October 2016 Newsletter

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A recent
Upper Room daily devotion reflected on Christian faith, service and generational legacy.   The writer recalled his teenage experience in a youth service group.   He indicated this was some 26 years ago, thus the participants have aged and staged through marriage, children, even grandchildren.   The group held a reunion in the fashion of a great extended family including their succeeding generations of children.   Part of their purpose was to inspire those succeeding generations with the examples of their commitment to Christian faith and ministry.   Online, this link shows an impressive group photo of that reunion:  http://devotional.upperroom.org/blog/2016/10/l2l10032016
When looking at it, this could be a typical photo of any family reunion, birth-family or church-family.   Devotions often lead me to wondering about things.   In this instance, particularly through the group photo, I wonder how compelled we are to give the gift of our faith to the succeeding generations in our families.  Do our children and grandchildren really know the substance of our faith and is this something we really want them to appreciate and receive from us?   If not, why not?   If so, how are we making this known?  

It’s been quite a year.   My brother and I have both realized we’d like to ask our parents some questions;  I’d also like to tell them some things, but neither is possible anymore.   Life is a gift and we need to treat it as a precious commodity, so too is our faith.   Psalm 19:9-10 [GWT] declares, 
“The fear of the Lord is pure.   It endures forever.   The decisions of the Lord are true. They are completely fair.   They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold. They are sweeter than honey, even the drippings from a honeycomb.”

The Apostle Paul encourages the Corinthians [2 Cor 4:6-7 NIV] ( and the ‘Cortland - ians’ )  that God has given “light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ”  but that  “we have this treasure in jars of clay.”   Jesus declares in Matthew 6:19-21 [NIV], 

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,  where moth and rust destroy,  and where thieves break in and steal.   But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven,  where moth and rust do not destroy,  and where thieves do not break in and steal.    For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

In short, as this church, we comprise a great extended family.   Every Sunday is a family reunion.   What joy and anticipation that should bring.   What a privilege and opportune responsibility to pass along such joy, experience and treasure among members of our family, faith and birth, and on to succeeding generations as our legacy of God’s Love to them.  What a fellowship; what a joy divine!
Something to think about.   See YOU Sunday?   

Pastor Dave  

Our Cortland Area Cares pantry has a new home.  We are now located at 1100 Fowler Street, Cortland, OH 44410 
Sympathy of the congregation has been extended to the family of Bonnie Treffert, who passed on Sunday, September 18, 2016 and to the family of Richard Spencer who passed on Sunday, September 18, 2016. 
Sympathy extended to Pastor Denise of Price of Peace Lutheran Church whose son died September 29 in California.  

 Our United Methodist Women will host the Western Reserve District United Methodist Women Fall Gathering on Saturday, October 15th at our church. Registration will start at 8:30 am with a light breakfast to follow. A meeting, worship service and program on “Social Justice: Reconsidering       “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” will be presented. Any women of the church who would like to attend may contact Bertha in the church office before October 4th. 
 The United Methodist Women Turkey Dinner will be on Saturday, October 22nd from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.  The menu includes turkey with dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, a vegetable, coleslaw, cranberry sauce and dessert. Cost is $9.50 for adults, $4.00 for children  from 5 to 12 and children under 5 are free. Come have a delicious dinner and support the missions of the United Methodist Women. 

911 Remberance  In honor of the anniversary of 9/11 trays of cookies were taken to Cortland Police Department, Cortland Fire Department, Bazetta Police and Fire Department. These were purchased by UMW and given in the name of the congregation of the church. 

MEETING DATE   The October meeting of the Cortland United Methodist Women will be on Wednesday, October 19th in the church parlor. Final plans for the Turkey Dinner will be discussed.  Following the business meeting and devotions we will go out lunch.  All ladies of the church are invited to attend. 

FIRST SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH    Is both holy communion and Red Bag Day. Pick up a red bag – fill with non perishables for those in need and place in Sanctuary by altar to be blessed and given to the Food Pantry.   A need for helpers in the food pantry – Contact Anita Shaw if you can help. 
 God called Bonnie (Wiltrout) Treffert home on Sunday, September 18th 2016. Bonnie gave willingly of her time, love and compassion for others, her family, her patients, her fellowship, her time and energy to her church, and especially United Methodist Women, her Christian friends and to those she did not know. God has truly replaced her lively Christian time on earth with a walk with Him.  

       Time is starting our Christmas Card Program for our Veterans. Please take time – Look up your Christmas cards – take time, write a short note, thanking them for their service – Bring them to church – Place in basket on the table in the fellowship hall.  We need approximately 500. The areas where we place them truly appreciate your effort. 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30th is the Fifth Sunday & ALL SAINTS SUNDAY 
 Remember we will have one service that will be held at 9:30 am when we reflect on those you love who now shares life with Christ in heaven above. The annual lighting of memorial candles will be done. Great to reflect on our lives with them.   Followed by a family Covered Dish Brunch in fellowship hall. Invite someone to join you. Open to all. It’s great fun. And always good food. Make it a great Church Family Day. 

 Take time invite your neighbor, son or daughter, family members, people you share with in a meeting. Great time is 5th Sunday Brunches, Open your heart and eyes to those around you – ask God to help you search out someone who may benefit from friendship and love in their life. You might be surprised how you help them.  

 Four Bible Studies are held in our church every week.  Monday at 6 pm the Men’s Bible and Burger night for all men.  Tuesday at 7 the Sister Act Bible study meetings. On Thursday morning at 10 am  “Healing” taught by Jean Davis and on Friday at 10 am "End Times Prophecy" for all men and women. If not enjoying one of these studies – take time – show up – know all will enjoy sharing with you and you will go away refreshed in God’s love.   
 GIRLS IN FAITH TEA will be held at the Jericho Center on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.  Message by Carol Rice, RN of Akron, Ohio. Music by Brenda Jarvis of the Golden Street Singers.  $8.00 per person – Tea for Two -$10. (Second person to be a first time attender). RSVP 330-933-6403. Come and enjoy Christian Fellowship, good refreshments, tea and Gospel music and message.    

The Red Bird Mission team will be leaving October 16th for a week of work in Kentucky. They go to do God’s work representing OUR church. They are YOUR hands and feet. Besides your prayers please consider supporting their work financially. The fee charged by Red Bird is $375 per person. Our team of 8 this year will cost $3000.  This figure does not include any travel expenses or meals outside the camp. Each team member is asked to provide for their own expenses and half the camp fee which is currently $187.50. The remaining $187.50 is covered by fund raising efforts and support from you, our church.  Currently our main source of funds is the Kentucky Mountain Dinner. O’Dells provide the God’s World Calendars so that 100% of the $7 sales price can go to support the Red Bird Work campers.  Please keep our team in mind when supporting the mission work of our church. Thank you from all Red Birders, past, present and future!  Our team this year is: Don Harper, Lundy O’Dell, George Nelson, Harvey and Toni Feenstra, James Mizner, Chas Rood.  

WELCOMING BISHOP TRACY S. MALONE Bishop Tracy S. Malone will be honored at a reception on Sunday, October 16, 2016 from3 to 5 pm at the Willoughby Hills United Methodist Church located at 34201 Eddy Road, Willoughby Hills 44094 Bishop Malone replaced Bishop Hopkins who retired on September 1, 2016 as East Ohio Conference Resident Bishop. She and her husband  Derrick Malone has 2 daughters, Alexis and Ashley.  Please take this opportunity to welcome her and her family to our Conference.

    BLESSINGS KEEP COMING  This spring the Unite Methodist Men decided to approach our gardening project in new ways. Potatoes were still our primary crop but thanks to donations and efforts of many dedicated people we added tomatoes, zucchini, pumpkins, peppers, beans, corn, squash, cabbage, and cucumbers.     We also offered space to other churches and  Organizations with the stipulation that the crops be offered at no charge.  Early on the work of planting and nurturing fell to Harvey Feenstra who saw to it that the rows were cultivated and watered during the day time.  As a result we harvested over 80 pounds of potatoes and 10 bushel of tomatoes along with a healthy crop of zucchini, peppers, squash and pumpkins and a variety of other vegetables.  A BIG question arose: “How do we distribute our bounty?” We began w potatoes going to members of community organizations giving to needy folks.  Feenstra also set some out at his office and received a great response.  When the LOAF “yard sale” came filled a cart with mostly potatoes and placed the sing above that read” “Sharing God’s Abundance” Take What You Need”.  As a result most of the picking went quickly. The extras were put out in the church yard with the same sign and soon the first picking was gone.  With that success we continued to fill the cart for the community throughout August and September with a response far greater than expected. Several people shared their gratitude through thank-you notes and personal testimonies.  Pickings also went to Hannah’s House, Family Mission, LOAF food bank, Beatitude House, Someplace Safe, North River Road Mobile Home Park, Creekside Commons, Cortview and various families in the community.  As the project winds down we are finding that others in the community are getting the spirit. Many items have appeared in our cart that was not grown in our garden.  The planning, planting, care taking, harvesting, distribution, and the spirit have grown in the community truly this community garden has “Kept the Blessing’s Coming.”

 Looking forward to having more people involved next year.  WOW!! FLAT ROCK is 150 YEARS OLD 
What is Flat Rock?? It’s a mission of the United Methodist Church, snuggled in the little town of Flat Rock, Ohio. It serves the Intellect nally and developmentally needs of God’s child or adult. Started as an orphanage for children homeless after the Civil War, it has grown into Flat Rock Homes, Flat Rock Center and Flat Rock Community. Funds are desperately needed to meet the demands of the many individuals with Intellectually, Developmentally and Behavioral needs they serve.  They do receive money from the church and several Christcentered Friends.  Most of the Funds come from State and Federal sources, which have greatly reduced. Therefore they depend on community Christ-centered concerned people, who are willing to reach out and give to supplement this important ministry – Need more help from local churches, United Methodist Women and You. Plan a church project to raise money and awareness – GIVE by yourself.  If we all pitch in these individuals can receive their needed care.  Thank you for you is generosity. Your Social Action Chairperson, Western Reserve District, United Methodist Women.  Shirley Barbe DiVencenzo and Western Reserve District Mission Committee. GIVING: (HTTP://W.W.FlatrockHomes.GRG/Giving)    

David Vensel,
Oct 8, 2016, 10:30 AM