Rejoice Voice Sept 2016 - Rejoice Lutheran Church in Hudson, Ohio
Rejoice is a congregation of the ELCA | September 2016
“To rejoice in, and share
the good news of Jesus Christ
Rejoice! Lutheran Church
7855 Stow Road
Hudson, OH 44236
contact R e j o i c e !
Mary Pat DeLambo
b u l l et i n a n d
n e ws l e t te r
Rejoice! Lutheran Church
Traditional Worship: 8:45am
Sunday School: 10:00am
From the Pastor...
Why do people keep asking what do we need to do to grow?
What are the common characteristics of growing churches? What are indicators of
decline? Recently I saw a graph that showed churches that focused on survival or
were inwardly focused were in decline. The same graph showed churches that had
a vision for outreach and what goes on outside the walls of the building and Sunday
morning, overall were the churches that are showing growth and vitality.
Churches that are clear about why they exist and what they should be doing are
most likely to be growing congregations. There is no substitute for a real and articulated mission that connects directly to proclaiming Christ and his Resurrection in
word and deed. The escapist theology of waiting for Jesus to return, getting to
heaven and staying out of hell, does not resonate with young people today. They
see the results of that thinking and want nothing to do with it. Who can blame them?
Who wants to live as if nothing they do matters except to save our skin? What kind
of hope is there in thinking that our problems are so overwhelming that only the end
of the world as we know it can solve them. People are looking for church that has
somewhere to go and something to say and they say it, do it, and go.
The bottom line is that churches with clear purposes are likely to grow. The Lord’s
Prayer say’s “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as in heaven.” God’s
kingdom is coming here, God’s will is done here. That is what we do and that is the
goal. Jesus says to, “Proclaim that the kingdom of God has come near!” Growing
churches proclaim this goal clearly and it is laid out in public and easy to trace by
the use of the people and pastor’s time and the use of the facilities, and most of all,
the priorities of the budget. Money is a good acid test. That is why we have emphasized the ELCA Benevolence this year. We have almost reached out goal of
$5,000.00 in August. We have done Backpacks for school kids, gifts for the Oasis
youth in Akron, Quilts and School Kits for Lutheran World Relief, monthly 3 rd Sunday Projects to help others, the building is open to the Food Pantry, A.A. and Alanon, and Girl Scouts. As pastor, I have been involved in the Hudson Ministerial
Association for years and now I am working with other faith communities and preparing a food drive for the November election to benefit the Akron Canton Food
Bank. Because what goes on outside these walls is important, I will be taking on a
leadership role in the Hudson Community Service Association, which runs the Food
Pantry, Helping Hands (Assistance program), and the holiday lighting downtown.
Our mission is to share the good news of Jesus Christ with all people and our vision
is to be love in the world. Have you noticed the question following these statements
in the worship bulletin: “What have you done this week?” It isn’t just me that is out
there doing the work of mission. It is you too! I know many of you are doing just that!
N.T. Wright in his book, “Surprised by Hope” say’s “The church is called to a
mission of implementing Jesus’ resurrection and thereby anticipating the final new
creation. What might that look like?” Heaven on earth is such a wonderful image
that we are in awe that this is going to happen here. We can only assume that there
will be true justice and peace, no pain, no sin, and no death. This is our mission.
This is what God has called us to do and this is what we pray God will use us to
Peace, Pastor Mike
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Team will provide
tasty snacks for
Sunday, September 11th
during the Sunday
School hour as well as after services. Come
and join us for the kick off the fall Christian
New Men’s Group
I am looking for a group of guys who would be willing to get together at least once a month and share
some time together and have breakfast. I am hoping that something more may come of this gathering. I am suggesting that we gather at Perkins
Restaurant in Hudson at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday,
September 24th. This gathering will be just a brainstorming session and to see who has the desire
and the motivation to represent the men of Rejoice. Please let me know if you can make it or if
that date isn’t good for you. Peace, Pastor Mike
Dinner for Eight
A new season of Dinner for Eight has begun! Thank you to the Giannettis and
Versers for co-hosting the kick off barbeque.
Dinner for Eight is an adult fellowship opportunity. Individual dinner groups meet
approximately 5 times per year and we have two events per year that we meet as
one large group. Individual group assignments along with which part of the meal you bring are emailed
every other month. Each group decides amongst themselves what date works for them. Groups,
hosts and which part of the meal you bring changes with each rotation. You need not be a couple or
volunteer to host in order to participate. Dinner for Eight is a great opportunity to get to know fellow Rejoice! members and meet those who might attend a different service than you.
It’s not too late to get in on the September rotation. Pick up a sign up at the Welcome Desk or contact
Michelle Conklin at [email protected] by September 11th to be included in the September
Annual Clam Bake
Raffle Items Needed!
The annual Rejoice! Clam Bake will take
place on Saturday, October 1st at 6:00 pm
at the church. Thanks again to chef Dave
Boehm for volunteering his services in
cooking the delicious meal! Dave is currently working on the menu and pricing and
we’ll have more details and order forms
soon. There will be a choice of two soups, entrée (an entrée
without clams will be available for those who don’t eat seafood),
potato, vegetable and dessert. This will be a fundraiser for youth
attending the 2018 Gathering in Houston. All proceeds, after the
cost of food will go toward expenses to attend the Gathering.
The past couple of years we
have offered several baskets for
raffle during the annual clam
bake. We are in need of items to
raffle! Past donations have included Cavs or Browns tickets,
themed baskets or even items
we may bundle together with
other donations to make a basket. Proceeds will benefit youth
attending the Gathering in Houston.
Please contact Michelle
Conklin if you have any questions.
Donations should be
dropped off at the church by
September 26th. Thank you!
Watch for order forms soon! All meals must be ordered and paid
for in advance. The last day to order will be September 26th.
From Community Wellness Coordinator, Mary Pat DeLambo, RN, BSN, MEd
September 2016 Please contact me whenever I may be of assistance at email address:
[email protected] or my cell phone 1- 330-356-2559. I am available by appointment to meet with you.
September is Healthy Aging Month and the NIH National Institute on
Aging celebrates this month with its Go4Life Program. The message is to be healthy and keep moving! Here are Four Ways to Be
Active to get us all started. I also invite you to join my walking and
hiking groups. On Wednesday, Sept. 7th I will begin a “Hike Hudson” series at Cascade Park, the Monday walks at Barlow Community will resume Sept. 12th at 9:30. See details in the events section
Four Ways to Be Active
To get all of the benefits of physical activity, try all four types of exercise— (1) endurance, (2) strength, (3) balance, and (4) flexibility.
1. Try to build up to at least 30 minutes of activity that makes you breathe hard on most or all days of the
week. Every day is best. That’s called an endurance activity because it builds your energy or “staying
power.” You don’t have to be active for 30 minutes all at once. Ten minutes at a time is fine. How hard do
you need to push yourself? If you can talk without any trouble at all, you are not working hard enough. If you
can’t talk at all, it’s too hard.
2. Keep using your muscles. Strength exercises build muscles. When you have strong muscles, you can get
up from a chair by yourself, you can lift your grandchildren, and you can walk through the park. Keeping
your muscles in shape helps prevent falls that cause problems like broken hips. You are less likely to fall
when your leg and hip muscles are strong.
3. Do things to help your balance. Try standing on one foot, then the other. If you can, don’t hold on to anything for support. Get up from a chair without using your hands or arms. Every now and then walk heel-totoe. As you walk, put the heel of one foot just in front of the toes of your other foot. Your heel and toes
should touch or almost touch.
4. Stretching can improve your flexibility. Moving more freely will make it easier for you to reach down to tie
your shoes or look over your shoulder when you back the car out of your driveway. Stretch when your muscles are warmed up. Don’t stretch so far that it hurts.
Upcoming Events & Programs
Mondays 9:30 AM
Sept. 12 – Oct. 31
Barlow Community Center
(Across from the Fire Dept.)
41 S. Oviatt St, Hudson
Hike Hudson Group
Wednesdays 9:30 AM
Sept. 7th – Oct. 26
Sept. 7: Cascade Park, 130 Lynn
Drive (off E. Case Dr)
Sept. 14: Wood Hollow Park
Sept. 21: Hudson Springs
Sept. 28: Barlow Farm Park
Lunch & Learn
Christ Church Episcopal
21 Aurora Street
Sept. 15: Express, Urgent or
Jeff McCullar, NP
Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Wednesday Morning Yoga
9:30 AM St. Mary Church
Wednesday Evening Yoga
7:00 PM at Hudson United
Methodist Church 330-6502650
Biking 10 AM Tuesdays
Contact Lori Joseph
330-653-8118 ext 233
Pastor Mike’s Wednesday Evening Bible Study
Pastor Mike’s Wednesday Evening Bible Study on the Book of Isaiah will resume on
Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 7:00pm.
Acme Cash Back Program
The Acme Community Cash Back Program began August 11 and runs through December 31, 2016. Check the bottom of your receipts for the “Community Cash Back”
amount listed. Turn these receipts into the box at the Welcome Desk and we’ll receive
5% back of the total submitted. Cash Back dollars are earned by purchasing participating Acme brands. These brands include: Acme Fresh Market, Food Club, Top Care,
Paws, Full Circle, Buckley Farms, Notstimo, Domestix, Cape Covelle, Wide Awake
Coffee Co., Over the Top and ValuTime. Funds received from this program will go toward expenses in attending the 2018 Gathering in Houston. Check your receipts
before tossing them!
Rejoice! Directory Update
We are in the process of updating the Rejoice! Family and Friends directory. We haven’t done this for
a couple of years, so some of the information is out of date. Please check the copy at the Welcome
Desk and update any information. If you are a newer member that was not included in the 2014 copy,
please pencil in your contact information (name, address, phone and/or cell phone, email(s) and children’s names and birthdates if applicable) to the church office at [email protected] or Michelle Conklin at [email protected] Cell phone and email information for family members may be added
if they wish it to be listed. If your information is correct, please initial the Welcome Desk copy so that
we know there are no changes.
The Fellowship Team will be hosting a Volunteer Fair on Sunday, September 25th following both
services. Each committee/team/group at Rejoice! is asked to make a poster about what their group
does, along with sign ups to join or help (i.e. people to clean, altar guild, youth volunteers, quilters,
committee members, group participant, Sunday morning hospitality). Groups are also asked to provide
a plate on snacks (one per group) for hospitality. Please let Michelle Conklin know which service you
will be providing snacks for.
Now that summer is over, we’d like to make sure that we have Sunday morning hospitality covered each week. This is an important ministry of welcome to our visitors and
also provides a reason for people to stick around for a few minutes after worship. We
have asked that each family at Rejoice! volunteer for at least one Sunday during the
year. It only take about 15 minutes of your time and a plate of snacks of your choice—
store bought or homemade, healthy choices encouraged! See the sign up sheet at the
kitchen pass window, there are lots of opportunities available.
In celebration of the Reformation, the Fellowship Team is planning an Oktoberfest meal on Sunday, October 30th, following the 11:00 am service
(approximately 12:30 pm).
Bratwurst, hot dogs and drinks will be provided. Watch for sign up sheets to bring sides, salads and desserts.
School Supplies Needed
We continue to collect supplies for school kits which will be
sent to Lutheran World Relief. Imagine having to choose
between a meal or purchasing a notebook. Project Promise School Kits are sent to places where even the few required school supplies may be more than a family can afford. Pencils and paper can help write a positive future!
Our goal is to have enough supplies to assemble 50 school kits. Donations need to be dropped off by September 18th. Many of these supplies are currently on sale and will soon be on clearance. Monetary
donations will be gladly accepted if you are unable to shop, please see
Michelle Conklin. Please only purchase items as listed as all kits must
contain similar items, please do not include larger boxes of crayons,
pencil top erasers, sharp scissors or sharpened pencils. Note—be
sure that rulers include metric measurements. Each kit contains the
4 70 sheet notebooks, wide or college ruled
1 30 centimeter ruler or ruler with cm and inches
1 pencil sharpener
1 pair blunt scissors
5 #2 pencils, unsharpened
5 pens, black or blue ink (no gel pens)
1 box 16 or 24 crayons
1 eraser 2 1/2 inches
11 Drew & Michele Delgross
18 Tom & Linda Freborg
If you do not see your
birthday or anniversary listed
or it is incorrect, please help
us update our info.
Contact Carla Maurer at
July 2016 Financial Report
Thank you for your support of this cause!
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REJOICE! LUTHERAN CHURCH
7855 Stow Rd.
Hudson, Ohio 44236
E-mail: [email protected]
We’re on the web!
God’s Work, Our Hands—ELCA Day of Service
God’s Work Our Hand’s Sunday is on September 11th. We will be at Hattie’s or people can do
other service projects on that day. https://www.elca.org/dayofservice
College Student Addresses Needed
We’ll once again be sending care packages to Rejoice! college students in November. Please
update your students’ address with the office so they are sure to receive a package.
A donation list for items to include in the packages will be out toward the end of October and we
will also need monetary donations to pay for postage.
Paying it Forward
Rejoice has been so
blessed by many mission
partners. Let us pay it
forward to others who
need our blessings!
September’s 3rd Sunday of the month
be given to LAOS
Many thanks to those
who contributed in
Teenage Mutant Jesus Praisers (Youth Group)
Things are back in full swing after a summer break. Due to sports and band
schedules we’ll be meeting the fourth Thursday of each month from 7:00-8:30,
unless otherwise noted.
Our next meeting will be September 22nd at the church. We’ll be assembling
school kits for Lutheran World Relief and play some games. All youth in grades
6-12 are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Youth who will be attending the 2018 Gathering in Houston should plan on helping at the annual Rejoice! Clam Bake on October 1st. This will be a fundraiser
for the trip. Please let Mrs. Conklin know if you will be helping.
We are looking at going to a more challenging corn maze this
year. If you are interested in attending please let Mrs. Conklin
know if you are available on any of the following dates: 9/10,
9/17, 10/8 or 10/22.
The youth would like to do a lock in sometime in October. We’re looking for a brave adult volunteer or two who would
be willing to stay overnight. Please let Michelle Conklin know if
you would be up to the challenge.