December 2014 - Peace United Methodist Church

Tidings of Peace
The Official Newsletter of Peace United Methodist Church
5520 Ravenna Ave. N.E.; Louisville, Ohio 44641
Pastor: Rev. Dr. Nancy Conley
Phone: 330-875-5496
E-Mail: [email protected]
Adult Sunday School - 9:30 AM
Sunday Worship / Kids Club - 10:30 AM
December 2014
PLUS! – Saturday, December 13th at Crystal
Park UMC in Canton
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Peace Church Fellowship Hall
December 2nd - UMC Giving Tuesday
Mission Trip News:
When Methodists are united, we provide an
alternative to the consumer-driven shopping
traditions in the United States of Black Friday,
Local Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.
UMC #GivingTuesday offers an opportunity
to begin the holiday season by giving instead
of getting, by supporting organizations and
missionaries who have been researched and
approved by the United Methodist General
Board of Global Ministries. And 100% of all
gifts made through The Advance are given
directly to the designated project.
You are invited to join the Joy in Missions
team (from Jefferson United Methodist
Church) on their Mission Trip to Oak Hill,
West Virginia from April 12th – 18th. The
purpose of this trip is to repair homes in the
area for people in need. Any adults willing to
help are welcome; all skill levels of home
improvement are needed. Contact Dennis
Brown if you would like to go on this trip or if
you have any questions.
In the spirit of healthy competition, we are
preparing a special Advance award to be
given to the annual conference that raises the
most funds online through The Advance on
December 2nd.
Bible Challenge:
2013 on UMC #GivingTuesday, United
Methodists collectively raised a record $6.5
million on line. Through The Advance, 11,000
individuals and churches in 34 countries gave
more than 16,300 gifts to mission and
ministries they believe in. It was a wonderful
sign of commitment and extravagant
generosity, maximizing the impact of
thousands of United Methodists coming
together on one day to transform the world.
On December 2nd, United Methodists once
again are invited to extend the spirit of giving
thanks into the Advent season by
participating in UMC #GivingTuesday.
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Here are your memory verses for the month
of December. Each verse will also appear in
the bulletin for that week.
authority rests upon his shoulders;
~ Isaiah 9:6b
12/14 and he is named Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of
~ Isaiah 9:6c
12/21 His authority shall grow continually,
and there shall be endless peace for the
throne of David and his kingdom.
~ Isaiah 9:7a
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12/28 He will establish and uphold it with
justice and with righteousness from this time
onward and forevermore.
~ Isaiah 9:7b
From the Worship Committee:
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Join the Worship Committee in the Sanctuary
each Sunday at 10:00 AM as they pray
together over the worship service. All Prayer
Warriors are invited to attend.
LITURGISTS NEEDED – looking for people
willing to serve to be a part of the Sunday
morning worship service. Look for the sign-up
sheet at the Project Mark Ministries table. See
Pastor Nancy for more information.
looking for help with the Kids Club on Sunday
mornings. Call Dave at 330-875-7446.
Dear Friends,
Mike and I want to thank you all for your many
kindnesses during Pastor Appreciation
Month. We feel blessed to be part of this
family of faith and have been touched deeply
by your thoughtfulness. Thanks for the
privilege of being able to live among you and
grow with you.
With Christ's love,
Pastor Nancy
Birthdays and Anniversaries:
12/1 Tommy Reasoner
12/13 Whitney Fimple
12/15 Kay Singer
Lois Thompson
12/17 Scott & Ada McPeek
12/18 Pene Aubihl
12/20 Bess Beckett
Rick Thomas
12/21 Brian & Lisa Reasoner
12/24 Butch & Carole Whitemyer
12/25 George Young
12/26 Mike Conley
Doug Parsons
Ava Lindner
1/17 Dave Parsons
1/19 Allen Kemp
1/21 Jonathan Butera
1/22 Ron Greening
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Prayer Chain Ministry:
Do we have your birthday / anniversary on
our records? Let the church office know so
that we may celebrate your special day!
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Finance Report:
General Fund:
Balance as of 10/1:
October Income:
October Expenses:
Balance as of 10/31:
Balance as of 10/1:
October Income:
October Expenses:
Balance as of 10/31:
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Notes of Thanks:
I would like to thank all of you for the prayers,
visits, phone calls and cards when I was in
the hospital.
If you would like to have someone put on the
Prayer Chain, please call Laurene Kandel at
330-875-5849 or 330-327-0697. You can also
e-mail her at [email protected] She will in
turn call the List Leaders below to get the
requests started and e-mail those who signed
up to receive e-mail. Your prayer request will
also appear on the weekly Prayer List in our
Sunday bulletins.
Starting January 1st, Delores Andrews fills
in while Laurene is out of town. You can
call Delores at 330-685-1669 or e-mail her
at [email protected]
To those on the Prayer Chain Lists: if you are
unable to talk to the person you are calling,
please leave a message and call the next
person on the list. DO NOT BREAK THE
LIST #1:
Bess Beckett (330-875-2232)
Elsie Kiko (330-875-8177)
Joice Young (330-454-4497)
Arlene Brown (330-875-3666)
Kathy Greening (330-875-9604)
LIST #2:
Kay Singer (330-875-5406)
Sherrie Reed (330-875-1503)
Betty Malcolm (330-875-5911)
Rita Blosser (330-871-8149)
Dorothy Peterman
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Ladies of Peace News:
CALLING ALL COOKS! The Ladies of Peace
is working on a brand new Peace Church
Cookbook. Collect your favorite recipes and
give them to Jackie Bateman. Please make
them legible and complete. Also, be sure to
put your name on each recipe.
We are packing up cookies for the Canton
Calvary Mission on Tuesday, December 16th,
beginning at 9:30 AM. Come out and help if
you are available.
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The next Ladies of Peace meeting will be
Saturday, January 17th. Meeting time is at
10:30 AM. Our guest speaker will be Maureen
Effinger, who will present “Quilts and
Memories”. All ladies are welcome.
Please remember your Secret Sister / Prayer
Partner during this holiday season!
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Live Nativity at The Wanake Ranch:
Experience what it was like that first
Christmas night in Bethlehem. Hear from
shepherds and the Magi, and see the Baby in
the manger. Tours take about 30 minutes.
This free event will be held Fridays and
Sundays, December 12th, 14th, 19th & 21st
from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. The Ranch is
located south of the Camp Wanake entrance.
Wednesdays at 5:00 PM
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Even when the way goes through Death
Valley, I’m not afraid when you walk at my
side. Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me
feel secure.
~ Psalm 23:4 (The Message)
From the Project Mark Ministries:
Community News:
We are looking for copies from our Movie
Library that have been out for quite a while. If
you know the whereabouts of “Flywheel”,
“Facing the Giants”, “Courageous” and
“October Baby”, please return them to the
church so others may view them. Thanks!
The Louisville Community Cupboard is open
the first and third Thursday of each month
from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Kountz Memorial
Lutheran Church (930 S. Nickelplate).
Did you know that we have a Book
Exchange? You can find some great reading
here, free for the taking. You can also drop off
books that you feel others would enjoy. You
can find the Book Exchange next to the
Genesis Coffee Spot in the Narthex.
New to our website, we
have pictures from the recent Youth Sunday
Service, featuring our Kids Club. You’ll find
them in our Photo Gallery. You can also
check out the Kids Club page, inside the
Learn and Grow section of the webpage.
Our “Lunch with a Cause” ministry has been
well received. You have responded graciously
for each of the designated Causes. Your
donation at each of our Lunches is actually a
supplement to each of our Causes, as
donations also come in through other sources
(offerings). Below is a recap of our Causes for
2014, with the amount from each Lunch noted
in parentheses (thank you, Arlene Brown, for
supplying the figures):
2/23 – Easter Bible School: $284.00 ($94.00)
3/30 – Emergency Love Fund: $561.50 ($98.00)
4/27- Bishop's 3 C’S Initiative: $227.50 ($70.00)
6/1 – Rock the Park: $155.25 ($61.25)
6/29 - Backpack Festival: $135.00 ($55.00)
7/27 – Everlasting Equine: $171.00 ($71.00)
8/24 – Christmas Bible School: $175.05 ($65.05)
9/28 - Louisville CARES Walk: $251.00 ($71.00)
10/26 - Community Cupboard: $146.00 ($76.00)
The Louisville Meal Centr provides a
nutritious meal for those in need. The Meal
Center is open the first Thursday of the month
from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM and is located at the
First Assembly of God of Louisville (1921 W.
Main St.).
Fairhope United Methodist Church (5660
Louisville St.) provides a free hot meal every
third Saturday of the month from 5:00 PM
until 6:00 PM. Everyone welcome!
Mercy Medical Center Hospice reaches out to
those who have lost their spouse by hosting a
monthly breakfast. The Men’s Breakfast is
held on the 2nd Friday of each month at the
Canton Regency Retirement Community
(4515 22nd Street N.W.). The Women’s
breakfast is held the 3rd Thursday of each
month at The Inn at Belden Village (3927 38th
Street N.W.). Join Hospice volunteers in a
relaxed and friendly environment to socialize
with others who understand. RSVPs can be
made by calling Hospice at 330-649-4380 or
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As always – thank you for your support!
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Reflect my love! And repeat my action.
~ From the book “Just Walk Across the
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District News:
Save these dates:
Tuscarawas District Leadership Training
“Leading by Doing”
Saturday, February 21st, 2015
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Faith United Methodist Church
300 9th Street NW in North Canton
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Collection Connection:
Tuscarawas District Spring Conference
Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 at 7:00 PM
First United Methodist Church
201 West High Ave. in New Philadelphia
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Please support these year-round collection
We are collecting magazines (up to 3 months
old) for the residents of Green Meadows.
Please drop them off in the box in the
The Missions Committee is collecting Box
Tops For Education and Campbell Soup
Labels. They are also collecting old
eyeglasses. These items may be dropped off
anytime at the Missions table in the Narthex.
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CANS FOR THE KIDS - drop off your
aluminum cans in support of our Youth
Ministries. The collection box is located just
outside the Fellowship Hall. As you are
dropping off the cans, consider removing the
pull tabs and leave them at the Missions
table. Thank you!
Let us recycle your empty printer ink and
copier toner cartridges. All cartridges will be
turned in at Staples for store credit for future
office supply purchases. The cartridges can
be dropped off anytime at the Project Mark
Ministries table.
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The Kairos Prison Ministry is in need of
unused greeting cards for all occasions. A
collection box is available at the Project Mark
Ministries table.
True to your word, you let me catch my breath
and send me in the right direction.
~ Psalm 23:3 The Message
An Invitation From the Pastor:
Get a Handle on Holiday Stress:
On December 26th, 2014, Mike Conley will
celebrate his 70th birthday. Wow, can you
believe it? 70!!! I obviously married an older
The holidays are upon us; and with the
holidays come STRESS! People to see,
places to go, things to do; it’s enough to drive
you crazy if you let it. An angel says, “Never
borrow from the future. If you worry about
what may happen tomorrow, and it doesn’t
happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it
does happen, you have too worry twice.” With
this in mind, there are some tips on how you
can reduce that holiday stress and worry
(thank you, Kay Singer, for forwarding this
awesome e-mail):
This past summer before his open heart
surgery, his cardiologist said, “we thank God
that you are still alive. Apparently the Lord
has work for you to do, young man.” Indeed,
our awesome God does have more work for
Mike to do, and we’re grateful!
We’re going to get together at Peace UMC on
Friday, December 26th at 5:30 PM for a
service of Praise and Worship before enjoying
an evening meal together and some good
fellowship. Mike’s going to share a word
“Where Are You God?” that God laid on his
heart. We’d like for you to be there! And if
you can make it, we’d like to know so we
have plenty of food for everyone.
This is truly a year to celebrate a remarkable
man of God who loves Jesus and is willing to
do whatever he is asked to do in His name.
Perhaps he’s touched your life as he has
served others in so many ways!
Mike has no need of earthly goods, so please
don’t bring him a gift! If you’d like to honor
him, you may make a contribution to “Feed
My Sheep Ministry”, 114 E. Main Street,
Alliance, OH 44601.
Peace UMC is located at 5520 Ravenna Ave.,
NE, Louisville, OH 44641.
Your RSVP for our celebration on December
26th will be most helpful, especially if you want
enough food for dinner.
You can do that with Mike’s wife Nancy (that’s
me) by email at [email protected],
Facebook message “Nancy Lynn Conley”,
or phone 330-417-4334 (call or text).
Go to bed on time. Get plenty of rest.
Get up on time so you can start the
day unrushed.
Eat right.
Say “no” to projects that won’t fit into
your time schedule, or that will
compromise your mental health.
Delegate tasks to capable others.
Allow extra time to do things and to get
to places.
Pace yourself. Spread out big changes
and difficult projects over time; don’t
lump the hard things all together.
Take one day at a time.
Live within your budget. Don’t use
credit cards for ordinary purchases.
Get organized so everything has its
Laugh some more.
Develop a forgiving attitude. Most
people are doing the best they can.
Be kind to unkind people. They
probably need it the most.
Sit on your ego.
Talk less, listen more.
Slow down!
Every night before bed, think of one
thing you’re grateful for that you’ve
never been grateful for before.
Romans 8:31 says “If God is for us,
who can be against us?”
Funny Stuff:
Here are more items, found in church
publications, that got past the proofreaders:
The Project Mark Ministries announces that
99 dinners were served at this year’s
Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Project
Mark thanks everyone who gave their time
and talents to make this event a blessing!
For those of you who have children and don't
know it, we have a nursery down stairs.
The eighth graders will be presenting
Shakespeare's Hamlet in the church
basement on Friday at 7 pm. The
congregation is invited to attend the tragedy.
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This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs.
Lewis to come forward and lay an egg on the
The preacher will preach his farewell
message, after which the choir will sing,
"Break Forth With Joy".
Thursday night: Potluck Supper - Prayer and
medication will follow.
Evening massage - 6 PM.
Peace United Methodist Church
5520 Ravenna Ave. N.E.
Louisville, OH 44641