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The Bellringer
October 2018


October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Lesson Study
11:00 a.m.

October 4, 11, 18, 25
Bells Rehearsal
7:00 p.m.
Senior Choir Rehearsal
8:00 p.m.

October 7 & 21
11:15 a.m.

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

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

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

October 14
Serving Faith Mission Dinner
5:00 p.m.

October 21
Chili & Candidates Night
6:00 p.m.

October 28
Reformation Sunday
10:00 a.m.
First Communion Class
11:30 a.m.

October 28
Trunk or Treat
3:30-5:00 p.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

Last month my newsletter article was intended to answer questions about some changes that have happened in the congregation without having to address them individually with folks many times over. I realize that some who read it might get the impression that our congregation is in serious trouble because of these changes. Certainly we have challenges because of having fewer people in worship than we have had over the last 10-20 years, and having lost a major space-renter (Kid’s Club) our budget is much more challenged. But I also see a lot of exciting things happening at Clinton Heights within our congregation and as we reach out into our community.

By the time we reach the end of November, we will have had three baptisms – two of which are infants and one is a young lady who has been attending with her future great-grandma. Baptisms always remind me of the renewal that we have in the Holy Spirit as our family grows in faith. They also remind me that our family is larger than the people with whom we share DNA – by water we are made members of the church. That is something to be excited about!

Without a paid Christian Education director our C.E. committee is really stepping up and organizing the Sunday school experience for all ages. I especially thank Gretchen LaBuhn for all of the extra work she is putting in to put lessons together, teaching some classes, and recruiting more folks to pitch in. Working together, we ensure that our young people are raised with the foundation of faith that we want them to have.

We have three young people who have reached the age where it is appropriate to instruct them on the sacrament of Holy Communion. Samantha Kelley and Elizabeth Mackling have never received the Eucharist, while Sammy Bates has been receiving for a few years, but it is always good to take this time to help him and others to understand why it is such an important rite in our worship life. The instruction time will be from 11:30 to 1:00 on Sunday, October 28. These three will receive communion together with their families and will also receive a Bible from the congregation on Sunday, November 4, at our regular worship service.

If you or someone you know has been worshiping at Clinton Heights and/or participating in our ministries and would like to become official members of the church, please talk with me in the next week or so. We have some folks who will be received into membership on Sunday, November 18, and it is always open to anyone who would like to join us. We will be setting up a one-session orientation time when schedules are figured out as well.

We have signs of renewed life in our congregation all the time as well as signs of change. The constant for us is the presence of the Holy Spirit to call, gather, enlighten, sanctify and keep us together as a family centered on the Good News of Jesus Christ, God among us! Thanks be to God!



CHLC is looking for candidates to fill four open spots on Church Council for three-year terms beginning in 2019. Please give prayerful thought and consideration to serving your congregation as a member of council; your church family needs you. If you have any questions, please see Pastor Wolfe or any current council member.


On the second Sunday of every other month, volunteers from CHLC prepare and serve dinner to women and families at Faith Mission. Our next dinner is Sunday, October 14. There are always people in need of a meal, a kind word and a warm smile. If you would like to volunteer or help provide food, please contact Elaine Botkin, Carol Myers or Martha Ratliff or sign up on the poster in the church narthex.

Our Choirs rehearse on Thursday evenings.
Our Handbell Choir rehearses at 7:00 p.m.
and our Senior Choir, at 8:00 p.m.
New ringers and singers are always welcome.
Come make a joyful noise!


Advent Lutheran Church and Clinton Heights Lutheran Church will once again host a Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 7, 4:00 p.m. at Advent, 3660 Kenny Road at Tremont. All well-behaved, leashed animals are welcome with their human companions for a worship of music, message and blessing. This is a time to pray for God’s blessing upon those who are companions and family members for so many


On Saturday, October 13, the men of the church are invited to be together at the Panera Bread on High Street at Weisheimer for a time of fellowship and conversation. The text we will look at this month is 1 Samuel 2:12-26. It is a story about Eli, a man who helped to raise and mentor the great prophet Samuel, while his own home life (especially his relationship with his sons) was falling apart. It is a study on Spiritual Responsibility, and we are all sure to be inspired in our lives. Gather with us at 9:00 a.m. The study goes from 9:30 to 10:30.


On Saturday, October 13, Faith Lutheran Church, in Mount Vernon, is sponsoring a retreat for girls and women. For a small fee ($10), breakfast, lunch and materials will be provided. The theme is Faith Fire. The goal is to inspire and engage women of faith in everything we do, both at home and in the community. We must reserve places prior to the event, so if you are interested, please contact a WELCA Board members (Mary Jones, Martha Ratliff, Nancy Labuhn, Carol Myers). We would like to carpool so let us know if you would like to attend.


The Evangelism & Stewardship Committee has schedule a Candidates Night and Chili Dinner for Sunday, October 21, 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Following a long-standing tradition, candidates and speakers for issues appearing on this November’s ballot in the Clintonville area will be invited. A dinner of chili, hot dogs, cornbread and beverages will be provided. Check the sign-up sheet in the narthex to contribute food to this event. Plan to attend what is always an enjoyable time and pass the word to your friends and neighbors. Candidates’ presentations which begin at 6:30 p.m. are limited to only three minutes. For inquiries about candidates, contact Randy Ketcham (614-262-6195).


Join us on Sunday, October 28,
for Clinton Heights Annual Trunk-or-Treat event!

Where: The parking lot of Clinton Heights Lutheran Church

When: Sunday, October 28, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Who: children of all ages are welcome to come dressed in their Halloween costumes as they parade to the cars for tricks-or-treats. Congregation members, friends, neighbors are all welcome.

What to bring: Your vehicle – with its trunk decorated (you can always search online for some fun ideas). A chair – If it’s a nice day we like to hang out in the parking lot. Candy or treats – to pass out to the trick-or-treaters. Halloween Costume is optional but the
kids love it!

We will have tasty fall food and drinks, games, and some fun crafts. And of course, Candy! If the weather is bad we’ll be inside.

Welcome to WELCA!

October Circle Meetings:
Mary Martha – October 9th – 7 p.m. –
Martha Ratliff, Study Leader;
Elaine Botkin, Hostess

Lydia Ruth – October 10th – 10 a.m. –
Ruth Brown, Study Leader
Dottie Frashier, Hostess

Our October Bible Study is the second of three sessions about repentance. Session Two is called Turning to others and will explore how repentance shapes our relationships with others. After last month’s spirited discussion of how repentance shapes our relationship with God, we look forward to this new focus expressed in Matthew 22:37-40: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart….”

Personal Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief: When you read this article we will have already assembled and packed all our Personal Care Kits containing hygiene items destined for people all over the world. We will share how many kits and how much soap we collected in next month’s Bellringer.

Thankoffering Sunday will be November 18th this year, the same day as the Harvest Dinner. Some women collect coins throughout the year. Others make a one-time yearly donation. No matter how you like to do it, we take this time to celebrate all God’s blessings to us by sending a combined monetary gift to the National WELCA to fund scholarships for women in seminary and grants for projects and women’s programs. Look for the special treasure chest in the narthex that Sunday and put your Thankoffering in it. It will be presented during the service.

Advent Service and Luncheon: This year Clinton Heights will have one 11:30 a.m. service on December 2nd to celebrate the season of Advent. The luncheon after the service will be hosted by both Lydia Ruth and Mary Martha Circles. We hope to have a nice gathering for this service and luncheon as we prepare for Christ’s birth with worship and fellowship.