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Mid-Week Lenten Services
11:30 a.m. at Clinton Heights & Lunch
7:30 p.m. at North Community
Mary Martha Circle
Lydia Ruth Circle
Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion
Serving Dinner at Faith Mission
Maundy Thursday Agape Meal
Worship 7:30 p.m.
at North Community Lutheran Church
Men’s Bible Study at Panera
The Resurrection of Our Lord
Festival Service 10:00 a.m.
Easter Breakfast 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Kids’ Activities & Egg Hunt
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.
Easter Sunday being so late this year, we are
sure to have some nice warm weather for our
celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord!
Or at least we hope that we do!! With the uncertainty
of the weather, we never know what will happen,
even on April 21st. I remember flying back to
Columbus from a trip with my parents in early
April of 1987, when our plane could not land
at Port Columbus because of a freak April blizzard!
We were forced to land in Cincinnati and take
busses up to Columbus, driving about 30 miles
per hour on the freeway in the snow and wind.
But we made it safely, plans were diverted but
everything worked out alright. And the next
day the temperatures reached well into the 60s
or 70s, and the snow was quickly gone.
Last year a blizzard blew into our congregation’s
outreach ministries when the Clintonville Resources
Center after school program – the Kid’s
Club – was forced to move out of our building.
The waiver from the state was revoked, and they
were trying to get licensed for early childhood
education. Unfortunately, with a maximum of
60 students, our facilities would not pass the
inspections necessary and the changes were not
feasible. I know that the Kid’s Club can
raise some more dirt and minor maintenance issues,
but I fear that without it and other outreach
ministries, our congregation will turn into
a social club – people who gather once
in a while for music and fellowship, not really
doing anything for the people of our community
who need what we have: a place that has been
built on the love of Jesus. If that happens,
I also fear that our days are certainly numbered
as a congregation here at the corner of Clinton
Heights and High.
We are currently working with the CRC to return
a scaled-back version of the Kid’s Club
to our building. A fire alarm system is being
installed, and plans are being made for the
summer program with a limit of 25-30 kids to
return to the first-floor of the education wing,
with “field trips” every day to
the parish hall and to the open field across
the street at Clinton Elementary. In the meantime,
a crew from the congregation is already cleaning
and clearing things out of rooms on the second
floor of the education wing so that in the fall,
the after-school version of Kid’s Club
can have space there. It will be shared with
our Sunday school and nursery, but will not
interfere with weekly meetings, practices and
groups that use the main floor.
I firmly believe that we need to be doing this
right now. Not only does the money that we are
paid to host the Kid’s Club in our building
help with utilities and maintenance, but we
are also looking outside of ourselves to how
we can be a welcoming nurturing presence in
the community. It may be some work to get things
ready and to adjust schedules, but I do believe
that it is worth it, and is a sign of resurrection
– new life returning to our congregation
with the kids that will come to a safe, encouraging
spot for tutoring, playing and growing.
The Mission Committee invites you to join in
a Lenten ingathering of vegetable cooking oil
for the Lutheran Social Services food pantries.
Through Easter Sunday, April 21, you may bring
any kind of vegetable oil to the church. Look
for the display in the narthex.
FAITH MISSION DINNER
You have responded so generously to our request
for vegetable and fruit salad extras and for
serving help at our Faith Mission meals. It
all makes a tremendous difference in our dinner
to those in need. Thank you! Our next Faith
Mission dinner is Sunday, April 14; look for
the sign-up sheet in the church narthex for
fruit and veggie donations and serving help.
Our next monthly Community Meal is Monday, April
22, at 5:00 p.m. Note the change in day. 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 Myers.
MEETING – APRIL 14
The Building Committee, Property Trustees, and
Church Council have identified three major projects
to tackle in 2019. These projects are listed
here in our suggested priority order. We are
recommending we undertake a special fundraiser
to keep our building healthy and welcoming.
1. Temporary roof fixes costing approximately
$5,000 will address issues over the sanctuary
and education wings to prolong the life of our
roof and allow us to prepare for a full replacement
sometime in the future.
2. The Sanctuary lighting has been deteriorating
over the last several years. The current lighting
uses 250 watt halogen bulbs which are 4 times
hotter than an Easy Bake Oven. All that heat
has cooked the fixtures and some of the wiring
and left several fixtures that now need replacement.
Replacement of all of the Sanctuary fixtures
with LED bulbs will cost approximately $12,000.
3. It's been many years since the Sanctuary
walls have been painted and they could use some
freshening up to keep the space inviting. This
project will cost approximately $3,000.
4. As a stretch goal, we are targeting the painting
of the external church walls, which is a $5,000
Each of these projects will require congregational
approval. A special congregational meeting will
be held after our service on April 14th to seek
authorization for these potential expenditures
and to discuss these projects and fundraisers.
for April will be on Saturday the 20th at 9:00
a.m. at Panera Bread. We will be reading the
story of Zaccheus the tax collector from Luke
19:1-10 and discussing it together. All men
are invited to join us.
You are invited to bring some fresh-cut flowers
to place on our old rugged cross to make it
a symbol of beauty and joy. Attach them on the
chicken wire surrounding the cross any time
before the worship service.
Join us at the annual Easter Breakfast, served
8:30-9:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday, as celebrate
the Resurrection of Our Lord. We will need lots
of volunteers to prepare and serve the breakfast.
Look for the sign-up sheet in the narthex.
OF THE PASSION
APRIL 14 10:00 A.M.
In previous years our Palm Sunday worship has
included the sharing of Jesus’ last week
on earth. This year the entire service will
be framed on that story as each part of the
service becomes part of the Passion Story of
our Lord. We will begin in the narthex and march
into the sanctuary to our opening hymn. Communion
will be early in the service in the context
of the Last Supper; The Prayers of the Church
will rise up from Gethsemane; and a few surprises
will be shared as we experience Jesus’
passion together as a congregation. It is sure
to be an effective, meaningful time together.
APRIL 18 6:00 P.M.
Once again this year our Maundy Thursday service
will be in the form of an Agape Meal in the
parish hall. This is not a potluck but is a
simple meal that will be provided for all. We
have invited our friends at North Community
to join us for this service. After the Agape
meal and Holy Communion portion of the service
we will recess to the sanctuary to strip our
APRIL 19 7:30 P.M.
AT NORTH COMMUNITY LUTHERAN CHURCH
114 MORSE ROAD
On Good Friday, we will gather at North Community
Lutheran Church for a Good Friday worship service
featuring the combined choirs of Clinton Heights
and North Community. Since North Community is
closing in June, we thought it would be appropriate
to share these Holy Week services with them.
OF OUR LORD
FESTIVAL SERVICE 10:00 A.M.
EASTER BREAKFAST 8:30-9:30 A.M.
KIDS’ ACTIVITIES & EGG HUNT 9:15 A.M.
April Circle Meetings:
Mary Martha – April 9, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Study Leader: Nancy Labuhn Hostess: Monica Ray
Lydia Ruth – April 10, 2019, 10:00 a.m.
Study Leader: Eda Jane Spivey Lenten Service
& Luncheon after
Bible study topic for April is the final one
in our series on the Gospel of John: Meetings
with Jesus. This fourth session we will concentrate
on the Risen Christ’s appearances to Mary
Magdalen, Thomas, Peter, the Beloved Disciple,
and others. We will think about how the Risen
Christ remains with us and blesses us today.
YOU! We are so grateful for your generous support
of our February in-gathering for Lutheran Domestic
Disaster Relief. We collected and sent $1,065.05
for disaster response in this country. This
included a $500 grant from Clinton Heights’
Outreach Endowment Fund. With all the flooding
in the Midwest already, we are sure our gifts
will be gratefully received.
Summer and Fall project for Lutheran World Relief
will be to fund a “Family Farm.”
Our goal is $715.00 to supply a single family
with an array of farm animals to help them support
themselves and the local economy. Watch for
a display in June to see which animals and how
many we can provide for this amount.
visits to our Care and Concern Members: On April
14th you can pick up an Easter gift for one
of our Care and Concern members and instructions
on how to call and plan a short visit with him
or her. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin
board in the narthex so be sure to reserve your
place to make an Easter visit. Many individuals
and families have done these visits over the
years, and everyone says what a pleasant thing
it is to chat with someone who can no longer
come to church regularly.
January 31st, six CHLC members met at the Lutheran
Social Services offices at 500 West Wilson Bridge
Road to prepare the end-of-2018 financial mailing.
It was a huge job and we made quite a large
dent in it that day. Many thanks to Carl and
Janelle Adler, Brinda Adams, Carol Myers, Martha
Ratliff and Anne Saylor.
May 12 on your calendars. That will be WELCA’s
bake sale to help fund Curran Hospital in Curran,
Liberia. Each ELCA synod has been asked to provide
$3,000.00 to complete the solar power project
there. This will be WELCA’s effort to
help support this project.
5 is a busy day! This is our annual Rachel’s
Day remembrance of all children who are victims
of violence and abuse. It is also The Central
Ohio WELCA’s Spring Gathering which will
be at Messiah Lutheran Church, 1200 Wagner Road,
Reynoldsburg OH 43068. Carpooling will be available
so let someone know you are coming!