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No study on July 17
WELCA Salad Buffet
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July 22 & 29
God’s Good Creation
Summer Sunday Gatherings for All Ages
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Assemble Hunger Walk Bags
6:30 at CHLC
Men’s Bible Study at Panera
August 7, 14, 21,
WELCA Summer Bible Study
Hunger Walk Bag Distribution
9:30 at CHLC
9:30 at CHLC
Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
Join us for coffee and
conversation in the parlor
before and after Worship.
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
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!
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
MISSION DINNER TEAM
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
ALL BUCKEYE FANS!
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!
SUNDAY GATHERINGS ON
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!
SAVE THE DATES
FOR ANNUAL HUNGER WALK!
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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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
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
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.
Bates, Age 8
Welcome to WELCA!
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
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
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 email@example.com.
You can also talk with Pastor Wolfe about your
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!
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
Each kit contains - 1 dark-colored light-weight
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.