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!
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.
~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.
~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,
Families Grieving: The Max Yergin family, The Marge Lance Burton family, The Irene Warner family, The Donna Grimm Family, The Max Longsdorf family, The Jean Parker family, The Acey Baker family
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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
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
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.
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