Thursday, August 24, 2017

Loving and Learning in Lodi  August 27, 2017

So how many of you are on Facebook?  How many friends do you have?  Did you know that research has proved that we cannot have more than 150 meaningful friendships?   We can know more people than 150, of course. In fact, scientists estimate that humans can recognize and remember up to 1,500 people. They just can’t maintain a relationship with that many. The quality of friendship suffers if we try to maintain a meaningful relationship with too many people at one time.  That got me to pondering - is God bound by the human limit?  Hallelujah, God is not human!
God knows us. We think we know ourselves, but God really knows us.  John says, “See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God” (I John 3:1)

The astonishing thing is that God receives us — just as we are — and embraces us as family! The NIV uses the word “lavish” in its translation: “See what great love the Father has lavished upon us …” God’s love is lavish love.
In a world where more and more relationships are “virtual” instead of personal, we hear that the heartening news that God knows each of us by name. Come celebrate with us as we claim our identity as children of God.
See you on Sunday,   Rev. Donna VanTrees

From Our Prayer Time on Sunday, August 20th:

Birthdays:
~Donna Lance is 85 years young! She will continue to count her blessings and to celebrate!
Anniversaries:
~Jeff and Marta VanLoon are celebrating 43 years! It works because Jeff does everything Marta say 😊
Joys:
~Grace and Tom Harvey’s travel friend, Auggie, is 87 and running a ½ marathon in Alaska!
~Somebody gets to be a grandma for her birthday, but it cannot be put on social media 😊
~Cheryl Betts is praying for patience and stamina as school starts. (It worked last year!)
Concerns:
~Larry Cray’s sister, Caroline is in Columbus in the hospital.
~Cindy Namerow’s classmate, Judy passed away after a brave battle.
~Anne Serafin has a growth on her liver.  The doctors are still running tests on her.
~Lisa Tozser Hicks is still struggling with medical issues after the birth of her third child.
~Edie Shaw’s oldest cousin, Rob, passed away after an accident at work two years ago.
~Patti Graves asked for safe travels for Staci and her family from Kentucky.
~Bill Dunham raised Bo Simcox and his son for prayers as they are both battling cancer.
~Missy Laughlin has three kidney stones.  The doctors are deciding what to do.
~Tom Repp is in Medina Hospital having further tests done.
~Leonard Barnhart is now in rehab until he can get his strength back.
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, The Matt Ramsey Family, Dr. Crainer’s family  

Sunday, August 27, 2017
Liturgist:        Larry Scott
Greeter/s:      Donny & Patti Graves
Hymns:         Love Divine, All Loves Excelling                                    #384
                   Spirit of the Living God                  sing once                #393
                   Breathe on Me, Breath of God                                      #420
                   Sent Forth by God’s Blessing                                        #664

Scripture:                                         I John 3:1 - 3, 16 - 18                                Common English Bible

          See what kind of love the Father has given to us in that we should be called God’s children, and that is what we are! Because the world didn’t recognize him, it doesn’t recognize us.

          Dear friends, now we are God’s children, and it hasn’t yet appeared what we will be. We know that when he appears we will be like him because we’ll see him as he is. And everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself even as he is pure…

          This is how we know love: Jesus laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. But if a person has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need and that person doesn’t care—how can the love of God remain in him?

          Little children, let’s not love with words or speech but with action and truth.

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


THE CHURCH IN ACTION


Feed My Sheep is this Thursday, August 24th from 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!

Our Own 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: Hope, Love, Joy, Peace. 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 August 20th & 27th. The deadline for turning in your devotion is Sunday, October 1st. You may email it to Dottie Kimble at mywifedot@aol.com or give her a hard copy at any time.

The new lending library can be found on the bookshelves in fellowship hall!  Take a book, leave a book, adult or kids – just share!
   
A celebration of life for Irene Warner will be Sept. 9th, at our church. 
Organ music will begin at 2:00pm for approx. an hour, followed by a reception with refreshments in fellowship hall. 


Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Loving and Learning in Lodi August 20, 2017


          Have you ever had to face a giant in your life?   For some of us it seems like the Giants just keep coming.  David is the “Giant Slayer” of the Bible.  You know the story – David and Goliath.  It only took one smooth stone for David to take out Goliath – but do you remember how many stones David picked up and took into the battle?  Five – yep  - guess he knew there would be more giants coming his way – he was prepared. 

                  

          Join us this week as we take another look at the Giant Slayer, and the lessons we can learn to help us deal with the Giants in our lives. 

                                                          Rev. Donna VanTrees





From Our Prayer Time on Sunday, August 13th:

Joys and concerns:

~We passed around two prayer shawls, attaching our love and prayers that will be passed on to someone that needs them.

~Hattie thanked everyone for bringing in the peanut butter for Feed Medina County to fill student snack bags for the weekends.  You can still bring peanut butter in next Sunday.

~We are so very grateful for the railing that has been put up between the parking lot levels.  The materials were from an anonymous donation and Bill Schnurr Builders from Valley City built it.  What a blessing!



Birthdays:

~Bill Foster turned 79 on Sunday.  He wants to continue to help others in the coming year.

~Missy Henderson turned 54 years young this past week.  She is hoping for calm, peaceful days in the coming year.

~Lois Bangert turned 89 on Sunday.  Happy birthday!

Joys: .

~Chris and Leo Sparr were happy to have their son, Doug, from New Philly, in church with them.

~Missy Henderson was happy to be permitted to share a pew with Anne Serafin!

~Grace Harvey’s sister gave a baby up for adoption 50 years ago.  This past weekend, her sister reunited with her daughter, after a long search.  Grace says, “she looks just like ME!”

Concerns:

~Karen Grimm Berger’s father-in-law passed away

~prayers for peace in the world

~Prayers for Charlottesville and the community there

~Boyd and Donna Lance’s grandson is in Charlottesville, Virginia where all the rioting is taking place.

~Dottie asked for prayers for our military personnel that are being deployed.

~Leonard Barnhart is in Medina Hospital. 

~Cindy Namerow’s mom was in the hospital, but is now home. She also asked for prayers for those military personnel that have been put on high alert.

~Lisa Tozser Hicks, Lil’s daughter, is in Wooster Hospital after gall bladder surgery.

~Tom Repp’s sister-in-law is still in need of our prayers. 

~Rev. Diane reminded us of all the unspoken prayers among us. 

Ongoing Prayer Concerns:

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

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, August 20, 2017

Liturgist:        Jeff VanLoon

Greeter:        Ruth Hebble



Hymns:         O God, Our Help in Ages Past                                       #117

                   Spirit of the Living God                  sing once                 #393

                   Be Still My Soul                            verses 1 & 2             #534

                   Standing on the Promises                                            #374



Scripture:                                         I Samuel 17:40 – 47                                  Common English Bible



          He then grabbed his staff and chose five smooth stones from the streambed. He put them in the pocket of his shepherd’s bag and with sling in hand went out to the Philistine.



          The Philistine got closer and closer to David, and his shield-bearer was in front of him. When the Philistine looked David over, he sneered at David because he was just a boy; reddish brown and good-looking.



          The Philistine asked David, “Am I some sort of dog that you come at me with sticks?” And he cursed David by his gods. “Come here,” he said to David, “and I’ll feed your flesh to the wild birds and the wild animals!”



          But David told the Philistine, “You are coming against me with sword, spear, and scimitar, but I come against you in the name of the Lord of heavenly forces, the God of Israel’s army, the one you’ve insulted. Today the Lord will hand you over to me. I will strike you down and cut off your head! Today I will feed your dead body and the dead bodies of the entire Philistine camp to the wild birds and the wild animals. Then the whole world will know that there is a God on Israel’s side. And all those gathered here will know that the Lord doesn’t save by means of sword and spear. The Lord owns this war, and he will hand all of you over to us.”



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





THE CHURCH IN ACTION






Bring your peanut butter this Sunday! The United Methodist Women are collecting 18 oz jars of peanut butter to donate to Feeding Medina County. They give out food bags for children to take home so they have food for over the weekends. Thanks!



Choir rehearsals begin again on Wednesday, August 23rd at 7pm.



Our Own 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: Hope, Love, Joy, Peace. 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 August 20th & 27th. The deadline for turning in your devotion is Sunday, October 1st. You may email it to Dottie Kimble at mywifedot@aol.com or give her a hard copy at any time.


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

Friday, August 11, 2017

Loving and Learning in Lodi
August 13 2017

          The grace of God is amazing! As we’ve studied the people and their stories in the Book of Acts this summer, we’ve seen how they came to believe in Christ and follow his teachings/ways. If we take a step back and look at those stories, we see that the Spirit works in different ways with different people: Paul, Ethiopian Eunuch, Cornelius, and Lydia to name a few.

          Different people, different religious backgrounds, yet the Spirit works, uniquely, with each of them as they come to faith in Christ!! This Sunday, we meet up with Apollos, a highly educated, Jewish man from Alexandria, Egypt who knows the teachings of Jesus. I wonder how the Spirit will work in his life????

                                                                   See you Sunday, and we’ll find out!
                                                                             Pastor Diane

Since Sunday, we have the joy of a new hand railing installed on the steps from the lower parking lot to the upper lot. Bill Schnurr Builders of Valley City donated the installation. Happy Dance!!



Friday, August 4, 2017

Loving and Learning in Lodi
August 6th 2017

            They are there. They are not hidden. However, it’s easy to breeze right past them! They are not the lead characters in the accounts of the early church. We may have heard about them in a Mother’s Day sermon or when the United Methodist Women lead us in worship. But, in the patriarchal culture of the early church, they are there: the women of the early church.

          On Sunday, we’ll look at that culture and how Jesus and the early church were pushing against patriarchy, acknowledging that God’s grace and love were given to all. The Holy Spirit was at work in men and women drawing them to Christ and empowering their witness to the wider culture.

                                                                   See you then!
                                                                                      Pastor D.



From Our Prayer Time on Sunday, July 30th:
Public service announcement from Hattie – the bag lady:  We are in need of zip lock bags and 33+ gallon trash bags.  On your next trip to the grocery store, pick some up!
Thank you:
~Thank you from Vic Grimm for the many cards and prayers. He is also grateful that he received one of our prayer shawls.
~The Youth helped with Feeding Medina County food distribution!  What great workers!
147 people were fed at Feed My Sheep – what a great mission!
~We passed another prayer shawl around for everyone to attach their personal prayers to.  The shawls are such a comfort to those in need of prayer.
Birthdays:
~Sylvia Anderson just turned 61.  She hopes to keep her good health and to continue to do what she is doing.
~Letha Mapes turned 62 and retires on July 31.  She will be on Social Security now, and will have a budget.  She will be able to focus on the needs of Lodi.
Joys:
~Ruth Anderson is so grateful for her family spending the weekend with her!  Great-grandson, Braydon, babysat her yesterday.
~Edee Shaw is grateful for the support that helped her get through her dad’s funeral on Saturday.  A motor cade of motorcycles came by the cemetery. 
~Bill Dunham thanked everyone for the birthday wishes, the get well wishes and prayers, and complimented Lodi ER for their quick and fantastic care!
Concerns:
~Boyd Lance had emergency gall bladder surgery this past week.  He is home now recovering.
~Tracy is concerned that we need to recycle more!
~Prayers for our troops and those men and women that will be deployed shortly and those already gone from their families.
~Evan Boreman & family with the death of his grandfather
~The United Methodist Church General Conference asked for churches to pray for their plan of Way Forward.   This next week is the week that the East Ohio Conference is to focus on prayers to: 1. fulfill the mission of the church & 2-praying to be one in Christ
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, August 6, 2017
Liturgist:       Jane Corbus
Greeter/s:     Joan Anderson
Hymns:        When Morning Gilds the Skies         verses 1 - 4              #185
                   Spirit of the Living God                  sing once                  #393
                   Welcoming God                            three verses   the tune of #369 Blessed Assurance
                   The Summons                              verses 1, 2 & 5           TFWS #2130


Scripture:                                         Acts 16:11 - 15                                Common English Bible

          We sailed from Troas straight for Samothrace and came to Neapolis the following day. From there we went to Philippi, a city of Macedonia’s first district and a Roman colony. We stayed in that city several days. On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the riverbank, where we thought there might be a place for prayer. We sat down and began to talk with the women who had gathered. One of those women was Lydia, a Gentile God-worshipper from the city of Thyatira, a dealer in purple cloth. As she listened, the Lord enabled her to embrace Paul’s message. Once she and her household were baptized, she urged, “Now that you have decided that I am a believer in the Lord, come and stay in my house.” And she persuaded us.

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


THE CHURCH IN ACTION

Our monthly potluck is this Sunday…bring a favorite dish to share!

School My Sheep: Wow!  By Tuesday morning, we had enough supplies to fill 110 bags for School!  We never cease to be amazed by the generosity of our congregation and community. People DO care, and want to make a difference! Thank you to all who donated, contributed, volunteered and prayed for this event.
          Clothes and supplies are still coming in, so there's no doubt of our success. We will be working all day Thursday and Friday to display clothing. Stop in, if you can. We'd love to have you!
          We are in need of volunteers:
                   early Saturday (8-10)
                   Saturday (12-2) clean up Fellowship Hall, Sanctuary & box clothing
                   Tuesday (9-11:30) transport and set up clothing at Lodi Family Center

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 30th:    Building $435           Capital $50           Ramp  $60       General  $1045
Memorial $430
Account Balances:    Building   -0-           Capital   $5270.53    Ramp  3650.30           General  1721.23 Memorial  2320.55              Mexico Missions (grant monies from the conference) $699.41

Youth Work Missions $47.25