August 2016 Newsletter

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Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, Matthew 19a was the message behind theme of the June Annual Conference of East Ohio. Over the last few years they have been building on the theme “Jesus is Calling”, then Jesus is Calling Us In, and now Jesus is Calling Us Out. I was told that the seats were hard and some sessions boring while others would be entertaining. This was the business of the churches in the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church. I learned that the UMC in the conference is healthy and doing well but many churches are struggling to meet their budgets. There were six churches that closed since the 2015 Annual Conference. I attended the service that remembered 20 pastors and 20 spouses along with 7 lay member delegates that returned to their eternal home this last year. Our former pastor, Ralph Hollingsworth’s son David Hollingsworth was one that was remembered.  I witnessed 31 pastors retiring, former Al Sprague’s wife, Rev. Jan Sprague was one that retired.  I attended the commissioning of  Deacons (3) and the Ordination of new pastors as full elders (7).  I had to ask Pastor Dave what the differences were and he explained the levels and degrees of clergy in the United Methodist Church. The Opening and Closing ceremonies were moving and were glorious.  But the real fulfilling moments were during the morning services. Bishop Peter D. Weaver (retired) gave the Tuesday and Thursday services. He grew up in Greenville, PA, served as a pastor is Pittsburgh and served as Bishop in Philadelphia and later in Boston. Bishop Gregory Palmer served for a time as District Superintendent in the Mahoning Valley District,  has served on many boards and is now the Bishop of the West Ohio Conference. He gave a moving address for the Wednesday morning service. Jesus is Calling Us Out to Transform the World by becoming disciples and lead others to Christ. Churches are only buildings that we worship in but we are the witnesses and the Life Blood of Christ. Jesus is Calling Us Out of the box, out of our comfort zone to become more engaged in a more richer, fuller, and faithful life. We are being “Called Out” to become witnesses for Christ. Bishop Palmer said it best when he said “That we are being Called Out to Get Up, Out and About for Christ”. We can’t do this by just sitting there in church.  So ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Matt 7:7.  So, Come follow Jesus, and he will make you fishers of men.  Matt 7:19. Jesus is asking you to listen for that knock on that door, receive him, seek him out with love in your heart, and doors of opportunity will be opened for you to make disciples of others. 

     Thank You for the opportunity to serve our church, Lay Servant, James E. Mizner   
Bishop Tracy S. Malone has been appointed the Resident Bishop of the East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church. 

Bishop Malone was serving as District Superintendent of the Chicago Southern Region of Northern Illinois and Dean of Cabinet when elected to the Episcopacy July 13.   Bishop Malone is married to Derrick Malone.   They have two daughters, Alexis and Ashley. Prior to appointment as superintendent, she served as the senior pastor of Gary United Methodist Church in Wheaton, Illinois, where she was the first woman and first African American to lead the predominantly white, 1,000-member congregation. She is daughter of the late Rev. Willie and the late April Smith.  Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and raised in Chicago, Illinois.  She matriculated through the Chicago Public School system and graduated from Lindblom Technical High School in 1986.

Bishop Malone continued her education at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois and graduated in June of 1990 with a B.A. in Religious Studies and Sociology and a minor in Computer Science.      In college, she received  the Outstanding Major in Religious Studies Award and the following honors:  George M. Pullman Scholar, Clarence Stein Ministerial Scholar, United Methodist Bicentennial Scholar.

Bishop Malone received her call to ministry at the early age of 13.   She attended Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (GETS) and graduated in May of 1993 with a Masters of Divinity.   While at Garrett-Evangelical, Bishop Malone was selected as a Crusade Scholar, Maceo D. Pembroke Scholar and a Bishop Edsel A. Ammons Scholar.
She earned her Doctorate of Ministry from United Theological Seminary in Dayton Ohio in December, 2001.  Her dissertation was entitled Evangelism: Reestablishing a Historical Understanding of Mission and Developing a Ministry that Partners Witness and Social Action .

Bishop Malone pastored several churches in the Northern Illinois Conference.  She was senior pastor of Wesley UMC in Aurora (2001-2007),  pastor of Southlawn UMC in Chicago (1996-2001),  associate pastor of First UMC in Lombard (1993-1996),  and assistant pastor of St. Mark UMC (1991-1993).  In addition to serving other United Methodist churches since 1989, she has been an adjunct professor at Aurora University and at Northern Baptist Seminary in Lombard, published articles, blogs and book reviews, and written chapters for several books. 
(Thursday morning Bible study will not meet through August –        will resume on Thursday, September 8th at 10 am.)  

Lakeview Outreach and Fellowship News 
LOAF Community yard sale to benefit Heifer.  It will be held on Saturday, August 13 from 8 am until 6 pm at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. We need support from all the LOAF churches to donate merchandise on Friday, August 12 and to provide volunteers for Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13. Anyone wishing to give an hour or two on either of those says should contact Jean Bolinger at 330-638-7672 or  She needs name, address and hours each person is willing to work.   
Wednesday, August 10, 2016   4 pm to 6:30 pm. 
Craft Program with mission outreach Making items for Samaritans Purse’s Christmas Child Boxes. 
Many hands are needed. Children, Teen, Adults 
WHERE: In fellowship hall of the church.  Phone -330-637-2571                         Light refreshments will be served.  
PASTORAL BLESSING OF PETS ON PARADE (Photos Used By Permission)               
Special Guests:  Police Dog and Canine Officer Bring Your Neighbors and Friends   
Thursday  August 18 2:30 – 4:30 PM Church Yard Refreshments

RECEIVING THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM & CHURCH MEMBERSHIP   Sunday, July 3, 2016 -  Samantha Jean Krieg, daughter of  Mathew and Wanda Krieg  received holy baptism during the morning worship service. 
 Sunday, July 10, 2016 – Wanda Jean Krieg received holy baptism and was received into the church during the morning worship service.  We welcome her into God’s family.   

The Sympathy of the congregation  extended to Bertha and Jaxon Cyphert in the loss of Bertha’s brother, David Fink who passed away on July 7, 2016. David and family live in North Carolina. 
I would like to thank each and every one for your phone calls, cards, hugs and prayers during David’s illness and now his death.  I appreciate your love and support, it means so much especially in these times.  His memorial service will be held when his wife is released from rehab from her broken leg.  May God blessings be upon each and everyone of you.   Bertha 

The Sympathy of the congregation extended to the family of  Rev. Robert S. Wagner,  who died on July 11, 2016. Services were held on July 25 at the Cuyahoga United Methodist Church in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. Rev. Wagner served as our pastor here  from 1960 to 1968. If you care to send his wife Floredda  a card, the address is 1968 Kelsey Drive, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221 

The Christmas eve candle holders are in need of being washed to be ready for the season ahead.  Please stop by church office and pick them up. You can take them home to care for them.  Your help is appreciated.    THANKS!! 
Golden Street Singers were welcomed into our church the last Sunday of July along with our 5th Sunday brunch following the 9:30 service. We were all blessed by their uplifting spiritual music. Plan to attend their other evenst throughout the year to renew your spiritual life.  They always present an exciting and uplifting program.

      Beginning Sunday, September 4th we will resume two worship services.   They will be held  at 8:00 am and 10:30 am with Bible study at 9:15 am.  Please circle the date on your calendar.     
Member, Helen Carroll has moved to Shepherd of the Valley.  Her room is 320 at  4100 North River Road, Warren, OH 44483.  If you would like to send her a card. 
Dear Members of Cortland United Methodist Church, 
On behalf of Cortland Humanitarian Outreach Worldwide (C.H.O.W.), I would like to thank you for allowing the church who attended the Vacation Bible School to donate their used school supplies. Those usable supplies are packed in teacher kits that C.H.O.W. sends with desks to Central America and the Caribbean Islands. This helps us fulfill our mission to redistribute goods and keep these items out of our landfills. 
Our collecting of new school supplies is an ongoing project for student kits.  
To date CHOW has sent 6,815 desks in 37 shipments to 14 countries and has taken 29 trips to Grahn, KY.  Your support is greatly appreciated. 

       Sincerely,        Maryellen Edgar        C.H.O.W secretary

The Cortland United Methodist women will meet on Wednesday, August 17th  at 10:30 in the church  parlor.  This will be a planning meeting for the fall season. All women of the church are invited to attend. THANK YOU!! 
A huge thank you to all who filled a backpack for the children. And to Lil’ Lambs for the purchase of the backpacks to be filled.   
ATTENTION: WORSHIP PLANNING COMMITTEE  Please mark your calendars for Thursday, August 11th at 7:00 pm.     We will be meeting in the church parlor to plan activities for September, October, November and December, plus reviewing the summer worship programs. All members of the church are encouraged to contact members of the committee with your concerns and ideas.  REMEMBER this is your church – Your  ideas are important.        Thanks Shirley         330-647-5429 / 330-720-3147 

GOOD MORNING, GOD    GOODNIGHT, DEAR GOD  You are ushering in another day       The sun has gone down from the sky  untouched and freshly new,           And peace of night is drawing nigh.  so here, I come to ask You God        I pray, Dear god, my soul You’ll keep.  if You’ll  renew me too?           While in Your loving arms I sleep.             Forgive the things I did today Forgive the many errors, that           When from Your glorious path I’d stray. I made yesterday, and let me try       And as I slumber through the night again dear God,              Please take my hand and hold it tight. to walk closer in Thy way.        And when I awake to a bright new morn,                Restored, refreshed, renewed, reborn, But Father, I am well aware        I’ll try again, Dear God to be I can’t make it on my own.          The person You would hope of me So take my hand and hold it tight for I can’t walk alone.      The Omaha Home for Boys   Helen Steiner Rice

Two attended Mission U 
 Pam Bowers and Shirley DiVencenzo represented our United Methodist Women at Mission U held at Mt. Union College the weekend of July 22, 23 and 24th.  The two studies presented were “The Sexuality and the Bible” and Climate Change, a call to hope and action.  Both were high stimulating, calling us truly determined to include them in our daily living.  Another study on Latin America was also available but Pam and I had taken it 2015. 
 We also attended groups entitled “A Conversation about Guns and Violence in Our Community”, Social Media and Faith Sharing and Leaders can be Teachers – Ways to share with others.  Videos were shown on Human Trafficking.   During our free time the Bits and Pieces Room was opened were we gathered ideas for our Sunday School Kids and the After School Program.   Each morning started with devotions in the garden and ended with devotions in the auditorium.  Food was delicious – we both ate too much. The children’s group provided a program at lunch on Saturday and the Older Teen group put on a program in the evening at the dorm. Several great ideas for the after-school program were carried home from these.   Friendships and sharing were formed with many women from other churches. A truly spiritual uplifting event desiring us to become God’s helper spreading facts, ideas and His love to all we meet.  Women – please plan to attend next year. You won’t regret it. 
      Pam and Shirley            
Through June, we have received $56,486.95 in tithes and offerings and $4,017.97 in shared ministry donations.  $76,383.31 has been incurred in operating expenses. As you can see there was a significant shortfall. The Finance Committee in conjunction with the Administrative Council decided earlier this year to use Reserve funds that have been held in savings to cover any shortfalls incurred for the time being. $15,644.21 has already been used from the fun and $2,500.00 remains.

Have you considered the option of making your donation online? You can make a onetime donation or set up a recurring donation at an interval of your choice by visiting our church web site at and clicking on the red “donate now” link. This is an easy , safe and convenient way to stay current on your giving. Several people are currently using this option and it has worked well.
Contact me with any questions at 330-638-0062.  
Jill Freeman, Treasurer  
David Vensel,
Oct 8, 2016, 10:44 AM