August Fellowship…We will have Fellowship on Sunday, August 13 & 20, hosted by the baptism families. On August 13 we will have the baptism of Evelyn Walters, the daughter of Matt and McCala Walters and granddaughter of Lynne Walters. On August 20 we will have the baptism of Nicolas Montagna, the son of Ignacio and Tracy Montagna and grandson of Warner and Norma Taiclet.
Card Class…Join us for a card-making class on Thursday, August 3, in the Activity Room. We will be making 4 cards. Our theme will be the crowd favorite “Black-and-White”. 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 30. Emmanuel and St. Paul members are welcome to join us – call Lynne Walters to get signed up!
Greetings and blessings from the MEF to each and every one of you. I hope everyone had a great 4th of July and are having a great summer thus far! I apologize for not writing in a while. It has been an especially busy spring and summer for me. I just have not had the time to write. At the same time, there just has not been much to report on. I am back and proud to announce that the MEF Committee has picked the MEF Award recipient for this year. The recipient will be announced at a later date. The MEF Award will be presented at both services on Sunday, October 15, 2017. I am proud of whom we have chosen and cannot wait for you to meet and congratulate them. Also, there will be another cause for celebration on this day. I am pleased to announce that the MEF will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary. There will be time for fellowship to meet our award recipient and to celebrate this monumental occasion. So I hope to see you there! Just as a reminder, the MEF Committee members for 2017 are: Michael Taiclet, Chairperson; Ronda Leitch, Secretary; Lamar Shoemaker, Finance Secretary; Missy LaRock, Tootie Rogers, and Pastor Bill Leitch, Advisory Member. The MEF is always looking for names of groups/organizations for the MEF Award. So if you know of anyone or have anyone in mind, please let any MEF member know. Let us keep this mission going and our community strong. Together we can make a difference. I thank all those who have contributed to help keep this mission going. Thank you and God bless!
Update on Niles Shepherd of the Valley Summer Picnic…The Outreach Committee would like to thank everyone who assisted with this event. The residents look forward to this summer picnic each year and we appreciate all the help we receive in order to put on this event.
Bravo! The Living Lord Lutheran Church Hand Bell Choir performed at Howland Shepherd of the Valley on Monday afternoon, July 17. The large audience of residents and their families thoroughly enjoyed the songs that the Hand Bell Choir presented. A big thank you to Darlene Altiere, Pat Butts, Madeline Goussios, Ronda Leitch, Nancy and Rollie Walters, and Jan Was for their hard work and dedication over the past year and this summer. What a great performance!
“Nothing brings to life again a forgotten memory like fragrance.” Christopher Poindexter
Arpege is my favorite fragrance. I have many memories associated with scents. The smell of a white carnation and tuberoses always takes me back to my childhood. I use these scents to comfort me and it is my aromatherapy. The term “aromatherapy” is fairly new; it was coined in 1937 by Rene-Maurice Gattefosse while extracting oils from flowers and herbs. However, the effects of aromatherapy are ancient. Who does not enjoy the smell of roses or oranges and feels invigorated with their scents. The healing properties of essential oils are well known. Essential oils are extracted from plants such as barks, leaves, and flowers. The sale of scented candles and air diffusers are very popular because people enjoy their soothing effects. We have come a long way from burning incense, as was practiced by the Egyptians and Romans, to today where we employ bergamot scent to treat post-anesthesia nausea. Caution is necessary when shopping for essential oils. They can be considered as drugs, and thus, because government regulation is limited and as yet to be adopted, at least personal caution should be taken to avoid overuse and/or side effects. Remember, not all natural ingredients are safe. Most of our medications are derived from nature. If in doubt as to how to use and what essential oils are best suited for you, limit yourself to candles and fresh-cut flowers to invigorate your home. There are physicians in our area that are certified in complimentary medicine and can help you to better understand the role of essential oils. Just enjoy the smell of roses…it will light up your day and improve your energy level.
Emmanuel Clothes Closet…The Clothes Closet is open every Tuesday at 9:00 am. In need of: summer clothes (children & adults), bathing suits, deodorant, lotion, dish soap, paper towels, toilet tissue, anything for babies, plastic bags, curtains, doilies, sheets.
Emmanuel Shopping Cart Needs for August…Instant potatoes, canned sweet potatoes, stuffing mix, gravy (jar or mix), Vienna sausages, canned fruit, cracker snacks, cans of food with pop top lids for easy opening.
St. Paul Grief Ministry…Part of the Social Committee is Grief Ministry. Joyce Osborn (330-372-2136) is spearheading this ministry with Pr. Winters’ and God’s guidance and help. When a loved one dies, Joyce sends a set of four books called “Journeying Through Grief” throughout the first year. Each book describes the issues and feelings that a person tends to encounter at various points of grief and the books offer suggestions on handling them. If Pr. Winters or Joyce can be of any help or if you have any questions during a time of grief, please contact either of them.
St. Paul SPLASH TODAY…Donations are always warmly welcomed, and with your continued support, we will be able to sustain this valuable ministry to young families.
From Pastor William D. Leitch…Our Shared Ministry leaders and Council members have been working together to gather data, looking to the future and what challenges we can expect. We want to share that information with you and pray about how God is calling us. A day long retreat has been proposed; it will explore the past mission of the church, and hopes for future mission. The retreat would be followed by a six Sunday series for our interactive discussion.
The Sunday discussion format will include small group discussions. It is always easier to get more voices heard when we break into small groups. We want to hear everyone’s voice. What do you know about the history of the church? Why was the church built in its location? What was our mission and ministry in the past?
That’s all about our history and our original intent. What is our mission and ministry now? What does our community need us to do today? Who is our community? How far should we reach?
Who are we? What are we capable of doing today as a congregation? How can we meet the needs of our community? What help do we need? Where can we get that help?
These are just a few of the questions we need to ask periodically. The answers need to come from you. You know who you are and what you are capable of doing. The leaders of our congregations need your answers because your answers are like data. We take all the data, crunch it, and prayerfully make the best decisions we can with God’s help.
Our Shared Ministry leaders and Council members have been working together to gather data, looking to the future and what challenges we can expect. We want to share that information with you and pray about how God is calling us.
I share this with you now so that you may prepare yourselves to participate as fully as you can.
Joint Worship & Picnic…We will have a Joint Worship & Picnic on August 6 beginning at 10:30 am at Howland Township Park. Worship will begin at 10:30 am, lunch at 11:30 am, and activities at 12:30 pm. There will be no services at the churches on this date. RSVP to attend the Shared Ministry Worship and Picnic by signing the sign-up sheet. We need to prepare enough Bar-B-Q chicken. Please bring your own comfortable lawn chairs for the day’s activities and please bring a side dish to share.
From Pastor Ann Marie Winters… COMPASSION: A Biblical Perspective
“When Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36)
I always linger over the word “compassion” in this 36th verse when I read this 9th chapter in Matthew because it leads us to consider our Lord’s compassion for people.
Compassion is not pity. The Word does not say that he pitied the people because they did not measure up to his standards. Morally, our Lord did challenge us to be perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect, but he did not judge people. In fact, he spent time with sinners, he ate with them, and respected them as human beings – a people who needed relief and direction. His compassion was for all kinds of people – crowds of them. Their lives were his concern.
The verse does not say that Christ taught the people because their leaders’ ideas were wrong. Yet, he did not leave them on their own to follow the Pharisees and the Saduccees who often laid heavy burdens on the people. We know that Jesus came to bring freedom from sin, and death, and bondage. He relieves burdens compassionately.
The chapter goes on to say that our Lord Jesus took action out of compassion. His heart went out to the people. He taught the crowd in a way that was to relieve their suffering. He guided them with the care of a Good Shepherd. And he sent out the apostles to do the same!
May the compassion of our Lord Jesus be at the heart of our teaching, leadership, and action in the church.
Ann Marie Winters
The Prayer Chain: Can you be a link?
There are many ways that we share information, and many conversations that build up the church. My favorite communication in the church is prayer. It is holy communication by which we can reach the Father of us all with the true intentions of our heart, at any time, and for any reason, with any words that come to us. It is not holy because we use the right kind of language. It is holy because of the One who hears our prayer, and who loves us and tells us to bring all our requests to Him.
St. Paul teaches us to “pray without ceasing” (1Thes 5:17). How often have you asked others for prayer? How often have you also promised to bring someone’s intention to God in prayer? I hope you may have experienced being covered by the prayers of others, surrounded by their intercessions on your behalf.
At one time, we had 15 intercessors on the prayer chain of St Paul. Some people have moved or passed to the saints triumphant. It is time to ask if you would join the prayer chain, so we can have many voices reaching to God’s ears on behalf of our brothers and sisters.
Here is how it works: The requests that are made known to the Pastor or the Office Manager at St. Paul are passed on to the coordinator (June Hutchison). June contacts a couple of people, and they each call one person, until the request for prayer has made its way to the ears of many people who pray. So, no one calls more than one or two people. A prayer request is on the chain until the request is removed by the one who asked.
Won’t you lend an ear to those who need prayer? And lift your voice to God? Thanks, Pastor Winters
July Fellowship…We will have Fellowship on Sunday, July 16, after both services.
Card Class…Join us for a card-making class on Thursday, July 6, in the Activity Room. We will be making 4 cards. Our theme will be “In the Good Ol’ Summertime”. 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 2. Emmanuel and St. Paul members are welcome to join us – call Lynne Walters to get signed up!