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                              THE INFORMER

                 First Evangelical & Reformed Church
                         320 West Wayne Street / Lima, Ohio 45801
Church Office: (419) 222-6700                                Pastor’s Study: (419) 222-6200
                  Ladies’ Aid Society’s Indoor Picnic held 9-2-09.

          Women’s Guild Luncheon and Dinner Auction held 9-26-09.
              Letters to the Editor:
           Dear Friends,

            Thank you for your generous contribution to Covenant Ministry Services. Without your
            support and the support of others in this community, we could not continue. Your
            concern, demonstrated by your gift, touches lives and gives hope when all seems lost
and light in an otherwise dark world.
        Proverbs 11:25 says, “A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be
refreshed.” (NIV) We at this Center thank you and pray that you experience the Lord’s refreshing
grace each day as you rest with the confidence that you have made a difference in someone’s life
        Again, thank you for your August 13, 2009 gift of $500.00 as well as your faithfulness
throughout the year.
                                                                    Thomas M. Holmes, D. Min
                                                                    Executive Director
Dear brothers & sisters in Christ,
         I would like to thank everyone for being so very thoughtful with their prayers,
cards, letters and visits with my grandma, Ida Herold. I can’t be sure if she reads the mail
sometimes, so I always make sure and read to her what is written.
        She has become so weak, that she is mostly confined to a wheelchair now. I don’t
take her out anymore because I know I couldn’t handle her if she was to fall.
        I really appreciate the recent card shower. What a blessing that was! Sure brought
a smile to my grandma’s face!
                                                      Thank you again & God Bless you all!
                                                      Sandy Bailey (Ida Herold’s granddaughter)
            The Art and Practice of Being a Healing Presence Conference
There is more to ministry and caring for others than simply what we do or don’t do.
Caregiving also involves who we are and the way we are present to others. Presence is
important. The degree to which we are able to be present to others in a healing manner
affects how persons find wholeness and cope with the challenges of life.
Participants will learn about the nature of effective caregiving, the role of spirituality in
caregiving, the dynamics of being a healing presence and how to listen to others in a
healing way.
The presenter will be James E. Miller, M. Div., D. Min., who is the author of numerous
books including “Art of Listening in a Healing Way” and “The Art of Being a Healing
Presence.” He is the founder and President of Willowgreen Productions and Publishing
and operates Willowgreen Counseling and Consulting.
Date and Time: Thursday, October 8th, 8:45 am to 4:00 pm (Sign in 8:15-8:45 am)
Location: Madison Lakes Learning & Conference Center, 581 Olive Road, Trotwood, OH.
Fee: $75.00/person
Registration Deadline: October 1st.

For more information about continuing education hours and registration material, contact
the Good Samaritan Hospital Health Ministries Office at 937-227-9452 pr the Spiritual
Care Department Office at 937-278-2163, extension 2163.
                    Ladies’ Aid Society – Wednesday, October 7th, at 12:00
                    Noon we will be having our Annual Sauerkraut and Sausage
                    luncheon prepared by officers. We are asking for a $2.00
                    donation per person to cover cost. Dessert provided by the
hostesses. Jeannine Zwiebel, former music teacher with collection and history of
seashells will be our Guest Speaker talking about Shell Flower Creations.
Please join us for an afternoon of fun!
Men’s Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, October 17th, at 8:30 am. in the
Fellowship Hall. Chuck Ferguson, director of the Lima Rescue Mission will be our
guest speaker. Mr. Ferguson will be sharing on the services offered at Lima Rescue
Mission and ways we could help. All men of the church are welcome.
Women’s Guild BREAKFAST – Saturday, October 24th at 9 am. The Speaker will
be announced later. Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events:
                November 6 & 7 – Shopping Trip
                November 8th - Christmas Shoe Boxes
                November 22nd - Thank Offering
                November 29th - Advent Luncheon
                December 12th - Shut-in Baskets

Any questions please see Sherri Maurer.
              Attention All Scrapbookers!
              October 22nd, at 6:30 -8:45 pm at the Church Fellowship Hall. Mark
              your calendars for next month’s scrapbooking meeting on November 19th.
              Any Questions see Pat Offenbacher or Jodi Rinehart.
Scrapbooking is a time of talking, sharing and telling stories. Do you need some help
organizing photos to tell your story? Come join us October 22nd.
NOTE: If anyone has information concerning awards, honors, commendations or just
"good things" that are happening (or recently happened) to our church members, we
hope you will share it with us - your church family.....If you have any information or
questions, contact VaLaire Orchard. You may phone her at (419) 991-1031 or

                   Don’t Forget to Pack your Shoe Boxes for Operation Christmas Child!
                                 November 8th, Morning Worship Service at
                                  First Evangelical and Reformed Church
                                     320 W. Wayne St., Lima, OH 45801
October BIRTHDAYS                  HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ALL!!
Richard Damschroder   October 2                Christopher Lawrence      October 21
Elaine Offenbacher    October 4                Carson Hawk               October 22
Billie West           October 5                Cody Stidham              October 25
Shawna Barhorst       October 8                Aiden Horsley             October 27
Sherry Best           October 10               Jamie Moor                October 27
Ron Fifer             October 13               Barbara Blackburn         October 28
Larry Blunden         October 16               Sherri Maurer             October 28
Lee Ann Hinkle        October 17               Jo Fuhrman                October 31
Betty Hadding         October 19

October Anniversaries                         HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!
Frank & Candy Johns        Oct. 4, 23 Yrs.  John & Nancy Lautzenheiser Oct. 17, 11 Yrs.
Wesley & Vicky Starkey     Oct. 4, 23 Yrs.  Donald & Colleen Staver    Oct. 18, 63 Yrs.
Richard & Faith Rapp       Oct. 13, 53 Yrs. Alvin & Claire Grapner     Oct. 20, 47 Yrs.
Robert & Audrey Jones      Oct. 14, 58 Yrs. Steven & Linda Burtchin    Oct. 22, 26 Yrs.
Terry & Virginia Snow      Oct. 14, 32 Yrs. Lloyd & Christine Few      Oct. 26, 26 Yrs.
Charles & Carole Cheuvront Oct. 15, 3 Yrs.  Sarah & Tim Stidham        Oct. 26, 18 Yrs.
Ted & Kimberly Coon        Oct. 17, 17 Yrs. Paul & Pat Offenbacher     Oct. 28, 37 Yrs.

WHEN:       OCTOBER 20TH, 2009

TIME:       7:00 am to 7:00 pm

WHERE: Allen County Chapter House
       610 S. Collett Street, Lima

GOAL:       130 Units of Blood

CALL:       1-800-Give Life (448-3543)
            Schedule an appointment and walk-ins are always Welcome.

                RAYS “COMMUNITY CASH” has begun so please remember to
                Save those receipts. Turn your Rays receipts in to Betty King or
                Ruby Kreher or place them in the box on upper shelf of missions
                cart or in narthex.
                                                                        Thank you!

       ****Financial Page is available upon request in the Church Office****
       Pastor’s Page
       October 2009                      Biblical

Dear Congregation,

        The Season is changing. The trees are beginning to drop their leaves; the fall foliage is starting
to show color and the fall rains are coming. These are indications that the summer growth has slowed
and a time to rest and store up for the winter is beginning to take place. Ironically, the Church sees the
seasons a bit differently! With the changing of the tree colors we find ourselves thinking of the
Harvest, Giving Thanks, Family events and the Holiday season swiftly approaching. At sundown on
September 18th it marked the beginning of Rosh Hashanah in the Jewish faith.
        The Jewish Holiday of Rosh Hashanah is widely known and celebrated as the New Years Day
of the Jewish calendar, but actually Rosh Hashanah has a fourfold meaning - It is the Jewish New
Year, the Day of Judgment, the Day of Remembrance, and the Day of Shofar Blowing.
        ·     It is the Day of Judgment
        As Jews worldwide examine their past deeds and asks for forgiveness for their sins
        ·     It is the Day of Shofar Blowing
        As the Shofar (the ram’s horn) is blown in temple to herald the beginning of the 10 day period
        known as The High Holy Days
        ·     It is the Day of Remembrance
        As Jews review the history of their people and pray for Israel
        ·     It is the Day of the Jewish New Year.
         So why is this important for you and me as Christians? We are part of a Judeo-Christian belief
that is set upon the God of creation, the God of the Promise of Abraham and the Promise of the
Anointed Messiah, God’s Son Jesus, the Christ. Until the crucifixion of Christ, our only atonement for
sin was through the Law given to Moses. It was clear that until the coming of the Messiah that sin was
atoned for through the blood of the lamb sacrificed on the altar before God. Rosh Hashanah was that
call to get ready, to be in remembrance of what God had done, had promised and was actively
continuing to carry out among the chosen people of Israel or (during the Exile to Babylon) called Jews.
This occurred because they were from the land known also as Judah. Ten days after Rosh Hashanah is
the Festival of Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement and is the most sacred of the Jewish
holidays, the "Sabbath of Sabbaths." For the Jewish faith this day is important because it is the day
your name is recorded for the next year in the Book of Life.
       Before we scoff at this thinking and dismiss it. Let us consider that every day is now our Day
of Atonement with God through the blood of Christ. God’s grace and mercies are new every morning,
yet we are to confess our sins daily and be renewed in our relationship with God daily. The Day of
Atonement is a very powerful day for all of us. It is on this day no matter whether we are Jew or
Greek, slave or free, that we are invited, called and forgiven as we confess our sins and are made at one
with God.
        Rosh Hashanah starts with the blowing of the Shofar to announce that it is time to come and be
forgiven, to remember the glory and the promises of God. May we as we approach the throne of God
on World Wide Communion Sunday, October 4th remember that Christ’s blood was shed for us and the
forgiveness of our sins so that our name can be written in the Book of Life not just for a year, but for
                                                                                     In His Service,
                                                                                     Pastor Ed
                            Spiritual Tool Box
       “We have separated discipleship from spiritual formation – a mammoth error in our
         hermeneutic that has led to disaster.” Bill Hull, “Choose the Life” pg 44.

                                 Devotions for October
                  Old & New Testament Bible Reading Schedule

    1 - Psalm 31; Lamentations 1; Phil. 4:1-9       16 – Psalm 46; Ezekiel 12; 2 Tim. 1
    2 – Psalm 32; Lamentations 2; Phil. 4:10-23     17 – Psalm 47; Ezekiel 13; 2 Tim. 2
    3 – Psalm 33; Lamentations 3; Gal. 5:16-26      18 – Psalm 48; Ezekiel 14, 15; 2 Tim. 3
    4 – Psalm 34; Lamentations 4; Gal. 6:1-18       19 – Psalm 49; Ezekiel 16; 2 Tim. 4
    5 – Psalm 35; Lamentations 5; Eph. 5:1-14       20 – Psalm 50; Ezekiel 17; Titus 1
    6 – Psalm 36; Ezekiel 1; Eph. 5:15-33           21 – Psalm 51; Ezekiel 18; Titus 2
    7 – Psalm 37; Ezekiel 2; Eph. 6:1-9             22 – Psalm 52; Ezekiel 19; Titus 3
    8 – Psalm 38; Ezekiel 3; Eph. 6:10-24           23 – Psalm 53; Ezekiel 20; Philemon
    9 – Psalm 39; Ezekiel 4; 1 Tim. 1:1-11          24 – Psalm 54; Ezekiel 21; Hebrews 1
   10 – Psalm 40; Ezekiel 5; 1 Tim. 1:12-20         25 – Psalm 55; Ezekiel 22; Hebrews 2
   11 – Psalm 41; Ezekiel 6; 1 Tim. 2               26 – Psalm 56; Ezekiel 23; Hebrews 3
   12 – Psalm 42; Ezekiel 7; 1 Tim. 3               27 – Psalm 57; Ezekiel 24; Hebrews 4
    13 – Psalm 43; Ezekiel 8; 1 Tim. 4              28 – Psalm 58; Ezekiel 25; Hebrews 5
   14 – Psalm 44; Ezekiel 9 & 10; 1 Tim. 5          29 – Psalm 59; Ezekiel 26; Hebrews 6
   15 – Psalm 45; Ezekiel 11; 1 Tim. 6              30 – Psalm 60; Ezekiel 27; Hebrews 7
                                                    31 - Psalm 61; Ezekiel 28; Hebrews 8

Print this page and keep in the flyleaf of your Bible. When you have completed your Bible
reading for this month mail this page to:

First E and R Church             Name ________________________________________________
Bible Reading Program
320 W. Wayne Street              Street Address _________________________________________
Lima, Ohio 45801
                                 City ______________________ State _______ Zip __________

  NOTE: We will be drawing a slip of those who have completed the devotions and mailed it to
 the church by November 5th for a free lunch with Pastor Ed. You could be the winner!

       Sunday                  Monday            Tuesday        Wednesday                   Thursday            Friday          Saturday
CUP – Canned Fruit                                                                    1                    2               3

4 Sunday School 9 am      5                 6              7 Bulletin Info Due 9am    8                    9               10
  10:15 am. Worship
                                                            Ladies’ Aid Society
World Wide Communion                                       Sauerkraut & Sausage
                                                            Luncheon @ Noon

                                                           6:45 pm Choir Practice
11Sunday School 9 am      12                13             14 Bulletin Info Due 9am   15                   16              17 8:30 am Men’s
 10:15 am. Worship                                                                                                            Brotherhood
                          6:00 pm Elders                                                                                       Breakfast
                          6:30 pm Deacons
                          & Trustees
                          7 pm Consistory                  6:45 pm Choir Practice

18 Sun School Breakfast   19                20             21 Bulletin Info Due 9am   22                   23 Newsletter   24 WOMEN’S GUILD
       at 9 am                                                                                                  Deadline    Breakfast at 9 am
  10:15 am. Worship
                                                                                          Scrapbooking @
                                                                                              6:30 pm
                                                           6:45 pm Choir Practice

25Sunday School 9 am      26                27             28 Bulletin Info Due 9am   29                   30              31
  10:15 am. Worship

                                                           6:45 pm Choir Practice


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