Thursday, October 26, 2017

Loving and Learning in Lodi October 29 2017

“Sometimes we never know the value of a moment
until it becomes a memory.”
--Dr. Seuss
         
          Most Sunday’s are days of remembering…remembering God’s presence and faithfulness…remembering the people and events in the Bible…remembering to walk in the ways of Jesus…remembering.

          We’ll be doing some extra remembering this Sunday. Next Wednesday, November 1st, is All Saints Day, a day when we remember those who shared their love of God with us and helped us come to understand the forgiveness and grace we have in Christ. Some are alive and inspiring us now. Some have died and gone on to the church triumphant. We’ll remember them and give thanks for their witness as we worship together.
         
                                                                             See you Sunday!
                                                                                      Pastor D.

Prayers since Sunday:
~Mac McCrary hospitalized for dehydration
From Our Prayer Time on Sunday, October 22nd:  
Thank you:
~ The sign beside the single entrance door is once again visible thanks to Bill and Elva, daughter Diane, Kris and Donny (for finding the key).  The information on the sign will be very helpful to the community.
~The parsonage tree is down thanks to so many helpful hands!  Lots of warmth from the wood in the winters to come. 
Anniversary: 
~Melissa & Rob Laughlin were married 23 years ago in our church.  Rob always says: “Happy wife makes a happy life.”
Joys: 
~Rev. Diane is enjoying all the surprises, on her desk, each day, for Pastor Appreciation month.  Thank you!
~The elevator was fixed this past week. Yeah
~Cloverleaf scored a RECORD 70 points in Friday night’s football game!  Go Colts!
~Anne Serafin’s son, Mark, got married yesterday.  What a celebration!  To make it even sweeter, the doctor’s told Anne NO liver cancer!
~Cindy Namerow shared about a group, Women Helping Women.  They help with women’s health screenings.  They celebrated this past week with about 250 women!
~Nice work with the $5 challenges that have been turned in so far.
Concerns:
~Bill and Judy Foster’s son-in-law passed away from ALS this past week.
~Sue Weir’s mom, Acey Baker, will be entering Hospice this week.
~Charlie Brown is in Medina Hospital due to trouble breathing. He is home now.
~Jean Parker’s memorial service was this past week.  Pray for her family.
~Graham Morrison was put in hospice on Thursday.  He has a wife and four daughters in Lodi.
~Always remember to pray for the empty seats in the pews.  Our neighbors need our prayers.
~Our military needs our 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, Rev. Doug Lewis, Acey Baker

Sunday, October 29, 2017
Liturgist:    Larry Cray                                            Greeter/s:  Joan Anderson
Hymns:       Hymn of Promise                                  verses 1 – 1             #707
                   Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying       sing once                #2193 TFWS
                   I’ll Fly Away                                          verses 1 & 3            TFWS #2282
                                                                              (a favorite of Cheryl Betts & Al Zona)
                   I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry     verses 1 - 7              TFWS #2051
                                                                              (a favorite of Judy Foster)

Scripture:                         II Timothy 1:3 - 7                        Common English Bible

          I’m grateful to God, whom I serve with a good conscience as my ancestors did. I constantly remember you in my prayers day and night. When I remember your tears, I long to see you so that I can be filled with happiness. I’m reminded of your authentic faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice. I’m sure that this faith is also inside you. Because of this, I’m reminding you to revive God’s gift that is in you through the laying on of my hands. God didn’t give us a spirit that is timid but one that is powerful, loving, and self-controlled.

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


THE CHURCH IN ACTION


Yearly, All-Church Conference Saturday, October 28th at Spencer UMC. Worship is at 10am, and our Church Conference is at 11AM. Everyone is welcome to attend.

You can turn in your Stewardship hopes and promises for 2018 by mailing them to the church or by placing them in the offering plate on Sunday. Thank you!

Upward Sports of Southwest Medina County will soon begin its 5th season. This fun and rewarding outreach is jointly sponsored by Lafayette and LeRoy UMCs. Upward is a Christian-based sports league that not only promotes physical activity, but also character building and sportsmanship. Practices and games are held at Lafayette UMC, 6201 Lafayette Rd, Medina. All students in Grades 1 - 6 are invited to participate in Basketball or Cheerleading. We are taking registrations for the 2017-2018. Practices will begin on Thursday evenings in December and games will be held each Saturday in January and February. Registration can be completed at the following links:    


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, October 20, 2017



Loving and Learning in Lodi October 22 2017

By now, we should have received our Season of Stewardship mailing with our Covenant Cards, Pledge Cards and letter. The letter shared about the ministries, events, and faithful work of all of us at Lodi United Methodist Church in the past year.
          We’ll have an opportunity, this Sunday, to turn in our Covenant Cards and Pledge Cards after the sermon. I send this with prayers that the Spirit has been leading you and guiding you about how you will be faithful with your prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness in 2018.
          We are a faithful community. May we continue to grow strong as individuals in our love for God and other while we worship and minister to our community together!

                                                                             See you Sunday!
                                                                                      Pastor D.


Prayers since Sunday:
~The Parker family with the unexpected death of Jean.

From Our Prayer Time on Sunday, October 15th:  
Birthdays:
~Bob Heitkamp will get another year wiser on October 16th.
~Janet Baker reminded of Ruth Hebble's 87th birthday this week.
ANNIVERSARIES:
~Judy and Bill Foster are celebrating 58 years.
~Maxine and Don Berger are celebrating 50 years on Oct. 21st.  They were married here in our Church.
Thank you:
~Lu and Tom Repp thanked everyone for all the cards and calls.
Concerns:
~Mary Jane Rice asked for continued prayers for Glenda Blair.  Her surgery went well.
~Hattie asked for continued prayers for Sue Walker.
~Bill Dunham asked for continued prayers for Delbert Miller.
~Bob Heitkamp asked for prayers for their former minister and his wife, Carol and Roger Russell, who were in a serious automobile accident.
~Nadine Moore reported that Uncle Bill Garner, Dottie and John's uncle, is a patient in Akron General Hospital. (Uncle Bill is now home.  He will be scheduling hernia surgery, soon.)
~District Superintendent, Doug Lewis, is fighting cancer.
~Charlie Brown reminded us that our Indians had a GREAT SEASON.
                                                             
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, Rev. Doug Lewis
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 22, 2017
Liturgist:     Colette Laughlin                                     Greeter/s:  Charlie & Peggie Brown
Hymns:        Take My Life                                         verses 1 – 3            #399
                    Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying       sing once                #2193 TFWS
                    Make Me a Servant                                sing twice               #2176 TFWS
                    Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore    verses 1 - 3            #344  

Scripture:                             Luke 17:7 – 10                              Common English Bible

          “Would any of you say to your servant, who had just come in from the field after plowing or tending sheep, ‘Come! Sit down for dinner’? Wouldn’t you say instead, ‘Fix my dinner. Put on the clothes of a table servant and wait on me while I eat and drink. After that, you can eat and drink’? You won’t thank the servant because the servant did what you asked, will you? In the same way, when you have done everything required of you, you should say, ‘We servants deserve no special praise. We have only done our duty.’” 

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


THE CHURCH IN ACTION


This Thursday, October 26, Feed My Sheep.  Bake some cookies or brownies, or come in and lend a hand.  Please say a prayer!

Yearly, All-Church Conference Saturday, October 28th at Spencer UMC. Worship is at 10am, and our Church Conference is at 11AM. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Saturday, October 21st taking down the tree at the parsonage. Meet at 8:30 - 9am weather permitting.


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, October 12, 2017

Loving and Learning in Lodi October 15, 2017

~ Witness ~
One who can give a firsthand account
of something seen, heard, or experienced.

          We come to our fifth and final membership promise this Sunday in worship: Our Witness.

          As the definition above says, to give a witness is to share something we’ve seen, heard or experienced ourselves. To witness is to share our story…our story of what Jesus means to us…our story of what God has done for us. When we share from our personal story…our life experiences…we aren’t put in positions of arguing or defending what we’re saying. We are giving a firsthand account of our faith and life experiences.

          So…How do we put words/witness to our faith experiences?

                                                                             See you Sunday!
                                                                                      Pastor D.


Prayers since Sunday:
~Dottie’s Uncle Bill Garner – infection around a hernia

From Our Prayer Time on Sunday, October 8th:  
Joys:
~ Tom and Lu were back in church!  Yeah!
~Pat McLoda's granddaughter ran 100 miles in 22 hours in Arkansas.  She came in first for the women and 11th overall. Yeah!
~Katrina Morgan does not have to have surgery.  She thanks everyone for the cards and messages.
Concerns:                                                                
~Mary Jane Rice asked for prayers for Linda Blair as she fell and broke her hip.
Question:
~Larry Scott wanted to know if someone gave Rev. Diane a trip to somewhere this weekend....hehehe   :)          
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, Rev. Doug Lewis
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 15, 2017
Liturgist:    Jeff VanLoon                                         Greeter/s:  Ron & Faye Stewart
Hymns:       I Love to Tell the Story                           verses 1 – 3              #156
                   Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying        sing once                 #2193 TFWS
                   We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nations          verses 1 & 3             #569
                   Pass It On                                              verses 1 – 3             #572
         

Scripture:                             Matthew 5:13 - 16                                                  Common English Bible

          “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its saltiness, how will it become salty again? It’s good for nothing except to be thrown away and trampled under people’s feet.

          You are the light of the world. A city on top of a hill can’t be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they put it on top of a lampstand, and it shines on all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before people, so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father who is in heaven.

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


THE CHURCH IN ACTION


Saturday, October 21st taking down the tree at the parsonage. Meet at 8-9am weather permitting.

This Friday, October 13th from 5:30 – 8:00pm All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner at Lafayette United Methodist Church. Suggested donation $7 to raise money to repair/replace broken air conditioning units.

Swiss Steak Dinner Chippewa Lake UMC: This Saturday, October 14, 4:30-7:00 pm.  Donation for Swiss Steak and all the extras (except dessert) is $9.00 for Adults and $5.00 for Kids. Desserts are $1.00. Carry out is available.

Mark your calendars now for October 26, Feed My Sheep.  Bake some cookies or brownies, or come in and lend a hand.  Please say a prayer!


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, October 5, 2017

Loving and Learning in Lodi October 8 2017

          When Amanda was little, we would often do things ‘just for fun!’ The ‘things’ were usually small, simple, playful times together. The idea was to do them for fun! There were no other reasons…just for fun!

          On Sunday, you’ll have the opportunity to worship together ‘just for fun!’ We’ve been surveying to find out what our favorite hymns are AND THE RESULTS ARE IN!!!!!! During worship, you’ll sing the favorites, you’ll learn about their backgrounds, and you’ll learn why it’s a favorite from one of us! To me, nothing is ‘fun-er’ than singing praises to God together AND learning more about our hymns and each other!

                                                So-o-o-o-o-o…Have fun together on Sunday!
                                                                                       Pastor Diane

P.S. – I’ve been having a ‘fun’ week as I check to see what is on my desk in my office for that day during Pastor Appreciation Month. This is proving to be more fun than winning the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes!! Thank you for making the week such fun…with more to come…WOW!

P.S.S. – Amanda & I still do things ‘just for fun!’


Prayers since Sunday:
~Pray for Las Vegas and all those affected by this horrible tragedy.

From Our Prayer Time on Sunday, October 1st:  
Birthdays: 
 ~Bryce Betts turned 16 on Oct. 2 – he gets to get his driver’s license – yeah!
Anniversary: 
~Anne & Rich Serafin celebrate 50 years on Oct. 2. Anne picked a good one, because he can tolerate her!
Joys: 
~This month is pastor appreciation.  Rev. Diane received a note on her desk that says she will be blessed with a surprise, each and every day of the month!  She is very grateful and humbled.
Update: 
~Ruth Hebble is to go home from Burbank Place this week.  She can’t wait!
~Lu and Tom Repp are slowly getting along.  They appreciate all of their church family.
Concerns:
~Jeff VanLoon’s brother John just broke his femur for the third time.
~Donna Lance is still very congested and has a horrible cough.
~Ruth Hebble’s grandson is having a lot of difficulties.
~Nancy Dininger’s son, Jeff, passed away.
~Juanita Lockard is recovering from her double mastectomy.
~Sam Shellhorn finally has an appt. with the VA for his back.
~Katrina Morgan continues to heal after her tumble in the yard.  Her arm is in a cast and sling.
~JoAnn Grimm fell and broke her hip.  She is in Medina, but will be going to Burbank Park for rehab.
~Bonnie Querin’s friend, Betty has terminal cancer.
~Graham Morrison as he fights cancer
~Our military.
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 8, 2017
Liturgist:    Grace Harvey                                        Greeter/s:  Garry & Nadine Moore
Hymns:       Morning Has Broken                               verses 1 – 3            #145
                   Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying        sing once                #2193 TFWS
                   Lord of the Dance                                   verses 1 & 5            #261
                   Let There Be Peace on Earth                    sing once                #431
         
Scripture:                       Psalm 100                                         Common English Bible

Shout triumphantly to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with celebration!
    Come before him with shouts of joy!
Know that the Lord is God—
    he made us; we belong to him.
We are his people,
    the sheep of his own pasture.
Enter his gates with thanks;
    enter his courtyards with praise!
    Thank him! Bless his name!
Because the Lord is good,
    his loyal love lasts forever;
    his faithfulness lasts generation after generation.

Colossians 3:15-16  

          The peace of Christ must control your hearts—a peace into which you were called in one body. And be thankful people. The word of Christ must live in you richly. Teach and warn each other with all wisdom by singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

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


THE CHURCH IN ACTION


Trustees meet after worship this Sunday in the Library.

Staff Parish Relations Committee meets Wednesday, October 11th, at 5:00 p.m.

Swiss Steak Dinner Chippewa Lake UMC:  Next Saturday, October 14, 4:30-7:00 pm.  Donation for Swiss Steak and all the extras (except dessert) is $9.00 for Adults and $5.00 for Kids. Desserts are $1.00. Carry out is available.


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