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Feb mar 2021 newsletter

  1. 1. Easter Flower Order Form If you have questions about the following areas, con- tact the people listed below: Admin Board Nathan Lockwood 330.685.4199 Council on Min Alyce Ripple 330.832.5216 Trustees Bruce Lockwood 330.3096506 Usher Allen Hendricks 330.832.4850 Director of Music Marie Deitz 330.837.1651 Spirit Marie Deitz 330.837.1651 Youth Marie & Rod Deitz 330.837.1651 Prayer Line Barb Dillen 330.705-9049 SPR Chair Debbie Scheetz 330.477.3895 Finance Rod Deitz 330.837.1651 Lay Leader Debbie Sheetz 330.477.3895 Stewardship Day Care Board Bryan Stuck 330.309.1900 Jesus Loves the Little Children….. And the Big Kids, Too! All kids ages 4-6th grade and Youth helpers in grades 7-12, are invited to join us for Bible Buddies. Our next gathering is planned for Sunday, February 21 from 5:30-7:30. Friends are always welcome. Masks are required of all children, as well as adults who drop kids off and those who are working in the program. Social distancing and safe practices are observed. Thank you to Evelyn and Larry Hinson for the great snack each month at Bible Buddies and to Nate & Krissy Lockwood for helping with whatever is needed. Our annual Kids’ Camp-in will be Saturday, March 20 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.. Our camp-in day will include songs and stories and games and crafts, as well as a service project! Lunch will be served. All kids ages 4-6th grade are invited. Youth in grades 7-12 are also welcome to come to help. All participants and workers will be required to wear masks and follow guidelines for everyone’s safety. Flyers and permission forms will be available in February. Jesus said, “Let the children come to me…” Marie & Linda Fellowship Hall Rental—Cost is only $50.00 for members and $250.00 for non-members. You will need to contact Frances from 9am to noon Mon– Thursday to get a rental form & will be put on the schedule when the deposit is made. To order your Easter flowers, send this completed form and your check to the church office. Make your check out to Epworth United Methodist. Please mark memo line “Easter Flower”. Deadline March 7. Potted Easter Lilies-$9.00 Potted Tulips $9.00 Potted Hyacinths $9.00 Your Name _____________________________________________________ (as you want printed in acknowledgment insert) Phone # _____________________________________________________ What Flower _________________________________________________ How Many___________________________________________________ Please specify for bulletin: In Memory Of _____________________________________________ In Honor Of _______________________________________________ Epworth United Methodist Church 3061 Lincoln Way W. Massillon OH 44647 CHANGE SERVICE REQUESTED DATED MATERIAL February/March 2021
  2. 2. The Echo February/March 2021 Newsletter of Epworth United Methodist Church Worship Time: Sunday 9:30 am Sermons for February and March February 7 - "Have You Not Heard?" Communion Isaiah 40:21-31, I Corinthians 9:16-23, Mark 1:29-39 February 14 - "Let Your Light Shine!" II Kings 2:1-12, II Corinthians 4:3-6, Mark 9:2-9 February 17 - "Dust and Ashes" Ash Wednesday Joel 2:1-2, 12-17, II Corinthians 5:20b-6:10, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 February 21 - "The Kingdom of God" Genesis 9:8-17, I Peter 3:18-22, Mark 1:9-15 - FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT February 28 - "Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me!" Genesis 17:1-7, 15-18, Romans 4:13-25, Mark 8:31-38 - SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT March 7 - "The Temple of the Lord" Communion Exodus 20:1-17, I Corinthians 1:18-25, John 2:13-22 - THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT March 14 - "God so Loved the World" Numbers 21:4-9, Ephesians 2:1-10, John 3:14-21 - FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT March 21 - "To Die That We Might Live" Jeremiah 31:31-34, Hebrews 5:5-10, John 12:20-33 - FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT March 28 - "Every Knee Shall Bow" Isaiah 50:1-9a, Mark 11:1-11 PALM/PASSION SUNDAY PRESCHOOL THEMES 2/1 Weather 2/8 Valentines 2/15 Dental/Personal Health 1/22 Sounds 3/1 Things that are Green and Crawl 3/8 Dinosaurs 3/15 Signs of Spring 3/22 Birds 3/29 Earth Week/Rain Forest INFANT/TODDLERS CONCEPTS February—Healthy Bodies March—1st Week—Dr. Seuss Animals/WildlifeFarm UPCOMING EVENTS Feb 14—Valentine’s Day Party Feb 17—President’s Day Feb —School Pictures—Lifetouch March ASQ Evaluation for Children April—Hop-A-Thon—TBD  Thank you to Marcia Emmert for counting our col- lections each week and to Larry Hinson for taking it to the bank. You are very much appreciated.  Thank you to everyone who helped with the socially distant Breakfast with Santa.  Thank you to everyone who participated in the Mountain Vision Christmas Project.  Thank you to everyone who participated in the Op- eration Christmas Child. Job – Bible Study by Paul Stevens – Wednesdays at 9:00 am on FaceBook January 20th 1 Dueling with the Devil Job 1:1-2:10 https:// 27th 2 God in the Dark Job 2:11-4:17 February 3rd 3 God-Talk: How Not to Be Spiritual Friends Job 6 10th 4 If God Were Only Human Job 7:7-21; 9:14- 10:7 17th 5 The Faith That Rebels Job 13:1-14:17 24th 6 Our Heavenly Guarantor Job 16:7-17:3; 19:23-27 March 3rd 7 The Problem of Pain Job 20:1-19; 21:1-16 10th 8 The Silence of God Job 23 17th 9 Songs in the Night Job 35; 36:13-16 24th 10 God in the Storm Job 38:1-11, 31-41; 40:1-5 31st 11 The Joy of Repentance Job 40:6-14; 42:1-6
  3. 3. Refriger-Prayer: Becoming the Church God Wants Us to Become: Psalm 127:1 & Matthew 16:18 You ought to always pray and never give up. Jesus Luke 18:1 Heavenly Father, have mercy on us, and pour out Your Holy Spirit on us so that we can be- come the kind of Church that you would have us to be: ✞ Grant us grace to love You with all our hearts, all our souls, all our minds, and all our strength, and give us grace to love our neighbors as ourselves. (Deuteronomy 30:6 & Matthew 22:36-40) ✞ Transform us, we pray, to deny ourselves, take up Your Cross & follow You, Lord Je- sus. (Matthew 16:24-26) ✞ Lord of the harvest, we pray that You send out workers into Your harvest field, and may many experience the call and respond, “Here am I send me.” (Matthew 9:37-38 & Isaiah 6:8) ✞ Please empower us to make Disciples, and teach each one, whom we Disciple, every- thing you have commanded (Matthew 28:18-20) ✞ Please, Lord, let your Holy Spirit flow through us, as we abide in you, so that we will produce Your spiritual fruit, as well as Your powerful gifts. And cause us to daily keep in step with The Holy Spirit, as we are filled with the knowledge of Your will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. (John 15: 1-16, Acts 1:8, 1 Corinthians 12, 13 & 14, Galatians 5:16-26 and Colossians 1:9-14) ✞ Transform our Pastor to deliberately equip God’s people to do the work of the minis- try to which You are calling him. (Ephesians 4:11-13) ✞ We need your help, O Lord, to be empowered to obey Your call to the ministries of feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, welcoming strangers, and visiting the sick, as well as the imprisoned. (Matthew 25:31-36) Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant, brought back from the dead the Lord Jesus – that Great Shepherd of the sheep - equip us with everything good for doing God’s will. And may He work in us what pleases Him through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen and Amen! Hebrews 13:20-21 Pastor’s Pen Pastor’s Notes: Psalm 127:1 “Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD guards the city, the guard keeps watch in vain.” Isaiah 26:4 “Trust in the LORD forever, for in the LORD GOD you have an everlasting rock.” During this difficult time, we are all hanging in there—and we thank you for your prayers and your support, as well as your patience, while we hope for and wait for things to get back to some semblance of normal! We will let you know when we will open the doors again, but even then; we most likely will still need to ob- serve the protocols that we have been observing and may suggest that those who feel most at risk to remain home and connect with us on our FaceBook live-stream of the worship service and other events. We hope and pray to be able to completely open again—but it might be possible only after the vaccine is dis- tributed to the majority of us. We are planning on how we can return to worshipping in the Sanctuary again but that probably won’t be until Fall. We are looking into the technological upgrades that we will need in the sanctuary so that we can contin- ue to live-stream our worship service even then. We will need to continue to find ways to work together to serve the Lord, one another and the greater com- munity. And as the scripture says, we need to put out complete trust in the Lord God and our Savior Jesus Christ. We are including a “Refriger-prayer” that we will ask you to post on your refrigerator and to pray daily for our congregation, our mission, your pastor and for our leaders. This prayer was prepared by a “younger chaplain”, who served on my staff in the Air Force--Rev Al McGowen. He is also a United Methodist pastor. I thank Al for sharing the prayer and the idea that we all need to be praying this prayer each and every day. So that is my challenge to you, my hope, and my desire—that we all will pray this every day. I will be including it in my morning devotions! Blessings and Peace, Health and Strength to each of you, Rev Les Peine
  4. 4. “Winter Warm-up” Drive-thru Pasta Dinner Sunday, February 28, 2021 4:30-6:00 p.m. We are looking forward to our next community outreach Free Meal and Grocery Distribution. We will be offering a free carry-out pasta meal, as well as a bag of groceries for families who would like one. You have offered great support for our October and December events, and we are hoping that you will be able to help with this one! Again, there will be various ways that you can help to make this a successful outreach . We will need donations of: 12oz-16 oz bottles of water individual fruit cups boxes/bags of rigatoni noodles meatless spaghetti sauce Dinner rolls 9 x 13 pans of brownies monetary donations to buy food We will need bags of groceries containing: canned meat (tuna, chicken, etc) loaf of bread granola or breakfast bars 2 cans of vegetables 2 cans of fruit jar of peanut butter box of cereal or oatmeal 2 soups with meat We will need workers: (masks worn, sanitation & social distancing guidelines in place) Chief cook 2:00 pm Food preparation/carry-out box packers 3:00 pm Parking lot set-up 3:00 pm Traffic director 3:45 pm Outdoor meal & grocery distribution 4:15 pm Clean up We will need people to distribute flyers to businesses and to invite folks to come also. Sign up sheets are in the church office. Please call the office Monday-Thursday morning to let us know how you can help. You can also get in touch with Linda or Marie. Food and groceries will be needed by Monday, February 25. Thank you in advance for helping with this project! There will be a Church Council, Finance, and Trustees meeting on Monday, February 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. . February Birthdays 2/2 Allen Hendricks 2/2 Becky Labriola 2/3 Donna Yant 2/7 Jake Ripple 2/11 Lavonne Cindric 2/11 Sam Wimsatt 2/13 Mike Parker 2/22 Linda Lockwood 2/22 Doug Remley 2/23 Jordan Ripple 2/24 Terry Siber 2/25 Jake Eberhart 2/28 Susan Freed February Anniversaries 12/20 Tom & Kristen Ledger March Birthdays 3/1 Bryan Stuck 3/2 Bryan Cox 3/2 Nikki DeCeuster 3/3 Kassidy Ledger 3/5 Corinne Davis 3/12 Zac Lockwood 3/13 Krissy Lockwood 3/15 Elaine Burgess 3/21 Alyce Ripple 3/22 Barb Kennedy 3/24 Randy Stuck 3/27 Ray Kennedy 3/28 Deb Scheetz 3/29 Marcia Emmert March Anniversaries 3/30 Mark & Cheryl Carter Please let us know when you have completed your COVID vaccines. This will help us to de- cide when we will be able to reopen for in-person worship. You can call the office Mon-Thurs from 9 a.m.—noon or email the church at FINANCIAL REPORT 11/30/20Balance $13,969.45 Receipts $8,776.93 Total Receipts $22,746.38 Expenses $9,673.46 12/31/20Balance $13,072.93 SAVINGS ACCOUNTS 12/31/20EOC Credit Union $1,231.92 EOC Credit Union $18,048.06 FARMERS Savings $32,282.63 12/31/20TOTAL $51,562.61 BUILDING EXPANSION 12/31/20Balance $273.66 Pledges $2,250.00 Total In- $2,523.66 Payment on Principal $2,115.06 Extra Payment on Principal $130.00 12/31/20Ckbk. Balance $278.60 12/01/30Loan Bal- $105,714.53 Payment on Prin. $1,844.71 Extra Payment on Prin. $130.00 12/30/20Loan Bal- $103,744.76 As we anticipate being able to once again worship in the sanctuary, we are looking ahead to what equipment we will need to purchase to enable us to continue to Live Stream our services. Below is a list of items that are going to be needed: Remote Control Camera with parts and cables to permanent- ly mount it Two new wi-fi routers (one for each building) Cabling for the Sanctuary Approximate cost for this project is $3,000. If you would like to donate, please mark your donation as “New Technol- ogy”.