Bulletin for September 11, 2016
*   HYMNS OF WORSHIP: in hymnal or on insert
      #1  The Solid Rock         #3  Build Your Kingdom Here (Set Your Rule)
      #2  Hosanna                  #4  Give Us Clean Hands
      THE HOLY SCRIPTURES:       Proverbs 26:20 (Page 473)
                                                              1 Thessalonians 2:1-12 (Page 159)
                                                              Acts 21:27-31a (Page 111)
     THE SERMON: “Fired Up!”
*   CONFESSION OF SIN: (first in silence then in unison)
     C: Lord Jesus, watch over our ears and our lips. We confess we have not always given due heed to Your teaching, to the exhortation of Scripture, to the counsel of the Holy Spirit. Attune our ears to Your Word and Your call, rather than to murmuring voices of contention and controversy. We also ask You to watch over our lips. We confess we have given voice to words that incite others to contention and controversy. Lord Jesus, we seek forgiveness through Your shed blood. Thank You, Lord God, that You never forsake or abandon us. Continue to call us to follow You more and more fully in the paths of life, light, and truth. Amen.
*   ASSURANCE OF PARDON: #2  Praise My Soul, the King of Heaven
     AN ANTHEM: Chancel Choir
*   THE CLOSING HYMN:  Offering (on insert)
*   SILENT MEDITATION – Please remain in your pews in a worshipful attitude until the Pastor leaves
* Indicates congregation standing; C = Congreg.  Response
There are private listening units available during our worship services for anyone with hearing difficulties. Please pick one up at the welcome desk in the narthex and return immediately following the service.
WELCOME TO ALL VISITORS who are worshiping 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 steps 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.
CONGRATULATIONS to Stephen and Katie (Frueh) Lantz who were united in Christian marriage yesterday. May God be with them as they begin their life together in Him.
THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed in memory of Bob and Peg Hitchner from Andy, Joan, Christopher, and Katie Tawney.
GREETERS TODAY:     Patricia Niederhaus, Ruthie Niederhaus
TAPE MINISTRY:       Today               Vicki Freed
                                    September 18th       Donna Frueh
THE LAY VISITOR for this week is Nelda Metzler.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Justin Lockman, Jeff Kirkpatrick and Mario Guerreiro.
     Infant Nursery – Guppies (0 to 18 months) – Dustin and Ashley Doran
     Toddlers – Lambs (18 months to 3 years) – Tim and Rachel Leidy
     Children’s Church – Lions (3-5 years) – Ken and Wendy Murphy, Mitchel VanDerbeek
     HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Esther Davis 15th; Andrew Camuso, Gladys Fisher, Priscilla Martindell 17th; Margaret Finley 19th; Caleb DiLenge 20th; Flor Hughes, Velva Stevenson 21st.
     HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Andrew and Carly Camuso 18th; Gary and Karen Brown, Ken and Connie Merritt 19th; Larry and Jean Frederick, Tim and Melinda Ziegler 21st.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is Fired Up! It’s Rally Day! This is a day to get all fired up for a new season of active ministry. The Apostle Paul knew all about folk getting fired up. He did a fair amount of firing up folk himself. In fact, that’s the charge that others are going to bring against him in today’s text. They get fired up because of the way Paul has been getting others fired up. We’ll see that one can be fired up for all the wrong reasons as well as all the right reasons. There are varieties of ways to fire up others. It can run from a whispered word to shouted exhortations. You know when it happens.
TODAY IS RALLY DAY! There are no regular Sunday School classes. Toddler through Sr. High will meet in the Fellowship Hall to say goodbye to last year’s Sunday School teachers, and then they will have breakfast with their new teachers.
ISSUES & ANSWERS upcoming schedule is as follows:
     Today –        Rally Day
     Sept. 18th – Dave Reich teaching Why We Wear Jeans: Part 2
     Sept. 25thThe Need for a Creed – Steve Radcliff

– Everyone is invited to a special inaugural concert for our new organ at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 25th. The organist will be Monte Maxwell, Organist and Music Director at the United States Naval Academy. He will be presenting an exciting and varied program of classical, Broadway and contemporary music that will demonstrate the huge variety of sounds from our magnificent new instrument. Admission is free. Invite your friends!
NEED SOME ANSWERS to where you might find something or how to get from one place to another in this new building? Then make your way to the Welcome Desk in the narthex. Someone will be there with a smiling face and plenty of on-hand information to help you.
PARENTS, IF YOUR SON OR DAUGHTER has gone off to college, the office would like to know his/her address, and e-mail address. If your college student has returned to college, and now has a new mailing or e-mail address, please let the office know.
THANK YOU to everyone who volunteered to help teach this year, and to Francis Weiss and Allison Walbrandt and crew for a delicious Rally Day breakfast.
WHERE’S THE NARTHEX DESK?? It’s been transformed into a narthex hutch! It is located in the narthex (surprise!), near the Cherry Lane stairwell, right across from the mission map of the world. In this hutch you will find devotional materials, copies of the Newsletter, flyers about community events, and other items of interest. Stop by and take a look – and then take with you what’s of interest.
NOW IS THE TIME to register for the Financial Peace University class to be held at Leidy’s Church. The first class session is September 22nd, less than two weeks from now. Meeting on nine consecutive Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30, child care will be available and some finger foods/snacks are part of the agenda. Cost is $100 p/person or married couple. A number of scholarships are available, so don’t let cost deter you. Contact the church office this week(!) if you would like to be part of this class.
CAN YOU HELP OUT? We need to collect small baby items such as pacifiers, bibs, Tommee Tippee (or similar) bottles, wipes, etc. These items will be picked up by bikers on the Crossroads Pregnancy Care Center’s Ride for Life. Just bring your item to the church office by the 21st of September. Thanks!
THIS EVENING’S SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE begins at 6 p.m. at the band shell in the Souderton borough park. Sponsored by BMCE and the Souderton American Legion post on the 15th anniversary 9/11, the service of worship will acknowledge and thank First Responders, as well as call upon the Lord Jesus to work in our land for good. Pastor John Muhlfeld from Covenant Presbyterian Church in Harleysville will have a timely message from Revelation 7. Ladies of the American Legion Auxiliary will collect health, hygiene, and comfort items to be sent to troops serving overseas. Grab a lawn chair and head to the park to participate in this good community service of worship.
NEW SUNDAY SCHOOL ELECTIVE begins Oct. 2nd. Led by Dave Walbrandt, the class is titled Praying with Paul. Each week will feature a 9 to 12 minute video segment considering one of the prayers of Paul we find in the New Testament, followed by discussion for understanding and life-application. We need to order the participant books, so please let the church office know if you would like to be part of this class.
REMINDER: If you have volunteered to bake cookies for the Dedication – Open House on September 18th, please have them at the church by 3:00 on the 17th. We are asking that cookies have no nuts of any kind in them. Contact Alice Kraus at 267-261-8543 if you have any questions.
GOD’S TREASURE HOUSE BANQUET Saturday, September 24th, 5:30 p.m. at Franconia Mennonite Church. Cost is free, but a free-will offering will be taken. Tickets can be picked-up at The Old Dutch cupboard, Franconia Mennonite Church, Blooming Glen Mennonite Church, or e-mail Gina at ginastocker2@verizon.net.
BUNK BEDS NEEDED – If you have wooden bunk beds that need a good home, contact Peter and Bambi Martindell at 215-234-4486.
INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL – St. Philip Orthodox Church is hosting a food festival this Friday, September 16th, and Saturday, September 17th from 12 noon to 8 p.m. There will be fare from Greece, Romania, Ethiopia, Lebanon, Russia, Eritrea, and other exotic places. Everything is reasonably priced and all is prepared by members of St. Philip who come from those countries. There are children’s activities, church tours, live music, a gift bazaar, and friendly fellowship. St. Philip Church is located at 1970 Clearview Road in Souderton.
A BIG THANKS TO ALL THOSE who saved small water/soda bottles for a Christian Ed project. We have plenty, but still have need of small coffee cans and oatmeal containers with lids. A box is on the shelf in the coat closet.
HELPERS ARE NEEDED to check in our children for Sunday School. You will need to be here by 8:30. If you can help please contact the church office. Please be a helper and help us out!
SAVE THE DATE! October is Pastor Appreciation Month and we will be having a luncheon to celebrate our pastors on Sunday, October 9th immediately after the worship service. More information will be forthcoming.
IF YOU CAN HELP the day of the Dedication and Open House to serve as greeters, tour guides, and to help direct parking, please contact Darlene Leidy (dleidy2@verizon.net), the church office, or sign up today at the Welcome Desk. Childcare is available for volunteers prior to the service, childcare is not available during the dedication service.
Youth Fellowship Info
JUDGEMENT HOUSE SCRIPT PRESENTATION: This evening we invite you to come at 4:30 (ends at 5:30) to learn about the Judgement House script this year. At the end of this time you will have the chance to indicate what role or job you would like to help with this year. This event will take place in the Youth Room (Ground Level). Roles will be displayed in narthex the following Sunday morning.
YOUTH FAMILY PIZZA PARTYTonight is our first night for the fall, and to start things off we are having a pizza party family hour! This is a time from 6-7 p.m. for our youth members and families (especially the up and coming 7th graders and their families). We want to welcome back everyone and celebrate the new youth ministry location that we are blessed with “on the ground level”. Also in the works is a fierce game of “parents vs. teens” volleyball during the hour together. Then around 7:00 parents and families are free to leave (or hang around in the background if they wish) as the young people will then be gathering for a focused time of music, message and mentoring in the youth room (ends at 8:30). So come out and help us start strong with young people this year!
BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL BREAKFAST is slated for Thursday, Sept. 22nd. Sponsored by BMCE, the breakfast’s featured speaker is Paul Baur, founder of the Impact Thrift Stores. He has an extraordinary testimony to share. Starting time is 6:30. A hot, hearty, family-style morning meal will be served. Tickets through Leidy’s Church are $10. Contact the church office, Jack Parry, or Pastor Niederhaus for tickets.
IT’S NOT TOO LATE for your young person to sing at the dedication service next Sunday, there will be another practice this Wednesday from 5:30-6.  Anyone who sang in the last musical or last Spring’s Kid’s Klub will know the song and is welcome to join us. We would also like as many students as possible at the combined practice on Saturday at 10:00. Call Mrs. Frueh or Mrs. Plank for additional info.
INQUIRER’S CLASS TO BEGIN – A new Inquirer’s Class is set to begin on Sunday, October 2nd. It will meet for six consecutive weeks during the Sunday School hour. Each session is led by different church and staff members who will speak about the specific areas of their expertise. If you or someone you know would like to be part of the class, please call the church office to register or speak with Pastor Niederhaus. The class will meet in the Conference Room.
SUNDAY            12:30 p.m.              Small Group – C.R.
                              4:30 p.m.              Judgement House Preview
                              6:00 p.m.              Youth Fellowship
MONDAY            9:00 a.m.             Home School Classes
                              4:00 p.m.             Lost Sheep Prayer –
                              6:45 p.m.              Women’s Bible Study –
TUESDAY          6:30 a.m.               Elder Prayer
                             7:00 p.m.              Grace Community
WEDNESDAY   5:30 p.m.             Grace Notes Choir
                             7:00 p.m.              Bell Choir
                             8:00 p.m.              Chancel Choir
THURSDAY       9:00 a.m.              Precept Study
                             7:00 p.m.              Alleluia Choir Rehearsal
                             7:30 p.m.              Men’s Bible Study
                             8:30 p.m.              P&W Practice
SATURDAY       8:00 a.m.             Love Cradle – C.R.
SUNDAY            8:45 a.m.              Sunday School
                           10:00 a.m.              Worship Service
September 18        Dedication – Open House
October 12 & 13    Rummage Sale
October 12             iBlast begins
October 21            Judgement House begins
Offering tune = Melita (same as for Eternal Father, Strong to Save)
The gifts we bring express our love
To You who left the heavens above
And came to earth to show to men
A God who gives and gives again.
So make us joyful as we bring
Our gifts, our lives – an offering.
You who were rich, so poor became;
Yet we have riches in Your name.
Our needs are all by You supplied,
And no good thing are we denied.
So make us joyful as we bring
Our gifts, our lives – an offering.
From love of money save us Lord,
Make us obedient to Your Word,
Seek first Your righteousness and will,
And all our stewardship fulfill.
So make us joyful as we bring
Our gifts, our lives – an offering.
Lord, You’ve entrusted to us all
The wealth we have: some great, some small.
As you have prospered us, we give;
And yet in giving we receive.
So make us joyful as we bring
Our gifts, our lives – an offering.