Welcome To Grove Memorial United Methodist Church!!

Worship Services begin at 9:40am in the sanctuary, led by Pastor Randy Traxler.  Join us before the worship service in the hospitality room, located in the back of the Sanctuary for water, coffee, or snacks while we enjoy socializing with each other.

We hope you explore our web site and get to know more about us and entice you to come visit our church!

We would like to thank you for visiting our web site and learning more about our church. We have a wonderful church located at 611 South Main St, Lewistown, Pa. We have Sunday School Classes starting at 11am for children and adults.

Matthew 25:35

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me…”

 

Announcements – September 16, 2018

  • TODAY: Fellowship meal after Sunday School
  • TODAY (6:30pm): Waterworks Ministries workshop @ Grace UMC in Centre Hall ($15 cost)
  • TODAY (3-5:30pm): Bishop Park meeting at Faith UMC in Bellefonte to discuss “Commission on Finding a Way Forward”
  • September 20 (6pm): School bag sewing night @ Granville UMC.  (Also Oct 18 & Nov 15)
  • September 22 (9am): UMC Women annual meeting at Rhodes Memorial UMC ($10 cost)
  • September 26 (6:30pm): Grove UMC Ad Council Meeting
  • September 30: Kickoff picnic for Shining Light in the Darkness @ Kish Park
  • October 6 (8:30am): Grove Memorial UMC Sunday school breakfast at the Burnham OIP
  • October 7: Fuel Fund Sunday
  • October 20: Potato Drop @ Church Hill UMC in Reedsville
  • November 3 (10am): HUB gathering @ Watts UMC in Belleville
  • November 18: Charge Conference – location TBD

Meals on Wheels: If you can help on Tuesdays or Thursdays, please contact Pastor Randy.

Donations for HUB: See Nancy B. with your monetary donations.

Thank you to our September, helpers!

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard: September donations are now being accepted.

Call to Worship and Prayer of Confession

Call to Worship

L: This day Jesus is calling to you.
P: Lord, help us to hear your call.
L: This is a time of decision.
P: Lord, help us to be strong and faithful.

Soloist: singing “Cry of My Heart” through one time

L: Come, let us celebrate God’s love.
P: Let us rejoice in the call of our Savior.
L: Teach us your ways, O Lord,
P: Help us to be closer to you. AMEN.

Prayer of Confession

Lord, it is easy for us to say that we will follow you; and then turn our backs and act as though our commitment to you does not mean anything to us.

Jesus challenges us to take up our crosses, and when we don’t understand what that means, we just shrug and turn away.

Forgive us for our lack of commitment and faith. Heal us of our greed and fears. Give us courage to be disciples and enable us to joyfully proclaim your healing mercies and your transformational love. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. AMEN.

“Cling to Jesus for Dear Life”

This sermon was given by Pastor Randy Traxler on 9 Sep 2018 at Grove Memorial United Methodist Church.

John 6:47-59 New International Version (NIV)
Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”

Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”

Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.

New International Version (NIV)
Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

 

“Holy Communion”

Holy Communion is a special time that you can’t celebrate too often.  Pastor Randy discussed the importances of this sacrament and its meaning in our walk with God.

Call to Worship & Prayer of Confession – September 2, 2018

Call to Worship

L: Summer wanes and the autumn draws close.

P: Lord, help us to be ready for opportunities of service.

L: We have felt the refreshment of time-away.

P: Lord, give us spirits of joy for the times ahead.

L: Come, let us celebrate God’s eternal presence and love.

P: Let us open our spirits to receive God’s direction for our lives. AMEN.

 

Prayer of Confession

God of mercy, you know us so well. We like to think that we can hide from You, but we are just kidding ourselves. You have offered to us new life, characterized by honesty, compassion, joy, and peace. You have invited us into ministries of peace and justice; but we have far too often turned our back on opportunities for service and witness to your transformational love.

 

Forgive us for our stubbornness. Help us to turn around and listen to your words of hope. Remind us again that you require compassion and mercy in all who serve you; that you will guide our steps and our lives. Give us courage to truly be your witnesses in this world. AMEN.

Announcements – September 2, 2018

  • September 4 (7pm): Bible Study @ Freedom Ave.
  • September 5 (5:30pm): Choir Practice @ Grove Memorial
  • September 5 (6:30pm): Bible Study @ Grove Memorial
  • September 8: Sweet Frog benefit night – 15% go to Mifflin Co. Cross Country supporting Morgan’s team. Mention the group when paying.
  • September 8: Prayer Workshop @ McVeytown UMC ($15 cost)
  • September 15: Fellowship meal after Sunday School
  • September 16 (6:30pm): Waterworks Ministries workshop @ Grace UMC in Centre Hall ($15 cost)
  • September 16 (3-5:30pm): Bishop Park meeting at Faith UMC in Bellefonte to discuss “Commission on Finding a Way Forward”
  • September 22 (9am): UMC Women annual meeting at Rhodes Memorial UMC ($10 cost)
  • September 26 (6:30pm): Grove UMC Ad Council Meeting
  • September 30: Kickoff picnic for Shining Light in the Darkness @ Kish Park
  • October 6 (8:30am): Grove Memorial UMC Sunday school breakfast at the Burnham OIP
  • October 20: Potato Drop @ Church Hill UMC in Reedsville
  • November 3 (10am): HUB gathering @ Watts UMC in Belleville
  • November 18: Charge Conference – location TBD

Meals on Wheels: If you can help on Tuesdays or Thursdays, please contact Pastor Randy.

Donations for HUB: See Nancy B. with your monetary donations.

Thank you to our September, helpers!

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard: September donations are now being accepted.

“Using Time Wisely” Ephesians 5:15-20 – August 19, 2018

Ephesians 5:15-20 New International Version (NIV)

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

New International Version (NIV)Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Call to Worship and Prayer of Confession – August 19, 2018

Call to Worship

L: Lord, we are afraid.

P: Reassure us of Your steadfast love.

L: Lord, we are afraid.

P: Comfort us with your presence.

L: Lord, we rest secure in Your love.

P: Help us to always remain in your love.

ALL: All praise and honor to You, Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer of all. Amen.

 

Prayer of Confession

 

Dear Lord, as we partake from your heavenly bread and wine, we come humbly before you to confess our sins to you:

  • We ask forgiveness for our selfish attitudes and behaviors.
  • We ask forgiveness for envying others instead of blessing them in Christ’s name.
  • We ask forgiveness for exploiting others rather than serving them.
  • We ask forgiveness for our shallow and materialistic attitudes and behaviors.
  • We ask forgiveness for not properly representing Christ to a world filled with hunger for spiritual food.

Forgive us, o Lord, and free us to joyful service in the community into which you have sent us.

Announcements – August 19, 2018

August 19 (after sunday school): 3rd Sunday Fellowship Meal @ Grove.  All are welcome.

August 29 (5:30pm): Choir Practice @ Grove Memorial

September 16 (3-5:30pm): Bishop Park meeting at Faith UMC in Bellefonte to discuss “Commission on Finding a Way Forward”

October 6 (8:30am): Sunday school breakfast at the Burnham OIP

October 20: Potato Drop @ Church Hill UMC in Reedsville

Thank you to our August, helpers!

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard: August donations are now being accepted.

Prayer Request Forms: Are in the backs of the pews.  Fill one out and put it in the offering plate.

E-mail Newsletter: Sign up in the lobby to receive the new tri-church newsletter.

Worship Helpers are NEEDED: Sign up in the church lobby.

Bible Study: Tuesdays, 7pm @ Freedom Ave.