Thursday, January 25, 2018

Loving and Learning in Lodi January 28 2018

            God cares about us…all 7,600,000,000 of us on this planet!!! I don’t know how God does it, but Jesus tells us that God does. Learning to believe and trust our caring God can be a challenge at times. Sunday we’ll ponder some of Jesus’ words about growing that belief and trust in a God who cares.
         
                                                          See you Sunday!
                                                                    Pastor Diane  

Prayer requests since Sunday: Lois Jockish passed away on Tuesday. Prayers for her family. We will remember her and celebrate her life this Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the church with a light lunch following.

From our prayer time on Sunday, January 21st:
~Sylvia Anderson told us that Danielle will be 24 on Thursday, Jan. 25th and is looking forwarding to graduation in December from Youngstown State University with a degree in criminal justice.
Joys:
~Janet Freiberg said it is a joy that Dottie has her first grandson, Gabe Andrew, born Wednesday.  Rev. Diane said there is also a concern that he has lost more weight than the doctors would like so he is being watched.  Prayers for healing.
~Janet Baker thanked everyone for their prayers and cards while she and Harry were recovering from the flu bug.
~Larry Scott thanked Denny Ensign for doing what we are supposed to by inviting his neighbor Edee Shaw to our church.
Concerns:
~Bill Dunham who is recovering from pneumonia.
~Peggy Brown asked for prayers for Police Chief, Keith Keough’s, family as his brother passed away.  She also asked for prayers for Charlie because he fell, again, has no broken bones, but has to see an orthopedic doctor.
~Karl Hankins asked for continued prayers for our District Superintendent Rev. Doug Lewis.
~Rev. Diane and all of us our happy to have Missy Laughlin with us after her hospitalization for a kidney stone earlies this week.
~Missy Henderson told his that Ed Ramey has had addition minor surgery and needs prayers.
~Pat Geissman's granddaughter Jennie who lives in New York was very ill with what turned out to be a virus.
~Elva Dunham asked for continued prayers for Donna Lance.  She was at the Cleveland Clinic Friday and the physicians believe she is a good candidate for a mitral value procedure that would improve her quality of life.
~Cindy Namerow asked for prayers for cancer patients and our military families.
~Rev. Diane reminded us to keep Jeff and Melody Miller in our prayers after their house fire this week.
~Rev. Diane heard from Donna Jackson that Lois Jockisch has been placed in Hospice care.
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, January 28th, 2018
Liturgist:      Colette Laughlin                           Greeters: Leo & Chris Sparr
Hymns:        For the Beauty of the Earth             verses 1, 2, 4 & 6               #92
                    Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus                                                     #349
                    Leaning on the Everlasting Arms      verses 1 & 3                      #133

Scripture                              Matthew 6:25 - 34                                      Common English Bible
         
          “Therefore, I say to you, don’t worry about your life, what you’ll eat or what you’ll drink, or about your body, what you’ll wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds in the sky. They don’t sow seed or harvest grain or gather crops into barns. Yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than they are?

          Who among you by worrying can add a single moment to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? Notice how the lilies in the field grow. They don’t wear themselves out with work, and they don’t spin cloth. But I say to you that even Solomon in all of his splendor wasn’t dressed like one of these. If God dresses grass in the field so beautifully, even though it’s alive today and tomorrow it’s thrown into the furnace, won’t God do much more for you, you people of weak faith?

          Therefore, don’t worry and say, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ Gentiles long for all these things. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  Instead, desire first and foremost God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, stop worrying about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.       

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


THE CHURCH IN ACTION



Firelands District Devotional for Lent: Pastor Timothy McCullum is putting together a Lenten Devotional for our Firelands District. If you would like to submit a devotional you may send him yours by January 31st at pastor@fitchvilleumc.org. The theme is “Walking with Jesus".  Your devotional may be your reflections about a powerful moment of grace in your life, telling about a guiding scripture verse, or even a prayer that touches you deeply as you walk with Jesus. Submissions should be roughly 250 words.

Trustee Completed Project List 2017

          This list is an attempt to let us know about the projects and the costs of maintaining the church building and parsonage by the Trustees. We all make these projects get done with our faithful giving and volunteering. Anytime an attempt to list the work is done, some items and volunteering is overlooked. Our apologies in advance for anything left out. As you can see, 2017 was a busy year!!

Projects around the church that our giving paid for:
  • $1000  Two trees removed at church
  • $1313  Kitchen ceiling repair, light fixtures, & switches
              ($782 in 2016 Budget & $531 in 2017 Budget)
  • $599    Purchased new freezer in Fellowship Hall
  • $1040  Maintain and tune Sanctuary Organ                    
  • $$841  Inspect and Maintain Boiler system and AC units
  • $1304  Inspect, maintain, and repair elevator
  • $250    New appraisal on stained glass windows for Insurance
              (Windows appraised value $250,000)
  • $1100  Replaced carpet east side of sanctuary
  • $770   Repaired sanctuary projector
  • $497   Repaired parsonage furnace
  • $135   Piano tuned and evaluated
  • $363   Fire Extinguishers charged
  • $100   Snow Removal

    Items donated to the church:
  • Glass cover on our sign by entrance door
  • Railing & its installation from upper to lower parking lot    
  • Two ‘no parking during non-church hours’ signs
  • Gutter Guard for gutters at parsonage
  • Mulch at parsonage
  • Land fill fees
  • Pesticide spray for church property & parsonage
  • Attic light
  • Kitchen fan
  • Kindling for parsonage
  • Paint for parking lot re-striping
  • Landscaping flowers
  • Paper towels, storage bags, paper towels, hand soap, etc.
  • Other items that we just donated, and nobody knows about!

    Gift of Volunteers’ Skills and Time:
  • Updated information on the sign at entrance
  • Time spent hunting for the key to that sign ‘case’!!
  • Two trees on church property split for firewood
  • Removed carpet on the side of the sanctuary in preparation for new carpet installation
  • Removed tree at parsonage and split for firewood
  • Notified the town of the broken light post in parking lot    
  • Removed excess old, metal shelving from 3rd floor to create Trustee storage
  • Mowed and landscaped the church yard
  • Cleaned the gutters at the parsonage
  • Installed gutter guard at parsonage
  • Repaired parsonage lawn mower
  • Delivered the new freezer and removed the old one from fellowship hall
  • Repaired closet door and reinstalled smoke detector in parsonage
  • Put up and took down the extra staging in the sanctuary for the Liberty Concert
  • Installed and uninstalled air conditioners at parsonage
  • Sprayed and maintained hillside adjacent to Bonnie Querin’s
  • Sprayed weeds at parsonage
  • Installed kitchen fan and new switches in church
  • Installed new light fixture in stairs by men’s restroom
  • Carpet cleaned in Fellowship Hall
  • Re-striped parking lot
  • Took out the screens and put the storm windows back in on the doors at parsonage
  • Worked on sound system to improve sound and audio visuals
  • Moved bookshelves out of Pastor’s office to 3rd-floor music room
  • Moved bookshelves donated from Yergin family’s home to Pastor’s office
  • Sorted and cleaned out our various rooms and closets
  • Shoveled snow and salted sidewalks
  • Decorated and Un-decorated for Christmas
  • Every time a business is hired to do something at the church, a Trustee is present to explain and address questions

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Loving and Learning in Lodi January 21 2018



            As we dive into the Lord’s Prayer during this church season of Epiphany, we focus on ‘Thy kingdom come…Thy will be done…on earth as it is in heaven’ this Sunday. As a follower of Christ, I want to live my life in ways that bring God’s kingdom ways into the world. When I make decisions, sometimes it’s clear what to do or say that will reflect God’s kingdom. Other times, it’s not so clear. Sunday, we’ll explore what God’s kingdom is and how to live in its ways.                                            
                                                          See you Sunday!
                                                                    Pastor Diane  


Since our prayer time on Sunday: 
Concern:  Missy Laughlin, our organist, was in the hospital and had a kidney stone removed. She is home.
Blessing: Juanita Lockard has completed her round of radiation treatments.

From our prayer time on Sunday, January 14th:
Birthdays:
~Marta VanLoon turned 66 and is happy she made another year without knee replacement!
~Leo Sparr will be 78 & is hoping for better health.  He wants to get back to playing golf shooting his age 😊
~Joyce Lorrah is “29” 😊.  She is looking forward to health and happiness for everyone in the new year.
~Adrea Baughman will be 24 and is SOOOOO excited for her August wedding!
Joys:
~Ruth Hebble thanked all the 2017 greeters and reminded us that the 2018 calendar is hanging on the bulletin board.  Sign up to be a greeter!
~Mr. Miles (Rev. Diane’s dog) is doing so much better!  No seize ups in his back this past week.  Yeah!
~Larry Scott wanted to applaud the “Batman Super Hero” that removed the bat from choir practice.
~Dawn Rice wanted to thank everyone for all the good wishes for her and Brian’s new granddaughter.  They must be doing a great job at being grandparents, because, Tammi, is expecting this summer.  She retired from the rec center on the weekends to become a fulltime weekend grandmother!
Concerns:
~Edee Shaw has been referred to a specialist and maybe looking at hip surgery.
~Bob Heitkamp will be having outpatient surgery on Tuesday.
~Jamie Ritchie asked for prayers for a friend who had gone sled riding, hit a tree and received a broken leg.
~Pat Geissman’s friend, Linda has had pain in her stomach for several years.  She has seen over 16 doctors with no answers.  She needs our prayers.
~Cindy Namerow’s son-in-law, Brad, was in the military field when a generator blew up.  A friend of his was burnt in the accident.
~Flu season – so many have it and just cannot kick it!
~Remember all the unspoken prayers and our military service men and women.
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, January 21, 2018
Liturgist:       Larry Scott                                   Greeter:  Bill & Elva Dunham
Hymns:      Love Divine, All Loves Excelling       verses 1 – 3                      #384
                  Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus                                                   #349
                   Sent Out in Jesus’ Name               sing twice                          #2184



Scripture                                          Matthew 22:34 - 40                       New Revised Standard Version

          When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

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


THE CHURCH IN ACTION


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.

United Methodist Women meet this Saturday, January 20th at 9:30am. All women of the church are welcome!

We are in need of cookies, brownies and sweet treats for Feed My Sheep, Thursday, January 25.  Always keep this wonderful mission in your prayers.


Firelands District Devotional for Lent: Pastor Timothy McCullum is putting together a Lenten Devotional for our Firelands District. If you would like to submit a devotional you may send him yours by January 31st at pastor@fitchvilleumc.org. The theme is “Walking with Jesus".  Your devotional may be your reflections about a powerful moment of grace in your life, telling about a guiding scripture verse, or even a prayer that touches you deeply as you walk with Jesus. Submissions should be roughly 250 words.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Loving and Learning in Lodi January 14 2018



            In our membership promises to each other, we promise first to be faithful with ‘our prayers.’ Prayer is the foundation upon which our life in Christ is built. As we begin 2018, we will look at the prayer we pray together every week…the Lord’s Prayer. For the next five weeks we’ll immerse ourselves in it, taking a bit of it each week. May the words of that incredible prayer sink deeply into our hearts and lives in the weeks ahead.
                                               
                                                          See you Sunday!
                                                                    Pastor Diane  

From our prayer time on Sunday, January 7th:
Birthdays:
~Charlie Brown is 77!  He wants to continue with good health and to take care of Peggie.
Joys:
~The Youth helped the Good Samaritans by sorting food at the pantry.
~Elva Dunham shared:  two years ago, today, Bill was diagnosed with leukemia.  He was at the doctor last week and his numbers are stable and they are so very grateful.
~Karl and Rev. Donna are thrilled to have a new great-grandson, Theo. He was born on Jan. 1 in Tennessee.
Concerns:
~Janet and Harry Baker have been battling the flu and strep.  It has been a slow go of things.
~Martha Zona asked for prayers for Karl Haglen, a friend from Ruritans, as he lost his son, Aaron this past week.
~Jane Corbus’ friend, Bill, and Donna Lance are under the weather.  Rev. Diane reminded us to check on our friends where there are empty spaces in the pews.
~Mac McCrary is in Medina Hospital with the flu.
~Vic Grimm is at home.  He had lung issues and was in Medina Hospital.
~Sandy Jameyson – grandson, Nathan Szymczak, has a finger injury
~Rob Laughlin – cousin, Jim Kramer has a very bad staff infection that has attacked his nervous system. He will need surgery on nerves in his neck to drain infection and then, physical therapy
~Diane Eaton asked for prayers for Grandma House’s family as her daughter, Kim passed away.
~Rev. Diane's dog, Miles, has had some back issues.  It's been a rough week.
~Always remember all the unspoken prayers and our military service people and their families.
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, January 14, 2018
Liturgist:     Katrina Morgan                             Greeter:  Ron & Faye Stewart
Hymns:       Great Is Thy Faithfulness                verses 1 – 3                     #140
                   I Need Thee Every Hour                 verses 1, 4 & 5                  #397
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Scripture                                          Matthew 6:5 - 13                New Revised Standard Version

          “And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
         
          “When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

          “Pray then in this way:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one.

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


THE CHURCH IN ACTION


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.

DATE CHANGE!!! -- United Methodist Women meet next Saturday, January 20th  at 9:30am. All women of the church are welcome!

Trustee Work Day – Saturday, January 13th. 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.

We’ll receive new members on Sunday, January 21st. Let Pastor Diane know if you are interested in joining or have questions.


Firelands District Devotional for Lent: Pastor Timothy McCullum is putting together a Lenten Devotional for our Firelands District. If you would like to submit a devotional you may send him yours by January 31st at pastor@fitchvilleumc.org. The theme is “Walking with Jesus".  Your devotional may be your reflections about a powerful moment of grace in your life, telling about a guiding scripture verse, or even a prayer that touches you deeply as you walk with Jesus. Submissions should be roughly 250 words.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Loving and Learning in Lodi December 31 2017


           I’ve always loved the Wise Men…the Magi. In the Christmas pageants, on the Christmas Cards and in the Christmas Creches they always added the sparkles of gold, precious gems in their crowns, and flashy boxes for their gifts to the Christ child.        On Sunday, we will travel with them to pay honor to one who’s birth star they followed.
                                                See you then!
                                                      Pastor Diane      

From our prayer time on Sunday, December 31st:
Joys:
~Rev. Diane had such a good time with her family! So much fun that she needed to come home to get a vacation!
~Joe D’Avello is back in worship! He was so grateful for the thoughts, prayers and the prayer shawl. He has prayed over a lot of prayer shawls, but never dreamed he would be wrapped in one.  He could feel the prayers.
~Rev. Donna was so thankful for the Advent devotional booklet!  Praise God for all the insightful stories that were shared by everyone in the congregation.
~Carragan Deeks and Becky Laughlin are getting a lot done on the Mexico Missions trip! One building is almost complete.
~Larry was pondering and asked Rev. Donna to share her story about her dulcimer. A loving and giving congregation that she pastored gave her the hammered dulcimer as a gift.
Concerns:
~For the safe return of the Mexico Mission Team.
~Cindy Namerow requested prayers for those with cancer diagnoses and for the first responders heading in to the new, frigid, year.
~Rob Laughlin’s cousin, Jim, had cancer, was cleared and then, woke up one morning and could not move his legs.  The doctors cannot figure out what is wrong.
~Karl Hankin’s daughter is in Buttif, India, on a mission trip.
~Joyce Lorrah’s niece’s husband took his own life.
~Always remember all the unspoken prayers that others have.
~Remember our service men and women. 
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,


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To our remarkable Church Family,

          When Rev Diane first suggested Larry and I ask people to sign up to do a devotional for Advent, Larry smiled and nodded calmly. So, I did the same. Inside however I had my doubts. Would we actually be able to persuade so many people to do such a thing? Oh, me of little faith!
          Of course, you would. (Although I did have to chase, pester and hound one gentleman who shall remain nameless all the way from Miller's meat counter to the front door before I could get a yes.) And what an inspiring and tender devotional resulted. Upper Room, look to your laurels.
          Day after day, from Hope to Love to Joy through Peace, Lodi UMC shared the realities of living out our faith with one another in moving and remarkable ways. At our house Bob and I looked forward to each day's writing and were unfailingly uplifted and inspired. Thank you for being Who you are Lodi UMC: The living, loving, praising, sharing church of Jesus Christ.

"By this everyone will know you are my disciples, when they see how you love one another." John 13:35


Deanne Heitkamp and Larry Scott