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July 2014 Newsletter

  

Our mission is to Worship, Grow, and Witness

to God’s love in Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit

                           JULY   2014

 “Jesus is calling us” – you and me was the central theme of the East Ohio Conference. Pastor Dave and Bertha Cyphert represented Cortland United Methodist Church while Shirley DiVencenzo was a Western Reserve District Delegate member at large.  All had voting and participating power. Microphones set up around auditorium allowed representatives to ask questions and make suggestions.  Very proud of the group as all considered how their remarks etc. would affect the way others saw the Methodist Faith and Ideology. We attended every session and were greatly blessed. This was a very uplifting spiritual moving conference. Much important and stimulating information was received – too much to review in this column. So we will only review generalities.

Bishop Hopkins presided over eleven Districts, Youth, Retirees, and Visitors. The UMCOR donations (flood buckets, health kits, school kits, layettes were placed on the semi-truck and all left Tuesday for use in needed areas.

On Monday morning only the clergy met with Bishop Hopkins. The discussion was on pension, healthcare, salary, housing, health benefits, retirement, and program emphasis for the year and any matters of concern. Later the body discussed and voted on their needs.

 

Every session started with worship, which as Bertha put it – “wonderful if we could start each day this way.” We were privileged to have excellent thought provoking speakers.  Monday we started with Communion, Bishop Hopkins opened business sessions with the questions:  “How are we doing today?” and “How have we used our resources”.  He noted our task is to make Disciples for Christ –Bring people to Christ by baptism outside the church walls, camps for children, Christian love to people in need – going beyond our borders work with West Ohio Conference to enlarge our efforts – great need was noted throughout the sessions for the need to encourage more to enter the ministry, especially encouraging and supporting our younger generation to choose the ministry.

 

Youth President noted 262 young people were at Youth Conference held weekend prior. Need to encourage youth to attend next year.  Monday evening involved recognizing clergy retiring from pastoral appointments – some clergy changes – following the service Western Reserve District held an ice cream social to welcome new pastors in our area and best wishes and good bye’s to others moving or retiring – a great time for sharing, meeting others and sharing ideas.

 

Tuesday morning, Rev Solomon Hill of the Youngstown Centenary UM church encouraged us to “reach out as Christ did to people of all backgrounds.” When God calls you to act – sit upstand up – go in His name”Tell the World about Jesus”You have the power to witness to all.”  Remember Jesus lives for we serve a living Savior - every child is a child of God. Pray before – strive to understand another view – disagree with being disagreeable. This theme followed throughout the conference. The Conference offering was taken and divided 1/3 Bishops Discretionary Fund, 1/3 Internship Fund and 1/3 Disability emphasis was taken.

 

A most impressive Commission “Ordination Service” was held on Tuesday evening. Largest class – 13 Elders, 2 Deacons, and 4 Provisional Deacons.  Bishop Rev. Janice Riggle Huie, resident bishop  of the Texas Annual Conference challenge was both inspirational and thought provoking as she explained their relationship to God the people and the people to the people.

 

 

Wednesday worship keynote speaker, the Rev. Dr. Rock Jones, President of Ohio Wesleyan University encouraged us to become leaders.  Challenged us to become involved in your’s & God’s Church’s leadership roles to ensure a future for those coming after us.  Two other speakers followed: The Rev Dr  Kenda Creasy Dean, past CCYM President at Lakeside and nationally known professor for her teachings and writings on reaching and disciplining youth. Tremendous speaker with many helps re: Youth needs.   The Rev. Bishop Janice Riggle Huie, leadership speaker emphasized younger clergy so important – use your imagination – think differently.  Call and support ministry – Support retiring pastors, preserve and pass on a living legacy.

Wednesday afternoon began with devotions by the Youth conference leaders. Tina Baker gave the Lay Leader address – great speaker from Ravenna/Atwater area. Stated GOD IS GOOD- ALL THE TIME. Laity and clergy must work together.  Emphasis states BE THE GIFT OF THE CHURCHNeed to be on firenot a flickerbut a flame. Many other reports followed. Wednesday evening was the 3 c’s mission and 5K run/1 mile walk traditions beat the rain but the Mission fair was rained out.

Thursday morning worship speaker, the Rev, Janelle Kurtz’s topic was entitled “Commission Impossible” – God is everywhere – Jesus calls us – He gives us the strength and qualifications. God is the power of God with us – Leave fears behind – Accept Jesus – everything else is just details.  Business session followed – Conference Vacation Bible School had 100 children. Camping encouraged as a way for a child/teen to grow in relationship with others and God.  Our budget passed – Church apportionments decreased. Course available for UMCOR volunteers – Disaster 101.

Several Resolutions were reviewed and discussed.

  1. 2014-01  Promoting Justice & Peace in the Holy Land by Divestment and Boycott – Failed

  2. 2014-2    Stem Tide of Violence - Passed

  3. 2014-3    National Domestic Violence – Passed with an amendment to include women, men  

                     and children

  4. 2014-4    Gay/Lesbian Gender Weddings – Tabled

  5. 2014-5     Not Condoning Violence in Words – Deeds – Passed as amended

  6. 2014-6     Enforcement of Ohio Human Trafficking Laws – Passed

 

Session of the 45th East Ohio Conference closed with worship and prayer. Wish you all had attended. It’s great to see and hear how our conference functions and realize we are a great force for God’s message  - Remember – Jesus Is Calling Us – Are you willing to do your part?

  Pastor Dave

 

   Bishops Discretionary Fund, 1/3 Internship Fund/ and 1/3 Disability emphasis was taken.

A most impressive Commission “Ordination Service” was held on Tuesday evening. Largest class – 13 Elders, 2 Deacons, and 4 Provisional Deacons.  Bishop Rev. Janice Riggle Huie, resident bishop  of the Texas Annual Conference challenge was both inspirational and thought provoking as she explained their relationship to God the people and the people to the people.

 

Wednesday worship keynote speaker, the Rev. Dr. Rock Jones, President of Ohio Wesleyan University encouraged us to become leaders.  Challenged us to become involved in your’s & God’s Church’s leadership roles to ensure a future for those coming after us.  Two other speakers followed: The Rev Dr  Kenda Creasy Dean, past CCYM President at Lakeside and nationally known professor for her teachings and writings on reaching and disciplining youth. Tremendous speaker with many helps re: Youth needs.   The Rev. Bishop Janice Riggle Huie, leadership speaker emphasized younger clergy so important – use your imagination – think differently.  Call and support ministry – Support retiring pastors, preserve and pass on a living legacy.

Wednesday afternoon began with devotions by the Youth conference leaders. Tina Baker gave the Lay Leader address – great speaker from Ravenna/Atwater area. Stated GOD IS GOOD- ALL THE TIME. Laity and clergy must work together.  Emphasis states BE THE GIFT OF THE CHURCHNeed to be on firenot a flickerbut a flame. Many other reports followed. Wednesday evening was the 3 c’s mission and 5K run/1 mile walk traditions beat the rain but the Mission fair was rained out.

Thursday morning worship speaker, the Rev, Janelle Kurtz’s topic was entitled “Commission Impossible” – God is everywhere – Jesus calls us – He gives us the strength and qualifications. God is the power of God with us – Leave fears behind – Accept Jesus – everything else is just details.  Business session followed – Conference Vacation Bible School had 100 children. Camping encouraged as a way for a child/teen to grow in relationship with others and God.  Our budget passed – Church apportionments decreased. Course available for UMCOR volunteers – Disaster 101.

Several Resolutions were reviewed and discussed.

  1. 2014-01  Promoting Justice & Peace in the Holy Land by Divestment and Boycott – Failed

  2. 2014-2    Stem Tide of Violence - Passed

  3. 2014-3    National Domestic Violence – Passed with an amendment to include women, men  

                     and children

  4. 2014-4    Gay/Lesbian Gender Weddings – Tabled

  5. 2014-5     Not Condoning Violence in Words – Deeds – Passed as amended

  6. 2014-6     Enforcement of Ohio Human Trafficking Laws – Passed

 

Session of the 45th East Ohio Conference closed with worship and prayer. Wish you all had attended. It’s great to see and hear how our conference functions and realize we are a great force for God’s message  - Remember – Jesus Is Calling Us – Are you willing to do your part?

 

“JESUS IS CALLING US IN”

 

 

A FRIENDLY REMINDER

We have Sunday coffee hour and are in need of hosts or hostesses.   Please call the church office when you can serve, and we can add your name to the list.  A designated listing in posted in the kitchen on cupboard by coffee maker.   Also if there is a special date you would like to bring something special for coffee hour, please check with the host or hostesses for that Sunday.

 

SUMMER EVENTS FOR ALL

 

Saturday, July 12 from 6 to 9 pm: Indoor Movie Night with popcorn and Cookies/Cocoa. Christmas in July is our theme. We will probably be showing an animated Disney movie. Kids please bring $2 to help with Operation Christmas Child shipping costs. You are welcome to bring a snack to share. This is open to all who wish to attend.

 

Saturday, August 9 from 1 to 3 pm: Operation Christmas Child packing party. We’ll be watching a video about OCC and filling boxes. We will not be shopping today. We will pack the items that we have collected this summer. Snacks to be provided.

 

Friday, August 15, at 7 p.m. – Outdoor music concert by the Golden Street Singers.   Come bring your lawn chair and enjoy the program.  

 

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD NEWS

Although we are moving up our annual OCC packing party this year to August, we will still be collecting boxes the 3rd week of November as always.  We will have bins out this summer for you to donate items for the boxes.  Be looking for great deals on back to school supplies!

 

This summer we will be collecting, in addition to school supplies, for children ages 2 – 14:

T shirts (sizes 2T to 14), hats, gloves, socks, shorts, little dresses, toiletries, hard candy (NO chocolates  or food items), gum, toys, games, puzzles, musical instruments. Dolls, balls, cars, small stuffed animals, etc. (NO war related items

 

 

UNITED METHODIST MEN

            The men hold a breakfast meeting on the second Saturday of each month. Our July meeting will be on July 12, at 8:30 am.  All men are welcome to attend.

                                               

 

 

ALTAR FLOWERS

 

Summer is here. Flowers are starting to bloom in many gardens. Please feel free to share with God’s church. Bring and place them on the altar, the narthex or the fellowship hall table. Just let Shirley or Bertha know when you would bring them.  Let’s all brighten God’s church.

 

 

 

SUPPORT SUMMER PROGRAMS:

 

            Please check out the Newlsletter, Bulletin, Flyers and the Cortland News to be aware of the summer activities of your’s and God’s church on High Street.  Invite someone, your neighbor, a child or friend to attend with you. Let’s make this summer a true outreach of God’s Love.

 

 

 

 

“SHARED MINISTRY” JAR DONATIONS

 

Every year we struggle to meet our Shared Ministry obligation to the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church.   These funds provide for several different causes.   Locally they help

fund organizations such as the United Methodist Camps that our youth are able to attend and the Youngstown Community Center.   Worldwide these funds provide for missionary work, hospitals, community centers and disaster relief.   In addition,  they provide for administration costs incurred at the district and conference levels of our church organization.   They provide for continuing education opportunities for pastors as well as health care for current and retired pastors along with many other causes. 

 

During the Closing Hymn of worship over the past few years,  a jar for dollar and loose change donations has been passed through the pews.  There has been some discussion about whether

or not this is an appropriate moment to do this even though it is very effective.

 

The Shared Ministry askings apportioned to us by Annual Conference enable our congregation to provide our fair share of support for ministries and financial obligations of the greater Body of Christ’s church.  We pay these from our general offerings and givings designated for this purpose.

 

The concept of the Shared Ministry Giving Jar was initiated by our Finance Committee at a time when  extra emphasis was needed.   We have passed the jar and tried posting it at the doors, but it seems when not passed,  it’s been noticeably less effective and put a strain on the rest of our finances.

Over the course of a year,  when passed,  the jar generates enough to pay about a full month and a half of our apportioned Shared Ministry obligation.   So,  our Finance Committee has agreed to try not passing the jar,  but is asking a Finance member to hold the jar at the door to receive donations.   

 

Please understand,  there is no obligation to place a dollar or two into the jar each Sunday.   Also be aware that there is a line designated for Shared Ministry giving on our offering envelopes.   Whether through the jar or in an envelope weekly,  these extra dollars do add together to make a difference.

 

Thank You for your faithful support and may God Bless You.

 

 

 

 

JULY   2014

SUNDAY

 

MONDAY

TUESDAY

1.

 

 

WEDNESDAY

2.

THURSDAY

3.

 

FRIDAY

4.

 

4TH OF JULY

CHURCH OFFICES ARE CLOSED

SATURDAY

5.

 

6..     HOLY COMMUNION

 

  RED BAG DAY

8 am Heritage Worship

9 am Fellowship

9:15am Adult study

10:30 am Blended

   Traditions

11:45 am Fellowship

 

 

 

7.

9:30 am Bible study 

6:00 pm Bible- n- Burger

7:00 pm

 Worship team  meeting

8.

7 pm Sister Act Bible Study

9.

 

7:00-8:00 pm

At the pavilion

    Singing, praises to God,

Concerns and devotions provided by individuals

 

 

10.

Am Red Cross Blood Drive at Cortland Christian Church

 

2:00-6:00 p.m,

11.

10 am Bible Study at Lake Vista

12.

 

 Men’s Breakfast meeting at 8:30am

 

Christmas in July

    Movie Night

    6:00-9:00 pm

     (INDOOR)

13.

8 am Heritage      

          Worship

9 am Fellowship

9:15 am 

   Easter Breakfast

10:30 am Blended

       Traditions

 11:45 am.    

       Fellowship &

       Refreshments

14.

 

9:30 am Bible study

 

6 pm Bible-n-Burger

 

7:30 pm  Staff Parish meeting

 

 

15.

7 pm Sister Act Bible Study

16.

 

7:00-8:00 pm

  Pavilion time for

  sharing

 

 

17.

 

18.

10 am Bible Study at Lake Vista

 

19.

 

20.

8 am Heritage

         Worship

9:00 am Fellowship

10:30 am  Blended

       Traditions

 11:45 am

        Fellowship &

        Refreshments

21..

9:30 am. Bible Study

6 pm Bible-n- Burger

6 pm  Trustee mtg

6:15 pm 

     Finance   Mtg 

(note time change)

7:00 pm     

     Administrative

      Council  mtg

22.

 

7 pm Sister Act Bible Study

23.

 

7:00 – 8:00 pm

Pavilion time for sharing

24.

25.

10 am Bible study at Lake Vista

 

Outdoor  Movie

     Night

26.

 

 

27.

8 am Heritage

         Worship

9 am Fellowship

9:15 am

     Adult study

10:30 am. Blended 

              Traditions

11:45 am

       Fellowship &

       Refreshments

28.

 

9:30 am Holy Spirit Bible Study

 

6 pm Bible-n-Burger

 

29.

 

7 pm Sister Act Bible Study

30.

 

7:00 – 8:00 pm

Pavilion time for sharing

 

 

 

31.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genesis 24:34-38 42-49 58-67          Genesis 25:19-34                        Genesis 28:10-19                            Genesis 29:15-28

Psalm 45:10-17 / Psalm 72                                 Psalm 229:105-112                     Psalm 139:1-12  23-24                  Psalm 105:1-11  45b

Romans 7:15-25                                  Romans 8:1-11                             Romans 8:12-25                               Romans 8:26-39

Matthew 11:16-19  25-30                   Matthew 13:1-9  18-23                 Matthew 13:24-30  36-43              Matthew 13:31-33  44-52

 

 

 

 

 

 

POTATO PROJECT BECOMES A REALITY

 

The potato project was talked about and has become a reality.   We have  ground at the pavilion planted with potatoes and other plants that when harvest time comes will benefit a number of needy persons and families.

As the project was discussed the United Methodist Men agreed to purchase the seed for planting.   The project began with Jack Cyphert contacting the Swartz family asking them if they would come plow the land, which they were more than willing to do adding that they would fertilize the land to make for better planting.  Walter Trumbull took his rototiller and fit the ground to make it smoother.

Then thirteen bags of (50 lb per bag) of potatoes were purchased and Katie Watson and Jack Cyphert cut all the potatoes ready for planting.

On Friday, June 13th several persons gathered at the pavilion to plant the potatoes. Under the helpful hands of  Jim and Katie Watson, Lundy and Pam O’Dell, Walter Trumbull, Lynn Burkey and Jack Cyphert the project was completed.  John Lowry came and provided lunch for the workers.

Well done good and faithful servants of God!

 

CONGREGATION

 

We ask that you pray daily for a good harvest and that you might take time and help  rid the land of weeds  that need to be pulled so the crop can grow.  You are welcome to go out to the new church site and weed a row or two or three, as there are fifty-seven rows of potatoes.  This is a church project and we would appreciate your help in making the project a very successful one.

We have also planted some tomato plants given to us, and we ask that you pray for a good harvest from them. And we hope wehave many volunteers to pick the harvest of potatoes and tomatoes when they are ready.

 

LET’S CELEBRATE    

 

 L.O.A.F. 

 

You are cordially invited to a COMMUNITY PICNIC at

 

PRINCE OF PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH

 

(490 N. High Street, Cortland, OH 44410)

 

SUNDAY, JULY 20, 2014

FROM 1:00-4:00 p.m.

 

Come celebrate our 40th year with us, and rejoice in the dedicated service of all area churches since 1828, and the founding of L.O.A.F. in 1946.

 

                                MUSIC                                  GAMES FOR ALL                   

                      FOOD AND BEVERAGES             GOOD FELLOWSHIP

                                                               

We have much to look back on with joy and more to look forward to as we       

               join as one to keep God’s message alive in our community.

 

Prince of Peace will be honored by your participation in this special day!

 

Cortland United Methodist was founded in 1828

Cortland Christian was founded in 1848

Bazetta Christian was founded in 1848

St Robert’s was founded in 1952

Cortland Church of the Nazarene was founded in 1963

Prince of Peace was founded in 1974

All Saint’s was founded in 1994, moved to Cortland in 1997

 

 

 

 

Cortland United Methodist Church

155 North High St

Cortland, OH 44410

 

 

 

 

Church Office

(330) 637-2571

Pastor, David Vensel

(330) 637-3768

 

 

 

 

E-mail: cortlandumc@century link.net

            pdcortlandumc@century link.net

 

UPCOMING EVENTS AT CORTLAND UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

 

SUNDAY, JULY 6                   HOLY COMMUNION AT WORSHIP                RED BAG  DAY

                                                  8:00 A.M.                            HERITAGE WORSHIP IN SANCTUARY

10:30 A.M.                      WORSHIP IN FELLOWSHIP HALL                          WITH AIR CONDITIONING

WEDNESDAY, JULY 9     7:00-8:00 PM               BEGINNING TONIGHT THROUGH 

                                                                                      AUGUST WE WILL MEET AT THE NEW

                                                                                      CHURCH SITE PAVILION ON EACH

                                                                                      WEDNESDAY  EVENING TO SING

                                                                                      SONGS, GIVE  PRAISES TO GOD,  

                                                                                      EXPRESS CONCERNS,  AND HAVE A

                                                                                      DEVOTION BY AN  INDIVIUAL. COME

                                                                                      AS YOU ARE. BRING  A LAWN CHAIR IF

                                                                                      YOU WISH, AND BRING A FRIEND.

 

SATURDAY, JULY 12      8:30 A.M.                    MEN’S BREAKFAST MEETING    

 

   6:00 – 9:00 P.M.               MOVIE NIGHT (INDOOR) OPEN TO ALL

                                                YOUNG AND OLD

 

 

MONDAY, JULY 7             7:00 P.M.                      WORSHIP TEAM MEETING

 

MONDAY, JULY 14           7:30 P.M.                       STAFF-PARISH RELATIONS MEETING

 

MONDAY, JULY 21           6:00 P.M.                    TRUSTEE TEAM MEETING

                                                    6:15 P.M.                          FINANCE TEAM MEETING

                                                    7:00 P.M.                          ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL MEETING

 

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 9   1:00 – 3:00 P.M.            OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

                                                                                                                  PACKING PARTY

 

                                 (All above articles are in newsletter for your reading)

 

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