Thursday, January 17, 2019


Loving and Learning in Lodi January 20, 2019
         
For some of us, next Monday will be a holiday as we remember the life and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. When I think of his ministry, the prayer by Robert Corin Morris below comes to mind, and I share it with us:

May I walk this day in the realm of grace,
walking with You
my feet firmly on your earth-path,
my heart loving all as kindred,
my words and deeds alive with justice.

May I walk as blessing,
meeting blessing at every turn
in every challenge, blessing,
in all opposition, blessing,
in harm’s way, blessing.

May I walk each step in this moment of grace,
alert to hear You and awake enough to say a simple Yes.
                                               
                                                                             See you Sunday!
                                                                                       Pastor Diane

Prayer request since Sunday:  Continued prayers for Sherry Walker as she heals from further cancer surgery on her tongue and sees the doctor for results.

From our prayer time on Sunday, January 13th:
Birthday: 
~Leo Sparr will be 79 and is hoping for more mobility and less pain.
~Joyce Lorrah is turning 75.  She prayers for health and happiness.
~Charlie Brown is now 78. He wants to stay OUT of the hospital!
~Adrea Garcia hit 25, which mean her car insurance is going down!  The state of Michigan is no fault and very expensive!
Joys: 
~Peggie Brown's AARP card group is sharing their used stamps with us for the stamp program.
~Danielle Anderson is now a full-time employee at Bath & Body Works - with benefits! Yeah!
~The Dunham family is so thankful for all the cards.  The cards are kept in a basket right beside Bill so he can reflect on them during the day.
Concerns:
~Bill Dunham is at home.  His family is always with him.  The family requests NO visits or phone calls, PLEASE.  Just cards and prayers.
~Grace Harvey's brother-in-law now has an infection after all the surgeries.
~Prayers for our president and Congress - hopefully they can work together.
~Jeff Van Loon's brother is in SouthWest General.  Jeff and Marta will be headed to North Carolina this week to help Heather move back into her home now that the hurricane damage has been repaired.
~Harry Baker shared that Judy Zarney has passed away.  He also reminded us that Delbert Miller needs our prayers as he continues to fight cancer.
~Janet Freiberg shared that Roger Davis lost his leg and needs our prayers.
Recovering: Garry Moore, Tom Repp, Lee Geissman, Patty Ramey, Bill Dunham
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Delbert Miller, Hattie Ziegler, Sherry Walker
Families Grieving:  The Jim Hastings family, The Susie Hall family, The Judy Yoder family, The Joni Barnes family, The Doris Formanek family, Ken Wiley family, The Frankie Dudas Family, The Leonard Barnhart Family

Sunday, January 20, 2019
Liturgist:       Larry Cray                                                     Greeters: Bob & Dee Heitkamp
Hymns:        The Church’s One Foundation                            verses 1, 2 & 4                  #545
                        Make Me a Servant                                                                      TFWS #2176
                   Help Us Accept Each Other                      verses 1 - 3                                #560
                   In Christ There Is No East or West           verses 1 - 4                       #548
                             to the tune of #117 – O God Our Help in Ages Past

Scripture                              Micah 6:6 - 8                                               New Revised Standard Version

and bow myself before God on high?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
with calves a year old?

Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
with ten thousands of rivers of oil?
Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”

He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
           
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!

Attached to this email is the Church Leadership List and Budget for 2019.

We’ll be receiving new members on Sunday, January 27th. If you have questions or are interested in joining the church, please contact Pastor Diane (719) 648-9065.

Next Thursday, January 24th 5-7pm – Feed My Sheep:  We’ll be serving chicken and turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes over Bob Evans biscuits and noodles - yummy! We need your help to finish off the meal with some sweet treats for dessert!

As we begin a new year…some kitchen reminders:  If you need to borrow something or if you find something has broken, call Dottie Kimble at 330-887-1471. Please label your items, markers and tape are in the drawer by the refrigerator. Please don’t leave your leftovers. Thank you!

Thursday, January 10, 2019


Loving and Learning in Lodi January 13 2019

          Last week, as 2019 began, we renewed our baptismal vows, remembered our baptism and gave thanks as well as received communion and remembered Christ’s gifts of forgiveness and grace.
          This week, we’ll take time to thank our leadership and pray for them as 2019 begins, and they continue their ministries and work for Christ and on our behalf.
                                                                             See you Sunday!
                                                                                       Pastor Diane


From our prayer time on Sunday, January 6th:
Birthday: 
~Sunny turned 74 last week!  He hopes to continue to see the green side!  😉
Anniversary: 
~Glen and Cheryl Betts got married 22 years ago, today, in our church.  The secret is to choose your battle, have fun and enjoy each other.
Joys: 
~Kathleen Hastings niece is now in remission and doing well!
~Colette Laughlin received a 4 pt for the first semester and, stay off the sidewalks, she has her driver’s temps!
~Carl and Janet Freiberg get to great-grand parents, again!
~Elva Dunham sent joys with Rev. Diane:  1. Reading the Advent booklet message each day.  2.  All the cards they have received.  3.  The last Sunday they were greeters in December, they ran out of bulletins – how wonderful!  4. Our prayers sure keep their family’s spirits up!
Concerns: 
~Bill Dunham is back in Lodi Hospital. Bill went home on Tuesday.
~Grace Harvey’s brother-in-law, Jim, had more surgery after his back surgery.
~Pat Carpenter’s brother passed away.
~Rich Serafin’s cousin, Bob in Tennessee, is still in ICU.
~Lynn Wilson’s mom passed away after a battle with cancer.
~Jeff and Marta Van Loon’s daughter, Shawna, has surgery scheduled this week.
~Sherry Walker’s continued treatments for tongue cancer.
~All the unspoken prayers among us.
~Our military personnel, near and far. 
Recovering: Garry Moore, Tom Repp, Charlie Brown, Lee Geissman, Patty Ramey, Bill Dunham
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Delbert Miller, Hattie Ziegler
Families Grieving:  The Jim Hastings family, The Susie Hall family, The Judy Yoder family, The Joni Barnes family, The Doris Formanek family, Ken Wiley family, The Frankie Dudas Family, The Leonard Barnhart Family

Sunday, January 13, 2019
Liturgist:       Kathy Baughman                                                                  Greeters: Leo & Chris Sparr
Hymns:        O, Master, Let Me Walk with Thee            verses 1 – 4                      #430
                        Make Me a Servant                                                                      TFWS #2176
                   Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore    verses 1 & 3                      #344
                   Here I Am Lord                                     verses 1 - 3                       #593
                             A favorite of Judy Foster, Neal McLoda, Bonnie Querin, Dawn Rice & Chris Sparr  

Scripture                              Luke 22:24 - 26                                          New International Version
           But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.
           
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!

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

Trustees meet after worship this Sunday.

2019 Offering Envelopes are ready for you to pick up at the back of the sanctuary by the ramp. Please sign the sheet letting us know what numbered envelopes you’ve chosen. Thank you for your faithful and generous giving!

Friday, January 4, 2019


Loving and Learning in Lodi January 6 2019
         
          When I was 14, my family was about to be homeless and shadows of uncertainty entered our lives. My parents were under contract to buy the house we had been renting. The owner, however, decided to sell it to his daughter and her husband instead and did. I have memories of my parents being quite upset and worried about finding another place to live in a short amount of time. Their stress was evident, and I carried the worry and uncertainty with me. Our story ended well with my parents learning of a farm house that was for rent. We packed our belongings and were soon moved in.
         
          We all know people who have almost become homeless. And, we all have passed people without a home on some street, usually in some city.
         
          We celebrate the coming of the Wisemen to Joseph, Mary and Jesus this Sunday, and we begin the church season of Epiphany. We know the story well. We remember it ends with God warning Joseph in a dream to basically run!! So, Jesus’ family flees, homeless, and crosses the border into Egypt to get beyond Herod’s grasp. I imagine the fear those parents had…the uncertainty of what would come next.
         
          The flight of the Holy Family to Egypt reminds us to compassionately hold in our hearts those who flee their homes for reasons of safety and those who have found themselves homeless for whatever reasons. 
                                               
                                                                             See you Sunday!
                                                                                       Pastor Diane

From our prayer time on Sunday, December 30th:
Anniversary:
 ~Tom and Grace Harvey celebrated 59 years on December 26.  They have been wonderful years and they look forward to many, many more.
Joys:
~Cindy and Adam Namerow were so excited to have all the kids home for Christmas. 
~Dee Heitkamp was so thankful for answered prayers this Christmas.  Their pastor friend and Bob's sister, both, made it home for Christmas.  Thank you, God!
Concerns:
~ Rich Serafin's cousin has been in ICU.   He really needs our prayers.
~Bill Dunham, and his family, need our prayers.  The family is requesting no calls, texts, food or visits. 
~Sherry Walker's tongue cancer has returned.
~All the unspoken prayers among us.
~Our military personnel, and their families, near and far.
Recovering: Garry Moore, Tom Repp, Charlie Brown, Lee Geissman, Patty Ramey, Bill Dunham
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Delbert Miller, Hattie Ziegler
Families Grieving:  The Jim Hastings family, The Susie Hall family, The Judy Yoder family, The Joni Barnes family, The Doris Formanek family, Ken Wiley family, The Frankie Dudas Family, The Leonard Barnhart Family

Sunday, January 6, 2019
Liturgist:       Katrina Morgan                                                                     Greeter: Ron & Faye Stewart
Hymns:        We Three Kings                 verses 1 & 5                               #254
                        Make Me a Servant                                                   TFWS #2176
                   The First Noel                    verses 1 – 3                      #245
                   Go Tell It on the Mountain   verses 1 & 3                      #251  

Scripture                                          Matthew 2:1 - 12                            New International Version


When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

“‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod.

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!

Remember to bring your 2019 Stewardship cards to worship this Sunday if you’re ready to turn them in.

Monthly Church Potluck is this Sunday after worship. Bring a dish to share and stay for some great food and incredible fellowship!!
2019 Offering Envelopes are ready for you to pick up at the back of the sanctuary by the ramp. Please sign the sheet letting us know what numbered envelopes you’ve chosen. Thank you for your faithful and generous giving!

Lafayette United Methodist Church is offering a Financial Peace class…The class begins on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:00 and runs for 9 weeks. Through written materials and videos with creator, Dave Ramsey, the group will learn how to remove debt and money stress from their lives and begin to save for the future as well. For more information see www.fpu.com or call 330-725-6176.