5, 12, 19, 26
Ash Wednesday Communion & Imposition of
11:30 a.m. at Clinton Heights
7:30 p.m. at North Community
7, 14, 21, 28
Bells Rehearsal 6:30 p.m.
Choir Rehearsal 7:30 p.m.
Men’s Bible Study at Panera
Mary Martha Circle
Lydia Ruth Circle
13, 20, 27
Mid-Week Lenten Services
11:30 a.m. at Clinton Heights & Lunch
7:30 p.m. at North Community
Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
Join us for coffee and conversation in the
before and after Sunday School and Worship.
Adults – 8:45 a.m
Children – 9:00 a.m.
year for one final time we will have the opportunity
to be together in worship on the Wednesdays
in Lent with our neighbors at North Community
Lutheran Church as we prepare to celebrate the
resurrection of Christ at Easter. Ash Wednesday,
March 6, stands alone as the beginning of this
season of repentance. We enter into the disciplines
of Lent – prayer, fasting and almsgiving
– knowing that these activities will not
save us, but are signs that we are in desperate
need of God’s loving mercy in our lives.
With the imposition of ashes and holy communion
we begin the Forty Days of Lent and journey
toward the live-giving cross and empty tomb
that await us at the end.
On the Wednesdays following Ash Wednesday, our
midweek worship time will focus on the theme
of “Making Change.” Change is a
constant in our lives. Some changes mark gradual
transitions, as when daytime shifts toward twilight
or winter turns to spring. Others happen in
the blink of an eye, separating time into “before”
and “after”. We choose to undergo
some changes after carefully considering our
options, while other changes are forced upon
In the weeks, days and hours before Jesus’
crucifixion, the disciples also experienced
change: a change of venue as the gates of Jerusalem
approached; a change of plans as their long-awaited
Messiah was arrested and tried; a change of
circumstances as the crowds shouted, “Crucify!”
Change is hard. We long for the expected and
familiar, but all too often find ourselves in
the midst of uncertainty and the unknown. We
cannot predict how things will turn out. The
hymnwriter Joachim Neander proclaimed God’s
steadfast love in the midst of life’s
inevitable changes: All my hope on God is founded;
who will all my trust renew? Who, through change
and chance will guide me, only good and only
true. God unknown, God alone, call my heart
to be thine own.
Below is the schedule of weekly devotions based
on the overall theme of “Making Change.”
I hope that you can join us either at Clinton
Heights at 11:30 a.m. or at North Community
at 7:30 p.m.
March 13 – Change of Season, Ecclesiastes
March 20 – Change of Habit, Galatians
March 27 – Change of Circumstances, 1
April 3 – Change of Heart, Mark 7:1-8,
April 10 – Change of Plans, Mark 10:32-34
Pastor Adams and I will take turns preaching
on the themes above as we contemplate together
the changes that the sacrifice of our Lord calls
us to make in our lives.
SPRING AND GARDENING?
Clinton Heights needs someone to take over the
vegetable garden project. Help will be available
in the form of plants, compost and history.
The three raised garden beds produced almost
200 pounds of produce for CRC last year which
was down a little bit due to a tomato problem.
We would love to keep this project going. Please
contact Pastor Wolfe for more information and
to volunteer your valuable time and expertise.
SYRUP FESTIVAL AT LMC
Lutheran Memorial Camp (a short drive to Fulton,
Ohio) will host their Annual Maple Syrup Festival
on Sunday, March 10, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00
p.m. Treat yourself to a day filled with maple
syrup, all you can eat pancakes, maple infused
sausage, and live music performed by a local
band. You can purchase sassafras tea and donuts
that are cooked over an open fire. Buy real
maple syrup or take a nature hike. Visit the
sugar shack. You can also choose to relax and
enjoy a conversation around the fire and connect
with new and old friends. This annual tradition
is a fun and welcoming family and community
festival themed in maple syrup. Funds raised
at the festival support summer camperships.
No need to register in advance. Admission is
free. Meal charge: age 10 – adults, $8.00;
children 3-9, $5.00; age 2 and under are free.
Our Youth will host the Pre-Fast Pasta Feast
after worship on Transfiguration Sunday, March
3. The feast will be served continuously from
11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. As always, spaghetti
with homemade sauce and meatballs will be the
feature, along with salad, desserts and beverages.
It is all you can eat for a free-will offering,
and as always, carry-outs are available. This
year the proceeds will go to the Clintonville
Community Resources Center, now facing some
significant funding challenges as a result of
recent United Way cuts. We hope you’ll
join us for this great fellowship event and
a time to get your carbs in before the Lenten
begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6, with a worship
service of Holy Communion and Imposition of
Ashes; an evening service will be held at North
Community Lutheran Church at 7:30 p.m. Throughout
Lent, we will have mid-week services in cooperation
with North Community Lutheran Church. Morning
services at 11:30 a.m. will be here at Clinton
Heights, and evening services at 7:30 p.m. will
be at North Community.
As we have done the past ten years or so, I
am asking the congregation to join me in using
the words of the Ecumenical Lord’s Prayer
during the Lenten season. The Biblical versions
of the Lord’s Prayer, found in Matthew
6:9-15 and Luke 11:1-4, are not exact reflections
of the translations that we use in our worship
services. As a matter of fact, these accounts
are translations from the original Greek texts
of what Jesus spoke in Aramaic to his disciples
originally. I encourage you to consider it a
Lenten Discipline, to challenge yourself to
move away from the rote, memorized words you
may be too familiar with, and
to pay new attention to what the church is praying
In addition, during the Sundays of Lent I will
be leading a conversation during the Sunday
school hour in the parlor on the Lord’s
Prayer. This conversation will feature Luther’s
Small Catechism, the history of the liturgical
versions of the Lord’s Prayer, and a comparison
of the two versions that have been used for
so long. I believe this will be another valuable
devotion time during Lent as we draw even more
meaning from this important part of our corporate
The Mission Committee invites you to join in
a Lenten ingathering of vegetable cooking oil
for the Lutheran Social Services food pantries.
From the first Sunday in Lent, March 10, through
Easter Sunday, April 21, you may bring any kind
of vegetable oil to the church. Look for the
display in the narthex.
On Sunday, March 31, our worship service will
feature contemporary music as we did the last
Sunday of September in the fall. The band is
being assembled, and if you would like to take
part as a small group of singers to help lead
the worship songs, please let Kary Dover or
Pastor Wolfe know so we can select music and
arrange for some practice times.
The Men’s Bible Study group will read
and discuss the story of Jesus and Thomas in
John 20:24-31 when we gather on Saturday, March
9. All men are invited to join us at Panera
Bread at 9:00 a.m. Good fellowship, Bible study
and prayer is always enjoyed by the group.
March Circle Meetings:
Mary Martha – Tuesday,
March 12, 7:00 p.m.
Study Leader: Monica Ray Hostess: Martha Ratliff
Lydia Ruth – Wednesday,
March 13, 10:00 a.m.
Meeting followed by Lenten Service & Lunch
study is from The Gospel of John, Meetings with
Jesus. In this session, we will explore several
stories in which biblical characters' lives
are transformed through their interactions with
Our monthly Community Meal is Saturday, March
16, at 5:30 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