August 16, 2015
     #325 All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
     #345 Crown Him with Many Crowns (verses 3 & 5)
     #374 Rejoice, the Lord Is King! (verses 2 & 3)
     #306 Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending (verses 1, 3 & 4)
     #334 We Praise Thee, O God, Our Redeemer (verses 1 & 3)
     #414 Father, I Adore You (2x)
      THE HOLY SCRIPTURES:        Ezekiel 37:1-10 (page 866)
                                             Luke 18:18-27 (1046)
                                             Acts 8:14-25 (page 1097)
     THE SERMON: “A Valley of Dry Bones, Two Apostles, and a Magician”
*   CONFESSION OF SIN: (first in silence then in unison)
     C: Lord Jesus, hear our prayer of confession, our cry for Your ongoing mercy and grace. We are prone to lean on the arm of the flesh, to trust in our own abilities, our own ideas, our own way of doing things. That’s sin and foolishness. We’ve not been teachable, but have tried to teach You! We’ve bargained with You, tried to manipulate You, and give You orders – all to benefit us. O Lord, in so doing we bring cursing, not a blessing, on ourselves. Forgive us, and draw our souls after You. Let us drink deeply from the pure well of salvation. Teach us to walk by the Spirit. Let us grow in the true knowledge of You. May You be glorified through us. Amen.
* THE ASSURANCE OF PARDON: #363 To God Be the Glory
z  THE OFFERTORY: Lord, I Need You – Dave & Kendra Hughes
*   THE CLOSING HYMN: #71 Faith is the Victory
*   SILENT MEDITATION – Please remain in your pews in a worshipful attitude until the Pastor leaves
* Indicates congregation standing; C = Congreg. Response; z Indicates 8:00 service; ** Indicates 10:45
There are private listening units available during our worship services for anyone with hearing difficulties. Please pick one up at the audio/video booth and return immediately following the service.
WELCOME TO ALL VISITORS who are worshipping with us. We pray you will have a meaningful time of worship and invite you to worship with us again.
FOR PERSONAL PRAYER AND MINISTRY, please come to the chancel rail following the service. Prayer helpers from the congregation will pray with you. Prayer request cards are located in the pew rack for those who wish to submit them.
THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed in memory of Milton and Catherine Moyer, and Kathryn Scholl from their family.
GREETERS TODAY:         (8:00)   Phil and Renee Shafer
                                              (10:45)   Ken and Velva Stevenson
TAPE MINISTRY:         Today            Donna Frueh
                                     August 23rd     Diane Gehman          
THE LAY VISITOR for this week is Elaine Frank.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Brian Radcliff and Joseph Thompson.
8:00   Nathan and Bekah Kulp, Josh and Laura Heebner (Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).
10:45   Ruthie Niederhaus, Ellen Hill, Tom and Susan Merritt (Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).
     HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Kyle Weiss 21st; Larry Anders, Mackenzie Kroesser, Tim Leidy, Bonnie St. Onge 22nd; Doug Kogel, Jenny Lafty, Peter Lockman, Astrid Rau, Bob Shafer 23rd; Julia Martindell 24th; Ralph Clemens 25th.
     HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Paul and Lois Wile 26th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is A Valley of Dry Bones, Two Apostles, and a Magician. Last week we saw the joy brought to the city of Samaria by the preaching of Jesus. It seems like Ezekiel’s vision in the valley of dry bones is beginning to be grander than even the apostles expected. Well, cue the menacing background music because things are going to take a decided swing to the south! When Peter and John come to the joyful city of Samaria they prayed for folk to receive the Holy Spirit and they did! Now it turns out there’s a guy who wants to buy God’s favor. Can that be done? Even in our day we need to know the answer to that question.
WE WELCOME CHRIS TAWNEY to the Leidy’s Church pulpit this morning. Chris is a member of our congregation, but also a student under the care of our Spiritual Council. This fall he begins his final year of ministry studies at Westminster Seminary. Chris and his wife Katie will appreciate your prayers for God’s direction regarding ministry placement next spring.
A CONGREGATIONAL MEETING takes place immediately following the early service. The purpose of the meeting is to elect Consistorymen for the 2016-2018 term. Dave Reich is nominated to serve as Deacon; Dana Gehman, Rich Kapusta, and Dave Walbrandt are nominated to serve as Elders.
     Today:                  Stan Ott  
     August 23            Matt Harris
     August 30            Dave Reich – America
     September 6        Dave Reich – America
SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL OPPORTUNITIES – For August we are in need of teachers/helpers for these classes: August 23rd – Helper for Toddler thru Pre-Kindergarten; Helper for 4th & 5th; August 30th – Helper for Toddler thru Pre-Kindergarten; Teacher and helper for Kindergarten thru 3rd grade; Teacher and helper for 4th & 5th grade. September 6th – Teacher and helper for Kindergarten thru 3rd grade, Teacher and helper for 4th & 5th Grade. Sign up to teach one or more Sundays to give our year-long teachers a much needed break.
OUR SINCERE SYMPATHY to the family and friends of Ruth White. Ruth died on the 6th of August and her memorial service was on Friday. May God comfort and help her family and friends.
THE ANNUAL MORNINGSTAR MINISTRIES BANQUET takes place at Family Worship Center in Lansdale on Saturday, September 19th, at 6 p.m. Don Nase is a Table Captain and would be happy to share with you about this important local ministry and make sure you have a seat so you can attend. Guest speaker is Gigi Graham, daughter of Billy Graham. Please respond by August 31st.
BACKGROUND CHECKS required for working with infants, children, and youth may now be obtained without cost. Reference is made to the PA Child Abuse History Check and the PA State Police Criminal Record Check. As of July 25th, volunteers working with churches and other like organizations may get these clearances and have the normal $10 fee waived. Once you have yours, remember to give a copy to the church office. Call the church office for more details.
THE SOUDERTON MENNONITE HOME is hosting their 40th Annual Chicken BBQ and Silent Auction event on Saturday, August 22nd from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be the traditional chicken dinner, baked goods and desserts, Silent Auction, Car Show, Flea Market, Children’s Activities, and a Mommy Market. Be sure to invite family and friends, as this truly is a fun-filled day for the whole family.
CHOIR TIME IS COMING AROUND AGAIN! Our first practice will be Wednesday, September 9th at 8:00. If you have any questions talk to Gary Filson.
YOUTH FELLOWSHIP meets this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. at the home of John and Lorraine Kroesser. Main course is provided, but bring along a side dish (coleslaw, salads, etc.) or a dessert dish. Reminder that girls and guys should wear appropriate swimsuits.
THE BUILDING PROJECT needs our ongoing prayers and support. Usually this reminder is placed near the end of our weekly update, but let’s put it up-front this week. Did you notice the exterior stone for the Conference Room area is almost completely done? That part of the building and the sanctuary area will be finished with stone, while the rest of the facility will have a stucco finish. If you look closely you will notice that lots of glass is beginning to appear. You’ll find it around some of the entryways as well as in windows. The lower driveway to the athletic fields did not get done this week. Instead, attention was given to preparing the way for sidewalks along Cherry Lane. When we’re done, our new address will be 273 W. Cherry Lane.
MOTHER’S MARKET – Franconia Mennonite Church, Saturday, September 12th, 9-12. Admission is free.
THE 28:19 PROGRAM – Read about the heroes who have gone outside their homes to places near and far to share the love of Jesus Christ. Read about the impact their lives had on those around them. Read about their adventures, their tragedies, their triumphs, and their failings – and how God made it all work for His good. No matter your age, we’re sure we have a book for you. Stop by the 28:19 Table in the Fellowship Hall today to check out the books and sign up for the program.
MISSION COMMITTEE MEETS this Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Conference Room.
NEW THIS YEAR – Drive thru and dine at home Friday evening and support a great cause. Souderton Mennonite Chicken BBQ is offering a Drive Thru on Friday evening, August 21st from 4-7. Enter the Souderton Mennonite Homes campus at Colonial Ave, across from the Souderton pool. Dinner is $11 (cash only). For more information, contact Keith Heavener at ext. 44115.
THANK YOU to the many helpers who came out yesterday to husk, clean, cut, and package the corn for the church.
SOUDERTON 2 BEDROOM APARTMENT FOR RENT. No smoking or pets, off street parking, use of back yard. $800/month + electric. If interested, please call the church office for contact info.
TEMPORARY HOUSING NEEDED at the end of August for a friend of BJ Kulp who is moving to Souderton Mennonite Home when her spot opens. If you would be able to assist, please call BJ at 215-721-4516.
SUNDAY                     3:00 p.m.      Youth@Kroesser’s
MONDAY                    7:00 p.m.      FCA – C.R.
TUESDAY                   8:30 a.m.      BMCE Exec Mtg. – C.R.
WEDNESDAY            7:00 p.m.      Missions Mtg – C.R.
THURSDAY                7:30 p.m.      Men’s Study – Rm. 18
SUNDAY                     8:00 a.m.      Worship Service
                                      9:30 a.m.      Sunday School
                                    10:45 a.m.      Worship Service
September 13             Rally Day
September 26             Men’s Breakfast
October 14 & 15          Rummage Sale
October 23                  Judgement House begins