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The Bellringer
March 2019


LOOKING AHEAD

March 5, 12, 19, 26
Lesson Study
11:00 a.m.

March 6
Ash Wednesday Communion & Imposition of Ashes
11:30 a.m. at Clinton Heights
7:30 p.m. at North Community

March 7, 14, 21, 28
Bells Rehearsal 6:30 p.m.
Choir Rehearsal 7:30 p.m.

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

March 12
Mary Martha Circle
7:00 p.m.

March 13
Lydia Ruth Circle
10:00 a.m.

March 13, 20, 27
Mid-Week Lenten Services
11:30 a.m. at Clinton Heights & Lunch
7:30 p.m. at North Community

March 16
Community Meal
5:30 p.m.


SUNDAY SCHEDULE

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

Sunday School:
Adults – 8:45 a.m
Children – 9:00 a.m.

 

 

From The Pastor

This year for one final time we will have the opportunity to be together in worship on the Wednesdays in Lent with our neighbors at North Community Lutheran Church as we prepare to celebrate the resurrection of Christ at Easter. Ash Wednesday, March 6, stands alone as the beginning of this season of repentance. We enter into the disciplines of Lent – prayer, fasting and almsgiving – knowing that these activities will not save us, but are signs that we are in desperate need of God’s loving mercy in our lives. With the imposition of ashes and holy communion we begin the Forty Days of Lent and journey toward the live-giving cross and empty tomb that await us at the end.

On the Wednesdays following Ash Wednesday, our midweek worship time will focus on the theme of “Making Change.” Change is a constant in our lives. Some changes mark gradual transitions, as when daytime shifts toward twilight or winter turns to spring. Others happen in the blink of an eye, separating time into “before” and “after”. We choose to undergo some changes after carefully considering our options, while other changes are forced upon us.

In the weeks, days and hours before Jesus’ crucifixion, the disciples also experienced change: a change of venue as the gates of Jerusalem approached; a change of plans as their long-awaited Messiah was arrested and tried; a change of circumstances as the crowds shouted, “Crucify!” Change is hard. We long for the expected and familiar, but all too often find ourselves in the midst of uncertainty and the unknown. We cannot predict how things will turn out. The hymnwriter Joachim Neander proclaimed God’s steadfast love in the midst of life’s inevitable changes: All my hope on God is founded; who will all my trust renew? Who, through change and chance will guide me, only good and only true. God unknown, God alone, call my heart to be thine own.
(ELW 757).

Below is the schedule of weekly devotions based on the overall theme of “Making Change.” I hope that you can join us either at Clinton Heights at 11:30 a.m. or at North Community at 7:30 p.m.
March 13 – Change of Season, Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
March 20 – Change of Habit, Galatians 5:16-25
March 27 – Change of Circumstances, 1 Thessalonians 5:12-24
April 3 – Change of Heart, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
April 10 – Change of Plans, Mark 10:32-34

Pastor Adams and I will take turns preaching on the themes above as we contemplate together the changes that the sacrifice of our Lord calls us to make in our lives.

Pastor Wolfe

THINKING SPRING AND GARDENING?

Clinton Heights needs someone to take over the vegetable garden project. Help will be available in the form of plants, compost and history. The three raised garden beds produced almost 200 pounds of produce for CRC last year which was down a little bit due to a tomato problem. We would love to keep this project going. Please contact Pastor Wolfe for more information and to volunteer your valuable time and expertise.

MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL AT LMC

Lutheran Memorial Camp (a short drive to Fulton, Ohio) will host their Annual Maple Syrup Festival on Sunday, March 10, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Treat yourself to a day filled with maple syrup, all you can eat pancakes, maple infused sausage, and live music performed by a local band. You can purchase sassafras tea and donuts that are cooked over an open fire. Buy real maple syrup or take a nature hike. Visit the sugar shack. You can also choose to relax and enjoy a conversation around the fire and connect with new and old friends. This annual tradition is a fun and welcoming family and community festival themed in maple syrup. Funds raised at the festival support summer camperships. No need to register in advance. Admission is free. Meal charge: age 10 – adults, $8.00; children 3-9, $5.00; age 2 and under are free.

PRE-FAST PASTA FEAST

Our Youth will host the Pre-Fast Pasta Feast after worship on Transfiguration Sunday, March 3. The feast will be served continuously from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. As always, spaghetti with homemade sauce and meatballs will be the feature, along with salad, desserts and beverages. It is all you can eat for a free-will offering, and as always, carry-outs are available. This year the proceeds will go to the Clintonville Community Resources Center, now facing some significant funding challenges as a result of recent United Way cuts. We hope you’ll join us for this great fellowship event and a time to get your carbs in before the Lenten fast begins!!

LENT 2019

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6, with a worship service of Holy Communion and Imposition of Ashes; an evening service will be held at North Community Lutheran Church at 7:30 p.m. Throughout Lent, we will have mid-week services in cooperation with North Community Lutheran Church. Morning services at 11:30 a.m. will be here at Clinton Heights, and evening services at 7:30 p.m. will be at North Community.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

As we have done the past ten years or so, I am asking the congregation to join me in using the words of the Ecumenical Lord’s Prayer during the Lenten season. The Biblical versions of the Lord’s Prayer, found in Matthew 6:9-15 and Luke 11:1-4, are not exact reflections of the translations that we use in our worship services. As a matter of fact, these accounts are translations from the original Greek texts of what Jesus spoke in Aramaic to his disciples originally. I encourage you to consider it a Lenten Discipline, to challenge yourself to move away from the rote, memorized words you may be too familiar with, and
to pay new attention to what the church is praying together.

In addition, during the Sundays of Lent I will be leading a conversation during the Sunday school hour in the parlor on the Lord’s Prayer. This conversation will feature Luther’s Small Catechism, the history of the liturgical versions of the Lord’s Prayer, and a comparison of the two versions that have been used for so long. I believe this will be another valuable devotion time during Lent as we draw even more meaning from this important part of our corporate worship life.
Pastor Wolfe

LENTEN INGATHERING

The Mission Committee invites you to join in a Lenten ingathering of vegetable cooking oil for the Lutheran Social Services food pantries. From the first Sunday in Lent, March 10, through Easter Sunday, April 21, you may bring any kind of vegetable oil to the church. Look for the display in the narthex.

CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP

On Sunday, March 31, our worship service will feature contemporary music as we did the last Sunday of September in the fall. The band is being assembled, and if you would like to take part as a small group of singers to help lead the worship songs, please let Kary Dover or Pastor Wolfe know so we can select music and arrange for some practice times.

MEN’S BIBLE STUDY

The Men’s Bible Study group will read and discuss the story of Jesus and Thomas in John 20:24-31 when we gather on Saturday, March 9. All men are invited to join us at Panera Bread at 9:00 a.m. Good fellowship, Bible study and prayer is always enjoyed by the group.

Welcome to WELCA!

March Circle Meetings:

Mary Martha – Tuesday, March 12, 7:00 p.m.
Study Leader: Monica Ray Hostess: Martha Ratliff

Lydia Ruth – Wednesday, March 13, 10:00 a.m.
Meeting followed by Lenten Service & Lunch

The study is from The Gospel of John, Meetings with Jesus. In this session, we will explore several stories in which biblical characters' lives are transformed through their interactions with Jesus.

COMMUNITY MEAL

Our monthly Community Meal is Saturday, March 16, at 5:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for fellowship with folks from our neighborhood. Please join us. If you’d like to help in the preparation, see Martha Ratliff or Carol Myers.