Cross Lanes United Methodist Church
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

Sunday's Bulletin



                                  Sunday, March 18, 2018

                              Fifth Sunday in Lent





Prelude                        Jesus Shall Reign                                   arr. Bish


* Processional                        




* Call to Worship: (From Psalm 51)

            L:  Create a pure heart in me, O God,

            P:  And put a new and loyal spirit in me.

            L:  Let us praise our God who invites us into loving                         relationship,

            P:  And shows us the path of hope.


* UMH #89                                         “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”


Morning Prayer (Unison):

Loving God, your ways continue to confuse us, but then who are we to understand your plan for life.  We weren’t there when you divided light from darkness or brought life from nothing.  Sometimes we forget our place and think we might do things differently if we were in charge.  Save us from ourselves, loving Creator, and help us this day and every day to give ourselves, one another, and this world over to your creative, perfect love.  In Christ we live and pray.  Amen. 


Psalter: Hymnal Page 785 Psalm 51


Gloria Patri: Hymnal Page 71 “Glory Be to the Father”


Choral Anthem           Go To Dark Gethsemane                            Noble  


Scripture Lesson                                                           Jeremiah 31: 31-34                                    


Children’s Moment




* UMH # 297                                                  “Beneath the Cross of Jesus”


Concerns and Celebrations: Janet Chapman, Carol Nutter,  Imogene Sayres, Gene Workman,  Sharon Skeen, Wanetta Morris,  Mary Keifer, Ian McMillian,  Harold Cole, Oliva Hanna, Suzanne McKinney, Mary Johnson, Jodi Allen, Beulah Kennedy, A.B. Morgan IV, Wendi Reyes, Kim Young, Bob & Hope McKnight, Chris Oldaker, Hayden Thaxton, David Heidenreich, Marcie Smith ( Sandy Smith’s sister in law), Pat Dixon, Clarence Burdette, Wanda Brick, Bradford Morgan IV, Norma Hooten,  Priscilla Terry, Bob Fisher, Dawn Rusnak, Johnny Parsons, Aiden Stockwell, Edie Belcher, Ed Snyder, Matthew Hydock, Jim Lee, Dan Kimble, Rick Stickley, Ruth Ann Null,  Linda Slater Duncan, Sarah Morrison, Andy Kiser, Margaret Ramson, Emily Cox-Ockerman, Tamara Larabee’s family. Peggy Thompson, Chris Curtis’ (Aunt) Mary Henderson, Leila Fisher, Matt McKnight, Andy Bowyer’s family, Phil Mooney’s family, Delores Seel & son, Kard, Annette Haley, Alma Shafer, all military personnel and their families.


Our Tithes and Offerings


Offertory                Ah, Holy Jesus                                         Hymn Tune   


* Doxology No. 94  “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow”

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow: Praise God, all creatures here below: Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise God, the source of all our gifts! Praise Jesus Christ whose power uplifts! Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!    


Gospel Lesson                                                                      John 12: 20-33                                                                                                      

Sermon                                                       “What’s Written on Your Heart?”


* UMH # 2241                                       “The Spirit Send Us Forth to Serve”

                      (sung to the tune of #57 “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing”)                                                                                 

* Choral Benediction


* Postlude                  Lift High The Cross                                   Hymn Tune                                                                                                          

                  *Those able are asked to stand


Our Lenten Discipline

Lent is the season of preparation leading up to Easter.  During this time Christians have traditionally engaged in reflection upon their lives, the brokenness created by our sin, and acts of penance.  This activity has taken many different forms including prayer, fasting, and other forms of self-denial.  Lent is more than a time to simply acknowledge our sin and ask for forgiveness.  It is a time to work for restoration of relationships that have been damaged by our sin – our relationships with God, one another, and the stranger.


Lenten Disciplines:


Week #1 – This week pray for those who may feel like they’re left out of God’s promise.

Week #2 – This week take a few moments each day to wonder about what God’s covenant means for you and how that impacts others around you.

Week #3 – This week ask God to help you identify ways in which you might be falling into unhealthy practices and potentially destructive living.

Week #4 – This week try to go for an entire week without blaming something or someone for your own mistakes.

Week #5 – This week try to take a few moments each day and ask, “God, how would you have me serve?



Welcome, dear family in Christ, to Christian fellowship, education and worship this day. God bless us, every one.


Coffee and fellowship starting 9:15 am in the Fellowship Hall before the Sunday School hour and the 11 am service.

NurseryCare is available for children (birth–age 3) during both Worship Services.

Children’s Worship – (Preschool – 5th grade) children may leave the sanctuary following the ‘Children’s Moment’.

Attendance Please sign & pass the Red Attendance Pad to the person next to you.  When the pad reaches the end of the row, pass it back.

DVDs & Audio Aids AvailableDVDs of the service are available.  Call the church office.  Audio aids for the hearing impaired and large print hymnals are available from the ushers.

Prayer Chain – To place someone on the prayer chain, call one of the following: Jerry Meadows, 415-6510 or email; Marge Parsons, 776-9416; Ruth Ann Null, 776-1991.  Those wishing to have a name added to the Prayer Concerns should mark the box on the prayer card and will be kept on the list for one month.

Altar Flowers – Fill out a form located by the SS office and place your name on the list. Return form to the Church office with a check for $35.

Upper Room devotional guides are available in both foyers.

Office Hours – Mon. – Thurs., 7:30am – 2:30 pm; Friday 7:30am – 12pm.  Pastor Nelson is available during office hours and by appointment.  You     can reach Pastor Nelson by calling 1-703-772-5859; 304-769-5229; email, or the Church office, 304-776-3081;


                Those Assisting in Worship Service:


  Pastor                                                   Gary Nelson

  Deacon                                                J. F. Lacaria

  Organist                                               Deanna Taylor

  Music Director                                    Justin Valleau

  Children’s Music Director                  Karen Gilreath

  Children’s Ministry Director               Angela Stone

  Youth Directors                                   Jeremy Burns & Heather Noble

  Helping Hands                                    Chris Curtis & Vickey King

  Altar Guild                                           Leila Fisher, Chris Curtis, Loretta                         Jackson & Kathleen Burke

  Liturgist                                              J.F. Lacaria

  Ushers                                                   Mike Bailey, David Boyd,                                                                  Whitney Darby & Heather Noble

  Counters                                               Jeff King & Jay Monnig


Questions for the week:

1.     Would you follow Jesus if it meant sacrifice and suffering?

2.     What is God asking of you?

3.     What is Jesus promising you?

4.     Do you have questions or comments about the sermon, worship, relationships, parenting, or other life issues?  If so, contact Pastor Gary – or 304-776-3081.




If you would like to place information on the Daily Digest please submit to Jerry Meadows at


Attendance 03/11/18:   8:30 (64), 11:00 (132), Sunday School ( NA)


Scriptures for Sunday March 25: Liturgy of the Passion….Isiah 50: 4-9a; Psalm 31: 9-16 ( UMH 764); Philippians 2: 5-11; Mark 14: 1-15:47 or Mark 15: 1-39 ( 40-47)


Don’t forget, Preschool Registrations running full month of March.

Contact Penny for info. 304-755-8486 or church office 304-776-3081


Again this year we will have the Easter Dinner and Egg Hunt on Sunday, March 25 (Palm Sunday)  following the 11:00 a.m. service.  Ham, rolls and drinks will be provided.  Please bring 2 side dishes to share and join us for a wonderful time!


Messages from Office:

* Please let me know if someone’s name can be removed from concerns and celebrations. Thank you!

* There is a Lost and Found box under entry table. Please check to see if anything is yours.


Message from Betty:  Please pick up any containers, dishes etc brought in for dinners that were left in the kitchen. 





                              April 1, 2018 @    6:30 A.M.


                       WEEKLY CALENDAR


Sunday- March 18    5th Sunday in Lent

   8:30 am                    Worship Service

 9:15 am                    Coffee & Fellowship / FH

 9:45 am                    Sunday School

                                   Communications Mtg

11:00 am                   Worship Service

  12:15 pm                   Hand bell rehearsals

  2:00-5:00 pm             GYM/ Conner

   2:00 pm                    FH/ UMW Social

   7:00 pm                    Community Concert Series/

                                    Jim Snyder & Lost Boys

                                    Folk, Rhythm n Rock pm.


Monday – March 19

    9:00 am                    Senior Exercise

    5:00-7:00 pm           Gym/ McDowell

    7:00-8:30 pm           Gym/ AAU

    6:30 pm                   Boy Scouts Venturing Crew

    7:00 pm                   Boy Scouts


 Tuesday – March 20


    4:00- 6:00 pm            GYM/ Woods

    6:30-8:30 pm             GYM/ Smith


 Wednesday – March 21   

    9:00 am                      Senior Exercise/Bible Babes

     1:00 pm                     Mobile Ministry

     5:00 pm                     Support Group for Life’s Hurts  

    6:00 pm                      Wednesday Night Dinner

     6:45 pm                     Children/Youth

    7:00 pm                      Choir/Bible Study

     6:00- 8:00 pm            GYM/ Christina

                                       Girl Scouts

 Thursday – March 22           

    4:00-6:00 pm              GYM/Woods

    4:30                            Senior Pot Luck Dinner

    6:30-7:30 pm             Cub Scouts

    7 :00 pm                     NA (Narcotics Anonymous)

    6:30- 8:30 pm            GYM/Smith


 Friday –  March 23

    9:00 am                      Senior Exercise


 Saturday- March 24

     8:00 am                     GYM/ CM Sorting

     9:30-1:00                   FH/ Kay Baby Shower

     7:00 pm                     NA (Narcotics Anonymous)