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The Bellringer
February 2019


February 5, 12, 19, 26
Lesson Study
11:00 a.m.

February 7, 14, 21, 28
Bells Rehearsal 6:30 p.m.
Choir Rehearsal 7:30 p.m.

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

February 10
Serving Faith Mission Dinner
5:00 p.m.

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

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

February 16
Community Meal
5:30 p.m.

March 6
Ash Wednesday
11:30 a.m. at Clinton Heights
7:30 p.m. at North Community


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

This is one of those years where the late date for Easter means that Epiphany, which can be as few as four weeks and as many as eight weeks long, will continue through the entire month of February, concluding on the 24th which is the seventh Sunday after Epiphany. We don’t always get to hear these passages because of the flexible nature of this season of the church year. As we I have mentioned before, the word “Epiphany” itself means to show forth or make something manifest. In the Gospel readings for February Jesus’ glory will be made manifest in his teaching, preaching and miracles.

Have you ever had a personal epiphany? The proverbial light bulb goes off over your head or sudden inspiration comes to you? Recently in our catechism class, while dealing with the First Article of the Apostles’ Creed (I believe in God the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth), the youth were asked the question in a video lesson, “Does God still create stuff today?” They were encouraged to consider that whenever an architect, doctor, scientist, construction worker or anyone is working to solve a problem or to overcome obstacles and through their work, research or just brainstorming an idea comes which is used to create something new and wonderful, that is God still creating stuff today through faithful Christian people.

I can think of a few times when I have had little epiphanies! They don’t have to be earth shattering or groundbreaking. Maybe they just help to heal conflict or inspire creativity. As Christians, we believe that those times when we are inspired are times when the Holy Spirit makes God’s power manifest in and through our lives. It is a good thing to hear so many Epiphany scriptures this year – maybe we need a little inspiration, so that we can show forth God’s power and glory in and through our lives and our church. I know that God’s blessings will continue for each other us, and I pray that we are all inspired to love others with the love of Jesus every day.

Pastor Ralph


will be performing at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 5475 Brand Road, Dublin, on Monday, February 4, 7:30 p.m. There is no charge for admission; a freewill offering will be collected. Under the direction of Dr. Andrew Last, Nordic Choir is one of the premiere collegiate choral ensembles in the nation. For more information, visit luther.edu/music.


Once again this year we will collect donations for the Souper Bowl of Caring on Super Bowl Sunday, February 3. Our youth will be in the narthex with the soup kettles, and you can drop in cash or checks. As always, we will count our total with the national donations, but our money remains local as we will give it to the LSS Food Pantry. Thank you in advance for supporting this project.


The Men’s Bible study group will meet at Panera Bread on Saturday, February 9 at 9:00 a.m. We will read and discuss Mark 15:1-15, the account of Jesus on trial before Pontius Pilate. As always, we enjoy fellowship and discussion over some coffee and/or breakfast, and pray for each other as we close our time together. All men are invited to join us.


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 Monday, February 11, 2019. They will be reviewed by the church’s Endowment Committee at its February 12 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. Additional information about endowments and how to make a gift is available in brochures in the narthex and church office.


Church Council is looking for volunteers to be Ushers during our worship services (passing out bulletins, collecting the offering, etc.). Your assistance would be required no more than one Sunday a month, and you may choose which one (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th). We would really like to strengthen our numbers, especially for when we might be short on a given Sunday. Please consider helping to enhance the worship experience. If you are interested, contact John Botkin (614-440-6680, polarb74@yahoo.com) or the Church office.


Lent will not begin until Ash Wednesday on March 6 this year, but we are planning to have mid-week services in cooperation with North Community Lutheran Church. Morning services at 11:30 a.m. will be here at Clinton Heights, and evening services at 7:30 p.m. will be at North Community.

In addition, our youth will host the “Pre-Fast Pasta Feast” after worship
on Transfiguration Sunday, March 3. This is a great fellowship event
and a time to get your carbs in before the Lenten fast begins!!
More about the event will be shared in February.


It takes oil to keep the lamps burning. Mother Teresa
Please join us in a Lenten ingathering of vegetable cooking oil for the Lutheran Social Services food pantries. Beginning Ash Wednesday, March 6, and continuing through Easter Sunday, April 21, you may bring any kind of vegetable oil to the church narthex.


Clinton Heights needs someone to take over the vegetable garden project. Help will be available in the form of plants, compost and history. The three raised garden beds produced almost 200 pounds of produce for CRC last year which is down a little bit due to a tomato problem. We would love to keep this project going. Please contact Pastor Wolfe for more information and to volunteer your valuable time and expertise.


You have responded so generously to our request for vegetable and fruit salad extras and for serving help at our Faith Mission meals. Thank you! The extras make our offerings so much fresher and more beautiful. Often people ask for seconds of fruit and salad now! Your donations are gratefully received and do make a tremendous difference in our dinner to those in need. Thank you for your continuing support of this project.


Our monthly Community Meal is Saturday, February 16, at 5:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for fellowship with folks from our neighborhood. Please join us. If you’d like to help in the preparation, see Carol Myers or Martha Ratliff.

Welcome to WELCA!

February Circle Meetings:

Mary Martha – Tuesday, February 12, 7:00 p.m.
Carol Myers, Study Leader. Mary Jones, Hostess

Lydia Ruth – Wednesday, February 13, 10:00 a.m.
Anne Saylor, Study Leader Joan Anderson, Hostess

Our February Bible study is on page 29 of the January/February Gather Magazine. This month we will explore the stories of Nicodemus, the Samaritan woman at the well, the royal official in Capernaum whose son was ill and the healing of the lame man by the pool of Bethzatha, all from the book of John. That’s a lot of ground to cover! Come be a part of the conversation.

On December 1st twenty-four women gathered at church for a general meeting and Christmas program entitled “A Bit of Heaven.” Participants enjoyed harp music, heavenly food, games, gifts and prizes to celebrate the approaching Christmas season. Thank you, Monica Ray, for planning this event.

Donations: Your WELCA organization has sent donations to Star House ($150 from our general meeting offering), The Southern District of Ohio Synod and WELCA, Oesterlen Services for Youth, Lutheran Social Services Food Pantries, Lutheran Outdoor Ministries and the national WELCA ($650 from our Thankoffering). Your offerings at meetings and our Kroger Rewards money make a big difference in our community.

LSS Mailings: On December 6th, eight people gathered at the LSS offices at 500 W. Wilson Bridge Road to help prepare all their Christmas cards for mailing. Many thanks to Brinda Adams, Carl and Janelle Adler, Laurinda Woodward, Elaine Botkin, Anne Saylor, and Carol and Marty Myers for finishing a huge job. Another group will assist with the LSS financial mailing on January 31st. We enjoy the challenge of these big jobs as well as the good conversations around the work table. Would you like to help? Just contact Carol Myers at 614-439-5015.

An in-gathering of funds will take place the last three weeks of February. These funds will benefit the ELCA Disaster Relief agency and will be earmarked for United States disasters. Watch your bulletin for more information.

Women’s hygiene products are collected on a continuing basis for the clients of Nancy’s Place, Faith Mission’s women’s shelter. Look for the pink basket by the coat racks near the narthex. Before Christmas, Anne Saylor delivered a large number of donated items so it is time to fill the basket again.
Thank you for all that you do for others.

Those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty.
John 4:14a