July 2015 Newsletter

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PASTOR RECOGNIZED

            Pastor Dave was recognized at East Ohio Annual Conference at Lakeside, Ohio and in our “5th” Sunday combined service recently in honor of his 20 years of service as an elder in the United Methodist Church.  This honors his call to life as a servant – leader of Christ.

            We thank him for the many years in ministry when he shared the gospel, cared for the sick, encouraged the weary, attended community events participating in an active role, helped to develop strong leaders, and even clearing snow from many church steps.  Remember the many marriages he celebrated, the time he missed dinner at home to care for the needs of the sick, or to help a member or stranger, or the way our Pastor sat with families in crisis, attended school activities, gave up his day off to be with someone having surgery, baptized babies, helped in the after-school program and even when he helped clean up after dinners at church.

            These are only the few of the things Pastor Dave has done, given of his time, self and energy to fulfill his mission to make mature disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

            On this Sunday the congregation showered him with personal messages written in cards of their love for him and his wife Becky, both for their love for Christ they share with us.  They were also given a gift of a weekend alone or with family they love, at a cabin in Cooks Forest, Pa.  Pastor Dave was given a written decree from Staff Pastor Parish Relations to be sure to use it.

            Becky was also honored for her loyalty, and support of her husband and her demonstrated love of Christ and her ability to share it with us.  She was honored with a gift certificate.

            Pastor Dave was also recognized at Annual Conference with a surprise cake at the Western Reserve District Social Hour.  We thank you for being the kind of man, and the kind of couple you are.  May you both have many more years to serve our Lord.

                                                                        Shirley DiVencenzo, Chairperson of SPPRC

 

FIRST SUNDAY OF MONTH       JULY  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.

 

 

FIFTH SUNDAY COMBINED WORSHIP DATE

           Sunday, August 30, 2015 will be our next combined worship service with meal following.    What type of meal would you like, and would you be willing to head up a team to care for the kitchen duties?  If so, please contact the church office 330-637-2571 and talk with Bertha.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

          The candle cups for the Christmas Eve service need to be washed. If you would be willing to wash them please call the church office 330-637-2571 and talk with Bertha.

 

 

 SUMMER WORSHIP SERVICES FOR JULY AND AUGUST

 

Beginning Sunday, July 5th Heritage Worship service will be held in the Sanctuary at 8:00 am.; and the Good News Café worship service being held in the Fellowship hall at 10:30 am. 

 

Please note we will have Holy Communion on Sunday, July 12th instead of Sunday, July 5th as we begin a new pastoral appointment year together.

 

 

 

 

 

   JULY    2015

SUNDAY

 

MONDAY

TUESDAY

 

WEDNESDAY

1.

 

Pastor on vacation

THURSDAY

2.

 

10 am Bible Study

FRIDAY

3.

SATURDAY

4.

Fourth OF  

    JULY

 

5.

8 am Heritage Worship

9 am Fellowship

9:15am Adult study

10:30 am Good News Cafe

11:45 am

Fellowship

 

6.

9:30 am               Bible Study

6:00 pm Bible- n- Burger

 

7.

7 pm Sister Act               Bible Study

8.

 

 

9.

 

 

10 am Bible Study

10.

        

Pastor returns

11.

 

Men’s

Breakfast

8:30  am

In fellowship hall.

 

 

 

12. COMMUNION

8 am Heritage      

          Worship

9 am Fellowship

9:15  am  Adult

          Study

10:30 am Good News Cafe

11:45 am.    

       Fellowship

13.

9:30 am

 Bible Study

 

1:30-6:30 PM

Blood Drive

 

6 pm Bible-n-Burger

 

7:30 pm Staff Pastor Parish Relations

 

          

 

14.

7 pm Sister   

     Act  Bible

      Study

15.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16.

10 am.  Bible Study

      

 

         FUN DAY

17.

 

 

18.

 

 

 

 

 

19.

8 am Heritage

         Worship

9:15 am  Adult

           Study

   10:30 am 

        Good News

        Cafe

 11:45 am

        Fellowship

       

20..

9:30 am.

    Bible  Study

6 pm Bible-n- Burger

6 pm  Trustee

6:00 pm  Finance

7:00   Ad Council

 

 

21..

 

 

7 pm Sister Act

      Bible Study

 

 

 

 

 

22.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23.

 

10 am. Bible Study

 

 

 

 

 

24.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25.

 

 

26.

8 am Heritage

         Worship

9 am Fellowship

9:15 am

     Adult study

10:30 am. Good

        News Café

11:45 am

      Fellowship

            

      

27.

9:30 am Bible

         Study

 

6:00 pm  Bible-n

      Burger

28.

 

7 pm – Sister Act

        Bible Study

29.

30.

 

10 am Bible Study

31.

 

 

 

 

JULY  5                                 JULY 12                                   JULY 19                       JULY 26

 

2 Samuel 5:1-5; 9-10                  2 Samuel 6:1-5; 12b-19                  2 Samuel 7:1-14a              2 Samuel 11:1-15

Psalms   48                               Psalms 24                                      Psalm 89:20-37                 Psalm 14

2 Corinthians 12:2-10                Ephesians 1:3-14                           Ephesians 2:11-22             Ephesians 3:14-21

Mark 6:1-13                              Mark 6:14-29                                Mark 6:30-34, 53-56         John 6:1-21

 

MANY THANKS TO ALL

 Special thanks to the United Methodist Men and Women and all those individuals who purchased items for:   Three Cleaning buckets, Six Health Kits, Three Layette Kits and Three school Kits.  We had extra items that were also sent.  Pastor Dave delivered them to East Ohio Annual Conference at Lakeside and placed them on the truck where they will be taken to the Midwest Mission Distribution Center to be distributed to where the need is the greatest.

 

 

 

 

CORTLAND HUMANITARIAN OUTREACH WORLDWIDE

 

MAHONING VALLEY SCRAPPERS

 

PURCHASE VOUCHERS GOOD FOR BOX SEATS AT ANY HOME GAME THIS SEASON FOR A PRICE OF $8.00 PER SEAT

PROCEEDS HELP SUPPORT “CHOW’S” MISSION FOR THE NEEDY IN APPLACHIA AND CENTRAL AMERICA.

CONTACT:  BECKY COSTAS (330) 637-0219 

                                      OR

  MARY ELLEN EDGAR   (234) 244-8143

 

 

 

THE TRUMBULL MOBILE MEALS, INC. is in need of volunteers to Adopt a route and deliver meals to the many seniors who are in need.  We use 50-55 volunteers per day to prepare, package and deliver meals to over 250 individuals on a daily basis.  Anyone who can spare an hour once a week, every-other week, or even once a month, please call Trumbull Mobile Meals at 330-394-2538 or go on line at tmmvolunteer@aol.com.    URGENT HELP IS NEEDED!   ADOPT A ROUTE!

Volunteers are the heart of Trumbull Mobile Meals and with their dedication we deliver approximately 100,000 meals per year.

 

FINANCIAL NEWS

 

          Through the end of June there has been $69,950.22 received in tithes and offerings and $1,740.94 designated towards Shared Ministry.  $78,053.41 has been incurred operating expenses.  There was a carry over of $6,189.71 from 2014. As of now, we are current with all incurred expenses.

          Please carefully review your quarterly statement. Consider the option of making your donation online. You can make a one-time donation or set up a recurring 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 or have any questions at 330-638-0062.                  

 Jill Freeman, Treasurer

SUMMER ACTIVITIES

Community FUN DAY Coming to the Cortland United Methodist Church.

Thursday, July 16th is the date.  Be sure to keep it open.  Start now to reach out to neighbors, groups that you are “member”.  Invite your grandchildren and come and enjoy a day with them.  Time is 10 am until 2 pm. 

          There will be swings, slider, volleyball, croquette, Becky the clown with her balloons and puppets, food and crafts.  Crafts will be made and packed to become part of the Shoebox Ministry where items are sent to children who have less than us.  For information contact the church office at 330-637-2571; Debbie at 330-638-2546 or Shirley at 330-637-3703.    Hope to see you there.

 

PET PARADE / BLESSING OF THE PETS AND MORE

 

Thursday, August 13th from 1 pm until 4 pm you will see the church yard and driveway at Cortland United Methodist Church full of animals, some pets, some farm animals and some exotic animals.

          Registration begins at 1 pm with parade starting at 1:30 pm.  Ross Treffert, a local farmer will be here with some of his animals and will teach us about their care.   Rev. Vensel will perform a service of blessing the animals. Day will end with sharing.   See You There!

          Animals can be dressed in costume if so desired. For information contact church @330-637-2571 or Debbie at 330-638-2546 or Shirley at 330-637-3703.

 

JUNIOR CHURCH

 

Junior Church at present is held during the 10:30 am worship service only, be we are available at the 8:00 am service also. Children in Junior Church really enjoy and look forward to attending each Sunday.  We learn about the Bible, the many stories, special day importance, and do many craft projects each Sunday.  It’s a very informal time with learning in a fun way.  We also do a lot for others each session.

Asking  all church members to reach out as Disciples of Christ and invite young people to church and assist in or desire to develop a mew youth program.  This area must grow to see our church grow in the future.  Your help is greatly needed.

Also vacations and illnesses make it necessary for us to ask for VOLUNTEERS to assist in these absent areas.  If you are willing to help please contact Shirley at 330-637-3703 or Bertha in the church office at 330-637-2571.  Thank you for

 Considering this.  Be God’s extra hands as we help children and youth take their place in God’s World.

FELLOWSHIP & BIBLE STUDY

 

          Don’t forget the following Bible Studies are available to help prepare you as a Disciple of Christ reaching out in our community to encourage others to accept Him and serve Him as their personal Savior.

 

          MONDAY     9:30 am. – Bible Study in the Parlor – Open to both men and women. Currently they are studying “At Rabbi’s Feet”, a very thought provoking book – makes you think about what you are doing and what you believe.

 

          MONDAY    6:00 pmMen’s Bible-n-Burger meets. This is an ecumenical group of men of all ages who meet for fellowship, an informal supper and Bible Study. They not only study but they put much of themselves into practical application as they serve many areas throughout the area by their efforts.

      TUESDAY    7:00 pm – In the church parlor “Sister Act” a group of ladies meet and discusses the material.  We will be starting a new series shortly called “The Son of God: based on the current movie but also includes a video, workbook and discussion opening our eyes to our role in today’s world.

 

          THURSDAY   10:00 am – Women and Men meet at the church, McDonalds, Lake Vista as the outreach need dictates.  The group becomes involved in much discussion, outreach ideas and action. Contact Debbie Miller 330-638-2546 for more information.

 

STAFF PASTOR PARISH RELATIONS MEETING

 Staff Pastor Parish Relations committee will be meeting Monday, July 13, 2015 at 7:30 pm in the fellowship hall. Please bring staff job description data with you, ideas and corrections construction you feel needed.  We will be working on up-dating past job descriptions.  If congregation has any areas they feel should be added, as current needs have changed, contact any board committee member.  Ron Lehman, Nancy Treffert, Frank Stocz, Lundy O’Dell, Anita Shaw, Debbie Moore, Lynn Burkey, Pastor Dave or Shirley DiVencenzo.

 

 

WOULD YOU HELP??

 We have some members who need transportation to a Doctor Appointment.  If you would like to help call Bertha at the church office 330-6737-2571  and she will take your phone number and days that you could help with this need. 

 

Kim Waddell former member of the church passed.  Calling hours will be on Sunday, July 5, 2015 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at the Shafer-Winans  Lane Funeral Chapel.  Private burial will be held on Monday, July 6.

 

Member, Mrs. Margaret Ott of Cortland passed away on Sunday, June 7th.  Services were held on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at Shafer Winans Lane Funeral Chapel. Burial was at Hillside Cemetery.

 

Mrs. Mary Harper, mother of Don Harper passed away on Tuesday, June 23 at 2:30 am. Services were held on Friday, June 26 at Shafer- Winans Lane Funeral Chapel.

 

 CORRECTION FROM JUNE NEWSLETTER

 

          It was reported under worship news that Jane Grinnell was the volunteer in charge of getting greeters for the Sunday services.  We apologize to Jan Stocz, as she is the volunteer in charge of Sunday morning greeters. God Bless you Jan and keep up the good work. 

 


VACATION TIME

 

Pastor Dave and Becky have gone on vacation for a few days.  If there is a need or emergency please call the church office at 330-637-2571 or Bertha at home 330-637-2060 and you will receive help that is needed.

  

   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

pdcortlandumc@centurylink.net

 

REMEMBER    - SUMMER  SERVICES BEGIN JULY 5, 2015

Heritage Worship at 8:00 am. in the Sanctuary.

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

 

East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church

8800 Cleveland Avenue NW

PO Box 2800

North Canton, OH 44720

Phone (330) 499-3972

Website: www.eocumc.com                                                                                                                                                                       

June 27, 2015                                    

 

The United States Supreme Court ruling, that state prohibitions against same-gender marriage are unconstitutional, is consistent with our United Methodist position that everyone should have equal treatment under the law.

I celebrate the fact that we live in a country that seeks to treat everyone equally and does not restrict religious freedom.  However, the ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court does not determine our theological position.

The United Methodist Church is a worldwide denomination that has yet to recognize same-gender marriages, allow its pastors to perform same-gender weddings, or allow its churches to be used for such services.

The traditional Christian view is that marriage, by definition, is between a man and a woman. 

While some members of our church have advocated for a change in both the law and our theological position, others have advocated for a change in civil law while maintaining our theological position on marriage. Still, others have advocated for no change in the law or our theology.

Our theological position on marriage will undoubtedly be debated during General Conference 2016 in Portland, OR.  What is decided there – by delegates from around the world – will apply to all United Methodist churches in our country and abroad.

John L. Hopkins      

Bishop John L. Hopkins                                                        

East Ohio Conference

The United Methodist Church                                                                      

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