From Pastor William D. Leitch

Through the four Sundays of August, we will hear God:

1.Give caution, instruction, and encouragement for all who are occasionally overwhelmed by the “unhappy business” of life.  Jesus urges us to take care and be on guard against all kinds of greed.  We understand Baptism as the beginning of our journey with Christ – focused on God’s will and not distracted by everything that flies at us in this world.

Jesus says:  Be on guard against greed; be rich toward God, your treasure.

2. God pleads with us and offers us His Kingdom/His perfect world. God kept His promise to Abraham, the early church, and He still keeps His promise to our “little flock” today.  We must trust God and accept the gift.  It is sad when folks do not trust and walk away from the gift.  It requires us to step out in  faith on this journey with God.

3. God challenges us on this journey. Sell all you have.  God gives you treasures in heaven.  How should    we do this and care for ourselves and our families as God would have us do?

4. God will challenge us. The word of God is a refining fire.  Jesus is the great divide in human history.  He invites our undivided attention and devotion.  Today, in the assembly, we are surrounded by “so great a cloud of witnesses”.  In the word and in the Holy Communion, we are invited yet again to look to Jesus, “the pioneer and perfecter of our faith”.

This last Sunday of August is all about the theology of sanctification.  What is sanctification?  In the words of Dr. Mark Allen Powell, “Jesus will change you!”  We are saved by grace and when we truly accept that gift, we follow Christ and trust in Christ!

God’s word is like fire, like a hammer that breaks rocks.

None of us has such a thick shell around us that God cannot penetrate that barrier.  God can operate on all of us!

Finally, remember the Sabbath day.  Call the Sabbath a delight.  This is the Lord’s day, and the Lord will do for us what the Lord does:  feed us, forgive us, help, and heal us.  Rejoice at all the wonderful things God is doing.

Do not trample the Sabbath, but feed the hungry.

 Still, Jesus heals a crippled woman on the Sabbath and is condemned.

How do we gracefully reveal Christ and work together with Christ to change this world when we are condemned for following Christ?  Let’s walk this journey together and be changed.

 

New Photo Directory…Living Lord photo sessions for an updated pictorial directory will be September 9 and 10.  More details and scheduling to come!

 

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 Chairperson, Lorraine Bell

We still have some “I Love My Church” yard signs if anyone would like some.  Look at the ones at the front of the church.  Free to you!  Use this as an opportunity to witness to your neighbors.  Feel free to take as many as you would like; they are located by the parking lot entrance doors.

 

From the Later Life Committee, Member Lynne Walters…
Card Class…Join us for a card-making class on Thursday, August 8, in the Activity Room.  We will be making 4 cards.  The theme is “Pretty Posies Plus” cards.  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, August 4.  If you have any questions, please contact Lynne Walters.

From the Mission Endowment Fund Committee Chairperson, Michael Taiclet

Greetings and blessings to all from MEF.  I hope everybody’s summer is continuing to go well.  I know I have been enjoying mine thus far.  Anyway, I would like to just remind you about our progress since our last meeting.  I am still pleased to announce that we have decided upon a 2019 MEF Award recipient.  I am still not announcing the name of the recipient.  However, mark your calendars!  I would like to remind you that the MEF Award Sunday will be on Sunday, October 13 (the second Sunday of October), in which the award will be presented at both services to a representative of the 2019 MEF Award recipient.  I would also like to remind you that we will be meeting again in November and I am still looking for names of any groups and/or organizations that could benefit from our award.  A list of possible candidates needs to be ready in time for our November meeting in order to approve them as possible candidates.  Once approved, we then can sent out the necessary paperwork and applications to these groups in order for them to return the application back in time for our meeting in April.  So, I am asking if you know of any groups and/or organizations, please let any member of the MEF Committee know (Michael Taiclet, Missy LaRock, Ronda Leitch, Tootie Rogers, Lamar Shoemaker, Pastor Bill).  You may also leave a note in the MEF mailbox if you would like.  Finally, I would like to ask if anyone is interested in joining the MEF to please contact any member of the MEF Committee.  Currently there is one vacant spot on the Committee and beginning next February there will be another vacant spot to fill.  This is due to term limits being reached.  The Committee meets only twice a year on a Thursday night.  We meet once in April and again in November.  We are flexible to working around schedules.  Currently, due to me being in Bell Choir, our starting time has changed to 6:15 pm and we usually meet for about an hour.  So please let us know if you are interested.

From the Parish Nurse, Dora Muller

The tans will fade, but the memories will last forever.

Summer is finally here.  It’s time to play outside and enjoy the warmth of the sun.  But with the sun, we also need skin protection.  The danger from sun exposure is a reality which can lead to burned skin and possible skin cancer.  My husband is one of those people who can give a lecture on the exact angle of the noon day sun at specific times of the year and the intensity of the sun’s rays.  Believe me, after hearing his lecture, we will all run for sunscreen, sunblock, and learn more about SPF factor.  But what are the sunscreen and sunblock products and how do they protect us?  Both products provide protection from the sun.  Sunscreen is chemical and is absorbed into the skin to protect the skin from the sun’s UV (ultraviolet) rays.  On the other hand, sunblocks are physical barriers in which the main ingredients are zinc and/or titanium and prevent UV radiation from reaching the skin, i.e. remain on the surface of the skin and reflect the UV rays away from the skin.  SPF (sun protection factor) is a relative measure of how much time a sunscreen will protect one from UV rays.  Deciding which product is better is confusing.  Those that are absorbed into the skin versus those that remain on the skin.  In either case, prevention of skin damage is necessary.  Remember, a high SPF number does not necessarily result in higher protection, but rather is an indicator that we may need to reapply the product or get out of the sun.  While we enjoy the warm kiss of the sun, we need to be proactive by caring for our skin and thus avoid damaging the health of our skin.

From the Pastor, William D. Leitch

We just returned from Servant Week at Camp Frederick.  This is the second year in a row that we did all our work at the Camp.  The work needed to be done in order to preserve the Camp and keep it safe for campers and others who use these facilities all year long.  Here are a couple things our youth and counselors did:

First, we pressure-washed and painted the Pavilion/Office/”Upper Room”.  Note the rust-red color on the upper eave.  That was the color before we painted.  The green tint blends the building into the beautiful wooded setting, seals it to preserve the siding, and we eliminated all wasp nests!

Chris McCrimmon and Brycen Prasky, along with our Camp Director’s son, Ben, did all the detail trim work on these stairs.  Thank you guys!!  I don’t like twisting and turning and squatting that one needed to do to get this done; consequently, my back feels just great!

West End View

East End View

 

Silly me!  I thought that with only eight youth, we could only do one building.  I should know better after working with these kids for nine years.  So, second, we painted the Cottage where Matt and Kristin Miller live with their three boys.

That’s not all they did!!  Ben, Makayla, and David from Prince of Peace led the improvement of  “Hemlock Trail”, a deer path that had been marked nine years ago, but never worked on to be negotiated safely.  They had three other volunteers help them and they got the entire trail done.

They painted the “Blue Bathroom” behind the “Upper Room”.  We always called it the “Blue Bathroom”, but that was going to be confusing now that it was green.  On Thursday, we voted to rename it “El Bano”.  It was a great discussion!  Seriously, ask me about it sometime.

Here are our 8 youth, plus Terry Wentworth and I

We were not alone!  We had 7 Camp Counselors helping

Finally, there was still time to do some zip lining, archery, and capture the flag.  By the way, we finished this work by the end of Thursday, before I departed for the Synod Assembly.  On Friday, they cleaned up the lodge and got everything ready for the next campers to come on Sunday.

I highly recommend sending youth to Servant Week where we get things done, build team work, and have FUN!!

Better Yet:  I highly recommend that you plan to come as an adult leader.  Our youth do not have drivers’ licenses.  They know how to work…BUT they need your help to get there.  It has been a blessing to work with these young folks.

 

Northeastern Ohio Synod Assembly…Raymond Boothe, Nancy Walters, and I attended the 2019 Synod Assembly on June 14 and 15.  The worship was powerful and the music was awesome.  Worship music was led by “Glocal”.  We sang in several languages, and everyone put their hearts into singing.  Even though we did not know exactly what we were singing sometimes – we did know who we were singing to!!

The workshops were valuable.  I attended the Opioid Epidemic and the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service workshops.  Learning how we enable folks with addiction is very important so we can stop it.  Understanding the terms like immigration, refugee, and alien are essential in caring for and prioritizing our help.  If you want to know more, ask me.  Raymond Boothe attended the Telling the Story and the Language that Speaks Volumes workshops.  Ask him any questions.  Nancy Walters attended the Advocacy workshop and has handouts that are very helpful.  We will copy them and make them available.

What is the status of ministers in the Synod?  We have 167 congregations.  Currently, there are 86 called pastors, 5 associate pastors, and 12 interim pastors.  The rest of the congregations have no called pastor.  In other words, more than 67 congregations do not have called pastors.  We had 20 pastors retire, transfer to other synods, or resign this year.   However, we received 4 pastors from other synods, and we ordained 2 new pastors.

Where are we financially?  We continue to support the church-wide ministries with over 50% of our mission support dollars from our congregations in the Synod.  The budget/cash flows are fragile.  Of the 167 congregations in the Synod, 18 do not give any mission support to the Synod.  Living Lord gave $8,285.00 to Mission Support; it is called benevolence in our budget.  Total Mission support received was $1,334,786.37.  Congregations also gave designated offerings of $206,277.51.  The average of the giving congregations was $8,395.00 toward mission support.  If we had 100% participation at that average, we would receive another $151,108.00.  That would make a huge difference.

Our Lutheran Youth hosted an intergenerational service work of packaging diapers and health items.  They received twice as many donations than they expected.  Those attending the Assembly would not quit packaging the items until they were all done.  Our youth were very grateful for the help.

Our youth also led worship and made themselves available for a Q & A.  What can we do to encourage youth to participate in church? (was the first question)  Answer: (Prefaced with a grin and an apology, “This might convict you.”) Jasmine responded with, “Treat us like adults.  We know how to do most everything in the church and are capable of being trained up like everyone else.  You must sit with us, speak to us, empower us, teach us, work side-by-side with us.  We want to belong with you!!!!  We want to be you!!”

 

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 Fellowship Committee Chairperson, Nancy Walters

We had two Fellowships in June.  The first one was to honor our graduates and the recipient of the Maggiano Scholarship Award.  The second was to honor all our fathers.  July’s Fellowship will be held between services on July 14 to thank all who participated in VBS.  We are looking for bakers or any item to serve.  I would like to thank my Committee for all of their help.  I couldn’t do it without them!

From the Later Life Committee Chairperson, Lorraine Bell

We still have some “I Love My Church” yard signs if anyone would like some.  Look at the ones at the front of the church.  Free to you!  Use this as an opportunity to witness to your neighbors.  Feel free to take as many as you would like; they are located by the parking lot entrance doors.

 

From the Later Life Committee, Member Lynne Walters…
Card Class…Join us for a card-making class on Thursday, July 18, in the Activity Room.  We will be making 4 cards.  The theme is “Sum-Sum-Summertime” cards.  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, July 14.  If you have any questions, please contact Lynne Walters.

From the Mission Endowment Fund Committee Chairperson, Michael Taiclet

And the winner is…Greetings and Blessings to all from MEF.  I hope everybody’s summer is going well and continues to go well!  Maybe we will get lucky and see some sun.  I know, we are in Ohio.  Sun?  What is that?  Well, anyway, I would like to just update you, the congregation, on our progress since our last meeting.  I am pleased to announce that we have decided upon a 2019 MEF Award recipient.  I can tell you that the MEF Committee and myself think that this recipient is a very good and deserving choice for this award.  I am not going to announce the name of the recipient currently due to the fact that we are still in the process of notifying them and working out the details for MEF Award Sunday.  However, mark your calendars!  I can tell you that MEF Award Sunday will be on Sunday, October 13, 2019 (the second Sunday of October) at which the award will be presented, at both services, to a representative of the 2019 MEF Award recipient.  We will be meeting again in November and I am looking for names of any groups and/or organizations that could benefit from our award.  A list of possible candidates needs to be ready in time for our November meeting in order to approve them as possible candidates.  Once approved, we then can send out the necessary paperwork and applications to these groups in order for them to return the applications back in time for our meeting in April.  So, I am asking if you know of any groups and/or organizations, please let any member of the MEF Committee know – me, Missy LaRock, Ronda Leitch, Tootie Rogers, Lamar Shoemaker, and/or Pastor Bill.  You may also leave a note in the MEF mailbox at the church if you would like.  Finally, I would like to thank the MEF Committee members for their commitment and hard work that they continue to put in for the Mission Endowment Fund.  I especially would like to thank them for putting up with all the repeated date changes for our last meeting due to scheduling conflicts.  So, thanks!  I would also like to thank all those who have contributed and those who continue to contribute to the Mission Endowment Fund.  Without you, this fund would not be possible and we would not be able to help those in need.  The Mission Endowment Fund, in its 22 years of existence, just would not be thriving and continuing onward without the support of each and every one of you.