August 2015 Newsletter

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I heard a comment recently expressing the notion that those of us a little further along in life than some others in this day and age are more representative of culture and values of a prior era than those who might be considered more representative of the present contemporary age.   I sensed an  immediate “Aha!” acknowledgement and affirmation among those present in that small gathering.   

I listened with some amusement during a seminar once in which the speaker’s topic was, “When Did They Change My Church and Why Didn’t They Ask Me?”    It kind of feels that way as values, policies and standards with which we have grown up in our culture and nation are seemingly being discarded like no longer needed stuff that has accumulated over the years and lost its usefulness.   

The temptation is ever lurking to lament the past (or our perceptions of it) in comparison to what is and has been taking place as time has moved along.  ‘When did they change my world and why didn’t they ask me?’    The thing is, the world is a changing place and dynamic.   I had a seminary professor who had a saying,  “If I were King…” then  issue his opinion on how he would have things be, and finish with, “…but I’m not.”   Only God is Creator;  Jesus is King;  and the Holy  Spirit works and moves in accordance with them.  

Whether or not we embrace all the changes occurring in our culture today, they are the reality of the world in which we live.   They may affect us personally to greater or lesser degrees, but they are and will be the influencing factors and dynamics shaping the foundational perspectives of our present and future population.   

As a pastor, I feel increasingly sensitive (sometimes embarrassed) to attacks on the Christian faith and church.   Although some may be deserved, I get frustrated at what I interpret to be misinformed perspectives from lack of knowledge, understanding and sometimes just plain hostility.  

A recent daily devotion referenced Luke 6:27-36 which caught my attention.   “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?  Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them.”  and “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”  (6:32,36 NIV)  

As individuals of Christian faith and Christ’s Body in the church, we are highly challenged and commissioned to represent Him and the Kingdom of God faithfully.   We need to be about the business of opening hearts, minds and lives to the Good News of life in relationship with our loving God through discipleship in the lasting Way and Truth of God’s redeeming Son Christ Jesus. 

Erecting walls and barriers close more doors than they open;  they will increase gaps between generations rather than narrow them;  they will isolate us and the Ones we represent from the world we should desire to reach.  I’m not suggesting compromise in beliefs and values, but that we offer ourselves to God asking for Grace and direction to be made into vehicles for making and maturing disciples of Jesus Christ in our world.   Rather than longing for the good old days, let us strive to be relevant and faithful in these days.   No matter how norms change, let us hold to the promise of Hebrews 13:8 (NIV),                                   “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”   That’s Good News we need to live-by       and live-out.       See You Sunday?        Pastor Dave

    Pastor Dave

 

SUMMER FUN

PET PARADE / BLESSING OF YOUR PETS AND MORE

Don’t forget!! – Thursday, August 13th

 

Mark your calendar!                          Be sure to come!

 Bring your pets  - Dress them up, if desired, for the great community Pet Parade at Cortland United Methodist Church.   Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

Lots of action – Pet Parade – Mr Ross Treffert, local farmer will bring farm animals and will explain pet care and farm animal care.  Hopefully we will have some exotic animals. The day will end with our pastor – the Rev. David Vensel giving the blessing of the animals.  Some unexpected things might happen also.  For information call church office  330-637-2571.   SEE YOU THERE!!!

 

FIRST SUNDAY OF MONTH :  AUGUST  2, 2015 

                                            

                                        

     RED BAG DAY

Remember to bring your bag of non-perishable items for the Cortland Area Cares Food Pantry.  Peanut butter, soup of any kind (please no tomato soup), paper products and soap products (kitchen – bath- laundry) are always needed. They are also in need of tuna and plastic grocery bags.

 

 FIFTH SUNDAY COMBINED WORSHIP DATE

 

          Sunday, August 30, 2015 will be our next combined worship service at 9:30am in the Sanctuary with a meal following.  Come and worship with your church family and enjoy the meal.   Please bring a breakfast or brunch item to share and your own table service.

 

BOX TOPS AND CAMPBELL SOUP LABELS

 

We ask that you continue to save your box tops and Campbell soup labels.  Our Red Bird mission team will travel to the Red Bird Mission work camp the week of October 11th, and would like to take them.  There is a large Campbell soup can located on the shelf in the North Hallway outside the fellowship hall where you may place you’re the box tops and labels.

 AUGUST    2015

SUNDAY

 

MONDAY

TUESDAY

 

WEDNESDAY

 

THURSDAY

 

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

1.

2.COMMUNION

8 am Heritage Worship

9 am Fellowship

9:15am Adult Study

10:30 am Good News Cafe

11:45 am

Fellowship

 

3.

4.

 

5.

 

6.

7.        

8.

 

Men’s

Breakfast

8:30  am

In fellowship hall.

 

 

 

9.

8 am Heritage      

          Worship

9 am Fellowship

9:15  am  Adult

          Study

10:30 am Good News Cafe

11:45 am.    

       Fellowship

10.

9:30 am

 Bible Study

 

1:30-6:30 PM

Blood Drive

 

6 pm Bible-n-Burger

 

7

7:30 pm - SPPR

          

 

11.

7 pm Sister   

     Act  Bible

      Study

12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13.

10 am.  Bible Study

      

 

         PET

         PARADE    

          DAY

14.

 

15.

 

16.

8 am Heritage

         Worship

9:15 am  Adult

           Study

   10:30 am 

        Good News

        Cafe

 11:45 am

        Fellowship

       

17.

9:30 am.

    Bible  Study

6 pm Bible-n- Burger

6 pm  Trustee

 

1:30-6:30 pm

Blood Drive in fellowship hall

 

18.

 

7 pm Sister Act

      Bible Study

 

 

 

 

 

19.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20.

 

10 am. Bible Study

 

 

 

 

 

21.

22.

 

23.

8 am Heritage

         Worship

9 am Fellowship

9:15 am

     Adult study

10:30 am. Good

        News Café

11:45 am

      Fellowship

            

30.

5th Sunday

9:30 am

Combined service w meal to follow    

24.

9:30 am Bible

         Study

 

6:00 pm  Bible-n

      Burger

 

 

 

 

 

31.

 

9:30 am Bible Study

6 pm Bible-n-Burger

25.

7 pm – Sister Act

        Bible Study

26.

4:00 pm

After-School

Planning mtg

27.

 

10 am Bible Study

28.

29.

 

August 2                                                     August 9                                            August 16                        

2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a                                  2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-3                     1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14                  

Psalm 51:1-12                                               Psalm 130                                                                   Psalm 111

Ephesians 4:1-6                                 Ephesians 4:25-5:2                                Ephesians 5:15-20

John 6:24-35                                                 John 6:35, 41-51                                    John 6:51-58

 

               August 23                                                     August 30

               1 Kings 8: 1,6,10-11 22-30, 41-43                    Song of Solomon  2:8-13

              Psalm 84                                                          Psalm 45:-12, 6-9   Psalm 72

              Ephesians  6:1-20 // John 6:56-69                     James 1:17-27  // Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Congratulations to Rebecca Fetrow and Bernt Obert who were united in marriage on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at Mohican State Park.  Rebecca is the daughter of Chuck and Ann Fetrow.

 

 

Best Wishes to Pastor Dave and Becky on their anniversary August 4, 2015

 

 

The congregation extends our sympathy to Chuck and Ann Fetrow on the death of Chuck’s mother Betty Fetrow on Monday, July 20, 2015. Please pray for Chuck’s father and all of the family.

 

 

The congregation extends our sympathy to Marcia and Dan McCracken on the death of Marcia’s mother Eileen E. Kilgore on Wednesday, July 22, 2015.  Please pray for Marcia and the family.

 

The congregation extends our sympathy to John and Brenda Loetscher on the death of John’s father in a head-on traffic accident in July. Please pray for John and the entire family.

 

“Time and God can heal any pain”

 

 

SCHOOL BACKPACKS ARE BACK

 

We are doing backpacks for school children again this year.  We have a total of 30 children that we would like to supply with a backpack and school supplies. Cards are located on the bulletin board in fellowship hall if you would like to take one. Please sign your name and phone number on sheet.   Purchase a backpack and the items needed.  Bring everything back to church with the card attached place them on the floor by the bulletin board.   The Deadline for Backpacks and items to be returned is Wednesday, August 12th by 1:00 pm.

 
 

SPECIAL NEED REQUESTS

 

            Junior church is greatly enjoyed by the children.  They are learning about Jesus, God, people in the Bible and special events in fun and exciting ways through stories, conversation, action Bible games and crafts.  They especially enjoy making something to share with others, showing God’s Love through their giving spirit.

 

          Shirley needs help for the following Sundays when she will be on vacation and unable to be here for Junior Church – Please help – Dates needed are as follows:

Sunday, August 30th @ 9:30 service

  Sunday, September 6 @ 10:30 service

   Sunday, September 13 @ 10:30 service

 

          If you can serve as God’s Servant “calling you up for Jesus”, please notify Bertha 330-637-2571 or Shirley 330-637-3703.  God Bless those who feel they can help.                                                                    Special Thanks, Shirley

 

 

STAFF PASTOR PARISH RELATIONS MEETING

          Our next SPPR meeting will be held on Monday, August 10th at 7:30 pm at the church. Please be sure to attend.  Thank you for stepping up and accepting God’s call. We will be discussing staff salaries and job descriptions for the following positions:  Treasurer, Administrative Assistant, Choir Director/Organist and Nursery.  I will get copies to you before meeting so you can be prepared. If anyone in the congregation has any concerns, please contact any member of the committee before Monday, August 10th.

Those currently serving on the committee are: Shirley DiVencenzo, Nancy Treffert, Debbie Moore, Anita Shaw, Frank Stocz, Ron Lehman, Lundy O’Dell and Lynn Burkey.

RESULTS – COMMUNITY FUN DAY

Community Fun Day in July was a great success.  Twenty-two volunteers, parents and fourteen children attended. Several of whom, have never been to our church before.  Much fun was had outside playing volleyball, croquet, swinging on swings, hula-hooping, hopping and getting balloon animals made by Becky the clown.
          After a lunch of hot dogs, chips, applesauce, cupcakes, cookies, brownies and popsicles, the group gathered inside to make many craft items. They kept one for themselves and made several for the Christmas Samaritan’s Purse Shoe box program. Everyone went home with many items – and the Shoe box ministry goes on.  Each child also received a religious bookmark and a cross for their room. Everyone – adults and children alike had a great time.

 

The volunteer  Community Fun Day helpers were greatly appreciated. A great big thank you to the following for stepping up for Christ’s children. Rev. David & Becky  Vensel,  Lundy O’dell, Jack & Bertha Cyphert, Lynn & Janet Burkey, Walter Trumbull, Camille Hunter, Shirely DiVencenzo, Debbie Miller, Melissa Kopp, Drew Devadan, Diane Bumstead and the United Methodist Women for the purchase of the craft items and lunch for the day.                                       

 

 

AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM

 

School is starting soon and so is the 3rd annual After-School program.  We will begin the second full week of September on Wednesday, September 16th from 4:00 until 6:00 pm.   A light supper will be served.  Activities will include action-filled story-time, crafts, puppetry and music.  The basic theme of the time together will be based on God’s Champions for Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Football, Hockey and other sports.

 

Plan now to sign up your child for an evening of fun, learning to enjoy each other, and understanding God’s role in being his champions.  Please seek out others in the neighborhood who might like to come and pick them up if necessary.   Call the church office 330-637-2571, Shirley DiVencenzo 330-637-3703 or Debbie Miller 330-637-2546 to register so we know how many to plan for or just show up.

 

 

ATTENTION:ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL – FINANCE - TRUSTEE -

 

Please mark your calendars for the meetings in September. They will be on the second  Monday, September  14, 2015 in place of the third Monday.

 

MISSIONS U

 

Pam Bowers and Shirley DiVencenzo attended the East Ohio United Methodist Women’s Mission U at Mount Union College July 17 -19, 2015. We had a very spirit filled weekend and enjoyed great fellowship with other women from all over Ohio. The Spiritual growth study was entitled “Created for Happiness: Understanding Your Love in God”.  The study was based on Wesley’s importance on joy or happiness. The teacher emphasized how Wesley talked as much about joy in one’s life as he did about the Bible’s messages. This was a very positive Bible study for everyone.

Pam and I also attended the Study on Latin America: People and Faith. It opened our eyes to the needs of the people in Latin America, the beauty of their country and culture, and the degree to which God is present, even in the poorer areas. Missionaries are doing tremendous work there, but much more needed.

On Saturday afternoon, I attended a focus group on Immigration. We had a tremendous leader, a pastor who was asked by the Bishop to attend a rally in Washington regarding immigration. He and other pastors were arrested for this.   He was very knowledgeable of the immigration issue in the United States. Comparing our immigrations numbers with those around the world and noting how hard it is to have an accurate count due to the numbers of people that are imported at night.

He also pointed out that the Erie Canal was dug by the Irish who were paid with whiskey to weed off Malaria. Mary and Joseph were refugees, Paul and the disciples left their home, wondering where Jesus was leading them and were occasionally homeless.  The transcontinental railroad was built by Chinese         labor.  He also told us that UMCOR has set up Play Tents for children at Immigration stations.  In Ohio there are many migrants who travel and harvest to meet one another for work. Many with needs but honor their faith in their God.

Pam attended a craft and outreach session on making mats for the homeless from plastic bags. This is a need none of us ever thought of, which allows Christians to reach out and fulfill a need for the homeless.  We brought back many craft ideas to share. A greater excitement to be God’s outreach to others truly answering the call – Jesus is calling us up.

 

 

                                                                             Shirley

                    

 

 

EAST OHIO ANNUAL CONFERENCE REPORT

 

On Sunday, June 14th Bertha, Jaxon and I left Cortland in the rain causing Bertha to drive two and one half hours in it, along with having a cold, didn’t make it an easy drive for her.  We arrived at our house then went to register for Conference, picked up our material and planned for an exciting adventure. I feel all Methodists should attend conference at Lakeside, for at least one day. You would truly learn to appreciate the intense, sincere planning of our UMC administration and the many need in local and world outreach they discuss and plan.

Monday began with the clergy executive session, where all clergy meet with the Bishop. Many needs and concerns are discussed.  Leadership skills, future actions needed, health and pensions issues, need for new pastors promotion in our churches and greater leadership training for outreach of their congregation to win souls for Christ.

Laity session followed.    Big issue at conference was voting for qualified representative from both clergy and lay delegates to General – Jurisdictional Conferences where they would represent East Ohio Conference with other delegates around the world. We are permitted to have 12 clergy, 12 lay delegates, 6 alternative and 5 stand-bys.  When you consider they number voting, member nominated and the fact that the requirement for selection was so huge it took all week, voting up to three times daily.  Worldwide issues re: religious stand all around the world are made here.  Christ’s world must be heard, the world crisis is so great in many areas that more must hear Christ is alive and as Christians must stand up for we represent and spread our belief that Christ is alive and tell others of His love and forgiveness and the fact that “He Is Coming Again”.  So much happened, so many things were voted on with much debate and freedom to amend, debate and re- adjust opportunities that it’s hard to select the most important. All action was truly imported no matter how routine it might be.

 

Bertha has a display of all action and the resolutions that were passed at conference on table in fellowship hall for you to take a look at.  We are so lucky to be able to worship our God and commune with Him on a personal basis – guiding us in our walk with him in all ways of our life.  Now we need to break out of our comfortable zone and share this His love and peace with all we meet. 

Jesus is calling You up – Will you meet the call.

 

                                                                                                Shirley DiVencenzo

 

 

 

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

                               Church Office                 (330)637-2571                 Pastor David Vensel             (330) 637- 3768

 

E-mail:cortlandumc@centurylink.net

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REMEMBER    - SUMMER  SERVICES

Heritage Worship at 8:00 am. in  Sanctuary.

Good News Café Worship at 10:30 am. in Fellowship hall.

REMEMBER

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2015

Backpack/items to be returned to church

THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 2015                 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Pet Parade and Animal Blessing – Read article inside

                        MONDAY, AUGUST  17, 2015                     1:30 – 6:30 PM

                    Red Cross Blood Drive will be held here in fellowship hall.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 30, 2015             9:30 AM

OUR FIFTH  SUNDAY  COMBINED WORSHIP SERVICE HELD IN   SANCTUARY.  MEAL TO FOLLOW IN FELLOWSHIP HALL. COME, WORSHIP WITH YOUR CHURCH FAMILY AND ENJOY A FELLOWSHIP  MEAL  AFTERWARDS.   BRING A BREAKFAST OR BRUNCH ITEM TO SHARE AND YOUR OWN TABLE SERVICE.

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David Vensel,
Aug 22, 2015, 5:51 PM
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