WELCA Rachel’s Day
8, 15, 22
No study on May 1 or 29
Mary Martha Circle
Lydia Ruth Circle
Men’s Bible Study at Panera
Youth Rummage Sale
for Houston Trip
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Pentecost Festival Worship
Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
Join us for coffee and conversation in the
parlor before and after Sunday School and
Adults – 8:45 a.m
Children – 9:00 a.m.
the past ten years or so, Clinton Heights has
been the home to the CRC’s after school
program called ”The Kid’s Club.”
It began as a temporary situation, but was made
more permanent as it became necessary for the
group to meet off-site from Clinton Elementary
School. They used to meet in the original school
building, or the “Annex” which was
empty for a while, then torn down. We have received
compensation for use of the building not only
for their after school program, but for their
summer program as well. It is a much needed
service in the community as they provide supervised
tutoring and activities for kids unable to get
into the school’s latchkey program either
because of the lack of room, or the lack of
financial resources for the families.
Kid’s Club has operated under a waiver
from the State of Ohio from being licensed for
childcare and early childhood education. For
some reason or another, the state has decided
to do away with that waiver and require the
Kid’s Club to comply with all of the regulations
for other programs. This includes receiving
a class “E” zoning stamp from the
city – “E” standing for education.
In many ways, our building does not meet the
standard to comply with this code, including
the lack of a fire alarm system and a fenced-in
The church council and I have been in conversation
with the CRC about this for a few months now.
We are balancing our lack of funds to make the
necessary improvements with the building, the
lack of space for all that they are asking,
and the desire to keep this valuable outreach
in our building. At this time things are still
up in the air, and the Kid’s Club is meeting
at North Broadway United Methodist Church, who
already has the E Zoning classification because
of their other youth programs. We had thought
that installing a fire alarm system would satisfy
the licensing people, but they then mentioned
the fenced-in yard. The former would be possible
to accomplish … the latter much more difficult.
Bill Owens, Director of the CRC, continues to
negotiate with the State of Ohio and with us.
The council and I will keep the congregation
informed as to where things stand regularly.
Without the Kid’s Club here, we lose about
$6,000 in income toward our building’s
expenses. They are also forced to walk 40-60
students a day from the school to North Broadway
United Methodist Church, crossing Broadway at
the busy High Street intersection.
this in your prayers, and please feel free to
ask any questions which might arise.
Lutheran Outdoor Ministries of Ohio (LOMO) has
come to the conclusion after prayerful deliberation
that, considering the downward trend in camp
participation, a major change is needed to remain
financially viable. As a result, the decision
was made to sell Camp Mowana, outside Mansfield,
to the Trust for Public Land (TPL) with the
intention that the camp ground will become a
land conservancy by August of 2019, contingent
upon the TPL receiving grant funding and securing
a suitable management and stewardship entity.
LOMO will continue to have outreach day camps
in various congregations of Ohio, Camp Luther
which focuses on family camping, and Lutheran
Memorial Camp (LMC) for traditional youth residence
camp. With an eye to being good stewards of
our resources, it made sense that one of the
camps - LMC or Mowana - being similar in mission
and within 40 miles of each other, could be
Pastor has more information about this situation
if anyone would like a copy. We grieve the changes
that make this necessary, but keep supporting
LOMO with our prayers and financial gifts.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed in
various ways to our youth as they prepare for
the National Youth Gathering in Houston Texas
June 27-July 1. They will be riding a bus with
groups from Advent Lutheran in Upper Arlington
and All Shepherd’s Lutheran in Lewis Center.
They have tickets to see the Houston Astros
play the Toronto Blue Jays their first afternoon
in Houston, and to tour NASA the day after the
gathering ends before heading home. During the
gathering they will experience God through their
friends, speakers, music, servanthood and many
other ways. As they continue to prepare, please
keep them in your prayers, and where you see
opportunities to help them, please be generous.
The youth will have a rummage sale on Saturday,
May 19. If you have items you would like to
donate (no clothes, please) either bring them
to church on a Sunday morning and we can store
them in the youth room, or call the church to
arrange for someone to come pick them up.
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. The Gathering has recognized the need
to lift up literacy in Houston. Building a foundation
of literacy starts before entering Kindergarten.
Students who read at home become strong writers,
critical thinkers, and more successful students
than those who do not. Houston Independent School
District estimates that 74% of their students
come from families who struggle to provide books
for their children. Books donated at the Gathering
will be distributed at book fairs, camps and
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.
TO EUROPE IN 2020
Pastor Wolfe is in the process of planning a
group trip to Europe in 2020 to coincide with
the Passion Play which happens every ten years
in the city of Oberammergau, Germany. (More
about that event is found below.) Our trip will
be leaving Columbus on May 11, 2020, and making
stops in Prague, Budapest, Vienna and Munich
in addition to Oberammergau for the play. We
are working with Nawas Travel Agency, a well-known
and respected group which has 69 years of planning
and operating quality Christian tours. Many
of my colleagues have arranged tours through
Nawas, and when John and Anne Saylor went to
Germany and Italy last year with a group from
Advent Lutheran Church, it was arranged with
Tours are all inclusive, including airfare,
surcharges, taxes, accommodations, Passion Play
tickets, most meals, and escorted, comprehensive
sightseeing. The total tour price quoted to
us is $4,179. Please watch in the next couple
of weeks for more details involving itinerary,
deadlines and deposits. We will invite folks
from area Lutheran congregations; your family
and friends are invited as well.
IS THE OBERAMMERGAU PASSION PLAY?
In the 1600’s Europe was being ravaged
by the plague and millions were dying. Those
who survived feared that the malady was the
wrath of God. The small village of Oberammergau
in southern Germany was badly affected in 1633
with many townspeople succumbing to death. The
willful survivors made a solemn oath to God
that they would put on a Passion Play depicting
the last week in the life of Christ if the village
would be spared. In 1634, the first play commenced
and miraculously Oberammergau came to no harm!
Feeling that God had answered their prayers,
the villagers decided to put on a Passion Play
once every ten years to keep their oath …
and thus this epic tradition began.
The play is staged over a period of five months
in every year ending in a zero. The length of
the play varies each time because of adjustments
made to the script, but in 2010 it ran approximately
five hours, beginning at 2:30 p.m. and ending
at 10:00 p.m. with a two and a half hour meal
break in the middle. Approximately 2,000 residents
of the village are involved in the production
which begins with Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem
on Palm Sunday, and concludes with a living
tableau of Jesus, resplendent in white, with
his disciples, angels, the Virgin Mary and Moses
while the chorus proclaims him risen.
The group Pastor is leading will receive “Category
One” tickets to the play, which are among
the best seats in the theater. If you would
like to talk with someone who has personally
seen the production, at least three members
of Clinton Heights have been to the Passion
Play – Melba Kabelka, Holly Lorton and
Hillary Lorton. I am sure that any of them would
share their experience with you.
On Saturday, May 12, all men are invited to
join Pastor at the Panera on High Street for
breakfast and conversation around God’s
Word. This month we will delve into the sordid
story of King Herod, John the Baptist, and the
seductive Salome who danced to entice the king
to do her mother’s bidding. This story
is found in Mark 6:14-29. As always the gathering
goes from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
Mary Martha – Tuesday – May 8 –
Study Leader: Barb Enderle Hostess: Mary Jones
Lydia Ruth – Wednesday –May 9 –
Study Leader: Lori Koerner Hostess: Jeanne Kiser
May Bible Study: This month we will share a
devotional by Julie A. Kanarr about hospitality.
“Our invitation can reflect the hospitality
of Jesus.” Hebrews 13:1-2 says Let mutual
love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality
to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained
angels without knowing it.
for Puerto Rico: Once again we rejoice over
the generosity of our congregation in donating
$650 to Lutheran World Relief to support its
Water for Puerto Rico project. Thank you, everyone!
who Rock the Bible: Yes, you read that right!
This is the theme for the Central Ohio WELCA
Spring Gathering on Sunday, May 6, 2-4:00 p.m.
at St. Philip Lutheran Church, 1506 E. Long
Street, behind East High School. Sally Stamper,
Professor of Theology at Capital University
will speak about the women of the Bible. Registration
begins at 1:30 p.m. You are encouraged to bring
in-kind gifts of supplies for Flood Buckets
for southeastern Ohio flood victims. Items needed
are scrub brushes, rubber gloves, cleaning solutions,
paper towels, etc. Any amount of items or donations
will be appreciated. For details and/or a ride,
contact Nancy Labuhn, 614-315-4771.
Day is May 6th when we remember children who
are victims of violence. We welcome Pastor Bonny
Kinnunen of Oesterlen Services for Youth who
will deliver the sermon and teach Sunday School
to honor this day.
Social Services Auxiliary filled 54 bags for
clients of our food pantries who are expecting
babies. Think of the joy this collection of
diapers, onesies, outfits, towels, burp cloths,
blankets and baby products will bring to these
mothers-in-waiting. Thanks to all who donated
items for our baby bag project.
your calendars now for a Salad Tailgate party
on Wednesday, July 11, 6:30-8:00. Don’t
miss a talk by Jack Park, OSU historian, and
lots of OSU memorabilia. Proudly wear your scarlet
and gray. Bring a salad to share. See you there…..O-H!
forget to renew your Kroger Rewards accounts.
We really appreciate the funds your Rewards
sign-ups bring to WELCA. This money helps us
be generous to our community and to our church.