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Good morning! Last week I told you where I was, not I want you to know where I’ve been! The NEXT Church conference was wonderful- challenging, inspiring, hopeful, and insightful. If you’d like to know more about the conference- here are a couple of links that will share lots of good information- you can even watch the keynote presentations and worship services. I’d love to hear what you think! If you are curious and would like to know more, Jessica Tate (the director of NEXT Church) will be the keynote presenter at the Presbytery of West Virginia’s Festival of Faith on Saturday, April 1. Her talk is titled, “The Spirit is On the Move—Signs of New Life.” Her workshop is titled “Practicing New Life—Tools for the Church in the 21st Century.”
I’m driving over to Charleston (which also includes workshops on the PW’s Bible Study for next year, the St. John’s Bible, and much, much more.) I still have 2 – 3 spots available and would love to go over with a full car! If you are interested, you can go here: or just ask me!

Finally, this Sunday is Youth Sunday. As Amy K. said in worship a few months ago, the youth aren’t the church of the future, they are the church of the present. I’m looking forward to their leadership in worship and invite you to pray for them in the days ahead as they prepare to share their faith with the entire congregation.

Rev. Anna

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Greetings from the Sunday School Class led by Chuck Lewis.

Thought for the week: Our readiness for the coming of Jesus is not in excited speculation but in faithful stewardship.
Last week's Genesis Quiz: How long was Joseph in prison and why was he released?
Answer: He was imprisoned a little over two years. During that time he interpreted 2 dreams that came true, one for the King's chief cupbearer that promised to remember Joseph but forgot him. Two years later Pharaoh had a dream nobody could interpret, that same cupbearer mentioned Joseph's ability. Joseph was released from prison, successfully interpreted the dream and was made ruler over Egypt.
This week's quiz: Sometime after this, Joseph had two sons. What was the significance of their names?
Last week's lesson taught us how abiding in God's love can cause us to do great things and can help us achieve the peace in our lives that only Christ can give.
This week our lesson focuses on how we can understand and work through times when wholesome relationships may be shattered by unloving and unfaithful actions. Background scriptures come from Joel, Acts, and 2 Peter. We have room for you this Sunday at 10:00 AM in the Conference Room


March 26 To Be Announced April 2 Lauren Rogers April 9 Sarah Allan Straight

March 26 Youth Sunday April 2 Fielding Foster April 9 Olivia Plybon

March 26 Kate Lehman April 2 Sofie Kelso April 9 Nixon Brown

GREETERS and FELLOWSHIP TIME HOSTS (please call the church office to sign up)

March 26 Greeters: PYC Members Fellowship Time: Brenda and Larry Jones
April 2 Greeters: Available Fellowship Time: Christian Education Committee
April 9 Greeters: Available Fellowship Time: Fellowship Committee Brunch

Prayer List 3-20-17
Keith Bashen, Virginia Skaggs, Ashley Walker,
Leslie Weikle, Don Brown, Jim Leitch,
Tate Hudson, Richard Bicksler, Dexter Taylor,
Sonny Bennett
Contact Paula McLaughlin 304-661-9866

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Friday, March  24 Friday, April 21 & 28 Friday, May 19 & 26 Friday, June 2, 16, 23 & 30 Friday, July 7, 21 & 28 Friday, August 4, 18 & 25
If you can work any of these days, please contact Lynn Weikle at 304-647-5713 or 304-661-0926

Calling all Gardners:
If you have a green thumb and colorful Spring flowers are blossoming in your yard - we need you! The Women's Retreat Committee is looking for flower donations to be used at our upcoming Community Women's Retreat on Saturday, March 25th!
If you would love to see your beautiful blossoms featured at our retreat, please call Amy Brown at 304-677-1468!

“Women's Retreat”- The long-awaited and anticipated Women's Retreat is THIS Saturday, March 25th, beginning with registration and refreshments at 9:30 AM!
Parking - we have been given permission to park on the college campus and in the parking lot on Court Street, between Foster and McElhenney. It's the old Farmer Mac lot, across from the cemetery. Let's use these lots and save the street parking, closer to the Education Building for our guests, if possible.


Youth Sunday
This coming Sunday our worship will be led by PYC. Please come and hear the Word of the Lord delivered by John Lehman who has prepared the sermon as well as the other teens who have been nurtured by our church family. Come and be reminded that these young people are not the church of tomorrow, they are the church of today.

Brunch & Easter Egg Hunt
Immediately following worship on April 9th the Fellowship Committee will provide lunch and the Easter Bunny will make an appearance! After our meal, children ages birth through 5th grade are invited to hunt Easter Eggs. You won't want to miss this!

Pizza and Logos Program
As we near the end of our Logos program for this season, the children are preparing to share with their church family some of the lessons they have learned. Please mark your calendar for April 2nd and plan to enjoy lunch provided by the Christian Education Committee as well as a short program brought to you by Logos! Support these youngsters with your attendance!

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March 26, 2017
The Fourth Sunday in Lent
11:00 A.M.
(also broadcast over WRON ~ 1400 AM or 103.1 FM)


Welcome, Announcements, and Call to Worship
(Please sign the friendship pad and pass it to your neighbor)

Striking of the Chimes

Introit “Thy Word” Sarah Allan Straight, piano; John Lehman, guitar

Call to Prayer Melanie Monti
Prayer of the Day (unison)
Be light, O Lord, to our eyes, music to our ears and contentment to our heart. Be sunlight in our day, food at our table and rest to us in the night. Let us rejoice to be about your business and let us live to your praise and your glory, now and forever. Amen

Insert “They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our Love”

Call to Confession Fielding Foster
Prayer of Confession (unison)
God of healing, God of wholeness, we bring our brokenness, our sinfulness, our despair, and lay them at your feet. This precious moment in your presence and power grant us faith and confidence that here broken lives are made whole. Amen

Declaration of Pardon Fielding Foster
Leader: Hear and believe the good news of the gospel.
People: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.

Gloria Patri Hymn #579
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.

Logos Choir “I Can Do All Things”

Time with the Young Church Georgia Foster and Amelia Monti (afterwards all children middle school and younger are dismissed for Sunday School)

Hymn #383 “My Faith Looks Up to Thee”

First Scripture Reading Romans 5:1-12 Sarah Allan Straight page 188

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Anthem “If God Be For Us”

Second Scripture Reading James 1:2-11 Lauren Rodgers page 277
Third Scripture Reading James 1:12-18 Ryan Meadows page 277

Youth Skit “These Hands”

Sermon “Waning faith in Christianity” John Lehman

Musical Interlude
(you are invited to use this time for prayer and personal reflection)

Affirmation of Faith Andrew McLaughlin The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Giving of God’s Tithes and Our Offerings
Offertory Sarah Allan Straight, pianist

Doxology Hymn #592
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise God, all creatures here below;
praise God above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Call to Prayer
Prayer of the People and the Lord’s Prayer
Cora Kesterson, Lawson Hamilton, Andrew McLaughlin
…..Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.

Insert “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”

Benediction Zoe Hinkey
Leader: The peace of Christ be with you.
People: And also with you
Benediction Response “God Be With You Till We Meet Again”

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