But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.

Psalm 1:2-3

July 2011

Here are the highlights from this year’s Annual Conference held at Lakeside, Ohio: The theme for this year was "If We Are the Body" The church has many parts and it functions best when all its parts perform their tasks accordingly. We are called to Aid, Advance and Advocate on behalf of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

The Service of Communion and Remembrance offered the opportunity for East Ohio to pay respects to those who dedicated their lives making disciples for Jesus Christ. Lighted candles were processed through Hoover Auditorium and then placed on the altar to honor the fifty-five saints who joined the church triumphant since last year’s annual conference. Among them was Bishop James Samuel Thomas, who shepherded East Ohio for twelve years.

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June 2011

Acts 2:3 "They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them."

The baby birds have flown the nest! You remember last month I told you about the bird that had made her nest in the wreath on the front door of the church; well they are grown and gone. One tried to leave too soon and did not make it, two left right on schedule and one last little guy needed a little extra coaching to believe he could fly but he did it, just a little behind schedule. As the final bird left, I thought to myself "perfect timing" it seems that all of creation is graduating or moving on these days.

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May 2011

Early in March, I became aware that a small determined bird had built her nest in the wreath hanging on the front left door of the church. I suppose from her viewpoint it was a pretty good piece of real estate; secured from the weather on three sides, a sturdy straw foundation and close to food and water. You would have thought the constant coming and goings through our front entrance would have given her pause, but every time the door opened she just fluttered to the tree on our front lawn until the intruder was gone. Then she would return to her nest to hatch her eggs. And her eggs did hatch, though through some accident, she lost one of the four babies. I let our worship chair, Pam McVay know of our little maternity ward so she would not remove the wreath until after the babies have flown the coop. I have spent a lot f time during Lent watching and meditating on that little bird; for me, she and her nest had become a symbol for Easter and new life.

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April 2011

I am sure that you have been saddened and concerned by the recent events in Japan. Just the shocking earthquake alone would have been enough devastation, but then the tsunami and the subsequent damage to their nuclear reactors has been sobering indeed. Watching the newscasts have been heart rendering to see all the loss to property and life. I have been amazed at the people’s courage and lack of bitterness, their stoic acceptance of the situation and their sharing of what little resources they have. I have seen no examples of looting or of people taking advantage of each other. What really brought a lump to my throat was the group huddled in the school gym and one woman started singing in English "Amazing Grace."

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March 2011

On March 9th Lent begins. For many Christians it is a time of giving up of material things, fasting, increased prayer time and a closer walk with Jesus. Talking with a pastor of a non-denominational church, I was surprised to learn that, Lent is not part of their religious practices because they do not follow a liturgical season.

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