No studies on June 19, 26
Men’s Bible Study at Panera
Mary Martha Circle
Lydia Ruth Circle
ELCA Youth Gathering
22 & 29
God’s Good Creation
Summer Gatherings for All Ages
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
Join us for coffee and
conversation in the parlor
before and after Worship.
have entered the season of Pentecost. Over the
years some folks have asked me why I welcome
people to worship, telling them it is the third,
eleventh or twenty-fifth Sunday of the Pentecost
season. This “Green Season” lasts
about half of the calendar year, in 2018 from
June 3 to November 18, which will be the Twenty
Sixth Sunday of Pentecost. It is green because
it is a season of growth. Most of the Gospel
readings will come from Mark, since we are in
“Year B” of our three year lectionary
reading cycle. The slow, steady, almost monotonous
season of Pentecost reminds us that even in
the times when life seems routine, God is speaking
to us through The Word, encouraging us in our
discipleship. That word comes through scriptures
and through Jesus Christ himself.
It is kind of interesting, though, to have something
different every once in a while. That is why
I am sort of looking forward to Sunday, June
24. On that day we will set aside the regular
readings for the Fifth Sunday of Pentecost,
and instead observe the commemoration day for
John the Baptist. Whenever these observances
for saints and events fall on Sundays, it is
appropriate to set aside the readings for the
usual Sunday and adopt ones for the special
occasion. It will be kind of like “Advent
in June” I guess you could say! John was
God’s messenger who was sent to prepare
the way for the messiah, Jesus Christ our Lord.
It is also appropriate that it is exactly six
months before we celebrate Jesus’ birth
on Christmas Eve as well. What a great reminder
it will be to hear Luke’s account of John’s
birth to Elizabeth and Zechariah, two people
who believed that they were beyond child-bearing
years. God overcomes all barriers to enter into
our lives with peace, love and joy. While we
don’t worship John, it is good to remember
his witness. He was the one crying out in the
wilderness to prepare the way for the Lord.
During the season of leisure and travel, we
are reminded that Jesus breaks into our lives
with the unlimited grace that God has for all
creation. Thanks be to God for both steady growth
and for unexpected reminders of God’s
presence in our world.
Thank you to all who have helped to support
our youth with your prayers and financial donations.
On June 26, Ethan Adcock, Jabe Miller, Phil
Hangen, Hannah Wolfe, Jason Zander and Kaley
O’Donnell will travel by bus with youth
and adults from Advent and All Shepherds Lutheran
Churches to Houston, where they will spend six
days hearing speakers and Christian music, reaching
out in service, and experiencing God’s
love in wonderful, unique ways. Please pray
for these people so that their travel may be
safe and uneventful, and their experience uplifting.
OFF FOR BOOKS
When our high-school youth attend the ELCA Youth
Gathering in Houston this summer, they would
like to take books with them for one of the
gathering’s projects – Houston Literacy
Campaign. Students who read at home become strong
writers, critical thinkers, and more successful
students than those who do not. Books donated
at the Gathering will be distributed at book
fairs, camps and other events in Houston.
You are invited to join in the book gathering;
however, only new or gently used books identified
by the Houston district will be accepted. The
list of forty books or book series is posted
on the church narthex bulletin board and at
You may put your donations in the designated
basket in the church narthex.
MISSION DINNER TEAM
The Clinton Heights Mission Committee invites
you to participate in our Faith Mission dinners.
Please see the sign-up board in the church narthex.
You could sign up to serve on June 10 which
means arriving at Faith Mission at 5 p.m., helping
with last minute preparation and working the
serving line. We are finished by 6:15. There
are three spaces for servers, but if you want
to volunteer as a family or small group, more
is just fine. If you are unable to do this,
you could donate extra fruit for our fruit cocktail.
This would be fresh or canned fruit like peaches,
berries, grapes, apples, orange segments, etc.
If the fruit is fresh, please have it all cleaned
and diced or sliced and ready-to-go. A gallon
plastic food bag about 2/3 full is a goal to
aim for. 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. All donated
food would have to be at church on Sunday morning,
June 10. Please put everything in the little
kitchen downstairs. This is such a rewarding
project that we would like for more of our congregation
to experience it.
On Saturday, June 9, the monthly Men’s
Bible study will take place at our usual Panera
Bread restaurant. This month we will read and
discuss Mark 9:14-29 with a study entitled,
“I believe; help my unbelief.” It
is the story of Jesus healing a boy with an
evil spirit. We gather at 9:00 a.m., begin the
study at 9:30, and wrap up with prayer at 10:30.
Please join us!
Please circle Saturday, August 25, on your calendar.
That is the date of our 4th Annual Hunger Walk.
We would like a big Clinton Heights turn-out
for this event this year. Meet at Clinton Heights
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. Don’t want to walk
at all? Help assemble the bags on Monday, July
23, or drive the morning of August 25. There
is room for everyone to participate!
Pentecost Sunday, Clinton Heights bid Farewell
and Godspeed to Judd Delancey and his family.
For the past two years, Judd has been our Trinity
Seminary LIC student and a dedicated part of
the Clinton Heights congregation. The Delancey
Family is now preparing for a two-year internship
in Walled Lake, Michigan.
Clinton Heights Family,
I have progressed in my studies at Trinity Lutheran
Seminary, specifically the New Testament class,
I was struck by how grateful the Apostle Paul
was for the congregations he encountered during
his ministry. He "gives thanks to God always"
for the churches in Corinth, Thessalonica and
Philippi. He did not "cease to give thanks
and pray" for the churches in Ephesus and
Colossae, and I now better understand why. Like
Paul, I have encountered and grown closer to
Christ through interacting with his Church here
in Clinton Heights. I will always give thanks
and pray for Clinton Heights Lutheran Church.
You all have helped me grow in faith, provided
encouragement, and given me opportunities which
I needed to continue developing as a leader
in the church.
the last two years, I have been blessed to watch,
listen, and talk with Pastor Wolfe and the whole
congregation here at Clinton Heights. I am truly
humbled by the way you have trusted me and invited
me into your lives and ministry. I will always
treasure our time together. I am not a person
who likes goodbyes, so all I can say is "Thank
You." Thank you for the time we have spent
together; thank you for the wonderful blessing
and sending during worship as well as the cake
and punch celebration; thank you for the many
prayers you have provided for me and my family;
and thank you for the generous gift. Earlier
in the week, I was talking with Pastor Wolfe
about the Festival of Homiletics in Washington
D.C. I told him that I would love to go, because
I believe it would greatly benefit me in finding
my authentic preaching voice, but I could not
justify the cost right now. Thanks to your generosity,
I will be attending and look forward to sharing
some of the things I learned from the world
class preachers and teachers who are presenting.
Until our paths cross again,
May God's grace and love continue to overfill
Welcome to WELCA!
Mary Martha Circle – Tuesday, June 12,
Study Leader: Mary Jones Hostess: Barb Enderle
Lydia Ruth Circle – Wednesday, June 13,
Study Leader: Joan Anderson Hostess: Norma Erion
June Bible study is Session One of Let Us Pray.
This time we will explore the paradoxes of prayer.
A paradox is something that seems to be contrary
to common sense but which might be true. Come
help us sort through the tough questions about
prayer. The text for this lesson is I Samuel
Retreat Opportunity: Faith Lutheran Church in
Mt. Vernon will host a day-long women’s
retreat called Faith Fire. It will be Saturday,
October 13. We must reserve places prior to
the event, so if you are interested, please
contact one of the WELCA Board members whose
names are at the end of this article. We would
like to carpool so let us know if you would
like to attend.
Lutheran World Relief project this year is making
personal care kits. We will kick off the project
in June with hopes that you will look for bargains
all summer on the items needed. 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 and 1 adult-size
toothbrush. Buy many of one item or put together
complete kits. Put these items in a plastic
grocery bag and return to a collection site
in the narthex. If you prefer not to shop, you
could help with a donation marked “WELCA
LWR” and placed in the offering plate.
Thank you in advance for your participation.
These kits are used all over the world, including
the United States!
Lutheran World Relief Collection: Last year
19 congregations in our WELCA Central Ohio Conference,
including Clinton Heights, sent these items
to Kettering, Ohio, for transport to the LWR
warehouse in Maryland:
890 school kits
755 personal care kits
124 baby care kits
24 fabric kits
1,191 bars of soap
We can do so much more together than we can
do separately! Thank you for this stunning combined
show of generosity to God’s children.
We may never meet them, but we will touch them
with our love.
July 11th circled on your calendar? Please come
to our Salad Buffet Tailgate Party at 6:30 that
evening to enjoy some Ohio State spirit. Jack
Park, OSU historian, will be the speaker. Wear
your OSU colors, bring a salad to share and
get ready for some pre-season festivities. Word
is that grill-master, Mahlon Ray, will be in
WELC Board Members: Do you have an idea, a suggestion,
or a question? Perhaps you would like to attend
one of the events mentioned in the WELCA article.
Contact one of your Board members: Martha Ratliff,
Mary Jones, Carol Myers, Nancy Labuhn, Ruth
Brown, Eda Jane Spivey, Jeanne Kiser, Anne Saylor
and Monica Ray.