God, you have called your servants to ventures
we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden,
perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with
not knowing where we go, but only that your
hand is leading
us and your love supporting us; through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.
I enjoy sharing Morning Prayer on Wednesdays
during the seasons of Advent and Lent when we
gather for worship. The prayer above is a big
reason for that. This prayer comes toward the
end of the service, and it puts into words what
many of us are thinking as we face a new day.
We don’t like the unknown, but we know
that with God’s love and presence, we
can face anything.
It really is a good prayer to lift to God any
time something new or different is happening:
a major move, a new marriage, a child being
born, a new pastor or a new church, and especially
for a New Year. We don’t know what 2018
will bring with it. Quite frankly, there may
be challenges that test our faith and courage.
Nothing is guaranteed in this world except that
God’s hand will lead us and God’s
love support us.
Clinton Heights family, I know that as we face
a new year together, we can do so confidently
with Jesus Christ as our guide and our strength.
There will be changes, that is for sure, but
the constant will be God’s mercy and grace.
May God our Father sustain us, so that in everything
we do, we may begin with Prayer and experience
first-hand the presence of God with us.
Blessed New Year to you all,
MEETING OF THE CONGREGATION
Council has designated Sunday, January 28, as
the day for the Annual Meeting of the Congregation.
Reports for 2017 and initiatives and projects
for 2018 will be discussed. Join us for a luncheon
following our 10:00 worship service. Meat, rolls
and beverages will be provided. Please bring
a side dish, salad, or dessert to share.
reports from committees (email or hard copy)
are due in the church office by January 15 for
distribution on January 21.
COUNCIL FOR 2018
Church Council has organized itself as follows:
Chair – John Botkin
Senior Elder/Chair-Elect – Kevin Kelley
Elders – Kenn Cahill, Monica Ray
Recording Secretary – Gretchen LaBuhn
Financial Secretary – Martha Ratliff
Treasurer – Jason Zander
Property Trustees – Eva Cahill, Hillary
Senior Deacon – Nichole Botkin
Deacon – Holly Lorton
Youth Representative – Hannah Wolfe
TUESDAY, JANUARY 2, 5:00 P.M.,
EVERYONE IS INVITED TO GATHER TO HELP TAKE DOWN
THE SANCTUARY TREE AND DECORATIONS.
JOIN US FOR THE FUN AND FELLOWSHIP.
The Clintonville Community Resources Center,
2018 N. High St. needs two volunteer receptionists;
slots are Wednesdays, 9 am-1pm, and Thursdays,
1-5pm. The position involves answering phones,
making calls, data entry and special projects.
Interested? Call Katie Palmer at CRC, 614-268-3539
FLOWERS FOR 2018
The 2018 chart for Chancel Flowers is posted
on the bulletin board opposite the coat racks.
Please sign up for your chosen Sunday. You will
be contacted with necessary information before
Exodus 5:22-6:12 is the topic of discussion
for our next Men’s Bible study on Saturday,
January 13, at Panera Bread on North High Street
at Weisheimer. After failing in his first attempt
to get Pharaoh to let his people go, Moses returns
to God with bad news and complaints. God still
promises that the people will be freed. Join
us at 9:00 to get some morning drinks and/or
food. We launch into our study at 9:30 and finish
with prayer at 10:30.
NOW FOR ENDOWMENT ALLOCATIONS
Applications are now available in the narthex
or church office for allocations from the Outreach
Endowment of Clinton Heights Lutheran Church.
Deadline for submission of applications to the
church office is Wednesday, February 14, 2018.
They will be reviewed by the church’s
Endowment Committee at its February meeting.
are made from interest earned on the principal
in the endowment. According to endowment guidelines,
endowment income can be used as follows: to
assist programs designed for persons in our
parish area who are in spiritual or economic
need; to provide seminary or college scholarships
for student members of the congregation; to
assist with capital projects of the church;
to help with new projects of the southern Ohio
Synod; and to assist with special missions of
from the church’s other endowment, the
Current Use Endowment, is used to support the
annual operating budget. Allocations are made
at the discretion of the Endowment committee,
which is comprised of five members appointed
by the Church Council chairperson. Additional
information about these endowments and how to
make a gift is available in brochures in the
narthex and church office.
Welcome to WELCA!
Mary Martha – Tuesday –January 9
– 7:00 p.m.
Bible Study: Nancy Labuhn Hostess: Martha Ratliff
Lydia Ruth – Wednesday –January
10 – 10:00 a.m.
Bible Study: Eda Jane Spivey Hostess: Anne Saylor
January Bible Study: We will begin a series
of studies by Mark Allan Powell, Professor of
New Testament at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in
Columbus and author of many books and articles.
Session one is called Washing hands with distant
hearts and is centered on Mark 7:1-8. He writes,
“Bible stories often mean different things
to different people.” Let’s explore
this idea together at our January circle meetings.
December General Meeting and tea party were
attended by 26 women on December 2nd. Many thanks
to Martha Ratliff who presided over the meeting
and to Monica Ray who planned and hosted the
tea party. She turned our education room into
a beautiful pink and white lace tea room and
arranged for speakers from English Manor House
in Westerville. We greatly enjoyed donning our
hats and pearls and sampling different teas
and delicious tea treats. Thank you for a lovely
was donated to LSS CHOICES the day of our general
meeting. The WELCA Board agreed to round this
amount up to $200.00. Our women are always eager
to support our local domestic abuse center.
final Thankoffering tally is $561.40! The Board
agreed to round this amount up to $565.00. What
a wonderful show of support for the scholarships
and grants given to Lutheran women throughout
Hat Tree: As usual, we are in awe of your generous
support of this annual ingathering of warm accessories
for the children of clients at our Champion
Avenue LSS food pantry. Dorothy and Jim Frashier
delivered 52 pairs of gloves, 35 winter hats,
5 scarves, 7 hat and glove sets and 108 stuffed
animals! Thank you to all who donated items
and to Dorothy and Jim for heading up the project.
Services for Youth was the happy recipient of
$335.00 worth of gift cards donated by our generous
Clinton Heights members. These cards will be
used as gifts to students, treats and rewards,
or to purchase materials for projects. Pastor
Wolfe is on the Board of Oesterlen and knows
first hand how much these cards mean to the
students and to the teachers and counselors
there. Thank you, everyone.
Happy New Year, Everyone!