Friday, September 29, 2017

We will have our monthly church potluck following worship this Sunday...I hope you remember to bring a dish to share better than I remember to include this in our weekly emails and announcements!!!

Loving and Learning in Lodi October 1 2017

“And whatever you do,
whether in word or deed,
do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
--Colossians 3:17

          The discipline that Paul requires in the passage above is both humbling and terrifying!!

          I’m terrified to think about the many things I say and do that don’t qualify as having been done in the name of Jesus!! My heart can be quite small and my generosity short-lived.

          I’m humbled to think that as a professed follower of Jesus, that I represent him to others. God trusts me and counts on me to give, love and serve others…that’s the plan…that’s the hope.

                                      See you Sunday when we look at our promise to be faithful with ‘Our Service”!
                                                                             Pastor Diane


This past week:  Donna Lance was in the ER but is now home. Tom Repp was in hospital. Barb Shellhorn was in hospital. Juanita Lockard is recovering from a double mastectomy. Several are fighting upper respiratory infections. Katrina Morgan broke her wrist.

From Our Prayer Time on Sunday, September 24th:  
Birthdays:  
~Peggie Brown will be 73 on the 29th.  She looks forward to aggravating her husband for another year.
Anniversary:  
~Larry and Irene Scott will be celebrating 54 years together on the 29th.  Irene says it takes love, understanding and consideration to make things work.
THANK YOU from Feed Medina County of the 80 pounds of peanut butter we sent.
Update:  ~Ruth Hebble is at Burbank Parke #207.  Give her a call!
~Bill Dunham talked with Lu Repp.  She and Tom are getting along, a little better.  They appreciate the cards, calls and visits.              
Concerns: Lynn White’s sister, Roberta Smith, has stage four Hodgkin's lymphoma.  She is taking chemo.
~Tom Repp is in Medina Hospital.
~Barb Shellhorn is in Medina Hospital.
~Rev. Doug Lewis, our district superintendent, has a spot on his lung that is growing.  He will have a bronchoscopy for a biopsy, hopefully next week.
~Even though, Delbert Miiller is battling cancer, he is still golfing and bragging to Bill Dunham.   Oct. 2 he will have a tube run between his kidney and bladder.                                                         
~Kenny, an 18-year-old friend of Sylvia had a procedure on Monday.
~Remember the victims of the hurricanes, floods, fires and all the homeless around the world.
~Always lift our military in your prayers.
Ongoing Prayer Concerns:
Recovering: Garry Moore, Dick Chapman, Tom & Lu Repp, Ruth Hebble, Leonard Barnhart, Mac McCrary
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Juanita Lockard, Delbert Miller
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. Craner’s family, The Max Longsdorf family, The Shelia Roberts family  



Sunday, October 1, 2017
Liturgist:     Jane Corbus                                          Greeter/s:  Larry & Connie Cray
Hymns:       O How I Love Jesus                                 verses 1 & 2             #170  
                   Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying          sing once                 #2193 TFWS
                   Jesus’ Hands Were Kind Hands                  verses 1 & 2             #273
                   Jesu, Jesu                                               verses 1, 2 & 4         #432
         
Scripture:                                                     Titus 3:1b - 8                                   Common English Bible

          They should be obedient and ready to do every good thing. They shouldn’t speak disrespectfully about anyone, but they should be peaceful, kind, and show complete courtesy toward everyone. We were once foolish, disobedient, deceived, and slaves to our desires and various pleasures too. We were spending our lives in evil behavior and jealousy. We were disgusting, and we hated other people. But “when God our savior’s kindness and love appeared, he saved us because of his mercy, not because of righteous things we had done. He did it through the washing of new birth and the renewing by the Holy Spirit, which God poured out upon us generously through Jesus Christ our savior. So, since we have been made righteous by his grace, we can inherit the hope for eternal life.” This saying is reliable. And I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have come to believe in God might give careful attention to doing good. These things are good and useful for everyone.

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


THE CHURCH IN ACTION


Our Own Advent Devotional: Remember to E-mail or give Dottie your devotion by October 1.

Your favorite hymn: We’re finding out what our favorite hymns are. If you haven’t let us know your favorite, please email/text yours to Pastor Diane…dianebell7@msn.com or 719-648-9065. Thanks!


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

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Loving and Learning in Lodi September 17 2017

          I like to think of myself as being a highly independent person. I can take care of myself. The last thing I want is to need others to be with me or to help me.

          However, as a theologian, I know that I’m, actually, ‘needy’ as a human being. In the second chapter of the book of Genesis in the Old Testament in the Bible, God says that it isn’t good that Adam is alone. God gives Adam the animals for company, but that is not enough, and Eve is created…problem solved…another human for companionship. From our beginnings, we need each other.

          We’ll look at our promise to be faithful with ‘our presence’ this Sunday. At its core, the promise to be present with each other in worship and at other times, is because we need each other…even your ever-independent pastor!!
                                                                   See you Sunday!
                                                                             Pastor Diane


Prayer requests since Sunday:
~Ruth Hebble broke her hip. She is in Medina Hospital and will have surgery on Friday.
~Adam Namerow’s father in California is not doing well. Prayers for the family.

Birthdays:
~Donny Graves will be 67 on Sept. 12 – he hopes to have good health this year.
Joys:
~A very nice “thank you” note from the Christian Children’s Home for the school supplies that we donated.
~Hattie shared that today is Grandparents Day!  Happy day to all the grandparents!
Concerns:
~Florida    Texas    Montana    Mexico    California
~Pat Geissman shared that two of her sons, Fred and Rob will be on a motorcycle trip, out west, for 10 days.  A mother always worries.  Prayers of safe travel.
~Jamie shared that this was her first time at our church.  She has nieces and nephews living in Cape Coral.  Her brother is away at work in Canada.  Prayers for the kids during the storm.
~Patti Graves shared that Donny will have a procedure on Monday.  Prayers for all to go well.
~Barb Shellhorn – prayers for her grandson in Tampa, FL & people in Florida
Ongoing Prayer Concerns:
Recovering: Garry Moore, Dick Chapman, Hattie Ziegler, Lil Tozser
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Juanita Lockard, Delbert Miller
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. Craner’s family, The Max Longsdorf family  

Sunday, September 17, 2017
Liturgist:     Cindy Namerow                                     Greeter/s:  Leo & Chris Sparr
Hymns:       Come! Come! Everybody Worship              verses 1 – 3             #2271 TFWS
                   Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying          sing once                 #2193 TFWS
                   Great Is the Lord                                      verses 1 & 2            #2022 TFWS
                   Love Divine, All Loves Excelling                  verses 1, 3 & 4         #384

Scripture:                                                                 Psalm 84                   Common English Bible
1 How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord of heavenly hosts!
2 My very being longs, even yearns, for the Lord’s courtyards.
My heart and my body will rejoice out loud to the living God!
3 Yes, the sparrow too has found a home there;
the swallow has found herself a nest where she can lay her young beside your altars,
Lord of heavenly hosts, my king, my God!
4 Those who live in your house are truly happy;
they praise you constantly.
5 Those who put their strength in you are truly happy;
pilgrimage is in their hearts.
6 As they pass through the Baca Valley, they make it a spring of water.
Yes, the early rain covers it with blessings.
7 They go from strength to strength, until they see the supreme God in Zion.
8 Lord God of heavenly forces, hear my prayer;
listen closely, Jacob’s God!
9 Look at our shield, God;
pay close attention to the face of your anointed one!
10 Better is a single day in your courtyards
than a thousand days anywhere else!
I would prefer to stand outside the entrance of my God’s house
than live comfortably in the tents of the wicked!
11 The Lord is a sun and shield; God is favor and glory.
The Lord gives—doesn’t withhold!—good things to those who walk with integrity.
12 Lord of heavenly hosts, those who trust in you are truly happy!

THE CHURCH IN ACTION


Trustees meet after worship this Sunday.

Our Own Advent Devotional: Remember to E-mail or give Dottie your devotion by October 1.

Your favorite hymn: We’re finding out what our favorite hymns are. Like last Sunday, we’ll have a note in our bulletins that we can use to tell what our favorite hymn is. If you’re out of town, please email/text your favorite to Pastor Diane…dianebell7@msn.com or 719-648-9065. Thanks!

Wednesday, September 20th at 7:30pm: Staff Parish Relations Committee meets in Homerville UMC with our District Superintendent, Rev. Doug Lewis for our yearly time with him.

Thursday, September 21st at 7:00pm at Burbank Trinity UMC, 120 South St. in Burbank: “Friendship Night” with Pastor Pamela Sayre presenting an extraordinary program. Refreshments following. RSVP to Maxine Smith 330-939-5785 by Sunday, September 17th

Saturday, September 30th from 5-7pm “Pork on a Fork” Pig Roast at Lafayette UMC: Proceeds will benefit mission trips. A dessert auction will be held at 6:00. Cost is $8.00/adults and $5.00 for children (2-10). We’ll have tickets available after worship this Sunday.


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

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Loving and Learning in Lodi September 10 2017

          Fall has arrived!!! How do I know you ask? Well, 1. we have cooler evening temperatures, and 2. we’re starting a new, fall sermon series this Sunday!!

          We’re beginning “A Season of Stewardship.” As United Methodists, when we choose to commit to a local congregation and join, we make promises to each other. We promise to be faithful with our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service and our witness. In the weeks ahead, we’ll look at each of these areas of our stewardship to see how we are already being faithful and to see if the Spirit is leading us into new ways to faithfully live these promises with each other.

          So, we begin this Sunday with “Our Prayers: A Connected People.”  See you then!

                                                                             Pastor Diane

**Prayer requests since Sunday:
~Anne Serafin for her beautiful neighbor, Sophie who had problems breathing and may need heart surgery that is dangerous with her other health problems
~Pastor Diane for Amanda and the Bell family. Amanda’s grandma, Jean Bell, died early Tuesday morning.
~Pastor Diane for the Rusher family in Westcliffe, Colorado where she served for 9 years. Two of her ‘kiddos’ drowned over the weekend in a family pond. They were grown up now, but still in her heart: Ben age 28 and Weldon age 20.
~Mac McCrary who fell and broke his pelvis. He will be transferred later this week to Lodi Hospital.

From Our Prayer Time on Sunday, September 3rd:
Birthdays:
~Ruth Anderson had a birthday yesterday and is 89 years young.  She looks forward to continuing to help out where she can and is thankful for family.
~Pat McLoda turned 82 on Wednesday and hopes to continue to grow in Christ and be thankful for her many blessings.
Joys:
~Larry Scott is happy to have Jack & Lorraine Bittner here from Lincoln, Nebraska
~Dee Heitkamp is joyful, thanks to Larry Scott's efforts, all the slots are full for our Devotional Book project.
Concerns:
~Congregation concerned for Bonnie following Max Longsdorf's passing on Thursday.
~Congregation offering continued prayers for Texas and the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
~Peggy Brown asks for prayers for the residents of Montana and the wildfires there.
~Jack Bittner asks for prayers for his brother Bill Bittner.
~Prayers requested for the North Korean leader to discover his humanity and look toward peace.
~Cindy Namerow asks for prayers for the residents of Burbank, CA with wildfires nearby; also for the population in the path of Hurricane Irma.
~Melody Miller requests prayers for Delbert as his cancer has spread from his bladder to his kidneys.
~Prayers for Tom Repp as he recovers from a stroke at Burbank Care Center
~Prayers for Lu Repp for recovery from her blood clots.   
Ongoing Prayer Concerns:
Recovering: Garry Moore, Dick Chapman, Hattie Ziegler, Lil Tozser
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Juanita Lockard, Delbert Miller
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. Craner’s family, The Max Longsdorf family  


Sunday, September 10, 2017
Liturgist:     Patti Graves                                          Greeter/s:  Janet Baker
Hymns:       Great Is Thy Faithfulness                        verses 1 – 3             #140
                   Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying        sing once                #2193 TFWS
                   Sweet Hour of Prayer                              verses 1 – 3            #496
                   What A Friend We Have in Jesus              verses 1 - 3             #526

Scripture:                             Philippians 1:3 - 11                         Common English Bible

          I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

          It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.

          And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

THE CHURCH IN ACTION


Our United Methodist Women meet this Saturday at 9:30am at the church. All women are welcome!

A celebration of life for Irene Warner will be this Saturday, 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.

Staff Parish Relations Committee meets Wednesday, Sept. 13th at 5pm at the church.

Our Own Advent Devotional: Remember to E-mail or give Dottie your devotion by October 1.

Swiss Steak Dinner Chippewa Lake UMC: September 9th 4:30-7:00 pm. Donation for dinner and all the extras (except dessert) is $9.00 for Adults and $5.00 for Kids. Desserts are $1.00. Carry out is available

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2017 - 15TH Annual MISSION AUCTION at York United Methodist Church - 6566 Norwalk Rd., Medina, OH 44256. This Auction is open to the public and begins at 12:15 p.m. Free Lunch provided! Bring a friend! Fun for all ages! Find more information at www.yorkumc.org. Proceeds to benefit local food pantry and UMCOR disaster recovery in United States and internationally.

Saturday, September 30th from 5-7pm “Pork on a Fork” Pig Roast at Lafayette UMC: Proceeds will benefit mission trips. A dessert auction will be held at 6:00. Cost is $8.00/adults and $5.00 for children (2-10). We’ll have tickets available after worship this Sunday.

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, September 1, 2017

Loving and Learning in Lodi  September 3 2017

To the ‘anchors’ of First United Methodist Church of Lodi, Ohio:

            Most of the time when I think of the early church, I think of it in terms of its leaders…those ‘big’ names like Peter, Paul, James, John, Silas, Barnabas, Apollos, Timothy, etc. However, the early church was actually anchored by the people in the local communities. People like us. They had their homes, their jobs, their families, their friends and their neighbors.

          In our Methodist heritage, we, too, come from a movement that was anchored in the local communities with a circuit rider making rounds on the circuit to preach and to see how the people were doing as they sought to follow Christ. People like us. They had their homes, their jobs, their families, their friends and their neighbors.

          This Sunday, I’ll focus on a couple who were leaders in the early church. They moved around a bit. But, mostly, they were anchors for the early church in the local communities where they lived.

                                                                   See you Sunday,
                                                                             Pastor Diane

**Prayers for Lu Repp: Lu had a heart attack while they were waiting for Tom to be released from the hospital in Morgantown, WV. Tests are being run on her heart. Other tests revealed that there is a blood clot in each lung. Tom was released and is in Burbank Parke for physical therapy rehab from the stroke. He is improving daily.


From Our Prayer Time on Sunday, August 27th:
Joys: 
~Hattie Ziegler reported that 60 jars of peanut butter were collected at the church.  Two more mysteriously showed up on her back porch.  She invited all to join her Tuesday morning at 11:00 at Feed Medina County to drop off the jars.  Thanks to all!
~Rev. Diane is praying for us as the fair is coming to an end.
~Carole Klingshirn and family are safe in Texas.  They are only getting some rain in the higher country.  They have sold their Ohio home, good!
~Dave, Sylvia and Danielle Anderson are in the Fox 8 Fox Trot.
~Ryan Weir will be moving to Lewisburg, PA, to be the sprint and hurdle coach for Susquehannah University.
Concerns:
~Prayers for Texas.
~Prayers for our military and those recently deployed.
~Jeff VanLoon’s brother is in the hospital.
~Tom Repp is in a West Virginia hospital awaiting transport back home. He has had a stroke and more testing is needed.
~Lisa Tozser Hicks is finally feeling better.
~Missy Laughlin had surgery to remove kidney stones and put a stent in on Thursday.
~Ruth Anderson’s granddaughter, Lyndsey, broke her left ankle on vacation last week.
~Aggie Porter, Dawn’s mom, was hit by a driver under the influence.  She and her broken leg are now in rehab at Lodi Hospital.                  
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 The Matt Ramsey Family, Dr. Craner’s family  


Sunday, September 3, 2017
Liturgist:     Brittany Baughman                       Greeters:  Karl Hankins & Rev. Donna VanTrees
Hymns:       O Worship the King                       verses 1, 4 & 5           #72
                   Spirit of the Living God                  sing once                   #393
                   O God, Our Creator; You Work Every Day    to the tune of #103
                   Sent Out in Jesus’ Name                sing twice                  #2184 TFWS

Scripture:                                    Acts 18:1 – 3 & 18 - 19                              Common English Bible

          After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. There he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus. He had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul visited with them. Because they practiced the same trade, he stayed and worked with them. They all worked with leather.

          After Paul stayed in Corinth for some time, he said good-bye to the brothers and sisters. At the Corinthian seaport of Cenchreae he had his head shaved, since he had made a solemn promise. Then, accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila, he sailed away to Syria. After they arrived in Ephesus, he left Priscilla and Aquila and entered the synagogue and interacted with the Jews.


THE CHURCH IN ACTION


Giving to hurricane Harvey relief efforts: If you want to donate through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), please note that on your check or offering envelope, and we’ll send it for you. 100% of your gift goes to relief efforts.

Our Own Advent Devotional: We are creating our own Advent Devotional 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. See, call or e-mail, Dee and Larry for a date.  E-mail or give Dottie your devotion by October 1.  As Dee shared, this book will be like our prayer shawls, your devotional will be folded in with all of your church families’ devotionals to reach out and touch another.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2017 - 15TH Annual MISSION AUCTION at York United Methodist Church - 6566 Norwalk Rd., Medina, OH 44256, at the corner of St. Rts. 18 & 252. This Auction is open to the public and begins at 12:15 p.m. Free Lunch provided! Bring a friend! Fun for all ages! Some items in the auction are Cleveland Indians vs Twins Box Seats; OSU vs. Penn State Tickets~Tools~Toys~Jewelry~Gift Certificates~Books~Bakery~Food~ and Much More information at www.yorkumc.org. Proceeds to benefit local food pantry and UMCOR disaster recovery in United States and internationally.


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