Wednesday, April 25, 2018


Loving and Learning in Lodi April 29 2018


          Dear All, I am out of town this Sunday enjoying time in Amish country with the gift cards you so generously gave me at Christmas. Rev. Donna VanTrees will be preaching and leading worship. Below are her words to help you prepare for Sunday’s worship.                                   Blessings, Pastor Diane


          Serving in Ashtabula for 7 years, I came to love harvest time for the many vineyards there.  As you drove along the country roads with your windows down, the smell of the ripening grapes was almost intoxicating.  One of the life lessons I learned was that in a vineyard, the best grapes are produced closest to the central vine.  Understandably, that is where the nutrients are the most concentrated.  I hope you’ll join me as we explore what it means to the writer of John, and to us to be the branches of Christ. 

                                                                                                 Blessings, Donna
                                                                                               
Anniversary: 
~April 25, Ron and Faye Stewart will celebrate 53 years of happiness, sharing and having a good time!                                      
Birthday:
~April 25, Katrina Morgan will be 52.  She is hoping for another blessed year without the injury from last year!                       Thank you:  Thank you for sharing the seedlings for Earth Day, Jeff VanLoon
Joys: 
~The Lodi Historical Society will have an open house in their new home on Harris Street beside the Masonic Lodge this afternoon.           
Concerns:
~MaryLee Wooley shared that her sister, Joann, had to fast for some tests.  While fasting, she passed out, fell and broke her nose.    
~Letha Mapes asked for prayers for Pat Carpenter, her partner in crime, as Pat has testing in the hospital.                  ~Hattie Ziegler shared that her brother, Windy Klinect is in Hospice in Rittman.  His is on his last lap in the racing field.                       
 ~Dee Shellhorn’s grandson who is 19 months old, has a broken hip.
~Dottie Kimble’s neighbor Ray, who comes to Feed My Sheep with Uncle Tom, is in Hospice. ~Garry Moore had a stroke.  He and Nadine are still in Florida.         
 ~Marge Kimble went straight into Wooster Hospital after returning from  Florida last week.
Recovering: Garry Moore, Tom & Lu Repp, Leonard Barnhart, Edee Shaw, Bill Garner,
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Juanita Lockard, Delbert Miller, Rev. Doug Lewis,

Sunday, April 29th, 2018
Liturgist:       Larry Cray                                   Greeters:  Bill & Elva Dunham
Hymns:        To God Be the Glory                    verses 1 – 3            #98 
                   Something Beautiful, Something Good                          #394
                   Grace Alone                                verses 1 & 2            TFWS #2162
                   Sent Forth by God’s Blessing          verses 1 & 2            #664


Scripture                                          John 15:1 - 8                                   Common English Bible

          “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

          “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

Leader:    The word of God for the people of God.                            People:    Thanks be to God.


THE CHURCH IN ACTION

Choir rehearses this Sunday after church. Come and join us! We won’t have a rehearsal on Wednesday, May 2nd.

Tickets for the Pulled Pork Dinner on May 5th: Jeff VanLoon will have tickets available for us, in packs of 10, to take and sell on Sunday. He’ll have them for us to purchase as well. Sign-up sheets for pie makers, dinner servers and clean-up workers will be on the bulletin board at the back of the sanctuary. Please stop by and sign up. Thank you.

Preaching Boot Camp starts next Thursday, May 3rd at 6:30 p.m. See Dottie Kimble on Sunday for the materials and Thursday’s assignment.

We’ll be hosting another Liberty Concert here on SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2018 at 7 pm.  Yummy homemade ice cream, cake, drinks and great fellowship will follow the music-filled celebration! This year’s Liberty Concert will be highlighting the 100th year anniversary of the end of World War I. If you want to sing in the choir, rehearsals will last one hour and begin at 7:45 p.m. at our church. There are three Wednesday night rehearsals: May 9, May 16, and May 23. Pick up your music this Sunday at choir practice.         

School My Sheep 2018 ~ August 4th
Please keep School My Sheep in your thoughts and prayers as we gear up for yet another year! At this point, the following items are needed;
   Book bags in all sizes
   Jeans and khakis: children’s size 5 up to adult medium (women’s 12; men’s 34)
   Tennis shoes children’s sizes: size 10 children to size 7 or 8 adult
   Jackets and coats
Preliminary planning meeting May 20th after church.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Loving and Learning in Lodi April 22 2018



        Waiting is hard for me! The slightest wait that puts a pause in my day often irritates me! This week’s scripture tells us of a time, after the resurrection, when Jesus asked the disciples to stay in Jerusalem until the gift of the Holy Spirit would be given. We’ll look at what they did with this time of ‘waiting”…

                                                                                See you Sunday,
                                                                                Pastor Diane      


From our prayer time on Sunday, April 15th:
Birthdays: 
~ Missy Laughlin will be celebrating 49 this week.  She is hoping for a kidney stone free year!  Her daughter, Becky will be celebrating her birthday on the same day, she is hopes to get into nursing school this year.
Anniversary: 
~Peggie Brown said that this week will be Charlie’s 33 year lucky day celebration!!! Charlie says he has learned “Yes dear” and “whatever you want dear” works wonders!  Congratulations!      
Joys: 
~Mickey Weir is back from Florida J                            
~Katrina Morgan’s daughter is feeling much better!
~Mary Casto’s cousin is here for the weekend.  They looked through family photos and laughed at the memories.
~Karl Hankins would like for us to join him, physically, monetarily, or  prayerfully as he “Races to the Rock”, May 5th, at Flat Rock (home to people with disabilities).  The District Youth will also be there to help.                  ~Our trustees are so very busy fixing and working on things around here!  Be sure to thank them!                         Concerns: 
~ Tommy Smithberger, Kathleen Hastings grandson, continues to improve with his therapy from the snow tubing accident. 
~Kenny Wiley, Anne Serrafin’s friend, is really struggling with his cancer. 
~All the unspoken prayers among us.
~All of our military personnel and their families.
Recovering: Garry Moore, Tom & Lu Repp, Leonard Barnhart, Edee Shaw, Bill Garner,
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Juanita Lockard, Delbert Miller, Rev. Doug Lewis,

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018
Liturgist:  Katrina Morgan                   Greeters:  Leo & Chris Sparr
Hymns:    Christ Is Alive                             verses 1 – 5              #318    
                Something Beautiful, Something Good                    #394
                Open My Eyes, That I May See      verses 1 – 3              #454
                Sent Out in Jesus’ Name              sing twice                TFWS #2184

Scripture                    Acts 1:1 - 14              Common English Bible

        Theophilus, the first scroll I wrote concerned everything Jesus did and taught from the beginning, right up to the day when he was taken up into heaven. Before he was taken up, working in the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus instructed the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he showed them that he was alive with many convincing proofs. He appeared to them over a period of forty days, speaking to them about God’s kingdom. While they were eating together, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem but to wait for what the Father had promised. He said, “This is what you heard from me: John baptized with water, but in only a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

        As a result, those who had gathered together asked Jesus, “Lord, are you going to restore the kingdom to Israel now?” Jesus replied, “It isn’t for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has set by his own authority. Rather, you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

        After Jesus said these things, as they were watching, he was lifted up and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going away and as they were staring toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood next to them. They said, “Galileans, why are you standing here, looking toward heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way that you saw him go into heaven.”

        Then they returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, which is near Jerusalem—a sabbath day’s journey away. When they entered the city, they went to the upstairs room where they were staying. Peter, John, James, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James, Alphaeus’ son; Simon the zealot; and Judas, James’ son—all were united in their devotion to prayer, along with some women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.

Leader:    The word of God for the people of God.                   People:    Thanks be to God.


THE CHURCH IN ACTION

Choir rehearses this Sunday after church. Come and join us! We won’t have a rehearsal on Wednesday, April 25th.

Preaching Boot Camp: Pastor Diane will be out-of-town several times this summer. In preparation for that, she’ll be offering the opportunity to go through “Preaching Boot Camp” with her. Class will include books, lessons and developing a worship service and sermon. Those attending will sign up for a week when she is gone in the summer. Sign-up sheet is in Fellowship Hall, then she’ll work with those interested to find a time that works for everyone to have class. There will be five sessions.

Tickets for the Pulled Pork Dinner on May 5th: Jeff VanLoon will have tickets available for us, in packs of 10, to take and sell on Sunday. He’ll have them for us to purchase as well. Sign-up sheets for pie makers, dinner servers and clean-up workers will be on the bulletin board at the back of the sanctuary. Please stop by and sign up. Thank you.

School My Sheep 2018 ~ School My Sheep is ON for the year! (tentatively looking at Aug. 4th)
        Cloverleaf School Board has voted to pay for the majority of all school supplies this year! Isn’t that great? We’ve been in contact with school principals. So far, two items will not be covered; Book bags and full coverage earphones (no internal earbuds). If you see these items on sale and would like to pre-purchase that would be fantastic. Book bags are on clearance right now due to end of the year.
        Our experience shows that jeans, khaki's, new socks, coats and jackets from Children’s size 5 up to adult medium are the most common clothing items needed. The elementary school has also indicated a need for new or gently used tennis shoes. Due to space, we will not be displaying larger adult items or other types of shoes. We encourage you to donate such things to Goodwill or the Lodi Family Center. We’ll start taking clothes sometime in July.

        Questions, comments, and suggestions can be directed to Larry Scott or Katrina Morgan. Keep this wonderful mission in your prayers as we prepare for another school year