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June 2014 Newsletter

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   June 2014 Newsletter:

Greetings this month of June.   I am continuing my personalized approach to praying through

the Lord’s Prayer.   If you missed the page last month, you can go to our church website (www.cortlandumc@centurylink.net) and not only look at last month’s newsletter but all previous issues we have posted.   Debbie Miller deserves our constant thanks for her faithful diligence caring for the site.   This month, we reach the portion of the prayer dealing with forgiveness. 

Forgive us our trespasses…   “Forgive me my sins and my sinfulness.”   I may on occasion interchange trespasses or debts but most often I ask personal forgiveness for my sins because the word is direct, it is personally humbling and I find it helpful to say the words in this manner.   

As we also forgive those who trespass against us…   “Place a spirit of forgiveness in me

toward others.”   I recognize it is not always easy to extend forgiveness to those who we feel have trespassed, sinned or offended us.   It’s one thing to say the words “…as we also forgive…” but if we recite them without recognizing personally specific individuals and instances in our lives, then we may miss the purpose and benefit of praying as Jesus instructed, “…in this manner.”  

 By praying “…as we also forgive those who trespass against us…” and then bringing it into our own first person (‘give me a forgiving spirit that I may forgive as I have been forgiven’) declares that we do in fact, forgive, as well as serves as a reminder that I need to be forgiving.   Over the years, I’ve struggled with a couple of specific incidents and individuals in which I felt very wronged.   I came to realize these incidents and associated emotions were still very much alive in me because I had apparently not truly extended forgiveness to the ‘perpetrators’ and let-go of them.  

 Once aware, I began making effort to intentionally and specifically forgive the offenders and release them from responsibility and blame.   It has not come immediately or without effort, but it has come.   I think I have found some confirmation that I’ve gotten where I need to be because just very recently another more recent (but not fresh) interpersonal incident revealed itself to be spiritually unresolved and a source of emotional reaction.   I think now in discovering that the other two have subsided,  the Lord is showing me my next spiritual battle!   Sheesh.  

 So when I pray, I pray for that ‘forgiving spirit’ to be my first reaction under Grace and my line of defense against further reactive trespassing.   There is an adage attributed to Carl von Clausewitz,   professional soldier and student of warfare of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, in his book,   On War stating, “The best defense is a good offense,”  meaning,  if one initiates action to take out an opponent before the opponent acts, then additional defense won’t be needed.   In the Christian context, I pray to become that forgiving nature in order to prevent the casualty of unnecessary offense and injury.   I have a long way to go, so I pray it each time I “…pray in this manner.”

 Ponder this for a month until we wrap this up in July.   Until then, See You Sunday?   Pastor Dave

 

BOX TOPS & CAMPBELL SOUP LABELS

 Continue to save your box tops and soup label so that when our Red Bird Team travels to Kentucky in September they can take them to the Mission. The box is located on the shelf in the north hallway for your items.

  

BIRTHDAY AND ANNIVERSARY DATES

 Many of you have requested that they would like to have persons birthday or anniversary date printed in messenger or bulletin once again... If you would like your name and date listed; print your name and the date on a sheet of paper, e-mail, mail or leave in church office so that we may begin to publish them once again.

      

TUESDAY CHURCH BOWLING LEAGUE BANQUET

 Once again our bowling teams from CUMC did a great job bringing home bowling trophies. 

Our number one team, David Bealer, Jack Cyphert, Joe Acierno, Ralph Rufener, Jim Watson, George Nelson and Frank Shirley won #1 place in tournament bowling with 7,570 pins

And our second team,   Lundy O’Dell, Don Moore, Martin Davis, Frank Stocz, Brian Cortese and Paul Boothe, won #3 place in tournament bowling with 7,340 pins.

 

Special thanks to Chef Lynn Burkey and his crew: Janet Burkey, Linda Bealer, Jim Hadley, Lundy O’Dell, Pam Bowers, and Ralph Rufener for a most delicious meal.

 

 SUMMER EVENTS FOR ALL

            This summer we have 3 events for kids/families/ singles revolving around Operation Christmas Child. We are also inviting the kids and their families that participated in our after school program and we have opened these events to the community. Please come and show others what a warm congregation and what great food we have to share!

Saturday, June 14 from 6 to 9 pm: Game Night & Potluck. Bring your favorite board games and covered dish/snack to share. Bring a friend. We are asking children to bring (2) $1 items to put in Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes.

Saturday, July 2 from 6 to 9 pm: 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 cots. You are welcome to bring a snack to share.

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.

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).

 

     TEN REASONS I’M A MAN OF GOD

 

1. God gives my life purpose and meaning.

2. I know where to go when I need answers.

3. God is my strength and my shield.

4. He grants me wisdom and courage when I need it most.

5. With God, all things are possible.

6. He surrounds me with people who will help me, encourage me, and enlighten

     Me.

7. The more I pray, the more I discover the many depths of God and His word.

8. I am a better man to my family and friends because of God’s love for me and my

    faith in Him

9. I know God has plans for me – a bright and bountiful future.

10. God provides me with all I really need in life.

 

 

                                                       JUNE   2014

SUNDAY

 

MONDAY

TUESDAY

 

 

WEDNESDAY

 

THURSDAY

 

FRIDAY

 

SATURDAY

 

1.     HOLY COMMUNION

8 am Heritage Worship

9 am Fellowship

9:15am Adult study

10:30 am Blended

   Traditions

11:45 am Fellowship

 

 

 

2.

9:30 am Bible study 

6:00 pm Bible- n- Burger for all men

 

3.

7 pm Sister Act Bible Study

4.

 

 

 

5.

10 am. – LOAF meeting at St. Roberts

Picnic to follow

6.

10 am Bible Study at Lake Vista


8. PENTECOST 

      SUNDAY

 8 am Heritage       

          Worship

9 am Fellowship

9:15 am 

   Easter Breakfast

10:30 am Blended

       Traditions

 11:45 am.    

       Fellowship &

       Refreshments

9.

 

9:30 am Bible  

              study

 

6 pm Bible-n-Burger for all men

 

 

10.

9 am  -Kitchen cleaning project

7 pm Sister Act Bible Study

11.

 

 

 

12.

 

13.

10 am Bible Study at Lake Vista

 

14.

 

Men’s Breakfast meeting at 8:30am

 

6 pm - -9 pm

GAME NIGHT &

POTLUCK

    Everyone   

    welcome

15. FATHER’S  

      DAY

8 am Heritage

         Worship

9:00 am Fellowship

10:30 am  Blended

       Traditions

 11:45 am

        Fellowship &

        Refreshments

16.

 

9:30 am. Bible

             Study

 

6 pm Bible-n- Burger for all men

 

17..

7 pm Sister Act Bible Study

18..

 

 

19.

20.

10 am Bible study at Lake Vista

21.

 

 

22

8 am Heritage

         Worship

9 am Fellowship

9:15 am

     Adult study

10:30 am. Blended  

              Traditions

11:45 am

       Fellowship &

       Refreshments

23.

 

9:30 am Bible 

           Study

 

6 pm  Bible-n- Burger for all men

24.

 

7 pm Sister Act Bible Study

25.

 

 

26.

27.

 

10 am Bible study at Lake Vista

28.

 

 

 

 

 

 

29.

9:30  am Combined

Worship  Service

W picnic to follow

 

30.

9:30 am Bible

         Study

 

6 pm  Bible-n- Burger for all men

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK OF JUNE 16 THROUGH JUNE 19 – EAST OHIO ANNUAL CONFERENCE AT LAKESIDE OH

 

 

WEEK OF JUNE 23 THROUGH JUNE 27 – VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL AT C CHRISTIAN CHURCH

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

 

JUNE 23 – 27   9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 

The Cortland Christian Church will host the Bible school which is sponsored by Cortland Community Churches of LOAF (Lakeview Outreach And Fellowship)

We are in need of Teachers, Teen Helpers, Adult Helpers, Snacks, Recreation, Help registering. If  you can help in any way, please contact Bertha in the church office

330-637-2571 as soon as possible.

 

 

E-MAIL ADDRESS

 

            For those of you who receive the newsletter by mail and would like to receive it by e-mail please send us your e-mail address and we will gladly add your name to the listing.   Be sure to add our church email address ( cortlandumc@centurylink.net  ) to your email address/contacts list so church correspondence is not mistakenly sent to your Spam folder.   Email is being used more and more to communicate news and announcements.  I appreciated all the responses from you saying  that you received the May newsletter.  Thanks for your reply.

 

   CONGRATULATIONS

 

We  had two students from our congregation who graduated from high school  this May and June

and we are most proud of them.   Noah Aciero graduated from Maplewood and will be attending Youngstown State University.   Madison Miller graduated from Howland High School and will be attending the University of Akron.

 

Jeremy Shaw graduated from Kent State University and will be attending University of Virginia working towards his PHD in Biomedical Sciences.

 

Sarah (Treffert) Peterson graduated from Kent State University with her degree in Bachelor of Science in Public Health.

 

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.

 

SAFE SITTER

                             

This course covers: basic first aid; rescue breathing; what to do if a child chokes; accident prevention; childcare tips; and how and when to call for help.  Sign up today for just $28.50.   Scholarships may be given to those who cannot pay the fee. Children must be at least 11 years old to take the Safe Sitter class. Call 330-480-3070 to learn more.

Students must come to two days of classes from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

JUNE 25 & 26, or JULY 23 & 24                JULY 9 & 10, or AUG 6 & 7

St Joseph Health Center                             St Elizabeth Health Center

667 Eastland Ave., Warren OH                  1044 Belmont Ave., Youngstown OH

    

A TOP TRUMBULL CO. TEACHER +

            We congratulate  Patty Corsatea as a No. 1 teacher. Patty teaches in Champion Local Schools District and is a teacher at Champion Elementary School teaching grade 6 and Title 1. Patty has been teaching for 28 years. She received her education from Ashland University. 

 

TEACHER COMMENT:  “If you open a child’s mind, you open a child’s heart. With each new day I value the opportunity to work/teach these precious children.  They are our future. Teachers have the opportunity to make a difference each and every day.

 

NOMINATION:  “Mrs.  Corsatea has inspired me by being such a great teacher. When I was in second grade I did not like to go to school. I cried every day. She talked to me and gave me a hug. Now I am in fourth grade and she still checks on me. She really cares about us kids.

 

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN

The UMW would like to thank everyone for making our Spring Plant Sale a success. We appreciate your support.

            The women of CUMW and the Worship Committee will be meeting on Tuesday, June 10th at 9:00 am. to clean the kitchen.  Anyone is welcome to join us.  Please bring your favorite cleaning supplies with you.

 

UNITED METHODIST MEN

            The men hold a breakfast meeting on the second Saturday of each month. Our June meeting will be on June 14, at 8:30 am.  All men are welcome to attend.

 

OUR NEWEST MEMBERS!!!

 

 

Say “Welcome” to Camille Hunter.

Camille most often attends 8:00 Worship.

She joined our membership Sunday May 4

and helped serve Communion as her first

act of membership service that day.

Camille most often attends 8:00 Worship.

                                                                                             

 

Say “Welcome” to

Chris and Melody Dotts and Cody and Emille.

They most often attend 10:30 Worship,

though Chris’ work schedule

poses frequent challenges. 

Melody and Cody were baptized then Chris joined them in membership vows Sunday May 4.

They helped serve Communion as their first act of membership service during 10:30 Worship that day. 

                                                                       

                                                

SPECIAL THANKS

 

            Special thanks to all the caring people of God’s church, who have given so willingly of their time and care to see that I got to Dr’s appointments, church and where ever: Janet Burkey, Katie and Jim Watson, Frank and Jan Stocz, David Bealer, Donna Pate, Debbie Miller, Pam Bowers, Micki Semroc, Bertha Cyphert and Rev. Vensel. Also enjoyed the special visit of Lundy O’Dell and John Lowry, our reliable  visitation team.   A surprise visit by Bertha, who  brought me a beautiful warm and comfortable prayer shawl made by Chrissie Ross. Whenever I use it  I feel God is always with me.  Thanks also to those who sent me cards and called me. It truly warmed my heart and made me realize how wonderful God’s family is. 

                                                                                    Shirley Divencenzo

 

 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.

 

 

SUMMER PAVILION MIDWEEK GATHERING ? ? ?

 

The season for Wednesday evening gatherings at the picnic pavilion is upon us once again.   We need to hear from you to determine if there is interest in holding them this summer.   We also request  your suggestions for content and format.   Please call or email the church or Katie Watson (Worship). 

 

 

SUNDAY MORNING PARLOR STUDY:    “Fundamentals of the Faith”  

 

If you’re interested in a methodical study of basic beliefs of Christian faith, this may be the gathering for you.  There is a workbook you can navigate at your own pace and keep your responses personal to you.   A weekly message can be accessed from a website while Sunday morning class provides opportunity for discussion and questions.   The class meets for 13 Sunday mornings. 

 

MISSION U SCHOLARSHIP/SESSIONS

 

Mission U, formerly called School of Missions is being held again at Mt. Union. The first (one) day session – Friday, July 18th -   Three day session – July 18, 19, 20.  Scholarships are available for both adult and youth. For information contact Shirley DiVencenzo, Pam Bowers, or Jane Grinnell or check computer at c.j.ring@sbcglobal.net or call 440-255-7213 (Carol Ring).  This is a great opportunity for Christian fellowship, fun, Worship and learning about the needs in God’s world, sharing what other churches are doing, and enjoying great food.  Pam Bowers and Shirley DiVencenzo will be attending so come join us. It’s a great experience. (Deadline for Mission U sessions is June 24th (Scholarships are available – contact at once for this).

 

 

SPRC (Staff Parish Relations Committee)

 

Members, Nancy Treffert, Ron Lehman, Lynn Burkey, Frank Stocz, Bertha Cyphert, Rev Vensel and chairperson, Shirley DiVencenzo met Monday, May 5th and reviewed all stafff positions, their needs and concerns. The committee decided to grant Rev. Vensel Thursday evening free of meetings for personal time.   Special needs that arise will always be honored though.

 

In June, we will begin reviewing concerns of the church and requirements of conference

getting ready for our church’s charge conference.  Next meeting is June 9th at 7:30 p.m. If you have any concerns or wishes please notify any member of the committee and we will review them.

 

Thanks

Shirley DiVencenzo     (Phone # 330-637-3703)

 

 RETIREMENT:

 

            Ruth Kozlevcar resigned from the (SPRC) Staff Parish Relations Committee effective May 5th. Thanks to Ruth for her many years of service and her concern for God’s church.  A replacement is needed. If you would be intrested please contact Shirley at 330-637-3703 or Rev. Vensel in the office at 330-637-2571 or any member of the Leadership Committee.  Please pray about this – see if this may be a place where you may serve God and His church.

 

 REVIEWING OUR CURRENT MISSION STATEMENT

 

            “We worship and share God’s Love through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit”

 

This statement was developed in 2008.   Please ask yourself and your small groups the following:

    (1)   Is it appropriate for today?         (2)   Do I (we) understand it?        (3)   Do I (we) know it?

         (4)   Does it say how I (we) feel our church’s mission is to the world today?

 

Please let any SPRC member know your decision or leave info and suggestions in the church office. Please may every effort for the individual committees, Bible studies, Men’s group, UM Women etc. to discuss this. This is yours and God’s church. Make sure it says what we wish it to mean.

 

Thanks

Shirley DiVencenzo        (Phone # 330=637-3703)

 

 

LIL’ LAMBS THANKS ALL OF YOU

 

We have just completed the best Lil’ Lambs Sale we have ever had thanks to everyone, and we mean everyone in our church family who offered to help in so many different ways. It was truly a united effort.

 

Our sellers received  $3,609 as payment for their sales. Lil’ Lambs was able to give $1200 to three very deserving charities that work with children. The Summer Enrichment Program for Handicapped Students of Trumbull County received $500, Someplace Safe received $400 for their children’s playground project, and The Camelot Center was given $300 to use to help pay for therapy sessions for their children. We feel so blessed to be able to help these agencies with their programs.

 

Our next sale is October 2-3 at the Opera House. Please continue to promote this project anyway you can be encouraging families to be sellers and everyone to be buyers.

 

Lil’ Lambs Committee

 

                                                                                                         

                                                                                                      

 

                                                 REMEMBER, JUNE 8, 2014

 June 8th is Pentecost Sunday

                                           Red is the color of the day – Please wear yours.

   And ladies let’s wear our hats.

EAST OHIO CONFERENCE AT LAKESIDE, OHIO

The week of June 16 – 19, Pastor Dave, Bertha Cyphert and Shirley DiVencenzo will be attending the conference.  The church offices will be closed.  If there is an emergency or special need call 330-637-3768 and leave your message with Becky, she will contact Pastor Dave and he will return your call.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS AT CORTLAND UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

TUESDAY, JUNE 16         1:30 – 6:00 P.M.             RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE

 FOR TYPE O BLOOD

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 14       6:00 – 9:00 P.M.            GAME NIGHT & POTLUCK

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 29, 2014       9:30 a.m.             SHARED WORSHIP SERVICE

Our fifth Sunday worship service will be in sanctuary and we will have a picnic following the service. You are asked to bring a covered dish to share and your own table service. Beverages will be provided.

SATURDAY JULY 12         6:00 – 9:00 P.M.              MOVIE NIGHT

 

 

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

                                                                                                                  PACKING PARTY

(All above articles are in newsletter for your reading)

 

 

           

           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

                 “SHARED MINISTRY” JAR DONATIONS & FINANCE REPORT

 

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.

 

This year,  the Easter offering received in the designated pink “Easter Offering” envelopes totaled $1,305.  Thank you all for your generosity.  This offering will be combined with the Christmas offering, as it always is and together fund donations to local and United Methodist charities.   Last year,  we donated $500 to each of the following charities:  Cortland Area Cares,  Warren Family Missions, Youngstown Community Center and the Red Bird Mission School.

 

Through the end of May we have managed to pay all our expenses and obligations, including shared ministry funds.   Currently we have received $57,242.60 in tithes and offerings, $2,108.40 designated towards Shared Ministry expenses and incurred $64,170.87 in operating expenses.  

The deficit has been covered by appropriately designated savings funds.  However, these are quickly becoming depleted.    As summer activities increase,  please continue to be faithful in stewardship. 

 

Consider the option of making your donation online.   You can make a one-time donation

or set up a reoccurring donation at an interval of your choice by visiting our church website at www.cortlandumc.org  and clicking on the red “Donate Now” link.  This is an easy and convenient

way to stay current and help the church meet all of its expenses.   Use of the online giving site also gives you 24 hour a day access to view and track your giving stewardship. 

 

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

 

Jill Freeman,  Church Treasurer

 

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