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The Bellringer
July/August 2018


July 3, 10, 24, 31
Lesson Study
11:00 a.m.
No study on July 17

July 11
WELCA Salad Buffet
O – H – I - O

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

July 23
Assemble Hunger Walk Bags
6:30 at CHLC

August 4
Men’s Bible Study at Panera
9:00 a.m.

August 7, 14, 21, 28
Lesson Study
11:00 a.m.

August 8
WELCA Summer Bible Study
12:00 noon

August 11
Hunger Walk Bag Distribution
9:30 at CHLC

August 25
Hunger Walk
9:30 at CHLC


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



From The Pastor

What a joy it has been in recent years to explore and experience parts of God’s creation that are some distance from where I live. After a second trip to Brazil last October to visit our companion synod there, I thought I was done travelling overseas for a while. But as our Hannah was making her own plans to go visit her good friend Iris Woodward (as the Woodwards are living in England for a year while Pat is on sabbatical) it was obvious that SOMEONE was going to have to go with her to make sure she made it safe and sound. I decided to make the sacrifice and go with her. It was tough, but someone had to do it!!
Durham, England, where the Woodwards are living until late July, is a beautiful place. The highlight is certainly the Durham Cathedral, a beautiful building sitting on a rocky hill above the river which winds through the town. Construction began in 1093 and continued for much of the next century. St. Cuthbert, a saint of the Northumbrian Church of the Celtic tradition, is buried there, as well as the Venerable Bede, a monk from the Seventh and Eighth centuries who is sometimes referred to as the Father of English History. There are many myths and legends associated with the Cathedral, and some scenes from the first Harry Potter movie where the children are learning to fly on their brooms were filmed there.

We happened to be visiting our friends at a time when they planned to travel through Scotland, so we got to tag along. From the urban centers of Glasgow and Edinburgh, to the mountains and green countryside of Loch Lomond and the Scottish Highlands, it was a glorious trip indeed. The gift of Sabbath, summer and time off to enjoy God’s creation is a wonderful thing. Maybe you remember a time like this where you explored Europe, Asia, Africa or another place in the world. I know people who will never travel internationally, and that is fine. I am excited to have these experiences under my belt, and I thank God for his creativity when the world was formed. It all reminds me of just how mighty God’s creative power is.

God bless you this summer as you either travel, or enjoy peace and quiet at home. I hope that you continue to be present at worship, which is the grounding for our lives as we explore and serve the world that God put us in!




At its June meeting, church council accepted the resignation of one of its members. We now need to find a replacement to fill and complete the remainder of the term which ends in 2020. This is an opportunity for you as a member of council to help lead our congregation into the future. We have always had strong leadership and are confident that will continue.
Please give this opportunity prayerful thought and consideration. If you have any questions about serving, please see Pastor Wolfe or any current member of Council.
God’s peace to all,
John Botkin – Congregation & Council Chair


The Clinton Heights Mission Committee invites you to participate in our Faith Mission dinners. You could sign up to serve on Sunday, August 12. Arrive at Faith Mission at 5:00 p.m. to help with last minute preparation and work the serving line. We finish by 6:15. Sign up on the church bulletin board if you would like to provide fresh or canned fruit, like peaches, berries, grapes, apples, orange segments, to add to our fruit cocktail. Please clean and dice/slice fresh fruit to fill a gallon bag 2/3 full. 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. These extras add so much to the meal. All donated food should be at church on Sunday morning, August 12. Please put everything in the little kitchen downstairs. This is such a rewarding project that we would like for more of our congregation to share in the experience.


The women of WELCA invite ALL Buckeye fans to the annual salad buffet on Wednesday, July 11, at 6:30 p.m. Wear your favorite scarlet and grey, and bring a salad to share. Drinks, dessert and bratwurst will be provided. Joining us for this fun event will be the respected authority on Ohio State and Big Ten football, Jack Park. Formerly a commentator for Sports Radio 1460 The Fan, Jack is a passionate Buckeye historian and author. If you own one of his books, bring it along and he will sign it for you. WELCA invites everyone to come! O-H-I-O!

JULY 22 & 29

EVERYONE is invited on Sundays, July 22 and 29, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., for VBS/Intergenerational gatherings at CHLC. Using a program from ELCA World Hunger, God’s Good Creation, we’ll all learn about hunger, hope, and the work to which God calls us in the world. We’ll celebrate the gifts that God has created—looking forward to the future God has promised. Lunch is provided. Come join the fun!


Clinton Heights Mission Committee and Intercessor Lutheran Mission are hosting Community Meals on the third Saturdays. The next are scheduled for July 21 and August 18. Reaching out through the Community Resources Center, these gatherings are a time to feed the body, to feed the soul with a short Bible study, and to share community. Food is already provided. You are invited to come for fellowship with people from the community, ILM, and CHLC. Meals are served at 5:30 p.m.


The next men’s Bible study at Panera will be on Saturday, August 4. With the busy-ness of July travel schedules, we decided to wait until the first Saturday of August to meet. We will read and talk about 1 Samuel 13:1-15, the story of King Saul and the failures that lead up to the kingship of David. We all “blow it” in life. We all need forgiveness. We all have different ways of waiting for signs of God’s forgiveness and grace. We will discuss these and other issues. We gather at 9:00 and are done by 10:30.


Gretchen LaBuhn and Nick Bates represented CHLC at this year’s Southern Ohio Synod Assembly in May. Gretchen’s reflections on her first Synod Assembly are available in the church narthex. A good read!


Circle Saturday, August 25, on your calendar – the date of our 4th Annual Hunger Walk with North Community Lutheran Church. We’d like a big CHLC turn-out for this event. On the 25th meet at CHLC 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, 9:30, beginning at CHLC. Don’t want to walk at all? Help assemble the bags on Monday, July 23, 7:00 p.m. at CHLC, or drive the morning of August 25. There is room and opportunity for everyone to participate!

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On April 4th, Sammie and Nick Bates boarded a bus to participate in a rally with the ELCA and National Council of Churches in Washington DC in commemoration of the assassination of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Nick and Sammie received a $100 grant from Clinton Heights’ Endowment Fund to make the trip. Sammie Bates, age 8, wrote the following reflection on the experience.

Before we left for Washington D.C. I was a little bit nervous, a little bit excited, and a little bit sad. I was sad because I don’t like thinking about Martin Luther King Jr. being killed. I was nervous because DC is a really big city and I was afraid I might get lost. I was also nervous that we would have to sleep on a bus with lots of other people. But once we got there, I forgot about all of that because I started having fun and I had a lot of joy in me.
When we got off the bus in Washington DC, we joined a ‘silent march’ led by drums and police. We were marching in silence to remember Dr. King with like a thousand other people. The march made me think of all the people who have died in wars and struggles so that other people can be free. It also made me think of all the bad stuff people did to King and others like bombings of homes and churches and spraying them with fire hoses and shooting tear gas at them just for marching for freedom. ???
After the march, we went to the A.C.T. to End Racism Rally. I heard a lot of people speaking like Christian pastors, Sikhs, Muslims, Hindus, Jews, Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholics, Protestants, Zoroastrians, and many others. They all spoke about the importance of love, God, and Peace. They all told us to love our neighbor. It is cool how all religions tell us that God wants us to love our neighbor. They also all said that racism is sin and we need to ask God forgiveness for our sin. The speakers all said at least three things about how BLACK LIVES MATTER for everyone in our nation.
After the rally we visited the new African American History museum and there was a lot in there. I was surprised about how much African Americans have done for our history as Americans. It is really cool how they did so for our country even though our country is racist and mean to them. Without African Americans presence in our community, life would be very tough for all of us.
Martin Luther King, Jr. made a big difference, and could have made a bigger difference if people didn’t try to stop him. But now since Martin Luther King Jr. is dead, we have to follow in his footsteps to help in the ways he did. We can follow in his footsteps by praying for an end to racism and praying world peace. And we can spread the word about how racism still hurts our country and community.
I would like to thank Clinton Heights for supporting me to go to this rally with my dad in April.

Samuel Bates, Age 8

Welcome to WELCA!

July and August Meetings:
Salad Buffet Tailgate Party – Wednesday, July 11, 6:30-8:00
Combined Circles Bible Study – Wednesday, August 8, 12:00 noon

Combined Bible Study: When we meet on Wednesday, August 8, at noon we will strive to cover both the July and August Bible studies from our Gather Magazine. Bring a sandwich or salad for your lunch. Drinks and cookies will be provided. Come enjoy an afternoon of good fellowship and Bible discussion.

Salad Buffet Tailgate Party: EVERYONE is invited to this event on Wednesday, July 11, from 6:30-8:00. Men, women and children will enjoy our Ohio State themed evening featuring OSU historian, Jack Park. Bring a salad to share and wear your favorite scarlet and gray. Invite a friend or two as well. This will certainly be an evening to remember.

Prayer Circle: Did you know that Clinton Heights has a prayer circle? You are all invited to request prayers for yourself, for situations and for others. Your privacy is respected and all of our prayer circle members will join with you in prayer. Please call Jeanne Kiser at 614-273-0201 or e-mail her at songbird4758@sbcglobal.net. You can also talk with Pastor Wolfe about your prayer needs.

Have a beautiful summer and remember to make church services and events a priority. You are an important part of our church family, and we miss you when you are gone!

WELCA’S LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF PROJECT FOR 2018 is making personal care kits to be sent all over the world, including the United States. We hope you will look for bargains all summer on the items needed. Kits will be assembled in September.
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
1 adult-sized toothbrush
Buy many of one item or put together complete kits. Put your items in a plastic grocery bag and return to the collection site in the narthex. If you prefer not to shop, monetary donations marked WELCA LWR may be placed in the offering plate. Thank you in advance for your participation.