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
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.
COMMUNION AND BIBLES
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
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.
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 CHURCH COUNCIL
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.
DINNER AT FAITH MISSION
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.
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.
AND WOMEN OF ALL AGES – SAVE THE DATE
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.
NIGHT & CHILI SUPPER
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
Join us on Sunday, October 28,
for Clinton Heights Annual Trunk-or-Treat event!
Where: The parking lot of Clinton Heights Lutheran
Sunday, October 28, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
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.
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!
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!
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….”
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.
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.
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.