November Newsletter

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The Cortland United Methodist Church

CortlandUMC@centurylink.net

www.cortlandumc.org

Our mission is to Worship, Grow, and Witness

to God’s love in Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit

                      NOVEMBER  2014


 There aren’t many television programs I follow regularly.  I’ll watch any variety of shows or an old movie from time to time, superficially surfing channels until landing on something that catches my attention.  I’ve watched a few adventure-type reality shows from week to week, but not much regularly among conventional programming. 

 

A few years ago, I found myself watching the Food Network about as regularly as anything.  One of its main personalities, Alton Brown, caught my attention for his distinctive sense of humor, his blending of the cerebral with the practical, and his enthusiastic appreciation for good-eats, including the people who prepare and consume them.  Watching those shows provided inspiration in ways extending far beyond the kitchen table.  

 

Brown compiled a series of programs several years ago entitled,  “Feasting on Asphalt” in which Alton Brown and  a small film crew traveled by motorcycle across  the southern U.S. from the Atlantic to Pacific coasts.   A second series took him on another trip from the Gulf of Mexico northward along the entire length of the Mississippi River.  The purpose of each trip was to explore and discover distinctively-cultural American road-food, plus its purveyors and patrons encountered along the way.  

 

The first season may have captured my interest because the route included a stretch familiar to those who’ve traveled to Redbird Mission Work Camp in Kentucky featuring a segment on the proliferating kudzu plant.  The second adventure series was “Feasting on Waves,” a nine-day, non-cruise-ship excursion in search of Caribbean islands dining fare and culture.  Viewers got to cruise along, observe and experience  through the eye of the camera Brown’s engaging perspective, discovery, narrative, knowledgeable assessment,  and sometimes-innocent-- sometimes-cynical  but  philosophical commentary.  

 

I found something very profound in his closing remarks summing up that second adventure.  Beyond the food, beyond its role for those who make their living at it, Brown waxed-poetically on a common theme observed among the people embracing their trade: ‘satisfaction for the appreciation experienced among customers.’  Brown called it “love:”  love for the food;  love for the process involved in preparing it;  love for the family and culture represented in it,  and love for the joy it brings to the people who consume it.

 

I think this says something of the Love of God and people who Love God.  This Love is pure, simple and full of goodness.  God’s pleasure is that Love permeate our soul and being,  flooding us with joyful enthusiasm and inspiration to share it with others to make their days better and their lives richer.   When we allow God’s Love to enter and fill us, we’ll find an appetite for living and a spiritual satisfaction as we have never known before.  That’s Good News to inspire us to feast on God’s Love and we enter this season of thanksgiving and fasting.    

Pastor Dave

 
                                    

 

FIRST SUNDAY OF MONTH            NOVEMBER 2, 2014  

                        

                                              

     RED BAG DAY

 

Remember to bring your bag of non-perishable items for the Cortland Area Care Food Pantry. Peanut butter, paper products, soap (kitchen – bath- laundry) always needed.

     The Pantry is in need of plastic grocery bags.

 

C.H.O.W. (Cortland Humanitarian Outreach Worldwide)

 

                Holding “Quiz Night” on Saturday, November 1st at 6:30 pm. at St Robert’s.  Hot dogs and

           Pasta Salad will be served.

 

 

THANK YOU! THANK YOU ! THANK YOU!

 

Jim and Melody Hadley donated $100. to the Red Bird Mission School in honor of all the Cortland United Methodist Church members who helped them pack and ready for their move to Ada, OH.  They were very appreciative of all your help.

 

October 25 - Make A Difference Day - Thank You’s

 Thanks a whole bunch! Everything was delicious! Soup is one of our favorite foods now, and “homemade” is very special. The corn bread and cookies provided us with several wonderful meals.  Many thanks.

                                                          Ed and Donna Homrighouse

 

Many thanks to: The Cortland United Methodist Church the Outreach and Make a Difference Day --and to the women who brought the soup, corn bread and cookies.

The food and visit was much appreciated! It certainly made the day very warm and happy.

                                      Thanks again.   Peg Scherer

 

 

NOVEMBER 2014

SUNDAY

 

MONDAY

TUESDAY

 

WEDNESDAY

 

 

THURSDAY

 

 

FRIDAY

 

SATURDAY

1.

 2. ALL SAINTS

     COMMUNION

Daylight Savings

     time ends

8 am Heritage Worship

9 am Fellowship

9:15am Adult study

10:30 am Blended

   Traditions

11:45 am   

        Fellowship

3. 

9:30 am               Bible Study                       

6:00 pm Bible- n- Burger

 

4.

7 pm Sister Act               Bible Study    

5.

 

4:30 pm -  After

    School Program

   

7 pm - Choir

 

6.

 

10 am  LOAF 

       Meeting @

      Prince of Peace

 

10 am Bible Study

       in parlor

.7.

8.

 

 Men’s Breakfast meeting at 8:30am

 

 

 

9.Veterans’

       Sunday

8 am Heritage      

          Worship

9 am Fellowship

9:15 am 

   Easter Breakfast

10:30 am Blended

       Traditions

 11:45 am.    

       Fellowship

4:30 pm Charge Conference here

10.

9:30 am

 Bible Study

 

6 pm Bible-n-Burger

 

 

11.

7 pm Sister Act

     Bible Study

12.

 

4:30 pm – After School Program

 

7 pm - Choir

 

 

13.

10 am.  Bible Study

             in parlor

 

14.

 

15.

 

16..

8 am Heritage

         Worship

9:00 am Fellowship

10:30 am  Blended

       Traditions

 11:45 am

        Fellowship

       

17.

 

9:30 am.

    Bible  Study

 

6 pm Bible-n- Burger

 

18..

 

7 pm Sister Act   

       Bible Study

19.

 

10:30 am

U.M. Women

 

4:30 pm After School Program

 

7 pm - Choir

20.

10 am  Bible Study in parlor

  

21.

 

22.

 

 

23..

8 am Heritage

         Worship

9 am Fellowship

9:15 am

     Adult study

10:30 am. Blended 

              Traditions

11:45 am

       Fellowship

12 Noon

       Decorate the   

       church &

        sanctuary

      

24.

 

9:30 am

    Bible  Study

 

6 pm Bible-n-Burger

 

25.

 

7 pm Sister Act

      Bible Study

26.

 

4:30 pm – After

School program

 

7 pm - Choir

27.

THANKSGIVING   

           DAY

 

Church offices closed

28.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Church offices    

       closed

29.

 

 

 

 

 

 

30.

1st  Sunday of

  Advent

9:30 am

 SHARED WORSHIP SERVICE w MEAL TO FOLLOW

         

Let’s make this a different type  of meal w appiteizers, soup, salad, covered dish and dessert. Everyone has just had Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings, so let’s  go a little different way. Plan to attend worship and share the meal with your church family.

           

OCTOBER CROP WALK REVIEW

 

          With 32 persons from Cortland area and 30 from Warren area we raised $4,275 dollars of which 25% will remain here in Cortland and be given to Cortland Area Cares Food Pantry.  Thanks to all who participated.

 

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2014

 

                “Shower” for the apartments at the Warren “Y” sponsored by LOAF. (The Beatitude House is involved) on Sunday, November 16 at 2:00 pm. at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church at490 N. High Street in Cortland.  The Director of the apartment building will be present with us and explain about the apartments.  Items that are needed for the shower are: Paper products, Toiletries, personal hygiene items, cleaning products (no bleach) and gift cards for Wal-Mart or Giant Eagle.

 

 

 

Salvation Army Unit – Seeking persons to be trained to monitor Help phone line, meet and

                                         interview requests for assistance. See Pastor Dave for information.

 

 

                          

STAFF-PASTOR PARISH RELATION COMMITTEE would like to assemble a team for the Nursery to share Sundays as a paid position.  If interested please contact the church office at 330-637-2571.

                                                 

                                                   

 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO ATTEND THE EAST OHIO ANNUAL CONFERENCE AT LAKESIDE AS A DISTRICT-AT-LARGE DELEGATE FOR 2016?

?

            A DISTRICT- AT- LARGE DELEGATE ATTENDS ALL BUSINESS SESSIONS OF THE CONFERENCE AND IS ELEGIBLE TO VOTE ON ALL ISSUES THE CONFERENCE BRINGS TO THE TABLE.  THERE ARE MANY OTHER PROGRAMS AND WORSHIP SERVICES THAT YOU CAN ATTEND WHILE AT CONFERENCE.  A GOOD WAY TO MEET OTHER DELEGATES FROM THE EAST OHIO CONFERENCE CHURCHES.  YOU CAN ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL LAKE SIDE SETTING.  PLEASE STOP BY CHURCH OFFICE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

 

 

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

 

On November 15th we will have another opportunity to fill shoe boxes with a local Girl Scout troop.  We will meet at the Dollar Tree on Elm Road at 11:00 am to buy a few additional items then we will meet at the church. I am projecting that we will be dome around 1:30 pm. If you have any items that you would like to donate please have the to the church prior to the 15th.

 

All filled boxes will need to be at the church by Monday, November 24 at noon.  Anyone that can help load cartons of shoe boxes into our vehicles would be most welcome!!

We will start loading at 12:15 pm.

 

If you would like to donate money to this worthwhile project we would really appreciate money to help with shipping the shoe boxes. We will have over 100 boxes that the kids have filled. At $7 per shoe box our goal is to collect $700 if possible. Any donation is greatly appreciated!!

 

The annual shoe box dedication this year will be during the church services on Sunday, November 23.

 

If you have any questions or would like to help at all please call Debbie Miller 330-638-2546.

 

UNITED METHODIST MEN

  

The United Methodist Men will have their Christmas breakfast on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 9:00 am. here at Cortland United Methodist Church.  The cost is $7.00 per person. This is open for all to attend. Come bring your wife, a friend, or come alone.   We will have Denise Starr do a Christmas program???    We have invited the Kinsman church members to join us.

 Reservations are due no later than Sunday, December 7th and can be given to Ralph Rufener

or call the church office at 330-637-2571.

 

Our regular meeting for November will be on Saturday, November 8th at 8:30 am in fellowship hall.

 

 

 

PHONE CORRECTION FOR THE NEW CHURCH DIRECTORY

 

Lynn & Janet Burkey           330-638-6728                       Jaxon & Bertha Cyphert      330-637-2060

 

Shirley Divencenzo             330-637-3703                       Chris & Melody Dotts           234-244-4506

 

 Jim & Melody have a new phone number since they have moved to Ada, OH   1-419-549-2237

 

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN

 

                The United Methodist Women wish to thank everyone who worked so hard to make our Turkey dinner a success. Thank you to those who made desserts, roasted turkeys, peeled potatoes, set tables and worked at the dinner. Thank you also to those who came to eat. We were once again blessed to have the ladies from Hannah’s House to come and help us. They are such willing workers and we enjoy having them with us.

 

            Our November meeting of the Cortland United Methodist Women will be on Wednesday, November 19th at 10:30 in the church parlor. We invite all women of the church to join us.

 

THANK YOU FROM THE LIL’ LAMBERS.

 

THANK YOU, THANK YOU to everyone who helped to make this the most successful sale ever. As you may know, we receive 30% of the sale price and the seller receives 70%. Our mission is to use the money to help agencies who work with children. From the fall sale we were able to give over $1,000 in clothing and toys to the Cortland Area Cares Families and to Betty’s Angels, a local mother who cares for abused and abandoned children in her home.  We also “purchased” five pair of shoes through the Adopt-a-Foot program. We will be making monetary gifts in the near future.

 

We have been asked to list places and people who have received help from us in the past. The list is impressive: Warren Family Mission, Bella Women’s Group, Beatitude House, Someplace Safe, and Summer Program for Handicapped Children of Trumbull County, Camelot Therapeutic Horse Center in Southington, Cortland Area Care Families, Betty’s Angels, Children’s Services, Salvation Army, Red Bird Mission in Beverly, Kentucky, our Church Backpack and After School programs, Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes, Easter Seals and Adopt-a-Foot.

 

Our next sale will be May 7th and 8th, 2015 at the Opera House.

Lil Lambs Committee

 

Dear Pastor Dave and friends at Cortland United Methodist Church

 

Thank you for remembering me on “Make a Difference Day”. I don’t have the words to tell you how much I appreciate what you have done.  Thanks for the soup. I loved the corn bread and of course the chocolate chip cookies.  Thanks to my best friend for delivering everything. Thank you all for the beautiful cards and visits while I was in rehab. God Bless You all.  

                                                           

                                                                                    Thanks again.

                                                                                    Betty Piros

 

 
 

MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY!

 A big THANK YOU to all involved in making a difference in 21 households from our church. Each home received 4 containers of soup, 4 mini loaves of cornbread and half dozen cookies.  God’s love was front and center. Thank you again for making a difference in a member’s life.

 

                               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@century link.net

            pdcortlandumc@century link.net

 

EVENTS FOR MONTH OF NOVEMBER

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2             ALL SAINTS DAY- COMMUNION – RED BAG DAY

                                                                       

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8          MEN’S BREAKFAST MEETING 8:30 AM.

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9                CHARGE CONFERENCE IN SANCTUARY AT 4:30 P.M.

          HOSTING: OTTERBEIN, HARTFORD, KINSMAN, ORANGEVILLE-VERNON,

          AND WILDARE UNITED METHODIST CHURCHES

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17             6:00 PM. – TRUSTEE TEAM MEETING

                                                                6:00 PM. - FINANCE TEAM MEETING

                                                                7:00 PM. - ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL MEETING        

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19 RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE 12 NOON – 6:00 PM         

           GARDEN BROOK BANQUET HALL. SPONSORED BY CORTLAND UM CHURCH

 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25          COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING SERVICE AT      

           PRINCE OF PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH.  TIME IS 7:00 PM.

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23   12 NOON – WE WILL DECORATE THE CHURCH FOR THE

          ADVENT & CHRISTMAS SEASON. WE WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR HELP.                                         

 SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30              FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT.  SHARED WORSHIP

             SERVICE AT 9:30 AM WITH MEAL TO FOLLOW.

 

CARD MINISTRY FOR VETERANS

It’s that time of year we take special interest in remembering those who served to provide us the freedoms that we have today. Please take time check out the card ministry box of cards in the Fellowship Hall. Write a message, sign the card. If you wish you can use your own card and return to the card basket. A container will be on the table in case you want to help defray some of the cost of this program.

We will be adding the Wounded Soldier Program and two Vietnam chapters to our list this year.  Don’t forget to share yours and God’s Love for their service.

Thank you for your time – Shirley

 

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