April 2015 Newsletter

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“Morning has broken like the first morning;    Blackbird has spoken like the first bird.

Praise for the singing!   Praise for the morning!    Praise for them,  springing   fresh from the Word!”

 

And so goes the first verse of the 1931 Eleanor Farjeon hymn, “Morning Has Broken.”   It’s often  requested during summer months and is probably considered by some to be a seasonal anthem     for the budding Spring.   Winter is now past, at least according to the calendar, and we are into the season of God’s natural Creation awakening from its dormancy.   We’ve been teased a little with warm air and sunshine plus the sounds of birds chirping and singing enthusiastically even though there are still a few accumulations of snow remaining and Mosquito Lake is still frozen.  My dog Rusty is alert with the awakening:  so much ground to sniff that’s been concealed by snow for months,  so many signs of movement and activity attracting his eyes and ears to just look and see. 

 

Spring offers a buffet-for-the-senses reminding us of God’s annual recreation.   It’s not only seasonal but even daily witness to God’s desire to renew and restore life.   Throughout this season, each day offers even little nuances of progressive change for those who  “have eyes to see and ears to hear” and want to discover and embrace the revealing vitality, not unlike Rusty’s attitude.   What brings forth the crocus, the daffodil, the bud, the green blade?   There is science to explain these things.  

 

What brings forth re-creation in the human soul and spirit?   What brings forth opportunity for old life, that if it doesn’t feel dead already may feel like it’s dying,  to be renewed with resurrected vitality?   There is God’s Love  to explain these things and make them possible.   Admittedly, I don’t understand all the science of what makes things grow, but I still marvel with wonder at the mystery.    Neither do I understand the mystery of God’s Love, but I am thankful and depend upon it.    

 

It’s Spring,  again.   With Spring comes Easter,  again.   Easter serves as God’s feature presentation calling all eyes and ears to look once more toward the marvel as well as mystery of God’s reemerging Love and Life revealed in the Resurrection Event of Christ Jesus.   For some, this wonder is simply taken-for-granted,  but it is truly something far-greater than any of us are in-and-of-ourselves,  and far-greater than any of us can fully comprehend.  

 

How often do we stop and look up at the night sky filled with little dots of light and just look with the wonder of it all?    How often do we neglect to take even a moment to look up?   Or at a sunrise or sunset, for that matter?   Or consider the beauty of the grass and its contribution to life and not just that it needs mowed or edged?  

 

So it is with God’s wondrous Resurrection Event.   In and of ourselves, we pale in comparison.     Yet God so loves us, in Christ,  life in the holy and eternal presence of God is made possible and offered.   This is Life, motivated by Love, given to redeem and renew lives in the present that have become weary, dormant, even crucified and buried.   This is Life and wonder deserving more than seasonal, occasional acknowledgement;   it deserves our daily attention and weekly attending with wonder, awe and gratitude.   This Easter Morning, let “God’s re-creation of the new day” (v3)     break-forth with a new season of life for you and through you.    

See You Easter and Every Sunday?     Pastor Dave



HOLY THURSDAY service will be held in the Sanctuary on April 2, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.  Special music provided by choir.

Communion will be served.  Pastor Dave will bring the message.


GOOD FRIDAY service will be held at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church on April 3rd at 7:00 pm.  The service is sponsored by Lakeview Outreach and Fellowship (LOAF) churches.  All welcome to attend.


 

 

EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE will be held at Mosquito Lake Park on Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 6:45 a.m. at the beach area of the lake.   Rev. Fred Blauser, pastor of Nazarene Church will lead the service.  Everyone is invited to attend. Please note time of service.

(PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF TIME FOR SERVICE

FIRST SUNDAY OF MONTH       APRIL 5, 2015 

                        

                                              

     RED BAG DAY

 

Remember to bring your bag of non-perishable items for the Cortland Area Care Food Pantry. Peanut butter, soup of any kind (please no tomato soup) paper products, soap (kitchen – bath- laundry) always needed. In need of tuna.

     The Pantry is in need of plastic grocery bags.

 

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE

Our church will sponsor a Red Cross blood drive on Monday, April 20 from 1:30 until 6:30 pm in the fellowship hall.  We appreciate all those who can make a donation to help save a life.

 

ANNUAL RED BIRD TRIP = OCTOBER 11th thru OCTOBER 16th, 2015

If you would to take a week and attend the Red Bird Work Camp please see Jim Mizner or call him at 330-766-5080.  It is a great opportunity to help those who are less fortunate and need repairs done to their homes.

 

Lil Lambs Sale

 

Are “ewe” ready to shop? Lil Lambs Closet Sale.  Save the date! Thursday, May 7 and FridMore details available soon.  We appreciate your continued support.  Lil’ Lambs Closet Committee. 

 

 

NEW SHARED MINISTRY JARS

 

As you enter or exit the sanctuary you will see our  new “Shared Ministry” jars for  your contribution. There is a third jar located on the refreshment table in fellowship hall. We thank you for your support.

 APRIL   2015

SUNDAY

 

MONDAY

TUESDAY

 

WEDNESDAY

1.

4:30 pm After

School program

   Ends today

 

THURSDAY

2.

10 am Bible Study in parlor

6:30 pm – Choir

7:00 pmHoly     

      Thursday worship service

FRIDAY

3.

7:00 pm

Good Friday

Services at

Prince of Peace

Lutheran Ch   

SATURDAY

4.

 5.

     EASTER      

     SUNDAY

SUNRISE Service 6:45 @Mosquito  

       Lake

H.COMMUNION

8 am Heritage Worship

9 am Fellowship

9:15am Adult study

10:30 am Blended

   Traditions

11:45 am   

        Fellowship

 

6.

9:30 am               Bible Study                       

6:00 pm Bible- n- Burger

 

7.

7 pm Sister Act               Bible Study    

8.

 

 

 7 pm - Choir

 

9.

10 am  LOAF 

       Meeting at

      All Saints  

       Church

 

10 am Bible Study

       in parlor

10.

11.

 

 Men’s

Breakfast

8:30  am

In fellowship hall.

 

 

SPRING CONFERENCE At Mayfield

9 am – 2:15 pm

 

 

12.

8 am Heritage      

          Worship

9 am Fellowship

9:15  am  Adult

          Study

10:30 am Blended

       Traditions

 11:45 am.    

       Fellowship

13.

9:30 am

 Bible Study

 

6 pm Bible-n-Burger

 

 

14..

7 pm Sister Act

     Bible Study

15.

 

10:30 am – UMW meeting in parlor

 

 7 pm - Choir

 

16.

10 am.  Bible Study

             in parlor

 

17.

 

18.

 

19.

8 am Heritage

         Worship

9:15 am  Adult

           Study

   10:30 am 

        Blended

       Traditions

 11:45 am

        Fellowship

       

20.

9:30 am.

    Bible  Study

6 pm Bible-n- Burger

6 pm  Trustee

6:30 pm  Finance

7:00   Ad Council

21.

 

7 pm Sister Act

      Bible Study

22..

 

 

7:00 pm – Choir

23.

 

RUMMAGE  SALE

    BAKE SALE

 

9 am - 5 pm

24

 

RUMMAGE SALE

    BAKE SALE

.

9 am – 3 pm

 

25.

 

 

26.

8 am Heritage

         Worship

9 am Fellowship

9:15 am

     Adult study

10:30 am. Blended 

              Traditions

11:45 am

       Fellowship

      

27.

 

 

9:30 am – Bible

       Study

 

6:00 pm – Bible-n-

       Burger

28..

 

7 pm – Sister Act

        Bible Study

29.

 

 

 

7:00 pm Choir

30.

 

10 am  Bible

    Study in parlor

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 1                                     April 8                                     April 15                                April 22                              April 29

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16           Exodus 20:1-7                         Numbers 21:4-9                  Jeremiah 31:31-34           Mark 11:1-11

Psalm 22:23-31                      Psalm 19                                 Psalm 107:1-3; 17-22        Psalm 51:1-2                     Psalm 118:1-2; 19-29

Romans 4:13-25                     1 Corinthians 1:18-25          Ephesians  2:1-10               Hebrews 5:5-10                 Isaiah  50: 4-9

Mark 8:31-38                          John 2:13-22                           John 3:14-21                       John 12:20-33                     Psalm 31:9-16

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Philippians 2:5-11

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mark 14:1-15;

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mark 15:1-39(40-47)

 

CORTLAND UNITED METHODIST CHURCH STREET FAIR FLOAT FOR 2015

 

 

We are look for volunteers to help design and put a float together for this year’s Street Fair parade.  Dates of the Fair are June 18, 19, and 20.  If you have any ideas or would like to be chairperson  or could help work on the float please contact Bertha in the church office.


 

The United Methodist Women will hold a Rummage Sale and a Bake Sale on Thursday, April 23 from 9 am until 5 pm and Friday, April 24 from 9 am until 3 pm

at the church. We are accepting all household and miscellaneous items. PLEASE NO CLOTHING!  You may bring your items to the church anytime and place them in the whale room in boxes or bags marked for UMW.  The church is open from 9 am until 1 pm daily, or if you need special arrangements made check in  with the church office.

 

The United Methodist Women are taking orders for their Spring Flower Sale.  The first order will be delivered before Mother’s Day and the second before Memorial Day.

Order blanks are included with newsletter.

 

UNITED METHODIST MEN

 

          The men would to thank everyone who helped make their Corned Beef dinner a success.  All those who volunteered their time to work in kitchen, those who made desserts, and all those who came for dinner.  Special thanks to the ladies from Hannah house to help with dinner.

OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES

1.

The Outreach Committee is going to feature a local outreach every other month.  This month we will be supporting THE BASEMENT OUTREACH MINISTRY”.  The Basement is a Christ-centered ministry devoted to humanitarian and spiritual needs. They currently provide between 125- 175 meals once a week.  They provide mentoring and referrals to community services.

 

 

The Basement also drives thru Warren on Friday nights searching for physically and spiritual hungry people.  Their immediate need is plastic plates and cups, Styrofoam coffee cups, paper napkins. You can leave these items in box located in fellowship hall marked “The Basement Outreach Ministry”.  They will also accept cash donations.  Please leave cash donations  in the church office.

 

There is a fundraising dinner for THE BASEMENT, Monday, April 20 @ 6:30 pm at DiVieste’s. Price is $40.00 per person.  Doors open at 5:00 pm.

 

2.

Bella Women’s Center is looking for volunteers that know excel computer program and help with their filing. Also there is a need to help provide minor repairs in mother-to-be homes.  No heavy lifting.

 

3.

Feeding our own members on Saturday, May 2.  Looking for people to visit our shut-ins, and to make soup and breads. We will be feeding them spiritually, providing them with fellowship, soup and bread.

 

Please contact Katie Watson or the church office if you can help or have questions.

 

 

 

The Congregation extends its sympathy to Kim West and  family in the loss of her father  Robert Moyers who passed on Monday, March 16, 2015 and to Fred Bumstead and family in the loss of his daughter, Mrs. Janice Danko who passed on Friday, March 20.

 

 

 

EAST OHIO ANNUAL CONFERENCE                    RELIEF SUPPLY KITS NEEDED

 

 

UMCOR CLEANING BUCKET

 

 5 GAL BUCKET WITH RE-SEALABLE LID (CLEAN)     5 SCOURING PADS (NOT STEEL WOOL) 

7 SPONGES,  1 SCRUB BRUSH,            18 CLEANING TOWELS (RESUABLE WIPES) DISH SOAP, 16 TO 28 OZ BOTTLE,  LIQUID LAUNDRY DETERGENT (TWO 25 OZ OR ONE 50 OZ BOTTLE) 1 HOUSEHOLD CLEANER 12 -16 OZ BOTTLE – THAT CAN BE MIXED IN WATER (NO SPRAY BOTTLES) CLEANING AGENTS: ALL CLEANING AGENTS MUST BE LIQUID AND IN PLASTIC BOTTLES. NO POWDERS. PLACE ALL ITEMS IN BUCKET.  SIZES ARE IMPORTANT AS ALL ITEMS MUST FIT IN BUCKET.

 

 

HEALTH KITS

 

THESE ITEMS MUST BE WRAPPED IN HAND TOWL AND PLACED IN A NEW, ONE-GALLON ZIP CLOSURE BAG:   1 HAND TOWEL (15”X25” UP TO 17”X27”) NO KITCHEN TOWELS.   1 WASHCLOTH  1 COMB (LARGE AND STURDY, NOT POCKET-SIZED),  1 NAIL FILE OR FINGERNAIL CLIPPERS (NO EMERY BOARDS OR TOE NAIL CLIPPERS), 1 BATH SIZE BAR OF SOAP (3OZ AND UP), 1 TOOTHBRUSH (SINGLE BRUSHES ONLY IN ORIGINAL WRAPPER, NO CHILD-SIZE  BRUSHES), 6 ADHESIVE PLASTIC STRIP STERILE BANDAGES, $1.00 TO PURCHASE TOOTHPASTE. 

 

 

LAYETTE KIT

6 CLOTH DIAPERS – PREFOLDED OR PLAIN (NO DISPOSABLE DIAPERS); 2 UNDERSHIRTS OR ONESIES (ONE PIECE BODY SUIT); 2 WASHCLOTHS – INFANT SIZE; 2 GOWNS OR SLEEPERS; 2 DIAPER PINS (MUST HAVE PROTECTIVE PLASTIC CLOSURES; 1 SWEATER, SWEATSHIRT, OR JACKET-OPEN IN FRONT; 2 RECEIVING BLANKETS 28”X28” TO 32”X 32”

(NO THERMAL OR FLEECE, OR CRIB BLANKETS)  ALL ITEMS MUST BE NEW.

LAY ONE RECEIVING BLANKET FLAT ON A TABLE. SET ASIDE THE DAIPER PINS AND PLACE ALL REMAINING ITEMS ON TOP OF THE BLANKET. FOLD THE BLANKET AROUND THE TIESM AND SECURE THE BUNDLE WITH THE DIAPER PINS.

 

 

 

SCHOOL KITS

1 PAIR OF BLUNT SCISSORS-ROUNDED TIP (NO PLASTIC SCISSORS); 3 PADS OF PAPER

8 ½ X 11 SPIRAL NOTEBOOKS OR TOP-BOUND PADS, 150 SHEETS OF LOOSE LEAF PAPER CAN BE SUBSTITUTED FOR 1 PAD, COMBINATIONS OF SPIRAL, TOP BOUND OR LOOSE LEAF IS ACCEPTABE (NO COMPOSITION  NOTEBOOKS); 1 30-CENTIMETER RULER; 1 HAND HELD PENCIL SHARPENER-REMOVED FROM PACKAGE; 1 PENCIL ERASER, 2 1/2”; 1 BOX OF 24 CRAYONS (ONLY 24 COUNT); 6 UNSHARPENED PENCILS WITH ERASERS (NO ADVERTISING, RELIGIOUS, PATROTIC, MILITARY OR CAMOUFLAGE SYMBOLS PLEASE)   PLACE ITEMS IN

A PREPARED 14 X 16 (FINISHED SIZE) CLOTH BAG WITH 2 HANDLES.

 

YOU MAY DROP ITEMS AT THE CHURCH OFFICE.   PASTOR DAVE AND BERTHA WILL TAKE THEM TO EAST OHIO ANNUAL CONFERENCE JUNE 14TH AT LAKESIDE, OHIO. 

 

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEND A CHECK IT IS PAYABLE TO: MMDC (MIDWEST MISSION DISTRIBUTION CENTER

CORTLAND UNITED METHODIST WOMEN

 

        The April meeting of UMW will be on Wednesday, April 15th at 10:30 in the church parlor. After devotions and a business meeting we will be going to the Davis Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens for lunch.  All women of the church are invited to join us and please feel free to bring a guest – male or female.

 

 

        The Western Reserve District UMW Spring Gathering will be held Saturday, April 18th at the First United Methodist Church of Middlefield.  Registration and breakfast will begin at 8:30 am with the program starting at 9:30 am. There is a$3 fee to attend which includes breakfast.  The theme this spring is “Mission in Motion”.  Reservations must be in to the church office before April 10th.  If you would like more information or are interested attending, please see Jane Grinnell.  We are collecting items to take to their food pantry.  Items needed are paper towels, toilet paper, paper napkins, Kleenex, canned fruit, emptied and rinsed liquid laundry detergent or fabric softener bottles (any size).This box is located in fellowship hall on table marked  SPRING GATHERING

 

 

 

FINANCIAL NEWS FROM TREASURER,  JILL FREEMAN

 

          Through the end of March, there has been $34,504.62  received in tithes and offerings and $887.90 designated towards Shared Ministry. $40,163.63 had been incurred operating expenses.

          The envelopes designated as “Easter” offering included in the boxed envelope sets will once again be combined with the Christmas offering, and as always, it will be donated to local and 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 School. Please keep in mind the designated Easter special offering is not used the same as weekly tithes and offerings for the operation of the church.

          Quarterly giving statements will be mailed soon, please carefully review them. 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 on your giving. Several people currently use this option and it has worked well.  Feel free to call me if you are interested and have any questions at 330-638-0062.

 

 

SPECIAL THANKS

            Thanks to all who attended the 5th Sunday Combined Service on March 29th  and stayed for the fellowship meal.  It was a wonderful day.  Thanks to all who helped set up and clean up after the meal.  It was a wonderful day.

 

                       

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

            Church Office                  Pastor  David Vensel

 (330)637-2571                   (330) 637- 3768

 

E-mail:cortlandumc@centurylink.net

pdcortlandumc@centurylink.net

 

EVENTS FOR MONTH OF APRIL

 

 

APRIL 2   7:00 pm.  Holy Thursday service in Sanctuary with communion,      and music by choir.    Pastor Dave will deliver the message.

 

         APRIL 3   7:00 pm – Good Friday services at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church sponsored by LOAF churches.  (Lakeview Outreach and Fellowship)

 

APRIL 5   6:45 am – Easter Sunrise Services at Mosquito Lake Park (beach area). Fred Blauser, pastor of Nazarene Church will deliver the message. This is sponsored by LOAF churches of Cortland.

                   8:00 am –   Easter Sunday Worship service in Sanctuary

                   10:30 am – Easter Sunday Worship service in Sanctuary

 

APRIL 20    1:30 – 6:30 pm – Red Cross Blood Drive here in fellowship hall

        

APRIL 23    9:00 am- 5:00 pm – Rummage Sale and Bake Sale

            APRIL 24   9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Rummage Sale and Bake Sale

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