A quick update from the Call Committee. We are waiting for our meeting with Rev. Karl Biermann, who handles the Call Process with congregations looking for pastors. Once that meeting happens, we sit back and wait for referrals from the Synod.
Please notify Lorraine Bell at 330-219-5881 (cell) or 330-372-0227 (home) (or the church office) of any members who are hospitalized, ill, etc., so a card can be sent from the church.
Prayer Chain…The In-Reach Committee is going to start a phone prayer chain. This will be a way to share our loved ones’ prayer concerns for family and the church. We need volunteers to serve, so if you are interested, please call Lorraine Bell at 330-219-5881 (cell) or 330-372-0227 (home). She will set up a list with the rules to be distributed in November. Thank you for considering this ministry.
The Nominating Committee has met, and we have the following positions open: Evangelism/Membership Committee Chairperson, Property Committee Chairperson, Secretary of Council, and Worship Committee Chairperson. I know there will be many of you who will want to sign up for these positions, so I would suggest you get your name to me as soon as possible. You know I am joking, but we really need these positions filled so we have a full Council and all our Committees are up and running. If it has been a while since you have been on Council or you never have been on Council, please consider taking one of these positions and join us. Please see me for descriptions of committee/secretary duties.
Due to COVID-19, we have not been able to go to Shepherd of the Valley to host our Bingo. In place of our visits, Shepherd of the Valley has been holding their own Bingo, but have no prizes to give to the residents. We have been collecting and dropping off Bingo prizes. It is time to restock. If you are able to pick up some of these items while you are out shopping for yourself, call Judy Shaffer at 330-856-3148 to make arrangements to get them to her. Items we are collecting: lip balm, small pocket packs of tissue, lotions and hand creams, SOFT candy like Kit Kat bars, Three Musketeers, Hershey chocolates, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and bags of hard candy, small individual packets of crackers (nothing spicy) and cookies, small winter/Christmas decorations that might cheer up their food trays or for their bulletin boards, and small knickknacks they may put on their dresser or window sills.
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. The Outreach Committee is asking for monetary donations to purchase turkeys. We will be collecting 15 large cans of sweet potatoes, 30 cans of cranberry sauce, 30 boxes of Stove Top stuffing, 30 cans of corn, 30 boxes of instant mashed potatoes, 15 packages of cookies, and 30 jars of turkey gravy. 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 15. Please make your checks payable to Living Lord Lutheran Church and mark “Food Baskets” in the memo portion. You may put your check in the offering plate or mail it to the church office. Distribution of the Thanksgiving Food Baskets will be on Friday, November 20, from 9:00 am until noon. If you have any questions, please contact Judy Shaffer at 330-856-3148.
Angel Tree…Due to COVID-19, unfortunately we will not be doing the Angel Tree this year. We felt it would be irresponsible of us to ask our parishioners to go out and shop. We are looking forward to being able to have the Angel Tree next year. Tootie Rogers & Missy LaRock
Hanging of the Greens…Hanging of the Greens will take place on Saturday, November 21. We will start with coffee and donuts at 8:30 am with decorating to begin at 9:00 am. Please let Jan Was (330-856-6158) know if you are able to assist.
Worship Assistants…If you have been scheduled to serve in November, but are not ready to return to in-person worship, please call the office.
Poinsettia Sale…Poinsettias will be available to purchase for Christmas. These flowers will be used to decorate the Worship Space for Christmas Eve. The flowers are to be paid for when placing your order. The cost is $14.75 for a 7.5 inch pot with two plants and nine blooms. You may place your check made payable to Living Lord Lutheran Church and marked “Poinsettia” in the memo portion in the offering plate. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board. Deadline to sign up is Sunday, November 22.
Bell Choir…The bellchoir has resumed our weekly rehearsals and we’re starting to prepare for the holidays! If you have been interested in joining the bellchoir, this is a great time! We practice social distancing and wear masks to keep our members safe. Please call me at 330-856-9689 if you’re interested in joining this fun and dedicated group. Lynne Walters
“The road that is built in hope is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built in despair, even though they both lead to the same destination.” Marion Zimmer Bradley
Every year in November I retrieve my Bon Appetit magazines looking for Thanksgiving feast ideas. For younger people not familiar with Bon Appetit, it is the bible for elegant and one-of-a-kind special dish recipes. But this year will be different. With the COVID-19 virus in full swing, it is not wise to have traditionally large family gatherings to share the Thanksgiving meal. The risk of transmitting the virus and infecting our loved ones is real. We all want to share the blessing of being together. However, the price can be high and not worth putting our families at risk. Technology has empowered us to still be together, share a meal, exchange old and new stories, and build memories. Let’s wait for a safer time to once again get together and enjoy the company of friends and family. For this holiday, I suggest keeping in touch without actually being physically together. We can share our valued moments via technology with phone calls or virtual meetings. This will minimize the risk of loneliness and maintain the sense of togetherness while still respecting social distance. Please continue to count our blessings of health, happiness, and the sharing of good news. Despite the many adjustments that COVID-19 imposes upon us, my husband and I are thankful for 2020. We remain healthy, continue to enjoy our outdoor hikes, our son is now married, and we may choose not to have a large gathering this Thanksgiving. However, we are blessed with technology to be able to see each other without the risk of being infected or infecting others. I am sure that despite COVID-19, we all will count our blessings.
Hi everyone! Another month has gone by and we are still in shut-down mode. The Council met on September 13 and, after a long discussion on the safety of returning, has decided to wait until the first Sunday in November to reopen for in-person worship services. You of course are welcome to come to the recording on Tuesdays at 10:00 am. We will meet again in October to revisit the subject. This subject has been brought up every month since we closed again in July. The Council feels that it would not yet be safe even though we all want to return. Schools have just opened, and the news shows many new cases with deaths over 200,000! When we return, we will really need to follow the protocols put in place. The church has purchased a forehead thermometer for use in the doorway as you come in and face masks and social distancing will be required. Pastor Larry Klinker will start as the interim pastor on the first Sunday in November. That Sunday is All Saints Sunday. If you have lost a loved one this past year, please let Lynn Golen know in early October. Pastor Klinker has also suggested that we bring pictures of those loved ones so that we can see who they were. Please stay safe and wear a mask so that we can return soon!
St. Paul Lutheran Church…Dear Friends, I am writing with some bittersweet news. I will no longer be your pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church. My last Sunday will be October 18. The Lutheran Bishop of Southern Ohio, Rev. Susanne Dillahunt, and the Episcopal Bishop of Southern Ohio, Rt. Rev. Thomas Breidenthal, have asked me to start a joint Lutheran-Episcopal congregation in the city of Troy, Ohio. I have received a call and am very excited to accept this challenge. This has come about because the priest of Trinity Episcopal Church (Troy, Ohio) has just retired. There is a large, modern facility at Trinity Episcopal Church, which has been a parish in Troy for 189 years. The ELCA church was disbanded some years ago when a NALC church took its place. For some time, Bishops Dillahunt and Breidenthal have been looking for a Lutheran pastor to take on this innovative call. Troy, Ohio, is the place where my daughter lives with her husband and my two grandsons. I am filled with joy at the chance to live near them in the same hometown! Family is such a blessing! During the time that I have served in Warren, we have been travelling 2 hours to a halfway point to see each other about every 6 weeks. My move will put us just 2 miles apart! I can hardly believe that I have served St. Paul Lutheran Church for just about 10 years! The time has flown by, and while I can no longer be your pastor, please continue to count me as your friend. May God bless you richly as you continue to do ministry in Warren. Peace and health, Rev. Ann Marie Winters
New Northeastern Ohio Synod Bishop…The Rev. Dr. Laura Barbins, Mentor, Ohio, was elected September 12, 2020, to serve a six-year term as the fifth bishop of the Northeastern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The bishop-elect has served as pastor of Celebration Lutheran Church in Chardon since 2001 and adjunct faculty at Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, since 2018. Trinity is one of seven ELCA seminaries. Barbins served as interim pastor at Messiah Lutheran Church in Fairview Park, Ohio, from 1999 to 2000 and associate pastor for youth at Holy Trinity Lutheran in Nashville, TN, from 1995 to 1997. The Rev. Dr. Barbins received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Roanoke College in Salem, VA, in 1990 and a Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (now United Lutheran Seminary) in Gettysburg, PA, in 1994. United is one of seven ELCA seminaries. She received a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, in 2004. Bishop-Elect Barbins is married to the Rev. Dr. Paul Barbins, pastor of the Latvian Baptist Church of Cleveland and Program Coordinator of the Spiritual Program for Adults at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio. The Rev. Barbins have four daughters and live in Mentor, Ohio.
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.
The Call Committee status is in limbo awaiting actions from the Synod.
Please notify Lorraine Bell or the church office of any members who are hospitalized, ill, etc., so a card can be sent from the church.
Prayer Chain…The In-Reach Committee is going to start a phone prayer chain. This will be a way to share our loved ones’ prayer concerns for family and the church. We need volunteers to serve, so if you are interested, please call Lorraine Bell. She will set up a list with the rules to be distributed in October. Thank you for considering this ministry.
Due to COVID-19, we have not been able to go to Shepherd of the Valley to host our Bingo. In place of our visits, Shepherd of the Valley has been holding their own Bingo but have no prizes to give to the residents. We have been collecting and dropping off Bingo prizes. It is time to restock. If you are able to pick up some of these items while you are out shopping for yourself, call Judy Shaffer at 330-856-3148 to make arrangements to get them to her. Items we are collecting: lip balm, small pocket packs of tissue, lotions and hand creams, SOFT candy like Kit Kat bars, Three Musketeers, Hershey chocolates, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, bags of hard candy, small individual packets of crackers (nothing spicy) and cookies, small fall decorations that might cheer up their food trays, small pumpkins, leaves, something bright and cute, fall decorations for their bulletin boards, and small knickknacks they may put on their dresser or window sills.