“What do you weep for?”
41 And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, 42 saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side 44 and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”
What do you weep for? On the surface it sounds like a weird question. Many men will find themselves openly declaring “C’mon Harold, I don’t weep.” Many women might admit that a hallmark movie will move them to tears. But honestly at the core of this question lies what does our heart break for?
If we are honest our heart breaks for the death of our Lord and the fact that He died for me (you) personally. Does our heart feel the same way for others? Do we as Jesus did lament over the multitudes of people that don’t know Him, His sacrifice for all of our sins and His desire that everyone would come to know what we know?
9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you,[a] not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
2 Peter 3:9
I believe that Jesus would have us, His people, share in His heart. I believe that Jesus would have us weep, yearn, desire, lament over co-workers, family members, friends, acquaintances, neighbors and even strangers. I believe that Jesus would have us pray for His Spirit to soften hearts and draw people towards Himself. That they would know who it is that comes to them and offers Himself as a sacrifice for all of our sins.
8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. - Romans 5:8
OPPORTUNITIES OF THE WEEK
Tuesday, March 19
- 6:30 p.m., Service Night at Evermore Fellowship hall.
Wednesday, March 20
- 9:45 a.m., Senior Bible Study meets in the Fellowship hall wing.
- 7:00 p.m., YEC meets in the Fireside Room.
- 7:00 p.m., Ambassadors Bible Study meets in the Jr, MYF.
- 7:00 p.m., Seventy4 Bible Study meets in the youth room.
- 7:30 p.m., College & Career Bible Study meets at the Windham’s home.
- 7:00 a.m., Men’s Bible Study meets in the Conference Room.
Sunday, March 24
- 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 Ross Miller, Anointing Service.
Tuesday, March 26
- 9:30 a.m., GriefShare meets in the Fireside Room.
FOR YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS FOR OUR PEOPLE:
- We extend our sympathies to the family of Galen Sommers who passed away on Sunday, March 17th. Calling hours are on Saturday, March 23rd from 3-6:00 p.m. at Evermore and from 1:00-1:30 p.m. on Sunday. Funeral will be held on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Evermore.
- We extend our sympathies to the family of Ted Jones who passed away on March 12th. Funeral was held on March 16th at Evermore.
- Dylan Reeves who is being treated for a severe case of pneumonia in Missouri.
- Rose Wittmer for health concerns.
- Bill Yoder who is home recovering from surgery.
- Esther Castello who is now home recovering.
- Rick Franick with health concerns.
- Noah Miller with health concerns.
- Joyce Longbottom who is recovering from surgery.
- Mary Gillman with family 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
- Ben Keim who is in Aultman Hospital with health concerns.
- Julia McLaughlin (daughter of Laverne & Marilyn Wagler) who broke her leg and is recovering from surgery.
- Cheryl Cunningham (friend of Lisa Rowland) with health concerns.
HOMEBOUND CHURCH FAMILY: Wanda Rodgers; Galen Sommers; 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 St. Luke’s.
Prayer request for Dana Carey and Bob Howell who will be tin Nicaragua March 25 through April 1. Usually they travel to Nicaragua on work trips 3 to 4 times a year. This will be their first trip in about 15 months due to a political unrest and rioting, making it too dangerous to go down. They are asking for prayers as they travel and minister to the people in Nicaragua for that week. Brian Byler (Cornerstone Community Chapel) and Ray Coblentz will be going with them.
March 18-22DAILY SCRIPTURE READINGS
18th – Psalm 116
19th – Malachi 4
20th – Luke 5:17-26
21st – Revelation 21:1-4
22nd John 11:1-44
EASTER COOKIES will be available to purchase for $15.00 for 12 cut-out colorful egg cookies and 1 cross cookie. They make wonderful Easter gifts or an addition to your Easter dinner. Pick up at the Hartville Kitchen lobby on April 17th from 4:00-6:30 p.m. Sign up at the information center or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All proceeds will go toward the building fund.
PLEDGE cards are available at the information center or the church office. They can be returned into the church office or place them in Lonita Mast’s church mailbox by July 31st in order for us to start the building process in the fall.
EAGLE FUEL: We will be putting bags together for the kids weekend meals on Sunday, March 31st. Please have all contributions in by then. If you have any questions contact Patty Miller.
INFANT NURSRY will re-open this week. We would like to remind parents to not place sick children in the nursery. This includes children who have had a fever in the past 24 hrs & those with frequent runny nose & cough. Thank you for your cooperation!
NEW ADDRESS for Barbara Jones 105 Seneca Tr. Apt C, Hartville, OH 44632.
PARENT/CHILD DEDICATION: We will be having a parent/child dedication on Mother’s Day, May 12th. IF you would like your child dedicated contact the church office at 330-877-2050 or email@example.com.
BABY BOTTLES CAMPAIGN for Pregnancy Choices are due back ASAP. There are still 45 bottles not returned. PCS charges $1.00 per bottle for those not returned. If you are unable to fill your bottle, please return empty to the information center. You can fill them with loose change, dollar bills or checks made out to Pregnancy Choices. You can also make a donation online at https://pcpartnersforlife.com/give/give-financially/
Women's Ministry "Refresh" on March 23 at 9am at the Front Porch. "Refresh" is an informal time for women to come and be refreshed in the word, prayer, and community. A short devotional will be shared, followed by fellowship. "Refresh" will be held the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month through May.
EVERMORE ADULT SINGLES EVENTS
3/22/19-7 p.m.-Book Study
"Hungry For God" Hearing God in the Ordinary and Everyday
Where: Kerry Shidell's home (10325 Wanda Cir. NE, Hartville, OH 44632).
The book study will occur every other Friday (the second Friday at Marilyn Lowe's home and the fourth Friday at Kerry Shidell's home).
3/24/19-immediately following church.
Lunch at Samantha's Frontier.
EVERMORE COMMUNICATION: When communicating with Evermore staff, email is the preferred method, especially when you need something put into the bulletin or midweek. Email is easier to organize and document. When you send a text and it's opened at home at 10:30 at night, there is no reminder to open it again at the office the next morning. Often, we have to do screen shots of your text and email it to ourselves. Verbal communication is just not a great idea. Thanks for your help!
Good Friday Service, April 19th
Easter, April 21st
7:30 -8:00 a.m. – Songs of Praise
8:00-9:00 a.m. – Worship Service #1
9:00 –9:45 a.m. – Continental Breakfast
9:45-10:00 – Songs of Praise
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Worship Service #2
Both Worship services will be the same.
There will be no Bible Memory, Sunday School, or Kings Kids available on Easter Sunday.
Nursery will be available for ages 0-3 in the Toddler Nursery.
THE 2019 LOVE OUR COMMUNITY EASTER EGG HUNT is quickly approaching! Saturday, April 13th from 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Hartville MarketPlace (outside, rain or shine). We are asking for your help to make this year’s egg hunt another success! Last year, we hosted 4,000 people for a special morning. Our goal for the LOC Egg Hunt this year is 60,000 eggs! The vision for this event is a way for our entire community – businesses, churches, schools and nonprofits to come together and offer an event that is family oriented and a lot of fun. Will you partner with us to achieve this goal? There are several ways you and your teams can get involved:
- Donate eggs with candy taped (see below)
- Volunteer on the planning team
- Share the event/information on your business website-check our video from last year. https://vimeo.com/2675972471
- Like the Love Our Community group on FaceBook.
- Post or give out information to your customers.
- Volunteer for the day of the event (sign up here: http://signup.com/go/xsTVnjN)
Acceptable fillings for eggs include: individually wrapped candy, a small trinket, or sticker. Please make sure eggs are securely taped shut and organized into bags with quantities of 100 in each bag. Please have your filled eggs to the church by Sunday, April 7th. We hope we can count on you for your support this year. For questions or comments, please contact Love Our Community at firstname.lastname@example.org or on FaceBook at facebook.com/loveourcommunitylake.
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.
OFFERING ENVELOPE NUMBER: If you wish to have your offerings recorded for IRS purposes, call the church office (330877-2050) or email email@example.com to be assigned an offering envelope number. To receive an itemized list of your offerings at the end of each year, please use an offering envelope with your number on it.
PRISCILLA SHIRER SIMULCAST on April 6th at Bethany Mennonite Church. Doors will open at 9:00 a.m. and the event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Cost is $20 and includes morning pastries and coffee, lunch and afternoon snacks. Please go to www.bethanycmc.org to register.
BETH MOORE LIVE CONFERENCE: Bethany Church is planning a Community bus trip to the Beth Moore Live conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. This event will be held at BB&T Arena on August 23 & 24, 2019. There are only 80% of tickets to this event left so we will need to book the tickets as soon as possible. The price will be $216.00 per person. (this is based on 3ppl per room) A payment of $108.00 is required by April 14, 2019, but please do not wait until then to sign up. Final payment is due by June 16, 2019. Price includes transportation, Dinner on Friday, Hotel, A breakfast buffet on Saturday and tickets to the event. If you would like to make reservations for this event please contact Debbie Yoder at 330-877-3497 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
MENNONITE DISASTER SERVICE (MDS) is seeking a full time Administration & Finance Manager that will oversee controller functions for administration and financial management and reporting. This role is based in Lititz Pennsylvania. Applicants must be active in an Anabaptist church and committed to the Anabaptist faith and peace position. See the full job description at http://mds.mennonite.net/who-we-are/employment. Resumes may be sent to email@example.com or MDS, Attn: Human Resources, 583 Airport Rd, Lititz, PA 17543. Review of resumes begins immediately. Recruitment continues until the position is filled.
CUT FIREWOOD is needed for the homeless. Contact Dana Carey at 330-329-5152.
VOLUNTEERING CAN CHANGE A LIFE...MAYBE YOUR OWN! Community Hospice needs highly motivated and compassionate individuals who want to make a difference by volunteering their time. Our Volunteer Teams offer many opportunities to share gifts and talents. You may be interested in helping patients, delivering supplies, fundraising, sewing/crafts, helping in the office, Pet Therapy program, or a variety of other ways. Please contact Aimee Linderholm, Volunteer Coordinator at 330-493-0126 for more information or to reserve a seat for our upcoming training. Thank you for your consideration!
HOUSING NEEDED: Lake Center Christian School participates in the International Visitors Exchange Program (IVEP). This program allows us to bring a Christian international teacher to Lake Center Christian School yearly. For 2019-2020 our candidate to join us is a young man from China. Below is a little information about Chris. Please pray that he will be granted his visa. If Chris is approved for this placement, he will be helping in our Junior High Language Arts program. We are looking for a family who would be interested in hosting Chris for the 2019-2020 school year. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Yuqian “Chris” LIN (China) Age: 22, male Education: BA English (graduated in July 2018) Language(s): English rated 19.5/20, fluent in Chinese. Yuqian enjoys playing piano, reading and playing table tennis. At church he is involved in small group, is a reader during the services and previously was a leader for the youth. Yuqian is currently working at an English school as a teaching assistant (students aged 4-16) and has been there since August 2018. His role is help the foreign teachers, translate, discipline, and talk with parents. As part of his schooling, he also took pedagogy classes, qualifying him for a teacher’s license, specifically in English, and he did a school practicum in primary school for his university credits. Yuqian’s references describe him as kind, has experience working with foreigners, creative, enthusiastic but also serious, dependable, honest, consistent and resilient.
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.
March 24 – Marilyn Miller
March 31 – Marilyn Miller
C O M I N G E V E N T S
March 19, 2019 – Evermore Serve Night 6:30 p.m.
March 23, 2019 – “Refresh” meets at the Front Porch.
April 19, 2019 – Good Friday Service at 6:00 p.m.
April 21, 2019 – Easter Service at 8:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m.
May 17, 2019 – Seventy4 Chicken BBQ
May 18, 2019 – YEC Pinewood Derby
June 17-21, 2019 – VBS at Evermore
KING’S KIDS SCHEDULE
Room #12 (Younger)
March 24 – Colin & Laurel Cunningham
March 31 – Jeff & Ashlee Hershberger
Room #4 (Older)
March 24 – Andrew & Stephanie Yoder
March 31 – Seth & Sondra Norton
N U R S E R Y V O L U N T EE R S
SUNDAY, MARCH 24
Toddler Nursery (S.S.): Jeff & Ashlee Hershberger
Infant Nursery (10:00 service): Jorge & Kristin Bayona
Toddler Nursery (10:00 service): Andrea Schrock & Girls
Helpers: Olivia Bowers & Adella Coblentz
SUNDAY, MARCH 31
Toddler Nursery (S.S.): Ryan & Katie Norton
Infant Nursery (10:00 service): Chris & Heather Calabretta
Toddler Nursery (10:00 service): Joni Windham & Girls
Helpers: Dez & Daniella Miller
If you cannot serve in the nursery when you are scheduled, please switch with someone then contact Ashlee Hershberger at 330-805-0232.