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:
~Donna Lance is 85 years young! She will continue to count her blessings and to celebrate!
~Jeff and Marta VanLoon are celebrating 43 years! It works because Jeff does everything Marta say 😊
~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!)
~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 email@example.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.