From the President, Nancy Walters

Summer is over, the leaves have fallen, and it is time to pull out those winter clothes.  Before you know it Hanging of the Greens will be here.  The church will be opening for IN-PERSON worship on Sunday, November 1, at 8:00 and 10:30 am.  We will have the following protocols in place:

  • Masks are required in the building
  • Social distancing must be maintained.  If you want to visit, meet in the parking lot
  • Thermometer is to be used for temperature checks
  • Hand sanitizer is to be used upon entering the building

Let’s follow the protocols in order to stay safe.

I would like to thank Lynn Golen for going above and beyond since Pastor Bill retired.  She has uploaded the worship services to YouTube and Facebook (sometimes with great difficulty).  She has also reminded the Council of some of their duties (sometimes more than once).  She has kept the church running, which has been more difficult with the pandemic.  We really appreciate all that she does.

Interim Pastor…Our Interim Pastor, Larry Klinker, is scheduled to begin on November 1.  He will lead IN-PERSON worship services on Sunday, November 1, at 8:00 and 10:30 am.  Please remember to wear your mask and to maintain social distance.  Interim Pastor Klinker is a graduate of Concordia Teachers College, River Forest, with a BS in Elementary Education.  He graduated from Concordia Seminary Seminex, St. Louis, in 1976 and was ordained in June 1977 when he was called to serve Lutheran Church of the Covenant in Maple Heights, Ohio.  Interim Pastor Klinker had served Zion Lutheran Church in New Middletown, Ohio, until his retirement in February 2019.  Presently he is serving as Interim Pastor at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Youngstown, Ohio.  An important aspect of his ministry has been his emphasis on education and spiritual formation.  He received training in contemplative prayer groups from Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in 1995.  He received his certification as a Spiritual Director also from Shalem in 1998.  He has been active in leading labyrinth workshops since the late 1990s.  He was also sent out (their term for completing their program) as a member of the Living School class of 2014 from Richard Rohr’s Center of Action and Contemplation.  Interim Pastor Klinker is still pursuing the role of wisdom in our spiritual formation for himself as well as the effect of maintaining practices that keep us spiritually awake and present.  Interim Pastor Klinker married his wife, Joan, in April 1982.  They had an adopted son, David, who died in December 2019.

Church Information…Please remember that you can obtain church information from the monthly Lamplighter Newsletter, the Constant Contact emails you receive, on the church website (, on Facebook (, and postings on the church bulletin board.  Church Council Meeting minutes are posted on the bulletin board and sent out via Constant Contact.  We would like to see a better “open rate” when we send information to you via Constant Contact so that we know you are being informed of the activities that are occurring at the church.  If you have any other suggestions on how best to reach out to our parishioners, please see a Council member.