November 2015 Newsletter

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We just completed our annual Charge Conference meeting with our District Superintendent Rev Sondra Snode.  This is required by The United Methodist Church Book of Discipline to review and evaluate the total mission and ministry of each church.

Administrative, legal, operating and financial details are reviewed; election of certain church officers is held; goals are reviewed and reports are received.  Among the reports, the pastor and Church Lay are asked to submit a written report reviewing how the church is addressing goals, and fulfilling its mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ.   This month, we are presenting the report of our Church Lay Leader Lynn Burkey.

See You Sunday?                                             Pastor Dave

 

 

LAY LEADER REPORT

 

        There have been many blessings and options for spiritual growth in 2015. Actual studies and men’s and women’s fellowship are strong in spirit and action.

          Church dinners and brunches bring new faces and opinions to spread God’s love. Lakeview Outreach and Fellowship, Lil’ Lambs closet, children’s after-school and summer events have reached out to families of the community in many ways.

          We have touched the world through our community and World Vision Sponsorship, Samaritans Purse Christmas shoe boes, Adopt-a-Foot, Red Cross Blood Drives, Cortland Area Cares food bank, and co-operative activities through LOAF that produced a herd of animals for the Heifer project.

          Children’s After-School programs, summer “fun days” and Blessing of the Pets made a lasting impression on those participating.

          Red Bird Mission again produced options for spiritual growth beyond the doors of our church.

          Sunday worship continues to be high quality with sermons and special services making God real. We continue with two services even though the numbers have dwindled.  Attempts to combine the services on the “fifth” Sunday program have been well received and we are seeking more options to bring the whole congregation together for one worship experience.

          The success of our church can be attributed to God inspiring those now invovled to work tirelessly to love God and others as we love ourselves.

         

Lynn Burkey

FIFTH SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE & FELLOWSHIP MEAL

HANGING OF THE GREENS

 

Sunday, November 29th marks our last fifth Sunday worship for the year 2015.  We have had four Sundays  thus far and they were well attended and it was nice to say hello to our church family members who attended.  The meals shared following the service were great  and a special thanks to all who brought  food and all those who helped in the kitchen to clean up. Our men’s group will be doing a breakfast type meal for November 29  Sunday and we will be asked to leave a donation to be given  to the Shared Ministry fund.   Let’s make this a very special day to close out 2015 Fifth Sunday services and Fellowship meals.

 

Following our fellowship meal we will  have the Hanging of the Greens. Placing the Christmas Tree in sanctuary and placing Christmas items throughout the church. This is the first Sunday of Advent.  So plan to stay and help with the decoations. We need your help.

 

 

FIRST SUNDAY OF MONTH :  NOVEMBER 1, 2015 

                                                  

                                             

     RED BAG DAY

 

Remember to bring your bag of non-perishable items for the Cortland Area Cares Food Pantry.  Peanut butter, soup of any kind (please no tomato soup), paper products and soap products (kitchen – bath- laundry) are always needed. They are also in need of canned tuna, canned chicken  and plastic grocery bags. Needed:dish detergent, and laundry detergent.

 

 

 

ADOPT –A-FOOT

 

$30.00 per pair.  Checks to: Prince of Peace, 490 North High Street, Cortland, OH 44410.  Students in Lakeview, Maplewood, Bristol, Badger and Champion schools, grades K-8, are given a voucher for Neal’s Shoes in Warren.  The children will be shopping on designated day in early November so your donations are needed as soon as possible.  Please send all to Prince of Peace, 490 North High Street, Cortland but be sure to mark “Adpot-a-Foot” somewhere with your gift. There is a need for approximately 150 pair of shoes.

NOVEMBER    2015

SUNDAY

1. ALL SAINTS   

            DAY

   COMMUNION

8 am Heritage    

          Worship

9 am Fellowship

9:15am Adult Study

10:30 am Worship

W Junior church

11:45 am

Fellowship

 

MONDAY

2.

9:30am Bible

         Study

6:00 pm

Bible-n-Burger

TUESDAY

3.

7 pm- Bible Study

WEDNESDAY

4.

4-6 pm –After school

 

7 pm - Choir

THURSDAY

5. 10:00 am

 

LOAF meeting

  In fellowship

     hall

10 am Bible study

 

FRIDAY

6.

SATURDAY

7.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOPPING

12 NOON TILL    3 PM

8.

8 am Heritage worship

9 am Fellowship

9:15 am Adult

Study

10:30 am worship

W Junior church

11:45 am Fellowship

 

 

9.

9:30 am Bible Study

6 pm Bible-n- Burger

7 pm Staff Parish meeting

 

10.

7 pm – Sister Act             Bible Study

 

11.

12 noon – 6 pm

Blood Drive at

Garden Brook

 

4-6 pm –After school

 

7 pm - Choir

12.

 

10 am – Bible Study

13.     

14.

 

Men’s

Breakfast

8:30  am

 

 

 

15.

8 am Heritage      

          Worship

9 am Fellowship

9:15  am  Adult

          Study

10:30 am  worship

W Junior church

11:45 am.    

       Fellowship

16.

9:30 am

 Bible Study

6 pm Bible-n-Burger

6 pm – Trustee

6 pm – Finance

7 pm – Ad Council

 

       

 

 

 

17.

7 pm Sister   

     Act  Bible

      Study

 

 

18.

 

10:30 am United Methodist Women

 

4-6 pm After school

 

 

7 pm - Choir

 

 

 

 

19.

10 am.  Bible Study

      

 

        

 

20..

 

21.

22.

.

8 am Heritage

         Worship

9:15 am  Adult

           Study

10:30 am  worship

W Junior church

11:45 am

        Fellowship

       

SHOE BOX  DEADLINE

23.

9:30 am.

    Bible  Study

 

6 pm Bible-n- Burger

 

 

24.

 

 

7 pm

LOAF Community Thanksgiving Service at Prince of Peace Lutheran church

 

25..

 

 

4-6  pm – After School Program

begins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 26.

THANKSGIVING

         DAY

 

Church offices    

      closed

 

 

 

 

 

27.

28.

29. 5th SUNDAY

1st Sunday of  

     Advent

 

9:30 am-Worship

Meal following served by the men.

Donation to shared ministry

Fund of church

 

30.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD & Packing Party will be on Saturday, Nov. 7 from Noon until 3 pm. Meeting at church before leaving for Dollar Tree on Elm road.  Pizza and snacks provided. All welcome.

 

 

CROP WALK SUCCESS!

 

We had a most beautiful fall day for the CROP Walk for Hunger on October 11!  Our church was represented by the following walkers:

Mary Bumstead, Diane Bumstead, Micki Semroc, Debbie Miller, Pam O’Dell, Lynn Rider and her daughters, Anna and Kate.  Thank you for participating. And thank you, Don Harper, for taking a sponsor sheet with you to the Red Bird Mission!

 

Thank you to our caring congregation, for you donated $45.47 to the CROP Walk Bucket, as well as pledging to one of the walkers! Because of your contributions, we provided a total of $600.00 to help fight hunger worldwide, and here in our own community!

 

Following a walk to the Cortland Food Pantry, where Donna Kittle graciously gave us a little tour, we either walked around the streets, or walked to the lake to fill our bucket with water to carry back to the church. We were then treated to hot dogs, chips, cake and drinks! Thank you to all the Lion’s Club volunteers for preparing and serving the food!

 

Thank you, walkers and church members for caring for our community!

Because of your generosity, approximately $150 will be donated to our Food Pantry!

 

Sincerely,

Mary Bumstead

 

 

 

      “Everything falls into place when we put God first”

 

 

Remember in the Discipleship Outreach 

 

God gives one an idea – the structure for a new program, but he also says Lead my idea and others will follow

Can you be one of those, who moves God idea into reality??

He blesses us all and says; grow, grow, grow!

 

To the Members of the Cortland United Methodist

 

Thank you again for the wonderful book bags. You put a smile on 30 students faces. Knowing they could start school with all that was needed, helped these parents so much.

Your continued support of our students is greatly appreciated. Words can not express our gratitude.

 

Sincerely

Michelle Boyles

Warren Woods Estates

 

Lil’ LAMBS REPORT

 

       The Lll’ Lambs Committee wishes to sincerely thank all our helpers who worked before, during and after the October Closet Sale. It was a great success thanks to all of you who contributed in a variety of ways. We appreciate your continued support and hope to see you again in May!  Save the date May 5 and 6, 2016.

        Our help came from throughout the congregation, into the community and from the Lakeview Beta Club. We appreciate the dedication and hours spent by all. This Sale continues to touch many lives and makes all the work worthwhile.  Praise God.  Thank you so much.

 

                                                              Diane Bumstead

ITEMS NEEDED

 

Local nursing facility seeking cassette players, CD players, DVD players.  They want to listen to music and watch movies but need players to do so. If you have any of the above that you wish to donate, please contact Shirley DiVencenzo.  Thank you.

 

Dear fellow members of Cortland United Methodist

 

The Cortland Area Food Pantry is relying on some of us to help with the monthly distribution of food to our less fortunate neighbors. If you are able to help the last Wednesday of a month, please sign on clipboard, or call the church office and give your name and phone number, someone will contact you with a schedule. If you are available every month, please indicate otherwise you will be assigned 2-3 times a year with another person from our church. Our current time is 9-11, although there are openings in the other time slots of 11-3, & 1-3. There is also a desperate need for some individuals who can push the carts to the cars and help unload the items into the clients’ cars. If you feel healthy enough to take on this task, please indicate that you would like to “push carts” after your name. If you have any questions, please contact me and I’ll do my best to find answers to your questions.

 

Sincerely,

Anita Shaw

330-638-8745

 

 

WHY WE COLLECT CAMPBELL LABELS AND BOX TOPS

 

The Red Bird Mission is able to obtain a brand new nine-passenger mini van just by collecting 1,600,000 labels from campbell products. At the present time they have one million labels and are hoping to get another 600,000 by the end of the year. We presented them with 1,520 labels in October.

The Mission School can receive up to $20,000 a year by collecting box tops. At 10 cents per box top it takes 200,00 to reach $20,000. We submitted 1,577.

Our total labels and box tops are the most we have given to Red Bird in one year.  Can we do even better next year?  All it takes is a little time to remove the label and cut out the box top. Ask your family and friends to save them too.

 

 

“Jesus (fall leaves) colors our lives when we invite HIM into our hearts”

 

 

RED BIRD TEAM – TO KINGDOM COME AND BACK

 

       Our Red Bird Mission Team just returned from an inspiring and worthwhile trip to southeastern Kentucky.  Nestled in the mountains our project was to install a new window, repair and cool seal the roof of the trailer, and completely tear out and rebuild the floor of a bedroom.  Jean Stidham welcomed us to her home which she shared with her grandson. She was so pleased and very grateful for the work when it was completed.

 

        Camp consists of working on the project everyday except Wednesday which is reserved for sight-seeing or just getting to know the people and places around the Mission.  This year our team jouneyed over Pine Mountain to the beautiful State Park called Kingdom Come.  Peacefull and quiet, we watched the ducks float along the water, climbed and hiked a bit, and just enjoyed the beauty of God’s creation.

 

        Wednesday evening we had the opportunity to listen to testimonies from some of the Mission School students as they told how their relationship with God had grown and brought such hope to their lives.  The Friday night communion service is always inspirational as work campers share their stories of the week and we partake of communion together.

 

        Please consdier joining our team sometime in the future. Until you have experienced Red Bird, you will never know the blessings that await you.

 

        Red Bird Team – 2015

                Pastor Dave, Don Harper, George Nelson, Lundy O’Dell,

                                    Donna Pate and Nancy Treffert

 

 

 

OMNIBUS CHARGE/CHURCH CONFERENCE

 

        Six local churches met together Sunday evening, October 25th at our church to review each church’s 2015 activities and to vote on 2016 future. District Superintendent Sondra Snode led the meeting. She used two videos to point out our needs as individual churches and congreagational members. To open our eyes and recognize just  How the World Recognizes the Church. She stated that the world is in the midst of a challenging culture. Most of us grew up in a world where the church was foremost in families and societies, but that is not our world today. She asked “Is the world leaders with us so they can find Jesus”. They look at us to see “How we live our lives??”

In 2014 Conference used the theme: Jesus is calling us in hopitality to all. In 2015 the theme was Jesus is calling up to Discipleship and in 2016 the theme will be Jesus is calling us out into the world.

The challenge to us: Are We doing what needs to be done in order for the world to see and know Jesus Christ???”

Remember in John – Jesus noted His new commandment: Love one another as I have loved you. We voted on officers for the coming year, confirmed the Pastor’s Salary.  We were asked to review our church;s Safe Sanctuary Policy – perhaps meet to have a class so all volunteers are aware of our policy and meet the conference requirements.  Also we need to look closely at our Goals for 2016 to ensure we too are meeting the world needs of reaching others with the love of Jesus Christ.

Rev. Snode’s final words were again a challenge to all of us to make our goals answer the question: 

WHAT DOES THE WORLD KNOWABOUTJESUS.

HOW WILLTHE PEOPLE KNOW JESUS IS IN OUR MIDST

THEY WILL KNOW YOU ARE JESUS DISCIPLE

IF YOU HAVE AND SHOW LOVE

 

STAFF PASTOR PARISH RELATIONS REQUEST

 

        Please help us and your church establish the 2016 goals for our church.  Keep in mind the previous charge/church Conference report. How will our church meet Jesus Christ’s challenge to help change the world by showing His love for all in our actions:

Please list three goals you might want to see our church do or be involved with others.Please list three activities you want to see our Pastor do or become involved with so all can see Jesus Christ’s love.

WESTERN RESERVE UNITED METHODIST WOMEN REPORT

 

The Annual fall meeting of the Western Reserve District  was held October 17th from 9-1 at the Hartford United Methodist Church. We received 75 reservations which is very good for the fall meeting as so many dinners and special events were in progress.  The meeting was very uplifting with many inspirational activities. The food was delicious both for continential breakfast and lunch. The keynote speaker was preceded by a student soloist who shared several appropriate songs re: the theme, Sexual, Mental and Physical Abuse concerns, great emphasis was placed on the churches need to become more involved with women. Men and children who are products of abuse. Many examples were given of how to be of assistance and how to spot early abuse before it hinges a more dangerous outcome.  The speaker encouraged each church to look more closely at this problem and address it with positive activity.

 

 

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN

 

        The Cortland United Methodist Women wish to thank everyone who helped to make our recent Turkey Dinner a success.  We appreciate your help. Whether you roasted a turkey, baked, worked at the dinner or came to eat, we thank you.  A Special thank you to the ladies of Hannah’s House who worked so joyfully the day of the dinner.

 

        Our November meeting of the CUMW will be on Wednesday, November 18th at 10:30 in the church parlor.  After devotions and a business meeting, we will be going out to lunch and on a brief  excursion. As plans are finalized we will post them in the church bulletin.

 

 

SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY

 

        Please consider coming before the 10:30 service or staying after the 8 am service on Sunday morning for a very entertaining, thought provoking, active study of God’s world and what it means today. The group has been increasing in size and members finding the discussion and desire to be Jesus’ disciple in our world today.

 

 

 

Don’t Forget the Active Servicemen and our Veterans

 

Our annual card program has begun. Cards are downstairs in the fellowship hall for you to write a message, signing it with both yours and the church’s name. DO NOT SEAL ENVELOPE, as we will be placing a prayer card and pocket cross in it.  If you wish you may add a donation for stamps for those in the Active service men’s cards in the jar provided.  All local cards will be delivered personally. You do not really realize how much they look forward to them.  Last year I was a little later delivering them to the Veterans Outpatient Unit for them to deliver to Wade Park Veterans hsopital in Cleveland – She told me they thought we had forgotten them. They received 75 cards.  This program reaches out to 25 Vets at Washington Square Nursing Home in Warren; Local VFW’s; American Legion; Vets’ Volunteer Home Guard Units, Vietnam Motorcycle group; Men and Women Vets on the street and in our own community.

We also sent 50 overseas through our local Air Force Base. God has truly blessed this project in the past.  He has allowed us to see the outreach showed by our members to meet these needs in order for the project to suceed and so some of our active servicemen and veterans can know Christ through your card, when they carry the cross in their pocket it reminds them each time they touch it that God is with them      Let’s fill the basket in the fellowship hall so God’s Love can be shared in the world

 

 

 

“Start each day with God/End each day with God”

 

 

 

   Cortland United Methodist Church             155 North High Street           Cortland, OH 44410

                               Church Office                 (330)637-2571                 Pastor David Vensel             (330) 637- 3768

 

E-mail:cortlandumc@centurylink.net

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NOVEMBER DATES TO REMEMBER

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1 - HOLY COMMUNION

                          ALL SAINTS DAY –

We invite you to light a candle in memory of a loved one           during the worship service.    Daylight Savings time ends.

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7 –

 

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOPPING

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9

 

STAFF-PASTOR PARISH MEETING

 

MONDAY – NOVEMBER 16

 

TRUSTEES – FINANCE – AD COUNCIL MEETINGS

 

                                TUESDAY – NOVEMBER 24 @ 7:00 P.M.

 

Community Thanksgiving Service at Prince of Peace Lutheran

Church with Pastor Doug Sewell of All Souls church will deliver the message.

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29 – 1st SUNDAY OF ADVENT

 

Combined 5th Sunday Worship at 9:30 a.m.

Fellowship meal following, then we will do Hanging of the Greens

                                   in the sanctuary and throughout the church.

 

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