Monday, June 25, 2018

Loving and Learning in Lodi July 1 2018


           As most of us know, I’m with our youth on their mission trip to Indianapolis this week. As I prepared to be gone this Sunday and other Sundays in the summer, I offered a Preaching Boot Camp class in the spring. Three of us showed up for ‘duty:’ Larry Scott, Cindy Namerow and Bob Wooley. I’m proud to announce that all three made it through Boot Camp and now hold the rank of Private First Class (PFC)!
            This coming Sunday, when I’m gone. You’re in for a treat when PFC Larry Scott leads worship and preaches. Be sure to ‘show up for duty!’       
                                                                                                            Blessings!
                                                                                                                        Drill Sergeant, Pastor Diane  


Thank you:
~Jan Barnhart shared a re-cap of Annual Conference.  Rev. Diane showed some moving pictures as well.
Birthdays:  
~Larry Scott is 80!  With all his health issues and things he has done, he is lucky to be here.  He will be preaching next week—thank you to his Boot Camp instructor, Rev. Diane.
~Our new doctor, Dr. Brittany Baughman is turning 29! This year brings the beginning of repayment of student loans, but, that also means, residency is OVER!   Congratulations, Brittany!          
~Colette Laughlin will be 15 while on the Mission Trip.  She is looking forward to driving!
Joys:
~Colette and Colin had a AWESOME week at camp.  Missy had a quiet week at home :)
~Lil Tozser’s grandson is doing great after his surgery—thank you for all the prayers and concerns.
~Barb Shellhorn’s surgery went well!  Now, for some physical therapy!
~Cindy Namerow’s mom had TWO Barberton chicken dinners for her birthday this past week!  Yeah mom!
~Leo Sparr’s nephew is doing great after his heart surgery.
~Al and Martha Zona’s grandson went through a lot of issues just to have his surgery after his fall.  He is on the mend, now.
~Judy Foster’s niece, Nancy, whom we had prayers for a while back— her tumor is GONE!!!!!  Amen!
~Rev. Diane’s niece, Tara, does not have Crohns.  She has endometriosis, manageable!  Yeah!  Her lemonade sister’s foot continues to heal.  
Concerns:  
~Carol Newbury’s husband passed away this past week.  
~Dunham’s oldest grandson’s mom, Nicole, 34, will be donating a kidney to her dad, Wayne.
~Diane Eaton will be having gall bladder surgery this week.
~Anne Serafin’s brother-in-law found his sister right after she had passed away this past week.  Remember Ken Wiley in your prayers as he continues to recover.
~Neal McLoda will have his right hip replaced this week.  Neal and Pat went to Virginia several weeks ago to see Neal’s brother.  They just received word that his brother passed away.   They are grateful they made the trip to see him.
Rev. Diane will be having surgery on two of her fingers July 2.
~All the unspoken prayers among us. and
~Our military personnel and their families.
Recovering: Garry Moore, Tom Repp, Rev. Donna VanTrees
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Delbert Miller
Rev. Diane and family with her oldest sister’s death

Sunday, July 1st, 2018
Liturgist:        Patti Graves                                                    Greeters:  Ron & Faye Stewart
Hymns:           Jesus Loves the Little Children
                        Where the Spirit of the Lord Is                                                         TFWS #2119
                        Jesus Loves Me                                               verses 1 & 2                #191
                                                            A favorite of Joan Anderson & Larry Scott
                        My Jesus I Love Thee                                     verses 1 – 3                 #172
                       

Scripture                                            Matthew 19:13 – 15                           Common English Bible

            Then little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them; but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.”  And he laid his hands on them and went on his way.

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


THE CHURCH IN ACTION

Remember to pray for our Youth going on the Mission Trip to Indianapolis, IN from Monday, June 25 – Sunday, July 1:   Bryce Betts, Carter Betts, Travis Bloom, Colette Laughlin, Colin Laughlin & Pastor Diane

Feed My Sheep is this Thursday, June 28.  Continue to pray for this mission.  Bake a sweet treat to share or come in and help!  We always have fun doing God’s work.

All-Church Potluck is this Sunday after church. Bring a favorite dish to share and enjoy each others’ company!!

Clothe My Sheep: August 4th-We're on track for another successful event! What you need to know:
            We will begin accepting new and gently used, clothes and tennis shoes mid-July. Fliers and promotion will go out approximately 3 weeks prior. Monetary donations are accepted, too. We will gladly shop and  purchase needed items. Thank you for you continued support and prayers for this community outreach project. Together, we are doing God's work. Any questions, please call Katrina.


Communion in July will be on Sunday, July 8th when Pastor Diane is back from the mission trip.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Loving and Learning in Lodi June 24 2018



            Some of you may have noticed that I wear a ring on my pinky finger on my right hand. I purchased it when I was in Israel. A jeweler carved out the Hebrew letters to a verse that is in my call to ministry: Nehemiah 8:10, “The joy of the Lord is my strength.”
            The passage comes from when the people rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem. The scrolls of scripture were being read to the people for the first time in a long time. As they heard the readings and realized their sins, they began to weep. Nehemiah encouraged them and let them know that the day was really a day of celebration and joy for all the Lord God had done for them.
            Our Fruit of the Spirit this week is ‘Joy.’ Come, and let’s rejoice together!
                                                                                                            See you Sunday!
                                                                                                                        Pastor Diane   

Since our prayer time on Sunday:   Surgeries were successful for Donna Laughlin, Barb Shellhorn, Lil Tozser’s grandson, Zaden and Pastor Diane’s niece, Tara.  Happiness!!!

THANK YOU:          ~Our trustees and their crew for fixing the sewer line!
~Stan and Megan Surrarrer did an outstanding job on our concrete replacement.  You can throw away those wading boots – no more puddle at the double doors!
~Thank you for the recap of Youth Annual Conference and points from worship at Annual Conference, Colette, Colin and Travis.                 
Anniversaries: 
~Bill and Elva Dunham will celebrate 66 years this week!  Love and understanding is the key.  Bill shared that they had read some inspiring ideas for couples that have been married as long as they have.  One suggestion was, go out to dinner several times a week.  So they felt this was a great idea.  Elva goes out on Mondays and Wednesdays, while Bill goes out on Tuesdays and Thursdays ~we all got a good laugh!
Joys: 
~Katrina and Dottie shared the fantastic news of a phone call Dottie received this week.  A young man, working toward his Eagle Scout from Hinkley (connected through Dottie’s daughter-in-law, Brittany’s company), will be making up snacks bags and getting clothes donations for our School My Sheep.  Our little church that could is making news everywhere!!!
~Larry Scott received fantastic news from the doctor this past week! Thanks for the prayers!       
~The Laughlin house will be quiet, again, this week!  Colette and Colin will be at church camp this week.
~Pat Geissman is happy to have her son, Gary, with her this morning.  He surprised his dad by coming in from North Carolina.
Concerns: 
~Lil Tozser’s grandson, Zaden, will have surgery this week.
~Barb Shellhorn will have surgery for a brain aneurysm this week.     
~Leo Sparr’s nephew, John, - continued prayers for his cardiac issues.
~Anne Serafin’s friend, Ken Wiley, has moved to the Avenue in Medina.
~Martha and Al Zona’s grandson, Samuel (22 year old), was climbing and fell into a ravine.  He will have surgery this week for all the broken bones.
~Tara, Rev. Diane’s “Lemonade Sister’s” daughter will have surgery  Tuesday for Crohns disease.
~Missy’s mother-in-law, Donna Laughlin, will have hernia surgery.    
~ Rev. Dr. Valerie Stultz passed away, June 14, at the conclusion of Annual Conference in Lakeside. 
~Boyd and Donna Lance are slow and steady -will be back with us SOON!
~Missy Henderson’s mom, will have a procedure next week.
~Always remember all the silent prayers among us and our military personnel and their families. 
Recovering: Garry Moore, Tom Repp, Rev. Donna VanTrees
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Delbert Miller
Rev. Diane and family with her oldest sister’s death
Sunday, June 24th 2018
Liturgist:        Jane Corbus                                                     Greeters:  Charlie & Peggie Brown
Hymns:           Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee                       verses 1 – 4                 #89
                                                                  A favorite of Melissa Laughlin & Pastor Diane
                        Where the Spirit of the Lord Is                                                          TFWS #2119
                        Rejoice in the Lord Always
                        Joy to the World                                             verses 1 – 4                 #246   
                                                                                                A favorite of Marilyn Earll
                       

Scripture                    Hebrews 12:1 & 2 and John 15:9 - 11                     Common English Bible

Hebrews 12:1 – 2:   So then let’s also run the race that is laid out in front of us, since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us. Let’s throw off any extra baggage, get rid of the sin that trips us up, 2 and fix our eyes on Jesus, faith’s pioneer and perfecter. He endured the cross, ignoring the shame, for the sake of the joy that was laid out in front of him, and sat down at the right side of God’s throne.

John 15:9 – 11:   “As the Father loved me, I too have loved you. Remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. 11 I have said these things to you so that my joy will be in you and your joy will be complete.

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


THE CHURCH IN ACTION


Remember to pray for our Youth going on the Mission Trip to Indianapolis, IN from Monday, June 25 – Sunday, July 1:   Bryce Betts, Carter Betts, Travis Bloom, Colette Laughlin, Colin Laughlin & Pastor Diane

            Thank  you for your prayers these past few weeks for Larry. He found out that he did not have a tumor. Medication over the next 6 months should alleviate his bladder problem. Larry and I felt all the prayers and concerns you lifted up to God. What a carrying congregation and huge prayer chain supported us. God apparently has more plans for Larry.              Love and Thanks.  Irene and Larry

Feed My Sheep is next Thursday, June 28.  Continue to pray for this mission.  Bake a sweet treat to share or come in and help!  We always have fun doing God’s work.

Clothe My Sheep: August 4th-We're on track for another successful event! What you need to know:

            We will begin accepting new and gently used, clothes and tennis shoes mid-July. Fliers and promotion will go out approximately 3 weeks prior. Monetary donations are accepted, too. We will gladly shop and  purchase needed items. Thank you for you continued support and prayers for this community outreach project. Together, we are doing God's work. Any questions, please call Katrina.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Loving and Learning in Lodi June 17 2018

            I’m writing this at Lakeside. We share a small house with Wellington United Methodist Church. Jan Barnhart, our Lay Member to Annual Conference is here, too. The youth are playing Uno, Jan is enjoying Facebook, and I’m writing to you. The best part is hearing the laughter of our youth and the youth from Wellington as they play cards and have fun together…I love it!
            Sunday is Father’s Day, when we remember the special men in our lives. Appropriately, we’ll look at the fruit of the Spirit ‘LOVE.’   In I Corinthians 13, the Apostle Paul tells us that if we get this one right, we’ve got the basics of following Jesus right as well!
                                                                                                            See you Sunday!
                                                                                                                        Pastor Diane   

Birthdays:
~Xavier (Donny and Patti’s grandson) just turned 7.  A firetruck came to his party!  He was so excited!  
~Ray Eaton turned 76 this past week.  He hopes for a year of no doctors!
~Nadine Moore is 77 today! This senior citizens thing is a challenge!
~Elva Dunham is was 88 June 9. No longer can  her age be dyslectic as she is 88 and an 8 year cancer survivor!  She is grateful for every day.
Joys:
~Thank you for everyone that helped work on the sewer line!
~Grace Harvey visited family in Pennsylvania and had a great time!
~Larry Scott and Ron Stewart had another one of their classmates visiting this morning.  Welcome, Lorraine and Jack from Lincoln, Nebraska.
~Cindy Namerow shared that Judy, her friend, was able to walk in the Relay for Life.  She had stage four cancer 14 years ago!
~MaryAnn Crawford had such a wonderful time with her son and grandson in Chicago.
~Janet and Carl Freiberg celebrated with their “pseudo” granddaughter as she got married yesterday.
~Rev. Donna is grateful for her healing and all of our prayers.
~Anne Serafin had the mic this morning and found out just how much running Colette really does.  
Concerns:
~ Larry Scott’s son-in-law’s uncle, Dick has TB.
~Rev. Donna will be having a skin graft on Thursday. Also, prayers for all the ministers that will be moving during the next month.  Hopefully Rev. Diane can get a few moments to enjoy the beauty of Lakeside.
~Anne Serafin’s friend, Ken did not have a stoke, it was extremely high blood pressure.
Recovering: Garry Moore, Tom Repp, Rev. Donna VanTrees
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Delbert Miller
Rev. Diane and family with her oldest sister’s death


Sunday, June 17th, 2018
Liturgist:        Larry Scott                                                      Greeters:  Bob & Joyce Lorrah
Hymns:           O Spirit of the Living God                             verses 1 – 3                 #539
                        Where the Spirit of the Lord Is                                                          TFWS #2119
                        Freely, Freely                                                  verses 1 & 2                #389
                        Gift of Love                                                    verses 1 – 3                 #408   

                       
Scripture                                            I John 4:7 - 12                        Common English Bible

            Dear friends, let’s love each other, because love is from God, and everyone who loves is born from God and knows God. The person who doesn’t love does not know God, because God is love. This is how the love of God is revealed to us: God has sent his only Son into the world so that we can live through him. This is love: it is not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son as the sacrifice that deals with our sins.

            Dear friends, if God loved us this way, we also ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. If we love each other, God remains in us and his love is made perfect in us.

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, June 7, 2018


Loving and Learning in Lodi June 10 2018

            On a personal note, thank you for your cards and prayers for me, Amanda, and our family with the death of my sister, Sharon. I appreciate your heartfelt concern and many kindnesses. We’ll gather as a family on Sunday afternoon, July 22nd, to celebrate her life. Also, my ‘lemonade’ sister, Carol’s, surgery to repair her broken tibia and fibula went well, and she is home recovering.

            This Sunday, while I’m with our youth at their Annual Conference in Lakeside, OH, you’ll continue working your way through each other’s favorite hymns! During worship, you’ll sing more of the favorites, you’ll learn about their backgrounds, and you’ll learn why it’s a favorite from one of us! To me, nothing is ‘fun-er’ than singing praises to God together AND learning more about our hymns and each other!

                                                            So-o-o-o-o-o…Have fun together as you sing praises together on Sunday!
                                                                                                            Pastor Diane

Since our prayer time last Sunday:
~Prayers for John & Katrina Morgan. John’s uncle in Kentucky died. Prayers for the family and for safe travels.  
~Prayers for one of our youth, Danea Walters, and her mom, Kim Johnson. Danea’s uncle died unexpectedly, and they’ll be traveling to North Carolina this weekend to be with family.

Prayer time from last Sunday, June 3rd:
~Our local commercial personality, Hattie Ziegler, asked for paper towels for the kitchen.  Throw some in your cart on your next shopping trip.  
~Our new “Welcome” signs are now up, west and north of town!
~The Liberty Concert was wonderful!  135ish celebrated the 100th year anniversary of WWI ending.  Thank you to all who helped and celebrated with us.
Joys:
~Larry Scott and Ron Stewart have a classmate and her husband, Charlene and Bob, visiting from Connecticut this morning.  They will all be celebrating at the alumni banquet this afternoon.
~Harry and Janet Baker were blessed with two great-grandsons on the same day this past week.  Making the new total: 11 great-grandchildren!
~Donny and Patti Graves’ grandson, Xavier, crossed the bridge at Scouts on Saturday.  He is a “WOLF” now and he’s excited!
~Rev. Diane read a beautiful thank you note from Rev. Don and Tammy for the prayer shawls from us as they pack to begin another journey at Sandusky UMC in July.    
~Tommy Smithberger, Kathleen Hastings, grandson is out of the hospital and his infection is gone! Prayer is like medicine and is essential!
~Boyd and Donna Lance are doing great!  They cannot wait to get back to their church family!
~Rev. Diane thanked everyone for their prayers.  Her sister, Sharon, passed away last week.  Rev. Diane was able to make new memories since coming back to Ohio and feels blessed for her time with Sharon.
Concerns:
~Rev. Diane’s sister, Carol, fell and broke both bones in her leg.  They never do anything easy in her family!
~Larry Scott thanked everyone for all the prayers.  He is still awaiting the results of the bladder biopsy.
~Leo Sparr’s nephew, John, is having surgery for an aortic aneurysm.
~Anne and Rich Serafin’s friend, Ken Wiley has had a stroke.
~Always remember all the upspoken prayers that are among us, and keep our military personnel and their families in your prayers.
Recovering: Garry Moore, Tom Repp, Rev. Donna VanTrees
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Delbert Miller
Families Grieving:  The Donna Grimm Family, The Max Longsdorf family, The Jean Parker family, The Acey Baker family, The Lois Jockisch family, The Jim Hastings family, The Windy Klinect family, The Susie Hall family,

Sunday, June 10, 2018
Liturgist:        Larry Cray                                                       Greeters:  Bill & Elva Dunham
Worship Leader: Grace Harvey
Hymns:           Holy, Holy, Holy                                            verses 1 – 3                 #64
(Favorite of Dottie Kimble, Leo Sparr & Clay Vaughan)
                        Where the Spirit of the Lord I            s                       sing once                     #2119 TFWS
                        Awesome God                                                            sing twice                    #2040 TFWS