The Servant - December 2015
PASTOR'S LETTER December 2015
Read this to understand the calendar of names!
The season of Advent is upon us. It is the season that begins the church year even though it falls at the end of the calendar year. The weeks of Advent are intended to help us prepare for Christmas. As we rush around decorating, shopping, baking, attending parties or concerts, Advent breaks into our lives to bring peace and calm, to remind us of the true importance of the upcoming Christmas celebration.
In addition to the decorating, giving and caroling activities we have scheduled for this month, we will also provide opportunities for peace and calm through prayer on the Wednesdays of December. On Wednesday December 2nd, a labyrinth will be set up in the fellowship hall between 6-8 pm. You are invited to come and walk the path (no shoes on labyrinth) that gives you quiet time to pray and meditate on the real gift we have received and celebrate at Christmas. On Wednesday December 9th and 16th we will meet in the Sanctuary at 6:00 pm for a brief Taize prayer service.
I have come to understand more fully how important prayer is in our lives. Sometimes our prayers focus on others because we think we shouldnâ€™t pray for ourselves. Sometimes our prayers focus so much on our own lives that we forget to pray for others. When troubles come and times are tough, we often forget to turn to God in prayer. So at this beginning of the church year, during this holy season that prepares us for a holy celebra-tion, Iâ€™d like to encourage us to pray for one another. That is why you have a calendar with the names of all the members who are listed in our directory. I ask that each day we pray for the fami-lies and individuals listed. If you donâ€™t know them, just pray in general for whatever you wish for that person or family. If you do know the people, see if there is something for which they would like prayer. It is really touching to know that someone is praying for you. It also strengthens our relationships with one another.
May you have a blessed Advent and be touched even more by the God who came near the in the birth of Christ.
Grace and peace,
December Special Dates
2nd Tim Elder
2nd Elizabeth Paige Elder
7th Sheri Vitek
8th Luke Kershner
10th Emily Henline
10th Josiah Allen Oliva
10th Viktoria Stoops
10th Katie Young
12th George Timar
17th Laura Markovitch
17th Tom Vitek
18th Ashley Hanuschak
19th Woody Gingery
19th Joe Markovitch
20th Carol Kershner
23rd Kristen Whited
24th Holly Baker Geho
24th David Pickens
24th Rick Shook
28th Dick Monk
31st Veronica Timar
1st Bev Baker
1st Janice Shook
3rd Caitlin Egan
9th Larry Cohol
10th Bernadette Allen
10th Bryan Reed
12th Bill Egan
12th Traudi Reed
19th Joey Markovitch
20th Viktoria Stoops
24th Rick Shook
25th Katie Young
26th William Puerner
27th Lauren Boucherle
The Congregational meeting takes place this Sunday, December 6, immediately following worship. We will elect council members and approve the 2016 budget. This is your church home and your church family! Please plan to attend to be as informed as possible.
WELCA Advent Luncheon
Wednesday, December 9th at Noon.
Welcome all men and women! Come and share the fellowship of a potluck luncheon immediately following Bible Study. Beverages and rolls will be provided. Just bring a casserole, salad or dessert to share.
Gifts for holiday baskets for homebound members will be gathered in the narthex until the day of the luncheon. They will be assembled the following Sunday by the Sunday School children. At the luncheon you will be offered the opportunity to deliver one or more of the baskets.
Suggestions for gifts for the holiday baskets:
Gum, wrapped candy, dried fruit, nuts, hand lotion, notepads, unbreakable ornaments or decorations, individual tissue packets, tube socks, stationery, pens, Word Search and Suduko books.
Lessons & Carols Celebration and Reception:
Lord of Life service of Lessons and Carols will be held the 4th Sunday of Advent (December 20th beginning at 10:15 a.m.). This Eucharistic worship is a highlight of our Advent observances and one you wonâ€™t want to miss!
Our Director of Music Ministry, Tim Elder and our very own Lord of Life Choir work very hard to bring this wondrous event to you. Be sure to invite a friend(s).
Following worship weâ€™ll enjoy a celebration reception in the Fellowship Hall. A sign up sheet is available. Please consider donating a food item for this reception. If you are not able to be present on this Sunday, please still consider donating toward the reception. Helping hands will also be appreciated and can be noted on the sign-up sheet. Thank you.
See you December 20th!
Saturday, December 12, 2015 - The decorating begins at 10:00 am.
Come one come all to help decorate our church home for the holidays. Come share your creative and fun side in this awesome fellowship event! Coffee and donuts will be available.
Gathering Place event
Monday, December 14, 2015 at 11:00 A.M.
Program: Canfield High School musical group presents a Christmas program; lunch provided by Woodlands
This is a free community outreach social program offered to all senior citizens that is held on the second Monday of the month every month. Different games and activities are offered each month. Come out and join us in a fulfilling afternoon of fun and socialization! Spread the word and bring your friends!
Orders for poinsettias, Organ Fund and World Hunger need to be in the office by Tuesday, December 8, 2015 Look for the display (envelopes, dedication slips) in the Fellowship Hall Dedication slips with payment may be placed in the offering plate or mailed to the church:
550 N Broad St; Canfield, OH 44406
I wish to dedicate $ _____ to World Hunger
I wish to dedicate $__________ to Organ Fund (for maintenance & repairs)
I wish to order_____ Poinsettias (@ $7 each) $_________
In Memory of:_____________________________________________________
In Honor of:______________________________________________________
Phone: ____-______-_______ Enclosed $----------------------------
Congratulations to Donna Hazzardâ€™s mother who will be 100 on December 20th. If you wish to participate in a card shower for her the address is: Mabel Clupper, 169 Meekins Drive, Manteo, NC 27954
2016 is right around the corner! New offering envelopes are available in the Fellowship Hall. Flower and light charts will be posted soon. Donâ€™t forget to sign for your special dates. A Fellowship Meal is scheduled for the third Sunday in January, following the Annual Meeting of the Church. Church Council and Board members are reminded to submit your annual reports!
We recently completed our annual Stewardship drive. As part of Stewardship we want to have an ongoing program to keep the congregation informed of our financial status on a monthly basis.
Starting in January, Council will produce two graphs each month; one will reflect our building fund status (see example below) and the other our general fund status. These will be published in the Servant as well as displayed in the Fellowship Hall. We hope that these graphs will help Lord of Life identify and correct any financial issue before it becomes a significant problem.
Woody Gingery - Council president
On behalf of Church Council
Our Hands Advent Wreath
Do you remember when we all traced our hands on the green paper for Tim? Check out the bulletin board in the Sunday School hallway. Tim Elder designed and put the wreath up. Each Sunday another candle will be â€œlit.â€ Thanks Tim for making sure we are all a part of the creativity.
Christmas Giving Tree
Thanks to all of you awesome Lord of Lifers that took Giving Tree tags! We have so many generous and caring people in our congregation. Bless you for participating.
After a very productive year the Quilting Group is taking some time off. They are still accepting fabric donations but are in need of monetary donations to buy batting. They will resume their schedule of the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 12:30 on January 14, 2016.
Veteran's Rehab Program
Thank you to the folks who attended our Fall Fellowship Gathering, enjoyed a hearty meal and contributed to a local program to assisting area veterans. $145 was contributed to this Veteranâ€™s Rehab Program. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!
Victory Lutheran Food Bank Breakfasts - Feeding the Hungry!
Breakfast for hungry folks is being served at Victory Lutheran on Saturday, January 23, February 27 and March 26, rain or shine, even in the bitter cold. Folks in need come to receive a bag of food from the Victory Lutheran Food Bank and a hot breakfast served by Lord of Lifers.
We need YOUR help to serve these breakfasts.
Five people are required from 8:30 a.m. to noon for each breakfast. Sign up sheets for the 3 months can be found in the narthex. Please sign to serve!
Up to 180 people are served at each breakfast. The cost of providing this meal each month is $175 and rising! Your financial support of this Lord of Life outreach ministry will be greatly appreciated. Checks are made payable, to Lord of Life and noted for Lutheran Breakfasts.
December Operation Blessing
In November, 201 folks were served â€“ 25 more than the usual monthly 175. For Christmas, 50 more children were registered this year than last bringing the total to 250. Gifts are needed to brighten Christmas for these families with children. Thank you! to those who have already contributed to the Operation Blessing Christmas Toy Collection â€“ but â€“ be reminded that MORE toys are needed. Give that extra joy to help make this appeal successful!
Caroling at Shepherd of the Valley Boardman
7148 West Blvd. Boardman, OH 44512, Sunday, December 13 at 3:15
Please plan to join us, even if you canâ€™t carry a tune, for a fun filled holiday favorite. We plan to meet at Shepherd of the Valley, Boardman at 3:15 pm. We will sing a few carols and then meet back at the church for refreshments and fellowship. We ask that everyone attending bring a dozen cookies to share.
Pastor and Staff Gifts
It is the tradition here at Lord of Life Church to give monetary gifts to Pastor and Staff. Envelopes for this purpose are included in the mailed servant and also in the narthex, fellowship hall and church office. The envelopes may be placed in the offering or mailed to the church - Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 550 North Broad St., Canfield, Oh 44406
On Wednesday, December 2, a labyrinth will be set up in the fellowship hall between 6-8 pm. You are invited to come and walk the path (no shoes on labyrinth) that gives you the quiet time to pray and meditate on the real gift we receive and celebrate on Christmas. On Wednesday, December 9th and 16th, we will meet in the Sanctuary at 6:00pm for a brief Taize Prayer service. We hope you can take advantage of these opportunities during the hectic holiday season.
Advent Prayer Calendar
You will find an Advent Prayer Calendar enclosed in this mailing and also available in the narthex. Please use this each day to pray for the families and individuals listed. If you donâ€™t know them, just pray in general for whatever you wish for that family or person. If you do know the people, see if there is something for which they would like prayer. It is really touching to know that someone is praying for you. It also strengthens our relationships with one another.
Fri 19 Pastor's Sabbath
Sat 20 Worship Service
Our alternative worship service
Sun 21 Worship Service
Our traditional worship service