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The Bellringer
July/August 2017


July 8, 15, 22
Food Trucks at CHLC

July 8
Men’s Bible Study at CHLC
9:00 a.m.

July 12
WELCA Summer Salad Buffet
6:30 p.m.

July 30
Vacation Bible School
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
For All Ages
Lunch included

August 9
WELCA Summer Bible Study
6:30 p.m.

August 12
Men’s Bible Study at Panera
9:00 a.m.

August 19
Food for All Walk Bag Distribution
9:00 - Start at North Community

August 26
Food for All Walk Bag Pick-up
9:00 – Start at North Community

Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
Join us for coffee and
conversation in the parlor
before and after Worship.



From The Pastor

For about the past five years or so, I have been part of the Southern Ohio Synod’s task force to build relationships with our companion synod, Sinodo Espirito Santo a Belem, one of the Lutheran synods in the country of Brazil. It was something that caught my attention after we hosted Kyra, and I have enjoyed being part of the group. Most of my efforts have been focused on meetings … which is the way it seems to be in church work sometimes, gathering on a quarterly basis at a restaurant in north Dayton to talk about our synod, the folks in Espirito Santo, and how we can love, support and pray for each other. This congregation and I also helped out when a group from Brazil travelled to our synod about four years ago. I spent time with the group in Dayton and in Columbus leading up to the synod assembly that year, and we hosted them for lunch here at the church on their day in Columbus. It was a wonderful time of sharing our mission and ministry with fellow Lutherans from Brazil.

After a long wait, Clinton Heights has been assigned a partner congregation in Brazil with which to communicate and pray for: The Lutheran Church of Santa Maria de Jetiba, Brazil. Their pastor is Valdeci Foester. I have never met Pastor Foester in person, but we have connected a couple of times on the internet. The Espirito Santo synod in Brazil is having a 500th celebration of the Reformation on Sunday, October 22, and they have invited folks from the Southern Ohio Synod to come and participate with them. After conversation with our Bishop and with Pastor Mick Althauser, the chair of our task force, it looks as if I will be travelling to Brazil in October to share this celebration with them and to get the ball rolling on our relationship as a partner congregation with the Lutheran Church at Santa Maria de Jetiba. This area of Brazil is far from Cuiaba, where we went to visit Kyra and her family in December. We will not include a trip to Rio de Janeiro either. We will, though, meet faithful Christian people who are seeking to share the love of Christ in that part of the world, as well as see some of the sites of that area of the country. Mostly, we will be getting an idea of what it is like to be “The Church” in a very different context from ours in the US – the challenges and joys that they share, and how we can learn from each other through it all.

I am excited not only to visit our partners in Santa Maria de Jetiba, but to see how our partnership goes in the years to come. Who knows, maybe one day some of you will travel there as well! May God bless our partnerships as we seek to support the spreading of the gospel all over the globe!

Pastor Wolfe


It is now even easier for people to give one-time or regular electronically transferred gifts to the church. Vanco, the company who manages our “Simply Giving” program, now has a free app for smart phones which can be downloaded and used to do this.

After downloading the app, the person must search for Clinton Heights Lutheran Church. When finding it, you can follow the instructions on giving. Please note, you must have
your account number and bank routing number when doing this. Donations are not from credit cards, but transferred from bank accounts. If you have any questions, contact the church office for more details and help.


Once again this year we will be hosting food trucks on three of the Saturdays in July. Food trucks are very popular in Columbus, and they offer delicious meals at reasonable prices. We will set up tables on the parking lot and open up the education wing for folks who wish to stay here to eat. Each truck will arrive at 11 a.m. and stay until about 2 p.m.
Saturday, July 8 Pitabilities – featuring pita-based sandwiches, salads, and fries
Saturday, July 15 Ajumama – they call their style, “Korean Street Food,
fast and sassy!”
Saturday, July 22 Explorer’s Club – A regular on our parking lot which offers
international food, especially Latin American flavors
Come join our neighbors for good food and fellowship!


The Men’s Bible study group will meet on Saturday July 8, 9:00 a.m. at Clinton Heights Lutheran Church. We are not meeting at Panera this month because many of us will need to be at the church by 10 or 10:30 to get things ready for the first Food Truck Saturday here. Pastor will make breakfast, and we will read and study the parable of the Prodigal Son from Luke 15:11-32. Please stop by and join us for breakfast sandwiches and discussion on God’s Word!

We will be back at Panera on Saturday, August 12, at 9:00 to read the story of Peter stepping out of the boat in Matthew 14:22-33. As always, we start to gather at 9:00, purchasing breakfast or beverages on our own until about 9:30. That is when we launch into our study, closing with prayer at 10:30. Keep focusing on God’s word during these summer months!


The women of Clinton Heights WELCA are excited to invite you to the annual salad buffet to be held on Wednesday, July 12, at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is invited – men, women and children. All are welcome. Bring your favorite salad to share and wear your very best patriotic clothes. We will have a contest to see who has the best red, white and blue outfit. Our speaker will be Mary Leavitt, The Flag Lady. Some of you may know her. Her store, The Flag Lady's Flag Store, is right here in Clintonville. Mary has lots of interesting stories to tell about her life and her flags. This will be a patriotic event for all ages. Come join the fun!


A Cave Quest to follow Jesus, the Light of the World!
For Kids and Adults of all Ages
Sunday, July 30 11-2:00
Lunch is provided. Register at 440-781-8524


On Sunday, August 6, we will have a guest preacher from the organization “Food for the Poor” to bring the good news and to share information about the organization. Founded in Jamaica in 1982, Food for the Poor is an inter-denominational Christian outreach organization which reaches out to the poorest people in 17 countries throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. You can learn more about this ministry by coming at 9:00 a.m. that Sunday and hearing our guest share the story of Food for the Poor in the parlor before worship. More about the presenter/preacher will be known as we get close to August 6, but we do know that it will be a retired ELCA pastor.


For the third year, members of North Community and Clinton Heights Lutheran Churches will distribute bags to residences and businesses along High Street to collect non-perishable donations for the Clintonville Community Resources Center Food Pantry in a Food For All Walk. On Saturday, August 19, walkers will distribute bags, starting after a light breakfast and service of thanks at North Community. On Saturday, August 26, the route will be retraced to collect the filled bags. This walk starts again from North Community, after breakfast and a service of thanks; lunch at Clinton Heights finishes the walk. Thrivent will support our efforts again this year. Walkers, drivers, sign makers, donations of water and general support are needed. Look for sign-up sheets in the church narthex.


Save the date of August 27 for our third "Summerbration!" Worship will be in the sanctuary at 10:00am, followed by a potluck lunch in the education wing. Activities for all ages will follow the meal, including the return of Pastor in the dunk tank! There will be lots of great food, along with fun games and contests. Please bring a side dish or salad to share (main dish, drinks, and frozen desserts will be provided). The event starts immediately after worship (rain or shine), so dress for fun! Bring your family and friends for this celebration of the end of summer as we prepare to begin our fall program year!

Welcome to WELCA!

There will be no Circle meetings in July. Be sure to come to the July 18th Salad Buffet.

Mark August 9th on your calendar when we will cover the July and August studies.

Health Kits: Our summer and early fall project for Lutheran World Relief is making health kits. Each kit must contain: 1 light-weight, dark colored bath towel; bath-size bars of soap equaling 8-9 oz.; 1 adult-size toothbrush in its original packaging; 1 sturdy, wide-toothed comb; 1 metal nail clipper (attached file optional) with packaging removed. Please put completed kit materials in a plastic shopping bag and put it in the bin in the narthex. If you prefer to supply multiples of a couple items, please feel free to do that and place them in the same bin. This is a great project for families. It can be a fun scavenger hunt at a dollar or discount store!

The Salad Buffet is on July 12th! Come hear local personality Mary Eckert (aka The Flag Lady) speak as you enjoy pleasant company and a delicious summer meal. Please bring a salad to share. Beverages and cupcakes will be provided. This event is for women and men so bring lots of guests along with you. We’ll see you at 6:30 p.m. on the 12th!

Nancy’s Place/CHOICES Delivery: On June 12th your donations were delivered to Faith Mission. This included 29 soaps, 45 shampoo/conditioners, 20 lotions, 2 hair sprays, 7 toothpastes, 6 toothbrushes, 1 deodorant, 2 hand sanitizers 1 feminine hygiene product, 1 mouthwash, 4 body sprays, 4 make-up remover towelettes, 1 baby wash, 2 baby wipes, 19 miscellaneous cards and 29 calendars! Thank you for all your generous gifts. The pink collection basket is always in the coatrack area.

Thanks to all who support us when shopping at Kroger. In the first quarter of 2017, twenty-one households were signed up and we have received $143.90 to help support our many projects and activities, both in our church and at local charities.

Thank you for all the baked goods! We had a table full of delicious treats on June 18 and June 25. Donations for the baked goods will be used for maintenance projects at church. We will let you know how much was collected in the next Bellringer. Thank you to all bakers and buyers!

Have a blessed summer.
Make church services and activities part of your summer plans.
We will see you there!