Loving and Learning in Lodi April 29 2018
Dear All, I am out of town this Sunday enjoying time in Amish country with the gift cards you so generously gave me at Christmas. Rev. Donna VanTrees will be preaching and leading worship. Below are her words to help you prepare for Sunday’s worship. Blessings, Pastor Diane
Serving in Ashtabula for 7 years, I came to love harvest time for the many vineyards there. As you drove along the country roads with your windows down, the smell of the ripening grapes was almost intoxicating. One of the life lessons I learned was that in a vineyard, the best grapes are produced closest to the central vine. Understandably, that is where the nutrients are the most concentrated. I hope you’ll join me as we explore what it means to the writer of John, and to us to be the branches of Christ.
~April 25, Ron and Faye Stewart will celebrate 53 years of happiness, sharing and having a good time!
~April 25, Katrina Morgan will be 52. She is hoping for another blessed year without the injury from last year! Thank you: Thank you for sharing the seedlings for Earth Day, Jeff VanLoon
~The Lodi Historical Society will have an open house in their new home on Harris Street beside the Masonic Lodge this afternoon.
~MaryLee Wooley shared that her sister, Joann, had to fast for some tests. While fasting, she passed out, fell and broke her nose.
~Letha Mapes asked for prayers for Pat Carpenter, her partner in crime, as Pat has testing in the hospital. ~Hattie Ziegler shared that her brother, Windy Klinect is in Hospice in Rittman. His is on his last lap in the racing field.
~Dee Shellhorn’s grandson who is 19 months old, has a broken hip.
~Dottie Kimble’s neighbor Ray, who comes to Feed My Sheep with Uncle Tom, is in Hospice. ~Garry Moore had a stroke. He and Nadine are still in Florida.
~Marge Kimble went straight into Wooster Hospital after returning from Florida last week.
Recovering: Garry Moore, Tom & Lu Repp, Leonard Barnhart, Edee Shaw, Bill Garner,
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, The Lois Jockisch family, The Jim Hastings family
Sunday, April 29th, 2018
Liturgist: Larry Cray Greeters: Bill & Elva Dunham
Hymns: To God Be the Glory verses 1 – 3 #98
Something Beautiful, Something Good #394
Grace Alone verses 1 & 2 TFWS #2162
Sent Forth by God’s Blessing verses 1 & 2 #664
Scripture John 15:1 - 8 Common English Bible
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
Leader: The word of God for the people of God. People: Thanks be to God.
THE CHURCH IN ACTION
Choir rehearses this Sunday after church. Come and join us! We won’t have a rehearsal on Wednesday, May 2nd.
Tickets for the Pulled Pork Dinner on May 5th: Jeff VanLoon will have tickets available for us, in packs of 10, to take and sell on Sunday. He’ll have them for us to purchase as well. Sign-up sheets for pie makers, dinner servers and clean-up workers will be on the bulletin board at the back of the sanctuary. Please stop by and sign up. Thank you.
Preaching Boot Camp starts next Thursday, May 3rd at 6:30 p.m. See Dottie Kimble on Sunday for the materials and Thursday’s assignment.
We’ll be hosting another Liberty Concert here on SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2018 at 7 pm. Yummy homemade ice cream, cake, drinks and great fellowship will follow the music-filled celebration! This year’s Liberty Concert will be highlighting the 100th year anniversary of the end of World War I. If you want to sing in the choir, rehearsals will last one hour and begin at 7:45 p.m. at our church. There are three Wednesday night rehearsals: May 9, May 16, and May 23. Pick up your music this Sunday at choir practice.
School My Sheep 2018 ~ August 4th
Please keep School My Sheep in your thoughts and prayers as we gear up for yet another year! At this point, the following items are needed;
Book bags in all sizes
Jeans and khakis: children’s size 5 up to adult medium (women’s 12; men’s 34)
Tennis shoes children’s sizes: size 10 children to size 7 or 8 adult
Jackets and coats
Preliminary planning meeting May 20th after church.