October Newsletter

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The Cortland United Methodist Church
CortlandUMC@centurylink.net
Our mission is to Worship, Grow, and Witness
to God’s love in Jesus Christ
Having just completed a preaching series on making worship passionate using the book,
Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations by United Methodist Bishop Rev Robert Schnase, I’ve settled on
a Top-Five list of reasons why Sunday worship should be important to us all (you can perform your own
drum roll by trilling your tongue in your mouth!):
#5. Borrowing from the introduction to the classic television show, Star Trek, worship that is passionate
can be like an adventurous journey, but instead of exploring the final frontier of space, we might think
of Sunday worship as a spiritual journey exploring the present frontier of discovering and engaging the
presence of God;
#4. Worship offered passionately may require some attitude adjustment. Jesus provides just the right
instruction to characterize our perspective and approach: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind…” [Luke 10:27] That Sunday
morning gathering is best experienced when offered with our qualifying spiritual attitude, ‘For the love
of God.’ “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him
shall have everlasting life…” [John 3:16] Passionately-meaningful worship simply reciprocates
God’s love reaching for us by offering our all and best to God.
#3. Sunday morning is believed by some, Rev Rick Warren (The Purpose Driven Church) included, to be
the most likely point of first-contact non-churched seekers have with a church congregation. Therefore,
a congregation serious about its faith would do well to recognize Worship as Outreach and Witness.
WOW! If it is true that ‘first impressions are lasting impressions,’ then we might do well to consider
the message and the manner we are communicating through Sunday worship. On any given Sunday,
that point of first-contact may be realized. What will our passion reveal?
#2. Bishop Schnase emphasizes repeatedly (and some think I’m repetitive!) that one of the primary
functions of worship is to help people connect with God. Like a lamp and an electrical outlet, the bulb
cannot light unless and until it is plugged-in and makes connection with the electric supply. Plug-in:
the bulb lights and heats; break the connection: the bulb goes out and cools. So too, is our need for
worship. It is the appointed time and place to attend, plug-in, connect with God and each other.
It’s a vertical (us to God) and horizontal (us to each other) connection. Hey, that makes a ‘cross!’
It also invokes the second part of Luke 10:27: “…and love your neighbor as yourself.” By allowing
ourselves to become dis-passionate about worship, we break connection; our passion fades; the Light
goes out; and we lose our Way.
#1. So who’s responsible to make it matter? “It starts with me.” That is, it starts with each and every one
of us. The Bible tells us we are responsible for our own faith and salvation, that is, we are not promised
Heaven on the merit of a friend, spouse or anyone else. It falls to each of us to make our own
faith-decision. For worship to be passionate, it starts with the contribution of each one of us
“for the love of God and for each other.” See You Sunday?
Pastor Dave

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN NEWS
The women of U.M. W. will serve their Turkey Dinner on Saturday, October 26th from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. The menu includes turkey, dressing, potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, vegetable, cole-slaw and dessert. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children 5-12 and children under 5 are free. We hope to see you there.
The October meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 16th at 10:00 am. in the church parlor. Please note the change in time. We will meet at 10:00 am instead of 10:45. am
The fall meeting the United Methodist Women of the Western Reserve District will be held on Saturday, October 19th at the Jefferson United Methodist Church. The speaker will be Tim Crawford, the Development Director of Red Bird Mission & Clinic. The cost is $3 per person and includes breakfast which starts at 8:30 a.m. Reservations are due in church office by October 14th.

UNITED METHODIST MEN
Our October meeting is on Saturday, October 12, at 8:30 in church parlor. All men are invited. Ask a friend to attend with you.
Saturday, November 2, 2013 a meeting for United Methodist Men at the Church of the Savior in Canton, Ohio from 8 am until 1 pm. a program will be presented “Speak from the Heart”. Keynote speaker is Rev. Scott Walsh, Senior Pastor, of New Leaf United Methodist Church, in Conneaut, Ohio. Special guests are Peggy (Margaret) Zanin, Director Non-Invasive Services, Heart & Vascular Center at Akron General Medical Center and Deb Washington, RN Coordinator, Chest Pain Center At Summa Akron City Hospital.
Please bring a bag of potatoes for the church food give away.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2013
COST: $20.00 per person

OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES
We will be participating in the 2013 Lamppost-Decorating Contest in downtown Cortland. If you can help with ideas and decorating please contact Katie Watson (330-637-7710). Decorating must be completed by the end of September.

CHOW Quiz Night Fundraiser. Let’s join Cortland Humanitarian Outreach Worldwide (CHOW)
For JUST A FUN QUIZ NIGHT. We need a team of 5-8 members to complete against other teams. Contribution is $10.00 per person which includes a light meal, snacks, soft drinks, coffee and fun.
The event, which supports CHOW, will be held Saturday, October 12 at St. Roberts Hall. The food will be served at 6:30 PM and the games begin at 7 PM.
Contact Katie Watson, 330-637-7710 , if you want to be on CUMC’s team.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Make a Difference Day is Saturday, October 26. Once again we will be collecting food for Cortland Area Cares by going door to door in your own neighborhood from 2 to 4 pm. Lets make a huge difference in the lives of God’s children. Please contact Katie Watson if you can participate.

FUND RAISER
Bella Women’s Center annual fundraising banquet is Thursday, November 7 starting at 6 PM at Leo’s restaurant in Howland. It is a night you will always remember. We have reserved a table for 10. Please call Katie Watson, 330-637-7710, to reserve your seat.
Bella “TF” Baby Shower
We are having a baby shower for BELLA Baby “TF”.
Stop by the church office or check the list on refreshment table
in fellowship hall on Sunday mornings to see the list of
items needed.
Baby “TF” is due October 13.
Please continue to pray for mother and child,.

BOX TOPS AND CAMPBELL SOUP LABELS
Our collection of box tops and labels was the most we have gotten in one year.
Red Bird Mission School is allowed to redeem $26,000 worth of box tops each year. Our total was
2230. It takes 1,600,000 Campbell Labels to get a van for the Mission. We collected 1750.
While it may seem our collection is small compared to the total needed, what if every church did
what we do. Just think how quickly the Mission could achieve their goals.
Thank you to all who helped this year. Please continue to save. It is amazing how many products
have the box tops or labels. It doesn’t cost any money, just a little time. How about ! Can we do
even better next year!

LIL’ LAMBS SALE
Join us for the big sale October 1-3. Any help during the
sale would be greatly appreciated. Call Jennifer @ 330-
637-6886 or Donna @ 330-638-6550.
Lil’ Lambs Closet provides a means to serve Christ while helping raise money to benefit those in
need. It is our prayer that people who enter our church as a seller, volunteer, or buyer will see
Christ in our words and actions. Our purpose is to make a difference in the lives of others.

SOMEPLACE SAFE LETTER
Lil’ Lambs Committee received the following Thank You letter from Someplace Safe.
The families and staff at Someplace Safe would like to thank you for your many donations to our shelter. We do our best to make sure this is a safe place for children to enjoy and feel at home and your donations have definitely gotten the children here very excited.
The younger kids are enjoying the television that was donated. They are finally able to watch the children’s favorite movies and shows. We also have a few children here that are very interested in music so they were very excited to see the musical instruments. The children like to sing and make songs together which is a great way for them to express their individuality as well as relieve stress. They use the red cardboard bricks by building themselves a little stage for their performances. They have gotten such great amusement from your donations already! The children are very grateful for the stuffed animals. Many children and families come in to the shelter with very little so it is a blessing to be able to give the children something that they can keep and use to be comforted.
Thanks once again to your congregation for your very generous donations. They not only made a difference to the children, they also made a big difference to the moms as well. It’s a good feeling to see the smile on the children’s faces during tough times.
Thank you for remembering the children at Someplace Safe.
Sincerely,
Angela M. Cameron
Children’s Program Coordinator

CONGRATULATIONS!!
To Jake and Kristen Friedt on the birth of their baby girl, Autumn
who was born on Wednesday, August 28, 2013. All are doing fine
even big brother, Jonah.
Ron and Denise Lehman are the proud grandparents.
Our condolences to the family of Elizabeth “Betty”
Thaxton who passed on Tuesday, September 10,
2013. She will be sadly missed by her children and
grandchildren.

KINDLE KORNER
How to Hear the Voice of God by Tanya Guerrier (Kindle .99)
Do you believe that God speaks?
Do you desire to hear God’s voice?
If so, this special e-report was written especially for you! This is a quick and easy read that
you are sure to enjoy.
The Jewish Wedding and the Bride of Christ by Mo Tizzard (Kindle 6.00)
There are many things that Jesus spoke about or referred to that we don’t fully understand
because they were spoken to people of another culture, and in a context that is not relevant
to us. In this book Mo shares how the stages of the Jewish wedding in the time of both the
Old and New Testaments show an amazing correlation to ours, as the betrothed bride of
Christ with Jesus our Bridegroom.

CORTLAND AREA CARES
Cortland Are Cares is in need of peanut butter, tuna, dish soap and toilet paper. Also
needed are used plastic bags you get from Sparkle, Target, Giant Eagle, etc. Thank you
and may God bless you for always caring.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD NEWS
If you are like me, you probably don’t want to be thinking Christmas quite yet but before we know it the season will be here. We will be accepting shoe boxes from the community again this year and if you would like to sign up to help for a 2 hour shift please see Debbie Miller.
We will be collecting new school supplies, toothbrushes, paste, combs, brushes, hair items, toys (no war related items), t-shirts, shoes, socks, hats, stuffed animals, etc. Any donations can be dropped off at the church. If you bring in candy, hard candy only, please.
We will have shoe boxes if you need any to fill. Please try to pack only small shoe boxes. They are able to send 2 small boxes instead of one large. (That means twice as many kids will be blessed!)
Lastly, our shopping/packing party will be Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 11 am to 1:30 pm. We will shop first at Dollar Tree on Elm Road. Then lunch and packing boxes at the church. Please join our fun day!

CROP WALK
Sunday, October 13th is our CROP WALK here in Cortland. We begin with registration at 1:30 p.m. here at the church and the walk will begin at 2:00 p.m. Pledge envelopes are located in the fellowship hall . Pick up a card and get people to sponsor you for a most worthy cause. Plan to walk with your family or a friend. Come back to church for refreshments. It is a great way to help our community and others.

THANK YOU
Members of Cortland United Methodist Church
With sincere thanks and appreciation. Thank you very much for the beautiful mum , it was greatly appreciated. We enjoyed the outdoor movies.
Randy and Kim Baker
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David Vensel,
Nov 21, 2013, 1:07 PM
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