May 7, 14, 28
No Study on May 21
Lydia Ruth Circle
Men’s Bible Study at Panera
Music Appreciation Sunday
Mary Martha Circle
Sunday of Baptism & Confirmation
Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
Join us for coffee and conversation in the
before and after Sunday School and Worship.
Through May 19
Adults – 8:45 a.m
Children – 9:00 a.m.
21 was the day that we joined Christians around
the world to celebrate Easter. For many of us
“Mainline Christians” Easter is
not merely one day, it is a season of fifty
days between Easter Sunday and Pentecost –
the Greek word that means, “fifty.”
Even though every Sunday is a celebration of
the resurrection, this Easter Season is a time
when we focus our scripture readings and worship
themes with a strong emphasis on the resurrection.
You may have also noticed that the Sunday following
Easter Day features the reading of the story
of Jesus appearing to his disciples on Easter
evening when they are locked behind closed doors
out of fear. All the disciples are there except
Thomas. He refuses to believe that Jesus was
really alive again until he gets the same opportunity
that the other ten did. Because of this he has
gotten the title of “Doubting Thomas.”
We even call people who don’t believe
things that we tell them “Doubting Thomases.”
Seems like a bit of a bad rap …
We still believe and proclaim that Jesus is
alive and active in our world today through
the power of the Holy Spirit and especially
in the activities of the Christian Church. Unfortunately,
many in the world are doubting Thomases …
many folks only see the evil or even just the
indifference of the world and refuse to believe
in the risen Jesus. That is why it is so important
that we Christians live out our identity as
The Body of Christ on earth today. How do we
do this? Quite simply, it is by living according
to what Jesus said was the greatest commandment:
To love the Lord our God with all our heart
and soul and mind and strength, and to love
our neighbors as ourselves. All other commandments
stand or fall on the basis of love. Love is
and should be the ruler against which we measure
our words and actions toward others, according
A few years ago a friend of mine said, “Today,
you may be the only Bible people read. You may
be the only Jesus people see.” In a world
of doubt and fear, sin and division, hatred,
hunger and poverty, the Body of Christ is called
to proclaim a risen Jesus not primarily by literal
preaching, but by the way we live and relate
to people every day of our lives. Certainly,
perfectly living by the love commandment is
impossible for anyone to do … except Jesus,
and that got him strung up on a cross. But we
are still called to strive to make love our
primary motivation, knowing that when others
witness our loving acts, they are actually witnessing
the presence of the risen Christ in the world
We will gather to celebrate the resurrection
every Sunday, especially in the Easter Season.
In addition, we are called to welcome all who
want to join us. We are then encouraged to go
from our doors into this world as the Body of
Christ, sometimes the only Jesus that people
will meet. Being forgiven when we fall short,
but always striving to live by the rule of love.
May the love of Jesus rule in your hearts, and
may others witness the living Christ in you
YOU to everyone for the abundant
ingathering of 63 bottles of cooking oil given
during Lent. This key cooking staple will be
much appreciated by the Lutheran
Social Services Food Pantries.
FOR YOUR PRAYER CONCERNS
The Clinton Heights Prayer Circle is a group
of women from our congregation who regularly
pray for those who wish to have intercessory
prayers said for them or their friends or loved
ones. If you desire this loving support please
contact Pastor Wolfe or e-mail your request
to Jeanne Kiser at email@example.com
or call her at 614-370-0407. You and your concerns
will not be discussed among members of the group,
and your privacy will be strictly guarded. Prayers
that you submit on Sunday mornings or prayers
you request from Pastor do not automatically
go to the Prayer Circle unless you specifically
request them to. You can become a member of
the Prayer Circle by contacting Pastor Wolfe.
CLINTONVILLE RESOURCES CENTER
Arvin Donner, CRC Volunteer Coordinator, has
a re-occurring volunteer opportunity for an
able-bodied person (or persons) who has a good-sized
vehicle and available to help pick up grocery
donations on Mondays and Fridays. Volunteers
must be able to comfortably lift produce and
groceries. They report to the food pantry, then
head over to the Target on Sawmill Rd. to get
the donations and return to the pantry where
others will help unload. If you are interested,
contact Arvin Donner (cell: 614-329-7095 or
On Sunday, May 5, we remember in prayer all
children who are victims of violence and abuse.
Rachel’s Day is an annual event sponsored
by WELCA to emphasize our concern and Christian
love for all children, especially those who
are victims of violence. The Rev. Dr. Jim Wilson
will be our special speaker this year.
The monthly gathering of the Panera Bible Study
will be on Saturday, May 11, at 9:00 a.m. This
month we read and discuss Jesus’ directive
that we all take up the cross and follow him
from Matthew 16:13-28. We have a regular crew
of about 4-6 gentlemen, but our table can be
extended and all are welcome! We wrap up with
prayer at 10:30.
Our next monthly Community Meal is Monday, May
13, at 6:00 p.m. This is an opportunity for
fellowship with folks from our neighborhood.
Please join us. If you’d like to help
in the preparation, see Martha Ratliff or Carol
On Sunday, May 19, Mara Baca-Sellers will become
a member of the Christian church through the
sacrament of Holy Baptism at the 10:00 worship
service. Also at that service, Mara will join
Maddie Hainen, Claire LaBuhn and Elena Miller
by affirming their baptismal faith and becoming
confirmed members of Clinton Heights Lutheran
Church. Please make plans to join us for this
joyous day in the life of these young ladies
and our congregation.
On Sunday, June 2, our congregation will recognize
our High School graduates in worship. Phil Hangen,
Catherine Kelley, Brett LaBuhn, Hannah Wolfe
and Iris Woodward are this year’s grads.
We pray that God will continue to bless these
young men and women as they all move on to college.
Members and Friends of Clinton Heights Lutheran
With the overwhelming support given at our Special
Congregational Meeting on Palm Sunday, we are
moving forward with our fundraising program
to repair our roof, replace our sanctuary lights
and perform needed painting projects. Our goal
is to ultimately raise $25,000 for these repairs
– out of financial necessity - this fundraising
has to be independent of our ongoing Church
budget needs. We hope that you will please prayerfully
consider making a special donation for this
There are envelopes in the pews marked “Building
Fund” that may be used for this purpose.
Likewise, any envelope or check simply needs
to be labeled in some form “Fundraiser”
or “Building Fund” to ensure that
it is targeted for this cause. Contributions
may be made at any time and for any amount.
We have also created a GoFundMe account at https://www.gofundme.com/supportCHLC
While this online effort primarily targets the
community outside CHLC, we encourage you to
share the information with others and/or utilize
this internet site if preferred.
We, your Church Council, thank you in advance
for your consideration of our request for assistance.
If there are any questions or concerns, please
feel free to contact the undersigned.
Kevin W. Kelley
Welcome to WELCA!
May Circle Meetings:
Mary Martha – Tuesday, May 14, 7:00 p.m.
Elsie Hayes, Study Leader. Barb Enderle, Hostess.
Lydia Ruth – Wednesday, May 8, 10:00 a.m.
Jeanne Kiser, Study Leader. Norma Erion, Hostess.
May Bible study is entitled From generation
to generation: Two-way blessings.
We will study intergeneration relationships
in the Bible beginning right back in the Garden
of Eden! We would love to have you join us.
to Nancy’s Place: On April 1, Anne Saylor
delivered many donated items to our women’s
shelter at Faith Mission. This included 10 dental
items, 9 personal hygiene products, 43 soaps,
18 lotions and 68 hair products. There were
also many miscellaneous items including calendars,
greeting cards, and scarves to name a few. Thank
you for thinking of our sisters in need. We
gather items throughout the year so look for
the bright pink basket by the front coat rack.
Social Services Auxiliary has disbanded. This
organization had a long history of supporting
Lutheran Social Services since its beginning.
There will still be many ways to support the
work of LSS, especially through the new Congregation
Relations Manager, Ben Powers. He comes to us
from Family Promise, a Delaware emergency shelter
agency. He is a Nazarene pastor and is excited
to get to know all the congregations like ours
that actively support LSS.
of our members and friends who cannot make it
to church regularly received an Easter goodie
bag and visit last month. Many thanks to all
who agreed to deliver the gifts and spend some
time visiting. Your response to this visitation
program is heart-warming and gratefully appreciated.
WELCA has instituted three such visitations,
one at Christmas, one at Easter, and one during
the summer. Thank you!
5th is the Central Ohio WELCA Spring Gathering.
This year it is at Messiah Lutheran Church,
12 Waggoner Road, Reynoldsburg 43068. The event
is from 2-4:00 and will feature singer-songwriter,
Jennifer Shaw. She is also an author and mother
of six so we look forward to a very interesting
program. We will carpool so let a Board member
know if you want to go.
Bake Sale has been rescheduled for Sunday, June
16th. This sale will benefit the solar project
for Curran Hospital in Curran, Liberia. Mark
cleaning day in April brought out 8 energetic
people who cleaned walls, windows, pews and
carpets. There is still more to do! Watch announcements
for a possible June date.
generation shall laud your works to another,
and shall declare your mighty acts. Psalm 145:4