Wednesday, February 21, 2018


Loving and Learning in Lodi 2-25-18

            The prayer Jesus prayed for this week’s sermon is a common one and one he prayed on many occasions…the simple prayer of “Thanks.”
                                                                                       See you Sunday!
                                                                                                 Pastor Diane  

Prayer request since Sunday: from Cindy Namerow – a friend of ours whose son who also graduated with Annie is in need of prayer. He is 27 yrs old. Dave has been to several Feed My Sheep meals when working at the Hastings House. Hoping for good outcome. Biopsy done & will have to go to Main Campus of the Cleveland Clinic once results of biopsy are back.

From our prayer time on Sunday, February 18th:
Anniversary: Carl and Janet Freiberg celebrating 14 years of marriage.   Carl said their secret is "Luck."
Birthdays:
~ Jim Baughman will be 54 on Wednesday and looks forward to helping Brittany with home remodeling and Adrea's wedding.
Joys:
~Hattie Ziegler was back with us today after being gone for six weeks, so she brought her "green" card to be reinstated.
~Martha Zona referred to our two "angels" who served as acolytes this morning, it is always joyful to serve the Lord!
Concerns: 
~John Kimble recovering from hip replacement surgery
~Ruth Hebble asks for prayers for her grandson Kris who is in cardiac ICU
~Rev. Diane wants us all to remember the families in Florida trying to heal after the school shooting.
~All the unspoken prayers among us and our military.
~Prayers for our Confirmation Class members/and their mentors:  Bryce Betts/Jim Baughman; Carter Betts/Kris Weir; Travis Bloom/Donny Graves and Colette Laughlin/Larry Scott
Recovering: Garry Moore, Tom & Lu Repp, Leonard Barnhart, Mac McCrary, Edee Shaw, Bill Garner
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Juanita Lockard, Delbert Miller, Rev. Doug Lewis,

Sunday, February 25th, 2018
Liturgist:       Jane Corbus                                  Greeters:   Bill and Elva Dunham
Hymns:         One Bread, One Body                     verses 1 & 2                    #620
                     Change My Heart, O God                                                      #2152 TFWS
                     Now Thank We All Our God             verses 1 – 3                    #102

Scripture                                          Luke 22:7 - 20                                 Common English Bible

          The Day of Unleavened Bread arrived, when the Passover had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John with this task: “Go and prepare for us to eat the Passover meal.”

          They said to him, “Where do you want us to prepare it?”

          Jesus replied, “When you go into the city, a man carrying a water jar will meet you. Follow him to the house he enters. Say to the owner of the house, ‘The teacher says to you, “Where is the guestroom where I can eat the Passover meal with my disciples?” ’ He will show you a large upstairs room, already furnished. Make preparations there.” They went and found everything just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover meal.

          When the time came, Jesus took his place at the table, and the apostles joined him. He said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. I tell you, I won’t eat it until it is fulfilled in God’s kingdom.” After taking a cup and giving thanks, he said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. I tell you that from now on I won’t drink from the fruit of the vine until God’s kingdom has come.” After taking the bread and giving thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, he took the cup after the meal and said, “This cup is the new covenant by my blood, which is poured out for you.

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

THE CHURCH IN ACTION


Friday, February 16, 2018

Loving and Learning in Lodi February 18 2018



            The season of Lent has begun, and we begin our journey with Jesus as we look at the prayers he and others prayed during his two final days. Sunday we’ll look at his cry from the cross to God: Why have you forsaken me? It’s hard to hear those words from Jesus in such a time of need…yet, we, too, may have had or are having times of feeling so alone, so bereft…forsaken. In such times, I find a mercy in knowing Jesus has felt that way too, walks with me and understands.                    
                                                                                       See you Sunday!
                                                                                                 Pastor Diane  

P.S. Thank you for such a wonderful celebration of my birthday on Sunday! What fun! 60 certainly ROCKS! The beautiful garden stone you gave me is on my front porch welcoming all who come to my door. I had so much fun reading your cards! Again, thanks so much…you’re the best!

From our prayer time on Sunday, February 11th:
Anniversary:
~Pat and Lee Geissman were married for 60 years on Feb. 2.  A former minister of Pat’s told her there is no such thing as a perfect marriage, after Pat shared with him that she wanted her marriage to be just like her sister’s, which was perfect.  So, Lee and Pat have spent the last 60 years loving each other, despite all of their faults.  Congratulations!
Thank yous:
~The Good Samaritans was thankful for the donation from the Christmas Giving Tree.
~Edee Shaw is so very grateful for all the prayers, visits & cards after her accident and hopes to be home, soon!
~Jeff and Melody Miller will be forever grateful for their church family’s donations after their house fire.  “We love our church family.”
Joys:
~Charlie Brown is thankful to have his bride back with him.  Peggie is glad to be out and about.  Thank you for all the prayers.
~Marta VanLoon’s mom celebrating her 95th birthday Feb. 18, Jeff & Marta will be visiting her next weekend.
~Bill Dunham wants to thank everyone for the prayers, cards and calls during this last bout with pneumonia. He is feeling much better!
Concerns: 
~Anne and Rich Serafin’s dear friend, Ken Wiley, who has cancer, has been given four months to live.  Lift him in your prayers.
~Lynn White’s sister is waiting to find out if she needs more chemo, or what is next for her.
~Chris Sparr’s twin sister is having liver tests.
~Cindy Namerow’s mom’s gall stones are giving her troubles, again.  She was in the ER this past weekend.
~Grace and Tom Harvey’s dear friend, in Florida, has been told that cancer has spread throughout her body.  They are headed down to see her.
~Bob Heitkamp found out that he will not be having leg surgery, but seeing a surgeon for the tear the doctors found in his colon.  He thanks everyone for their prayers and concerns.
~John Kimble will be getting a new hip this week. He thinks the doctors will make him as tall as Dave Anderson when it’s all done. 😊
~Judy Foster’s grandson, Josh, in Virginia, Crohn’s disease has flared up again. 
~Judy Foster & Kris Weir - remember the two officers that were killed in Westerville this weekend.
~All the unspoken prayers among us and our military service men and women and their families.  
Recovering: Garry Moore, Tom & Lu Repp, Leonard Barnhart, Mac McCrary, Edee Shaw,
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Juanita Lockard, Delbert Miller, Rev. Doug Lewis,

Sunday, February 18th, 2018
Liturgist:       Patti Graves                                 Greeters:   Ron & Faye Stewart
Hymns:        Grace Greater than Our Sin             verses 1, 2 & 4                   #365
                   Change My Heart, O God                                                      #2152
                   (A favorite of Patti Graves, Mickey Weir, & Jerri Yergin)
                   It Is Well with My Soul                   verses 1 - 4                        #377
                   (A favorite of Carragan Deeks, Karl Hankins, Missy Henderson, Melody Miller & Mary Lee Wooley)

  Scripture                            Mark 15:25 – 34                  Common English Bible

          It was nine in the morning when they crucified him. 26 The notice of the formal charge against him was written, “The king of the Jews.” They crucified two outlaws with him, one on his right and one on his left.

          People walking by insulted him, shaking their heads and saying, “Ha! So you were going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, were you? 30 Save yourself and come down from that cross!”

          In the same way, the chief priests were making fun of him among themselves, together with the legal experts. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself. Let the Christ, the king of Israel, come down from the cross. Then we’ll see and believe.” Even those who had been crucified with Jesus insulted him.

          From noon until three in the afternoon the whole earth was dark. At three, Jesus cried out with a loud shout, “Eloi, eloi, lama sabachthani,” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

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

THE CHURCH IN ACTION


This Sunday, February 18th, Spaghetti Fund Raiser Dinner for Jeff & Melody Miller. From 12:30pm to 3:30pm in Fellowship Hall. Cost: Adults $12 & Children $8.

~LENTEN STUDIES~

Easter Earthquake: How Resurrection Shakes Our World by James Harnish: In Easter Earthquake, James Harnish invites us to place Easter at the center of our Lenten journey. This study explores how Christ’s resurrection shakes some of our most basic assumptions about ourselves and God. Harnish reverses the usual focus of Lenten studies by starting at the empty tomb and seeing the entire journey in light of the resurrection. This different perspective on the passion can bring fresh energy into our lives as followers of Christ. Dee Heitkamp will lead the class on Tuesdays at 10 a.m., February 20 – April 3, 2018. Cost is $13. Sign-up Sunday in Fellowship Hall.


Prayers of the Passion Devotional and Blog with Pastor Diane. Following the preaching series on the prayers of Jesus during his last two days, we’ll have daily scripture readings and prayer time. Short devotionals will be on Pastor Diane’s blog:  www.dianebell@typepad.com  Devotionals begin Sunday, February 18th.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Loving and Learning in Lodi February 11 2018



            Jesus knew temptation. Jesus understands being tempted. Jesus knows how hard it is to resist. We read about his greatest time of testing in the wilderness in three of the gospels: Matthew 4:1 – 17; Mark 1:12 & 13; and Luke 4:1 – 13.
          We look at the phrases of the Lord’s Prayer this week that speak of temptation and evil, “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.” Jesus knew how hard it would be and gives us a prayer to help us and strengthen us.    
                            
                                                                                       See you Sunday!
                                                                                                 Pastor Diane  

Prayer requests since Sunday:
~Harry Baker will be having further tests and a possible heart catherization on Friday.

From our prayer time on Sunday, February 4th:
Birthdays:
~Chris Sparr's twin will be 71 on the 8th. :) Chris hopes for more travel and good health!
Joys:
~It was good to see Charlie Brown back in church, young at heart and back at Children's Moments!  He was told his rotator cuff is completely disconnected.  He needs complete shoulder replacement.  He has decided to opt out of that.
~Uncle Bill Garner is doing well after his hernia surgery. Thank you for all the prayers and cards     
Concerns: 
~Harry and Janet Baker's daughter, Melinda, will have total hip replacement tomorrow at St. Thomas.
~Edee Shaw is at Burbank Parke recouping with her leg.
~Mac McCrary is also at Burbank Parke.
~Cindy Namerow asked for prayers for a young man that is struggling.
~Bill Dunham had a little hiccup this past week, but hopefully has turned the corner, again.  He appreciates all the prayers and cards.  Bill is a living reminder that the Life Line Screening, that is coming to our church is a life saver.  It was 19 years ago that Life Line found Bill's heart issues!!!  Sign up soon!!!
~Donna Lance has not yet been qualified for the procedure at the Clinic. 
~Bonnie Querin will be getting an injection for her back tomorrow.
~The Lloyd Family, in Seville, lost Bobby, age 50, to cancer on Wednesday and Bobby's father, Joe, early morning Saturday.
Recovering: Garry Moore, Tom & Lu Repp, Leonard Barnhart, Mac McCrary, Edee Shaw,
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Juanita Lockard, Delbert Miller, Rev. Doug Lewis,

Sunday, February 11th, 2018
Liturgist:       Dee Heitkamp                               Greeter:  
Hymns:        Just As I Am                               verses 1, 2, 5 & 6               #357
                    Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus                                                   #349
                    Gift of Love                                 verses 1 - 3                        #408
                    Standing on the Promises              verses 1, 2 & 4                   #374

  Scripture                            Romans 12:14 - 21                         Common English Bible

          Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

          Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.  On the contrary:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

          Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good

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


THE CHURCH IN ACTION


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

Sunday, February 18th, Spaghetti Fund Raiser Dinner for Jeff & Melody Miller. From 12:30pm to 3:30pm in Fellowship Hall. Cost: Adults $12 & Children $8.

Volunteers in Mission (VIM) Mission Trip to South Dakota June 16 – 24, 2018. If you are interested in this trip that will work with the Native American community, call Pam Oberholtzer at 330-242-4056. The cost is $750.

~LENTEN STUDIES~

Easter Earthquake: How Resurrection Shakes Our World by James Harnish: In Easter Earthquake, James Harnish invites us to place Easter at the center of our Lenten journey. This study explores how Christ’s resurrection shakes some of our most basic assumptions about ourselves and God. Harnish reverses the usual focus of Lenten studies by starting at the empty tomb and seeing the entire journey in light of the resurrection. This different perspective on the passion can bring fresh energy into our lives as followers of Christ. Dee Heitkamp will lead the class on Tuesdays at 10 a.m., February 20 – April 3, 2018. Cost is $13. Sign-up Sunday in Fellowship Hall.


Prayers of the Passion Devotional and Blog with Pastor Diane. Following the preaching series on the prayers of Jesus during his last two days, we’ll have daily scripture readings and prayer time. Short devotionals will be on Pastor Diane’s blog:  www.dianebell@typepad.com  Devotionals begin Sunday, February 18th.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Loving and Learning in Lodi February 4th 2018


             “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” I struggle most when I pray this part of the Lord’s Prayer. Forgiveness is a struggle…It’s only needed when significant injury or harm has been done or trust betrayed. Miscommunication, honest mistakes, small slights are easy to let go of. Join me as we explore ways to move toward forgiveness when it’s the hardest thing to do!
                            
                                                                                       See you Sunday!
                                                                                                 Pastor Diane  

Prayer requests since Sunday:
~Kim Johnson’s mother passed away over the weekend in New York. Prayers for Kim and her daughter, Danea. ~ Edee Shaw was in a car accident and has a broken leg.
~Pat McLoda will have eyelid surgery this Friday.
From our prayer time on Sunday, January 28th:
Birthdays:
~Dottie is turning 59 and another year older than John.  She looks forward to being the best grandma she can be.  And prays for good health for her family.                                                           
~Kathy Baughman is turning 54 and will be another year older than Jim. She looks forward to becoming a mother-in-law this year.                 
Joys:
~Bob Heitkamp is thankful for all the prayers.  His surgery has been rescheduled for Feb. 13.
~Edee Shaw puts together craft packets for Burbank Place for their craft hour.  It brings her such joy to see all the beautiful crafts decorating the halls that the residents have made from the packets.                                    
Concerns: 
~Brian Bennett is recovering well from knee surgery.  Doing great—but a long road ahead!                         
~Elva Dunham gave an update on Bill.  He has new medicines for the pneumonia that he is battling.
~Edee Shaw’s son, Stephen, has been hospitalized due to a dog bite.  He had to have surgery due to the infection.
~Carl Hankins asked for continued prayers for the District Superintendent, Doug Lewis as he continues to fight cancer and recover from surgery.
~Janet Freiberg was happy to report that Baby Rhett is up to four pounds.
~Remember Jeff and Melody Miller as they continue to pick up the pieces from their house fire this past month.    ~Peggie Brown has the flu.  Charlie is recouping from his fall.
~Always remember all the unspoken prayer concerns 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, February 4th, 2018
Liturgist:       Larry Cray                                   Greeter:  Joan Anderson
Hymns:        O How I Love Jesus                      verses 1 – 3                        #170  
                    Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus                                                     #349
                    Grace Alone                                  verses 1 & 2                       #2162
                    This Is a Day of New Beginnings     verses 1 – 4                        #383

Scripture                              Matthew 18: 21 - 35                                   Common English Bible

          Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, how many times should I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Should I forgive as many as seven times?”

          Jesus said, “Not just seven times, but rather as many as seventy-seven times. Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. When he began to settle accounts, they brought to him a servant who owed him ten thousand bags of gold. Because the servant didn’t have enough to pay it back, the master ordered that he should be sold, along with his wife and children and everything he had, and that the proceeds should be used as payment. But the servant fell down, kneeled before him, and said, ‘Please, be patient with me, and I’ll pay you back.’ The master had compassion on that servant, released him, and forgave the loan.

          “When that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him one hundred coins. He grabbed him around the throat and said, ‘Pay me back what you owe me.’

          “Then his fellow servant fell down and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I’ll pay you back.’ But he refused. Instead, he threw him into prison until he paid back his debt.

          “When his fellow servants saw what happened, they were deeply offended. They came and told their master all that happened. His master called the first servant and said, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you appealed to me. Shouldn’t you also have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’ His master was furious and handed him over to the guard responsible for punishing prisoners, until he had paid the whole debt.

          “My heavenly Father will also do the same to you if you don’t forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

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


THE CHURCH IN ACTION


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

Trustee Work Day this Saturday starting at 8:30 a.m. We’ll continue working on the trim work in Fellowship Hall

~LENTEN STUDIES~

Easter Earthquake: How Resurrection Shakes Our World by James Harnish: In Easter Earthquake, James Harnish invites us to place Easter at the center of our Lenten journey. This study explores how Christ’s resurrection shakes some of our most basic assumptions about ourselves and God. Harnish reverses the usual focus of Lenten studies by starting at the empty tomb and seeing the entire journey in light of the resurrection. This different perspective on the passion can bring fresh energy into our lives as followers of Christ. Dee Heitkamp will lead the class on Tuesdays at 10 a.m., February 20 – April 3, 2018. Cost is $14. Sign-up Sunday in Fellowship Hall.


Prayers of the Passion Devotional and Blog with Pastor Diane. Following the preaching series on the prayers of Jesus during his last two days, we’ll have daily scripture readings and prayer time. Short devotionals will be on Pastor Diane’s blog:  www.dianebell@typepad.com  Devotionals begin Sunday, February 18th.