From the Fellowship Committee Chairperson, Nancy Walters…
Lenten Soup Suppers…In March, Living Lord Lutheran Church needs to provide food for the Soup Suppers on March 7 and 14 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Each time, we need four pots of soup, salad, and desserts. There will be a sign-up sheet on the main bulletin board.
Easter Breakfast…On Easter Sunday, April 1, we will have an Easter Breakfast between services. Everything will be provided by the Fellowship Committee. There will be a sign-up sheet just to get a head count. If you have any ideas on a theme or what could be provided, please call me or leave a message in my mailbox. We will try our best to make it happen.
From the Later Life Committee, Member Lynne Walters…
Card Class…Join us for a card-making class on Thursday, March 1, in the Activity Room. We will be making 4 cards. Our theme will be “Fantastic Folds for Spring/Easter”. Classes will be at 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm. The cost is $12.00. Please bring adhesives like double-stick tape and liquid glue. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board. The deadline for signing up is Sunday, February 25. St. Paul members are welcome to join us – call Lynne Walters to get signed up!
From the Outreach Committee Chairperson, Judy Shaffer…
Bingo at NSOV Update…The Outreach Committee would like to thank everyone who donated items and/or assisted with the Bingo at Niles Shepherd of the Valley on February 21. The residents had a wonderful time!
Easter Food Baskets…We will begin collecting food for the Easter Food Baskets on Sunday, March 4. The last day to bring in items will be Sunday, March 18. A chart will be in the hallway for items to bring. If you know anyone in the church or anyone in need, please call or email the Parish Office (330-856-5302 or email@example.com) to order your food basket by Friday, March 9. Emmanuel and St. Paul members are encouraged to call your church office if you know of anyone in need of a food basket. We will pack and distribute the baskets on Wednesday, March 28, beginning at 9:00 am. Pickup will be from 10:00 am until 12:00 noon. No deliveries. There will be envelopes to donate for the purchase of hams available at the food chart in the hallway. Please mark “Easter Food Baskets” in the memo portion of your check made payable to Living Lord Lutheran Church. You may also place your check in the collection plate. If you have any questions, please contact the Parish Office.
From the Parish Education Committee, Member Pat Was…On March 4 the Adult Forum will continue reviewing the Ray Vander Laan series “Path to the Cross”. The remaining five sessions before Easter will follow the path of Christ leading up to the Passover and concluding with the Last Supper. Mr. Vander Laan is an extraordinary teacher and historian who guides us through the Holy Land with geographical and cultural detail. Those looking for a meaningful Lenten experience should take the time to bring a friend and join us on Sunday morning.
From the Worship Committee Chairperson, Jan Was…
Organ Concert…An organ concert featuring all aspects of organ repertoire such as Bach, Mendelssohn, Boëllmann, Franck, and Hindemith will be held at Living Lord Lutheran Church on Sunday, March 11, at 4:00 pm. Organists are Dylan Sanzenbacher and Chase Castle. Dylan Sanzenbacher, a native of Warren, Ohio, is a sophomore Music Education major at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music in Berea. In his time at BW, he has studied piano with Dr. Sungeun Kim, and organ and harpsichord with Professor Nicole Keller. He is currently employed as organist at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Elyria, Ohio. He has performed in master classes and Brownbag concerts at Trinity Cathedral and Baldwin Wallace University’s Lindsay-Crossman Chapel with Todd Wilson. Dylan enjoys accompanying the Howland Middle School Solo and Ensemble contests, accompanying Mrs. Nancy Moore’s Warren Civic Chorus Children’s Choir, and substitute playing organ for Living Lord Lutheran Church and his home church, St. Mark Lutheran Church, both in Warren, Ohio. Dylan loves spending time with his family, reading, cooking, and learning about his family history and their impact on the Canfield/Warren area. Dylan is Lee and Bonnie Sanzenbacher’s grandson. Chase Castle is an active organist and collaborative musician from Norwalk, Ohio. Chase studies music history and organ performance with Nicole Keller at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music in Berea, Ohio. He is on faculty at Far Around Recording in Norwalk, Ohio, as a keyboard instructor and serves as Director of Music at Church of the Epiphany in Euclid, Ohio. Chase enjoys exploring all aspects of organ repertoire, with particular emphasis on ethnomusicological and world music compositions. Chase has performed in master classes with Todd Wilson, Marie-Louise Langlais, and James David Christie. He has played concerts in Ohio, New York, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Florida, Mississippi, and Kansas. Chase spent summer 2017 as the resident organist and choirmaster of the Squirrel Island Chapel in Squirrel Island, Maine. He enjoys collaborating with other artists and musicians and promoting diverse artistic projects.
From the Parish Nurse, Dora Muller…“Be happy…not because everything is good, but because you can see the good in everything.”
The signs of spring are just around the corner. To renew and energize is a good thing. However, with our daily life struggles, it can be difficult to focus on our mental well-being. We can examine a few strategies to improve our mental health. For example, do you wake up looking forward to your new day? Do you take the time to recognize what you are grateful for each night? Do you have at least two friends outside of your immediate family who you feel free to talk with about anything? Those questions are well known to those who search for mindfulness and inner peace. Let’s analyze the meaning of “looking forward to your day with a goal” when we wake up every day. It can be as simple as enjoying a cup of coffee, inhaling the fresh air, taking a walk, admiring the neighborhood, or rediscovering your community. My husband and I enjoy hiking downtown in Packard Park along the Mahoning River or in Mosquito Lake State Park. These walks are one way we reconnect with our community. When the weather is nice, it is easy to participate in outdoor activities. However, even when the weather is not great, one can participate in activities such as reading a book, involving oneself in hobbies such as watercolor painting or crossword puzzles. By being grateful for each little blessing helps us to feel positive energy and look forward to a better future. Having friends is vital as we are social beings in need of social interaction. Loneliness, especially among the elderly, can lead to physical and/or mental pain. Cultivating friendships is essential because when we share our lives, we can find happiness and support in the moment of need. My advice is to be grateful, count your blessings, enjoy the beauty of life, appreciate the colors of the season, find a reason for waking up, and tomorrow start all over again.