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The Bellringer
January 2018


January 2, 9, 23, 30
Lesson Study
11:00 a.m
No Study on January 16

January 2
Take down Christmas Tree
5:00 p.m.

January 7, 21
Catechism Class
11:30 a.m.

January 9
Mary Martha Circle
7:00 p.m.

January 10
Lydia Ruth Circle
10:00 a.m.

January 13
Men’s Bible Study at Panera
9:00 a.m.

January 28
Annual Meeting & Dinner
11:00 a.m.

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

O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which
we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through
perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage,
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.

A Blessed New Year to you all,
Pastor Wolfe


Church 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.

Annual reports from committees (email or hard copy) are due in the church office by January 15 for distribution on January 21.


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 Lorton,
Ryan Miller
Senior Deacon – Nichole Botkin
Deacon – Holly Lorton
Youth Representative – Hannah Wolfe



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


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 your Sunday.


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.


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.

Allocations 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 the ELCA.

Income 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!

January Meetings:

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.

Our 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 event!

$190.00 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.

Our 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 our country.

Advent 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.

Oesterlen 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!