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March Newsletter - The Tie Binder
March Events
It was nearly light when I got out of bed today. As I begin to write this over a bowl of cereal, my two dogs are sniffing and wagging their way around the backyard, finding scents of bunnies and squirrels, no doubt, for I have seen both out and about. The strange grass that pops up first in the front yard, and then blooms with tiny white flowers, is working its way up and above the dormant winter grass. I even hear more birds than usual this morning.
    I’m sticking my neck out and saying for certain…this might possibly, perhaps, maybe be spring. I could be wrong. It has happened before in my seasonal predictions. “Hope springs eternal in the human breast.” I agree with Alexander Pope, who penned those words almost 200 years ago. Right now, I am hopeful for sun and spring and sprouting flowers.
    There’s a tipping point where I begin to shake off the dark, cold, winter feeling and turn toward the hope and then the reality of spring. Sometimes that invitation to springtime gently invites me to turn my face to the sun. Sometimes that feeling marches up and bangs on the door to be let in. One way or the other, spring will be here soon.
    Our Lenten theme of Crossroads is helping me to throw off the mantle of winter for the light jacket of spring. Each week we are looking at a portion of our Lord’s path to the cross, and the choices, crossroads, he came to. And then we see in our lives that we have crossroads too. Places in life where we need to make a choice of which way to turn.
    The Lenten devotional, the Sunday sermons and dramas, the Bible Studies are all designed to help us think about our crossroads. Here’s a new thought…you have recently been at a crossroads, a point of choosing which way. Or perhaps you are now at a crossroads, making a big decision, aiming yourself in a new direction. And if not one of those two, chances are you soon will be at a crossroads of life, with choices that make you unsure of which way to turn and proceed.
    The choice Jesus made at each crossroad was to take a turn toward God and his mission on earth. A turn to the good. A turn that brought him closer to God. And that is the example from Jesus for each of our lives.
And while crossroads are always near, Jesus can help us know which way to turn. His decisions can help us to make good choices, God choices, all the time.
    And Jesus is always there, waiting, expectant, trying to get a hopeful Bible verse in our hearts edgewise. Most of the time, Jesus will not be banging and pounding on your hearts’ door. But know that the invitation to turn your face toward the Son is always there.
    Blessings on you as we study the decision points of Jesus Christ this lent. And may there be blessings on all of us as we seek to follow God through better decisions and directing our hearts in the God direction!

                                                                    Your Pastor, Rev. Dr. Karen E. Johnson

America for Christ offering will be taken in March

Sunday, March 4
Lent Study, 10-10:45 a.m.

Monday, March 5
Lent Study, 7-8 p.m.

Tuesday, March 6
Bingo @ The Oaks, 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 11
Daylight Savings Time begins
Lent Study, 10-10:45 a.m.
Boards 12:15; Advisory Council 1:00 p.m.

Monday, March 12
Lent Study, 7-8 p.m.

Thursday, March 15
ABWM Tea @ Wellington of Dayton, 2 p.m.
Program: Feel the Unity

Sunday, March 18
Deadline for newsletter
Lent Study, 10-10:45 a.m.

Monday, March 19
Lent Study, 7-8 p.m.

Tuesday, March 20
CWU Emma Murray Prayer Breakfast @ Christ United Methodist Church, 9:30 a.m.

Friday, March 23
Dining Out @ Jimmy’s Italian Rest., 11:30 am

Saturday, March 24
Easter Egg Hunt, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 25
Palm Sunday
Easter Flowers order due

Thursday, March 29
Maundy Thursday Supper & Service, 6 pm

Friday, March 30
Good Friday

Thanks For Serving 
in March

Worship Leaders
Linda Emmons & Megan Farnham

Lori & John Frueauf

Cookie Baker
Joyce Kelley

Children’s Church
March 4 N/A
March 11 Linda Emmons
March 18 Megan Farnham
March 25 Megan Farnham

March 4 Connie Sinks
March 11 Judy Teeters
March 18 Linda Emmons
March 25 Lori Frueauf

March 4 Lois Perry & Pastor Karen
March 11 Mission/Caring Board
March 18 Lillie Mae Allen & Bev Scarpelli
March 25 Linda Emmons

March 4 Edmund Sasak
March 11 John Frueauf
March 18 Brian Thompson
March 25 Edmund Sasak

American Baptist Women
Our March meeting will be a tea at Wellington of Dayton on March 15 at 2:00 p.m. Hostesses are Pat Trent and Lois Perry. Janet Mayo will give the devotions. Bible books of the month are I & II Peter and Jude. The program is on “Feel the Unity”.
    March 20 the Church Women United Emma Murray Prayer Breakfast will be at 9:30 at Christ United Methodist Church. Registration is needed by March 12 (see Jerri Wood). Cost is $8.00.
    Save the dates!! The All Daughters Luncheon will be at noon on Saturday May 12. Coordinators are Pat Trent and Linda Emmons. Be watching for more information…but save the date! It is not too early to be planning to attend the ABWM of Ohio Annual Conference June 8-9 in Zanesville. Pastor Karen and Flo Smith-Heizer are two of the “princess” coordinators for the conference and we want to support them by attending.

Mission/Caring Boards
The boards set goals for 2018 and organized board responsibilities.

Disbursements were:
One Great Hour of Sharing $
Wu’s: $100.00
Dayton Christian: $75.00
United Missions Basics: $315.00
Bucket Fund: $2.00
Retired Missionaries & Ministers: $370.00

Thanks to all who continue to drop change into the black mailbox for the Bucket Fund.
Helping with Bingo in February: Judy Teeters, Lillie Mae Allen, Vera Trigg, Joyce Kelley and Pastor Karen.

Library – Off the Shelf News
During this Lenten Season, we have books in our church library for your reading:
Max Lucado books:  The CrossHe Chose the Nails,  And the Angels Were SilentNo Wonder They Call Him Savior
Yancey: The Jesus I Never Knew
Franklin Graham: The Name
Corlett & Moore: The Christ Story
Chappel: Seven Words
Paul Maier: First Easter
Bonhoeffer: Meditations on the Cross 
Ideals Magazines and books for children (Easter Story, Legend of the Easter Egg, etc.) 

Card shower for Charlotte Lehman
 She will be 100 years old on March 12, 2018.  Her address is:  Charlotte Lehman, Village of Westerville Retirement Center  Room A108, 215 Huber Village Blvd., Westerville, OH 43081.

Crafters Group
Hello Crafters! The Tuesday Morning Craft Group will start-up on April 3rd at 9:30 in the lower level craft room. Lois Perry and Joyce Kelley are spearheading the efforts to make fantastic treasures for the Annual Christmas Bazaar. That bazaar, if you want to mark your calendars, is the first Friday and Saturday in November, Join in and learn to make crafts, perfect your crafty skills, or help find great things to make.