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                                   by mistake, please call the office 513-661-3745 or
                                   email us- Thank you.

 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

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                                              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
                                              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
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                                                                  “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
                                                                         for Praying
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.
about continually.
                                                                        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        
creation.                                            
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
                           God’s Eternal
                           Kingdom on
                           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
                                                             Marcia Flaherty.
             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
                                                                Betty Westermeyer.
                                                   Joan Maegley was praying for Linda Colliers.
                  Shirley Race was praying for
                               Gladys Glassmeyer.
              Sheri Schneider was praying for Esther
                                                      Westermeyer.
                                           

      Shirley Schneider was praying for
                Bonnie Diehl.
       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
                Janette Clark.
                                                                    assisting the Soup Kitchen on
     Esther Westermeyer was praying for
                                                                    the third Saturday of each
                 Erin Davis.
                                                                    month? Why not? Help is
     Martin Westermeyer was praying for
                                                                    always needed in a variety of
                Michael Ginn.
                      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           
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                             
                             
                             
                           
                                                          
                                           

Recycling is Good for the                            
Environment: Saves the
landfill from hundreds of                            
thousands of cartridges.                             
               Don’t forget to
               save your
               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.      
                                                    
                                   

                
                
              
                              
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             
               
                    
              
                   
                                            

         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..
                                          Thanks.
                                   

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
                                   do?"
                                            And from the thunder, a mighty
                                                 Voice spoke, "Repaint! Repaint!
                            And thin no more!"
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                
                           
                                             




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       •                       
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       •                                               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
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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
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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
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Strittmatter, Richard & Eileen & Fam Ginger & Bob Cheeseman
Strittmatter, Richard & Eileen & Fam Elizabeth Strittmatter & Marion Cheeseman

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    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
                                              before and
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.


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