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!
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!
~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.
~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!
~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)
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
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