September 2017 Newsletter

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Greetings in the Name of Jesus Christ:   May He Be Our Savior and Lord!
    Perhaps we should declare September to be a month for prayer.   There are so many concerns.   Obviously, all those in the path of Hurricane Harvey and its devastation remain in the forefront of attention.   There are people who have returned to the devastation of what once were their homes and sanctuaries plus those still waiting to return for what may be weeks yet.   Some have nothing awaiting their return as they left or were evacuated even to distant locations with nothing but the clothes they were wearing.   These are lives thrust into a constantly-emerging new normal of      re-calculating their present and future journeys through life.  Now as I write this, Hurricane Irma is approaching the people of the Caribbean and possibly the Florida coast.   
    "What, then, shall we say in response to these things?   If God is for us, who can be against us? 37…in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life,  neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future,  nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth,   nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."    [Romans 8]
    For the months of June, July and August, we held one Sunday worship service at 9:30 AM.   As that neared its close, discussion increased regarding whether or not to continue with one Sunday service or return to the two service schedule. By executive decision,  I continued one service for the present to allow Worship and Staff-Parish Relations Committees to consider and recommend a plan to Ad Council September 11 as well as to encourage general discussion among the congregation.   
    It’s no secret this is an impassioned topic. Pastorally, I can make a case for either schedule with  equally-valid rationale.  It does not bother me to preach two services and in fact, my prayer is that   we would need two services to accommodate the number of people desiring to worship here every Sunday.  In that regard, worship and preaching seem more energizing with a fuller Sanctuary,  but there is also a validly-different experience when two services are held.  
My greater concern is to prepare and present worship that glorifies God and represents our faith needs.  My goal for worship is to provide an environment and opportunity for anyone to encounter and discover the present holiness and Good News of God.   That can be distinctive for anyone on any Sunday.    Additionally,  may the greater health of God’s church and purpose be served.   (see [1 Chronicles 16:7-36] )
Please commit this discussion and process to daily prayer that through it all, God may be glorified and served.   On Sunday September 10, opportunity to submit suggestions, considerations and preferences may be made available during or after worship.    (23 more PRAY clues on following pages!)
See You Sunday? 
Pastor Dave

    AUGUST   2012
7:30 pm AA meeting
3.  Holy Communion Red Bag Day 9:30am Worship 10:45 am Fellowship time Lectionary 8:30 am
Offices are closed
No Bible-nBurger tonight
7 pm Bible Study
7 pm Staff Pastor Parish  meeting

2:30 pm After School helpers meeting in fellowship hall 
10 am  -LOAF meeting at Prince of Peace
7:30 pm AA meeting
9. 8:30 am Men’s Breakfast meeting
10.  Grandparents Day Bring a friend To Church Day 9:30 am  Worship 10:45 am Fellowship time Lectionary 8:30 am 4-5 pm “The Story” study
11.  6 pm Bible-n-Burger  6 pm Trustee  6:30 pm Finance team 6:30 pm Cub Scouts 
7 pm Ad Council meeting                

7 pm Bible Study
7:00  pm - Choir
7:30 pm AA meeting
17. After-School Staff Blessing 9:30 am Worship 10:45 am  Fellowship  Time Lectionary  8:30 am 4-5 pm “The Study” study
18.  6 pm Bible-n-Burger
6:30 pm Cub Scouts
7 pm Bible Study
10:30 am UMW
3- 5 PM  AFTER SCHOOL 7 pm - Choir
7:30 pm AA meeting

24. 9:30 am  Worship 10:45 am Fellowship time Lectionary  8:30 am 4-5 pm “The Study” study
6 pm Bible-nBurger
6:30 pm Cub Scouts
7 pm Bible Study
3-5 PM  AFTER SCHOOL 7 pm - Choir
7:30 pm AA meeting
RISE AGAINST HUNGER (Food-Community-Sustainability)
 Saturday, September 16, 2017 Lakeview High School Cafeteria 8:45 a.m. – 11 a.m. Volunteers age 8 and up. We are in need of 40-50 volunteers.
 Join the effort to stop hunger around the world.
 Our goal is to pack 10,000 meals for Rise Against Hunger.  Each meal costs a bit less than 30 cents so we need $3,000.  You can go online and see the actual RAH. Go to rise against, click “get involved” then click on “hosting a meal packaging event.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for a couple of hours, contact Jean Bolinger at 330-638-7672 or jeanbolinger@ If every resident in Cortland would donate 50 cents we would meet our goal.      Donations can be sent to LOAF/RAH PO Box 494 Cortland, OH 44410    PRAY!
 Special thanks to Trustees for a great job getting driveway sealed.  Very nice - and for realizing the need to update electrical system and outlets in building, which is still in progress.  Placing a new sink in the Men’s bathroom.   Trustees are always doing something to keep our building “intact”.   A never ending job - Take time to thank them.
PRAY! for our Trustees and their Responsibilities                       
Have you attended any Bible Study??  Seek out a place for you.             –Expand your knowledge – Share Others Concerns
Sunday afternoon 4-5 pm  “The Story” led by Pastor Dave. They are studying “The Story” a study of the Bible in story form. It includes a video each Sunday that depicts the period and activity of the period being discussed. If unable to come every time you can visit another United Methodist Church site that is studying it as there is a site open every day of the week. It is truly worth the time to get involved.
Monday evening at 6:00 pm. Men’s Bible-n-Burger includes         Men of our church and others – Non-denominational  
Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm. – Women’s Sister Act. Open to        all women – An exciting study group – Share group        concerns – Study exciting material – Present book is          “Uninvited” by Lysa TerKeurst which presents common       needs in a humorous way utilizing Gods Words.
PRAY! for the camaraderie, study and prayer within our small groups. 
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing even to the point of dividing soul from spirit, and joints from marrow; it is able to judge the desires and thoughts of the heart.
 [New English Translation Bible  (NET Bible)]

 Wednesday, September 13, 2017 marks the start of our Community “Kid’s Bible Club” program.  The planning committee is excited about this year’s program. Program will include grades 4, 5, and 6. Meeting new students at least in grade 4. Enrollment forms will go out Monday, August 28th to all 4-5-6 grade students.  Expected to be returned on Friday, September 8th.   PRAY!  Theme this year is Bible based needs and areas students deal with in school on a daily basis. Bible story tellers are Pastor Dave and Camille Hunter. Drama, Puppetry and Story time will be utilized. We are going to attempt to teach both staff and students biblical words in sign language.   PRAY!  Devotions, prayer circle will start and end each day. “Let off steam session” follows – then snack time – followed by craft time with a new twist. Story time with exciting spirit filled activities completes the time.  We have some special projects that will require planning by students, developing how to do it and then implementing their idea.  Staff commitment is still needed. Clip board will be left in fellowship hall for you to sign up.  Information for how to complete your background check at home will be there also, as this is both a church and school requirement. Cost is $10 per person which will be paid out of the grant money. So they are free to you.  Please search your heart and sign-up -- You do not have to do every week – whatever you can will be appreciated.   PRAY! Is God telling you  -- YOU CAN DO THIS??     PRAY!
Thanks for whatever you can do – Help on Wednesday, Provide snacks, craft needs and etc. Kids Bible Club Directors: Pastor Dave, Camille Hunter and                                               Shirley DiVencenzo
AFTER-SCHOOL Kids Bible Club Needs 1. Snacks 2. Pringle potato chip cans by Sept 13 (box in fellowship hall) 3. Sign Language Signer to teach Staff – Possibly students 4. Indoor Golf practice Pad – just during class time 5. Craft project ideas and Helpers 6. Puppets – especially female and animals   --------------------------------------------------------------------
          JUNIOR CHURCH      Worship planning committee reviewed this area at their meeting with concerns considered by group and Pastor.   It was decided children will stay in sanctuary on the first Sunday as it is Communion.  They should understand the preparation of it.  Junior Church will be held in the Art room, on second floor on the second and fourth Sunday.  They will remain in the Sanctuary on the third Sunday to learn the church service.        PRAY! Helpers welcome – Take one month or one Sunday – Sign up on clip board in fellowship  hall or see Shirley.   Miss Shirley will continue to be responsible but has some special needs coming up that will definitely prevent her from doing it every Sunday.  This is an exciting opportunity for you to share the children’s love for God, People an outreach as the love to plan activities to share with others.  Thanks so much.      Shirley DiVencenzo GOD NEEDS YOU
PRAY! To keep God’s church an important part of our community we must each one commit ourselves to being His ambassador. His disciple making His presence known in this world. Many adverse activities do exist in our world, but with our help Gods love can shine through. Search your hearts and minds – invite others to share in our church activities.  Call someone who may have some problems coming to church, offer to pick them up – Visit someone who is unable to come -  Take the church newsletter, Sunday bulletin, daily Upper Room, yourself and
maybe someone close.  – Guarantee the visit will help you as much as them to be uplifted. Invite the children and family next door to go with you to church, special community planned activities at church. Or to 5th Sunday outreach. Suggest to Pastor, the office or visitation team someone who needs a visit. Join the visitation team – we will help you feel comfortable. God knows your talents, He has given you. Put them to use to insure His Kingdom continues and reaches out to others. Will you join us in this ministry?  Is He Calling You?
      Shirley DiVencenzo,        Worship Planning Committee  
PRAY! “Love God…Love your neighbor and do not judge”     
    Worship Planning Committee Meeting
 The committee met Monday, August 21st to review May, June, July and August programs and plan for September, October, November and December church activities.  We spent time reviewing the combined church service – Much discussion and concerns were presented for both single and two sessions.  Attendance during the summer averaged 55 per session.  The group will inquire of members informally for the next two weeks – then meet to present their recommendation to Administrative  Council.  If you have special concerns to keep one or two services please contact one of the committee members. Pastor Dave, Shirley DiVencenzo, Bertha Cyphert, Jan Stocz, Debbie Moore, Linda Bealer, and George Kirby – members who were present and agreed to this.  Pastor Dave stated that the Staff Parish Relations Committee will also discuss and make its recommendation.   PRAY!
We reviewed finance concerns.  On Sunday, August 27th after church a Root Beer Float Sale for $1.00 donation was held.  The money raised went to the general fund of the church.  We will be planning other events.   If you have an idea or want to do a Sunday – call Shirley (330720-3147) or contact Bertha in the office.   PRAY!
 Sunday, September 10th is Grandparents Day and Fill a Pew Day. Start calling now – Get your family to come to church to honor their grandparents.  Call others you have missed at church;  Invite and bring your neighbor, friend, someone you work with – encourage anyone you meet to join us. Lets take this outreach opportunity to fill God’s House.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had standing room only.  PRAY! The children have made gifts for the grandparents and some extra for you to share with someone in hospital or a shut-in. They are excited to meet the Grandparents.
 Sunday, September 17th, we will recognize and offer a blessing in worship to bless Community Bible Kids Club Staff which starts on Wednesday, September 13th.  Staff members please are present. PRAY!
 Sunday, October  8th we will recognize the Red Bird Team members traveling to the Red Bird Mission for a week of work.  PRAY!
 Sunday, October 15th will be Children’s Sabbath. We as a church will honor the children with a special recognition. They will also help with introducing the start of the Shoebox Ministry. Becky Vensel has volunteered to be Director of the ShoeBox Ministry program this year. Great thanks goes out to Becky as this is a very important and very active program requiring much time and energy.
 Sunday, October 29th is the Fifth Sunday Fellowship which the men are in charge. We are hoping to offer a Pet Blessing that day.
 More from Worship Planning committee next month.
 Shirley DiVencenzo Worship Planning Committee Chairperson Keep eyes open for Special Project at the Pavilion Coming Soon
 The September meeting of the Cortland United Methodist Women will be on Wednesday, September 20th at 10:30 in the church parlor. All women of the church are invited to attend. This will be a planning meeting for the upcoming year and the Turkey Dinner.  PRAY!                                                         COMING SOON – U.M. Women Fall Retreats – Thursday, September 21st from 9 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. at Big Creek Park in Chardon and/or Saturday, September 23rd from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Garrettsville UMC in Garrettsville. The theme this year is “Living as a Covenant Community”. PRAY!  For more information contact Jane Grinnell or Shirley DiVencenzo.                                                        SAVE THE DATE – Western Reserve District United Methodist Women Fall Gathering will be Saturday, October 14th in Painesvil
 We do  have an individual hearing headsets for one who had difficulty hearing the scripture and sermon from the pulpit. If you need one please ask the Greeter and we will see you receive assistance.
     Worship Planning Committee
1. In need of someone who can sign and teach the staff and      After School children sign language.
2. Still need Pringle cans for Kid’s Bible Club. Leave in box on      table in fellowship hall.
3. Don’t forget to sign up to help support the Wednesday 3-5      pm  After-School Bible Kids Club in Fellowship Hall.      Help when you can.  NEED: Women, Men, Young Teens.
4. Junior Church helper sign-up sheet in fellowship hall.  PRAY!
5. Someone to help Pastor on Sunday mornings with Audio      equipment.
6. Need to borrow Indoor golf Practice Pad for Kid’s Bible Club.
7. Someone who would like to tape weekly sermons, so that      they can be shared with shut-ins, and those who missed      church, and take on visitation. 
REMEMBER GOD AND YOUR CHURCH NEEDS YOU                                                       PRAY!
WORSHIP PLANNING COMMITTEE received a request to consider Prayer Request time during worship.  Concern has been expressed for the effect informal expressions for prayer and praise have on Worship  length.  Examples of how some other churches handle this were shared.   
Names could be entered on a clipboard for reading, cards with concerns could be collected for announcement or to be prayed-over; concerns could also be simply named verbally or expressed silently by hand.   It seems no single way has been found to be adequate and effective.  Perhaps you have a suggestion.  We do not want to prevent anyone the opportunity to express what is needed.   PRAY!
Discussion included concern for personal and medical privacy.  Be aware that churches, by the nature of their spiritual faith and prayer, are not constrained by the conventional standards of HIPPA.  However, it is just good practice and we encourage permission be requested and confirmed from anyone to be identified for named  congregational prayer concern.   
We tried to agree upon an efficient but satisfactory method to meet the needs of anyone desiring to submit a concern for prayer during worship.  Pastor Dave has since decided to try a variety of methods over the coming weeks to see how effective each of them might be.   
We will continue to use the clipboard for printed requests with a revised format.  There may be space for:   Name, Concern, Announce or Not, and If Contact from the Pastor Is Desired.  Pastor will refer to this during worship and it will serve as basis for the weekly Prayer Chain call.  
If the prayer clip board has been taken to Pastor when you arrive, you can print request on a prayer card for Offering Plate and simply share your concern verbally, by hand or in the manner of the day if instructed.  
May God Bless Us All,  Your Worship Planning Committee PRAY!

David Vensel,
Sep 6, 2017, 6:20 PM