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The Bellringer
April 2019


April 2, 9, 16, 23
Lesson Study
11:00 a.m.

April 3, 10
Mid-Week Lenten Services
11:30 a.m. at Clinton Heights & Lunch
7:30 p.m. at North Community

April 9
Mary Martha Circle
7:00 p.m.

April 10
Lydia Ruth Circle
10:00 a.m.

April 14
Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion

April 14
Serving Dinner at Faith Mission
5:00 p.m.

April 18
Maundy Thursday Agape Meal
6:00 p.m.

April 19
Good Friday
Worship 7:30 p.m.
at North Community Lutheran Church

April 20
Men’s Bible Study at Panera
9:00 a.m.

April 21
The Resurrection 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 22
Community Meal
5:30 p.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

With 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 The waiver from the state was revoked, and they were trying to get licensed for early childhood education.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.

Pastor Ralph

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.

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.

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 stretch goal.
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.

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 altar.

APRIL 19 7:30 P.M.
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.


Welcome to WELCA!

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

Our 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.

THANK 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.

WELCA’s 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.

Easter 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.

On 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.

Mark 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.

May 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!