Friday, December 28, 2018


Loving and Learning in Lodi December 30 2018
          They say “hind sight is twenty-twenty” meaning that after something happens, we know exactly what we could or should have done differently. Jesus’ mom, Mary, lived life’s experiences differently. In the Gospel of Luke, we read that she pondered events in real time…as they happened…wondering what the events meant now. She could live in the moment, fully aware that God was up to something…working in her daily living.
So, how can we live in such awareness…?
                                                                   See you Sunday when we’ll ponder this together!
                                                                                       Pastor Diane

From our prayer time on Sunday, December 23rd:
Birthday: 
~Mary Casto is 65, today!  Looking at possibly retiring this coming year.
Joys:
~Grace and Tom Harvey are celebrating 59 years on Dec. 26th!  Looking forward to many more years!
~Neal & Pat McLoda’s daughter and son-in-law & grandson are in from Arkansas.
~Hattie Ziegler presented Rev. Diane with Christmas gifts for Miles (the dog) and Tinkerbell (the cat).
~Russ Green’s granddaughter and her fiancĂ© joined him for church.
~Dave and Pat Stallings, Sylvia’s neighbors, are here with her this morning.
~A thank you card was read from one of the Giving Tree families.
Concerns:
~ Keep Leonard Barnhart’s family in your prayers.
~Bill Dunham’s health is not good right now.  He, and Elva, really need our prayers.
~All the unspoken prayers among us.
~All the US military personnel, and their families, near and far. 
Recovering: Garry Moore, Tom Repp, Charlie Brown, Lee Geissman, Patty Ramey, Bill Dunham
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Delbert Miller, Hattie Ziegler
Families Grieving:  The Jim Hastings family, The Susie Hall family, The Judy Yoder family, The Joni Barnes family, The Doris Formanek family, Ken Wiley family, The Frankie Dudas Family, The Leonard Barnhart Family

Sunday, December 30th, 2018
Liturgist:       Jeff Van Loon                                                                       Greeter: Joan Anderson
Hymns:        O Little Town of Bethlehem             verses 1 - 4              #230 
                    Holy Ground                                sing once                 TFWS #2272
                   I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day  verses 1 – 5             in our bulletins 
                   What Child Is This?                       verses 1 – 3             #219 

Scripture                                          Luke 2:15 - 19                                 Common English Bible

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

Remember to bring your 2019 Stewardship cards to worship this Sunday if you’re ready to turn them in.

2019 Offering Envelopes are ready for you to pick up at the back of the sanctuary by the ramp. Please sign the sheet letting us know what numbered envelopes you’ve chosen. Thank you for your faithful and generous giving!

Lafayette United Methodist Church is offering a Financial Peace class…The class begins on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:00 and runs for 9 weeks. Through written materials and videos with creator, Dave Ramsey, the group will learn how to remove debt and money stress from their lives and begin to save for the future as well. For more information see www.fpu.com or call 330-725-6176.

Poinsettias


In honor of...

~Loved ones from Ruth Anderson
~Cindy and our choir from Bill and Elva Dunham
~Glory of God from Carl and Janet Freiberg
~Harry & Janet Baker, love, from your family
~All our veterans - living and those who have passed
        from Russ Green and Sue Whitfield
~All our families and friends from the Vic Grimm family
~Our families and friends from Russ Green and Sue Whitfield
~Anne & Rich, Rev. Diane, Sylvia & Dave Anderson
       from Sunny Kurjian
~Great-Grandpa Donut & Great-Grandma DeanDean (Garry &
       Nadine) from the great grand boys - Graham, Heath,
     Kellen, Knox and Gabe
~My choir family from Cindy Namerow
~Our parents, Larry & Irene Scott, from Barb & Brad Dawson
       and Pam & Steve Bredemeier (& Ethan & Henry, too)
~Our family from Larry and Irene Scott
~Our children from Leo and Chris Sparr

 In memory of…

~Loved ones from Ruth Anderson
~Loved ones from Harry and Janet Baker
~Our parents from Gene and Jan Barnhart
~Loved ones from Betty Baughman
~Joni Barnes from Kathy Baughman & family
~My parents, Chuck and Mary Bennett from Brian
~Franklin and Billie Bates from Charlie and Peggie Brown
~Carl and Helen Skowlund from Charlie and Peggie Brown
~Anita Dees from Wayne, Mitch, & Jeff Dees & Tracie Caparole
~Jennifer Laston, love, from your family
~Kay Hankins from Karl Hankins and Rev. Donna
~Cecil & Vie Hankins from Karl and Rev. Donna
~Diana Licata from from Grace Harvey
~Jim Hastings from Kathleen Hastings
~Loved ones from Bob and Deanne Heitkamp
~Kenneth Wiley from Sunny Kurjian
~Our parents from Leo and Chris Sparr
~Steve Tozser from Lil Tozser
~Ashley Mapes from Larry and Letha Mapes
~Bill & Mim Heffelfinger and Jim & Doreen Mapes
           from Larry & Letha Mapes
~Cindy’s father, Robert Trogdon & Adam’s mother, Cynthia
           Bach from Cindy & Adam Namerow
~Max & Edna Longsdorf from Bonnie Querin
~Bob & Norma Querin from Bonnie Querin
~Jenney Repp from Tom and Lu Repp
~Our parents from Tom and Lu Repp
~Our grandparents, Lois & C.E. Scott, & Joseph & Alexandra
          Kozub, from Barb Dawson & Pam Bredemeier.
~Our parents from Larry and Irene Scott
~Leonard Porter from Chris and Dawn
~Del and Alice Stuart from Chris and Dawn
~George Surrarrer from the Surrarrer Family
~Jeff’s parents and Marta’s father from Jeff & Marta Van Loon
~Acey Baker from Kris and Sue Weir
~Bill Weir from Kris and Sue Weir


 Giving Tree
benefiting Feed My Sheep and Good Samaritans

In honor of…

~Loved ones from Ruth Anderson
~Merry Christmas from the Tuesday & Thursday Bridge Club
~Our military serving near and far from John & Dottie Kimble
~Jeff's parents, Delbert & Valen Miller, from Jeff & Melody Miller
~Our three children, Shawna, Heather & Ryan, from Jeff and Marta Van Loon
~My sister Diana for her courage everyday from Julie Yergin
~Merry Christmas from Owen Yoder

In memory of...

~Loved ones from Ruth Anderson
~Loved ones from Bill & Elva Dunham
~Jim Hastings from Kathleen Hastings
~Loved ones from Bob & Dee Heitkamp
~Melody's parents, Gerald & Mary Dull, from Jeff & Melody Miller
~Steve Tozser from Lil Tozser
~Our parents from Jeff & Marta Van Loon
~My husband, Max Yergin from Jerrie Yergin

Thursday, December 20, 2018


Loving and Learning in Lodi December 23 2018
          When my daughter, Amanda, was little, we would sometimes do something ‘just for fun!’ This usually meant that what we were going to do was something small, simple or inexpensive! We’d drive around looking at Christmas lights…just for fun! We’d stop and get an ice cream cone…just for fun! We’d feed ducks…just for fun! We’d stop and get a roll of pennies to throw in a fountain…just for fun!

          Sunday will be a ‘just for fun!’ Sunday! As we read about the angels coming to tell of Jesus’ birth, we will join the ‘chorus’ by having lots of music from extra hymns, to special music, to Missy’s magical fingers playing on our organ and piano, to the choir’s musical selections. We’ll ride on the joy and gift of the wonderful Christmas music that surrounds us this time of year…just for fun!

                                                                   See you Sunday!
                                                                                  Pastor Diane

From our prayer time on Sunday, December 16th:
Birthdays:
~Judy Foster is turning 78 and looks forward to continuing to enjoy life.
~Wayne Dees is 82 years young today and hopes for another good year.
~Janet Baker told us that Harry birthday is Tuesday and he will be 79 and looks forward to sunshine.
~Donna VanTrees confessed that she had a birthday yesterday, is still in her 60s, and hopes to continue enjoying her blessings.
Joys:
~Rev. Diane shared that we received a Thank You card and donation from Shelly Salay, piano teacher, for sharing our church with her students and their families for a piano recital and reception last Sunday.
Concerns:
~Larry Scott told us that Leonard Barnhart passed away yesterday.  Rev. Diane will have more information to share with us later.
~Cindy Namerow asked for prayers for safe travel as families travel this Christmas season.
~Mary Ann Crawford – prayers for family member, Jason, who is in the hospital
~Judy Foster asks for prayers for her niece as her cancer may have returned.
~Rev. Diane let us know that Dottie is not feeling well today and is home.
~Remember our unspoken requests
Recovering: Garry Moore, Tom Repp, Charlie Brown, Lee Geissman, Patty Ramey
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Delbert Miller, Hattie Ziegler
Families Grieving:  The Jim Hastings family, The Susie Hall family, The Judy Yoder family, The Joni Barnes family, The Doris Formanek family, Ken Wiley family, The Frankie Dudas Family, The Leonard Barnhart Family
Sunday, December 16th, 2018

Liturgist:     Bonnie Querin                                                      Greeter/s: Charlie & Peggie Brown
Hymns:       Angels We Have Heard on High       verses 1 - 4    #238 
                   Holy Ground                                  sing once       TFWS #2272
                   Hark the Herald Angels Sing            verses 1 – 3   #240 
                   Angels from the Realms of Glory      verses 1 – 4   #220 

Scripture                                          Luke 2:8 - 15                                   New International Version
          And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

          Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

          When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

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

THE CHURCH IN ACTION
Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings at 7. Come join us!

Christmas Eve Services on Monday, December 24th at 7:00 & 11:00 P.M.

All the gifts from the Giving Tree have been delivered!  A BIG thank you to all of you for helping the four families have a merrier Christmas.  They were so very grateful!

Remember to bring your 2019 Stewardship cards to worship this Sunday if you’re ready to turn them in.
2019 Offering Envelopes are ready for you to pick up at the back of the sanctuary by the ramp. Please sign the sheet letting us know what numbered envelopes you’ve chosen. Thank you for your faithful and generous giving!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018


Loving and Learning in Lodi December 16 2018

          Sunday, we light the third candle on the advent wreath, the Candle of Care.

          All week long, a single word has been floating through my head: care-fee. The word is spoken by one of the mice in Disney’s animated version of Cinderella telling a fellow mouse to be careful. When my daughter, Amanda, was growing up we often watched the movie and began using ‘care-fee’ ourselves when one of us needed to be careful in what we were doing.

          Sometimes, when carrying precious objects or when listening to someone whose heart is breaking, I’ll say to myself, “Care-fee Diane, care-fee.”  Then, I’ll hold tighter to those precious objects and listen more tenderly to the person in front of me.

                                                                   Until I see you Sunday…be care-fee!
                                                                                  Pastor Diane

Service for Frankie Dudas will be Thursday, December 13th at 7:30pm at Donlon Funeral Home 15408 Triskett Road, Cleveland, OH where family will receive friends from 4-8pm.

From our prayer time on Sunday, December 9th:
Birthday: 
~Hattie Ziegler turned 84!  She hopes to NOT be in any spas this coming year!
Anniversary:
~John and Dottie Kimble are celebrating 39 years!  It’s a lot of give and take over the years and supporting each other.
Joys: 
~Chris Sparr presented Hattie Ziegler with a gift card for all her years of service as president of United Methodist Women—thank you!
~Hattie Ziegler gave Rev. Diane a UMC Pastor Christmas ornament.
~Jim Baughman is grateful to have his brother in from California, Brittany in from New Philly, Bill as liturgist, and that he and the trustees pulled off getting the lights and ceiling finished.
~Bob Heitkamp thanked everyone for their prayers for Phyllis Mason—she is doing much better! A prayer shawl was sent to her—she was so grateful!
~Danielle Anderson will be graduating from Youngstown State on Dec. 16 with a degree in criminal justice degree—congratulations!!!!
Concerns: 
~Connor and Cloie Dudas’ father, Frankie passed away Saturday.   Prayers for Annette and her children.
~Dee Heitkamp updated us on their pastor friend that had fallen.  He fell, again and broke his leg!
~Peggie Brown appreciates the continued support of the AARP Chapter and their card ministry.  She also, said Ashlee Miller wanted to share an update on her grandmother, she is doing much better!
~Pat Geissman had something pop in her foot and it is very painful!
~Our unspoken requests and for our service men and women



Service for Frankie Dudas will be Thursday, December 13th at 7:30pm at Donlon Funeral Home 15408 Triskett Road, Cleveland, OH where family will receive friends from 4-8pm.
Sunday, December 16th, 2018
Liturgist:       Bob Wooley                                                       Greeter/s: Bill & Elva Dunham
Hymns:        While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night             verses 1, 3 & 6        #236
                   Holy Ground                                                   sing once                TFWS #2272
                   Love Came Down at Christmas                          verses 1 – 3            #242
                   Here I Am Lord                                              verses 1 – 3            #593

Scripture                                          Luke 2:8 - 20                                   New International Version
          And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
          Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
          When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
          So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

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

THE CHURCH IN ACTION

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

Christmas Eve Services on Monday, December 24th at 7:00 & 11:00 P.M.

Remember to bring your 2019 Stewardship cards to worship this Sunday if you’re ready to turn them in.

BRING YOUR GIVING TREE PRESENTS TO CHURCH THIS SUNDAY!!!   You may still 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. 16th. 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.’ You can mail your order or put it in Sunday’s offering plate. Poinsettias can be taken home Christmas Eve.

On Sunday, December 16 at 6:30 pm LeRoy United Methodist Church in Westfield Center will have a “Sharing of the Light” ceremony, during which anyone in the community is invited to bring a candle or oil lantern to receive the light from the International Peace Candle to take into their own home.
          Each year since 1986, a child from Upper Austria travels as a pilgrim to Bethlehem to obtain the light from the grotto where Jesus was born.  The light is then flown to Austria, where it is distributed to delegations from across Europe.  Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts then take the light into churches, hospitals, prisons, and places of public, cultural and political importance – to anybody that appreciates the significance of “the gift.”  The Peace Light, symbolic of the light of Christ, has traveled the globe to promote peace, harmony, and unity around the world, regardless of race, ethnicity, or creed. For more information about this light and its annual voyage from Bethlehem to across the world, please go to www.peacelight.org.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018


Loving and Learning in Lodi December 9 2018

            I always have BIG plans each year about r-e-a-l-l-y decorating the outside of my home with Christmas lights. I’ve even purchased strands and strands of them in the past at after Christmas sales.
          How many times have I ACTUALLY decked out my home in Christmas lights, you ask???? Ummmm…like none! I just never do it and have given away the extra lights years ago!
          I do, however, have a strand of lights wrapped around the railing to the front porch of the parsonage. One, simple, multi-colored strand that quietly dispels the darkness and lights the entrance…
          As the Advent Season continues this Sunday, we’ll light the second candle on our Advent Wreath…the Candle of Light.

                             See you Sunday!
                                                                                      Pastor Diane

Joys: 
~Larry Scott is all wet!...but for a good cause! He and his daughter, Pam, walked for the arthritis foundation in Columbus on Saturday. The walk raised over $200,000
~Bill Dunham shared a joy/concern: Elva fell at the mailbox, but she did not get hurt. Most importantly, no one in the neighborhood saw her!
~Tom Repp thanked everyone for all the cards and prayers. He is feeling better each day!
~Cindy Namerow shared that Hanukkah starts Sunday night. There is concern with what happened in Pennsylvania.
~Sylvia Anderson, also has a joy but concern: Dave is now retired.
~Missy Laughlin thanked all the people who make it possible to keep the organ and piano in such wonder ‘in tune’ shape. It is a joy for her to play the organ and piano in our church!
~The Craft/Vendor show was a huge success on Saturday! Over $1000 was raised for our Youth Work Mission Team!
Concerns: 
~Judy Foster needed a correction: her sister-in-law, Delores, has brain cancer still undergoing treatments. (not her sister, Delores.)
~Bob Heitkamp’s sister, Phyllis, healing from complications after surgery.
~Dea Shellhorn – son-in-law’s dad, John Stephens, undergoing treatment for Merkle cancer
~All the unspoken prayers among us.
~Our military personnel, near and far. 
Recovering: Garry Moore, Tom Repp, Charlie Brown, Hattie Ziegler, Lee Geissman, Patty Ramey
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Delbert Miller
Families Grieving:  The Acey Baker family, The Lois Jockisch family, The Jim Hastings family, The Susie Hall family, The Judy Yoder family, The Joni Barnes family, The Doris Formanek family, Ken Wiley family

Sunday, December 9th, 2018
Liturgist:       Bill Dunham                                            Greeter/s: Lil Tozser
Hymns:        O Come All Ye Faithful                            verses 1, 3 & 6        #234
                   Holy Ground                                         sing once                TFWS #2272
                   Jesus Is the Light
                   This Little Light of Mine

Scripture                                          Isaiah 9:2 - 7                                   New International Version
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light;
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.
Leader:    The word of God for the people of God.                            People:    Thanks be to God.

THE CHURCH IN ACTION

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

Trustees meet after worship this Sunday.

Remember to bring your 2019 Stewardship cards to worship this Sunday if you’re ready to turn them in.

Pick up a copy of our Advent Devotional at the back of the church as you leave church this Sunday!

United Methodist Women meet this Saturday at 9:30 a.m. All women of the church are invited to attend.

Next Tuesday, December 11 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, light candles in memory of our loved ones, and find a place to simply be ourselves in the struggles of the season.

Breakfast with Santa this Saturday from 9AM to noon at Lodi UMC. Proceeds are to benefit the Lodi Community Center and R.O.A.R. (Riders for Opioid Addiction Recovery). We are requesting a $5.00 cash donation the day of the breakfast. Everyone is welcome!

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 four 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. 16th. 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.’ You can mail your order or put it in Sunday’s offering plate. Poinsettias can be taken home Christmas Eve.

Christmas Eve Services on Monday, December 24th at 7:00 & 11:00 P.M.