Pastoral Reflections


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S EPTEMBER 2014

WESTLAKE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

Pastoral Reflections The first Sunday of September is different in the church than it is in a school system but yet very similar. The schedule and the activity level changes tremendously. It is a time to start again. We are a voluntary organization. There is no compulsory attendance policy. There are no guarantees that anyone will come. There are no guarantees that people will return in the fall. We are not swallows at the Mission in San Juan Capistrano in California (a better analogy than buzzards to Hinckley). What does this mean? For me it can be scary; is this the year no one shows up? But there is also a sense of opportunity and a fresh start. It is the opportunity to be

born anew. It is the opportunity to be the church, the body of Christ. A few years ago the UMC started a Re-think church campaign. It has had modest impact at best. But we have a chance not just to re-think but to renew. Thinking using a part of us. Renewal might use our entire self. If a person is called to be born anew, what might happen if it was implanted into a local church, a conference, a denomination, a world? Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story got it right. Our impact could be to infinity and beyond. In Christ’s Great Love,

Pastor John

DON’T FORGET TO REGISTER YOUR KIDS FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL!

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Wear a t-shirt that shows off your talent! (Oh, and sneakers or close-toed shoes, too!)

All infants, children, and teens need to be registered with Westlake UMC.

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Please find the link to the registration forms HERE or via our website: westlakeumc.org/forms

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7TH Meet in Fellowship Hall @ 9:50 a.m. so we can all go to Worship together!

ANNUAL YOUTH-LED RALLY DAY GAMES



*More info about Rally Sunday, events for children and youth, and volunteer opportunities for Christian Ed on pages 4-6.

WESTLAKE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 27650 Center Ridge Road * Westlake, Ohio 44145 * (440) 871-3088 * westlakeumc.org Sunday Worship at 8:15, 10:00 and 11:28 a.m.

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HOSPITALITY

COFFEE FELLOWSHIP SPONSORS

COFFEE HOUR SPONSORSHIP Sponsorships are available for our weekly coffee hours following Worship on Sundays. If you would be interested in sponsoring coffee hour, please submit an envelope with the sponsorship amount included ($35 per Sunday) at the office prior to the week of the sponsorship or in the collection basket. Checks made payable to WUMC. You can find Sponsorship forms on the table near the coffee at Fellowship Hour and in the lobby—or on page 9 of this newsletter.

WESTLAKE IN BLOOM! Congratulations to our fantastic volunteer team of landscapers and gardeners. With their diligent work and creative eye, Westlake UMC earned 1st place for Westlake in Bloom “Church” category. Rick Grane attended the awards ceremony on behalf of WUMC. He was told that the church’s landscaping was beautiful all the way around the building.

Thank you to the Landscape Committee!

SEPTEMBER September 7 September 14 September 21

Sept 28

Tess Stephens The Peiffer Family Gail & Jim Schmitz – In celebration of their 45th Wedding Anniversary OPEN

TRUNK or TREAT PLANNING TEAM IS STARTING!

If you are interested in being involved in Trunk or Treat (Our hugely successful & very fun community outreach event at Halloween) please contact Ellie Peiffer at [email protected]

JOIN ALEX’S ARMY! SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST WUMC is hosting a virtual ALS walk at the church which coincides with the Walk to Defeat ALS that is being held at Progressive Field. Gretty Myers will be hosting the event here at the church with shorter walks after each of the morning services. No sign up necessary, just show up! Help with the fight to Cure ALS! Free will offerings will be gratefully accepted. Over the last 60 years Alex Massey has "been at your service" —with that motto in mind we are asking everyone to be of service in our efforts to raise money towards a cure for ALS. This disease debilitates the body but this last year it has not weakened Alex's positivity, spirit, faith or humor. His strength can help give each and everyone of us the courage to go out in our lives and conquer the adversity we meet, hopefully with

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the same gratitude and grace Alex carries himself with. If you are not able to join our team and walk please donate to help this cause. Thank you for helping us reach our fund raising goal! Why We Need Your Help Often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. The life expectancy of an ALS patient averages 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis.

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September 2014

Small Group Opportunities INVITATION TO THE OLD TESTAMENT A SHORT-TERM DISCIPLE BIBLE STUDY Two class times to choose between: ● Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. beginning September 10th ● Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. beginning September 23rd Classes will run for 8 weeks. Each class will last approximately 1 1/2—2 hours. Cost of the materials is $13 per person. While the book is recommended, you can watch the videos and participate in class without it. Please contact the church office to register, or sign up via our website—and please indicate if you would like a copy of the book (by September 5th for the Wednesday class, or September 17th for the Tuesday class). There will be an Invitation to the New Testament study group formed at a later date.

ALL CHURCH FALL POTLUCK! Sunday September 28th @ 5:30 p.m. Join us in Fellowship Hall for an old fashioned potluck! Bring the dish that your friends and family always ask you to make! Church supplies the drinks and tableware. We will have a few mixer type games and lots of fun! If you would like to help set up or clean up for the event, please contact Leslie Kubancik via email at [email protected]

SO MANY WAYS TO SHINE! There are many volunteer opportunities to shine your Christian love to support the people in our church and your help is needed! Let the office know if you can serve in any of these ways:  Taking pictures for our church pictorial directory  Driving meals to homebound congregants  Serving as a coffee host or greeter for Sunday Morning worship  Playing with the children or holding babies during our moms programs  Leading a craft 1 time per year for the moms program  Making a side dish or dessert for funeral receptions  Serving at a funeral reception or community meal  Answering phones and help with the bulletin in the office  Special project data entry to support the office and program staff

We have scheduled time with the Nehemiah Mission to work on cleaning up an empty lot and improving upon it. You don’t have to be particularly handy to help out — just willing! Please sign up on the bulletin board in the lobby or via the link on the website. There will be a carpool leaving Westlake UMC at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $20 per person (scholarship funds are available—see Rev. John). Lunch provided.

CHRISTCARE GROUPS BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER Outside of weekly worship, belonging to a ChristCare group is one of the most important things you can do to grow as a disciple of Christ. Meeting regularly with a small group of people, you will ask questions, pray, laugh, serve and be supported as you seek to know how God is working in your life. There are many existing groups adding new members and new groups forming. Check the weekly FYI and lobby bulletin board for group details. Questions? Please contact Don Lefelar or Ellie Peiffer.

GRACE BASED PARENTING WEEKDAY MOMS GROUP

Begins Tuesday, October 7th at 9:30 a.m. Looking for that mom-spirit connection as you seek to raise your little ones in the faith? Join us every other Tuesday morning for inspiration, laughter, and some creative time while your little ones are safely cared for in an age appropriate setting. The moms will be discussing Grace Based Parenting by Dr. Tim Kimmel. In the study we will learn how to meet our children's three driving inner needs for security, significance and strength with the invaluable gifts of love, purpose and hope. Reserve your free childcare spot by calling the office, or email: [email protected] The September-October Upper Room and Alive Now! are available in the Narthex and lobby across from the elevator. Free will donations gratefully accepted.

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New Member Classes

If you are interested in joining with Westlake UMC, the new member process includes three classes that you can complete in any order:

PIZZA WITH THE PASTOR Tuesday, September 2nd at 6:30 p.m. In this session, Rev. John talks about his vision for the church, what it means to be United Methodist, and has a time for questions and answers.

SPIRITUAL GIFTS DISCOVERY Saturday, September 13th, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.

STEWARDSHIP & YOUR MONEY AUTOBIOGRAPHY Sunday, October 12th, 9:00 a.m. Please let the office know if you are interested in attending these classes which are open to members and visitors alike. Please let us know if you need childcare for any of the sessions.

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN GENERAL MEETING: POTLUCK! THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH AT 10:30 A.M. Women of our church - you are ALL welcome to this friendly group. Start this new season by enjoying our monthly meetings and making new friends. The business meeting begins at 10:30 and lunch is at 12:00 noon. Usually we bring a sandwich, but this September gathering is a potluck. Please bring a dish to pass - a main dish, salad, or dessert. The 1:00 p.m. program will be "It's Fall Migration Time", to be presented by a naturalist from the Rocky River Nature Center. This will be very interesting for everyone. Please join us and bring friends!

LADIES & GENTLEMEN…. PLEASE SAVE THIS DATE! THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23RD This will be the United Methodist Women’s Fall Luncheon at 12:00 noon. More information will be coming soon! Both MEN & WOMEN invited!

Christian Ed News Rally Day: SHINE! Sunday, September 7th Let your light shine before others so that they may see your good works and give glory to your father in heaven. ~Matthew 5:16 We welcome the start of a new year for our children as grade promotions help mark time like the pencil lines on a growth chart. We welcome their shining smiles, many of their ever sparkly dresses and shoes, and the light of God’s Grace that bedazzles them through and through. Take five or ten minutes and read the scripture line above. Pause in reflective prayer over each word. There is a lot packed into that one sentence. For our children, we should be proud they grasp much of good works. We want to continue to encourage understandings of letting their light shine. It doesn’t need to be hidden under a backpack, make-up, or efforts to be just like everyone else. God’s love is for us all. Regardless of age, we can shine with His love. We have gifts. We can share those gifts to glorify God. The congregation is one of the safest “before others” group where kids can let their light shine. We welcome them. We express pride in their character. We see his light SHINE in them. On Rally Sunday, we ask kids to wear a shirt they choose that shows off something that shares how they SHINE! And please wear shoes appropriate for field games. Take an opportunity on Rally Sunday, and throughout the year to ask our kids and youth how they SHINE. Sure, it is hard not to tell the ones with curls and bows how cute they look or to ask every 4th grader how school is going. Yet we can inspire with our words. We can use our questions to glorify Him. Because we know God made us to SHINE with His light. We know for kids understanding they can do good in the world starts with knowing God did something bright, brilliant, and amazing in them, for them, with them.  SHINE with us, and among us.  SHINE before others.  SHINE as you help others.  SHINE and give God the glory, glory.

SHINE with us on Rally Sunday, September 7th. (CONT’D P.5

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(Christian Ed cont’d) WUMC CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL PROGRAMS: REGISTRATION All infants, children, and teens need to be registered with WUMC. The church recently invested in a new data management system. Uh, exciting right? It is when we share this new system will reduce registration time this year a little, and next year will enable previously registered families to just confirm their prior information. Exciting, yes! Sharing many thanks to WUMC Office Manager, Stephanie Fries, and Ellie Peiffer. Registration takes less than five minutes and protects your child(ren), please click HERE

WHO GOES WHERE, WHEN? Let us help you navigate Christian education for your family. To figure out “who goes where, when” just see below! 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM Infants-Waddlers The nursery is open to you from 8:00 AM until 12:30 PM. Qualified staff is happy to keep your child(ren) safe, and secure. 11:28 Toddlers – Kinders If your child wants to sing and dance for all, part, or none of the service, families may drop off children in the nursery anytime prior to or during this high energy worship experience. 1st-6th Graders Make a beautiful noise and sing alongside your family for a couple of songs, and then listen for your worship leader to dismiss you to Sunday school class. Reunite with your child in Rm 103 following the service. 10:00 Advanced Toddlers – 3 year olds The 2-3 year old room is for you! Please drop off to the 2-3 year old classroom vs. the nursery. Paired weekly teams of a volunteer and a qualified staff member will delight in welcoming you. This class provides an “in-between” for children not ready for the structure of the pre-school class but ready for a weekly Bible lesson and age-appropriate craft. There is not a hard rule about 20 months vs. 24 or 3 vs. 3.5 years old. Let’s find what is right for your child.

We are looking for joyful adults to volunteer alongside a WUMC Nursery staffer to read, and help with the weekly game/craft in the 2 –3 year old class. If interested, please contact Carol Ryan. Preschoolers Join us in the 3-4 year old room (across from nursery) for exciting and fun preschool style lessons and friendships. This class is for our “may I use the potty” friends who are not enrolled in kindergarten. Volunteer teachers keep this class lively and supportive. Kinders! Hello new-to-school kids! Our kinders worship with their families, participate in the children’s message, and then head off to class with the “big kids”. Volunteer teachers will continue the amazing legacy of wonder, worship, and learning in this class. Unlike the big kids, kinders should reunite with parent directly following worship service in Room 102. BLAST (1st-6th graders) Let’s worship together! Join us in the Sanctuary. Sing and pray together as part of your congregation. Following the children’s message, friends should file out of the sanctuary to fellowship hall. Following their community time, teachers will lead children to their respective classrooms. BLAST concludes at 11:10, and parents should sign-out their child(ren) before returning to coffee hour, or heading out. Amazing volunteer teachers will help make connections, and keep our lessons relevant. To volunteer, please contact Carol Ryan. Confirmation Class (7th-8th graders) This experiential and engaging class meets Sundays, starting on September 14th, on the stage in lower fellowship hall from approx. 10:15—11:00 a.m. For more information, or to ensure you are added to Confirmation Class communications please contact Carol Ryan ([email protected] or via the church office). Young Adults Class (Confirmed – 20 years of age) Please see announcement for this new offering within YOUTH NEWS (page 6). This class, like our adult programs, takes place at 9:00 a.m. in Room 205 (Youth Room). (CONT’D P.6

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Library Corner

(Christian Ed cont’d) DONATIONS & HELPERS Many thanks for the lids and caps! Currently, we continue to only collect colorful buttons! Our next collection will be announced for October. Christian Education is seeking classroom helpers for Sunday school programs, adults willing to support children’s mini-mission projects, and teens (either just seeking opportunities or volunteer hours for school). If you want to learn more, or wonder why you haven’t been called, then please call or email Carol Ryan ([email protected] or 440-871-3088).

SEEKING MORE MENTORS WUMC is seeking adult mentors (ages 25 – 100) for our 7th and 8th graders participating in the Confirmation class. This restructured program will include designated meeting times, as well as self-directed opportunities this year. If you feel called to make a difference in a youth’s faith journey, connect well with youth, or you are curious if it might be a positive experience, please contact Carol Ryan via email or church office.

… Have you heard? Over the summer, Westlake UMC hired a new youth coordinator – me! My name is Rachael Haning, and I bring about 10 years of youth ministry experience to Westlake. I have worked at several Methodist churches, as well as starting my ministry at the Silver Lake United Church of Christ, right here in Northeast Ohio. I have learned a lot about myself and my faith from all of the youth and families who have been placed in my life over the years, and I cannot wait to learn and grow with the youth at Westlake! When I am not coordinating and attending amazing youth events, I am also a 4th grade teacher at Menlo Park Academy. I also enjoy hiking, baking, flea market shopping, and LOVE a good book with a hot cup of tea on a rainy day. I look forward to getting to know everyone at Westlake, as we all help the youth live out their faith every day!

NEW SUNDAY EVENING PROGRAM (NAME TBD)

In order to help youth learn and grow in their faith, the WUMC Youth Ministry will be hosting a Sunday evening program. This will include the T2T group (6th-

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NEW BOOKS! — NEW BOOKS! Look for them in the library this September. There’s something for everyone — adults, young adults and children. Watch for highlighted books in the weekly bulletin and be sure to check them out. See you in the library.

~Judy McDonald & Nanci Danburg WUMC Librarians

Altar Flowers

If you would like to donate flowers for the altar on Sundays, there is a sign-up sheet is located next to the lobby bulletin board—or contact the office. Please bring a check for $35 made out to the church with “altar flowers” on the memo line, or cash in an envelope with specified date, at least one week prior to the floral arrangement being displayed. We will take care of placing the order!

8th grade) as well as our more mature high school folks (9th-12th grade). The schedule will look like this: 5:00-5:45 – T2T (6th-8th grade group time) 5:45-7:15 – Dinner + Games + Worship (6th-12th grade) 7:15-8:00 – High School Group Time (9th-12th grade) There will be many more communications about this Sunday evening program, including how YOU can be involved in choosing a name! Please mark your calendar for the September 14th kick off! Our first “regular” meeting will be September 21st, 2014.

CALLING ALL YOUNG ADULTS FOR SUNDAY A.M.! Are you a young adult, age 14-20? Are you available from 9-10 on Sunday mornings? (Come on, you know you are!) Starting on September 14th, there will be a new YOUNG ADULT CLASS meeting in the Youth Room at 9 a.m. We will meet in a small group to discuss books of the Bible and lessons we can apply to our own lives. Our first study will be an 8 week study on the book of Revelation (why not start with the end, right?). Hope to see you there!

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September 2014

Music News!

CHILDREN’S CHOIR!

COME SING WITH US! The WUMC Adult Choir will be beginning rehearsals on Thursday, August 28th, and we would love to have you join us! The choir performs a wide variety of music, from spirituals to masterworks to modern praise songs. No musical experience is necessary, just a willingness to have fun and learn as you go. The choir rehearses on Thursdays from 7:30—9:00 p.m. and performs weekly for the 10:00 worship service. Childcare can be provided if necessary, or your older children are welcome to accompany you to rehearsal. The Adult Choir is open to everyone 9th grade and beyond, of all ability levels and any and all musical backgrounds. Come enjoy music and fellowship with us! Questions? See Marshall Haning, Music Director on Sunday mornings, or email [email protected] Hope to see you at rehearsal!

What?

Children’s Choir

Who?

Children in grades K-6 (Pre-K children upon request)

Where? Room 105 When?

Each Sunday from 11:20-12:00 beginning on September 7th

We are a fun group! Each week, we learn about music, sing serious and silly songs, pray with one another, and learn more about God. Hope you join us this year! Questions? Contact Annie Kaschube at (216) 8621232 or [email protected]

Thanks to a donation made by the Westlake Kiwanis, Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors are available for FREE to eligible seniors and low-income eligible individuals living in the Westlake community. The detectors will be distributed by the Westlake Fire Department. Anyone needing a smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector must call the Westlake Community Center at (440) 899-3544 to determine eligibility.

6th—12 Grade Youth (Please bring your parents to this first event, too!) September 14th from 5—7 p.m. Eat dinner — Discuss events for the upcoming year — Play a friendly game of Parent vs. Youth Kickball PLEASE BRING A DISH TO SHARE!



WEAR COMFY CLOTHES AND SHOES!

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Office Help Requested!

You are invited to… A Church Women United Gathering FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3RD AT 10 A.M. IN WESTLAKE UMC FELLOWSHIP HALL Church Women United invites both women and men of all Christian faiths throughout Cuyahoga County to attend a special fall luncheon. There will be a devotion offered, with an introduction to the Book of Revelation, free lunch, followed by a presentation from a Hospice leader. No RSVP is necessary. Please invite your friends! Church Women United is a racially, culturally, theologically inclusive Christian women’s movement, celebrating unity in diversity and working for a world of peace and justice.

Do you like to greet people with a smile? Do you enjoy answering the phone? Do you have a few hours to spare on Monday, October 6th; Tuesday, October 7th; or Wednesday, October 8th? Stephanie, WUMC’s Office Manager, is taking a few days of vacation those three days next month. She would greatly appreciate some help with taking messages and helping both visitors and members who come to the office window. Anytime you have available to volunteer between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and/or Wednesday would be helpful! (There is a folder with info, and there is always something to do around the office!) Please contact Stephanie with your availability. Thank you in advance! Send an email to: [email protected] or call (440) 871-3088.

Income Statement— July 2014 July 2014

YTD 2014

2013

YTD 2013

YTD Budget

Annual Budget 2014

INCOME CONTRIBUTION INCOME

$33,112.28

$315,529.60

$35,485.59

$325,694.39

$325,460.81

$560,000.00

$33,112.28

$315,529.60

$35,485.59

$325,694.39

$325,460.81

$560,000.00

$26,370.42

$177,957.87

$24,308.87

$169,361.48

$187,794.74

$321,934.00

4,743.37

15,455.50

2,043.84

13,619.09

14,841.69

23,300.00

98.74

1,579.67

489.15

1,276.06

1,213.31

1,880.00

10,849.71

62,536.47

11,631.22

45,393.07

51,009.37

82,459.00

42,062.24

257,529.51

38,473.08

229,649.70

254,859.11

429,573.00

99.93

-705.75

167.98

1,374.36

2,391.62

4,100.00

917.45

4,463.28

391.25

1,354.28

2,800.00

4,800.00

EDUCATION EXP.

2,571.25

8,102.57

992.45

6,452.22

7,583.24

13,000.00

OUTREACH EXP.

69.40

4,363.18

276.26

3,358.65

4,200.00

7,200.00

6,367.12

42,987.85

6,107.86

43,854.98

50,367.94

86,345.00

Subtotal Ministry Expense

10,025.15

59,211.13

7,935.80

56,394.49

67,342.80

115,445.00

TOTAL EXPENSES

52,087.39

316,740.64

46,408.88

286,044.19

322,201.91

545,018.00

EXCESS INCOME/EXPENSES

-$18,975.11

-$1,211.04

-$10,923.29

$39,650.20

$3,258.90

$14,982.00

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TOTAL INCOME EXPENSES ADMINISTRATIVE EXP. STAFF PARISH EXP. OFFICE EXP. FINANCE TEAM EXP. FACILITIES EXP. Subtotal Expenses MINISTRY EXPENSE MUSIC EXP. WORSHIP EXP.

MISSION EXP.

September 2014

From the Parish Nurse... Kathy Tafuri, our WUMC Volunteer Parish Nurse, may be reached at (440) 871-3088 x17, or [email protected] with healthrelated concerns. Free blood pressure screenings available most Sundays after each service. P.N. News: Beginning September 10th, Kathy will be available on Wednesday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m. to address your health concerns, plus offer free blood pressure screenings. Stop by to see her! Kathy has some medical supplies you might need. Please let her know if you could use anything.  One cane (with 4 "feet" for balance) ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

*Sinus Rinse and Neti Pot kits Walkers Canes One wheelchair Arthritis sock assistive device Exercise Equipment (for seated, pedaling exercise) Crutches

OSHIIP Update!

$35.00 WILL SPONSOR A SUNDAY COFFEE FELLOWSHIP TIME*! Encourage fellowship! Welcome the WUMC Church family by funding a Sunday Coffee Fellowship Time. All work will be done by the Hospitality Team. Enjoy fellowship with your church family!

NEW TO MEDICARE ... Mark your Calendar! The Welcome to Medicare webinar will be offered on Monday, September 15th at 6:00 p.m. Visit www.insurance.ohio.gov and click on the “Medicare Services” link near top of page to register for this informative session.

GOT MEDICARE???? Medicare Enrollees -Mark your calendar! 2015 Annual Open Enrollment is October 15th – December 7th KNOW YOUR OPTIONS! Be informed; don’t make a costly mistake! Questions? Ask Medicare trained OSHIIP counselor, Patricia Stineman, 440-781-1383 Get rid of that landline? Move? Please let the office know of any updates to mailing address, email, and/or phone. Accurate information appreciated! [email protected] or (440) 871-3088

*Fellowship Time encompasses the entirety of Sunday morning, with coffee and pastries available for all Worship participants.

Unless you request a specific date, we will assign a Sunday that is open on the calendar. Your name will be displayed on table signage and listing in the weekly bulletin. Name: _____________________________________________ _____________________________________________ (sponsoring individual, family or group) In celebration or remembrance? _____Yes _____ No ____________________________________________________ **Please leave this form and payment in the collection basket or at the church office** Thank you for supporting this Hospitality ministry.

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Church Family Focus BAPTISMS Maximus Donald Goloja, son of Stacy & Geoff Goloja and little brother of Colbie, was baptized on July 27th by Rev. Jim Cake. His godparents are Don and Allison Muller. Sophia Make Merrill, daughter of John & Brianne Merrill, and little sister of Adeline, was baptized on August 10th at the 11:28 service by Rev. John Butchko. Her godmother is Jessica Merrill. Aubrey Noel Heberlein, daughter of Dan & Heather Heberlein, and little sister of Olivia, Eli, and Isaac, was baptized on August 17th at the 11:28 service by Rev. John Butchko. Avery Patricia Hyland, daughter of Michelle & Dan Hyland, was baptized on August 17th at the 11:28 service by Rev. John Butchko. Her godparents are Terry Hyland and Rebecca Atwood.

WITH SYMPATHY Bruce Olsen, husband of Nancy Olsen, passed away June 14th. A memorial service officiated by Rev. John Butchko was held on June 20th. William “Bill” Lamb, husband of Suzanne Lamb, passes away June 14th. A memorial service officiated by Rev. John Butchko was held on June 28th. Floyd Dallas, father of Joe Dallas, passed away July 2nd. Rowan Labarre, nephew of Charlie Pugh, passed away July 7th. Mike Griffin, cousin of Ellie Peiffer, passed away July 22nd. Martha Wise Spaulding, friend of WUMC and frequent visitor, passed away July 22nd. Laura Chen, niece of Carole Miller, passed away July 23rd.

Dick Lancashire, husband of Marilou Lancashire and father of Jenny Zapfe, passed away August 9th. A memorial service is being planned by the family for the time of Thanksgiving.

THANK YOU The Trustees and Congregation of Westlake UMC wish to express their sincere thanks to Sherri Cebul-Ligas and Ben Ligas for the immediate action they took early on July 30th to remove the huge maple tree that had fallen out of the Memorial Garden, across the entrance to the church parking lot. A major task, Ben with his trusty chainsaw completed the task in rapid time safely--even the stump was removed, assisted by Jeremy and friends. A timely miracle and a sincere Christian Act! Dear Westlake UMC, As I continue to recover at home from the stroke in April, I am sure my recovery was aided by the prayers, kind words, and thoughts of members of WUMC. I truly appreciated the visits by John, Ellie, and Kathy. The CD’s are special , too. Thank you so much! Sincerely, Gail Connor

Thank you To The WUMC Community! Judy and I are overwhelmed by our church community's support of the Cleveland ALS Walk with your generous donations to Alex's Army. We extend our thanks to each of you; each day we are grateful for your friendship, prayers, love and caring. You are truly a witness to God in action among us. We are blessed to be part of this wonderful community of faith. God Bless,

Alex and Judy Massey

Treasure Kalal, mother of Norm Kalal, passed away July 24th. Lillian George, mother of Beth Ann Sedam and sister of Mildred Williams, passed away August 13th.

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The Women of WUMC take the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” on August 24th with Alex cheering them on!

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Youth vs. Parents Kickball Game 5—7 p.m.

Bells Play

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@ 5:30 p.m.

Fall Potluck!

All Church

5:00 T2T (6th—8th) 5:45 Dinner + Fun (6th-12th) 7:15 High School (9th-12th)

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7pm Leadership Council (107)

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Sun

Church Office Closed

5:00 pm Oberlin Choristers (FH) 7pm OT Bible Study (107)

10am MM Handbells (Sanct) 7 pm ChristCare—GL/JL (205)

OT Bible Study (107)

Committee on Lay Leadership (107)

Communications Committee (107)

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7pm

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7pm

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7pm

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6:30pm Pizza with the Pastor (205)

2

Tue

29

10am MM Handbells (Sanct) 7 pm ChristCare—GL/JL (205)

22

MESSENGER DEADLINE FOR OCTOBER

10am MM Handbells (Sanct) 7 pm Finance Cmmte (104) 7 pm ChristCare—GL/JL (205)

15

10am MM Handbells (Sanct) 12pm All-Staff Meeting (107) 12:30pm Games ’N Such (FH) 7 pm Stephen Ministry (107) 7 pm Trustees (106)

8

1

Mon

18

10:30am UMW Gen. Mtg Potluck! (F.H.) 5:30pm Marijuana Anon(100) 7:30pm Choir Rehearsal

11

25 10 am 10 am 5:30pm 7:30pm

24

CWRU (107) UMW Outreach (FH) Marijuana Anon (100) Choir Rehearsal

OT Bible Study (107) Purl Girls (100) Parish Nurse Available 5:30pm Marijuana Anon (100) PACE (103) 7:30pm Choir Rehearsal ChristCare—GM (205) 11:28 Rehearsal (FH)

OT Bible Study (107) Purl Girls (100) Parish Nurse Available PACE (103) ChristCare—GM (205) 11:28 Rehearsal (FH)

Thu

10 am UMW Bd. Mtg (104) 5:30pm Marijuana Anon (100) 7:30pm Choir Rehearsal

4

9:30am OT Bible Study (107) 12pm Purl Girls (100) 1 pm Parish Nurse Available 1:30pm PACE (103) 5:30pm Community Meal 7pm ChristCare—GM (205) 7:30pm 11:28 Rehearsal (FH)

9:30am 12pm 1 pm 1:30pm 7pm 7:30pm

17

9:30am 12pm 1 pm 1:30pm 7pm 7:30pm

10

1:30pm PACE (103) 7:30pm 11:28 Rehearsal

3

Wed

26

19

12

5

Fri

Nehemiah Mission Work Day 9 a.m.—2 p.m.

6:30pm ChristCare—JK/LK

9am—4pm Oberlin Choristers Retreat (FH, Sanct, 106-7)

27

20

9:00—11:30 am Spiritual Gifts Workshop (107)

13

6:30pm ChristCare—JK/LK

6

Sat

September 2014

11

WESTLAKE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH STAFF Rev. John Butchko Patti Barnes Jeanne Halaby Marshall Haning Rachael Haning Rich Gallo Annie Kaschube Alexandra Kellatis Sean Conroy Ardith McCloy Gretty Myers Ellie Peiffer Carol Ryan Stephanie Fries Sharon Parks-Stickler Kathy Tafuri Morgan Lux

Senior Pastor: [email protected] Nursery Coordinator Nursery Assistant Director of Music & Adult Choir Youth Coordinator 11:21 Band & Music Leader Organist Childcare Assistant Coordinator Building Manager Director of Handbells Stephen Ministry Coordinator Small Group & Welcoming Ministries Christian Education Associate Office Manager Finance Manager Volunteer Parish Nurse Nursery Assistant

WUMC Librarians: Nanci Danburg & Judy McDonald OTHER PASTORS CONNECTED TO THIS CONGREGATION: Rev. Jim Cake Rev. Nancy Hull Dr. Richard Parks Rev. Ron Dietrich Rev. Don Lefelar Rev. Bob Remington Rev. Diana Guyette Dr. Richard Lehto Rev. Tom Taylor

2014-15 Leadership: Leadership Council Chair: Tracy Heberle Lay Leader: Tony DiBiasio Recording Secretary: Laurie Marshall At-Large Members: Dina Leader, Harlen Rife Barbara Lachowicz, Carol Thaler UM Men Rep: Rod Erskine UM Women Rep: Peggy Lundberg

Finance Committee: Jim Kubancik (chair), Scott Kremer, Len Siwik, Russ Toye, Jamie Ryan, Matt McQuality, Jerry Peiffer

SPRC: Laurie Forbush (chair), John Thaler, Sharon Dixon, Moises Buzon, Amy Surovi, Stephanie McNamara, Alex Combs, Barbara Deeds, Dale Garrett

Trustees: Ron Rennard (chair), Nic Kinch, Robin Carreon, Peg Lundberg, Gary Linch, Chris Tilton, Carole Miller, Donn Belzer, Ben Ligas

* * M ESSENGER A RTICLES FOR O CTOBER : D UE M ONDAY , S EPTEMBER 15 TH * *

Mailed August 28, 2014 DATED MATERIAL—DO NOT DELAY

Sunday Worship at 8:15 a.m. (Reflective) 10:00 a.m. (Classic) 11:28 a.m. (High Energy) 27650 Center Ridge Road Westlake, Ohio 44145 (440) 871-3088 www.westlakeumc.org [email protected]

WESTLAKE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

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