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Theme:  Living For God & Neighbor   

November 11, 2018   

Personal Meditation:  To be truly good means being a good neighbor…And to be a good neighbor means recognizing that there are ultimately no strangers…Everybody is my neighbor!...Everybody is my brother!...We’re all connected.”—Brian D. McLaren, A New Kind of Christian                                                                                             


PRELUDE          “God of Our Fathers”                        Organist




                               Liturgist – Mary Meckenstock

*CALL TO WORSHIP Psalm 116:12-17

Leader:   What shall I return to the LORD for all his bounty 

   to me?                                   

People:   I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name

   of the LORD,    

Leader:    I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of

   all his people.

People:   Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his

   faithful ones.

Leader:    O LORD, I am your servant; I am your servant, the child of

   your serving girl.  You have loosed my bonds

People:    I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice and call on the

   name of the LORD.


*HYMN OF PRAISE          “Soldiers of Christ, Arise”        UMH#513    



“The Mission of Hays First United Methodist Church is to share the

word of God with all people through spiritual growth, worship,

fellowship and service.”

*GLORIA PATRI “Glory Be to the Father”        UMH#70


Today we welcome Dylan and Ellen Bryant.  Dylan will join through profession of faith and Ellen became a member here through confirmation class.  Their children, Evelyn and Wesley will receive the sacrament of baptism today.  Please turn to page 33 in your hymnal as we do so.

CHILDREN’S MOMENT            Matt Dumler

This is the day, this is the day that the Lord hath made, that the Lord hath made.  Let us rejoice, let us rejoice and be glad in it, and be glad in it.  This is the day that the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.  This is the day, this is the day that the Lord hath made.

PRAYER CHORUS                 “On Eagle’s Wings”        UMH#143     





CHORAL RESPONSE (10:45)             Chancel Choir

   “God So Loved The World”



Prayer of Dedication

Feed the Fish  

Offertory         “He Is Able”                                  Organist                                                                                                

*Doxology   “Praise God, from Whom all Blessings Flow”   UMH#95  

*Prayer of Thanksgiving                               

SPECIAL MUSIC       Max Befort

“Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)”  (Houston & Myrin)

                            Scripture, Hymn and Sermon

OLD TESTAMENT Genesis 22:1-8

After these things God tested Abraham.  He said to him, “Abraham!”  And he said, “Here I am.”  He said, “Take our son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a  burnt offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you.”  So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac; he cut the wood for the burnt offering, and set out and went to the place in the distance that God had shown him.  On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place far away.  Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the boy and I will go over there; we will worship, and then we will come back to you.”  Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife.  So the two of them walked on together.  Isaac said to his father Abraham, “Father!”  And he said, “Here I am, my son.”  He said, “The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”  Abraham said, “God himself will provide the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.”  So the two of them walked on together.

NEW TESTAMENT Galatians 6:1-2

My friends, if anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have received the spirit should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness.  Take care that you yourselves are not tempted.  Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

*GOSPEL LESSON             John 15:13-17

No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command you.  I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father.  You did not choose me but I chose you.  And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you may ask him in my name.  I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.

Leader:  The word of God for the people of God.

People:  Thanks be to God.

*HYMN OF PREPARATION  (8:30)         FWS#2002

     “I Will Call upon the Lord”

CHORAL ANTHEM (10:45)     Chancel Choir

    “From Age to Age the Same”  (Lloyd Larson)

                Abby Kennemer & Robert Kennemer, trumpets


SERMON      “Living For God and For Neighbor”        Pastor Mike Rose


*HYMN OF RESPONSE   “Lord, I Want to Be a Christian”     UMH#402






Prayer Concerns:

Ron Herrman

Wade Jeffery

Margo Clark (Lutz family)

Sue Jones

Johnny Matlock (Johnny’s dad)

Dianna Jennings

Susan McRae Bickle

John Chamberlain

Rachel Palmberg

Chelsea Anderson

Betsy Losey

Darryl Smika

              A warm welcome to our guests.  You honor us with your presence!

                        ENOUGH STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN

  Consecration Sunday

Today is Consecration Sunday.  In our worship service, we will have the opportunity to consecrate our personal commitments for the coming year.  You should have received an Estimate of Giving Commitment Card in the mail.  If you did not receive one, or if you forgot to bring it with you today, additional cards are available in either entryway to the sanctuary.  We invite you to prayerfully consider what your offering to God through our church will be in the coming year.  Then fill out a card and bring it forward at the 

conclusion of the worship service.



 8:30 &  10:45  a.m.    Worship Services

 9:30  a.m.    Pastor Mike – chapel

 9:30  a.m.    Fellowship & Refreshments – parlor

 9:30  a.m.    Sunday School for all ages

 Noon       Confirmation begins – youth room

 6:00  p.m.    GAB (Girlfriends and the Bible) – youth room                


10:30  a.m.    Staff Meeting

 4:00  p.m.    Worship Committee – parlor

 7:00  p.m.    Shalom Circle -Virginia Johnson/Shirley Green - alcove                                  


9:00  a.m.    Quilters

10:00  a.m.    Good Samaritan                                            

1:15  p.m.    Prayer and Praise – chapel


9:00  a.m.    ONE meeting – church dining room

9:15  a.m.    Naomi Circle – Traci Kennemer/Debra McDonald

3801 Butterfield Road

10:00 a.m.     ECMA meeting – church dining room

1:30  p.m.    Rebekah Circle – Betty Swanson/Marsha Swanson – alcove    

5:00  p.m.   Worship on Wednesday

     Meal – baked chicken, mashed potatoes/gravy, peas /carrots,

                   salad, pumpkin or cherry cheesecake cups

5:50  p.m.    Worship

6:15  p.m.    Programming

6:20  p.m.    Bell Choir

7:15  p.m.    Chancel Choir

7:30  p.m.    Healthy Congregations


6:30 p.m.     Max Befort, Senior Composition Recital – sanctuary

      Reception following in the parlor                                      


Happy Birthday:

November 11:  Trey Brown, Michael Copper, Bob Cox, Kylie Moritz, Meagan Wiggs  

November 12:  Janet Bolander, Ken Johnson 

November 13:  Don Branda, Kathy Kaseforth, Caleb Lafond, Betty Swanson 

November 14:  Tracy Kennemer, Kari Satomi, Parker Unruh  

November 15:  Sara Teeter                   

November 16:  Russ Henningsen, Layci Joy McGrath, Kayla Satomi

November 17:  Barbara Jones, Ivalee Munsinger

November 18:  Adam Klausmeyer, Robbie Kuehl

             11-04-18 Worship Attendance  266  11-04-18 Sunday School  101        


                   Greeters:  8:30  Pauline Branda  10:45  Derrick & Valerie Yu                      

                           Parlor Hospitality Hosts -  Bob & Sheryl Cox  


                                   Feed the Hungry was 7 food items.                                      


  2018 Year to date Revenue  $386,434   2018 Year to date Expenses    $410,237

Thank you!  Your generosity in giving to the Families in Need Fund and the Fresh Start Loan Program helped these families through October 31:

Families in Need Fund – Aided 34 families with assistance totaling      $   2,935.36                                  

 Fresh Start Loan Program- Aided 25 families with rent/utilities            $11,705.00 

                                                 Aided 1 family in an emergency                   $   1,600.00

                                                 59 families                                                        $ 16,290.36

*Money to be repaid at no interest within a year.

Friday, November 16, Max Befort, Senior Composition Recital, will feature piano, instrumental and choral.  In the sanctuary at 6:30 p.m.

You are cordially invited to attend.

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION on Sunday, November 18, for Betty Swanson’s 90th birthday!  Also sharing in the celebration is Don Branda who is also celebrating a birthday on that day.  Cards are welcome!  Please plan to join us in the parlor between 9:30 and

10:30 a.m. on Sunday, November 18.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS – Sunday, November 18, HOBO STEW LUNCH – sponsored by Missions Committee – following second service – free will donations and one canned food item per person – serving hobo stew, vegetables, bread and cookies.  To raise funds for missions.

Rehearsal and performance dates for the Children’s Christmas Pageant can be found on a pink flyer in the Welcome Center.

CONTACT INFORMATION CONTEST – Please complete the cards located in the pews or on the website.  Winner will receive an Ipad.

The Mission Committee will sponsor a Mitten Tree November 1-30.  Bring donations of mittens, scarves, hats and gloves to the Mitten Trees located in the parlor and at the back of the sanctuary.  Items will be donated to students in USD 489.

               The nursery is available during both worship services.

        Hearing assist units are available for use during the services.

          LARGE PRINT BULLETINS are available, please ask an usher.                            


        A $145 endowed gift to celebrate 145 years of Methodism in Hays

Carl & Sue Boldra, Delbert Stanton, Jacinda Johnson & Eric Leuschner, Shirley Adams, Mike & Laura Gaughan, Bill & Betsy Losey, Greg & Gwen Daughhetee,

Curt & Jennifer Kitson, Ken & Dottie Kraus, Jeff & Marla Copper, Joe & Sue

Dolezal, Jim & Corrine Clark, Jim & Hannah Barrett, Sheryl Dreiling, Larry Good,

Dave & Karen Hendrickson, Harold & Virginia Kraus, Carolyn Miller, Marva Miller,

Rodney Ruff, Phil & Linda Stahlman, Lawrence & Louise Younger, Mike & Sharolyn Legleiter, Ralph & Lorraine Howerton, Mike & Donna Cooper, Keith & Kathy 

Harper, Gary & Sheryl Blair, Ernie & Pam Bryant, Ron & Karol Katt, Gail & Linda

Palmberg, Duane & Shirley Steffen, Garner & Nancy Berg, Keith & Renee Eilts, 

Elizabeth Innes, Harvey & Susan Jansonius, Virginia Lehman, Darren & Angie

Stieben, Lynn Fisher, Lois Lutz, Wilmer & Lorena Kellogg, Eric & Charlotte Rathke, Aven & Donna Weaverling, Elton & Wendy Beougher, Steve & Julie Paul, Rick & Diane Wolfe, Ed & Dixie Janzen & Shirley Smith, Marcia Bannister & Ken Griffin, Bill & Rita Barker, Earl & Sharon Carlson, Joe & Jan Edwards, Shirley Green, Kevin & Marla Homburg, Mark & Melanie Bannister, Glenn & Marilyn Ginther, LaVaughn Hull, Mike & Jill Arensdorf, Arris & Virginia Johnson, Marsha & Betty Swanson and Bonnie Dilley, Ken & Becky Johnson, Eric & Carol Harfmann, Bob & Pam Gillen, Harvey & Marilyn Davidson, Harl & LaVena Stump, Jarrod & Stacey Jones.