August 14, 2022

Welcome to Worship

We’re so glad you’re here. Whether you are joining us in-person or online we are excited to spend the morning with you.

Today’s Message from Pastor Nathanael

 Summer in Psalms: Psalm 8
God’s Revelation–Our Worship 

The collection of Psalms in the Bible formed the backbone of the ancient Jewish “hymnbook.” Written as poetic songs, they magnify the Lord of the universe while also expressing the gamut of human emotion. The Psalms are no less relevant today than they were thousands of years ago, as they influence and inform HOW we worship God even as they reveal WHO He is and what He is like. Each year we will take some weeks in the summer to learn from the Psalms, joining our hearts with the words of David as he sang, “Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, bless his holy name.” (Psalm 103:1)

Featured Events & Church News


All-Church Picnic & Bathroom Dedication
Sunday, August 28 there will be ONE SERVICE indoors at 10:30am. NO connect groups, youth, or children will meet (nursery still available). Following service, we will dedicate the bathrooms then head to the pavilion for a church picnic. Hot dogs, chips, and drinks will be provided. Last names A-P please bring a side, Q-Z bring a dessert. There will be places to keep dishes cold during service.

Family Camp
September 2-4 at Camp Gideon, $25/person (no more than $100/family). Registrations available at the Welcome Centers. Sign up now!

Hospital, Procedures, Rehab
Fred Merritt, Kelly Wyant 

Legacy Grandparenting Summit–Oct. 21 and 22
Visit our website or the info table in the worship center hallway to register. 

Welcome Desk
Volunteers are needed at the 10:30am service. Email gshamblen@firstfriends.org if interested. 

Connect Groups


Financial Peace University
A 10 week in-person class will begin Monday, September 12, 7pm. You also have the option to sign up for online resources only. The church purchased a site license so we’re offering you a significant discount. Register online now or get more information in the worship center hallway. 

Women & Men


Women’s Retreat
September 16–17 at the Twinsburg Hilton Garden Inn. $90/person double occupancy, queen beds, includes two meals. Online registrations are now available at firstfriends.org/women. For questions or paper registrations visit the promotional table in the worship center hallway. 

Men’s Tuesday Morning Bible Study
Join us Tuesday mornings from 7-8am. For more info contact Shawn at syost@firstfriends.org

Sports


Registrations Open For: Youth Soccer, Youth Basketball, Co-ed Adult Softball, Men’s Basketball, and Adult Co-ed Indoor Volleyball. Register at www.firstfriendssports.com 

Youth Pickleball Age 11–17 on Mondays, Sept 12–Nov 14, 3:30–6:30pm. Registration required, please contact Leurene Hildenbrand at leurene. mail@gmail.com or call 330-607-4335. 

Shuffleboard Tuesdays, 6:30–7:30pm and 7:30– 8:30pm until Sept 27 at Weis Park. 

Shuffleboard Family Fun Day Saturday, Aug 27, free food, free prizes, no experience needed. Register online at cantonparksandrec.recdesk.com. 

Youth


MS/HS: Back to School Prayer Night August 21, 6-8pm. Everyone is invited to join us as we pray for God’s blessings and favor over our students. 

MS: Opportunity to Serve MS Adult Leaders bless students through fun, fellowship & faith sharing. For info, email msassistant@firstfriends.org. 

Welcome Lucas! Welcome to our new Director of Middle School Ministries, Lucas Shroades. 

Missions


H.O.T. Ministry Sunflower Festival
Save the date for H.O.T.’s annual Sunflower Fundraiser Festival on Saturday, August 27, 1-4pm. For more information see the Homeless Outreach Team table in the worship center hallway. 

Children


Promotion Sunday: September 4
Please be praying for the Lord to show you how you could serve as a teacher, assistant, or substitute for Sunday School or Children’s Church or Jeremiah’s Club on Wednesday evenings.