The Servant October 2016
Pastor's Letter October 2016
Two weeks ago, I had the assembly who came together for Sunday worship answer this question: What do you think of when you hear the word â€œstewardshipâ€? There was a wide variety of responses, a few of whom were not certain what stewardship is. If you want to check out these responses, they will be posted on the bulletin board in the back hall across from Mr. Drotleffâ€™s Sunday school classroom.
There were many responses that made reference to money. That doesnâ€™t surprise me because I think that would be my first response too. Many congregations emphasize stewardship when they are preparing to ask members to fill out pledge cards for the coming year.
Thatâ€™s actually what we are going to do again this year. For three weeks in the middle of October, we will focus on Scriptures that relate to what God gives us and what God values and what that means for what we value in life and how we use our resources. We do this each year to emphasize the importance of all members of this church financially supporting the ministry we do together. Money may not matter in heaven, but it is a tool that we need in order to function in this world even as we do Godâ€™s work.
So Iâ€™d like to encourage us all to prayerfully consider our giving for next year during this month. Commitment cards will be sent out by mail, and we will take a few weeks to focus on this topic so that Scriptures and prayer, as well as discussion may guide the decisions we make. Please be sure that you read the instructions that will be mailed along with your commitment cards.
And let me also say this: When I talk about being good stewards of our financial resources, Iâ€™m not just talking about giving money to the church. I am encouraging us to consider all of our financial resources to be Godâ€™s and to be good stewards of those resources in how we use them every day. I realize that there are many good causes that we can support financially. I also realize that over-tipping a hard-working waiter or waitress can be an act of mercy. Stewardship is not only about money, and itâ€™s not only about what we give to the church. God does call us to be good managers with 100% of what God has given us. This particular month, however, we will take some time to consider the ministry we do together here and the financial resources we are all able to contribute to allow this ministry to flourish and grow.
Grace and peace,
The Gathering Place
The October Gathering Place is on October 10th at 11:00 AM.
The speaker this month is: Janice Jasinski, a CPA from Schroedel, Scullin & Bestic in Canfield, will speak on preventing tax and Medicare identity theft and what to do if you have your identity stolen. A homemade lunch will be provided.
This is a free community outreach social program offered to all senior citizens. Come out and join us for a fulfilling afternoon of fun and socialization. Spread the word and BRING A FRIEND! We are here for you!
Lord of Life Election Day Spaghetti Dinner
Election Day is sneaking up on us very quickly and so is the Spaghetti Dinner. The dinner takes place on November 8 at Canfield High School cafeteria. Workers are needed. Sign up sheets for workers, desserts, and advanced ticket sales are in the narthex on the round table. Please help in anyway you can. Thank you!
Mark your October calendar NOW to attend the Fall Fellowship Meal on October 23 immediately following 10:15 worship. The meal will be hosted by Donna Hazzard and Veronica Timar, co-ordinators. Nothing to do - nothing to bring just come, eat and enjoy. This is a great opportunity to invite a friend to worship then to share a meal with others in our faith family. See YOU on the 23rd.
Margaret Fieger has moved to Elyria, Ohio to live with her daughter, Barb. Her new address is: 1908 Grafton Road, Elyria OH 44035. When you have a moment, please drop a card in the mail. She would enjoy hearing from Lord of Life friends letting her know she is missed but in our thoughts and prayers.
On Sunday, September 25th we welcomed Emma Heater into adult membership at Lord of Life. Emma completed her confirmation training May 15th, 2016. She was given the challenge of speaking on the gospel during the sermon. She did a great job. Thank you Emma and WELCOME!
- Sun Oct 9th CROP Walk
At Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, Registration at 1:30 pm, Walk begins at 2 pm. Parents or Sponsors are welcome to walk with students, students are reminded to collect donations BEFORE the day of the walk and bring them in the provided envelope.
- Sun Oct 16th, Class at Zion 5:30 pm-7:30 pm.
- Sun Oct 30th Class at Zion, tentatively 5:30 pm-7:30 pm, but subject to change.
Beyond Our Doors
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
Please mark your calendars for the next live webcast, â€œEcumenical and Interreligious Witness on the Eve of the Reformation Anniversary,â€ on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. CDT. As Lutherans, we have 499 years of history, but on this day we will explore:
- What was the Reformation, and what does it mean for Lutherans and ecumenical partners?
- What is â€œDeclaration on the Way,â€ and why is it significant for Lutheran-Catholic relations?
- What might ecumenical and interreligious relationships look like in the future, and what does this mean for our faith community?
Tune in to the live webcast on Oct. 27 by visiting ELCA.org/webcast, where a link to the recorded video will be made available after the broadcast. A live stream also will be available at Facebook.com/Lutherans. If you would like to submit a question to be considered during the live webcast, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your name and your congregationâ€™s name, city and state.
Check our website for future information concerning our participants and selected resources. We also invite you to participate and join the conversation by using #ELCAwebcast on social media.
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Zion Lutheran Church will host a service of Word and Healing for the area Lutheran Churches on October 18 at 7:00 pm.
The address is: 3300 Canfield Road, Youngstown, OH 44511
Eastern Cluster Womenâ€™s Fall Gathering
Eastern Cluster Womenâ€™s Fall Gathering, in the format of â€œAfternoon Teaâ€ will be hosted by the women of St. John, Petersburg, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, 2:30-4:30pm.
Devotions by Pastor Erin Burns, former Eastern Cluster secretary, newly ordained and called to serve St. John / Emmanuel parish; program by Dorothy Barto, executive director of the Alzheimer Network, who will share information on how congregations can support members and families living with dementia. All are welcome!
Lawn Mowing â€“ October 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:
October 3-8 Bill Beinke and Larry Cohol
October 10-14 Howard Loitwood and Joe Markovitch
October 17-22 Bob Allen and Bob Dean October 24-28 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!
Wednesday Bible study
Wednesdays, 10:30 am, Adult Sunday school room. We continue the New Testament Overview
Oct 5th: Gospel of John
Oct 12th: Undisputed letters of Paul
Oct 26th: Disputed letters of Paul
Nov 2nd: Revelation
Sunday Adult Education
Sundays, 11:30 am, Meeting Room (next to kitchen).
Oct 2nd Discussion on ELCA future directions (www.elca.org/future, click on button that says â€œRead Paperâ€
Oct 9th Discussion on ELCA future direction
Oct 16th Lutheran-Catholic document â€œDeclaration on the Wayâ€ (www.elca.org/Declaration-on-the-Way, click on the button that says â€œDownloadâ€)
Oct 23rd Lutheran-Catholic document â€œDeclaration on the Wayâ€
Oct 30th Lutheran-Catholic document â€œDeclaration on the Wayâ€
Sunday October 23rd Lutheran-Catholic Covenant Celebration
Ongoing Impact of the Reformation on Christian Unity 2:30-6:30 pm at Zion Lutheran Church, CANTON, OH
Registration begins at 2 pm, $5 for the main event, an addition $10 if you plan to stay for dinner.
Speakers: Doctor Donald L. Huber, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus Church History, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus OH
Rev. John Crossin OSFS, Executive Director, USCCB Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, Washington DC
Eastern Conference Lay Leadership Program
Tuesdays 7 pm - 9 pm at St. John Lutheran Church, 1429 Mahoning Avenue, Youngstown 44509.
For those who have already registered;
Classes will be held on Oct 11th, 25th, Nov 1st, Nov 8th.
Fri 19 Pastor's Sabbath
Sat 20 Worship Service
Our alternative worship service
Sun 21 Worship Service
Our traditional worship service