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The Bellringer
February 2018


February 4, 18
Catechism Class
11:15 a.m.

February 6, 13, 20, 27
Lesson Study
11:00 a.m.

February 10
Men’s Bible Study at Panera
9:00 a.m.

February 11
Pre-Lenten Pasta Feast
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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

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

February 14
Ash Wednesday Worship
Communion & Imposition of Ashes
11:30 a.m. at Clinton Heights
7:30 p.m. at North Community

February 21, 28
Mid-week Lenten Services
11:30 a.m. at Clinton Heights & Lunch
7:30 p.m. at North Community
with supper at 6:30 p.m.

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 will be an interesting Lent. The first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday, is Valentine’s Day, February 14; Easter Sunday is April Fool’s Day, April 1. Bookended between those two dates are the most solemn, contemplative 40-some days of the Christian calendar.

Someone joked that maybe we should make a heart symbol on foreheads this year instead of crosses on Ash Wednesday. That’s not as far-fetched as it might first appear. Of course, I would never do that; I am enough of a traditionalist to never stray away from that black cross on the forehead to remind us of the sacrifice which Jesus gave out of love for us sinners. But the heart is, of course, a symbol of love. More than just the romantic type, the love of Jesus and the cross is one which empties the whole self in care and concern for those who desire the joy that comes with a good relationship with God. The cross is the place where this type of love was most fully shown to us. As a result, the heart is as accurate a symbol as the cross when we consider the reason why we smear ashes on our foreheads as we begin this season of forgiveness and new life. It is about love – unconditional, self-giving love. And that is the love which led Jesus to the cross in the first place.

This year we will once again partner with North Community Lutheran Church on Morse Road for our mid-week Lenten services. Our theme will be A Journey to the Cross, and each week the scripture reading and focus of the sermon will be on one of the stories traditionally shared at the Easter Vigil service.

February 21 – Creation Genesis 1:1 – 2:4a
February 28 – Flood Genesis 7:1-5, 11-18; 8:6-18; 9:8-13
March 7 – Deliverance at the Red Sea Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21
March 14 – Salvation Freely Offered Isaiah 55:1-11
March 21 – Fiery Furnace Daniel 3: 1-29

Each Wednesday we will gather here at Clinton Heights at 11:30 a.m., and at 7:30 p.m. at North Community for worship. Beginning the second week of Lent, Wednesday, February 21, there will be soup and bread lunch after the morning service, and a dinner at 6:30 at North Community before the evening service. I hope that you can join your church family during this time of prayer, almsgiving and fasting together as we prepare to celebrate the joy of the resurrection on April 1 … No Joking!!!



When the Patriots and Eagles take the field on Sunday, February 4, for the Super Bowl, millions of advertising dollars will have been spent. At the same time, families are struggling to pay their bills, get medicines and put a meal on their tables. We will again participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring on that day, and collect monetary donations for the LSS Food Pantries in Central Ohio. The amount will be counted in a national tally but the money itself will remain right here locally. Please be generous as we reach out in Jesus’ love to feed those who are most vulnerable.


As we prepare for Lent, our youth are hosting their annual fund raiser Pasta meal on Transfiguration Sunday, February 11. They will begin serving right after worship at 11:00 a.m. and serve continuously until 12:30 p.m. As always, the spaghetti along with homemade sauce and meatballs will be the feature. The breadsticks and salad dressing is always a welcome donation from Marzetti’s and your desserts will make it a great meal. All we ask as you eat all you want is a free-will donation to our youth to help fund their trip to the National Youth Gathering this June in Houston. We received an Action Team Grant from Thrivent, so all expenses for the ingredients will be covered. That means all of your donations will go straight to the youth! Please support this valuable project.


Communion & Imposition of Ashes
11:30 a.m. at Clinton Heights
7:30 p.m. at North Community


The next Men’s Bible Study gathering will be at Panera Bread on Saturday, February 10. We will read and discuss Genesis 13:1-18, the story of Abram giving Lot choice over what land he could take his flocks and move into. Sometimes it is difficult to share with others, or to offer first choice to someone else. God still blessed Abram richly even though Lot chose the more fertile land to inhabit. We gather at 9:00 a.m. for coffee and /or breakfast, and begin our study at 9:30, ending with prayer at 10:30. Please join us!


All concerts are offered as a gift to the community. There is no admission charge;
however, a free-will offering will be received at each.

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 5475 Brand Road in Dublin, will present Soli Deo Gloria on Sunday, February 4, 4:00 p.m. Five “sola” statements summarize the ideas of the Reformation: by word alone, by faith alone, by grace alone, by Christ alone, and to God’s glory alone. Join the Prince of Peace Choirs and instrumentalists in this continued celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation featuring music. Reception follows.

Everyone is invited to a mid-winter concert at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2001 Northwest Blvd, Upper Arlington, on Sunday, February 4, 4:00 p.m. Special guest will be Tyler Robertson, organist at St Mark’s Episcopal Church in Upper Arlington. Mr. Robertson will showcase the many dynamic sounds of Holy Trinity’s Schantz organ. A reception will follow.


The Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, performs four concerts a year. One of these will be at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 5475 Brand Road in Dublin, on Saturday, February 24 at 7:30 p.m. Conductor Micheal Zemek leads this select treble ensemble. Don’t miss your chance to hear them as they travel East.


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 Wednesday, February 14, 2018. They will be reviewed by the church’s Endowment Committee at its February 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.

Income from the church’s other endowment, the Current Use Endowment, is used to support the annual operating budget. Allocations are made at the discretion of the Endowment committee, which is comprised of five members appointed by the Church Council
chairperson. Additional information about these endowments and how to make a gift is available in brochures in the narthex and church office.

Welcome to WELCA!

February Meetings:

Mary Martha – Tuesday –February 13 – 7:00 p.m.
Bible Study: Carol Myers Hostess: Monica Ray

Lydia Ruth – Wednesday –February 14 – 10:00 a.m.
Bible Study: Anne Saylor Hostess: Eda Jane Spivey

Our February study comes from the January/February 2018 edition of the Gather Magazine, beginning on page 30. This is Session Two of “Multiple meanings: Learning from other interpretations” by Mark Allan Powell of Trinity Seminary in Columbus. This time we will focus on Luke 3:3-17, the story of John the Baptist as he prepares the way of the Lord.

Remember the bake sale we had last June? WELCA has donated the $300.00 proceeds from that sale to our church for the LED light replacement project. Thanks again to all who baked and all who bought!

Starting the second week in February you will find valentines in your bulletins to support a new project from Lutheran World Relief called Water for Puerto Rico. Since Hurricane Maria hit, Puerto Rico’s water supply has been seriously compromised. This project is providing refillable water filtration units so families will not have to depend on unreliable and often unsafe sources for water. The project is also providing solar lanterns for light and charging cell phones since power is still not restored to much of the island. We hope you will join us in collecting funds for the relief of our neighbors in Puerto Rico.

Thank you to all who donated gift cards for Osterlen Services for Youth last December. Pastor Bonny Kinnunen sent Clinton Heights a thank you letter explaining that our restaurant cards fed hungry clients during special Christmas outings. She assured us that all the cards will be well used to provide dining experiences and project supplies for Oesterlen teens.