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February 2016 Newsletter

The February Newsletter is below or if you would like to read a more colorful copy scroll down toward the bottom of the page and click on the blue arrow to download.

FEBRUARY 7 – Shirley DiVencenzo 14 – Janet Burkey “LOVE SUNDAY” 21 – Ann Fetrow 28 – Pam Bowers MARCH 6 – Need Volunteer (check w Shirley) 13 – Nancy Treffert (Daylight savings time begins 20 – Debbie Miller & Jim Mizner –Palm Sunday 27 – Shirley DiVencenzo 

 Easter Special thanks to each volunteer willing to share their love of God as a teacher. We challenge each of you to share the Good News of Jesus and encourage families to bring their children to meet Christ. Share with others and grow in His love. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The congregation extends its deepest sympathy to Pastor Dave, Becky and family, Brother Robert II, Sister Alexis and Mrs. Dorothy Vensel in the loss of father and husband. Robert passed on Monday, February 1, 2016. Calling hours are on Monday, February 8 from 1-22:45 pm at Holy Cross Lutheran Church with services to follow at 3 p.m. Private interment will be in Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. I lieu of flowers, contributions made be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church, The American Cancer Society, The American Heart Association or your favorite charity. 

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICES On Wednesday, February 10 “Ash Wednesday” we will have two Services. First service is from 11:30 am. until 1:00 pm. with meditations and receiving of the ashes. The 7:00 pm. service the choir will sing, communion will be given and we will receive the mark of the Ashen Cross. The services are open and all are invited to attend.

 UNITED METHODIST WOMEN The February meeting of the Cortland United Methodist Women will be on Wednesday, February 17th at 10:30 am in the church parlor. Following devotions and a business meeting, we will be going out to lunch. All ladies of the church are invited. Please plan on joining us. 

COMING IN APRIL! The U.M.W. Book Sale! Once again we are asking for your gently used books, specialty magazines, puzzles, DVD’s, CDs and more. No encyclopedias please. Please remember us if you find these and are willing to part with them. More information will be in the March Messenger. 

CAMPBELL SOUP LABELS AND BOX TOPS We are still collecting the soup labels and box tops to be sent with our Red Bird Mission team when they go on their trip. Remember to bring them and place in the Campbell soup container located in the North Narthex. AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM Please note – Sessions changes during January, February, March or April. We will be meeting every two (2) weeks from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. most weeks. Note special changes as listed. January 27 - 4:00 – 6:00 pm February 10 - 6:30 pm to attend Ash Wednesday service February 27 - 4:00 – 6:00 pm March 9 - 4:00- 6:00 pm March 20 - 6:30 pm Attend Maundy Thursday Service (Note date change) April 13 - 4:00-6:00 pm Last Day – Special activity planned We will plan two programs in the summer to keep us all together. Our hopes are to continue the Community After-School program at the Elementary Building, K-5th grade next year. Spread the word as to how much fun you had this year and Remember God loves you. So do we. God Bless After School Co-chair Shirley DiVencenzo

 WORSHIP PLANNING TEAM Revival of the Worship Planning Team met on Monday, January 25, 2016 with several enthusiastic, spirit filled members, to see God’s church in Cortland, on High Street, reach out to develop increased attendance, youth and children’s ministry and disciples for Christ. Wish you were all there to see their excitement and willingness to move God’s church forward. Review of needed organizational tasks was developed with much willingness to do God’s work. If we are to see God’s church move forward YOU are needed. God appreciates each one of you for placing worship in His church top on your list every Sunday. We challenge YOU to be HIS AMBSSADOR – REACH OUT TO OTHERS. Review the Church Directory – call someone you have missed. Tell them so. Arrange to pick them up – Visit a shut-in with Sunday bulletin, daily devotional booklet and copy of our activities and program available. Lent begins on Wednesday, February 7th. Excellent time to reach out; explore the meaning and importance of Christ’s death for each of us, as we explore our personal review of our own life. Receive a copy of our Lenten devotional booklet. Consider attending the Pastor’s Lenten study on Sunday evenings. Start your Lenten Season on Wednesday, February 10th with a friend to the “Blessing of the Ashes”. Two services will be available to you – Informal session from 11:30 am to 1 pm and a formal service at 7 pm with communion and choir music. During the busy season don’t forget the Community Pantry “Red Bag Sundays” first Sunday Communion and Sub Sunday on February 7th. We have set Sunday, February 13 as “Love Sunday.” As winter progresses we are concerned about the heat in the church. Both Worship and Ad Council voted to hold Sunday services in the Fellowship Hall if weather is zero “0” or below or if elevator is not working. Worship planning team does need your help. Please explore amongst your family, friends and group ways to insure our outreach to fulfill “Our mission to God.” Please offer suggestions – Be outrageous, mode mister, and traditional. Fill our Sanctuary, increase of youth and children programs; explore ways to reach the unchurched and community needs. - REMEMBER this is Your Church and God’s church. He wants You to be His Disciple and reach out to others. - - God Bless You All for Your Help. Shirley, DiVencenzo, Worship Planning Team Chairperson

 FINANCIAL NEWS For the month of January, we have receive $8,505.00 in tithes and offerings, $852.00 in shared ministry donations and $2,988.26 in prepaid donations for the entire year. $13,728.54 was incurred in normal operating expenses and $971.57 for elevator repairs not covered by the maintenance agreement. As you can see there was a significant shortfall. The Finance Committee in conjunction with the Administrative Council has decided to use Reserve funds that have been held in savings to cover any shortfalls incurred for the time being. However, unless there is an increase in income, eventually adjustments will need to be made. 
Jill Freeman Treasurer
David Vensel,
Feb 14, 2016, 9:31 PM