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Family Matters - 4/18/21


FAMILYMATTERS - - April 18, 2021

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On April 13th Don Davis underwent extensive mouth cancer surgery (lasting 9 hours) at Cleveland's University Hospital.  The surgery included the removal of his tongue, however the surgeons were able to fashion a new tongue from tissue harvested elsewhere in his body.  Please keep Don (and Shirley & family) in your constant prayers.  He will be facing lots of recovery time that will require considerable rehab, speech therapy, etc.   

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 This month we are celebrating "a virtual mortgage burning" - -   our church building is now debt-free.  A final payment was made to eradicate our bank loan balance on April 5th.  Having moved into our new facility in December of 2012, this means that we erased our indebtedness in a little over nine years.  

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With the resumption of our Sunday Morning Assembly all are invited to join us for worship at 10am.  For those who remain nervous about congregating, Sunday sermons will continue to be livestreamed weekly on our church Facebook page and/or YouTube - - both accessible via our church website. 

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     Peripatetic & Prophetic is the title of Terry Siverd's  sermon for this Sunday, April 18th - - focusing on the source of the apostolic eschatological teachings ......  Sermon manuscripts from April 4 & 11 are available elsewhere on this site.  We will hopefully be back to livestreaming on April 18th.

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We're very grateful for your consistent & generous offering$   throughout the last year.  If you are not yet comfortable with gathering on Sundays, those who are able are remined that you can funnel your church offerings directly to our church treasuer:      Roseann Kennedy, 400 Sodom Hutchings Rd, Vienna, OH, 44473. 

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Offering Stat$:  3/14-$1,710... 3/28-$1,824 ... 4/4-$2,657 ... 4/11-$1,369 ...... 2021 weekly average = $1,763 (over 15 weeks) ... Included in today's offering total is a $25 gift (in memory of Richard Jones) from the neighbor to Marian & John Scott. 

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In Our Prayers:  Don Davis (see above) ... Shan Wood ... Deb Rossi ... Bobbi Woods ... Betty Wood ... George Henderson ... Cheryl Morrow ... Bobby Meade ... Marlene Martin ... Frank Robinette ... Ed Anderson's brother Jack ... The family of Richard Jones.

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Happy Birthday to:  Fred Chester (4/15) ... Caleb Martin (4/26) ... Vic Rossi (4/27) ... Trudy Wood (4/27) ... and Tom Kennedy (4/28). 

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 Wedding Day will be May 1st for Joe Gentile & Michelle Maas - -  it will be a private ceremony with Terry Siverd officiating.

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Congratulations to Kacey Paukovich & Daniel Koehler on the recent announcement of their engagement to be married.

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Our 44th Annual Camp 2:52 Summer Youth Retreat scheduled for July 25-30, 2021 has once again been canceled due to the pandemic.

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Following the February 3rd passing of her husband Larry, this thank-you note was received from Gale Wheeler:  Dear Cortland Family, I want to thank you for the beautiful wind chime you sent in memory of Larry.  The chimes have the words 'Amazing Grace' inscribed on them.  Also, thank you for all the prayers & cards on Larry's and my behalf.  I've overwhelmed, and humbled, by your generous outpouring of love.  Your Grateful Sister in Christ.

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Our church directory of family & friends is currently being revised and should be ready for distribution in April or May '21.

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Please take note of the following new cellphone numbers:        Terry Siverd/330.646-5624 ... Jeannie Siverd/330.646-3053.

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Last fall, Chopics & Woods planted 20 saplings on our church lawn:   Red Maples, Sugar Maples, Rose Of Sharons and Hydrangeas.   They will hopefully grow to adorn our property.

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Sometime after resuming our Sunday AM worship, a decision regarding the re-start of additional group gatherings will be forthcoming.  Please stay tuned regarding the resumption of the following:  Sunday AM Bible Classes ... Sunday PM ... Midweek Bible Group ... Prime-Timer Luncheons ... Simple Supper & Devo ... L.I.F.E. Groups ... Threads Of Grace ... TerryTours .... Etc.

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For more sanitized gatherings these protocols will be used.  The building will be disinfected before and after services ... Individual communion kits will be utilized ... offering baskets will be placed in a central location ... Seating will facilitate social distancing ... Hand sanitizer will be provided ... Song books will yield to video projection ... Handshakes, hugs and kisses will be put on hold ... Facemasks are encouraged ... Dismissal will be by family clusters to avoid a foyer bottleneck.

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Our leadership reaffirmation and appointment process (for elders and deacons) has been postponed until later in 2021.

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New Bible Classes taught by Terry Siverd will hopefully begin sometime this summer.  Our Sunday AM class, Set In Stone, will be discussing The 10  Commandments Plus Two.  Our Midweek PM Bible Group will study some of the many Hard Sayings Of Paul.

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New Phone Number for Alice Jean Stone is (330) 992-4913.     Since Assisted Living Homes are still cautious about visitors, she'd be happy to hear from you.

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Kris & Nic Wildman have an attractive new website you can visit:  www.wildmanfamilyinsurance.com

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Are you checking on Family ... Friends ... and Neighbors?  How many brothers and sisters in Christ have you contacted?

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Should you be a social-media afficionado, be sure to take some time to drop by and visit our church's Facebook page.

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Dear God:  Please give me the strength to endure this situation, and to find the blessings and lessons that it contains.  Please give me the endurance to continue ahead.  Please guide my thoughts, words and actions, so that I walk Your path of peace and love.

Week of April 18 - 24

Date               Chapter

Matthew

18                       10

19                       11

20                       12

21    Reflection    

22    Reflection  

23                      13

24                      14