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The Bellringer
November 2018


November 1, 8, 15, 29
Bells Rehearsal
7:00 p.m.
Senior Choir Rehearsal
8:00 p.m.

November 4
All Saints Sunday &
First Communion

November 4, 25
Catechism 11:15 a.m.

November 6, 20, 27
Lesson Study
11:00 a.m.
No Study on November 13

November 11
New Members Class
8:45 a.m.

November 13
Mary Martha Circle
7:00 p.m.

November 14
Lydia Ruth Circle
10:00 a.m.

November 17
Men’s Bible Study
9:00 a.m.

November 18
Worship at 10:00 a.m.,
Reception of New Members, WELCA Thankoffering,
Congregational Meeting &
Harvest Dinner


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

‘Tis the gift to be simple, ‘tis the gift to be free,
‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be.
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.

When true simplicity is gained,
to bow and to bend we shan’t be ashamed.
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come ‘round right.

I often think of this, “Shaker Hymn” when Thanksgiving time comes around each year. Written by Elder Joseph Brackett, this one-verse song gives witness to the basic belief of the community of Christian believers called The Shakers – or “The United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing.” The basis of their community was to simplify their living, reduce temptations for sinfulness, and wait and watch for Jesus to return. Unfortunately one of their practices in line with these rules was celibacy, and that resulted in their numbers thinning out. Now there is one Shaker community in Maine.

We Christians are probably not able to devote ourselves to the kind of lifestyle to which these folks devoted themselves, but there is one thing that they can teach us – being content with the simple things of life and living in gratitude to a loving God are attributes which bring us closer to God.

I am looking forward to Thanksgiving this year. We will celebrate it on Sunday, November 18 at Clinton Heights with a lot of activity. Our worship will be focused on the Thanksgiving texts and themes as we transfer the usual Thanksgiving Eve service to Sunday. We decided along with Gethsemane and North Community Lutheran Churches to end that partnership and for each congregation to do their own thing. In addition, that day will be our WELCA’s Thankoffering Sunday and they will bring forward the yearly gifts. In worship we will receive folks who are joining us as new members of Clinton Heights as well. Both the choir and bells will be sharing their gifts with the congregation. It is sure to be a joyful time at worship.

Immediately after the service we will pause for about a ten-minute meeting to consider and vote on our operating budget for 2019, after which we will adjourn to the parish hall for our annual Harvest Dinner. Living simply, with gratitude and generosity is something that we can do as a church family, encouraging each other and supporting each other in this life of faithful discipleship.

God’s gifts are enjoyed best when shared with those we love. Thanks be to God for the many gifts that we have, including of each other and our family love.

Pastor Ralph


WELCA invites you to join them for A Bit of Heaven during their general meeting on Saturday, December 1, 2-4:00 p.m. in the education unit. Bring a friend and your favorite angel ornament (s) to share.


It’s time to start looking for winter hats, scarves, gloves and mittens to hang on our Hat and Mitten Tree. You might even enjoy knitting or sewing items. These cold-weather comforts are taken to the LSS Food Pantry for distribution to the children (infants to teens) there. New or gently used stuffed animals would also be appreciated. Look for the tree in the parlor in mid-November. Items will be taken to the Pantry in mid-December.


Have you seen them? Christmas decorations are out there. It seems too early, but those decorations are a reminder to buy gift cards for Oesterlen. Once again, WELCA is asking our congregation to remember the children of Oesterlen Services for Youth. It is through your gifts that the children have extras other families may consider to be standard. Gift cards are used for rewards, parties, teaching proper public behavior, and for supplies for Life Skills Center programming.
Gift cards requested: $5, $10, $20 amounts for: Kroger, WalMart, Meijer, Hobby Lobby, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Frisch’s, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, Pizza (Donato’s, Dominoes, Little Caeser’s, Pizza Hut). You may put the cards in an envelope marked WELCA in the offering, give them to Anne Saylor, or put them in her box in the office. We are grateful to our caring congregation for all you give. Your gifts make ministry happen!


On All Saints Sunday, November 4¸we remember those in our parish who, since last All Saints Day, have received their promised rest’s fulfillment: Christopher Adams, Sylvia Newhouse, Helen Ish, and Curt Sanders.


Because of schedules, the monthly Men’s Bible Study will be on the third Saturday of the month in November, on the 17th. We will still meet at Panera Bread on High Street at Weisheimer, and it will still be from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. We will begin the section on Spiritual Basics, “Who is Christ.” We will read the story of the angel visiting Mary from Luke 1:26-38, then discuss. We always close with prayer. Please join us!


Annually, Clinton Heights helps Lutheran Social Services clients at Thanksgiving by providing groceries for a holiday meal. You may provide grocery bag(s) of designated items or make a monetary donation. Bags with handles are available in the narthex. Monetary donations may be placed in the offering plate; designate LSS Thanksgiving.
Each paper bag needs to contain the following items:

? One (1) can cranberry sauce
? One (1) can yams
? Two (2) cans green beans
? Two (2) cans corn
? Two (2) cans peaches
? One (1) box instant potatoes
? One (1) box stuffing mix
? One (1) packet gravy mix
? One (1) box cornbread mix

Bags will be collected for two Sundays only, November 4 and November 11.


Join us on Sunday, November 18, following worship for our annual Harvest Dinner. Meat, rolls and table service will be provided. Bring a dish to share: a hot or cold side dish, a salad, or a dessert. Volunteers are needed to help with set up, serving and clean up; sign up on the bulletin board in the church narthex. A brief meeting of the congregation will be held immediately following the 10:00 a.m. worship and before dinner. The 2019 budget will be presented for adoption.


Once again, we hope to provide ten turkeys to the Clintonville Community Resources Center for their Thanksgiving Basket project. Please bring turkeys (any size) to the church and put them in the freezer at the entrance to the basement, by Monday, November 19.

Welcome to WELCA!

November Circle Meetings:

Mary Martha – November 13, 7:00 p.m. Several Study Leaders Hostess: Nancy Labuhn

Lydia Ruth –November 14, 10:00 a.m. Study Leader: Lori Koerner Hostess: Ruth Brown

Our November Bible Study is the conclusion of Turn, Turn, Turn: A time for faithful repentance. We have explored what real repentance looks like, how repentance shapes our relationship with God and how it shapes our relationships with others. This month we will discuss our relationship as the church to the world. Sounds like a big topic! Come join our conversation.

Personal Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief: On Tuesday, September 25th, a group of women put together 57 personal health kits and packed them in boxes along with 174 bars of soap. Anne Saylor then delivered all the boxes to St. Luke Lutheran Church on Morse Road on October 5th. We also sent almost $60.00 to help pay for shipping. All the boxes collected from Central Ohio churches were trucked from St. Luke to Dayton and were eventually sent on to a warehouse in Maryland. From there our donations will be distributed throughout the world including our own country. Our heartfelt thanks to all who provided complete care kits, care kit items, money and soap for this project.

Thankoffering Sunday will be November 18th this year. The donations collected will be sent to our national WELCA organization to help support communications (like Gather Magazine and the on-line Boldcafe), a WELCA presence at gatherings like the ELCA Youth Gathering this summer, academic scholarships for women pursuing ordained ministry as well as other disciplines, and Triennial conventions. Your offerings will be well-used and appreciated.

CORRECTION! Clinton Heights will have one Advent Service and Luncheon this year, but the date was wrong in our last article. The service will be Wednesday, December 12, at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon following the service will be hosted by both Lydia Ruth and Mary Martha Circles. Everyone is invited to celebrate Advent with worship, good food and good fellowship.

Save-the-Date: All Clinton Heights women mark your calendars for Tuesday, December 11th at 6:00 p.m. That’s when we will enjoy our annual Christmas-night-out with dinner at the Rusty Bucket on North High Street at Overbrook Drive. This is always a relaxed and friendly gathering, and we hope to see YOU there. Tell Mary Jones if you are planning to attend.

Faith Fire Retreat at Faith Lutheran in Mt. Vernon: Martha Ratliff, Mary Jones, Jeanne Kiser, Elaine Botkin and Carol Myers attended this wonderfully organized and spiritually uplifting event on October 13th. Featured were speakers Linda Boyette and Barbara Brodbeck and a guided tour of Faith’s beautiful and awe-inspiring Bible garden.