april/may newsletter

The Cortland United Methodist Church
Our mission is to Worship, Grow, and Witness
to God’s love in Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit

You can read the following newsletter below or you can scroll down to the bottom of the page and download the April newsletter for a more colorful version.

APRIL - MAY 2013
In the February 21 devotion of the Upper Room, disappointment is expressed for the absence of
dynamic talents apparent in her life and uncertainty for possession of anything useful and joyful. She lists obvious contributions by others to her church’s worship such as liturgical dance, choir and music, noting talents she doesn’t have: “a voice any choir director would welcome,” any musical inclination or ability to dance. She creates a discouraging “do not” and “cannot” list until she closes her eyes and prays to God for revelation regarding what talent she has been given. Apparently while still in prayer, she becomes mindful of Romans 12:6 speaking of different gifts according to grace being given to each of us. She then begins to realize abilities and characteristics of her own personality that come very naturally to her. She reports finding ways and fulfillment of their application through her faith to the purpose and needs present in her church and its ministry.  Let’s take a moment to pause and consider how this empowering outcome could be realized. First of all, in the face of discouragement, she simply pulls off that road she’s traveling and prays. It’s the ol’ ‘SDP’: Stop, Drop and Pray. It says something about her faith. She clearly orients her being in God.  It is to God she turns in uncertainty. It is to God she humbles herself seeking revelation and direction for her life. This is lesson point number one we would all do well to embrace and adopt. Living in daily companionship with God in Christ is empowering and strengthening not weakening.  Secondly, she must have some familiarity with her Bible. Familiar words of a particular scripture previously heard or read come to her mind. This can only happen by exposure to what’s between the covers of that book we call Holy. Right next to orienting our being in God comes familiarizing ourselves with God’s Word. It is revelation to all who would seek God’s direction, power and presence in their lives. To many, it seems like a daunting task to read, become familiar and understand all that the Bible contains. Students make careers to that end without mastering it. As United Methodists, we believe God’s Word is living and breathing God’s Spirit, and as such, it remains ever-revealing and applicable.  Do not be intimidated or deterred, just engage it. . .daily, even through such portals as the Upper Room or some other devotional. You may be surprised at how it speaks to you and how you start to recall certain passages and verses yourself.  Our third and final lesson point is drawn from the writer’s attitude: she asks questions of herself. “What talent has God given me?” What talent has God given me that can be used wisely and fully to help meet a need or bring joy or excitement into the life of another through my faith and Christ’s Body, the Church. We should be asking these kinds of questions and submitting our talents as responses and offerings for God’s good grace given to us in the Resurrection Gift of Easter.  In your church, we are the Resurrection Body of Christ for this time, place, people and world to bear His Light through the Church that He promises not even the Gates of Hell will overcome. But if we do not sustain and build this Body to be healthy and fruitful, it will not continue to stand taken-for-granted.  The power of Hell may not bring it down but the Bible doesn’t promise that neglect won’t.  We are still a congregation of God-given talents and faith. We are very much a Resurrection People actively touching multiple lives in life-giving ways. In Acts 6, it is reported the apostles need help with daily tasks so they can focus their efforts on ministry of the Word. Not unlike that, we have all manner of tasks tending to the operation and health of our church. By Word, by Spirit and by prayer, isn’t time each of us asks, “What Gift Has God Given Me that I Can Use to Bring Joy and Fulfillment to Christ’s Body Here and Now?”
 Pastor Dave

KINDLE KORNER by Debbie Miller
If My People…40-Day Prayer Guide for our Nation by Jack Countryman ($1.99 Kindle, $2.99 Nook).  My People guides believers on a 40 day prayer journey in the spirit of 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 

What in the World is Going On – 10 Prophetic Clues You Cannot Afford to Ignore by Dr. David
Jeremiah ($10.99 Kindle, $12.64 Nook) Is the current economic and political crisis actually prophesied in the Bible? If so, what are we to do about it? It is hard to piece together all this information in a way that gives a comprehensive picture of what the end times will look like. That’s why so many theories abound. This is a unique book that cuts through the hundreds of books and numerous theories to identify the essential 10 most important Bible prophecies.

Jesus + Nothing = Everything by Tullian Tchividjian ($8.51 Kindle) It’s so easy to forget what the
Christian faith is all about. We struggle so much, work so hard, and fall so often that we frequently
sense something in the equation of life must be missing. The author argues that what we are missing is the gospel – a fuller, more powerful understanding of Jesus and what his finished work means for everyday life.

James Mizner has fulfilled the Advanced Training requirements and is hereby recognized as a
Certified Member of Lay Servant Ministries of the United Methodist Church as of March 16, 2013 in the Western Reserve District.

We are having an secret surprise birthday card party for my aunt, (Auntie M) Marge Nisula. She will be 85 on April 28th. We are asking if you could send her a birthday card for the occasion. Her address is 1230 Cortview Drive, Cortland, OH 44410. The Jim and Paula Mizner Family thank you for your support.

I would like to Thank those who came and took part in the Lenten Study by John Ortberg, “Who is this Man, The umpredictable Impact of the Inescapable Man”. The study taught that many of the events and things around us today are linked to Jesus Christ and his teachings. He started a ,movement that radically changed the world and is still changing the world around us today.
Jim Mizner

It will soon be that time of year for several of our young people in the church to move on to a new
chapter in their lives. Graduating this year are: Zac Freeman, Alex Miller, Gabby Miller, Amber
Palmer and Alex Williams. We wish them the best as they go on to college and earn their degree.

                                         GRADUATION OPEN HOUSE

Zachary Freeman                                                                Alex Williams
Friday, May 24, 2013                                                  Saturday, June 8, 2013
5:00 – 8:00 pm                                                               3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Wildare U. Methodist Church                                         218 Karakul Drive
7211 North Park Extension                                           Cortland, OH 44410
Cortland, OH 44410

Alex & Gabby Miller
Saturday, June 29, 2013
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
St Demetrios Family Center
3223 Atlantic Street NE
Warren, OH 44483

Do you have your Red Bag filled to bring to church on Sunday May 5?
Most needed items are: peanut butter, tuna, and paper products
Thanks for your wonderful response to this most worthy project.

Amber Jenkins student from Mesopotamia UM church will be traveling to Liberia, West Africa
on a Camphor Mission trip. She spoke to our congregation in February and through the
generous donations of our congregation, the United Methodist Men and Women, we were
able to help support her trip. A total of $627.00 was given to Amber to help defray her
expenses of the trip. We look forward to hearing about her trip when she returns.

The American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program recruits and trains volunteer
drivers to help provide much needed transportation for cancer patients at no cost to
the patient. Your community sees a great benefit from the use of this program; however,
we are in need of more drivers.  This is a very flexible volunteer role because
the driver sets his/her schedule and provides assistance when available. To be elegibe to
drive volunteers must have: a valid drivers license, a safe reliable vehicle, proof of valid
insurance, a good driving record, and participate in a driver training. If you know of
anyone in your congregatin who has a few hours to spare and would like to make a
difference in someone’s life, please encourage them to become a Road to Recover (cancer)
volunteer. To become a driver please call 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org for more

Our condolences to Jerry Robinson and family in the loss of wife and mother Ida I Robinson
who went to her heavenly home on Wednesday, March 27, 2013
STAFF PARISH RELATIONS spring meeting will be held on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 7:00
pm. All those on the committee please bring your ideas, contact information and follow-up.
Congregation member please contact Shirley DiVencenzo at 330-637-3703 with any

Our church bowling teams will host the Bowling Banquet on Tuesday, May 14, 2013
at 6:30 p.m. We will let you know in the June newsletter how well our teams did.

MONDAY, MAY 20, 2013
6:00 pm. – Trustee team meeting
6:00 pm. – Finance team meeting
7:00 pm. – Administrative Council meeting

Through the first quarter of the year we have managed to pay all our expenses and
obligations, including shared ministry funds.  Although, to accomplish this I have depleted
the funds designated to cover shared ministry giving. Currently we have received $31,974.67
in tithes and offerings and incurred $40,262.02 in operating expenses. The deficit has been
covered by appropriately designated savings funds; however these are also quickly
becoming depleted. Giving statements will be mailed within the next
few weeks. Please take a moment to review yours. As always, feel free to call me with any
questions at 330-638-0062.

1:00 P.M.
All mothers and daughters of all ages are invited to attend and bring another. Invite your
own mother, daughter-in-law, mother-in-law,  neighbor, girl next door, new mom and baby
(born or not yet!) co-worker, granddaughter, but especially someone to come and celebrate the
blessed role and relationship God has availed uniquely to women. There will be a brief
program and prizes may be given in recognition of special circumstances among
those in attendance. Please bring a salad or dessert to share. Serving will be provided by
some of your Methodist men. Let’s make this a special day to celebrate.

To care for one child the cost to Bella is $1,200. Our congregation has raised $1,025.
towards saving a child of God. In three very dedicated ways, Bella serves women by:
Intervening……Connecting……Healing. The mission of Bella is to erase the need for
abortion through effectively serving pregnant, at-risk women by transforming their fear into
confidence. If we contribute just $175 more, we will provide
the cost of saving one child’s untimely death and minister to one or both parents. If you
would help us reach this goal, please bring your spare change, cash or check made out to
the church (designated for Bella) or Bella Women’s Center. We will receive donations in
the church office or through the offering plates.  Bottles will be available in the Sanctuary and

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to
my path”
Psalm 119:105 KJV
Scripture Readings for April and May
April 7 Acts 5:27-32; Psalm 150;
Revelation 1:4-8; John 20:19-31
April 14 Acts 9:1-6; Psalm 30;
Revelation 5:11-14; John 21:1-19
April 21 Acts 9:36-43; Psalm 23;
Revelation 7:9-17; John 10:22-30
April 28 Acts 11:1-18; Psalm 148;
Revelation 21:1-6; John 13:31-35
May 5 Acts 16:9-15; Psalm 67;
Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5; John 17:20-26
May 12 Acts 16:16-34; Psalm 97;
Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21;
John 17:20-26
May 19 Acts 2:1-21; Psalm
104:24-34, 35b; Romans 8:14-17; John 14:8-
May 26 Proverbs 8:1-4; Psalm 8;
Romans 5:1-5; John 16:12-15

Sunday Worship services at our church
8 am and 10:30 am
9:15 am Adult Study
9:00 – 11:45 am – fellowship time for all

David Vensel,
Aug 22, 2013, 9:35 PM