September 25, 2016
*   HYMNS OF WORSHIP: in hymnal or on insert
      #1  Firm Foundation                     #3  Thy Word
      #2  Ancient Words                         #4  Breathe
      THE HOLY SCRIPTURES:       Mark 7:14-23 (Page 32)
                                                1 Timothy 1:8-17 (Page 162)
                                                Acts 21:40-22:22 (Page 111)
     THE SERMON: “Extreme Prejudice”
*   CONFESSION OF SIN: (first in silence then in unison)
C: Father, we come to You in Jesus’ name. He is the Righteous One; we are the unrighteous ones. Our human heart is desperately sick, deceiving us and others, and itself being deceived. Our defilement comes not from outside ourselves, but from within. Yet, outward actions show what’s within. We see lying, immorality, racial hatred, filthy language, greedy acquisitions, murders, slanders, rioting, abuse of power, the profaning of Your name, the rejection of Your truths. God, have mercy on us and our land. We need You. Help us. We know the most vile of us can be cleansed and made new by You. Help us. Redeem us. Teach us. Amen.
*   ASSURANCE OF PARDON: #28  To God Be the Glory
     AN ANTHEM: Chancel Choir
*   THE CLOSING HYMN:  #607 What a Day That Will Be
*   SILENT MEDITATION – Please remain in your pews in a worshipful attitude until the Pastor leaves

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.
OUR SINCERE Christian sympathy to Bill Parfitt and family at the death of his father last Sunday. May God be with them at this time.
THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed by Sherman and Karen Focht to the glory of God, and thanks for their 53rd wedding anniversary.
GREETERS TODAY:     Bob and Janice Peterman
TAPE MINISTRY:      Today                        Diane Gehman
                                            October 2nd             Deb Guerreiro
THE LAY VISITOR for this week is John Schilling.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Justin Lockman, Jeff Kirkpatrick, and Mario Guerreiro.
    Infant Nursery – Guppies (0 to 18 months) – Connie Merritt, Megan Weiss
    Toddlers – Lambs (18 months to 3 years) – Josh and Rebecca Wilwert
    Children’s Church – Lions (3-5 years) – Joe and Karen Sciacca, Ruth Thompson
     HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Ray Dettra, Katie Lantz, Bekah Kulp 29th; Vivian Martindell 30th; Marge VanOmmeren October 1st; Shannon Connor, John DiLenge, Damaris Gottshall 2nd; Laura Heebner, Kendall Musselman, John Niederhaus 3rd; Annalee Moyer, Wynne Parfitt 4th.
     HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Tim and Rachel Leidy 29th; Dave and Allison Walbrandt 30th; Dustin and Ashley Doran October 1st; Lee and Georgi Kirkpatrick 3rd.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is Extreme Prejudice. It’s virtually impossible to find a society without prejudices. We are prone to “pre-judge” others without due consideration for all the factors involved. Extreme prejudice is reflected when one is not deemed worthy of living. In today’s society one of the worst attributes to be ascribed to someone is that they are prejudiced. Sometimes folk cannot see that they are prejudiced. It’s like they have blinders on their eyes. The Apostle Paul was one who knew much about extreme prejudice, from both sides of the term. Jesus tells us from whence prejudice comes.
NEXT SUNDAY is World Communion Sunday. Leidy’s Church will include the Lord’s Supper in our worship service.
COME, BLESS THE LORD at the inaugural organ concert taking place in our sanctuary tonight. It all begins at 7 when organist Monte Maxwell, musical director at the Naval Academy, takes his seat at the organ console. A fantastic variety of music will be presented – including a hymn-sing directed by the congregation – to give evidence of the range and power of the new organ. The building will shake and our souls will be moved. Invite others, admission is free, and there will be refreshments following.
ISSUES & ANSWERS upcoming schedule is as follows:
     Today à  The Need for a Creed – Steve Radcliff
     Oct. 2nd à Stan Ott
     Oct. 9th à Dave Reich
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.
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 is included in the bulletin.  Please place forms in the box provided on the hutch in the narthex.
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) 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.
SENIOR SAINTS LUNCHEON  for those who are 70 and older is scheduled for Saturday, October 15th at 12 noon. Invitations have been mailed. If you do not receive an invitation and are over 70, please contact the church office.
PRAYING WITH ST. PAUL, who wouldn’t want to do that? Next Sunday is when the new adult SS elective led by Dave Walbrandt begins. Meeting in Room 122 – just across the hall from the Special Needs class – each class will engage with particular prayers of Paul as well as Paul’s pattern of prayer. This course will last for only 8 weeks, so don’t miss it.
CHURCH VOLLEYBALL SEASON is starting up again if you are interested in playing competitive volleyball, levels A, B, and C, and are at least 15 years old. The sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board between the elevator and the bathrooms on the sanctuary level of the building. Any questions please contact Joseph Thompson at 267-416-9099. (Texting is preferred)
CORNSTALKS NEEDED (lots of them) for a Judgement House scene. Please contact Pastor Andrew if you might be able to help with this need.
PRAYING HAPPENS this Saturday morning, which is the first Saturday of October. That means Patterns of Prayer will be taking place in Room 117. You may stop in any time from 8 til noon for as long or as short a time as your schedule allows. If you have questions or suggestions, please speak with Patricia Martindell.
THE RUMMAGE SALE is just around the corner on October 12th and 13th. We need your help to set up on Monday and Tuesday, October 10th and 11th from 9:00 a.m. to 8 p.m. We also need workers during the sale on Wednesday from 9-8 p.m. and on Thursday ($2 a bag day) Pack-up begins at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday. Please plan to support this outreach where people in the community can get a good bargain on used clothes and other household goods.
RESERVATIONS NOW BEING TAKEN for this year’s Judgement House presentation, Deadly Encounter. Presentations will be made on October 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 28th, 29th and 30th, that is, the last two weekends of October. Tours begin at 6 pm and last 45 to 60 minutes. The last tour departs at 9 pm. This year the first Friday night is not set aside for Leidy’s Church members only. It is recommended that church members reserve tour times at the earlier dates so the later dates are available as word of mouth spreads in the community. Reservations for individuals or groups may be made by calling the church office any week day between 9 and 5. The number is 215-723-8707.
WE STILL HAVE OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE in Judgement House: We are looking for adults who love children to look after those too young to tour Judgment and Hell scenes; security guards; set construction workers, room decorators, make up artists, kitchen workers, registration helpers, prayer team, short term child care. Please fill out bulletin insert form and put it in the box on the table in the narthex.
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!
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:, Phone: 215-723-4769.
JUDGEMENT HOUSE ROLES are posted on the table in the narthex. Please pick up your assigned script and initial your name so we know you know who you are! Practice is every Sunday from 4:30 to 5:30. All youth should check the table also, as the elves may have assigned you a part even if you did not attend the preview. Actors should return their signed commitment forms at practice.
PRAYING WITH ST. PAUL, who wouldn’t want to do that? Next Sunday is when the new adult SS elective led by Dave Walbrandt begins. Meeting in Room 122 – just across the hall from the Special Needs class – each class will engage with particular prayers of Paul as well as Paul’s pattern of prayer. This course will last for only 8 weeks, so don’t miss it.
Volunteer Training
There will be a training meeting for those who volunteer in the Guppies, i.e. nursery, and Children’s Church.
      Who:                      For existing and new volunteers
      When:                    Tuesday, October 11th  at 7:00 p.m. or
                                      Saturday, October 15th at 10:00 a.m.
      Where:                   Christian Education Welcome Desk
Background Checks
      If you are still in need of a background check please go to  for a PA Criminal Record Check. For the PA Child Abuse History Clearance go to If you need detailed instructions on how to complete them, please contact the church office.
INQUIRER’S CLASS TO BEGIN – A new Inquirer’s Class is set to begin next Sunday. 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 by Tuesday. The class will meet in the Conference Room.
OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE in Judgement House are still available. In addition to some actors, we still need adults who love children to look after those too young to tour Judgment and Hell scenes; security guards; set construction workers, room decorators, make-up artists, kitchen workers, registration helpers, prayer team, short-term child care. If interested, please fill out interest form (found on the Judgement House table in narthex). Thank you for serving in the Lord’s work with us.
CARE COMMITTEE meeting on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Confirmation Room (Rm. 125).
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.
MAKING ROOM An MCC all-ages concert to raise funds for refugees. Canadian singer/songwriter, Bryan Moyer Suderman will be at Souderton Mennonite Church on Friday, September 30th at 7 p.m. All funds collected will go toward MCC Relief Kit Inventory. To bring relief kit contents, see MCC website at https:/ For more information call 215-290-6593.
THE CARE COMMITTEE would like to thank all of the wonderful bakers for the cookies provided for our dedication celebration and for the people who worked so hard in the kitchen to ensure all went smoothly. You may pick up your container from the shelf in the coat area in the narthex.
OCTOBER NEWSLETTER is in your mailbox. Check it out to see what is happening.
                 4:30 p.m. – Judgement House Practice
                 6:00 p.m. – Youth Fellowship
                 7:00 p.m. – Organ Concert
                  9:00 a.m. – Home School Classes
                 6:45 p.m. – Women’s Bible Study – Rm. 118
                  7:00 p.m. – Grace Community
                 7:00 p.m. – Tech Meeting – C.R.
                 7:00 p.m. – Hospitality Mtg.
                 7:00 p.m. – Care Committee Mtg. – Rm. 125
                  7:00 p.m. – Bell Choir
                 8:00 p.m. – Chancel Choir
                  9:00 a.m. – Precept Study
                 6:30 p.m. – FPU – Rm. 118
                 7:30 p.m. – Men’s Bible Study
                 7:30 a.m. – ALL – Kitchen/C.R.
                 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