Thursday, July 27, 2017



Loving and Learning in Lodi



“to pull out all the stops:

to do everything you can to make something successful

(The stops are handles on an organ,

 which you pull out when you want to play as loudly as possible.)

--from the Cambridge Idioms Dictionary, 2nd ed.



          This Sunday we look at a time when God ‘pulls out all the stops’ in bringing together Cornelius, a Greek God-fearer and Peter, a Jewish disciple of Jesus. God is on a mission to bring all people into the life of love, grace and forgiveness that is available to them in Jesus. In this encounter, God does everything possible… pulling out all the stops!!

                                                                   See you Sunday!

                                                                                      Pastor D.







From Our Prayer Time on Sunday, July 23rd:

Birthdays & Anniversaries:

~Boyd Lance turned 87 July 22 – yeah! His dad lived to be 100 and could not understand why.  Boyd would tell his dad:  God is not finished with you yet, Dad.   Boyd believes God is not finished with him yet!

Anniversaries:

~Leo and Chris Sparr are celebrating 35 years on July 24.  They admire the examples of couples that have longevity in their marriages in our church. 

Joys:

~Elva Dunham was excited that her granddaughter, her husband and great granddaughter were with her in church, coming up from Columbus.

~Jane Corbus’ sister, Sue, in visiting from Hawaii for her 50th class reunion.

~Tracy thanked all the church members, loves our beautiful building and praises God for the children!

Concerns:

~Bill Dunham is at home with his right leg up due to a blood clot.  He is getting better each day.

~Charlie Brown asked for people to call ahead to make sure there are enough chairs at the Hospital.  Members have been coming to the hospital, where he volunteers, and picking on him!  😊

~Edee wanted to thank everyone for their prayers and concerns with the passing of her dad.  It gave her strength to make it through this very sad time.

~Anne Serafin has lost a lot of weight.  Her liver count is 744 – which is very high – and she said I DO NOT drink!  The doctors do not know why all this is happening.  She needs support from her church family – she cannot do this alone.

Ongoing Prayer Concerns:

Recovering: Garry Moore, Dick Chapman, Hattie Ziegler, Lil Tozer

Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Juanita Lockard

Families Grieving: The Baker Family, The Geissman Family, Grandma “Margaret” House family, The Mabel Damas family, The Max Yergin family, The Marge Lance Burton family, The Irene Warner family, The Donna Grimm Family



Sunday, July 30, 2017

Liturgist:        Katrina Morgan


Greeters:       Ron & Faye Stewart

Hymns:        Open My Eyes                                       verses 1 – 3             #454  

                   Spirit of the Living God                           sing once                #393

                   In Christ There Is No East or West           verses 1 – 4            #548

                   Help Us Accept Each Other                      verses 1 – 3            #560  









Scripture:                                         Acts 10:1 - 8                                     Common English Bible



          There was a man in Caesarea named Cornelius, a centurion in the Italian Company. He and his whole household were pious, Gentile God-worshippers. He gave generously to those in need among the Jewish people and prayed to God constantly. One day at nearly three o’clock in the afternoon, he clearly saw an angel from God in a vision. The angel came to him and said, “Cornelius!”



          Startled, he stared at the angel and replied, “What is it, Lord?”



          The angel said, “Your prayers and your compassionate acts are like a memorial offering to God. Send messengers to Joppa at once and summon a certain Simon, the one known as Peter. He is a guest of Simon the tanner, whose house is near the seacoast.” When the angel who was speaking to him had gone, Cornelius summoned two of his household servants along with a pious soldier from his personal staff. He explained everything to them, then sent them to Joppa.



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





THE CHURCH IN ACTION



Feed My Sheep, this Thursday, July 26, 5-7pm —please lend a hand by baking  some cookies, brownies, etc. or come join us to help!  We can always use more hands! It’s a great mission and lots of fun!



School My Sheep

            Wow!  The continual flow of clothes and supplies is like Christmas in July!  We cannot thank our congregation enough for their generosity and willingness to help!  All clothes received to date, are sorted!  School Supplies have been sorted and tallied!

             Our goal is to put together 100 basic supply bags and we are very close. We could use the following items to meet the goal;

          Red, Yellow and Green plastic folders with prongs

          Ziplock bags in all sizes (Family Dollar sells their brand for $1/box)

          Clorox wipes

          Pink erasers

          Colored markers

          Index cards

 Upcoming work days:

            Monday July 31st from 10-Noon to fill elementary bags

          Tuesday Aug. 1st from 3-5 p.m. to fill Middle & High School bags

          Thursday Aug. 3rd from 8-5 in shifts to display clothing

           Friday Aug. 4th from 8-5 in shifts to display clothing      



The new lending library can be found on the bookshelves in fellowship hall!  Take a book, leave a book, adult or kids – just share!

   

Offering on Sunday, July 23rd:     Building $25        Capital   $50           Ramp  $60       General  $2021

Memorial $150


Account Balances:    Building   ($602.22)      Capital   $5220.53      Ramp  3650.30        General  1050.18

Memorial  1890.55 Mexico Missions (grant monies from the conference) $699.41    Youth Work Missions $47.25

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Loving and Learning in Lodi July 23, 2017


          Throughout this year, we’ve prayed for them. We’ve saved our quarters for them and donated the money.  We’ve purchased paper products and food supplies and donated those as well so our youth could serve Christ in mission in Steubenville, Ohio. They went. They served. And now, they are ready to tell us their stories!

          This Sunday, they will lead us in worship and let us know what they were able to accomplish as they served in Steubenville. Afterwards, they are hosting a “Thank You!” ice cream social for us.

                                                                   See you then!
                                                                                      Pastor D.


Prayer requests since Sunday:
~For Vic Grimm and family with the death of his wife, Donna. Cards can be sent to 220 Mill St., Lodi, OH 44254.
~For Edee Shaw and family with the death of her father. Cards can be sent to 8860 Harris Rd., Lodi, OH 44254

From Our Prayer Time on Sunday, July 16th:
Birthdays:
~Bill Dunham turns 90 this week!  He had a speech ready:  He is the oldest age anyone in his family ever reached.  He has lived through sixteen presidents.  He knows Leo is looking forward to reaching his age!  He is very thankful for friends, family and this church.
~Zelda Emery turned 60 this past week. She encourages everyone to pay it forward after she shared a story about Wendy’s in Burbank, only having $10 and the bill was way more than that:  proving there are such GOOD people in this world, and she had just returned from the hospital to see her granddaughter.      
~Clay Vaughan turned 22 last week.  He is hoping for a part-time job, while he attends college, to care for others.         
Anniversaries:
~Garry and Nadine Moore are celebrating 59 years!  Nadine said Garry drove truck for 30 years—it helped!
Joys:
~Cindy Namerow is thrilled to have Annie & Josie here for awhile.
Concerns:   
~Leo Sparr’s friend, Bob Bricker, will be having surgery.
~Lil Tozser’s daughter, Lisa, is having difficulties with her pregnancy.
~Bill and Judy Foster’s son-in-law, John, has ALS and it is getting very difficult for him.  Their daughter, Karen, is trying to decide whether to quit her job to care for him full time, or what to do.
~Nickolas Bloom had a seizure two weeks ago.  Doctors are running tests to see what the root of the problem is.                                         
Ongoing Prayer Concerns:
Recovering: Garry Moore, Dick Chapman, Hattie Ziegler, Lil Tozer
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Juanita Lockard
Families Grieving: The Baker Family, The Geissman Family, Grandma “Margaret” House family, The Mabel Damas family, The Max Yergin family, The Marge Lance Burton family, The Irene Warner family

Sunday, July 23, 2017
 Liturgist:       Our Youth
 Hymns:        Lord of the Dance                                  verses 1—5            #261                      
                   Spirit of the Living God                            sing once               #393
                   I will Call Upon the Lord                                                       TFWS #2002   
                   

Scripture:                                         --II Timothy 2:15                           Common English Bible

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,
a worker who has no need to be ashamed,
rightly handling the word of truth.”

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


THE CHURCH IN ACTION

Feed My Sheep, this Thursday, July 26, 5-7pm —please lend a hand by baking  some cookies, brownies, etc. or come join us to help!  We can always use more hands! It’s a great mission and lots of fun!

SCHOOL MY SHEEP : As we approach our clothing and schools supplies giveaway we are in need of:
1. VOLUNTEERS: We have many different work day hours.  See the sign-ups in the back of the church. For those unable to work we have sign ups for snacks and/or drinks.
2. SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Thanks for the excellent response so far!
However, we especially need scissors and 1 inch binders. Most box stores are having great sale pricing on these and other school items.
3. MAN CAVE planned for the nursery. If you have older boys or men’s clothing, please mark on your bags the sizes. We can start preparing this room immediately, so start bringing in any items you have for men at any time (please place the items in the nursery).
4. DROP OFF OF OTHER ITEMS:  School supplies at any time. Clothing can be dropped off from July 30th thru August 4th. If you have any questions, please contact either Katrina or Larry

We’ll receive new members on Sunday, July 30th. If you have questions or are interested in joining, please contact Pastor Diane:  dianebell7@msn.com or 719-648-9065.

The new lending library can be found on the bookshelves in fellowship hall!  Take a book, leave a book, adult or kids – just share!
   
Offering on Sunday, July 16:     Building $50  Capital   $50           Ramp  $10       General  $2536.00
Account Balances July 22:    Building  (123.83)     Capital   5170.53     General 3405.68 (The parsonage taxes have been paid, this month - 1125.85 - for half year.)        Ramp  3590.30     Memorial   1740.55

Mexico Missions (grant monies from the conference) $699.41    Youth Work Missions $47.25