From the Fellowship Committee Chairperson, Nancy Walters

Fellowship in December…Our next Fellowship will be on Sunday, December 16.  There will be a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board for food items needed.  We will have a breakfast that day held in Fellowship Hall.  There will also be Fellowship on Christmas Eve following the 7:00 pm service.  This will be hosted by Lynne Walters.  Lynne has hosted these Christmas Eve Fellowships for as long as I can remember.  I want to thank Lynne for all of her wonderful decorations for Fellowships this year.  Awesome jobs Lynne!  There is a Fellowship “wish list” posted on the bulletin board for items needed for upcoming Fellowships.

From the Outreach Committee Chairperson, Judy Shaffer

Thanksgiving Food Baskets Update…The Outreach Committee would like to thank everyone who donated to the Thanksgiving Food Baskets.  We were able to give out 12 food baskets to our local community.

 

Angel Tree…We can help make Christmas a special time for area children.  Our Angel Tree will be up on Sunday, December 9.  Stop by the tree, choose an angel, sign them out, and have fun shopping!  We will have 20 children to buy for.  All gifts must be returned UNWRAPPED by Sunday, December 16, with the angel tag attached.  If you have any questions, please contact Tootie Rogers.  If you are unable to be in church on December 9 and would like to participate, please call Tootie and she will mail you an angel.

 

NSOV Annual Christmas Party…The Outreach Committee will be hosting the annual Christmas Party at Niles Shepherd of the Valley on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, beginning at 12:00 pm.  We will be collecting new gifts for this event.  Also, we will need Christmas gift bags.  Some gift suggestions are new gloves, hat, and scarf sets, lotion sets, jewelry sets, and gift sets.  If you would like to donate money, we will do the shopping for you.  Place your check, made payable to Living Lord Lutheran Church with the notation “NSOV Christmas Party” in the memo portion, in the offering plate or mail it to the church office.  Please place your items in the basket under the bulletin board.  If you have any questions, please contact Judy Shaffer.

From the Property Committee Chairperson, Rolland Walters

As the Property Committee winds up its outside projects, we will be focusing on projects inside of the church.  The outside projects recently completed were the cutting up and removal of a 50 foot pine tree on the back of the property that had blown down over the summer.  We also cleared about 75% of the brush in the back of the property.  We will complete the other 25% in the spring.  We also took a day to remove all of the flowers and tilled the flower beds in preparation for the next spring planting.  We hosted 3 precincts for Howland Township voting.  Neal L’Amoureaux and I set up the tables and my wife, Nancy, baked cookies and muffins and made coffee for the poll workers as they put in a long day.  They were super appreciative of the treats.  Neal and I had a big surprise waiting for us when we returned to put tables back after voting was over.  The wind was blowing out of the west all day and blew all the leaves in the back door.  The entire area from the door to the steps and halfway down the Education Wing was covered.  It usually takes about 45 minutes to put the tables and chairs back, but this time it took us 2 hours.  I have taken the church tractor home to change the oil and filters and to sharpen the blades.  It will then be returned to the church shed for the winter.  The kitchen will be painted and the new flooring installed as our first inside project.  The materials for this job have already been donated.  The Property Committee is always looking for new members.  At this time, the Committee consists of all men over 68 years of age.  This prohibits us from performing some of the jobs by ourselves.  We really need some younger members to step up and help.  Women are also encouraged to join.

From the Worship Committee Chairperson, Jan Was

Poinsettia Sale…Poinsettias will be available to purchase for Christmas.  These flowers will be used to decorate the Worship Space for Christmas.  The flowers are to be paid for when placing your order.  The cost is $13.25 for one large plant.  You may place your check made payable to Living Lord Lutheran Church and marked “Christmas Poinsettias” in the memo portion in the offering plate.  There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board.  Deadline to sign up is Sunday, December 9.

 

Un-hanging of the Greens…What goes up must come down!  We will be taking the Christmas decorations down on Saturday, January 5, at 9:00 am.  Please come and help with this task.

From Pastor William D. Leitch

November is always an amazing month in the seasons of the Church.  We begin by remembering and giving thanks for saints who have gone before us – All Saints Sunday.  We grieve their loss, but remember how they helped to nurture our faith and bind us as the Body of Christ.

We finish the month with the last Sunday of the Church year.  Yes, the Church year ends in November and the new year begins the first Sunday in December – the season of Advent.  The last Sunday in November is Christ the King Sunday.  We remember Jesus as who He was sent to be our heavenly king, not an earthly king.

As we focus on who Jesus is and who we are, we will highlight how to live this faith life in good stewardship for the mission and ministry God has called us to do.

First, Jesus taught us to love one another.  We do everything out of love.  Love is not always an easy thing to do.  I challenge us all to reflect and examine how our actions (everything we do or say) show the love of Christ.  Paul tells the Corinthians to give themselves to the mission and ministry of Christ out of love, in turn, it will give you great joy.  He did not say it would make you rich; however, if you believe in the mission and ministry and support it out of love, it will give you great joy.  Why?  Because we own it.  We have taken ownership of the ministry that Jesus called us to do.

Paul tells us to give sacrificially as Jesus gave his life.  Jesus illustrates that sacrificial giving with the widow who gave everything.  Even though it was not much by our wealthy standards, she gave everything.  How can you give sacrificially, and out of love, and be joyful?  Trust!  Faith and trust that we are in this together and that in our time of need the Body of Christ will fulfill what we need.

November begins with All Saints Sunday and ends in or near Advent, when we anticipate Christ’s coming again.  So the readings today tell of the final resurrection and the end time.  In the turmoil of hope, fear, and disbelief that the predictions provoke in us, Hebrews sounds a note of confident trust.  Christ makes a way for us where there is no way, and we walk it confidently, our hearts and bodies washed in baptismal water, trusting the one who has promised.  The more we see the last day approaching, the more important it is to meet together to provoke one another to love.

 

Stewardship Campaign for 2019…You are receiving this message in the November Newsletter at the same time you will be receiving a letter in the mail concerning our financial support for our mission and ministry of Living Lord Lutheran Church.

In the letter you receive, you will find a 4 x 6 card for you to record your “estimate of giving”, often referred to as a “pledge” for 2019.  We ask that you give this campaign for financial support high priority.  Please plan for your financial giving for 2019 and either send your pledge to the church office or bring it forward during our time of Offering on Sunday, November 18, 2018.  This will be our Consecration Sunday.

Your offerings are precious and holy.  They represent your trust, love, joy, sacrifice, and your bond with the Body of Christ.  We treat your offerings as precious and holy.  Together we can give all we need to financially support the mission and ministry plans that the leaders of our Council and ministry teams have dreamed to accomplish in 2019.

Without your promise, we must move along slowly and cautiously in order to remain fiscally sound and we will miss opportunities to execute our mission fully.

With everyone’s responsive support, our congregational leaders can plan boldly, take advantage of opportunities, and stretch your offering even greater.

The “Preliminary Budget” that is also included in your letter gives you a bare-bones budget that pays for the operations of the “brick and mortar”, salaries, and office operations.  Without the full support of our ministry programs (Evangelism/Membership, Fellowship, Finance, Later Life, Outreach, Parish Education, Property, Worship, and Youth & Family), we are just another building on State Route 46.  This bare-bones budget is what we at lease hope to attain in 2018, based on our giving history thus far in 2018.  This is the budget of a dying congregation.

In spite of working within a bare-bones budget for the past years, our Outreach team was recognized as a Legacy Award nominee in the Mahoning Valley.  We have a congregation of folks with great hearts who execute their ministry with great sacrifice, love, and joy.

Please begin pledging and giving intentionally toward a more vibrant and supported ministry.  Together we can grow into a more vibrant Church that makes a great difference in our community.

 

Addresses Needed for Parish Directory…Please provide the church office with your adult children’s current address, phone number, and email address.  As their Pastor, I need to be able to make contact directly with them.  If they are away at college, please provide that address so the Evangelism/Membership Committee can send them Christmas cards come December.  These are our current young adult members we are trying to reach out to in order to have discussions about what they would like to see in worship, parish education, etc., to make them excited about coming to church and bringing their friends.

 

Youth Lock-In…The Eastern Conference Youth Lock-In will be held on November 17-18 for all youth in 7-12 grades at Zion Lutheran Church, 3300 Canfield  Road, Youngstown, Ohio  44511.  All youth are encouraged to attend the 8:30 am worship at Zion together before departing for the morning.  We will meet to worship, fellowship, and grow together in faith for an overnight event.  This is a great opportunity to get to know one another or catch up with old friends.  The cost will be $10 to help cover the cost for food and recreation for the evening (to be paid at registration desk upon arrival).  Please RSVP by November 10 at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eastern-conference-lock-in-tickets-50262328979 or by calling or texting 330-442-7924.  We are also looking for any and all adults, parents, or guardians who are able to come for the evening or short shifts throughout the night.  If you can assist or will be attending, please call or text Pastor Erin at 330-442-7924.  If you have any questions, please see 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 Later Life Committee, Member Lynne Walters

Card Class…Join us for a card-making class on Thursday, Nov. 1, in the Activity Room.  We will be making 4 cards.  The theme is “Holiday Sparkle” (3-4 Christmas, with maybe one fall for Thanksgiving).  We will have another class on Thursday, Nov. 29, with the theme “Christmas 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, Oct. 28.  If you have any questions, please contact Lynne Walters.

From the Outreach Committee Chairperson, Judy Shaffer

Bingo at NSOV Update…The Outreach Committee would like to thank everyone who assisted with the Bingo at Niles Shepherd of the Valley on Wednesday, October 24.  The residents thoroughly enjoyed themselves and loved our costumes!

 

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.  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 16, from 9:00 am until noon.  If you have any questions, please contact Judy Shaffer.

 

Angel Tree…We can help make Christmas a special time for area children.  Our Angel Tree will be up on Sunday, December 9.  Stop by the tree, choose an angel, sign them out, and have fun shopping!  We will have 20 children to buy for.  All gifts must be returned UNWRAPPED by Sunday, December 16, with the angel tag attached.  If you have any questions, please contact Tootie Rogers.  If you are unable to be in church on December 3 and would like to participate, please call Tootie and she will mail you an angel.

 

NSOV Christmas Party…The Outreach Committee will be hosting the annual Christmas Party at Niles Shepherd of the Valley on Thursday, December 12, 2018, beginning at 12:00 pm.  We will be collecting new gifts for this event.  Also, we will need Christmas gift bags.  Some gift suggestions are new gloves, hat, and scarf sets, lotion sets, jewelry sets, and gift sets.  If you would like to donate money, we will do the shopping for you.  Place your check, made payable to Living Lord Lutheran Church with the notation “NSOV Christmas Party” in the memo portion, in the offering plate or mail it to the church office.  Please place your items in the basket under the bulletin board.  If you have any questions, please contact Judy Shaffer.

From the Parish Education Committee, Member Pat Was

The Adult Forum will begin a new Ray Vander Laan series titled “Cultures in Conflict” beginning on November 4.  The five-part series follows Paul as he travels through Greece and Israel spreading the Gospel in a world totally at odds with what he is preaching.  It offers us an opportunity to understand how we can cope with the issues of our present society if our belief is strong enough.

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.