November Newsletter

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NOVEMBER 2012

I had a revelation of sorts in the midst of preaching last Sunday; it was the notion of a sort of ‘Reverse Trick-or-Treat.’ We are in that giddy season for children (of no particularly-defined age!) dressing-up in costume or disguise (perhaps our secret alter-ego?) and parading from house to house traditionally under cover of darkness through neighborhoods to bag as many sweet treats as can be had. The little beggars (and some judged to be not little-enough) approach the door and greet the resident with "Trick-or-Treat" while holding out their goodie bags or plastic pumpkins with expectant anticipation and eager eyes to receive a desired confection. I think it’s a relatively harmless and joyful tradition in a child’s experience and memory bank , especially when framed in an appropriately constructive context.

Whatever we may think of this annual childhood rite of passing, we might be surprised to discover how we may unsuspectingly fall into our own pattern of theological trick-or-treat without regard to day or season. We could start by asking ourselves, "What truly characterizes my faith? How do I relate to God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit? Could I be characterized as one coming to the Lord primarily as a recipient of God’s holy hospitality such as love, mercy and other assorted blessings? In my characteristic attitude and manner, am I theologically functional as though walking around holding my bag open for the Lord to provide me spiritual treats? And how am I costumed? Am I concealing a hidden identity? To be sure, God does bless us, first of all with the Grace of Christ, and for that we should be mindful and thankful. Then in Matthew 12:22-34, Jesus encourages his disciples with the promise that it is God’s good pleasure to give them the kingdom and provide for their needs without worry. But is that as far as it goes?

Enter the concept of theological ‘Reverse Trick-or-Treat,’ where we move about unmasked, submitting and offering what’s in each of our own bags of faith to be treats given for and on-behalf of the Lord who has been so good to us. Our theological, spirited and ecclesiastical purpose and manner become characterized in sharing the good news of our faith, engaging neighbors with love and ministry, and helping to increase the community of Christ’s Body, his church.

Just as the energetic trick-or-treater travels from house-to-house eagerly offering a goodie bag or bucket to receive what is given, let us don our faith costumes, put on Christ and give the Lord the treats of our faith, worship, works and witness that can make a difference in someone’s life along our way now for God’s good pleasure, the joy of life redeemed and promised sainthood forever.

This Sunday November 4 during the 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM gatherings for worship and Communion, opportunity will be given to light a candle while remembering the name and person of loved ones who have passed from this life ahead of us. They may yet hold special places in our hearts; they may have inspired or facilitated our journey into faith; some are church members who passed from us during over the last year. All are worthy of our remembrance with thanksgiving to God in renewing our divine eternal relationship. See You Sunday.

Pastor Dave

November Birthdays:
1Cindy Dorchester                                                 We had no Anniversaries for
2Claudia Joaquin                                                        the month of November
3David McCracken
5James Mizner
7Ed Hribar
Bob Dorchester
8Valerie List
9Nickolas Freeman
14Bob Farone
16Helen Brainard
19Bob Sentner
21Laurie Markovich
25Janet Larson
28Randy Homrighouse
29Jennifer Fleischman
30John Robinson

MEETINGS –MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2012

6:00 p.m. –Trustee team meeting

6:00 p.m. –Finance team meeting

7:00 p.m. –Administrative Council

If you are a member on one of these teams please be present

NOVEMBER KINDLEKORNER

Check out FREE ebooks that are available for your Kindle or Nook on our church website. Just click the tab at the top of the home page "Kindle Korner." Youhave to act fast though, because they can startcharging for the ebook at any time. Feel free to contact us through the website to inform of any free ebooks that you have found and would like to share. For more details go to the website.

When God WhispersLoudlyby Chris Hibbard (Free for Kindle, $ .99 Nook) When God whispers, the wise listen. In this short story, a busy husband and father fails to heed the quiet voice of the Lord. In doing so, her experiences the lovingadmonition of God whispering loudly.

Lord, Teach us to Pray by Andrew Murray.(Free for Kindle, $ .99 Nook)

Of all the classicson prayer, none is more helpful than this brief work. Murray never hammers, but entreats, then loving explains how to do whathe is advocating. You will be helped more than challenged, and given a taste of what waits for you in his "With Christ in the School of Prayer."

ADOPT-a-FOOT

Shopping has begun.You are welcome to make your donation now. Cost of one pair of shoes is $30.00. You may leave your contribution at the church office or in the offering plate (mark Adopt-a-Foot) on your envelope. Let’s help God’s needy children have warmand dry feet.Weaccept any donation that you are able to give.

REPORT OF UNITED METHODIST MEN

The East Ohio United Methodist Men’s fallgathering of men is scheduled for November 10

thfrom 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Lakewood United Methodist Church in Lakewood, Ohio. Speakers will be Dan Stulz and Warren "Chip" Freed. Registration needed by November 3 and bring a #10 poundbagor larger of potatoes to the gathering. Cost for the day is $25. Per person. Workshops for the day:

1. B.M.B. –Further Adventures in Men’s Ministry –Ron Cramer

2. Feeding the Millions –Society of St Andrew’s –Ron Wendell

3. Wheels of Hope –Jim Trautman

4. Men’s Health Issues –Gary Foreman

The Men will be serving a drive-thru spaghetti dinner on Election Day, November 6, 2012. Time is 4 to 6 p.m. for the cost of $6.00. Menu consists of Spaghetti, Meatballs, Salad, Bread and Dessert. Come in the north driveway, order your meal and drive around to south door and someone will bring your meal to you. You do not have to leave your car.

Our DecemberChristmas program will be held at the Kinsman United Methodist Church on Saturday, December 8 at 9:00 a.m. We will begin with breakfast and then be entertained with a Christmas program. This is for all of the congregation. Bring your wife, your friend and enjoy a wonderful morning.

CROP WALK REPORT

On Sunday, October 14, 2012several membersof the church walked in the CROP HUNGER WALK. They are: Mark Holley, Lundy & Pam O’Dell, Jack & Paula Cyphert, Debbie Miller, Lynn, Anna and Luke Rider, Jim Watson. The groupraised at total of $1,245.00 Thanks to all of you. Note: Pastor Dave was unable to walk with the group and will walk the route at a later time.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

Christmas is coming! And it is time to fill a shoebox for one of Christ’s children who are less fortunate than some. Boxes and labels for a boy or girl are available in fellowship hall. We will go shopping on Saturday, November 3. Meeting at the church at 11 a.m. and will return to the church to pack the Christmas boxes and have lunch. All are invited to participate. Mark your calendar and plan to attend with family and friends.

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE                               COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING SERVICE

On Thursday, November 8, 2012                               Join with familyandfriends and attend the

from 12 noon until 6 pm at St.                             Thanksgiving service on Tuesday, November 20,

Roberts’ Catholic church,our                                   2012 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Roberts’ Catholic

church is sponsoring the drive.                                                             Church.

ARTWORK BRIGHTENS HALLWAY

If you haven’t seen them already, check out the beautiful pictures painted by Mel Chapin in the hallway near the office. They depict Christ always being with us. What a touching way to remind us of that blessing of comfort! Mel has a series of four pictures planned, so keep a look out for more of her artistic endeavors. Thanks Mel for sharing your talent!

Also, new coat racks were installed in the hallway. These were handcrafted by George Nelson. Thanks George! A new style and a new look for our church building.

Let’s look at our church facilities through the eyes of someone new entering for the first time. The old might evoke comfort and familiarity to us, but may appear tired and unloved by a newcomer. May our building reflect the warm and welcoming nature of our congregation!

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN

The Cortland United Methodist women will meet on Wednesday, November 14

at 10:45 am in the church parlor. After devotions and a business meeting we will travel to the Das Dutch Haus Restaurant in Columbiana for lunch and on to The Hummel Gift Shop in New Springfield. We invite all members of the congregation, women and men, to join us. Please note the meeting will be 1 week early this month because of Thanksgiving.

The October meeting of the UMW was held on October 17

with 10 members present. Devotions by Melodee Chapin, reading of minutesand Treasurer’s report were held.

We all agreed that our visit to Hannah’s House last month was very inspiring. Discussion was held on possible ways to contribute to the women living there, and a discussion held on ways we might help others in our community.

A sample of the bag proposed for "Red Bag Sunday" was shownand it was agreed to purchase them and present the project to the congregation as a way to increase the contributions to the LOAF Food Pantry.

We will be serving refreshments at the Annual Charge Conference to be held hereon Sunday, October 21

st at 1:30 with three churches joining ours at the conference. Many members of the UMWvolunteered to make appetizers and desserts to be served in addition to pulled pork sandwiches, vegetable tray and chips provided by UMW.

Janet Burkey announced plans for the Red Cross Blood Drive to be held November 8

th at St. Roberts’ Church. Volunteers are needed to work on that day.

Our next meeting will be held on November 14

th in the church parlor. The meeting was moved to the second Wednesday of the month because of Thanksgiving. Election of 2012 offices will be held.

After the meeting 8 members and 2 guests went to Middlefield to Mary Yoder’s for lunch, stopping at Middlefield Cheese andEnd of the Commons in Mesopotamia on the way home.

NOVEMBER2012

SUNDAY

1MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

1.THURSDAY

10 am LOAF

at Bazetta Christian

2. FRIDAY

10 am McBible at McDonalds

3. SATURDAY

Operation Christmas Child

Shoebox shopping for all those who wish to help

4. ALL SAINTS

DAY

COMMUNION

8 am Heritage Worship’

9:30 am Adult SS

& Faith book

workshops for

children

10:30 am Blended Traditions

11:45 am

Fellowship &

RefreshmentsDAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS

5.

9:30 amBible Study

6:00 pm. Bible-n-Burger

6.

ELECTION DAY

4-6 pm Drive-thru Spaghetti dinner

7 pm Sister Act Bible Study

7..

7:00 pmChoir

8.

RED CROSS

BLOOD

DRIVE

12 noon –6 pm

St Robert’s Church

9.

10 am McBibleat McDonalds

10.

8:30 am

Men’s Breakfast meeting

11.

8 am Heritage

Worship

9:30am Adult SS

& Faith book

Workshops for

children

10:30 amBlended

Traditions

11:45 am.

Fellowship &

Refreshments

12.

9:30 am Bible

Study

6 pm Bible-n-Burger

13.

7 pm Sister Act Bible Study

14.

10:45 am UM Women meeting

7 pm. Choir

15.

16.

10 am McBible

at McDonalds

17.

18..

8 am Heritage

Worship

9:30amAdult SS

& Faith book

Workshopsfor

children

10:30 am Blended

Traditions

11:45 am

Fellowship &

Refreshments

Shoebox Dedication

19.

9:30 am.Bible Study

6 pm Bible-n-Burger

20.

7 pm Sister Act Bible Study

7 pm. Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service at St. Roberts

21.

NO CHOIR

22.

THANKSGIVING

DAY

Give Thanks

Church offices closed

10 am McBible

At McDonalds

Church offices closed

24.

25.

8 am Heritage

Worship

9:30am Adult SS

& Faith book

workshops

for children

10:30 am. Blended

Traditions

11:45 am

Fellowship &

Refreshments

26.

9:30 am Bible

Study

6 pm Bible-n-Burger

27.

7 pm Sister Act Bible Study

28.

7 pm Choir

29.

30.

10 am McBible at McDonalds

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David Vensel,
Nov 2, 2012, 8:50 PM
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