It's the time of year when parents are beginning to prepare their kids for the return to school. Due to the cumulative cost of supplies, that means some families bear an excessive burden, and often the kids go to school unprepared. New Life can do something about that.
Our annual School Supplies Ingathering to benefit Lake Local Schools will be held in mid/late August. The schools are in need of the following items:
- Folders: Sturdy plastic/vinyl, twin pocket or 3-hole punched in the following colors: red, orange, blue, yellow, green, & purple
- Three ring binders (1 or 1.5 inch) with plastic sleeve on the cover: red, orange, blue, yellow and green
- ONE Subject spiral notebooks (wide-ruled) - in the following colors (blue, green, red, black & yellow)
- Packets of loose leaf paper (wide-ruled)
- Scissors (Kid's Metal/Children's Fiskars)
- Bottles of white glue
- Small and large glue sticks (white)
- Sharpened pencils
- Pink gum eraser
- Black Sharpie markers
- Packs of wide-tip markers
- Highlighters (any color)
- Expo dry erase markers (low odor)
- Boxes of crayons (24 count)
- Packs of colored pencils (8 or 12, basic colors)
- Post-It Notes
During your shopping trips, please head over to the "Back-to-School" section and pick up a few of these items as you are able. Bring them in to the ingathering in August to help make the difference in a child's education.
To help with your shopping, please download the list, below:
A few weeks ago, Terri Mackey and I began New Life's version of The Big Dig: cleaning out some downstairs church closets and the Cross Room. This week, Bill Miller and I have been going through boxes of files from New Life, St. Peter's and St. Michael's & All Angels. On Sunday, we will have on display a few treasures that we found. The materials then will travel to Cleveland for preservation in the Diocesan archives.
During The Big Dig, we found a copy of the Summer 2003 Church Life! New Life graced the cover and the accompanying article included quotes from Gaynor Lanik, Brian Sisak, Vi Croasmun, Toni Miller and Joe Bridges. Two other stories in the issue caught my eye:
How About Less Mail? A Proposition to Increase Electronic Communication. This article included "The Pledge of Communication": a promise to make all materials "mailed" available on www.dohio.org, and in turn those who opted out of receiving paper mail pledged to check the website weekly for new information. Today, New Life still receives a monthly mailing from the Diocese. That information is posted on our bulletin board and often appears in our weekly. Who would have thought then that eleven years later one has to "opt-in" for mail communications. Today many of us relish the thought of less email!
And After the Election? Assisting Bishop Bowman wrote about preparations to elect a new Bishop and his reply to queries about how much longer he would be serving the Diocese. Bishop Bowman wrote definitively that he would be staying on until December 2003. Surprise! Not only does Bishop Bowman still serve as an Assisting Bishop here, he is scheduled for a September 2015 visitation to New Life. This Fall we will start a confirmation class to prepare those who would like to be confirmed during Bishop Bowman's visit. Please let me know if you would like to participate in the class as either a mentor or one seeking confirmation.
Means of communication evolve; bishops come, stay, and go. Yet Bishop Bowman concluded his message appealing to the Diocese to "[p]ray that we might all be empowered by the Holy Spirit for the ministry we have been called to exercise wherever we find ourselves." This simple prayer will always ring true.
My father told me stories. I do not know where they came from, whether tales he heard, his own inventions, or stories from his own life. I wish I could ask him.... A schoolboy was summoned by the principal to come to the school with his mother. The principal said to the mother, "Your son is keeping company with an unruly and disreputable crowd. Please speak to him about this." "Very well," said the mother and turned to her boy, "Son, you must continue to be a good, Christian influence on these ruffians."
Go in peace to love and and serve The Lord!
This summer we will have a new service option - Saturdays at 5:30pm. Each week, weather permitting, we will worship outside the building (bring your lawn chairs!). Our new weekly service seeks to provide a more casual worship opportunity and allow us to try new (to us) liturgies and also to invite friends of the four-pawed and two-footed kind to join us in a new venue. This service will feature brief homilies rather than sermons.
Once a month we will take the new Saturday servie "off campus" to Uniontown Community Park! This service will also start at 5:30, but will be followed by a cookout and games! This is informal: just bring what you’d like to put on the grill, a side or something to share, and a game to play. The Park services will be held on the first Saturday of the month, except for July (due to scheduling conflicts). July's Park Service will be held on July 19th. Community Park is located just around the corner from New Life - at 3696 Apollo St NW (off of Cleveland Avenue).
These Saturday services are intended to be a more casual time of worship and fellowship, and do not replace the regular Sunday service.