Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Loving and Learning in Lodi September 2 2018

Happy 90th Ruth Anderson!!

            As they say, ‘All good things must come to an end’ and our series on the Fruit of the Spirit ends this Sunday as we look at the Fruit of the Spirit: Self Control.

            On Sunday we’ll explore what the Apostle Paul was talking about specifically. However, in this ‘blurb’ I lift up the aspect of self-control that revolves around our ability to make choices. While much of life remains outside our control, we do have control over many areas of our personal lives. Sometimes the choices are easy to make and result in wonderful happenings in our lives and those we love. Sometimes the choices are difficult. In those times, we dig down deep into our faith and courageously make our choices knowing that not all of life is found in the ‘happily ever after’ of fairytales. For those of us in the place of difficult choices this week, I send my prayers…


                                                                                    See you Sunday!!
                                                                                                 Pastor Diane  
           

Birthdays:
~Donna Lance turned 86 last week.  All of her family were in town and they had a wonderful time!
Joys:
~Jim Baughman has added a son-in-law to his family.  Adrea and Joseph were married last Saturday in Michigan.  Congratulations!
~Katrina Morgan shared a thank you note from Cloverleaf Schools for all the supplies that were delivered to them from Clothe My Sheep.
Commercial break:
~Hattie Ziegler has been informed that we are OUT of coffee for Sunday morning fellowship time.  If you would be so kind, on your next grocery trip, to pick up some, that would be great!
Concerns:  
~Jeff and Marta Van Loon shared that their son, Ryan, is undergoing testing in German Town, MD, where he now lives, for stomach issues.
~The passing of Senator John McCain.
~Lynn White asked for prayers for herself as she has some tests done and for her sister, too.
~The family in Chippewa Lake whose barn burnt Saturday night.  It was formerly owned by Mac McCrary.
~The unspoken prayers among us.
~Our military personnel and their families, near and far.
Recovering: Garry Moore, Tom Repp, Ken Wiley, Bob Heitkamp, Karl Hankins, Charlie Brown
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Delbert Miller
Rev. Diane and family with her oldest sister’s death

Sunday, September 2nd, 2018
Liturgist:        Bill Dunham                                                    Greeters:  Unknown – Sign-up calendar is lost…
Hymns:           Morning has Broken                                       verses 1-3                    #145  
                                    A Favorite of Dave Anderson, Sylvia Anderson & Dani Anderson
                       Where the Spirit of the Lord Is                                                           TFWS #2119
                        More Precious than Silver                               sing twice                    TFWS#2065
                        Standing on the Promises                               verses 1, 2 & 4 #374


                                                           

Scripture                                            Philippians 4:4 - 9                              New International Version

            Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

            Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

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


THE CHURCH IN ACTION

Choir rehearsal tonight is cancelled.  

Our monthly church potluck is this Sunday after worship. Bring a dish to share and enjoy some great food and fellowship!

Advent Devotional: We’ll be creating our own Advent Devotional for us to use during the 4 weeks of Advent in December this year. Each week will have a theme based on the candle we lit in worship on that Sunday: Candle of Trust, Candle of Light in the Darkness, Candle of Care, and Candle of Joy. Start pondering what you’d like to contribute: a personal story on one of the themes, a favorite poem, hymn, song, or a favorite devotion from some other source. Please include a short closing prayer. Remember that your devotion needs to fit on a half sheet of 8 ½ x 11 paper. Dee Heitkamp and Larry Scott will be in Fellowship Hall to sign you up on Sunday. The deadline for turning in your devotion is Sunday, October 7th. You may email it to Dottie Kimble at mywifedot@aol.com or give her a hard copy at any time.


A ‘Different Need’ has been met: We rejoice that the lawn mower needed for the church property has been donated! Happy Dance!! If you can help mow now because a mower is provided, please contact our Trustee Chairperson, Don Graves at 330-620-3453.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Loving and Learning in Lodi August 19 2018

              This is your carney-Pastor! I’m off working my ‘second job’ making lemonade at the Great Darke County Fair in Greenville, Ohio. I’ve been preparing for being gone since the spring when I offered the ‘Preaching Boot Camp.’
            ‘Private First Class,’ Bob Wooley, will be leading worship and preaching this week. Bob’s love for and devotion to the scripture will shine out boldly in his sermon as he shares his message with you.



                                                                                    Blessings on your Sunday together!!
                                                                                                 Pastor Diane  

The weekly Fruit of the Spirit videos and the School My Sheep videos are posted here…Once you get on my YouTube page, if you ‘subscribe’ you’ll be notified when I add any other videos:

From our prayer time on Sunday, August 12th:
Birthdays:
Joys:
~Peggy Brown said that Charlie is home from the hospital and doing better.  Thank you for all the prayers and cards.  He has to keep his leg elevated and is getting crabby about having to be reminded of that.
~Judy Foster said it was a joy to have family with them to celebrate Bill's birthday yesterday and in church today (daughter Karen and Josh from Virginia and granddaughter from Vermont).
~Karl Hankins thanked everyone for the prayers, cards, and good wishes.  He says he is truly blessed with a great congregation.
~Rev. Diane is thankful that Rev. Donna found another ear piece for her mic - so no more cracking sound - it wasn't her bones after all.
Concerns:
~ Anne Serafin said that Wes is home from the hospital but still needs prayers because his foot is still a concern.
~Lil asks for prayers for a four year old boy, Kaden, in her daughter's class who is suffering from recurring brain cancer.
~Lou Repp said that Tom is low on "gas" and need to have a blood and iron transfusion this week.
~Connie Cray asked for prayers for their son who is traveling home today after seeing friends at a 30 year reunion.
~Melody Miller asks for prayers for Don Kelling who is in the hospital.
~Diana Eaton let the congregation know that there are Bob Evans biscuits in the freezer and please take some home.  There are many.
~Always remember all the unspoken prayers among us.
~Never forget all of our service men and women and their families 
Recovering: Garry Moore, Tom Repp, Ken Wiley, Irene Scott, Bob Heitkamp, Karl Hankins, Charlie Brown
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Delbert Miller
Rev. Diane and family with her oldest sister’s death


Sunday, August 19th, 2018
Liturgist:        Larry Cray                                                       Greeter/s:  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
                        He Lives!                                                        verses 1 – 3                #310
                                    A favorite of Brittany Baughman, Mary Ann Crawford and Elva Dunham
                        Victory in Jesus                                               verses 1 - 3                  #370
                                    A favorite of Bob Wooley
                                               

Scripture                                            Psalm 119:1 - 8                      Common English Bible



Those whose way is blameless—
    who walk in the Lord’s Instruction—
are truly happy!
Those who guard God’s laws are truly happy!
    They seek God with all their hearts.
They don’t even do anything wrong!
    They walk in God’s ways.
God, you have ordered that your decrees
    should be kept most carefully.
How I wish my ways were strong
    when it comes to keeping your statutes!
Then I wouldn’t be ashamed
    when I examine all your commandments.
I will give thanks to you
with a heart that does right
    as I learn your righteous rules.
I will keep your statutes.
    Please don’t leave me all alone!



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


THE CHURCH IN ACTION

Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings at 7. Come join us!

Blessing of the backpacks: This Sunday, August 19th, during our “Time with Children, Youth and the Young at Heart,” Dottie will bless the backpacks of our students as they head back to school this year. Please bring your backpacks with you.

Advent Devotional: We’ll be creating our own Advent Devotional for us to use during the 4 weeks of Advent in December this year. Each week will have a theme based on the candle we lit in worship on that Sunday: Candle of Trust, Candle of Light in the Darkness, Candle of Care, and Candle of Joy. Start pondering what you’d like to contribute: a personal story on one of the themes, a favorite poem, hymn, song, or a favorite devotion from some other source. Please include a short closing prayer. Remember that your devotion needs to fit on a half sheet of 8 ½ x 11 paper. Dee Heitkamp and Larry Scott will be in Fellowship Hall to sign you up on August 29th & 26th. The deadline for turning in your devotion is Sunday, October 7th. You may email it to Dottie Kimble at mywifedot@aol.com or give her a hard copy at any time.


A Different Need: At their last meeting, our Trustees learned that they could store a lawn mower in Bonnie Querin’s shed. If we had a lawn mower that could be easily accessed, perhaps more people might be able to help with mowing the grass. So…if you have a gently used, self-propelled, easy start, walk-behind lawn mower that you would like to donate to the church, please contact our Trustee Chairperson, Don Graves at 330-620-3453.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Loving and Learning in Lodi August 12 2018

          Love…joy…peace…patience…kindness…goodness…faithfulness…the first seven of the nine fruits of the Spirit. As you’ve been putting these into practice in your life, how is it going?

        What one has been the easiest? …  Wonderful! You’re growing!

        What one has been the hardest?...   Wonderful! You’re growing!

        Get ready! Gentleness is next!


                                                        See you Sunday,
                                                                 Pastor Diane


The weekly Fruit of the Spirit videos and the School My Sheep videos are posted here…Once you get on my YouTube page, if you ‘subscribe’ you’ll be notified when I add any other videos:


Since our prayer time on Sunday:
~Pastor Diane’s brother, Gary, did not have his leg amputated below the knee after all. Since he has no infection and no pain, they did no surgery at this time.
~from Anne Serafin – They were able to save Wes’s foot, but he still has a lot of pain
~Prayers for Barb Shellhorn and her family with the death of her mother, Alice Taylor

From our prayer time on Sunday, August 5th:
Birthdays:
~Dawn and Brian are celebrating a “birth” day of a new granddaughter, Shalane Elizabeth, to daughter Tammi and son-in-law Preston on Sunday, July 29.  Congratulations!  Also, Charlie-Ann just turned 22 – how time flies!
~Larry Cray is turning 77.  He is hoping to stay active!
Joys:
~Rev. Donna was grateful for our prayers for Karl. He is at home healing and trying to be patient as the doctor told him NO MORE John Deere the rest of the year.  Rev. Donna is excited that SHE gets to ride the tractor!
~School My Sheep was AWESOME – it was truly God in Action in our little church!
~MaryAnne Crawford’s son was in from Chicago and gave her a new TV!  She is excited!
Concerns:
~ Anne Serafin’s daughter-in-law, Amanda’s brother-in-law, Wes was in a terrible accident.  He needs our prayers.
~Ruth Anderson’s daughter-in-law, Beth, is in Honduras with her Cannonsburg, PA Church to build a house.
~Charlie Brown fell and hurt his shoulder and hip.  He is in Medina Hospital with cellulitis.
~Rev. Diane’s half-brother, Garry, is in a NW Indiana care center where they will be amputating his leg this week.
~Always remember all the unspoken prayers among us.
~Never forget all of our service men and women and their families 
Recovering: Garry Moore, Tom Repp, Ken Wiley, Irene Scott, Bob Heitkamp, Karl Hankins, Charlie Brown
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Delbert Miller
Rev. Diane and family with her oldest sister’s death



Sunday, August 12th, 2018
Liturgist:  Pat McLoda                                  Greeters:  Larry & Connie Cray
Hymns:    Blessed Assurance                              verses 1 – 3               #369
                   Where the Spirit of the Lord Is                                   TFWS #2119
                Lord, Be Glorified                        verses 1 & 3              TFWS #2150
                Spirit Song                                 verses 1 & 2              #347


Scripture                             Matthew 11:28 - 30          Common English Bible


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


THE CHURCH IN ACTION

Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings at 7. Come join us!

Trustees will meet after worship on Sunday.

Blessing of the backpacks: Next Sunday, August 19th, during our “Time with Children, Youth and the Young at Heart,” Dottie will bless the backpacks of our students as they head back to school this year. Please bring your backpacks with you.

School My Sheep ~ Well, the event may be over, but the effect lingers!  What a fantastic day we had!  Our numbers show the schools represented and the number of students who came for school supplies:
93 Cloverleaf
4 Medina
3 Northwestern
2 Black River
3 Wadsworth
        More took shoes and clothing as we watched bag after bag leave the building. We will be delivering to the schools over the next week, so know your efforts continue to make a difference. Thank you to all who contributed, donated, volunteered, and prayed for School My Sheep. We were witness to Gods work in our community!


A Need for Help: The Trustees needing help in mowing and maintaining our church’s yard. If you can help, please call our Trustee Chairperson, Don Graves at 330-620-3453. The Trustees are open to a rotating schedule of people who would look after the property. Thanks for considering it!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Loving and Learning in Lodi August 5th 2018

        My dad was a jeweler. We always had a variety of precious gems in our house as dad manufactured and repaired rings, bracelets, ear rings and necklaces. I was fascinated by the way light would play over the facets of the gems giving off different glints of color enhancing the beauty of the stones.

        Faithfulness is this week’s Fruit of the Spirit. I went to the thesaurus to see what some synonyms are for faithfulness. Like the facets on those gems are these synonyms from that thesaurus, giving us different glimpses into the richness of faithfulness:
        dependability…steadiness…reliability…fidelity…consistency…steadfastness…constancy…
       
                                                        Do you have a favorite…see you Sunday,
                                                                 Pastor Diane


The weekly Fruit of the Spirit videos and the Youth Mission Trip videos are posted here…Once you get on my YouTube page, if you ‘subscribe’ you’ll be notified when I add any other videos:



From our prayer time on Sunday, July 29th:
Birthdays:
~Ruth Anderson told us that Letha Mapes had a birthday.  Letha is 63 years young and looking forward to being a grandma in November; also selling their house and building a new one.
Also, Letha was voted the Person of the Year for Lodi - Congrats!
~Sylvia Anderson had a birthday yesterday.  She is 62 years young and looking forward to doing what she's been doing and staying healthy.
Joys:
~Leo Sparr shared that it is a joy to have daughter Leanne visiting from Florida.
~Martha Zona shared that her grandson is home and still immobile but his spirits are high and so he will be on oral medication and able to get around some.
~Lou Repp told us that prayers are working and Tom's biopsies and test results were all good.
Concerns:
~Lil Tozser shared that her sister-in-law and family are traveling to Kansas because a family member has cancer and doesn't have much time left.
~Cindy Namerow asks for prayers for the firefighters and families affected by the wildfires out west.
~Letha Mapes asks for prayers for her neighbor Ester Jarvis who is having health issues.
~Larry Scott let Rev. Diane know that Irene is doing well after her knee replacement.
~Karl Hankins as he continues to heal at home from the  DVT blood clot in his leg.
~Always remember our unspoken and our servicemen and women.
Recovering: Garry Moore, Tom Repp, Ken Wiley, Irene Scott, Bob Heitkamp, Karl Hankins
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Delbert Miller
Rev. Diane and family with her oldest sister’s death

Sunday, July 29th, 2018
Liturgist:  Judy Foster                                  Greeters:  Janet Baker
Hymns:    Great Is Thy Faithfulness                     verses 1 – 3               #140
                   Where the Spirit of the Lord Is                                   TFWS #2119
                My Faith Looks Up to Thee                   verses 1 & 2               #452
                O Come, All Ye Faithful                        verses 1 & 3               #234  


Scripture                             Matthew 25:14 - 30         New Revised Standard Version

        [Jesus tells this story.]  “For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

        After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’

        And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’

        Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ But his master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

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


THE CHURCH IN ACTION

Our monthly church potluck is this Sunday after worship. Bring a dish to share and enjoy some great food and fellowship!

School My Sheep Work Days:
Wed. Aug. 1st 6-8 pm     (Setting up shoes and school supplies)
Thurs. Aug. 2nd all day starting at 8am
Fri. Aug. 3rd all day starting at 8am
Sat. Aug. 4th 7:30 am-1 pm
Katrina (330)819-6890 katrinamorg@gmail.com     Larry (330)887-5224   scottlandyard@neo.rr.com   


A Need for Help: The Trustees needing help in mowing and maintaining our church’s yard. If you can help, please call our Trustee Chairperson, Don Graves at 330-620-3453. The Trustees are open to a rotating schedule of people who would look after the property. Thanks for considering it!