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The Servant - September 2015

The Servant - September 2015

Pastor's Letter - Sept 2015


Well, my new house is finally settled enough to have people over! Robert and I hosted the choir for their annual picnic at the end of August, and we hope to be able to host other groups from the church in the near future.

But I want to say a big thank you to the choir, Tim and Pastor Lang Collins. On the night of the picnic, Pastor Collins and the choir did a house blessing for us, and Tim wrote a song specifically for house blessings in honor of the occasion. This gift meant so much to Robert and me; we cannot express our gratitude enough. It was a really moving and memorable experience.

It was important to us that we have our house blessed. It helps us to remember that God is always here, and that our home is a gift that God gives us to share love and laughter and life with all who come. We are really happy with our house, but we realize it is not just for our enjoyment but a place to welcome others, to talk about and share food and faith, life and love.

I have done a few house blessings in the past six years. But I wanted to make you aware that house blessings can be a very meaningful experience. I’ve done house blessings for people when they moved to a new place, for people who feel a strange energy or presence in the house and for a person who had a break-in.

The house blessing provides a tangible reminder to us that God is in our homes. We ask that God set our home apart to be a place of peace and love and hope and welcome. You can have a house blessing whether you’ve just moved in or have lived there for years. If this sounds like something you would like to do for your home, don’t hesitate to call and set up at time with me or if you have questions, feel free to ask.

Grace and peace,
Pastor Becky

Worship Schedule Change

Beginning Sunday, September 13th, we will have one worship service on Sundays, beginning at 10:15 am.

Rally Day

Rally Day for all ages will be held Sunday September 13th at 9:30 am. This is the day we gear up for our faith formation program year!

Due to the change in worship time, Sunday school for all children from preschool to sixth grade will be held before worship from 9:30 am-10:00 am. For Sundays following Rally Day, adult faith formation will occur after worship, when scheduled.

God's Work, Our Hands Day of Service Opportunities

are scheduled for Sunday September 13th (unless otherwise noted).

- WORSHIP @ Shepherd of the Valley on West Blvd, Boardman. Arrive at 2:00 pm. Need 8-10 volunteers, one or two musicians. Contact Pastor Becky Zielke, 570-436-1174


- Volunteer opportunity throughout the week of September 7 to cut and paint boards to be used to board up abandoned homes. This requires the layout of boards to specific opening dimensions, the use of a power circular saw, and painting of the boards. The layout requires a little geometry. Cutting requires a firm steady hand. Painting requires no skill and little strength.

- Volunteer opportunity late in the same week to stage the cut and painted boards at houses throughout the community to be applied on the following weekend. This requires moderate strength.

- Volunteer opportunity on Friday, September 11 and Saturday, September 12 to go out to cut brush and trees away from abandoned homes that will be or have been boarded up. This requires moderate strength to drag the brush to the curb or toss into a dump truck; the use of a chain saw or other equipment. If you have a chain saw, please volunteer!

- Volunteer opportunity on Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13 to go out to apply the pre-cut and pre-staged boards to abandoned homes. This requires moderate strength to handle and place the pre-cut boards; the use of a power nailer to apply the boards (this is a lot of fun!).

To volunteer for any YNDC opportunities, call Pr. Duane Jesse at Zion Lutheran Church @ 330-792-4046

Grace Lutheran is collecting and packing items for deployed military personnel. Contact Pastor Barb Bartholomew at bhbgreyhound@frontier.com for more information if this project interests you!

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY work on current project in Lowellville, 20 Walnut Street. Contact Stuart Smith 330-953-2050 or stuart.smith@zoominternet.net for more information or to sign up. Maximum 10 people.

Confirmation Orientation Program

Our cooperative confirmation program will begin on Sunday September 20th with parent/student orientation. We will meet at Zion Lutheran Church in Youngstown at 5:30 pm to orient new and returning students and their parents to the program for 2015-16. Pastor has sent letters to those who are entering 7th and 8th grades. If you do not receive a letter and you have a child who would like to be in Confirmation this year, please call the office (330-533-3531).

BINGO at Shepherd of the Valley

Tuesday, Sept 22nd at 6:15 pm

MEN and WOMEN—come and enjoy Bingo Night with the residents of Shepherd of the Valley in Boardman. They really enjoy our company and the prizes and ice cream we bring! And for us it’s an opportunity to serve and have an evening of fun with them.

Another way to participate in this event is to DONATE ITEMS that can be used as prizes. Some ideas: jewelry – necklaces, clip-on-earrings, bracelets, toiletries such as lotion, puzzle books, especially word search, tube socks, caps and small unbreakable decorative items.

Knitting & Quilting Group - September 10th & 24th

The Knitters & LWR Quilting Group meets at Lord of Life from 1 to 2:30p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month.

Can you sew a seam on a sewing machine? Can you tie a knot? Can you cut a square of material? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then YOU qualify to quilt!

Are Thursdays inconvenient for you? Would you rather participate from home? No problem! You can still be part of the quilters at Lord of Life.

Letters From Liberia

While they served as Lutheran (U.L.C.A.) missionaries in Liberia, Vangie McDorman’s parents wrote letters to their families about their experiences. Vangie’s compilation of those letters will soon be a completed book.

Board of Worship

“Praise God from whom all blessings flow”… the first line from a hymn that certainly speaks to us. We are truly blessed to be able to gather for worship here each Sunday. We are fortunate to have members willing to give of themselves as worship participants: acolytes, crucifers, lectors, worship assistants, ushers, greeters, presenters, altar guild, and musicians to enhance our service.

As we begin our new worship schedule, remember if you cannot serve on the assigned date and time please call someone to replace you, then let Carole, our church secretary, know of the change.

If anyone is interested in serving in any of our areas of participation, please let Pastor or Judy Camp know. We will train you and give any help needed: acolyte (this can also be adults), crucifer, lector, worship assistant, usher, greeter, presenter; choir—see Tim, altar guild---see Norma Thomas.

As we come back from our summer vacations, I am looking forward to making together a “joyful noise unto the Lord”.

It's Time For School Kits!

Please note: The following items are especially needed to complete our kits.- 70 Sheet notebooks * Scissors * Pencil Sharpeners

Let's fill the basket in the narthex to overflowing - again! Thank you for the past generosity! Take advantage of back-to-school sales so your donation can do the most good. For each child who receives a kit, it is an important aid to education and a reminder of God's love and a source of hope.

School Kits

- Four 70-sheet notebooks (wide or college-ruled paper approx. 8 x 10 1/2) NO loose leaf paper
- One blunt scissors (safety scissors with embedded steel blades work well)
- One 30-centimeter ruler, or a ruler with centimeters on one side and inches on the other
- One pencil sharpener
- One eraser approximately 2 1/2” long
- 5 new, unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers: secure together with a rubber band
- 5 ballpoint pens (no gel ink): secure together with rubber band

The Gathering Place

Monday, September 14th at 11:00 am

PROGRAM: Jeanette and Preston Hess will give a presentation of the service provider organization, Seniors Helping Seniors.

Lunch is provided by The Woodlands at Hampton Woods Program will begin promptly at 11:30. Spread the word and bring your friends!


NEWSWO - 16th Biennial Convention - October 10th

Northeast Ohio Synodical Women’s Organization are calling all women to attend the Biennial Convention. This one day convention will be held at Grace Lutheran Church in Wadsworth, Ohio, with registration beginning at 8:00 a.m. Cost is $40.00

- Continental breakfast and lunch included
- Business meeting, Bible Study, Informational Break-out Sessions
- Day will conclude with a worship service that includes communion
- Homilist will be The Rev. Abraham Allende

Please contact Betty Dysert or Vangie McDorman for application form. Registration Deadline: Friday, October 2nd, 2015 Registration fee: $40.00 Make checks payable to: NEOSWO
Mail to: Martha Bishop, NEOSWO Treasurer
890 Waugh Dr. Hubbard OH 44425

Serving in Worship

Sept 13, 2015, 10:15 am

Crucifer - Art Thomas
Worship Assistant - Chuck Dysert
Lector - Traudi Reed
Acolyte - Volunteer needed
Greeters/Presenters - Betty Dysert, Rose Hipple
Ushers - Keith Hipple, Chris Williams
Nursery - Tom Drotleff
Altar Guild - Norma Thomas
Counters - Rose Hipple, Carmen Heasley
Name Sign - Volunteer needed

Sept 20, 2015, 10:15 am

Crucifer - Rick Kershner
Worship Assitant - Bob Allen
Lector - Leah Vitek
Acolyte - Kayla Fekety
Greeters/Presenters - Sheri Vitek, Janet Egan
Ushers - Ron Fekety - Bill Egan
Nursery - Lori Kavanaugh
Altar Guild - Janet Egan
Counters - Tom Vitek, Chris Williams
Name Sign - Art Thomas

Sept 27, 2015

Crucifer - Art Thomas
Worship Assitant - Judith Lobaugh
Lector - Judy Camp
Acolyte - Voluteer needed
Greeters/Presenters - Shirley Schmidt, Phyllis Ruse
Ushers - Jim Duffett, Dick Puerner
Nursery - Tom Drotleff
Altar Guild - Marion Kalasky
Counters - Rick Kershner, Tom Drotleff
Name Sign - Volunteer Needed

September Special Dates


1st Paul Boucherle
2nd Chuck Dysert
4th Diane Malloy
4th Bob Reynolds
5th Kayla Strange
6th Emma Jane Parker
6th Aubrianna Thomas
8th Katy McCartney
8th Leigh McCartney
10th Betty Jean Smith
11th Mary Lou Drotleff
11th Judith Lobaugh
15th Lorinda Moucha
16th Shelly Calvin
19th Rick Kershner
21st Delores Bailey
22nd Ronald Paul Fekety
22nd Janet Miklas
22nd Ryan John Knarr
23rd Andrea Cohol
24th Nate Reynolds
25th Ronald Logue
26th Kelsey Mickey
27th Andrea Morrison
27th Anmarie Moucha
29th Diana Williams
30th Lauren Boucherle
30th Barb Drotleff
30th Sheila Massie
30th Barb Rinda


1st Matt Reynolds
1st Steve Reynolds
8th Bridget Faith Fekety
19th Bob Soles
22nd Danny Drotleff
24th Jason Lange
24th Kayla Joy Fekety
24th Nancy Lynn Fenskie
26th Judith Lobaugh
29th Jim Duffett

Directory additions and changes

Bauman, John - 330-758-3763

Pickens, David & Maribeth - 1259 Victory Hill Lane, Austintown Ohio 44515

Welch, Kay - 330-533-6582

Upcoming Events


Fri 19 Pastor's Sabbath

4:00 AM - 1:00 PM :: 9 Hours

Sat 20 Worship Service

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM :: 1 Hours

Sun 21 Worship Service

6:15 AM - 7:15 AM :: 1 Hours

Wed 24 Choir

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM :: 1 Hours

Fri 26 Pastor's Sabbath

4:00 AM - 1:00 PM :: 9 Hours

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