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The Bellringer
June 2018


June 5, 12
Lesson Study
11:00 a.m.
No studies on June 19, 26

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

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

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

June 26-July 1
ELCA Youth Gathering
in Houston

July 22 & 29
God’s Good Creation
Summer Gatherings for All Ages
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch provided


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



From The Pastor

We have entered the season of Pentecost. Over the years some folks have asked me why I welcome people to worship, telling them it is the third, eleventh or twenty-fifth Sunday of the Pentecost season. This “Green Season” lasts about half of the calendar year, in 2018 from June 3 to November 18, which will be the Twenty Sixth Sunday of Pentecost. It is green because it is a season of growth. Most of the Gospel readings will come from Mark, since we are in “Year B” of our three year lectionary reading cycle. The slow, steady, almost monotonous season of Pentecost reminds us that even in the times when life seems routine, God is speaking to us through The Word, encouraging us in our discipleship. That word comes through scriptures and through Jesus Christ himself.

It is kind of interesting, though, to have something different every once in a while. That is why I am sort of looking forward to Sunday, June 24. On that day we will set aside the regular readings for the Fifth Sunday of Pentecost, and instead observe the commemoration day for John the Baptist. Whenever these observances for saints and events fall on Sundays, it is appropriate to set aside the readings for the usual Sunday and adopt ones for the special occasion. It will be kind of like “Advent in June” I guess you could say! John was God’s messenger who was sent to prepare the way for the messiah, Jesus Christ our Lord.

It is also appropriate that it is exactly six months before we celebrate Jesus’ birth on Christmas Eve as well. What a great reminder it will be to hear Luke’s account of John’s birth to Elizabeth and Zechariah, two people who believed that they were beyond child-bearing years. God overcomes all barriers to enter into our lives with peace, love and joy. While we don’t worship John, it is good to remember his witness. He was the one crying out in the wilderness to prepare the way for the Lord.

During the season of leisure and travel, we are reminded that Jesus breaks into our lives with the unlimited grace that God has for all creation. Thanks be to God for both steady growth and for unexpected reminders of God’s presence in our world.



Thank you to all who have helped to support our youth with your prayers and financial donations. On June 26, Ethan Adcock, Jabe Miller, Phil Hangen, Hannah Wolfe, Jason Zander and Kaley O’Donnell will travel by bus with youth and adults from Advent and All Shepherds Lutheran Churches to Houston, where they will spend six days hearing speakers and Christian music, reaching out in service, and experiencing God’s love in wonderful, unique ways. Please pray for these people so that their travel may be safe and uneventful, and their experience uplifting.


When our high-school youth attend the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston this summer, they would like to take books with them for one of the gathering’s projects – Houston Literacy Campaign. Students who read at home become strong writers, critical thinkers, and more successful students than those who do not. Books donated at the Gathering will be distributed at book fairs, camps and other events in Houston.

You are invited to join in the book gathering; however, only new or gently used books identified by the Houston district will be accepted. The list of forty books or book series is posted on the church narthex bulletin board and at elca.org/youthgathering.
You may put your donations in the designated basket in the church narthex.


The Clinton Heights Mission Committee invites you to participate in our Faith Mission dinners. Please see the sign-up board in the church narthex. You could sign up to serve on June 10 which means arriving at Faith Mission at 5 p.m., helping with last minute preparation and working the serving line. We are finished by 6:15. There are three spaces for servers, but if you want to volunteer as a family or small group, more is just fine. If you are unable to do this, you could donate extra fruit for our fruit cocktail. This would be fresh or canned fruit like peaches, berries, grapes, apples, orange segments, etc. If the fruit is fresh, please have it all cleaned and diced or sliced and ready-to-go. A gallon plastic food bag about 2/3 full is a goal to aim for. You could also donate extra vegetables or toppings for our green salad. Think anything for a salad bar: fresh vegetables cut up and ready-to-go, croutons, relish, hard cooked eggs diced, etc. Again, a gallon plastic food bag about 2/3 full would be about right. All donated food would have to be at church on Sunday morning, June 10. Please put everything in the little kitchen downstairs. This is such a rewarding project that we would like for more of our congregation to experience it.


On Saturday, June 9, the monthly Men’s Bible study will take place at our usual Panera Bread restaurant. This month we will read and discuss Mark 9:14-29 with a study entitled, “I believe; help my unbelief.” It is the story of Jesus healing a boy with an evil spirit. We gather at 9:00 a.m., begin the study at 9:30, and wrap up with prayer at 10:30. Please join us!


Please circle Saturday, August 25, on your calendar. That is the date of our 4th Annual Hunger Walk. We would like a big Clinton Heights turn-out for this event this year. Meet at Clinton Heights at 9:30 a.m. for breakfast and then walk High St. to Morse Rd. to pick up food bags for CRC. Want a shorter walk? Come distribute bags on Saturday, August 11. Don’t want to walk at all? Help assemble the bags on Monday, July 23, or drive the morning of August 25. There is room for everyone to participate!

On Pentecost Sunday, Clinton Heights bid Farewell and Godspeed to Judd Delancey and his family. For the past two years, Judd has been our Trinity Seminary LIC student and a dedicated part of the Clinton Heights congregation. The Delancey Family is now preparing for a two-year internship in Walled Lake, Michigan.

Clinton Heights Family,

As I have progressed in my studies at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, specifically the New Testament class, I was struck by how grateful the Apostle Paul was for the congregations he encountered during his ministry. He "gives thanks to God always" for the churches in Corinth, Thessalonica and Philippi. He did not "cease to give thanks and pray" for the churches in Ephesus and Colossae, and I now better understand why. Like Paul, I have encountered and grown closer to Christ through interacting with his Church here in Clinton Heights. I will always give thanks and pray for Clinton Heights Lutheran Church. You all have helped me grow in faith, provided encouragement, and given me opportunities which I needed to continue developing as a leader in the church.

During the last two years, I have been blessed to watch, listen, and talk with Pastor Wolfe and the whole congregation here at Clinton Heights. I am truly humbled by the way you have trusted me and invited me into your lives and ministry. I will always treasure our time together. I am not a person who likes goodbyes, so all I can say is "Thank You." Thank you for the time we have spent together; thank you for the wonderful blessing and sending during worship as well as the cake and punch celebration; thank you for the many prayers you have provided for me and my family; and thank you for the generous gift. Earlier in the week, I was talking with Pastor Wolfe about the Festival of Homiletics in Washington D.C. I told him that I would love to go, because I believe it would greatly benefit me in finding my authentic preaching voice, but I could not justify the cost right now. Thanks to your generosity, I will be attending and look forward to sharing some of the things I learned from the world class preachers and teachers who are presenting. Until our paths cross again,

May God's grace and love continue to overfill your cup!


Welcome to WELCA!

June Meetings:

Mary Martha Circle – Tuesday, June 12, 7:00 p.m.
Study Leader: Mary Jones Hostess: Barb Enderle
Lydia Ruth Circle – Wednesday, June 13, 10:00 a.m.
Study Leader: Joan Anderson Hostess: Norma Erion

Our June Bible study is Session One of Let Us Pray. This time we will explore the paradoxes of prayer. A paradox is something that seems to be contrary to common sense but which might be true. Come help us sort through the tough questions about prayer. The text for this lesson is I Samuel 12:12-23.

Women’s Retreat Opportunity: Faith Lutheran Church in Mt. Vernon will host a day-long women’s retreat called Faith Fire. It will be Saturday, October 13. We must reserve places prior to the event, so if you are interested, please contact one of the WELCA Board members whose names are at the end of this article. We would like to carpool so let us know if you would like to attend.

Our Lutheran World Relief project this year is making personal care kits. We will kick off the project in June with hopes that you will look for bargains all summer on the items needed. Each kit contains 1 dark-colored light-weight bath towel, 2 or 3 bath-size bars of soap, 1 metal nail clipper, 1 sturdy wide-toothed comb and 1 adult-size toothbrush. Buy many of one item or put together complete kits. Put these items in a plastic grocery bag and return to a collection site in the narthex. If you prefer not to shop, you could help with a donation marked “WELCA LWR” and placed in the offering plate. Thank you in advance for your participation. These kits are used all over the world, including the United States!

2017 Lutheran World Relief Collection: Last year 19 congregations in our WELCA Central Ohio Conference, including Clinton Heights, sent these items to Kettering, Ohio, for transport to the LWR warehouse in Maryland:

1,080 quilts
890 school kits
755 personal care kits
124 baby care kits
24 fabric kits
1,191 bars of soap

We can do so much more together than we can do separately! Thank you for this stunning combined show of generosity to God’s children. We may never meet them, but we will touch them with our love.

Is July 11th circled on your calendar? Please come to our Salad Buffet Tailgate Party at 6:30 that evening to enjoy some Ohio State spirit. Jack Park, OSU historian, will be the speaker. Wear your OSU colors, bring a salad to share and get ready for some pre-season festivities. Word is that grill-master, Mahlon Ray, will be in attendance!

Your WELC Board Members: Do you have an idea, a suggestion, or a question? Perhaps you would like to attend one of the events mentioned in the WELCA article. Contact one of your Board members: Martha Ratliff, Mary Jones, Carol Myers, Nancy Labuhn, Ruth Brown, Eda Jane Spivey, Jeanne Kiser, Anne Saylor and Monica Ray.