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Rev. J. Martin Westermeyer
Choir Director: Bob Dominique
Custodian: David Clark
Organist: Terri Smith
Office Mgr : Erika Boyle
ALL ITEMS FOR THE FEBRUARY ISSUE
DUE BY JANUARY 17
Church School Coordinator: Tammi Hart
Treasurer: Kent Claudy
For current announcements
and the latest issue of the
agencies, and supportive churches, staff
Manna Food Pantry and run the food pantry for those in
931 McPherson Ave. 45205, 921-5344. need. Manna assists OVER 400
MAILING ADDRESS PO BOX 5141
families each month. Church
45205. Manna Outreach, Inc. opened
its doors in 1998. Each year, the need members:
for help increases, and our services are JANUARY need is Canned
used by more families in need of food. Fruits/Vegetables.
Volunteers from the community, area
“A New Year Prayer”
God, grant us the grace
as another year starts
I found the following in an old newsletter article to use all the hours
that I had clipped: “Many of us think of making of our days.
resolutions for the New Year. Even if you are Not for our own selfish
not a regular resolution maker, you may want to interests
join in the following resolution – ‘I resolve to and our own willful,
be the person God means me to be, to do the often-wrong ways –
things God means me to do. I resolve to
express Godself.’” But teach us to take time
That resolution is part of the fulfillment of our and to find time
Baptism. It is what every Christian is to be For Listening To You.
So each day
Your Godself is the true you, the you which is spent well and wisely
grows and blossoms in the security of God’s doing What You
love. Your Godself is the one and only you – Most Want Us To Do.
the unique gift of you to all of creation. You are
the special creation of God, the only you there See you in church.
will ever be in the history of the world. You are
a gift of God toward the fulfillment of God’s
As we move into this New Year, yes this new
decade of 2010, how are you using and sharing
the unique gifts you have? Have you explored
all that God has given you to share with the
creation in which we live? How are you
expressing God or Godself - to yourself, to
others and to God?
As you think about those things and how you
can be part of God’s creation this in the New
Year, here is poem by Helen Steiner Rice that
addresses the New Year.
Rita M. Graham,
who entered into
November 18, A large part of what we do as a church is to
2009. Memorial pray for one another. It is one way we become
Service was held at acquainted with each other. In keeping with that
St. Peter & St. Paul idea, we exchanged Advent Prayer Partners.
United Church of They were exchanged on Sunday, November
Christ on November 29th and revealed on Sunday, December 27th .
23, 2009. Pastor
Marty officiated. Mary Albohn was praying for Shirley Race.
Rita was the mother of Kathy Walpole & Mike Joyce Black was praying for Robert Keely.
Graham and sister of Florence Heilmann. Lonnie Black was praying for Shirley
Mary N. Bruns, who entered into God’s Diana Buchan was praying for Carl Weghorst.
Eternal Kingdom on November 27, 2009. Janette Clark was praying for Edna Howe.
Memorial Service was held on December 2, David Clark was praying for Judy Graham.
2009. Pastor Marty officiated. Jennifer Clark was praying for Don Fitch.
Linda Colliers was praying for Joan Maegley.
Orville Smith, who entered into God’s Eternal Erin Davis was praying for Lonnie Black.
Kingdom on December 6, 2009. Memorial Bonnie Diehl was praying for Ruth Kruse.
Service was held on December 12, 2009. Pastor Don Fitch was praying for Mary Albohn.
Marty officiated. Orville was the husband of Norma Fitch was praying for Jennifer Clark.
late Elvira Smith and father of Cheryl Smith George Fitch was praying for Jim Graham.
and Charlene Doran. Marcia Flaherty was praying for David Clark.
Corrina Ginn was praying for Sheri Schneider.
Michael Ginn was praying for
Mary Lou Weghorst.
Gladys Glassmeyer was praying for
Jim Graham was praying for Norma Fitch.
Judy Graham was praying for Tom Schneider.
Edna Howe was praying for Corrina Ginn.
Robert Keely was praying for Carol Klare.
Carol Klare was praying for Joyce Black.
Ruth Kruse was praying for
Joan Maegley was praying for Linda Colliers.
Shirley Race was praying for
Sheri Schneider was praying for Esther
Shirley Schneider was praying for
Tom Schneider was praying for
Martin Westermeyer. - Did you know that there are Calendar of
Ruth Steinhard was praying for Diana Buchan. Prayer brochures available on the table in the
Mary Lou Weghorst was praying for narthex? They list mission partners and
Carol Westermeyer. opportunities for each day of the week that we
Carl Weghorst was praying for Ruth Steinhard. support through our giving. It can also be used
Betty Westermeyer was praying for as a devotional guide as well. Please take
George Fitch. advantage of this Prayer Ministry.
Carol Westermeyer was praying for
Have you thought about
assisting the Soup Kitchen on
Esther Westermeyer was praying for
the third Saturday of each
month? Why not? Help is
Martin Westermeyer was praying for
always needed in a variety of
This is a special way we in
which become acquainted .
with each other. In keeping
with that idea, we will have
Lenten Prayer Partners this
year. Partners will be
exchanged on the First
Sunday of Lent, February 21st, and will be
revealed on Easter Sunday, April 4th . This
commitment is longer than the one for Advent,
but is still a good way to be in prayer for one
There will be sign-up sheet on the bulletin
board for those interested in being part of the
Lenten Prayer Ministry from Sunday, January
3rd through February 14th. If you cannot be
present to sign-up and would like to be a part of
this Ministry, call the church office,
513.661.3745 or email email@example.com.
Recycling is Good for the
Environment: Saves the
landfill from hundreds of
thousands of cartridges.
Don’t forget to
used printer cartridges for us. We
can send them in for recycling,
saving landfill space as well as to
make money for the church. Ask
your friends and families to save
them. Any kinds are accepted as long as they
are no larger than the size of an adult’s hand.
Walk to Bethlehem Update
We have completed our Walk to Bethlehem.
We have walked nearly 9000 miles in 10 weeks.
Pretty impressive! On Sunday Dec 20 we ended
in Bethlehem and learned some history. We also
visited the Church of the Nativity which is said
to be the site of Jesus birth. Listed below are all
our miles and destinations.
Week 1 636 miles Biloxi, Mississippi
Week 2 854 miles Bermuda
Week 3 1195 miles we are on the water –
and learned facts about the Atlantic Ocean.
Week 4 1128 miles Azores
Week 5 1039 miles Casablanca, Morocco
Week 6 924 miles Tunisia
Week 7 1093 miles Turkey
Week 8 620 miles Cairo, Egypt
Week 9 869 miles Damascus, Jordan
Week 10 776 miles Bethlehem, West Bank
In the New Year I ask that you send me your
feedback, good or bad about the program with a
note in my mailbox. In 2010, keep walking,
remember as it gets cold you can exercise in the
house, or walk in the malls. Shopping is always
a good way to walk those miles. From the
Health Ministry Committee to you-
Happy New Year.
We are working on the 2010 church calendar, if
your organization has any special events to be
added, please email Erika or Pastor Marty..
Many thanks to the caring ladies who
donated Christmas cookies for our
homebound members. Twenty attractive
packages were assembled and wrapped,
decorated with name tags and ornaments
made by the Sunday School children. Pastor
Marty and volunteers delivered cookies to
our members who are “shut ins”. We thank
the following donors: Arlene Anderson,
Erika Boyle, Harriet Fehrman, Norma Fitch,
Gladys Glassmeyer, Judy Graham,
Magdalena Huebchen, Joan Mageley, Sherry Church Restoration Project
Schneider, Dottie Schloss, Marge
Vanderman, Esther, Carol, Annie & Betty There was a tradesman, a painter named Jack,
Westermeyer. Many thanks also to our who was very interested in making a dollar
additional unknown donors. where he could. So he often would thin down
Gladys Glassmeyer and Esther Westermeyer his paint to make it go a wee bit further. As it
happened, he got away with this for some time.
Eventually the local church decided to do a
big restoration project. Jack put in a painting
bid and, because his price was so competitive,
he got the job. And so he started, erecting the
trestles and putting up the planks, and buying
the paint and thinning it down with turpentine.
Jack was up on the scaffolding, painting away,
the job nearly done, when suddenly there was a
horrendous clap of thunder. The sky opened and
the rain poured down, washing the thin paint
from all over the church and knocking Jack off
the scaffold to land onto the lawn.
Jack was no fool. He knew this was a judgment
from the Almighty, so he fell on his knees and
cried, "Oh, God! Forgive me! What should I
And from the thunder, a mighty
Voice spoke, "Repaint! Repaint!
And thin no more!"
• never saw the tears
you that filled his little
By this time, I felt very small,
And now my tears began to fall.
I ran into a stranger as he passed by,
I quietly went and knelt by his bed;
"Oh excuse me please" was my reply.
"Wake up, little one, wake up," I said.
He said, "Please excuse me too;
"Are these the flowers you picked for me?"
I wasn't watching for you."
He smiled, "I found 'em, out by the tree.
We were very polite, this stranger and I.
I picked 'em because they're pretty like you.
We went on our way and we said good-bye.
I knew you'd like 'em, especially the blue."
But at home a different story is told,
I said, "Son, I'm very sorry for the way I acted
How we treat our loved ones, young and old.
today; I shouldn't have yelled at you that way."
Later that day, cooking the evening meal,
He said, "Oh, Mom, that's okay. I love you
My son stood beside me very still.
anyway." I said, "Son, I love you too,
When I turned, I nearly knocked him down.
and I do like the flowers, especially the blue."
"Move out of the way," I said with a frown.
He walked away, his little heart broken.
Are you aware that if we died tomorrow, the
I didn't realize how harshly I'd spoken.
company that we are working for could easily
While I lay awake in bed,
replace us in a matter of days. But the family
God's still small voice came to me and said,
we left behind will feel the loss for the rest of
"While dealing with a stranger, common
their lives. And come to think of it, we pour
courtesy you use,
ourselves more into work than into our own
but the children you love, you seem to abuse.
family, an unwise investment indeed, don't you
Go and look on the kitchen floor,
think? So what is behind the story?
You'll find some flowers there by the door.
Do you know what the word FAMILY means?
Those are the flowers he brought for you.
He picked them himself: pink, yellow and blue. FAMILY = (F)ATHER (A)ND (M)OTHER (I)
He stood very quietly not to spoil the surprise, (L)OVE (Y)OU
Here is a fun site to visit
on your birthday-enjoy
Barthelmeh-Jones Families Robert & Grace Jones
Brunsman, Joanne & Stan Our Loved Ones
Cheeseman, Kate & Ann Grandpa Cheeseman
Cheeseman, Kate & Ann Grandma & Grandpa Kelly
Cheeseman, Marion Robert L.Cheeseman Sr.
Cheeseman, Marion Werner Schmalfuss
Cusick, John & Nancy Catherine & Hillard Cusick
Cusick, John & Nancy Howard Heman, Carol Wimberly
Deifel, Bobbie & Chip Louis & Phillip Franzreb & GG
Deifel, Bobbie & Chip Carl & Helen Deifel
Deifel, Bobbie & Chip Frank Krailler & Steve Krailler
Dornette, Paul & Nancy Esther S. Cook
Erhardt, Dee Husband Jim & Dad Robert Grimm
Fitch, George & Norma Loved Ones
Foutch, Jean Jim O’Brien
Garrett, Dorothy Loved Ones
Ginn, Corrinna & Mike Edward Weinberg Sr.
Ginn, Corrinna & Mike Betty Weinberg
Ginn, Corrinna & Mike Edward Weinberg Jr
Glassmeyer, Gladys My Loved Ones
Grant, Kathy & Tim, Alex & Aaron Elsie & Jim Grant
Grant, Kathy & Tim, Alex & Aaron Marge & Rick Lambrechts
Grant, Kathy & Tim, Alex & Aaron Martha Graff
Griswold, Mildred Friends Freda Sweet & Johanna Lang
Howe, John & Edna Loved Ones
Klene Family Loved Ones
Knopf, Henry & Shirley Loved Ones
Krailler, Jerry Helen Lanter
Krailler, Norma Husband Frank Krailler & Son Steve Krailler
Maegley, Chuck & Joan Leah Zink, Family & Friends
Mattan, Fred & Joyce Mr & Mrs Calvin Bream
Mattan, Fred & Joyce Mr & Mrs Thomas Woods
Mattan, Fred & Joyce Catherine Mattan
McCauslin, Louise Husband Bill and Loved Ones
Mission Sewing Group Mary Brunner
Morgan, David & Bobbie Norma & Paul Morgan, Elvira & Orville Smith,
Morgan, David & Bobbie Virginia & Paul Oldendick
Moritz, Joan Husband Henry Moritz
Poundstone, John & Esther Loved Ones
Ress, Tony & Julie Helen & Anton Ress & Our Grandparents
Ress, Tony & Julie Jim Stewart, Ron Rabe, Jana Bishop
Schweizer, Al & family Corinne Schweizer
Spraul, Loretta Husband Bill Spraul
Steinhard, Bert & Ruth Our Parents
Strittmatter, Elizabeth Luther Strittmatter & Frank Staley
Strittmatter, Richard & Eileen & Fam George & Mildred Kelly
Strittmatter, Richard & Eileen & Fam Robert Cheeseman Sr
Strittmatter, Richard & Eileen & Fam Luther Strittmatter & Frank Staley
Trame, Tom & Joan Mary Rehn & Our Parents
Trenz, Pamela Loved Ones
Von Hoene, Tom & Louise All our loved ones
Waskey, Marion John & Anna Waskey
Webb, Ed & Margo Mr & Mrs John Warren & Mr & Mrs Nelson
Williams, Karen & Lee Lee Andrew Williams
Yeager, Ethel Paul F. Sr. & Paul F. Jr. & Edward Zoellner
BENEFACTOR IN HONOR OF
Bozich, Gene & Steve Bozich & Welge Families
Cusick, John & Nancy Alberta & Dick Donahue
Cusick, John & Nancy Judy & Jim Graham
Cusick, John & Nancy All Our Family
Dornette, Paul & Nancy Ervin W. Cook
Ginn, Corrinna & Mike Barbara Weinberg, Paul Weinberg, Mike
Graham, Jim & Judy Matrimates Officers & good friend Erika
Grant, Kathy & Tim, Alex & Aaron Rody Barthelmeh
Klare, Jim & Carol Our Families
Krailler, Jerry Norma Krailler & Lynn Krailler
Maegley, Chuck & Joan Brady, Barger, B. Maegley & Weber families
Poundstone, John & Esther Loved Ones
Ress, Tony & Julie Michael, Lindsay & Rick
Steinhard, Bert & Ruth Scott Steinhard & Family
Steinhard, Bert & Ruth Rev Bruce Steinhard & Family
Strittmatter, Richard & Eileen & Fam Ginger & Bob Cheeseman
Strittmatter, Richard & Eileen & Fam Elizabeth Strittmatter & Marion Cheeseman
Every Sunday Bible Study, 9:00 AM
Gathering Time & Announcements, 10:00 AM
Traditional/Blended Worship follows
Sunday, January 3: - Church Council and Organizational Officers Installed.
Sunday, January 10: - Epiphany Sunday – Communion Celebrated.
- Christmas Decorations removed following Worship.
- Annual Reports due to Office.
- Blood Pressure Checks after Worship
Sunday, January 17: - Member Sunday.
- Deadline for February Spire Articles.
- Blood Drive in Fellowship Hall
Sunday, January 24: - Annual Congregational Meeting follows Worship.
Sunday, February 7: - Annual Chili Cook-Off.
Wednesday, February 17: - Ash Wednesday Service - Lenten Journey begins.