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9:00 a.m.
Palm Sunday April 9th, 2017

The Mission of the United Methodist Church:

Make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”

The Motto of the United Methodist Church:

Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors: The People of the UMC.”


Proclamation of Jesus’ Entrance to Jerusalem Mark 11:1-11
*Call to Worship

Hosanna, loud Hosannas! The Messiah enters the gate!

He comes from the Mount of Olives followed by a crowd!

Raise your voices! Sing praises!

We will spread coats and palm leaves before him.

We will wave our branches in exultation.

All glory and honor to you, Redeeming Christ.

We praise Your holy name in all the earth,

Yet we know that Your passion approaches.

Your time of suffering comes near,

The shadow of the cross is looming on the hill.

We will not forsake you; help us not to turn from you.

We will cry, “Crucify him!” Forgive us for what we are about to do.

May we know Your mercy and the glorious victory of Your resurrection to come!

*Processional Hymn Tell Me the Stories of Jesus UMH #277

(Persons at the center aisle end of each pew please sign the attendance sheet and pass on)
Special Music Laughing Song Children’s Choir

Children’s Moments Gretchen Thomason

(There will be no Children’s Church today!)

Sharing Tithes and Offerings


*The Doxology UMH #95

Sharing Joys and Concerns and The Lord’s Prayer UMH #895

Loving God, walk with us on the road to Calvary.

Hold us close so we might see Your love in the midst of the twists and turns.

Let us see how the palms of honor and the shouts of praise

get dried and twisted into cries for a crucifixion.

Let us feel the bumps of denial,

the rocks of betrayal and the dark night of prayers.

Let us feel the heavy weight of the cross and know Christ carried it for us.

Holy God, place us in the story

so we might see our weakness but learn of Your grace.

Take us through the twists and turns on the road to Calvary

and lead us to the glory of Easter.

In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Scripture Lesson John 19:14-20
The Message “The Crucifixion” Pastor Souhrada

Message In Song Watch the Lamb by Ray Boltz
The Benediction

May Jesus Christ, the bread of heaven broken for all, bless you and keep you.

May the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, heal and restore you.

Go forward to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all strength and with

all your soul and love your neighbor as yourself. Amen.

* indicates those who are able may stand

UMH: United Methodist Hymnal FWS: Faith We Sing, Song Book

Three Rules to live by: Do no harm! Do Good! Stay in love with God.

Upcoming Events
Calling All Graduating Seniors! 4.30

Scholarship applications are in the mail and are due April 30th! The recipient will be awarded at the Graduation Sunday Worship, May 21st! Please also drop off your senior photo and information about what you will be doing next year with Catie by April 30th

Aldersgate Day 5.24

            There will be an area wide UM Aldersgate Worship Service, May 24th , 8:00 p.m. at SUMC. Remember and celebrate John Wesley’s “Heartwarming Experience!” A celebration of who we are as “United Methodists!” Put this date on your calendar!!!

Summer Church Camp!

            The new camping brochures are available on the information table in the entry way.

Camps at Koronis, Northern Pines, Star Lake or Kowakan on the BWCA in Minnesota.

Camps at Wesley Acres, Lake Poinsett or Storm Mountain Camp (Black Hills) in the Dakota’s.

  • $25 Early bird credit for the canteen or camp store to register before May 1st

  • $25 Bring a friend discount.

You may also go to to register or get further information.
Summer Church Camp for Ages 9-13! 6.18 – 6.23

A group from SUMC is planning to go to Koronis  the week of June 18th -23rd

Two camps are happening that week:

                        Pathway Camp 1 (#108): (formerly Summer Buffet)  Cost  $425.

                        Intermediate Horse Camp:  (#182): Cost $640

Contact Pastor Wane with questions.  

Holy Week Schedule:

Thur. April 13 7:00 Stewartville UMC: Maundy Thursday Service

Fri. April 14 10:00 Brunch at Stewartville Comuunity Center

11:00 Stewartville Community Center Ecumenical Good Friday Service 7:00 Good Friday Service @ Sumner Center UMC

Sun. April 16 7:00 am Easter Sunrise Service led by our Youth

7:45-8:45 Youth group sponsored Easter morning breakfast

9:00 am Easter Worship

General Announcements


Thank you to all who came out and supported our youth at Pizza Ranch Tip Night! We are excited to share that thanks to your support we raised well over $970! The youth really appreciate your love and generosity, we cannot wait to "Serve Jesus by Serving Others" with you this summer at STORM Camp!

Easter Choir

Laurie Helmers is organizing and directing a vocal ensemble to sing an anthem or two on Easter Sunday, April 16, at the 9 a.m. service.  Singers aged 7th grade and up are welcomed and needed!  We will rehearse Sunday mornings from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. on March 26, April 2 and 9 with a probable final rehearsal on either Wednesday 4/12 OR Thursday 4/13 (either before or after the 7 pm Maundy Thursday service).  Please call Laurie at 533-8265 to indicate your interest and availability.  She's also working on recruiting some brass (trumpet, trombone, tuba) players.  Do we have some in the congregation?

Searching for a STORM Camp Nurse!

We are looking for a breakfast time nurse to work with Jessica Eastman who has volunteered to be our dinner/nighttime nurse. Nurses are needed for handling student prescription medications. We are also looking for an "on call" nurse in case of emergencies during the day. Contact Catie if you are interested!

Recertification and New Volunteers!

An early Response Team Training Course insert is in today’s bulletin. Be among the first to help after a disaster. The course, taught by UMCOR certified instructors, provides the basic skills for you to be a member of the Early Response Team. The course will be held on May 6th,

8:00am – 4:30pm at Woodbury Peaceful Grove UMC. Register by May 4th at this website: If you have any questions, please contact Tanya Oberg at
Repair list!

            A repair list is on the desk leading to the Fellowship Hall. If anyone notices something needing attention please write it down on the list. Thanks for your help! Trustees: Ryan Eastman and Mike Podein

Church Calendar for April 9 – April 16


April 9








Palm Sunday Worship Service, Children’s Choir sings

Children’s Choir Rehearsal

Adult Lenten Bible Study led by Julie & Paul Olberding

Youth Lenten Bible Study led by Catie Levenick

Sunday School

Laurie's Easter Music Rehearsal

Adult Lenten Bible Study @ Racine led by Pastor Bridget


April 10



Cub Scout Pack 156 Den Meeting

Adult Lenten Bible Study led by Pastor Wane


April 11





UMC Holy Communion @ Care Center Pastor Wane

Adult Lenten Bible Study led by Pastor Wane

Cub Scout Pack 156 Wolf Den Meeting

Cub Scout Troop 156 Tiger Den Meeting


April 12





Confirmation 7th Grade

No Confirmation 8th Grade

Senior High Homework Hour

Senior High Youth Group


April 13


Maundy Thursday Service SUMC


April 14



Ecumenical Good Friday Service

Good Friday Service Sumner Center


April 16




Easter Sunrise Service led by our Youth

Breakfast sponsored by Youth Group

Easter Sunday Worship Service

Mission Sunday OC Ministries

Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:00 am-12:00pm

Church Office: (507) 533-4625

Church email:

Pastor Wane Souhrada

Cell: (507) 520-8962


SUMC Staff

Pastor: Rev. Wane O. Souhrada Youth/Family Ministry: Catie Levenick

Organist: Laurie Helmers Admin. Assistant: Laural Wooner

Choir Director: Chuck Blattner Head Usher: Scott Warren

Parish Nurse: Renee Wilson Sound Booth: Judy Finley

Children’s Moments: Gretchen Thomason

Coffee Fellowship: Dorothy Womeldorff & Kimberly Pietrzak

Circle of Concerns

Don Kolbert Betty Fulk Jean Schendel

Service Members Trudi Myers

Prayer Chain

If you would like to be added to the circle of concerns and/or the email list for the prayer chain, please contact the church office at 507-533-4625 or

Church Website:

The monthly calendar and weekly church bulletin are available on our website.

Like us on facebook for updates and events during the week!

Upper Room Daily Devotions

The March-April issue is available in the entry way.

Recycling Bulletins

A basket is located at the back of the sanctuary for recycling bulletins.

We will reuse applicable bulletin inserts and Mission Moments envelopes.

NOTE: An Automatic External Defibrillator is in the hallway leading to the Fellowship Hall.

Electronic Giving

This past year the Finance Committee has been encouraging electronic giving so as people are not able

to attend worship each Sunday our contributions and generosity to God continues. Cards saying, “I give electronically” are provided in the pew to place in the offering plate if you use Electronic Fund giving. A brochure is also in the pew, if you would like to sign-up for Electronic Fund giving. Thank you!

We Celebrate That We Are a Safe Sanctuary!  We have established Safe Sanctuary policies and forms to demonstrate our unwavering commitment to the physical safety, emotional integrity and spiritual growth of all. For more information, please see our web-page:

Youth Happenings!

For any questions about any of these events or any other ideas, thoughts, or concerns, please contact Catie at All events open to 6th-12th grade students, unless indicated differently. Information & permission slips are available on the Youth Events Bulletin Board.
Join us for Wednesdays at SUMC!

7th Grade Confirmation Sr. High Youth Group: The Way

Wednesdays 3:15-4:30pm 6-7pm Quiet Homework Time 7-8pm Youth Group

Pick up after school 8th12th Grade

8th Grade Confirmation 6-7:pm
Ignite Retreat Permission Slip and $25 Deposit Due ASAP!

Current 5th-7th graders are invited to our annual Ignite Retreat Camping Trip!! Join us as we head over to St. Croix State Park for a great weekend together in God’s creation June 23rd-25th! $50/person, only 12 youth spots available, first come first serve!! Permission slips available on the youth events board! 1 more adult chaperone is needed. Currently registered: Jayce Cast, Trey Cast, Marshall Pietrezak, Jacob Thomason, Amelia Renken, Mackenzie Moll-Renken, Mesa Wibben & Elena Porter

STORM Camp Permission Slips and $30 Deposit Due ASAP!

We’re heading back to STORM Camp!! Open to 7th-12th grade students. July 9th -15th in STORM’s NEW LOCATION: STEWARTVILLE, MN! $250/person. Fundraising available. Only 15 youth spots available, first come first serve! Currently registered: Jayce Cast, Emma Thomason, Marshall Pietrezak, Kendall Clausen, Sydney Clausen, Cody Lee, Joey Krapf, Maya Krapf, Malena Krapf, Lauren Zincke and Paula Zincke

Youth Study 3.12 - 4.9

Youth lenten bible study Sundays, March 12th through April 9th . We'll meet in the youth room 10:15-11am. 6th-12th grade welcome! 

Feed My Starving Children/ Mall of America Adventure   4.22

Join us as we journey for a fun day running around MOA and then packing meals for the hungry at Feed My Starving Children. Bring lunch for the ride up and we'll stop for Pizza on our way home! Friends welcome! 11:30 AM- 9 PM. Adult chaperones needed! 

WE NEED YOU! First Ever UMC Youth Kickball Ball Tournament!   5.19

It's not a typo! You do see the word "ball" twice. We have accepted the challenge to take on Rochester UMC youth groups in a kickball ball tournament. Each team will decide an outfit theme and we'll play kickball! Open to 6th-12th Grade. Sign up on the youth events board.

Pick up after school at 3pm, return to church by 6pm. 
Youth Ministry Team Meeting: Sunday, April 30th @ 8:00AM
Stewartville United Methodist Church

900 John Wesley Avenue NW

Stewartville, MN 55976
Palm Sunday

April 9th, 2017

9:00 a.m.

Church Office: 507-533-4625

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