Bulletin for September 18, 2016
     BELL PRELUDE: Faith of Our Fathers – Bell Choir
*   HYMNS OF WORSHIP: in hymnal or on insert
      He Has Made Me Glad  – #579                                  Jesus, Thank You – on insert
      I Am Resolved – #378                                                  Just As I Am – #435
      What a Friend We Have in Jesus – #154
      THE HOLY SCRIPTURES:       Romans 13:1-7 (Page 127)
                                                              1 Peter 2:13-17 (Page 181)
                                                              Acts 21:31a-39 (Page 111)
     THE SERMON: “Government Intervention”
*   CONFESSION OF SIN: (first in silence then in unison)
C: Lord God, Your sovereignty rules over all. All authority is delegated from You. We struggle with authority, for we want to exercise it, not be under it. We want to be sovereign. As individuals, we rebel against those in authority over us, whether it be government, work, or relational. As those entrusted with authority from You, we misuse that authority, twisting it to our purposes, and violating the trust with those under our authority. This is sin. We confess it and repent of it. In Your great mercy, forgive us and change us. Help us walk uprightly, under authority and exercising authority as appropriate. Grant us vision to see Your rule, and to delight and trust in it. We give all praise to you Jesus, King of kings and Lord of lords. Amen.
*   ASSURANCE OF PARDON: #499  Victory in Jesus
     AN ANTHEM: Chancel Choir
*   THE CLOSING HYMN:  #640  Let All Things Now Living
*   SILENT MEDITATION – Please remain in your pews in a worshipful attitude until the Pastor leaves
* Indicates congregation standing; C = Congregation  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 Nathan and Bekah Kulp at the birth of a daughter, Anna Faith, last Friday. May God be with them as they grow in Him.
THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed by Larry and Jean Frederick to the glory of God and in honor of their 53rd wedding anniversary.
GREETERS TODAY:     Bob and Jill Ott
TAPE MINISTRY:  Today                         Donna Frueh
                                        September 25th       Diane Gehman
THE LAY VISITORS for this week are Matt and Cathy Connor.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Justin Lockman, Jeff Kirkpatrick and Mario Guerreiro.
     Infant Nursery – Guppies (0 to 18 months) – Jim and Angela Kinney
     Toddlers – Lambs (18 months to 3 years) – Phil and Renee Shafer
     Children’s Church – Lions (3-5 years) – Josh and Laura Heebner, Denise Kulp

     HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Dave Guntz, Patty Kendall 22nd; George Frueh, Kendra Hughes, Dave Walbrandt 23rd; Clyde Derstine, Madison Lentz 24th; Angela Caserta 25th; Harry Barger, Amelia McVaugh 26th; Judy Ott, Elaine Greene 27th.
     HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Paul and Denise Carsley 24th; Matt and Kate Harris 25th; Gary and Cindy Filson, Peter and Bambi Martindell, Tony and Kelly Wilwert 27th; Rod and Yvonne Shoemaker, Francis and Judi Weiss 28th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is Government Intervention. Ronald Reagan made the famous quip that the nine most terrifying words in the English language are “I’m from the government; I’m here to help you.” His witty one-liner is understood and appreciated in many languages besides English as well! The Apostle Paul on occasion would experience just the opposite. He was glad someone from the government came and helped him. Both Paul and Peter taught that government was an instrument of God. Both counseled respect and submission to it. Yet both their lives were ended by governmental execution as subversives.
ISSUES & ANSWERS upcoming schedule is as follows:
     Today – Dave Reich teaching Why We Wear Jeans: Part 2
     Sept. 25thThe Need for a Creed – Steve Radcliff
     Oct. 2nd – Stan Ott
ORGAN INAUGURATION CONCERT – Everyone is invited to a special inaugural concert for our new organ at 7:00 p.m. next Sunday. 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.
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 our mission display area. 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.
THERE IS STILL TIME to register for the Financial Peace University class to be held at Leidy’s Church. The first class session is this Thursday. 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. Go to the link https://www.daveramsey.com/fpu/classes/1025469 to register.
PASTOR APPRECIATION LUNCHEON happens on Sunday, October 9th immediately following the service. All are invited to attend. Members with last names beginning A-F are asked to bring an appetizer, those beginning with G-P are asked to bring a side dish or salad, and names beginning with Q-Z, please bring a dessert. A sign-up slip will be in the bulletin next Sunday.
KAY ARTHUR is coming to Hawthorne Gospel Church (Hawthorne NJ) November 12th “How to Live in a Society That Calls Evil Good and Good Evil”  Info at: (Lisa Kudisch) Lkudisch@hgcusa.org or call 973-427-6960 (X129).  Cost $40 (or $50 at the door).
IN CASE YOU HAVEN’T HEARD it’s an election year.  But to vote, you must be registered. The last day to register for the November election is October 11th. The last day to apply for an absentee ballot is October 31st, and the last day to file your absentee ballot is November 4th. The necessary forms for these purposes are provided by the Church and Community Committee and may be obtained from the narthex hutch. The prized opportunity to vote is not only a right, but a duty of citizenship. Let your voice be heard.
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. We need you donated
PATTERN OF PRAYER happens the first Saturday of each month in Room 117. The time will be from 8 a.m. til noon. You may come for as long or short a period of time as your schedule allows. If you have any questions see Patricia Martindell.
SENIOR SAINTS LUNCHEON  for those who are 70 and older is scheduled for Saturday, October 15th at 12 noon. Invitations will be going out soon. If you do not receive an invitation and are over 70, please contact the church office.
THE WORSHIP COMMITTEE meets tomorrow evening at 7:00 in Rm. 111.
ACTORS ARE STILL NEEDED to fill roles for this year’s presentation. Individuals 7th grade to adult are welcome to express interest. Please contact Pastor Andrew. The actor list will be posted next Sunday instead of previously advertised.
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!
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.
THE WOMEN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL will begin a new class this morning. They will be working through The Comparison Trap DVD series by Andy and Sandy Stanley. They meet in Room 118.
MISSIONS COMMITTEE meets this Wednesday evening at 7:00 in the Conference Room.
THE SENIOR BELL CHOIR is looking for a full-time bell ringer. We practice on Wednesday nights from 7:00 to 7:45 and generally ring on the third Sunday of the month. If interested, please email or call George Frueh. Email: gtfrueh@comcast.net, Phone: 215-723-4769.
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.
CRY OUT! PRAYER CONCERT SIMULCAST, this Friday, 7-10 p.m. at Franconia Mennonite Church, 613 Harleysville Pike, Telford. Hope isn’t as distant as it feels. It’s time to take action. Imagine . . . hundreds of thousands of women gathered in thousands of locations . . . seeking Him together . . . for such a time as this! What could be more vital at this critical time, than for women to bow together before the God of heaven and earth and cry out to Him for mercy and supernatural intervention in our world, our nation, our churches, our cities, and our homes. Experience the power and joy of corporate prayer as together we cry out to God to do in us and in our nation what no man-made effort can accomplish. Join us in praying together for our nation and world!
SPAGHETTI DINNER FUNDRAISER – Friday, September 30th at the Franconia Café from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Cost for the meal – your generous donation. All monies received will be given to help Terry and Denise Kiser who sustained serious injuries in a motorcycle accident in May. If you have any questions, please call Rockhill Mennonite Church office at 215-723-7780.
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.
A BIG THANKS TO ALL THOSE who saved 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.
BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL BREAKFAST is slated for this Thursday. 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 by Tuesday.
IF YOU HAVE VOLUNTEERED to help at the Dedication and Open House, please arrive at the time and place listed below:
     12:45 Parking lot attendants – Main Entrance
       1:00 Greeters – Main Entrance
       1:15 Tour Guides – Fellowship Hall
WE ARE GRATEFUL and appreciative for the prayers and comfort during our loss. ~ Carol Mininger & family
WE PLAN TO HAVE A RECEPTION after the Organ Concert on Sunday evening September 25th. We would appreciate any donations of “finger foods” you would like to provide, such as: cookies, brownies, cut up fruit, veggies & dip, a variety of cheeses, crackers, ring bologna, and chips. If you have any questions &/or want to help, please contact Ruth Bugge @ 215-368-9290, or email rbugge@comcast.net.  We would like donations to be in the kitchen after church the 25th, or not later than 3 p.m.  Please mark your containers with your name if you want them to be returned.  Thank you for your help!
SUNDAY               2:00 p.m.              Dedication & Open House
                                6:00 p.m.              Youth Fellowship
MONDAY             9:00 a.m.              Home School Classes
                               6:45 p.m.              Women’s Bible Study – Rm. 118
                              7:00 p.m.              FCA – C.R.
                              7:00 p.m.              Worship Committee – Rm. 111
TUESDAY           8:00 a.m.             BMCE Exec Mtg. – C.R.
                              9:30 a.m.              Moms Fellowship – C.R.
                              7:00 p.m.              Evangelism Mtg. – C.R.
WEDNESDAY    9:00 a.m.             Staff Mtg. – C.R.
                              7:00 p.m.              Missions Mtg. – C.R.
                              7:00 p.m.              Women’s Ministry Mtg. – Rm. 117
                              7:00 p.m.              Bell Choir
                              8:00 p.m.              Chancel Choir
THURSDAY        9:00 a.m.              Precept Study
                              6:30 p.m.              FPU – Rm.
                              7:30 p.m.              Men’s Bible Study
FRIDAY               4:30 p.m.             F.H./Kitchen Resvd.
SUNDAY              8:45 a.m.             Sunday School
                             10:00 a.m.             Worship Service
October 12 & 13    Rummage Sale
October 12             iBlast begins
October 21             Judgement House begins
Jesus, Thank You
The mystery of the cross I cannot comprehend.
The agonies of Calvary
You the perfect, Holy One crushed Your Son
Who drank the bitter cup reserved for me
Your blood has washed away my sin
Jesus, thank You
The Father’s wrath completely satisfied
Jesus, thank You
Once Your enemy, now seated at Your table
Jesus, thank You
By Your perfect sacrifice I’ve been brought near
Your enemy You’ve made Your friend
Pouring out the riches of Your glorious grace
Your mercy and Your kindness know no end
Lover of my soul
I want to live for You