Feb. 21 "Learning faithfulness with Joseph: Unexpected Acceptance"
Songs to Inspire
In the bulletin this week...
Pleasant View Mennonite Church
February 21, 2021
Call to Worship: Matt Jackson
“I’m Pressing on the Upward Way” MH #582
“When Peace Like a River” MH# 57
Congregational Prayer: Kent Switzer
Missions Moment: Prison Ministries-Keith Miller
Scripture: Psalm 100:1-5; Hebrews 12:1-2 Read by Hein and Blair Cilliers
Songs of Praise
Message: “Learning faithfulness with Joseph” Pastor Jeff
Lent is upon us. This past Wednesday marked the beginning of the 40-day period leading up to Easter commonly known as Lent. In “high church” traditions, Lent begins with the imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday and is characterized by the fasting of certain foods. Lent commemorates the forty-day fast Jesus undertook before overcoming satan’s temptations while in the wilderness. Though Pleasant View isn’t among the “high church” traditions, I believe we can benefit from the season of Lent by using it to seriously consider what Jesus is calling us to as His followers. In Luke 9:23, Jesus invites his disciples to deny themselves, pick up their crosses, and follow Him. Are there things in your life that tend to get between you and Jesus? Of course there are. We all have them because none of us are perfect. I invite you to use Lent as a time to repent and replace. Repent of your sinful, time and energy wasting habits and replace them with practices that draw you closer to God. These could include such obvious choices as spending more time in prayer, reading the Bible, fasting one day a week, or joining/starting a small discipleship group. It could also include less obvious options like volunteering at one of the local ministries Pleasant View supports, helping someone in need, befriending an inmate as a pen pal or getting to know your neighbors better. Repent and Replace. May the Holy Spirit lead you this Lenten season as you seek to grow closer to God.
The elders are charged with caring for the congregation which includes maintaining an active membership list. If you want to be a part of Pleasant View Mennonite Church, simply write your name on the green bulletin insert and put it in an offering plate. Feel free to text, email or visit with an elder or Pastor Jeff. Although these will not be available in the bulletin after this Sunday, they will remain on the credenza.
Mission Facilitator At the business meeting, Sunday, Feb 7, the mission’s facilitator position was not filled, however, Delvin Mast agreed to temporarily fill the role. In a text, discovered after the meeting was adjourned, Daryl Mast offered to serve as the Missions Facilitator. The congregation will have an opportunity to affirm Daryl for this role during worship, Sunday, February 28.
Elders meeting The elders postponed their meeting this past week to this coming Wednesday, February 24. The elders generally meet the first and third Wednesday of every month in the conference room at 7:30 PM. Guests are always welcome.
Has God gifted you with compassion and sensitivity to the needs of others? Or maybe you don’t possess these gifts, but you know of someone in our church who does. If so, please contact one of the elders and learn more about serving our church as a congregational caregiver.
Sunday School: Though we have not formally restarted Sunday school for all ages, the elders want to remind everyone that the building is available for use for small gatherings at 9:30 AM on Sunday mornings.
Discovery 20.21 The South Central Mennonite Church (SCMC) Network Leadership Team has been working to process data from the Discovery 20.21 process as they discern and listen to God’s spirit together. They are continuing into phase 3 of the process of discerning next steps but have not yet arrived at a clear vision of what God desires next for SCMC. They are asking pastors and congregations to spend the next month in prayer for our leaders, that God’s spirit would reveal to them a clear path forward in God’s mission for SCMC. Would you join us and commit to pray for conference leaders for the next month? If, in your prayer time, the Lord lays a message on your heart to share with conference leaders please contact us.
2021 bible reading plan: Bible Study Together. The book and Daily Bible readings & prayer list pamphlets are available on the credenza. Bible Study Together (BST) can also be accessed as an app.
Be wise ~The elders encourage everyone to continue making wise choices regarding their health and the health of the congregation. The elders ask if you are sick, test positive for, or feel you may have had direct exposure to Covid, please stay at home and worship through our online option.
Today February 21, 2021
No formal Sunday School ~See Sunday School announcement.
10:30 am Worship Service (livestreaming on pvmcok.org)
Nursery ~Parents are responsible for supervising their children.
This week February 22-27
Tues Etc Shop tag day
Wed 7:30 Elders meeting (postponed last week)
Next Sunday ~February 28, 2021
No formal Sunday School ~See Sunday School announcement.
10:30 am Worship Service (will stream live on pvmcok.org)
Mar 7 6:00 pm Member’s meeting
Mar 12-18 Spring break
Mar 17 & 18 Church reserved for Cedar Mennonite Church conference.
For our church family
- That the community may see Christ’s joy in us
- Mike/Christye Steigman family (her mother Mary Jane Kiehn passed away)
- Those who are journeying through losses, hardships, and sickness.
- Health Concerns
- Norma Shantz ~Recovering from a broken hip.
- Richard Waters
- Mim Mast
- Dorothy Slagell
- Those of our congregation dealing with Covid-19.
- Beulah Switzer -Resides at Maple Lawn Manor
- Pastor Jeff /Dana & family
- Edwin/Melissa Detweiler family; John
- Elders & families
- Schools & colleges ~ Teachers, Students, Staff
In our community
Unity among believers
- Our local, state, and national leaders
- US Senator James Inhofe and US Senator James Lankford, and US Representative Frank Lucas.
- OK Senator Darcy Jech & OK Representative Anthony Moore
- Health concerns
- Dixie Yoder ~ physical strength, stamina, and determination
- Buffie Exinia
- John Kliewer
- Kristi Frymire Spaeth ~Chemo treatments
- Janet Kauffman (Sister of Warren and Michael Slagell)
- Local Ministries: Habitat for Humanity, Etc. Shop, Hope is Alive, Weatherford Food & Resource Center, Agape Health Clinic ,1st Choice Pregnancy Center Branch 15, Arapaho Jail ministry
Around the world
~Serving in the US.
- Corey/Brooke Makeever -STUMO
- Oklahoma MDS
~Serving other countries.
- Reggie/Angel Miller and family
- Kiran Paul & Lakshmi
- Global Disciples
- Rolly/Robyn Walter and Family
Come & Join Us
- 9:30 AM Sunday school for all ages (Temporarily Suspended)
- 10:30 AM Worship (online or in person)
WEDNESDAY (Spring classes to be announced)
- 5:45 PM Supper starts ($2 suggested donation per plate)
- 6:30 PM Classes and activities for all ages.