June 2020
Better Late Than Never
       "The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 'These who were hired last worked only one hour,' they said, 'and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.'" (Matthew 20:9-12 NIV)
The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation Program is providing an extra $600 weekly payment to those eligible for unemployment compensation programs, either at the state or federal levels. Therefore, the extra $600 weekly income allows many that are unemployed to now receive $1000 a week, while those that continue to work during the pandemic might be making less than that amount. It’s nice for some to receive $4000 a month to not work, while others are working diligently for less pay than that while enduring a greater risk of contracting Covid 19. Hmmm ... I know of a couple that normally both work full time for Pies and Pints in Cincinnati, and because of the pandemic they needed to halt. Since together they now have a combined income of $8000 a month, they decided to take a road trip to the Carolinas. Plus, they have friends in that area that they can visit to enjoy some free lodging. Many unemployed consumers are also spending their newfound cash in a variety of ways. Perhaps it’s an opportunity to buy some needed furniture or supplies or maybe to pay down some bills. I will attempt to be happy for such people, while many of our jobs have actually been more stressful and challenging than normal. Additionally, the economic shutdown is a scary time financially for some. There seems to be a wide range of new circumstances going on right now in our society.

The apparent disparities going on concerning financial compensation reminds me of the parable Jesus told about the workers in the vineyard. The laborers that knocked themselves out by working hard all day in the heat were paid the same as the eleventh hour latecomers. The full day laborers expected to be paid more, but only received the same wages. Labor unions would consider that pay scale an injustice. However, the parable is about eternal life, not money. If one denarius represents eternal life, then you can’t really receive more eternal life than someone else who is also receiving eternal life. The owner of the vineyard was merciful to the latecomers to grant them eternal life the same as the all day servants. As for going to heaven, it doesn’t matter when you find Christ, as much as if you do find him. We shouldn’t put it off. Now is the time to serve the Lord. Jesus is calling us! It’s better to receive him late, than to never receive him at all. 

In Christ’s Love,
 Pastor Mo  
Worship Services
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20th Annual Barnyard BBQ

Orders due by :
Sunday,
June 21


Pick up Orders :
Saturday,
June 27
5:30 - 7 pm

Sunday,
June 28
10:30 am -
1 pm
Barnyard BBQ Update
The 20th Annual Barnyard BBQ will look different this year. All outdoor activities have been cancelled and the meals will be pre-ordered, carryout only.

To order meals please call the church at 419-395-1742 or Kathy Ludwig at 419-782-7627 by June 21st. Orders will be ready for drive through pick-up on Saturday, June 27th from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 28th 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

         Barnyard BBQ Menu
      Family 2 pack @ $18    
1 lb. roast pork (BB-Q or plain), 
½ lb. Baked beans, Choice of 2, ½ lb. salads, 
two 10 oz. cups of ice cream, and 8 pkg. of buns.

       Family 4 pack @ $35   
2 lb. roast pork (BB-Q or plain), 
1 lb. Baked Beans, Choice of 3, ½ lb. salads,
four 10 oz. cups of ice cream, and 8 pkg. of buns.

          A la carte
1 lb. Roast Pork (BB-Q or plain) $8.00
 ½ lb. Roast Pork $4.00
 ½ lb. Homemade Baked Beans $2.00
 ½ lb. Homemade Potato Salad     $2.00
 ½ lb. Homemade Macaroni Salad $2.00
 ½ lb. Homemade Cole slaw $2.00
10 oz. cup Homemade Ice Cream $2.00

Please contact Joyce Cavanaugh 419-395-1859 if you are willing to help donate necessary groceries to prepare the meals. Your help is appreciated!
Clothing and Box Tops
Due to Covid-19 interruptions, we will not be accepting any more clothing donations at this time until further notice. Also, the Box Top program has moved to digital so we will no longer be accepting box tops here at the church.
Ink Cartridge Recycling
We will no longer be accepting ink cartridges for recycling. With the closing of the Defiance Office Max store we no longer have a place to take them. We have appreciated your support of this program over the last few years.
The Community Breakfast scheduled for Saturday, June 6 is cancelled. The next scheduled date is Saturday, July 4. Watch for updates in the eblasts, website and next month's newsletter.
Continue to
Worship God
through Giving
Offering plates in the back at
each worship service or

Send donations to:
27728 Ayersville Rd.,
Defiance, Ohio 43512

or donation drop box available
under the carport at the church
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Happy Birthday!

Lori Nafziger - June 6
Frank Tressler - June 10
Maribeth Peoples - June 12
Caleb Adkins - June 13
Bob Baldwin - June 17
Brenda Kent - June 21
John Hoshock - June 25
Pat Vandemark - June 25
Karen Kratzer - June 30
Happy Anniversary!

Larry & Mary Brown - June 4
Doug & Leann Gerken - June 16
Bryan & Amanda Baldwin - June 18
Tim & Mary Jo Kohl - June 24
Bill & Dolores Rohn - June 26

If you are celebrating a birthday or anniversary this month, we rejoice with you too! Please let us know so we may add it to our calendar.
Obedient Father
A father had his 4 children sit in a circle with him on the floor. He then placed a toy he had won as a door prize in the center of the circle, and said he wanted to give it to the most obedient child.

He then asked them "who is the most obedient?" There was no response from any of the children.

Sensing that they didn't understand what "obedient" meant he then asked, "who always listens to mommy, and does everything she says?"

One of the children picked up the toy and handed it to the father. "Okay, you win!" exclaimed the child.