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                  Student New Beginnings Sunday

                                       August 20, 2017                   


Personal Meditation:   “A child is born of a woman in a moment, or at least in a very short time.  Afterward he gradually grows till he attains the stature of a man, in a like manner, a child is born of God in a short time, if not in a moment, but  by slow degrees that he afterward grows up in the full stature of Christ; the same relation, therefore, which there is between our natural birth and our growth, there is also between our new birth and our sanctification.”  John Wesley: “Of Regeneration”, (chapt. 11 in Coll. D, 197-98)


PRELUDE                             “Rondeau”                                   Organist                                                                                                           




            Liturgists: 8:30  Shirley Adams  10:45  Mark Bannister 


*CALL TO WORSHIP                                                    Psalm 126:1-3

Leader:   When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were

               like those who dream.                       

People:  Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue

               with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations,

               “The LORD has done great things for them.”

Leader:   The LORD has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.       


*HYMN OF PRAISE     “This is a Day of New Beginnings”     UMH#383


*AFFIRMING OUR MISSION:  “The Mission of Hays First United Methodist Church is to share the Word of God with all people through spiritual growth, worship, fellowship and service.”


*GLORIA PATRI             “Glory Be to the Father”                    UMH#70  




BLESSING OF THE TEACHERS and those who work in the Ministry

of Education


TIME FOR CHRIST’S YOUNG DISCIPLES                               Brett Bruner                     

Tell me the stories of Jesus I love to hear; things I would ask him to tell me if he were here; scenes by the wayside, tales of the sea, stories of Jesus, tell them to me.                            


               BLESSING OF THE BIBLES – Today we have 9 second graders who will receive their first Bible from the Church.  Andrew Cain, Dylan Coker, Madison Heslet, Martha Miller, Abigail Pyle, Kaylee Stuart, Leah Thomas,  Cidnee Werth and Maddy Wilkins.


PRAYER CHORUS                     “Breathe”                            W&S#3112


PRAYERS AND LORD’S PRAYER                                                           


SPECIAL MUSIC       “Shout to the Lord”          Hannah & Rylea Barrett                                    arr.  Larson



Prayer of Dedication

Feed the Fish                                      

Offertory                         “Where He Leads Me”                     Organist                                                                                                                                      

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

*Prayer of Thanksgiving


OLD TESTAMENT                                                        Genesis 12:1-4

 Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.  I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.  I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”  So Abram went, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him.  Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.


NEW TESTAMENT                                                       Acts 10:44-48

While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word.  The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God.  Then Peter said, “Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?”  So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.  Then they invited him to stay for several days.


*GOSPEL READING                                                      Luke 4: 14-30

Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.  When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom.  He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him.  He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:  “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”  And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down.  The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.  Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”  All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth.  They said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?”  He said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Doctor, cure yourself!’  And you will say, ‘Do here also in your hometown the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.’”  And he said, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown.  But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the time of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a severe famine over all the land; yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon.  There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.”  When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage.  They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff.   But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.        

 Leader:  The word of God for the people of God.

People:  Thanks be to God!


*SONG OF PREPARATION “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”  UMH#384


SERMON   “New Beginnings on the Faith Journey”  Pastor Mike Rose                     


*HYMN OF RESPONSE      “Forward Through the Ages”         UMH#555                




Prayer Concerns:                                                    

Ron Herrman                                                         

Ed Barr (Michelle Inman’s Dad)

Michael Copper

Continuing Prayer Concerns:            Phyllis Bloss

Steve Miller                                        Wade Jeffery

Dianna Jennings                                  J.R. Grabbe

Ruth Patterson                                    Sue Jones

Betsy Losey                                         John Chamberlain

Rachel Palmberg   


Jeffrey Arnold 08-08-17

Son of Ann Arnold & David Koenigsaecker

Services were here on 08-15-17


Scott Clark 08-14-17, Son of Kathy Clark and Jim Clark

Services were here on 08-19-17


The Education team is trying something new….Two New Beginnings!  Student New Beginnings is August 20 and Adult New Beginnings is August 27.  Please see the insert in the pews for more information.


This is SHARE SUNDAY – let’s help the people of Ellis County.



8:30 &  10:45  a.m.   Worship Services

                9:30  a.m.    Sunday School – Student New Beginnings

                9:30  a.m.    Youth Sunday School – Youth Center – New Beginnings

                9:30  a.m.    Coffee time parlor        

                4:00  p.m.     Installation of District Superintendents – sanctuary

                                       Reception following

                4:30  p.m.     Endowment Committee – church library                   


                9:00  a.m.    Quilters

              10:30  a.m.    Staff Meeting

                1:00  p.m.    Worship Committee - parlor                                       

                7:00  p.m.    Stephen Ministry Questions & Answers – dining room


                9:30  a.m.    UMW Reading Group – church library

                7:00  p.m.    Sanctuary Choir begins

                7:30  p.m.    Youth Bible Study


                9:30  a.m.     Adult New Beginnings Sunday                                    


      08-13--17 Worship Attendance 239        08-13-17   Sunday School   45      

      08-14-16  Worship Attendance 235        08-14-16   Sunday School   88                 


                            Offering last Sunday                       $13,018.00                

                          Needed weekly to meet budget     $11,100.00

        Budget Needs to Date  $366.300.00  Offering to Date  $321,056.00

                       Feed the Hungry was $50.00 and 11 food items.                                                                   

                  Greeters:  8:30  Pauline Branda  10:45  Shirley Steffen             


              A warm welcome to our guests.  You honor us with your presence!

             The nursery is available during both worship services.                                                     

        Hearing assist units are available for use during the services.

                           LARGE PRINT BULLETINS are available

                                    Please ask an usher.

Heart to Heart Dessert Challenge, Saturday, September 23 from

1-3 p.m., Big Creek Mall. For more information contact Gail Kuehl, Lisa Blide or Kari Schultz.


OUTREACH ITEMS are due in the church office TODAY!!!


Altar flowers are in loving memory of Cecile Beougher from Wendy and Elton.


Peddlers’ Fair Planning time has arrived.  The UMW welcomes anyone who is interested to attend this meeting August 30th at 11 am in the

dining room alcove.

First Rehearsal;  August 23, Wednesday, 7:00 – 8:15 in the fellowship hall.  What is Chancel Choir about?

*Singing in perfect harmony: chosen by God; one voice (unity); robed (clothed) in grace

*Singing with purpose:  to build up the  body (teaching and encouraging)

*Singing to the glory of God:  intentionally putting the glory of God on display through our music.  And just a lot of fun!!!!!!


Please check the Information Center in the parlor for a list of items needed for the Hays High School Pantry.  Monetary donations, school supplies, easy to prepare, non-perishable food items, after school snacks, personal hygiene products, household items, backpacks, etc. are needed for high school students.  See the display in the parlor.


Please check the Information Center in the parlor for Suppers 8 sign-up sheets.  Everyone needs to sign up even if previously involved.  There will be coffee and cinnamon rolls at 9:30 on Sunday, September 10 for those interested.  Please join us.  Cutoff for sign-up is September 10.


The Staff/Parish Relations Committee (SPPRC) is accepting applications for the Worship on Wednesday (W.O.W.) Meal Coordinator position for Fall, 2017 through Spring, 2018.  The Meal Coordinator is responsible for the planning, preparation, staffing, serving, and clean-up of Wednesday evening meals for W.O.W. For a job description or more information, please stop by the church office or call 625-3408.




Have you ever considered joining the Altar Foundation?  Gifts are based on $1 per year of Methodism in Hays, or $144 for 2017.  Gifts are endowed and grants are approved from the funds to further the mission of Hays First United Methodist Church.  Already a sustaining member…Thanks for joining!


Jacinda Johnson & Eric Leuschner, Carl & Sue Boldra, Ernie & Pam Bryant, Jim & Corrine Clark, Sheryl Dreiling, Delbert Stanton, Lawrence and Louise Younger, Shirley Adams, Jeff & Marla Copper, Keith & Renee Eilts, Keith & Kathy Harper, Ken & Becky Johnson, Curt & Jennifer Kitson, Bill & Betsy Losey, Carolyn Miller, Steve & Marva Miller, Paul & Nancy Jones, Ron & Carol Katt, Ken & Dottie Kraus, Mike & Jill Arensdorf, Greg & Gwen Daughhetee, Betty Innes, Larry Good, Harold & Virginia Kraus, Mark & Melanie Bannister, Gary & Sheryl Blair, Lynn Fisher, Mike & Laura Gaughan, Dave & Karen Hendrickson, Ralph & Lorraine Howerton, Virginia Lehman, Gail & Linda Palmberg, Phil & Linda Stahlman, Garner & Nancy Berg, Verona Chapman, Mike & Donna Cooper, Rodney Ruff, Shirley Smith, Rick & Diane Wolfe, Derrick & Valerie Yu, Jim & Hannah Barrett, Ed & Dixie Janzen, Mike & Sharolyn Legleiter, Steve & Julie Paul, Bill & Rita Barker, Joe & Sue Dolezal, Arris & Virginia Johnson, Shirley Green, Wilmer & Lorena Kellogg, Lance & Cathy Russell, Elton & Wendy Beougher, Lois Lutz, Marcia Bannister & Ken Griffin, Eric & Carol Harfmann,  Bonnie Dilley, Joe & Jan Edwards, Lee Fisher, Tom & Deb McDonald, Darren & Angela Stieben, Glenn & Marilyn Ginther, Duane & Shirley Steffen, John Charles, Leta Stukesbary, LaVaughn Hull, Harl & LaVena Stump, Harv & Marilyn Davidson.