May 22, 2016
THE ORGAN PRELUDE
A LITURGY OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP
*   HYMNS OF WORSHIP: on insert
      #1  I Will Call Upon the Lord                      #3  All I Have is Christ
      #2  10,000 Reasons                                      #4  I Bless Your Name
      FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH
** INFANT BAPTISM
      THE HOLY SCRIPTURES:        Psalm 107:33-43 (page 618)
                                                              1 Corinthians 2:1-5 (page 1141)
                                                              Acts 18:1-11 (page 1110)
     THE SERMON: “A Fruitful Desert”
*   CONFESSION OF SIN: (first in silence then in unison)
                     [First used February 24, 1993]
     C: O Lord, our God, we know that You are righteous altogether. All that You do is right, and all that You purpose shall be accomplished. We confess we have rebelled against You. We have sought to determine for ourselves what is right, and have resisted Your purposes. We have listened to the voices of strangers, to those who have not stood in Your counsel, and we have been misled. We have done these things individually, and we have done the same as a nation. Forgive us O God! Cause us to search and try our ways. Forgive our sin and bring us back to You. Cleanse us by the blood of Jesus, Your dear Son, and renew us by the power of the Holy Spirit. Indeed, bring the water of life to the deserts of our souls. Make us fruitful for You, so that You are glorified through us. Amen.
 
 *   ASSURANCE OF PARDON: How Deep the father’s Love for Us
*   THE APOSTLES CREED
     THE OFFERING
     THE OFFERTORY
** AN ANTHEM: I Pledge Allegiance to the Lamb – Chancel Choir
*   THE DOXOLOGY, MORNING PRAYER, & THE LORD’S PRAYER
*   THE CLOSING HYMN: #240  Fairest Lord Jesus
*   THE COMMISSION and the BENEDICTION
*   THE THREEFOLD AMEN
*   SILENT MEDITATION – Please remain in your pews in a worshipful attitude  until the Pastor leaves
* ORGAN POSTLUDE

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.
CONGRATULATIONS to Matt and Tara McVaugh at the baptism of their daughter, Amelia Lois, this morning. May God be with them as they grow in Him.
OUR SINCERE Christian sympathy to Marj Talbot and family at the death of her brother Mark, and to Rich Kapusta and family at the death of his sister Leslie. May God be with them at this time.
THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed by Arlin and Donna Moyer in loving memory of their daughter, Kristy McCoy.
GREETERS TODAY:      (8:00)    Jim and Angela Kinney
                                               (10:45)    Deirdre Lockman, Owen Lockman
TAPE MINISTRY:         Today              Ruthie Niederhaus
                                              May 29th         Ede Rupp
THE LAY VISITOR for this week is Debbie Caserta.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Jim Foote and Joseph Thompson.
NURSERY TODAY:
  8:00  – Josh and Rebecca Wilwert, Phil and Renee Shafer (Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).
10:45 – Jeremiah and Brittany Rizzo, Andrew and Becca Rosenbaum (Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).
WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:
     HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Ruth Bugge 26th; Donna Frueh 27th; Anna Heebner, Linda Stretch 29th; Adine Doran, Kevin Godshall, Skip Smith, Krista Tyson 30th.
     HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Jim and Ginna Foote 26th; Jeff and Debbie Schatz 30th; Jeremiah and Brittany Rizzo June 1st.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is A Fruitful Desert. When Paul travels from Athens to Corinth he little understands the consequences that will follow. He will meet a Jewish couple who were driven from Rome with the rest of the Jews, that is, Aquila and Priscilla. Though he’s never visited Corinth previously, for the rest of history Paul’s name will be linked with that of Corinth. His ministry in Corinth begins with controversy and very little fruit. He is intimidated by the Jews and Gentiles. Yet God makes it very clear to Paul that God has people in that corrupt town, people whom Paul does not yet know. But he will.
LAST CALL FOR GRADUATES – We want to recognize and honor those graduating from high school, college, business school, or graduate school during the month of June. Please contact the church office with the name of your graduate(s) and what their plans may be for the future ASAP.
PLEASE BE SURE to get your children’s Sunday School information turned in as soon as possible.
THE CHURCH PICNIC AT MEN-O-LAN IS BACK ON!! Unfortunately, we must have your reservation in by today in order to let Men-O-Lan plan the amount of food needed. Men-O-Lan will again be providing our mid-day meal, but we will provide our own dessert and supper. Men-O-Lan is a peanut free camp, please nothing made with peanuts. We will need help with set-up and clean-up, as well as people for pond duty and transporting items to and from the church. A sign-up is in on the narthex desk. Please place completed form in the box provided.
THE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL takes place on Saturday, June 11th. Much help is needed to make the Festival a success. Forms are in the bulletin. Be sure to check as many volunteer positions you can fill.
THE SUMMER SPECIAL MUSIC schedule is posted in the narthex. Each participant is required to meet with a member of the audio-visual team the week before they sing. You will be given the name of the AV person who is on duty for that week so that you can contact him. We hope you will share your God-given talents with us this summer.
THE BUILDING PROJECT brought a number of items into ADA compliance this week. Most notable is the excellent job the workmen did with the reception wall in the main office. Looking sharp! Two major areas that remain to be addressed are a concrete slab outside the kitchen/office area outside entrance and the significant adjustments needed near the pulpit to insure the chancel area is ADA accessible from both side ramps. The Fellowship Hall has sprouted round banquet tables! Likewise, chairs and tables and book cases are appearing in many rooms. Dave Doran and volunteers have been busy. Appropriately sized chairs and tables are on-site for the pre-school crowd. Work continued on the athletic fields also. The soccer field area was leveled, had rocks removed, tilled, and then planted with grass and covered with straw. It is entirely appropriate to give praise to God for all that’s been accomplished in the last two years, and to seek His provision and guidance for all the final touches.
REGISTRATION FOR LEIDY’S CHURCH 2016 VBS PROGRAM, SonSpark Labs, is now open to the children of church members and their friends. SonSpark Labs VBS is for children who have completed Kindergarten through 6th grade. Paper registration forms are available in the narthex. Completed forms can be dropped off in the church office. Electronic registration is also available on Leidy’s website under Ministries-Children. Registration opens to the public on May 23rd, so be sure to get your forms in as soon as possible to reserve your spot(s).  Registration closes when we reach capacity or on June 19th, whichever comes first. Contact the church office or Laura Heebner (215-872-9834) with questions.
THANK YOU from Carol Mininger to her church family for the prayers, support, visits, and flowers she has received.
FREE CONCERT by Peter Lockman at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 11th at Church of the Holy Spirit (corner of Sumneytown Pike and Barndt Rd. in Harleysville. A free-will offering will be taken.
WANT TO BE BAPTIZED? If you’ve not been baptized and would like to be baptized by immersion, that can happen when we worship at Camp Men-O-Lan on June 5th. Contact the church office or Pastor Niederhaus if interested.
CARE COMMITTEE meets this Tuesday evening at 7:00 in Rm 16.
PETER AND BAMBI MARTINDELL will be offering a mini session of ballroom dance lessons, and a chance to try them out immediately after on Friday, June 3rd. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m., lessons begin promptly at 7:00, dancing begins at 7:30 to end around 9:30. Lessons and Dancing is usually for ages 12 and up but please use your discretion. Cost is $15 per person, or $30 per family. All proceeds will go to the building fund. Please email them at bfmartindell@gmail.com  for questions and to R.S.V.P. They would like to have an idea of how many to expect but you can pay at the door. They will be providing child care and must have a R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, June 1st to reserve a spot for your child/children.
SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL volunteers are needed starting on June 26th in order to give our teachers a break over the summer. Look for a sign-up sheet with the dates needed in the narthex soon.
ARTICLES for the June Newsletter are due in the office by Tuesday. Thank you.
THIS WEEK AT LEIDY’S CHURCH
SUNDAY:              12:30 p.m. – Small Group – C.R.
                                  6:00 p.m. – Youth Fellowship
MONDAY:              6:45 p.m. – Women’s Study – Rm. 16
                                  7:00 p.m. – Worship Committee – Rm. 13
TUESDAY               6:30 a.m. – Elder Prayer – Sanctuary
                                  7:00 p.m. – Grace Community – F.H.
                                  7:00 p.m. – Tech Mtg. – C.R.
                                  7:00 p.m. – Care Committee – Rm. 16
THURSDAY           9:00 a.m. – Precept Study – Rm. 16
                                  7:30 p.m. – Men’s Bible Study – Rm. 18
FRIDAY                  7:30 a.m. – Peaceful Living
SUNDAY                8:00 a.m. – Worship Service
                                 9:30 a.m. – Sunday School
                              10:45 a.m. – Worship Service
 
LOOKING AHEAD
June 5 – Church Picnic@Men-O-Lan
June 11 – Strawberry Festival
July 7 – SLMT Mission Trip
August 7 – VBS SonSpark Labs