Building Lifeboats - Wayne Stucky

Sunday, October 15, 2017


Opening songs: 

     “He is exalted”  all on screen


     “Shout to the Lord”


Opening Words

Call to Worship

L: Jesus calls us to servant ministry.

P: We must be willing to help others, not counting the cost or rewards.

L: Pretense, disharmony, greed have no place in discipleship.

P: Serving God means receiving each person as though they were a beloved child.

L: Lord, help us to truly become your disciples.

A: Create in us hearts for ministries of compassion and kindness. AMEN.


Praise songs: “Thou art worthy”  all on screen

     “He is here”




Hearing the word

Children’s Story – Kathy Haake

Old Testament Reading Deuteronomy 6:1-6


     “Joyful, joyful we adore Thee”  WB # 71

New Testament Reading  Matthew 22:34-40


(Pre-K and younger children are dismissed to the nursery)

Message:  “Building Lifeboats”


Responding to the word

Song of Response: 

     “Brothers and Sisters of mine”  WB # 142


Sharing and Prayer

Tithes and Offering 

Sending Song: 

     “Be preset at our table Lord”  WB # 457



Assisted listening devices and large print hymnals are available at the audio-visual desk.

The cry room has a speaker so you can continue to listen to the service if you need to step out of the sanctuary.



“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and most important command. And the second command is like the first: ‘Love your neighbor the same as you love yourself.’ All of the law and the writings of the prophets take their meaning from these two commands.”


Verse for 2017

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.  Romans 12:12



Message from Wayne Stucky

Worship Leader:  Dave Nickel

Music Leader:  Sheri Nitzsche & Wanda Stauffer

Nursery:  Jay & Becky Waegli

Nursery Next Sunday:  Tracy & Holly Rocole

Next Children's Story:  Sheri Nitzsche

October Drivers:  Anita Breckbill

October Greeters:  Chad & Kathy Boshart

Snack Next Sunday:  Jay & Becky Waegli



Sunday Prayer Time:  9:15 am Room #2

Sunday, Oct 15:  MDS-focused Sunday School

Monday, Oct 16:  Youth Group Trip to Roca @ 6:30pm

Tuesday, Oct 17:  Leadership Board @ 7pm

Tuesday, Oct 24:  CMPC Webinar

Sunday, Nov 5:  1st Christmas Choir Practice @ 9am

Sunday, Nov 19:  2nd Christmas Choir Practice @ 9am


Record for October 8

63 - Attendance

$ 4,120 - Offering

$ 777 - Sharing Fund

$ 87,986 - YTD Budget

$ 84,407 - YTD Offering

- $ 3,578 - YTD Deficit


Sunday School

Library :  Adult Group – Uniform Series

Room # 1:  Adult Group – Sermon Discussion

Room # 6:  Adult Group – Uniform Series – Take 2

Nursery:  Preschool

Room # 8:  Grades K-2

Room # 7:  Grades 3-8

Room # 4:  Grades 9-12



WELCOME – Today we welcome Wayne Stucky to share the message and lead the adult sunday school class.  Wayne and Carole Stucky are both retired, have two children and 5 grandchildren, live in Topeka, KS and are members and attend the Southern Hills Mennonite Church. They share the role of MDS Region 3 Board Chair and have been in this role since October, 2015.


YOUTH GROUP - The senior high youth will meet to go to Roca Berry Farm on Monday, October 16. We will plan to be at Roca at 6:30 p.m.


TEACHERS & LEADERS - It's the time of year when we ask each teacher and leader who works with children/youth to please read and sign our child protection policy. A copy can be found in the right-hand column of mailboxes. If you are a teacher/leader, please sign, date, and return (in the mailbox below the copies) the last page indicating you have read and will follow. Please speak with Carol, Rachel, or Ingrid with questions or concerns.


ONLINE BULLETINS – Save paper and view today’s bulletin online by visiting


CHRISTMAS CHOIR – Start thinking about singing in the Christmas Choir.  We will be singing Underneath Starry Skies at the Christmas evening program on December 10th.  We will start practices on November 5th at 9am before Sunday School.  Contact Kathy Boshart with any questions.


MEETING - Leadership Board will be meeting Tuesday, October 17, at 7 PM. Please see Tim Balzer if you have anything you would like to discuss at the board meeting.


BUILDING FUND - Pledges totaling $10,500 has been committed so far to our goal of $30,000 over the next 3 years.  Please continue to pray and consider how you can help or who you can reach out to in regards to our debt reduction commitments.  We have a goal of $10,000 a year in new commitments above and beyond our regular giving in order to eliminate our mortgage balance by the end of 2019.  Additional copies of the debt reduction letter and commitment cards are located in the top right mailbox.  Pledge cards can be dropped in the offering plate or the treasurer's mailbox.


CONFERENCE PRAYER REQUEST -  Pray for the Christian Formation Committee meeting this weekend in a planning retreat.