From the Pastor, William D. Leitch

The following is a synopsis of the journey we will be on in April:

Sunday, April 7:  The Lord our God makes all things new.  God promises it.  Mary anticipates it.  We recall the transformation of Saul, the persecutor, into Paul, the apostle.  In baptism, God’s new person (you!) rises daily from the deadly mire of trespasses and sins.

Sunday, April 14:  We are invited into the agony of our Lord in the extended reading of the story of Jesus’ passion.  In the second reading, we who have put on Christ in holy baptism are urged to let the mind of Christ be our own.  Lent leads us to this holy moment.  Embrace it.

Sunday, April 21:  “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”  God has indeed raised from the dead the one who was put to death “by hanging him on a tree”.  Alleluia!  God allows Jesus to appear “to us who were chosen by God as witnesses” in holy baptism and invites us to eat and drink at the table of the risen Christ.  Alleluia!

Sunday, April 28:  In spite of all we have heard and all that we have seen, it is often hard to believe.  Because it is hard to believe, we will invest ourselves in the Easter mystery for fifty days (a week of weeks).  Because it is hard to believe, John the evangelist will provide sign after sign celebrating Jesus’ victory over death.  Because it is hard to believe, the Lord Jesus will return to us again and again in the mystery of the holy communion, inviting us to touch and taste his presence, and offering us his peace.

Consider this starting now:

Through this month, we will witness the baptism of two baby girls at Living Lord Lutheran Church.  The parents will make a covenant with God and with this Body of Christ to raise these children up in the faith and hope of their baptism.  You, the congregation, will be making a covenant with God and with these parents and children to absolutely guarantee that we help them, teach them, hold them accountable, and to continuously celebrate this journey of faith with them – “Non-Stop!”

Baptism is not a “one and done”.  Baptism is the door we come through into a life of faith that is continually and constantly evolving, growing, strengthening, challenging, feeding, and nourishing us.  Remember your baptism and the covenant you swore to live out with God and this world.  Never walk away from and break the hearts of the community who swore the same covenant to walk this journey with you.

 

Lenten Evening Worship Service & Soup Supper…Our Lenten Soup Suppers at 5:30 pm followed by Lenten Evening Worship Service at 6:30 pm at Living Lord Lutheran Church will continue through April 10.

 

Military Identification…In order to honor all Living Lord members, past and present, that have served in the military, we are beginning an effort to identify those members.  A master alphabetic list of all members will be available to help do that.  The list will be available between services beginning on March 24.  Please help identify those members by putting an oval around the name of the person(s) that you know served in the military.  Please do not guess.  When in doubt, consult with others, family members, or those that may have factual information.  Every effort will be made to identify everyone by May 31.  Questions can be directed to Rich Baringer, Rollie Walters, or Pat Was.

 

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 (www.lllc.org), on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Living-Lord-Lutheran-Church-493806727349110/), 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.

 

Camp Frederick Dinner Dance Benefit…Camp Frederick will hold a “Sock Hop” Dinner Dance Benefit on Saturday, April 6, at Zion Lutheran Church, 3300 Canfield Road, Youngstown, OH  44511,  Doors open at 6:00 pm and dinner will be served at 7:00 pm.  The cost is $40.00 per ticket.  Contact Camp Frederick at 330-227-3633 or see Pastor Bill.

 

Designer Bag Bingo…The Shepherd’s Foundation will be hosting their 2nd Annual Designer Bag Bingo at Zion Lutheran Church, 3300 Canfield Road, Youngstown, Ohio, on Friday, April 26, at 6:00 pm.  The event is intended to provide financial support, grants, and investment contributions directed to promoting and improving the lives of the residents, their families, and the employees.  A gift basket auction will take place during the Designer Bag Bingo and the money raised will benefit the Shepherd’s Foundation.  If you have any questions, see Pastor Bill.

From the Later Life Committee, Member Lynne Walters

Card Class…Join us for a card-making class on Thursday, April 4, in the Activity Room.  We will be making 4 cards.  The theme is “Spring has Sprung on the Bunny Trail”.  Classes will be at 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm.  The cost is $12.00.  Please bring adhesives like double-stick tape and liquid glue.  There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board.  The deadline for signing up is Sunday, March 31.  If you have any questions, please contact Lynne Walters.

From the Outreach Committee Chairperson, Judy Shaffer

Bingo at NSOV Update…The Outreach Committee would like to thank everyone who assisted with the Bingo at Niles Shepherd of the Valley on March 13.  The residents thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

 

Bingo at NSOV…The Outreach Committee will be hosting Bingo at Niles Shepherd of the Valley on Wednesday, April 10, at 2:00 pm.  We will meet at 1:30 pm to set up.  Men and women both are invited to assist.  Please see the sign-up sheet on the main bulletin board if you are able to help or bake cookies.  We are asking for donations of cheese cracker packs, peanut butter cracker packs, crossword or word find puzzle books, square tissue boxes, chapstick, body lotion, hand lotion, and medium size gift bags to hold two of these items (plain colors like red, green, blue, yellow, purple, etc.).  If you have any questions, please contact Judy Shaffer.

 

Easter Food Baskets…We have been collecting food for the Easter Food Baskets.  The last day to bring in items will be Sunday, April 14.  A chart will be in the hallway for items to bring.  We will pack and distribute the baskets on Wednesday, April 17, beginning at 9:00 am.  Pickup will be from 10:00 am until 12:00 noon.  No deliveries.  There will be envelopes to donate for the purchase of hams available at the food chart in the hallway.  Please mark “Easter Food Baskets” in the memo portion of your check made payable to Living Lord Lutheran Church.  You may also place your check in the collection plate.  If you have any questions, please contact the Parish Office.

From the Parish Nurse, Dora Muller

From the Parish Nurse, Dora Muller…“Treatment without prevention is simply unsustainable.”  Bill Gates

Diabetes is a chronic disease in which blood sugar (glucose) levels are above normal.  To better understand how diabetes affects our health, we need to understand that we all need glucose to function.  The main role of glucose is to carry energy and maintain vital organs, such as the brain.  Sugar levels are controlled by insulin hormone production of the pancreas.  Sometimes the pancreas fails to produce insulin or goes into over production of insulin which leads to an imbalance.  There are different types of diabetes.  Types 1 and 2 and gestational diabetes may be found with some women during pregnancy which may develop into high blood sugar levels affecting the baby.  The risk factors include genetic and family history.  We inherently carry the undesirable genes from our parents.  Greater risk can result from unhealthy behaviors which include inactivity and poor diet.  The classic symptoms of diabetes are vision changes, very dry skin, difficulty in healing wounds, fatigue, low or rapid drop of blood sugar levels, and syncope.  At my work place, when someone is not feeling well or starting to slip into an unarousable state, the first action is to check blood sugar levels.  Recognition of the symptoms of low blood sugar is essential to maintain a healthier level.  The immediate treatment for low blood sugar levels is to give any high sugar and high protein snack or drink which helps to revert the situation.  With high blood sugar levels, treatment is through insulin supplements.  Next month we will discuss the management of diabetes.  Until then, keep active, adhere to a healthier diet, and recognize the signals that our body sends to us that something is not functioning properly.

From Pastor William D. Leitch

The first Sunday in March is Transfiguration Sunday.

Witnesses to the glory of God in the face of Jesus will be unable to avoid reflecting that glory in the world.  It was true for Moses.  It was doubtless true for Peter, James, and John.  We pray that it will be true of all of us who see the glory in the Lord in the word and in the supper and who are being “transformed into the same image” by the Spirit of God.  (Sundays and Seasons)

Next, we begin the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday services.

Lent begins with a solemn call to fasting and repentance as we begin our journey to the baptismal waters of Easter.  As we hear in today’s readings, now is the acceptable time to return to the Lord.  During Lent, the people of God will reflect on the meaning of their baptism into Christ’s death and resurrection.  The sign of ashes suggests our human mortality and frailty.  What seems like an ending is really an invitation to make each day a new beginning in which we are washed in God’s mercy and forgiveness.  With the cross on our brow, we long for the spiritual renewal that flows from the springtime Easter feast to come.  (Sundays and Seasons)

Our Wednesday Lenten Services will use Holden Evening Prayer as our worship format.  The message each evening will cover one part of Luther’s Catechism.

It was the first century church’s tradition to teach new believers about the faith in Jesus Christ.  So for 40 days they would go through intense training.  Then, during Holy Week, they would be baptized.  On Good Friday, they would renounce the devil and all the forces that defy God, the forces of this world that rebel against God, and the ways of sin that draw us away from God.

On Easter Morning, the baptismal candidates would then be baptized and make the solemn oath to continue in this covenant God makes with us.

We need to remember the details of this covenant and how we have promised to live it out.  If we do not take the time to remember this in detail, we will drift off, forget about, and break the covenant with God.  It would make me sad if one would treat this covenant as if it did not matter.  Imagine how we break God’s heart when we treat our relationship with God as just a one-time event and not a life-time relationship/commitment.

 

Ash Wednesday, March 6…We will have Ash Wednesday Worship Service at 12:00 noon and 6:30 pm at Living Lord Lutheran Church.

 

Lenten Evening Worship Service & Soup Supper…Beginning on Wednesday, March 13, we will have Soup Suppers at 5:30 pm followed by Lenten Evening Worship Service at 6:30 pm at Living Lord Lutheran Church.  We will need four crocks of soup each Wednesday.  Please see the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board if you can volunteer to bring soup.

 

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 (www.lllc.org), on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Living-Lord-Lutheran-Church-493806727349110/), 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.

From the Later Life Committee, Member Lynne Walters

Card Class…Join us for a card-making class on Thursday, March 7, in the Activity Room.  We will be making 4 cards.  The theme is “Floral Fun Folds”.  Classes will be at 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm.  The cost is $12.00.  Please bring adhesives like double-stick tape and liquid glue.  There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board.  The deadline for signing up is Sunday, March 3.  If you have any questions, please contact Lynne Walters.

From the Outreach Committee Chairperson, Judy Shaffer

Bingo at NSOV…The Outreach Committee will be hosting Bingo at Niles Shepherd of the Valley on Wednesday, March 13, at 2:00 pm.  We will meet at 1:30 pm to set up.  Men and women both are invited to assist.  Please see the sign-up sheet on the main bulletin board if you are able to help or bake cookies.  We are asking for donations of cheese cracker packs, peanut butter cracker packs, crossword or word find puzzle books, square tissue boxes, chapstick, body lotion, hand lotion, and medium size gift bags to hold two of these items (plain colors like red, green, blue, yellow, purple, etc.).  If you have any questions, please contact Judy Shaffer.

 

Easter Food Baskets…We will begin collecting food for the Easter Food Baskets on Sunday, March 17.  The last day to bring in items will be Sunday, April 14.  A chart will be in the hallway for items to bring.  If you know anyone in the church or anyone in need, please call or email the Parish Office (330-856-5302 or secretary@lllc.org) to order your food basket by Friday, March 29.  We will pack and distribute the baskets on Wednesday, April 17, beginning at 9:00 am.  Pickup will be from 10:00 am until 12:00 noon.  No deliveries.  There will be envelopes to donate for the purchase of hams available at the food chart in the hallway.  Please mark “Easter Food Baskets” in the memo portion of your check made payable to Living Lord Lutheran Church.  You may also place your check in the collection plate.  If you have any questions, please contact the Parish Office.