Thursday, September 13, 2018

Loving and Learning in Lodi

            As we begin our fall series, Old Testament 101, it is only fitting that we look at the “Beginnings” we find in the opening chapters of Genesis. We’ll look at the goodness of creation…our messing it up…and our responsibilities. We’ll affirm God’s amazing-ness and God’s good intentions for all that was created.

                                                                                    See you Sunday!!
                                                                                                 Pastor Diane  

Prayer request since Sunday: Pastor Diane’s brother, Gary, died. Prayers for the family and for safe travels.

~Jamie Ritchie will be 10.  He's excited to celebrate - he likes birthdays!
~Stacey's friend just had a little girl - so it's her BIRTHday.
~Jamie Ritchie was excited to share his mom and dad's anniversary.  Brian and Shannon were married 12 years ago, today.  Brian says the secret is "yes, dear".  Shannon says its patience and communication.
~Cindy Namerow would like to wish Adam and all their Jewish friends, Happy Rosh Hashanah.  
~Colette Laughlin met Jack Hannah at the Columbus Zoo. She said he was so nice and personal. He was celebrating 40 years at the zoo.
~The family room is now open in the balcony.  If you need to take your kids there, feel free to do so.  You can still hear what is going on in the service.
~Linda Young was in Akron General.  She is home now with a wonderful nurse, named Harold.  
~Stacey's friend's husband passed away and her 30-year-old friend died of CF.
~Sandy Jameyson’s friend is recovering from colon cancer.
~Prayers for our service men and women and our unspoken concerns
Recovering: Garry Moore, Tom Repp, Ken Wiley, Charlie Brown
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Delbert Miller

Sunday, September 16th, 2018
Liturgist:        Colette Laughlin                                             Greeters:  Leo & Chris Sparr
Hymns:           This Is My Father’s World                              verses 1 – 3                 #144
                      Come and Find the Quiet Center                                                         TFWS #2128
                        For the Beauty of the Earth                            verses 1 - 4                  #92
                                    A favorite of Melissa Laughlin
                        Grace Greater than Our Sin                            verses 1, 2 & 4 #365

Scripture                                Psalm 104:1, 10 - 24                          Common English Bible

Let my whole being bless the Lord!
Lord my God, how fantastic you are!
You are clothed in glory and grandeur!
You put gushing springs into dry riverbeds.
They flow between the mountains, providing water for every wild animal—
the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
Overhead, the birds in the sky make their home, chirping loudly in the trees.
From your lofty house, you water the mountains.
The earth is filled full by the fruit of what you’ve done.
You make grass grow for cattle;
you make plants for human farming in order to get food from the ground,
and wine, which cheers people’s hearts,
along with oil, which makes the face shine,
and bread, which sustains the human heart.
The Lord’s trees are well watered—
the cedars of Lebanon, which God planted, where the birds make their nests,
where the stork has a home in the cypresses.
The high mountains belong to the mountain goats;
the ridges are the refuge of badgers.
God made the moon for the seasons,
and the sun too, which knows when to set.
You bring on the darkness and it is night,
when every forest animal prowls.
The young lions roar for their prey, seeking their food from God.
When the sun rises, they gather together and lie down in their dens.
Then people go off to their work, to do their work until evening.
Lord, you have done so many things!
You made them all so wisely! The earth is full of your creations!

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

THE CHURCH IN ACTION September 16 2018

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

MONTHLY YOUTH GROUP MEETINGS: We are starting monthly Youth Group meetings this fall. I have one leader so far and am looking for two others who would lead the lesson time with our youth. I have curriculum for the meetings. If you can help with this, please let me know at or 719-648-9065. The dates for Youth Group are September 16th, October 28th, November 18th, and December 16th. You can sign up in Fellowship hall on Sunday.

ADULT STUDY OPPORTUNITY – “UNDERSTANDING OUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS” - a 7-week adult study. Have you wondered about the spiritual gifts that God has given you, and how to recognize them? Consider this course that focuses on identifying and developing our spiritual gifts. The spiritual formation study is by Mary Lou Redding and includes short reflective, devotional readings five days a week, in-class sharing and lectio divina reading in class. Personal workbook fee: $7. Sign up in Fellowship Hall or contact Pastor Diane at 719-648-9065 or at We will have a morning class on Tuesdays at 10-11:30 a.m. Classes begin September 25th. Sign up ends this Sunday.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Loving and Learning in Lodi September 2 2018

Happy 90th Ruth Anderson!!

            As they say, ‘All good things must come to an end’ and our series on the Fruit of the Spirit ends this Sunday as we look at the Fruit of the Spirit: Self Control.

            On Sunday we’ll explore what the Apostle Paul was talking about specifically. However, in this ‘blurb’ I lift up the aspect of self-control that revolves around our ability to make choices. While much of life remains outside our control, we do have control over many areas of our personal lives. Sometimes the choices are easy to make and result in wonderful happenings in our lives and those we love. Sometimes the choices are difficult. In those times, we dig down deep into our faith and courageously make our choices knowing that not all of life is found in the ‘happily ever after’ of fairytales. For those of us in the place of difficult choices this week, I send my prayers…

                                                                                    See you Sunday!!
                                                                                                 Pastor Diane  

~Donna Lance turned 86 last week.  All of her family were in town and they had a wonderful time!
~Jim Baughman has added a son-in-law to his family.  Adrea and Joseph were married last Saturday in Michigan.  Congratulations!
~Katrina Morgan shared a thank you note from Cloverleaf Schools for all the supplies that were delivered to them from Clothe My Sheep.
Commercial break:
~Hattie Ziegler has been informed that we are OUT of coffee for Sunday morning fellowship time.  If you would be so kind, on your next grocery trip, to pick up some, that would be great!
~Jeff and Marta Van Loon shared that their son, Ryan, is undergoing testing in German Town, MD, where he now lives, for stomach issues.
~The passing of Senator John McCain.
~Lynn White asked for prayers for herself as she has some tests done and for her sister, too.
~The family in Chippewa Lake whose barn burnt Saturday night.  It was formerly owned by Mac McCrary.
~The unspoken prayers among us.
~Our military personnel and their families, near and far.
Recovering: Garry Moore, Tom Repp, Ken Wiley, Bob Heitkamp, Karl Hankins, Charlie Brown
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Delbert Miller
Rev. Diane and family with her oldest sister’s death

Sunday, September 2nd, 2018
Liturgist:        Bill Dunham                                                    Greeters:  Unknown – Sign-up calendar is lost…
Hymns:           Morning has Broken                                       verses 1-3                    #145  
                                    A Favorite of Dave Anderson, Sylvia Anderson & Dani Anderson
                       Where the Spirit of the Lord Is                                                           TFWS #2119
                        More Precious than Silver                               sing twice                    TFWS#2065
                        Standing on the Promises                               verses 1, 2 & 4 #374


Scripture                                            Philippians 4:4 - 9                              New International Version

            Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

            Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

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


Choir rehearsal tonight is cancelled.  

Our monthly church potluck is this Sunday after worship. Bring a dish to share and enjoy some great food and fellowship!

Advent Devotional: We’ll be creating our own Advent Devotional for us to use during the 4 weeks of Advent in December this year. Each week will have a theme based on the candle we lit in worship on that Sunday: Candle of Trust, Candle of Light in the Darkness, Candle of Care, and Candle of Joy. Start pondering what you’d like to contribute: a personal story on one of the themes, a favorite poem, hymn, song, or a favorite devotion from some other source. Please include a short closing prayer. Remember that your devotion needs to fit on a half sheet of 8 ½ x 11 paper. Dee Heitkamp and Larry Scott will be in Fellowship Hall to sign you up on Sunday. The deadline for turning in your devotion is Sunday, October 7th. You may email it to Dottie Kimble at or give her a hard copy at any time.

A ‘Different Need’ has been met: We rejoice that the lawn mower needed for the church property has been donated! Happy Dance!! If you can help mow now because a mower is provided, please contact our Trustee Chairperson, Don Graves at 330-620-3453.