The Servant September 2016
Pastor's Letter Sept 2016
The Sunday after Labor Day has once again been designated as the â€œGodâ€™s Work. Our Handsâ€ Day of Service. This is a day in which congregations are encouraged to participate in service-related projects. We do this remembering and celebrating our mission as the redeemed church of Christâ€¦to love and serve our neighbors as God works through our hands (and feet and voices, etc.)
There will be some opportunities to do this on Sunday, September 11th. For more information, check out the Rally Day activities for children, youth and adults. I am also leading worship at Shepherd of the Valley that afternoon at 2:30 pm, so if anyone would like to come along as a reader or a singer, let me know. In previous years, we have worked together with the other churches on a variety of service projects through Shepherd of the Valley, Rescue Mission, Habitat For Humanity, Camp Frederick and Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation. This year, each church has planned some kind of service project to support. But Iâ€™d also like for us to consider this phrase â€œGodâ€™s work, our hands,â€ which is our ELCA mission statement, and what it means for what we do everyday.
The Spirit invites us every day to do Godâ€™s work. On Labor Day weekend we will do a Bless-ing of Labors in recognition of the fact that you can do Godâ€™s work no matter what you do for a living. In some work that is more obvious than othersâ€¦doctors and nurses caring and heal-ing, teachers and coaches mentoring, social workers and counselors helping people with their issues, pastors visiting the sick and teaching the faith, police and military providing protection. But in ANY job, in any activity where we interact with other people, we can be doing Godâ€™s work.
Do you reach out when help is needed? Do you smile and say hi to people, particularly people who are different than you? Do you listen to others? Do you pray with people? Do you ever feed people? Do you ever protect others? Do you speak up when someone is mistreated? Do you include someone who feels left out? Do you graciously provide a product or service that someone needs? Do you speak with kindness toward someone who seems down? These are things that you can do wherever you are in life.
As we observe â€œGodâ€™s Work, Our Hands,â€ Day this year, let us give thanks to God for the holy opportunities God gives us every day to participate in Godâ€™s work in simple, yet meaningful ways.
Grace and peace,
Adult Education Begins!
Rally Day is the official kick-off to faith formation programs for all ages! On Sunday, September 11th at 9:30 am, weâ€™ll kick-off the year in service, as we celebrate â€œGodâ€™s Work. Our Handsâ€ day. Adults as well as Jr and Sr high youth are invited to bring baked goods and put together trays to deliver to service organizations like the police and fire departments, hospitals, assisted living or nursing homes and/or schools to thank the workers for all that they do. Meet in the Meeting Room (next to kitchen)
Sunday Adult Education will continue after worship the following week according to this schedule (gather in Adult Sunday School room):
- Sept 18th: Video of Bishop Eatonâ€™s report to the Churchwide Assembly
- Sept 25th: Discussion on future direction of the ELCA (guided by the document â€œCalled For-ward Together in Christ,â€ available at http://elca.org/future)
- October 2nd: Continued discussion on â€œCalled Forward Together in Christâ€
Wednesday Bible Study will begin at 10:30 am on Wednesday September 14th. We concluded the Old Testament overview in May. We will begin this year with a New Testament overview. All are welcome! We will meet in the Adult Sunday School room.
Rally Day: Sept 11th 9:30am till 10:00am
Where: Fellowship Hall Who: PreK thru 6th grade
Theme: Godâ€™s Work Our Hands
Activity: Assemble School kits For Lutheran World Relief
Connection with our youth: 1 Samuel 3:9
â€œSpeak, Lord for your servant is listeningâ€
We are called by God to serve. Our Lord of Life children need to know they are not too young to be called. They are not too young to serve God. God uses us, as ordinary people to help others. We may not be called to be a leader or a prophet as Samuel was, but we each are called to carry out Godâ€™s work in our own way.
Kidâ€™s Time focus: Preparation for Sunday Worship
How we communicate with God: prayer
If your new to our church community and would like your child/grandchild to participate in our Kidâ€™s Time program, contact the church office for additional info. 330-533-3531
Our Church Home â€” Maintenance Day
Saturday 9:30 to 10:30 â€“ September 10
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 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€•Welcomingâ€– facility and lending a helping hand would be nice.
Any questions call Tom Drotleff (330)533-4527 or Bob Allen, Support Board (330)618-7375.
Trash and Treasure Sale
Many hands and hours Went into our successful Trash and Treasure Sale. Who would imagine that .25, .50, .75, $ 1.00...etc. items would add up to $2683.00?!
Next year we will not be accepting TVâ€™s or computers as they do not sell and it would cost us too much to get rid of. Thank yous are being sent and we pray that we havenâ€™t forgotten anyone. Thank you again for all your hard work and dedication.
Ruth Allen and Judith Lobaugh
Camp Frederick Annual Golf Benefit
Camp Frederick is sponsoring itâ€™s 23rd Annual golf outing, Saturday, September 17th at Beaver Creek Meadows Golf Course, 12774 State Route 7. All proceeds go to Camp Frederick. Registration fee is $65 per golfer (which includes greens fee, cart, breakfast, lunch and steak dinner. Shotgun start at 8 am, registration begins at 7 am and itâ€™s an 18 hole format. Registration deadline is September 9th. Please make checks payable to Camp Frederick, P.O. Box 258, Rogers, OH 44455. If you have any questions, please call Jack Fahey at 330-549-0345 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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
Dear Lord of Life Friends,
Many thanks for all the expressions of care and concern during my recent hospitalization; calls, cards, flowers and food were all greatly appreciated and helped speed me on to recovery. Special gratitude to Pastor for her hospital visit and to Kay Welch and her Ministry to those Hospitalized. (Kay delivered a meal to my home following my release from the hospital). Again, my gratitude for your thoughtfulness
Thank you to everyone made baked goods for the WELCA Bake sale during the Trash and Treasure Sale. WELCA made $322.00. Thanks to all the ladies who manned the sale.
Lawn Mowing â€“ September 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 September schedule is as follows:
September 4-10 Bill Beinke and Larry Cohol
September 11-17 Howard Loitwood and Joe Markovitch
September 18-24 Bob Allen and Bob Dean September 24- October 1 Eric Peterson and Art Thomas
Bob Allen 330-618-7375, Howard Loitwood 330-270-0308, Kurt Beler 330-533-6054, Joe Markovitch 330-727-1046, Bill Beinke 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!
September Drive - thru Chicken Dinner
The September date for the dinner is September 22 from 3 pm til sold out or 6pm whichever comes first. We are partnering with Johnny Opritza, who operates Johnny Oâ€™s Great Events to sell chicken dinners via a â€œdrive-thruâ€ process.
We sold 86 dinners and made profit of $311.00 with our very first dinner in August. These events will take place the fourth Thursday of every month. Feedback is necessary, good or bad, so that we can provide the best meals possible. Please talk to Barb Drotleff, Judith Lobaugh, or Woody Gingery to let us know. 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
Bingo Night at Shepherd of the Valley, Tuesday, September 27 at 6 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 that we bring! For us, itâ€™s an opportunity to serve and to have an evening of fun with the residents.
You can help by donating items for prizes, too. This year, many jewelry items have already been donated, but items for men are especially needed, such as: word search and Suduko books, tube socks, etc. Please put your donated items in the basket in the sanctuary by Sunday, September 25. Sign up in the narthex if you will want to car-pool from Lord of Life at 5:45 pm.
Menâ€™s Gathering: Listen, Embrace, Love
What: A menâ€™s gathering with the purpose of addressing racial divisions and working toward racial reconciliation.
Where: At Bethel Lutheran Church, 425 Crestview Dr. Boardman
When: Saturday October 1st, 10 am-1 pm
Who: Men of all ages
Other info: There will be a box lunch with a free will offering. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details. If you plan to attend, please contact Robert Zielke (330-518-8275 or email@example.com).
Lutheran-Catholic Covenant Celebration:
Ongoing Impact of the Reformation on Christian Unity
October 23, 2016, at Zion Lutheran Church, Canton, OH
Registration 2 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Event runs from 2:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Speakers: Doctor Ronald L. Huber Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Church History, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus OH, Reverend John Crossin OSFS, Executive Director, USCCB Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, Washington DC.
Brochures with schedule and registration forms will be forthcoming.
Fri 19 Pastor's Sabbath
Sat 20 Worship Service
Our alternative worship service
Sun 21 Worship Service
Our traditional worship service