From Pastor Don
No More Advice … Please!
As we enter the season of commencement addresses and graduation ceremonies, I recall a time, in my early ministry, when I was asked to give the baccalaureate address at a local high school. What a mistake! I had no clue about what to say. The best advice that I received was to keep it under ten minutes. I managed to do it in approximately seven. I was told later that I established a school record for brevity.
The truth is, very little advice or wisdom, offered to graduating seniors is going to stick with them for more than a few minutes. This is not a judgment or condemnation … just reality. How many of us remember what anyone said at our commencement service?
For what it may be worth, I have two pieces of advice for graduates.
- Stay out of jail.
- Never apply for a job that requires “highly motivated, self-starting, individuals.”
Beyond this, I really don’t know what else graduates want or need to hear.
Reading through the Gospel of John, I am reminded of how Jesus tried to prepare his disciples for their future. A future without his physical presence. A future that they could not imagine. His advice centered upon his love for them. He emphasized that he considered them to be his friends. He promised that he would always (through the Holy Spirit) be there for them. He even went so far as to suggest that they would do greater things than he had done! (John 15:12-17)
It may be that graduates (like the rest of us) do not need advice. Maybe what they need is what we all need … the assurance of being loved, the gift of friendship, and being surrounded by people who will always be there for us, believing in us.
May this be true for the class of 2017 and for all of us.
Grace and Peace,
Hunter Danford to The Ohio State University
Kaylee Pate to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Alex Perruci to University of Central Florida
Kaleenia Quartermaine to University of Toledo
Embrey Roberts to Marietta College
Emily Garrison (December 2016)
Gabby and Zach Stacy
West Ohio Annual Conference
Sunday, June 4th, through Wednesday, June 7th
Each year all clergy members and lay members selected from local churches within The West Ohio Conference attend this event to meet together to worship, fellowship, and conduct the business of the conference. During these sessions, members of the conference hear reports of past and ongoing work; adopt future goals, programs and budgets; and ordain clergy members as deacons and elders. Bishop Gregory V. Palmer presides over these meetings and will convene the annual conference on Sunday at 7:30 pm prior to the start of opening worship.
Christ Church is represented at Annual Conference by Pastor Don, Pastor Cheryl, Jan Whitney, and Sherrie Hoffman. For personal updates be watching the Christ Church Facebook feed. If you would like to learn more about Annual Conference and the issues that will be covered this year, you can follow along here.
From Pastor Cheryl
Several of us were setting up the church patio for our last day of After School—we’ve gotten into the habit of planting flowers on the last day…and we’ve learned to do that outside. I noticed a young man on the sidewalk right before he began talking to me. I suddenly recognized him as part of an After School family, and remembered that as a child he had been a regular highlight of my Sundays. We spent a few minutes catching up—and then he asked me if he could go into the building. We went in together. As he wandered slowly around the Narthex, the only thing I heard him say was, “I love this place.” I thought about all the kids our church reaches—those firmly embedded in our church family and those who are with us only briefly—and realized anew, something happens here that is holy. Thank you, Christ Church, for showing all our children the love and grace of God.
Here’s some happenings in our lay ministries…
After School finished up in April! As a church, this year we donated 668.5 hours of service to this tutoring/nurturing ministry with selected 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders from Washington Elementary. We have served at least 164 different children, from 125 different families, during our 16 years of this ministry. Thank you to everyone who prayed for, donated to, or volunteered with us! Your outreach makes more of a difference than you realize.
If you are 18 years or older and are planning to assist Christian Education with Vacation Bible School and have not completed this year’s Safe Sanctuary training (which began in August 2016), please let myself, Laura Warren, or the office know so that we can plan one final make-up training this summer. Training for 2017-2018 is scheduled for August 20th during Sunday School.
I can’t play ukulele. But I’ve been amazed watching the Marietta Ukulele Choir come together—and want to thank everyone who has played a part in getting this group off the ground. Stay tuned to Christ Church updates for their summer gigs!
Are you being moved to share God’s love in new ways? Let us know if we can help.
Pastor Cheryl Arnold
740-373-1512 (o), 740-896-3824 (h)
Vacation Bible School: Marketplace 29 A.D.
For three days in June, children, grades K to 5, will be transported to 29 A.D. and journey as part of the tribes of Israel through a Judean town. The kids will put on time appropriate clothes and head off to explore life as Jesus lived. Many hands-on activities await them in the marketplace shops. The snack shop, singing and dancing in the square, and the story teller await.
Marketplace is a joint Bible School with First Presbyterian Church and is held in both our facility and theirs. Children will report at 9 a.m. at First Presbyterian, 501 4th, and be picked up at the same location at noon. To register your K – 5th grader, forms are available in the Narthex or you can print one by click here.
Summer Special Music
While our Sanctuary Choir takes a much deserved break during the late spring and summer months, we want to invite you to share and bless our congregation with your gift of music. You may reserve a worship service date for both the 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services. The dates available for special music are Sundays through September 10th If you’d like to share your gift, please contact the church office (740-373-1512) and tell us the date that is convenient for you.
To Our Sunday School Teachers
Thank you to the teachers of Sunday School! Your devotion to your class is greatly appreciated by the children and adults of the church.
From Our Minister of Health
Ticks, Ticks, and more Ticks
With all the media coverage, it is apparent that this spring and summer may very well be one of our worst years for ticks. As if right on cue, a tick crawled along the pew in front of us last Sunday as we sat down for worship. (I quickly grabbed the unwelcome visitor with a tissue and proceeded to the rest room to flush it down the toilet). Attaching to our clothing seems to be preferred form of transportation for ticks, so we need to be vigilant.
Currently in the state of Ohio, there are at least three kinds of ticks, varying in size from a poppy seed to a sesame seed. And they can carry very serious illnesses, ranging from Lyme Disease to Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. If you should find an embedded tick on you, the Center for Disease Control recommends these steps for removal:
- Use fine tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close the skin’s surface as possible.
- Pull upward with steady even pressure.
- After removal, thoroughly clean the area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub or soap and water.
Dispose of the live tick by submersing it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed container or flushing down the toilet. Never crush a tick with your fingers. If in the next few weeks you should develop fever/chills, headache, fatigue and muscle aches, joint pain that may be accompanied by a rash, get to your doctor for help. Early recognition of tick borne diseases is crucial so that prompt initiation of drug treatment can take place. (If you still have the bag/container with the offensive tick inside, take it with you to your doctor as it may help them decide on the course of treatment).
The more important focus of this article, however, is prevention, so that the above scenario doesn’t have to happen. April-September are the months when ticks are most active. When you are hiking or working in wooded areas, you can help avoid contact with ticks by walking in the center of trails, and thus avoiding the brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter where ticks like to congregate.
Minimize exposure by wearing socks, long pants and shirts with long sleeves, tucking your pants into your socks if possible. (I wear gum boots in our forested back yard). Light colored clothing also helps with tick visibility. Apply repellents to your skin that contain 20% or more of DEET or IR3535. This protection lasts for several hours. The label on the bottle of repellent should have details about when to apply, how often and how to use safely with children. The Environmental Protection Agency has a good online tool to help select the best repellent for you and your family.
The next steps are even more important in prevention of tick bites. When you come home from possible infested areas:
- Remove clothing. In our house that happens in our laundry room and clothing is immediately dumped in the washing machine; this also happens to be poison ivy season and since one family member is extremely sensitive to the plant, this step also helps prevent contact with the offensive oils of the poison ivy plant.
- Conduct a full body tick check using a hand held mirror, paying particular attention to behind the knees, the groin, armpits, in and around your ears, in the hair and even the belly button.
- Also examine gear and pets as ticks can ride into the house and then attach to a person later.
- And finally, hop in the shower, preferably within two hours, to wash off and identify any of the crawling creatures.
When I was a teen, my parents took our family on a wonderful camping trip through the southwestern part of our country. As we were leaving Albuquerque, NM, I discovered an embedded tick on my torso. I’m sure my mom spent days worrying that I might develop Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, but I was lucky. So be vigilant this summer as you enjoy the outdoors.
Church Softball Team Forming
It’s time for summer softball! If you’d enjoy being part of this year’s team, please consider joining! The focus is not on talent but on having fun together. For more information or to join, contact Scott Stalter, 740-376-0305, ASAP! Season starts June 5th.
Yarn for Inmates Update
Thank you to all who have been dropping off yarn for the Noble Correctional Institute Inmates! Last month they ran out of yarn and a correctional officer stopped by Christ Church to see what we had on hand. We were able to get the crocheters going again and families with preemie babies are being blessed.
The yarn donation box is in the entry to the Education Wing. Look for the box wrapped in large polka dot paper. Baby yarn is preferable, but the inmates will make use of any yarn donated. This program gives purpose and respect to the incarcerated and love and support to families in crisis.
If you are interested in the relationship between the inmates of Noble Correctional Institute and Ronald McDonald House in Columbus, the RMCH Facebook page has several pictures of items the inmates have made and donated to the program. Click here to see them.
Sallye Bom’s Thank You
Dear Christ Church,
I joined First Methodist 51 years ago (now Christ UMC). My first church job was visiting the shut-ins. I met so many people over 90 that I was amazed and decided this was the place for me. Now I’ve joined the 90 year-olds and know the members care and are so generous. Thank you one and all for my birthday cards. They will warm my heart over and over.
Women’s Event: Crossing Borders, Changing Lives
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church invites the women of Christ Church to a special event on June 1st entitled Crossing Borders, Changing Lives. Keri Dunn will be sharing from recent mission trips to Liberia. Keri and her group install solar generator systems for rural health clinics, orphanages, and schools. Additionally, she works with the Fistula Rehabilitation Center at Phebe Hospital in Liberia. She has many stories demonstrating God’s blessings at work. We are invited to join them for a light supper and this special program at 6 p.m. Please RSVP to the church office (740-374-1512) by Tuesday, May 30th.