Friday, December 29, 2017

Loving and Learning in Lodi December 31 2017

          Brrrrr! I hope everyone is keeping safe and warm this week! Thank you to all who helped to make our worship services on Sunday so special and beautiful! What a blessed time!
          A thank you to all of you for the Christmas present of a ‘Time Away in Amish Country.’ I’ll probably take my sister, Carol, with me for the two-night’s stay at the Berlin Grande Hotel. AND…to help me spend the gift cards from Dutchman Hospitality and Walnut Creek Cheese! What fun! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
          This coming Sunday is a ‘pondering’ Sunday…Are you wondering what that means? Good! See you Sunday, and we’ll ponder together!!
                                                Blessings,
                                                      Pastor Diane      
                                                                            

~Pat Geissman is turning 78 this week – she hopes to be blessed with continued good health.
~Mary Casto turned 64 and feels blessed with good health, as well.
~Tom and Grace Harvey are celebrating 58 years together!  Lots of love, good health and laughter.
Joys:
~Mary Jane Rice’s sister’s hip surgery went well!
~Lisa Tozser – Lisa’s back surgery went well!
~Chris Sparr is at home, recuperating and is grateful for all the prayers and cards.
~Neal and Pat McLoda’s daughter and son-in-law are with them from Arkansas today.
~Boyd Lance apologized about his report last week from Mickey.  Mickey’s new pastor is just like our Rev. Diane, not named Diane 😊
~Dee Heitkamp thanked Missy for such beautiful music, Boyd and Donna lighting the candle, Boyd singing and Hattie’s indominable spirit! We are blessed!
Concerns:
~Prayers for the Mexico Missions Team as they leave Christmas morning.
~Grace Harvey’s niece’s husband, Bill is in the hospital.
~Jeff VanLoon has a friend whose two year old daughter was killed in the driveway.  The family really needs our prayers.
~Cindy Namerow has a friend that has been having test and the diagnose is cancer.
~Lee Geissman was in the hospital with A-fib.  While there, the doctors discovered some kidney issues.
~Dave Anderson is under the weather.
~Harry and Janet Baker are now home from Medina Hospital, but still sick.
~Hattie Ziegler shared that a lady that sits at her table at Feed My Sheep, has fallen and broken her hip.
~Rev. Donna’s friend, Paulette, is in Palestine.  Prayers for her safety.
~Always remember all the unspoken prayers and our military service people.
Recovering: Garry Moore, Tom & Lu Repp, Leonard Barnhart, Mac McCrary,
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Juanita Lockard, Delbert Miller, Rev. Doug Lewis,

Sunday, December 31, 2017
Liturgist:       Patti Graves                                           Greeter: Ruth Hebble
Advent Candle Lighter:     Hattie Ziegler
Hymns:       Angels from the Realms of Glory               verses 1 – 4             #220
                   What Child Is This?                                  verses 1 – 3             #219
                   Good Christian Friends Rejoice                  verses 1 – 3             #224


Scripture                              Luke 2:15 - 19                     New Revised Standard Version

          When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.”  So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.

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


THE CHURCH IN ACTION


You may take your poinsettias and Giving Tree ornaments home.

The Finance Committee will meet this Thursday at 7pm.

Offering envelopes for 2018 are at the back of the sanctuary for you to pick up. Please use the sign out sheet to record what number envelope is yours.


Mark your calendar…Trustee Work Day – Saturday, January 13th the Trustees will have a work day. The main project will be finishing trim work around the church and other projects that are unfinished. If you have questions, talk to Donny Graves.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Loving and Learning in Lodi December 24 2017



          The Peace Candle is lit this Sunday morning in our Advent Wreath. One of the best prayers ever for peace is from St. Francis. I offer it to us as we prepare ourselves for worship. See you Sunday…Pastor Diane

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 is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.


(Remember Christmas Eve services are at 7 & 11 pm with refreshments after the 7pm and before the 11pm.)
                                                                            

~Wayne Dees---79 plus 1 birthday on December 16th hoping for another wonderful year
~Judy Foster---77th birthday on December 19th wanting a healthy year to enjoy life
Joys:
~Larry Scott---Lockards in attendance and Irene is back with us following knee surgery
~Irene Scott thanked for the prayers, cards and Rev. Diane
~Linda and Harold Young home from Florida for Christmas
~Donna and Boyd Lance had an E Mail from Mickey Weir. The church she attends in Lake Alfred, Florida, has a minister named Rev. Diane.
~Tom Repp noted how nice the wreaths look at the National Cemetery.  Our Methodist Women made a donation toward the purchase of wreaths where needed.
Concerns:
~Lil Tozser’s daughter, Lisa, will have back surgery on Dec. 22nd.
~Cindy Namerow’s close friend is hospitalized and having tests on Monday. Prayers for our military and families.
~Judy Foster-prayers for her niece, Nancy
~Bill Dunham-Elva not feeling up to par
~Chris Sparr-trying to recuperate
~Janet & Harry Baker in Medina Hospital with the flu
~Dottie Kimble-sinus infection
~Joe D'Avello had a slight stroke and is in Akron General. He is Leonard Barnhart's son-in-law and went home on Monday.
Recovering: Garry Moore, Tom & Lu Repp, Leonard Barnhart, Mac McCrary,
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Juanita Lockard, Delbert Miller, Rev. Doug Lewis,


Sunday, December 24, 2017 – 10am Worship
Liturgist:       Cindy Namerow                                      Greeter: Ruth Hebble
Advent Candle Lighters:   Boyd & Donna Lance
Hymns:       It Came Upon a Midnight Clear                verses 1, 3 & 4        #218
                   Dona Nobis Pacem                                 sing rounds             #376
                   Let There Be Peace on Earth                                                #431

Scripture 10 am service:                           Luke 2:8 - 15                       New Revised Standard Version


          When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.”

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


Sunday December 24, 2017 - Christmas Eve Service 7 & 11pm
7 pm Liturgist:        Grace Harvey                                       11 pm Liturgist:  Jane Corbus
7 pm Greeters:        Bill & Elva Dunham                              11 pm Greeter: Ruth Hebble
7 pm Candle Lighters:  The Baughman Family                   11 pm Candle Lighters: Don & Patti Graves

Hymns:       Joy to the World                          verses 1 – 4             #246
                    Emmanuel, Emmanuel                  sing once                 #204
                   Away in a Manger                        verses 1 – 3             #217
                   Silent Night                                 verses 1 – 4             #239


Scripture 7 & 11pm Christmas Eve:                   Luke 2:1 – 20           New Revised Standard Version

          In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

          In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”

          When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

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


THE CHURCH IN ACTION


Christmas Eve services will be at 7pm and 11pm with light refreshments after the 7pm service and before the 11pm service.

You may take your poinsettias and Giving Tree ornaments home after each Christmas Eve Service.

Other Giving Tree projects:  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.


Help needed for Feed My Sheep next Thursday, December 28th: – We need the turkey we have in the refrigerator cooked for December 28th. Please Let Dottie (330-887-1471) know if you are able to help with this. Thanks! The dessert for the evening will be pumpkin pie. If you can bring a pie, that would be great!! Thanks!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Loving and Learning in Lodi December 17 2017



          This week we’ll light the Advent Candle of Joy in worship. I usually think of joy as a bubbly, giggly, bouncing around, kind of happiness. Right???
          Most times, though, for me, joy is a quiet river that runs deep within my being. It runs deep where it cannot be easily shaken. It is quiet because it rests and trusts in my faith in God. What is joy like for you?

                                                                             See you Sunday…
                                                                                       Pastor Diane

~John and Dottie are celebrating 38 years.  He is one lucky man, but also a saint for 38 years with me :) He is my rock! With a lot of give and take!
Joys:
~Rob Laughlin is thankful for the stranger who helped him out this week.
~Charlie Brown agrees with Rob, there are angels among us!  He fell and was helped getting up and back to his car this week.
~Katrina Morgan agrees with Charlie and Rob, while she was out shopping this past week, she noticed a line of people waiting to put money into the Salvation Army Kettle!  How wonderful!
~Larry Scott - Irene is making great progress with her PT at Lodi Hospital!
~Delbert Miller had a bone scan this past week and the cancer is NOT in his bones!  Thank you, God!
~Anne Serafin’s neighbor, Holly joined Anne for church this morning.  Welcome!
Concerns:
~Tom Repps’ brother’s wife, Jenny (the one who recently had the double lung transplant), passed away on Friday.
~Boyd Lance shared that they received a Christmas card from his cousin’s wife, who lives in Alaska, sharing sad news that his cousin, Jack Wagner, has passed away in October. :(
~Ruth Anderson’s niece, Cheryl from Avon Lake, will be having knee replacement surgery.
~Cindy Namerow said Happy Hanukah!  The Festival of Lights begins on Tuesday of this week.  Prayers for the Middle East.
~Rev. Diane said we would be partaking in a 60th wedding anniversary cake after church with our coffee. (The cake was donated by the baker of the cake, Shari Baker.) Harry and Joan Samalot would have celebrated 60 years on Saturday at a party, but sadly, Harry passed away on Friday.  We enjoyed the cake and thanked God for the almost 60 years that Harry and Joan had together.
Recovering: Garry Moore, Dick Chapman, Tom & Lu Repp, Ruth Hebble, Leonard Barnhart, Mac McCrary, Irene Scott, Martha Zona, Joyce Lorah
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Juanita Lockard, Delbert Miller, Rev. Doug Lewis,

Sunday, December 17, 2017
Liturgist:       Jeff VanLoon                                          Greeter/s: Joan Anderson
Hymns:        Joy to the World                                    verses 1 - 4              #246
                   Emmanuel, Emmanuel                            sing once                #204
                   While Shepherds Watched their Flocks       verses 1 – 4 & 6        #236
                   Angels We Have Heard on High                 verses 1 - 4              #238
                               
Scripture:                             Luke 2:8 - 14                       Common English Bible

          Nearby shepherds were living in the fields, guarding their sheep at night. The Lord’s angel stood before them, the Lord’s glory shone around them, and they were terrified.

          The angel said, “Don’t be afraid! Look! I bring good news to you—wonderful, joyous news for all people. Your savior is born today in David’s city. He is Christ the Lord. This is a sign for you: you will find a newborn baby wrapped snugly and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great assembly of the heavenly forces was with the angel praising God. They said, “Glory to God in heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors.”

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

THE CHURCH IN ACTION


This Sunday, December 17th after worship, Becky Laughlin will host a lunch to raise funds for her mission trip to Mexico at the end of the month. The menu includes spaghetti, bread, salad and dessert. Gluten Free options are available. A donation jar will be available for contributions.

Christmas Eve services will be at 7pm and 11pm with light refreshments after the 7pm service and before the 11pm service.

Please bring your Christmas Giving Tree presents and food for the families this Sunday.

Other Giving Tree projects:  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 this 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.


Help need for Feed My Sheep – We need two of the frozen turkeys we have in the freezers cooked for December 28th.Please Let Dottie (330-887-1471) know if you are able to help with this. Thanks!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Loving and Learning in Lodi December 10 2017



          We will be lighting the Candle of Love on the Advent Wreath this Sunday. In the Gospel of John chapter 3 verse 16 we read the familiar verse about God loving the world so much that Jesus was sent so we might be saved and have life eternal.
          I’ve been wondering…How do we…how do you experience God’s love? How do you know God loves you? What brings God’s love for you into your daily living? What makes it real to you? Think about it…I’ll check with us in worship on Sunday.
                                                                             See you then!
                                                                                       Pastor Diane


Prayers from Sunday, December 3rd:
Birthdays:  Hattie Ziegler is celebrating #83 on Dec. 4.  Live each day as there may not be a tomorrow!  In another 17 years, her son will throw her another party.
Joys:
~Martha Zone is very thankful for all the prayers this past week and it is a joy to be in worship this morning!
~Larry Scott is very thankful for all the prayer for Irene.  She will be starting outpatient therapy at Lodi.  She is coming along nicely.
~Rev. Donna is happy that her sister-in-law, Vicky, was here for the weekend.
Concerns:
~Larry Scott was very sad to tell all of us that little Logan passed away this weekend.
~The Bloom guys shared that their neighbor’s mother passed away.  
~Jeff VanLoon shared that a co-worker is in Cuba on a mission team trip.  Prayers for safe travels home.
~Dottie shared that her father-in-law Verne, is in Ocala in the hospital with heart issues.
~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, Joyce Lorah
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Juanita Lockard, Delbert Miller, Rev. Doug Lewis,

Sunday, December 10, 2017
Liturgist:     Pat McLoda                                            Greeter/s: Charlie & Peggie Brown
Hymns:       Hark! The Herald Angels Sing                   verses 1 – 3            #240
                   Emmanuel, Emmanuel                             sing once                #204
                   Love Came Down at Christmas                 verses 1 – 3             #242
                   O Little Town of Bethlehem                      verses 1 – 4             #230
                               
Scripture:                             Luke 2:1 - 7                          Common English Bible

          In those days Caesar Augustus declared that everyone throughout the empire should be enrolled in the tax lists. This first enrollment occurred when Quirinius governed Syria. Everyone went to their own cities to be enrolled. Since Joseph belonged to David’s house and family line, he went up from the city of Nazareth in Galilee to David’s city, called Bethlehem, in Judea. He went to be enrolled together with Mary, who was promised to him in marriage and who was pregnant. While they were there, the time came for Mary to have her baby. She gave birth to her firstborn child, a son, wrapped him snugly, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the guestroom.

THE CHURCH IN ACTION

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

Trustees meet after worship this Sunday.

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

Our 2017 Advent Devotional Booklets are ready! Pick one up on Sunday.

Next 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, name the names of loved ones, light candles in their memory, and find a place to simply be ourselves in the struggles of the season. 

Sunday, December 17th after worship, Becky Laughlin will host a lunch to raise funds for her mission trip to Mexico at the end of the month. The menu includes spaghetti, bread, salad and dessert. A donation jar will be available for contributions.

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. Please bring gifts to church by next Sunday the 17th. 
          Also, 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.