Thursday, November 30, 2017

Loving and Learning in Lodi December 3rd 2017


           Happy New Year!! We begin a new church year this Sunday as Advent begins! So…Happy New Year!!

         We start our Advent journey with the guiding theme of ‘Hope.’ For me, hope is often what keeps me going. It’s a lightness in my soul that stubbornly refuses to go away or to be snuffed out. What does ‘Hope’ mean to you?          
                                                                             See you Sunday!
                                                                                       Pastor Diane


Prayers from Sunday, November 26th
Anniversaries:   Neal & Pat McCloda are celebrating 60 years!  LOVE sustains them!
Joys:    Jim Baughman is happy his family is in town and his mom joined them for Thanksgiving dinner.
Concerns:
~Bob & Dee Heitkamp’s former pastor and his wife were in a terrible car accident.  His wife is finally beginning to recover from her injuries.
~Janet Freiberg - prayers for Baby Brett 1# 4 oz. in Fairview Hospital.
~Irene Scott had an allergic reaction to medicine.
~Martha Zona had afib and was hospitalized for a bit.
~Mary Jane Rice - prayers for her sister, Linda, as she faces hip replacement surgery.
~Always remember our military and those “unspoken prayers”.
Recovering: Garry Moore, Dick Chapman, Tom & Lu Repp, Ruth Hebble, Leonard Barnhart, Mac McCrary, Irene Scott, Martha Zona
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Juanita Lockard, Delbert Miller, Rev. Doug Lewis,

Sunday, December 3, 2017
Liturgist:       Larry Cray                                              Greeter/s: Lil Tozser
Hymns:        O Come, O Come, Emmanuel                     verses 1, 2 & 4         #211
                    Emmanuel, Emmanuel                               sing once                 #204
                    Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus               verses 1 & 2             #196
                    O Come, All Ye Faithful                              verses 1, 3 & 6         #234

Scripture:                             Isaiah 61:1 - 4                                 Common English Bible

The Lord God’s spirit is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me.
He has sent me to bring good news to the poor,
    to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim release for captives, and liberation for prisoners,
    to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and a day of vindication for our God,
    to comfort all who mourn, to provide for Zion’s mourners,
    to give them a crown in place of ashes, oil of joy in place of mourning,
    a mantle of praise in place of discouragement.
They will be called Oaks of Righteousness, planted by the Lord to glorify himself.
They will rebuild the ancient ruins; they will restore formerly deserted places;
    they will renew ruined cities, places deserted in generations past.

THE CHURCH IN ACTION

Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings at 7. Come join us!

We have our monthly potluck this Sunday. The youth are providing two main dishes. Please bring salads, vegetables and desserts.

Our 2017 Advent Devotional Booklets are ready! Pick one up on Sunday in Fellowship Hall. Advent begins on Sunday, December 3rd.

Holiday Vendor/Craft Fair, Saturday, December 2nd from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Come do some Christmas shopping with our vendors and crafters! Grab a sweet treat from the bake sale. Bring a friend and have lunch! Our Vendors are: Scentsy, LulaRoe Gourmet Cupboard, Tastefully Simple, Lipsense, Essential Oils, Creative Memories, Avon, Stanley/Fuller Brush, Tupperware, Mary Kay, Elfin’ Crafts, Pampered Chef, Crafts by Melanie, 31 Bags, Homemade Stampin' Cards by Debbie, Larry and Katrina-local authors, Light bulb snowmen ornaments & various wooden items. All proceeds benefit our Youth Missions Team.

We are asking for donations for the bake sale!  Bake up your favorite sweet treat to share!  Bring them in Friday afternoon after 12:00pm, Dec. 1st.

Our Christmas Giving Tree this year will include the following ways to give to others: You can take a tear off tag from the poster board at the front of the sanctuary with an item to buy for a member of the two families we help celebrate Christ’s birth. You may give a donation to our monthly community meals, Feed My Sheep or you may give to the on-going ministry of our local Food Bank at the Good Samaritans. Ornaments will be placed on the tree at the front of the sanctuary for those donations and can be taken home Christmas Eve.

We are taking Poinsettias orders through Sunday, Dec. 17th. The poinsettias come in 6-inch pots with a donation cost of $10 each. A form is included at the end of this email for you to use to designate if the poinsettia is “In Memory of…” or “In Honor of…” those special people in your life. Make any checks payable to ‘Lodi UMC’ and note that it is for ‘poinsettias.’ Poinsettias can be taken home Christmas Eve.

Swiss Steak Dinner Chippewa Lake UMC:  Saturday, December 9th, 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.


Tuesday, December 12 at 7pm: Blue Christmas Service. a time when we can, with others, acknowledge the “blue” feelings we have at Christmas time, the losses behind them, and offer them to God. In this service, we’ll share in some quiet music, hopeful words, and find a place to simply be ourselves in the struggles of the season.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Loving and Learning in Lodi November 26 2017



Sunrise. Sunset. Sunrise. Sunset.
Swiftly fly the years.
One season following another.
Laden with happiness and tears.
--Jerry Brock

            The words above are from a favorite movie of mine, Fiddler on the Roof. It is sung when the oldest daughter of Tevye and Golde get married. The seasons turn and the years of life and living fly by. In the church, we, too, have seasons of the year that turn and over time the years of worshipping and following Christ fly by.

          This Sunday happens to be the last Sunday in this church year. As this church year comes to a close and we head into a new church year as Advent begins, we’ll take time to travel around the church year, season by season. We’ll read scripture, look at how the season is connected to the life of Christ, and sing a song from that season.

          See you Sunday when we enjoy a quick trip through the church year!!
                                                                            
                                                                             Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
                                                                                                 Pastor Diane


Prayers from Sunday, November 19th
~Our youth helped to pack 54,000 meals to ship overseas. 534 volunteers, in 2 days, packed enough to feed 2500 people for a year.  While there, they packed the 2 millionth meal for the feeding program.  WOW!  Great work!
~60 out of the 76 - $5 Challenge envelopes have been returns.  $300 of Rev. Diane’s money has been turned into an additional $1740 to help others!  You can still turn yours in!
Joys:
~Larry Scott updated us on Irene.  Her knew replacement went very well!  She is now in Lodi Hospital for rehab.  
~Grace Harvey, Boyd and Donna Lance, Carol Marshall and Rev. Diane visited with Leonard Barnhart this past week.  They went to SING with Leonard.  They sang, and sang, and SANG – what a joy!
Concerns:
~Bonnie Querin’s friend died of lung cancer.
~The flowers in the front of the sanctuary are from Gloria Daniels’ funeral that Rev. Diane had on Friday.
~Lynn White’s sister has taken a turn for the worse.  She is in the hospital and really needs our prayers.
~Safe travels for all that will be going here and there over the holiday weekend.
~Always remember our military and those “unspoken prayers”.
Recovering: Garry Moore, Dick Chapman, Tom & Lu Repp, Ruth Hebble, Leonard Barnhart, Mac McCrary, Irene Scott
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Juanita Lockard, Delbert Miller, Rev. Doug Lewis,



Sunday, November 26, 2017
Liturgist:     Patti Graves                                          Greeter/s: Ron & Faye Stewart
Hymns:        God, Our Help in Ages Past                    verses 1 - 4             #117
                    Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying       sing once                #2193 TFWS
                    Grace Alone                                          verses 1 & 2            #2162 TFWS


Scripture:                             Isaiah 9:2 - 7                                   New International Version

on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.
You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy;
they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest,
as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder.
For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them,
the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor.
Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood
will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.


THE CHURCH IN ACTION

NO Choir rehearsal this Wednesday, November 22nd.

Our Staff Parish Relations Committee meets next Wednesday, November 29th at 5:15pm.

Our 2017 Advent Devotional Booklets are ready! Pick one up on Sunday in Fellowship Hall. Advent begins on Sunday, December 3rd.

Please return in your Stewardship hopes and promises for 2018 by mailing them to the church or by placing them in the offering plate on Sunday morning.

Advent Study: “Mandalas, Candles & Prayers” led by Pastor Diane on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. November 30 to December 28, 2017.   Based on the four candles of the Advent wreath, this coloring book for adults weaves together the popular practice of coloring with four simple methods of contemplative prayer. Each chapter includes a short vignette, an explanation of the weekly theme and prayer method, a simple candle lighting liturgy, 7 mandalas for each week of contemplative coloring, and a closing prayer of illumination.
          Let the candles light the way and calm your spirit. Color and pray. And you will experience the most meaningful gift of all--a peace that passes all understanding as you journey toward the manger. Cost is $10.

Holiday Vendor/Craft Fair, Saturday, December 2nd from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Come do some Christmas shopping with our vendors and crafters! Grab a sweet treat from the bake sale. Bring a friend and have lunch! Our Vendors are: Scentsy, LulaRoe Gourmet Cupboard, Tastefully Simple, Lipsense, Essential Oils, Creative Memories, Avon, Stanley/Fuller Brush, Tupperware, Mary Kay, Elfin’ Crafts, Pampered Chef, Crafts by Melanie, 31 Bags, Homemade Stampin' Cards by Debbie, Larry and Katrina-local authors, Light bulb snowmen ornaments & various wooden items. All proceeds benefit our Youth Missions Team.

We are asking for donations for the bake sale!  Bake up your favorite sweet treat to share!  Bring them in Friday afternoon after 12:00pm, Dec. 1st.


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Loving and Learning in Lodi November 19 2017

          When my daughter, Amanda, was a toddler, she learned to say ‘thank you.’ However, it sounded like key-oh-koo. If I handed her something to drink or gave her something to eat, her response was “key-oh-koo mommy”.
          Traditionally, in our country, November is “key-oh-koo” month…a month when we remember and give thanks for the many blessings in our lives. We don’t have to think too long or too hard to find things to be thankful for. Most of us have enough food on our tables, a roof over our heads and clothes on our backs. We have our families and our friends. We have our church home where we worship together and find loving encouragement as we seek to follow Jesus.
          We have the simple gifts of life that grace our days: blue skies, crisp fall air, the crunch of leaves under our feet, the warmth of turtle necks and sweaters. Our lives are rich and full.
          So, as we head into Thanksgiving Day, I invite us to have a  ‘key-oh-koo’ day…a day where we pause to remember how blessed we are…how much we’ve been given…how ‘rich’ we are…a day when we whisper from deep in our hearts, “Key-oh-koo, God…key-oh-koo”.
                   See you Sunday!       Pastor D.



Prayers from Sunday, November 12th
Birthdays:     Travis Bloom is celebrating 13!  Yeah – he’s a teenager!            
~Irene Scott is celebrating 73 and hopes for more of the same blessings this year.
~Tom and Grace Harvey both had birthdays aboard the “Freedom of the Seas” in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean this past month. 
Anniversaries:
~Al and Martha Zona are celebrating 57 years!  Martha shared:  57 years ago, my dad asked me – is this who you want to spend the rest of your life with?  She said YES!  Dad said – that’s OK!
Joys:   ~5 years ago, Rich Serafin was given 5 months to live due to his kidney cancer.  This past week he is cancer free!!!!  2% survival rate!  AMEN!
~Brian and Dawn Rice are the proud grandparents of Lillian Josephine born on Friday.  Aly, Chris and baby Lillian are all doing fantastic! Congratulations!
~Randy Jameson thanked everyone for coming out to the Legion Veteran Pancake breakfast.  165 served!
~Janet Freiberg is praising God for her healing, the kindness of the congregation and for running Carl ragged!
~Grace Harvey shared that Zachary has been off chemo for 4 years now and the tumor on his optic nerve remains stable.  He, also, received 5 – “A”’s on his grade card!
~Rev. Donna VanTrees shared that Rev. Doug Lewis is half way through his radiation for his lung cancer.  Keep the prayers coming!
~Missy Laughlin let us know that Colette is at a District Youth Meeting this morning after knee surgery this week!  The doctors are pleased.
~Juanita Lockard continues her treatments for her breast cancer.  She and Tom are celebrating their 11th grandbaby!  Tommy had a little boy, in Las Vegas, this past week.
Concerns:     ~Rev. Diane’s sister, Carol, her friend, Terri Miller is having her second kidney transplant.
~Lil Toszer is concerned about her daughter Lisa and her back issues.  Cyst on spine and herniated discs.  Also, a friend, Carly, - not sure what is going on, not a stroke, not Bell’s Palsy – still running tests.
~Dottie Kimble -Jean Garner had successful open heart surgery on Monday.  She will continue to need prayers as it is a long recovery road.
~Patti’s Graves’ friend’s 36 year old son-in-law has a brain tumor.  The same friend’s son and his wife are expecting twins.
~Mitch Dees’ brother, Jeff, and his family are coming for Thanksgiving.  Prayers for all those who are traveling this holiday season.
~Larry Scott asked for prayers for Irene who will have her knee replaced. Larry asked Janet if Carl’s services are available if he needs help with Irene.
~Larry Scott also shared that little 9 year old Logan, who was born with cancer, was taken from the hospital to her house in a firetruck.  The Christmas tree is up as they feel she will not make it to Christmas.
~Cindy Namerow has a friend whose family lives in Puerto Rico.  Their mom is ill and they still are without electricity due to the hurricane.
~Always remember our troops and Keep in mind all the unspoken prayers among us.
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,

Sunday, November 19, 2017
Liturgist:     Katrina Morgan                                       Greeter/s: Ruth Anderson & Mickey Weir
Hymns:        We Gather Together                               verses 1 – 3             #131
                   Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying          sing once                #2193 TFWS
                   Now Thank We All Our God                      verses 1 – 3             #102  
                   What Gift Can We Bring                           verses 1 – 3             #87   

Scripture:                             Philippians 4:4 – 9                                      New International Version
          Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
          Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.       
                   Leader:         The Word of God for the people of God.               People:  Thanks be to God.

THE CHURCH IN ACTION

NO Choir rehearsal next Wednesday night, November 22nd.

Our 2017 Advent Devotional Booklets are ready! Pick one up on Sunday in Fellowship Hall. Advent begins on Sunday, December 3rd.

Please return in your Stewardship hopes and promises for 2018 by mailing them to the church or by placing them in the offering plate this morning.

Holiday Vendor/Craft Fair, Saturday, December 2nd from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Come do some Christmas shopping with our vendors and crafters! Grab a sweet treat from the bake sale. Bring a friend and have lunch! Our Vendors are: Scentsy, LulaRoe Gourmet Cupboard, Tastefully Simple, Lipsense, Essential Oils, Creative Memories, Avon, Stanley/Fuller Brush, Tupperware, Mary Kay, Elfin’ Crafts, Pampered Chef, Crafts by Melanie, 31 Bags, Homemade Stampin' Cards by Debbie, Larry and Katrina-local authors, Light bulb snowmen ornaments & various wooden items. All proceeds benefit our Youth Missions Team.

We are asking for donations for the bake sale!  Bake up your favorite sweet treat to share!  Bring them in Friday evening, Dec. 1, 5-7pm


Becky Laughlin is making great progress in funding her mission trip to Manos Juntos in Rio Bravo in December. If you have any yard work or other odd jobs and need help, she’s happy to work for you to earn money for the trip. Call/text her at 330-304-2655 to set up a time.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Loving and Learning in Lodi November 12 2017

          In the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew chapter 5, Jesus lifts up the peacemakers and calls them ‘children of God.’ Being a peacemaker can be thought of as being a wimp and not charging forward to right a wrong. Jesus says peacemakers are children of God…standing courageously to say there are other ways to fight injustice, prejudice and oppression. Below, is St. Francis of Assisi’s prayer about being a peacemaker…I offer it to us in these times of division, terrorism and fear:



Lord make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy

O divine master grant that I may
not so much seek to be consoled as to console
to be understood as to understand
To be loved as to love
For it is in giving that we receive
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned
And it's in dying that we are born to eternal life.  Amen


                                                                  
                                                                             See you Sunday!
                                                                                      Pastor D.

Anniversary:
~Harry and Janet Baker---59th wedding anniversary this week
Joys:
~Leo---thank for cards & calls when he was in hospital and Rev. Diane
~Kris----thanks for cards for Sue and family with the illness and passing of Sue’s mom, Acey, and Rev. Diane
~Cindy----Cloverleaf Band got a SUPERIOR rating
Concerns:
~Leo---Chris has pneumonia
~Lil---Lisa has back problems and having tests
~Lu Repp---daughter, Pam, in hospital---pneumonia
~Irene Scott---the Logan and her family and younger sister, Quinn - Logan was born with only two chambers in her heart and has had several surgeries and now has several cancerous tumors. She is in pain and will go home under Hospice care.
~Collette---her knee surgery on Tuesday – surgery went well.
~Mary Jane Rice---Prayers for Jack Thomas who is in the hospital
~Lynn White---prayers for her sister
~Anne--Sam Shellhorn is waiting for tests to be done in December
~Ruth Hebble---recuperating
~Janet Freiberg—recuperating from partial knee replacement. Prayers for Carl as he cares for her
~Pastor Diane reminded us to pray for our unspoken requests
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,

Sunday, November 12, 2017
Liturgist:     Larry Scott                                            Greeter/s:  Larry & Connie Cray
Hymns:        Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise            verses 1 – 3             #103
                   Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying          sing once                #2193 TFWS
                   My Hope Is Built                                     verses 1 - 3              #368
                   Lead On, O King Eternal                          verses 1 – 3             #580


Scripture:                 I Samuel 17:1 - 9                            Common English Bible

          Now the Philistines gathered their forces for war and assembled at Sokoh in Judah…Saul and the Israelites assembled and camped in the Valley of Elah and drew up their battle line to meet the Philistines. The Philistines occupied one hill and the Israelites another, with the valley between them.

          A champion named Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. His height was six cubits and a span. He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekels; on his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back. His spear shaft was like a weaver’s rod, and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels. His shield bearer went ahead of him.

          Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me. If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us.”  

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


THE CHURCH IN ACTION

Choir rehearses on Wednesday nights at 7pm. Come join us!

Our United Methodist Women this Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. All women of the church are welcome to attend the meeting.

Trustees meet this Sunday after worship.

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!

Rev. Doug Lewis address if you want to send a card during his cancer treatments: 5 Fairwood Avenue, Norwalk, OH 44857

Holiday Vendor/Craft Fair, Saturday, December 2nd from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Come do some Christmas shopping with our vendors and crafters! Grab a sweet treat from the bake sale. Bring a friend and have lunch! We’ll have the following venders: Scentsy, LulaRoe Gourmet Cupboard, Tastefully Simple, Lipsense, Essential Oils, Creative Memories, Avon, Stanley/Fuller Brush, Tupperware, Mary Kay, Elfin’ Crafts, Pampered Chef, Crafts by Melanie, 31 Bags, Homemade Stampin' Cards by Debbie, Larry and Katrina-local authors, Light bulb snowmen ornaments & various wooden items. All proceeds benefit our Youth Missions Team.


Becky Laughlin is making great headway in funding her mission trip to Manos Juntos in Rio Bravo at the end of December. If you have any yard work or other odd jobs and need help, she’s happy to work for you to earn money for the trip. Call or text her at 330-304-2655 to set up a time.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Loving and Learning in Lodi November 5 2017

          Wow! What a fun, wonderful month of being appreciated by you all!! I promised to share with you what all was given in appreciation…so here it is!!: decorative pumpkin, treats and toy for Miles, Ruritan dues and meals for 2018, kitchen hand towels for fall, a scented candle, Halloween bag, homemade black raspberry jelly, red raspberry jelly, wild grape jelly and blackberry jam, homemade apple sauce, Regal gift cards to the movies, whirly-gig music note, roll of quarters, Poem/prayer based on Ephesians 4:8 – 13, 4 Bob Evans gift cards, Fall kitchen towels & oven mitt, Pilot gift card, 2 doz chocolate chip cookies, Subway gift card, spoon holder, hot chocolate, tea, candle, basket, assorted coffees, 2 Best Cuts gift cards, Amazon Gift Card, chocolate covered pretzels in Halloween bucket, Chocolate covered strawberries from CA, candy corn and Thankful jar, cutting board, cloths/pot holders & booties, Malley’s chocolates, lighted decorative church, flowers, P. Graham Dunn ‘Amazing Grace’ cross, crochet pot holders, lavender lotion and spa socks, candy corn, Reese’s mini cups, candle & Love one another insulated bag, ‘Footprint’ coasters, snack mix, assorted teas, honey, granola bars, Miles’ treats, coloring books, set of color pencils, mug, teas and cocoa, honey stick, candle, wash rag and felted soap, Miles’ treats and toys, chocolate-covered Candy apple, Cheese cake & angel pin, bucket of coal, Regal gift card and 2 Packages of Kool Aid lemonade, gift card to Hopocan Gardens, Halloween kitchen towels, Halloween bucket, Reese’s cups and a ba-zillion thoughtful words of kindness and appreciation!!!!!!!  Thank you 200 ba-zillion times!!!    
                                                                             See you Sunday!
                                                                                      Pastor D.

P.S. Remember to turn your clocks back one hour this Saturday!


Prayer request since Sunday: Prayers for Sue Weir and family with the passing of her mom, Acey Baker. Calling hours will be this Friday from 5-8pm at Armstrong’s, 25 Pleasant St, Seville, OH 44273 with a service following at 8pm.

Birthdays:
~Tim House said that Mikala's 17th birthday was yesterday.
Joys:
~Anne Serafin told us that she is finally taking Sam Shellhorn to a doctor in Cleveland tomorrow which is a joy.  He has been waiting a long time to get some answers (and prayers for Sam because Anne is driving).
~Bill Dunham said Colin is happy that Cloverleaf won another football game!
~Hattie Ziegler (and the rest of us) are glad that Charlie is back!
~Chris Sparr is joyful for the OSU football team pulling off a win against Penn State yesterday.
~Hattie Ziegler presented Rev. Diane with trick or treat "treats" for Miles and Tinker "Bell"
~Zelda Emery is joyful that her niece is getting married today and that her brother is officiating.
Concerns:
~Pastor Diane – prayers for Janet Freiberg healing from partial knee replacement
~Zelda Emergy asks for prayers for her niece's wedding today because the best man died suddenly at age 40 last week.
~Lynn White asks prayers for her sister.
~Pat Geismann asks for prayers for her sister; and for Sherrie who had cancer and now has spots on her lungs.
~Kris Weir asks for prayers for Sue's mother, Acey Baker.
~Sylvia Anderson told us her sister-in-law's niece, Shannon, needs prayers.
~Irene & Larry Scott are asking for prayers for Logan who was born with only two chambers in her heart and has had several surgeries and now has a tumor on her liver.
~Cindy Namerow reminded us to keep Rev. Doug Lewis in our prayers as he fights lung cancer. Rev. Doug Lewis
5 Fairwood Avenue, Norwalk, OH 44857
~Chris Sparr told us Leo is in Medina Hospital getting IV antibiotics for a leg infection.
~Yvonne Surrarer who is in hospital in Norwalk with pneumonia and a kidney infection
~Pastor Diane reminded us to pray for our unspoken requests
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,

Sunday, November 5, 2017
Liturgist:    Cindy Namerow                                     Greeter/s:  Bill & Elva Dunham
Hymns:       Leaning on the Everlasting Arms             verses 1 – 3             #133
                   Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying       sing once                 #2193 TFWS
                   He Touched Me                                    verses 1 & 2             #367
                             A favorite of Dick Chapman, Grace Harvey, Boyd Lance and Mickey Weir
                   This Is a Day of New Beginnings             verses 1 - 4              #383  

Scripture:                 Matthew 5:43 - 48                                      Common English Bible

          “You have heard that it was said, You must love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who harass you so that you will be acting as children of your Father who is in heaven. He makes the sun rise on both the evil and the good and sends rain on both the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love only those who love you, what reward do you have? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing? Don’t even the Gentiles do the same? Therefore, just as your heavenly Father is complete in showing love to everyone, so also you must be complete.
               
Leader:         The Word of God for the people of God.               People:  Thanks be to God.


THE CHURCH IN ACTION

Choir rehearses on Wednesday nights at 7pm. Come join us!

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

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!

Holiday Vendor/Craft Fair, Saturday, December 2nd from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Come do some Christmas shopping with our vendors and crafters! Grab a sweet treat from the bake sale. Bring a friend and have lunch! We’ll have the following venders: Scentsy, LulaRoe Gourmet Cupboard, Tastefully Simple, Lipsense, Essential Oils, Creative Memories, Avon, Stanley/Fuller Brush, Tupperware, Mary Kay, Elfin’ Crafts, Pampered Chef, Crafts by Melanie, 31 Bags, Homemade Stampin' Cards by Debbie, Larry and Katrina-local authors, Light bulb snowmen ornaments & various wooden items. All proceeds benefit our Youth Missions Team.

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:    Basketball – http://www.upward.org/leagues/491881482/Basketball  
Cheerleading – http://www.upward.org/leagues/491881482/Cheerleading