News for March 6, 2015

Daylight Saving Time begins this weekend.  Remember to turn your clock forward one hour before you go to bed Saturday evening. 

Leonard Nimoy, the actor most noted for portraying the super-logical Mr. Spock on the old Star Trek TV series and in the Star Trek movies made since, died last week.  Nimoy’s passing gives us the opportunity to consider the role of logic in coming to faith as well as what might be called the illogic of faith and the leap of faith.  So those will be the topics of this week’s The Wired Word Adult Sunday School Class.  Join us in Fellowship Hall at 9:00 a.m. this Sunday for coffee, scriptures and discussion.   

Worship Service for Sunday, March 8th :            

Children’s Moment - 

Hymns -  Jesus, Name Above All Names and Where You There  

Special Music -  You’re Everywhere sung by Brian Schultz

Scripture -  John 2:13-22

Pastor Mike’s sermon title -  Passion for the House of God

Anna Emahiser’s selections* - How Great Is Our God,              

Cry Out To Jesus   

 Liturgist - Tom Quinn

 *Olga is on tour this week with the Bowling Green State University’s Men’s Chorus.  We are pleased to have Anna Emahiser as our substitute pianist this week.

 Brian Schultz will be with us this Sunday morning.  He will be sharing his musical talent by singing and he would like to speak to the congregation at the beginning of the service about The Water Project and challenge all of us to make a difference.

 Following the worship service, please join us in Fellowship Hall for a time of light refreshments and conversation.  Julie Croy & Jenny Kahl will be your hosts during the month of March.

Two folks have signed up for the New Members Class.  However, Sunday mornings will not work for either of them.  Pastor Mike will be rescheduling the class for a different day and time.  We will let you know an update as soon as it becomes available.

Our mission focus for the month of March will be the Theatre-for-the-World Well Project.  Please check your March issue of The Ambassador for additional information.

 Beginning on Sunday afternoon, the Theatre-for-the World will be in rehearsals every night in our Sanctuary from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled productions next weekend, they will be having dress rehearsals on Wednesday and Thursday evenings this week.  As in years past, you are welcome to attend those events.

Theatre-for-the-World will take place on Friday, March 13th, Saturday, March 14th and Sunday, March 15th.  Friday and Saturday’s shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday show will start at 1:30 p.m.  This year’s production is FOOLS, a family-friendly comedy by Neil Simon. 

There will be invitation cards in your bulletin this week about the Theatre-for-the-World.  Please feel free to share it to someone who might enjoy the production next weekend…a neighbor, co-worker, waitress, barber, etc.

We are in need of cookie bakers for Theatre-for-the-World intermission treats.  Nancy Stafford has placed a signup sheet on the bulletin board in the main hallway.  Please add your name to the list and, if possible, indicate what kind of cookies you will be contributing.  We have really increased our advertising this year and are expecting large turnouts each time the play is presented.  Please help us prepare for our guests!  The cookies will all need to be at the church by next Friday afternoon.

Time is quickly running out for you to make your reservations for the Lasagna Dinner on Saturday, March 14th before the play.  The Youth will need all reservations by Wednesday, March 11th.  Please either add your name to the list in the hallway or contact Stephanie Shelton. 

Many of you registered your Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes online when you paid for shipping last fall.  We would like to know where your boxes ended up!  Please contact the church office with that information.  We will be plotting these destinations on our world map for all to see.  So far, we have received word that boxes from our congregation went to Malawi and the Central African Republic. 

Sunday will be the final Sunday to order your Easter lily. If you would like to order a flower or make a donation to our Building Fund, please use the envelopes that can be found on the bulletin board outside Pastor Mike’s office.  Write your information on the outside of the envelope and place your money inside the envelope.  You may either place them in the offering plate or drop them off in the office. The cost of each lily is $8.00.  There is also a link to order your Easter lily in the March issue of The Ambassador – you will just fill out the form online and send your payment to the office. 

 The 35th annual Changed Life Seminar for women will take place on Saturday, March 21st at Emmanuel Baptist church in Toledo.  The guest speaker will be Elisa Morgan.  For twenty years, Elisa served as CEO of MOPS International.  Registration and refreshments begin at 8:15 a.m.  The day includes a morning session, lunch break and an afternoon session.  The cost is $25.00.  Registrations MUST be received by March 13th.  To register, please visit or pick up a form on the bulletin board in the hallway.  (Several women from our church have registered and will be attending.) 

Rob Greenlese has posted instructions and a signup sheet on the bulletin board in the hallway for cookies for an upcoming Kairos weekend at the Toledo Correctional Facility.  All cookie donations must be brought to the church by Friday, March 20th.   Rob will not be “going to jail” this weekend, but former member, Eric Ramlow, will be attending.  They need 10,000 dozen cookies for this weekend.  (That’s right…120,000 cookies!!)  So, when you’re baking cookies for the Theatre-for-the-World, make a couple dozen extra to help out this wonderful program also. 

And finally, the Church Mouse would like to thank Jerry Robinson for his construction of shelves inside the new storage area in Fellowship Hall.  The boxes with Christmas decorations are now nicely stored in an area where there are much easier to retrieve.   And special thanks to Melva for doing such a nice job supervising Jerry while he did his work! 

Be a blessing,

Church Cathy