First Christian Church St. Francis, Kansas
April 15th, 2018
Serving Today

Greeters: Troy Hilt Family

Pianist: Susan Dinkel

Song Leader: Jeff Landers

Elder: Brad Matthies

Deaconess: Leisha Hilt

Older Children's Church: Judy Reynolds and Grace Landers

Younger Children's Church: ?

Call to Worship

Psalm 104:31-35ESV

Opening Worship Songs
  • O Worship the King - Hymn #336
  • He Is Exalted
  • The Stand
Confession of Our Christian Faith

Pastor: Why is prayer necessary for Christians?


Congregation: Because prayer is the most important part of the thankfulness which God requires of us. Moreover, God will give His grace and the Holy Spirit only to those who constantly and with heartfelt longing ask Him for these gifts and thank Him for them.


Pastor: What belongs to a prayer which pleases God and is heard by Him?


Congregation: First, we must from the heart call upon the one true God only, who has revealed Himself in His Word, for all that He has commanded us to pray. Second, we must thoroughly know our need and misery, so that we may humble ourselves before God. Third, we must rest on this firm foundation that, although we do not deserve it, God will certainly hear our prayer for the sake of Christ our Lord, as He has promised us in His Word.


Pastor: What has God commanded us to ask of Him?


Congregation: All the things we need for body and soul, as included in the prayer which Christ our Lord Himself taught us.


Pastor: What is the Lord’s prayer?


Congregation: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

  • Joys and Concerns (scroll down for information on persecuted Christians in Nigeria)
  • Silent Prayer
  • Pastoral Prayer
  • The Lord's Prayer
  • Prayer for Offering

Click the following link to give online: Give Online

Children's Message

Luke 24:36-43ESV

  • Communion Prayer
  • Communion Song - Grace Greater Than Our Sin - Hymn #105
  • Communion

Joel 2:1-17ESV

Conclusion of Worship
  • Song of Response - Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior - Hymn #416
  • Announcements
  • Benediction
  • Choral Response - God Be With You 'Til We Meet Again
Prayer for Persecuted Christians in Nigeria
Prayer Requests

Special Prayer is requested by our church board regarding the need for more daycare resources in our community.

Barb Barnhart (recovering from a broken femur; now back home), Keith Bracelin (ongoing chemotherapy treatments), Rodney Bracelin (continual health), Compassion kids in Brazil, Esther Confer (breast cancer), Dean Dinkel (cancer surgical recovery), Henry Dinkel (cancer), Ron Donner (Paula Keller's brother-in-law; health concerns), family of Teresa Douthit (died, February 23rd, 2018), Sheree Downs (recovery from eye surgery), Rebecca Dranchak (surgical recovery), Ellen (Fern Forsythe's sister; surgical recovery), Ron Ewing, family of John Finley (died, February 24th), Fern Forsythe (recovery from cataract surgery), Tina Fort (Shirley Watson's daughter; cancer), Tori Gano (surgical recovery), Doyle and Doloris Hall (Fort Collins), Wyatt Hilt (recovery from motorcycle accident), Dan and Sheree Keller and Campus Crusade staff, Pete and June Lauer (Brad Matthies’s and Leisha Hilt’s grandparents; health issues), Ann Matthies (Brad and Leisha's mother; recovering from gall bladder surgery), Gerri McCurry (recovery of strength), Julie McCurry (eye problems), Megan (radiation treatments), family of Wilma Neilan (died, February 24th, 2018), family of Joya Neville (died, March 16th, 2018), family of Branson Peacock (died, February 22nd), Kevin Ritchey (continual recovery after motorcycle accident), Rolle Stephens (friend of Brad Matthies; pancreatic trouble), Taven (in need of adoption), Jo Turbeville (recovery of health), Cole Vap (Perry and Paula Keller's nephew; health concerns), Shirley Watson (surgical recovery), Carol Weeks (stage four melanoma cancer), and Rob Webb (health concerns)

*Those residing in care/assisted care facilities: Gladys Cullum (St. Francis), Joan FINLEY Davis (California), Janetta Evins (St. Francis), Ron and Dot Hill (Greeley, Colorado), Margaret Hilt (St. Francis), Ella Mae Keller (St. Francis), Don Love (Kansas City), Debra McCurry (St. Francis), Jane Milner (Goodland), Florence Peacock (St. Francis), Fleda Raile (Goodland), and Kenneth Roberson (St. Francis)

Offering Report

March Offerings: $6,860.00

March Expenses: $9,735.48

Last Sunday's Offering (April 8th): $1,576.00

April Offerings (to date): $2,697.00

Help Needed with Painting Our Bell Tower

Half of the funds for painting our bell tower has been generously provided by Tim and Margaret Poling. Would you be interested in joining Tim and Margaret in supplying the necessary funds for this project? We are in need of an additional $475 for this work. If you would like to make a contribution, either let Tim Raile know or designate a special offering.

A few Sundays ago, Tim Raile provided us some projects for our church building and parsonage which need our attention. Would you be willing to consider one or more of these projects, supporting them with labor, labor and cost of materials, or donations? Sign-up sheets are available in the lobby.

Church Building


  • South Sidewalk, replaced
  • Bell Tower, painted (Tim and Margaret Poling have volunteered to donate.)
  • Exposed Electric Wires on North Side, fixed (Tim Raile has volunteered to provide both labor and cost of materials.)
  • Caulk Gable Ends (Tim Raile has volunteered to provide both labor and cost of materials.)
  • Caulk and Seal North Side Stucco to Sidewalk (Tim Raile has volunteered to provide the labor and cost of materials.)
  • South Door Painted, Sealed, and Adjusted (Perry and Paula Keller have volunteered to provide the labor.)

Regular Maintenance

  • Fertilize/Herbicide Blue Grass (Perry and Paula Keller have volunteered to provide the labor.)
  • Apply Weed Control on Buffalo Grass on West Side (Troy Hilt has volunteered to provide the labor and cost of materials.)
  • Apply Soil Sterile to East Parking Lot and Control Weeds Throughout the Summer


  • Fellowship Stairway Area, painted and cracks filled (Tim and Robyn Raile have volunteered to provide the labor and cost of materials.) - DONE!
  • Fellowship Hall, painted and cracks filled (The Bracelins and the Dinkels have volunteered to provide the labor and the cost of materials.)
  • Downstairs Bible Study rooms, plaster fixed
  • Pastor's Office Door, fixed - DONE!
  • Entry Area, refreshed and brightened (Pam, Taighe, and Talexa Weeter have volunteered their labor.)


Short-term Needs

  • Fix or Replace Rear Door and Walk-in Garage Door
  • Finish Back Splash in 1/2 Bathroom
  • Replace Old, Broken Mini-blinds Upstairs
  • Fix or Replace Water Heater
  • Add Water Softener

Mid-term Needs

  • Kitchen Cabinets Replaced (Tim and Robyn Raile have volunteered to donate $1000.)
  • Paint Upstairs
  • Paint Outside Siding and Soffit
  • Partition Laundry from Kitchen for Noise Reduction
  • Update Kitchen Appliances
  • Fireplace Repairs
  • Back Patio Cover

Long-term Needs

  • Concrete Patio Removed and Replaced
  • Replace Upstairs Carpet with Hard Floors

It's time to start thinking about getting ready for this year's Operation Christmas Child shoebox packing party. For April, we're looking for donations of of stuffed animals. You can drop your donation off in the basket in the lobby.

Sunday, April 22nd

3 to 5 p.m.

St. Francis Community High School

Tickets can be purchased at the high school office. Tickets are $20 per family in advance and $25 at the door. Journalism students are also offering to do hair and nails for the girls at 1 p.m. for a free will donation. Proceeds go to support the high school journalism program.

Recent Change to Child Protection Policy

At our church board meeting this past Monday night, a change was made to our Child Protection Policy. All those not actively working with the children participating in our programs and activities as of December 31st, 2017, will need to go through the screening process before working with our children in the future.

If you would like to once again review our Child Protection Policy, please click the following link: First Christian Church Child Protection Policy.

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