Week of April 9, 2017
The United Ministry of Delhi
We, The United Ministry of Delhi, worship and serve God in ways that recognize and reflect the strength found in our diversity. Our United Methodist and Presbyterian (USA) heritage and affiliation help define our supportive fellowship which welcomes, without judgment or discrimination, all who seek a relationship with Jesus Christ. All are welcome without regard to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity or orientation, socio-economic status, disability, dress or any other status or condition which could separate Children of God. We celebrate that in our diversity is our strength!
Those we are holding in prayer this morning:
Joys and Celebrations: Thanksgiving for all the gifts of life, love, family, friends, faith, and our congregation; gratitude for God hearing prayers spoken and unspoken.
The needs of neighbors in the world and nation: for the people of Iran and Iraq, the Ukraine and Syria and all places of unrest; for Christians being persecuted; that all the nations of the world may find the path to freedom and justice through peaceful means.
Those who are ill or troubled in body, mind or spirit: Prayers for Marj Trelease; Thelma Commandeur; for those whose hearts are hurting; for those seeking guidance.
Those facing or recovering from surgery: Prayers for all facing surgery or recovering from it.
Those who have died or lost loved ones: Prayers for the family and friends of Wanita Lewis; for all who have lost loved ones.
Those who are traveling: Prayers for all who are traveling.
Other Requests: Prayers that God will make the fruits of the Holy Spirit in our lives better and thriving, and that we may let go of the bitter and rotten fruits; prayers that we all may open our eyes, ears, mouths, hearts, and souls in service to God and in love to others; prayers for those hungry, hurting, homeless, jobless, searching for meaning, love or hope; a prayer that we all may feel more love for Christ and live that out every day in the things we say and do.
This week’s Children’s Church Topic: Why should I pray when God doesn’t answer my prayers? Today we are exploring the important role that prayer serves in our lives. A focal question for the lesson is, “Why should I pray when God doesn’t answer all my prayers?” As we engage several passages from scripture on this topic, we will see that prayer comes in many forms and serves many purposes in our lives that are more significant than just asking for things. Next Week is Easter, so Kid’s Church will resume in two weeks.
Luncheon and Egg Coloring Please plan to stay for the annual Palm Sunday Luncheon and egg coloring activity following worship today. We hope that you will stay even if you forgot a dish to pass – there is always plenty of food to go around!
Women’s Open Circle will meet April 13th at noon in the Harder Room. Bring your own lunch and beverage and dessert will be provided. We will dedicate the Birthday Offering. Bring your birthday money if you have some. For more information call Beth Hildreth, 746-3015.
Soup & Study Wednesdays at 6 pm in McIntosh Hall. Small group Bible study working through the Parables of Jesus. We’ll have a simple soup with bread for supper. Drop in at your convenience – the conversation each week will not depend on what was covered during previous weeks.
Readers Needed! We are still in need of 2 readers for our participation in the Ecumenical Good Friday service on April 14t that begins in our Sanctuary at 12 noon. Please speak to Pastor Bobby or contact the church office for more info.
Your Lenten Offering Our Lenten Offering (which we have combined with One Great Hour of Sharing) will be split between the work of our church and missions of the Presbyterian and United Methodist Churches. Our offering will support the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. Both of these organizations are quite busy with good work in the midst of ongoing tragedy and chaos in our world today. For more information on the work that each of these organizations do, please visit their web sites. Our ongoing support for these needs is deeply appreciated. Thank you for your generosity.
If you would like to contribute to this special collection, please use your special offering envelope labeled “Lenten Offering”. You may also contribute by clearly writing “Lenten Gift” in the memo line of your check or on the outside of a different envelope and placing it the offering plate. We will dedicate our offering this morning.
Lilies for Easter If you are supplying your own lily for the sanctuary on Easter morning, please bring your plant(s) to the church by 2:45 pm on Friday. Also, we can still take dedications until Tuesday 3 pm for plants you are supplying, as well as for Food Bank donations.
Mission of the Month Our M.o.M. for April is Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity is a partnership—not a charity that provides a hand up, not a hand out, which creates partnerships with volunteers and homeowners. Houses are not free. Qualified homeowners buy their houses through zero or low-interest mortgages and hundreds of hours of sweat equity. For more information please visit www.habitatdelawarecounty.org.
All M.o.M. donations received in April will be sent to Habitat for Humanity of Delaware County. If you wish to support a different M.o.M., please mark your donation accordingly and we will make sure that it gets to the mission you wish to support. Please return your M.o.M. envelope by Sunday, April 24th.
Lay Readers NEEDED! We have Lay Readers for the first 2 Sunday’s in April, but the 16th, 23rd, and 30th are open. If you would like to be a part of the worship service in this way, please see the sign-up sheet on the wall outside the offices. Questions? Speak to Elaine Burt or Pastor Bobby.
Birthday Box Have you seen the Birthday Box in the Harder Room? Methodist and Presbyterian Women’s Mission Projects are supported by contributions to the Box. Please give a coin of your choice for each year on your birthday! Those pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters can make a difference both in the U.S. and around the world. Thank you.
Carol Farley 4/10 Reid Bergamesca 4/11
Allison Reynolds 4/12 Beth Hildreth 4/12
Jim Ockenfels 4/12 Delaney McCann 4/14
Katie Hamilton 4/15 Scott Hildreth 4/15
Jaylyn Short 4/16