From the President, Bob McKinney

I just finished my article about 15 minutes ago and after spell check (I need spell check), I must have pushed a wrong button because all of my article disappeared into thin air.  Now I have to try to remember what I wrote, as it was very good.  Let me start by saying I am very passionate about Living Lord Lutheran Church and our problems.  Karin and I always say we love all of you as you are our extended family…and we really mean that.  Sometimes when I am talking to you, I get very passionate and a little carried away.  Well, I did that last Sunday at Fellowship, and I want to apologize about that.  I will try hard not to do that again, but I might.  So, you will have to bear with me about all this, so if I get carried away again, just throw something at me and I will stop!

On to another project I am passionate about and that is our membership drive that I am spearheading for this year.  It will be tied in with our 60th Anniversary this year.  I will have a meeting shortly with other church members to discuss some plans for the year.  We are looking to work outside the box doing things we have not tried before.  These are a few things I am looking at:  Advertising – I have talked with a sales representative down at the Tribune and received prices to work with them throughout the year for print advertising.  I would like to recommend to the Council to create an advertising fund to draw from when we do print advertising.  Direct Bulk Mailing – Direct bulk mailing of a full color postcard to 3,000 homes in our area introducing ourselves and also included in my talks with them would be mailing to new people moving into our area each month.  (What a great idea and not very expensive.)  Picnic – Having a free function in our yard for area neighbors this summer.  Hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, etc., and maybe it would be fun to tie in a flea market that same day as a draw.  Maybe have an open house also that day.  Pumpkin Patch – I am looking into this.  It’s not a bad idea.  There is no upfront money involved.  It is a company that is 20-25 years old, and they work mostly with churches.  This would be more of a fundraiser.  They deliver the pumpkins, they set the prices, and take a percentage of the sales.  We sit on one of the busiest roads in the area and should have no trouble selling many pumpkins.  This is more labor intensive, and we would have to figure that out.  What a different idea and I cannot remember any church in our area doing something like this.  Enough on this subject.

Another project I was involved in and very passionate about was our new digital sign that will be installed soon.  This will allow us to talk to the world and tell everyone about Living Lord Lutheran Church and what we have to offer as a church.  This was a Fuchs funded project, and it was recommended by our Property Committee to the Council.  I cannot tell you how excited I am about this, and it is another step into the digital world.  Way to go Council!

Well, you know I cannot stop without saying something about our possibly leaving the ELCA.  I will say the Synod and the Bishop have been very helpful sending us information that we need.  We have gathered other information that will help the process go smoother and that is what we want.  But I want the congregation to know you have the final say in all of this.  And let me tell you one of our biggest concerns was what will happen to our property and buildings.  Now this is from the Synod and Bishop Barbins that the Synod will not have claim to said property.  Now everybody can take a breath about that.  OK I am going to stop and take a breath myself.

One more thing, if you get this before Easter, please plan to attend our Holy Week services:  Maundy Thursday Service and Good Friday Service at 4:00 pm and Easter Sunday Service at 9:30 am.  May God be with you and have a blessed Easter!

 

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, Pam Gerbetz

Plans for the 60th Anniversary Celebration are coming together nicely and all of us are looking forward to Sunday, April 14, at Ciminero’s in Niles.  It should be a nice luncheon and program to commemorate our milestone as a church.  The 60th Anniversary Celebration will be our Fellowship for April, so there will not be Fellowship after our service on April 21.  Mark the third Sunday in May (May 19) on your calendar as our next gathering.  Once again, my thanks for all the well wishes for my recovery.  It is nice to have such wonderful people in my life.  A few more months of therapy and I should be ready for summer and all of its challenges.

 

Monthly Women’s Breakfast…Please join us at our monthly breakfast at Vasilio’s in Cortland on the second Thursday (April 11) of every month at 10:00 am.  All are welcome!

From the In-Reach Committee Chairperson, Bonnie Sanzenbacher

Prayer Chain…The Prayer Chain of Living Lord Lutheran Church includes seven volunteer members.  A Prayer Chain is simply a request that people join in prayer for others which deepens the power of prayer.  If you would like to pray for others in our congregation and community who are ill, hospitalized, homebound, or have health issues, please contact Bonnie Sanzenbacher for more information.  The group could always use another “link”.  The group includes:  Camille Allen, Karen Bandy, Pam Boothe, Karin McKinney, Kitty Thompson, and Rosemarie Zavatsky.

From the President, Bob McKinney

Well this has been an interesting several weeks for Living Lord Lutheran Church.  We hired our part-time pastor and I think everyone was excited about that and he preached his first Sunday and then all “heck” broke loose!  You guys all know the rest of the story and now a decision must be made about our future.  I guess you could say we have a few options, but in my mind, there is only one that really makes sense.  I think our future is as an Independent Lutheran Church and I don’t take this statement lightly.  But if you think about it, the ELCA is forcing our hand because our future with them will be limited, and you all know there will be no help finding a pastor.  We have a pastor who is very excited to get back to us but cannot because of the Synod.  Now let me say, this is my opinion as a member of Living Lord Lutheran Church.  The Church Council has not yet made a decision nor is it ready to make a recommendation to the congregation.  As far as I know, one will be coming before our March 3 Special Congregation Meeting.  I am hoping we can come to a consensus at the meeting so we can move forward.  Prayer always helps in making these decisions and guiding us.

 

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 60th Anniversary Committee Chairperson, Barb Wright

Keep the Bell Ringing…Hello Living Lord Lutheran Church congregation!  This is your 60th Anniversary Committee hoping you are enjoying reading the 60 years of history of Living Lord Lutheran Church each Sunday in your bulletins.  We have had a brilliant internal and community-wide 60 years of contributing.  Let’s all thank the Lord, previous, and current members for our accomplishments and services.  We are destined to continue.  The 60th Anniversary Luncheon of Living Lord Lutheran Church will be held on Sunday, April 14, 2024, at 1:00 pm at Ciminero’s in Niles, Ohio.   Your invitation will be mailed on February 29, 2024,  and your response must be returned by March 24, 2024.  Please watch your mail as we must have your reply by March 24, 2024!  Please…by March 24, 2024.  God has been with us and we are grateful for his many blessings to us over the years.  May we continue to serve and receive forgiveness and love through his grace.  Keep the Bell Ringing!

From the Fellowship Committee Chairperson, Pam Gerbetz

Lent is here and our Soup Suppers and Lent Midweek Services have begun.  Please plan on joining us each Wednesday at 5:00 pm during Lent for a bowl of soup and a Lenten message.  If you can bring a soup, please sign up in the narthex.  We need two soups each Wednesday and crackers or bread.

 

Fellowship Sunday…March 17 will be Fellowship Sunday.  I hope to be back to my duties soon, so I hope you mark your calendar and plan on joining us after our service.

 

Monthly Women’s Breakfast…Please join us at our monthly breakfast at Vasilio’s in Cortland on the second Thursday (March 14) of every month at 10:00 am.  All are welcome!

 

60th Anniversary Celebration…Our 60th Anniversary preparations are moving along for April 14 at Ciminero’s Banquet Center in Niles.  This is an important milestone in our journey as a church.  Please join us to celebrate with a gathering and luncheon.

From the In-Reach Committee Chairperson, Bonnie Sanzenbacher

Prayer Chain…The Prayer Chain of Living Lord Lutheran Church includes seven volunteer members.  A Prayer Chain is simply a request that people join in prayer for others which deepens the power of prayer.  If you would like to pray for others in our congregation and community who are ill, hospitalized, homebound, or have health issues, please contact Bonnie Sanzenbacher for more information.  The group could always use another “link”.  The group includes:  Camille Allen, Karen Bandy, Pam Boothe, Karin McKinney,, Kitty Thompson, and Rosemarie Zavatsky.