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The Servant March 2016

Pastor's Letter


We receive a publication called Stories of Faith in Action. It is published by the ELCA, and it shares stories of ministries carried out on our behalf, funded by our mission support. We, along with other Lutheran churches, designate funds from our offerings to be sent to support ministries we share through the Northeastern Ohio Synod (NEOS). The NEOS has a budget, voted on at our yearly synod assemblies, which also designates funds to be sent to the churchwide expression of the ELCA. Those funds are used in many ways, including supporting mission projects and new churches throughout the ELCA. The publication Stories of Faith in Action share some of those stories with us so we can see the ministry that is made possible through the mission support money we send on to our synod and to our church-wide expression. Below is just one of those stories:

A birthday, a high test grade, a new driver’s license-Pastor Newman Chu-sheng Chiu uses all these occasions to gather young, Mandarin-speaking students for a party and prayer.
Newman and his wife, Pastor Grace Chiu, are mission developers for Glory Lutheran Church, a new ministry supported with help from Mission Support in Torrance, Calif. They meet the young adults they serve by spending time on college and university campuses in Orange and Los Angeles counties, chatting with passing Chinese students who are thousands of miles from home and family.
Sometimes they bring along Chinese food for an impromptu picnic, or gather at Starbucks for coffee and a prayer. And for birthdays and other milestones, they ask students to invite friends to celebrate.
“We can have 15 or 20 young people eating, singing, talking and making new friends. It’s so happy!” says Newman. “It doesn’t matter what the reason for the gathering is, the one thing we never miss is the message of God.”
For some young people, that message can be new. God’s story, introduced during the informal campus get-togethers, is the primary focus on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons, when students from all five campuses meet at Glory for Bible study, prayer and worship.
About 70 students have been baptized in the five years since the beginning of Glory Lutheran, a congregation of the ELCA Southwest California Synod. While many have returned to Taiwan, Hong Kong or mainland China, others stay.
Committed to gently, gradually nurturing these young believers, Newman says, “The congregation will develop naturally. I can tell that God is raising up a new group of people.”
© 2014 ELCA · ELCA.org · LivingLutheran.com

Good things ARE happening! It is important for us to realize what is at risk when we cut our mission support. It is also good for us to know what can be done as a result of that mission support! For more stories, check out the website listed above or look for the Stories of Faith in Action booklet in the Narthex (gathering area outside the Sanctuary).

Grace and peace,
Pastor Becky

Lenten Collection for Oesterlen

Our Synod and National ELCA are involved in many ministries we don’t hear much about.

Our congregations benevolence offerings to Synod and ELCA are one way we at Lord of Life contribute. Sometimes we can help in more direct, visual ways.

A unique and important ministry of our Synod is Oesterlen Services for Youth in Springfield, OH. Oesterlen serves troubled children and teens both in their own homes and in residence on Oesterlen’s Campus. Care and therapeutic counseling are given by highly skilled professionals. They help young victims of some of our society’s darkest ills: substance abuse, physical and emotional abuse, exploitation and more.

A way we can help is to gather items that all kids need - a full list is in the narthex at the Oesterlen display. Pick up a copy and donate a few things in the basket.

Later in the year, you will be invited to go along when the items are delivered and to see Oesterlen yourself. Thank you!

Lenten Wednesday Evening Prayer

Continuing in the Covenant of Baptism continues on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm. Join us in March as we welcome area Pastors into our church home to preach on different focuses of the Covenant of Baptism.

March 2 Pastor Richard Kidd “To hear the Word of God and to share in the Lord’s supper.”
March 9 Pastor Duane Jesse “To strive for justice and peace in all the earth.”
March 16 Pastor David Kamphuis “To live among God’s faithful people.”

Gathering Place

Join us on March 14, at 11:00 a.m. as we welcome WYTV’s Jim Loboy to the Gathering Place.

This is a free community out reach program offered to all Senior Citizens. Different games and activities are offered every month. Come on out and enjoy an afternoon full of fun and socialization. Spread the word and BRING A FRIEND! Lunch provided by The Woodlands.

Lord of Life Online

Just a reminder that your church is active on Facebook and the internet. We have two Facebook pages, “Lord of Life Lutheran Church” and Lord of Life Lutheran Church Canfield”.

The Canfield page is a closed group that you can join by “friending” Pastor Becky, who will add you to the group. Please take some time to explore our Facebook pages as well as our internet site http://lordoflifecanfield.com. In this “online age”, these facilities are key to our reaching the general public a well as providing communications to our members. We welcome any feedback, if you have comments or questions, please call me at 330-539-3323 or email me at Wgingery@hotmail.com.

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 26th at 10:00 a.m. The Easter Bunny is sure to make a guest appearance... so be sure to bring your basket for all the eggs you find!

All Congregation member’s children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and their friends are welcome. The event will go forward rain or shine. Candy donations to help the Easter Bunny will be greatly appreciated!!

Holy Thursday For Kids

What: An opportunity for kids to understand Maundy Thursday and Holy Communion
When: Thursday March 24th at 5:00 pm
Where: Lord of Life fellowship hall
Who: Children up to and including 6th grade
How: Sharing a meal, teaching, activities.
Why: This is an important time in the church year and a central event for our faith. You are never too young to learn about it!
Please RSVP to Pastor Becky by Sunday March 20th.

Holy Week

Wednesday, Service of the Word and Healing (March 23) 7:00 P.M.

Holy Thursday for Kids (March 24) 5:00 P.M.

Maundy Thursday (March 24) 7:00 P.M.
All are invited to the experience of foot washing and to Holy Communion. Those interested in participating in foot washing should wear easily removable shoes.

Good Friday (March 25) 7:00 P.M.

We meditate on the triumph of the cross by hearing the passion story in John’s gospel, by offering prayers for God’s restoration of a broken world and by witnessing the procession of the cross.

Easter Vigil (March 26) 7:00 P.M.
Celebrating God’s saving acts through Biblical stories, the gift of Baptism and Holy Communion.

Resurrection of Our Lord (March 27) 10:15 A.M.
We rejoice in God’s triumph over sin and death as we celebrate Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Morning.

A Marriage Encounter - Weekend of Discovery!

Beachwood, OH - April 15, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - April 17, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

Enjoy a weekend of discovery with your spouse o this Marriage Encounter – Beachwood, OH Weekend! The relaxed, “unplugged” atmosphere of the Weekend will enhance your experience as you work together for 44 hours learning loving and effective communication techniques that will improve your relationship.

ACCOMMODATIONS: We have already reserved rooms for this event at the hotel, and will send this information to you once you are registered, so you do not need to make a hotel reservation yourself. Two nights lodging, three meals on Saturday (breakfast, lunch, dinner), and two meals on Sunday (breakfast and lunch) are included in your reservation.

COST: An application fee of $100 is required when you apply. The amount Marriage Encounter must pay the venue for your lodging, meals, and program costs (usually averaging $450 per couple, depending on prevailing lodging and food costs) is explained on the Weekend. You will then be given the opportunity to make a freewill donation to Marriage Encounter to help offset these costs. We will appreciate any donation you can make. Lutheran Marriage Encounter is a 501(c)3 organization that depends entirely on couple contributions to continue this ministry.

SPECIAL NEEDS: Be sure to indicate any special dietary or medical needs on your application.

Need more information? godlovesmarriage.org. We look forward to seeing you!

Application deadline: April 1, 2016.

Thank You

Thank you to my Lord of Life family and the special women that knitted my beautiful prayer shawl. I also want to Mary Lou for our wonderful visit and delivering the shawl to my home. Your love and prayers are greatly appreciated. Thanks again, Carole Patterson

Continuing in the Covenant of Baptism

March 2, 2016 - Pastor Richard Kidd - To hear the Word of God and to share in the Lord's Supper.

March 9, 2016 - Pastor Duane Jesse - To strive for justice and peace in all the earth.

March 16, 2016 - Pastor David Kamphuis - To live among God's faithful people.

Taking Faith Home - Caring Thoughts/Conversations

March 6th - Luke15:1-3,11-32 - Discuss a time when you forgave some. How did it feel?

March 13th - John 12:1-8 - What is the best gift you have ever given? Ever received?

March 20th - Luke 19:28-40 - Share about a time when you were excited to see someone. How do you show that Jesus is welcome in your home?

March 27th - Luke24:1-12 - Share about a time when you received some amazing news. How did you react? How is the resurrection of Jesus important to you?

Canfield Lions Presents Monthly Fish Dinners on Fridays

Dates for 2016

March 4, 11, 18 (carry out), 25; April 1; May 6 (carry out); July 8; August 5; September 2; October 7; November 4.
Served 4:30-7:30, Take out available. A La Carte Catering, 429 Lisbon St., Canfield 330-533-0363

Main Course Dinners

Dinners - Haddock (Baked or Fried) or macaroni & cheese or haluski or pierogis

Choice of side - Frendch fries, macaroni & cheese, pierogis, haluski

Includes - Cole slaw or green beans, roll, drink & dessert - all for $11

Canfield Lions 16th Annual Craft, Antique & Quilt Show

Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 10 am to 4 pm

Canfield High School, 100 Cardinal Dr., Canfield OH 44406

Free admission, free parking, hot food available, chines auction, 50/50 raffle.

Just in time or springtime, Easter & Mother's Day.

As Canfield Lions we "serve" our community with feed the hungry, disaster relief, chairable donations to the needy, highway clean up, Canfield High School scholarships, and interact with the L:eo's program, just to mention some of the activities that are sponsored by our fund raisers. Our primary focus is the Eye program, meaning eye screening in the schools and at the county fair. We also provide eye exams, glasses, and eye care for those less fortunate.

Spaghetti Dinner

To benefit the Mickey Schuster Scholarship Fund

Saturday, March 5th - 4-7pm.

Adults $8.00, Children under 12, $5.00. Carry outs available.

Bethel Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 425 Crestview Dr., Boardman, OH 44512, 330-758-5745


Keeping you in the know Serving in Worship March 2016 Lenten Prayer Calendar Church Calendar

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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