Church News

Church News for August 18, 2019

If you wish to become a member, please contact Pastor Haberkost or the church office.

Today’s altar flowers given to the glory of God!

LAST PUSH FOR AUGUST COLLECTION BOX: We will continue to collect much needed supplies for the students at Lutheran Memorial School in Cleveland for the new school year. Items of greatest need are:

Pencils and Pencil Sharpeners  Notebook Filler Paper (wide or narrow)  White of Colored Copy Paper,   White Art Paper (Legal Size)  Tissues   Lysol Wipes  Hand Sanitizer Preschool Size Socks and Underwear, Khaki Pants (any size) Gift cards to Walmart or Target would also be appreciated for the teachers to purchase supplies for their classrooms.

 BACKPACK BLESSING today at both services!

Blanket left from VBC. Someone left a nylon camouflage blanket with the Vacation Bible Camp supplies left for the Schnabels. If this is your blanket, please contact Beth and Charles to get it back. It is a very nice blanket!

WFS (Women Flying Solo) will meet this Tuesday, August 20, at Buehler’s River Styx at 11:30am. Please contact Carolyn Dietsche if you can attend at 330-723-2884.

If you have lost a loved one to suicide, you are not alone. Help and support can be found at     

Sunday, September 8th will be a special Sunday! We will worship outside in the chapel, kick off Fall Sunday School with games and inflatables and our church picnic will follow late worship! We will also be celebrating “Bring a Friend, Share your Faith Sunday!” Everyone will be asked to bring someone as a guest to worship on that Sunday. You have the perfect opportunity of having someone you know hear about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and what He has done. 

New Member Classes will be starting on Thursday, September 12 from 6:30 – 8pm. Please sign up on the poster in the Narthex if you would like to attend, or if you just want to brush up your knowledge on faith.

Attention! Attention! We are in need of a few good accompanists to help at our Saturday morning Samaritan services. August 24, September 28, November 23 and December 28 are lacking a musician. If you can play 3 hymns (of your choosing) please talk to Sandy Haberkost or Rich Proeschel. You can play guitar, piano, whatever instrument is your God given talent…. Lend a hand and a song… and bring some joy to the residents at Samaritan!

September Book Group We will meet at church on September 9th at 5:30 p.m. in the library to discuss In Pieces by Sally Field. Please bring your own dinner and beverage. Sign up on the bulletin board which has more info. Questions? Call Linda Haberkost at 330-864-7197. Everyone is welcome

Adult Fellowship Winery Outing Please join us for  adult fellowship, food and fun at the Silver Run Winery Saturday September 7th from 7-10pm. Sign up in the narthex until Sunday September 1st. Any questions, contact Gail Edgar at 330-329-6867.

What Is a Stephen Minister Like? They Are among Us No, we’re not talking about angels or aliens. We’re talking about individuals who care about others. The Scriptures describe their service well: “Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering” (Hebrews 13:3). If you or someone you know wants to do more as a Christian caregiver, consider Stephen Ministry. This is our congregation’s one-to-one caregiving ministry. A training class is starting soon. Please contact Greg or Kristin Ulm (330-421-5759) for more information.

Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity November 3-9, 2019 Building Mission in Beaumont, TexasTeams for Thrivent Builds/Habitat for Humanity will now act as "second responders" to areas after a natural disaster in U.S.  The Medina mission team will work on new homes in Beaumont, an area that was hit hard by Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and homes were ruined by floods in 2018. Please join our local team to help build homes in Beaumont. The cost is $400.00 (Thrivent members) and $700.00 (non-Thrivent) which includes transportation in a rental van during the week in Texas, lodging, all meals, snacks and cultural activities.  Currently, the cost to fly to Texas in November is under $200.00. If you have questions or are ready to sign up contact Beth Schnabel (330-723-1035 or  The team is limited to 12 members.