Thursday, May 31, 2018

Loving and Learning in Lodi June 3 2018

        We are in the church season of Pentecost, a time when we remember the powerful coming of the Holy Spirit into the lives of the early followers of Jesus. They were never the same again. The Spirit sustained them and empowered them to boldly share the good news of Jesus.
        This summer we’ll focus on the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Galatians, wrote about the character qualities that the Holy Spirit grows in our lives. He called them the ‘fruit’ of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

                                                                        See you Sunday,
                                                                                Pastor Diane      


Prayer concerns since our prayer time on Sunday:
~from Kathleen Hastings – prayers for grandson, Tommy Smithberger, who is back in the hospital and prayers for her niece, Marcia, (who grew up with her and is like a sister) who has pancreatic cancer.
~from Pastor Diane – prayers for my family. My sister, Sharon’s, condition worsened, and she died this morning.

~Betty Baughman – 1715 Mechanicsburg Rd., Wooster, OH 44691
~Edee Shaw’s relative
Joys:
~Our graduates: Harry & Janet Baker – grandson, Grant. Clay Vaughan – brother, Tristan. Grace Harvey – TJ. Larry & Irene Scott – grandson, Henry.
~Those who are back: Garry & Nadine Moore, Bob Lorrah, Rev. Donna VanTrees, Weir crew, Anderson crew
~Tom Repp – Thankful for all our veterans.
Concerns:
~Susie Hall passed away peacefully over the weekend. Prayers for her family.
~Larry Scott – outpatient surgery at the SW Urology Center on Tuesday. He’s been fighting an infection.
~Delbert Miller – kidney problem. Prayers for antibiotics to work.
~Cindy Namerow – Lil Tozser whose basement flooded and her recovery from carpal tunnel and trigger finger surgery.
~Anne Serafin – Barb Shellhorn who will have surgery June 19th to repair the aneurysm in her brain.
~Bob Heitkamp – Surgery in Medina on Tuesday.
~Boyd Lance as he recovers from an infection.
~Donna Lance as she continues to recover from heart valve surgery.
~All the unspoken.  And always remember our military families.
Recovering: Garry Moore, Tom Repp, Rev. Donna VanTrees
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Delbert Miller


Sunday, June 3rd, 2018
Liturgist:  Jeff Van Loon                                          Greeters:  Joan Anderson
Hymns:    Holy, Holy, Holy                          verses 1 – 4              #64
                                A favorite of Dottie Kimble, Leo Sparr and Clay Vaughan
                Where the Spirit of the Lord Is                                      TFWS #2119
                Sweet, Sweet Spirit                             singe once         #334
                Come, Thou Almighty King                   verses 1 – 4               #61 

               

Scripture                             Galatians 5:22 – 26                    Common English Bible

        But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against things like this. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the self with its passions and its desires.

        If we live by the Spirit, let’s follow the Spirit. Let’s not become arrogant, make each other angry, or be jealous of each other.

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



THE CHURCH IN ACTION


School My Sheep ~ Kickoff meeting this Sunday after church. We’ll get our food and meet at a table together. All are welcome. We need your input and ideas. The event is 2 months away which sounds like a long time but isn’t. Here’s what we’re collecting at this time:
        Jeans, Khaki’s, shorts, coats, jackets, and tennis shoes.
        College lined paper, 2 pocket-pronged folders, 1” binders,
        soft pencil pouches, mouse sets to use with keyboards,
        and  over-the-ear headphones  
      Dollar tree is selling binders for $1.00 and a pack of 4 folders for $1.00. We have websites for the headphones and mouse sets.


Matthew 25 Coalition Rummage Sale on June 15 & 16 at 118 Center St., Seville, OH.  Drop off donations for the Yard Sale from June 11-14 from 4 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Items to donate: Collectibles, Perennials, Vintage Dishes, Glassware, Casserole Dishes, Garden Tools, Handbags, Costume Jewelry, Games, Toys, Bikes, Books, Small Appliances, Camping Gear, Sports Memorabilia, and Power Tools. ***Please price your items for them. Please don’t donate adult clothing or large items.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Loving and Learning in Lodi May 27 2018

“God has made everything beautiful in its time.”
--Ecclesiastes 3:11

                                                See you this Sunday when we’ll have a beautiful time together!
                                                                                        Pastor Diane      


Joys:
~”Angel” the puppy found a home!
~Charlie Brown thanked everyone for their cards and prayers!
~Thank you for your prayers for Kris and Sue Weir and Sue's dad, Duane, with the death of niece, Mandy. Since the paper came out with the calling hours and service times, it is now a private, family time. So, please continue with your prayers and cards to the family.
 ~Donna Lance is home and recovering well.
Concerns:
~Rev. Diane’s sister, Sharon, is slowly improving, but still sedated after the stroke. Amanda and Rev. Diane drove over on Friday to see her and be with family.
~Rev. Donna continues to heal...but it will take time for the infection to clear up fully...keep the prayers coming!
~All the 2018 graduates!
~Joe Lewis has meningitis in his brain and is in the hospital in Akron.
~The tragedy at the Texas school shooting and the New Jersey school bus accident.
~All the unspoken.  And always remember our military families.
Recovering: Garry Moore, Tom Repp, Rev. Donna VanTrees
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Delbert Miller


Sunday, May 27th, 2018
Liturgist:  Judy Foster                                    Greeters:  Al & Martha Zona
Hymns:    O God, Our Help in Ages Past                       verses 1 – 6               #117
                Where the Spirit of the Lord Is                                      TFWS #2119
                In His Time                                verses 1 & 2              TFWS #2203
                Let There Be Peace on Earth                 sing twice         #431
                       

Scripture                             Ecclesiastes 3:1 - 14          New International Version

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

        What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.

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



THE CHURCH IN ACTION

Liberty Concert, this SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2018 at 7 pm.  Yummy homemade ice cream, cake, drinks and great fellowship will follow the music-filled celebration!  If you want to help with refreshments or decorating, contact Anne Serafin at 330-807-6996.

Feed My Sheep is today, May 24th, from 5-7pm. Volunteers are needed to help serve and clean up. If you can provide pies, that is appreciated, too! Thank you!

Matthew 25 Coalition Rummage Sale on June 15 & 16 at 118 Center St., Seville, OH.  Drop off donations for the Yard Sale from June 11-14 from 4 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Items to donate: Collectibles, Perennials, Vintage Dishes, Glassware, Casserole Dishes, Garden Tools, Handbags, Costume Jewelry, Games, Toys, Bikes, Books, Small Appliances, Camping Gear, Sports Memorabilia, and Power Tools. ***Please price your items for them. Please don’t donate adult clothing or large items.
        The Matthew 25 Coalition was founded in 2003 to provide participating churches a more effi­cient means of assisting area households with emergency needs such as rent, utilities, gasoline, medical supplies, and prescriptions. The Coalition also coordinates with and provides information about other local service providers. Rev. David Howell, Rev. Don Kuntz and Rev. Diane all serve/d on the Board of Directors.

School My Sheep August 4th items we can provide:
         Elementary:  Large over-the ear headphones, Tennis Shoes, Small-medium book-bags
         Middle School: Soft pencil pouches (no boxes please), mouse sets to connect to school tablets
                and keyboards, medium to large book-bags
         High School:  College ruled paper,  #2 pencils, 1" Binders all colors,  3-ring folders with pockets,
                all colors, Large book-bags
        Katrina found two websites for headphones, bookbags, and mouse sets.

        handinhandbags.com  schoolspecialty.com (Kensington mouse-in-a-box 8.64)

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Loving and Learning in Lodi May 20 2018

            Wonderful things happen this Sunday! As always, we’ll celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. We’ll remember and celebrate the powerful beginnings of the church on Pentecost…we change our altar color from white (Easter Season) to red. We’ll receive our Confirmands (Bryce Betts, Carter Betts, Travis Bloom and Colette Laughlin) into membership in the church and party with them afterwards!!! And, we’ll remember our own promises to serve Christ through the ministries of Lodi United Methodist Church.
                                                                                    See you on this magnificently, wonderful Sunday!
                                                                                                            Pastor Diane   

 Prayer requests since Sunday:
~Sue and Kris Weir, Sue’s dad, Duane, and their family. Sue’s niece, Mandy, died after a domestic situation.
~Pastor Diane’s sister, Sharon, (not the lemonade sister) who had a stroke during a heart valve replacement. Her left side was damaged.
~Donna Lance’s heart valve repair went well. Donna is recovering for a day or so in the hospital.

Birthdays & Anniversaries:
~Edee Shaw turns 69 this week and is looking forward to finishing projects around the house
~Dave Anderson turns 63 on Thursday and is hoping to make it to 64.
~Adrea Baughman told us her parents, Kathy & Jim, are celebrating their 32nd anniversary.  Jim said the secret is love.
~Donnie told us that Patti turned 69 last week.  She is looking forward to seeing 70.
Joys:
~Ruth Hebble has welcomed great-grandchild number 3.  Now has 3 girls and 3 boys.
~Karl Hankins said that Donna is home recovering and they are both thankful for all the cards and prayers, and Rev. Diane's visit.
~Karl Hankins is also thankful for the support of his and Missy Henderson and son John's participation in the Walk at the Rock and the money raised.
~Tom Repp thanked everyone for the 80th birthday cards and coming to his party.
~Marta VanLoon told us how an act of kindness can mean so much to someone that they thank you 43 years later with a phone call.
~Adrea Baughman is joyful that her grandma Betty is improving and she was able to visit with her.
~Janet Freiberg is happy that Carl's hospital stay was brief and is back home.
~Jodi Tozser wished everyone a Happy Mother's Day and is grateful that being an aunt to her sister's children has so enriched her life.
Concerns:
~Garry & Nadine Moore are home from Florida.  Garry is doing physical therapy and having some doctors' appointments.  They are thankful for the cards and prayers.
~Boyd Lance let us know that Donna will be undergoing a procedure on Wednesday at the Cleveland Clinic for a mitral value repair.
~Barb Shellhorn is home, though she must see a surgeon for an aneurysm repair.
~Charlie Brown was in the hospital because of a blood clot in his left leg.
~Charlie & Peggy ask for prayers for the beginning of Peace Officers' week, remembering those who gave their lives to protect us.
~Always remember the unspoken concerns and our military.
Recovering: Garry Moore, Tom Repp,
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Delbert Miller

Sunday, May 20th, 2018
Liturgist:        Bob Wooley                                                   Greeters:  Ron & Faye Stewart
Hymns:           O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing    verses 1-4 (and verse below)               #57
                                    Glory to God and praise and love be ever, ever given,
                                    by saints below and saints above, the church in earth and heaven.
                        Where the Spirit of the Lord Is          sing twice                                            TFWS #2119
                        O Spirit of the Living God                             verses 1 - 3                              #539
                                   

Scripture                                                        Acts 2:1 - 8                             Common English Bible

            When Pentecost Day arrived, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound from heaven like the howling of a fierce wind filled the entire house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be individual flames of fire alighting on each one of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them to speak.

            There were pious Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. When they heard this sound, a crowd gathered. They were mystified because everyone heard them speaking in their native languages. They were surprised and amazed, saying, “Look, aren’t all the people who are speaking Galileans, every one of them? How then can each of us hear them speaking in our native language?

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


THE CHURCH IN ACTION

Choir rehearses on Wednesday night at 7pm with Liberty Concert practice at 7:45pm. Come join them!

Finishing our Church Directory: If you recently received an email from Dottie asking you to check the information we have for you in the new Church Directory, PLEASE check it and ‘reply’ back to Dottie. Thanks!

Liberty Concert, SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2018 at 7 pm.  Yummy homemade ice cream, cake, drinks and great fellowship will follow the music-filled celebration!  If you want to help with refreshments or decorating, contact Anne Serafin at 330-807-6996.

Feed My Sheep is next Thursday, May 24th, from 5-7pm. Volunteers are needed to help serve and clean up. If you can provide pies, that is appreciated, too! Thank you!

Matthew 25 Coalition Rummage Sale on June 15 & 16 at 118 Center St., Seville, OH.  Drop off donations for the Yard Sale from June 11-14 from 4 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Items to donate: Collectibles, Perennials, Vintage Dishes, Glassware, Casserole Dishes, Garden Tools, Handbags, Costume Jewelry, Games, Toys, Bikes, Books, Small Appliances, Camping Gear, Sports Memorabilia, and Power Tools. ***Please price your items for them. Please don’t donate adult clothing or large items.
            The Matthew 25 Coalition was founded in 2003 to provide participating churches a more effi­cient means of assisting area households with emergency needs such as rent, utilities, gasoline, medical supplies, and prescriptions. The Coalition also coordinates with and provides information about other local service providers. Rev. David Howell, Rev. Don Kuntz and Rev. Diane all serve/d on the Board of Directors.

School My Sheep Kick-off meeting will be after church this Sunday. Everyone is welcome—your input is important!      After talking to all three principals, we have a better understanding of what is needed this year. The school board is buying many of the supplies for K-8th grade.  There are some gaps, and all three schools are grateful for whatever we can provide. 
            Elementary:  Large over-the ear headphones, Tennis Shoes, Small-medium book-bags     

            Middle School: Soft pencil pouches (no boxes please), mouse sets to connect to school tablets
                        and keyboards, medium to large book-bags

            High School:  College ruled paper,  #2 pencils, 1" Binders all colors,  3-ring folders with pockets,
                        all colors, Large book-bags

            Katrina found two websites for headphones, bookbags, and mouse sets.
            handinhandbags.com  schoolspecialty.com (Kensington mouse-in-a-box 8.64)


 ‘Angel’ a 2-year old Jack Russell Mix needs a new home. Our friend, Pennie Rayburn and her husband are needing to give their dog, Angel, to a new home. Angel weighs about 20 pounds and is a sweet dog. They live in a small apartment and circumstances are such that they can’t continue to take care of her. Angel needs to be spayed, and they are willing to help with costs. She is a good dog. If you or someone you know is interested please call Pennie at 330-488-7803. Thank you in advance for any help you can give as Angel looks for a new home.

Thursday, May 10, 2018


Loving and Learning in Lodi May 13, 2018

           Sunday is Mother’s Day…want to know what the perfect Mother’s Day gift is? Well, I’ll tell you. Your words. For all the cards, flowers, candy and dinners out, what means the most are your words. Words that tell the special women in your life what they mean to you. To let them know what you appreciate about them and what you depend on them for are the greatest gifts you can give.

                                                                                                            See you Sunday,
                                                                                                                        Pastor Diane   


Anniversaries:  
~Boyd & Donna Lance will celebrate 66 years of marriage on Thursday, May 10th.  Donna says their secret is love, a loving family, and a loving church family.
Birthdays:
~Faye Stewart will be 76 years young on Thursday and is hoping for more memorable years.
~Bob Lorrah will be 71 years young on Thursday on is hoping for more sunny days.
~Tom Repp will be 80 years young on Friday and is looking forward to a couple of more.
Joys:
~Rev. Diane enjoyed her mini-vacation
~Jim Baughman is thankful for all the help he had with the dinner.  Ages ranged from 13 to 80.  He is also joyful that his mother Betty is back at the care center after recovering from her fall.
~Letha Mapes announced that she is going to be a grandmother!
~Linda & Harold Young's granddaughter graduated from college.
Concerns:
~Grace Harvey's long-lost niece, Janice, has been diagnosed with the early stages of Parkinson's.
~Cindy Namerow asks for prayers for a young woman named Kimberly.
~Anne Serafin - prayers for Barb Shellhorn who had a seizure last night and is in Akron General.
~Hattie Ziegler thanks everyone for cards and prayers and knows that Windy's family appreciated them.
~Missy Laughlin let us know that Larry & Connie Cray are in Columbus because Larry's brother is in the hospital; had stents put in place and is recovering.
~Rev. Diane told us that Rev. Donna has an acute case of cellulitis on her shin and if oral antibiotics do not get the job done, she will need to go to the ER for intravenous medication.  Prayers for Rev. Donna & Karl.
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,


Sunday, May 13th, 2018
Liturgist:        Grace Harvey                                      Greeters:  Janet Baker
Hymns:          
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee           verses 1 - 4                  #89
                        A favorite of Melissa Laughlin and Pastor Diane     
Something Beautiful, Something Good                                 #394
In the Garden                                      verses 1 – 3                 #314
      A favorite of Joan Anderson, Jim Baughman, Tammy Gleisner, Peggie Brown, Connie Cray, Bill Dunham, Joyce Lorrah, Pat McLoda, Melody Miller, Susan Porter, Anne Serafin, Faye Stewart, Ron Stewart, Pat Vaughn and Hattie Ziegler
Gift of Love                                        verses 1 – 3                 #408
                                   

Scripture                                            Luke 10:38 - 42                                  New International Version

            While Jesus and his disciples were traveling, Jesus entered a village where a woman named Martha welcomed him as a guest. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his message. By contrast, Martha was preoccupied with getting everything ready for their meal. So Martha came to him and said, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to prepare the table all by myself? Tell her to help me.”

            The Lord answered, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things. One thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the better part. It won’t be taken away from her.”

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


THE CHURCH IN ACTION

Choir rehearses on Wednesday night at 7pm with Liberty Concert practice at 7:45pm. Come join them!

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

Trustees will meet briefly after worship this Sunday.

Finishing our Church Directory: If you recently received an email from Dottie asking you to check the information we have for you in the new Church Directory, PLEASE check it and ‘reply’ back to Dottie. Let her know if it’s correct or if corrections need to be made. Thank you!

Liberty Concert, 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. Choir rehearsals will last one hour and begin at 7:45 p.m. at our church. There are two Wednesday night rehearsals remaining: May 16 and May 23. If you want to help with refreshments or decorating, contact Anne Serafin at 330-807-6996.