Midweek Newsletter

And We Danced...

I spent this past weekend in Columbus at the Rosedale International Center welcoming the REACH teams home from their six months of outreach all over the world. There is something incredibly beautiful about a body of believers coming together after serving and sharing their experiences; the grand and not so grand; the overwhelmingly joyful and painfully disappointing. I was in their shoes two years ago and even I am still in the thick of processing and healing from my outreach.

The joy of my past year of internship at the RIC came to its crescendo as the work of the Lord revealed itself so evidently through each team and individual. True, they saw and did marvelous and wonderful things, but more marvelous than that is how they became more dependent and in love with the Father's heart. A small display of that growth is found in a blog by team leader Julie from the Zambia team:

"The theme for my week was dance. Lately I’ve been living out of perseverance, and out of my narrow view of what it means to be content. As more time passes and my heart longs for home, after being away for almost two years, I go into survival mode, simply going through the motions, forgetting to embrace every aspect of life as God intended. Satan whispers lies, “don’t get too close, you’re just going to leave,” and “you can’t speak the language or understand the culture, what’s the point in trying,” even, “don’t get emotionally attached.” God reminded me that these words are lies and he showed me truth. He said, “Julie I want you to dance with me this week.” I know this sounds cheesy but it’s a good metaphor. As we drove through the villages on Tuesday, I could see Jesus running alongside the children, sitting with the men and women, talking and laughing, dancing his way through life, delighting in the people of Zambia, showing them his great love. This sparked the motivation in me to live out of that same joy, delighting in the people that I meet. I wanted to see life as a dance with Jesus, connected to emotion, not a solo performance with Jesus in the audience deciding what my score is. As we danced through the week, the thoughts of simply surviving life began to slide off.

Tuesday and Wednesday, I moved with joy in my soles and in my soul, remembering that I’m dancing with Jesus in every moment. Nothing out of the ordinary happened but the ordinary didn’t seem mundane, I saw the beauty in the smiles of my neighbors as God continued to tell me his love for those around me.

Thursday, I began processing some harder emotions and situations, asking God what it looks like to dance in disappointment. He simply said, “follow my lead,” we danced slower as we navigated heavier emotions and thoughts.

Friday, we actually danced. Sarah and I went to visit some women from our Bible study in the village, taking snacks to share. After some time of eating and exchanging what few greetings we knew in each other’s languages, they said, “let’s dance.” The speakers were brought out and we had ourselves a party at 3 in the afternoon. We celebrated each other, laughed, and danced.

…And you may not need to see life as a dance with Jesus if that’s not your style, but intentionality in our thought life is important. Are we simply going through the motions, simply doing the things we think we “should” be doing? Are we living out of obligation and rules or out of our love for Jesus, out of the joy he sets in our hearts? As my high school English teacher would say, let’s metacognate (metacognition), let’s think about our thinking. Are we conscious of the thoughts that come into our minds or are we simply checking things off a to-do list, walking through life unaffected?

Life is so much more when our eyes are open to what God wants to show us – to who God wants us to connect with. Sometimes it will break our hearts but I’m learning that it will also make us feel alive, and that’s a risk I’m willing to take. So here I am, allowing myself to feel the highs and lows of life and choosing to believe the truth that God is good, constant, and loving."

I'm the kind of person that is deeply moved by the image of dancing with God through life, although I know not everyone connects to that as easily. But I share this story because the truth is that everyone needs God's help navigating events and emotions that accompany our lives.

We may not be travelling through dusty village roads of Zambia, but we are walking among people who God loves and delights in, and He is at work. Our neighbors and coworkers and servers are treasures of the Lord. 

We all experience the disappointment of a broken world and shoving that hurt down or trying to overcome it on our own may bring a temporary fix, but we won't receive the redeeming and freeing grace of God without letting Him into our pain. 

Joy is for every person, every day, despite circumstances. We would do well to have it punctuate our interactions, our relationships, and our worship. The Father invites us into unconditional, abundant joy.

Please keep the REACH teams in your prayers as they finish up a time of re-entry and transition back home with family and friends. I am so thankful that no matter how they're feeling about their time on outreach, God doesn't just say "it is what it is", but He continues to reveal deeper and deeper into His purposes and uses it all to prepare them for whatever may come next.  He cares about their feelings coming home, the highs and lows, and wants to lead them in a dance of trusting and clinging to Him. 

Let's welcome Him into our every day as we live in celebration of life with such a gracious and kind Friend.

 - Paige Sommers

Opportunities of the Week

Wednesday, May 22

  • 9:45 p.m., Senior Bible Study meets at the church.
  • 7:00 p.m., Seventy4 (grades 9-12) meets at the church.
  • 7:30 p.m., College & Career Bible Study meets at the Windham’s home.

Saturday, May 25

  • 7:00 a.m., Men’s Bible Study meets in the Conference Room.

Sunday, May 26

  • 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., Sunday School for all ages.
  • 10:00 a.m., Kings Kids meets in the upstairs Sunday School wing.
  • 10:00 a.m., Children’s Church meets in the Fireside Room.
  • 10:00 a.m., Worship Service with Harold Mansfield.

Wednesday, May 29

  • 9:45 p.m., Senior Bible Study meets at the church.
  • 7:00 p.m., Seventy4 (grades 9-12) meets at the church.
  • 7:30 p.m., College & Career Bible Study meets at the Windham’s home.

Saturday, June 1

  • 7:00 a.m., Men’s Bible Study meets in the Conference Room.

Sunday, June 2

  • 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., Sunday School for all ages.
  • 10:00 a.m., Kings Kids meets in the upstairs Sunday School wing.
  • 10:00 a.m., Worship Service with Ross Miller/Communion.

FOR YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS FOR OUR PEOPLE:

  • Wanda Rogers who is in Aultman Hospital with health concerns.
  • Kathleen Franick with health concerns.
  • Bob Longbottom who is now home recovering.
  • Viola Wittmer who is recovering from shoulder surgery. 
  • Esther Mishler who is recovering from surgery.
  • Dylan Reeves who is recovering from surgery.
  • Marilyn Wagler who is recovering from wrist surgery.
  • Travis Watkins who is recovering from a partial detached retina. 
  • Laura Sommers who is now home recovering.
  • Rose Wittmer with health concerns.
  • Rick Franick with health concerns. 
  • Noah Miller with health concerns.

PRAY FOR THE BROADER CHURCH & THE WORLD

  • The extended ministry of our church: Bri Sommers with Eli House in Mexico; Wooster Church Plant; Eric & Briana & Family with Pioneers in SE Asia; Galen & Bonnie Stutzman with Wycliffe.

ADDITIONAL PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Kenny Kurtz (brother to Lisa Rowland and Larry) who is in Akron General with health concerns and recovering from a broken leg.
  • Michael Scheck (brother to Chris) who is recovering from a car accident. 
  • Henry Sommers Jr. (nephew to Joe Troyer) with health concerns.
  • Cheryl Cunningham (friend of Lisa Rowland) with health concerns.

HOMEBOUND CHURCH FAMILY:  Wanda Rodgers; John Horn; Kathryn Slabaugh at the Homestead; Delilah Hershberger at the Homestead; Clara Hostetler at Hennis in Bolivar; Loyal Schloneger at Oakhill Manor in Louisville; Emanuel Yoder at Walnut Hills; Elsie Bliler at Glenwood Assisted Living. 

FOR THE RECORD - FIRST FRUIT TITHES & OFFERINGS

                                                                             Attendance Sunday, 05/19:

Ministry (General) Fund               $15,250.62       Worship Service           543
Property Development Fund            2,386.00        Sunday School             241
Special Designations                      2,210.00                   

                                                 _________

                                                 $19,846.62

BIBLE READINGS

May 20-26                                             May 27-June 2

20th – Proverbs 3:1-12                            27th – Deuteronomy 16:1-8

21st – I Corinthians 13                            28th – Mark 11:1-10

22nd – Luke 6:27-36                                29th – Mark 14:12-16

23rd – Psalm 34:1-14                              30th – Jeremiah 31:31-34

24th – Romans 12:16-21                         31st – Luke 22:14-23

25th – Romans 12:16-21                         1st – John 13:2b-7

26th – Romans 12:1-8                             2nd – Mark 14:17-24;

                    Hebrews 8:6,7,10-12

ADULT FELLOWSHIP HOUR on Sunday morning’s June 2, July 7, and August 4.  We will be having coffee time from 9:00 - 9:45 in the Fellowship Hall. Tables will be set up for you to sit down and learn names of those you don't know and spend time with friends you haven't had an opportunity to do so.

GRADUATION RECOGNITION: We will be recognizing our graduates on Sunday, May 26th. If you are graduating from high school or college this year, please let us know so we can honor you! Contact Harold or Sue in the church office at 330-877-2050.

OFFICE NEWS!  The office will be closed on Monday, May 27th due to Memorial Day.  There will be no midweek journal published next week. 

THANK YOU to Norma Erb for her years of dedication and time to the Bible Memory Program.  Norma is stepping down and Faith Sommers will be taking over her position in the fall. 

BIBLE MEMORY CAMP FORMS:  Evermore’s church ID #32610.

MEMBERSHIP:  We will be taking in new members on Sunday, June 9th.  If you were not able to attend the classes and would like to become a member, contact the church office.

EVERMORE SPRING SPRUCE UP next, Wednesday, May 29th.  Contact Bob Miller (330-705-0842) if you would like to help.  

EVERMORE SCHOLARSHIPS:  Did you know that Evermore has a needs-based Scholarship that assists families with sending their children to Lake Center Christian School? This Scholarship is funded through donations and fundraisers by supporters of Christian education at Evermore. Everyone will receive a letter in your church mailboxes explaining how the Scholarship program works and we ask that you prayerfully consider a gift to this fund by designating on your offering envelope for Scholarship Fund. Thank you and please contact John Diller or Donna Schlabach with any questions.

EVERMORE ADULT SINGLES EVENTS

Memorial Day picnic on Monday, May 27th at 3:00 p.m. at Deb King’s house (763 Pontius Rd., Mogadore).  Bring a covered dish and a lawn chair. 

PLEDGE CARDS for the building fund project may be placed in the box at the Information Center, brought to the church office or place in Lonita Mast’s church mailbox.  

EVERMORE CONTACT UPDATE:  Evermore has updated our church software and we need to verify you contact information. Birth dates with year is one of the most needed updates. With correct birthdays and years, we will be able to print out age specific reports for Children's Ministry, youth ministry and adult groups, including visitation. Please contact the church office to update your contact information.

EVERMORE FACILITY RENTAL POLICY CHANGES

The facilities have been used more frequently and required some changes, which were approved by Cabinet Council and the Board of Elders.

Effective immediately (5/15/19), updates have been made to the Facility Rental Policy. If your reservation is already made, the updated fees do not apply.

There is an updated policy in your church mailbox or you can pick one up from the office.

Some Highlighted Changes:

  • Fireside room is no longer available to rent
  • Pavilion Rental is only for members/regular attenders for a fee of $50.00
  • There is a $50.00 fee for members/regular attenders to rent the Fellowship Hall for non-church events
  • A completed Facility Use Agreement form and a $25.00 deposit is required for any rental. The date will not be saved until those items are turned into the office.

ELI HOUSE MISSION TRIP on June 15-22.  Great opportunity for families and individuals to be a part of graduation celebration and some wonderful ministry.    The cost is as follows:  ages 0-7 $185.00, ages 8-13 $275.00 and ages 14 + $400.00.  This does not include airfare to Phoenix, AZ.   Transportation from Phoenix to Eli House will be provided.  Questions visit ehmission.org, email trips@ehmission.org or contact Dave Sommers at 330-495-6608.

HANDS FOR MISSIONS meets on Wednesday, June 2nd in the Mission House at 9:00 a.m.   Lunch will be provided.  All ladies welcome!

Congratulations to the 2019 YEC Pinewood Derby Winners:

1st Place:               Boston Abdul
2nd Place:              Lexi Bonvenuto
3rd Place:              Jenna Keiser
Best of Show:      Mckenzie Mast
Best Name:          Boston Abdul

Join us for Vacation Bible School Monday, June 17, 2019 to Friday, June 21, 2019 from 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM each day.

This year VBS will be hosted by Evermore Community Church and Maple Grove Mennonite Church.

VBS will be held at:
Evermore Community Church
1470 Smith Kramer St. NE
Hartville, OH  44632

We need a lot of volunteers to make this an exciting experience for the kids during this special week.  We need volunteers for one day or all five days!  To schedule your time to help us and/or to register your children visit the table beside the information center or online @https://www.evermorecc.org/vbs

Registration Deadline is Wednesday, June 12, 2019.

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.

LAKE TOWNSHIP FISH PANTRY:  The following is a list of food items that are needed for the FISH pantry:  Peanut Butter, Granola Bars, Mac n’ Cheese, Cereal, Noodles and Pasta.  Place your donations in the FISH donation container in the hallway by the library. 

LAKE TOWNSHIP FISH 5K RUN/WALK - 3rd Annual “Church Challenge” on Saturday, June 1, 2019 @ 8:30 at Lake High School Stadium.                    Run……………………Walk………….……………...WIN!!

We are inviting all churches to compete for this unique and coveted “Travelling Trophy”. Participating churches will earn a point for everyone who participates in their name. A special trophy will be awarded to the church with the greatest number of points. You may proudly display the trophy and hold all “bragging rights” for one full year! Come and join us for a morning of family fun! Registration forms are at the Information Center or online at ohiochallengeseries.net.   Registration closes at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, May 31st.  Same day registrations begin at 7:00 a.m. (cash or check only) on race day.  

 

Life is so short,

We spend so much time sweating

The small stuff worrying,

Complaining, gossiping, comparing,

Wishing, wanting and waiting for

Something bigger and better

Instead of focusing on all the

Simple blessings that surround us

Everyday.

Life is so fragile and all it takes is

A simple moment to change

Everything you take for granted.

Focus on what’s important

And be grateful.

You are blessed!  Believe it!

Live your life and leave

No regrets.

C O M I N G   E V E N T S

June 17-21, 2019 – VBS at Evermore

July 20, 2019 – Women’s Ministry Chick Flick Movie Night in the Pavilion

KING’S KIDS SCHEDULE

Room #12 (Younger)

May 26 – Ross & Britt Nisly

June 2 – John & Faith Briscoe

June 9 – Joel & Megan Schlabach

Room #4 (Older)

May 26 – Andrew & Stephanie Yoder

June 2 – Meagan Yoder & Evanne Mast

June 9 – Chris & Heather Calabretta

N U R S E R Y   V O L U N T EE R S

SUNDAY, MAY 26

Toddler Nursery (S.S.):  Mark & Alesia Jarrard

Infant Nursery (10:00 service): Jorge & Kristin Bayona

Toddler Nursery (10:00 service): Andrea Schrock & Girls

                                                Helpers: Olivia Bowers & Adella Coblentz

SUNDAY, JUNE 2

Toddler Nursery (S.S. ages 1-3): Brent & Lydia Weaver

Infant Nursery (10:00 service ages 0-16 mon.): Dan & Whitney Beachy

Toddler Nursery (10:00 service ages 16 mon.-3 yrs): Brittani & Bella Harris

                                    Helpers:  Abby Coblentz & Jenna Keiser

If you cannot serve in the nursery when you are scheduled, please switch with someone then contact

Library Hours: Sunday - 8:30 - 10:00 A.M.Ashlee Hershberger at 330-805-0232

Note: If you cannot serve in the library on the day you are scheduled,  contact Marilyn Miller 330-877-3832. 

May 26 – Marilyn Miller