Thursday, March 21, 2019


Loving and Learning in Lodi March 24 2019

I believe in miracles I've seen a soul set free
Miraculous the change in one redeemed through Calvary;
I've seen the lily push its way up through the stubborn sod
I believe in miracles for I believe in God!
--Carlton C. Buck & John Peterson, 1956

          I love Jesus because he works miracles! We have many accounts in the Gospels of his healing ministry where he restored the physical and mental health of people who sought him out! We read about him feeding 4000 and 5000 men (plus women and children) on hillsides with but small amounts of food ending up with baskets full of the leftovers! We read about him walking on water and triumphantly rising from the dead!

          Personally, I don’t have first-hand experiences with those kinds of miracles. But, I do have experiences of the kinds of miracles written about in the chorus of the hymn I Believe in Miracles quoted above. Those other kinds of miracles and happenings are another reason I love Jesus!

                                                                             See you Sunday!
                                                                                       Pastor Diane

From our prayer time on Sunday, March 17th:
THANK YOU!:
~ Our trustees have been so hard at work!  Be sure to thank them!
Happenings:
~ Bonnie Querin shared:  The Black River Comedy Club is performing “We’re Off to See the Circus” – it’s a fun evening out!
Birthday: 
~RJ Laughlin is 24!  (We recorded our version of “Happy Birthday” for Becky to share with him.)
Joys:
~Sue Whitfield’s brother, Rex’s new kidney is being accepted by his body!  Yeah!
Concerns:
~Lynn White’s daughter will be seeing the neurosurgeon to schedule surgery this week.
~Bonnie Querin asked for prayers for Frosty who will have triple bypass.
~Carol Rommel’s son, Derek passed away.
~Donna Lance fell and broke her upper arm.
~Colette Laughlin’s friend will be having hip surgery.
~Safe travels for the Baughman family!
~Karl and Rev. Donna’s son-in-law’s mother passed away and they will all be traveling to Pennsylvania.
~Prayers for New Zealand.
~Mark and Jessica Serafin miscarried this past week.
~Grace Harvey’s former in-law, Rose Van Dyke had a stroke.
~A friend of Charlie and Peggie Brown’s, Ed’s sister passed away last month.  Yesterday, his other sister passed away.
~Hattie Ziegler’s family.
~All the unspoken prayers among us.
~Remember our military personnel, our safety forces and first responders, and their families, near and far.
Recovering: Garry Moore, Tom Repp, Lee Geissman, Patty Ramey
Cancer: Terry Gayner, Zachary, Delbert Miller, Sherry Walker
Families Grieving:  Jim Hastings family, Susie Hall family, Judy Yoder family, Joni Barnes family, Doris Formanek family, Ken Wiley family, Frankie Dudas family, Leonard Barnhart family, Diana McMahon family,

Sunday, March 24, 2019
Liturgist:       Bob Wooley                                                   Greeters: Kris & Sue Weir
                        I Love You Lord                                     sing once                          TFWS #2068
                   Awesome God                                       sing twice                         TFWS #2040
                   This Is a Day of New Beginnings                verses 1 - 4                       #383


Scripture                              Luke 6:17 - 19                                 Common English Bible


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

THE CHURCH IN ACTION

Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Come join us!

TABLE TOP TREASURES ARE READY FOR PURCHASE THIS SUNDAY AS DONATIONS CONTINUE TO COME IN:  Tabletop Treasures is off to a wonderful start! A goal of $500.00 has been set toward ongoing and upcoming Trustee projects to maintain and improve not only the church building but our parsonage as well. (The list is long!)
          You may still bring in items for the next few weeks, but please keep in mind the sale ends April 14th. If you have a suggested price, please indicate as this makes it much easier for the committee. Thank you!

See Jeff Van Loon for tickets to sell to the Trustees Pulled-Pork dinner on Saturday, April 27th from 5-7pm. Help make this the most successful Pulled Pork Dinner ever by picking up a pack of tickets and selling them to friends and family. Cost of the dinner is $10.

HELP!! Church chairs have escaped!! We are missing most of our metal, folding chairs. If you have borrowed some, please return them to the church as soon as possible. We do not have enough chairs for people to sit on when we have large crowds.

Save those plastic bottle caps! Dawn Rice’s daughter, Tammi Ramsey, teaches in Westerville, OH. Her high school is collecting bottle caps from plastic bottles to recycle into a park bench on the school campus. Please bring in any plastic bottle caps you have. We’ll collect them until the end of May. A box for collecting them is in Fellowship Hall.

UMCOR Sunday offering is March 31st: Each year we have the opportunity to give to the United Methodist Committee on Relief to offset their administrative costs and provide relief efforts with any remaining contributions. When those administrative costs are covered, then 100% of all other contributions go directly to relief efforts after floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, etc. in the US and around the world. We’ll have envelopes for us to use in our bulletins that Sunday. If you won’t be in worship on the 31st and want to give, simply write “UMCOR Sunday” in your check’s memo line.

Thursday, March 14, 2019


Loving and Learning in Lodi March 17 2019

          A very critical person lives inside my head. She is quick to point out my mistakes and failings in following the ways of Jesus. I don’t really like her, but her voice is SO loud and drowns out voices of grace and understanding that also reside in my head. Truth is…she is a liar and lies to me all the time about myself.

          This Sunday, we’ll reaffirm that Jesus believes in us…believes in the very best of us in fact. He trusts us. He has faith in us that we can live in his ways and tell others about God’s great love for us. The challenge for us…for me, is to let his voice be the loudest, the strongest one we hear and heed.

                                                                             See you Sunday!
                                                                                       Pastor Diane

From our prayer time on Sunday, March 10th:
Birthdays:
~Diana Eaton will be 68 and wants to keep moving!
~Mitch Dees was born during the last year of the Kennedy Administration – 56 years ago, and he is not as old as Dottie 😉   He hopes to stop losing things!
~Garry Moore is turning 80!  He celebrated with family this weekend.  He hopes to make 81!
~Nicholas Bloom is 12!  He can’t wait for summer break.
~Janet Baker is 80!  She continues to never give up!
~Neal McLoda turns 85!  He wants to have a year of good health!
Joys
~Elva Dunham is the new “floating member” of the congregation – Mitch is excited to have her sitting in front of him this week.
~Tom Repp thanked the congregation for all the cards and prayers.  He loves this congregation and loves being here!
Concerns:
~Mac McCrary is still in Medina Hospital.
~Lynn White’s daughter, Diane will be seeing a neurosurgeon about all the pain she is in.
~Sue Whitfield’s brother will be receiving a kidney transplant from his son.  Lots of prayers are needed! (Joy and Concern)
~All the unspoken prayers among us.
~Remember our military personnel, our safety forces and first responders, and their families, near and far.
Recovering: Garry Moore, Tom Repp, Lee Geissman, Patty Ramey
Cancer: Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Delbert Miller, Hattie Ziegler, Sherry Walker
Families Grieving:  Jim Hastings family, Susie Hall family, Judy Yoder family, Joni Barnes family, Doris Formanek family, Ken Wiley family, Frankie Dudas family, Leonard Barnhart family, Diana McMahon family,
Mary Ann Crawford family, Bill Dunham Family

Sunday, March 17, 2019
Liturgist:       Colette Laughlin                                              Greeters: Ruth Hebble
Hymns:        Living for Jesus                                      verses 1 - 3                        TFWS #2149
                        I Love You Lord                                     sing once                          TFWS #2068
                   Shout to the Lord                                   sing twice                         TFWS #2074
                   Sent Out in Jesus’ Name                          sing twice                         TFWS #2184

Scripture                              Matthew 7:24 - 27                                      Common English Bible

          “Everybody who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise builder who built a house on bedrock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the wind blew and beat against that house. It didn’t fall because it was firmly set on bedrock. But everybody who hears these words of mine and doesn’t put them into practice will be like a fool who built a house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the wind blew and beat against that house. It fell and was completely destroyed.”

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

THE CHURCH IN ACTION

Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Come join us!

Life is uncertain - eat dessert first!..."Pie kid you not!"  We hope that everyone will be a "taster" by joining us downstairs after worship on Sunday  -   $5 and you can eat as much pie as you want!  (The coffee will be brewed, or you can make a cup of tea.) Vote for your favorite!  We will have a ballot box with secret ballots to fill out to determine who will be crowned the first ever, "Pie in the Sky" king or queen next Sunday.  Proceeds will go to help fund Feed My Sheep.       "Because beauty is in the PIE of the beholder!"  

TABLE TOP TREASURES ARE READY FOR PURCHASE THIS SUNDAY AS DONATIONS CONTINUE TO COME IN:  What is a Tabletop Treasure?  These are items you no longer need but are nice enough to give you pause.  These are things you start to give to Goodwill or other charities, but don't because the item is still so nice.  Examples might include a lamp, a painting, or like-new items. (We are not taking clothing, furniture or computer related items.)
          You may place donations in the nursery, and they will be shown in a rotating display on tables in the back of Fellowship Hall each week. Please indicate a suggested price.  This helps immensely.  And...come prepared to take home your new treasures, as well.  The sale runs through April 14th so don't wait long! Proceeds will go toward the Capital Fund for our ongoing projects to fix and maintain the church building and parsonage.
            If you have items that you want to donate to a rummage sale, Matthew 25 (an important organization we belong to, that helps the needy in our community will participate in the Seville yard sale on Saturday, June 14, 2019. More details will follow.

You can view the final Post General Conference held at Strongsville United Methodist Church at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBUC05fKZDg


See Jeff Van Loon for tickets to sell to the Trustees Pulled-Pork dinner on Saturday, April 27th from 5-7pm. Help make this the most successful Pulled Pork Dinner ever by picking up a pack of tickets and selling them to friends and family. Cost of the dinner is $10.

Save those plastic bottle caps! Dawn Rice’s daughter, Tammi Ramsey, teaches in Westerville, OH. Her high school is collecting bottle caps from plastic bottles to recycle into a park bench on the school campus. Please bring in any plastic bottle caps you have. We’ll collect them until the end of May. A box for collecting them is in Fellowship Hall.