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Pastor Jeff Smith
AUGUST 2022 NEWSLETTER
Hardwired to Depend on God
In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes. Judges 21:25


 
Your leadership team and I propose the following: We will meet on Sunday mornings between services in one big Sunday School class in the youth room over a five-week period of time, beginning on July 31st. The purpose of those meetings would be to discuss the topics of “how we got here,” “what the alternatives are,” “what the possible outcomes could mean to Leo United Methodist Church,” and finally, a straw poll vote on where the church family stands in terms of what our future should be – do we stay with the denomination or not. 
 
Those dates are July 31st, August 7th, August 14th, August 21st and August 28th for the preliminary straw vote just to see where our congregation stands. So please, mark your calendars and plan to attend. You need to be informed so you can make an informed decision.
 
In closing, I would offer this for your consideration: As Christians, we believe that we are created in the image of God and because of that, we are, each of us, no matter what our baggage may be, individuals of sacred worth. Embracing that truth though, means that we are the product of a divine Creator. The real question for us to consider as we decide what our future is to be is whether or not we believe that Creator has the right to impose limits and boundaries on us, even if we don’t completely understand them
 
More to come on this. Pay attention to the webpage and your mailboxes for further information. Also, please know that you can contact me at the church office with any questions you might have. 
 
Blessings,
Pastor Jeff
Mission News

The Leo UMC family has been busy serving Jesus in various ways over the summer and this fall will be bringing us even more ways to be the hands and feet of Jesus. I hope you have had a chance to see the pictures of the folks who had so much fun working with Habitat partner families to help them attain affordable and safe housing. It has been requested that we do this again, so be watching for the next opportunity for your chance to serve.

Here are some upcoming events you will want to mark on your calendars so that you won't miss opportunities to be doing the good works that God has prepared in advance for you to do (Ephesians 2:10).

Thursdays from 3-6pm Gateway Woods Market is open along Grabill Road between Leo-Cedarville and Grabill. Stop by for fresh and delicious produce grown by the residents.

August 6 - Gateway Woods Auction - volunteer or participate in the auction or other fun activities on campus that day.

September 11 - Project 216 meal packaging. One church service, lunch provided for a free will offering, and then packaging over 20,000 meals. Sign-up sheets will be available at the Hospitality Desk or in the office.

October 14 - Drive-thru Dan's Fish Fry to benefit Gateway Woods and Habitat for Humanity. You can help with set-up and/or filling orders.

Any of these opportunities are fun ways to be of service to others.

Please contact Debbie Smith to help serve or have your questions answered at DQSmith2019@gmail.com or (260)466-0310.

---Debbie Smith
The Gateway Auction
Online August 3-5
In person Saturday, August 6

Bid online... come bid in person!
(Some items not offered online!)
Volunteer to help!
Food and plenty of action on auction day as multiple rings will be offering great items at the same time! Bring the whole family!
For more information or see how you can be part of the action, go to https://gatewaywoods.org/get-involved/auction

We are so blessed to help support Gateway Woods!
--- Your Missions Committee
Midwest Mission School Supplies

The Youth will be packing school supplies for Midwest Mission
again this year, and would like your help!

You will find post-it notes on a board in Fellowship Hall listing the school supplies that are needed. Please take a note (or two or three), and purchase that/those items - many are on sale right now!

Please place the school supplies in the tall, blue plastic bin
in Fellowship Hall by Sunday, August 14.

The Youth thank you for your support!
Concert for Music-Lovers

On Friday evening August 12th, Joseph Martin and Joel Raney will perform a dueling piano concert at Sweetwater. This will take place in their performance theatre beginning at 7:00 PM. Come and enjoy the styles and sparkling musical expertise that only these two artists can bring to the stage. A meet and greet with the award-winning musicians will follow. Cost is $30 per ticket.
GriefShare

GriefShare begins again on August 6 at 10:00 AM with a special seminar dealing with the loss of a spouse. The death of a husband or wife completely changes the life of the ones who loved this person most. Not many really understand the deep hurt that affects the survivors. This session includes a video, workbook, and group discussion with others who understand and care.
 
The regular GriefShare meetings will begin on August 13 and will meet each Saturday morning from ten until noon in the church library. These sessions are for anyone who is grieving the loss of someone dearly loved. For more information contact Ginny Jones, at 260 627-2580.
Men’s ministry
Calling all men!

We have been enjoying breakfast and fellowship together in the church gym the second Thursday of the month at 7 am. We would love to have you join us. It’s a simple breakfast, no study or heavy lifting, just food and fellowship. As the old hymn says, "Come as you are."

Our August get-together falls on August 11. We hope to see you there!
May God bless each of you!
Confirmation Sunday

On July 17, we were blessed to have eight youth commit their lives to Christ and join Leo United Methodist Church in membership. We are so grateful to Ethan Schlechty, J.J. Okeson, Eli Okeson, Andrew Okeson, Claire Martin, Cicely Harding, Addie Harding and Kristen Beaubien for sharing their favorite scripture passages at both worship services, and to Kristie Okeson for hosting a lovely reception for the confirmands in Fellowship Hall.
Youth Group

It has been awesome watchin our youth grow up physically and spiritually these past few years, but as they enter their junior and senior years and take on more outside responsibilities, scheduling youth group has become more challenging. As we discuss possible gathering times and special events, please watch your email or check the church calendar to see what plans come together. Or contact Connie & John Bowman; parental input is most welcome!
Zumba is Back!

Sunday, August 14, 21 & 28 and
all Wednesday evenings in August
8:00-9:00PM in the Gym

Come join the fun!
LUMC Helps on Habitat Build

Members of the Leo UMC family helped Habitat for Humanity with two house builds in Fort Wayne the week of July 3, happy to be blessed with great weather and delicious meals supplied by Karen Westerhausen (chauffeured by Mark)! On Thursday, Cheryl Arnold, Bob Fruchey, Greg & Jackie Myers, Pam Roy, Greg Schlosser and Denny Wright donned the hard hats, while on Saturday Lisa Schlichty, Debbie & Eric Smith, Dale McPherson and Diana Kuebler took their turns with power tools! All agreed it was a great experience and cannot wait to help again! Watch for the opportunity to join them in the future!
The Leo United Women in Faith
"Knitted Together for God's Good Work"
Still activities going on this summer - join in!
Be a part of the UWF this fall 2022!

Saturday, July 30
District United Women in Faith Leadership Breakfast
9:00am to noon in the Youth Room

Thursday, August 4
UWF Executive Board Meeting
1:00pm in Leo UMC Library
 
Thursday, September 8
First Circle meeting in the Youth Room at noon.

September 24
District United Women in Faith Brunch
9:30am to noon at Leo United Methodist Church
       
Fall Fundraiser Cinnamon Rolls Pre-Orders By Sept. 28
Customers pick up on Oct. 1
 
Thursday, October 13
Circle meeting in the Youth Room at noon
Christmas cards for charity
 
Saturday, October 29
Coffee, Cider and Chatter - 9:30 am
Come, enjoy fellowship with other ladies!
Bring a friend!
Heartfelt Appreciation

I would like to thank everyone for all the cards, notes and especially the prayers upon the loss of my son, Nicholas, who passed away in July. Having a caring church family means so much in times such as this, and I feel truly blessed to have all of you in my life. God bless you all.
---Janice Stoy
Thank You for the Gift of Life

Dear Leo UMC,

I cannot thank you enough for your support of the American Red Cross. We greatly appreciate Leo United Methodist Church for allowing us to use the Fellowship Hall for our blood drive. Also, a special thank you to Rob and all his help and assistance. He was fantastic.
 
Here are the official results from the blood drive:
Goal   -   29 (21 whole blood/ 8 power reds)
Presenting Donors – 38 ( 36 whole blood /2 power reds)
New Donors – 0
Deferrals – 7
Productive Units Collected – 32 Units ( 30 whole blood /2 power reds)
 
Thanks again for your support of the American Red Cross!
Stephanie
 
Stephanie Burris | BioMedical Account Manager
American Red Cross
Indiana – Ohio Blood Services Region
August Birthdays

8/05 Deloris Martin
8/08 Richard Rhoades
8/09 Fenton Gerardot
8/09 Wilma Leichty
8/10 Debbie Smith
8/12 Jill Wright
8/13 David Schroer
8/14 Dearle Cox
8/14 Delores Fisher
8/17 Vicki Clay


8/19 Brad Lichtenberger
8/19 Shirley Rigor
8/20 Bev Fiedler
8/24 Cheryl Arnold
8/24 Kristal Grush
8/27 Diana Kuebler
8/28 Steve Bahls
8/28 Mark Warsco
8/29 Janice Stoy
8/30 Dave Beatty

August Anniversaries
8/01 Bonnie & Mark Adams
8/07 Rhonda & Jeff Smith
8/11 Terry Rick Lightfoot
8/15 Becky & Eric Beaubien
8/21 Karen & Bob Richter
8/24 Sandi & Al Brothers
8/27 Wendy & Paul Wierzbowski
8/28 Soutsada & Elmer Denman
Prayer Requests
John Coxon
Richard Fiedler
Michael Fransen
Greg Fruchey
Loring McCay

Shut-ins
Merton Deventer
Pat Henderson
Helen Hobson (Michigan)
Sue Roberts
Maureen Strauss


Please pray for the family of
Dennis Delegrange
Norm Hoeppner
Nicholas Stoy
Carey Waltz
Our Military

Jesse Adams, U.S. Air Force
Kyle Cserep, U.S. Marines
Benjamin Eager, U.S. Army
Julie Gorney, U.S. Navy
Gene Harding, U.S. Army National Guard
Greg Myers, Jr., U.S. Marines
Stephen Wierzbowski, U.S. Navy
Jacob Wolfe, U.S. Army National Guard
David Wright, U.S. Air Force
The Church Office is Open...

...but it would be extremely helpful if you called the office (627-2161) prior to coming to the front door. Church office hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:30am until 3:00pm; please come to Entrance 1.

And you can always reach us via email:
Pastor Jeff Smith - pastor@leoumc.org
 
Bonnie Adams - finance@leoumc.org - tithing, contributions, monetary donations, everything financial
 
Diana Kuebler - admin@leoumc.org - scheduling meetings/events, reserving/renting church space, newsletter articles, prayer concerns, general questions
Meetings, activities and special events are posted in real time on the Leo UMC website. Simply go to leoumc.org and click on "Calendar" to see a calendar updated with the most current information as it is obtained.

Leo United Methodist Church
13527 Leo Road, Leo, IN, 46765
260-627-2161
www.leoumc.org