Thursday, March 21, 2019


Loving and Learning in Lodi March 24 2019

I believe in miracles I've seen a soul set free
Miraculous the change in one redeemed through Calvary;
I've seen the lily push its way up through the stubborn sod
I believe in miracles for I believe in God!
--Carlton C. Buck & John Peterson, 1956

          I love Jesus because he works miracles! We have many accounts in the Gospels of his healing ministry where he restored the physical and mental health of people who sought him out! We read about him feeding 4000 and 5000 men (plus women and children) on hillsides with but small amounts of food ending up with baskets full of the leftovers! We read about him walking on water and triumphantly rising from the dead!

          Personally, I don’t have first-hand experiences with those kinds of miracles. But, I do have experiences of the kinds of miracles written about in the chorus of the hymn I Believe in Miracles quoted above. Those other kinds of miracles and happenings are another reason I love Jesus!

                                                                             See you Sunday!
                                                                                       Pastor Diane

From our prayer time on Sunday, March 17th:
THANK YOU!:
~ Our trustees have been so hard at work!  Be sure to thank them!
Happenings:
~ Bonnie Querin shared:  The Black River Comedy Club is performing “We’re Off to See the Circus” – it’s a fun evening out!
Birthday: 
~RJ Laughlin is 24!  (We recorded our version of “Happy Birthday” for Becky to share with him.)
Joys:
~Sue Whitfield’s brother, Rex’s new kidney is being accepted by his body!  Yeah!
Concerns:
~Lynn White’s daughter will be seeing the neurosurgeon to schedule surgery this week.
~Bonnie Querin asked for prayers for Frosty who will have triple bypass.
~Carol Rommel’s son, Derek passed away.
~Donna Lance fell and broke her upper arm.
~Colette Laughlin’s friend will be having hip surgery.
~Safe travels for the Baughman family!
~Karl and Rev. Donna’s son-in-law’s mother passed away and they will all be traveling to Pennsylvania.
~Prayers for New Zealand.
~Mark and Jessica Serafin miscarried this past week.
~Grace Harvey’s former in-law, Rose Van Dyke had a stroke.
~A friend of Charlie and Peggie Brown’s, Ed’s sister passed away last month.  Yesterday, his other sister passed away.
~Hattie Ziegler’s family.
~All the unspoken prayers among us.
~Remember our military personnel, our safety forces and first responders, and their families, near and far.
Recovering: Garry Moore, Tom Repp, Lee Geissman, Patty Ramey
Cancer: Terry Gayner, Zachary, Delbert Miller, Sherry Walker
Families Grieving:  Jim Hastings family, Susie Hall family, Judy Yoder family, Joni Barnes family, Doris Formanek family, Ken Wiley family, Frankie Dudas family, Leonard Barnhart family, Diana McMahon family,

Sunday, March 24, 2019
Liturgist:       Bob Wooley                                                   Greeters: Kris & Sue Weir
                        I Love You Lord                                     sing once                          TFWS #2068
                   Awesome God                                       sing twice                         TFWS #2040
                   This Is a Day of New Beginnings                verses 1 - 4                       #383


Scripture                              Luke 6:17 - 19                                 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 7:00 p.m. Come join us!

TABLE TOP TREASURES ARE READY FOR PURCHASE THIS SUNDAY AS DONATIONS CONTINUE TO COME IN:  Tabletop Treasures is off to a wonderful start! A goal of $500.00 has been set toward ongoing and upcoming Trustee projects to maintain and improve not only the church building but our parsonage as well. (The list is long!)
          You may still bring in items for the next few weeks, but please keep in mind the sale ends April 14th. If you have a suggested price, please indicate as this makes it much easier for the committee. Thank you!

See Jeff Van Loon for tickets to sell to the Trustees Pulled-Pork dinner on Saturday, April 27th from 5-7pm. Help make this the most successful Pulled Pork Dinner ever by picking up a pack of tickets and selling them to friends and family. Cost of the dinner is $10.

HELP!! Church chairs have escaped!! We are missing most of our metal, folding chairs. If you have borrowed some, please return them to the church as soon as possible. We do not have enough chairs for people to sit on when we have large crowds.

Save those plastic bottle caps! Dawn Rice’s daughter, Tammi Ramsey, teaches in Westerville, OH. Her high school is collecting bottle caps from plastic bottles to recycle into a park bench on the school campus. Please bring in any plastic bottle caps you have. We’ll collect them until the end of May. A box for collecting them is in Fellowship Hall.

UMCOR Sunday offering is March 31st: Each year we have the opportunity to give to the United Methodist Committee on Relief to offset their administrative costs and provide relief efforts with any remaining contributions. When those administrative costs are covered, then 100% of all other contributions go directly to relief efforts after floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, etc. in the US and around the world. We’ll have envelopes for us to use in our bulletins that Sunday. If you won’t be in worship on the 31st and want to give, simply write “UMCOR Sunday” in your check’s memo line.

Thursday, March 14, 2019


Loving and Learning in Lodi March 17 2019

          A very critical person lives inside my head. She is quick to point out my mistakes and failings in following the ways of Jesus. I don’t really like her, but her voice is SO loud and drowns out voices of grace and understanding that also reside in my head. Truth is…she is a liar and lies to me all the time about myself.

          This Sunday, we’ll reaffirm that Jesus believes in us…believes in the very best of us in fact. He trusts us. He has faith in us that we can live in his ways and tell others about God’s great love for us. The challenge for us…for me, is to let his voice be the loudest, the strongest one we hear and heed.

                                                                             See you Sunday!
                                                                                       Pastor Diane

From our prayer time on Sunday, March 10th:
Birthdays:
~Diana Eaton will be 68 and wants to keep moving!
~Mitch Dees was born during the last year of the Kennedy Administration – 56 years ago, and he is not as old as Dottie 😉   He hopes to stop losing things!
~Garry Moore is turning 80!  He celebrated with family this weekend.  He hopes to make 81!
~Nicholas Bloom is 12!  He can’t wait for summer break.
~Janet Baker is 80!  She continues to never give up!
~Neal McLoda turns 85!  He wants to have a year of good health!
Joys
~Elva Dunham is the new “floating member” of the congregation – Mitch is excited to have her sitting in front of him this week.
~Tom Repp thanked the congregation for all the cards and prayers.  He loves this congregation and loves being here!
Concerns:
~Mac McCrary is still in Medina Hospital.
~Lynn White’s daughter, Diane will be seeing a neurosurgeon about all the pain she is in.
~Sue Whitfield’s brother will be receiving a kidney transplant from his son.  Lots of prayers are needed! (Joy and Concern)
~All the unspoken prayers among us.
~Remember our military personnel, our safety forces and first responders, and their families, near and far.
Recovering: Garry Moore, Tom Repp, Lee Geissman, Patty Ramey
Cancer: Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Delbert Miller, Hattie Ziegler, Sherry Walker
Families Grieving:  Jim Hastings family, Susie Hall family, Judy Yoder family, Joni Barnes family, Doris Formanek family, Ken Wiley family, Frankie Dudas family, Leonard Barnhart family, Diana McMahon family,
Mary Ann Crawford family, Bill Dunham Family

Sunday, March 17, 2019
Liturgist:       Colette Laughlin                                              Greeters: Ruth Hebble
Hymns:        Living for Jesus                                      verses 1 - 3                        TFWS #2149
                        I Love You Lord                                     sing once                          TFWS #2068
                   Shout to the Lord                                   sing twice                         TFWS #2074
                   Sent Out in Jesus’ Name                          sing twice                         TFWS #2184

Scripture                              Matthew 7:24 - 27                                      Common English Bible

          “Everybody who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise builder who built a house on bedrock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the wind blew and beat against that house. It didn’t fall because it was firmly set on bedrock. But everybody who hears these words of mine and doesn’t put them into practice will be like a fool who built a house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the wind blew and beat against that house. It fell and was completely destroyed.”

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 7:00 p.m. Come join us!

Life is uncertain - eat dessert first!..."Pie kid you not!"  We hope that everyone will be a "taster" by joining us downstairs after worship on Sunday  -   $5 and you can eat as much pie as you want!  (The coffee will be brewed, or you can make a cup of tea.) Vote for your favorite!  We will have a ballot box with secret ballots to fill out to determine who will be crowned the first ever, "Pie in the Sky" king or queen next Sunday.  Proceeds will go to help fund Feed My Sheep.       "Because beauty is in the PIE of the beholder!"  

TABLE TOP TREASURES ARE READY FOR PURCHASE THIS SUNDAY AS DONATIONS CONTINUE TO COME IN:  What is a Tabletop Treasure?  These are items you no longer need but are nice enough to give you pause.  These are things you start to give to Goodwill or other charities, but don't because the item is still so nice.  Examples might include a lamp, a painting, or like-new items. (We are not taking clothing, furniture or computer related items.)
          You may place donations in the nursery, and they will be shown in a rotating display on tables in the back of Fellowship Hall each week. Please indicate a suggested price.  This helps immensely.  And...come prepared to take home your new treasures, as well.  The sale runs through April 14th so don't wait long! Proceeds will go toward the Capital Fund for our ongoing projects to fix and maintain the church building and parsonage.
            If you have items that you want to donate to a rummage sale, Matthew 25 (an important organization we belong to, that helps the needy in our community will participate in the Seville yard sale on Saturday, June 14, 2019. More details will follow.

You can view the final Post General Conference held at Strongsville United Methodist Church at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBUC05fKZDg


See Jeff Van Loon for tickets to sell to the Trustees Pulled-Pork dinner on Saturday, April 27th from 5-7pm. Help make this the most successful Pulled Pork Dinner ever by picking up a pack of tickets and selling them to friends and family. Cost of the dinner is $10.

Save those plastic bottle caps! Dawn Rice’s daughter, Tammi Ramsey, teaches in Westerville, OH. Her high school is collecting bottle caps from plastic bottles to recycle into a park bench on the school campus. Please bring in any plastic bottle caps you have. We’ll collect them until the end of May. A box for collecting them is in Fellowship Hall.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019


Loving and Learning in Lodi March 10 2019
          I am writing this on Wednesday…Ash Wednesday to be precise. The season of Lent begins today. We all ponder the question, “What can I do during Lent that will better prepare me to celebrate Easter and Jesus’ resurrection??”
          Some of us will take on new spiritual practices and disciplines. Some of us will give up something we love…to ‘fast’ from it until Easter. Some of us may do a bit of both.
          In worship, I’ll be sharing why I love Jesus. I say I love Jesus. I sing songs about loving Jesus. But…why do I love him? What is it that he has brought into my life over the years that contributes to my loving him?...to you loving him??

                                                                                  See you tonight and/or Sunday!
                                                                                                 Pastor Diane

P.S. Remember to set your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed on Saturday night…we’re ‘springing forward!’

From our prayer time on Sunday, March 3rd:
Thank you: 
~Thank you to all those that make the prayer shawls. We passed another shawl around to attach our prayers and thoughts to so it can be shared with someone that needs them.
Birthdays:
~Kris Weir will be 63 this week!  He is happy that he gets to walk Ashley down the aisle in May.
~Rob Bloom will be 52 this week.  Looking forward to the 2 year approaching 100!
~Dee Heitkamp is 79!  She has decided to not sign anymore autographs!
Joys: 
~The Yergin Family thanked everyone for all the love and prayers for Diana over the years and the caring shown by the congregation of her passing.
~Tom Repp says “HI” to everyone.  Lu said he is home and the therapist comes this week.
~Our altar flowers are from Bill Dunham’s celebration of life service held Saturday.
Concerns: 
~Jamey Ritchie will have surgery this week. His surgery went well. He will come home in a day or so.
~Mac McCrary fell and is in Medina Hospital.  He is to have hip surgery.
~Jeff Van Loon’s aunt passed away on Friday.  She was 92.
~Judy Foster’s nephew, Brian, (the one who had cancer, but is now cured) is in kidney failure and needs a transplant.
~Remember our military personnel, our safety forces and first responders, and their families, near and far.
~Remember all the unspoken prayers among us.  
Recovering: Garry Moore, Tom Repp, Lee Geissman, Patty Ramey
Cancer: Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Delbert Miller, Hattie Ziegler, Sherry Walker
Families Grieving:  Jim Hastings family, Susie Hall family, Judy Yoder family, Joni Barnes family, Doris Formanek family, Ken Wiley family, Frankie Dudas family, Leonard Barnhart family, Diana McMahon family,

Sunday, March 10, 2019
Liturgist:       Jane Corbus                                                    Greeters: Bob & Joyce Lorrah
Hymns:         Come, Come, Everybody Worship               verses 1 - 3                                 TFWS #2271
                        I Love You Lord                                        sing once                               TFWS #2068
                     More Precious than Silver                           sing twice                               TFWS #2065
                     Jesus Is All the World to Me                       verses 1 – 3                               #469

Scripture                                           Matthew 5:1 - 10                            Common English Bible
           Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up a mountain. He sat down and his disciples came to him. He taught them, saying:
           “Happy are people who are hopeless, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs.
           “Happy are people who grieve, because they will be made glad.
           “Happy are people who are humble, because they will inherit the earth.
           “Happy are people who are hungry and thirsty for righteousness,
                     because they will be fed until they are full.
           “Happy are people who show mercy, because they will receive mercy.
           “Happy are people who have pure hearts, because they will see God.
           “Happy are people who make peace, because they will be called God’s children.
           “Happy are people whose lives are harassed because they are righteous,
                     because the kingdom of heaven is theirs.

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 7:00 p.m. Come join us!

United Methodist Women meet this Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. All women of the church are welcome to attend. We will be working on a couple of projects this Saturday.

Pastor Diane is attending two of the Post General Conference Sessions: If you want to go and share a ride, let her know at 719-648-9065 or dianebell7@msn.com.  Saturday, March 9 at 2:00 – 3:30 p.m., North Canton Faith UMC,300 Ninth St. NW, North Canton, Ohio and Sunday, March 10 at 4:00 – 5:30 p.m., Strongsville UMC, 13500 N. Royalton Rd., Strongsville, Ohio.

Trustees meet this Sunday after worship.

You can start bringing in your Table Top Treasures this Sunday! (see details below)

Life is uncertain - eat dessert first!..."Pie kid you not!"  Pi Day is Thursday, March 14 - you know, that math thing that = 3.1415926 on and on and on........
          Let's bake some pies, share some pies and eat some pies on Sunday, March 17, to benefit Feed My Sheep. We need bakers - bake your favorite pie and $10 will enter your pie into the contest. We hope that everyone will be a "taster" -   $5 and you can eat as much pie as you want!  (The coffee will be brewed or you can make a cup of tea.) Vote for your favorite!  We will have a ballot box with secret ballots to fill out to determine who will be crowned the first ever, "Pie in the Sky" king or queen the following Sunday. Let Dottie know of your intentions to enter your pie - lodiumcsec.dottie@gmail.com, text/call 330-887-1471
                     "Because beauty is in the PIE of the beholder!"  😉

~ LENTEN STUDY ~ Tuesdays, March 12 - April 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. The Return of the Prodigal Son, by Henri J. M. Nouwen. Cost $12. Led by Dee Heitkamp. A chance encounter with a reproduction of Rembrandt's The Return of the Prodigal Son catapulted Henri Nouwen on a long spiritual adventure. In seizing the inspiration that came to him through Rembrandt's depiction of the powerful Gospel story, Henri Nouwen probes several movements of the parable.
   The themes of homecoming, affirmation, and reconciliation will be newly discovered by all who have known loneliness, dejection, jealousy, or anger. The challenge to love as the father and be loved as the son will be seen as the ultimate revelation of the parable known to Christians. Sign up this Sunday in Fellowship Hall.

TABLE TOP TREASURES: Starting Sunday March 10th, members of the congregation are encouraged to bring in items which can be included in our Tabletop Treasures Fundraiser.
          What is a Tabletop Treasure?  These are items you no longer need but are nice enough to give you pause.  These are things you start to give to Goodwill or other charities, but don't because the item is still so nice.  Examples might include a lamp, a painting, or like-new items. (We are not taking clothing, furniture or computer related items.)
          You may place donations in the nursery, and they will be shown in a rotating display on tables in the back of Fellowship Hall each week. Please indicate a suggested price.  This helps immensely.  And...come prepared to take home your new treasures, as well.  The sale runs through April 14th so don't wait long! 
          Proceeds will go toward the Capital Fund for our ongoing projects to fix and maintain the church building and parsonage. As you've seen over the last two years, the Trustees are hard at work.  The list is long though with such an old building, so having our Treasures to sell (like an indoor garage sale) may help raise some much-needed funds.
            If you have items that you want to donate to a rummage sale, Matthew 25 (an important organization we belong to, that helps the needy in our community will participate in the Seville yard sale on Saturday, June 14, 2019. More details will follow.

Thursday, February 28, 2019


Loving and Learning in Lodi March 3 2019

          Thank you for your prayers for the Special Session of the General Conference. The Traditional Plan received the most support maintaining the current language in the Book of Discipline in regards to human sexuality. The Plan also strengthens enforcement and consequences for those who don’t conform. However, some parts of the Plan thought to be unconstitutional. Therefore, the Plan was sent to our Judicial Council to determine its constitutionality. They meet in April to review it. So, some parts may be declared unconstitutional. No procedural changes will take place until January, 2020.
         
          Needless to say, members of our United Methodist Church community are hurting. We called each other names, suggested that others weren’t really following the ways of God, and in general did harm to each other. All this is to say, we’re still working through this. As I receive helpful information, I will pass it on to keep us informed. There are three Post General Conference Information Gatherings coming up:

Saturday, March 9  at 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Newcomerstown Christ UMC
Saturday, March 9 at 2:00 – 3:30 p.m., North Canton Faith UMC
Sunday, March 10 at 4:00 – 5:30 p.m., Strongsville UMC

I plan on attending two of them: North Canton Faith & Strongsville. If you’d like to meet at the church and travel with me, let me know.
         
          This Sunday is a Communion Sunday. Again, perfect timing on God’s part, as we share one loaf together as Christ’s body, the church.
                                               
                                                                             See you Sunday!
                                                                                       Pastor Diane

Since our prayer time on Sunday:  Prayers for Bill Dunham’s family with his passing. A memorial service will be held at the church this Saturday, March 2nd at 2:00 p.m.

From our prayer time on Sunday, February 24th:
Birthdays:
~Mickey Weir is celebrating 92 while soaking up the Florida sunshine!
~Marta Van Loon’s mom just turned 96 last week.  Congratulations!
Joys:
~Rev. Diane was wonderfully overwhelmed with all of her birthday cards & well wishes. Thank you to all of you!
~Cindy Namerow attended a breast cancer fundraiser for a very special friend Friday night.  It is amazing how the community comes together to support others!
~It was a joy to be in the Fellowship Hall for part of the service!
Concerns:
~ Services for Mary Ann Crawford have been moved to May 11 at 11:00.  Keep her family in your prayers.
~Bob Heitkamp reminded us to keep General Conference in our prayers for the decisions they will be making this week.
~Harry Baker is in Medina Hospital and feeling better.
~All the unspoken prayers among us.
~Our military personnel and their families, near and far. Our safety forces and first responders.
Recovering: Garry Moore, Tom Repp, Lee Geissman, Patty Ramey
Cancer: Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Delbert Miller, Hattie Ziegler, Sherry Walker
Families Grieving:  Jim Hastings family, Susie Hall family, Judy Yoder family, Joni Barnes family, Doris Formanek family, Ken Wiley family, Frankie Dudas family, Leonard Barnhart family, Diana McMahon family, Mary Ann Crawford family, Bill Dunham Famiy

Sunday, March 3, 2019
Liturgist:       Russ Green                                                     Greeters: Charlie & Peggie Brown
Hymns:        Blessed Assurance                                 verses 1 - 3                       #369
                        Make Me a Servant                                sing once                          TFWS #2176
                   Fill My Cup Lord                                    sing twice                         #641
                   This Is a Day of New Beginnings              verses 1, 4 & 5                  #383

Scripture                                          Acts 2:42 - 47                                  Common English Bible
           The believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the community, to their shared meals, and to their prayers. A sense of awe came over everyone. God performed many wonders and signs through the apostles. All the believers were united and shared everything. They would sell pieces of property and possessions and distribute the proceeds to everyone who needed them. Every day, they met together in the temple and ate in their homes. They shared food with gladness and simplicity. They praised God and demonstrated God’s goodness to everyone. The Lord added daily to the community those who were being saved.

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 7:00 p.m. Come join us!

Feed My Sheep is this Thursday, February 28th from 5-7pm.

Ash Wednesday Communion Service, March 6th at 7pm.

~ LENTEN STUDY ~ Tuesdays, March 12 - April 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. The Return of the Prodigal Son, by Henri J. M. Nouwen. Cost $12. Led by Dee Heitkamp. A chance encounter with a reproduction of Rembrandt's The Return of the Prodigal Son catapulted Henri Nouwen on a long spiritual adventure. In seizing the inspiration that came to him through Rembrandt's depiction of the powerful Gospel story, Henri Nouwen probes several movements of the parable.
   The themes of homecoming, affirmation, and reconciliation will be newly discovered by all who have known loneliness, dejection, jealousy, or anger. The challenge to love as the father and be loved as the son will be seen as the ultimate revelation of the parable known to Christians. Sign up this Sunday in Fellowship Hall.

TABLE TOP TREASURES: Effective Sunday, March 17th through April 14th, we will be offering you the opportunity to purchase some Table Top Treasures. Table Top Treasures will replace our usual rummage sale.
          Please bring in a few of your “treasures” and place them in the nursery (off Fellowship Hall) starting on Sunday, March 10th. These treasures will be priced and placed on table(s) offered to the following groups for purchase: Our congregation on Sunday am, AA each Wed. night, Feed My Sheep. Anyone willing tohelp price and do set up please contact Larry Scott (330 887 5224). Proceeds will go to our capital fund.
          If you have items that you want to donate to a rummage sale, Matthew 25 (an important organization we belong to, that helps the needy in our community will participate in the Seville yard sale on Saturday, June 14, 2019. More details will follow.
          Remember…we are wanting a few of your treasures…the rest of your rummage sale items need to be donated elsewhere. Looking forward to receiving your donated treasures!!