The Servant August 2016
Pastor's Letter August 2016
This year, as we hear gospel passages from the gospel of Luke in worship, we hear many times that Jesus was praying. On July 24th, then we heard the passage in which Jesus teaches his disciples how to pray just after they witness Jesus praying once again. Prayer is a VERY important part of our life of faith. I have been encouraging you to participate in prayer activities individually and together throughout this year. You will once again find a prayer calendar to pray for other congregations and ministries. I encourage all of us to pray for the ministry of our bishops, our Lutheran partners and our brothers and sisters of other church traditions that God enable us all to share the good news and serve our neighbors in need. In addition to connecting us with God, prayer also connects us to those for whom we pray.
In May we gathered in the middle of the week to pray for different groups of people, including our relationships between churches and other faiths, youth and children, those who were sick and suffering, and those who are working in various jobs.
Another prayer endeavor that we undertook this year was teaching how to write the Prayers of Intercession that we pray every weekend in worship. We gathered to do this at a weekly workshop in June and found some very capable prayer writers. We have already used Prayers of Intercession from one workshop attender one weekend in July. Keep your eyes open for others in the near future; we will indicate in the worship booklet when the Prayers are written by someone from Lord of Life.
There are many ways to pray. We pray individually. We pray corporately, as the assembled people of God in worship. We pray in small groups. We pray through song. We pray in silence without words. We pray anytime and anywhere. Prayer is the way to communicate with God. At its simplest, it is a conversation. Prayer is also vital. We do not have a relationship with someone to whom we never speak. Jesus gave his followers some basic words from which to start, as a model for us. But prayer takes practice. That is why I encourage us all, especially those who donâ€™t have much experience with prayer, to join me in these and upcoming opportunities this year to start practicing prayer in your lives.
Grace and peace, Pastor Becky
Trash & Treasure Sale
Lord of Life will host a Trash and Treasure Sale on Friday, August 5th, from 9 am until 4 pm, and Saturday, August 6th, from 9 am until Noon. There will be household goods, linens, kitchen items, utensils, home decor, curtains/draperies, glassware and dishes, baskets, holiday items, tools, books, games, puzzles, toys, craft items, jewelry, outdoor items, sports items, collectibles and MORE. Please use the front entrance to come shop.
Monday, August 8, 2016 at 11:00 AM.
Slideshow presentation by Roger Bell detailing his trips to Australia
Lunch is provided by The Woodlands at Hampton Woods.
Spread the word and bring your friends!
Gatherings At Pastorâ€™s House
Pastor and Robert invite you to a gathering at their house this summer. The purpose of these gatherings is for fellowship as well as a mid-year check-in on how we are doing as a church. There are currently 2 opportunities available:
- August 7th 3-5 pm
- August 29th 6:30 - 8:30
Please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex (Gathering Space). Pastor and Robert will provide snacks and drinksâ€¦all you have to bring is yourself!
Thrivent Coffee Hour
Please join us on August 14th following worship as we chat with Dominick Russo from Thrivent Financial. He will give a brief Temple Talk during worship and will be available to answer any questions or concerns after worship.
Beyond Our Doors
School Kits for Lutheran World Relief - August and September.
Imagine being a child going back to school without even paper and pencils. YOU can help through Lutheran World Relief. Sales will start soon. The list of items is below. Whatever you give - one or a few items - will be a help! Thanks!
A Lutheran World Relief school kit may provide the only supplies for children returning to school after the disruption of war. School kits help parents continue their childrenâ€™s education, even while living in a refugee camp, for example. A school kit may also be used in adult literacy classes. The following list is what we need to make full kits.
- 4 per kit - 70 sheet notebooks of ruled paper approximately 8 1/2â€ x 10 1/2â€ (please no loose leaf paper)
- One 30-centimeter ruler, or a ruler with centimeters on one side and inches on the other
- One pencil sharpener
- One box of 24 crayons
Lord of Life Online
Just a reminder that your church is active on Facebook and the internet. We have two Facebook pages, â€œLord of Life Lutheran Churchâ€ and Lord of Life Lutheran Church Canfieldâ€.
The Canfield page is a closed group that you can join by â€œfriendingâ€ 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 â€œonline ageâ€, 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 Woody Gingery at 330-539-3323 or email me at Wgingery@hotmail.com.
Wild Life and Poke Stops
Our Church home is also the home of many of Godâ€™s beautiful creatures. We have a Mama Doe with triplets that often find solace in the shade of our trees in the back of the church. Itâ€™s interesting watching them grow. We also have beautiful yellow finches that feed at the thistle feeder in the islands in the parking lot. Be on the lookout for the black squirrel with no tail. His name is Bob!
Grandparents, Parents, Children... Gamers... Ice Breaker... Pokemon Go!
The Genesis of conversation works in mysterious ways. The game itself is designed to provide us opportunities to connect and interact with people in the real world.
While â€œhunting Pokemonâ€ you meet all kinds of people. The conversation starts something like this: â€œHey, how ya doing? What level are you? â€œ Pretty soon you are in full fledge fellowship with this person who only moments ago was a complete stranger! In a time when the world is in such turmoil, itâ€™s refreshing to know that something as trivial as a virtual reality game can make us care about others. Lord of Life is a Pokestop.... Encourage others to â€œcatchâ€ the Holy Spirit!
The Servant is published for you with your news in it! If you have something to share, please have the information ready and in the office before the deadline posted on the calendar that is included in The Servant. Thank you!
Lawn Mowing â€“ August 2016 Schedule
Please be in contact with your team member. We ask that you try to mow between Thursday and Saturday afternoon (weather permitting). Gas will be replenished by Art Thomas. Itâ€™s important to keep tractors and mowers in good repair. If you have a problem please contact the church office (330-533-3531) or Bob Dean (330-533-0006).The church office is open every week day from 9am â€“ 1pm and a key can be picked up there. If you do not have a key, keys to the church can be found on the red key ring in the middle desk drawer in the church office on Sunday morning When task is completed, please return keys to the drawer. (Carriage House needs to be locked with the key â€“ door does not lock automatically).
If you are unable to mow during your assigned week please call someone on the below list to trade weeks.
The August schedule is as follows:
July 31 - August 6 Bill Bienke and Larry Cohol
Aug. 7 - Aug. 13 Howard Loitwood and Joe Markovitch
Aug. 14 - Aug. 20 Bob Allen and Bob Dean
Aug. 21 - Aug. 27 Eric Peterson and Art Thomas
Aug. 28 - September 3 Kurt Beler and John Massie
Bob Allen 330-618-7375 - Howard Loitwood 330-270-0308
Kurt Beler 330-533-6054 - Joe Markovitch 330-727-1046
Bill Bienke 330-509-5150 - John Massie 330-702-1366
Bob Dean 330-518-4607 - Harry Pancher 330-533-3669
Tom Drotleff 330-533-4527 - Eric Peterson 330-718-1486
Larry Cohol 330-792-0642 - Art Thomas 330-792-3250
Thank you for volunteering your time and talent!
Our Church Home â€” Maintenance Day
Saturday 9:30 to 10:30 â€“ August 13th
Each second Saturday of the month at 9:30am is being established as a cleanup/fix up opportunity.
There is always a â€œ To-Doâ€ list. So a setting time each month enables us to get the To-Do List accomplished.
Now all we need is You !
Gardening/Weeding/Mulching/Tree Limb, hedges pruning/Painting/Awareness
Our Church Home is a wonderful â€œWelcomingâ€ facility and lending a helping hand would be nice.
New Fund Raiser
Beginning on August 25th, Lord of Life will be undertaking a new fund raising event. We will be partnering with Johnny Opritza, who operates Johnny Oâ€™s Great Events to sell chicken dinners via a â€œdrive-thruâ€ process.
Our plan is to offer the dinners from 3:00pm to 6:00pm on the last Thursday of each month. Great Events will prepare the dinners and provide everything needed for a take-out meal. Lord of Life will be providing the facility as well as 2 -3 workers for each event. We will take orders as people arrive and carry their dinners to their cars.
The dinners will be $9.00, of which Lord of Life will receive $4.00 per dinner. Bethel Lutheran in Boardman is also partnering with Great Events, their dinners being on the 2nd Thursday of each month.
We hope this fund raiser will provide a steady supplement to our income without being a major burden for the congregation.
Fri 19 Pastor's Sabbath
Sat 20 Worship Service
Our alternative worship service
Sun 21 Worship Service
Our traditional worship service