Card Class…Join us for a card-making class on Thursday, October 5, in the Activity Room. We will be making 4 cards. Our theme will be “Textures of Fall”. 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, October 1. Emmanuel and St. Paul members are welcome to join us – call Lynne Walters to get signed up!
Greetings and blessings to everyone from MEF! I am proud to announce our MEF 2017 Award winner is Camp Frederick. After much deliberation, we thought Camp Frederick was the most deserving and would be the most beneficial of this Award. There is a change of date for the Award presentation from what was previously announced. Due to conflicting schedules with Camp Frederick, the Award presentation will now be on Sunday, October 8, at both services. We will also be celebrating our 20th Anniversary! We hope you will be there! I would also like to thank everyone who continues to support the Mission Endowment Fund. For those who have ordered a plaque spot on the MEF board, I apologize for the delay and promise they will be added to the board soon. I have had a busy and long summer and conflicting schedules with the calligrapher who does our plaques on our board. I hope everyone had a great summer and I look forward to seeing you on MEF Award Day!
Community Meal Update…The Outreach Committee would like to thank everyone who assisted with the Community Meal at Emmanuel Lutheran Church on Friday, September 22. 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 25, 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 in need of medium size gift bags in plain colors (red, green, blue, yellow, purple, etc.). If you have any questions, please contact Donna Tompkins. Emmanuel and St. Paul members are welcome to join us – call Donna Tompkins for information.
The Property Committee would like to do a better job in communicating the upcoming projects of the committee. We will try and keep this updated as often as we can. Future and current projects include:
* Landscaping in front of the sanctuary: Numerous safety items were corrected (removal of buried extension cord for the spotlight and installation of GFI plugs on the sign out front and one on the side as you come out the front door); installed canned lights beneath overhang for cross illumination; removed all timers for sign and steeple; installed sensors that turn lights on at dusk and off at dawn; the existing cross was removed and will be placed in the courtyard with additional landscaping; the new cross was installed with new landscaping planned and to be completed by next spring (plans include bricking from the cross to the sidewalk, adding benches, and planting flowers and bushes); this project was funded by an anonymous donor.
* The beautiful courtyard landscaping has been completely donated and completed by Bob and Karin McKinney. The cross will be incorporated into this landscaping. Thanks Bob and Karin!
The Fuchs Committee voted to fund the next two projects:
* The alarm system was installed in August after the third break-in of the shed. Two tractors were stolen and gas was taken in the three break-ins. Howland Alarm was chosen over ADT. The ADT quote was $8,000 for installation and over $55 a month for monitoring. Howland Alarm was $1,650 for installation and $35 a month for monitoring, with a price break for paying on a yearly basis (one month free).
* Parking lot lights cost $3,253 with a $400 rebate from the electric company after installation. The lights have been received and will be installed in the very near future. The cost for installation is $700.
Projects for upcoming winter months will include:
* Waxing floors in Fellowship Hall, kitchen, bathrooms, and narthex
* Cleaning of carpets beginning in the Education Wing and proceeding to complete the sanctuary. I have a professional carpet cleaning machine and the only cost to the congregation will be the soap, for a savings of hundreds of dollars.
* Replace the rubber floor trim in the narthex with a ceramic tile baseboard.
* Repaint women’s restroom to correct the overflow of spray from the Education Wing insulation.
Projects I would like to complete before my term as Property Chairperson is done (yet to be quoted):
* The two furnaces that supply heat for the sanctuary are about 18 years old. Heating specialists that have been in for other services have informed me that they are running on borrowed time and need replaced.
* Two furnaces for the Education Wing are over 15 years old and I would also like to see those replaced before the end of my term.
Our Property Committee meeting times are posted on the bulletin board in the narthex. We are always looking for new members, especially the younger, able-bodied ones that can help, but will take suggestions and donations anytime.
“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” Benjamin Franklin
We have all gone through the situation of trying to figure out the reason when and why to take our medications: after meals, before meals, with meals, or at bedtime. It can be confusing, especially at bedtime. For many people, bedtime means to change into pajamas, turn the lights off, and tucking into bed. Husband often does not go to bed until the game is over and it could be well after midnight (for me bedtime is 9:00 pm when I am done for the day). Let’s examine our bodily functions that do not stop working because it is night time. Metabolism slows down, but does not stop, which is why we need to pay special attention to when we take our medications before calling it a day. By taking medications at bedtime, that means that there is about an eight hour interval until the next dose is taken. Also, our bodies work at somewhat different schedules. For example, the level of cholesterol produced by the liver is highest during the night and lowest during the day. Therefore, cholesterol medication, such as statins, perform best when taken before bedtime which allows for a better interaction between the medication and the production of cholesterol. For those with blood pressure issues, the doctor usually prescribes medication to be taken twice a day. Blood pressure is usually elevated during the day and lower during sleep. However, as we age, our blood pressure usually does not drop at night and results in the condition known as “non-dipping blood pressure” which can cause an increase in the risk factor for heart attacks, stroke, and kidney diseases. In these cases, it is necessary to take blood pressure medication as ordered. Normalizing daily blood pressure levels and maintaining a regular spacing between doses of medication decreases the risk for heart attack and stroke. So, when your physician prescribes a medication dose at bedtime, we now will understand the reason why.
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 October…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 Coffee Cup Greetings…Held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month.
OKTOBERFEST – 2017…St. Paul Lutheran Church will host its annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 21, 2017, from 4:00-7:00 pm at 2860 East Market Street, Warren. The event will feature:
- A “Taste of Germany” menu
- Sauerkraut & Bratwurst
- Cabbage Rolls
- Red Potatoes
- Escalloped Apples
- Bread & Butter
- Coffee & Cider
- German Beer Tasting
- Six Gift Basket Raffles
- 50/50 Cash Raffle
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under10. Volunteers are needed. Please sign up in the narthex. If you have any questions, please contact Diana Bauman.
St. Paul AAUW Craft & Vendor Show…The American Association of University Women is sponsoring a Craft and Vendor Show on Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Free Admission, Bake Sale, and Lunch Available! A fee of $25.00 will reserve an 8’ table and 2 chairs. Please contact Diana Bauman if you are interested in a table.
St. Paul Grief Ministry…Part of the Social Committee is Grief Ministry. Joyce Osborn 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… WOW! It’s September already! Although it is the season for harvesting for agriculture, for the church it is a time for planting, cultivating, and nurturing. Rally Sunday at Living Lord is September 10. We prepare to join together every Sunday to study Scripture and understand how God called others and how God is calling us now.
On August 20, we launched our Catechism Class for the 2017/2018 year. It’s a great bunch of kids who have energy and a real desire to go deeper into their faith. I get excited about VBS and Servant Week, and I am blessed to be with these youth.
It’s a time for all of us to go deeper into our faith. Our Council, along with our Shared Ministry Team, have also decided to take our congregations into a conversation that will focus on our future. Our desire is that we intentionally and collectively look at who we are and how God is calling us now.
We will have a one-day retreat on Saturday, October 7, at St. Paul. Everyone is encouraged to attend. There are three different five minute informative DVD presentations followed by discussions. This retreat will prepare us for six Sundays of discussions during sermon time. We pray that you can share with others pertinent things that we need to consider in future decisions that others have not witnessed.
If you cannot attend the retreat, I strongly encourage you to attend the Adult Forum beginning on September 10. Pat Was will be leading a six session class on how to listen to God that later moves us to how then to speak.
We have collected real data about our congregation, our building, the building plans that were considered over ten years ago, and we hope to learn more from each of you that may open our eyes to the opportunities to which God would lead us.
Living Lord has shrunk from 465 members in 2010 to 250 members by the end of 2017. It “seems” that we are relatively strong in spite of this shrinkage, but the reality is we will not be able to sustain our congregation in 5-10 years at this rate.
Although consolidation can extend our life, we also need to have a focus on God that will spread the Gospel and grow the church. During our August Council Meeting, we had a practice discussion about what consolidation might look like. We realized that there will be loss and grieving. We will need to be sensitive to this. We also realized that there are God Focuses that we can work toward even now. Kara Busefink and Stacey Stredney led us on a discussion that brought us great encouragement. We plan to have a youth lock-in to hear the voice of our youth and their parents.
God’s Work, Our Hands…On Saturday, September 9, our area Lutheran Churches will be out serving the community at various locations and times. Living Lord will join together at Emmanuel Lutheran from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm to pack and deliver school bags. This will allow many of our folks to get back and set up for Rally Day the next day.
From Pastor Ann Marie Winters…As I write this article on “Preparing for the Renewal of our Church”, I want to tell you so much. I have written this letter as well as articles on “Strengths for Navigating Change” and “Taking a Risk,…What would God want us to do?” Please take the time to sit with these thoughts and pray for our churches. Then share your thoughts, too.
“Preparing for the Renewal of our Church”
We are planning a renewal series to begin in October. You can prepare by reading the following scriptures and asking these sorts of questions…
October 8, The Burning Bush (Exodus 3:1-12) LISTEN
How does your church need God’s help? How do you need God’s help?
October 15, The Valley of Dry Bones (Ezekiel 37:1-14) LOOK
What looks “dry” in your congregation? What new life do you seek from God?
October 22, Jesus Sends out 70 Disciples (Luke 10:1-24) RESPOND
Where is God sending your congregation? How is your congregation responding to Jesus’ call?
(October 29, 500th Anniversary of the Reformation – Joint Festival Worship at St. Paul)
November 5, Finding the Lost (Luke 15) FORGIVE
Who is “lost” in your community? To whom is God calling your congregation to announce God’s gracious forgiveness?
November 12, The Great Commandment (Matthew 22:34-40) LOVE
How does your congregation love God? How do the disciples in your neighborhood love their neighbors?
November 19, The Great Commission (Matthew 28) GO
What is the risen Lord Jesus commanding your congregation to do?
Praying with you and for you,
Pastor Ann Marie Winters
What are three strengths that help you navigate change? (taken from an article by Homaira Kabir)
Strength #1: Vision:
A vision helps us sit with confusion and ambivalence, while our minds connect the dots and look for creative solutions that keep us moving in the right direction.
Strength #2: Humility
Humility is a form of acceptance – the acceptance of not knowing. It keeps us growing, it keeps us hungry for knowledge – and in our changing times, it keeps us open to the opportunities that surround us.
Strength #3: Connection
Human connection is one of our most basic needs. A smile, a touch, or someone who listens and understands can regulate the sympathetic nervous system, return us to a state of calm, and ignite our own compassion, so we can extend it to others.
Taking a risk, and what would God want us to do?
When Jesus teaches on “taking a risk”, we see that God rewards those who are willing to invest their resources, wisely (not foolishly). We may learn from this that whatever God gives us is on loan to us from Him, and God wants us to do our best to use it with wisdom and to increase its value.
Excerpts from Matthew 19:12-26 (The Message)
There was a man who called ten servants together, gave them each a sum of money, and instructed them, “Operate with this until I return.” When he came back, he called those ten servants to whom he had given the money to find out how they had done. The first said, “Master, I have doubled your money.” He said, “Good servant! Great work!” The second said, “Master, I made a 50% profit on your money.” He said, “I’m putting you in charge of five towns.” The next servant said, “Master, here is your money safe and sound. I kept it hidden in the cellar. To tell you the truth, I was a little afraid of you.” Then he said to those standing there, take the money from him and give it to the one who doubled my stake.” He said, “Risk your life and get more than you ever dreamed of. Play it safe and end up holding the bag.”
The Lutheran churches in Warren are in such a place now that we may need to take a risk with what we have and who we are. We are considering what our mission may be if we come together, to work more closely together. What could happen if we pooled our financial resources? We could have more capital from which to operate. What would happen if we used a single building for worship, and had a ministry site for our mission activity on the west side? We could have less overhead. What could happen if we put our human energy together for service to others, for worship, and for outreach with the Word? More energy could develop through synergy.
These are the risks before us…What would God want us to do?
Empty Nest: Blessed Sacrament Parish will host Tom Sauline, author of Empty Nest, for three consecutive Tuesdays in September. He will lead us in working through change in our lives, letting go, and learning to love anew. The evenings are open to all! We begin on Tuesday, September 12, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, continue on September 19, and conclude on September 26. A simple call to Paula Pierce at the parish office (330-372-2215) to sign up will do!
Everyone has a part to play in the church’s Mission Planning: As we look at our mission and outreach in the community, we want to hear your voice. What do you think about our social ministry, our work with other churches, our witness in the world? These may seem like big questions, but we will explore them together in a special six-week program this Fall.
At this time, St. Paul and Living Lord have decided to engage in a “Prayer and Renewal Series” called Fanning the Flame (from the Northwestern Minnesota Synod of the ELCA).
- A RETREAT TO PREPARE DISCUSSION LEADERS ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7:
- Training leaders of St. Paul and Living Lord
- “Invitation to a journey” 6-minute DVD with discussion
- “For the sake of others; in God for the world” 5-minute DVD with discussion
- “We are church for the sake of the world” 5-minute DVD with Bishop Eaton/discussion
- WORSHIP ORDER FOR OCTOBER 8 THROUGH NOVEMBER 19:
- The six weeks of worship from Oct. 8 to Nov. 19 will include a 15-minute small group discussion time during the worship service. Each worshipper will be included in a small group. A captain will lead discussion and make note of 2 or 3 points that come from their group each week.
- SIX WEEKLY THEMES, SCRIPTURE, AND DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:
- 8: The burning bush: LISTEN
- 15: The valley of the dry bones: LOOK
- 22: Jesus sends out 70 disciples: RESPOND
- 29: JOINT REFORMATION WORSHIP AT ST. PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH
- 5: Finding the lost: FORGIVE
- 12: The great commandment: LOVE
- 19: The great commission: GO
Materials for discussion will be circulated in the September and October Newsletters so you can prepare in thought and prayer. Please feel free to discuss this program with members of council and the pastors. It is an exciting time for us all! You won’t want to miss it.
REFORMATION 500TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION:
DVD Course discussion “Lunch with Luther” Sunday noontime
8 weeks, Sept. 3 to Oct. 22
Seminary teachers make topics accessible to laity; hosted at St. Paul for Trumbull Area Lutherans; bring a brown bag lunch; drinks provided
DVD Course Description – Luther’s Legacy for Laity: Martin Luther’s legacy is a rich treasure for all Christians, but particularly for lay people. Luther, through the doctrines of justification, freedom of the Christian, bondage of the will, and vocation, provides Christians with an understanding of what God has done for us and what God wants to do through us for the sake of the neighbor. All the big questions of faith and life are found in the abundance of Reformation theology. These theologians shape how Christians view their place in the world. These presentations were filmed live at the Lay School of Ministry in the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin, ELCA. This 8-week course will have a DVD presentation and discussion totaling 90 minutes each Sunday. Come to one or all sessions. Please reserve a place by calling Lynn Golen at St. Paul Lutheran Church at 330-394-5741. All are welcome!
Movie: “Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World”
Tuesday, October 24, 7:30 pm
Special showing for area Lutherans at Tinseltown, Southern Park Mall (Youngstown)
Shared Ministry Joint Worship
Sunday, October 29, 10:30 am
At St. Paul Lutheran Church; finger food reception in Cassel Hall following worship
Anniversary of the Reformation
Sunday, October 29, 6:00 pm
At St. Columba Cathedral, Youngstown, Catholic-Lutheran Ecumenical Evening Prayer
September Fellowship…We will have Fellowship on Sunday, September 17, after both services.
Card Class…Join us for a card-making class on Thursday, September 7, in the Activity Room. We will be making 4 cards. Our theme will be “Four Fence 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, September 3. Emmanuel and St. Paul members are welcome to join us – call Nancy Walters to get signed up!
Community Meal at Emmanuel Lutheran Church…The Outreach Committee will be assisting with the Community Meal at Emmanuel Lutheran Church on Friday, September 22. We are in need of volunteers for setup, serving, and cleanup. Setup begins at 9:00 am with the meal being served at 12:00 noon. Please see the sign-up sheet on the main bulletin board if you are willing to assist. We also will need help from volunteer bakers to provide 12 dozen cupcakes. All from St. Paul are welcome to volunteer, too! St. Paul – please call Donna Tompkins at 330-984-0684 if you are able to assist. Living Lord – please see the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board if you are able to help. Please have your cupcakes at the church (please place them in the refrigerator) on Thursday, September 21. If you have any questions, please contact Donna Tompkins.