From Pastor William D. Leitch

Our congregation will be committing ourselves to our 2019 financial giving toward support of our mission and ministry.  We have set Sunday, November 18, as “Consecration Sunday”.  We want you to prayerfully and intentionally prepare for your personal financial commitment.

Paul is quick to point out that generous giving is an act of divine grace (2 Corinthians 8:1).  It is only as God blesses and enables that we are able to give in the first place.

Paul sets forth guidelines and models of Christian stewardship in 2 Corinthians 8 & 9.

Motivating Christians and congregations not only to give but also to be fiscally responsible in their giving is a difficult enterprise even in the best of circumstances.  The needs are seemingly endless, and there are so many competing voices that the average Christian is stymied.  Various and sundry organizations put forth their pleas for money constantly, sometimes relentlessly.

The Jerusalem Collection – Paul faced many of these same challenges in his own day.  Although he did not request personal support, he spent close to ten years soliciting funds for what is commonly referred to as the Jerusalem Collection.  This was a collection he took up among the Gentile churches to help Judean believers who were facing harder than usual economic times as a result of a famine during the mid to late 40s.  Paul and Barnabas made an initial famine-relief visit to Jerusalem in A.D. 46 and delivered a monetary gift from the church at Antioch (Acts 11:29-30).  At that time, the Jerusalem church expressed the hope that the believers associated with Paul would continue to remember the Judean believers, which Paul was more than eager to do (Galatians 2:10).

Finally, and perhaps more importantly, we are in this together.  We are the “Body of Christ”.  God has blessed every one of us.  Certainly we have been blessed in different ways financially, but every offering is precious.  When there is unity of the Body, God’s divine grace becomes even more evident, and we will give praise to God for every good gift.

In Christ,
Pr. Bill

 

Lutheran Disaster Response…Give now for Hurricane Florence relief.  Checks or money orders can be sent to:  Lutheran Disaster Response, P.O. Box 1809, Merrifield, VA  22116-8099; write “Hurricane Response” on the memo line.  You can also give by phone at 800-638-3522.

 

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 President, Bob McKinney

It seems that I just finish one article and it’s time to do another one.  I will tell you, time sure seems to go by faster since we have been retired.  I tell Karin I don’t know how we got anything done when we were working!  We are having a Town Hall Meeting on September 23 following the second service to discuss same sex marriage in the church.  We also will discuss the changes our Council has made that will be helpful to all couples getting married in our church.  I am hoping many of you will be able to attend and have your input heard.  The Community Meal at Emmanuel Lutheran Church is Friday, September 21.  We will be providing the food, set up, and clean up.  This is a wonderful outreach to our community and we will be serving approximately 125 people.  This is one of many things our Outreach Committee does during the year.  We are planning another function for the Courtyard in October.  This will have a fall theme and will be another fun time had by all.  More details will be coming soon!  I want to again thank those that participated in our “Ketchup” Sunday, bringing our summer giving current.  I am hopeful that we can continue to increase our giving by the suggested amount for the rest of the year.

From the Fellowship Committee Chairperson, Nancy Walters

Thank you to all who helped with the picnic for Rally Day.  In the beginning, I was not sure it was going to work out since only 12 had signed up.  But it turned out OK with about 35 people attending.  The pot luck was a true pot luck.  What was brought was what we ate!  And what a variety…from lasagna to Texas sheet cake!

 

TALC Meeting at Living Lord…The Fellowship Committee provided soup and sandwiches for the TALC meeting on August 29.  Thanks to Darlene Altiere and Pat Butts for their help in setting up, serving, and cleaning up.  Thanks to Bonnie Sanzenbacher and Jan Was for providing the desserts.

 

Fellowship in October…Our next Fellowship will be on Sunday, October 28, Reformation/Confirmation.  I have been cleaning and sorting out items in the kitchen and in the Fellowship closet.  A wish list will be posted on the bulletin board for items that are needed.  Some Fellowships will have mismatched silverware or plates or cups in order to not waste what we have.  Maybe the October Fellowship will have the theme “One of these things ain’t like the other”.

From the Later Life Committee, Member Lynne Walters

Card Class…Join us for a card-making class on Thursday, Oct. 4, in the Activity Room.  We will be making 4 cards.  The theme is “Four for Fall (fall colors, themes, and holiday)”.  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, Sept. 30.  If you have any questions, please contact Lynne Walters.

From the Outreach Committee Chairperson, Judy Shaffer

Community Meal Update…The Outreach Committee would like to thank everyone who assisted with the Community Meal at Emmanuel Lutheran Church on Friday, September 21.  We served approximately 125 people in our community.

 

Bingo at NSOV…The Outreach Committee will be hosting Bingo at Niles Shepherd of the Valley on Wednesday, October 24, at 2:00 pm.  We will meet at 1:00 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.  We are asking for donations of small square tissue boxes, hand or body lotion, and monetary donations to purchase doughnuts.  If you have any questions, please contact Judy Shaffer.

 

Thanksgiving Food Baskets…The Outreach Committee will again be giving out Thanksgiving Food Baskets.  If you know of someone in need of a Thanksgiving Food Basket, please call the church office to get signed up as soon as possible (before Sunday, November 4).  The Outreach Committee is asking for monetary donations to purchase turkeys and grocery shopping lists are posted on the Outreach Bulletin Board.  We will also need 30 brown grocery bags, if you happen to have any you would like to donate.  Please turn in your monetary and grocery donations no later than Sunday, November 11.  Distribution of the Thanksgiving Food Baskets will be on Friday, November 16, from 9:00 am until noon.  If you have any questions, please contact Judy Shaffer.

From the Property Committee Chairperson, Rolland Walters

Thanks to Earl Butts and Bob McKinney for painting the women’s restroom in the Education Wing.  Thanks to John and Dee Ruth for coming in during the week and removing excess wax from the pews in the sanctuary.  Thanks to Pat Was for painting the entrance and exit signs by the driveway.  Thanks to Earl Butts and Neal L’Amoureaux for their assistance in removing the steel pole in the back of our parking lot.  It turned out to be a bigger job than we expected.  The new furnace and air conditioning unit has been installed.  We need to pass one more inspection for it to be complete.  As winter approaches, the Property Committee will be focusing on inside jobs.  Any suggestions on what needs to be done can be directed to any Property Committee member.

From the Parish Nurse, Dora Muller

“We do not heal the past by dwelling there; we heal the past by living fully in the present.”   M. Williamson

Our population is facing major life changes.  As we age, there are new challenges that usually few are prepared to face.  Loneliness may set in due to loss of a spouse, grown children moving on, retirement, and the onset of age-related diseases.  All of these factors can lead to emotion distress.  As we approach the latter stages of our lives, or the “golden years”, we need to recognize the opportunities available to live a meaningful life by putting ourselves first.  We need to be our own best friend.  During our productive years of raising a family and accumulating for the future, we are often left with a heavy toll – sometimes our unwise life choices and behaviors from the past should not dictate our future.  We all had dreams and aspirations for a great life.  However, life happens and sometimes may be painful.  As we approach retirement and settling into a slower paced lifestyle, sometimes dictated by our health or wealth, we need to learn how to let the past go and face our new stages of life with optimism.  Post-traumatic syndrome disorders occur with some unlucky women who were protected and provided for most of their life before the death of a spouse.  This may result in difficult times.  However, there can still be hope.  We need to be kind to ourselves and face the new challenges in our lives.  An elderly widowed woman can learn how to drive, balance a checkbook, develop a new circle of friends, and attempt new hobbies that include more than cooking or cleaning.  On the other hand, a male can learn how to cook, clean, iron his own shirts, and develop new friendships.  Developing a new vision for our lives and learning how to be self-sufficient is essential to find happiness and serenity.  We sometimes are our own worst enemy by not letting go of emotional baggage so that we continue to suffer the same emotional pains that may have afflicted us in the past and are carried into the present.  We must let the past be only a memory and work to create a new and healthier future.

From Pastor William D. Leitch

Please read this Scripture carefully.  What does it say to you?  What can you do to follow this direction that Moses is reminding the people to do?

Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9   1So now, Israel, give heed to the statutes and ordinances that I am teaching you to observe, so that, you may live to enter and occupy the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. 2You must neither add anything to what I command you nor take away anything from it, but keep the commandments of the Lord your God with which I am charging you.

6You must observe them diligently, for this will show your wisdom and discernment to the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and discerning people!” 7For what other great nation has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is whenever we call to him? 8And what other great nation has statutes and ordinances as just as this entire law that I am setting before you today?

9But take care and watch yourselves closely, so as neither to forget the things that your eyes have seen nor to let them slip from your mind all the days of your life; make them known to your children and your children’s children.

Moses is earnestly teaching the Israelites all that God had given them before they re-enter the “Promised Land”.  Moses will not be crossing the Jordan and returning with them.  He must prepare them to do it and be faithful leaders.

Why?  Because as God reminded Abraham and his people as they entered the “Promised Land” the first time, they are the “chosen people”.  Chosen?  Yes, chosen to reveal to all the other people who already lived there who God was.

Moses is reminding them of whom they belong.  They are still God’s people and they have a purpose.  Verses 6-8,  6You must observe them diligently, for this will show your wisdom and discernment to the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and discerning people!” 7For what other great nation has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is whenever we call to him? 8And what other great nation has statutes and ordinances as just as this entire law that I am setting before you today?

If they follow God’s directions and live it out every day, the rest of the world will come to know God and want God.

We are God’s people!  We still are called to follow the commands that God gave Moses.  This is not a choice!  This is a command…take care and watch yourselves closely, so as neither to forget the things that your eyes have seen nor to let them slip from your mind all the days of your life; make them known to your children and your children’s children.

As we rally together for another year of worship and study, let us all commit ourselves to making God’s word known to our children!

Starting Sunday, September 9, we are calling every young family to bring your children to church at 10:15 am to be received by our Sunday School teachers who will teach them for about 45 minutes and will then bring them to you in worship as we begin Holy Communion.  Meanwhile, parents will worship beginning at 10:30 am.  At 9:00 am, we will have Sunday School for everyone else.

This is how we, as Living Lord Lutheran Church, will keep our sacred promise that we made to you at your child’s baptism “to help you and your child hear the gospel of Jesus Christ within this household of faith.”

Help us to keep our promise to you!

Come and see!
Pr. Bill

Bonfire…The Teens of St. Paul are hosting a Bonfire and Cook-out on Saturday, September 15, from 3:00 to 10:00 pm at the Groves’ Farm in Brookfield, Ohio, 405 Albright-McKay Road, SE, Brookfield, OH  44403.  Everyone (all ages) from St. Paul and Living Lord are welcome.  Food and music will be provided, but don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs and fishing poles.  Please use the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board so the Groves family can know how many plan on attending.  Please contact Debbie Groves if you have any questions.

Town Hall Meeting…On Sunday, September 23, following the 10:30 am service, Living Lord Lutheran Church will have a Town Hall Meeting to discuss and inform the congregation concerning our Wedding Policies and Procedures.  The Congregation Council has approved some details that are helpful for all couples.  However, we must discuss the changes in the Ohio State Law that require us to make any required adjustment concerning same-sex marriages.  We have gathered guidance from Church Mutual Insurance Company, the church’s insurance company, concerning these changes.  This is a sensitive topic for many people.  We invite all to participate with grace, reverence, and caring.

Camp Frederick 25th Annual Golf Outing…Saturday, September 15, Shotgun start at 9:00 am at Beaver Creek Meadows Golf Course, 12774 State Route 7, Lisbon, OH  44432.  50/50 Raffle – Team mulligans ($20) – prizes for longest putt, longest drive (M/W), closest to the pin – Skins game ($20) – best team score and runner up – and numerous door prizes – Great Food!  Sav-A-Lot Food Stores will provide the food and Gia Russa will provide culnarians to deliver an always delicious steak dinner with gourmet side dishes and dessert.  Call 330-227-3633 to register.

Camp Frederick’s Fall Festival…Camp Frederick will hold their annual Fall Festival on Sunday, October 7, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm.  There will be donut making, kiddie tractor pulls, hay rides, camp tours, rock wall climbing, crafts, and more.  Take a chance on winning a Troy-Bilt snow blower valued over $600 (winner need not be present to win).  Fair food will be available for purchase from C & M Concessions.  For more information, call the camp at 330-227-9005 or visit www.campfrederickohio.com.

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 President, Bob McKinney

Well here we are in late August and shortly heading into Fall.  High school football is soon to start.  Karin and I enjoy high school sports and are big fans and supporters of Warren G. Harding – GO RAIDERS!  A short recap of some of what your Committee teams were busy doing this summer:  Father’s Day Luncheon, Senior Recognition, Maggiano Scholarship, Bowling for Bears, school supply collection, SOV Summer Picnic with over 50 residents attending (I was told the grill masters had a lot to do with all the happy faces after eating), VBS with Super Heroes helping Jesus, all the Fellowship functions throughout the summer, and the Property Committee has been busy all summer updating things inside and outside the building.  This is just a sampling of some of the functions occurring during the summer.  I was overwhelmed by the attendance at our Evening in the Courtyard event on August 18.  I was not sure how this would go over as we have not had an outside event in many years.  It was fun for me to work out there cleaning things up and bring in some new furniture and other things.  I feel we have made a beautiful spot for the cross that was out front (which was made by Michael Altiere).  Nancy Walters was a great help with her ideas and work setting things up.  Our DJ Willy also did a good job with the music.  And the food everyone brought – I think you all outdid yourselves.

Just a few comments on our church finances.  As we all know, summer is a tough few months for church giving for a variety of reasons, but we have compounded the situation this year because the few months leading up to summer were not good.  So, it makes things a little more difficult with our cash flow and it puts our Treasurer in a difficult position at times.  Your Council has come up with a plan that should help us through all of this.  We have sent out a packet of information with our proposed two-prong attack.  By now you should have received this information and hopefully had any questions answered.  WITH EVERYBODY’S HELP, WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO MEET OUR BUDGET AND CONTINUE OUR MISSION AND MINISTRY, WHICH IS REALLY WHAT WE ARE ALL ABOUT.