How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I take counsel in my soul
and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?
3 Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;
light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,
4 lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”
lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.
5 But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
6 I will sing to the Lord,
because he has dealt bountifully with me. Psalm 13
Have you ever felt like this? Like God has forgotten you? Like he had turned his face away from you? This can be very difficult when you feel abandoned by God. Friends, family, brothers and sisters in Christ try to assure you that God has not forgotten you; and you know this in your head, but in your heart you feel abandoned, left alone, defeated.
35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” Mark 4:35-41
Have you ever wondered how long the storm was? Was the storm ten minutes, thirty minutes, an hour, multiple hours? How long was it? Wouldn’t it give us some comfort in knowing how long the disciples were able to weather the storm before going to Jesus? Wouldn’t it allow us some comfort of comparison to endure the storms of our lives? Or would it be a fool’s errand to get caught up in watching the clock instead of pressing in to God?
God is there. He may not be acting like you want Him to. He may not be answering you yet. But he is there. He cares and He will act, it just may not be when we want Him to. Many times this is hard to accept. I know because I find myself going back to Psalm 13 and Mark 4 during the storms in my life. I find my head reassuring my heart to just wait. God is there. Trust in Him.
OPPORTUNITIES OF THE WEEK
Wednesday, January 16
- 9:45 a.m., Senior Bible Study meets in the Fellowship Hall.
- 7:00 a.m., Seventy4 Bible Study meets in the youth room.
- 7:30 p.m., College & Career Bible Study at the Windham’s.
Saturday, January 19
- 7:00 a.m., Men’s Bible Study meets in the Conference Room.
Sunday, January 20
- 8:30-10:00 a.m., Library will be open.
- 8:30 a.m., Coffee and Fellowship time.
- 8:30 a.m., Bible Memory Ministries meets in the Sunday School Wing.
- 9:00 a.m., Prayer time meets in the Sanctuary.
- 9:00 a.m., Sunday School for all ages.
- 9:00 a.m., Prayer time in the Sanctuary.
- 10:00 a.m., Kings Kids meets in the upstairs Sunday School wing.
- 10:00 a.m., Worship Service with Ross Miller.
FOR YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS FOR OUR PEOPLE:
- Briana Coblentz for health concerns.
- Lisa Brown recovering from surgery.
- Galen Sommers with health concerns.
- Mary Gillman for family concerns.
- Cass Nisly with health concerns.
PRAY FOR THE BROADER CHURCH & THE WORLD
- The extended ministry of our church: Wooster Church Plant; Eric & Briana & Family with Pioneers in SE Asia; Kyle & Dani Troyer family in Haiti; Galen & Bonnie Stutzman with Wycliffe.
ADDITIONAL PRAYER REQUESTS
- Hunter David Kauffman (infant relative of Lloyd & Mary King and Brittany & Kevin King) was born at 26 weeks with health concerns.
- Cheryl Cunningham (friend of Lisa Rowland) with health concerns.
HOMEBOUND CHURCH FAMILY: Galen Sommers; John Horn; Kathryn Slabaugh at the Homestead; Delilah Hershberger at the Homestead; Clara Hostetler at the Hennis in Dover; Loyal Schloneger at Oakhill Manor in Louisville; Emanuel Yoder at Walnut Hills; Elsie Bliler at St. Luke’s.
FOR THE RECORD - FIRST FRUIT TITHES & OFFERINGS
January 7-13, 2019 Attendance Sunday, 01/13:
Ministry (General) Fund $16,048.25 Worship Service 537
DAILY SCRIPTURE READINGS
14th – Deuteronomy 8:1-14
15th – Psalm 25
16th – Luke 15:11-32
17th – I John 4:1-6
18th – Galatians 5:16-26
PRAYER TIME in the Sanctuary on Sunday’s January 20 & 27 during the Sunday School hour from 9:00-9:40 a.m. There will still be Adult Sunday School available to attend.
IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, we will communicate church closing or delays with you in the following ways:
- Post on our Evermore Facebook account and website.
- Church answering machine.
- Channel 3 WKYC
COOKIES FOR MISSIONS is selling Valentine Cookies. They are $15.00 a dozen and ready for pick up on February 13th between 4-6:00 in the lobby of the Hartville Kitchen. Sign-up sheet is at the information center or order online at firstname.lastname@example.org
INFANT NURSERY will be combined with toddler nursery during construction. Parents are welcome to use the cry room if needed during the service. Thanks for your cooperation during this time.
EVERMORE MOMS GROUP: You and your children are invited to coffee, donuts & playtime on January 28th from 10-12 in the fireside room & nursery. This is a great time to have mom-to-mom time to fellowship and encourage one another while our children get to play! We would love to see you there! Any questions please call or text Melody McGaha or Ashlee Hershberger.
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY OF 1 JOHN will begin on Thursday, January 17 at 9:30am in the Conference Room. This is as six-week study that will be led by Alyssa Scheck. Sign up at the Information Center. We are hoping to offer childcare for anyone who needs it. If you are interested in helping with childcare, please let us know!
WOMEN’S MINISTRY GAME NIGHT: Come and join us for a game night on Friday January 18th at 6pm in the Fellowship Hall as we play the latest games everyone is talking about (Dutch Blitz and Marbles). Feel free to bring an appetizer or dessert to share (not required). Sign up at the Information Center if you plan to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!
LUNCHEON FUNDRAISER for Mikaela Penaflor on Sunday, February 3rd immediately following the morning worship service in the fellowship hall. Donations will go toward YWAM London.
PHONE NUMBER CHANGE: Jim Wagler 330-603-8455 and Sue Wagler 330-620-6289.
FISH FOOD PANTRY ITEMS THAT ARE NEEDED: Dish soap, Shampoo, Facial tissues, Deodorant, Cleaning products, Bath soap, Toothpaste and Paper towels.
In preparation of the upcoming Connect Group study, read the Gospel of Mark. Meals and Study will begin on Wednesday, January 23.
- 5:45 - 6:45 Meal will be served in the Fellowship Hall. Meal cost is by donation to help cover costs
- 7:00 - 7:10 Gospel of Mark study by Francis Chan will be shown in the Fellowship Hall
- 7:10 - 8:00 Adult Connect Groups will break into meeting rooms. There will be an open group meeting in the Fellowship Hall.
- 7:00 - 8:00 Child Care Provided as well as classes for students of all ages.
If you would like to join a Connect group or change Connect groups, please email email@example.com.
CUT FIREWOOD is needed for the homeless. Contact Dana Carey at 330-329-5152.
HISTORICAL ITEMS NEEDED: The historical committee is looking for old pictures and memorabilia from our past as we prepare to celebrate 75 years as a church next Fall. We are receiving all donated and borrowed items in the office.
LODGING NEEDED for a single guy. Looking for a room or small apartment. Contact Dana Carey at 330-329-5152
HARTVILLE/FLORIDA REUNON on Sunday, February 3rd. We would love to have you join us at the “Hartville Reunion” at Sarasota Community Church at 12:30 p.m. Please bring a hot and cold dish to share along with your own serving utensils. Paper products will be provided. For any questions contact Bert (330-704-3645) or Glenda Yoder (330-704-1015). Hope to see you there!
LAKE CENTER CHRISTIAN SCHOOL open house on Thursday, January 24th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Meet our teachers, tours, learn more about our many co-curriculars, talk to our students and browse the scholastic book fair. Free gift for all who attend.
MENNONITE DISASTER SERVICE is building our team and searching for qualified, motivated individuals who have a knowledge of and passion for the MDS mission, vision and values and a commitment to the Anabaptist church. Current position openings include: (1) Communications Manager in Lititz, PA, (2) a Volunteer Training Specialist, home based (U.S. resident) and (3) a Leadership Volunteer Interviewer, home based (U.S. resident). For more information, visit our webpage at www.mds.mennonite.net/whowe-are/employment.
Library Hours: Sunday - 8:30 - 10:00 A.M.
Note: If you cannot serve in the library on the day you are scheduled, contact Marilyn Miller 330-877-3832.
January 20 -Chris Mattingly
January 27 – Charlene Coblentz
One: Don't miss the boat.
Two: Remember that we are all in the same boat.
Three: Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark.
Four: Stay fit. When you're 600 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.
Five: Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
Six: Build your future on high ground.
Seven: For safety's sake, travel in pairs.
Eight: Speed isn't always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
Nine: When you're stressed, float a while.
Ten: Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.
Eleven: No matter the storm, when you are with God, there's always a rainbow waiting… Pass this along and make someone else smile too
C O M I N G E V E N T S
January 19, 2019 – Connect Groups Leaders Training 9:00 a.m.
January 23-February 27, 2019 – Meals & Connect Groups
March 6, 2019 – Ash Wednesday Service
March 9-10, 2019 – Men’s Retreat at Camp Luz
KING’S KIDS SCHEDULE
Room #12 (Younger)
January 20 – Noah & Hannah Troyer
January 27 – Ross & Britt Nisly
Room #4 (Older)
January 20 – Sam & Mindy Blough
January 27 – Andrew & Stephanie Yoder
N U R S E R Y V O L U N T EE R S
SUNDAY, JANUARY 20
Toddler Nursery (S.S.): Mark & Alesia Jarrard
Infant Nursery (10:00 service): Jorge & Kristin Bayona
Toddler Nursery (10:00 service): Joni Windham & Girls
Helpers: Lilly, Kassy & Jesse Yoder
SUNDAY, JANUARY 27
Toddler Nursery (S.S.): Ross & Britt Nisly
Infant Nursery (10:00 service): Nicole Bowman & Candance Miller
Toddler Nursery (10:00 service): Andrea & Addison Schrock
Helpers: Kiley Schrock & Adella Coblentz
Note: If you cannot serve in the nursery when you are scheduled, please switch with someone then contact
Ashlee Hershberger at 330-805-023
Can I be a missionary here where I live?
How do you live On_Mission every day?
What does the Bible have to say about being On_Mission?
What is the MAIN MISSION in the Bible?
What’s happening in the world of missions?
What is an Unreached People Group?
How do you go about “making disciples”?
What part can I play in GOD’S BIG PLANS?
If you’re asking any of these questions…
When: Friday - 11/12/10 - 6:30pm-8:30pm &
Where: Fellowship Hall at Hartville Mennonite Church
Other: Sandwiches will be served for Lunch on Sat.
With David & Joni Windham…