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The Bellringer
May 2018


May 6
WELCA Rachel’s Day
10:00 a.m.

May 8, 15, 22
Lesson Study
11:00 a.m.
No study on May 1 or 29

May 8
Mary Martha Circle
7:00 p.m.

May 9
Lydia Ruth Circle
10:00 a.m.

May 12
Men’s Bible Study at Panera
9:00 a.m.

May 19
Youth Rummage Sale
for Houston Trip
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

May 20
Pentecost Festival Worship
10:00 a.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

For 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 play yard.

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.

Keep 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 sold.
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.


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 other events.
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 elca.org/youthgathering.

You may put your donations in the designated basket in the church narthex.


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 Nawas.

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.


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.

Welcome To WELCA!

May Meetings:

Mary Martha – Tuesday – May 8 – 7:00 p.m.
Study Leader: Barb Enderle Hostess: Mary Jones

Lydia Ruth – Wednesday –May 9 – 10:00 a.m.
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.

Water 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!

Women 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.

Rachel’s 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.

Lutheran 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.

Mark 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!

Don’t 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.