Thursday, March 29, 2018


Loving and Learning in Lodi April 1 2018
Happy Easter


         Life has its shadows. Jesus’ life had its shadows…the longest and darkest are remembered tonight and tomorrow night with Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services. It takes strength and courage to walk with him through these darkest of days.

        On this side of Easter, we know the darkness, shadows and death do not prevail. As African-American preacher S. M Lockridge first preached, “It’s Friday. But Sunday’s coming.”

                                                                                See you Sunday,
                                                                                Pastor Diane      


From our prayer time on Sunday, March 25th:
Anniversaries:
~Lu & Tom Repp will celebrate 29 years this Thursday.  Secret is faith, patience and love!
Birthdays we found out about after worship:
~Vic Grimm – If you want to live a long life, marry a nurse.
~Ken Wiley – He is a young 73!
Joys:
~Janet Freiberg said that baby Rhet, who we have been praying for, is now 7 pounds and is home from the hospital.
~Charlie Brown's joy is that there were lots of pies at Feed My Sheep on Thursday.
~Joy to have Brian Bennett and Edee Shaw back with us today.
~Sandy Jameyson is joyful that grandson Nathan past his driver's test and we all pray for safety for him as a new driver.
Concerns:
~Katrina Morgan asks for prayers for daughter Deanna who has had strep throat several times lately and at 34 years old is having her tonsils removed.
~Prayers always for our military and first responders
~Prayers for unspoken concerns
Recovering: Garry Moore, Tom & Lu Repp, Leonard Barnhart, Edee Shaw, Bill Garner, Kris Hebble
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Juanita Lockard, Delbert Miller, Rev. Doug Lewis,

Sunday, April 1st, 2018
Liturgist:  Patti Graves                               Greeters:   Ruth Anderson
Hymns:    Christ the Lord is risen Today                verses 1 – 4               #302
                Something Beautiful, Something Good                    #394
                He Lives!                           verses 1 - 3                #310
                        A favorite of Brittany Baughman, Mary Ann Crawford, and Elva Dunham  

       
Scripture                    John 20:19 - 29                 Common English Bible

        It was still the first day of the week. That evening, while the disciples were behind closed doors because they were afraid of the Jewish authorities, Jesus came and stood among them. He said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. When the disciples saw the Lord, they were filled with joy. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so I am sending you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; if you don’t forgive them, they aren’t forgiven.”

        Thomas, the one called Didymus, one of the Twelve, wasn’t with the disciples when Jesus came. The other disciples told him, “We’ve seen the Lord!”

        But he replied, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands, put my finger in the wounds left by the nails, and put my hand into his side, I won’t believe.”

        After eight days his disciples were again in a house and Thomas was with them. Even though the doors were locked, Jesus entered and stood among them. He said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here. Look at my hands. Put your hand into my side. No more disbelief. Believe!”

        Thomas responded to Jesus, “My Lord and my God!”

        Jesus replied, “Do you believe because you see me? Happy are those who don’t see and yet believe.”

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


THE CHURCH IN ACTION


Contact Information for Pastor Diane: Phone/Text:  719-648-9065 ~ Email:  dianebell7@msn.com ~ 118 Evergreen Dr., Lodi, OH 44254


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Loving and Learning in Lodi March 25 2018

            Palm Sunday!! How did we get here so quickly?!?

          We’ll wave our palm branches and remember Jesus riding that donkey into Jerusalem. The people were so happy to see him come to celebrate the Passover Festival in Jerusalem. And, we’ll remember how the week’s events turned and ended up with Jesus nailed to a cross and dying from those wounds.

          It takes strength and courage to walk with him again…Holy Week is one of the hardest on the calendar. But, take heart, we won’t walk alone…We’ll walk it together!
                                                                                                See you Sunday,
                                                                                                 Pastor Diane  


Prayer request since Sunday: Rev Don & Tammy Kuntz will be moving to Sandusky. Rev. Don has been appointed to Trinity UMC there starting July 2, 2018. Keep them and the churches in your prayers during this time of transitions.

From our prayer time on Sunday, March 18th:
Birthdays:
~Nickolas Bloom just turned 11.  He hopes to be able to ride his horse, soon, after it is fully trained.
~Melody Miller shared that her oldest, Jeff Jr. just turned 36.
~Missy shared that her oldest, R.J. is now 23.
Joys:
~Bob Heitkamp is doing great and thanked everyone for the prayers and cards.  He thanked Rev. Diane for her visits. The prayer shawl means so much - to be wrapped in all of our prayers is so comforting.
~Congratulations to Colin Laughlin - he has a 4.0 at the Medina County Career Center! (Colette is .1 away from a 4pt.- and it is driving her crazy!)
~Ruth Anderson’s niece, Betsy, is here from Annadale, Virginia for the weekend.
Concerns:
~Al & Martha Zona’s son will be having cataract surgery and very extensive eye surgery this week.
~Pat Geissman meet a lady at Feed Medina County, named Pat, who asked for prayers.
~Sam Shellhorn will be having a procedure to help with his pain.
~Rob, Travis & Nick Bloom’s cat fell through the ice on their pond and drown.
~Garry Moore’s eye surgery went well this past week.  Goes back on Friday for a recheck and to have the stitches removed.
~for Bishop Tracey Malone’s family with the death of her father-in-law, Moses Malone.
~Remember all the unspoken prayers among us.
~Always remember our military personnel and their families.
Recovering: Garry Moore, Tom & Lu Repp, Leonard Barnhart, Edee Shaw, Bill Garner, Chris Hebble
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Juanita Lockard, Delbert Miller, Rev. Doug Lewis,
  
Sunday, March 25th, 2018
Liturgist:     Bill Dunham                                 Greeters:   Ron & Faye Stewart
Hymns:       Hosanna, Loud Hosanna                verses 1 – 3              #278
                   Change My Heart, O God                                              #2152 TFWS
                   Spirit Song                                    verses 1 & 2             #347
                  
Scripture                              Luke 23:18 – 26 & 32 - 34                        New Revised Standard Version

          Then they all shouted out together, “Away with this fellow! Release Barabbas for us!” (This was a man who had been put in prison for an insurrection that had taken place in the city, and for murder.) Pilate, wanting to release Jesus, addressed them again; but they kept shouting, “Crucify, crucify him!” A third time he said to them, “Why, what evil has he done? I have found in him no ground for the sentence of death; I will therefore have him flogged and then release him.” But they kept urgently demanding with loud shouts that he should be crucified; and their voices prevailed. So Pilate gave his verdict that their demand should be granted. He released the man they asked for, the one who had been put in prison for insurrection and murder, and he handed Jesus over as they wished.

          As they led him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and they laid the cross on him, and made him carry it behind Jesus.

          Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots to divide his clothing.

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


THE CHURCH IN ACTION



Feed My Sheep is this Thursday from 5-7pm. Please bring desserts and/or come and help serve and clean up. Thank you!

Posted from Bradenton Florida

Thursday, March 15, 2018


Loving and Learning in Lodi March 18 2018

            Prayer is a mystery to me!

          When I pray and ask for something, sometimes it happens as I want it to and sometimes it doesn’t. Then, sometimes, before I even recognize I have a need and ask God for it, the need is met!! I didn’t have time to even ask!! Truly, a mystery!!

          The prayer we’ll look at this week is Jesus’ prayer for Peter. Come and see what happens!

                                                                                      Still praying whether I ‘get’ it or not!
                                                                                                 Pastor Diane  

Prayer request since Sunday: For Bishop Tracey Malone’s family with the death of her father-in-law, Moses Malone. Services will be this Saturday in Alabama.

From our prayer time on Sunday, March 11th:
Birthdays:
~Neal McLoda turns 39 😉 on March 12.  He needs to put more miles on the motorcycle!
~Janet Baker turned 39 😉! She wants to make less trips to the ER this coming year!  Her daughter, Melinda has a birthday on March 24.  Their family has a lot of March birthdays!
~Larry and Connie Cray’s son was 49 on March 7.
Joys:
~Neal and Pat Mc Loda’s granddaughter in Arkansas is expecting again.  This will be their second great-grandchild.
~Thank you from the Police Advisory Board and Lodi’s Police Chief:  Thank you for installing the ceiling at the police station. Donny, Dave, Kris, and Colin – a donation was made to the church and the youth for their help.
~Al Zona made a wooden stool for Rev. Diane’s monitor.
~Larry’s older brother, Chuck and his wife Pat, are visiting from Tennessee.  Larry is what he is because of his older brother. Chuck added that Larry fibbed about the weather here in Ohio.  But, Chuck can see, with all these people supposedly turning “39”, Larry gets the fibbing honestly!
~Charlie Brown is happy that our President will be talking with the President of North Korea.
~Katrina was happy to share that her dad, Bob Heitkamp is home, two days early!  Yeah!!!!
~Janet Baker shared that Harry will be having hernia surgery on Monday. (The surgery went well.)
~Grace Harvey said a cleaning lady on the cruise was singing one day, and it sounded heaven sent!
~Karl and Janet Frieberg’s 9 year old grandson, Zachariah is with them this morning.
Concerns:
~Yergins asked for prayers for a young relative that is very ill.
~Cindy Namerow’s neighbor’s wife passed away.
~Melody Miller shared that Carol Toth has ovarian and lung cancer. Also, Kelly Cavallaro has colon cancer.
~Mac McCrary is now at 607 Burbank Parke, permanently.
~Edee Shaw is now home and receiving therapy there.
~Tom Repp will be having two iron infusions and a cortisone shot for his hip.
~Rev. Diane’s daughter, Amanda, is coming along nicely.  She is working at Quik Fix in Medina and loves it.  She is in a program through Summa and doing well.
~All the unspoken prayers among us.
~Our military men and women and their families.
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, March 18th, 2018
Liturgist:      Jeff Van Loon                               Greeters:   Al & Martha Zona
Hymns:        There’s Within My Heart a Melody    verses   1 – 4           #380 
                    Change My Heart, O God                                              #2152 TFWS
                    What a Friend We Have in Jesus      verses 1 & 2             #526
                       A favorite of Pat Geissman and Martha Zona
                    Here I Am, Lord                             verses 1 - 3              #593
                       A favorite of Judy Foster, Neal McLoda, Bonnie Querin, Dawn Rice & Chris Sparr


Scripture                                          Luke 22:24-34                                             Common English Bible

             An argument broke out among the disciples over which one of them should be regarded as the greatest.

          But Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles rule over their subjects, and those in authority over them are called ‘friends of the people.’ But that’s not the way it will be with you. Instead, the greatest among you must become like a person of lower status and the leader like a servant. So which one is greater, the one who is seated at the table or the one who serves at the table? Isn’t it the one who is seated at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.

          “You are the ones who have continued with me in my trials. And I confer royal power on you just as my Father granted royal power to me. Thus you will eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and you will sit on thrones overseeing the twelve tribes of Israel.

          “Simon, Simon, look! Satan has asserted the right to sift you all like wheat. However, I have prayed for you that your faith won’t fail. When you have returned, strengthen your brothers and sisters.” Peter responded, “Lord, I’m ready to go with you, both to prison and to death!” Jesus replied, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster won’t crow today before you have denied three times that you know me.”

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



THE CHURCH IN ACTION


Feed My Sheep is next Thursday, March 22nd  from 5-7pm. Volunteers are needed to help serve and clean up. If you can provide a dessert, that is appreciated, too! Thank you!

This Sunday is the last Sunday to order Tulips or daffodils for Easter. Complete the form attached to this email, designate what kind of flower you want and if the flower is “In Memory of” or “In Honor of” those special people in your life.  Place order form in the offering, give to Dottie or mail to PO Box 3, Lodi, OH  44254 by Sunday, March 18th.  Flowers can be taken home after Easter worship. Donation cost is $10 each. Proceeds will go to the Choir.

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER SERVICES

Maundy Thursday Worship
Worship & Communion
Thursday, March 29, 2018
7:00 p.m.

Good Friday Tenebrae
Scriptures, Reflections & Songs
Friday, March 30, 2018
7:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday Worship & Communion
9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
10:00 a.m. Traditional Worship Service
11:00 Fellowship Time
(No first Sunday potluck in April.)

Thursday, March 8, 2018


Loving and Learning in Lodi March 11 2018


             We hear another prayer from Jesus this week, “Father, into your hands I entrust my life.” He is dying and affirms his confidence that God is with him and is holding onto him even as death approaches. That confidence convinced the Roman centurion, who was standing guard, that Jesus was a righteous person and not a criminal.

          When I ‘hear’ Jesus speak those words in scripture, I feel a peace settle over me. A peace from knowing that his suffering is over, and he is in God’s loving hands. See you Sunday!
                                                                                                 Pastor Diane  

P.S. Remember to set your clocks ahead this Sunday…

From our prayer time on Sunday, March 4th:
Birthdays:
~Kris Weir is turning 62!  He just wants to continue to enjoy every day!
~Rob Bloom will be 51!  Well, actually, according Rob, he is 1 as he is starting over.
Joys:
~Ken, a friend of Rich and Anne Serafin’s, is with us this morning. Ken’s cancer has returned - he needs our prayers.  (Rich is here, as well, so watch the crack in the ceiling.)
~Cindy Namerow, Rev. Diane and Rev. Donna had the privilege of hearing our Bishop speak at Conference Saturday.  Rev. Doug Lewis was able to attend! Continued prayers for him as he battles his cancer.
~Boyd and Donna Lance would like to thank everyone for their prayers, cards and calls as they have been under the weather for quite some time!  It’s good to be back home at our church!
~Jim Baughman thanked Bryce Betts for all his help with smoking the chicken that he brought in as a trial run for the BBQ dinner this spring. Give him your feedback, please.
~Missy Laughlin thanked everyone for all the cards and prayers! It is feels so good to her to be back home at the organ - it feels right!  I love my church family!
~MaryAnne Crawford is thrilled that her 58 year old son joined a UMC in Chicago!
Concerns:
~Bob Heitkamp will have surgery on Wednesday.  Pray for him!    Bob’s surgery went well.
~Ruth Hebble’s grandson who is having problems with his heart.
~Kathleen Hastings – her 16 year-old grandson, Tommy Smithberger, who was in an ATV accident and is paralyzed from the shoulder blades down.
~Harry & Janet Baker with continued health concerns
~All the unspoken prayers among us.
~Our military men and women and their families.
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, March 11th, 2018
Liturgist:     Pat McLoda                                  Greeters:   Larry & Connie Cray
                   Change My Heart, O God                                               #2152 TFWS
                   He Leadeth Me, O Blessed Thought  verses 1 – 4             #128
                             A favorite of Julie Yergin

Scripture                                          Luke 23:44 - 49                                           Common English Bible

          It was now about noon, and darkness covered the whole earth until about three o’clock, while the sun stopped shining. Then the curtain in the sanctuary tore down the middle. Crying out in a loud voice, Jesus said, “Father, into your hands I entrust my life.” After he said this, he breathed for the last time.

          When the centurion saw what happened, he praised God, saying, “It’s really true: this man was righteous.”  All the crowds who had come together to see this event returned to their homes beating their chests after seeing what had happened. And everyone who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance observing these things.

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

THE CHURCH IN ACTION


Larry Scott will be taking pictures again for our Church Directory. Plan on coming early or staying a bit after worship so we can add your picture to the directory. Thanks!

Tulips and daffodils will be our Easter Flowers this year. Complete the form attached to this email, designate what kind of flower you want and if the flower is “In Memory of…” or “In Honor of…” those special people in your life.  Place the order form in the offering, give to Dottie or mail to PO Box 3, Lodi, OH  44254 by Sunday, March 18th.  Flowers can be taken home after Easter worship. Donation cost is $10 each. Proceeds will go to the Choir.

You can follow the Lenten Sermon Series with Pastor Diane’s daily devotions at her blog: www.dianebell@typepad.com


HOLY WEEK AND EASTER SERVICES

Maundy Thursday Worship
Worship & Communion
Thursday, March 29, 2018
7:00 p.m.

Good Friday Tenebrae
Scriptures, Reflections & Songs
Friday, March 30, 2018
7:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday Worship & Communion
Traditional Worship Service - 10:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
11:00 Fellowship Time
(No first Sunday potluck in April.)