and Offerings
           * “The Doxology”—Hymn #95
Hymn #138— “The King of Love My Shepherd Is” (verses 1 and 6)

*Response—Cresco- “The Blessing”
           Zion– Hymn #557”- “Blest Be the Tie” (verse 1)



V Monday, April 23-Monday, April 30
          Pastor is on vacation.
V Wednesday, April 25
          Bible Study– 9:15 A.M.
          Fair Stand Committee meeting-1:30 P.M.
          Pillow Cleaning-6:00-8:00 P.M.
          Praise Singers-6:30 P.M.
          Confirmation/Youth Group-7:30 P.M.
V Thursday, April 26
         Pillow Cleaning-7:30 A.M.-3:00 P.M.
        Choir-6:30 P.M.
V Saturday, April 28
        NO Saturday worship
V Sunday, April 29
        Combined Zion/First Church service at First Church.  Choir sings.
V The Methodist quilt will be ready to hand stitch tomorrow, Monday, April 23rd, from 9:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M.  All are welcome to help!
V There will be a Trustees’ meeting on Wednesday, May 2nd at 6:00 P.M.
V The Cresco Ministerial meeting is at First Church on Thursday, May 3rd at 10:00 A.M.
V Confirmation Sunday is May 6th.  Come and celebrate our 5 confirmands’ faith commitment as new members of our church-Chance Carter, Paul Hanni, Seth Lloyd, Quinna Ollendieck, and Alyssa Sobolik.
V Communion will be the weekend of May 5th and 6th.
V On Wednesday, May 9th Cresco Circle will meet at the church at 1:30 P.M.  The hostess will be Sally Ludeking and the lesson will be given by Marleen Burgess.
V On Friday, May 11th Zion UMW will meet at Assisted Living at 8:15 A.M. at Assisted Living with the meeting afterward.
V Sign up sheets at the back of church:
—Provide treats for fellowship
—Adults and/or youth to light candles
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 Watch us on Internet TV. Go to www.ustream.tv, click on WATCH, then SEARCH and type in CUMC.
V The NE District Weekly on Wednesday’s website is
      northeast.iaumc.org/weeklyonwednesday. Click on the date
      you want.       
V Have a great day and a great week!