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The Bellringer
July / August 2019


July 9, 16, 23, 30
Lesson Study
11:00 a.m.
No Lesson Study on July 2

July 10
Summer Salad Buffet
6:30 p.m.
Personal & Neighborhood Safety

July 22
Community Meal
6:00 p.m.

August 3
Men’s Bible Study at Panera
9:00 a.m.

August 6, 13, 20, 27
Lesson Study
11:00 a.m.

August 11
Serving Faith Mission Dinner
5:00 p.m.

August 14
WELCA Summer Bible Study

August 26
Community Meal
6:00 p.m.


Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
Join us for coffee and conversation in the parlor
before and after Worship.



From Pastor Wolfe

“Stronger and better together: Joining Jesus in the restoration of the world.” This is the mission statement of the Southern Ohio Synod, the mission area in which our congregation is located. I have always liked that mission statement. First of all, it reminds us that we are not alone in our ministry, either as a disciple or as a congregation. We have other Lutheran Christians around us who are eager to work together to share the love of Christ in many ways. Secondly, it acknowledges both realities that the earth and everything in it belongs to God, and that through Jesus Christ, God is in the process of restoring the world to the shalom that God intended all along. Shalom is peace, but it is more than an absence of war. Shalom is the unity and love that God calls us all to share with our neighbors, no matter who they may be.

At the recent Synod Assembly at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Bishop Suzanne Dillahunt was elected to another six year term as the bishop of this mission field. She, along with the synod council, executive committee and her Pastor Advisory Cabinet have done a good job of transition from a long-term bishop to finally get to the point where she can claim ownership with the direction of the synod. We will hear more about the Thrive campaign in the fall where we can contribute to and benefit from an emphasis on worship and music enhancement, pastor and lay support, and the planting of new congregations to name a few things.

As you continue through this summertime, I encourage you to put an emphasis on prayerfully considering where it is that God is calling you to join Jesus in the restoration of the world. There are many opportunities in our church, community and world to participate in mercy ministries of feeding and clothing, and justice ministries of advocating for those without a voice. We always can use singers, ringers, teachers, mentors, committee members, artists and workers in all fields.

May the blessings of summer grant you refreshment and energy so that together we can be stronger in sharing God’s love with our neighbors.



With the congregation’s overwhelming support, we have been raising funds to repair our roof, replace our sanctuary lights and perform needed painting projects. Our goal is to raise $25,000 for these repairs; we have over $22,000 already. Please prayerfully consider making a special donation for this cause. Contributions may be made any time and for any amount using the pew envelopes marked “Building Fund” or any envelope or check with similar designation to ensure that it is targeted for the projects. Thank you.


The Women of Clinton Heights (WELCA) invite you to help raise $715 this summer to establish a Family Farm in a struggling area of the world through an ELCA World Hunger program. A cow, a couple of goats, a dozen chicks, two pigs, farming tools, seed, training and support can help a family achieve a fresh start. Eggs, milk and meat from the farm animals provide a lifetime of food to eat and sell on the market, helping a family escape the cycle of hunger and poverty. Your donation may be placed in the offering plate; please designate “Family Farm” on your check or pew envelope.


Everyone is invited to WELCA’s annual salad buffet on Wednesday, July 10, at 6:30pm.This is an annual event for everyone to enjoy a pleasant summer evening of good food, conversation and information. Bring your favorite salad to share. Drinks and dessert will be provided. Bring a friend or two as well; the more the merrier! Our speaker is Clintonville liaison police officer, Theodore Stacy, who will talk about personal and community safety.


Our next monthly Community Meal is Monday, July 22, at 6:00 p.m. This is an opportunity for fellowship with folks from our neighborhood. Please join us. If you’d like to provide some meal ingredients, see the sign-up sheet in the church narthex.


There will be no gathering in July for the regular Men’s Bible study, but we will get together at Panera Bread on High Street at Weisheimer on Saturday, August 3, at 9:00 a.m. Our text for the study will be Luke 16:19-31, the story of the rich man and Lazarus. Please join us as read and talk about the text for our lives, enjoy some breakfast and/or coffee, and pray for the concerns that are on our hearts.

Welcome to WELCA!

July/August Events:

1. Summer Salad Buffet, Wednesday, July 10th at 6:30 p.m. This is for
men, women and children of our congregation as well as friends you
wish to invite.

2. August 14th at noon Combined Bible Study for Mary Martha and
Lydia Ruth Circles.

July 10th Summer Salad Buffet, 6:30 p.m.: This is an annual event for everyone to enjoy a pleasant summer evening of good food, conversation and information. Bring a salad to share. Drinks and dessert will be provided. Bring a friend or two as well. The more the merrier! Our speaker will be Clintonville liaison police officer, Theodore Stacy, who will talk about personal and community safety.

July/August Bible Study: Our June Bible study started our consideration of the book of Esther. Now we will hear “the rest of the story.” Come enjoy the story of our heroines Vashti and Esther, the evil Haman, the mastermind Mordecai and the wishy-washy King Ahasuerus. Meet on Wednesday, August 14th at noon. BYOS (bring your own sandwich or salad!). Drinks and dessert will be provided.

Family Farm: Now that Anne Saylor knows that SHE doesn’t have to visit farms and buy animals, we can concentrate on collecting funds to completely outfit a farm for a family in need somewhere in the world. Our $715 will provide animals, seeds, tools and education to help the family become self-sufficient and help the community as well. What a great way to make a significant and lasting impact on people’s lives! This project is part of the sustainable development programs of ELCA World Hunger.

Bake Sale for Curran Hospital in Liberia: Thank you to all the women who filled two tables to overflowing with luscious baked goods to support the solar power project in Curran. Thank you to all the wonderful people who bought the baked goods and made generous donations for a total of $314.30! This will be sent to our Southern Ohio Synod office and will be used as part of the $3,000 each synod is trying to raise for the Curran project. Thank you for this awesome effort for our brothers and sisters in Liberia.

August visits to our Care and Concern people: More information will be coming your way about making a short visit in August to one of our Care and Concern people (someone who cannot get to church as easily or as often as they once did). You will deliver a small gift and brighten his or her day will the gift of your presence.